Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Hello! So 2018 was the year I read the most books ever, and I discovered so many wonderful authors! Below are some of my new favorites:


Madeline Miller

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Brandon Sanderson

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Katie O’Neill

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Holly Black

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Seanan McGuire

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K.A. Tucker

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Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Laini Taylor

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Anna-Marie McLemore

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Alice Oseman

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I wish I discovered these authors A LOT sooner! Do you have any new favorite authors? Let me know!

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Hello, everyone! There are SO MANY books coming out in the first half of 2019 that I can’t even keep them straight! So these are the ones I could think of from the top of my head (I know I’m leaving out so many others, I’m sorry!) I might be off by a month or two, but hey, I’m THAT excited for them!


ONE: The Wicked King by Holly Black

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TWO: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

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THREE: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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FOUR: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

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FIVE: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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SIX: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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SEVEN: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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EIGHT: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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NINE: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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TEN: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

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That’s it for now! I know these are super hyped titles but I just can’t help it. Several are debuts or sequels that I’m just so excited to read!

I hope you’re having a great day so far and happy reading!

xx,

Amy

My Top Ten 2018 Publications

Happy New Year!

Wow. Here we are. A new year brings a new list of our favorite books. I surprised myself by finishing 110 books in 2018. Out of 110 books, I gave 29 of them 5 stars. I had A LOT of 3 and 4-star reads.

The books I chose below were all 5-star reads for me. I judge books based on a few things, but the most important thing to me is how much I enjoyed it. I like page-turners and well written characters and plots. But what matters the most to me is the overall entertainment and enjoyment I receive from the book.

I’m going to post two lists. Today I will share my favorite books published in 2018, and then tomorrow I’ll share a (shorter) list of my favorite books I read in 2018 that were NOT published in 2018!

So without further ado… here are my ten favorite books published in 2018:


10. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

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LIFEL1KE was just SO FUN. I loved the action, friendships, and good vs. evil themes all throughout this book. I already know DEV1AT3 is going to be a must-read for me in 2019.


9. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

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Bruja Born is the sequel to Labyrinth Lost. This is a Latinx own-voices novel that’s filled with magic, tragedy, and sisterhood. I loved every page of it.


8. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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Another book that was just so fun for me to read. I loved the action and mayhem so much. And to be reunited again with my favorite antiheroes, Victor and Eli, filled me with so much joy. Plus this book is worth the read just for Marcella alone.


7. Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

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This book totally swept me away. It’s own-voices and so incredibly atmospheric and haunting.


6. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I knew Muse of Nightmares was going to be a hit and it did not disappoint. I love the world that Laini Taylor constructed, and I loved the side story about Kora and Nova even more.


5. Circe by Madeline Miller

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I don’t often read books based on mythology but Circe totally blew me away. It’s so beautifully written and feminist. I now want to read all of Madeline Miller’s works.


4. Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

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This self-published edition of the webcomic filled me with so much happiness. I cannot stop gushing about it. Please, if you are ever in need of a pure, heartwarming story, pick this up.


3. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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I’m in awe that this is a debut novel. R.F. Kuang stunned me with her writing and world building. This tale is dark, brutal, and tragic — and I loved all of it.


2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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This own-voices book is full of so much good. I cannot recommend it enough. Yes, it’s steamy and romancey, but I loved the dynamic between the two main characters, as well as the family relationships. Also the Southeast Asian rep which meant so much to me.


1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince was one of the first books I read in 2018 and was the first review ever on my blog. I guess it’s no surprise this book made it on my top ten. It is THE book that inspired me to start blogging. And, wow, that a journey it’s been! I love this book so much (I even reread it on audio) and hope you’ll give it a chance sometime! It’s a faerie world filled with dark, political intrigue, and enemies-to-lovers romance. ❤


That’s it! I also want to thank every single person who has ever reached out to me via my blog, instagram, twitter, goodreads, etc. You all mean so much to me and I am so thankful that just even one person reads my reviews or takes the time to leave a comment. I wish you all nothing but the best for 2019!

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xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s topic is to share with you my winter TBR. I have a mix of backlist titles as well as some new releases. This will also probably make up most of my January 2019 TBR, but it’s still early, so things may change! I’m hoping to read a few of these in December!


The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

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The Girl King by Mimi Yu

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

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I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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It’s no surprise that there are MORE Cassie Clare books on my TBR. I’m making it a priority to finish The Dark Artifices trilogy this winter! They are just… soooo long. Hahaha. So I feel intimidated! But I really am slowly making my way through the entire Shadowhunters collection and it’s been a fun journey.

I hope you’re all having a lovely week so far. Happy reading!

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 WOW Endings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s topic is a freebie so I decided to use a past topic that I’ve never done before. I decided this one would be fitting since we are almost to the end of 2018! The following are some books that had endings that made my jaw drop or cliffhangers that just made me want to scream haha!


The Wicked King by Holly Black

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

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LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

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I didn’t want to spoil anything so you’ll just have to read these books to find out what made me freak out! haha. I did, however, link to my reviews so you can check those out if you want! I hope you have a lovely week! 🙂

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Platonic Relationships

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I really love this week’s topic about our favorite platonic relationships! This was a pretty easy one for me… so here we go!


1) Tori & Charlie from Solitaire by Alice Oseman:

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Tori is Charlie’s older sister and you can just tell how much they love and support each other. I also love their dynamic seen in the webcomic, Heartstopper!


2) Will & Jem from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare:

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This was my first obvious choice. They are my favorite parabatai in the Shadowhunters universe and nobody can tell me otherwise!


3) Kora & Nova from Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor:

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These two sisters have a rather tragic story line and it will forever tug at my heartstrings.


4) Rielle & Remy from Furyborn by Claire Legrand:

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Remy is the cutest little bro and I adore how fiercely he loves Rielle. I will riot if anything ever happens to him.


5) Cassidy & Jacob from City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab:

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These two are my favorite ghost-hunting duo. And the fact that Jacob is Cassidy’s ghost BFF makes it 1000x’s better.


6) Caledonia & her crew from Seafire by Natalie C. Parker:

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This book has some of the best sisterhood I’ve ever read and the friendships have left such a lasting impression on me.


7) Inej & Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:

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Another obvious choice, but really… these ladies are badass and I know they would die for each other.


8) Rhy & Kell from Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab:

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Rhy and Kell’s sibling relationship is one of my all time favorites. Rhy is Kell’s found family and it just warms my cold, dead heart how far Kell is willing to go to protect Rhy.


9) Alex, Lula, & Rose from the Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Córdova:

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These magical sisters deserve all the hype. I love how these girls know everything about each other and would walk to the ends of the earth for one another.


10) Mirabella, Arsinoe, & Katherine from Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake:

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Ok, so I know these three sisters are technically supposed to hate each other and, ultimately, kill each other… but maybe that’s why I’m so damn invested in their stories!?


That’s it for this week’s top ten! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you are having a lovely week! ❤

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

It’s almost Thanksgiving in the USA and today’s topic is a “thankful freebie”. So I felt it was only appropriate to mention some books that I’m super thankful for. These books have touched my life in some way that I’ll forever be grateful!


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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I figured this one would be obvious so let’s get it out of the way first, shall we? 😉


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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

 Attachments was the first book I read by Rainbow, and it was during a time in my life when I wasn’t reading a lot. This book has always stuck with me and has opened the door for me to explore more contemporary books.


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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This series is either a love it or hate it kind of series, but it’s the first YA high-fantasy that I got into and paved the way for me to explore more high fantasy stories.


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Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

I will forever be grateful for Jen Lancaster’s hilarious memoirs. They really got me through some dark periods of my life.


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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

This will most likely be my favorite book of 2018. Seeing the Southeast Asian rep in this book meant so much to me and I could relate so much to the characters.


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Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Okay, so technically this graphic novel isn’t out yet, but you can read the entire thing for free on tumblr and Tapas. In fact, the content in the webcomic is ahead of the content that’s going to be published in Volume 1, which is slated to drop in February 2019 (Note: Alice self-published Heartstopper Vol. 1 in October 2018 via her Kickstarter campaign. So if you see physical copies floating around the book community, chances are that’s the copy you’re seeing!) Heartstopper is such a heart warming and pure story about two high school boys who fall in love. I am literally obsessed with their story. It’s just full of so much good.


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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War is a very dark book but it’s such a damn page-turner, and the fact that it’s R.F. Kuang’s debut novel blows my mind. This book meant so much to me because of the Asian culture rep and I admire all the research R.F. Kuang put into it.


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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

2018 was the year that introduced me to Holly Black, the queen of faeries, and I will always be thankful for that blessing.


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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I buddy read Legendary with Melanie and, to be honest, this was probably one of my favorite buddy reads of all time. I had to much fun snap chatting with her and gushing over Chapter 13. ❤


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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker was the first adult high fantasy story I read and I’m so glad I finally took the plunge.


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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I wanted to cry ugly big, fat tears when this book was over. It was so heart warming, heart wrenching, funny, and full of so much good. I wish I could read it again for the very first time.


Well that’s it for this week’s top ten list! I hope you have a wonderful holiday if you’re in the US, and if you’re traveling I wish you safe travels!

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week I’m bringing you my top 10 backlist titles that I want to read. What’s a backlist title? It’s pretty much any book that did not come out this year. So I decided to mix up some classics with some books that came out within the past few years!

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  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. The Shining by Stephen King
  7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  9. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  10. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

 

That’s it! I am really hoping I can carve out some time in 2019 to read all of these highly acclaimed books. Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Horror Films

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Happy (almost) Halloween! Today’s topic is anything creepy/Halloween themed. Recently I shared my favorite atmospheric/paranormal reads, so this week I wanted to share my favorite scary movies. Keep in mind I am not a horror movie expert. A lot of my picks are main-stream movies or may not even have the best reviews. But they definitely scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and I still enjoy watching them!

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Halloween (1978)

All hail Jamie Lee, our OG Scream Queen. This is such a classic slasher film.

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The Shining (1980)

More psychological suspense, this movie really got me to love horror films. It’s not my favorite but I love the iconic bar scene.

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The Ring (2002)

This is probably my favorite horror movie of all time. It checked off all my horror-loving boxes and the cinematography is stunning.

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Pet Sematary (1989)

I remember watching this as a kid and thoroughly freaking myself out. The aunt in the attic still creeps the fuck out of me.

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Child’s Play (1988)

I don’t know why but I love scary doll movies. We need more.

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Candyman (1992)

I feel like no one ever talks about Candyman, but Tony Todd is such an icon and this movie deserves all the hype. It’s a twist on the Bloody Mary game, but instead you say Candyman in the mirror five times. It’s the perfect sleepover horror film.

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Scream (1996)

Scream is such a fun movie and IMO revived the teen slasher genre (filled with cliches and all!)

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

I love all the Easter eggs in this movie and you really have to give it credit for having the biggest twist in cinematic history.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This is probably my second favorite horror film of all time. I love that it’s about serial killers outsmarting FBI agents. But it’s also such a beautiful movie and the sequels/prequels do not compare in the slightest.

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The Craft (1996)

This is such a perfect witchy movie that I’m pretty sure Faizura Balk was born to star in.

 

Well I hope you enjoyed my list! Do you enjoy horror films? I really need to watch more. I recently finished The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, and I gotta say, I was disappointed. I thought it started out strong but then things got really boring for me. But overall I’m glad I watched it and I still think it was very well made!

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!

xx,

Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Big Books!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s topic is “longest books I’ve ever read.” I didn’t really like the topic because the majority of “big” books (to me) that I’ve read were around 600’ish pages. So instead I’m going to share the 5 big books I’m looking forward to reading this year as well as 5 big books I previously read.

5 Big Books I’m Planning to Read:

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: 848 pages

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas: About 1,000 pages (According to the author)

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: 720 pages

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: 701 pages

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare: 720 pages

5 Big Books I’ve Previously Read:

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Winter by Marissa Meyer: 827 pages

It by Stephen King: 1,116 pages

11/22/63 by Stephen King: 849 pages

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: 870 pages

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: 759 pages

 

Apparently this is the year of Cassandra Clare books for me! And I am SO HYPE for Kingdom of Ash! But I hope this was a fun topic for you. I don’t even know if these are the longest books I’ve ever read, but I used Goodreads to quickly look up their page numbers. I have no idea if it’s accurate! LOL. 🙂

xx,

amy