Fab Five Friday – Authors I would LOVE to Meet!

It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this that I am a HUGE book nerd. Forserious.

 

I would rather read than do almost anything else. There is something about getting lost in a good story, diving into a world other than my own, getting lost in the heads of vastly different people… *sigh*

 

Reading is therapy to me.

 

Over the years, I have developed serious fangirl tendencies towards some authors. As soon as I discover they are coming out with a new book, I flail about in excitement like a crazy person.

 

Can you imagine how hard I would geek out if I were to actually MEET one of my favorite authors?!

 

Today’s Fab Five Friday post is dedicated to Authors I Would Love to Meet!

 

meg cabot

First up, Meg Cabot. Well, DUH! This gal is the reason I fell in love with young adult literature in the first place! I LOVE the various formats she uses to tell the story… Diary entries, scribbles on menus or napkins, emails, and even receipts! She is so creative and so hysterically funny, Cabot is by far one of my most favorite authors of all time!

 

jennifer mcgowan

Jennifer McGowan. Y’all, I didn’t even know this author existed until last year, but let me tell you, her historical fiction series has won me over for LIFE! This lady can write! She manages to effortlessly mesh historical facts with creative liberties in order to produce stories that have me anxious to find out what happens next.

 

mercedes lackey

Mercedes Lackey. This choice may be surprising. Yes, she’s my grandma’s age, and she seems kind of eccentric (one of her author photos is a picture of her with a bird perched on her shoulder), but Lackey is undoubtedly one of the most creative writers the world has ever seen. No joke. Prolific and brilliant, she manages to build entire worlds in a fascinating, whimsical, yet believable way, and yet makes it look effortless.

 

penny reid

Penny Reid. This self-published author makes me laugh like none-other! A writer of romantic fiction (of the sexy-times variety!), Reid manages to fashion bad ass, believable, intelligent female characters that I want to jump onto the page and become friends with. This author churns out so many books a year, I’m fascinated with how she does it! I’d love to sit down and have a beer with her… I have a feeling she’d be a riot!

 

stephanie perkins

Stephanie Perkins. If I wasn’t such a proud ginger, I would totally dye my hair Stephanie Perkins pink. This lady is awesome! Her stories are heartwarming/heart wrenching, and truly transport the reader back in time to their high school self. That being said, her books are perfect for readers at any stage in life, becomes her themes- love, identity, and tough decisions- are ones we all struggle with. It is my goal in life to one day give Stephanie Perkins a hug. Not in a creepy, stalker way, but in an “OH MY GOSH MY LITERARY IDOL JUST GAVE ME A HUG AND NOW WE’RE BESTIES” kind of way.

 

What about you, Chickadees? What authors are YOU dying to meet?! Share in the comments below!

 

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Fab Five Friday – Book Quotes on Love

I just love love, don’t you?

 

Sweet words, holding hands, thoughtful gestures, swoony kisses… *sigh*

 

Today, I’m sharing my Fab Five Favorite Book Quotes on Love! Happy Valentine’s Day Eve, everyone!

 

anne

“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” – L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

 

the little prince

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de St. Exupery (The Little Prince)

 

pride and prejudice

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.” – Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

 

winnie the pooh

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” – A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

 

anna and the french kiss

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” – Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss)

 

What are your favorite literary quotes on love? Share in the comments below!

 

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Fab Five Friday – Favorite Book Settings

Anyone else pick up books solely based on the story’s setting? No? Just me? Well, that’s alright.

 

Sometimes a book calls to me because the world building is intriguing, or the location is in some exotic place I would love to explore.

 

Today, I’m dishing on my Fab Five Favorite Book Settings!

 

valdemar

Photo Credit : Lexie Donovan

The Valdemar Universe, created by fantasy genre genius, Mercedes Lackey.

Seriously, you guys, this gal is AWESOME! I love all of her books, but the world building she did in creating Valdemar is by far my favorite. There are magical horses that can communicate telepathically with their Chosen, a group of magically able humans who protect the kingdom and keep the peace, and a diverse culture and sub cultures that you can’t help but get sucked in to.

Arrows of the Queen

 

new york city

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New York City.

I love New York. It is my favorite city in the whole wide world. When stories are set here, I just want to hop on the next flight to visit this city that never sleeps. I’d see a show on Broadway, visit MoMA, and wander around Central Park. There is something electric and frankly magical about this city. If a book takes place here, it’s usually a winner in my opinion.

The Diviners, The Princess Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Blue Bloods

 

castle

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Historical England.

I’m a bit of a nerd, so it should come as no surprise that I geek out over books set in olden-day England. Tales of political intrigue, glimpses of court glamor, and historical and geographical facts make my heart happy!

Maid of Secrets, Maid of Deception, The Constant Princess, A Great and Terrible Beauty

 

Erilea-Final

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Erilea, dreamed up by the lovely and talented Sarah J. Maas.

The Throne of Glass series rocked my world last year, largely due to the masterfully done world building. Fae, assasins, various races of witches, dragon-like creatures, soul-less “people”… BE STILL MY HEART! I love Celaena and the wonderful world where she lives.

Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Assasin’s Blade

 

prison

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Prison.

Ok, so this one may sound strange, but hear me out! I love stories about assassins, spies, thieves, and the like. Imprisonment in those lines of work is almost inevitable. Their captivity requires fortitude, cunning, strength, and peace of mind. Gotta love stories set in prison.

The Study Series, Throne of Glass Series, Maid of Secrets, The Thief, Storm Glass, Princess of Thorns

 

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Fab Five Friday- Books I Need to Read in 2015

Fab Five Friday- Books I Need to Read in 2015

I kind of stole Lindsey’s idea for this Fab Five Friday. I hope she doesn’t care! I’m already planning out my reading schedule for 2015. My Goodreads goal is to read 100 books and so I’d better get on it! Here are five books I plan to read this year:

1. The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne: I really enjoy Hester’s books and have quite a few on my to-read list. This one about a girl who finds out her boyfriend is a prince has the perfect plot for a fun, chick lit novel!

2. Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel: This is one of the best Christian authors that I have recently discovered. This book is about a celebrity biographer who starts digging into a Hollywood marriage and discovers a complicated and bittersweet story. I’m eager to read more from this author.

3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: Alice loses ten years of her memory and has to discover how she went from happily married and pregnant to a divorcing mother of three. I have read books with a similar premise, but Moriarty always does something special with her books. I have read The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret and was beyond engrossed with both of them.

4. Crossed by Ally Condle: I loved Matched, but haven’t had time to read the sequel yet, even though the first book ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger. 2015 better be the year that I keep going in the series. This is a great dystopian series about a girl who has to choose between the guy society chose for her and the guy who society has rejected.

5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I spent 2014 reading my first two books by Rainbow Rowell- Attachments and Fangirl. She’s a wonderful author with very unique, quirky characters. This story is about a husband and wife whose marriage is falling apart. Georgie, the wife, discovers a way to communicate with her husband of the past.

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Fab Five Friday- Best Books I read in 2014

Fab Five Friday- Best Books I read in 2014

I read 84 books in 2014! Here are five of my favorites:

 

1. Desperately Ever After and Damsels in Distress by Laura Kenyon: Whoa, these books unexpectedly blew me away! They had all of my favorite elements put together. I love fairytales, fairytale characters, chick lit, and humor. This series had it all! These ladies are not as perfect as in the fairytales and they have some real issues to work through- infidelity, regrets from pre-fairytale life, building up walls to keep others out, and crazy mother-in-laws. Each of the ladies shows growth from the beginning of the book to the end. I am eagerly awaiting the third and final book to see how it all works out. Read my full reviews here and here.

                                                                                                  

2. Shadow Maker by James R. Hannibal: This thriller and suspense book was incredible! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! It’s written by a former military member so it has descriptions of detailed military technology, military techniques, and exotic locations. The main character, Nick Baron, is quite likeable and admirable.  You’re rooting for him right from the beginning. Read the full review and awesome author interview here.

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry: This was another incredible read that I should have read long ago. The Giver is one of the great, original dystopian novels and the book is a thousand times better than the movie. In this book, Jonas lives in a world without pain, but also, without freedom. The society decides who you marry, what your job is, what you eat, etc. Jonas is chosen to become the next Giver and as such, he must receive memories from the current Giver that society has erased. Jonas learns about life before the current society and has some difficult choices to make. This book had a great message!

4. The Baby Trap by Sibel Hodge: This is probably the funniest book I read all year! This is the story of Gina and Carl, who are trying to have a baby. When they struggle with infertility, Gina is willing to try every method- on and off the books- to become pregnant. Underneath all the humor is a wonderful message about desire, loss, and how to handle what life gives you.

5. But I Said Forever by Jennifer Gilby Roberts: This was a sequel to The Dr. Pepper Prophecies, but I enjoyed it more than the first book. Mel’s sister, Brittany, is living what should be the perfect life. She is married to a successful man and able to stay home with her son, but she feels like her marriage is falling apart. Her husband ignores her and she wants more out of life. Brittany decides to get a job at a bakery and as she starts becoming more independent, she finds out a big secret about her husband. I really enjoyed watching Brittany’s growth and I loved the secondary characters in this story.

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