2017 Year In Review!

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Happy New Year All! I started planning 2018 long before the year ended just to be sure that I could keep on track. Before I get too ahead of myself though, I wanted to take a minute to look back on 2017. It was the year that brought my mojo back and even found a permanent direction for the blog. Alas, I’m not 100% sure how much reading I accomplished but 2017 for me was a reawakening of my passion for literature and the written word.

My goal was to dedicate more time to the blog and I’m happy to report that I succeeded posting every month except for two.  Just so you can understand why this is important. In 2016 I was only able to post for 6 months before the chaos of following multiple subjects overwhelmed me. 2017 was a chance to streamline focusing more on my writing and the pursuit of new books.

Books of 2017

Globe’s Disease

House of D’Antonio

The Entire Artemis Fowl Series 

A Madness So Discreet

Night of the Animals

How to Write Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Movies We Watched

This year fans lost their collectove minds as highly anticipated additions of several sagas were released including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan.

The release of new horror/satire Get Out caused a massive controversy and broke box office records being nominated for  Best Motion Picture and Best Actor. 

Funny story, the Marvel/DC Comics war will continue as the years most anticipated releases, (says me and my friends) Justice League & Thor Ragnarok. Though Justice League was definitely better than I expected, Thor threw things at me I didn’t even know to consider. Plus it really was the better of the two.

Reading Goal: 20 Books
I am only slightly embarrassed to admit that I didn’t complete my reading goal for 2017. I managed to finish 13 Books before the year ended, which is a drop in the bucket compared to other lists.  As I said I was reawakening, so I spent most of the year in a reading slump.  I was able to discover a few independent authors, such as Lance Oliver Keeble and Reece Cooper James.

Once I started reading again however, I’d completing an entire 8 Book series. A historical fiction I obsessed about for weeks as well as a reference book that brought me closer to completing my own W.I.P.

The most exciting thing about 2017 was the opportunity to outdo myself this year. This will be a year to aim higher with more books, more posts and maybe even the release of my first novel.🤞🏽🤞🏽

This year the goal is 25 Books of which 25 separate reviews will be written. Naturally this is flexible because I also want to read 1 new non-fiction quarterly just to diversify.

The search for more series will continue as I fine tune my book collecting interests. Around Christmas time I discovered a site that offered autographed copies of old books, and that warrants more research.

Maybe if I’m lucky I can sneak in a few classics.


Did you achieve your 2017 reading goals? What bookish pursuits will 2018 hold for you? Let me Know in the Comments Below!



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#NewBook Book Tag

Hey all,

I’ve been prepping for grad school, so my writing time has been limited to getting my portfolio together. Almost done though! 😇
I thought I’d attempt an update. I finished A Madness So Discreet a few days ago and was in the mood for another stand alone novel. Then I remembered that my sissy, bought me such a book for my bday!!! 

Night of the Animals by Bill Brown, is looking like a humorous story, our main character believes he can speak to the animals and uses this gift to interrogate them while also trying to set them free.

In oil painting across a blackened sky freckled with dimly lit stars, a young man wearing what appears to be an old school white nightgown is sitting on top of a bear. Thus covering all facets of the title, with the bear being the animal and the sky clearly night.

I’m not familiar with Bill Brown as an author but if I like this one perhaps he’ll have a new fan. 

 

I’m also still working my way through How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. Treating this as a textbook for writing, I’ve been able to learn a bit more about crafting a story. 

It’s The Great Pumpkin! (Book Tag)

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It’s fall, season of the pumpkin…so here we are with a pumpkin themed book tag! I found this one on Thrice Read  and to level with you all I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin. I didn’t try my first piece of pumpkin pie until junior year of college and I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall time for me is usually an caramel Macchiato or some warm cider. For those of you who do enjoy pumpkin flavored things, try out this book tag. Leave your link below so I can check it out!

Pumpkin: A writer you always make a point to read in October

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There is no particular author I read base don the time of year it is. My plan is usually to read the books as they come in the mail or as they’re released. For the remainder of 2017 my plan is to finish the Cassandra Clare series The Mortal Instruments. It’s also November and almost the end of pumpkin season and the beginning of peppermint takeover which I am a fan of.

Pumpkin Spice: A work you would read to impress a millennial

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I don’t know what would impress a millennial nor do I read books to impress people, but there are a few books that I feel smarter for having read. I’m a big fan of poetry and I have a book of Harlem Renaissance poems that I think is pretty impressive.

 

Pumpkin Pie: A work that makes you think of autumn

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, I read this story in Jr. high school which would’ve started in the fall around September or October. The story itself takes place over the course of the school year I believe also. The incident mentioned in the book occurred in a suburb of Philadelphia.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake: A work that was challenging to read but was a rewarding experience

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Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read. It was on my high school summer reading list my junior year of high school and I recall not being able to force myself through the entire book. I made it halfway through and had to finish reading through the school year to pass the tests that came along with the summer reading lists.

 

 

Pumpkin Bread: An underrated work by a well-known writer

I am so new to this I’m not sure who is well – known or who is just well known to me. I spent a few years not reading anything and so I’ll have to wait until at least next year to give a fair opinion on that one.

 

Pumpkin Soup: A work that you first enjoyed, but then lost interest 

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The very first series that comes to mind is The Immortals by Alyson Noel. The very first book Evermore  was amazing but upon reaching the ending I was annoyed and I found the main character so insufferable that midway through the second book I gave up.

Pumpkin Doughnut: A light, five-star read

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Sisterhood of the APF by Zane is both a light read and a five-star book though definitely not for children. Zane’s books discuss adult situations and are very steamy.  Sisterhood of the APF is one of my absolute favorites. I bought the book shortly after borrowing a copy of Nervous by the same author.

Pumpkin Picking: Within the last year, in which genre did you purchase the most books

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As always the genre I spent the most coin on was fantasy.It is my personal favorite and the genre I aspire to write for. Plus there are so many great options to choose from. .

Pumpkin Carving: A work that could have been trimmed down

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I try really hard to look at the entire body of work of a series. I have been fortunate enough to pick series that i’m interested in and that also have interesting plots and I haven’t been disappointed yet. When you commit to a series you have to be along for the ride.

Pumpkin Painting: A book with magnificent illustrations

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I love the illustrations in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. So far I’ve only read Wicked but the cover art as well as the title headings are very pretty.

Pumpkin Ice Cream: The most random work you would recommend

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The most random book I would recommend is actually a fantasy theme book called Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dugald A. Steer, Ernest Drake and Wayne Anderson. It was a book my mom got for me as a pre-teen when I was obsessed with dragons, the book has several fun activities to keep the excitement going and it’s very shiny. As far as books go it’s not the most plot driven but the illustrations are amazing.

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin/what is your favorite dish where pumpkin is the main ingredient?

So once again I’m not a major fan of pumpkin flavored anything, however, I do really enjoy Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cheesecake is one of my favorite food groups and I absolutely love caramel on anything so caramel cheesecake with pumpkin or any other kind of pie just makes sense.

What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin  Inspired Thing?  Leave a Comment Below!

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It's The Great Pumpkin! (Book Tag)

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It’s fall, season of the pumpkin…so here we are with a pumpkin themed book tag! I found this one on Thrice Read  and to level with you all I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin. I didn’t try my first piece of pumpkin pie until junior year of college and I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall time for me is usually an caramel Macchiato or some warm cider. For those of you who do enjoy pumpkin flavored things, try out this book tag. Leave your link below so I can check it out!

Pumpkin: A writer you always make a point to read in October

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There is no particular author I read base don the time of year it is. My plan is usually to read the books as they come in the mail or as they’re released. For the remainder of 2017 my plan is to finish the Cassandra Clare series The Mortal Instruments. It’s also November and almost the end of pumpkin season and the beginning of peppermint takeover which I am a fan of.

Pumpkin Spice: A work you would read to impress a millennial

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I don’t know what would impress a millennial nor do I read books to impress people, but there are a few books that I feel smarter for having read. I’m a big fan of poetry and I have a book of Harlem Renaissance poems that I think is pretty impressive.

 

Pumpkin Pie: A work that makes you think of autumn

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, I read this story in Jr. high school which would’ve started in the fall around September or October. The story itself takes place over the course of the school year I believe also. The incident mentioned in the book occurred in a suburb of Philadelphia.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake: A work that was challenging to read but was a rewarding experience

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Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read. It was on my high school summer reading list my junior year of high school and I recall not being able to force myself through the entire book. I made it halfway through and had to finish reading through the school year to pass the tests that came along with the summer reading lists.

 

 

Pumpkin Bread: An underrated work by a well-known writer

I am so new to this I’m not sure who is well – known or who is just well known to me. I spent a few years not reading anything and so I’ll have to wait until at least next year to give a fair opinion on that one.

 

Pumpkin Soup: A work that you first enjoyed, but then lost interest 

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The very first series that comes to mind is The Immortals by Alyson Noel. The very first book Evermore  was amazing but upon reaching the ending I was annoyed and I found the main character so insufferable that midway through the second book I gave up.

Pumpkin Doughnut: A light, five-star read

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Sisterhood of the APF by Zane is both a light read and a five-star book though definitely not for children. Zane’s books discuss adult situations and are very steamy.  Sisterhood of the APF is one of my absolute favorites. I bought the book shortly after borrowing a copy of Nervous by the same author.

Pumpkin Picking: Within the last year, in which genre did you purchase the most books

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As always the genre I spent the most coin on was fantasy.It is my personal favorite and the genre I aspire to write for. Plus there are so many great options to choose from. .

Pumpkin Carving: A work that could have been trimmed down

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I try really hard to look at the entire body of work of a series. I have been fortunate enough to pick series that i’m interested in and that also have interesting plots and I haven’t been disappointed yet. When you commit to a series you have to be along for the ride.

Pumpkin Painting: A book with magnificent illustrations

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I love the illustrations in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. So far I’ve only read Wicked but the cover art as well as the title headings are very pretty.

Pumpkin Ice Cream: The most random work you would recommend

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The most random book I would recommend is actually a fantasy theme book called Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dugald A. Steer, Ernest Drake and Wayne Anderson. It was a book my mom got for me as a pre-teen when I was obsessed with dragons, the book has several fun activities to keep the excitement going and it’s very shiny. As far as books go it’s not the most plot driven but the illustrations are amazing.

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin/what is your favorite dish where pumpkin is the main ingredient?

So once again I’m not a major fan of pumpkin flavored anything, however, I do really enjoy Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cheesecake is one of my favorite food groups and I absolutely love caramel on anything so caramel cheesecake with pumpkin or any other kind of pie just makes sense.

What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin  Inspired Thing?  Leave a Comment Below!

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Fall Time, Cozy Time (Book Tag)

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Subscriber: I’m starting to notice a theme on Blu Moon Fiction

Me: Yes, the theme is Fall. 

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been doing loads of fall themed posts, even if my reading doesn’t necessarily follow suit. Here’s another fun Book Tag, I originally found it on a watt pad page belonging to skye_ wolverine7  titled: Book Tags 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color! Choose a book that has reds, yellows and oranges on it.

Incantation

Incantation by Alice Hoffman. I’ve had this book for ages and yet, I’ve never actually read it. It looks to be a historical fiction about a young woman identifying as a spanish jew during a time when they are being persecuted. The story covers themes of faith, friendship, and persecution.

 

Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzy?

Blame It on Eve

I don’t remember why I never finished this book but, Blame It on Eve by Philana Marie Boles, for me is definitely one of those books. It’s a brilliant story of a girl allegedly with everything she’s ever wanted, who realizes that she wants and deserves more. The transformation she undergoes throughout the book makes you proud of the main character, I should definitely find out how it ends.

Fall storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book or genre to read on a stormy day.

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I absolutely love Urban Fantasy especially on a day when it’s gross outside. You may not know this about me but I am not a person who enjoys the elements up close. On rainy, cold icky days, you can find me curled up with a blanket and a book. Which is why this is the perfect job for me. 🙂 I have a few series I’m interested in reading over the next few months during what I call my “hibernation”.

Cool, crisp air: What cool character would you want to trade places with?

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Most of the characters I read about, experience some form of great tragedy which makes them awesome to read about. Of all of my favorite female reads, I wouldn’t mind swamping places with post Breaking Dawn Bella Cullen. Frozen at approximately 19 years of age, she is the only vampire excluding her mate Edward with a living breathing heir. Immortality aside, she also happens to be one of a few vampires magically gifted.

Hot apple cider: What is an under hyped book that you wanna see be the next hottest, biggest thing in the world?

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I know of a small community of readers who are aware of the series but I expected this series to be a major motion picture by now. The House of Night by P.C. & Kristin Cast is a book I discuss often. I truly feel that it doesn’t get nearly enough buzz. There should be movies, merchandise and collectible drinks that are fakey blood, but i guess the world isn’t ready.

Coats, scarves, mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most amazing book cover that you own that you would want to keep hidden from the public?

Dracula

I have several leather bound copies of books, a bejeweled dragonology book that I keep no a top shelf as well as an older copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that’s being held together with so much tape I’m embarrassed to show people but… none of my books are to be spirited away. Books are meant to be seen and read and loved!

Pumpkin Spice: What is your favorite food in the fall time?

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Funny story, I am not a fan of Pumpkin – spice. Orange Spice in my time with a gingersnap cookie. My nana and I used to devour boxes. It’s hard deciding on my favorite fall food because Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to all the things I love to eat. If i’m choosing my hands down favorite though, I have to say it’s sweet potatoes (yams) anytime of the year, but I can only ever seem to find Sweet Potato cheesecake in the fall. It’s the perfect blend of my two favorite deserts sweet potato pie and cheesecake.

Warm, cozy bonfire: Spread the warmth! Who are you going to tag?

As always I’m late to this dance so I’m pretty sure there is no one I could tag that hasn’t done this at least once, but just in case you haven’t feel free to tag yourself and leave the link below!

Which Books Do You Love To Cozy Up To ?  Leave a Comment Below!

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The Book Cake Book Tag

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As you may have guessed I’m a sweet treats kind of girl. So mixing cakes and books together…AWESOME! This have was found on Bookish Rebels, feel free to play along and leave a comment below!

1. FLOUR: A book that was really slow to start but picked up as it went along.

The Alchemyst

This was tricky because there are few books that I have this problem with. I would say The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book One) by Michael Scott. I discovered this series when shopping for a Christmas gift for my mother, accidentally grabbing The Enchantress (Book #4).  The first book is slow to start because of the background detail provided. Because the story borrows from myths we’re familiar with an in-depth explanation of the world is needed even though it drags for the first few chapters as a result.

2. MARGARINE: A book that has a really rich and great plot.

Marked

This book could have been another cliche. Using teenage angst to spew a stereotypical romance of teenagers turned vampires. InsteadThe House of Night by P.C. & Kristin Cast offers us a new world, a tweak on some lesser known myths as well as a multifaceted magical universe complete with elemental magic. Each new book adds layers to get lost in.

3. EGGS: A book that you thought was going to be bad, but turned out to be quite enjoyable.

I'm Telling

I’m Telling by Karen E. Quinones. The book details, sexual assault, prostitution and  drug abuse between a good twin and a possible bad twin. Even the first few chapters slightly dragged in a way but I eventually got into the rhythm. The cathartic healing of the family towards the end as well as the final plot twist made this one of my favorite books of 2006. I even wrote a book report about the book and the author for a writing class I was taking.

Winnie the Pooh    4. SUGAR: A sugary/sweet book

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Winnie the pooh isn’t just a sugary sweet book, it’s an awesomely sweet franchise that  spans several mediums and caused the tantrum of ’94 when my Winnie the Pooh bean bag chair ruptured and I was forced to throw it and the beans spilling from it in the trash. I was obsessed with Pooh and Piglet but my favorite character, who I believe was made specifically for the TV shows, Kessie the Blue Jay who was adopted by Rabbit and affectionately called him “Rabbey”.  I can’t wait to read this book to my kids.

Artemis Fowl 15. ICING: A book covering every element you enjoy.

This may change in a few weeks when I start reading other books or a new series but for right now. The Artemis Fowl Series  by Eoin Colfer is giving me all of my favorites parts of reading right now. I love the worlds we get to visit throughout the series include multiple dimensions and time spectrum. The characters are vivid and you either love them or hate them respectively. There’s also intrigue, a bit of espionage. Artemis is a boy genius so there’s an intellectual tech aspect to the book that I also really enjoy. There’s also magic and faeries two things I absolutely love plus,   I’m learning a few new words too.

Amelia Bedelia6. SPRINKLES: A book series you can turn to for a little pick me up when you’re feeling down.

Amelia Bedelia  by Peggy Parish and later her nephew Herman ParishThis series was one of the first books I ever read and even though I have no idea where this set is now, I often think of it fondly as a pick me up. There are 20 primary works and 21 total works in the Amelia Bedelia series originally began by Peggy in 1963 was continued in 1988 by Wreck This Journalher nephew Herman Parish. 

 

7. CHERRY ON TOP: Favorite book of the year so far

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith I just got this book for my birthday but it’s already one of my favorites. Although it gives m great anxiety to destroy a book it tells you to so….but as I was saying it’s in color now which is a big upgrade from the versions we had in high school.

 

What Books Make Your Cake? Leave A Comment Below!

 

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The Name Game Book Tag

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I found this book tag on The Book Owl and just had to try it! Before making it’s home at The Book Owl  this tag was featured on the blog of Madeline J. Rose!  Remember those cheesy poems we used to write as kids, using the letters of your name? It’s actually just like that, but with books!

The original post suggests using the titles of books you’ve read or recommended to spell out your name.  The books can have either have the letter in the title or as the author that starts with each letter of your name. I noticed in my bookshelf there are far more books I own than have read, so i’ll be using books I own or have read. I’ll also be spelling out my byline: Noel Bleu, feel free to use whichever name you’d like and leave a comment below!

 

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Night Star: Alyson Noel

Night Star

N – Stands for Night Star by Alyson Noel.  This letter was only slightly challenging as I only have a handful of N books. I have not read this book yet, but I do own it. I have read the first book in the series and half of the second book. Night Star, is book five in The Immortals six book series. Without having read it there’s not much to say but I do looooove the cover.

 

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Out Of Oz: Gregory Maguire

Out of Oz

O – Stands for Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire. I couldn’t think of an O book off the top of my head and wouldn’t have been able to find one in my shelf if not for my Nov book haul. I started this series with Wicked but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the rest of the books. It is the final book in The Wicked Years series.  As for now though it looks like I’ll be completing the series in 2018.

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E.B. White: Charlotte’s Web

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E – stands for E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web. Between The Immortals and Twilight I could spell out my name with just those two series, but,  for the sake of variation I decided to use the name of the author of one of my favorite children’s books. E.B. White is the creator of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, (I saw the movie but have yet to read the book.)

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Dangerous Liasions

L – stands for Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.  Finding L books are hard, this book only counts as L by acknowledging that the in french is Les. This book also known as Dangerous Liaisons also known as Cruel Intentions is a book that I haven’t ever read, but, I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count.  I actually picked this book up in college because I found out the movie was based on a book. Finding the original french written story was a bonus. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a difficult read if you don’t have the time to decode French and old English. It’s been listed on several classic books list so I’ll be reading it at some point.

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Breaking Dawn: Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

B – Stands for Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I had to travel to my bookshelf for this one but surprisingly I have several B books to choose from. I chose this one, a book that I both own and have read to completion! Breaking Dawn for me was the ending to a month long marathon/binge read that started mid-may and ended by early June. It was also the wedding we all waited for, the wedding night we wish we could’ve read more about and the incredibly gifted Renesmee Cullen. This is one of few series with an ending I loved but was sad to end.

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Lady’s Night

Lady's Night

L – Stands for Lady’s Night by Mark Anthony. This was another challenging book to find but I found it. I read this book when I was teenager, during a time when my literary interests were mostly urban fiction. Growing up in Philadelphia, it’s a lot easier to relate to the characters in these books. It’s been so long ago, that although I’ve read it, I can’t recall much besides the main character “Lady” ends up in a prostitution ring and that it has a happy ending.

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Evermore

Evermore

E – Stands for Evermore by Alyson Noel. I would’ve walked right by this book if the author’s last name wasn’t my middle name. (Yes, Noel is actually my middle name). I grabbed the book and felt the story was intriguing enough to buy. Feel free to make your own judgements, but, the main character is so frustrating that I have yet to finish book #2.

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Untamed

Untamed

U – Stands for Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast. Another book that I both own and have read to completion. It is book four in the House of Night series. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites but I do love the book because it ramps the action up a few notches. The series as a whole is one battle after the next, an amazing read for anyone who enjoys magical vampires and mythology.

 

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