My Most Owned Authors on My Auto-Buy List

Most owned authors

Last week I was tagged by Veronica in her post that she adapted from a booktuber, and I couldn’t wait to do it! I had so much fun checking out my bookshelves and really seeing what I had – some of the results surprised me!

Basically, the idea is to gather your top ten auto-buy authors – but then arrange them by how many books you own that they wrote. This doesn’t necessarily mean that these are my only auto-buy authors, but in my case it’s actually pretty close! I originally thought I wouldn’t make it to ten, but I found that there are actually more authors I’d buy from without hesitation. Unsurprisingly enough, most of these are sci-fi or fantasy authors, but a few contemporary authors snuck in there too!

Top Ten AutoBuy 1

This one was the biggest “whoa, really?” moment for me. I wouldn’t consider Clare an author that I run out on the release date and buy her next book, but I’m inexplicably drawn to her series and the Shadowhunters, so I’m sure I’d hop out and buy the newest ones eventually. Although anything that hasn’t much to do with Shadowhunters I probably won’t be so keen on buying, but we’ll see. I own the full series of both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, as well as the Shadowhunter’s Codex.

Top Ten AutoBuy 2

Percy Jackson!!! This will be tied for first place with Clare when the last book of the Heroes of Olympus is completed and I can buy the boxed set and binge on them all in one week. But for now, I just have the five of the Percy Jackson series. I just love the snark and development of all the characters over the five books, and I can’t even let myself think about HoO otherwise I start salivating and lose my willpower of not buying them all yet. Just a few more months…

Top Ten AutoBuy 3

If I had guilty pleasures, McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series would be it. But since I don’t believe in guilt over pleasure, these remain a solid favorite of mine. The romance, the angst, the pain, the triumph – all the feels. And yeah the covers are a wee bit embarrassing to read in public (I dragged by best guy friend to BN with me and he pointed at Dare You To laughing before I told him it was a favorite series of mine *he laughed harder*) but who really cares because I love them all ❤

Top Ten AutoBuy 4

I count four because Unite Me is in paperback all in one and matches perfectly with the rest of the Shatter Me trilogy sitting so pretty on my shelf. I’m a bit more reserved about going crazy for her next book, because I’m not sure how her writing style will transfer over when it’s not Juliette’s kind-of-crazysauce mind. But I’m definitely interested in seeing what she does next, so I’ll be awaiting her next book impatiently.

Top Ten AutoBuy 5

The only reason she isn’t higher on the list is because this woman hasn’t published any more books. I’m counting the Assassin’s Blade as a book because although it’s novellas, put all together they’re basically a prequel novel. I can’t believe there’s only two other books in the Throne of Glass series – it feels like there’s so much more. But really, whatever she writes, I’ll pick up, no questions asked. (Like her next series, A Court of Thorns and Roses!)

Top Ten AutoBuy 6

Just like Sarah – I’d buy her entire library if it existed. But the Grisha trilogy is a magical series, and completely sold me to whatever Leigh writes. And we get THE DREGS next year!!! I am beyond ecstatic 😀 I’m just hoping and praying for at least a cameo from Tolya and Tamar. Please, book gods, smile upon me this day.

Top Ten AutoBuy 7

This is a recently christened auto-buy author, but oh the pedestal she sits on. Dreams of Gods and Monsters completely blew me away, despite the rocky start with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Her writing style is perhaps one of my favorites, and I love the way she creates characters. Another author that I’d read anything from – even grocery lists.

Top Ten AutoBuy 8

The Legend series is still one of my favorites, and Champion made me weep like a child. But I haven’t read such a heart-pounding and adrenaline rush inducing series since my adventures with Stephen King when I was fourteen. I’ll admit I’m a bit hesitant about The Young Elites, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I hate the cover than anything else.

Top Ten AutoBuy 9

I know the only books she’s published are The Lunar Chronicles, but I love them enough that I’m 99% sure I’d follow her to her next book, or at least take a very close look at it. If it’s anything like Cress or Scarlet, I’m all in! If it’s like Cinder… ehhh that would make me a bit more ambivalent. *please don’t lynch me – Cinder was great, but it’s my least favorite for sure*

Top Ten AutoBuy 10

This is another that I’d have more – if they existed!!! I just love all of her novels, but Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is my favorite for sure. It holds such a special place in my heart ❤ I’ll read anything she writes, and I’m already anxiously awaiting her next book.

Honorary Mention:

Top Ten AutoBuy 11Emery didn’t make it into the top ten, but merely for the reason that Open Road Summer is her first and as-of-yet only novel. But oh what a novel it is ❤ If her debut looks like THAT, I can’t wait to see what her sophomore book will look like!

Who am I tagging?

MUAHAHA! There’s no way y’all are escaping this one – it’s time to look at your bookshelves. So I’m tagging Miranda @ Tempest Books, Cait @ Notebook Sisters, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity, and Meg @ Adrift on Vulcan. I expect your posts STAT! Just kidding – take your time.

LA Times Festival of Books: Day Two

LA Festival D2Welcome back to my recap posts about the LA Festival of Books! Day two, Sunday, was definitely the jam-packed day, so get ready for a bunch of pictures! Whereas I had Veronica on Sunday, I was totally alone on Sunday, so it was a bit of a different experience. But it turned out far better than I expected, and I was so sad that it was over!

Day Two

I left earlier, since I had been late the first day, and I didn’t hit any traffic! So I ended up getting to the campus at 8:30 – almost three hours before my first panel started! So I rearranged my schedule a bit, and went to the Mrs. Nelson’s tent (which ended up being my stomping grounds for the entire day), since there was a Marissa Meyer signing at 10:15. I ended up being first in line, sitting on a rock until a few other people joined me at about 9:15. And then – miracle of miracles! – they let me know that Sarah J. Maas would be there at the same time! So after waiting and waiting, the signing started, and I saw both authors!

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I already had Scarlet signed, so I only had to carry Cinder and Cress. Marissa is really sweet, and I LOVE her hair.
photo 3Next was Sarah, and she was actually super fun to talk to! We were laughing at her sunglasses, since she had been placed right where the sun was in her eyes, and of course the glasses were all bent at the nose. I was so excited when I saw the message on The Assassin’s Blade – it’s my favorite quote on my favorite book in the series!

After the signing, I RAN all the way across campus to make it to the Conversation between Veronica Roth and Leigh Bardugo, and made it just in time for when they were letting people in. I ended up on the second level in the theater, but it wasn’t horrid seating, and I could hear perfectly. And let me just say – those two ladies together is the greatest thing in the world! They were absolutely hilarious, and between answering with serious, thoughtful replies, they were totally goofy and fun. It didn’t even seem like an hour at all. There was an opportunity for a Roth signing, but I didn’t even try since I knew it would be hours and there were so many other panels I wanted to attend.

Sorry for no pictures of their conversation – I was far too high for any quality, and they had said no photography anyway.

After that, I ran to the food truck for lunch, then ate as I walked back (seriously – everything I was going to that day was completely across campus from each other) to the YA stage. But then I remembered that Emery Lord had a signing of her debut novel, Open Road Summer, at 1 at the Mrs. Nelson tent, so I got in line – first again! I had excellent luck at timing, apparently. The lady at Nelson’s was teasing me about it 😛

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Love Letters to the Dead was a later signing that day

I just have to say – Emery was an absolute pleasure to meet! She was so easy to talk to, and I didn’t feel nervous like I usually do when meeting authors. We actually got to talking about my reading, and how I’ve just gotten back to YA last year. When I said that contemporary was my least read genre, but I was beyond excited for Open Road Summer, she smiled so wide and said she hoped it would help me dive into the genre even more! I wish I could have talked to her more, but didn’t want to be rude to everyone else in line.

After meeting Emery, I ran over to the Stephanie Perkins signing that had been going on at the same time, and that was probably the longest I waited in an “active” line, since I joined after it had already started. Even so, it was only about half an hour before I met Stephanie! And she was so easy to talk to as well: she loved my hair (eeepp!!!) and we started talking about how hard it is with pixie cuts to get that exact shape that’s perfect for your face.

The sharpies match the covers!!

The sharpies match the covers!!

While I was waiting in line, I missed the first half of the Young Adult Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales with Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Cecil Castellucci, but since I had already met them all one way or another, I wasn’t too worried about it. I caught the last half, but since I was in the way far back I couldn’t hear very well, or get any pictures (sad day!). So it really just ended up being a time for me to sit down and rest my feet and rearrange my bag since all the signings had gotten them all mixed up and upside down.

Once that panel ended, I was able to sneak a seat on the grass underneath the trees for some shade, since the seating was right in the sun and I didn’t feel like burning. After a 30 minute break, wherein I read Cress (holy cow why did I wait so long itssogood!!!) and relaxed some more – there was a lovely breeze that finally came around. And then *drumroll please* the Young Adult Fiction: Told From the Heart panel started!

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Joanna Philbin, Emery Lord, and Stephanie Perkins

Again, sorry the pictures are poor quality, but it was as close as I could get! I loved this panel – it was a perfect mix of talking about swoony boys and all the authors encouraging the audience that A) the romance between friends is important too, and B) boys in reality CAN be as good as boys in books. All the ladies were relaxed and chatty, and it felt like a heart-to-heart between friends more than a panel. Surprisingly one of my favorites of the day!

After that, I went back to Mrs. Nelson’s booth for my last signing: Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead (picture is up above next to Open Road Summer). She had a million sharpie colors to choose from, and of course I picked the dead one! We spent about five minutes trying to find sharpies that worked: I told her that I was just the test run and I was weeding out the weak!

Alas, once I was done at the booth, my day was finished. My cousin picked me up and took me to Santa Monica Boulevard to meet my mom, and we walked around the streets and had dinner together. Well, I should say snack, since we drove home and stopped in Corona for actual dinner at this FANTASTIC Mexican restaurant. Let’s just say we were wishing it was socially acceptable to leave our pants unbuttoned to let room for our food babies…

So that was my weekend! It was way different than I was expecting, but in the best way possible. Veronica and I have dreams of going to BEA next year – hopefully LA prepared me enough for that trip!

Alternate Reality Giveaway: Fairytale Retellings

Alternate Reality GiveawayWelcome to the third discussion post for Veronica’s and my giveaway extravaganza! Today I’ll be discussing fairy tales and the trend that I’ve been seeing lately of adapting these tales to darker YA books.

There are three books that I’ll use as my examples today:

Splintered is a retelling of the Alice In Wonderland stories, Cruel Beauty a remix of Beauty and the Beast, and Scarlet a sci-fi infused Red Riding Hood.

Why I Love This Trend

First of all, I know it’s been around for forever, taking all the old fairytales and turning them into updated stories, but it seems to me that there’s been a bigger wave of these kinds of stories coming around in the YA sphere lately, especially with the release of Cress. I’m not a huge fan of the original tales, for whatever reason (I haven’t actually sat down and thought out a reason), but when the basic themes and plot points are turned into science fiction and heavy fantasy, then I’m hooked!

While I haven’t read as many of these types of stories as I’d like, what I have experienced of the trend is fantastic. Especially Scarlet (which is a favorite of mine), and how Red Riding Hood as a character was changed from a quiet girl into this badass chick who doesn’t take any fooling around – her main goal is to save her grandma, no matter the consequences.

I think that’s what this trend comes down to for me, now that I think about it. All of these old tales, which I love – don’t get me wrong, can tend to be a bit sexist. I mean, not every girl is a damsel in distress, right? Some are – which is why I’m really excited to read Cress and see the title character, who everyone says isn’t as bold as the two other protagonists, but is still a strong female character.

I love seeing all these different facets of women, and how they can be bold and courageous and kickass, but are still able to fall in love, be feminine, and, well, be a girl without being put into the submissive position. I think it’s something very important to represent in YA lit, and as far as I’m concerned, this trend can stay as long as it wants!

Spotlight on Cruel Beauty

As part of our giveaway, Veronica and I are offering one ARC copy of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge to our grand prize winner. Here’s some more information on the book – take a look!

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Looking forward to 2014

TTT BannerTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out their amazing blog here!

Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read. So I’m actually pretty bad at knowing when books are released… It usually goes like this: friend posts picture of their hardcover –> I say “wut” –> I google the thing –> OMG IT’S OUT –> there goes my budget. BUT! I did manage to scrape together ten books that I’m looking forward to reading next year.

1. The Treatment by Suzanne Young – April 29. I LOVED The Program, and even though I hadn’t expected a series, I’m ready to jump back into Sloane and James’ world!

2. Ignite Me + Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi – February 4. Now that I’m on board the #Chapter62 train, I’m 100% ready for Ignite Me. Plus, I’m still waiting for Adam to redeem himself. Actually, my one wish is that there will be a boxed set of all the hard covers, plus the two novellas all in one pretty set for me.

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer – February 4. Well… I haven’t even read Scarlet… But I already know I’m ready for Cress!

4. The Young World by Chris Weitz – July 29. So this one I’m still on the fence about, but I’m definitely intrigued. I’m waiting for some more reviews to filter in before I make my final decision.

5. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – July 3. I WILL NOT SURVIVE PAST MY NINETEENTH BIRTHDAY. I’LL HAVE EXISTED AS A NINETEEN YEAR OLD FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEN MY DEATH CERTIFICATE WILL READ “DEATH BY STURMHOND’S INCREDIBLE WIT AND SASS AND DEPTH”. 

[No cover yet – the day it shows up will be the day I die. I’ll be double dead.]

6. Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton – July 8. Where Silence Gathers was one of my unforeseen favorites of 2013, and I was beyond thrilled to find out it would be a series/companion novels.

7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – May 6. Andi and Veronica turned me to the Matson team – I’ve read Second Chance Summer, am reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour soon, and already want this third book.

8. Take Me On by Katie McGarry – May 20. I’ve only read Crash Into You, but I plan on reading the first two books in the series before Take Me On is released. I especially want to read Noah and Echo’s story ❤

[No cover yet]

9. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – Fall. Steelheart was one of THE BEST books of 2013, and when I read that last paragraph I about had a heart attack. NOT FAIR.

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10. Erased by Jennifer Rush – January 7. Another book I got hooked on thanks to Andi. We met through her pushing Altered on me, and then I won her giveaway for a preorder of Erased, and the rest is history! And now she and Veronica are the reasons I’ve been converted to a believer in contemporary. Plus – I need some more Nick. Sam, Cas, and Trev can disappear as long as I have my Nick ❤

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

PS – TODAY IS THE DAY I CUT MY HAIR. PICTURE TO COME IN A FEW HOURS!!! (I’m so excited – I know it’s just hair but this pixie cut has been five years in the making :D)