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11 of My Most Secretive Blogging Confessions

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We, as bloggers, definitely have our secrets.

So, I thought I’d jump in and talk about my blogging confessions, because they’re fun posts to read, and I hope I’m not the only blogger who experiences these types of things. I NEED OTHERS TO RELATE TO ME.

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1. I’m scared of scheduling on WordPress.

You guys are probably like, “Mikaela, that is actually ridiculous,” but it’s true! I scheduled once way back in my first week of blogging, and it was a terrible idea because it posted much later than it should have. Then again, I didn’t know that you had to set up your timezone with WordPress, and mine was completely off, so that might have been why it didn’t work out, BUT STILL. It just seems like way too much work to me, I don’t like it, and I’m also that one person who still reads over and edits my posts a minute before they go live. Yeah, I know.

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2. I probably wouldn’t be blogging a lot if I had little to no followers.

“BUT, MIKAELA, YOU’RE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE BLOGGING FOR YOURSELF, NOT FOR OTHERS.” Quite true, BUT, I honestly probably wouldn’t be blogging that much or working as hard on my blog if barely anyone read it. I mean, I work HARD on my blog, but the reason I do is because I know there are people who will read and comment and like and share it. I probably wouldn’t be spending hours on posts and graphics if only two people read my blog. Maybe I’m the only one?

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3. I don’t like writing book reviews.

I don’t. I never really have. Which is funny, because I was on Goodreads for a full year and a half before I started my blog, but whatever. I just don’t like them because they’re hard and boring to write. And it’s funny, because I can talk about a book in ANY OTHER POST, but once it comes to a review, I don’t know what to say??? What are words???

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4. I cater to my followers. 

“BUT, MIKAELA, YOU’RE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE BLOGGING FOR YOURSELF-” Yeah, I know that, but me blogging for myself is blogging for my followers? If I think a post is going to be popular, I’ll post it. If I don’t think it’ll be popular, I’ll delay posting it. Pretty much every single time I post something that I think my followers want, I’m happy with it and I work hard on it. Other bloggers seem to think it’s terrible to do this, but I’m happy, so it doesn’t matter to me!

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5. I’m jealous of those who easily have publicist and author connections.

I’m sure we all know those bloggers that are always having the most casual conversations with authors on Twitter and are best friends with publicists and all the authors follow them, and I AM JEALOUS. I am way too much of a socially anxious mess, and getting the courage to tag an author is already hard enough, nevertheless keeping a conversation with an author. I’ll just awkwardly follow and like their Tweets, thank you very much.

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6. I wish I was better at social media. 

I failed at bookstagram because it’s too much work and am I doing good at Twitter? Who knows, because I really don’t care that much. I wish I were better at social media and could have witty things to say three times a day and easily gain thousands of followers, but that’s probably not going to happen any time soon, so I’ll learn to deal with it.

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7. I get ARC envy – like, all the time.

You got an ARC of a book that I would literally do or give anything in the world for? It’s fine, I’ll just sit here and wallow in envy and happiness for you while I wish I could get all the ARCs I wanted if I were more cool.

(I will admit, I feel less like I’m in this state after Bookcon and the combination of 2482048 e-ARCs I have to read, so yeah.)

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8. I suck at reviewing books.

Because I hate reviewing books, this leads my reviews to just be meh. I don’t know if people even like them or buy books based off of them, but once I finish writing them, I always think they’re average or I’m saying the same things or phrases over and over again. But, then again, we all look at the things we write through a critical lense, so that might be why?

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9. I want to self-host, but at the same time, I’m terrified of code and design.

Do I want to self-host on WordPress.org? Most definitely? But I don’t know anything about coding or design, and it sort of scares me that my design won’t look as good as it does now or my website will glitch and I don’t know why or how or I’ll fail to transfer all my blog stats and posts and I’ll lose everything I worked hard on. IT’S SO SCARY.

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10. I think too hard about blog titles. Like, way too hard.

I’m not even kidding. I’ve mentioned this before, but I always feel like if the title is boring or not intriguing enough, no one will click on it, so I’ll just sit around and take so long re-doing my title and wondering if anyone will even click on it or what in the world will my title even be. I’m pretty sure no one cares so much about my blog titles except for me though (or maybe I’m wrong and you guys DO care?).

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11. I get sort of annoyed at those who get ARCs because of their social media prowess.

Okay, this sounds like a terrible confession, but I will admit, when someone literally has ten followers on their blog and 3,000+ followers on their Twitter account, but still manages to get all the coveted ARCs, I’m just left sitting there as to why I’m putting hours into blogging if I can do nothing but host Twitter giveaways that require people to follow me to get a stack of books. I get bookstagramers getting ARCs because that’s actual hard work (people think it’s easy, BUT IT IS NOT) and those who have thousands of followers on all their social media accounts AND their blog, but I don’t get why publishers think large number of Twitter followers from giveaways = popular. SORRY I CAN’T LIVE UP TO YOUR UNREALISTIC SOCIAL MEDIA EXPECTATIONS, PUBLISHERS.

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And those are all of my blogging confessions!

Hopefully, I’m not the only one who shares these opinions and confessions? I’m not alone, right? RIGHT?

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16 Thoughts Every Book Blogger Has Had At Least Once

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So, as book bloggers, we’re definitely a bit different than other bloggers.

You know, unlike mommy blogs, fashion blogs, food blogs, etc., we’re definitely a bit more niche than other blogs, and, frankly, those other types of blogs are ten times more popular than our blogs will ever be.

So, I’m sure we all sometimes feel alone in our thoughts, but I’m here to tell you that you are not alone my friends! As a fellow book blogger, I know there are a lot of thoughts running throughout my head on the daily, and I’ve always wondered, “Am I alone in these thoughts?” But, alas, you are not! And I’m here to list a lot of the thoughts that I have as a book blogger. Hopefully, we’ll find some common ground.

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“I thought up this great idea, but I don’t know what to write about it.”

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The amount of times I’ve been like, “Ooh, such a fantastic idea for a blog post,” but once I get to my computer and actually attempt to write it and can barely come up with 200-300 words is astounding. Brain farts are always the worst.

“This book review sucks.”

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Basically me looking at any of my reviews once I finish writing them. Though I will say, there are those rare times where I’m actually PROUD of one of my reviews. I know, what a miracle!

“Why is this blogger so much better than me in every way?”

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Basically me looking at my favorite bloggers and fawning over everything they do and wishing I could be in their shoes and feel their success for, like, one day. Just one day.

“How do I even social media?”

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That moment when you’re pushed to join a new form of social media, and you don’t know what in the world is going on, where everything is, how this will help promote your blog, how to change your profile picture from the default, or what what to say. Yes, even I as a millenial (or Generation Z???) can suck at social media. I am social media-challenged.

“Why am I working so hard on this blog and not getting paid for it?”

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If I were paid monthly for blogging, I’d be able to buy all the books on my giant wishlist. But, seriously. I work so hard on this blog, and I love it, and I’ll surely continue to do it for free, but why can’t it be like Youtube where you get paid, even if you’re a smaller channel? Especially as a teenager with social anxiety who detests the fact that all jobs for me involve talking to people in high-pressure situations. WHY?

“I wish I had thought of that idea first.”

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Do you ever just scroll through your Reader, spot a post, read it, love it, and then suffer from a sort of hate/love towards the blogger because they always think of amazing ideas, and you wish you had their brain? I certainly do.

“What if I make someone angry writing this?”

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Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m a person that likes to please people, or the fact that I post in the mornings and don’t check till night, but I’m always terrified that someone will get offended by something in one of my posts, and then blast me on Twitter, or I’ll get a horde of mean comments. This is probably a horribly unjustified claim (okay, it’s really not; people are VICIOUS), but I have these fears, okay?

“I wish my blog could be as gorgeous as theirs.”

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I’m a total sucker for a pretty blog, and even though I’m much happier with my blog and how it looks than I was when I started out, I am still constantly jealous of blogs that are just absolutely stunning and the blogger seems to be an expert on web design. Give me your skills, please.

“Why is this person more popular than I am even though we’ve been blogging for the same amount of time?”

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But have you ever stumbled across a blog that is super popular and has a lot of followers and likes and comments, and you realize you’ve been blogging for the same amount of time, and they’re ten times more popular than you. But why? Their content isn’t even that good.

(Okay, yeah, it is; I’M JEALOUS.)

“Is my blog even good enough?”

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I’m sure we’ve all had a tiny blogger crisis when a post doesn’t do as well as we thought it would or we’re not gaining too many followers or your social media accounts are losing followers or it doesn’t seem like you’re moving forward, but everyone else is. We’ve all been there.

“How long does this whole ‘success’ thing take?”

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I’m a very impatient person, so even though I see these highly esteemed bloggers with a large following on all their social media accounts and have a lot of followers and a lot of comments and have an amazingly creative brain, I’m over here like, “Okay, but when is it MY time to shine?” Like, I’m well aware that I need to put hard work into it, but I just want everything to happen to me RIGHT NOW.

“I WOULD SELL MY SOUL FOR AN ARC OF THIS BOOK.”

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But, like, I would. Seriously. I would do it.

“Why did this blogger get an ARC of this book already and my request is still pending?”

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But, seriously, when I see an influx of reviews of a book that I requested on Netgalley a month ago in my Reader, I get so incredibly jealous. Isn’t my blog good enough to get that ARC? Don’t you understand that I want this book with all my heart, soul, and mind? That blogger didn’t even finish it! WHY?

“CAN THE PUBLISHER JUST ACCEPT OR DECLINE MY NETGALLEY REQUEST; IT’S BEEN THREE MONTHS.”

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And this always happens with the books that I want THE MOST. When it’s an e-ARC that I just requested on a whim, I get accepted within the week, but when it’s something that I’m dying for, it seems like my request just gets ignored. Okay, then.

“How are people doing ALL THE THINGS and reading 35 books a month while I can only manage 5?”

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But, like, how? Please tell me your secrets.

“Damn it, I love blogging.”

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Even though all these thoughts are running through my head, even with all my fears, even how much hard work I put into this blog for basically no reward, I can always say that I love blogging, and I don’t regret my decision.

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And those are all the thoughts that I have had on the daily when I blog.

I hope I’m not weird for having these thoughts so often. Please tell me I’m not alone.

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14 Bookish Pet Peeves That Make Me Rage Inside

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Hooray for complaining!

I’m sure we all have our personal pet peeves regarding books, you know, like things you hate to see in books or annoying authors or unpopular opinions, etc. I’d thought it be fun to make an entire post dedicated to my bookish pet peeves, so I hope you enjoy!

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Insta-love

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you guys probably know how much I HATE insta-love. I’m personally a huge fan of relationships that take time, especially the ones where the development takes place over several books. Remember the days of Percabeth and Romione where it takes them a good five-to-seven books to get together? So do I.

Douchebag Love Interests

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I’m looking at you, Jace Herondale and Noah Shaw. I’m just not a huge fan of those teenage boys who are total players and act rude and like they don’t care, but all that they needed was this ordinary girl that doesn’t  know she’s beautiful to come along and change their temperament. Barf.

Last Book Sex

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I don’t know if this annoys everyone else, but I really hate how YA series seem to have this thing where couples kiss in the first book, go to third base in the sequel, and then have sex in the last book, and it bothers me SO MUCH. It’s probably why I appreciate Sarah J. Maas normalizing the idea of female characters not only not being always being virgins from the very beginning of the series and not being considered “sluts” for having sex before finding “The One,” but also that there’s not some weird “waiting period” where couples have to be together for some number of books to have sex.

Long Chapters

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Okay, this makes me sound like I have a super short attention span (and I probably do, to be honest), but I just can’t stand long chapters. When your chapters are pushing past 20 pages, at that point, I’ve stopped paying attention to what’s going on, and more on wHEN WILL THIS DAMN CHAPTER END?

Love Interests Smelling Good

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Wood. Pine. Cedar. Mint. Toothpaste. Man. Apparently, boys smell like this, and I’ve completely missed out on this phenomenon. Not to mention that this is AFTER these boys have gotten into a fight/been stabbed/been injured/run/literally any physical activity.

Overly Long Descriptions

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You guys know that I LOVE Cassandra Clare, but, man, I could read one of her books, and it could be two pages later, and 90% of the time, I’d still be reading a description about the building Clary just entered! I mean, great description, but I’m the worst visual person on the planet. Unless there’s a movie adaptation of the book, all the characters look like shapeless blobs and all the settings in my mind look the same, so it’s just a waste of time, from my point of view.

When a Plot Twist Makes Zero Sense

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As a huge thriller reader, this is a huge peeve of mine. Nothing annoys me more than when I read a YA or Adult thriller, and out of nowhere, there’s this huge plot twist that’s just there for shock value and has zero evidence backing it up or just straight up doesn’t make sense with the plot.

When Nothing Happens for 90% of the Book, Except for the Last 10%

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It always seems like the books with the most awesome concepts always tend to do this or sequels fall victim to this. Nothing will happen a majority of the time during the book, but then we hit the last ten chapters, and ALL THE THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT ONCE. Like, at least have SOMETHING else happen besides boring romance angst or characters sitting around having disagreements.

When I Have to Sit Through 10 Exposition Chapters When the Synopsis Has Already Told Me What Happens

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This isn’t really anyone’s fault, but I really hate it when a synopsis is like, “When Maria’s mother dies, a Grim Reaper arrives and asks if she’d like to die in place of her mother to save her.” (I made that up on the spot.) And then I start the book, and I have to sit through all this exposition for 100 pages even though I already know what’s going to happen and I just want to move on.

Ian Somerhalder Being Cast As Every Love Interest Ever

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STOP DOING THIS. I swear to God, if a love interest is in any way angst-y or has a dark past or whatever, everyone will be like, “Ian Somerhalder for casting!!!” Stop ruining all of my book boyfriends! I’m probably the only person on this very earth that finds him unattractive, so it just bothers me.

People Hating on Adam Parrish

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Again, this is more a personal thing, but when people hate Adam Parrish, it hurts my soul. I care about him so much and he deserves so many hugs, and, yeah, he makes some stupid decisions and says some mean things, but he is a human being who’s been constantly abused and is poor and just wants a better life for himself. HOW COULD YOU HATE HIM?

The Anxiety You Get When You Talk to People About What You’re Reading

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I always get into a total panic when someone asks me what I’m reading, mainly because I suck at summarizing what in the world happens in the book. Like, if I explained a V.E. Schwab or Pierce Brown book to you guys, you’d probably get it, but if I told my mom, she’d probably wonder what the hell I’m reading.

People Judging What You Read

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Okay, I’m horrible at this because I do it all the time, but I’m trying to get better at it! I personally hate it when someone judges any of the books I read, so I try not to do it at others (even though it’s hard to when they love a book you consider trash and hate a favorite of yours, but I’m tRYING).

People Whining About Harry Potter’s Kids’ Names

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Anybody who is still whining about this a literal decade after the book has been published is bordering on being unhealthily obsessed at this point, in my opinion. Does it really matter what the fictional character named his kids? Does it really matter that the kids’ names are not Rubeus Remus Hagrid Lily James Sirius Dobby the Third? DOES IT REALLY?

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And that’s it for all my bookish pet peeves!

I’d probably have even more if I listed every single one of them, but I’m going to refrain from doing so to make this post longer.

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In Which I Talk About The Books That Lied to Me

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I’m sure we’ve all experienced it.

We pick up a book. We’re excited to read said book, whether it’s a stand-alone, a first in a series, the sequel to a series you fell in love with while reading the first book, or the finale to one of your favorite series. You read it. You keep reading it. And then you realize mid-way through, or maybe near the end of the book, that you absolutely hate it.

(Or strongly dislike it.)

And, of course you feel betrayed. You feel lied to. But everyone told you how good the book was? But the first book was just so good…how could the series come to this? But isn’t the sequel supposed to be even better than the first book? But the concept sounded so good once I added it to my TBR on Goodreads; what happened between now and then? BUT THAT BOOK WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME; HOLY CRAP?

So, I thought it’d be fun to talk about those books; those books that make you excited, or make you really downtrodden because you could have been so much better! Let’s get started!

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Second Book Slump

Do you ever have those moments where you’re fresh off the reading the first book of a series? The first book was either a really great start to the series, and you need to start the sequel, like, now, or the first book was just meh to you, and the only reason you’re continuing on is because your friends are insisting the series gets better; THEY SWEAR. So you decide to read the sequel, and it starts out okay (like most bad books do).

And then you realize, right in the middle of reading it, “Why am I still reading this? I’m bored out of my mind.”

Independent Study, Rebel Springs, and The Winner’s Crime are all culprits of this. For the first two novels, I enjoyed the first books in the series – The Testing and Falling Kingdoms, respectively – but while reading was really let down. For Independent Study, it was too much of a copycat of The Testing for me to enjoy it; for Rebel Spring, the book was SO BORING (though Gathering Darkness totally made up for it).

For The Winner’s Crime, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, and went into the second book for another chance because everyone said it was SO GOOD. I didn’t like it the first time, and the second time around, I DNF-ed it. So, that was disappointing.

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WTF Finales

“I’ve been waiting for this book for so damn long! I can’t wait to read it!” you say as soon as you purchase the finale to one of your favorite series and curl up in your reading space to get ready to read it.

“What the actual hell did I just read?” you say once you close the book and realize how disappointed you are.

For me, those three books were The Last Star, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, and Ignite Me. Out of all three of these, The Last Star was probably my biggest disappointment. I loved The 5th Wave, and though The Infinite Sea wasn’t perfect, I still enjoyed it. But I remember being so upset after finishing The Last Star because so many things were left open, the romance was terrible, and it was just a completely unsatisfying ending.

For The Retribution of Mara Dyer and Ignite Me, I didn’t like the first couple books in the series too much, but I was actually good at binging series at that time, and I also wasn’t a huge DNF-er, so I went ahead and finished the series, because why not? Unfortunately, the finales just ended up finalizing that I hated both series, mainly because they were so disorganized and boring and just didn’t line up with the rest of the series in terms of plot and resolution.

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The Hype Machine

Ah, yes, the dreaded book hype. You read all the reviews praising the book on Goodreads, you see all these five stars, you see the book on everyone’s favorite list, the books have such a huge fandom, so you think, “Obviously, I’m going to enjoy this one as well!

False.

There are so many books with lots of hype that everyone loved except me, but I decided to just lessen it to four books: The Darkest Minds, The Winner’s Curse, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Under the Never Sky. Pretty much all of these books sold me with their interesting premises, gorgeous book covers, and all the amazing reviews.

And I didn’t like any of these books. I hated most of them in fact. Oops. Either too slow, just didn’t click with me, I didn’t like some of the characters, the world-building was awful, or I thought that the actual story didn’t reach the full premise it could have. The hype machine can do incredible things, but sometimes, it just completely misses the mark for me.

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Knocked My Socks Off

These are the books I didn’t think would surprise me or I thought would just be my ordinary reading experience, but totally and completely took my surprise in the best possible way. Whether with an awesome plot twist or fantastic character development or gorgeous writing – all paired with a stunning cover to boot – it just makes for an unforgettable reading experience that you wish you could have all over again.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Golden Son, and Crown of Midnight were definitely these types of reads for me. The first time I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I didn’t enjoy it too much, but the second time around, I fell in love with the prose. Golden Son and Crown of Midnight were sequels that were the exact opposite of second book slump and enhanced the series for me and launched it to my “Favorites” list.

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And those are some of the books that outright lied to me.

(Hopefully, I can avoid these types of books in the future, except the last category. Those can stay.)

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I Need to Read More of These Authors’ Books

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So, as bookworms, we sort of idolize authors. Okay, we totally idolize authors.

And we suffer from the fact that we don’t always get the chance to read all the authors’ books.

But, fear not, we shall valiantly try. Or, at least I do. As someone who continually suffers from not being able to complete book series, I also suck at reading more of an authors’ books. I’m like that one person who’s listened to one album from an artist, and then starts calling them one of my favorite singers/bands of ever. So, I thought I’d talk about the some authors whose first couple of books I read, but I really need to read more of them.

(Also, I’m going to go ahead and link this up with Top 5 Wednesday with “Authors You Want to Read More From,” even though, again, this is way more than five. I’m a rule-breaker.)

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Maggie Stiefvater

|Books Read: The Raven Cycle|

No, I haven’t read all the books Stiefvater has to offer. It’s actually such a shame since I absolutely love her writing, and her other YA series/stand-alones sound so good! My main priority is getting to The Scorpio Races since everyone raves about that one, and I feel like it’s best for me to read something of hers that’s not part of a series since I suck at that. I’m also planning to read her Shiver series. I don’t even care that it has such an overwhelm of negative reviews on Goodreads. IT’S MAGGIE STIEFVATER, THEREFORE I WILL READ IT.

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Suzanne Young

|Book Read: The Program|

Yeah, this one is actually quite shameful. I read this book so long ago and fell in love with it…and I haven’t read any of the other books in the series or the sequels or the prequels or the companions. On my part, though, I don’t own the other books, so there’s that. But, I’m hoping to fix that soon, especially since all her dystopian books sound so amazing and thoughtful. And the covers are gorgeous. SOMEONE HELP ME.

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V.E. Schwab

|Books Read: This Savage Song, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, and A Gathering of Shadows|

I’m still in the midst of A Conjuring of Light because of my whole reading slump thing, so don’t make me even think about it, or I’m going to start stressing out again about all of the books I’m still in the middle of. But, I’ve heard brilliant things about her Archived series and also The Near Witch, so I obviously need to read them soon. I LOVE HER BOOKS. I NEED THEM ALL.

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Patrick Ness

|Books Read: A Monster Calls|

I actually bought the entirety of the Chaos Walking trilogy last year because, okay, I admit, the covers are absolutely gorgeous, and everyone was pretty much recommending them. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT YET. And let’s not mention More Than This, because as I said in my post last week, that one has also been left unread. And there’s probably even more Ness books I still haven’t read yet. And Release is coming out in the fall, and it sounds absolutely amazing. So, obviously, I need to read his books already.

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Shaun David Hutchinson

|Book Read: At the Edge of the Universe|

I’ve mentioned before that so many people have recommended his books to me, and this year, I FINALLY READ ONE. AND I LOVED IT. Therefore, I will 100% definitely read We Are the Ants and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley sometime this year. Not making promises, but I’ll try. Hopefully.

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Neal Shusterman

|Books Read: The Unwind Dystology and Scythe|

If you’re new here, you’ll learn now that I love the Unwind dystology. It’s one of my favorite series of ever. I also read Scythe, and I enjoyed it as well and can’t wait for the sequel! And I also read Bruiser, a stand-alone of his, last year, and thought it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it. I mean, he does have a lot of books, so that’s the main excuse I’m going to use. But still, I’m putting Challenger Deep on this year’s reading list. One step at a time!

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Joe Abercrombie

|Book Read: Half a King|

I read the first book of the Shattered Sea trilogy last year, Half a King, and really enjoyed it! I actually purchased the entire trilogy off Amazon, but, of course, I only read the first book and never actually completed the trilogy. Or, like, started the sequel. And then he also has this adult fantasy series that sounds pretty awesome. Really, I just need to read more adult fantasy, and this seems like a good place to start.

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Amy Zhang

|Book Read: Falling Into Place|

I read her debut novel SO long ago, way back in middle school when I had this huge contemporary phase (obviously, that stopped, and now it’s my least favorite genre, funnily enough). I really enjoyed it when I read it, and since then, I haven’t read any of her other books, which is such a shame! I’m really hoping to get to her sophomore novel, since I don’t think she’s published much since then.

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David Levithan

|Books Read: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Every Day, and Two Boys Kissing|

I’ve loved pretty much everything he’s written or co-written so far, so I really just need to read all his books. But, at the same time, he’s been writing for YEARS, and I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to catch up. I also mentioned one of his co-written books in my post last Wednesday, and I’m hoping to read it this year, at least, since I was SUPPOSED to be catching up on 2016 releases (which I’m 100% failing at).

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Leigh Bardugo

|Books Read: Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows|

Yeah, I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet, which is clearly a problem, but the only book of hers I’ve actually read and enjoyed was Six of Crows! I didn’t enjoy Shadow and Bone too much, so I never actually continued with the trilogy, but Bardugo has two books releasing later this year, so I can finally get to experience more of his books and hopefully declare her one of my favorite authors!

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|Books Read: Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness, and Frozen Tides|

And yet another case of “Mikaela Is Horrible At Binging Series.” I raced through the first three books last year in January, but ended up ditching Frozen Tides for another book, for some reason…and now I’ve basically forgotten what’s happened, Crystal Storm came out, and now the series is ending later this year. So, there’s that giant problem. Oh, and I haven’t read any of the books in the spin-off series. So, yeah. Obviously have to fix that.

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And those are just a few of the authors whose books I need to read more of. 

Obviously, the only solution is to clone myself and have one dedicated to conquering my TBR. Duh.

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A Look at My TBR: The LGBTQ+ Edition

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I’m sure that we all, as book bloggers, understand how it feels to suffer from a constantly-growing TBR.

I know I do, and I thought it’d be fun to go look through some of the books that I’ve added to my TBR pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. And, I have a lot.

(This isn’t even including all the adult M/M romances I also own. Oops.)

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I’m going to go ahead and call this a sort of Top 5 Wednesday post since this week’s topic is Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads.

I feel like I’ve already talked a lot about those, so why not shed some light on the ones that have yet to become my favorites. And this is also WAY more than five, so take it as you will.

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Superior

Superior

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Short story! Forbidden romance! Superheroes! There was absolutely no way I could pass this up after reading the description, and after seeing the Goodreads description, apparently other book bloggers played a part in this, so that’s awesome as well!

Why It’s Still There:

I have no good reason for this.

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Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because I was on Goodreads at the time, and everyone and their mother said it was absolutely brilliant, and it sounds absolutely brilliant. And, again, it’s quite a short book, so I could honestly read this in a day.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m still waiting for that moment where I’ll feel like reading a fantasy book. Yep, still not happening.

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You Know Me Well

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because David Levithan, that’s why. Also, I read a sampler of this in one of those free Buzz Books releases and fell in love with it and knew I just HAD to get my hands on it as soon as it came out.

Why It’s Still There:

Uh, I don’t know? Probably because it’s a contemporary novel, and in 2016, I did not read too many contemporaries. And I just don’t read too many of them in general.

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The Fixes

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Why I Added It to My TBR: 

One, because I love thrillers. Two, I love dark comedy, and several reviewers have pointed it out. Three, I love gangs of anti-heroes. Four, I heard this has short chapters, and nothing makes me happier than short chapters.

Why It’s Still There:

Honestly, I don’t know? I should read this one soon.

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We Are the Ants & The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Initially, because everyone on Goodreads recommended them and said it was absolutely amazing. Now that I’ve actually read one of Hutchinson’s works, they’ve stayed on my TBR because it was absolutely brilliant, and I hope this one is as well!

Why It’s Still There: 

Well, it used to be on there because I hadn’t read his work before, but now that I know that his books are amazing, I should easily devour these.

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Three Truths and a Lie

Three Truths and a Lie

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because this sounds like an amazing YA thriller, and I will hunt down and read all the YA thrillers out there because I can.

Why It’s Still There:

I don’t know. I read his adult book The Otto Digmore Difference last month and really enjoyed, so I’m interested in what will happen when he writes a thriller. I’m reall hoping it’s good.

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Been Here All Along

Been Here All Along

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because sometimes, you just want a fluffy, friends-to-lovers contemporary.

Why It’s Still There:

Again with the contemporary issue. And this one’s short as well! Really, what I’m learning is that I’m terribly lazy when it comes to contemporary.

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No Holding Back

No Holding Back

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because, again, cute, fluffy, friends-to-lover romance is my weakness.

Why It’s Still There: 

Okay, I really have an issue with not keeping up with contemporaries.

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Timekeeper

Timekeeper

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because ghosts! Clock spirits! I don’t usually like novels that take place in the Victorian era because it’s so over-saturated and it’s probably the most boring time period of ever, but I’ll make exceptions when you put in some PNR elements.

Why It’s Still There:

I’m owing it all to the fact that I’m not in the mood for this one at the moment. I’m definitely hoping to at least read this one this year, though.

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Last Seen Leaving

Last Seen Leaving

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because there were so many YA thrillers that came out last year, and I’m still struggling to catch up with them all. I’m drowning in all the YA thrillers!

Why It’s Still There: 

Actually, I don’t know. I’m probably going to read this one soon.

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Away We Go

Away We Go

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because I heard this book was terrifically weird, and I am here for it! I’m always a fan of weird books with a unique type of story-telling.

Why It’s Still There: 

This has God-awful Goodreads reviews/ratings, so I was probably put off by that, but I honestly don’t even care about overall Goodreads ratings, and then there’s the fact that it has less than 300 ratings, so it’s sort of skewed? But, yeah, I’m definitely going to read this one.

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True Letters from a Fictional Life

True Letters From a Fictional Life

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Probably because the concept sounds so damn intriguing. And maybe because the cover just really stands out.

Why It’s Still There:

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. And I have a problem with trying to actually read contemporaries.

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Whatever.: Or how junior year became totally f$@ked

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because I heard this book was absolutely hilarious, and I’m all up for books that make me laugh. Most of the genres I read are dark and gloomy a large majority of the time, so it’d be nice to read something lighter.

Why It’s Still There: 

More contemporary angst.

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Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because as soon as the synopsis and the cover were revealed on Goodreads, everyone was freaking out and I got caught up the hype.

Why It’s Still There:

This was one of those books that had a flurry of positive reviews before it released, and after it came out, there were more mixed reviews, but I’m definitely going to read it!

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Carry On

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Well, I enjoyed the fanfiction bits the best of the little I read of Fangirl, and I also read the first hundred or so pages of this one before putting it down, and I really enjoyed it.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m still in a fantasy slump. Let’s hope ACOWAR breaks me out of it.

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Anything Could Happen

Anything Could Happen

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I don’t even remember. Probably because angst-y contemporary? Or maybe because of the cover? Or maybe because I was just adding random books to my TBR like what happens when you spend too much time on Goodreads? Sounds good, though.

Why It’s Still There: 

I don’t think I need to explain this anymore.

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More Than This

More Than This

Why I Added It to My TBR:

One, everyone recommends Patrick Ness’s books. Two, weird books are my soulmates. Three, I heard this has a lot of WTF-ery. And I LOVE WTF-ery.

Why It’s Still There:

Because I’ve never been in the mood for it? This book has been on my TBR for the longest, to be honest. I honestly don’t know why.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I love fae, and there just aren’t enough books about fae out there that are also really good. And I haven’t read a Holly Black book yet.

Why It’s Still There: 

Again, I honestly don’t know. This is probably another “Ooh, this one sounds interesting,” spree I had on Goodreads, and then the book just sits there forever and ever and ever and ever…

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Half Bad

Half Bad

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because this is one of those series like The Raven Cycle that just took off and everyone screamed about how much they loved it, so I added it because I was on a Raven Cycle high.

Why It’s Still There:

I mean, this is a finished series, so I guess I just simply don’t have an excuse?

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False Hearts

False Hearts

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I saw a fantastic review for this one from Emily May, and I usually add rave reviews of her books to my TBR. Also, I love sci-fi!

Why It’s Still There:

I don’t know. With my recent obsession with sci-fi, I really should read this one soon.

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Proxy

Proxy

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I actually haven’t read the summary of this one in forever, but I just re-read it, and oh my God, it sounds so freaking amazing!

Why It’s Still There: 

I think I added this one around the time of the dystopia craze, and then it faded, and so did my interest, and now that those types of books have waned, my interest is totally peaked again.

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Willful Machines

Willful Machines

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I saw a good review for this one pop up on my Goodreads feed way back when, and I added it to my TBR because it sounded really interesting!

Why It’s Still There:

Because I have a problem. I actually read Tattoo Atlas by this author, and it was absolutely brilliant, so I’ll probably dig into this one soon enough.

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The Foxhole Court

The Foxhole Court

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because Tumblr absolutely adores this series. Even though I sort of hate Tumblr overall, they did also rec the Captive Prince trilogy to me, and that’s one of my favorite series of ever, so why not?

Why It’s Still There: 

Laziness? And I sort of don’t want to start a series right now; I have way too many unfinished ones; it’s basically unacceptable.

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Adaptation

Adaptation

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I’ve had all of Malinda Lo’s books on my TBR for a long time, but this is the one that interested me the most, probably because the cover pulls me in AND I still don’t really know what this book is about even though I read the description. But, I absolutely love weird books anyway.

Why It’s Still There:

Another Goodreads addition. Let’s just be glad I’m not on the site anymore.

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We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

So many people have raved about this one and Everything Leads to You, so I should obviously read the both of them. Also, I’ve seen this book in many a bookstagram pictures, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Why It’s Still There:

I’m just not in a contemporary mood, I admit it.

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When the Moon Was Ours

When the Moon Was Ours

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because everyone in the blogging community has raved about this book to the point where I just went ahead and added it to my TBR! And I’m also a sucker for gorgeous prose, and the quotes for this one sound stunning.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m waiting until I’m in the mood for this one. I’ve been sucking at reading this year, and this one looks like a pretty dense read, so I’ll wait until I’m totally ready for it.

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Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Again, another recent blogging community obsession. And, okay, the cover is striking and I just couldn’t help myself.

Why It’s Still There:

Yeah, in the last five to ten minutes, I haven’t suddenly been in the mood for a contemporary.

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As I Descended

As I Descended

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I’ve heard lots of things about Talley’s books – both good and bad – but I’m most interested in this one because I’ve become a huge fan of YA horror, and I really need to read more of it.

Why It’s Still There:

I really don’t have any excuses except I’m just not in the mood for it.

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I’ll Give You the Sun

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

I bought this so long ago with some birthday money. Pretty sure my eyes saw the cover, then read the description, and I went ahead and bought it.

Why It’s Still There:

Still not in that contemporary craze. And it’s been, like, four years, so this is unacceptable to be honest.

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Obviously, I really need to get cracking on conquering my TBR. 

(Someone please help me.)

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My All-Time Favorite Authors

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For every bookworm out there, we all have our auto-buy authors. You know, those authors where if you see their name on any book – literally ANY BOOK – you will immediately put it on your TBR and give up anything to get that book. Yeah, those authors.

I know I’ve talked a lot about some of my favorites in some of my posts in February, but I realized that I left out a list of some of my all-time favorite authors, so I decided to write one up for today! Without further ado, here they are.

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Sarah J. Maas

I’m pretty sure this one is obvious to anyone who has been on my blog for a couple of minutes, but I absolutely love this woman. So many people seem to hate her and her books, but I’m just a huge fan. Both her Throne of Glass series and the ACOTAR trilogy feature amazing characters, steamy romances, and fantastic, intriguing plots. Every time I read her books, it instantly makes my day better.

Rick Riordan

This is the first of many authors on this list that I’m sure everyone agrees with, but I love him so much. I’ve been reading all his books since I picked up The Lightning Thief in the fifth grade, and I haven’t regretted it since. His books always make me laugh, and I absolutely love his cast of characters and how three dimensional and realistic they all are. I will always be excited for a new book of his.

V.E. Schwab

I LOVE THIS WOMAN SO MUCH. After hearing all the hype about her on Goodreads, I finally caved and read Vicious, and fell in love with it (it’s still my favorite of hers). I read A Darker Shade of Magic, and wasn’t too impressed, but fell in love with the series after A Gathering of Shadows. And then I finally read This Savage Song, and I swear to God, this woman is utterly brilliant. She can write any story idea perfectly.

John Green

So many people seem to have personal vendettas against him and think all his books are the same thing, but I love all of his books (okay, except An Abundance of Katherines. That was pretty bad.), especially Looking for Alaska, which is still one of my all-time favorite stand-alones. I just always love how his books seem to deal with the weirdest situations, but also deal with serious topics and strange characters I can relate to, and then proceed to stomp on my heart. Like, a lot.

Gillian Flynn

Otherwise known as the Queen of Thrillers. If you’re a thriller fan and haven’t read any of her books, YOU MUST. I just love how wonderfully dark her books can get and how evil the women are and how twisted all the characters are and just everything about her books is brilliant. Even Dark Places, my least favorite of hers, is still pretty freaking good. I anxiously await her next book (it’s been four years, guys).

Cassandra Clare

Again, another controversial writer, but I have a lot of unpopular opinions, so who cares? I absolutely love everything that comes out of the Shadowhunter world, and this was probably one of the first series where I became an official fangirl for shipping and things. I’m literally excited for all the Shadowhunter things, and no one can make me feel bad for feeling that way.

Neal Shusterman

Probably another one you guys aren’t too surprised to see. I’ve talked so much about how much I love the Unwind Dystology and how every single person on this planet should read it. I read Scythe as well, and though I didn’t love it as much as Unwind, really nothing can compare, and I still thought it was really good! Also, I still need to read the rest of his books. #shame

Maggie Stiefvater

Duh. Her writing is absolutely magical, her characters are amazing, she’s so sweet and funny on all her social media, her ideas are weird and wonderful, and just everything about her is perfection. Again, I still need to read the rest of her books because I’m always that person who’s late to the fandom.

J.K. Rowling

Again, this one is fairly obvious, and I’m sure literally everyone has read and loved her books, so I’m not going to bother to needlessly add my adoration for the Harry Potter series.

Marie Lu

I feel like she’s so underrated??? I absolutely loved the Legend trilogy and found it had more depth and intricacy than most The Hunger Games-ripoffs around that time. Plus, The Young Elites trilogy is absolutely perfection, and if you haven’t read it yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW.

Pierce Brown

Not only is he extremely attractive (because he is, like, seriously), but his books are brilliant. If you haven’t had the chance to read the Red Rising trilogy, you must. You absolutely must. Fantastic world-building, great characters, Darrow is the best book boyfriend ever, and it’s a complex read for those who prefer their YA a bit more challenging. And, yes, I cannot wait for Iron Gold.

Marissa Meyer

As you guys probably know at this point, I’m a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles. I love the kick-ass characters, I love the friendships and romances between the characters, I love the complex plot, and I love the world-building. Basically, this series is fantastic. And it’s a huge shame I still haven’t read Heartless yet.

Nick Cutter

Honestly, I don’t think I talk about this guy as much. Yeah, I’ve only read one book of his, but I WILL BUY ANY BOOK HIS NAME IS ATTACHED TO. The Troop is a brilliant horror novel that is disgusting and horrific and all kinds of wonderful. I have The Deep and Little Heaven on my TBR, and I can’t wait to dive into them both.

Adam Silvera

This is the man I go to when I want to be completely and utterly destroyed by emotions. I read More Happy Than Not in one day because it was oh-so-brilliant and emotional, and then I read History Is All You Left Me in one day because it was brilliant and emotional and wonderful. You bet I’ll be clamoring for They Both Die At the End.

Laini Taylor

She writes magical stories about magical people, and that’s pretty much, like, my favorite thing. Also, her writing is absolutely perfect and enchanting and wonderful, not to mention she also writes quite complex YA fantasy that’s heavy on politics, which is always my favorite kind of YA fantasy.

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And that’s it for most of my favorite/auto-buy authors! I hope you really enjoyed this post; it took me so long to write because I kept putting it off for some strange reason.

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