Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, is: Top Ten Backlist Books I Want to Read. I’m not sure how everyone else defines “backlist”, but I’m going to use it as any book currently published I haven’t read yet, even if they came out recently.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor. I bought this book from the bargain shelves a couple years ago and still haven’t started it yet.


The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. I got Shiver as a free e-book a couple years ago and I started it once, but never finished it. I’d like to go back and give the series another try.


Speaking of Stiefvater, I haven’t read All the Crooked Saints yet, either.


I’ve only read the first two books in the Helen Grace series by M.J. Alridge. I did enjoy them, but somehow it just fell off my radar and I’d like to go back and pick up where I left off.


The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White. I remember being really excited for this series (mostly due to the beautiful cover, if I’m honest), but I started it once and couldn’t get into it. I’ve read so many great reviews of this series, though, and I want to try it again.


My brother, who is not a big reader, is obsessed with the Mitch Rapp series and I’ve read the first couple books and enjoyed them, but need to get to the rest. One interesting thing about this series, it recently picked up with some new books written by a different author after the original author (Flynn) passed away.


Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo. This was one of my most anticipated books last year, but I have yet to read it. I did actually start it once, but didn’t get past the first chapter or two.


From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. I love Amy Harmon books and this is one of the very few I haven’t read yet.


All of the Rosato & Associates and Rosata & DiNunzio books by Lisa Scottoline. I’ve read the first book in each series (one is a spin-off of the other, but really I think is just a continuation?) and I need to get to the rest of them.

What backlist books do you want to read?


October 2018 Recap + Life Updates + It’s My Birthday!

I spent the first couple weeks of October on a blogging hiatus. It was a nice break, but I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I thought I would. I’ve been in a weird book funk lately where nothing sounds interesting. I really hate when I get like that.

siminiblocker: Uppercase planner September... - Coccinelle Voyage

New Job

I got a new job! I’m the Executive Administrative Assistant for my local county library district. I just started this week so everything is still a little overwhelming, but I’m excited about this opportunity. I worked for my previous agency for 9 years (5 years, a gap of a couple years where I worked a couple different places, and then back for 4 years) and it was hard to say goodbye to the people there. They threw me a party my last week there. One of my co-workers is super talented and made a cake that looked like a book. I was really sad when we had to cut into it.

NaNoWriMo 2018

I think we've all had a moment like this...

I’ve done NaNoWriMo a few different years, but have only won once. After taking last year off, I’m planning on giving it a try again this year. Wish me luck! Who else is participating this year? Add me as a writing buddy: Stephanie1.

It’s my Birthday!

35th Birthday Card, 35th Birthday, Funny Birthday Cards, Scrabble Birthday Cardâ?¦

I am 35 today. Halfway to 70…

October Recap:

Books Read: 8

Adult: 6
YA: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:


My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

  Books Reviewed: 1

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 127

Funny Fridays:

October 26

Other Posts:

September 2018 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy TV Shows

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2018

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2018

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.


Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher. Read September 28-30 (yes, this was September, but I finished it late in the month and it didn’t make the last post). 3.5 Stars. 

I started out really liking this and just how crazy all the characters are. I was completely addicted. But then about half way through I started to get a little bored. I thought things drug out a little long. And I was expecting Jolene to really be more crazy than the other two and have some master plan or something, but I found her incredibly boring. I kept waiting for something completely shocking to happen at the end and was left really underwhelmed. ****Maybe a spoiler-alert??? So is this story supposed to be something that actually happened in real life to the author? Is that what the ending means? If it is, it kind of annoys me that the story had to rely on something outside of itself and couldn’t stand alone. If that’s not what it was supposed to mean….then what was the point?? Can someone please fill me in!!

**Note: I did get some comments when I posted this review on Goodreads that this story is in fact based on something that happened to the author. While it’s crazy, I still wish it would’ve been addressed in an Author Note or something instead of having the twist at the end be “this is based on true events.”


Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. Read October 5-6. 4 Stars. 

First, I want to say a big thanks to Brandie for giving this to me for my birthday last year! I also want to say I’m sorry it took me so long to read it! Though there were a few things I didn’t like (I thought dressing up the statue of Jesus was a little offensive), overall I thought it was a great story about family and communication and forgiveness. I can definitely relate to secret-keeping and lack of communication in family. I loved the characters, even when they sometimes frustrated me, and their whole quirky living situation was kind of fascinating. I am not the CoHo fangirl so many are, but this has been the second book of hers I’ve had a hard time putting down. I liked that the angsty romance wasn’t the main focus of this book, too. I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it!


Reluctantly Married (Married #2) by Victorine E. Lieske. Read October 14-15. 4 Stars. 

This was a super cute fake relationship story. I liked both the main characters and was definitely rooting for them. While it could have been maybe a little better plotted, I just enjoyed reading it so much that I’m bumping my rating up to 4 stars. I also thought this was a good example of how a Romance can still bring all the feelings without any of the graphic content, which is always a plus in my book.


Acting Married (Married #5) by Victorine E. Lieske. Read October 16-17. 3.5 Stars.

Another cute, sweet fake-relationship story. This was a super quick read with likable characters. There was one major thing that bothered me, though. Tara sometimes acted like she had no say whatsoever in what happened. Like in the beginning when the topic of getting married to save Rick’s image comes up and was dismissed she says something like, “Thank goodness he didn’t insist.” Like because she was one of the maids in his employment she wouldn’t be able to say no if he really insisted? There were a few things like that that bugged me. But overall, it was cute and I shipped the romance.


Blissfully Married (Married #4) by Victorine E. Liekse. Read October 18-19. 2.5 Stars. 

I did not like this book nearly as much as the other books in the series I’ve read. I had a really hard time liking Sidney. Blake was a little better, but I honestly didn’t care much for him either. I just couldn’t understand any of the choices Sidney made and found her really annoying. I also didn’t really get why Blake pursued her so hard. While I definitely recommend this series to Fake Relationship fans, I think it’s ok if you skip this one.


Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross. Read October 23-25. 3 Stars. 

There were parts of this book I really liked and enjoyed, but there were also very large portions where I was just rolling my eyes a lot. I don’t remember a whole lot of the first book in this series, but I definitely didn’t like Haley in that book (though she did kind of redeem herself by the end). I honestly didn’t really like her any better here. She really annoyed me about 90% of the time. I did like Fletcher, though. I thought the severity of his allergies were a little inconsistent throughout the book, but I did find everything he had to go through because of them interesting.

*****Back on the TBR*****


Betrayed (Rosato & DiNunzio #2) by Lisa Scottoline. Some day I will actually get this book from the library and read more than a chapter. It just wasn’t this month.


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. After loving the Beartown series I decided to give this book a try. I only got a couple chapters in and just wasn’t into it. I’ll try it again someday, though.


Say You Will (Summerhill #1) by Kate Perry. This book has been on my radar for years, but it’s never been at the library. Recently it was a free Kindle book and I snatched it up. Unfortunately, I just had such a hard time getting into it. I really disliked almost all the characters and pretty much everything they did. I’ll give it a try another time, though.

*****Book with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 4 Stars

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – 3 Stars

The Smiling Man (Aidan Waits Thriller #2) by Joseph Knox – 4 Stars

September 2018 Recap

Where did September go!? It felt like this month just flew by. I did get a good amount of books read, though. I was kind of in a Romance/Contemporary mood and those books are always a little easier to fly right through. In life news, there is something wrong with my apartment. There’s a pretty strong sewer-like smell that kind of comes at different times and it’s so awful. I’ve called the management office about 4 times and they have come and tried several different things to fix it, but they’ve also said it didn’t really smell like that when they were here. I feel like I’m going crazy and I am now looking for at new apartments. In more interesting life news, I got to see my 9 month old niece for a bit this past weekend. She’s such a cute, happy baby. I also got to see my cousin’s toddler who is adorable.

Books Read: 15

Adult: 9
YA: 6

Favorite Book I Read This Month:


Beartown by Fredrick Backman

  Books Reviewed: 8

The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred – 4/5 Stars

Lies by T.M. Logan – 4/5 Stars

Beartown (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman – 4.5/5 Stars

The Promise (DS Imogen Grey #4) by Katerina Diamond – 4/5 Stars

The Similars (The Similars #1) by Rebecca Hanover – 2/5 Stars

Intercepted (Playbook #1) by Alexa Martin – 4/5 Stars

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton – 4/5 Stars

Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 119

Funny Fridays:

September 7

100 Book Memes That Will Keep You Laughing For Days

September 14

Too many books or not enough bookshelves?

September 21

50 Hilarious Memes You'll Relate To If You Love Books

September 28

Other Posts:

August 2018 Recap

Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2018


It's ok to take a break - hand lettered typography

I’ve decided it’s time for a little blogging break. I may still be doing some blog hopping and checking on twitter, but my plan right now is to just kind of step away from it all for a few weeks. We’ll see how it goes, though. I will be back on October 22nd with a review of The Darkest Star by JLA.

Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2018

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

*I’ve traditionally included every book I’ve read in a month that hasn’t been reviewed, but I have decided that I am no longer going to include books that will have full reviews posted at a future date.*


Us Against You (Beartown #2) by FredrikBackman. Read September 3-8. 4.5 Stars.

Beautifully written. I was just as invested in all these characters as I was during the first book. I was really expecting this book to be more uplifting and focus on the recovery from the events that took place in the first book. And it still has those elements of hope and inspiration, but this story was probably even heavier than the first one. Backman portrays really well how much hate there is in the world today. I liked how he showed it’s easy to blame one person or one side, but it’s really everyone’s fault. 

I love the characters. Benji will always be my favorite, though. There were a few that played bigger roles in the first book that I would’ve liked to have seen more from in this one (David, Amat), but I liked getting to know others (Teemu, Richard Theo – who is either a genius or a sociopath (probably both)). While we do hear about a few far in the future endings, things were still left a little too open for me. This book was probably more of a 4 than a 4.5 for me, but I’m giving it that extra half star for all the emotion Backman managed to wrench out of me.


The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips. Read September 9-11. 3.5 Stars.

This was pretty cute and humorous at times. I thought it was going to focus more on the Bachelor-like reality show, but it’s more about what happened after. I thought the big conflict was kind of unrealistic, though. Hanna was nicknamed Holy Hanna because of her Christian values, but then Will insinuated that they slept together (when they hadn’t) and it completely ruined her life. While I do believe that the internet likes nothing more than someone’s supposed fall from grace, I don’t think the extensive tabloid coverage and all the hate mail would really be as extreme as it was. And while I liked that it portrayed a Christian going through a phase of questioning God and her faith, I thought the “come-to-Jesus” moments could’ve been a little better written. I thought the book was a little too long, but I was looking for something fun and light that I didn’t have to think too much about and this definitely entertained me. Would recommend to Christian Contemporary/Romance fans.


Just One of the Boys (The Chicago Falcons #1) by Leah & Kate Rooper. Read September 11-12. 3 Stars. 

This was a little uneven for me. Both the lead characters were really unlikable for long stretches at a time. But then there would be chapters here and there where I really enjoyed them. The story is pretty much the hockey version of the She’s the Man movie. I don’t really have too much to say about this one. I read the second book before this book. I might give the third one a shot whenever it comes out.



Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg. This was just as cute as I remembered it.


Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I just read The Darkest Star (the first book in the spin-off series) and it made me feel so nostalgic for this book that I decided I should re-read this series. I love Daemon and Katy so much. I love the banter and the humor. It’s not going to win any great literary awards or anything, but it’s definitely a fun read.


Oblivion (Lux) by Jennifer L Armentrout. I decided to re-read this whole series and decided I would read Oblivion after each of the first three books. So I read Obsidian and then I read Daemon’s POV of Obsidian and then I was going to read Onyx, but I decided just to stick with Daemon’s POV for books 2 and 3. I enjoyed this just as much as I did the first time. It really reminded me that Daemon is one of my favorite characters. The only thing that kind of bothered me was the bonus chapter with Luc. After reading the spin-off book, I feel like this scene doesn’t make sense with the book. Maybe I still need to read the remaining books in this series to remember the timeline exactly, but I’m thinking this scene contradicts how things played out in The Darkest Star.



Fight or Flight by Samantha Young. DNF @ 11%. I just can not get into this book and I am really not in the mood to make myself try. I really dislike both the lead characters so far and the male lead’s Scottish accent is driving me insane. A couple of main words (like “to” and “didn’t”) are spelled out differently to show the accent and I’m just not feeling it. I think you need to do most of the dialogue like that or none at all.

August 2018 Recap

The McKinley Monument

My August was a pretty good end to the summer. My sister’s family came down from Canada for a week and we had a good time. My niece is 3 now and she’s a lot of fun (but kind of exhausting). At one point in time she turned down ice cream because she “just wants to play with Aunt Steph,” so I felt on the top of my Aunt game. I also got to see my brother’s family and my other baby niece who is one of the sweetest babies I’ve ever come across. We also went to the McKinley museum and monument which I have not been to since I was a kid and was pretty cool! What home town attractions do you have that you forget about?

Twinning with my niece. My sister sells leggings and made these shirts.

I also got to see Karin Slaughter again with Amanda. It was a great time, even if I didn’t get any pictures of her! Here’s one of Amanda and I,  though (I look really stupid, but isn’t it a great picture of Amanda?).


Books Read: 12

Adult: 5
YA: 7

Favorite Book I Read This Month:


Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

  Books Reviewed: 5

Catch Him If You Can (Accidentally Yours #2) by Jennifer Shirk – 4/5 Stars

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones – 2/5 Stars

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – 3.5/5 Stars

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter – 4/5 Stars

Hard Sell (21 Wall Street #2) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 104

Funny Fridays:

This is definitely what I need to do!

August 3

You have your priorities, we have ours. #RandomHouseMemes #bookworm #bookstagram #igbooks #igreads #booklove #booknerd #bookpeople #reading

August 10

25 Signs Youre Addicted To Books--great collection of book love one-liners:)

August 17

my best friend knows I do this ALL. THE. TIME.

August 24

Other Posts:

July 2018 Recap

Top 5 Wednesday: Biggest Disappointments of 2018 (So Far)

Reviewing the Unreviewed: August 2018

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

10 Books You Should Read After To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I remember liking the book ok, but I just absolutely adored the movie! If you have Netflix and haven’t watched this yet, then you really need to change that! I felt like they actually made it a little more innocent than the book was instead of the other way around, which is something that I completely support. Some of the acting wasn’t the best and I definitely understood why this was on Netflix and not a movie theatre, but I was still so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. And can I be the millionth person to comment on how amazing the kid playing Peter Kavinsky is? I may have already re-watched this one a couple of times….

Looking forward to September

TV Trailer for You by Caroline Kepnes Starring Penn Badgley *I couldn’t be more excited!!* – Book It Forward

You premieres on Lifetime on September 9th (though your local listing may be different). You remains one of the most messed up books I have ever read and I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with it on the screen. Here’s hoping Penn Badgley’s Joe can be a better kind of creepy than Dan Humphries…