My Favorite Book Bloggers

20160831_162152Hey guys!  Today I have a post full of some great recommendations for my fellow book lovers!  Originally I was going to have this be a top 10 list but as I was making the list, I knew it would be too hard to pare down to 10 so instead I have 11 book bloggers to feature today!  I asked each of them to provide a few book recommendations.  So if you are have been looking for some book bloggers to follow or some books to check out, look no further than this post right here! Check out the blogs and books below!

Blog names link to the blogs and book titles link to the book’s Goodreads page.

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Ashley and I have a lot of books in common!  She is also the first and only blogger I have met in person.  She and I met up in California for Lauren Bird Horowitz’s Shattered Blue book tour!  We had a lot of fun!  Check out her blog for fun updates, book reviews, and more!


Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition

Tricia is such an amazing person and has become one of my really good friends this year!  Tricia participates in a lot of blog tours and book blitzes so be sure to head over to check out her blog for great reviews, cover reveals, and more!


Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie

Brandie has been one of my blogger buddies almost ever since I started blogging a little over two years ago.  She has introduced me to so many great books, including the great Colleen Hoover!  Check out her blog for weekly features like Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday, as well as reviews and fun updates.


Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

I always have a fun time chatting with Deanna on Twitter about various things, including books of course.  I always end up adding books to my never ending TBR after reading her blog posts!  Check out her blog for reviews, blog tours, and more!


Claire @ Art and Soul 

Not only does Claire have great taste in books, but she is also a fantastic baker! Every time I see her pictures of a new bake, I have to stop myself from drooling a little😉  Check out Claire’s blog for reviews, weekly features, and delectable recipes to try out!


Haley @ I Lay Reading

I’ve been following Haley’s blog for awhile now.  She reads and reviews from a large variety of genres so her blog is great for people who like to change it up.  Plus her rating system with the book dragons is one of my favorites!  For more great recommendations from Haley, check out her Must Reads page on her blog!


Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Yvo is another blog that I’ve been following from the beginning of my blogging career.  We share many books in common and I also love adding books she is reading to my TBR because if she liked them, it’s a safe bet that I will like them too!  Check out Yvo’s blog for weekly features, reviews, book tags, and more!


Nicole @ Away In Neverland

Nicole and I have a LOT of books in common!  Outlander, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, Game of Thrones, etc. So many! I love her posts on her blog and Instagram. Check out her blog for reviews, weekly features, and topic discussions like spoilers.


Kelsey @ Darcy’s Book Blog

Another blogger I share a lot of books in common is Kelsey! I also love checking out her blog and Instagram for new books to add to my TBR.  Check out her blog for cover reveals, reviews, and more!


Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Alicia is another blogger I have followed for a long time.  Our main shared love is all things Jane Austen.  This month she has an awesome month long celebration of Halloween going on her blog!


Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage

I’ve only been following Cassidy for a few months but we seem to have a lot of books in common as well!  Check out her blog for reviews complete with fantastic GIFs, weekly features, and more!


Do you have any book blogs and/or books to recommend?  Leave them in the comments!🙂

Blog Tour: Bury The Living by Jodi McIsaac


mcisaac-burytheliving-coverBury The Living by Jodi McIsaac

Published September 6th 2016 by 47North

285 Pages

Summary: Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.

Review: I received a copy of this book from Wunderkind PR in exchange for participation in the blog tour and an honest review.

I immediately knew I wanted to read this when I read that it is being presented as the Irish version of Outlander.  We all know I am obsessed with Outlander and what you may not know is that Ireland is my favorite country so this was a must read for me.  When I first started reading I was a little unsure if I would actually like the book or if it would live up to the Irish version of Outlander description.  The beginning has a lot about Irish politics in the late 80s-early 90s, and I’m not a big fan of reading about politics.  That was probably the hardest part for me to get through.  However, after finishing the book I can see that the beginning was necessary to set the stage for Nora’s character and background.

When Nora goes back in time, I immediately begin to get the Outlander vibe.  I thought it was really interesting blending the old Celtic legends with Catholicism in regards to Brigid.  I really enjoyed some of the characters that Nora becomes close to in the second half of the book.  Pidge was definitely a kindred spirit and I enjoyed seeing her and Nora bond.  One of the things I was most intrigued about was finding out who Thomas Heaney really was!  I loved that twist!  I was a little surprised that there wasn’t more romance in this book.  But that is definitely not a bad thing.  Sometimes books with this kind of story have too much romance and I think this one had just the right amount without turning the entire story into a romance.  As I got to the end of the book, I didn’t want it to end!  I can’t wait for the next book to come out so I can continue on this epic adventure with Nora and Thomas.

4 Stars

jodimcisaac_authorphotoAbout The Author: Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the forthcoming historical Revolutionary series, starting with Bury the Living (47North).

She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves geek culture, running, and whisk(e)y.


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Shelf Control – October 20, 2016

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

12190308Title: The Innocents
Author:   Francesca Segal
Published: Published June 5th 2012 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2012)
Length: 288 Pages

Goodreads Summary: What if everything you’d ever wanted was no longer enough?

Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year.

But then Rachel’s cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid – and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.

How I Got It: I bought it from Barnes & Noble’s bargain section.

When I Got It: December 2014

Why I Want To Read It: I love the cover and the summary sounds like a few movies that I’ve seen that I’ve really enjoyed watching so I thought it would be fun to read this one.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

The NetGalley Book Tag

kindle-381242_1920I was tagged for The Netgalley Book Tag by Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm. It looks like a really fun tag.  I use NetGalley fairly often to read and review ARCs and have been approved for some really amazing titles over the past couple of years.


  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!


Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

I actually have quite a few authors that are always a must read for me.  Diana Gabaldon, Sarah J. Maas, Jay Kristoff, Lauren Bird Horowitz, Colleen Hoover, and Leigh Bardugo to name a few.

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Usually I just scroll through the available books to request and if the cover appeals to me, I’ll click on it and read the description.  If it sounds good, I’ll request it.  I also will look for titles that I know I want to read for sure on NetGalley and request them immediately.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I review every single title that I receive through NetGalley.  There have only been two times when that didn’t happen.  The first was because I was brand new to using NetGalley and didn’t realize that titles archived so I had one that I wasn’t able to read it in time to post my feedback. The other time I was approved and the next day when I went to send it to my Kindle, the title had already been approved.  Luckily with that one I happen to be on the street team for the author so I contacted her and she sent me a copy so I was still able to read and review it, just not for credit on NetGalley.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

I think it would be really nice to have badges for the genre you read and review most.  I think that would also help authors and publishers to see that badge on my blog to know the types of books I go for the most.

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

Probably my most anticipated book for next year that I really want to get my hands on now is Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner.  I absolutely loved The Serpent King so I requested a copy of Goodbye Days from the publisher but I never heard back. *Insert crying face here*

Goodbye Days

I’m also going to have to copy Ashley a bit and go with the following two titles!  I requested Caraval awhile ago but still haven’t heard back.  I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’m dying to read it.  Also I would love to get my hands on a copy of Carve the Mark.

caraval carvethemark


2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The last ARC I read and reviewed from NetGalley was Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac.  My review will actually be going live on Friday because I am a part of the blog tour for the book.  I really enjoyed it! So stay tuned for that review coming up this Friday!Bury the Living (The Revolutionary, #1)

I tag anyone who wants to participate!

WWW Wednesday – October 19, 2016

www-wednesdayWWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

I have had a much better reading month so far!  I’ve been reading everyday and am making excellent progress on my October Halloween themed TBR.  I’ve already read more than double what I read last month.  Also, on Saturday I will be participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. In case you missed my post on that yesterday, check it out here.


In the past week I have finished 4 books.  I really enjoyed all but The Merciless.  I was hoping for some good spooky witchy stuff but it was really just some crazy girls attempting exorcisms with lots of graphic violence.  I actually just finished Blood and Salt this morning.


Currently I am finishing up my audio reread of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.  It’s pretty good.  I love that they have different narrators for each of the main characters.  On my lunch break today I will be starting Nightfall.  I’m really excited to read this because it sounds really creepy!

Up next I will just be continuing to work through my Halloween themed TBR.  You can see the books I have left to read here.


  • The Exorcist
  • Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • The House

What have you been reading lately?