The Finally Fall Tag

I know I’m late with this tag, but I just carved pumpkins for Halloween and was in the right mood to do it now 🙂

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is not only my all time favorite book ever, but the writing is so good that you see its’ setting right before your eyes. Every place described in this book comes to life just by reading about it.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. In my opinion there is no other book that would fit this category better. A Monster Calls is a piece of art and you should definitely read it without getting too much info about the plot. Trust me, this is a book that needs to surprise you and tell you its’ story alone.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross. In my class Singer&Songwriter, I wrote my final paper about the 27 Club with focus on Kurt Cobain and read this book to get to know more about his life. At the end, I was not only totally in love with his character but also with his story. It broke my heart but opened my eyes in so many ways.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

This was the hardest question for me, because there are so many bookworlds that I would like to live in. But I had to follow my heart and go with Six of Crows. Of course, only when I get to (sorry Inej) marry Kaz ♥ I would love to have such a close group of friends that you can do literally everything with and to have the knowledge that it will never get boring.

5. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is one of the few classics I really love: deep storyline, lovely characters and a real surprise. You should read it as it can not only teach you a lot but also lets you see how lucky you are with the life you are living.

6. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

Definitely It by Stephen King, which is actually the book that I’m currently reading. I can’t really say much about it, but if you like dark and creepy books you should think about giving it a try.

7. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling. At least three times a year I find myself reading this book. It’s not my favorite book ever, but something about it just always warms my heart and makes me happy – no matter how sad I am. It really makes you believe in real love again ♥

8. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

I really want to re-read the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. He’s the author that started my reading obsession nearly 9 years ago and I still love to read his books and then re-read them a million times!

9. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

That’s easy. Either a warm and cozy blanket or a cup of hot chocolate. Especially around fall and winter, I need it very comfy when I read 🙂

Most Read Authors

So here’s a list of the authors I own the most books of. This doesn’t have to mean that they’re my favorite authors, but just that I own a lot of books written by them 🙂

  • First Place: Rick Riordan

I own a total of 23 books. Favorite: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Series) ♥

  • Second Place: Cassandra Clare

I own a total of 21 books. Favorite: The Dark Artifices (Triology) ♥

  • Third Place: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I own a total of 18 books. Favorite: The Dark Elements (Triology) ♥

  • Fourth Place: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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  • Fifth Place: Stephen King

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Book Tag: The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag [2017]

Best Book You’ve Read So Far

Six Of Crows (Leigh Bardugo): This book is not only the best book I’ve read so far this year, but probably also one of the best books I’ve read so far IN MY LIFE. The story is mind-blowing, the characters are so unique, the writing style is not only really touching and melodic but also very different – in a good way – to the writing styles I’m used to and even though it’s written from many different points of view, it never gets boring. Not even for one second. It’s also a book that will surprise you on every page, when you think you know what will happen the book will prove you wrong.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

Crooked Kingdom (by Leigh Bardugo): You should’ve expected this after my last answer 🙂

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Lord Of Shadows (by Cassandra Clare): I’m dying to read this book, I just wasn’t in the right mood for it yet.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

The Shaw Confessions: The Becoming of Noah Shaw (by Michelle Hodkin)

Language Of Thorns (by Leigh Bardugo)

Biggest Disappointment

Holding Up The Universe (by Jennifer Niven): I fell in love with Jennifer Niven after reading “All The Bright Places” at the beginning of last year and I had really high expectations reading HUTU and it just didn’t live up to them. I don’t think it’s a bad book, it’s just not the right one for me.

Biggest Surprise

Normally I only buy books that I know I will like, so this is hard. But I guess “Anna and the French Kiss” was my biggest suprise this year. I only bought it, because I needed a light read after all the heavy fantasy and contemporary books I’ve read. But it actually turned out amazing and I’m so in love with the story, especially the relationship between Anna and Étienne was great.

Favourite New Author

Leigh Bardugo or Michelle Hodkin: As you can probably tell by my last few posts are the Mara Dyer Chronicles and The Six Of Crows Duology the best books I’ve read this year and I was astonished by both of their writing styles.

Newest Fictional Crush

Étienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss); but I’ll never love any male book character more than Julien Alexandre Du Cranier ♥

Newest Favourite Character

Noah (Mara Dyer Chronicles); Kaz and Inej (Six Of Crows)

Book That Made You Cry

The Last Star (by Rick Yancey): For those of you who’ve read this book, probably know what made me cry so much. I just wanted the end to turn out differently.

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

I haven’t really seen any good book to film adaptations this year, but the news that The Raven Boys will get a tv series made me extremly happen (of course under the condition that it will be as great as the books)

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Percy Jackson: Greek Heroes (by Rick Riordan): I really love the illustrations in the book and the cover on the front and back is amazing as well ♥

What Book Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

Way too many books 😀

Top 10 Fantasy Book Series

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  • Six Of Crows Duology

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Kaz, Jesper and Inej]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Mara Dyer Chronicles

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Noah, Jamie and Mara]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Violet Eden Chronicles

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Phoenix and Spence]

writing: ❤❤❤❤

  • Lux series

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story: ❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Katy, Daemon and Luc]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Heroes Of Olympus/Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Percy and Nico]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Kuss des Dämons (german series)

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story: ❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Julien and Olek]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • The Mortal Instruments/The Dark Artifices

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Raphael, Sebastian and Alec / Julian and Ty]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • The Raven Boys series

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story: ❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Noah and Ronan]

writing: ❤❤❤❤

  • Starcrossed series/Hush, Hush series

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤ [Favorite characters: Hector / Patch]

writing: ❤❤❤❤

  • Fallen series

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story: ❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite character: Cam]

writing: ❤❤❤

  •  Shadow Falls Camp

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story: ❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤ [Favorite characters: Perry and Lucas]

writing: ❤❤❤❤

Books I want to read (Top 15)

[So on goodreads I have currently 197 books on my “to-read”-list, so these here are just the ones I look forward to reading the most. And this only includes books that are already released.]

Everything, Everything

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Six Of Crows

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Between The Lives

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The Sky Is Everywhere

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Dear Killer

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The Darkest Minds Triology

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Throne Of Glass Series

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I Was Here

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Find You In The Dark

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Die Young With Me

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Unforgiven

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Letters To The Dead

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When We Collided

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The Trials Of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

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Denazen Triology

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Playlist for the Dead

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Firebird Triology

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Favorite book and tv couples

[These aren’t all official couples, but they are still my OTP’s]

Book couples:

  • Julien and Dawn (Kuss des Dämons [german series])
  • Roth and Layla (Dark Elements)
  • Noah and Mara (The Mara Dyer Chronicles)
  • Daemon and Katy (Lux Series)
  • Ben and Cassie (The Fifth Wave)
  • Zed and Sky (Finding Sky)
  • Phoenix and Violet (Violet Eden Chronicles)
  • Percy and Annabeth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • Alec and Magnus (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Julian and Emma (The Dark Artifices)

TV couples:

  • Francis and Mary (Reign)
  • Stiles and Lydia (Teen Wolf)
  • Bellamy and Clarke (The 100)
  • Cole and Phoebe (Charmed)
  • Mickey and Ian (Shameless)
  • Jess and Rory (Gilmore Girls)
  • Ward and Skye (Agents Of Shield)
  • Jughead and Betty (Riverdale)
  • Mon-El and Kara (Supergirl)
  • Seth and Summer (O.C. California)
  • Mason and Cory (Teen Wolf)
  • Kol and Davina (The Originals)
  • Stefan and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)

updated: 19/07/17

Favorite female book characters

[Contains spoilers for these book series: The Mara Dyer Chronicles and The Fifth Wave]

It was a lot harder for me to create this list than the one for the male book characters as there aren’t that many female characters that I love, but here are my top 8:

 

  • Mara Dyer (The Mara Dyer Chronicles)

Mara is leading my top 10, because I can understand how it is to have a dark side and be misunderstood. She is constantly trying to gain control over her powers so she wouldn’t hurt anyone and when she decides that she doesn’t want to do that anymore, I’m actually quiet proud of her. I can understand if others don’t like her, because she is a little bit scary and cruel, but life didn’t quiet gave her the chance to turn out any other way. She isn’t this typical nice, innocent girl that falls in love with a bad boy or who evolves to be this strong female character to protect others. She is, like they said in the books, an anti-hero and this fact is what really made me addicted to this series and her character.

  • Cassie Sullivan (The Fifth Wave)

She’s a really good example for a bad ass female character, something I think should be more common in books. Cassie doesn’t need a boy to protect her or to handle things for her. She does everything by herself and even though she lost her parents and her brother was taken, she never really broke down. Her relationship with Sam as well as with Ben is my favorite thing in the books (and I’m still extremly sad that she died at the end and that she and Ben didn’t end up together). Cassie sacrifices her life (instead of letting someone else take her place) at the end of the last book to save her loved ones and for that she will always be my inspiration and hero. The only one you should rely on is yourself!

  • Katy Swartz (Lux Series)

Her passion for books and just the fact that I can relate to her in so many ways makes me love her so much as a character. She’s strong and independent, but also clumsy and vulnerable. I mean, she never lets anyone treat her badly, but she wasn’t a born fighter or supernatural creature either. At the end of the series, you can see how much she truely has evolved and I live for her fun fights with Daemon as well as for her friendship with Dee. She is also one of the few female book characters who isn’t descibed as abnormal perfect and beautiful, which I really like. The most relatable female character of all fictional books I’ve read until now, for sure.

  • Sky Bright (Finding Sky)

What fascinates me about Sky the most is how she handles her broken soul and her tragic past. She is literally a mess when she meets Zed and he helps her to not overcome her past but to make it a part of her that makes her so much stronger. And even though she never got to know love, she is one of the most lovable and caring female characters I got to know, which I find really surprising and different.

  • Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices)/ Blue Sargent (The Raven Boys)

Emma and Blue are both really though and strong, even though it might not seem like they are. They have no problem with leading others or proving to everyone around them that they are independent and old enough to make their own decisions and fight for what they believe in. Emma’s relationship with Julian and Blue’s relationship with Gansey and the rest of the Raven boys show their character really well and you can see that they have no problem keeping up with the male characters.

  • Lena Duchannes (Beautiful Creatures)

Lena was the first female character I fell in love with. The constant inner fight between good and bad she had to lead, really impressed me. She is a really complex character and her love for books, music and poems made it easy for me to relate to her. To save the one she loves, she would sacrifice everything even her own life.

  • Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles Of Narnia)

Narnia doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the books, but I needed to mention Lucy in this list as Narnia is one of my favorite childhood novels. I always wanted to find a secret door to another world too. Lucy grows up in the shadow of her bigger sister and finds a way to accept herself and the fact that she isn’t Susan. She starts out as this little, curious girl who transforms over the course of the books into this grown up, brave and beautiful woman. Her imagination is what lead everyone to Narnia and it’s what makes Lucy herself and somehow I believe that my imagination is the most important part of myself as well.

Favorite male book characters

[Contains spoilers for these book series: Starcrossed, The Mara Dyer Chronicles, Violet Eden Chronicles, Percy Jackson and the Olympians]

These aren’t the only male book characters I love, but if I had to pick my top 12, that’s how it would look:

  • Julien Alexandre Du Cranier (Kuss des Dämons)

If you would ask me which male book character I would marry I guess I would answer Julien. I first read this triology when I was 12 and now I’m nearly 18 and I still love him with all my heart. His love for Dawn is so pure and never-ending, he would do anything to protect her; even sacrifice his life. He is a really mysterious person and it’s not easy to understand him and his intentions all the time, but he has a good heart. And even though he believes that he’s a monster, everyone who has read the books knows that that’s far from the truth. When someone asks me why I would choose Julien, my answer is: He is smart and loves to read, music flows through his veins and I would to die to hear him play something on his violin for me, he loves to travel and is always interested to learn more about the world and most importantly he would never fail to make me laugh and he would love me so deeply and passionate that I woudn’t need to worry about him ever losing interest in me.

  • Hector Delos (Starcrossed)

Hector is my all time favorite male book character and I love him for many reasons. The way he cares for his family and how he lightens up every situation with his witty comments. The way he calls Helen “Princess” and how he is always there for her (their friendship is my favorite thing about the books). I love that he is so strong and so vulnerable at the same time and when he temporarely died in the third book, I died with him. Sometimes I still wish that Josephine Angelini would’ve written a spin-off about him.

  • Zed Benedict (Finding Sky)

One of the main reasons I love Zed is his relationship with Sky. He was starting to lose himself before they met each other and she helped him to be his true self. I also love how he seems to be this bad, rebellious guy and then turns out to be so sweet and protective. Moreover, I live for characters like Zed, Noah and Daemon (Lux series) who love to provoke others, in a fun and not serious way. They act like jerks, but are actually the best boyfriends you could wish for.

  • Noah Shaw (The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer)

Noah is the book character I feel in love with the fastest. Immediately when he was introduced, I knew that he would storm my heart; and he did. His love for books, his good heart, his endless love for Mara, his witty humor, but also his desire to hurt himself, his messed up family and his struggle with his gift: every part of him made me addicted. And after I finished the third book of the series I was so sad that it was over, but now that I know that in november they will release the first book of a spin-off series about him, I’m more than happy.

  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Percy Jackson was the first book character I fell in love with as the books of Rick Riordan were the first fantasy books I’ve ever read (apart from Beautiful Creatures). His humor and relatability are the things that caught my interest first. He started at the bottom and fought his way to the top; and he thaught me that everyone is in some way a hero. Throughout this series, I fell in love and throughout the heroes of olympus series, I just knew that I made the right choice.

  • Phoenix (Violet Eden Chronicles)

I was always the one who loved the bad guys more than the good guys and who never understood why the girls did not pick them. Especially Phoenix found a place in my heart. He cared so deeply for Violet and fought against his dark side to be there for here and to protect her.The scene in the last book on the bridge, where he told her how much she meant to him and they say goodbye to eachother, broke my heart. For me, it seemed like Phoenix loved Violet more than Lincoln, even if it was in a different way.

  • Theodore Finch (All The Bright Places)

How he struggled from depression reminded me a lot of myself and somehow I found a really deep and strong connection to him throughout the book. The way he helped Violet to find a new purpose in life, while he was suffering to find his own, was so beautiful and tragic. Also the way he thought, described his feelings and tried to fight the dark black hole in his mind really moved me. All The Bright Places is probably my all time favorite contemporary book and Finch is the reason why.

  • Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices)

Julian is stubborn, confident, and does not open up to a lot of people – that’s so me – though he can be very considerate and thoughtful too. He is also a very loving person- there is probably no one who has a more pure heart than him – and when he loves someone, he will love them forever. He is close to perfect, but not entirely perfect, which I love. The way he takes care of his siblings and cares about Emma always manages to melt my heart. His passion for art is just another plus on the list of things, that speak for him. [Btw his brother Ty is one of my favs as well]

  • Spence Smith (Violet Eden Chronicles)

Spence is the definition of friendship goals. I mean, look how he supported Violet and how he was ready to risk everything to help her. He is such a goofball and so loveable. Also can we talk about the goodbye scene between Violet and Spence in the fourth book? I wish I had a male best friend like Spence. But it’s more than his friendship with Vi that makes him such a good character. It’s just the way he makes the bad times seem good and the good times seem even better, that makes him irrereplaceable. I just know, that I wouldn’t love the books so much if Spence and Phoenix wouldn’t exist.

  • Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

His character touched me in a way no other character ever did. I mean, we got to know him as this little, weak boy who cared for no one else in the whole wide world except his big sister. We saw him breaking when his sister died and we watched him overcome this pain and becoming stronger than he has ever been. We saw him finding friends, even though he never wanted to get attached to someone again. We watched him as he discovered his half-sister Hazel and his romantic feelings for Percy. Throughout both book series we watched him growing up and evolving; and that’s what brought him so close to me.

  • Ronan Lynch (The Raven Boys)

Ronan is a special case, as I started reading The Raven Boys with no expectations. I read about the book on tumblr, bought it a few days later and fell in love with the story. It is such an interesting idea and I love how it is implemented. Ronan stood out the most to me, as his character has so much depth. On the outside, he seems like this selfish, arrogant, rebellious, rich boy who doesn’t give a fuck about anything. But on the inside, he is this caring, vulnerable, self-critical boy who is the best friend you could ask for. The way he cares about Gansey, Noah, Adam and in some way Blue, is so honest and sincere.

updated: 17/07/17 [I just finished the Covenant series and had to add Seth ♥]

  • Seth Diodoros (Covenant)

The thing I love most about Seth is probably his diversity. He seems to be this cocky, funny and big-mouthed player whose only purpose is to provocate the people around him. But the more you dive into his character, you can see that he’s hiding a very caring, emotional and loyal side. Alex is the first person he shows this side of him which creates a special connection between them. I love both sides of him equally and he always manages to make me smile and even when I don’t feel like smiling at all.

Booklist ♥

The 5th Wave (by Rick Yancey)

  1. The 5th Wave
  2. The Infinite Sea
  3. The Last Star

The Mortal Instruments (by Cassandra Clare)

  1. City Of Bones
  2. City Of Ashes
  3. City Of Glass
  4. City Of Fallen Angels
  5. City Of Lost Souls
  6. City Of Heavenly Fire

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (by Rick Riordan)

  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea Of Monsters
  3. The Titan’s Curse
  4. The Battle Of The Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian

Heroes Of Olympus (by Rick Riordan)

  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son Of Neptun
  3. The Mark Of Athena
  4. The House Of Hades
  5. The Blood Of Olympus

The Kane Chronicles (by Rick Riordan)

  1. The Red Pyramid
  2. The Throne Of Fire
  3. The Serpent’s Shadow

The Mara Dyer Chronicles (by Michelle Hodkin)

  1. The Becoming of Mara Dyer
  2. The Evolution of Mara Dyer
  3. The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Lux Series (by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

  1. Obsidian
  2. Onyx
  3. Opal
  4. Origin
  5. Opposition
  6. Oblivion

The Dark Artifices (by Cassandra Clare)

  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord Of Shadows

Starcrossed (by Josephine Angelini)

  1. Starcrossed
  2. Dreamless
  3. Goddess

The Worldwalker Triology (by Josephine Angelini)

  1. Trial By Fire
  2. Firewalker
  3. Witch’s Pyre

Night School (by C.J. Daugherty)

  1. Night School
  2. Night School: Legacy
  3. Night School: Fracture
  4. Night School: Resistance
  5. Night School: Endgame

The Maze Runner (by James Dashner)

  1. The Maze Runner
  2. The Scorch Trials
  3. The Death Cure
  4. The Kill Order
  5. The Fever Code

The Raven Cycle (by Maggie Stiefvater)

  1. The Raven Boys
  2. The Dream Thieves
  3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue
  4. The Raven King

The Mara Dyer Triology (by Michelle Hodkin)

  1. The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer
  2. The Evolution Of Mara Dyer
  3. The Retribution Of Mara Dyer

The Fallen Series (by Lauren Kate)

  1. Fallen
  2. Torment
  3. Passion
  4. Rapture
  5. Unforgiven (Cam’s Story)

Shadow Falls (by C. C. Hunter)

  1. Born At Midnight
  2. Awake At Dawn
  3. Taken At Dusk
  4. Whispers At Moonrise
  5. Chosen At Nightfall

Violet Eden Chapters (by Jessica Shirvington)

  1. Embrace
  2. Entice
  3. Emblace
  4. Endless
  5. Empower

Hush, Hush Saga (by Becca Fitzpatrick)

  1. Hush, Hush
  2. Crescendo
  3. Silence
  4. Finale

Silver Moon Saga (by Marah Woolf)

  1. SilverMoonLight
  2. SilverMoonMagic
  3. SilverMoonDream

House Of Night (by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast)

  1. Marked
  2. Betrayed
  3. Chosen
  4. Untamed
  5. Hunted
  6. Tempted
  7. Burned
  8. Awakened
  9. Destined
  10. Hidden
  11. Revealed
  12. Redeemed

Ruby Red Triology

  1. Ruby Red
  2. Sapphire Blue
  3. Emerald Green

Divergent Series (by Veronica Roth)

  1. Divergent
  2. Insurgent
  3. Allegiant
  4. Four (A Divergent Collection)

Six Of Crows Duology (Leigh Bardugo)

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All The Bright Places (by Jennifer Niven)

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When We Collided (by Emery Lord)

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Love Letters To The Dead (by Ava Dellaira)

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If I Stay/ Where She Went (by Gayle Forman)

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Looking For Alaska (by John Green)

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To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee)

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Finding Sky (by Joss Stirling) [I know that this is a series, I just really loved Finding Sky and was disappointed by the other books]

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