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Monday, November 5, 2012
Well. It's Day 2 of my blogoversary, and today I'm going to talk about some of my favorite reads this year. Obviously I can't mention them all, but I'm going to list ten of my very favorites.

Here they are, in no particular order.



The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) by Julie Kagawa
Wow. Nothing will ever replace the original Iron Fey series, not even this. I literally lived for the moments where Ash, Meghan, and Puck showed up. They were definitely my favorite parts, and I just cannot let those characters go. I never will. Still, even though this can't compare to that series, it is a wonderful book in its own right and I loved loved loved it! It was beautiful. Enchanting. The kind of book that makes you close your eyes and fall into another world. You'd be crazy not to get a copy of this is your hands as soon as is humanly possible. I completely and totally adored it.
Read my full review of THE LOST PRINCE here.


Fairyland (Songs of Magic, #4) by J. L. Bryan
I love these books. I really do. For one thing, they are incredibly addicting. Once I start, I never want to stop. For another, they continue to become better and better and I am almost afraid to see how spectacular the next book will be! I completely adored this installment. With excellent character growth and a beautiful plot, it irrevocably drew me in and didn't let me go until I had finished it in its entirety.


Read my full review of FAIRYLAND here.

Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Most of the absolutely awesome things to say about this book have already been said, and yet of course I feel the need to throw my two cents in. This book was awesome, just like everyone says. i mean, it was unbelievably awesome. Aliens are something new and fairly unheard of in YA, except in cases like I Am Number Four, and likely in the last installment of the Across the Universe trilogy. Yet the Lux series is certain to blow them all away. This book was absolutely incredible, and undeniably awesome.

Read my full review of OBSIDIAN here.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book deserves to stand out, to have something special and all its own, and I am giving it that. I connected to this book on a more personal level than perhaps I have ever connected to any book in my life. Ordinarily, I don't like reading sad books, but when I heard the heroine had terminal cancer my defenses crumbled. Fortunately, I do not have terminal cancer, but my boyfriend does, and sometimes, as dramatic as it sounds, it is all I can do to avoid falling into a crumbling despair. I imagine actually having the cancer would be ten times worse, but hopefully I will never know.
Read my full review of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS here.


 Dearly, Beloved (Gone with the Respiration, #2) by Lia Habel
If I loved Dearly, Departed, Dearly, Beloved was really something else. It was completely unlike anything I've ever read and completely perfect. I fell in love with it from page one and never stopped. It's easily one of the most amazing books that I have ever read and one of my favorites of 2012 for sure. I almost couldn't believe how awesome it was. It literally and completely blew me away—I mean, it was honestly that amazing. It was totally a different story than the one told in the first book, and yet I loved it every bit as much.
Read my full review of DEARLY, BELOVED here.


Illuminate (Gilded Wings, #1) by Aimee Agresti
Every once in a while I take a chance in bookstores, grab a random book with a gorgeous cover, and read the blurb. If it sounds good, I'll buy it. That's exactly what I did with Illuminate, and I could not have been happier with the results! It far surpassed even my expectations and left me wanting more. It kept me out of the dark but still managed to surprise. Both heartbreaking and terrifying, it irrevocably drew me in and still hasn't let me go. It was absolutely incredible, and it made me ridiculously happy, the in best way possible! This book left me with a giddy, high feeling that still hasn't entirely gone away.
Read my full review of ILLUMINATE here.


Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina was easily one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It deserves every single one of the five stars that I have given it. Seriously, it was just…awesome. If I had the words to describe how awesome this book was, I'd happily do so. But there are no English words capable of expressing how truly awesome this book was. I absolutely loved this book. It was not only a wonderful fresh twist on dragons, but it awesome world-building and is seriously unlike any fantasy I've ever read, and I love fantasy.
Read my full review of SERAPHINA here.


Pure (Covenant, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I didn't wait long to start Pure after finished Half-Blood, and I'm glad I didn't. I loved Half-Blood, but I definitely loved Pure even more. The characters and their relationships developed even more, which was something I never expected to see, even though maybe I should've, and I was pleasantly thrilled with this new development. Pure is definitely a dynamic book. With even more action than the first book and yet important informational development as well, Pure does not suffer from second-book syndrome at all and in fact improves upon the first. It's a special book to me for sure.
Read my full review of PURE here.


Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass 
Wow. I mean, wow. Just, wow. I was literally speechless after I finished this book. It was completely and utterly amazing and I positively loved it. I was just absolutely blown away. I won't be the first or the last person to make this comparison, but this book is a lot like Inception. The first time you read it, you don't really understand exactly what's going on but you love it anyway because it's that incredible. As time goes on and you read it again and again, it slowly begins to piece itself together, starting to make an increasing amount of sense. Yet through it all, whether or not or not you really grasped the concept, you fall in love with it. Simply, simply incredible. Fantabulous, even.
Read my full review of LUCID here.


Ever (Ever, #1) by Jessa Russo
Ever took me by surprise. When I started it, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I didn't know at all what it was about, but once I dove into it I quickly found myself being pulled into its world. I was impressed by the originality of the story, and the characters were deep and people that I had no problem connecting with. It was an incredibly fun and yet emotional read, and I found myself laughing and crying at various points in the novel. I connected to it on a deep level and loved it.

Read my full review of EVER here. 

So, these would be among my favorite reads of my first blogging year. Of course, there are more that I love just as well, but if I were to list them all we'd be here all day! As is, I feel that this is plenty. Plus, I'll be listing ten more of my favorite books for tomorrow.

So for today's giveaway, I'm giving away one copy of each book from this list. There will be five winners and each winner will get to choose two books. The first winner will choose their two first, the second winner will choose from the eight that are left, etc. and the fifth winner will get the last two.

Now that we're clear on that, it's time to enter the giveaway! All you have to do is read my Giveaways page before entering and you're golden.

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106 comments:

  1. My favorite book since last November is probably TEMPEST by Julie Cross

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  2. Probably a toss up between What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang or Crewel by Gennifer Albin. :)
    Congrats on your blogversary and thanks for the AMAZING giveaway! :D

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    1. And noo! I forgot to add the link to the comment on the review one before I pressed ''done'' so please don't think I cheated! Here is the review I commented on: Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Maximum Ride, #8)
      James Patterson

      Thanks!
      -EbonyBlackLines

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  3. I'm stuck between Easy by Tammara Webber and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
    <33 Em

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  4. I've had so many awesome reads this year but the first one that came to my mind was You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren!

    I accidentally typed Gatorade635 as my GFC name but it's actually just Gatorade!

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  5. It's either Everneath by Brodi Ashton or I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Probably Divergent! Mind opener really!

    Raffle name: Nikki O

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  7. The Diviners or I've got your number was 2 of my favourite reads (:
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Tough question. Let me think ...
    "A Face Like Glass" by Frances Hardinge!!

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  9. That's such a hard question!! But I loved Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent!! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  10. Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. Not a new book I know, but I read it in June and it was amazing.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. hard to select a few but river road by suzanne johnson and the ministry of peculiar occurences by pip ballantine and tee morris are in my top list

    thank you for the giveaway

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  12. I really liked Prophet by R. J. Larson! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, thank you for the giveaway! (=

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  14. I loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Black City by Elizabeth Richards! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

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  15. Easy by Tammara Webber and Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry!

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  16. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor! Thanks for the giveaway, Happy Blogiversary! :)

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  17. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. But then again, I have loved both the Lux and the Covenant series :)

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  18. Definitely The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  19. I haven't read a single one of these books (gasp!) but they're all on my tbr list. One of my favourites book this year was Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

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  20. I'd say one of my favourites book series this year was Mythos Academy Series by Jennifer Estep ^^

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  21. Shadow and Bone and Throne of Glass!

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  22. That's hard :3 Probably Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins or The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

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  23. The Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick. :) - Len D.

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  25. Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout, I cannot wait to read Pure and Deity!

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  26. One of my favorite reads has been A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison - This is an awesome series. Happy Blogoversary. Thank you for sharing with us to generously :)

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  27. I've read the entire Fever series from Karen Marie Moning in this year. Good, it was awesome. Favorite book series ever <3

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  28. Every Day, Immortal Rules, Dearly, Beloved, Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker, Such A Rush, Lucid, Greta and the Goblin King, Darkness Before Dawn, Touch & Toxic, Easy, Unravel Me, My Life Next Door, Speechless, Before I Wake, The Duff, Venom, and Incarnate!!! Thanks!!!

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  29. I loved Insugrent and Catching Jordan. :)

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  30. GAME OF THRONES by George RR Martin is brilliant.

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  31. Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand. Sooooo good!

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  32. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins! Loved it! Thanks!

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  33. oh, no doubt about it. I went INSANE over monstrous beauty, it's just pure perfection.

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  34. I would say definitely The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. It was fantastic!

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  35. My favorite read is The Perks of being a Wallflower! :] And I loved the movie, too. :]
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Marijana Sitar

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  36. Definitely the Lux series by JLA.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Anatea

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  37. I'd say Pure by J.L. Armentrout since I'm suuuperexcited for Deity!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I loved Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  39. Mine was Daughter Of Smoke and Bone :)

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  40. I loved The Lux series, Divergent and Insurgent, Pushing the Limits and My Life Next Door to name a few...well I guess a few more then a few.

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  41. The Opportunist, Shadow and bone and many more

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  42. I've read a lot of great books over the past year! I really loved Grave Mercy, Hemlock, Struck, Gone Girl, and TEN (just to name a few). Thanks for another awesome giveaway!!

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  43. Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. I read it back in January and I still can't get it out of my head. It rocked my world!

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  44. Its a tie between Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. They both grabbed my attention and had me screaming.

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  45. Divergent and Blood Red Road.
    Incredible books!

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  46. Venom, Blood Red Road, Mistborn....to name a couple. :D Those are some fabulous books! Happy Blogoversary Anna!

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  47. So hard to choose! I loved TFiOS too, Easy, Pushing the Limits, Angelfall, Crown of Embers, and Cinder!

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  48. The Hallowed Ones!! Also Outpost (so many wonderful books!) :D
    Happy Blogoversary <3
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

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  49. There are so many, but the one that wow'ed me the most was Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

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  50. I can't remember all of them but some of my favorites are Pandemonium, Shadow and Bone, and Blood Red Road. Thanks for the giveaway and happy blogoversary! :)

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  51. Clockwork Prince was definitely one of my favourites. Insurgent as well.

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  52. Legend by Marie Lu.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway and Happy Blogoversary!

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  53. Lothaire by. kresley cole! Love this book!

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  54. I loved Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.

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  55. Hmmmm, probably Fever by Dee Shulman.
    Happy Blogoversary!

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  56. Cinder was one of my favourites - I can't wait till Scarlet comes out.

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  57. I've had so many awesome reads this year but my most recent read that I love is Carnival of Souls! :) It was simply amazing! :)

    Thanks for making this awesome giveaway international! Happy Blogoversary!! :)

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  58. One of my fave reads for November would be Easy by Tammara Webber. It's a NEW ADULT book. I like it because I felt that the issues presented by the book are real and needs attention and awareness.

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  59. I believe the one I most enjoyed was "Shogun" by James Clavell. I haven't started yet reading YA because here, in Romania, especially in my city, you find these kind of books so hard at a huge price. But next week I hope I'll start one. (my best friend will help me [:))] )

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  60. So far it has to be Reflection by Jessica Roberts! It was so amazing.

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  61. ONYX!!! bvy by Jennifer L. Armentreout

    OMG I really love Daemon!

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  62. My favorite in the past year has been the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane!

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  63. It would be Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi :)

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  64. I would have to say Divergent by Veronica Roth

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  65. Can I name more than one book? Well, I'm just going to. ;)

    Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford
    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
    Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    I guess I better stop now. LOL

    Oh, I was really silly. When I was entering my email address, I accidentally pushed enter before I could add the @ part - it's @yahoo.de. So sorry!!!

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  66. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Burdgo. There have been tons of great books this year but those have been my favorites!!!!

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  67. The Monstrumologist :) It's so well done in writing and characterization. I havne't had such a fun group of characters that made me smile so much in a long time! Hope you try it out if you haven't already :D It's a series, but I've only read book 1 thus far.

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  68. i dont have one:( feel unlucky this month!

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  69. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

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  70. Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- cannot wait for the next one!!

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  71. I discovered quite a few amazing adult books like Beautiful Disaster, Sinners on your series, Crossfire series... I also loved some amazing YA titles like Rushing the Limits, The Shadow Society and Speechless. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!

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  72. I read Anna Dressed in Blood this year and loved it so much!

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  73. Hmm... Beautiful Disaster, Anna Dressed in Blood and Bared to You... They're among my list of the most addicting books ever... =)

    Thank you for this chance!!!

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  74. Throne of Glass is in my top list. I fell completely in love with it :D

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  75. I loved Lothaire by Kresley Cole.

    Thanks for the FAB giveaway!

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Rebel Angels! Both really great reads!

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  77. Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens.

    GFC name: Dian Christy

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  78. Oh gosh. Delirium and Pandemonium. Insurgent. A Sudden Fearful Death. The Drowned Vault. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES. omg. Too many. I can't decide, darling. ;)

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  79. The Hunger games trilogy, I really enjoy fateful by claudia grey.

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  80. Uneartly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand!

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  81. Across the Universe by Beth Revis has been out a while but it's only recently that I have actually sat down to read it. I didn't know what I was missing and I could have smacked myself in the head for waiting so long to read this book. But... My favorite book recently. :)

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  82. There are so many! I found my favorite author Libba Bray this spring with the Gemma Doyle trilogy. I also loved Cinder and can't wait for Scarlet!

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  83. Huh I'll go with the Jellicoe Road! But there are plenty of them :)

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  84. I really liked Bloody Jack, which surprised me because I only read it since I didn't have any other books to read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, but haven't yet because it's a bit intimidating (there are 10 books in it so far.)

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  85. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
    Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
    Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    are so of my favorite books since last November =)

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  86. There's so many books that I love! But I have to say, I've discovered the wonders of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. They are pure genius!

    Lust For Stories

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