On My Shelf

Hello all! Between work, spending probably-not-enough-time-as-I-should at the gym, and writing my own books, sometimes I’m surprised I get time to read other peoples’ books at all.

But as an author I feel it’s so important to read. It makes me a better writer to surround myself with words, with stories, and with great characters. The reason I knew how to write when I sat down to put my first book on paper was because of all those countless days and nights with my nose in a book.

However, more importantly, even though reading makes me a better writer, it also makes me a better person. Reading doesn’t only relax me, let me take my mind off heavier things like life, but I just can’t get over that feeling of being deep in a great story or the smile that comes over my face when I finish the last page.

Any who, I’d love to share some of the stories I’ve been learning from and loving lately.

First up, my current read. I’m only about halfway through this book, but I’m liking it a lot. If anyone grew up watching Gilmore Girls like I did, you’ll know the name Lauren Graham. While her name is the reason I started the book, the witty writing style is why I continue to read. It’s a funny book about a girl in her twenties trying to make it as an actress in New York. Obviously my feelings could change as I finish it, but for now I’m enjoying it.

Next up, a YA read you cannot miss. I love fantasy and maybe that’s why I really liked this book, but the addition of the different versions of London kept the history-buff and want-to-be-traveler in me happy as well. The main character, Kell, is likable and his sidekick, Delilah, is a kick-butt chick worth rooting for. A sequel for this is coming out early next year, so pick it up soon!

This book by author Gemma Burgess has to be one of my favorite books from the past year or more. My love of all things British is no secret to those who know me and this novel, set in London, is no exception. The main character is fun and I felt like we were best friends by the first page. I’m a sucker for love interests that develop as deep friendship first, but I can’t say much more than that without giving everything away. GB has another book similar to this if, like me, you decide you cannot live without something more once you finish this one. By similar, I actually mean incredibly similar, almost identical. I like A Girl Like You much better, but appreciated something else written in the same kind of quirky London twenty-something voice.

I didn’t think I would like this one, actually. Even about half-way through, I was still seriously doubting my feelings about it. However, the main character is super likable and she pulled me through with her long enough to realize that there was a pretty good story there. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an unexpected romance and who likes to see the perpetual underdog get her day.

I’m a little bit obsessed with these Rusk University novels by Cora Carmack. Note, they are a bit more steamy than anything else I’ve listed here, being in the new adult category. But the relationships pull you in and the college setting makes one more than a little nostalgic. I recommend reading the other novels first, even though this one could stand alone.

That’s all for now. I have a long list of To Be Read and I hope to share those with you as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by!


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