Top 5 Authors I Want to Read More From

1) Stephen King

stephen king

Mr. King is one of my all-time favorite authors but I am not even close to reading even half of all of the stories he’s published. It’s one of my lifetime reading goals to read everything he’s ever written. (Should take me about fifty years or so.)

2) Sarah J. Maas

sarah j. maas

I am madly in love with Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The bad news is that the last book in the trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out in a few days and when I finish it I will be devastated. The good news is that I haven’t read her other big series, Throne of Glass yet so I’ll have that to fill the ACOTAR void. And even more good news: she’s planning another trilogy set in the ACOTAR universe! I’m really hoping Maas continues to write amazing fantasy series and we can look forward to dozens of new books from her for years to come.

3) Elle Kennedy

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I picked up Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus New Adult romance series just this month and oh man, where have her books been all my life?! Her books are smart, funny, and oh so sexy. Luckily for me she’s published a ton of other romance novels!

4) Foz Meadows

foz meadows

Another author I discovered just this year was Foz Meadows and her brilliant feminist fantasy novel An Accident of Stars. Not only do I have another book in the series to look forward to but it looks like she’s also published a duology about vampires that looks amazing!

5) Angela Carter

angela carter

I’ve only read two stories by Angela Carter but those stories were enough to make me want to read everything she’s ever written. Her writing is exquisite. The story that made me fall in love with her writing was The Tiger’s Bride, an incredibly sensual story with Beauty and the Beast overtones!

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Top 10 Book Turn-offs

1) Love triangles

I’m not as opposed to love triangles as I once was – I read somewhere that a love triangle gives the female character more agency in that she has a choice when it comes to partners. But personally, I just don’t like love triangles because I want to KNOW (or at least have a pretty good idea) of who the heroine is going to end up with because I don’t want to become emotionally invested in a romance and have it not work out.

2) Threesome romance novels

This one kind of ties in to my aversion of love triangles. Call me a prude, but the idea of a threesome does absolutely nothing for me. Cool if that’s your thing but I’m a one-on-one kind of person – in real life and in romance novels.

3) Steampunk

I don’t know why it is but anytime I see the word ‘steampunk’ in a book’s description I immediately lose interest. I’m sure there are some wonderful steampunk books out there but it just doesn’t appeal to me for some reason.

4) Cyberpunk

Anytime I see the word ‘cyberpunk’ I immediately think ‘sci-fi with an emphasis on computers’ and that leads me to ‘I’m not going to have a clue as to what is going on.’ A perfect example: I read The Peripheral by William Gibson and I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON.

5) Any book by a conservative politician

Call me biased but I really don’t want to read about how God told you to run for office so you could oppress women and gay people.

6) ‘Inspirational’ romance

‘Inspirational’ romance is code for Christian romance which features Christian characters adhering to the strict tenets of the Christian faith. According to Goodreads ‘any sexual content is hinted at or avoided entirely.’ THEN WHAT’S THE POINT?

7) Books by reality TV stars

No. Just no.

8) Books about sports

Just not a sports fan. Unless it’s Quidditch!

9) ‘How to get a man’ books

NOPE.

10) Any book by Donald Trump

Pretty self-explanatory.

Top 5 LGBTQ+ Books on My TBR

Confession time: this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is supposed to be about our favorite LGBTQ+ reads but I haven’t actually read that many! All I could come up with was Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and An Accident of Stars! I’m sure I must’ve read more than that but I’m drawing a blank. So I’m making a list of LGBTQ+ books on my TBR.

1) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

aristotle and dante

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this YA contemporary romance two teenage loners who become friends.

2) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and I was so excited when I heard that Simon and Baz were getting their own book! But I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet – eep!

3) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

One of my most anticipated reads this year – a GLBTQ+ themed historical fantasy.

4) Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

captive prince

A M/M romance with a huge cult following.

5) Ash by Malinda Lo

ash

A Cinderella retelling with a queer twist.

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Top 10 Book Turn Ons

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about our book turn ons – things that will make us want to instantly read a book. So here’s my list of book things that get me all giddy inside.

1) Beauty and the Beast retellings

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale of all time (thanks to the animated Disney version) so I get really excited anytime I see a book that is a retelling of my beloved fairy tale.

2) Horror

If a book is described as ‘creepy,’ ‘spine-tingling,’ ‘dark,’ ‘disturbing,’ or just plain scary than I want to read it. Don’t ask me why.

3) Epic fantasy

I haven’t actually read that much when it comes to epic fantasy – but I just know I’ll love it.

4) Dragons

If a book has a dragon on the cover or has the word ‘Dragon’ in the title, it goes on my TBR.

5) Feminism

Now that the fourth wave of feminism has come around, we are spoiled for choice when it comes for books on the topic.

6) North Korea

My fascination with North Korea all started when I first read The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to learn more about the real-life dystopian nation.

7) Eastern inspired fantasy

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t actually read many eastern inspired fantasy books yet but I can tell you I’ve got a ton of them on my TBR.

8) Books about books

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. What book lover doesn’t love reading about books?

9) Japan

For some reason, books that take place in Japan or that are by Japanese authors are must-reads for me.

10) Monsters

This could easily fit into my horror category but I believe monster books deserve their own spot on this list. Because while I love reading psychological horror that are subtle and creepy – sometimes you want something that’s a bit more in-your-face.

Top 10 Tuesday is an original bookish tag created by The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Top 5 Books that Would Make Good Video Games

I’ll be honest – I’m not much of a gamer. I like the idea of being a gamer but the last video game I really mastered was Pokémon. And not Pokémon GO either – the Gameboy version. But I like the idea of playing a video game based on my favorite books. (In case, you’re wondering, yes I did play some of the Harry Potter video games. And I loved them.) So here’s my Top 5 Books that I think would make excellent video games.

1) It by Stephen King

It

It would make an amazing, epic horror game. Just imagine – you play as one of the characters from the Losers Club and you travel through the town of Derry while confronting the various forms of It. You’d also have to tangle with Henry Bowers and his gang. For weapons you could use slingshots, toy guns, and rocks. Or maybe you would use weapons based on what character you chose to play – like Richie could use his voices or Stan could use his bird book somehow. (Trust me, this all makes sense if you’ve read the book.) And the climax would be a battle with the final, terrifying form of It. OMG, somebody make this game so I can play it!

2) The Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch

midnight riot

The Peter Grant series is a mix of police procedural and urban fantasy so I think it has the potential to be a great video game. (But let’s see a TV version first. Please?) You would play as Peter (obviously) and you’d have to battle various supernatural creatures while trying to solve a case. Your weapons would be your magic spells but, just like in the book, you would have to use your magic carefully – if you don’t, that puts you at risk for a brain aneurysm.

3) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

hunger games

This is an odd choice because a Hunger Games video game is kind of at odds with the message in the book – that violence for entertainment purposes is wrong. That’s probably the reason they never made one. But if they did make one? I’d play the shit out of it.

Ooh, you know what they could do? In the video game version, they could make it so any senseless violence means you lose the game.  Like if you were a contestant in the Hunger Games and you went all Cato and tried to kill as many people as possible, then you increase your odds of becoming a target and you get killed. But if you play like Katniss, by evading people and use strategy and team up with people and try to keep them alive, then your chances of winning increase. It’d be like the anti-FPS.

4) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

fantastic beasts

This game would be pretty simple – you play as Newt and you travel the world documenting fantastic beasts. OR maybe you travel the world trying to help them. For example, you rescue a Demiguise from a poacher or you recover stolen Occamy eggs and return them to their nest. There are tons of possibilities with this one.

5) Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

saga

 Saga is an incredible science fiction/fantasy/space opera comic book series that has the potential to be turned into an absolutely gorgeous and action-packed video game. You’d get to travel to numerous worlds and fight off the people who are trying to capture your baby.
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Top 10 Most Unique Books I’ve Read

This is an interesting topic because uniqueness is relative. I ended up choosing books that have stood out to me in one way or another – whether it’s a book told from an interesting viewpoint or a book with an inventive format, etc, etc. So without further ado (and in no particular order)….

1) An Accident of Stars (Manifold Worlds #1) by Foz Meadows

an-accident-of-stars

I’ve never read anything like this book – it features a matriarchal society, polyamorous marriages and oh yeah, a majority of the main characters are women. One of the best books I’ve read so far in 2017.

2) Under the Skin by Michel Faber

under the skin

This is a complete mindfuck of a novel – it’s the type of story that digs into your brain and changes the way you think about everything.

3) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

wind-up bird

Any Haruki novel could be on this list but I decided to pick my favorite. There is no good way to describe the experience of reading this book – words like ‘surreal’ and ‘dreamlike’ come close but there is no substitute for reading this novel.

4) And In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw

in this way i was saved

I read this book years ago but it’s stayed with me for so long because of the unique perspective it’s told from – this story is told from the POV of a boy’s imaginary friend.

5) The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

yiddish policeman's union

I had a revelation while reading this book – the way Chabon puts sentences together is so unique and different, I had no idea people could write like that until I read this book.

6) The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde

eyre affair

Any bookworm will appreciate the Thursday Next series – it takes place in an alternate version of England where literature is taken very seriously – case in point, Thursday Next is a literary detective and her job is to solve bookish related crimes. Not only that, but people have the ability to actually jump into a book and affect the story.

7) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

lolita

Considered a controversial classic by some people and grotesque smut by others, you don’t get more unique than a book told from the POV of a pedophile.

8) Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

throne of the crescent moon

Eschewing the typical fantasy settings that are inspired by medieval England, Saladin Ahmed sets his action-packed fantasy in a Middle Eastern inspired setting.

9) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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It’s not Illuminae’s plot that is unique but the way it is told – through a collection of documents including emails, interviews, military reports, and more.

10) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

hitchhiker's guide

Sure other authors have combined comedy and science fiction but I’m willing to bet Douglas Adams was the first to put his own unique, humourous spin on the SF genre.

Top 10 Tuesday is an original bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

April 2017 New Book Releases

April 4

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

Genre: Fantasy

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Defy the Stars (Untitled #1) by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

Genre: Science Fiction

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms, #2)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Marlena

Genre: Fiction

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

The Crow Girl

Genre: Mystery

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

Gem & Dixie

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

American War by Omar El Akkad

American War

Genre: Science Fiction

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Genre: Fiction-Short Stories

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston

The End of Our Story

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

The Secret Science of Magic

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions of Indefinable Things

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

Doing It!: Let's Talk About Sex

Genre: Nonfiction

The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851 by Isobel Charman

The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851

Genre: Nonfiction-History

Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Brimstone

Genre: Fantasy

The Dead Inside by Cyndy Drew Etler

The Dead Inside

Genre: Memoir

The Dragon’s Legacy (The Dragon’s Legacy #1) by Deborah A. Wolf

The Dragon’s Legacy (The Dragon's Legacy, #1)

Genre: Fantasy

The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell

The Romance Reader's Guide to Life

Genre: Historical Fiction

Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe by John Julius Norwich

Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe

Genre: Non Fiction – History

Feral by James Demonaco & Brian Evenson

Feral

Genre: Horror

The Moon and the Other  by John Kessel

The Moon and the Other

Genre: Science Fiction

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

No One Is Coming to Save Us

Genre: Fiction

A Little More Human by Fiona Maazel

A Little More Human: A Novel

Genre: Fiction

Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

Sympathy

Genre: Fiction

Cake Time by Siel Ju

Cake Time

Genre: Fiction

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

What Girls Are Made Of

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon by Jenny Nordbak

The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon

Genre: Nonfiction

Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business by Eden Collinsworth

Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business

Genre: Nonfiction

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton  by Susan Bordo

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

Genre: Nonfiction

April 11

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Given to the Sea

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1) by Lexa Hillyer

Spindle Fire

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

The Shadow Land

Genre: Historical Fiction

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

If We Were Villains

Genre: Mystery

Duels and Deception  by Cindy Anstey

Duels and Deception

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Literally by Lucy Keating

Literally

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil

Genre: Fiction

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

The Day I Died: A Novel

Genre: Mystery

Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner

Music of the Ghosts: A Novel

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

Genre: Nonfiction-True Crime

Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression by David Leite

Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression

Genre: Memoir

One Perfect Lie  by Lisa Scottoline

One Perfect Lie

Genre: Mystery

The Takedown by Corrie Wang

The Takedown

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

April 18

The Thing About Love by Julie James

The Thing About Love

Genre: Romance

The Adjustment (The Program #3) by Suzanne Young

The Adjustment (The Program, #3)

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon

Genre: Nonfiction-True Crime

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan

Genre: Science Fiction

The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us #2) by Emily Skrutskie

The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #2)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate to

Genre: Nonfiction

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said

Genre: Thriller

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

Fireworks

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science by Dave Levitan

Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

Genre: Non Fiction

When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford

When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments

Genre: Humor

Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies by John Joseph Adams

Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies

Genre: Science Fiction

The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan

The Last Days of Café Leila

Genre: Fiction

Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women by Renee Engeln 

beauty sick

Genre: Nonfiction

This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren

This Fight Is Our Fight

Genre: Nonfiction

Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan

Grendel's Guide to Love and War

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

April 25

Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa

Legion (Talon, #4)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I Found You

Genre: Mystery

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Skullsworn

Genre: Fantasy

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

The Red Hunter

Genre: Thriller

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

North of Happy

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken

Genre: Mystery

Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie Brennan

Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5)

Genre: Fantasy

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne

Genre: Science Fiction

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz

The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit, #1)

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone

Skitter (The Hatching #2)

Genre: Horror

Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell

Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber and the Invention of Criminal Profiling

Genre: Nonfiction-True Crime

A Single Spy by William Christie

A Single Spy

Genre: Historical Fiction

Last Hope Island: How Nazi-Occupied Europe Joined Forces with Britain to Help Win World War II by Lynne Olson

Last Hope Island: How Nazi-Occupied Europe Joined Forces with Britain to Help Win World War II

Genre: Non Fiction-History

Final Girls by Mira Grant

Final Girls

Genre: Horror

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

The Last Neanderthal

Genre: Historical Fiction

Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel

Lucky Girl

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. by Sherry A. Ross

She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period.

Genre: Nonfiction

The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner

The Secrets of My Life

Genre: Memoir

Top 5 SFF Books on My TBR

When I saw this topic for Top 5 Wednesday, I was both excited…and daunted. I immediately went into panic mode. ‘DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS ARE ON MY TBR!?’ I yelled at my screen. ‘IT’S MY FAVOURITE GENRE! AAAAAAAAAAAHHH.’

 After I finished hyperventilating, I made things easier on myself and decided to just include SF&F books that I own but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. So that made it easier…kind of.

1) Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I count Sarah J. Maas as one of my favourite authors but I’ve only read her ACOTAR series. I haven’t even started her ToG series that everyone always raves about. With the final book slated to be published this year, I definitely have some catching up to do.

2) A Natural History of Dragons series by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1)

If it has dragons, it’s on my TBR list. This series is currently four books long with the fifth and final book coming out at the end of the month.

3) Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted

Since a certain movie came out, I have Beauty and the Beast fever and the only prescription is…more cowbell? No, it’s more Beauty and the Beast retellings!

4) Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale

This sci-fi dystopian seems right up my alley – but it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for over two years!

5) Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Spiderlight

Spiderlight is a stand-alone fantasy novel where a giant spider is…the hero? Whaaaat? I definitely need to read this one soon.

What SFF books are on your TBR? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for more recommendations!

Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group.

March 2017 Wrap-Up

1) Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories

Rating: 4/5

Any anthology subtitled ‘Beautiful horror stories’ is bound to get my attention. And while some stories were better than others, I found the majority of the tales to be beautiful, horrific – and so so heartbreaking.

2) Bedtime Stories by Diana Secker Tesdell

Bedtime Stories

Rating: 4/5

I guess I was in a short story mood at the beginning of the month. This anthology was full of magical, dreamy tales from some incredible authors such as Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

3) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Rating: 4/5

It always takes my a few chapters to get into an Austen novel but once I got used to the language again, I was hooked. Austen has such a sharp eye for social absurdities and hypocrisies and exposes them with incredible wit and insight. While Sense and Sensibility is not my favorite Austen novel (I find the two main romances are underdeveloped) for a debut novel it still contains so much of Austen’s unprecedented genius.

4) It by Stephen King

It

Rating: 4/5

The reason I only read 4 books in March was because half my month was taken up by this massive masterpiece of horror. I’ll admit, I probably could have finished it sooner but It is one of my favorite books of all time and I didn’t want it to end. Now I’m suffering from a total book hangover and don’t know what to do with my life. But that’s the mark of a great book. (Btw, did you guys see the trailer for the movie? It’s terrifying!)