Friday Favorites: Old School YA

Hello my dear bookish people and welcome to another Friday Favorites! And this week is one of my most anticipate topics: OLD SCHOOL YA!! I decided this was any YA books released before 2000, which honestly makes me feel terribly old. Be prepared for a me screaming a lot about books I loved (and still love) when I was but a young whippersnapper.

Basically anything by LJ Smith

I almost put LJ Smith down at the bottom as a saving the best for last kind of thing. But just in case people don’t make it through the whole post, I at bare minimum wanted the takeaway from this post to be MY DEEP AND UNDYING LOVE FOR LJ SMITH. These books were not only my best friends in high school, but also my introduction to paranormal books. I reread each of the trilogies and the Nightworld books at least 10 times each in high school. I used to come home from school, do my homework, and then I read one of the books before I went to bed. These books are my happy place and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Fearless by Franscine Pascal

Oh my, this series. THIS. DAMN. SERIES. It’s been a long damn time since I’ve read these books but the main thing I remember is the main character, Gaia, doesn’t have the “fear gene” which makes her kind of super powered in that fear never holds her back. That was a terrible way to explain it, but that’s what I’ve got. I also remember a very dramatic and romantically tense scene between Gaia and Sam (the love interest) that involves rain and chess. Hm…I need to go buy this series again (I just looked it up and holy heck the series got up to 36 books. I originally read up to maybe the 20s). Yep, I need rain and chess in my life again. I’m gonna go search for these books.

Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

Another book I read over and over and over again in my teens. It was one of those books that just clicked so hard with me. The main character is a social outcast and secretly published author of paranormal fiction who feels more intune with the demons in her stories than with her schoolmates. THAT’S WHO I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL…minus the published part. This book and the other in the series are wicked short and damnit I want to reread it now…

The Alanna Quartet and Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce

I’m not sure I could call myself a fan of old school YA if I didn’t include some Tamora Pierce books on my list. I recently reread the Immortals Quartet and I was reminded of how awesome Pierce’s books are. I feel like Tamora Pierce was the beginning (at least for me) of strong female characters in YA novels.


The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike

This whole series is wild and honestly I am so here for it. I really don’t know what else to say about them. It was a very interesting take on vampires and felt very unique to me at the time.






Fear Street by RL Stine

I legitimately want to know why my mother was okay with me reading these as young as I did. All the Fear Street books are pretty damn horrific and graphic. One of my memoreis from these books is a girl stabbing her sister through the heart with knitting needles. LIKE, WHAT THE HECK?? But I loved them and read a ton of these books. The thing that amuses me the most is I cannot stand horror or graphic violence now that I’m an adult.

Goddess of the Night (Daughters of the Moon Series) by Lynne Ewing

This series was such a part of my late high school years. Each of the main characters had an aspect of who I wanted to be, especially the goddess powers, and I just wanted to be part of this squad. Also, this series has one heck of a bad boy romance and there is nothing I love more than a bad buy falling for one of the good girls.



So, I had to include a couple of honorable mentions. These are books that I LOVED but were technically published after 2000:

Gifted Touch (Fingerprints Series) by Melinda Metz (2001)
Book of Shadows (Sweep Series) by Cate Tiernan (2001)
So Mote it Be (Circle of Three series) by Isobel Bird (2001)

Do you have any old school YA books or series that you love? Let me know in the comments!

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A Look Back at 2018 and a Look Forward to 2019

2018 was the year I truly immersed myself into the bookish community online. I gained traction with my #bookstagram account and started this blog. I learned the true value in books reviews and started reviewing regularly. I made more friends this year than I think I’ve ever made in my whole life. This was a year of so many books. So. Many. Books.

2018 Bookstagram Stats
Bookstagram Posts: 452
Likes Received: 138.8k (WHAT????? HOW???? WHAT????)
Followers Gained: 3,720 (Again, WHAT????? HOW???? WHAT????)

2018 Goodreads Stats
# of Books Read: 65. My goal was 100, so I obviously failed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
# of Pages Read: 26,540
Shortest Book Read: Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge (270 pages)
Longest Book Read: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (1,248 pages)
My First Review of the Year: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (this was also my favorite read of the year!)
My Five Star Reads of the 2018 (not including rereads): Illuminae. The City of Brass, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, Kingdom of Ash, The Confectioner’s Guild, The Last Namsara, The Wicked King, LIFEL1K3, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Vicious

Looking at 2019, I have plans and goals. Which is not something I usually have. I’m aiming to continue my growth in the online bookish community because my first year here has given me such joy. But I also want to focus on my reading, because all my bookish social media focus has taken me away from actually reading. So, here are my bookish goals/resolutions:

  • Actually read 100 books – Last year, my Goodreads reading challenge was 100 books and I only got to 65. I am DETERMINED to not fail again. I’ll be trying to read more short stories and graphic novels this year, so that should hopefully help me hit my goal. I’ve also joined Beat the Backlist 2019, hosted over at NovelKnight, so that should also help keep me on track.
  • Lessen book buying and mostly read books that I already own – I just finished inventorying my owned books a couple hours ago. Of the 633 books I own, 398 are unread. That’s 63% darn percent unread! While I know I can’t truly topple my TBR, I can make a sizable dent in it if I curb my book buying.
  • Read more at home instead of re-watching Great British Bake Off for the hundredth time – I tend to do most of my reading during my lunch break at work. So that’s just under an hour, 5 days a week. While that is good, it’s not enough for me. I need to focus on reading again and turn off my darn TV.
  • Get better at reviewing – I’m new to the review game and I can tell that my reviews need work. I need to find my own style, my own voice, within my reviews. When I first started this blog I had the idea of audio reviews, but short ones, like a quick review/recommendation similar to how I’d recommend a book to a friend or someone asking about a particular book. Maybe I’ll start that up this year…

So, cheers to the new year and all the good things, bookish and not, that I hope it brings! And now, as is one of my resolutions, I need to go read!

Beat the Backlist 2019

I have spoken many times about the amount of unread books I own. Frankly, the number of unread books I own is shameful. Enter Beat the Backlist, hosted by NovelKnight. Go check out her blog for all the official info about the challenge, but I’ll sum it up for you…

Basically, read your damn (pre-2019) books!

Me to me…

So, without further ado or abuse of gif posting ability, here is the beginning of my Beat the Backlist TBR for 2019:

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Seven Realms and Shatter Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The final three books in the Jackaby Series by William Ritter
  • The Confectioner’s Coup and The Confectioner’s Truth by Claire Luana
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series by Brian Stavely
  • Hunting Prince Dracula and Escape from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  • All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  • The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  • Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
  • Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  • The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

That’s just the beginning, mind you. On January 1st I will be taking an inventory of my current owned books and making a full blown list of books I plan to read in 2019. I really need to get my ratio of read to unread books in better shape. I will be setting my Goodreads challenge to 100, so I am aiming high next year.

Anyone else doing the Beat the Backlist challenge? And if yes, are you participating in the Hogwarts Houses? And if yes, what house are you in? Just wrapping up with a few rapid fire questions…

Happy New Year’s Eve eve! Cheers to many hours of reading in the new year!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Want to Say Thank You To

Happy Thanksgiving week, book people! If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, HAPPY WEEK IN GENERAL! It’s time for stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Oh, and being thankful! The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a freebie so I went with Top Ten Authors I Want to Say Thank You To. One thing I’m intensely thankful for is books and the people that create them. Giving words to the world is a terrifying thing and whenever I think about meeting authors of my favorite books the only thing I want to say to them is “Thank you for giving me these words and these worlds.”

  1. Patrick Rothfuss – I need to thank that man for The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. From the first time I read these books, so many years ago, all I’ve wanted to do is thank him for creating these characters and writing these stories. They have brought me such pain and joy and I loved every moment of them.6gljmNkVHxuuY
  2. Tamora Pierce – She gave the world some serious kick ass female characters in YA before kick ass females were the norm. And for that she should be thanked.3oz8xIsloV7zOmt81G
  3. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – For serious snark and reviving my love of sci-fi stories.10avZ0rqdGFyfu
  4. Brandon Sanderson – This man builds the most wonderous and dangerous worlds and I have loved every moment exploring them.3otPoOxyDTXjzpMbIY
  5. Clarie Luana – The Confectioner’s Guild is one of my favorite reads of the year. I spent the whole time reading it with a smile on my face and that is what reading should be.z2HC00n6pfcA
  6. Holly Black – For writing deliciously dark faerie tales that helped me escape some truly terrible times in my 20s.4lpctAAV9Azpm (1)
  7. LJ Smith – Every one of Smith’s books was a friend to me in high school.xT5LMAS7woru73f6xi
  8. Leigh Bardugo – For giving me such good character studies and wonderfully dark worlds to traverse.3o7TKANQ6OeCp3oxvG
  9. Pierce Brown – The Red Rising saga is equal parts ridiculous, amazing, intense, unique, and wonderful. Reading them has taken me on such a wild ride and my reading life would be much duller without them.jr0VZIBH5dKDe
  10. JK Rowling – For everything.3ErmSXChvkv5u

Who are some author’s you want to say thank you to?