I kind of (not-so-accidentally) splurged on buying books… | Spotlight Saturday #2 (December 26th–well, 27th)

Hello bookworms! Today I’m back with a Spotlight Saturday post, a meme hosted and created by the wonderful Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner. It’s kind of been a while since my first time doing this meme, but since I had so much fun with it last time and have some time on my hands before I leave for Boston, I decided to participate again this week. 🙂
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Unfortunately I haven’t been as active in the blogosphere this week and am unable to come up with one for this! (SO MANY BLOGS, SO LITTLE TIME.) I know there are plentiful blog posts out there that are amazing, and I’m so sorry that I’ve been missing out on them. :/


My spotlighted book this week is The Rose Society by Marie Lu! I recently got a copy of it, and so far I’m loving it!

The Rose Society


So yesterday was Boxing Day. I’m not sure if this is something that every country has, or if this is something we have only in Canada, but basically every store put their products on sale..! I went with a couple of my friends to go shopping and, of course, I went crazy in the bookstore. I will be sharing my book haul soon, (hopefully) don’t worry. Some are recent releases, others not-so-recent. But they all seem amazing, so yay for tasty books! (But nay for my wallet…) I should probably get my book buying under control, but… booooooks! ❤ And sales. Sounds good to me!

Other than books, I also went all out on Bath and Body Works products. Seriously, the sales there were amazing!! I got a lot of new perfumes, lotions, some hand sanitizers (they are honestly so adorable), and some soap too. Most of you are probably not that interested in this kind of stuff, but the girly girl in me (who loves scented stuff) is kind of obsessed… LOL. Just kidding. Mostly. It’s a healthy obsession…!

It was kind of a busy day, but it was lots of fun—and hey, I got books and Bath & Body Works. I was happy!


Huh, apps…. Oh! Yes, I have a pick this time. I’ve recently been using the Reminders and Calendar apps a lot more—it really helps to keep things organized and planning things out, making lists, etc. Especially since I’ve been trying to schedule my day out a bit more, making sure I don’t miss anything I have to do, etc.


♪Hello from the other side…♪

Can you guess what song I’m spotlighting this week? Hello by Adele has been stuck in my head lately—when my head isn’t filled with Christmas songs, hehe.

Adele 25


You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

I’m not quite sure where this quote came from or who made it, but I love it all the same! It simply is such a great reminder of how dwelling on things that happened in the past won’t get you anywhere; it will simply hold you back.

So that’s it for this week’s Spotlight Saturday—even if it’s Sunday today. 😉 I’m going to be leaving for Boston soon, but luckily I had the chance to write this up! It was a lot of fun, I missed doing this! It was a good way to sum up my week too.

Tell me how your week has been! Also, do you have Boxing Day wherever you live in? I’d love to know, in the comments! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

‘Tis the season for family reunions…!

Merry post-Christmas & Happy Boxing Day! (And happy holidays, in case you don’t celebrate Christmas!) I was hoping to have a Spotlight Saturday post up today since I’ve missed doing those for quite some time but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to write it out… the reason for which I will be explaining in a second. 😉 I might most it tomorrow though!

Christmas is over, but my family and I have decided to visit some of our family over in the United States; it’s been a long time since we last saw them, and we figured it would be a nice way to spend the week. So the past couple of days I’ve been trying to get all my things in order—seriously, packing is such a torture sometimes. The neat freak in me came out and I’ve been frantically looking over everything, making sure no one forgets anything, lol. On one hand, it means there’s a good chance we have everything we need, but on the other hand it means I’ve been really short on time… oops.

Right now our plan is to leave tomorrow and be back by Friday or Saturday. We’ll start off by heading to Boston, and after a couple of days, we’ll be going to New York..! Guys, I’m actually super excited because the last time I went to New York, I was, like, 5 and only wanted to go to the zoo… lol. I’m not quite sure how much time I’ll actually have to tour Boston and/or New York, but I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to visit at least some of the places on my bucket list—the Empire State Building, for one, OF COURSE.

I’m going to be trying to focus a bit on spending time with my extended family, since it’s been such a long time since I saw them, but I have a few posts I’m working on that I will hopefully get a chance to post over the next few days. At the very least I’m hoping not to go completely MIA this time!

I’ll miss you guys! But once again, happy holidays!! I hope you guys are all having a wonderful time. Feel free to let me know whatever thoughts you may have! ❤ Hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

12 Days of Christmas | BOOK TAG

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! ❤ It is finally Christmas, and to get into the spirit, I found the perfect book tag that I happened to be tagged in by Summer @ XingSings. Thank you so much! Guys, you should seriously go visit her blog! It’s lovely and Summer is simply wonderful. So go! Give her some love. 🙂

And now, without further ado… the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!


The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

You guys all know how terrible I am with these kind of questions! Truly, I can’t think of simply one book for this question—I CAN’T CHOOSE BETWEEN MY (non-existant) CHILDREN.


Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Technically speaking it doesn’t make sense to have more than one ‘one true pairing’/OTP, because, well, you know, it’s your ONE true pairing… but you guys all know life would not be the same without more than one OTP—THERE ARE JUST SO MANY CUTE COUPLES. Not that I’m complaining.

BUT. Point is, we would be here until next Christmas if I tried to name all of my OTPs, so I’ll just go with one of the (more recent? I don’t even know anymore, all I know is that I love it)—Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I HAVEN’T FANGIRLED ENOUGH ABOUT THIS BOOK. Seriously, Kaz and Inej are so perfect together!! ❤

Six of Crows


In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

I think by now I’ve spotlighted this trilogy in a lot of my tags, but I’ve decided to go with it once again, because it is simply fabulous—and I know most of you will agree! The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare is absolutely amazing, and even though I’m pretty biased by my love of anything Cassandra Clare, I kid you not when I tell you that. A beautiful love triangle, an intricate plot set in the Victorian Era. What more can you ask for?

TID trilogy


Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

The numbers are endless! There are so many series I’ve read and loved, but this time I’m choosing the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This epic fantasy series is just… gosh, I have no words. Seriously, I’m at a loss as what to say because you can’t just describe this series with a couple of words! 😉 It’s really something. ❤


One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Oh my gosh this answer came immediately to me! (Although there were many for me to choose from, don’t get me wrong, there are so many great villains/antagonists out there.) I’m going to go with Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I absolutely loved how complex (albeit disturbing) her character is, and she really stood out to me.



Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, hands down! Seriously, the HP world is vast, imaginative and simply wonderful—I can’t be the only one still waiting for my Hogwarts letter, right? 😛

Harry Potter series


Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

To be honest I can’t really think of one off the top of my head..! I’ll get back to this one… maybe… one day.


Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

Eh…I’m trying to think of something other than Harry Potter… but not really succeeding. I mean, there were feasts, and there’s Butterbeer, so yeah. I had been attempting to choose different answers for each question, but what can I do?


Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Ooh, this one’s hard—there’s simply so many too choose from! I’m tempted to name off a couple of the characters in Six of Crows, but to change up my answers a bit more I’m going to go with Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu. She may not be a perfect angel, and her thoughts and actions are not always with the most innocent of intentions, but it is undeniable that she is one kickass character!

The Young Elites


How about your favourite leading lad?

Agh. This one’s kind of hard to choose! But I’m going to go with Percy from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I would also say Leo from the spinoff series Heroes of Olympus, but since I’ve spent more time with Percy, I’ll go with him. (They’re both great though!) Percy will always be remembered! (AKA Logan Lerman


What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I haven’t mentioned this book much (or at all) in my book tags, but it’s perfect for this question! Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell features two characters who bond over listening to music (and reading comics). Just look at the cover! Uh, yeah, it’s kind of telling, don’t you think?

Eleanor & Park


Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

Haha nope! No way can I answer this question. I’ve reached my quota of choosing just one book for these questions, LOL. I’m planning on making a post with my favourite reads of 2015 though, so if you’re interested be sure to look out for that!

Once again, Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you guys are all having (or have had) a wonderful Christmas, or a wonderful holiday/celebration (in case you celebrate something else)! Feel free to tell me whatever thoughts you may have below. 😉 I’m not tagging anyone for this, but if you want to do it, let me know and I’d love to tag you!! ❤


Until the Next Meal, Analee

It’s Christmas Eve! | Book Travelling Thursdays #2 (December 24th, 2015)

Hello! Can you believe it’s already Christmas Eve?! It’s been a MAJOR unfestive time here on my blog—I’M SO SORRY GUYS. I swear, everything has simply been flying by and I’ve hardly had the time to post anything! *SOB* But I’m back with a more Christmas-themed post with this week’s Book Travelling Thursday (a meme created by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog)!

Book Traveling Thursday2How it Works:

1. Choose a book that fits with the theme of the week (which are listed per month on the Book Travelling Thursdays Goodreads group).

2. Include a short explanation as to why you chose the book.

3. Pick out different cover editions of your book: the original cover, the cover from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover.

So, this week’s topic || It’s Christmas Eve!! Choose a book that occurs in Christmas/Holiday season. 

There’s actually not a lot of books I could really think of for this one! I did consider several other books, but finally I’ve chosen to go with Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Although it may not be a favourite of everyone around, it was still a relatively good read, and it takes place during the holiday season… so let’s commence our judgement of its book covers!

Original Cover + Cover from my Country

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Yay, at least the original cover isn’t too painful to look at. As far as covers go, this one is a pretty decent one, no?

Favourite Covers

Okay, so I’m not 100% sure, but as far as I understand, the first cover is the cover from Australia! At first I wasn’t too sure about it, but as I continue to look at it, it’s growing on me! I don’t know, maybe I’m just being odd, but this cover seems to fit the story really well, and plus, I like the font they used for the title. 😉

Next up is the cover from England! This is another one that grew on me. The font, the color, and the design is all very simple and minimalist, but has a really good effect! I can’t be the only one who likes it, right…?

And lastly, we have another cover which I am assuming is from the U.S. (but I’m not completely sure). I love the font on this one! There’s just something about it that really clicks with me. The colors they used are also great; I wouldn’t mind having this cover on my shelf!

Least Favourite Covers

Boy, does this book have its fair share of ugly covers! I mean, some of these aren’t so bad, but they’re definitely not my favourites…

The first two covers are German covers, if I’m not mistaken. The first one might not have been that bad, but then there’s something about it that just doesn’t sit with me that well. The second one is definitely worse, though I can’t exactly pinpoint why..? DON’T QUESTION ME. Lol. But yeah. Germany, better amp up your covers next time!

The next cover would be Sweden‘s, as far as I know. And oh boy… must I explain myself on this one? I’m sorry, it just doesn’t look pretty. (Yes, that’s the first thing I note. XD) Whyyyyyyy.

After that… (unfortunately there’s a pretty long list of ugly covers for this book) we have the Romanian cover. If you’ve read the book, you know how unsuitable this cover is! It doesn’t have any hint of what this book is really about. WHY MUST THIS HAPPEN.

Can you guess what the next one is? It’s the… Russian cover! Not only are the faces on the cover completely unnecessary, it just doesn’t suit the book at all. And nope, it doesn’t look pretty to me either! The struggle is real—why can’t all book covers be universally beautiful?! Russia, why did you do this?

And lastly (though I bet there are a lot more I could’ve put here) we have the Spanish cover. To me, this basically is trying to imitate the style of the original cover—but failing drastically. And what’s up with the cartoon-ish character (Lily, I presume) at the side? Blech.

I hope you guys are all having a wonderful Christmas Eve! I’ve been a total Grinch on this blog as per Christmas posts are concerned, so I hope this at least partially makes up for it. 😉 Do let me know your thoughts on this book and/or its covers! Do you agree with me? Which cover is your favourite? Hugs, and Merry Christmas!! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

WWW Wednesday #35 (December 16th…Well, 17th)

Hey everyone! I’ve been super busy this week, and unfortunately I hardly had the time to post! I was debating whether or not to skip this week’s WWW Wednesday, but I decided to do it, even though I’m late by a day. 😉

Feel free to join in on the meme (hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words) by answering the three questions below:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

This book is turning out to be much different than I expected, in a good way, though. While we’re at it, it’s quite different from other books as well, although I’m not quite sure whether that’s a good thing or not. But one thing’s for sure; it’s quite the insightful read!

Recently Finished

I finished The Young Elites a couple of days after my last WWW, I believe—and it was marvelous. A great start to a series that I know I will probably grow to love! Adelina’s character especially really stood out to me, and I had such an amazing time reading the book. ❤

I also managed to finally read The Weight of Feathers! Yay! *Brings out confetti* This book has been on my read next for quite some time, and I’m glad I got the chance to finally put it in the recently finished part of a WWW post. The Romeo and Juliet trope featured in this book really worked for the story, and I really enjoyed it!

Read Next

Surprise, surprise, Ink and Bone is back on the list! I will actually be trying to make a conscious effort this time and actually get around to reading this, I promise. Fingers crossed!

Invaded is another pick I had from last week, and I’ve decided to add it on again this week, even though it’s unlikely I’ll be reading it. For one, I don’t even have a copy of it yet! So, yeah, unlikely. But I’m still interested!

I am absolutely itching to read The Rose Society! I got a copy of it recently and I would’ve been gobbling it up immediately, if it weren’t for the fact that I’m trying really hard to finish my review of The Young Elites first…

Aaaaaaaand, last but not least, Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray is on my list, the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You—AKA the books with the marvelously stunning covers. I mentioned in one of my recent tags, I believe, that reading this book was on my bucket list. Well, here’s hoping I’ll be crossing this item off soon!

Sorry I’m so late on this post guys, and for being such an absentee blogger. Fortunately, my winter break starts soon, which hopefully will mean more consistency and more time on my hands for blogging. 😉

Feel free to tell me how your reading has been going in the comments below! Or you can just say hi, I’m cool with that too. I’ve felt like I haven’t talked to you all in FOREVER, so I’d love any chance to say hello. LOL. ❤ I love you guys all, hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

‘Tis the Season | BOOK TAG

Hello my friends! It’s the month of December (obviously) and you all know it’s a month of festivities and of course, holidays and Christmas. So I’m here today with a holiday-themed tag that I’ve been spotting around the blogosphere here and there. I was tagged by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much; thank you so much, lovely! If you’re not already following this wonderful lady, what are you waiting for? (Not my wrath, I hope. I can be very fierce when I want to be. Just kidding! Kind of. :P) But yes, point is, you should go check out Catia’s blog right away, for she is absolutely lovely and her blog is fabulous. Just take my word for it—or even better, find out for yourself!

Alright, so… shall we go on to the tag? Why yes, we shall. 😉

1. Do you have a favorite winter read?

Hmm… I think I’m going to have to go with Catia on this one and choose My True Love Gave To Me by various authors, a collection of short stories which I find to be perfect for this time of year. Which reminds me, better get my review up for that sometime this month! I read it earlier this year, but have been waiting to post the review for the perfect time.

My True Love Gave to Me

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

Why only oneeeeee?! It was a tough choice—seriously, there are a lot more covers with blue on the cover than I thought there would be—but I finally decided to go with Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s not fully blue, but I felt like it went well with the whole winter season that is linked with the month of December. 😉



3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

I’m not sure if we’re supposed to have read the book for this question…? But in any case, I’m going with a book on my TBR; The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider! Except for the blue of the title, the cover is a really bright yellow, and even though I don’t know if the story within its pages reflect that, but it seems to me that this is a suitable choice! I actually currently have a copy of this from the library, and I am planning on reading it sometime soon (hopefully).

The Beginning of Everything

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

I’m trying to be creative and not come up with the answer you guys should all know is coming, but of course I fail; a trip to Hogsmeade would be wonderful for a vacation…and maybe while we’re at it, a trip to Hogwarts! 😛 It sounds like the perfect place to me; Butterbeer and wizard sweets, inns and all sorts of fun. What’s not to like?


5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

I’ve held in my angsty dilemma so far, but…ALL THESE ‘ONE’ QUESTIONS WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME. I swear, I know they will be. You guys all know by now how terrible I am with choosing only one thing as an answer, right? I kind of rant about this for basically any book tag I do because THEY NEVER WANT MORE THAN ONE. Whyyyyyyy. Okay, I’m sorry. I’ve managed to do so so far, so…*Deep breath* I don’t suppose I could bring along my whole list of book boyfriends, now can I? (Although, now that I think of it, I doubt that would go over too well between all the guys…)

Carswell Thorne

Alright, so I’ve decided to go with Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series! It was hard to choose, I’m telling you, but finally I thought, why not? Captain Thorne ensnared me with his boyish charms and also, he’s a lot of fun to have around! My winter vacation would definitely not be boring, that’s for sure.

6. Name one book on your wish list this year!

Oh god. *Pulls out fancy scroll that goes all the way to the ground* The agony. THE AGONY.

Alright, does… “Nearly every book on my TBR” count as an answer? Because I swear that’s all I have. LOL, okay fine, I’ll be serious. I’m going to go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! It releases sometime this upcoming year—yay!! I know some people are rolling their eyes, like, “Geez, another Shadowhunter-themed book?” but not me! I’d gobble up basically anything Clare writes, and I have no complaints if it has to do with Shadowhunters. 😉

Lady Midnight

7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?

Ah, the real deal! The most important questions here. Okay, folks. Let’s do this.

Favorite holiday drink: Hot chocolate! Yep, I’m a pair of old and boring socks. But sometimes the traditional way is best, no? Deal with it.

Hot Chocolate + Cream & Marshmellows
Can you blame me from being a fan of hot chocolate when it looks like this?! Mm…

Favorite treat.. hmm… how about, ‘anything with chocolate?’ I’m not even joking right now… Mmm, chocolate. I’m hungry now. I shall make you guys hungry too with the picture below! Mwa-ha-ha. I also really like candy canes. 😉


And finally, favorite holiday movie… hmm, although there are tons of them out there, I can choose nothing other than of course the classic Home Alone! My only peeve is: Macaulay Culkin, if only you stayed as adorable as you were back then! Ah, some people age worse than others, I guess. :/

8. Who do you tag?

Let us share the holiday spirit! I’m going to tag a bunch of you to start off, but although I’d love to tag you all, I doubt I’d have the space (or time) to do so without us being here for another 20 years! BUT PLEASE. I’d love to add you on if you want to do the tag. Just leave a comment below! ❤ Make sure to link back to this post if you do it so I’m sure not to miss it. On with the tagging!

Hope you guys are all enjoying your month of December so far! Let me know whatever thoughts you may have down below. ❤ I love you guys all so much, see you all again in my next post! Hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

WWW Wednesday #34 (November 25, December 2nd & December 9th)

Hello everyone! I’ve missed WWW Wednesday the past couple of weeks, so I’ve decided to make a collective edition of WWW Wednesday this week to update my reading status! Because despite being MIA on the blog, I actually have been managing to find time to read in between my studies. So this week’s post is kind of going to be in a different format than usual, obviously because it’s going to be showing off 3 weeks (I think) worth of reading material. Fingers crossed it doesn’t become too confusing!

Feel free to join in on the meme (hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words) by answering the three questions below:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

November 25th

Currently Reading

Recently Finished

Winter proved to be a lengthy but worthwhile read! It was definitely a very well-written ending, and I was quite satisfied with it.

Court of Fives was not a planned read whatsoever, but as I got a copy of it from the library, I thought, why not? It too, proved to be a worthwhile read, and I can’t wait for the sequel—which unfortunately is being released next year. *Sigh*

Read Next

The same choices once again, with one new addition! Rebel Belle is another one of my library books and I am hoping to get around to it soon.

December 2nd

Currently Reading

Recently Finished

I finished the majority of Unspoken over the week of the 25th, and so I only had a little bit left when I finished it this week. I absolutely loved it! It is definitely one of the better endings of a series, and I had almost no complaints. Such a great book!

Despite the size of For Darkness Shows the Stars, I actually managed to finish this relatively quickly, if I recall correctly! It’s another one of my library books—as you can tell, I kind of went all out at the library—and it proved to be a great read. It wasn’t entirely what I expected in some aspects, but I really enjoyed it all the same.

I managed to finish Rebel Belle this week as well, which was a thoroughly entertaining read, despite the small little rough spots it had! This was my first Rachel Hawkins book, but I will definitely be reading more from her.

Read Next

The Weight of Feathers and Ink & Bone are selections on my read next once again—surprise, surprise—but I have also decided to add The Young Elites to the list on a spur-of-the-moment decision! It’s been on my shelf long enough.

December 9th

Currently Reading

So this week I am in the middle of reading The Young Elites! So far it’s really entertaining, but although I’m a bit more than half through it, it still somehow feels like I’m at the beginning? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me and my odd brain. But so far, me likey! 😉

Recently Finished

I finished The Dead House! It was a pretty entertaining read, though I wouldn’t say I found it to be as scary as some readers have found it to be… maybe that’s just me? It was a great book to read at night, though, for a little creepy story.

Alienated is another one of my library books, one that I hadn’t necessarily planned to finish… but somehow ended up reading and finishing anyway, Not that I regret reading it or anything. I really liked it, even if it might’ve not been necessarily the best written book out there. It’s a great romance novel with sci-fi elements, for those of you who are interested!

Read Next

The Weight of Feathers is the first book on my list this week! I will definitely be picking this up as soon as possible.

Ink and Bone is on my list again, although I’m not sure if I’ll be getting around to reading it…come on, you guys can’t say you’re surprised. I’ve been putting off reading this for too long already.

Invaded is the sequel to Alienated, which I finished reading this past week. I have yet to get a copy of Invaded, but I hope I’ll be able to get one soon!

And finally, I have added The Rose Society to my list as well! I don’t have a copy of this yet, because I’m planning on buying it (but haven’t gotten a chance yet) but I’m planning on reading it soon after I finish The Young Elites.

So, how has your week gone by? I’m surprised I actually managed to get this much reading done, or any reading at all, to be honest. I was absolutely swamped with schoolwork, but somehow I managed! And thankfully I am (so far) managing to blog a bit too. I’ve missed blogging so much! But you guys don’t need to hear all my gushing and apologies right now. XD What do you think of my reading choices? What are you reading this week? Let me know whatever thoughts you may have below, because I’d love to hear them! ❤ And as always, feel free to put your WWW down below. Happy Wednesday!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Top Ten Tuesday #27 (December 8th): Top 10 New-To-Me Authors First Read in 2015

Hello bookworms! It’s been SO LONG since I’ve participated in one of these, dear god. Can you believe my last one was in October?! Whoops… I swear I hadn’t mean to neglect this meme so much. But I’m back with this week’s topic, given to us by The Broke and the Bookish: Top ten new-to-me favourite authors I read for the first time in 2015.

2015 has been *the* year for new authors—for me, anyway. And I’m sure by now you guys know the whole bunch of them that I have adored: Becky Albertalli, Renee Ahdieh, you know, the debut authors whose books I’ve read—I’m pretty sure I have a whole TTT list of them too. So today’s list is going to be focused on the other authors I have discovered this year, who, may or may not be a debut author, but was still new-to-me. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Julie Murphy1. Julie Murphy

She has written two novels so far, as far as I know; Side Effects May Vary, and Dumplin’. I have only read Dumplin’ this year, but I will definitely be reading Side Effects May Vary someday! Dumplin’ left quite the impression on me. Which reminds me, I still have to get up my review on that for you guys… 😉

2. Jojo MoyesJojo Moyes

She has written a lot of adult romance, I’m pretty sure? Not sure if she wrote any YA novels, but in any case, I’ve only read her novel Me Before You this year—which I loved by the way! I will definitely be thinking about trying out some of her other novels, even if adult contemporary isn’t something I read often.

Susan Ee3. Susan Ee

I’m not sure if it’s cheating here because I read several books from this author…? But she’s still a new-to-me author of 2015, so I’m counting it! 🙂 Susan Ee is simply an amazing author! Penryn and the End of Days trilogy blew me away and I can’t wait to read more from her.

4. Amy EngelAmy Engel

I read two books from this author this year, (or more specifically, The Book of Ivy duology), but I can’t help it! I can’t leave this author out of this list, because she is definitely one of my favorite new-to-me authors this year. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!

Claudia Gray5. Claudia Gray

I discovered Claudia Gray this year after reading A Thousand Pieces of You—you know, the book I can’t help but mention a hundred times because of its gorgeous cover? 😉 I have yet to read the sequel, but it is on my to-do list and I hope to read it soon!

6. Melissa LandersMelissa Landers

Unfortunately I haven’t been updating my reading for the past couple of weeks through WWW Wednesday as I usually do, but I recently read Alienated by Melissa Landers since I got a copy from the library, and I really enjoyed it! I will definitely be reading anything else Landers writes, along with the sequel to Alienated, of course.

Kate Eliott7. Kate Eliott

I have also gotten a copy of Court of Fives from the library as well, which I also really enjoyed! Kate Eliott has written several other books, I believe, although I’m not completely sure if they’re all YA… but either way, I can’t wait to read the sequel to Court of Fives or any other YA novel of Eliott’s!

8. Diana PeterfreundDiana Peterfreund

Another one of my library reads the past couple of weeks! (I’m kind of just trying to get an actual list of 10 by now…) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund was a great experience, although left me a bit conflicted. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, but it was a good read all the same. I will be trying out her other novels along with Across a Star-Swept Sea (a companion novel, I believe, or maybe a sequel?) hopefully soon!

Rachel Hawkins9. Rachel Hawkins

And, finally, another (and my last) new-to-me author that I discovered over the past couple of weeks where I was MIA. I’ve heard of this author and her books early 2015, but I only just now got around to reading one of them, which happens to be called Rebel Belle. I liked it, and will definitely be checking out some other of Rachel Hawkins’ books.

10. Erin MorgensternErin Morgenstern

Yes! I managed to not completely blank out at the last moment and have managed to come up with another author. 😀 As far as I know this author only has one YA novel released, The Night Circus, which I read several months ago, but I definitely am interested in whatever other books she has planned! I somehow only found out about this author this year (even though her novel was released in 2011) but better late than never, right?

So there we have it! After a very long absence from Top Ten Tuesdays, I’m glad to have done this week’s topic—it was lots of fun! There are so many more authors I would’ve named, but unfortunately I’m limited to only 10. I tried to make my list include some new authors that I haven’t previously named in other top ten tuesday lists. How do you think I did on that aspect? 😛 Be sure to let me know below whatever thoughts you may have! I’m off to check out the many other TTT posts this week; feel free to leave yours in the comments!

I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start, or has ended on a great note (depending on where you are in the world)! Hugs, and lots of love! ❤ 

Until the Next Meal, Analee


2015 December Book Releases

Hello hello hello!! I’ve missed you all so much! I swear I feel terrible for my impromptu absence! It’s been over two weeks (?) since I’ve posted and talked to you all, but I’m finally back with a post!

 *Hyperventilates* *Breathe Analee, breathe*

Did I mention I missed you?!! I feel absolutely horrible for my completely out-of-the-blue hiatus—even if y’all didn’t miss me that much. Ha. 😉 Also, can I just mention the fact it’s DECEMBER?!! How did this even happen? I swear I don’t know. But, if you guys can forgive me for leaving you all so suddenly—life and school got in the way, obviously—I’d love to share my monthly book releases post for this month, even if it’s a bit late! It was lots of fun scouting books being released this month, and although I didn’t put all of them on here, I hope you guys spot some you’re looking forward to!

Let’s get on with the pretty book covers! (Because I’m sure that’s what you’re all here for, right?) 

December 1st

December 3rd

  • Storm by Alyssa Rose Ivy (The Empire Chronicles #5)

December 8th

December 15th

December 22nd

December 29th

Pretty books galore! There aren’t surprisingly that many books on here that I’m planning on actually buying, but they all look really interesting! Right now I’m really loving the look of This Raging Light, What’s Broken Between Us and Not if I see You First. And of course, Oblivion!! I’m definitely going to be reading that one, along with Their Fractured Light. Again, pretty books galore!!

Tell me; what books on here are on your radar? I’d love to know in the comments!

Hugs! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee