Blogmas Day 5: 13 Authors That Have Become An Auto Buy For Me

img_4721As you can tell, I love reading. I love reading on Kindle, I love reading physical books, and I love listening to them via audiobook.

Naturally, I’ve become obsessed with a few authors over the years that have become my favorites. So, here are some authors that I automatically buy without thinking about it whenever they come out with a new novel:

  • Christina Lauren: 

Christina Lauren has become an auto buy for me this past year. I discovered this from my bookstagram account, and I definitely don’t regret it. They definitely are the queens of new adult romance, and I love each and every one of them that I’ve read so far. As you can tell, I am a huge fan of romance novels.

I’ve read Love and Other Words, The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half Night Stand, and Twice in a Blue Moon. I have a few of them that I have yet to read, but I definitely want to read the rest of their books in the new year.

  • Colleen Hoover: 

Do you like crazy Lifetime movies? Well, Colleen Hoover is that. I’ve only read a few of her novels, but whenever I do read them, I am hooked. All of her novels have a twist in the end that you never see coming. She actually has a new book coming out next week that I have on preorder called Regretting You that I am so excited to read.

  • Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the queen of young adult literature. I have been reading her novels for several years now, and I’ve read each and every one of her bibliography. I actually even met her a few years ago when For Once and For All came out.

Even though I am no longer in high school, these novels are a sense of nostaglia for me. They always remind me of high school summers. They are so easy to read and well-written, which is why I will always buy a Sarah Dessen novel.

  • Emily Giffin:

Emily Giffin is the reigning queen of chic-lit. Her novels talk about relationships, and their complications. During my senior year of high school, I’ve read Something Borrowed for the first time and I couldn’t even put it down. Since then, I’ve read each and every one of her books — often the week that they come out. Yup, they are that good.

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Taylor Jenkins Reid has such a huge variety of subjects in her bibliography — some romance, and some history. The first book I read was Daisy Jones and the Six, and I knew right then and there that I had to read everything that she ever wrote. There are a few that I still have yet to read, but I know that I will be reading them in the next year.

  • Liv Constantine

The sister duo has only written two books — The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You. Both novels are suspenseful thrillers full of twists — up until the very end.

Also, I was lucky enough to meet these two at my local Barnes and Noble, which was very awesome. These two have definitely become my favorites over the past year, and I am so excited to read more.

  • Angie Thomas

Like Liv Constantine, Angie Thomas wrote two books as well — On The Come Up and the Hate U Give, and I love both of them. They were authentic and real — and that’s what I love about them.

  • Becky Albertalli

I discovered Becky Albertalli last year when the movie Love, Simon came out. Since then, I read all of her books. I love the stories, because they are not only swoon worthy young adult romances — still my favorite reads at 25 — but they are authentic to how high school is today. It talks about the journey teens go on if they are trying to figure out their sexuality — and celebrates it. And, I think that’s awesome.

  • Morgan Matson

I discovered Morgan Matson while I worked at the library. Since then, I’ve read all of her novels as well. And, whenever she comes out with new novels, I instantly buy them. Like many of the young adult books I love, many of her novels are romances. But, they often have a deeper twist. For instance, in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, it talks about Amy overcoming her fear of driving while she is riding cross country with one of her mother’s friends son. I like it, because it talks about the hard stuff that teens deal with. They are also just well written, which I love.

  • JoJo Moyes

I loved JoJo Moyes since Me Before You. I’ve read the sequel, and knew that I wanted to read the rest of her bibliography. I’ve red a few of them, and they have become some of my favorite books. My goal for the new year is to finish the Me Before You trilogy because I need to know what happens to Lou Clarke.

  • John Green

John Green was one of the most popular authors when I was a freshman in college. Everyone was talking about The Fault In Our Stars. Over the next year, I read all of his books, and then I got Turtles All of the Way Down when it came out.

If you like young adult literature, you love John Green. And there is a reason for that. His characters are quirky, but they are real. His novels are classics, and I will forever be a ran. Okay? Okay.

  • Sophie Kinsella:

Sophie Kinsella is one of the best romance writers that I’ve ever read. Her novels are the best to read when you’re in a bad mood, because they are fun, and they always have a happy ending. Kind of like a Hallmark Movie, but much better. She’s written the Shopaholic series, as well as several romance reads and a young adult novel. She’s also written novels under the name Madeline Wickham, which I’ve only read one of her novels under that name. However, I love her novels and they will continue to be favorites of mine.

  • Liane Moriarty 

I found Big Little Lies at TJ Maxx, and once I started to read the book, I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t long before I’ve read all of her books.

There is always some sort of twist with Liane Moriarty books. Her characters have several layers to them, and as you go on, you learn more and more about them. Once you think the story is going one way, it goes another. It definitely makes you not want to stop reading until you’ve reached the last page.

Which authors are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!


The Best Books I Read In 2018 . . . So Far!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is drawing to a close. This year, I was blessed to be able to exceed my Goodreads reading challenge goals by reading over 60 books (my challenge was to read 52). Here are some of the highlights of this year — in no particular order:


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Chocolate Please by Lisa Lampenelli

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

The Nerdy and The Dirty by B.T. Gotfried

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Save The Date by Morgan Matson

Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of the Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Book Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

With titles such as Something Borrowed and Baby Proof on her bibliography, Emily Giffin is hands down one of the queens of ‘chic-lit’ literature – next to JoJo Moyes and Sophie Kinsella of course.However, in her latest novel, All We Ever Wanted, Giffin begins
to stray from her roots. The result? One of the best novels that I’ve read this year.

All We Ever Wanted starts out with elite Nina Browning and her husband, Kirk. The couple are at one of their charity functions — a typical night out for the couple. Nina is a stay at home wife, whose charity and shopping fills her days, since husband Kirk makes more money than ever due to deals.


However, across town, their 18 year-old son Finch makes the biggest mistake of his life. He takes a racist picture of a drunken girl passed out on a bed – Lyla Volpe – and has it sent around school. Soon enough, Finch’s parents have caught wind of what happened, and so has Finch’s school. This results in Finch losing everything he has ever worked for – including his coveted place in Princeton. As a result, we as the reader watch as the characters’ true morals come to show – and how money can never truly make you a good person.

Giffin tells this story through three points of view – Tom Volpe, Nina Browning, and Lyla Volpe. She does this quite well, as this adds a little something extra to the novel. As a reader, you get to see the point of view to what’s going on, whether it may be Lyla (the victim), or how the parents react. I liked hearing about what Nina’s processes
were, in addition to hearing about what it was like for Lyla. Hearing Nina’s point of view helped me understand the effects of this on the parents of the person who did it — something that can instantly be forgotten.

What I really liked was the character development of Nina Browning. At the start of the novel, Nina was yourtypical wealthy Nashville wife. However, throughout the novel, she
slowly sees the light on a lot of issues – including her husband’s morals, and what it’s doing to her son. Furthermore, I think the incident removed some of the blindness Nina had for the people around her. While I am not sure if this is realistic, I thought that Giffin did an amazing job with that. I won’t give anything away here, but you’re in for a surprise as the novel unfolds.

The only problem that I had with the novel was this – Lyla’s attraction to Finch. Yes, she’s 15 years old. However, she harbored a crush on him throughout much of the novel – despite the fact that he took this picture that was downright humiliating. Finch lied his way through everything – just to clear his name. Yet, in Lyla’s eyes, he was perfect. Now, this could be the fact that she’s 15 years old and naïve. However, I would be more angry than forgiving to the person who took that kind of picture of me.

With that being said, I still really loved this book. It was superbly written, and Giffin kept readers engage from the first chapter down to the last sentence. Therefore, I highly recommend that if you’re looking for a great book for your beach trip or summer travels, that you pick up All We Ever Wanted. Chances are, you’ll be reaching for her other books next (which I can tell you from experience that they are just as well written).