I hope that you've met the year blessed, and optimistic of all the awesomeness coming your way.
I've spent the opening days of the new year reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and reading it one page at a time to prolong it. That darn Rainbow Rowell just keeps pulling fantastic stories out of her fabulous brain, and making me cry, and laugh, and feel that wonderstruck feeling in the pit of my stomach! There will be more about this soon. Here are six of the books I'm looking forward to reading in 2014.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer | Michelle Hodkin: Mara released during a time where supernatural/haunting romances were slowly descending down my list of literary turn on's, but it's always been one of those novels to pop up on my Tumblr Dash. With it's finale releasing this year, I thought why not see what all the fuss is about. Hearing fans unabashedly shout their love for Mara and Noah makes me want to become one of them. It's actually kind of sad that books with the most popularity often send me running in the other direction. I'm sure I miss a lot of great ones!
Landline | Rainbow Rowell: After Eleanor and Park, Attachments, and now Fangirl, I've decided that I will read everything Rainbow Rowell ever writes. She has such a talent for capturing real life, and all it's funny bits. (I'm sure you'd want a Levi after finishing FANGIRL. I promise.) In Landline, a wife gets to have phone conversations with her husband, but years in the past, and has a shot at changing her marriage for the better (or worst...we shall see)...Screams awesome to me!
This Star Won't Go Out | Esther Earl: One of my 2014 reading goals is to start a tradition where I reread at least one book a year. This year it shall be the profound and heart shattering, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. When I discovered that Hazel-Grace was inspired by a girl named Esther Earl who, unfortunately, lost her battle with thyroid cancer when she was sixteen years old, I couldn't wait to read about the inspiration of one of my favorite novels, but even more so, I can't wait to meet a beautiful young, effervescent woman. Normally, I fill my shelves with surreal stories that take my mind away from the starkness of reality, but this year I wanted to open my eyes to the real people who overcome insurmountable odds like the greatest of heroes in any novel. It reminds me that if these people can persevere, by God's Grace, I can too!
Isla and the Happily Ever After | Stephanie Perkins: There are sickening romances with cliched characterization and story lines, and then there's Stephanie Perkins, a writer with the magic touch. Her novels are stomachs full of butterflies, and the vitamin c kissed energy that flows beneath your skin (even in the chills on the surface) when you meet someone you like for the first time. She has just the boost if you're in the mood for a sweet, believable love story. I'm so sad that this series ends with Isla, but I'm ecstatic for it!
Alena | Rachel Pastan: All I needed to know was that this book was inspired by Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, making it also inspired by Jane Eyre. Sold.
God Shaped Hole | Tiffanie DeBartolo: The heroine of this novel answers an ad in the newspaper of a man "seeking a friend for the end of the world", all the while trembling in the wake of a fortune teller's speculation that her true love would die young. Pretty much sold.
Now all I have to do is somehow make room for other book boyfriends in wake of Levi.
What books are you looking forward to, Blue?
Hugs and Love,