My blog is five years old! (Well, a couple days ago, if we’re being exact.) And although lately I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to, I still love books, and I figured a fun way to celebrate my blogoversary would be to talk about my favorite books and series.
I decided to stick with finished series, because that made it less complicated, but it’s also all the more reason to give some of these a try if they sound like your kinda thing ;-)
Anyway, onto my favorite books!
Thieves by Lexi Blake
I discovered this series the same year I started blogging, and I have talked about it a lot. I think it’s the one I’ve actually convinced the most people to try. It’s also the series I’ve read more times than any other. It’s funny because there are so many romance tropey, alpha male, sex-related things in this series that would normally hinder my enjoyment, but the characters and their relationships and the emotions and the humor and even the perfectly woven plots are all so amazing that they completely make up for everything else, in my opinion. This series holds a special place in my heart.
The Incubus Saga by Amanda Meuwissen
This is another series I first discovered the year I started blogging and also holds a special place in my heart. I recently reread it and was so happy that it absolutely held up to my standards, even five years later. It has so much emotion, and the characters are so amazing and lovable, and their romantic/friendly/family bonds with each other are so incredibly sweet. It makes me feel so much every time I read it.
Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle by Amy Fecteau
I discovered this series a year or two into blogging, and it’s another one that I reread this year and loved just as much. It’s funny, and emotional, and intense, and dark at times, but still hopeful, and I adore these characters. (I’m sensing a theme here in what makes me love a book lol.) This is a series that starts great but also gets better as it goes, building up to a really intense finale.
Steel & Stone by Annette Marie
I have to admit this is a series I have only read once, and it’s been some years, but I feel pretty confident that I’m still gonna love it when I read it again, which I do plan on doing. These books hooked me with their interesting characters and magic/supernaturals and slow burn romance and action-packed plots and unique post-apocalyptic world.
Obscura Burning by Suzanne Van Rooyen
I’ll admit choosing a fifth book was hard. The others came so easily. They’re the ones I immediately think of. But, though there are other books and series I have loved, I couldn’t really pick one to elevate above the rest. Some I read so recently that I worried they might only be so memorable because of that. Some I know I loved at the time but don’t remember well now.
I chose this one because, though I don’t remember it much, I do remember how it made me feel. I remember that it was dark and twisty and trippy. I remember that it sucked me in so deep I could not stop reading except for food and bathroom breaks. I could not do anything else or go to sleep until I finished. I stayed up until the sun was up. I forgot real life existed. It’s not often that books grip me that hard.