Single Shelf Tour #3

Today we’re taking a look at the first of 3 contemporary shelves. This one is only YA contemporaries, while the other two have a mix of NA/YA contemporary books. This shelf also happens to house all of my top favorites – minus books written by Brigid Kemmerer and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Their contemporary books are housed with the rest of their books.

But this is a fun shelf, full of really fun books. There are a few that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but I plan on doing so soon.

I can’t explain when or why I’ve fallen back in love with YA Contemporary books, but I’m so glad I did. For the most part, I’ll really only pick them up if they’re light and fluffy. I’m sure I’ve said this before on this blog, but I read to escape and while I’m sure I’m missing out on some topic heavy contemporary reads, but they rarely hold my interest. Continue reading “Single Shelf Tour #3”

Single Shelf Tour #2

Well, I’m going to make this a series and maybe I’ll eventually get through all of my shelves. I’ve wanted to do a bookshelf tour for ages, but they just seem so time intensive, and honestly, I’m lazy. I also have a lot of shelves and that post would be a doozy to create and read. Doing this shelf by shelf, or maybe even 2 at a time in the future will make this feel less daunting. The last time I showed you my “Paperback High Fantasy/Fantasy Shelf” which featured small press/indie/self pubbed books. You can check out that post here.

This time, I’m going to show you the first shelf on what I consider to be my main bookcase. It’s basically just a fantasy shelf, and mainly just those tall hardcovers. I’ve actually read everything on this shelf – amazingly, so let’s check it out.

This is a pretty new set up. I recently did a mini reorganization and was able to fit all of these on here. I’m sure in the near future things are going to move around again – especially when I finally go to Ikea and get another bookcase – I keep putting it off because I don’t want to drive to Ikea. I don’t think I need to explain what’s on this shelf, but I have some Susan Dennard, Margaret Rogerson, Tricia Levenseller, Emily A. Duncan, Katy Rose Pool, Crystal Smith and Anna Bright. For the most part, I try to keep books by the same author together, but I don’t always have room, and I do kind of try to group by genre (and I mean that in a really loose way).

And as a final note – if you haven’t read what’s on this shelf, you’re seriously missing out.

Book Collection: Christopher Paolini

img_8969Hi Christopher!

I’m sure we all have an author that we fantasize meeting and upon meeting, you think you’re going to calm, cool and collected. You think that your brain won’t fritz, and you won’t go completely starstruck, because authors are just people after all.

You would think.

Eragon was published in 2005, but I think I found it in 2007…or at least I remember reading it over and over and over again in 2007. I remember reading the book and falling in love with the idea of telling my own stories. I’d been reading for years, since by 2007 I was in sixth grade…seventh grade? Honestly, I don’t feel like doing the math, but I’d been reading for years and falling in love with stories. But something changed when I read Eragon – and I read that book so much that it’s basically falling apart.

img_8975I fell in love with the idea that I could write my own stories, that I had that ability to craft something that would make me, and others feel the way this book did. I’ve honestly lost track of how many times over the years I’ve read Eragon, but I do remember reading it roughly 7 times in the course of like 7-9 days in 2007.

I still don’t know how I managed that, but I breezed through the book over and over that Spring Break. I think I brought other books with me, but either they didn’t hold my interest, or I read those too. Honestly, it’s been so long. This was back when I lived in England, my family and family friends, rented a villa in Spain (I don’t remember exactly where) for Spring Break. There’s a lot about that trip I remember, from pulling a small child from the frigid deep end of our pool, to my brother getting sand in his eye and scratching his cornea (long story, all of it) but mostly I remember reading Eragon in various places. My bedroom, by the pool, on the plane rides, in car rides…that book traveled with me for that entire vacation. I read it over and over and over again, never growing tired of the world, it’s characters. I still have the plan boarding pass to Spain tucked in the book, the only thing I ever used as a bookmark.

Then fast forward a few years, I’m a sophomore in high school, and I’ve reread Eragon a few more times, Eldest was read, as was Brisingr, and we were tasked to write a paper on someone we admire – at least I think that was the topic. My high school sophomore year was so long ago now, I don’t remember specifics, but I remember I chose Christopher Paolini as my topic. Hell, maybe I was a tad obsessed, but prior to Eragon, writing my own stories was something I never thought possible, and when I learned that he wrote it initially as teenager, my mind was blown. If he could write a book at roughly my age, then I should be able to as well.

img_9008Also, by this point, I’d been writing, but it was all garbage. That’s not me being too hard or unfair to myself, I legit mean it was all garbage, but we have to start somewhere.

So, I wrote this paper in 2008/2009, got an A and went on with my life.

Fast forward another few years, it’s 2012, I’ve started my first truly serious attempt at writing a novel (there was a fantasy WIP attempt prior to my SF WIP, but it didn’t go anywhere), and I learn that Christopher Paolini is going to be in D.C. for the National Book Festival in September, and no matter what I was going. I told my parents, my mom agreed to take me, and so we planned the trip.

I had these grandiose plans that I was going to meet Christopher Paolini, and I was going to tell him how much I loved his book, how much it meant to me, and how because of it, I was now writing my own book. I was going to tell him that his book legit changed my life and made me want to be a writer.

img_8973Now, maybe you’re wondering how that went…maybe you already have an inkling based on how I opened this post.

Y’all, I was mute.

Nothing came out of my mouth.

If I hadn’t been repeating myself for days leading up to the event, my mom wouldn’t have been able to step in for me and tell him everything I wanted to say. I was meeting my idol and I lost my shit. I just stared and smiled, and let me tell you, I immensely regret my inaction and inability to form any kind of coherent thought that day. How foolish I must’ve looked, standing there, as Christopher signed my tattered copy of his book, unable to say anything, because oh my freaking god, it’s him.

img_8974It’s weird, that day is so vivid, but also so vague in my mind. I do remember him being impressed that my copy was so beat up, that it has a ripped cover, and bent pages, and basically lays completely flat because the spine is broken. I don’t remember if I managed to say anything at all, or if he said anything to me, or what actually happened, apart from his comment about my copy of Eragon. I left that singing with my copy of Eragon and Inheritance signed (1 book signed, per person – so I chose book 1 and 4).

img_8977My signed, tattered, falling apart, paperback of Eragon is easily my most prized book. It’s something that I will never part with. Unlike a lot of my other collection posts, where I have numerous copies of every book in which ever author’s published list, I don’t feel the same need to collect numerous copies. That paper back copy of Eragon is worth so much to me, it has such a personal tie to who I am, and how I got started writing, that it holds so much more value than numerous copies. I don’t have that same drive of needing to collect like I do other books.
I love collecting numerous copies, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t feel that way with these books. These books came out as I was figuring out who I was, what I wanted to write. I guess I kind of consider them steppingstones of my journey in becoming a writer. I would be wrecked if anything ever happened to that book, and I hope nothing ever does.

img_8978I’ve said it for years, that when I publish my first book, I’m planning on dedicating it as such –

To JK Rowling who taught me to love reading, and to Christopher Paolini who taught me I could write.

I feel like I can’t appropriately explain the emotional connection I feel to and for this book, but I’d run back into a burning building for it.

Maybe one day I’ll get to meet Christopher again, and maybe I won’t lose my shit, and maybe I’ll be able to form words and tell him how much his book means to me. I can only hope I get that chance, but until then, I’ll just have to show y’all my collection and anxiously anticipate his upcoming releases.

I also want to note that I have a partial eARC of his upcoming book To Sleep In A Sea of Stars and it’s fantastic and waiting until September for the rest of the book may kill me. It’s the Science Fiction book I didn’t know I needed, and it feels like some of my favorite SF shows – but I won’t go into too much detail, since I’ll have a mini review going up later this week.

Now that I’ve talked way longer than I thought I would, let’s take a look at what is probably my smallest collection of books on my shelf.

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Pictured (top to bottom): US PB Eragon, US HC Eragon, US HC Eldest, US HC Brisingr, US HC Inheritance

My 5 book collection of Christopher Paolini books. Years ago a friend managed to find me hardcover copies of Eragon and Eldest as I wanted a hardcover set, and had my OG paperback copy, and the newer paperback copy of Eldest. She some how managed to find two copies that weren’t completely beat to hell, or weirdly very expensive. So now I have a matching hardcover set, and my prized, tattered paperback, and I love them so much.

Links: Eragon / Eldest / Brisingr / Inheritance 

tsiasosAs I stated early in the post, I also have an eARC of his upcoming book- To Sleep In A Sea of Stars and so far it’s amazing. It’s only a partial ARC, but what I’ve read has been so good.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

If you haven’t already, you should check out the Inheritance Cycle, and come September, check out To Sleep In A Sea of Stars. All of these books should be on you radar.

Book Collection: Robyn Schneider

img_8694Hey Robyn!

If you’ve been hanging around this blog for some time, you probably have read about how I’m not really a YA contemporary fan, how some authors are exempt and more recently, how I’m rediscovering my love for YA contemporary.

Robyn Schneider and her books are the exemption, since even when I was barely reading YA contemporary, except from a select few authors, I always looked forward to her books.

img_8701I discovered Robyn and her books back in 2013. I know she has written some other works, and sadly I’m not familiar with them. I found her with her first YA contemporary. I was sitting in my local Barnes and Noble, either writing or doing homework…or writing instead of doing homework, and I saw this bright yellow book on an end cap display.

Bright yellow, with orange and blue – causing it to stand out.

I don’t think I even looked at the synopsis, I wanted the book based on the cover alone. It was different and gorgeous, and this was a time I bought books solely because of the covers and it didn’t matter about the story.

(Obviously the story does matter, but at the time I didn’t care)

This book is obviously The Beginning of Everything and I remember loving it. I honestly don’t remember much from it, just bits and pieces – it’s been 7 years. But I instantly became a fan.

img_8700Fast forward about about 8 months and I’m at my first Apollycon – well, the first Apollycon ever.

Now, maybe you’re asking or wondering how Apollycon ties into a post about Robyn Schneider and her books. I’ll explain.

On the last night of the event, we got Swag bags – the first iteration of the ones Sammy and I are giving away in this post, check it out – and they were full of books. My friend and I had met this other girl and her husband at the event, and we were swapping pictures of what we got in our bags, after we’d gone back up to our rooms. In this girl’s pictures of books, I see a familiar name – Robyn Schneider, and I freaked out. I hadn’t heard that she had a new book coming, or that she had been working on one.

This was Extraordinary Means and the girl didn’t know the author and gave it to me. So now I had an ARC of Robyn’s second book and I had zero chill.

No chill to be found.

At all.

I took the book to campus (UMBC) with me and I remember sitting on the top floor of the PAHB (Performing Arts & Humanities Building) reading it, as sun rose, and the morning fog cleared and Baltimore appeared on the horizon.

I’m so annoyed that I read all these books before I consistently reviewed books, because I only have vague memories to look back on – I guess it’s time for a reread. I loved this book. And then I wanted more. I wanted more books written by Robyn.

Little did I know that in a couple more years, one of my all-time favorite contemporary novels would come out.

Somehow, once again, I was kind of blindsided by Robyn having a new book out, and somehow, I managed to snag an early copy. Invisible Ghosts is an absolute favorite. I remember when I read it for the first time.

I was dog sitting for my Aunt and Uncle, and I brought the book with me. I was sitting on their couch, in their living room. I read the book in one sitting, and went through a range of emotions, and I cried. I sobbed through the last part of the book. I had to stop reading because I couldn’t stop crying. I loved everything about this book and the relationships in it are what killed me.

img_8699Now, I do have a full review, with some spoilers at the end, posted on this blog – I’ll link it here – so feel free to check that out. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s easily my favorite, and I’ve actually reread it a few times since I go the ARC.

Then I learned that Robyn was working on a new book and I knew I needed it. I didn’t care what it was about, I just wanted it.

So, you can probably imagine my excitement when I was able to trade for a copy of the ARC on Facebook.

I’m starting You Don’t Live Here tonight, and I’m freaking pumped. Though, I’m not going to lie, I’m a little terrified that it won’t hold up to Invisible Ghosts, just because I love that book so much. But if the pattern holds, I could have a new Robyn Schneider favorite by the time I’m done. I have no doubt that I’m going to love this book. I’m also kind of terrified to start it, thought that might be entirely on me having built up my excitement for just having an early copy of the book. And if I finish it, then I have to wait for her next book and the waits for her books are always torturous because I just want more.

I have a feeling once I start You Don’t Live Here I’m not going to stop until I finish it, it’s the way I tend to read Robyn’s books.

Now you have some backstory on my history with Robyn’s books, let’s take a look at my mini, but treasured collection.


The Beginning of Everything

Extraordinary Means

Invisible Ghosts

You Don’t Live Here


img_8695I have the standard US hardcovers for each of these books, and I can’t wait to add the hardcover for You Don’t Live Here to this stack. I’ve loved all the covers, and The Beginning of Everything as an embossed blue foil rollercoaster under the dust jacket. I actually forgot that was there until I was taking photos.

Pictured (top to bottom): US HC Invisible Ghosts / US HC Extraordinary Means / US HC The Beginning of Everything

 Links:

TBOE / EM / IG


img_8697I have US ARCs for each of the books. I was trying to complete my collection and another blogger was willing to send me a TBOE ARC for the cost of shipping, and the day I received that in the mail I freaked out. You can see the picture I took the day I received in the mail, above. I wish I had the ARC that had the original title, Severed Heads, Broken Hearts on it, but those are super rare. And honestly, I’m happy I just have one to completely the set.

Pictured (top to bottom): US ARC You Don’t Live Here / US ARC Invisible Ghosts / US ARC Extraordinary Means / US ARC The Beginning of Everything

Links:

YDLH


I love these books and I cannot wait to see and read what Robyn comes out with next. I’m super excited and if you haven’t, you should definitely check out these books. They’re so worth it and so good.

Who is one of your favorite authors?

Book Collection: Sarah J. Maas

img_8387Hi Sarah!

It’s been four days since I finished House of Earth and Blood and since I do not have the time at this very moment to reread it, I thought I’d do something else instead. Still tied to my love of SJM and her books, in the hopes that it would satisfy me for now.

I’ve been a SJM fan ever since 2012, when I first saw Throne of Glass on shelves in Borders…well, I think it was Borders. I don’t remember when they closed and became Books-A-Million. Neither of those stores are in the location they used to be, but I can still remember that the YA section was straight back, at the back of the store, and Throne of Glass was sitting on the top right side of the shelf. I picked it up because of the title, probably because of the cover, and then left that day with it after reading the synopsis.

Then I read it and fell in love.

img_8399Then the tedious waits began.

Waiting for each new book was always torture.

2013 gave me Crown of Midnight and a chance to meet Sarah for the first time. I think I’ve briefly talked about this signing in a NaNoWriMo post, or a Writing Journey Post, which one, I don’t remember. But in 2013 my friend and I heard about a writing workshop/signing that Sarah, Susan Dennard, Erin Bowman, Kat Zhang and Jodi Meadows were doing. By 2013 my friend and I had graduated High School and while this workshop/signing was primarily meant for high schoolers, we met the age requirement so of course we went. It was such a fun event, we’re we basically got to hang out with the authors. I even came up with my 2013 NaNoWriMo idea at that event!

img_8408It ended up running long, and we were kicked out of the library. Most of the teens had left at this point, parents needing to drive them home. We ended up taking photos outside of the library, and overall the event was a blast.

Then in 2014 I was able to meet Sarah again, and get more of my books signed! Now I had The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire signed. I even have a picture of when SJM’s books only took up a small space on my shelves…those days are long over, and I can’t be more excited about it.

I’ve tried over the years to document each new release – I’ve not always been successful, and I blame my excitement. I get too excited for the new book, so the moment I get it, I sit and read it, photos be damned.

img_8400While I’m sad that the TOG series is now over – though, I could and would totally read any book that was just them living their lives happily in the aftermath of Kingdom of Ash. It doesn’t even need to have a plot. Just give me a book full of random scenes. But as I was saying, while I’m sad that the TOG series is over, SJM is continuing to put out freaking stellar content. The A Court of Thorns and Roses series is another favorite. I love Rhys and Feyre and the Inner Circle. Legit the moment after I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin for the first time, I started the series over. img_8401She just makes you fall in love with these characters, and you care so much and so deeply. Sarah is amazing at portraying emotions and tough situations, and she does it so well that they feel like they’re your emotions. At least, that’s how I feel when I read her books.

Most recently we have House of Earth and Blood, which is fucking fantastic. Like, I cannot express it enough that you need to go pick this book up. It’s instantly a favorite and definitely on my list of favorite books of 2020.

I’ve had the chance to meet Sarah a few other times over the years, mainly at various Apollycon’s, so I have a few of her books signed. My collection of SJM doesn’t rival Brigid or Jen, I wish it did. Trading for arcs of Sarah’s books is nearly impossible, and I would img_8406need more shelf space to have every copy of her books…one day. One day I’ll have all the copies.

I’ve told you all about my history with Sarah and her books, and you’ve seen bits and pieces of that history, so now I’m going to show you my little collection. I almost hesitated to post this, because comparably to my Brigid and JLA collections, this one appears…lacking. But then I thought about it, 1) I didn’t really start collection multiple copies of books until early 2019, and 2) I guess quantity isn’t what’s the most important thing img_8407about collecting. It’s about loving a series so much you do posts like this, or you just own one set.

I will obviously continue to buy Sarah’s books and I will always be a fan. I’m currently contemplating buying another copy of House of Earth and Blood…because I totally need another one? Right?

I sound a bit like a hypocrite, oh well!

So, let’s jump into this, shall we?


Quick rundown of Sarah’s Titles (even though we all know them):

Throne of Glass Series:

The Assassins Blade

Throne of Glass

Crown of Midnight

Heir of Fire

Queen of Shadows

Empire of Storms

Tower of Dawn

Kingdom of Ash

 A Court of Thorns and Roses Series:

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Frost and Starlight

DC Icons:

Catwoman: Soul Stealer

Crescent City Series:

House of Earth and Blood


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Here’s my entire collection of SJM books. They take up quite a bit of room on my shelf, and due to space constraints, i can’t really display them as I would really like to. After all, they’re all pretty large books. Kingdom of Ash x3 takes up a lot of shelf space…and yes, I need all of them. I obviously don’t have every copy, ever created of these books, but I love my little collection. They’re all well loved.

On top of US standard editions, and various exclusive editions (Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million/Target) I also have a few UK copies, as well as all of the Special Collector Editions that were printed.

Here are some links you can check out!

TOG / ACOTAR / Catwoman / CC


Let’s start with the Throne of Glass series:

img_8370I have the standard US Hardcover illustrated cover editions, minus Throne of Glass which has the original cover. I have a two copies of Tower of Dawn – one’s a standard hardcover, and one is a B&N Signed Edition. I have three copies of Kingdom of Ash – one’s a B&N edition, one is the BAM edition, one is the Target edition.

I know I’m missing a few exclusive editions here and there, and maybe one day I’ll get them, but I’m happy with this little collection.

There are quite a few books here. Tell me I don’t need more. They take up enough room as it is (lol).

Links:

TAB/TOG/COM/HOF/QOS/EOS/TOD/KOA

Pictured (top to bottom): US HC The Assassins Blade / US OG Cover Throne of Glass / US HC Crown of Midnight / US HC Heir of Fire / US HC Queen of Shadows / B&N HC Empire of Storms / US HC Tower of Dawn / B&N HC Tower of Dawn / B&N HC Kingdom of Ash / BAM HC Kingdom of Ash / Target HC Kingdom of Ash 


To stay in theme, let’s look at the UK Covers:

img_8369Now, I don’t have all of them…yet. I need to place a Book Depository order. Or, I just need to go back to the UK. I *might* be going back to Scotland next year, so…we’ll see. I only have the UK paperbacks of the first three books. I actually love the fact that they’re white. It’s such a contrast to the US covers. Since I don’t currently have the US paperbacks, it was really nice being able to not have to carry around massive books during my reread.

img_8373I can’t wait until I have the whole set…though I will need another shelf for them.

Here are some links:

TOG/COM/HOF 

Pictured (top to bottom): UK PB Throne of Glass / UK PB Crown of Midnight / UK PB Heir of Fire


Next, we have the Special Collector Editions.

img_8371I heard the words “Special Collector Editions” and I knew I’d need them. I hope that one day they do all the books in the series to match. These are gorgeous dust jacket-less, hardcovers with embossed gold foiling. The US Editions come with protective sleeves.

The UK Edition didn’t come in a sleeve, and I’m kind of bummed there wasn’t a UK edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses. These books are stunning, and I really need enough shelf space to truly show them off. Also I’m kind of bummed that my US Throne of Glass edition came slightly banged up in the corner. I unfortunately and annoyingly didn’t notice until I’d opened it up and pulled it out of the sleeve. img_8374It was a Christmas gift from my brother (I told him to buy it for me) and by the time I received it, I couldn’t return or exchange it. I still love it, flaw and all.

Here are some links:

UK TOG / US TOG / ACOTAR 

Pictured (top to bottom): UK SE Throne of Glass / US SE Throne of Glass / US SE A Court of Thorns and Roses


And then, the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series:

img_8372I love these books. For a long while I thought I loved them more than TOG…but then I binge re-read that whole series in two month (I highly recommend reading all those books right after one another, but be prepared to be in a massive slump, and now I question everything I once thought.

Like most people, my favorite book is A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s so good and the character arcs…*chef’s kiss*. There are perfect moments in all of these books, and I’m excited for the next one set to come out…I guess next year. I am kind of bummed that the covers won’t match (tbh, not the biggest fan of the cover changes, but will undoubtedly end up buying them).

img_8375I only have the standard US hardcover editions for this series. I have a standard ACOWAR plus the BAM Edition. For ACOFAS, I have a signed copy I got through a Virtual Signing, and the BAM Edition.

Here are some links:

ACOTAR / ACOMAF / ACOWAR / ACOFAS 

Pictured (top to bottom): US HC A Court of Thorns and Roses / US HC A Court of Mist and Fury / US HC A Court of Wings and Ruin / BAM HC A Court of Wings and Ruin / BAM HC A Court of Frost and Starlight / US HC A Court of Frost and Starlight. 


And finally, Sarah’s latest release, the first book in the Crescent City series:

img_8385I do have a full review for this book, as I just recently read it. If you’re interested, you can check it out – here – I loved it. There were scenes that were purely cinematic. There were moments that made me cry; made me laugh; made me feel everything. I loved Bryce, Hunt, Lehabah and Syrinx. I just loved this book, and I’m dying for book 2.

It felt like SJM, but it also felt completely different. I mean that as a compliment. Like, if I didn’t already know it was written by her, and I just started reading it, I would know immediately who wrote it. Maybe it’s because it’s an urban fantasy, and not jut fantasy, or maybe it’s because there’s a crime they’re trying to solve, something about this book just felt fresh and new and wholly amazing. It deserves all the praise. This book is fantastic, and I can’t wait to add editions to my collection. I’m already contemplating getting another copy.

Here’s a link:

HOEAB

Pictured: US HC House of Earth and Blood 


To close this very long post off – who knew that this Book Collection post would rival my other ones – I thought I’d just share some up close pictures of my signed copies. I don’t have every book in my collection signed, though I wish I did. I try to get at least one signed by Sarah every time I see her.

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Above: US Hardcover The Assassin’s Blade 

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Above: US Original Hardcover Throne of Glass 

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Above: US Hardcover Crown of Midnight 

img_8381Above: US Hardcover Heir of Fire 

(I have no idea why this is signed twice – honestly. It’s not a second hand copy, it was brand new when I bought it, but I guess I must’ve taken it to an event not realizing it was signed. I guess Sarah quickly signed it again. I have no recollection of this. It’s not double signed in the picture at the top of this post, which was taken in 2014, so sometime between then and now, it got signed again.)

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Above: US Hardcover Tower of Dawn 

img_8384Above: US Hardcover Kingdom of Ash

img_8377Above: US Hardcover A Court of Thorns and Roses 

img_8376Above: US Hardcover A Court of Frost and Starlight 

And that’s it! This post is much long than I anticipated, and took a lot long to format that I thought it would! I figured it would be 1500 words tops. I guess I underestimated just how much I had to say…though to be fair, I didn’t plan on doing that whole long intro before jumping into the actual collection.

I was scrolling back through my Instagram feed (as one occasionally does, or I do) and kind of forgot that I had some of these pictures from throughout the last decade. Oh wow, it’s been almost a decade since I discovered Sarah’s books…granted I need to wait like 2 more years, give or take, but damn.

Anyways, I digress as always. I hope you enjoyed this very long post (I’m sorry!) and let me know which author you collect!

Book Collection: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey Jen!

img_6102I can’t believe I’ve been reading Jen’s books since 2012. I remember the first time I ever met her – it was in Boonsboro at Turn the Page (Nora Robert’s bookstore). I honestly can’t remember if my friend and I went up for Jen, or for Nora, but I know we both left with copies of Obsidian and Half-Blood. My mom was heading up to Frostburg (Maryland) for a high school reunion and luckily Boonsboro is on the way, so we managed to convince her to take a detour for this signing.

Upon arriving at my grandparent’s house, my friend and I promptly sat down and started reading. I don’t remember which book I started with – probably Obsidian because my friend insisted that we read the same book at the same time.

From then on, I was a fan. We were fans. We scoured bookstores on and near release days for the next books and they were always read instantly. At the time, our local Books-A-Million always had our most anticipated books out a day early and we always bought them. (This was well before either of us were aware of release week sales and how they impact making best seller lists) We were avid readers and had found a new favorite author.

I’ve been a fan of Jen’s books since a Senior in High School – I’ve been reading them for quite a long time. Her stories often feel like coming home. I know if I pick on up, there’s like a 99% chance that I’m going to enjoy it. Her books are often the ones to get me out of reading slumps.

Since Jen is semi-local, I’ve been fortunate enough to see her at a bunch of events – from the Baltimore Book Festival, to launches, conventions and her own creation: Apollycon.

My friend and I went to the first one in Philly in 2015 (I think), and then to the fourth and fifth ones in D.C. in 2018 & 2019. And I’m going again next year, 2020!

(Pic – left: 2018, right: 2019 with Drew Leighty and Jennifer L. Armentrout and my bff / I definitely prefer 2019’s pic more)

Apollycon is always fun – you can see my recap of 2019 here! I always enjoy going and seeing Jen and all the other amazing authors. I usually have bruises on my shoulders by the end of the weekend. But even if Jen were the only author there, I wanted to see, I’d still go. I’ll support Jen and her books for as long as she’s writing. I love them and her so much.

(Pic – left: 2018, right: 2019 with Drew Leighty and Jennifer L. Armentrout / I definitely perfer 2019’s pic more)

I’m fortunate to consider Jen a friend and any way I can support her, I will. I remember finding her books. I remember how the light filtered through curtains as I laid on a bed at my grandparents and fell in love with her characters. I remember the anxious anticipation for the next book in her various series and showing up to each event with new copies of her books for her to sign. I love her characters, her stories, her worlds and I will read and reread them for forever.

I’ve been reading and supporting her for years now and I love doing it. I love promoting her work and getting people to fall in love with Daemon, Aiden, Seth, Luc, Roth, Zayne and the various other hot, swoon-y love interests she’s created over the years. I mean, who doesn’t want hot and snarky alien neighbors, or Greek God descendants with kick ass powers or a Prince of Hell and his Gargoyle opponent? She writes anything and everything and has you wishing that these characters were real.


Let’s finally jump into the reason you probably clicked on this post – the books! I’m going to be eternally broke if Jen’s books keep coming out with revamped covers, because I need them all. All these books currently occupy almost an entire shelf (minus 3 spots). It’s a long shelf too, like 6 feet and basically a shrine to Jen’s books.

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I thought I had a lot of Brigid’s books…Jen’s occupied 2 bags and it was beyond difficult to carry both down the stairs. I managed, because there was no way I was making more than one trip. I also fought my glasses trying to slide right off the end of my nose the entire time. Setting them up on the banister and trying to fit them all in and have them look good was a challenge as well. It’s funny how, on a shelf they don’t look as numerous, but the minute you take them off and stack them up, it’s glaringly evident.

A quick run-down of Jen’s books – (This is going to be anything by quick, but here we go!)

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Phew. Typing them all out also puts the number of books she has into perspective. I don’t own every single one of her books. Besides the de Vincent books and the Anthologies (not a fan tbh) I’ve read everything else. I opted to post a screen grab, over actually typing them out in WordPress because this post would have been a mile long otherwise.

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Okay, I’m going to start with my favorite, the Covenant Series! Here I have pictured the original paperbacks (bottom),then the new paperbacks with the gorgeous covers – I still need to buy the rest of the series (middle). Then I have the UK edition of Half Blood (purple spine) and finally the Titan Books. These aren’t necessarily part of the Covenant Series, but they’re a direct spin-off!

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Covenant / Titan

Pic: (top to bottom) The Return / The Power / The Struggle / The Prophecy / UK Half Blood / Half Blood (New US) / Pure (New US) / Deity (New US) / Daimon / Half Blood / Pure / Deity / Elixir / Apollyon / Sentinel 

img_6094Next up, the Lux series! I’ve since added a finished copy of The Burning Shadow to my collection, but unfortunately it’s not pictured. I took all these pictures weeks ago when the weather was still guaranteed to be nice. Which is a good thing since it’s rained for days here. I love Katy and Daemon and they will always have a special place in my heart. Here I have pictured the original paperbacks (top) I need to get the new covers. Opposition is the redone cover to match the first four books. Then Oblivion is Obsidian from Daemons POV and Obsession is an Arum novel. Then I have the US ARCs for The Darkest Star and The Burning Shadow , and finally a finished copy of The Darkest Star. 

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Lux / Arum  / Origin 

Pic: (top to bottom) Shadows / Obsidian / Onyx / Opal / Origin / Opposition / Oblivion / Obsession / The Darkest Star US ARC / The Burning Shadow US ARC / The Darkest Star 

img_6097Next we have the Dark Elements Series – which is another favorite, shocker! I have the second one on my TBR to read before the end of the year, just because. It’s time for a reread. I love Roth and Zayne and these books are just fun. Here I have pictured the new US covers (top) I freaking love them. Then the original covers, plus an ARC of Stone Cold Touch (my first ever Jen ARC!) and then a US ARC of Storm and Fury plus a finished copy. I’m super excited for the next book in the Harbinger series as the first one left me with my jaw dropped.

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Dark Elements / Harbinger 

Pic (top to bottom) White Hot Kiss (New US) / Stone Cold Touch (New US) / Every Last Breath (New US) / White Hot Kiss / Stone Cold Touch US ARC / Stone Cold Touch / Every Last Breath / Storm and Fury US ARC / Storm and Fury 

img_6098Then we have the Wicked Trilogy and these books are great! I loved Ren and Ivy and I can’t forget Tink and his Amazon Prime addiction. New Orleans, fae and tons of drama and romance, you don’t want to miss these characters or this world Jen has created. It’s fantastic. These books are definitely due for a reread and I would honestly love nothing more than to drop everything I’m currently reading to do so. Here I have pictured the original paperbacks, plus the 1001 Dark Night’s novellas, and there’s a third on the way!

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Wicked Trilogy

Pic (top to bottom) Wicked / Torn / Brave / The Prince / The King 

We’re coming down to the wire – two photo’s left!

img_6099Next is the Wait for You Series. The great thing about these books, is that you can read them in order, but they’re also standalones and can be read in whatever order you want. I love these books, my favorite being Stay with Me, but I do have one gripe, you might be able to see what it is from the picture.

These books aren’t stacked in order – which is listed above in the backlist photo. The mass market paperback style seriously annoys me to no end. That, and there are various pubs and none of them are uniform. Shelving them is a nightmare. But anyways, I have the whole series, with Trust in Me (green spine) being a novella, as well as the 1001 Dark Night’s novella Dream of You (bottom).

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Wait for You Series

Pic (top to bottom) Forever with You / Fall with Me / Trust in Me / Wait for You / Be with Me / Stay with Me / Fire in You / Dream of You

img_6100Finally, we are at the end. This stack is a mix of YA standalones and some NA.

The Dead List is probably my favorite of of this stack of books. I read it back when she published it on Wattpad. It’s definitely a bit of a thriller murder mystery and it’s so fun!

You really can’t go wrong with any of these books and they all range in genre! That’s one of the things I love about Jen and her books – she writes everything and they’re always pretty good and easy to get lost in.

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

de Vincent / Till Death / The Dead List / Frigid / If There’s No Tomorrow / The Problem with Forever / Don’t Look Back / Cursed 

Pic (top to bottom) Moonlight Sins / Moonlight Seduction / Till Death / The Dead List / Frigid / Scorched / If There’s No Tomorrow / The Problem with Forever / Don’t Look Back / Cursed 


Phew! The scary thing is that this collection is only ever going to get bigger. Jen’s latest release The Burning Shadow just came out earlier this month, and the cover for Rage and Ruin was revealed, it’s gorgeous! I cannot wait to read it! If you haven’t yet fallen into the world that is Jennifer L. Armentrout, you’re missing out and you should fix that immediately. I would recommend starting with the Covenant Series (I have a whole review for the entire series here) but if you were to ask my best friend, she would insist on the Lux series. So, really you can’t go wrong with either!