Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What to Read Next?!

I read a lot of great books last year(2013)! Here's a list of my favorites, with snippet-reviews on why! Maybe you'll find something that interests you and enjoy it as much as I did! :D

It's (not that) Complicated is one of my favorite non-fiction books ever! It was so much fun. (And I have a hard time reading NF, so that's saying something!) very insightful and easy to understand; there were quite a few laughs throughout, as well. ;)

The Traitor's Smile is the sequel to "The Pale Assassin", and I enjoyed TTS a whole lot more. I felt like the story moved much faster in the second book, and the amount of fiction vs non-fiction was well balanced, keeping the non-fiction more interesting. ;) Suspenseful, clean, and intricate- this became one of my favorite YA historical fiction novels.

The Destiny trilogy was my first Sci-Fi series, and I really enjoyed it! There was a lot of intricate plot twists and the story was intense, start to finish.

The Gabon Virus was incredible. My first medical suspense and my first adult fiction novel by Paul McCusker. This story was so intense and the chapters were so short, I found myself reading for hours without even realizing it. (I wouldn't recommend this for a younger audience- there was quite a bit of death. ;P)

Frederica was one of my favorite Georgette Heyers! It has tons of sweet characters and loads of comedy!

I'm a bit of a Tudor fiction fan, and Sandra Byrd is one of my all-time FAVORITE Tudor authors! Her stories are always inspiring, rich, and Christ-centered.

Another regency comedy, The Weaver Takes a Wife had me laughing so hard there were tears on my face! I have the pleasure of being acquainted with author Sheri Cobb South, and I've enjoyed getting to discuss her stories with her.

A Change of Fortune was one of my first Christian historical fiction novels. Jen Turano has an incredible and fast sense of wit and I hadn't laughed so often during one book ever before. This novel (and the rest of the series) was so charming, and I'm really looking forward to A Match of Wits, releasing in July! :D

I don't usually read much Western fiction, but this one was recommended to me by my sister, and I highly enjoyed it! It was sweet, clean, funny, and encouraging.

Each of these charming novels by Julianne Donaldson took me about 2 days to read. I laughed, I cried (unashamedly!), and fell in love with these stories! I wish I could read them again for the first time and experience them again. They were SO good! The plots and characters are so deep and beautiful. (I will warn, Blackmoore has more of a serious aura about it- whereas Edenbrooke has lots of laughs- so be prepared to shed sad/frustrated tears as well as happy ones. :P) 

This was my first novel set in this era and I enjoyed it so much! It had a more slow going feel to it, but it was never boring. A great weekend read. Very sweet. :)

Absolutely hilarious. I laughed from start to finish. Great characters and loads of wit!

and, last but not least:
You can never get enough of Heyers novels! This was another of my favorites from Georgette. Lovable characters, hilarious situations, and a sweet ending made for a perfect regency. ;)

Happy reading!!!!


  1. Totally Agree you can never read to much Heyer.I have a few of these on my shelf and can't wait to read Jen Turano,Sandra Byrd(I have 2 of her Tutor novels)and Edenbrooke and Blackmore

    1. :D I know you'll love Turano! She's great! My favorite Sandra Byrd is The Secret Keeper! :) To Die For was wonderful, as well. :)))

    2. Jen Turano is brilliant! And oh Nicole you HAVEN'T read Edenbrooke OR Blackmoore yet?! YOU MUST!

  2. I LOVED Edenbrooke but haven't read Blackmoore yet. I have it so will move it up my pile to get to it sooner. Thanks for the encouragement and for sharing.

  3. Blackmoore is a beautiful work of literary brilliance, I know you will love it!! :)
    My pleasure! :D

  4. I am so glad you introduced me to Jen Turano and I am so glad I sent you both Edenbrooke and Blackmoore and that you enjoyed them so much! Great post of ideas! :) <3

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed her! Haha :D Oh I am ever so glad as well, dahling!!!! They are treasures and I'll be rereading them. :))) <3 Thanks, luv. ;)