Category Archives: Things I’m Obsessed With

2015: The Books


1)  All the Rage by Courtney Summers (1) (2015)

2) Changing Teams by Jennifer Allis Provost (2) (beta read)

3) The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe (3) (2015)

4) Yes Please by Amy Poehler (4)

5) The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner (5) (beta read)

6) The Witch of Carpathia by Rhys A. Jones (6) (beta read)

7) The Book Thing by Laura Lippman (7)

8) Five Fires by Laura Lippman (8)

9) Her by Harriet Lane (9) (2015)

10) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (10)

11) Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli (11)

12) Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff (12)

13) Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff (13)

14) Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (14)

15) One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin (15) (2015)

16) American Murder Houses by Steve Lehto (16) (2015)

17) Peace Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (17)

18) Witness by Karen Hesse (18)

19) Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff (19)

20) The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff (20)

21) Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (21)

22) The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods (22)

23) Rules by Cynthia Lord (23)

24) Extraordinary Guidance by Liza Weimer (24)

25) My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (25) (2015)

26) The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell (26) (2015)

27) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (27) (2015)

28) May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (28)

29) The Lonely Hearts Club Band by Elizabeth Eulberg (29)

30) We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg (30) (2015)

31) Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw (31)

32) The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng (32)

33) The Third Twin by CJ Omololu (33) (2015)


1) Split Second by Kasie West (34)

2) Canary by Duane Swierczynski (35) (2015)

3) Something Real by Heather Demetrios (36)

4) I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (37) (2015)

5) When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (38)

6) Vaquero Summer by Darby Karchut (39) (beta read)

7) Matriarch by Shauna Kelly (40) (beta read)

8) Shattered Angel by Carrie Beckort (41) (2015)

9) Gallowglass by Jennifer Allis-Provost (42) (beta read)

10) Riding Tandem by Liza Wiemer (43) (beta read)

11) The Other Side of Home by Renee Watson (44) (2015)

12) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (45)

13) Rumble by Ellen Hopkins (46)

14) Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (47) (2015)

15) Undertow by Michael Buckley (48) (2015)

16) Camp Crush by J.K. Rock (49) (2015) (beta read)

17) Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon (50) (2015)

18) The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold (51)

19) A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet (52) (2015)

20) The Shining Avenger by Rhys A. Jones (53) (beta read)

21) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (54) (2015)

22) Dreamfire by Kit Alloway (55) (2015)

23) My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder (56) (2015)

24) How to Fall by Jane Casey (57)

25) Bet Your Life by Jane Casey (58) (2015)

26) Boarding School Girls by Helen Eve (59) (2015)

27) Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (60) (2015)

28) The Stranger by Harlan Coben (61) (2015)


1)  Follow Me Through Darkness by Danielle Ellison (62)

2) Duplicity by N.K. Traver (63) (2015)

3) Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (64) (2015)

4) We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (65) (2015)

5) Dead Wake by Erik Larson (66) (2015)

6) The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (67) (2015)

7) The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (68) (2015)

8) The Color War by Jodi Picoult (69)

9) Guns by Stephen King (70)

10) The Apex Predator by Michael Koryta (71)

11) Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn (72) (2015)

12) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (73)

13) Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey (74) (2015)

14) Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke (75)

15) This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready (76)

16) Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian (77)

17) Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine (78) (2015)

18) Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (79)

19) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (80) (2015)

20) Seek Me in Shadows by Danielle Ellison (81) (2015)

21) The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler (82) (2015)

22) On the Fence by Kasie West (83)

23) Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (84) (2015)

24) The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth (85)

25) The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi (86)

26) Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt (87)

27) Above by Isla Morley (88)

28) I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora (89)

29) Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway (90) (2015)

30) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (91) (2015)

31) The Drop by Dennis Lehane (92)

32) The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day (93)

33) The Moment of Everything by Shelly King (94)

34) Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (95) (2015)


1) Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger (96) (2015)

2) Days Like This by Danielle Ellison (97) (2015)

3) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (98) (2015)

4) Eeny Meeny by AJ Arlidge (99) (2015)

5) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdiah (100 (2015)

6) Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper by Hilary Liftin (101) (2015)

7) If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy (102)

8) Life On Mars by Jennifer Brown (103)

9) Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard (104) (2015)

10) Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone (105) (2015)

11) Shirley, I Jest by Cindy Williams (106) (2015)

12) All the Answers by Kate Messner (107) (2015)

13) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (108)

14) Blessed are Those Who Weep by Kristi Belcamino (109) (2015)

15) Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham (110) (2015)

16) Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (111) (2015)

17) Hallie Hath No Fury by Katie Finn (112)

18) Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn (113) (2015)

19) Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore (114)

20) Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor (115) (2015)

21) Dead to Me by Mary McCoy (116) (2015)

22) Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (117) (2015)

23) The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (118) (2015)

24) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (119) (2015)

25) Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague (120)

26) Bird Box by Josh Malerman (121)

27) 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (122)

28) Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson (123)

29) None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (124) (2015)

30) Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler (125) (2015)


1)  Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin (126) (2015)

2) The Boy Vanishes by Jennifer Haigh (127)

3)  Julian by RJ Palacio (128)

4)  The Devil You Know by Trish Doller (129) (2015)

5) Joyride by Anna Banks (130) (2015)

6) The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower by Lisa Graff (131) (2015)

7) The Heir by Kiera Cass (132) (2015)

8) The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (133) (2015)

9) Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (134) (2015)

10) Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey (135) (2015)

11) The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton (136) (2015)

12)  Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (137) (2015)

13)  Shattered Glass by Gail Giles (138)

14) All Played Out by Cora Carmack (139) (2015)

15) Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby (140) (2015)

16) Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (141) (2015)

17) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (142) (2015)

18) The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes (143) (2015)

19) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (144) (2015)

20) Local Girls by Caroline Zancan (145) (2015)

21) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (146) (2015)

22) Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (147) (2015)

23) Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (148) (2015)

24) A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (149) (2015)

25) It’s Just a Jump to the Left by Libba Bray (150)

26) Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith (151)

27) Just One Night by Gayle Forman (152)

28) Disconnected by Jennifer Weiner (153)

29) Recalculating by Jennifer Weiner (154)

30) Monster by Bridget Clerkin (155)

31) Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave (156) (2015)

32)  PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han (156) (2015)

33) More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (157) (2015)


1)  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (158)

2) Finders Keepers by Stephen King (159) (2015)

3)  A Memoir of Grief (Continued) by Jennifer Weiner (160)

4)  In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (161) (2015)

5)  Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (162) (2015)

6)  Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle (163) (2015)

7)  Disclaimer by Renee Knight (164) (2015)

8)  Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (165)

9)  Summer Secrets by Jane Green (166) (2015)

10)  Those Girls by Lauren Saft (167) (2015)

11)  Survive the Night by Danielle Vega (168) (2015)

12)  The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (169) (2015)

13)  Hello I Love You by Katie M. Stout (170) (2015)

14)  The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell (171) (2015)

15)  A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (172) (2015)

16)  Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy (173) (2015)

17)  Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel (174)

18)  A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery (175) (2015)

19)  Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu (176)

20)  The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo (177) (2015)

21)  365 Days of Wonder by RJ Palacio (178)

22)  Armada by Ernest Cline (179) (2015)

23)  Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (180)

24)  My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula L. Freedman (181)

25)  Jessica Darling #3 by Megan McCafferty (182) (2015)

26)  The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard (183)

27)  The Good Girls by Sara Shepard (184) (2015)

28)  Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (185) (2015)

29)  Weightless by Sarah Bannan (186) (2015)

30)  Everybody Knows Your Name by Andrea Seigel and Brent Bradshaw (187) (2015)

31)  All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder (188) (2015)


1)  Brush Back by Sara Paretsky (189) (2015)

2)  Random by Tom Leveen (190)

3)  Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (191) (2015)

4)  Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn (192) (2015)

5)  If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison (193) (2015)

6)  Two Across by Jeff Bartsch (194) (2015)

7)  Every Day by David Levithan (195)

8)  Another Day by David Levithan (196) (2015)

9)  Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough (197)

10)  Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner (198) (2015)

11)  Last Words by Michael Koryta (199) (2015)

12)  Map to the Stars by Jen Malone (200) (2015)

13) Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (201) (2015)

14)  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (202) (2015)

15) The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster (203) (2015)

16)  The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (204)

17) The Snatchabook by Helen Doherty (205)

18)  X by Sue Grafton (206) (2015)

19) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (207)

20)  The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (208) (2015)

21)  Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano (209) (2015)

22)  Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash (210) (2015)

23)  A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher (211) (2015)

24)  George by Alex Gino (212) (2015)

25)  The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (213)

26)  Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine (214) (2015)

27)  Trust No One by Paul Cleve (215) (2015)

28)  The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (216) (2015)

29) The Yeti Files: Monsters on the Run by Kevin Sherry (217) (2015)

30)  The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis (218) (2015)

31) Never Never by Brianna Shrum (219) (2015)

32) Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler (220) (2015)


1)  Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz (221) (2015)

2)  Clara’s Room by Kimberly McCreight (222)

3)  UR by Stephen King (223)

4)  Say Something by Jennifer Brown (224)

5)  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (225) (2015)

6)  Play On by Michelle Smith (226) (2015)

7) Max the Brave by Ed Vere (227) (2015)

8) What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (228)

9) Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (229)

10) Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (230) (2015)

11) Rome in Love by Anita Hughes (231) (2015)

12)  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (232) (2015)

13)  The Killing Kind by Chris Holm (233) (2015)

14)  State of Grace by Hilary Badger (234)

15)  The End Or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis (235)

16)  The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis (236) (2015)

17)  Not After Everything by Michelle Levy (237) (2015)

18) The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (238) (2015)

19)  Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler (239)

20) Stella & Charlie: Friends Forever by Bernadette Peters (240)  (2015)

21) Switchblade by Michael Connelly (241)

22)  Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (242) (2015)

23)  When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (243)

24)  Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen (244) (2015)

25)  Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt (245) (2015)

26)  Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center (246) (2015)

27)  Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler (247) (2015)

28) Chadwick the Crab by Priscilla Cummings (248)

29) Chadwick and the Garplegrungen by Priscilla Cummings (249)

30) The Invisibles by Cecilia Galante (250) (2015)

31) The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (251) (2015)


1) Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin (252) (2015)

2) Days of Awe by Lauren Fox (253) (2015)

3) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (254) (2015)

4) All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (255) (2015)

5) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (256) (2015)

6) The Crossing by Michael Connelly (257) (2015)

7) Chadwick’s Wedding by Priscilla Cummings (258)

8) Chadwick Forever by Priscilla Cummings (259)

9) Jem and the Holograms: Showtime by Kelly Thompson (260) (2015)

10) After You by Jojo Moyes (261) (2015)

11) I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan (262)

12) Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan (263)

13) Locked in Time by Lois Duncan (264)

14) Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan (265)

15) They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan (266)

16)  Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (267)

17) Mary Unleashed by Hillary Monahan (268) (2015)

18) Among the Dolls by William Sleator (269)

19) Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (270) (2015)

20) Alive by Chandler Baker (271) (2015)

21) Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano (272) (2015)

22)  The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (273) (2015)

23)  Took by Mary Downing Hahn (274) (2015)

24)  Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett (275) (2015)

25)  Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski (276) (2015)

26)  Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (277) (2015)

27)  The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy (278) (2015)

28)  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (279)

29)  Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics (280) (2015)

30) The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright (281) (2015)

31) The New Girl by RL Stine (282)

32)  Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (283)

33) Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick (285) (2015)


1)  Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (285) (2015)

2)  What We Knew by Barbara Stewart (286) (2015)

3)  Need by Joelle Charbonneau (287) (2015)

4)  The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (288) (2015)

5)  10% Happier by Dan Harris (289)

6)  What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (290) (2015)

7)  Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche (291) (2015)

8)  Breath to Breath by Craig Lew (292) (2015)

9)  Smoke by Catherine McKenzie (293) (2015)

10) Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler (294) (2015)

11)  The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (295)

12) Traffick by Ellen Hopkins (296) (2015)

13)  Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Khizhnik (297) (2015)

14)  First and Then by Emma Mills (298) (2015)

15)  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (299) (2015)

16) Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (300)

17)  Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume (301)

18)  It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume (302)

19)  Blubber by Judy Blume (303)

20) Deenie by Judy Blume (304)

21) Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume (305)

22) Iggie’s House by Judy Blume (306)

23)  Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (307)

24)  Forever… by Judy Blume (308)

25)  Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume (309)

26)  This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (310)

27)  Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore (311)

28)  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (312)

29)  How to be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras (313) (2015)

30)  Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can by Cynthia Levinson (314)

31)  The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine (315)

32)  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (316)

33)  Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed (317) (2015)


1)  Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner (318)

2) Sinful Longing by Lauren Blakely (319) (2015)

3) This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin (320)

4)  The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (321) (2015)

5)  The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (322) (2015)

6)  The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller (323)

7)  Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (324)

8)  Shade Me by Jennifer Brown (325)

9)  Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (326)

10)  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (327)

11)  Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo (328)

12)  Front Lines by Michael Grant (329)

13)  Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy (330) 2015)

14)  The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos (331)

15)  The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin (332)

16)  The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (333)

17) Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savrit (334)

18) Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan (335)

19) The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa (336)

20) Wolverton Station by Joe Hill (337)

21) Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill (338)

22) Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn (339) (2015)

23) The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson (340) (2015)

24) Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira (341)

25) The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (342) (2015)

26) Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain (343) (2015)

27) My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (344)

28) His Country Bride by Debra Holt (345)

29) El Deafo by Cece Bell (346)

30) Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn (347) (2015)


1) My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody (348) (2015)

2) Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (349)

3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (350)

4) Mercy’s Rescue by Debra Holt (351) (2015)

5) When We Collided by Emery Lord (352)

6) Holding Out For Forever by Brooke DelVecchio (353) (beta read)

7) The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood (354)

8) Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe (355)

9) Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (356)

10) The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston (357)

11) Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf (358)

12) Pax by Sara Pennypacker (359)

13) Brambleheart by Henry Cole (360)

14) The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom (361)

15) The Word For Yes by Claire Needell (362)

16) Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs (363)

17) Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern (364)

18)  Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye (365)

19)  The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (366)

20) My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul (367)

21)  The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (368)

22) The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (369)

23)  Find Her by Lisa Gardner (370)

24)  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (371)


Books To Watch For In 2015: An Overview

This is the second year of Books to Watch For!  I got this idea after my friend Kathy started doing this last year (yes, I basically stole it—but with permission!).  You should stop by her site and see what she’s excited for, too.

This year, I also got incredibly ambitious.  I talked to many of my favorite authors to see (a) what they have planned for next year and (b) the books that they’re looking forward to.

As a reminder, each book is featured over the course of two days.  The first day is a synopsis and explanation for why I’m excited (although most of the time, it’s probably fairly self-evident—because, when Sara Blaedel, for example, releases a new book, I’m excited) and the second day is an interview.

Even more exciting, several of my favorites are releasing two books next year! It’s going to be a good year for people who are book-greedy like I am.

There are some amazing books ahead, so please let me know what you’re looking forward to.


Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!


I continue to be way, way behind on everything but I have a lot of good books ahead.  Eventually I’ll read them all, right?


My time of horror movies is almost over!  I agreed to do 31 Horror Films in 31 Days, and I have been able to do it.  The month’s almost over, though, and I am also excited 22 Jump Street again; it should show up in my Ultraviolet account on the 28th.   There have been some less than great movies, but I also have seen some amazing ones.  (I was very impressed with The Caller and The Possession of Michael King, to name a couple.)


I am currently in love with a couple of new fall shows (The Affair, Marry Me and How to Get Away With Murder).  But I am ALSO so in love with The Mindy Project and Sons of Anarchy! I’m finally caught up with Sons and I can’t wait to see what happens with this final season.  I guess we’ll see how it goes; the season ends in early December.

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!


I’m finishing up prep work for my second annual (!!!) Books To Watch For feature!  It will start in late November and then run through all of December.  I’ve got some great authors lined up and I’m so excited to share these books with you.


I’m just happy that my shows are back.

So what are you obsessed with this week?


Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!


I feel like I have so many amazing books coming up to read.  Do you ever feel like that? It’s like every book I have in the stack is just amazing and I cannot wait.  (Upcoming books include the new Jandy Nelson, the new Meg Wolitzer, Famous Last Words, Girl Defective, Tell Me, Anatomy of a Misfit and Falling Into Place.)


We’re slowly heading into two of my favorite movie seasons: Oscar season and horror movie season! The two converge on October 3, when two movies that I am very excited to see both come out.  One is, of course, Gone Girl.  I’m very excited for it in and in a world where The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo gets some nominations, I’m willing to bet Gone Girl could get nods for Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Adapted Screenplay.

And the other? Annabelle.  It’s the prequel of sorts to The Conjuring which had a subplot featuring the world’s creepiest doll.  This movie is all about Annabelle and could be awesome (it’s produced by James Wan—who is doing great things with horror movies—and has Alfre Woodard in the cast) and could be horrible (it’s about a doll; it’s very, very hard to do a movie that centers around a doll and have it be scary. Doll as partial scare—see Poltergeist and The Conjuring—can be done very well; doll as entire scare is generally not good at all).  But I am going to see it anyway, hopefully with my friend Janie.

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!


I have all these amazing books ahead of me to read and I feel so incredibly lucky to be a book blogger and to get to read so many of them early.  Fellow bloggers, do you ever feel that way? Like you look at your TBR stack and just think, “Holy crap, there are so many! But they all look so amazing and they’re all mine!” And I feel especially blessed that publishers and authors and publicists value my opinion enough to seek it out for a review.  It’s overwhelming in the best possible way, but I hope I never forget how lucky I am.  And I get to go to BEA every year!  (Starting in 2016, I get an extra week vacation at the day job, and I plan to start trying to go to ALA every year it’s on the East Coast or in Chicago.  I think West Coast ALAs would be too expensive, but East Coast ones? Yes, please!)


I have been on a bit of a horror movie kick recently (always) and am completely obsessed with the movie Oculus.  It has so many of my triggers in horror movies (weird things in mirrors, weird things happening to faces, weird things happening to eyes and things happening to your teeth) and it’s a completely confusing movie that keeps you completely off-kilter.  It’s amazing and I love it.

Also, we’re about a month away from the big Halloween boxset release on Blu-Ray and I am SO EXCITED.  I feel like movie for movie, this is the best horror series ever.  There are only two movies that I think are pretty bad (and one of them, Halloween 6, is redeemed by the producer’s cut, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE DELUXE BOXSET!).  Nightmare on Elm Street may be my favorite but I think Halloween is the best.


I have currently discovered the joy of (thanks to my friend Erin).  Everything I’ve ordered from them has been amazing and I have a hard time saying exactly what my favorite thing is.  I love the peanut butter cups and the caramel puffs and the black cherry gummy bears and and and and and.  (Yeah, they have a lot of healthy snacks as well, but I haven’t tried those.  I DID get their marshmallow bits, however, which is basically like a bag full of the marshmallows from Lucky Charms with none of the gross cereal parts.  And it’s just as awesome as you’d expect it to be.)

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Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!


We’re about two weeks from the re-release of Isla.  I feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book (and I think it’s been about four years, because I got Lola at my second BEA, so…) and I’m so happy that it’s almost here.

Also, I’m starting to plan my 2015 Books to Watch For feature.  It’s pretty heavy on Spencer Hill books, but there are some great ones coming out.  AND I have some amazing non-SHP authors lined up, too.  I’m very excited at sharing these books with you. :)


I have been in the mood for horror movies lately and I’m very excited for Oculus to come out on Tuesday! I didn’t see it in the theater, so I’m hoping to see it over my weekend.


I’m really liking the show Girl Meets World! It’s not a great show, but I think it’s really cute and sweet.  And it’s nice to see Cory and Topanga together again.  And it helps that I’m pretty much always home on Fridays (as opposed to at work) so I can get into the habit of watching it.

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I’ve seen 22 Jump Street four times now.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen 21 Jump Street about 30 times but this is pretty impressive given that I almost never get to the movies.  So there’s that.


I just binge-watched The Comeback and I absolutely love it.  I’d heard good things and when HBO announced there’d be a second season, I figured it was a sign that I should watch the first.  Except now I’m done with the first season and I’m not sure when the second season will start.  (Anyone know?)

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I recently read Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle and it’s so good! I am already desperate for the next installment (I believe it’s a trilogy, but either way there’s at least one other book coming).  My review will be out closer to its review date, but if you like contemporary YA, movies or both, this is the book for you.


I hate this, but my vacation is almost over! If you’re my Facebook friend (or Twitter follower), you already know how it’s been going, but if not, expect recap posts to start appearing soon.

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So I am in Arizona and will be doing a running travelogue soon, but to keep you company until then…


I recently scrolled through the Kindle app on my iPad and am absolutely amazed at how many great books I have that I haven’t read yet.  I am planning on working on a reading list (tune in tomorrow to see what made the cut).  Meanwhile, there’s something about being on vacation (especially with my best friend, who’s a fellow voracious reader) that makes me want to read actual books.  But don’t worry—I brought my Kindle, too.  I am a huge fan of being able to have ALL THE BOOKS with me without having to break my back carrying all the books.


I have been watching 21 Jump Street over and over and over.  I don’t know what it is about this movie, but after my cousin died last year, I watched it over and over.  After Kathy died a few weeks ago, it started again.  I think it’s that it’s (a) really funny and (b) not emotionally taxing.  And it helps that I can watch it in 20 minute increments, which is about what my grief attention span is.  Jen and I plan to watch 22 Jump Street, as well, and I am very excited about this.


After my vacation, I’m planning to get back to Sons of Anarchy (yes, FINALLY) but I am also hoping to start watching Girl Meets World.  It seems absolutely adorable and I’m so excited at the thought of it.  Don’t judge.

So what are you obsessed with this week?