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Six Months In

Six Months In…

Being six months into 2017, I thought it’d be a fun thing to take a look back at what my favorite books of the year so far have been. I haven’t read as many as I would have liked, and unfortunately, I’ve read even fewer that I’ve loved. These all just happened to also be new releases, which isn’t something I had in mind when I went through my list. Though they’re all fairly different from each other, I think they’re pretty good representations of what my reading habits have been, and what I’m looking for this year.

Now, in order of release date…

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louis Gornall // Jan 3, 2017

This book got me SO HARD. It’s a YA contemporary novel that deals with the delicate topic of mental illness, specifically agoraphobia, ocd, and anxiety. At parts, it was hard to read because Gornall gets the illness so right that it almost gets triggering. I have never related so much to a character before, having agoraphobia and multiple forms of anxiety. It’s a great read.


Little Heaven by Nick Cutter // Jan 10, 2017

Wow! My first horror book of the year, and the first book by Nick Cutter I’ve picked up and it just shook me to my core. Descriptions are so visceral you can almost feel, smell, taste the things the characters encounter. The plot is amazing with mounting tension that stays with you long after you finish the book. All I want to do now is pick up the rest of Cutter’s work to keep the creep going.

White Rabbit Society pt2 by Brendan Detzner // Feb 1, 2017

This was such a satisfying ending to a unique duology. White Rabbit Society is a magical realism type book featuring a lonely boy, an eldritch monster, and potentially, the end of the world. The pacing is great and the magic feels solid. It’s such a hidden gem, I really, really encourage folks to pick up both part one and two.


Gilded Cage by Vic James // Feb 14, 2017

A fantasy YA novel that weaves magic and politics. The worldbuliding is PHENOMENAL. The book is dark and brutal and what truly makes it fantastic is how well James manages to balance the different aspects of the novel. There’s romance, politics, family secrets. It’s only the first in the series, with the second, Tarnished City, set to come out in September, and I just cannot wait to see how the struggles continue.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco // March 7, 2017

Sweet baby Jesus, I so loved this book simply because Tea, TEA! I just want to know how the twist comes about. I mean, it isn’t really a twist, but I want to know how the two Teas, past and present, reconcile. How did Tea end up where she is. We don’t learn it obviously in this book, but we see the groundwork laid and it’s so juicy. There’s interesting magic, generous descriptions, and of course, a kernel of romance. PLEASE GIVE ME MORE!

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan // April 11, 2017

A contemporary thriller, I loved this book for the interpersonal drama. The conflict between who we used to be, and who we’ve become. What really sold me on the book was the BEST ENDING I COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED because so many books of this nature, with characters like Judith, end up being miserable and horrible and unfair. To see an uplifting ending gives me hope.

So, those were my picks for best of 2017 so far. There are a few honorable mentions: Feast of Dreams by Christian A Brown which is the second book in an amazing series, The Devil’s Bride by Penelope Stratton, and the book I’m currently reading, Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt – a fantasy novel, a romance, and a horror story compilation.

What are some of your faves of 2017 so far?
Lemme know so I can add to my ever growing pile of TBR books!


Happy New Year and Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a happy and safe end of 2016 and are ready to greet this new year with as much hope and happiness as I am! I wanted to thank all of you for making the website what it is, for sticking with it, checking out my reviews, and listening to the podcasts.

I want to especially thank Tasha, Helga, Ally, and Decon for joining me on the fun and crazy adventure that the podcasts have been and will continue to be! They are the perfect co-hosts and I do hope I’ll get to rope a few of them into actually appearing here on the site to write reviews this coming year!

Roadside Reader Goals for 2017 are simple! Keep reading, keep reviewing. I also hope to make my vlogs a more regular feature, as well as being more active on twitter and facebook with regularly posted discussion questions and memes! Something else I plan on trying is the Beat the Backlist challenge hosted by NovelKnight. It sounds like loads of fun and a good way to finally read all of the books I’ve been wanting to but never having time to since I’m always so focused on filling review requests. This year, I’m hoping to read at least 24 books from my personal stash, all published before 2017! This list is in addition to my school list so should be a piece of cake, I say, lying to myself.

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas | pub 2012
  2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas | pub 2013
  3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas | pub 2014
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas | pub 2015
  5. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas | pub 2016
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas | pub 2015
  7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas | pub 2016
  8. Air Awakens by Elise Kova | pub 2015
  9. Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon | pub 2009
  10. Something from the Nightside by Simon R Green | pub 2003
  11. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding | pub 2005
  12. The Infernals by John Connolly | pub 2011
  13. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | pub 2016
  14. The City of God by B. Stadelmann | pub 2015
  15. The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi | pub 2016
  16. Poe by J Lincoln Fenn | pub 2013
  17. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine | pub 2016
  18. Heartless by Marissa Meyer | pub 2016
  19. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker | pub 2013
  20. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | pub 2016
  21. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon | pub 2005
  22. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | pub 2015
  23. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | pub 2016
  24. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova | pub 2016