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My Favorite Reads Of The Year


I read a lot. Seriously. A LOT. I'm not shouting, I'm just using ALL CAPS for emphasis.  I get recommendations of what I should read from a lot of different sources on the internet. As a romance writer, the books I hear about are usually in the genre or subgenre -- but the truth is I like to play the field when it comes to books. I read a lot of this, and even more of that. Oh, and I didn't even know I had a thing for that over there..but now I do.. There is nothing special about me that should my reading recommendations be of particular interest to anyone other than me. But just in case you're in search of a book to add to your ever-growing 'TBR' pile, here are the books that kept me flipping pages over the past twelve months. Enjoy  xo. SVT

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Genre: Young Adult

From the first sentence I was immediately aware that I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller, but this book wasn't the kind where you have enough time to pause and be jealous of the skills of the writer. It's all you can do grab a breath before being swept into the story. The main character's voice is so distinctive and clear. I had to remind myself I was reading fiction and not a news story in the Washington Post. I know this book is being marketed in the YA genre, but I honestly believe this book should be mandatory reading for every adult registered to vote in the United States.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


Genre: Contemporary Romance

This book was published in 2016, but I read it at least a half dozen times in 2017. It's the book I'd like to crawl inside the pages and live in. 'Enemies to Lovers' is my favorite romance trope and this book in no way disappoints. There is a bit of 'Fake Engagement' and 'Office Romance' trope in this book as well -- as the main characters pose and boyfriend and girlfriend at his brother's wedding. This book has something for everyone. Written in first person in Lucy Heaton's point of view only -- I didn't care that I didn't get to know what Joshua Templeman was thinking. I swooned for his tall, dark and handsome self any way. It was also the first book I'd read in a very long time I wished was illustrated.

The Opposite Of You by Rachel Higginson


Genre: Contemporary Romance

After I finished The Hating Game and I'd re-read six more times, I found myself in search of another good 'Enemies to Lovers' trope, and this one was recommended on Twitter. (A place I seek out many recommendations of what to read next.) A contemporary romance between a female chef running a food truck and a male chef running a five-star restaurant, this book did not disappoint. By the time the two main characters finally get some nooky, I was absolutely panting for it. I suppose it's almost too on the nose to say -- but I can't help calling this book absolutely delicious.

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee 


Genre: Fiction

I loved this May-December celebrity romance between the mom of a tween with a crush, and the member of a British boy band. (My inner thirteen year old believes Harry Styles is super dreamy.) The story frankly turns many stereotypes on its head and that's the reason why I was able to forgive the fact that it isn't a romance in its purest form. It is a wonderful escape and since it features a woman over 35 as the object of attraction, it should be gobbled up by anyone seeking a romance featuring a more mature woman in the lead role.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Genre: Lit Fic

Okay. I know I'm going all highbrow with this one, but as a regular genre reader who occasionally finds lit fic difficult to immediately engage with from the first page, I can tell you this book was accessible from the first word. The quirky main character reminded me of The Rosie Project -- but I have to say that I found myself identifying with her social miscues constantly. Not a lightweight book or topic -- but very satisfying nonetheless.

The Gentleman's Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Genre: Queer YA Historical

This is the book I didn't know I wanted to read until I was five pages in and couldn't put it down. The storyteller's voice is infectious and the writing style is a delight. if you hear editors talk about 'voice' and wonder what they could possibly mean -- read this! You'll get it immediately.  I love the fact that you constantly think you're seeing more behind the bedroom curtain than you ever actually do. It's a very sexy book -- and yet -- it's perfectly clean -- until it's not. I adored the way the book was divided by the countries visited during a 'grand tour' of the continent. I also loved the fact that the main character was naughty -- it made all the escapades even more fun.

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott


Genre: Lit Fiction

Did you watch Big Little Lies? Are you still in search of something just as dark to sink your teeth into? Then read this! I've been a big fan of Megan Abbott since her debut novel, a period story set in 1940s Los Angeles, so when I saw this book in paperback at my local Barnes & Noble I swept it up into my 'to purchase' pile which is why another book published in 2016 made my list.  As a former competitive figure skater, this book, set in the world of competitive gymnastics, totally hit the mark for me. It's totally dark and disturbing -- and I enjoyed every moment. 

YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017

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Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2017!

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! You will not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue to help you win the scavenger hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

The YA Scavenger Hunt page has everything you need to know about the eight contests going on simultaneously. You can enter one or all of them! I am a part of  #TEAMPINK -- but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, and a purple team -- enter each for a chance to win a different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes,  click to go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


 I've hidden my favorite number somewhere in the text of the blog post below. Gather all of the favorite numbers from the authors on #teampink, and then add them up. (Don't worry if math isn't your strong suit, you can always use a calculator!) 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: The contest is open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 9, 2017, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.




I am pleased to host McKelle George on my website.

McKelle George is a reader, editor, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.

Find out more information by checking outMcKelle's website or find more about her book here! 




Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.


You can take a character quiz and also enjoy the SPEAK EASY SPEAK LOVE Pinterest page.


Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books written by me, McKelle, and many more of your favorite YA authors! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 24. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on #teampink and you'll have the secret code you need to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the prize, you'll need to check out the next author on #TEAMPINK --  Let me introduce Ann Benjamin!