Fall Reading and Candy Corn Latte

I’m a huge reader.

I can often get lost in books and will stay up all night long trying to finish a book.

I also have this weird habit that I cannot just stop anywhere in a book. I HAVE to finish the chapter. Strange I know, but it’s a little quirk of mine. And often one more chapter becomes 2, or 3, or 4…

I read all types and genres of books, but my absolute favorite is Series Books.

(Image not my property. From Google Images)

2 Christmas’s ago my brother got me a Kindle and that fueled my reading obsession.

Now, It’s worse. My Kindle is even more portable than carrying around books and I can get other books at the touch of a button pretty much anywhere and at any time.

LOVE it!

But there are worst things than being obsessed with books.

I’m going to list a few of my favorite books, my favorite authors, and books I seriously think you just have to read.

1. Anything by Nora Roberts

No seriously, anything. She’s my favorite author and I absolutely love her writing. She also has many trilogies and series’. They are all page turners. Usually some suspense, love stories, and more often than not, some supernatural elements.

Read her stuff.

Personal Favorites are the Born In Series and the Key Series.

2. Gena Showalter’s, Lords of the Underworld

“Long ago, twelve immortals warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all. ” ~ from her website.

Smutty, sexual, romance, supernatural series. Not suitable for young readers, but so tantalizing for older readers.

3. The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

Now a major motion picture and the books are fantastic. These are dystopian (the end of society as we know it) young adult, but I am 32 years old and I was addicted.

Everyone should read these. But I’m certain most of you have already finished. 🙂

4. Insurgent and Divergent (Book 3 as yet unreleased and untitled) by Veronica Roth

Another young adult, dystopian series. What’s also amazing is that the author is only 24 years old and her story line is both young and adult, very well written, and she will ensnare you in the story. You’ll be rooting for Tris!

Book 3 needs to come on out already.

5. The Vampire Academy and spinoff Series, Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

My FAVORITE vampire series of all time. Also young adult, but very mature. I would not let a young teen read this series. It is a little dark, with twists and turns, but also a love story or 2.

In my opinion, best “young adult” Vampire series out there.

6.  Blue Iris Series by Solange Poirier

“Seventeen year old Lillian Jacobson is determined to escape her gossipy home town of Perks, Oklahoma, but when the telekinetic Wesley Tyler moves to town her priorities start to take a detour. Feeling an unyielding connection to this stranger, Lillian has a hard time staying focused on anything other than Wesley, and when he exposes his telekinetic talent her world is turned inside out.

With unexpected danger lurking in Wesley’s world Lillian is faced with a tough choice to make. Will she continue down her path of escaping Perks, or will her feelings and deep interest in Wesley open her mind to other possibilities?” ~ Blue Iris book description

Author is a friend, but it’s also a very very good read. (I’m ready for book 3!)

My personal review, “Blue Iris is Solange Poirier’s first foray into Young Adult literature! While the writing style is very similar to Twilight, the book holds it’s own.
While there are no vampires or werewolves, as is so common to “new” YA literature, the Tyler’s have their own special abilities and the supernatural/surreal thirst, we all have, is quenched.
Blue Iris follows Lillian Jacobson, a “normal” teenager who cannot wait to break away from her small town existence. The story has the typical quarreling best friends, not quite right “boy next door romance”, evilesk popular girl, villain (or 2), and of course the mysterious, albeit hot new guy. However, it is not your typical story. Ms. Poirer manages to make the story new and fresh and wets the appetite for the next installment!
I would say this is a new series from a new author, that you do not want to miss!”

7. Southern Vampire Chronicles, aka Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

Totally smutty, action filled, love triangle, supernatural, vampire, werewolf, shifters, witches, and all other sorts of things.

True Blood is “loosely” based off of these novels and if you haven’t read them, seriously, why not?

8. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by EL James

Do I even need to explain this one?

It’s been on the NY Bestsellers list for awhile, but there are other books like it. Have been forever and ever.

BUT… a good read.

9. Of Light and Darkness: The Vampire’s Daughter by Shayne Leighton

“When one human stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of overcoming them in this coming-of-age modern fairytale may result in war between light and darkness.

Abandoned as an infant in Prague, naive and strong-willed Charlotte Ruzikova was raised by one of the last Vampires left alive. As a human, she knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches drew spells of enchantment, Phasers threw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin. Charlotte has lived her life in the dark with her Guardian, content to having him to herself and reveling in his attention, until she’s realizes she wants more.

Resident medical doctor and Vampire, Valek Ruzik fears the day his ward would come of age and blossom into a fine woman, and he is forced to confront his own motives as time is of the essence once his past catches up to him, and their lives become endangered…

As genocide and war threatens their secret society, the dictator in power is ready to wipe out Valek’s race, but Charlotte will not allow that to happen. Fighting for the only one she’s ever loved and truly believed in, she will do whatever it takes to save their love…before the sun comes up and light takes over.”

Another “supernatural” book, also currently being cast as a major motion picture. First in the series. Dark, yet you cannot help but cheer for the characters and you’ll be torn as to who you want the female lead to end up with.

Must read.

My personal review, “Fabulous characters, intricate plot, love, betrayal…covers it all and on top of all that, how about some vampires, fairies, werewolves, shifters, witches, etc…
If you are into the supernatural and were a fan of Twilight, Vampire Academy, House of Night, etc…, you are not going to want to miss this new series, by Shayne Leighton.
I am a married, mother of 2, in my 30’s and I could not put this book down.
I am also an avid reader and am always looking for a good book. This book did not disappoint. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Vampire’s Daughter series!”

10. Eyewall by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard

This book is not a series, but it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It will grip you and not let you go until the last page… And you’ll think about it once you’re done.

“No one was aware of the storm’s sudden force.

Not the Hurricane Hunter crew trapped in its center.

Not the family marooned on a resort island while searching for their missing teen.

A deadly Category Five hurricane has never hit the Georgia coast in modern times.

Until now.”

My personal review, “As an avid reader from the Deep South, I appreciated this book on many levels.
Hurricanes both terrify and amaze me, and I’m always looking for books about them.
Eyewall was recommended to me, I read the synopsis, and immediately downloaded the book.
I became so ensnared with the plot, the characters, and the creative genius of the author, I couldn’t put it down.
The plot centers around one of my own fears, being in the path of a Cat. 5 hurricane. It’s filled with legitimate concerns and facts as well as filled with relatable characters and relationships.
This is a definite “Must Read” in my book!
Eyewall will “blow” you away!”

On my “To be Read” List:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

And now… Drumroll please.

To go with all of this Fall/Winter reading…

Candy Corn Latte

Ingredients:

2 TB of butterscotch chips (Nestle is what I use)

1 TB of Butter rum extract

1/2- 1 TB sugar depending on taste

1/2 cup of steamed milk

1 cup strong brewed coffee (Community Dark Roast in this house)

Whipped cream

Crushed butterscotch hard candies (optional)

Directions:

Brew your coffee.

In microwave safe measuring cup, melt butterscotch chips in 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Steam milk with steamer, warm in microwave or on stove top and use whisk to froth.

Add butter rum extract to melted butterscotch chips, add coffee. Stir until dissolved.

Add steamed milk to cup and pour butterscotch, butter rum, coffee mixture over milk. Stir. Add sugar to taste.

Top with whipped cream and crushed butterscotch candies.

Enjoy.

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