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Welcome 2019!

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

I am looking forward to 2019. I have a feeling it will be much better than 2018.  (At least I am hoping and praying it is much better than the past couple of years!) We have lots of plans for Jessica’s Reading Room and hope you stay with us and bring along some friends too! If you have any ideas/suggestions for the site or Facebook page, just let us know and we will see what we can do! Enjoy this first day of 2019 and see what this year brings!!


Another year has come and gone and for me, it’s been a great one! I read so many amazing books, traveled to cool places, celebrated one year at Jessica’s Reading Room, and made many new friends! Y’all are easily the coolest fan base and we appreciate you more than you can know. Jessica is the best boss I’ve ever had and I just want to say thank you to her for being awesome and a wonderful friend! And a big shout out to Hurricane Florence: thanks for reducing me to a stone age barbarian, reading by candle light, and for teaching me just how good I’ve got it here in the modern world of electricity. And of course, my husband Ivan, putting up with my effervescent nerdiness and for most times, not teasing me for trying to get the perfect Instagram shot. Oh, and Joad Christopher . . . who is easily more popular than I am! 😀


To get the year started we are doing something big at Jessica’s Reading Room.  And we have been teasing it the past few days on the Facebook page. We are starting the year with: The Big Purge of 2019! (Not like the movies, I promise!)

What is The Big Purge of 2019? Being we are both huge book lovers, over time through various means you amass too many books!  Yes there can be such a thing as too many books. (Especially when you live in a small house!) Both Kim and I went through our shelves and purged books….and we are passing them onto YOU *As long as you live in the USA* Sorry, international shipping is just too expensive for what we are about to do.

How is it going to work? It’s easy: If you want FREE books, send us your address we will send you books!

The books will be from two through however many we want to put in the package.

This will be first come first served and when the books are gone, we are done.

**Please note that we prefer you sending your address via the Facebook page, but if you happen to not be on Facebook, you can message the site through the contact me page. 

We would also love a picture or two of what you receive so we can share it on Facebook for all to see! 

Here are a couple of pictures of the books we are passing on to you! Kim has many more than Jessica to send, so her giveaways will last longer. If you look closely, you might be able to see titles!!! 

Jessica’s Books:

Kim’s MANY Books:

**The giveaway starts over the weekend! Be sure to let us know if you want books!  This is going to be so much fun!** 


Happy start to 2019 and welcome to The Big Purge! 





Kim’s Top 10 of 2018

Another nearly impossible list to try to compile . . . but I tried! This year, I’ve decided to ignore my star ratings and go with the most memorable/emotional. Yes, several of the contestants from the “Most Gorgeous Cover” tournament are on this list, but believe it or not, the covers are not dictating this list. I also left out any books that I had read before 2018, which actually helped quite a bit in narrowing it down! I went with my gut this year and here is the result.

***And these are in no particular order, because that really is undoable!***

His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers

I loved the setting, the story, and the characters in this series. It was unique and fascinating!

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

I cannot say enough good about this series. I’ve never read anything like it and Shusterman, per usual, philosophized the hell out of my brain without sacrificing plot or characters.

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

Dark, interesting, and engaging. It pulled me into the pages and didn’t let go!

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

A badass heroine in a western setting. Perfection! Ok, and the cover is easily my favorite of the year!

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

A continuation of a saga I’ve been in love with for years! So wonderful to be able to read more about the characters that I’ve come to see as friends!

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Crazy mind games in a dark and twisted world; all in the expert way the way that only McGinnis can portray.

Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

My favorite WW2 fiction, easily. A usually untold perspective of strength and fighting back.

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

Another beautiful character in a gorgeous and surreal setting. When a book actually makes me think about going camping, you know it’s good!

Jagged Mind by Taylor Saville

I would talk about this book . . . but I’d probably just start crying all over again! This book stuck in my brain for longer than any other book has and brought out all the feelings!

Alone by Cyn Balog:

Insane, psychological plot twists and surprises and super creepy; I loved it!

What were your top reads on 2018?  What are you looking forward to for 2019?


Jessica’s Top 10 of 2018

Wow, another year has flown by, goodbye 2018!  It is crazy how much quicker the years are passing by now.  But here is my top 10 of 2018!  (I kept track of my 5 star reads as the year progressed to make this post easier to do!) Here are my picks in order:

10. I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford

I read this one as part of a blog tour and it deeply touched me. Organ donation is very important, and when you know someone who is still alive because of it, you can’t say thank you enough to the donor and their family!

9. The Underachieving Ovary by JT Lawrence

 I was sent the Audible version by the author, but I already had on my kindle to read at some point. JT Lawrence is becoming one of my favorite authors and this is her semi-autobiographical novel dealing with infertility. As I listened to it I realized how much my friends who have had fertility issues have actually gone through.

8. The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyenne Young

This is a touching one that was read that you can’t help but tear up during, whether throughout the book or just the epilogue! It shows the true friendship these two girls have: even beyond death.

7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

A young African American teen boy who did everything right, but deals with racism.  I enjoyed the male point of view and the novel takes place in Georgia as well!  I also was fortunate to meet Nic Stone in October: she is great!

6. Warcross by Marie Lu

Yes, I borrowed Kim’s picture for this post. Her review had me wanting to read it and I am NOT a gamer! This novel is about so much more than about gaming!

5. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

What more can I say: WOW!  I wondered why there was an airplane on the cover…And then I read the novel!  What a journey.  This was my first novel by Center and it will NOT be my last!

4.  The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This one was my first five star read of 2018 and the books that I read afterward had a lot to live up to: In fact, only three beat this one out: I love how this one is different from other YA novels, where the girl is the skeptic about love and there is a realistic ending.

3. Year One by Nora Roberts

Wait a minute: Nora Roberts writes more than romance?!?!?!  She writes post-apocalyptic as well?!?!?! This intrigued me so I wanted to check it out! There is a bit of a fantastical element thrown in this novel and fantasy is far from what I read, but I really enjoyed this one! The sequel is out now, I need to read it!

2.  The One by John Marrs

I really enjoy suspense/thrillers and The One is everything I enjoy in a book!  I won my signed copy via Goodreads giveaway. It will be a series on Netflix at some point and I can not wait to watch it! This would have been my number one read of the year if it were not for the series that ultimately blew me away and took the number one spot…..

What is my number one read of 2018??????





1. Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The reason there are two books in my number one spot is because they are part of a series and were equal for me! I could not separate these two books.   Kim’s review of Scythe piqued my curiosity and I am so glad I read these two books. Neal Shusterman is a freaking genius and I need to read more of his books.  The final book ( I think) in this series will be called The Toll and is supposed to come out in 2019.  If you have not read this series yet, I suggest you wait until The Toll is published so you won’t be in high anticipation as you are left needing more of this series!

Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2018 will post tomorrow.  She decided on her top 10 a little differently from they way I chose mine. Stay tuned to see what books she loved!