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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!

 

Merry Christmas A Few Days Early!

Merry Christmas Early from Jessica’s Reading Room! We are going to take this long holiday weekend off, so there will not be any posts until Tuesday the 26th. Be sure to check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter- there may be updates there, but not as much as usual. Like you, we are taking some time to recharge and enjoy real life!

Message from Jessica:

Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy these next few days and remember what it is all about:

Message from Kim:

Merry Christmas to the best followers we could ask for! Y’all have been so awesome and supportive and I hope everyone has a great Christmas filled with books and other assorted nerd items!

 

We will see you guys again on the 26th! 

 

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Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies series finale: The Living is available NOW!

After nearly a decade of hard work, Isaac Marion has brought us The Living, the final book in the Warm Bodies Series:

In February of 2009, Marion printed the first 100 copies of Warm Bodies at a local print shop and started selling them on his website.  Later came a feature film and a long, difficult publishing journey which brought him full circle: He is independently publishing, printing, and selling the final book, The Living, on his own and it is out today!!!  You can order The Living here in hardback or e-book. I ordered my copy and can not wait for it to arrive!

I first listened to the audio book of Warm Bodies with my husband (at the time we were just dating) in September of 2010 when we were heading to Florida for our first vacation and we both really enjoyed it.   I need to read it again and the rest in the series! 

Book Description:

The New York Times bestselling Warm Bodies Series has captivated readers in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and transcending the zombie genre to become something “poetic” (Library Journal) “highly original” (Seattle Times) and “ultimately moving” (Time Out London). Now the story of a dead man’s search for life reaches its conclusion on a scale both epic and intimate.

Before he was a flesh-eating corpse, R was something worse. He remembers it all now, a life of greed and apathy more destructive than any virus, and he sees only one path to redemption: he must fight the forces he helped create. But what can R, Julie, and their tiny gang of fugitives do against the creeping might of the Axiom Group, the bizarre undead corporation that’s devouring what’s left of America?

It’s time for a road trip.

No more flyover country. This time they’ll face the madness on the ground, racing their RV across the wastelands as tensions rise and bonds unravel—because R isn’t the only one hiding painful secrets. Everyone is on their own desperate search: for a kidnapped daughter, a suicidal mother, and an abused little boy with a gift that could save humanity…if humanity can convince him it’s worth saving.

All roads lead home, to a final confrontation with the plague and its shareholders. But this is a monster that guns can’t kill. A battle only one weapon can win…

The rest of the series:

Warm Bodies:
270 pages

“R” is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

Isaac Marion’s genre-defying Warm Bodies series startled the literary world with its poignant subversion of the zombie mythos, inspiring a major film adaptation and being translated into twenty-seven languages.

The New Hunger (Prequel novella):
193 pages

The must-read prequel to the “highly original” (The Seattle Times) New York Times bestseller Warm Bodies—now a major motion picture—from the author whose genre-defying debut turned the classic horror story on its head.

The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.

After years of societal breakdowns, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.

Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America, a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.

Hungry, lost, and scared, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.

And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence—right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly.

The New Hunger is a crucial link between Warm Bodies and The Burning World, a glimpse into the past that sets the stage for an astonishing future.

The Burning World:
513 pages

Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He’s learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.

And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.

How do you fight an enemy that’s in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn’t want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.

About the Author (from his website)

Isaac Marion grew up in small towns around the Pacific Northwest, pursuing careers in writing, painting, and music until one of these finally sparked with the publication of his debut novel in 2010. WARM BODIES become a New York Times Bestseller, inspired a major film, and was translated into 25 languages. He spent the next eight years writing the rest of the story over the course of four books, now concluded with THE LIVING. He lives and writes on Orcas Island and plays music in Seattle with the band, Thing Quartet.

Now here are the fun facts from Isaac about Isaac:

I also write music, though it’s been a while. Here’s an album I did in 2007, it’s called DEAD CHILDREN.
I used to PAINT and was fairly serious about it for a minute, but I haven’t touched a brush in many years.
I am sinister (left handed) do not trust me.
My beard hides a doorway to a hidden world.
I live in a van more often that you might expect.
I have never won a contest or prize of any kind.
The house my family lived in when I was 14 (a modified motorcycle garage) was condemned and burned down by the city. That was the year I started writing.
My job history is long and puzzling.
One time I almost got decapitated.
One time I felt genuine emotion toward a cactus. (his name is Stabby and he is my son.)
I have enjoyed the company of all the following pets: dog, cat, rat, mouse, gerbil, guinea pig, grasshopper, rabbit, turtle, frog, snake, iguana, horse, goat, fish, snail, slug, salamander, and unknown lamprey-like creature discovered in the mud of the Skagit River.
I’m tall and it brings me great delight when little old ladies ask me to get things off high store shelves for them. Finally I have purpose.
I don’t really understand what anything is for and I suspect it’s not for anything but I think we can invent our own meaning and live in it, like writing and reading a story.
I have never traveled anywhere warm or pleasant, only desolate European wastelands, probably because some part of me doesn’t think I deserve a tropical beach.
My number one travel destination is Antartica. Bury me in the ice until the next age.
Let me know if you’re ever on Orcas Island! I’m friendly and approachable and I love coffee, haha, lol, ok see you later!

Contact Isaac:
Website
Twitter @isaacinspace
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Instagram @isaacmarion

Trailer for the Warm Bodies movie: The book is so much more than this! 

 

 

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