Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013, Hello to A New Year ~ Favorite Reads From the Past Year & More

In ways I am extremely happy that this year is ending, but sad. 2013 brought so many memories, mainly bad, but some good. I am hoping that 2014 brings many good things and few to none bad. 
One of the good memories, was making new friends online. I know that we have never met in person, but that doesn't matter. What matters is how much y'all mean to me. Especially all the authors who I have talked to about their books that I have read. And then one other friend as well. We have talked so much through Facebook and I could consider her my "pen-pal".
I have learned new things about myself, through my friends, but mainly through my writing. When I first showed the beginning of one of my stories to my friends, they were like, "Amanda! We never expected that you had a dark side!" I just laughed at them. So, I learned that, no matter what I write, dark side or not, I am who I am. I also have learned not to give up on my writing, or that I don't have to change it just because of what others think. My friends thought that my main character should end up with the best friend instead of the guy the MC liked. I ended up deleting the best friend, because I didn't like his character. Never change because of what others think. I am not just talking about writing, I am talking about yourself. Be who you are and be happy with it. Don't change ANYTHING, your personality or character, etc., because of others opinions of you. I think that statement sums up what I have learned this year. I have never been confident with myself and a couple of my friends helped me through that.

On a lighter note, I am changing topics to my favorite novels, series, authors of 2013. Since these lists would be so long, I am going to try and keep them down to 10 each.

TOP 10 FAVORITE AUTHORS (In no particular order)
Shelly Crane 
Mercy Amare 
Konstanz Silverbow 
Kelly Anne Blount 
Felicia Tatum 
Zoey Derrick
L.M. Augustine
Amy McClung
Amanda Heath
Derinda Love
TOP 15 FAVORITE BOOKS (In no particular order)
Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin
Merch Girl by Rebecca Lewis
What's Left Of Me by Amanda Maxlyn 

More Than This by Jay McLean
 For Real by Chelsea Cameron 
Mutilate My Heart by Emily Godwin 
Make Me by Amanda Heath
 Heart Breaths by K.K. Hendin
 Finding Olivia by Micalea Smeltzer 
Only Half Alive by Konstanz Silverbow 
Inseperable by Missy Johnson
 Love, Kinsey by Brandy Jeffus Corona 
Imperfectly Perfect by A.E. Woodward 
Two Roads by L.M. Augustine 
Pretty Little Lies by Jennifer Miller

 TOP 15 FAVORITE SERIES/TRILOGIES (In no particular order)
Too Far Trilogy by Abbi Glines
Just Breathe Trilogy by Heather Allen
Evolve Series by S.E. Hall
The Lost Girl by Airicka Phoenix
Reason Series by Zoey Derrick
The Kihanna Saga by Mercy Amare
The Parker Harris Trilogy by Amy McClung
The Game Changer by L.M. Trio
Rock Star Trilogy by Mercy Amare
The White Aura Series by Felicia Tatum
Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken
The Beaumont Series by Heidi McLaughlin
Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks
Wide Awake by Shelly Crane 
 What were some of you favorite reads from 2013?
I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year's Day and a great year.


  1. I can't even tell you how absolutely blessed I am to have met you! You are such an incredible friend, you have been beyond supportive and I can't thank you enough! <3 But I am going to try! THANK YOU!!!!! <3

    1. I'm going to cry, Konstanz! You have been so awesome and such an inspiration to me! I don't think that there are many ways that I can say thank you to you! <3 you Konstanz! I hope that some day I can meet you in person. That would really make me happy! :)

  2. I am so glad to have met you Amanda!! You are an awesome young lady and I am thrilled to be included in your list of faves too! It just makes my day!! I hope one day we can meet in person! Happy New Year! Hope you have a fantastic 2014! <3

    1. Thank you, Amy! <3 Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you for including Merch Girl on your list! <3 Rebecca Lewis

    1. No problem! I am posting my review tomorrow in the blog tour for it. :) I really enjoyed it and read it in a few hours. <3