Good Afternoon Everybody, and sorry for the delay in getting this out to all of you. As many of you may know, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I turned 26! Because of this, I wanted to do something I haven’t really done before and create a wish list of books to read from the Twitter community. I do want to make a quick disclaimer that every book I selected are from authors I am just getting to know, so I can not vouch for the content and opinions posed by these authors, but at the same time tried my very best to be discerning and present to you guys books I am hoping to read very very soon. There are also some authors I may not mention that you hear me talk a lot about, and that is because for this post, it is time to shine some light on authors I am just discovering!
Each section will simply present the book cover, the users twitter handle, and my reason for picking it for this list and as always a star rating. So without further ado, here are my 26 wish list for turning 26!
Dessert First by Dean Gloster
@deangloster on Twitter
Dean Gloster has been one of my favorite Twitter accounts that I have followed since early 2016-2017. His content and responses have always always been so relevant and good humored. When I found that he had published a book, I immediately knew that I had to start this post, because I wanted to talk about his work. That is why I am sharing him first. If you haven’t followed Dean Gloster, please check it out! Great humored and an excellent writer.
Currently by Sarah Mensinga
@sarahmensinga on Twitter
I happened upon this book by accident, but as we all know, a picture is worth 1,000 words, and the cover immediately drew me in! Please let me know if you’ve read it, and if you’d like me to do a full book review on it.
A Surplus of Light by Chase Connor
@ChaseConnor7 on Twitter
Something that is really detrimental to my personality is my mood swing purchases. Whether I’m angry at my job, or my landlord, I often feel compelled to drop some money outside my budget for therapy. This book became one of those more controlled purchases that didn’t break the bank, and I’m so happy I found it!
Chase Connor’s writing is charming, and though this is the only book I’ve bought so far on the list, I decided to add it because I purchased it for myself for my birthday and am still in the middle of reading it. Well worth reading.
Don’t Bury Me by Nick Younker
@NYounker on Twitter
Time for something thrilling and chilling! Nick Younker is an easy favorite of mine on Twitter. Great Horror posts, super helpful and friendly. His presence online and his creepy book cover made this a super easy pick.
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
@KalynJosephson on Twitter
This was another find. For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to crows for their symbolism around death as well as wisdom. When I saw this cover and title I knew I wanted to add it to the list.
BentWhistle The Dragon: A Threat From The Past by Paul Cude
@paul_cude on Twitter
I write in fantasy and as a kid nearly exclusively read within that genre. While my taste has expanded, when I see a great fantasy cover, I am ready to read it! This book gave me everything with a gorgeous cover, and many many books within the series which is always a big plus for me in fantasy.
Unfortunately, with there being so many books, I am going to have to go through a few more quickly, so I am going to drop titles and book covers for the next few that made this list, but that were not specifically one thing that I was drawn to, but just caught my eye.
All books I am looking forward to, and they will all be added to my wish list on Amazon or added to my Goodreads to read. You can check out each of these authors respectively.
Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
@sofipasternack on Twitter
Now I will be completely honest, I had to search out some reads to fill out this list, but I wanted to make sure that anything I filled it out with was something that I would actually be interested, because after all, this is supposed to be my wish list. That may have been how I stumbled upon this great book, but when I stumbled upon it, it led me down a long rabbit hole of other great writers and I could hardly contain myself. Anya and the Dragon looks and sounds amazing to read, and has actually already been added to my cart.
Beyond the Veil by Jessica Majzner
@kejiiraa on Twitter
I have followed who I have known as Natalie Miller @kejiiraa for almost two years. Her book cover is gorgeous, and I have wanted to read it for a long time, but like many of the best things in my life, it disappeared into the reserves of my brain and cropped back up for this list reminding me “Hey, weren’t you going to get this?”
The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
@VashtiQV on Twitter
This falls under one of my more guilty pleasures. Demons, Angels, and anything remotely smelling of Christian lore fascinates me. I know that may be strange to say because I do consider myself a Wiccan, and Christianity and the two can mix, but not often. For me, they are separate, but having grown up in the church, I find adaptations and stories around these figures to be fascinating. Vashti explores some of that in her writing, and Lilith is an amazing character!
The Silence of Bones by June Hur
@WriterJuneHur on Twitter
A few disclaimers. I don’t often choose books that will make me sad, because I really don’t handle those books all too well, and another part of me thought this was potentially a horror novel at first glance, but reading the description, its giving me a lot more. Because of the surprises I felt that I got just reading about this book, and the fact that it is historical fiction, I knew immediately that I needed to add it to my cart.
The Last Letter by WB Welch & Tory Hunter
I’m all about breaking my own rules in this line up, so here are two authors, one book! Don’t worry, I’ll be breaking my 26 count here in just a minute. The Last Letter caught my eye because W.B. Welch’s advertising has been insane and so well polished. I also chose this because I am a total sucker for zombie fiction since growing up reading Jonathan Maberry.When I find something that doesn’t look like it is going to be total ham, but looks well done in the zombie fiction realm, I have to get it!
Ritualist and Raze by Dakota Krout
@DakotaKrout on Twitter
Immediately after bringing this picture up I thought “At the late night, double feature, picture show!” I need to get some sleep… Nearly at the end of this list though, so let’s have some fun with it! I saw Raze, and thought that the cover looked amazing. Looking further into Dakota it was clear that he has many MANY books, and I have actually seen a few of them at Barnes and Noble. Even with that being the case, I adore fantasy as I’ve previously mentioned so he made the list!
The Castaway Prince and The Exile Prince by Isabelle Adler
@Isabelle_Adler on Twitter
I truly feel like I found a gem with Isabelle Adler both on Twitter and with her books. First, I can’t really continue on talking about the books without talking about the name. I’m obsessed with Queen names like Isabelle and Elizabeth, but that didn’t catch my eye until I saw the Adler part and immediately thought of the Arthur Conan Doyle character Irene Adler. Alright, that’s enough of me gushing over the authors name like a weirdo, let’s talk about the books.
Titles are great, the photographs that serve as the background immediate pulled me in from my interests to visit Istanbul, Vienna, Frankfurt, and definitely Dublin. It immediately transported me to Europe and the strong color theme, pictures and titles made it a easy choice for this list. I have also already added these to my cart!
The Final Four
We are so close to the end of this list, but I think I’ve saved some of the best for last! So please check some of these titles out too!
Warrior Prime by Victor Gischler
@VictorGischler on Twitter
I have been following Victor Gischler for a long time, and his work is already well known to me. He’s an excellent writer, but this new #EpicFantasy promises to be truly wonderful. There are two main reasons I chose this book. 1. The over looks great, and 2. It depicts the desert, but is labeled a Epic Fantasy. I am super excited to read it because I have wanted to see where the genre can go in my own writing through desert settings.
The Four Before Me by E. H. Night
@AuthorEHNight on Twitter
Let me tell you a very short story about me. I typically write in one of two genre’s, fantasy for my novels and horror for my short stories. The problem is, I actually don’t enjoy reading horror too much. It freaks me the hell out, and while I own a lot of them, I’m a bit of a chicken. That said, this book is still on my wish list, because my fiance love’s horror. For one of our earliest dates he took me to see this movie that nearly had me throwing up because of how gory and violent it was. I don’t really understand why he is drawn to the genre because he is the sweetest, least confrontational person I know, but he devours any horror he can get his hands on.
Hidden Scales by A.M. Robin
@a_m_robin on Twitter
So I should first correct myself in saying that this is actually not a book that can be purchased yet because it is currently on pre-sale! You can buy your pre-purchase so you can get it as soon as it comes on in September, but the big reason this book stood out to me was because of the advertising, the beautiful cover, and the overall branding of the author. Very very professional, I’m definitely excited to check it out!
The Bitter End by Kaliane Faye
@kalianefayepoet on Twitter
So I would just like to clear this up first. I did NOT chose this book because of the title being a great pun for the end of my post. While it is a great pun, and I am all about puns, I chose this book because @leneeh4 posted about it with her new book, and I am a huge fan of Lenee H. So while I don’t typically read poetry, I felt like this would be a great book to feature for all of my poetry lovers!
That concludes my list of books for my twenty-six birthday wish list! I hope you really enjoyed this. It took a lot more effort than I was expecting to get it all together, but I had a great time writing it, and hope that you will check out some of these great books and authors yourself.
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