Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part V – The LOL Awards

Hello, reader friends, and welcome to the final post in my Best of 2018 series, The Emoji Files. Today’s list is a slightly smaller one, particularly in terms of the number of authors represented, but there are still laughs aplenty to be had.

If you want to read the previous posts in this series, you can find them here:

The Swoony Awards
The “Got Me in the Feels” Awards
The WOW Awards
The “Take Me Away” Awards

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Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part IV – Take Me Away . . .

Welcome to Part IV of my Best of 2018 series, The Emoji Files. Today, I’m sharing those reads that carried me away to a different time and place and so thoroughly immersed me in the world of the story that I forgot it wasn’t the here and now!

This year I travelled as far back in time as Israel’s early years in the Promised Land (A Light on the Hill), and all the way out of this world to the Nine Kingdoms in Ronie Kendig’s Fierian. I’ve shared in the challenges of the early apostles (A Conspiracy of Breath), been entertained by a troubadour (The Raveling), painted in Yosemite National Park (Where the Fire Falls), and been drawn into the struggles of two very different women in 1950s Pennsylvania (The Solace of Water). If you’re an armchair time-traveller, this is the list for you! No Tardis required . . . 😉

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First Line Friday – 4 January 2019 – A Light So Lovely (Sarah Arthur)

Happy New Year, and welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Do you have as many fantastic reads lined up for 2019 as I have? I can’t wait to dive in! But I’m doing something new this year, too. This year, I’ve decided to do a Reading Challenge—specifically, the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge! For my first challenge selection, I’ve chosen to read a biography, and I’m sharing the first line of the book I’ve chosen today: A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle by Sarah Arthur.

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Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part III – The WOW Awards

It’s time for Part III of my Best of 2018 series The Emoji Files, and today I’m bringing you The WOW Awards. There are a few ways a book can make it onto my WOW list. The obvious one is plot twists and surprises (hello, Thirst of Steel and No Less Days in particular!) or high intensity and adrenaline (also Thirst of Steel, but don’t forget Wait For Me and My Hands Came Away Red). Others wowed me because of the topics they dealt with and the way they made me think (again, No Less Days, but also pretty much every other book on this list I haven’t mentioned yet!)

So, if you’re wanting to be wowed by your next read, look no further!

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Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part II – Got Me in the Feels

Welcome to the second post in my “Best of 2018” series—a series I’ve dubbed The Emoji Files, since I’ve grouped my favourite reads according to their emotional impact.

The first post in my Emoji Files series was The Swoony Awards, so if you missed that, make sure you check it out here. But today, I’m going to be giving you the books that got me in the feels. These are the books that made me cry or really pulled me into the characters’ struggles—often both! Abuse, loss, marital strain, and infidelity are issues for some characters, while others are contending with the unique challenges and sacrifices associated with war time. In all cases, you’re guaranteed a read that will engage the emotions.

NOTE: Some tissues may be harmed during the reading of these novels.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part I – The Swoony Awards

Happy new year, reader friends! As this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Best Reads of 2018, I’m combining today’s TTT post with the first of my annual “Best of 2018” posts. I was going to do this series last week, but . . . life! So you’re getting it this week instead!

Last year I created what I dubbed “The Emoji Files”—a series of “Best of” posts presenting my favourite reads based on the emotions they inspired when I read them. And it was so much fun, I’m doing it again—starting with The Swoony Awards. So grab your fainting couch and check out which books had me reclining with a swoon and a smile.

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Firethorn (Ronie Kendig) – Review

~ About the Book ~

Former Marine and current Nightshade team member Griffin “Legend” Riddell is comfortable. So comfortable he never sees the set up that lands him in a maximum security prison, charged with murder. How can he prove his innocence behind bars?

Covert operative Kazi Faron is tasked with reassembling Nightshade—the black ops team someone dissected. Breaking Griffin out of a federal penitentiary amid explosive confusion may turn out to be her last assignment. What will it take to convince the fugitive that whoever set him up has also dissected the Nightshade team? As Kazi and Griffin race to rescue the others and discover the traitor, love begins to awaken in their hearts.

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