Friday, January 30, 2015

The Cephalopod Coffehouse: Best Books of January

It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time to reveal the best books of January. It's part of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse:



I only read three books and a short story this month, which is good, considering I averaged 15,000 words a week of writing for my clients. And yes, that's a lot of writing!


The first book jumped out at me from Twitter. The author followed me and, when I was following back, I saw some of her book titles in her introductions. I clicked over to her site and loved every single book cover. I chose to jump in with this one first:




If you like my books, you'll also like My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours. I think a sign of a good book is when you finish it and think, "I wish I'd thought of that idea. What a great book!" I'm in love with Kristina Springer's writing, so I'll be back for more, for sure!


You'll recognize the cover for the second book. We all fell in love with it during her cover reveal last fall.



Quanie's writing wowed me. Her characters are full, three-dimensional people who you feel like you know. (Or maybe you just feel you want to know them!) But best of all--the story is truly riveting. From page one, you can't wait to see what happens next.

The third book was actually a short story, which was awesome because I could read it all the way through. That was exactly what I did. This story was not only compelling, but it's a very important story touching on a very sensitive subject. Plus, it's only $.99! Download it now.  You won't regret it, I promise.





The fourth book was Face Time by SJ Pajonas.



This ended up on my Goodreads to-read list because of one of you. I'm not sure which blogger featured it, but I love technology, so it jumped right out at me. It's a very realistic portrayal of a long-distance romance in an age where we can speak to people on the other side of the world using Face Time. The characters were relatable, the story sucked me right in, and I recommend it to any technogeek-reader like me!


Have you entered my Valentine's Day giveaway yet? It includes this prize pack for tween girls (or yourself!):






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71 comments:

  1. I've seen several of those books around the web.
    So Twitter does offer exposure for an author? That's good to know.

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    1. I can't count the number of books I've added to my Goodreads to-read list after seeing them on Twitter. Often it's after seeing them recommended by other authors. Unfortunately, though, my to-read list is just WAY too long!

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  2. Hi Stephanie, my first pick would be "My Fake Boyfriend is better than yours "too. I actually went on Youtube to listen to Kristina Springer read from it. I like the fact that one of the fake boyfriend tongue has no germ,lol...

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I didn't know she had that on YouTube. I'll have to go watch!

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  3. it sure is a nice cover, that second one is!

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  4. The Fake Boyfriend book cover is really quite clever! Looks like a funny book.

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    1. It was just the kind of book I love! There aren't enough books like that in this world.

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  5. I'm always looking for things to read, so I'm going to make note of these you listed here. I didn't do much reading in January; finished a book I reviewed, and now am starting back to my reading in the evenings, so enjoying that again :)

    have a great weekend!

    betty

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    1. Do you have a Goodreads account? As you hear of books you like, you can mark them "Want to Read," then go there when you're ready to read something new.

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  6. i have found as i have gotten older finding books that are good - is something that is very very tough for me to do. but when i do ... i end up reading them over & when i don't have something good to read i pull them off my shelf & re-read them again. glad to have you in my life - a book knower of all - your new nickname. maybe you can give me a few to try out. i hope?? fingers crossed on that. have a great weekend!!! ( :

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    1. I hope so! I do read a lot of kids' fiction, but I do try to work in some young adult and grown-up books each month!

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  7. Great recommendations! I look forward to reading Quanie's book! I've loved the cover since I first glimpsed it!

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  8. Short stories are nice fillers sometimes. It feels good to start and finish a story in one setting.

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    1. I didn't realize it was a short story until I started reading and saw I was already 20 percent finished! It's a great read.

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  9. Gorgeous cover on the Miller book!
    I can't believe this month is almost over, so crazy! Happy Friday Stephanie!

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    1. I know--first month of the year completely gone...

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  10. They all sound like good reads, for sure. The Fake BF books sounds like a hoot!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Veronica

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    1. it was definitely a fun read. I love fun reads!

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  11. ha I loved that My Fake Boyfriend cover! too cute!

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    1. It is...and the book is even more fun than its cover!

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  12. Quanie's book is on my TBR. I'll have to check out the others!

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  13. I haven't heard of any of these books, but new books in general I rarely pay attention to.

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    1. I try to keep up--I'm a little behind. None of these books are new, but things tend to linger on my TBR list for a while before I can get to them.

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  14. I've written a ton this month, little over 100K words lol, so haven't read much. But yeah you know a book is great when you wish you came up with the idea haha

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    1. 100,000 is MUCH more than I wrote and I feel exhausted!

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  15. I read a lot, but haven't heard of these books. Thanks for telling us about them. My TBR list is so tall it's about to topple over. :) I can't resist.

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    1. Mine, too. And I'm always finding new things to read.

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  16. Lethal Injection sounds interesting...

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    1. It was! And Diane is great. Give it a read.

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  17. Wow! Great job with all the writing! And the books sound great. My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours sounds like such a fun read, and I loved that cover for The New Mrs. Collins.

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    1. I don't have a choice--my clients keep me super busy! Most days I'm just putting out fires. But I wouldn't change it for the world!

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  18. That first books sounds very intriguing. Yes it does. Fakes boyfriend.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. And now there's an app where you can have a fake boyfriend send you text messages!

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  19. Look at you go! You deserve some chocolate:) The Fake Boyfriend book sounds like fun and The New Mrs Collins sounds really good. Look at you go with all the reading to

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    1. Chocolate is the perfect companion to a good book!

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  20. Those are some fabulous sounding reads!

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  21. Ooooh. More bookie temptation. To add to my humungous and ever growing to read towers. Too big for a pile, and too many for only one tower.

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    1. My TBR pile is huge, but I always try to mark any books that sound interesting as I come across them--otherwise I'll forget!

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  22. These all sound great - especially the fake boyfriend one.

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  23. Interesting books. There are so many books out there now. I find some of mine through Twitter, too.

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    1. Someone above was glad to hear Twitter can help. Honestly, in Kristina's case, I saw she'd followed me and clicked over and the covers on her Twitter profile jumped right out at me:

      https://twitter.com/TinaSpringer

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  24. All of these look great! The Fake Boyfriend one especially--seems hilarious! :)

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  25. Thank you for sharing and I'm so happy you found my short compelling. My creative writing instructor actually encouraged me to finish and publish it. I appreciate the mention and feel so honored!!

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    1. OMG Diane it was so powerful! I was on my treadmill and it was one of those stories that made me forget working out. If it had been a longer story, I would have stayed on my treadmill past the end time to get to the end of the story! You're very talented.

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    2. Thank you! I am truly humbled.

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  26. The fake boyfriend title is adorable.

    Love,
    Janie

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  27. Quanie's book looks amazing! I just got your book in the mail today. Thank you so much! :)

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  28. Wonderful recommendations, Stephanie. I MUST read My Fake Boyfriend. What an original idea. Why didn't I think of that. I was writing lots until the dreaded computer problems. :( UGH.

    Tomorrow I shall write. It will feel so good.

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  29. Lethal Injection sounds quite interesting!!

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  30. Ah! Thanks so much for including The New Mrs. Collins on your list! And I have to say: My Fake Boyfriend sounds like such a fun read. I definitely need to add it to my TBR shelf!

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  31. Sounds like you read some great books in January. I love the sound of My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours. The New Mrs. Collins sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing these with us! :) And for the awesome giveaway. :)
    ~Jess

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  32. Those books sound great!

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  33. Those are great covers. Glad to hear the books were good, too.

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  34. I like the sound of the Fake Boyfriend book!

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  35. I like the sound of the Fake Boyfriend book!

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  36. What a lovely giveaway.
    15K a week.....I stand in awe.

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  37. I'd love to read Quanie's book and Lethal Injection--I'm in the mood for dark stuff.

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  38. What a fun gift for my daughter.

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  39. Oh nice, they're ann lew to me but I'm so in love with the second cover.

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  40. I am glad you were able to enjoy the books you read last month! The one called Mrs. Collins looks so good, I absolutely adore that cover! I have added it to my TBR as well because it sounds so promising.

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  41. My Fake Boyfriend looks fun, and The New Mrs. Collins very intriguing! I had a bad reading month:(

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  42. I've seen the fake boyfriend one before- looks like a lot of fun! And what a nice giveaway. Fingers crossed! =D

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  43. I think my school library has the Fake Boyfriend book, as I've seen some of my girls with it. I'll have to ask our MC Specialist to order the others you mentioned!

    I just finished The Girl on the Train. If you liked Gone Girl, you'd love this one :) happy reading!!

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  44. Thanks for a great giveaway. And what a collection of titles...all sound good.

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  45. Looks like some wonderful Books Stephanie. I definitely entered the Giveaway!!

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