Because I Never Got To Share My Favorites Last Time, I’m Sharing Them Now


In which I do exactly what the title says I’m doing.

Hello, and welcome to the second day of the New Year! I’m sure you’re all getting used to the reality that we have to go back to school soon. 😦 Β Fortunately, I’m not! πŸ˜›

Last year (can I really say it’s last year, wow…) I collected a bunch of my favorites. So before they get replaced with this year’s favorites, they shall forever be remembered on this blog. XD Okay, here goes literally nothing.

Favorites Of 2018

Favorite Books

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)

Okay, I’ve already written a post about this, so I won’t say much. But I LOVED this book! My imagination was on a high by the time I finished reading. XD And the end. *dies* If you read this, read it all the way to the end!


I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I have, but I did. I loved the themes, I loved the characters, but most of all, I loved loved loved the heart. It was like I was right there with the kids at the institute. Definite fav.


Penny Wood, you, my dear, are an amazing author! Casey Newman’s guide to being funny is one of my favorite books! And of course, Cassandra was my bestie. πŸ˜‰

I could talk on and on anon about how I would die for this saga, but I really love this second book out of all of them. It’s sadder, deeper, and Janner is soΒ real. Maybe that’s why it’s such a favorite. πŸ™‚


So I just read this yesterday and I want to cry.

It was so, so heartbreakingly sad.

But it was…. so good.

It was a tad bit slow in some areas, but for the most part it was a great story. I loved it.


Wonder was a great story in an unusual way of telling it. I felt for everyone in the story, because I got to read their POVs. That was really nice.

I also wanted to punch Auggie’s bullies. They’re jerks.



This book. Without a doubt or a shadow of it, is one of my favorites of 2018. I don’t think I could forget it.

It’s funny, how like it is to my WIP but so very different. The atmosphere is heavy with war, and the story follows with it. Mathilde is an amazing character, and she’s written beautifully.

And arggh I can’t find an image anywhere, but one of my favorites of all time would be..

Feather of Diamond, by Rebekah C!

XD It was just a first draft, I know, but I LOVED it Rebekah! Even if you did break my heart and kill off some people *cough cough* It was amazing! πŸ˜€


Ehehe. I can’t leave my fandoms and my fandoms won’t leave me. I reread LOTR and it’s. just. so. good. Tolkien was a master of worldbuilding, and I really really really want to go see Rivendell and Rohan and Gondor now! XD

Favorite Songs:

This should be easy. Ready?

Captain America The Winter Soldier scores are AMAZING writing music, and singlehandedly helped me win Nano!

Not really.

But it’s epic.

Even If helped me out when things weren’t looking so good.

His Heart Beats made my heart beat.

Remember Me is one of my poppier, upbeat faves.

Wake Me Up When It’s All Over is me every morning.

I’ll Keep You Safe makes me think of Dareine and her lil sister and thus I love it so.

It’s Gonna Be Okay. Okay, this song, to put it in the words of a hedgehog named Cuarto, “gives me the happies!!’

Tightrope is amazing for the sole reason it matches one of my charries and it is so sad and so… I don’t even know. Awesome.

Tell Me Again, by Skye Peterson, has kept me up and helped me keep going and I can’t stop listening to it. Also Skye Peterson has some awesome stuff and yes, you should check her songs out. πŸ˜€

God Help The Outcasts – I’m crying now, stop. Just yes!

When You Believe – I love Prince Of Egypt, I love this song, and I love all the covers I’ve heard of it so far.

Symphony was so catchy and so fun to write to. Favorite for sure.

Favorite Bible Passage:Β Psalm 46

Favorite Writing Snack: Bacon crumbles

Favorite WIP:Β Mirages y’all XD

And last but not least:

Favorite Quote:

There are a number of quotes I could pull up that for me, was my favorite of the year.

“I smelt a rat.”

“Wake me up when it’s all over.”

“If you get killed, walk it off.”

“Buckle up, it’s gonna be a weird ride.”

“Pray on, dear one, the power lies that way.”

But I’m gonna go with this one.

At the end of the day there's another day.png

That was kinda my… motto, thingy, quote-y? XD I’m glad it was.

So here’s to another year dawning, with new favorites ahead.

What were some of your favorites, I wonder? πŸ™‚


25 thoughts on “Because I Never Got To Share My Favorites Last Time, I’m Sharing Them Now

  1. AHH THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY YASSSSSSS AND MR LEMONCELLOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so glad you had a great year Jo! Lookin’ forward to 2019!
    P.S. when did you start your blog CAUSE I THINK WE STARTED AT SIMILAR TIMES!!!! do you know the date?! sorry XD

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  2. Awwwwwwww, I’m so honored that you threw in Feathers of Diamond with all those other amazing books! I STILL am confused as to why you liked it so much (it was a total HUNK OF JUNK) but thanks so much!! ❀
    AND YASSSSSSS "I SMELT A RAT" IS ONE OF THE BEST QUOTES OF ALL TIME *fistbump* definitely will be taking a listen to that list of songs soon!

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  3. pRiNcE oF eGyPt jOoOoOo i love that movie.
    I really wasn’t a fan of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. I couldn’t finish it. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and saw them all as game-obsessed brats. Even if this changes later in the book, I didn’t see any sign of change, and it was just cringey, and…yeah. I think I was able to overlook things until the protagonist got a crush and I was like HAHA NO WE’RE NOT DOING THIS. I was done.
    But The Mysterious Benedict Society was a winner for me! Love that book to death. Imagine listening to it on audiobook in the car, getting to the part with the Whisperer in the very darkest Texas highway imaginable, with tall pine trees and no other cars around….I had the severe creeps.
    I have like ALMOST checked out Wolf Hollow, Beautiful Blue World, and Wonder, but I haven’t read them yet.
    I love TPGGGG!! I used their Cram Jam for my Nano just because it was upbeat and FUN!
    TIGHTROPE IS THE SONG OF ROBIN x ROSALIND i’ll stop, whose song is it for you?
    What a year, Jo. What a year.

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      *nods* I can see that.
      Lol Tess do you like scaring yourself to death?? XD Okay then, that’s really meta πŸ˜› but that book is so amazingly awesome and it’s a crying shame I didn’t read it earlier.
      I wish I could get it! πŸ˜› Until then I have YT playlists. XD
      INDEED- for me it’s Laura x Joshua because military moms have it haaaard.
      What a year indeed.

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  4. “I SMELT A RAT” That’s Patrick Henry, ain’t it? *checks* YES, YES IT IS. I know my history. anywayyyy…GREAT FAVORITES! Good choices. MBS…yes. also, UGH. I have STILL not read Beautiful Blue World but I AM PLANNING TO. SOON. HOPEFULLY VERY SOON.

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  5. Eeehh SO happy you read Beautiful Blue World!!!I have read and loved almost all those books on your favorites list!!! ❀❀
    And seriously… like, ALL those songs. 🎢
    And your quote. YES. Wow. It’s so encouraging isn’t it??!!

    Enjoyed this, Jo! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  6. You put Casey Newman in your favorite books of 2018??? 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
    You. Are. Too. Sweet.
    I’d like to thank the academy…….
    But seriously thank you!!!! You are the bestest!!! ❀❀❀❀
    (Also, those other books look amazing. I need to check them out.)

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      1. Mostly just an overall idea of what it’s about πŸ˜› Like, do the characters go on a journey? A quest? Is there a prophecy? And why is the main character doing what they’re doing? (like I mean is it because a sibling was kidnapped, or the world is ending? πŸ˜› that sort of thing haha)

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      2. Oooh- sure!
        Well, I don’t wanna spoil, but basically Janner, Leeli, and Tink are kids who don’t quite fit in their unusual (and Fang filled!) world, which is taken over by Gnag the Nameless. they discover that they’re not who they think they are and they gotta scram, and fast.
        So…. yeah it’s like a quest/saveyerbrother/adventure/toothy cow story!

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