Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Top Five Books I've Read This Year

I've read over a 100 books this year and although that sounds like a lot, I wish I was able to read more. You know how it is, so many great books, so little time. I decided to do my own tag this time that might be fun for other readers in the blogging community. I love going on Goodreads and seeing what my friends are reading so I can get new ideas as to what others enjoy that might have similar interests. Finding new books to add to my to be read shelf is one of my favorite past times. Of course this shelf is over flowing and always will be.... But I have no regrets!! :) 

So here are the five best books I've read this year. Let me know in the comments below what you've been reading that you love. This list is in no particular order. 



After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

I am very new to the suspense/thriller genre but this book was a great novel to dip my toes in. It hooks you from the very beginning and it is extremely hard to put down. Morgan is such an identifiable figure, a single mother trying to do the best for her children and now juggling a stressful job. A stressful job where she isn’t sure she’s doing the right thing. And then there’s Lance the PI assisting her with the case and a guy with some pressures of his own.

It was Morgan and her relationship with people, her blossoming romance with Lance, her devotion to her family, her dedication to helping Nick – the young man accused of murder – that kept me glued to the book. Morgan is such a likeable protagonist and any reader that picks up this book will find it very hard not to route for her. 

Say You're Sorry is a suspenseful addictive novel that kept me guessing from the very beginning right up to the last sentence. 



Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.

Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long riff and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought...

Okay, so I'm not sure I could give this amazing book justice, but I'll give it a try. This was a second chance romance like no other, one that instead of the couple being ripped apart by some inconsequential rift, they are actually ripped apart by a very traumatic event. One that shaped their future. Just when these high school seniors should be ready to discover who they are, they are brought down by something so horrific it's still plaguing their nightmares to this day.

We fast forward to the present and the anniversary of their senior prom. The lone survivors of a bloody massacre. I could never even imagine this sort of ordeal. It's one you only hear of on the news. The survivors reconnect and learn they truly aren't alone. They relive the nightmare by doing interviews in their hometown. Liv goes into the weekend terrified of having to tell the story and face the survivors but then she sees Finn Dorsey and her world turns upside down.

It is obvious that these two have a huge attraction to each other that sizzles off the pages. When Finn and Liv start spending time together the book really heats up and leaves the reader wanting more and more of this love story.  This is one beautiful love story, I will not soon forget.



Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t”

Confess by Colleen Hoover offers a unique, emotional and artistic read, with likeable characters, original plot, beautiful artwork and a heartbreaking journey. The book focuses on the two characters, Auburn and Owen, who are both running from their past. As each take a strong liking in one another, secrets are revealed and the past is brought back. This love-story has the right amount of chemistry, fluff, cuteness and passion/sexiness. While I was reading it, I couldn't put it down; it made me want to reveal my inner confessions and paint them as well.

The story is first told 5 years earlier, with Auburn visiting Adam, who is about to die. They are fifteen, and have been together for a year. Their young and innocent love is proven to be strong and ever-lasting as seen in the rest of the book. Sadly, Adam dies and chapter two is five year forwarded. Now, Auburn is talking to a lawyer about a certain matter, but she doesn't have the money to pay. On her way home, she stumbles upon a studio: there are a box of confessions and the person who owns it desperately needs help.

This was my first book by Colleen Hoover and I finally get what all the fuss has been about. What an incredible writer! I was blown away by these characters and how Colleen is able to make the reader invest in the story and really care about the characters and what endings they might have. This was a definite win for me and I will be reading all the books I have by her soon. 



When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

I've just read one of the most amazing books! What is it, you say? Bad Romeo by Leisa Raven. This book has seriously left me reeling and having some not so fictional feelings for a fictional man. Ethan Holt. He has HANDS DOWN crawled to the top of my fictional boyfriend list. What an amazing telling of a man all women everywhere will want to meet!

Cassie and Ethan meet during auditions for dramatic arts college. Their chemistry is instantaneous. Cassie doesn't want to fight it, but Ethan does. So begins their angsty song and dance. When they're cast as the leads in Romeo and Juliet and are forced to spend lots of time together, will Ethan finally give into their mutual attraction? Or will they end up like the tragic characters they're playing? Over before it really had a chance to begin.

I highly give this book a huge standing ovation! To say I loved it wouldn't even do it justice. This book is so unbelievably written. I couldn't put it down. In fact I stayed up so late reading, that I found myself late to work. Seriously, I had to tell my boss I was running late. Crazy good! You won't regret investing reading time in this winner! 



From the NYT bestselling author comes a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.

However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 14 years ago.

And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.

The Other Girl takes place in a small Louisiana college town (although nothing much distinguishes the town as Louisiana). Officer Miranda Rader is called to the scene of the gruesome murder of a college professor, whose father happens to be the dean of the school. If there is aristocracy in any small college town, regardless of location, it belongs to the administration and professors. The college dean will always be influential.

Right away it is apparent to Miranda that this case will receive special handling, but there are a number of things that disturb her immediately. As a matter of fact, there is an unpleasant blast from the past that alarms and unnerves her.

“You can never run away from your past, it always catches up to you…”

This quote pretty much sums up this book and the twists and turns it takes as Miranda investigates this murder that has the whole town in an uproar and Miranda is seeing too many things that are oddly familiar from her past. She ran but can she get away without dealing with what happened to her one night long ago?

This book was simply fascinating. I binge read it in a few days. The story was believable and the mystery surrounding all the main characters really gets under the skin from the beginning. The author left just enough detail to leave the reader guessing and thinking throughout the whole book .

You think you have it all figured out but do you? 

What are the best books you've read this year? Let's talk in the comments below.

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