Wednesday, March 25, 2015


by: Colleen Hoover

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: New Adult

From Amazon: At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is 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 chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret 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.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

Things I Liked: 
Well, for one, I just think Colleen Hoover does everything right. So if for no other reason than that she wrote it, you should pick it up.

I loved that the book surprised me in some ways. There were some things I saw coming, but there were several things that really did surprise me a lot and that was enjoyable.

I absolutely love the way Colleen puts things into the book that are beyond the normal that you get with other books. For example, the fact that Maybe Someday has actual recorded tracks that match the songs you read about in the book. This book has the actual pictures in the book that you're reading about. I read it on my kindle and on my phone's Kindle app, I could actually see the pictures in color! It was super fun having that aspect of it.

Things I Didn't: 
I kinda wanted more at the end, but I get it. I do.

Overall: If you love Colleen Hoover already, you'll love this one. If you haven't read hers, you could easily start here.

Finished on: March 21, 2015
Book 23 for 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

On the Fence

On the Fence
by: Kasie West

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

From Amazon: She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Things I Liked: 
I loved the fact that Charlie wasn't a normal heroine in the book. She's tough, she's not obsessed with her looks & she's independent.

I also loved the relationship between Charlie & her family. They struggled with the loss of her mom and they weren't perfect, but they truly love each other and I just thought it was really sweet.

I also really enjoyed the relationship development between Charlie & Braden. Seriously so fun. Kasie West always does such a good job of developing the relationships between her characters.

Things I Didn't:
I honestly can't even remember anything I didn't like. If there was something, it couldn't have been major!

Overall: Just read it because it'll make you smile.

Finished on: March 17, 2015
Book 22 for 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Absolute Favorite Books of the Last 5 Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I first must preface this by saying that I don't think these are necessarily the BEST books I've read in the last 5 years, but they are definitely the ones that stuck with me to where I can't stop thinking about them. I enjoyed them the most - for whatever reason.

(In order of the date I read them - most recent first.)

1.  The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
I just loved the love story in this one. It was a really in-depth look at the characters and I just felt really happy when I finished it. It's a young adult contemporary romance.

2. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
This was a really unique take on a love story for me. Music played such a huge role and I really enjoyed that. I also didn't expect some of the turns it took. It is the book that really cemented my love of Colleen Hoover. It is a new adult contemporary romance.

3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I just loved the way she wrote her characters. Eleanor was one of my favorite female characters ever. She was just so resilient in the face of hardship. I loved reading their story and I again loved the role of music in the book. It is a young adult contemporary romance.

4. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
This is a young adult dystopian series that reminds me a lot of the story of Esther in the Bible mixed with The Bachelor mixed with Cinderella and if that doesn't make you want to read it, I just don't know what will. It was one of the most enjoyable reads all the way through that I've had in a long time.

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I have no idea what keeps pulling this book back to the forefront of my mind. I just loved the narrator. I laughed out loud several times while I was reading this - which is extremely rare for me. I'm way more likely to cry when reading a book than I am to laugh out loud. It is an adult contemporary romance - the narrator is a man and it's just so unique!

6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
This is a new adult contemporary romance and it's pretty steamy, but it's also just so fun. It appears to be a bad guy/good girl kind of story with a good girl and an underground fighter guy, but it develops more than that throughout the book. They make a bet and she loses and has to live with him for a month. Just imagine the tension & fun that entails!!

7. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Another young adult dystopian series that if you haven't heard of, I just don't even know what to say to you. Strong female character, dystopian Chicago, it's just all around enjoyable & action-packed. I loved it!

8. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
This is one of my favorite books and I continue to be so sad that I haven't heard anything about a sequel!! I thought it was so fabulous and it appears that a lot of people agreed with me. It's a love story through time with characters who are reborn in other people's bodies and have to find each other again. It's just really interesting. It is an adult contemporary (fantasy?) romance by the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

9. Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Yet another young adult dystopian series that you have hopefully heard of. This is fabulous. I will say I liked it less as the series went on, but it was still an overall absolute favorite for me. It again is just a unique story and action packed and fun to follow with a little romance thrown in!

10. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I loved this book and this movie and I enjoyed the historical aspect of it as well as seeing what circus life was like before. It was really enjoyable and while I don't remember all parts of it, I do remember loving it so much that the memory of how much I loved it always comes back, even if the specific details don't. I need to see if there are more by her. This is an adult historical fiction/romance.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February 2015: Month in Review

Number of Books Read: 8

Favorite: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by: Maggie Stiefvater
Boomerang by: Noella August
Mud Vein by: Tarryn Fisher
Change of Hart by: M.E. Carter
Me Before You by: Jojo Moyes
Beauty from Pain by: Georgia Cates
Beauty from Surrender by: Georgia Cates

Beauty from Love by: Georgia Cates

This month I liked everything I read about the same. They were good, not my absolute favorites, but I enjoyed all of them. It was fun to read another in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I was emotionally distraught at the end of Me Before You. I liked the first 2 in the Beauty from Pain series more than the 3rd one. But my favorite this month was Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher. I was worried at first about the premise of the book and I wondered if I would like it, but the further I go from February, the more this one comes to mind as just a really unique story that was a great break from the books I usually read. It made me want to read more mystery/suspense kind of books!