Welcome to my book list! A few years ago I set a goal of reading 50 books in a year. Since then I’ve either hit that goal or come really close. I may not be reading the most popular or thought provoking books, but I’ve managed to find some hidden gems along the way. I plan to share the good, the bad, and the ugly here so get ready! (Since I read so much, I read a lot of books that are free with Kindle Unlimited. I pay for a few, or I try to get them from my local library.)
2018 Book List – In Progress (July 18)
|A beautiful Poison||Lydia Kang|
|The Water’s Edge||Sara Gruen|
|The Haunting of Blackwell House||Darcy Coates|
|Buried Secrets||TJ Brearton|
|Bring her home||David Bell|
|After Nightfall||AJ Banner|
|The Good Samaritan||John Marrs|
|The Voice Inside||Brian Freeman|
|The Wrong Sister||T.E. Woods|
|The Girlfriend||Michelle Frances|
|The Breakdown||BA Paris|
|The Secret Mother||Shalini Boland|
|Filthy English||Ilsa Madden-Mills|
|The Last Thing I Saw||Alex Sinclair|
|Rum Runner (The Key West Escape Series Book 1||Tricia Leedom|
|The Weekenders: A Novel||Mary Kay Andrews|
|Bring Me Back||BA Paris|
|The Summer Children||Dot Hutchison|
|The Woman in the Window||A J Finn|
|The Flight Attendant||Chris Bohjalian|
|Everything We Give: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 3)||Kerry Lonsdale|
|Bhama Mama||Tricia Leedom|
|Girls’ Night Out||Liz Fenton; Lisa Steinke|
|Then She Was Gone||Lisa Jewell|
|Force of Nature||Jane Harper|
|Something in the Water||Catherine Steadman|
|The Last Time I Lied||Riley Sager|
|The Secret||KL Slater|
|The Death of Mrs. Westaway||Ruth Ware|
Let’s hit the highlights of the year and then see what happens. 🙂
A Beautiful Poison – Not my usual read but very good. Early 1900’s whodunit. With a mix of history thrown in.
The Water’s Edge – Again, not something I normally gravitate towards but I found it hauntingly good! Set in Scotland in the 1930’s, it focuses on lore and love. (Cheesy review, I know!)
Unwritten – I mean come on, after the Mountain Between Us, you know this will be good. And it is! Maybe even better!
The Voice Inside – book 2 in the Night Bird series. If you read the first one, pick this one up.
The Breakdown – Better than Bring Me Back but really probably belongs on the okay list.
Rum Runner – Surprisingly good for a random romance novel. The characters are a little cliched but a good, fun read.
The Summer Children – (Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC of this book.) Book 3! I was VERY excited to receive an early copy of this book and I really enjoyed it. So much so, I hope there is a 4th book. As with the first 2, some of the Butterflies are still around. I love that you get to keep up with them as the other stories unfold. Mercedes comes home one day to find a child on her porch. And they keep coming. The subject matter in this book is a little hard to digest but so worth the read!
The Flight Attendant – I saw the hype on this one and threw it on my library list. I didn’t have a lot of expectations so I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Girl’s Night Out – (Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC of this book.) So far, this might be my favorite book of 2018! Three friends head to Mexico for a girl’s trip to reconnect. The night before they are to leave, something happens and one friend goes missing. The story is told from all points of view both before and after “the night”. This book keeps you hooked until the very last page!
Something in the Water – (Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC of this book.) This one started off slow……really, really slow. To the point I went and read reviews to see if I should keep going. One review said it picked up at the 30% mark and they were right. From there out the book moves, as does the story line. This begs the age old question “what would you do if….” I enjoyed thinking of my “what ifs” with the story line. The main character is annoying as she continues to do stuff that make you want to yell at her.
Bring me Back – This one just didn’t do much for me. I hate the “it’s not believable” review but this def had a lot of that.
The Woman in the Window – I know there is/was lots of hype around this one. I found it okay but nothing spectacular.
Everything We Give – Let me say I HATE putting this one on the okay list but man. As good as the first two were, this one just wasn’t. It felt rushed and not well thought out.
Then She Was Gone – I read this in June (it’s July), unfortunately it’s kind of forgettable.
The Secret – Just okay. Nothing shocking. It kept me reading waiting for the big reveal but the “secret” just wasn’t that suspenseful.
So far 2018 hasn’t turned up anything just awful. I currently have several ARC copies from Netgalley I need to read. I’ve been trying to get to those in between the top reads I have on hold from the library.
2017 Book List
|The Art Forger||BA Shapiro|
|Big Little Lies||Liane Moriarty|
|The Butterfly Garden||Dot Hutchison|
|The Night Bird||Brian Freeman|
|Only the Truth||Adam Croft|
|What She Knew||Gilly Mcmillan|
|Behind Closed Doors||BA Paris|
|The Widower’s Wife||Cate Holahan|
|Etched in Sand||Regina Calcaterra|
|The Couple Next Door||Shari Lapena|
|The Girl from the Sea||Shalini Boland|
|Everything you want me to be||Mindy Mejia|
|Roses of May||Dot Hutchison|
|Everything we keep||Kerry Lonsdale|
|Everything we lost||Kerry Lonsdale|
|The Phantom Limb||Lucinda Berry|
|Water Under the Bridge||Britney King|
|The Girl on Mill Street||Peter Gilboy|
|The Black-eyed Susan||Julia Heaberlin|
|The Woman in Cabin 10||Ruth Ware|
|Let Dead Speak||Jane Casey|
|All the Breaking Waves||Kerry Lonsdals|
|Unseen Messages||Pepper Winters|
|Stillhouse Lake||Rachel Caine|
|Lock the Door||Jane Holland|
|The Kind Worth Killing||Peter Swanson|
|Dead Certain||Adam Mitzner|
|A criminal defense||Wiliam Myers|
|The Peach Keeper||Sarah Addison Allen|
|Rumor Has It (A rockstar romance)||Elisabeth Grace|
|All the Little Children||Jo Furniss|
|SEAL’d Heart||Alice Ward|
|Edge of Control||Trish Loye|
|The Silent Sister||Diane Chamberlain|
|When I Wake Up||Jessica Jarlvi|
|I Am Watching You||Teresa Driscoll|
|Dark Matter||Blake Crouch|
|The Watson Girl||Leslie Wolfe|
|Final Girls||Riley Sager|
|The Stolen Marriage||Diane Chamberlain|
|The Wife Between Us||Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen|
|The Mountain Between Us||Charles Martin|
|The Marriage Lie||Kimberly Belle|
|Cold Harbor||Matt Fitzsimmons|
|Killing Her Softly||Barb Warner Deane|
|Everything I Never Told You||Celeste Ng|
|Train Wreck||Elise Faber|
|Bad Sister||Sam Carrington|
|The Lying Game||Ruth Ware|
|The House||Simon Lelic|
|Killman Creek||Rachel Caine|
|The Broken Girls||Simone St James|
|Chasing Luck||Brinda Berry|
So far 2017 is shaping up to be pretty good in the book department. Looking over this list, I only see a few that stand out for the wrong reasons. All in all I’ve had a lot of “hits”.
Only the Truth – I got this as a Kindle first early release. My best description of this one is it feels like several different books in one. And it’s very disjointed. SPOILERS: Part 1, Dan cheats on his wife with the hotel receptionist. Wife comes to hotel, ends up dead. Dan and receptionist go on the run. Part 2, they are on the run, receptionist ends up dead. Part 3, Dan still on the run goes to Bratislava . I keep waiting for something to happen here to connect it all but nothing does. He’s just hanging out “running packages” for someone. Part 4, he goes back to France (idk where he was from now) stops in on friend of receptionist, who turns out to not be dead. Turns out she’s the killer. I was really hoping Dan was going to be the killer and have a split personality or something but yeah, that’s not what happens. Don’t waste your time.
Water under the bridge – Sounded good, turned out to be meh.
Big Little Lies – Really only adding this to the list because I enjoyed the book more than the TV series. I have a whole rant about the show but we’ll save that for another time. All in all, I thought the book was good and would recommend.
The Butterfly Garden – This is one of the better books I’ve read this year. I thought it was a super interesting idea. A serial killer who keeps girls locked in a garden and tattoos them with butterfly wings. Well written and entertaining and surprisingly not really brutal. Follow up was Roses in May. I found Roses of May to be okay. I think the first book was such an amazing concept that I was underwhelmed with book 2. I thought it was fine and I’m looking forward to the 3rd book but this one just didn’t blow me away.
The Couple Next Door – Anne and Marco leave their infant home alone while they have dinner at the neighbors house only to return and find the baby is missing. The story takes you on a crazy who-dunnit ride. I thought the ending was unexpected but a little out there. Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next release.
Everything We Keep & Everything We Left Behind – Hand’s down my favorites so far. Everything we lost is book 2 and heart wrenching. I love, Love, LOVED book 2!!!! I’ve recommended these to everyone I meet! I found book 1 a little frustrating but overall I enjoyed it. I just think book 2 blew it away. Follow Aimee and James across these books and enjoy the journey! I don’t want to give anything away.
The Stolen Marriage – (Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC of this book.) Another good read from Diane Chamberlain! Set in the 1940’s, it was a different day and time and Tess feels she can’t live a lie. She gives up the life she’s knows and the life she wants not to shame her family. Little does she know her new husband is hiding his own secrets. Little by little Tess tries to find her way in small town Hickory NC and finally gets the chance to do something she loves, nursing, when polio comes to NC. When tragedy strikes Tess fights to learn the truth and in turn, finds everything she was looking for. Great story!
Written 7/18 – Sorry it’s been a while.
The Lying Game -This one has stayed with me for a while. Childhood friends meet and secrets are revealed. Read the description if you need more. ;P I will say, this is one of my favorite Ruth Ware books. I’m not sure why, but I kind of got under my skin. I’ll still randomly think about it. Not necessarily the book but the back drop. Set in coastal England, she did a good job of getting imagery in your head.
The Broken Girls – Definitely one of my favorite books from last year and one I recommend when giving recommendations. The story goes between past and present and the disappearance of a girl from a private school in the 40’s. I don’t want to give anything away because this is worth the read.
2016 Book List
|In this moment||Autumn Doughton|
|Wool Omnibus||Hugh Howey|
|Need, Crave, Covet, Want, Fate (for the love of the billionaire)||Alison Ryan|
|The Prettiest One||James Hankins|
|The Magpies||Mark Edwards|
|Because she loves me||Mark Edwards|
|The Short Drop||Matthew Fitzsimmons|
|No Longer Safe||A J Waines|
|The Girl You Lost||Kathryn Croft|
|No Coming Back||Keigh Houghton|
|The One That Got Away||Simon Wood|
|The Dead Key||DM Pulley|
|Luckiest Girl Alive||Jessica Knoll|
|The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins|
|Bravo Two Zero – audiobook||Andy McNab|
|The Summer Games||RS Grey|
|The Remains||Vincent Zandri|
|Unintended Consequences||Marti Green|
|The Girl in the Ice||Robert Bryndza|
|In the Dark||Chris Patchell|
|Wrong Place, Right Time||Elle Casey|
|Get Lucky||Lila Monroe|
|Descent: A lost Tribe (book 1)||Kallie Ross|
|Defend: A lost tribe (book 2)||Kallie Ross|
|Before I go to sleep||S. J. Watson|
|Dethroning Crown||Lila Felix|
|In a Dark, Dark Wood||Ruth Ware|
|My Girl||Jack Jordan|
|The Wronged Sons||John Marrs|
|Pretty Girls||Karin Slaughter|
|See how they run||Tom Bale|
|13:24: A dark thriller||M Hickmon|
|Water’s Edge||Jennifer McArdle|
|The Game you played||Anni Taylor|
|The light between the oceans||M.L. Stedman|
|And then she was gone||Christopher Greyson|
|Girl Jacked||Christopher Greyson|
|Jack Knifed||Christopher Greyson|
|Jacks are Wild||Christopher Greyson|
|Jack the Giant Killer||Christopher Greyson|
|Data Jack||Christopher Greyson|
|Escaping Vegas||Danielle Bourdon|
|All that is lost between us||Sarah Foster|
|A Place in the Sun||RS Grey|
|Rendezvous in Rio||Danielle Bourdon|
|A Dangerous Tryst||Danielle Bourdon|
My Girl – Don’t be fooled by the name. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about this book. In fact, it’s one of the most f’ed up books I’ve read in a while. Torture, incest, it has it all. The end of the book was kind of hard to read. I don’t want to give it away but the brother did it. Not something I would recommend.
The Wronged Sons – Again, not a great year for books. “What would you do if someone in your life up and vanishes?” Well in this case, you just let Simon go. Seriously. He was one of the most unlikable characters I’ve met. He’s a bad person. He up and leaves his family and creates a new carefree life for himself. I don’t remember liking this book.
Here are a few of the highlights:
The Short Drop – This was one of the better books I read last year. Gibson Vaughn has a checked past and is finally rebuilding his life when he has the opportunity to find answers regarding the disappearance of his childhood friend Suzanne. There are twists and turns and a surprise ending.
The holiday season was really nice. I might post a few pics of some of the decorations in a few days, so stay tuned. 😉
For now, I’m going to post my 2015 Book List. I didn’t quite hit 50 books this year but I came close, 45. I honestly wasn’t sure I was even going to get that many because I was only in the 20s by the Fall. I found a few series though and plowed through. If you’d like to see last year’s list it’s posted here.
|Closer to the Edge (Playing With Fire #4)||T.E. Sivec|
|The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest||Daniel James Brown|
|Crown Me: Alexander and Clara #3 (Royals Saga)||Geneva Lee|
|The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely) (The Billionaire’s Obsession series Book 1)||Scott, J.S.|
|Heart Of The Billionaire (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 2)||Scott, J. S.|
|The Billionaire’s Salvation ~Max (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 3)||Scott, J. S.|
|Billionaire Undone ~ Travis (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 5)||Scott, J. S.|
|Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments: Rose Gardner Mystery #7||Denise Grover Swank|
|Never Never: Part One of Three||Colleen Hoover|
|The Eternals||Kristie K Shafer|
|Eternally Yours (The Eternals Book 2)||Shafer, Kristie K.|
|Badass: A Stepbrother SEAL Romance||Barlow, Linda|
|Stepbrother Charming: A Billionaire Bad Boy Romance||Snow, Nicole|
|Worthy||Hyde, Catherine Ryan|
|Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series Book 1)||Pfeffer, Susan Beth|
|This World We Live In (Life As We Knew It Series Book 3)||Pfeffer, Susan Beth|
|The Dead and The Gone (Life As We Knew It Series Book 2)||Pfeffer, Susan Beth|
|The Shade of the Moon (Life As We Knew It Series Book 4)||Pfeffer, Susan Beth|
|Virulent: The Release (Virulent Book 1)||Wescott, Shelbi|
|The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up||Marie Kondo|
|Funerals for Horses||Hyde, Catherine Ryan|
|The System (Virulent Book 2)||Wescott, Shelbi|
|The Variables (Virulent Book 3)||Wescott, Shelbi|
|The Color of Water in July||Carroll, Nora|
|Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery||Jourdan, Carolyn|
|Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1)||Blake Crouch|
|The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 3)||Crouch, Blake|
|Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2)||Crouch, Blake|
|Primal Fear||Diehl, William|
|The Martian: A Novel||Andy Weir|
|Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 1)||Elle Casey|
|Dirty English||Madden-Mills, Ilsa|
|Hard to Let Go: A Hard Ink Novel||Laura Kaye|
|Shine Not Burn||Elle Casey|
|MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn||Elle Casey|
|The Survivors Book 1: Summer||V.L. Dreyer|
|The Survivors Book II: Autumn||V.L. Dreyer|
|The Survivors Book III: Winter||V.L. Dreyer|
|The Survivors Book IV: Spring||V.L. Dreyer|
|In the waning light||Loreth Anne White|
|Crave Me (Royals Saga 1: Smith and Belle)||Geneva Lee|
|Covet Me (Royals Saga 2: Smith and Belle)||Geneva Lee|
|Capture Me (Royals Saga 3: Smith and Belle)||Geneva Lee|
A few highlights from this year’s list:
- Life As We Knew It – series. A post apocalyptic series about what happens when a meteor hits the Moon. I enjoyed the first two books. Each book was set with different characters who eventually connected in Book 3. In Book 1, we meet Miranda and her family. We follow them through the first year following the meteor collision with the moon. This causes earthquakes, tsunamis that wipe out many major cities, and a sky full of volcanic ash that blocks the sun. In Book 2 we follow Alex and his family during the same time frame in a different city. Book 3 finds the 2 groups meeting and struggling to survive. Book 4 is a continuation of Book 3 but 2 years later. I personally didn’t care for Book 4 and I’m not sure you miss much stopping at Book 3.
- The Virulent – series. A post apocalyptic series about what happens when an act of bioterrorism is unleashed. We follow Lucy, her brother, and her friends as they make their way to rest of Lucy’s family. I don’t want to say too much more because I feel like that might give some away. It’s worth the read and one of the better series I read.
- Wayward Pines – If you watched the TV show then you should definitely read the books! I think the books were SOOO much better than the series. I read the books first and then watched the series. I was pretty disappointed with the TV adaption. *As a side note, I read book 3 before I read book 2. Somehow I got out of order and there was some major freak outage when I realized what I’d done. So be careful!
- The Martian – Again, I read the book and then saw the movie. Unlike Wayward Pines, they did a wonderful job of following the book. While it wasn’t spot on, which they rarely are, I felt like you didn’t really need to read the book if you saw the movie. The book goes into a lot of technical details that they gloss over in the movie, but honestly, I glossed over a lot of that because, well it was over my head. 😉
- The Survivors Book – series. Yet another post apocalyptic series (I’m hooked!) This one is set in New Zealand following an Ebola type outbreak. The difference here is that the virus doesn’t kill everyone and some of those people end up in a Zombie like state. It wasn’t heavily focused on that though. We find Sandy ten years after the initial outbreak struggling to survive, alone. Along the way she begins to meet more people and adds them to her group. Sandy slowly becomes the leader of the group, and eventually the face for a new start. I blew through the last 3 books in a matter of days. This was probably my favorite series of last year.
- Wrong Number, Right Guy – this was a pretty fun book to read. I found it similar to the Hard Ink series. I’ve only read the 1st book but I will most like read a few more. If you want action and romance, this is your book.
Over the past 3 weeks I have spent the majority of my time reading. To the point that I will be reading while listening to the tv. Every spare moment has my face buried in my kindle. It all started when I stumbled across some free books on Amazon. I downloaded a few that were free and a few more of the $1.99 – $2.99 books. I went nuts. 🙂
As I was browsing through the free books I ran across Chop Chop, written by Christian writer LN Cronk. It was about David and Laci and their journey through high school. This is not really my normal book selection but I was like what the hell so I downloaded it. Then one night I got sucked in. The last 20% of the book kept me in tears. When I was finally finished I knew I should stop but I couldn’t. After reading the description for Book 2 I decided to check it out. And before I knew it was I four books in. At this point there was no turning back (although at the end of each book I would think I should stop now) and then I was finishing book 6.
I was more than a little annoyed as i wrapped up book 6. I had more questions than answers and i knew this was the last book to be told by David. I’m not quite half way through book 7 which is told by a different character and I only feel okay about it. So far I haven’t learned much more and I’m basically trying to power through to get to book 8, which promises to answer my questions. This is told by yet another character and I think I will enjoy it more.
Anyway I don’t think I’ve ever read this much this fast. I must say the books are an easy read, I mean I blow through book 3 in a day, which is unheard of for me. So yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing lately.