More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves

Are you tired of reading books that involve women finding the elusive “the one”? When I was a teen, I was constantly bombarded by books that characterized women needing to find a guy in order for their lives to be whole and complete. In this ever-changing society, books in the publishing world have started to reflect the independence and resilience of women. And thankfully, I have recently read great books that hit the mark: Continue reading “More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves”

It’s Here! 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominations Has Arrived

The annual celebration for book lovers has finally arrived! Goodreads has released the nominations for the 2018 Goodreads Choice AwardsContinue reading “It’s Here! 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominations Has Arrived”

Books To Read: June Edition

Summer is just only a couple of weeks away and that means to start piling our beach bags with exciting reads! And this summer, we have great book selections that will not only get your summer off to a good start, but definitely will have entertained from the beginning to the end! Continue reading “Books To Read: June Edition”

Book Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Genre: Fiction & Literature Continue reading “Book Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin”

Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Read Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).

Well, this is it! 2016 felt like it went on forever. This has been draining year on most of us but if the year showed us anything is that we need to read a lot more. So that is what I did this year and plan to do a lot more of it next year.

I read a total of 42 books this year. Here are the top ten I highly enjoyed this year:

178518851. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how magnificent this biography was. I discovered so much about the Muslim culture and came out with a better understanding of it. Malala is great inspiration for young girls and her empowering words will give strength for many generations to come. I advise everyone to read this, especially if you loss hope on the uncertainty of what is to come in the coming year.

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2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists every which way you turn. The time travel was just an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next installment Wayfarer

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3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A fun novel not only about fanfiction and writing, but about taking new chances and overcoming your fears. It has all the fun and the silliness you can want in a book.One of the few YA books I highly enjoyed this year.

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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

A great mystery! You can read my full review of it here.

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5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I was definitely touched and heartbroken after reading this amazing novel.I am in awe in how powerful and moving this novel was. And although it was important, acceptance of being gay, it was more than that. It was acceptance of being yourself. A fact all teenagers fight for in their ever-changing lives. This maybe controversial to some but it is definitely a must read.

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6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I did not see the ending coming! After reading this I want to read every mystery book by her. She really is the Queen of Mystery!

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7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A fun, sexy action-packed fantasy. I thought I would be bored with this series but I have not been disappointed yet. Much better than the first one!

8. Ms. Marvel Series: Vol. 3-5 by G. Willow Wilson

I rarely read comic books. But this is the one series that I automatically pick up when a new one arrives. Although she maybe a superhero with powers, Kamala Khan is the epitome of the everyday girl. She is a shining example of how awesome diverse characters can be in comic books.

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9. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

A creepy, chilling story that makes you take second look at the people around you. You can read my full review of this short story here.

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10. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Long, but beautifully written. The Mysteries of Udolpho is not your ordinary gothic novel. This gets you involved you into the plot (gradually) and also requires you to think. If you want to read this, set aside a couple of months to get through it.

Honorable Mentions:(Good, but just din’t quite make the cut)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

What are the best you books read this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Joining Forces

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together (aka my (Jamie’s) world would explode if Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson wrote a book together) — might be hard to come up with 10 but still would be fun! Bonus points if you tell us what kind of book you’d like them to write!”

 

Meg Cabot & Emily Giffin

Two funny writers…an interesting combination

Jojo Moyes & Kate Morton

They both do such great emotional writing, it would just be so great to have them combined.

 

Joshilyn Jackson & Karen White

Jane Austen & Charlotte Bronte

I know that Bronte didn’t exactly like any of Austen writings, but it would be interesting to see these great minds work together.

Libba Bray & JK Rowling

They both done such a great job creating worlds…why not try to write one together?

I couldn’t really think of anymore right now but maybe during day I’ll think of others.  Who would be on your list?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Books of All TIme

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

FREEBIE — your choice!”

I have been blogging since March and I just realized that I never really mentioned which books are my favorite. I have said one particular book was my favorite but never a list. And when I say favorites, I mean favorite books that I will most likely read in the future. So that is my “freebie” for this week, top ten favorite books of all time (listed backwards):

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10. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

This use to be higher on my list but another book (which will be mentioned) took its place. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve place in my top ten. This far beyond chick lit, even wouldn’t call it a love story. It was just a true and honest examination between a female friendship that you rarely see in women’s fiction.

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9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book was different from anything else I have ever read. I didn’t like any of the characters. I was rooting for both of the main characters to fail and yet I loved every last word of it.

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8. The Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray

I know I’m cheating but this series was so good I couldn’t just pick one. It was so refreshing to see a female witch independent and making her own decisions. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Books of All TIme”