Someone asked me last year how many books I read and I guessed 100 and their mouth dropped open. I won't lie. I read a lot, fast. I read like some people binge-watch TV shows, like, as soon as I finish a story, I'll story another one in that genre (especially if the story was a good one because then I have a book hang over and the cure is to just read more. It's science.
So my goal is to write down every time I finish a book. Seems simple enough, right? Even one month into 2019 and I scrambled trying to remember and figure out what books I read and where. I tend to alternate between kindle and paperback. But, this past month has been incredible because every book I read was amazing, memorable, and I would recommend every one of these stories to everyone I know. I tend to read romance, but there is always a Young Adult and something resembling a thriller each month.
—Innocent Man John Grisham does a phenomenal job writing about the true and heartbreaking story of a man put on death row who was innocent. The book documents the police work and shows every little misstep on how an innocent man was accused of a horrific crime. Gripping, sad, and captivating.
—Hot Shot Doc RS Grey is the master of banter and painting a world within a story. I felt like I was in the surgery room throughout this enemies-to-lovers story. The banter, wit, and back-bone of the heroine were the perfect combination that had me rooting for the two stubborn characters to just let love happen.
—The Secret to Dating your best friend’s sister I love books that give you the squishy feels. Meghan Quinn does an awesome job with this brother's-best-friend trope by weaving the past and the present into the central love story. This book made me laugh out loud multiple times, squeeze my kindle to my chest with swoons, and had me wishing for more of their story.
—The Ex Effect Kayla Sorensen took a trope that had potential to be a disaster (the hero was engaged to the heroine's sister) but she wrote it in such a real, beautiful way that had me begging for the two to overcome the past. I love sports romance (it is my favorite genre to read and write) and we get to see the world of football and how the two characters navigate their sticky past. This was one of my first books of hers and I'll definitely read more.
—Intercepted Alexa Martin is now on my list. Another sports romance that had all the feels. I like a heroine who sticks up for herself and a hero who is a big cinnamon roll when it comes to love. This story made me laugh and cry, and with Alexa having experience being an NFL wife, it showed an entire different side of the NFL I didn't know about. I LOVE learning about another world when reading so it was pretty awesome.
—Merrily Ever After Jenny Holliday surprised the hell out of me. I'm not a huge fan of novellas (remember I'm a binge-reader, so I want to be there for hours) so I was hesitant diving into it but holy shit, I'm glad I did. This story had SO MUCH HEAT AND HEART I fell hard for the characters. I'm not kidding. It took no time for me to be so invested in their happy ending, I sped through it. There is something about a romance between married couples that is like an extra punch in the gut (in the good way) and how she wrote the characters, their flaws and all, I got big ole heart eyes for them.
—Two Can Keep a Secret Karen McManus is the queen of young adult mystery. The characters are so relatable and feel like old friends. This latest story is so interwoven with clues and past and present crimes mixing and gah, it was chilling and incredible. I stayed up way too late to finish because it's one of those "tell me right freaking now who did it" type of stories.
—99 Percent Mine Sally Throne is one of my favorite authors and I will get my grabby hands on anything she writes for the rest of her life. Her books are so powerful and emotional...I ate this entire story up the night it came out and cried when it was over (because it was so good).
—Two Weeks Notice I love a story female lead. This story is about a badass chick who works her tail off and kinda/sorta falls in love in the process. I really liked this because it showed an entire world of high-stakes careers in New York and, the chemistry between the two characters explodes off the pages. Whitney G is now on my insta-buy list.
—The Contract Melanie Moreland was a new author to me when I read this book and I am SO GLAD I did. This is an enemies-to-lovers, fake marriage story (okay Enemies-to-lovers is my catnip) and oh my God. She wrote this so well. Each page was a layer falling off the surly hero and the sweetheart heroine not backing down. I cried, laughed, swooned, and fell in LOVE with her writing style. I'm not one to re-read books but... this one might make that list.
What books did you read this month? Any just knock your socks off?
Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blogging challenge for the year with weekly prompts. It seems like such a fun idea so I'm going for it! I love prompts that spark writing--even if it's challenging or hard--so I'm excited to give it a try this year. You can find the prompts here!
This week is super fun (and a bit tough) because there are so many beloved characters from movies, stories, TV shows... video games, too.
My first thought was easy: Belle from Beauty and the Beast! She's brunette, quirky, and loves to read. (That's how I would've described myself growing up, too). Plus, it's such a beautiful name. It could be a nickname from Isabella, Isabella, Bell, Bella... it might be my dream girl name.
Other girl names that I adore:
Ariel (The Little Mermaid was my FAVORITE movie growing up)
Other names that I love but I think would be best suited for pets:
It's hard to name a child after a character when some of them are so recognizable...like Katniss or Hermione. (Even though they are badass ladies) What about you? What character would you name a baby after?