Tell Me Something Tuesday {14}

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

QUESTION:  Best Books of 2018

This year it feels like my reading tastes changed drastically. The books I enjoyed the most were heavier reads and not what I would have typically read before. There are a few romances that won my heart, but it seems like I’m getting pickier with that genre, too.

And this is the first year I’ve read 110+ books! I’ve never read that many books in one year, and it was rediscovering a love of audio books that definitely helped.

It was hard to narrow this list down to 10, so I’m going to do it a little differently. I’m going to combine author’s books and count them as one and separate my favorite audio books at the end.

  

I’m sure these books will be on a lot of favorite lists this year. They are must reads.

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and this book blew me away. Such a unique and wonderful read.

These two books couldn’t be more different but they are equally perfect.

Amy Harmon never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful writing.

I usually stay away from super long books, but I couldn’t put this one down. A definite must read.

Another fantastic book that I wouldn’t have normally picked up if it weren’t for the recommendation from a friend.

I look forward to Kristan Higgins’ books every year and she hasn’t disappointed me yet!

I discovered a new favorite author this year.

Another new-to-me author that will be on my auto-buy list for the future.

These days there are few authors who can write romance without making me cringe and this duo does a fantastic job. I absolutely loved both of these books.

The two best thrillers I read this year.

 

Favorite Book of 2018

It’s difficult for me to pick just one book that stands out from the rest. But, if I think back over the past year and which book I remember the most – the one that stayed with me months after I finished – this is the book. With a perfect combination of romance, suspense, friendship and family drama – this book holds a special place in my heart.

 

Favorite Audio Books

 

I’m so glad I rediscovered a love for audio books this year. I listened to some really fantastic books, and these were the ones that stood out.

 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

 

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{Blog Tour} Verity by Colleen Hoover

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“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

Verity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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Excerpt:

“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.

I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”

“Whose shirt is that?”

I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”

“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”

“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.

He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”

Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.

I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.

“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.

I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.

Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.

The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”

Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.

Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.

“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”

I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.

“Who is the author?” Corey asks.

“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”

“Of course,” Corey says.

I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.

“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”

Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?

“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.

“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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{WWW Wednesday} 12-12-18

W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!

 

 

what i recently finished reading

  

 

I have no more unread Amy Harmon books, and that makes me a little sad. Infinity + One was wonderful – I loved every minute.

I am so glad I got the audio of The Hate U Give. It was fantastic – made me cry several times (and I don’t think I’ve cried listening to an audio book, yet). Such a good book I think everyone should read.

Verity – just wow. It’s a romantic suspense – very dark and sexy, and there were several cringe-worthy/shocking moments. Colleen slayed with this one. It’s one of her best books hands down. Go read this one!

I used to love Richard Paul Evans books at Christmastime. But the cheese was too strong in this one.

 

 what i’m currently reading

 

I just started Hotshot Doc but I’m not feeling it. I may set it aside to try something else.

After listening to a Kate Moretti book a few weeks ago and loving it, I wanted to try another one. So far, so good.

 

what i have recently added to my tbr

I have loved the last several books by Kristan Higgins – can’t wait to read this one!

 

WHAT SUNNIE READ

 

Sunnie is still working on this one. 🙂

 

Reading anything good this week?

{WWW Wednesday} 9-26-18

W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!

 

what i recently finished reading

 

I didn’t love The Perfect Match. I wasn’t able to warm up to Tom, the main character’s love interest, until the very end.

When Taylor Jenkins Reid drops a surprise short story – I will drop everything to read it. It was so good!

 

 what i’m currently reading

 

I was not feeling the other book I had picked up last week, so I decided to try The Clockmaker’s Daughter. This is my first Kate Morton book, and I wish I had tried one of her books sooner! I’m really enjoying it.

Listening to Waiting on You on audio and it’s already a lot better than the last book in the series.

 

what i have recently added to my tbr

Colleen is self-publishing a romantic suspense in December. I love romantic suspense, and I love when Colleen gives us something different. I can’t wait!

 

Reading anything good this week?

{WWW Wednesday} 8-15-18

W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!

WWW post on Thursday…life has been a bit busy this week! My husband was off work the past 3 days, so I took a few vacation days. And my brother and sister-in-law were visiting from South Carolina. We’ve been focused on family time and doing last minute fun things with Sunnie before she starts school next week. That also means I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done the past few days.

 

what i recently finished reading

  

I rarely re-read books, but I decided to listen to the audio of All Your Perfects after having read it a few months ago. And it was just as good the second time. Now I’m planning on listening to all of Colleen Hoover’s books on audio.

I enjoyed The Perfect Couple, but it took me until about halfway point before it pulled me in and I found myself dying to pick it up and finish. I was a little disappointed by the ending. It seemed really anticlimactic. I’ve come to the conclusion this author just isn’t for me, since I’ve tried her books a few times now, and none of them have blown me away.

 

 what i’m currently reading

  

Good Luck With That is everything I hoped it would be. I find myself reading it slowly, because I’m enjoying it so much and don’t want it to end.

I have been on the library audio hold list for I’ll Be Gone In The Dark for a long time and am really excited to finally get to listen to it! So far it’s really creepy and intriguing and I love the narrator – she’s doing an awesome job!

 

what i have recently added to my tbr

Taylor Jenkins Reid is another auto-buy author for me, and I’m really excited for her next book!

 

Reading anything good this week?