{Top Ten Tuesday} Single Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books with Single Word Titles.

This is a fun topic, so I had to join in. All of these books were favorites/5-star reads.


Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Stay by Allie Larkin

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer



{Tell Me Something Tuesday} Best of 2019

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 2019

This post is actually a few weeks late, but I have to share what my favorite books of 2019 were!

I read 177 books, which was a record for me! I have audio books to thank for such a high number. It’s a lot easier for me to listen to a book while I’m running or multitasking around my house.

As usual, it was hard to narrow down my list, even though I didn’t have as many 5-star reads as in previous years. I was definitely pickier about what I gave 5-stars and had a few months where nothing really wowed me. BUT, I still had an awesome reading year despite a few book slumps along the way. And I discovered a lot of new authors this year – I’m looking forward to more of their books in the future. Here are my best of 2019…






This was my first book of 2019 and I knew when I finished that it was going to be my favorite book of the year. An incredible story that stayed with me months later.



{Top Ten Tuesday} Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.

You knew I wasn’t going to stick with just 10. There are too many books coming out before July that I’m excited to read!


Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

My Kind of People by Lisa Duffy

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

He Started It by Samantha Downing

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman





The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan





Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon





Nonfiction November


This has been the year of nonfiction books, and I have read/listened to so many great ones! Before this year, it was rare for me to pick up nonfiction, but I’ve read a record number of them, and have so many to recommend for Nonfiction November. Most of them were audio books, usually narrated by the author.

Here is my list of favorites so far for 2019. It’s a mixed bag of history, humor, self-help and memoirs that blew me away. And if you have any nonfiction recommendations, please share!


Top Favorites


Really Enjoyed (4 Star Reads)




Nonfiction From Previous Years Worth Mentioning



Summer Reading Guides – Update!

At the beginning of summer, I posted about  Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves Summer Reading Guides. My goal was to read as many of the books on both of their lists that I could. I’m happy to say that I got through almost the entire list! It’s pretty rare for me to stick to a TBR list, especially one this large. Audio books were the key to success – I would’ve never read most of these if I didn’t have the audio versions. I also added some more books from their lists to my TBR after my original post.


Books I Read Before The Lists Were Posted

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin –

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb –

Recursion by Blake Crouch –

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid –

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth –

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering –

Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan –

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim –

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides –

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker –


Books on my TBR List (That I Own)


I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott –

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane –

When We Left Cuba* by Chanel Cleeton –

Waiting for Tom Hanks* by Kerry Winfrey –

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald – even though I have a Kindle copy (ARC), I have been waiting for my library audio hold for this one

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment –

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes –

Only Ever Her Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – just didn’t get to it

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum –

Southern Lady Code* by Helen Ellis –

Normal People by Sally Rooney –

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer – I own a hard copy of this book, but haven’t made the time to read it.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez –


*Audio Book



The Gown by Jennifer Robson –

Never Have I Ever* by Joshilyn Jackson –

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson –

The Huntress by Kate Quinn – The audio book is really long, so I returned it to the library. I do want to read this one some day.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith –

The Editor by Steven Rowley  –

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke –

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite –

How to Be Married by Jo Piazza –

Out East by John Glynn –

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro –


*These were all audio books except for Never Have I Ever.


After I posted this list, I added a few more of their recommended books to my TBR

Save Me the Plums* by Ruth Reichl –

The Last Book Party* by Karen Dukess –

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – I have an ARC on my Kindle, but I’m still holding out for the audio version (library hold)

*Audio Book


As you can see from the 5-star ratings, my favorites were Ask Again, Yes When We Left Cuba / Evvie Drake Starts Over / Hope and Other Punch Lines

This was a lot of fun – I hope to do the same thing again next summer!