{Best of 2017} Favorite Books

With the year quickly coming to an end, I wanted to share with you my top favorite books. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too difficult to narrow down the list. I read some great books this year, but these are the books that really stood out!


Illuminae – I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi, and I have to be in the mood for young adult books. This is such a unique and fun book, and I loved it. It’s definitely a book you need to read in hardcover – there are illustrations and documents that would be hard to read in electronic form. I think to get the full affect and enjoy the awesomeness that is this book, you have to read it in hardcover. Fast-paced, suspenseful, with a little romance. It’s SO good!

On Second Thought – This book will always have a special place in my heart, because I read it on the plane to and from our family vacation to Disney. I absolutely loved everything about it.

The Queen and the Cure – Pretty much everything Amy Harmon writes is magical and brilliant. No exception here. But you’ll want to read The Bird and the Sword first.

The Law of Moses – As you can see I’m working my way through all of Amy Harmon’s books that I haven’t read. Another amazing must-read book.

Running Barefoot – This was Amy Harmon’s first book, and she wrote about the small town she grew up in. Loved it, too!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Sometimes you pick up a book and you’re not in the right mood for it – that was the case with me and this book. I’m a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid, but this book was a lot different from her previous books. I picked it up several times to start it – by about the 3rd try something clicked, and I was hooked. Though it is a different type of story than I’m used to from TJR, the writing style that I love was still the same. This book left me with the biggest hangover.

The Opposite of You – Once in awhile I will pick up a random romance and hope that it’s not cheesy (let’s face it – some of them are over-the-top). I started this book when my husband and I were on one of our day dates at the lake (he fishes, I read), and I will always remember that – you know a book is good when you can remember when and where you read it.

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray – Tarryn Fisher is the queen of writing very unique stories. You never know what kind of book you’re going to get from her, but I’ve loved every single one.

Without Merit – You didn’t think I’d have a favorite list without Colleen Hoover, did you? This book is different than what most are used to from CoHo. It’s more YA than romance. But it’s the uniqueness of the story that makes it stand out. I loved it.

Big Girls Do It Stronger – Jasinda Wilder inspires me. She’s kick-ass and has written two books to help inspire woman to get healthy. I also loved Big Girls Do It Running.

Don’t Let Go – Every year I look forward to Harlan Coben’s new release. And rarely does he disappoint me. He’s my absolute favorite suspense author.

Stories I’d Tell in Bars – I loved Jen Lancaster’s earlier memoirs, but the past few years I got away from reading her books. This book felt like the old Jen I loved in her earlier books – I laughed pretty much the entire time I read it.

A Million Junes – As I said above, I have to be in the mood to read young adult books, and it doesn’t happen all that often. After several recommendations, I decided to try this one. I was so glad I did! Ended up loving it. It’s magical and wonderful.

Now That You Mention It – If you add any book to your list for 2018 – MAKE IT THIS ONE. It comes out at the end of December, and I was so thrilled to read an early copy. After reading and loving On Second Thought, I was dying to read this book, and admittedly a little nervous it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. This is my FAVORITE book of 2017. There, I said it. Of all the books I read, Now That You Mention It is my favorite. It had everything I love in the perfect book.

The Ghostwriter – This was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting much, but this was a book I didn’t want to put down and ended up loving.

The Stolen Marriage – I have never been a big fan of this author, but that just proves how much tastes can change over time. I have also never been a huge fan of historical fiction, but have found I enjoy it a lot more these days. I won this book in a giveaway, otherwise I probably would’ve never read it. I ended up loving it! So, now I think I will try this authors books in the future.


And there you have it! Those were the books that stood out the most to me in 2017. Have you read any of them? What did you think? What books did you love in 2017?

{Friday Five} 10-13-17


{This Week in Books}


I really haven’t had much time to read this week. And when I finally sit down and pick up my book, I fall asleep. I am not very far into the King book – but I like it. Because I refuse to lug that monstrosity around with me, I have been reading The Great Alone on my Kindle, too. I had started it a few months ago, and wasn’t in the mood for it. Picked it back up and now I’m loving it. Mood always plays such a huge part in my reading – this is why I fail miserably at making TBR lists!!


{Stay the Path}

I promised myself I would hit at least 10k a day all month, especially on non-running days. Some days it’s tough, but I’m getting it done.  I am such a klutz that I dropped a really heavy picture on my foot this week. I manage to stub/break my toes at least once a year, so I was due for this. 😀 I’m just sucking it up and running anyway! That’s what Ibuprofen is for, right?


{On a Personal Note}

Today is my husband’s 40th birthday. Unfortunately the poor guy has to work, and he’s got me all freaked out because it’s ‘Friday the 13th’ and he’s going to be  high up on ladders all day (he works for a gutter company). Please say a little prayer for his safety.

I’m surprising him tonight with a donut cake. For the past 10 years, he’s been telling me he wants a donut cake like the one he used to get as a kid from a donut place that went out of business. I finally found a bakery that makes them – it’s basically like a giant longjohn/creamstick donut. I’m picking it up after I work in the office and can’t wait to surprise him when I get home. He had given up on ever getting a donut cake again. 🙂

Tomorrow night is the real celebration – I’m throwing him a party.  About 30 of our family and friends are coming over. It’s going to be beautiful weather, and hopefully he’ll have a great time.


 {Get in my Closet}

 It’s finally starting to feel like sweater weather in Ohio. I’ve mentioned that I get a lot of my sweaters at Target and Amazon, but another favorite place is Jane. You can find boutique quality items for a lot less than you’d pay directly from a boutique. Jane is basically like an Overstock-type website, and their inventory changes daily. But a lot of times I’ll see the same items show up again after a few weeks, and they’re usually from the same sellers. A few of my favorite long pocket cardigans came from Jane – which were actually from Tickled Teal. But where their cardigans sell for $42 on their direct website, I’ve only paid $26 for them from Jane. Nice deal, right?! And they are great quality – super soft and comfortable.

I’ve purchased a lot of items from Jane the past few years. Scarves, tunics, pants, booties – and I have loved just about everything! You can’t beat the prices, either.


{So Random}

Being a mom is hard. It’s the most important job I’ll ever have in my life. It can be scary and overwhelming at times, and there have been many times when I’ve felt like I failed my daughter. Tarryn Fisher wrote a very raw and honest post about failing as a mom, and I think it’s a must read.


{WWW Wednesday} 7-26-17

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 loved it. It was a softer side of Tarryn Fisher, but it was so good.


 what i’m currently reading

This book! Last night I got to about 70%, and it was breaking me. I felt that heaviness in my chest, trying-not-to-sob feeling. IT’S SO GOOD. I just love how CoHo can write such unique stories EVERY TIME. This is absolutely nothing like her previous books, and it has had some pretty shocking moments – I’m loving it!! I hope to finish it today. And then I’m gonna be sad it’s over.


what i have recently added to my tbr

*Does the happy dance* I am so excited that I got a copy of this book. Harlan Coben is my absolute favorite suspense author, and I’ve been really excited to read this one. It’s definitely up next!


 Reading anything good this week?


{WWW Wednesday} 7-19-17

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!

Hi, friends! Slowly getting back into the blogging groove after taking a few weeks off. I haven’t been doing much reading, because nothing has really held my attention until this week.

what i recently finished reading

It has been weeks since I finished reading a book, and this was it. I loved it!


 what i’m currently reading

It is so good – I’m loving every word.


what i have recently added to my tbr

You can imagine how excited I was to receive an ARC of this book – my most anticipated book of the year. It’s rare that I KNOW what book I’ll be reading next, but I will absolutely be starting this one when I’m done with AWKAP.


 Reading anything good this week?


{Release Day Blitz} Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

SURPRISE! #AWKAP is LIVE!!! Who’s ready for Yara and David?
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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.

She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.

David Lisey is in need of a muse.

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he’s found what he’s been looking for.

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:

A broken heart.

David’s religion is love.

Yara’s religion is heartache.

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.


Yara’s Yesterday Spotify List


See Video Here

Dear Yara,

The bands in London, November 12th. Want to catch up?


So casual. So nonchalant. You’d think we were only acquaintances, that we’d once sipped a couple of beers together instead of tattooing love on our skin and reciting marriage vows. I read the e-mail again and analyze the shit out of it. How can I not? I count out the words: thirteen. The punctuation: four. His name, my name. A flippant, casual turn of phrase: catch up. In the end, there’s only so much psychoanalyzing you can do to a thirteen-word e-mail. I move on with my life, feeling rather pathetic. But not before I e-mail him back. And okay, sure, I don’t move on with my life. What does that even entail? Forgetting? Forgiving? Being happy? Besides, I know what he wants to talk about. I know why he’s coming.

Hi David,

Yeah, sounds good. Let me know when and where.


My e-mail is a word shorter.

I’m that petty.


Tarryn was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to America with her parents when she was thirteen, and spent the next eighteen years in South Florida where she earned her degree in Psychology, wrote her first novel, and had two children. In 2012, on a whim, she moved her family to Seattle, Washington where she currently makes her home safely away from the sun. Tarryn is the founder of Guise of the Villain, a fashion blog, and has written eleven published novels. Tarryn is a Slytherin.












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