Happy (almost) New Years, y'all! Since it's the end of 2015, I thought I would share my favorite books with y'all. This year I read some great stories and I've picked my top 7 favorites to share with y'all. 

I read my first favorite book of 2015 in April. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I would never have thought I liked the thriller/mystery genre but after the popularity of Gone Girl, (which I still have never read. The movie was great though!) I've discovered some really good books. This one was soooo good. A young teacher goes missing and is taken by a man, Colin. They hide out in a cabin in the woods while the police look for them. The story goes back and forth in time and each chapter switches from the time the main character (Mia) is in the cabin with her captor and later when she is rescued and is dealing with remembering what has happened. The entire story is good, but the epilogue will leave you speechless! 

In May, I was thrilled to finally read the sequel to Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved. If I had done a top books of 2014 list, TATBIL would have been on it. This one, PS I Still Love You, is the sequel and oh my goodness! This is the sweetest story. It reminds me of a teen book written in the 1950's. I mean, the characters' names are Peter, Laura Jean, and Kitty. How adorable is that? Seriously, if you're looking for a cute, light, sweet YA book, this 2 book series won't let you down!

In May, I discovered Luckiest Girl Alive through Reese Witherspoon's Instagram. I'm so excited that they are turning this one into a movie because y'all, it's a fantastic read. It's about a girl named Ani, who is a truly unique character. Something has happened in her past while she was at a prestigious boarding school. She's got her life all figured out now, but the secret is weighing on her. I could not put this one down. Love, love, love!

In June, I finally read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. I bought this book almost a year before I ever picked it up and read it. I had it sitting on my coffee table the whole time because I just love the cover. I don't remember what made me finally decide to read it, but boy am I glad I did. This story follows the lives of 3 women and I normally hate books that follow multiple characters, but I changed my mind after reading this. What I loved about it was the fact that even though it had 3 main characters with seemingly different story lines, the stories ended up tying together into one big plot. I figured out what happened before I got to the end, but then the epilogue revealed another big secret. I LOVED this one!

After falling in love with The Husband's Secret, I decided to read Big Little Lies in July by the same author. I still don't know which one I love more. This one again followed three women (not the same ones!) as their children start kindergarten. This one was funny and fast paced and witty. I adored the character of Madeline and her daughter. Laine Moriarty is one of my new favorite authors. Be sure and read What Alice Forgot by her too!

In October, I enjoyed Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Mindy Kaling is one of my favorite people on the planet. She is such a good role model and so smart and funny. I loved her first book, but this one was even better! I gave this one as a Christmas gift to my cousin because all girls should be motivated by Mindy Kaling!

In December I decided to read Red Queen because so many people had recommended it to me. It didn't sound like a book I would like, but I decided why not? I became obsessed with this book. It's like a cross between The Hunger Games and The Selection, which is my favorite series ever (besides Harry Potter of course!). In this world, people are divided into two groups based on their blood color. Silvers are the elite and live fabulous lives and have superpowers (this part almost made me not read it, but I got past that part) while the Reds are poor and work their entire lives. The main character, Mare, is a red who is sent to work at the palace and accidentally discovers she has powers in front of the royal court. Since everyone saw, the royals have to figure out how to deal with Mare so they tell everyone she is the long lost princess. I could have done with a *tad* more romance, but the plot twist in this one will leave you counting down the days until the sequel is released in February. Just in case you're wondering, I'm Team Cal!

So that's my year in books! What were your favorite reads that I should check out? Follow me on Goodreads to see what I'm reading next! :)

Hi y'all! I'm currently enjoying Christmas break (ah, the perks of being a teacher!) and catching up on some good books. Today I wanted to chat about my latest read, Come Back to Me by Mila Gray.
I had never heard of this author or this book until I stumbled upon it on Goodreads. I usually never pay attention to the books they recommend to the side after you submit a book you've read, but for some reason this one caught my eye. When I read the description I knew it was one I had to read, so I immediately called my bookstore and luckily, they had one copy left. 

Y'all, this book! Obviously, I thought it would be good since I bought it, but I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. I was expecting a light hearted, coming of age YA book that I would enjoy, but probably forget about in a few weeks. This book was more than that! The writing was great, they characters were fully developed and interesting. I LOVED it! I guess I'm getting ahead of myself. Maybe I should tell you what it's about.

The main character, Jessa, has always had a crush on her brother's best friend, but it isn't reciprocated until he (Kit) returns from Afghanistan along with Jessa's brother, Riley. Jessa is about to graduate high school and Kit is home for 4 weeks until he and Riley leave out again. Jessa and Kit begin dating in secret so her brother and dad (who is very strict and doesn't like Kit) won't find out. 
At the beginning of the book, Kit's father arrives at Jessa's house and Jessa knows he's delivering bad news. Either her brother or Kit has been killed. The reader finds out which character that is as the book goes on. The setting is over a time span of 5 years; the majority of which take place the first month of Kit and Jessa's relationship, but the story progresses through Kit's second trip overseas. 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Likes: I adored Kit! I also loved that the story alternated between Kit's point of view and Jessa's POV. 

Dislikes: Even though the epilogue jumped forward 5 years, I still had questions about the characters. I won't say more since that would be giving away who died, but I have questions!

Read if you're in the mood for: a quick, light YA/NA read with a wonderful, sweet, amazing romance! 

Mila Gray has written another book that features Jessa's best friend Didi. It's called This is One Moment. Y'all know I've already got it ordered! 

Follow me on Goodreads to see what I'm reading next!

Yep, it's December and I'm posting my October and November book reviews. Better late than never, right? I thought about skipping this post because it's so late, but I did really want to share these books with y'all because there were some great ones that I read during the months of October and November. Let's get started!

After seeing this one on Reese Witherspoon's Instagram, I knew I had to check it out. I never realized how much I liked the crime genre. I never thought I'd say that either but all these Gone Girl inspired books are great! I haven't been able to get through GG yet though. 
In a Dark, Dark Wood is about a group of women and a guy who go away to this glass house in the woods for a bachelorette party and someone dies. It was really good and kept me guessing until the end! 

I can't remember how I discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid, but boy am I glad I did! Maybe in Another Life was my first read of hers and it was one of my favorites of October/November. It was about a choice the main character makes one night after seeing her old flame. One set of chapters shows the life she had if she stayed the night with him and the other set of chapters shows her life if she left. Love, love, love!

I've seen Jojo Moyes books on the shelves for a while now, and I've never brought myself to read one because I HATE the covers! They look like books from the 1970's! Ew! I decided to not judge a book by its cover and picked this one up. Oh my goodness. It was wonderful, but make sure you bring tissues! I don't think I've ever cried as much after reading a book as I did when I finished this one. 
There's a sequel to this one called After You, but I'm not reading it. It couldn't possibly be like I want it to after this one's ending. 

Karen Slaughter's Pretty Girls is another Gone Girl inspired (in my opinion) and I was excited about it! Sadly, it didn't live up to what I wanted it to be. It was way too much about the process of uncovering the husband's lies and not enough about the actual story of how the characters got to where they did. If this plot had been written like Big Little Lies or The Husband's Secret, I would have loved it! The idea of the storyline was great, but the execution was a miss for me. 

The Mara Dyer series is a YA trilogy. I read the first two a few years ago and the last one came out earlier this year. I remember LOVING this series when I originally read it, but I remembered nothing about it, so I decided to reread the first two before getting the third. 
My taste in books must have changed because I did not find this one interesting at all. I managed to get through the first one, but I was ready to move onto something else and decided to abandon this series! 

After reading TJR's Maybe in Another Life, I immediately ordered this one and After I do. I loved this one, but it was a sad one! I read it and Me Before You back to back and after finishing them, I definitely needed a happy, light hearted read! This one is about a girl and a guy meeting and falling in love in six weeks. They get married and 6 days later the guy dies. This book is the story of how they met and how the girl moves on. It's a great read! 

Hits: In a Dark, Dark Wood; Maybe in Another Life; Forever, Interrupted; Me Before You

Misses: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; Pretty Girls

October/November Favorite Read: Maybe in Another Life

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