Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like Author Colleen Hoover’s Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author. I know it’s probably going to be a popular choice, but I’m going with Ten Books To Read If You Like Author Colleen Hoover’s Books.

I love the way Colleen Hoover’s books make me feel. Every time I read one of her books, my heart is broken and put back together in the most amazing ways. The books/authors I’ve chosen on this list all do the same thing. I feel blessed to have found all of these authors and their beautiful books.

I’ve included the book blurb for each book from Goodreads, in case anyone is interested in knowing what each book is about.


 1. Falling Into You (Falling #1) by Jasinda Wilder

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and

the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

 2. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

 3. Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts #1) by Claire Contreras

He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.
One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he’ll obliterate it.

 4. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

 5. Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

 6. The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

 7. Broken (Redemption #1) by Lauren Layne

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

 8. Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

 9. More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.

 10. Bright Side by Kim Holden

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


Are there any other books/authors you would add to this list?

Blindness

 Blindness by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: February 23, 2014

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Charlie Hudson’s childhood was anything but easy. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she started to figure out who she was. Then, her father died suddenly and she was alone. Everything Charlie thought she knew about herself was gone.

It wasn’t until Charlie met up and coming lawyer, Trevor, that she could move on. Trevor was everything Charlie needed: stable, dependable, safe…perfect. Charlie knew her life with Trevor would be perfect.

Charlie’s perfect life is threatened when she meets ex-motocross star turned math tutor, Cody. Recovering from a motorcycle injury, Cody is anything but perfect. For some reason, Charlie can’t help but be drawn to him. She makes the conscious decision to avoid Cody and her attraction to him. Charlie knows she belongs with Trevor.

Nothing is ever that easy for Charlie, though; and luck is not on her side. Suddenly, Charlie finds herself face to face with Cody in a situation she never expected. Will she be able to stay away from the one person that “gets” her?


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Blindness is one of those tough books to rate and review. It’s going to be hard to explain without giving too much away, but I’ll try.

I love Ginger Scott’s writing. I’m always pulled into her stories. They’re often filled with tough topics and intense situations. Ms. Scott knows how to take those tough situations and make them very relatable to the reader.

In Blindness, Ms. Scott thrusts us into the world of a young woman who thinks she knows what love is. Charlie knows she feels safe and happy with Trevor. She loves him. Charlie also knows she feels a connection to Cody. He’s exactly the opposite of what Charlie’s looking for, but she can’t help be drawn to him when he understands things Trevor doesn’t. It puts Charlie in a position of having to make tough choices about what she needs and wants in her life.

It’s Charlie’s decisions throughout the story that made me question what my rating of Blindness would be. I hated her actions. Everything she did bothered me. She made me feel uncomfortable and angry. It was frustrating because Ms. Scott’s writing was so good that I could empathize with Charlie even though I didn’t like what was going on. How do you rate a book with a main character like that?

Well, I slept on it. I went to my daughter’s soccer games and kept the book in the back of my mind. Then, when I got home, I acknowledged that I don’t have to like everything that goes on in a book for it to be worthy of a high rating. Because when it comes down to it, Blindness made me do something I want all books to do. It made me think and it made me feel. It made me examine my own thoughts on love and relationships. I may not have fallen in love with Charlie, but not all books can be rainbows and unicorns, right?

Would I recommend Blindness? The answer is yes. Readers have to be willing to maybe be uncomfortable at times, but in the end it will pay off. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with a Ginger Scott book.

ARC Review: Firsts

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Synopsis:

High school senior Mercedes Ayres mission is simple. She wants to make sure the girls at her school have a better first time than she did. In order to achieve that mission, Mercedes lets those girls’ fumbling boyfriends prepare themselves for sex by doing it first with her. At least that way she can give them the instructions they so desperately need to make their girlfriends’ first times special.

It’s been pretty easy to keep her mission a secret so far. The guys know that in order to lose their virginity with her, discretion is important. Not even Mercedes own mom or religious best friend know what’s going on in her bedroom.

But Merecedes’ secret might not be as secret as she thought. When Angela’s boyfriend comes knocking on Mercedes’ door, she knows she’s going to have to make some choices. Those choices may expose her little project and ruin the image she has worked so hard to build. Will Mercedes have the strength she needs to not only repair her reputation but to admit she might actually have feelings for the one guy who’s always wanted more?


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Firsts was a tough book for me to read. While the storyline sounds new and fun, it wasn’t fun to read most of the time. It was actually kind of depressing. There were so many tough issues going on in this book.

I felt bad for Mercedes. Her parents sucked and she had no support system. She was so busying trying to hide who she really was and what she was doing that even her so-called best friend didn’t really know her.

When things started to take a turn for the (even) worse for Mercedes, the story became uncomfortable for me to read. I honestly considered putting the book down and marking it DNF. I know what happened to Mercedes happens to people all the time in real life, but it didn’t make it any easier to read.

I also think the author could have done a little bit more with the story to deal with the reasons behind Mercedes’ quest. I felt like I was told why she did what she did but there wasn’t any resolution to the reasons.

So, obviously, this book wasn’t my favorite. BUT I do think it was well written and would be a good book for teenagers to read. It does a great job at getting across the point that anything that is written down (even if it’s private and hidden) can find its way to the public. Same with anything that’s said or done. You never know if someone is recording your actions. With technology, you can’t be 100% sure anything is private.

**I received an electronic copy of First from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List. (For anyone that doesn’t already know, TBR stands for To Be Read.) I’m really excited to share with you the books I can’t wait to read this fall!


1. After You by Jojo Moyes

Release date: September 29, 2015

Me Before You was the first book to really touch me and make me examine some of the ideas I had about life and death. I am so excited to see what is next for the main character, Louisa Clark. I want to see how she’s grown as a person since Me Before You. I’m pretty sure I’ll be shedding some more tears.

2. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Release date: September 1, 2015

I’m honestly not sure how I truly feel about the release of this book. I loved the second and third book in the Millenium series (Notice I left out the boring first book?), but I don’t know how I feel about someone else writing Lisbeth’s story. I will read it simply because I’m curious.

3. Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales

Release date: September 15, 2015

I loved This Song Will Save Your Life, so I’m interested in reading another of Leila Sales’ books. This one sounds good!

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Release date: October 6, 2015

I’ve read Fangirl, so there’s no way I’m missing Carry On. I’ve already put in a request from the library for it!

5. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Release date: October 20, 2015

A Little Something Different was a favorite of mine. I’m looking forward to see if Signs Point to Yes is as intriguing and different as it.

6. All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) by Jill Shalvis

Release date: October 6, 2015

Animal Magnetism is my favorite Jill Shalvis contemporary romance series. I can’t wait to read All I Want and get to know more about Zoe Stone. Plus, Jill Shalvis writes amazing alpha males.

7. The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton

Ummm….Two words: Maggie Stiefvater. Well, actually it’s one name, but you get it. She writes, I read.

8. Reckless in Love (The Maverick Billionaires #2) by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully

Release date: October 14, 2015

One of my first reviews for A Novel Glimpse was Breathless in Love, the first book in this series. I’m definitely going to be reading the next book!

9. Anything for You (Blue Heron #7) by Kristan Higgins

Release date: December 29, 2015

Another of my favorite contemporary romance series is the Blue Heron series. Each book makes me laugh. I can’t wait to see what Kristan Higgins has in store for Connor O’Roarke.

10. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Release date: November 10, 2015

November 9 is releasing on November 10. Huh… This is another obvious one. It’s CoHo. Of course, I’m going to read it the minute it comes out. By the snippets I’ve read so far, it’s bound to be amazing.


What books are on your TBR list this fall? Any that are the same? Different?

Infinity + One

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

Publication Date: June 8, 2014

Publisher: Amy Harmon

Synopsis:

Bonnie Rae Shelby is done. She’s done being a country superstar. She’s done doing what’s she’s told. But mostly, Bonnie is done with living. Bonnie Rae’s made her choice, chosen her actions, but a chance meeting will change the course of her life forever.

Finn Clyde may not have much to live for, but he wants the chance to live. He knows helping Bonnie Rae will ruin his chance of a normal life. He knows he should walk away. He just can’t do it.

Together, Bonnie Rae and Finn embark on the journey of a lifetime. The journey will change their lives forever.


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


The first thing I have to say (to myself) is why haven’t I read any of Amy Harmon’s books before? Friends had told me how amazing they were. I just hadn’t picked one up. That was a giant mistake.

Infinity + One was a very cleverly written book. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because there are so many neat little surprises in store for the reader. I will say the story was very entertaining, heartbreaking, funny and hopeful. I absolutely loved the complex characters Ms. Harmon created in Bonnie Rae and Finn.

I would highly recommend Infinity + One to anyone who loves an amazing NA contemporary read. It is going on my list of favorite books to recommend. (Sorry, I’m sure there are going to be a lot of Amy Harmon reviews from me in the near future.) I’m not sure if it’s still on sale, but I was lucky to get it for $.99 on an Amazon deal.

The Shameless Hour

The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: April 12, 2015

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

As Harkness men’s hockey team manager, it’s Bella’s job to take care of the hockey players. She knows she does her job well–maybe a little too well in some people’s eyes. It’s no secret she has spent time out of practice with some of the players. Bella’s not embarrassed, though. Sex is something she likes. She’s good at it and she has no desire to complicate things with a relationship. So, why does a one night stand with her hot neighbor, Rafe, make her second guess herself?

Rafe always thought he would lose his virginity to someone he loved. His teen mother and strict Catholic upbringing had him waiting for the right time and person. Rafe never thought he’d lose his virginity in a drunken hook-up with his sexy neighbor. He can’t help but feel guilty about their one-night stand.

Then, Rafe comes to Bella’s aid when she needs it the most. Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help but she has no choice but accept it — and maybe him as well.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series. Ms. Bowen has a way of taking issues or problems facing today’s young adults and weaving amazing stories around them. I always end a book in this series feeling like I’ve either learned something new or gained a different insight than I had before.

The Shameless Hour had the same effect on me. It was way more than just another New Adult romance. It dealt with a very relevant issue in today’s American society: slut shaming. I felt Ms. Bowen did an amazing job tackling this particular issue. Through Bella, Ms. Bowen put slut shaming in terms readers could identify with.

I also liked how Rafe’s thoughts and feelings around his virginity were addressed. It’s very rare in book to have a male virgin in their late teens or early twenties. It was a refreshing point of view.

Not only did I like the messages and information The Shameless Hour was delivering, but I loved the romance and chemistry between Bella and Rafe. There was a sweetness between them that was adorable.

I would highly recommend the entire The Ivy Years series, including The Shameless Hour. Sarina Bowen’s writing is excellent, the stories are full of fun and sweet moments, and I always end up learning something new.

Other books in this series:

  

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Before the Blog #10: The Ghosts of Heaven

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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 The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Publication Date: October 2, 2014

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Synopsis:

I’m not sure I can do the description justice, so here is what Goodreads says:

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book?

I chose it for a couple of different reasons. First, because the only place I’ve ever seen it publicized was in a copy of BookPage I picked up at the library. I think it deserves to be out in the spotlight more.

Second, as soon as I finished The Ghosts of Heaven, I felt like I needed to call all of my friends and tell them to read it. Well, first I yelled a really loud expletive and my husband stared at me like I was crazy, but then I wanted to call a friend to tell them to read it. I wanted someone to talk to about The Ghosts of Heaven. It completely blew my mind.

I really enjoyed each one of the four stories. I can’t really pick a favorite after reading the entire book. I read them in the order they were printed and I would probably suggest doing that, even though the author says you can read them in any order. What an amazing novel!

When did you read this book?

I read it in one day in January 2015.

Who would you recommend this book to?

It’s a Historical Young Adult novel, so just about anyone could read it. It may seem slow at the start, but it’s very worth reading.

Going Long

 Going Long (Waiting #2) by Ginger Scott

Publication Date: September 25, 2013

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

High school sweethearts Reed and Nolan have been through many ups and downs in their relationship. College is no different — especially when they’re at schools two hours apart. Can Reed and Nolan make their love last? Or will football, school or misunderstandings ruin any chance they have of happily ever after?

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I had to jump right into Going Long the minute I finished Waiting on the Sidelines. I couldn’t help myself. I was curious to see where Reed and Nolan’s relationship was going next. They had been through so many ups and downs.

From the start, Going Long had me on pins and needles. Even though things started out happy enough, I was worried for Reed and Nolan. I knew it was only so long before something drove a wedge between them.

I was totally right, too. Going Long was filled was just as much drama as Waiting on the Sidelines. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. That probably sounds impossible, but it’s the only way I can think of to describe it.

It sucked watching Nolan’s insecurities get the best of her. I understood, but her strength in Waiting on the Sidelines was something I really admired. I was sad things were harder for her this time around. Reed, though — Reed made me love him. I wasn’t so sure I liked him after the first book, but he definitely redeemed himself in my eyes in this one.

Going Long was an outstanding coming of age romance. I would highly suggest this series and any of Ginger Scott’s books. She’s quickly becoming one of my go-to authors.

Other books in this series:

Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE! My Choice: Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is FREEBIE – your choice! I looked back through the themes for this year that I missed. I decided to pick Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to MeI’m excited about this theme because it reminds me of books that I loved.


1. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

My old boss and I used to recommend books to each other. She recommended Plain Truth to me. I absolutely loved it when I read it. I went on to read many more of Jodi Picoult novels after that.

2. Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

So, I have to admit Kaleidoscope Hearts wasn’t recommended to me personally. Colleen Hoover recommended it all of her Facebook followers. Since I love CoHo’s books, I decided to try this one. I’m glad I did. I’ve read many of Claire Contreras’ books now and I love them.

3. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Speaking of Colleen Hoover…Thank you Amazon for recommending Colleen Hoover to me after I read Jessica Park. I appreciate the love affair you started.

4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Normally, I’m the one recommending books to my sister and mom, but they both read this one before me. They told me to read it and I did. It was full of laughs.

5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale wasn’t exactly recommended to me. I was in a book group and the lady that started it had been in one prior. She didn’t want to re-read any of the books she’d already read in her last group, so she gave us a list of books we couldn’t pick. This was on that list and I decided to read it. So, in a way, she recommended it to me.

6. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

A few years ago, a mom at my daughter’s preschool recommended The Scent of Rain and Lightning to me. I just happened to see it at the library right after that and picked it up. I really liked it.

7. Bright Side by Kim Holden

I feel like a broken record. This book is on almost all of my lists. It profoundly influenced me. I have my favorite Goodreads buddy readers to thank for introducing me to Bright Side. They’ve also introduced me to the next to books/authors as well.

8. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Nine Minutes and it’s sequel Out of Time have messed with my mind in ways not many books have. Don’t let the plain cover fool you. This book is packed full of stuff. Like I said, I have my Goodreads buddies to thank for this one.

9. How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

I would have never known about Ginger Scott had I not decided to buddy read this book on Goodreads. It would have been a shame. I’ve only read one other of her books, but I have a third waiting on my Kindle. It’s going to take some time, but I plan on reading all of her books.

10. The Villa by Nora Roberts

I don’t exactly remember my first Nora Roberts book. All I know is that it was given to me by my mom. The Villa is the first one I remember loving. After reading it, I went on to read a ton of Nora Roberts books. I would say her books are what started me down the path to being the reader I am today. But honestly, I have my mom to thank for my love of reading.


That’s my list. What are some of the best books people have recommended to you? Tell me in the comments.

Waiting on the Sidelines

Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting #1) by Ginger Scott

Publications Date: November 13, 2103

Publisher: Ginger Scott

Synopsis:

Nolan Lennox’s boyish name fits her. She’s a tomboy at heart, her clothing choices filled with boys’ soccer shorts, sports logo tees and knee socks. Nolan was happy being who she was until her freshman year of high school. Then, a couple of devastating comments changes it all. Now, Nolan’s changing her style and trying to catch the eye of the most popular boy at Coolridge High without losing too much of herself.

Reed Johnson is following in his father and older brother’s footsteps. He’s quarterback of the Coolridge High School football team with college scouts watching from the sidelines. He’s got a hot, older girlfriend and his dad’s rich. There’s not much else Reed could ask for. He’s got it all.

Then, Reed meets Lennox. She’s nothing like the girls he’s dated before. He doesn’t understand why he’s drawn to her, but he can’t help but be. Reed wants to be the best person he can for Lennox. He’s just not sure he can avoid breaking her heart.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I stayed up until 1:00 am reading this book. I got up in the morning and continued reading this book. I have not put this down except to sleep. I couldn’t.

The story consumed me. There was so much going on! I can’t believe how many different issues Ginger Scott was able to work into one book! Waiting on the Sidelines was a rollercoaster of emotions and events from the beginning to end.

Through it all, Nolan Lennox shined. She started out a self-conscious tomboy but quickly matured into a girl who knew herself and what was worth fighting for. The way she treated herself and others was special. Ginger Scott made her true to herself from beginning to end. Sometimes, I think that’s missing in YA books.

I have to admit I didn’t always like Reed. I’m still not even sure if I like him after finishing the book. I’m not sure if his sweet moments with Nolan were enough. But his actions and reactions to life felt real. In some ways, he reminded me of boys I dated in high school or college.

Oh, and I just have to say that I loved the Arizona setting. I went to ASU and it felt like taking a trip back in time. I remember those desert bonfire parties and the heat. It made me smile a lot while reading this book.

Waiting on the Sidelines was spectacular. It is going on my list of favorite books. Once again, Ginger Scott has emotionally levelled me. I feel a huge book hangover coming on. Luckily, I have the next Waiting book ready to read.

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