Hello my fellow readers!
I know we are a week into the New Year and this should’ve been posted at the very least by the third of January. But, I’m playing catch up and starting a new schedule for posting. Stay tuned for all of my updates soon!
10: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
For more on what I liked/loved about the story, please check out my review here
9: My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
An absolutely fantastic read! My Oxford Year is a great coming-of-age story that follows Ella Durran, an American Rhodes Scholar and Jamie Davenport, a Teacher’s Assistant in the English Literature Department who also happens to be a Brit. The story, which you can probably guess from the title, takes place on the illustrious Oxford University campus as well as the surrounding neighborhood. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance with a Nicholas Sparks twist, I definitely recommend picking up this debut novel.
8: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
I think I’ve gushed enough about this book, but if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out my review, click on the link here
7: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
If your looking for a young adult coming of age story with a bit of romance then this is your book! Some important topics and themes included are; fostering to adopt, and the foster care system, diversity and a great family dynamic.
6: Josh + Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
This was definitely one of my favorite contemporary reads of 2018. Hazel is funny, witty and quirky and can be a little out there but not in an annoying way (at least to me). Josh is the typical no-nonsense character who typically wouldn’t match very well with Hazel platonically or romantically but they bring out the best in each other.
5: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Another top contemporary read! Stella Lane, who has Asperger’s syndrome hires Michael Phan, an escort to better understand relationships and get better at sex. Their relationship slowly progresses and the sexual tension between them literally keeps you at the edge of your seat. I jokingly describe as the smuttiest non-smut read. It’s also full of family drama, insight into social interaction for someone who has Aspergers. It’s a fun, heartwarming romance.
4: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
I know most readers are familiar with her book Dumplin’, which also happens to be a Netflix special, but Ramona Blue definitely blue (wink) me away! Check out my review here
3: Renegades by Marissa Meyer
An awesome start to an interesting futuristic action-packed hero sci-fi trilogy! It reads like a movie and I loved every second of it! Be on the look out for a review soon!
2: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
The end of an unforgettable series that gave me so many emotions I couldn’t keep up. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, I definitely recommend checking out the first book, Throne of Glass. Its absolutely difficult to give a proper review without giving spoilers so I’ll just say, it was a fantastic end to a fantastic series and after I finished it I had the same emotions I had after reading Deathly Hallows.
1: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas!
Of course, being that it is my number one book of the year, I’ve probably gushed many, many times about the raw beauty and necessity of this book! As a young black woman, I found I resonated so much with Starr’s character! Please check out my review here.