Top 16 of 2016

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Is it too late to share my favorites 16 books of 2016??? I hope as hell not, because I’m doing it today! Here they are, my Top 16 of 2016 😀 . Click on the titles to get directed to my reviews of those books. And keep in mind, these are my favorite reads of the year, but most of them didn’t come out in 2016.


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A Monster Calls | The Score | Isla and the Happily Ever After | Ugly Love | Price of a Kiss | A Court of Mist and Fury | Illuminae | Archer’s Voice | Highly Illogical Behaviour | Us | Anything You Want | Forbidden | Lady Midnight | Carry On | Wallbanger | Life After Juliet

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporaries!

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?

I decided to go the obvious way and do some of my favorite contemporaries, either YA, NA or adult. Here we go!


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August TBR

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This month I’ll point to reading 14 books at least, some that I had on my list before, other are ARCs, and I might be reading the Off-Campus series again, in preparation to The Goal‘s release. I’ll be reading a few of these with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much.

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  1. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  2. Heartfall by J.B. McGee
  3. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  4. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  5. Tyson Caine (Brothers in Arms #1) by Aleya Michelle
  6. The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen
  7. Blind Spot by Katana Collins
  8. Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry
  9. Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey
  10. The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
  11. The Proverbial Mr. Universe by Maria La Serra
  12. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read
  13. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read
  14. The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent 5 Star Reads

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Well, I do 5 Star books… a lot. I don’t give away full 5 stars easily, but I do rate a lot of books between 4.5 and 5 stars. That’s what I’m showing today: my last ten favorite reads, a.k.a., books I have 4.5 to 5 stars.


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The Score (Off-Campus #3) (Elle Kennedy)

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He knows how to score, on and off the ice  

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world — and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.


When I started this book I seriously doubted that Allie and Dean could take the top spot that Hannah and Garrett were holding since I started this series. I knew the book would be entertaining, because it’s Dean, but I never expected it to be as deep and emotional and amazing as it turned out to be. Sorry Hannah and Garrett, I still love you guys, but Dean and Allie’s story totally stole my heart.

This book is so far the most entertaining of the series, and it literally had me laughing out loud at 3 in the morning, when I should have been sleeping by the way, and rushing home to finish the book in less than 24 hours.

Dean is such a great character! I mean, sure, he likes to sleep around and all, and honestly, what’s so wrong with that? But he’s always honest about his feelings and what he wants, and I like him all the more for that. Also, the reason why he uses the living room so much… is it weird that I find it kind of hot? Don’t answer that!!! I also loved how smart and normal he was… contrary to Garrett and Logan, Dean as an amazing family, who he loves and love him back and support the hell out of him, and that’s amazing. I also love the way he sees life and that he teaches Allie to love herself more and to not care about other people’s judgments.

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Allie is wonderful as always. I’ve loved her since the first book, because she’s such a great friend to Hannah, but I loved finding out more about her and seeing how strong she was, fighting for her future and career for her own.

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Their relationship starts out playfully, goes to casual hookups, to a friendship to a full fledged relationship when they realize just how much they care for each other. Honestly, the moment it happens, it warmed my heart, because they were so damn honest with each other. Their romance is beautiful!!!!

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One of the best part of this series is still the bromances all around. Dean has amazing interactions with all the guys in this book, some amazing ones with Garrett, a very memorable one with Logan, but it’s his relationship with Beau Maxwell that warms my heart. Beau had made small appearances in The Deal and The Mistake, but he is one of Dean’s best friends, and it shows by their conversations, and by the fact that Beau is the first to know about Allie.

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ohhh… gotta love the Beau and Dean’s Twilight talk, right?

Also, this book has little kids in it! And Dean Di-Laurentis with kids? CUTEST THING EVER!!!

The conflict in this book was the most real and heartbreaking of the three books, and for the first time, I didn’t see it coming. Well, not in the way it presented itself… it broke my heart. Seriously, I was crying, my heart was in pieces… But I love how they grew so much because of it…

All around, I loved this book. LOVED IT! The funny, the very sexy, the heartbreaking, the swoon-worthy moments… all of it. It was my favorite of the three, and after I finished it I just wanted to pick up The Deal again and read them all over again.

Now I can’t wait for the next one, Tucker’s story will be explosive :D.