It’s TIME!!!! It’s time for my book-twin’s list (the other half of our “Marmy-ness list”) and I haven’t even PEEKED yet at this one. She sent it, I “stored” it… and I kept my eyes closed until RIGHT now. I get to see what my book twin loved, that I haven’t read yet.
Eeeeeeeeeep! I’m so excited! (P.S. Now that I’ve peeked BIG time, making this post I realize, surprise surprise!!! She loves the same ones I did. And guess what? The ones she’s read and loved, that I haven’t yet? TOP OF MY TBR LIST!!!)
Wait a minute. What?!!!! Ames. Aaaaaaaaaaaames!!!!! There are some books in this list that I’ve not even heard of yet. HOW?!! HOWWWWWWW???? Can this be?!!!
Here’s my list!!
Soooooooo, it’s the last day of 2016, and I finished one book just in time to make it on this list. YAY!!! Most of these were five stars, but the ones which weren’t are still affecting me enough months later that they HAVE to be on the list. Here goes (in no particular order):
Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas – Jerkface meanie but an (almost…okay mostly) understandable chip on his shoulder. But you can understand why she is the way she is as well. Anyone remember the name he called her and what he did to her hair in that one part? JERKFACE!! SO much fun.
Held by Edeet Ravel – Maryse said it was a Marmy read. So I read it. Wondered where the Marmy-ish stuff was. And then…BA-BAM!!!! I still say “they” were wrong. Most likely. Probably? No, they WERE wrong. I’m sticking to it. *bites fingernail* Right?
The Turning Point by Freya North – Recommended as a heart-wrenching and ugly-cry inducing read. Took me a while to get into it because of the writing style, but then before I knew it I had been absorbed into the story. Thought I knew what was going to be the heartbreaking part based on one of the things going on. I was wrong. SO wrong. And I’m still bruised from it.
Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones – OMG what a MIND FU…er, mind screw. WOW. The whole thing was so messed up and yet I couldn’t help but be addicted to it. The blurb warns if you need a trigger warning of any kind then it’s not for you…if that’s not catnip then I don’t know what is.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – Did she? No, she couldn’t have. But he could have. Or maybe not? So who did?? And then, the ending…slap my a$$ and call me Sally. Holy moly.
Undecided by Julianna Keyes – Old school NA feel which is SO hard to find anymore. What an unexpected gem. Can’t thank bev enough for finding this one for us!!
Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher – Finished it on the last day of the year, and oh HECK YEAH is it on the list!! What. A. CRAZY. Story. I was all in Fig’s head thinking, “Yeah, YEAH…you’re right, take it from her. Take it!” Then we get Darius’ POV and just WTF?? Are you kidding me? And finally, Jolene’s POV. Er, yeah…I need a mental slap upside the head. Thanks, Tarryn Fisher, for once again screwing with my head…just the way I like it to be screwed with.
And my absolute favorite of the year is actually a tie between two incredibly gut-wrenching/heart-wrenching reads:
It Ends with Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover – Oh, my heart. I am still amazed at how CH made me question my convictions with this one. Months later and I feel like I am STILL healing and all while still thinking, “well, maybe if…” even when I know it ended the only way it could. Damn, did something just sit on my chest?
Hausfrau: A Novel by Jill Alexander Essbaum – Holy hell, this one made an absolute mess of me. What can I say that I haven’t already said? Just read Maryse’s review and you can see what it did to me. I’m stopping there because if I don’t then word vomit will commence.
Cruel & Beautiful by Terri Laine, not because of the twist but because I figured out the twist in the first chapter and as a result had a slowwwwwwww and painful break of my heart *SOB*;
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, because it made me sob and blubber like a freaking baby near the end, and in a male POV at that; and
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, because it is so over the top and you need a completely open mind to read it, yet it still had the power to put me through a whole range of strong and unexpected emotions.
Okay, here are some MORE honorable mentions I had to add. These are the ones which I don’t necessarily think about often but when I see them I think, “Oh YEAH! I remember that one!!!” and then get to relive all the intense emotions.
Oh, and I’ll just get this out of the way right now… Hi, my name is Fig and I’m a copycat.
- 1986 by Morgan Parker (OMG twisty-turny and so freaking bittersweet)
- Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by B.A. Paris
- The Promise of Stardust: A Novel by Priscille Sibley
- How It Ends by Laura Wiess
- Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair
- Why She Left Us by David Dennis (oh, my heart)
- Evelyn, After: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone
- Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Ricochet (A Vigilantes Novel) by Keri Lake
- The Dark Elements Complete Collection: Bitter Sweet Love\White Hot Kiss\Stone Cold Touch\Every Last Breath by Jennifer Armentrout – classic JA but THIS time she made me fall equally hard for both love interests, which means my heart was equally full AND broken when one was chosen and the other had to walk away. Not. Cool. But still sooooo good.