Wheeeee!!! It’s a doubly awesome Saturday ’cause it’s Reader Favorites day, AND it’s Halloween so I have a special treat. Today is Sadie’s turn and she switched up the favorites-list format a little. She’s been with us since 2013 and I must admit, her book tastes ROCK HARD!!! She and I discuss our latest awesome “finds” often, and Sadie’s suggestions do NOT disappoint.
A little on her HEA & cliffhanger preferences:
“I never want to know if it’s a HEA. If I hear that a book has a HEA, it’s always lingering in the back of my mind and I feel less emotionally invested. For me, it’s the same with movies. Agree that cliffhanger warnings are good because I am with Melissa – I always forget details from the previous book/s so prefer to read the series together if I can. For some, I just can’t wait “
She always finds me tummy twisters, whether they be romance or psych thrillers and she’s also part of our peanut gallery. Throws peanuts at us often, for a few of her favorites that we (*ahem* I)have yet to read.
“Eleanor and Park!!!! OMG they get all the peanuts! … I’d like to join in. Also, I have been telling maryse to read “the kind worth killing” forever so I’ll throw some peanuts for them.”
But now we have her whole list and I am SO gonna use this!! And I love how she categorized her favorites. So know matter what we’re in the mood for, she’s got a favorite!
“Maryse, this was fun! We’ve been homebound this weekend so I appreciate the distraction. ”
How to Kill a Rock Star and God Shaped Hole: A Novel by Tiffanie DeBartolo: These books are everything! I could go on (and on and on..) but just read them. PS – I love the thread that connects the two books.
The Bronze Horseman Series, Paullina Simons: I can’t remember being so consumed by a series as I was with this one. Tatiana and Alexander’s is the ultimate life-long love story.
Emi Lost & Found Series, Lori Otto. This is the series more people should be reading. Lori Otto is so talented and after reading the series you feel like her characters are family.
The Original Sinners Series, Tiffany Reisz. Fascinating series that gets better with each book, and Soren, Nora and Kingsley are some of the most interesting and complex characters.
Favorite psyc thriller mysteries:
Sharp Objects: A Novel, Dark Places: A Novel and Gone Girl: A Novel, Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn is a genius. Her entire arsenal is amazing (and the opposite of romance) and she writes the creepiest, darkest, twistiest and most captivating stories. Can’t wait for her next book!
The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel, Peter Swanson. This book will not restore your faith in humanity but will show you a really good time. A great psyc thriller, one of my favorites this year.
Dangerous Girls, Abigail Haas. My favorite YA psyc thriller that had me gasping out loud at one point.
Favorite “I’ll read anything this author writes:”
What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty. One of my favorite authors – her dialogue is funny and sharp and her characters are all hot messes but relatable. Also, Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret” has the best epilogue ever.
After I Do: A Novel and Forever, Interrupted: A Novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid. More than love stories these books address some of life’s heaviest topics in a realistic and relatable way. And they are unputdownable. I will read anything she writes forever and ever.
Me Before You: A Novel, Jojo Moyes and The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. I loved both of these amazing stories for how they mixed memorable characters with humor and heartbreak. I rarely cry from books but I cried – for a while – from both. Don’t miss them.
Slammed: A Novel, Colleen Hoover. I’m a huge fan of all things CoHo but am including Slammed here because I still remember “that moment” of realization and my heart dropped. And The Avett Brothers.
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell. I love these two funny, sweet characters so much, as well as the hopeful but realistic ending.
The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel, Katja Millay. I was blown away by the unconventional storyline and characters. Would love to read more from this author.
Left Drowning (Left Drowning Series Book 1), Jessica Park and True Love Story, Willow Aster. I’ve been struggling to find books I like in NA lately, and these are two of my favorites from a few years ago.
Favorite book I read this year:
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed. I read this for the 2015 book challenge in the non-fiction category and it.was.fantastic. I highlighted every page and I will go back to it over and over again. I’d recommend it to everyone.