I am wishing you and all of the beautiful book lovers on your blog, season’s greetings. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the wonderful community you have created in 2016, and I am thankful for the lovely online friendships that I have developed here. In a busy and sometimes demanding world, finding time to read is such a luxury, but finding so many people who share my love of reading and make me smile almost every day is a blessing.
Thank you for all of your hard work in keeping us abreast of the new releases, author news and providing us with excellent book reviews….my tbr thanks you too…as does my Amazon credit card bill!!
I have put together my favourite books for 2016, in no particular order:
1) I have to start my list with the best Marmie books I read this year…because generally I steer away from the tummy twisty, heart shredders, but every so often I pull up my socks, roll my shoulders back and tackle something I know will hurt. Loverboy (Dartmoor Book 5) by Lauren Gilley and Random & Rare (Lock & Key Book 2) by Cat Porter. Both of these books HURT but Dig’s story in Random and Rare completely undid me. The most astounding and wonderful skill of Cat Porter, in writing this book, is the reader already knows Dig is dead and he narrates his tale from the grave. A little piece of my heart was left behind in the pages of this book. PS: It’s really hard to read when you can’t stop crying.
2) I adore a contemporary romance/comedy romp that has the ability to both make me swoon and laugh out loud. This year I read a few books that could slot into this category. The best…The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne had me laughing from the beginning, so smart and witty but sexy too. What’s not to love in an enemies-to-lovers book? And Max Monroe’s Banking the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires Book 2) with crazy Cassie and Thatch the Jolly Green Giant. Had me quite literally laughing so much, even though I thought I’d struggle with Cassie’s constant language, it was a bit like watching Walking Dead…I became de-sensitized the further into it I went and the laughs outweighed the course language. Genius.
3) I am always a fan of a rock star Hero and this year I fell hard for Killian in Idol (VIP Book 1) by Kristen Callihan. The meet-cute scenario at the beginning was unique and funny and hooked me immediately. And Dylan in Blur (Changing Colors Book 2) by NA Alcorn just had me reminiscing about Kellan from Thoughtless, so damn hot. Loved the music references throughout too.
4) I love a sports themed contemporary romance too and I read some awesome ones this year… The Score (Off-Campus Book 3) by Elle Kennedy (I’ve loved the entire series). The Play by Karina Halle, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata, Moonshot by Alessandra Torre and Ginger Scott’s Hold My Breath all got 5 stars for me but there were so many others with a solid 4 stars. A good year for hot sports stars.
5) New to me authors (who have become ‘must-read everything they write from now on’ favourites). This is easy and I’m sure a few will agree, Undecided by Julianna Keyes, hands down. Loved this book from beginning to end, Nora and Crosbie are adorable. Clever writing.
6) I don’t read much paranormal/ fantasy anymore but occasionally all the reality gets a bit much and this year I loved escaping to BDB-ville with The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13) by JR Ward and the courtyard with Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop.
7) All-time favourite author who didn’t let me down this year was Bounty (Colorado Mountain Series Book 7) by KA. Loved it, beginning to end and Deke is quite possibly my most loved KA hero.
8) The books I have been drawn to more than anything else this year have been gritty Motorcycle club books (I think last year was hockey players…this year bikers) and the best books I have read all year, ahead of everything else have been Lauren Gilley’s Dartmoor series and Susan Fanetti’s Night Horde series. In fact of my 34 five star books this year ten of them are from these authors. Faultless.
9) Best YA fiction. We Were Liars by E Lockhart. A dark twisted cross between Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and F Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. Tragic and beautiful. Loved it! A very good reminder of why I should read more YA fiction.
I had a great reading year in 2016 and stuck to my Goodreads Challenge to read and write a review for 150 books. I took on and met the NaNoWriMo challenge…something I have wanted to do for a couple of years now. And, finally my real life Book Club celebrated 10 years together.
I hope everyone in Maryse Land has a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year. Lisa x
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