Reader Favorites – Top Five Favorite Books…

by Maryse on November 19, 2016 · 32 comments

in Book Recommendations

This is sort of a hybrid post. A mix between a reader question and of course, reader favorites! Our favorites!

One of our fellow readers is asking TWO questions (book-related), and I think we’ll have fun with this one. ;) She’s making her list, from OUR lists and she asks:

Milissa: “Ok Maryse I would like to see if I can get everyone’s help. I am making my Birthday and Christmas wish list. I would like to see if everyone could send me their top 5 favorites books. And let’s see if we can not duplicate each other. Next is I am asking for every to tell if they could have author signed books who and what book would they get?”

Maryse: Great questions – their top favorite 5 books of any genre?

Milissa: Yep, …I love all types of books. I enjoy emotional romance, cheating, happy & happy. And I love scary, fantasy…

So… your top 5 favorite books ever (any genre) and what is your dream “signed” book?

Trisha : Only five!?

  1. Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon
  2. The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons
  3. Thoughtless series by SC Stephens
  4. The Education of Sebastian by Jane Harvey Berrick
  5. On the Island: A Novel by Tracey Garcia Graves

The only book I’ve ever wanted signed is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon hands down.

Sianne: I 2nd the Thoughtless series!


  1. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
  2. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  3. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Bright Side by Kim Holden

Unicorn book…. God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Maryse: Oooooh would LOVE to have that one!!! :D


  1. Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
  2. Full Tilt by Emma Scott
  3. Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout
  4. Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
  5. Fallen by Lauren Kate

I would definitely love a signed copy of the Beautiful Disaster series!
(P.S if you want a heeeaaappp more pm me lol. I have soooo many you would love. Also all of these are the start of series… I didn’t like only being able to pick 5 lol. That was so hard to do haha)

Shanny: I really Cannot pick my top 5 fav books but I can give you my top 5 fav series that I always go back to & re-read when I need a good mood lift.

  1. Chocolate Lover’s Series by Tara Sivec
  2. Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley
  3. Real Series by Katie Evans
  4. Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  5. Pucked Series by Helena Hunting

My Ideal signed book would be anything by Tara Sivec. LOOOOOOOVE her humor romance books. I always laugh out loud when reading her books :)


  1. Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by Diana Gabaldon
  2. The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons
  3. A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness
  4. The Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins
  5. The Krinar Chronicles by Anna Zaires


  1. A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner
  2. Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  3. Kulti by Mariana Zapata
  4. Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley or Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart since DM Series has already been mentioned. It’s amazing so you still need to get it! Lol
  5. Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Would love to have It Ends with Us signed by Colleen Hoover. She poured her heart into that book and you can really tell!


  1. Play by Kylie Scott
  2. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  3. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
  4. Black Lies by Alessandra Torre
  5. The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

My favorite series of all time that I would love to have signed – The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz


  1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  2. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  3. Signal Bend series by Susan Fanetti
  4. Chaos Series by Kristen Ashley
  5. Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati

Unicorn book signed – anything by Susan Fanetti or Kristen Ashley.


  1. Fever Series by Karen Moning
  2. All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  3. Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
  4. The Stand by Stephen King
  5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (sorry it’s a repeat)

I want the Outlander and Fever books all signed. Ultimate Christmas wish!

Jennifer: Hard to choose only 5

  1. Fearless by Lauren Gilley
  2. Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan
  3. Aftermath by Cara Dee
  4. Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley
  5. Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn

Anything signed by Kristen Ashley


  1. Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire
  2. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
  5. Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

I would love to have any signed by Colleen Hoover or Kristen Ashley:-)


  1. Breathe by Kristen Ashley
  2. WEAKENED by Juliet Braddock
  3. ICE by Hilary Storm
  4. Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton
  5. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

This would be my go to list

Robin: I’ll skip Full Tilt since I have 6 favorites that I consider 6 star books and someone already mentioned it! **cheating** :D

  1. The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur
  2. After I Do: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  3. One True Loves: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. RUSH by Emma Scott
  5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I want Gabriel’s Inferno signed by Sylvain Reynard IN PERSON :)


  1. Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley
  2. Blindsighted by Karen Slaughter
  3. Rules of Prey by John Sandford
  4. Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor
  5. Falling Down by Anne Mercier

As for signed books, anything by Kristen Ashley!

Robyn: 5 is gonna be hard, but here goes

  1. The Mageri and Seven series by Dannika Dark
  2. The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz
  3. Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley
  4. Blood Ties That Bind series by April Ezell Wilson
  5. The Premonition series by Amy Bartol

Since I already have autographed books by Diana Gabaldon, Tiffany Reisz and S.C. Stephens I would love a signed book by Dannika Dark! Or any of the other gals on my list above!


  1. Beautiful Disaster Jamie McGuire (Any Jamie book really)
  2. The Edge of Never JA Redmerski
  3. Slammed Colleen Hoover
  4. Fallen Crest High Tijan
  5. Thoughtless SC Stephens


  1. Love Unscripted by Tina Reber
  2. Lover Awakened by JR Ward
  3. The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons
  4. The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur
  5. Never Let You Go (a modern fairytale) by Katy Regnery

*Man that was hard And I already have my top 3 signed so I’d have to say anything by Sylvia Day

Teri Top five EVER

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
  3. It by Stephen King
  4. The Locker Room by Amy Lane
  5. Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Oh and my dream signed book is Sunset Park by Santino Hassel.


  1. Promise Me Darkness by Paige Weaver.
  2. The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan.
  3. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.
  4. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.
  5. The Troubleshooters Series by Suzanne Brockmann

I would love to have a signed copy of Promise Me Darkness or Reason to Breathe.


  1. Hell And Back by Natasha Madison
  2. Down Shift (A Driven Novel) by K.Bromberg
  3. Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras
  4. Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
  5. Monster in His Eyes by J M Darhower

I would love to get My First BOOK OF Harry Potter signed by JK Rowling!

Alejandra: This is hard as a few of my favorites were already listed above…here goes (in no particular order):

  1. Surviving Raine - Shay Savage
  2. Arsen. A broken love story- Mia Asher
  3. Captive in the Dark (series) – CJ Roberts
  4. Driven (series) – K. Bromberg
  5. Bully - Penelope Douglas

I’d love to have Outlander signed by Diana Gabaldon.

Suanne (<— she’s one of my FAVORITE authors!!) “I can’t do top five EVER, my head would explode. But here are my top fives for 2016“:


  1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
  2. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles
  3. Lions: A Novel by Bonnie Nadzam
  4. The World to Come: A Novel by Dara Horn
  5. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel; A Man Called Ove: A NovelBritt-Marie Was Here: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman


  1. Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
  3. Sleeping Giants (Themis Files) by Sylvain Neuvel
  4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Fairyland Series (Books 1-3) by Catherynne M. Valente (if I had all of them signed, I would DIE)

Rebecca D: *immediately buys all of these I don’t have because if Suanne loves them I must have them now* (ducks back out, I’m reading, I promise!)

Suanne: I read so much fantasy this year. I really never thought of myself as being into that genre but first Valente, then Schwab then Bardugo converted me.

Rebecca W: Bardugo has been one of my favourites this year also, as has Sarah J Maas’s A Court Of Thorns and Roses series and also CS Pacat’s Captive Prince epic m/m fantasy series. I’ve added some of yours to my list!!

Michelle T: I can’t list top 5 EVER… but right off the top of my head of some of my favorites are…

  1. Thoughtless SC Stephens
  2. Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
  3. Captive in the Dark Duet by CJ Roberts
  4. Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  6. Masters of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair
  7. Ashes and Embers series & Torn by Carian Cole <— “Me and my 2 book buddies read Torn when it was released and didn’t know of the spin off until the end of Torn so we all went straight to Storm! Lol. Then came Vandal and I Was IN LOVE and thought no way I will like the others better but then came Lukas… WOW! He was my favorite but Vandal & Tor are a close second! Enjoyed them all though
  8. BDB by JR Ward
  9. And any and every thing by Kristen Ashley!

Just some books that I loved through the years.

Milissa: Thank y’all all for helping me make my list. I have read some, others I have not and I am rubbing my hands together.

I’m so excited thanks bunches my book friends.

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Karin November 19, 2016 at 10:12 PM

“The Man I Love” is one of my favorites.

And I don’t know why I can’t like “Thoughtless”. Read it twice just to be sure.

R. Renee November 19, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Karin, I had a hard time with Thoughtless too. But The Man I Love is my all time fave <3

Lan November 20, 2016 at 12:56 AM

Great lists. Many of my favorites are included. My list would include Aleatha Romig’s “Consequences Series”.

Theresa Parsons November 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

This was an amazing post..I love seeing so many of my favs on there…only 5 is tough…I think I would add The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones …they are fantastic…I would also add Retrieval by Aly Martinez absolutely AMAZING…I would love anything signed by KA or Cassandra Clare ( loved the Mortal Instruments Series)! Getting ready for the top 2016 books list..I hope you do that series of posts again Maryse…that was fun seeing everyone’s favs!

Suanne November 20, 2016 at 11:38 AM

This wasn’t a 2016 read, but a book I’m pretty evangelical about is “Kitchens of the Great Midwest.” If you’re a foodie, I think you’ll really love this quirky novel. But I recommend it to everyone.

Débora November 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM

I love the “A Court of Thorn and Roses” series by Sarah J. Maas. The second one, “A Court of Mist and Fury” was breathtaking and also, had a great message for us women. Love it!!

MichelleS November 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Golden Dynasty, Kristen Ashley
Outlander – signed!!!
Bronze Horseman Trilogy
The Tairen Soul series
The Knights of the Black Swan Series – she sent me a signed book, so I know she will autograph!!! Yay!

Theresa November 20, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Oh Debora…I absolutely agree…I love all things Sarah J Maas…favorite author of 2016! Court of Mist and Fury was AMAZING!

Nikki November 20, 2016 at 2:19 PM

I heard a lot of about Outlander ;)
I’d like to read Six of crows! I’ll have it from Santa :D

MichelleS November 20, 2016 at 3:10 PM

I love everything by Sarah J Maas! Both series were fabulous. Any fan of fantasy should dive in.

Jan November 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Ooh, I love favs lists :D

Mine in no particular order:

Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Tastes Like Candy by Lauren Gilley
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
Heartless by Mary Balogh

And a big fav that I’d love a signed copy of:
The Farthest Shore by Ursula Leguin

Jenn November 20, 2016 at 7:02 PM

wow I’m in book heaven so many of your faves I’ve never read and I must be insane or crazy because I’ve never read a Kristen Ashley book

Jenn November 20, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Without even looking at my read books here are my faves-i can’t look because I’ll over analyze and spend hours trying to make my list so I’ll just go with what is in my heart!
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Pieces of Lies Series by Angela Richardson (3 books)
Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher (3books)
Arsen by Mia Asher
Blind Obsession by Ella Frank
The Shack by WM Paul Young
All Colleen Hoover-all time fave of hers Hopeless
All Renee Carlino books

Jan November 20, 2016 at 7:34 PM

? Someone on this blog hasn’t read Kristen Ashley? What the? Get on it now, Jenn! You could maybe try Motorcycle Man or At Peace for starters. What does everyone else recommend for a KA for Jenn to start with?

Jenn November 20, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Jan-lol yeah I know crazy…right? but every time I go and look at all her books I become overwhelmed and do not know where to start

MichelleS November 20, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Last Hour of Gaan!!! OMG. How could I forget? And Wolfsong!!! ARGH.

Leslie M November 20, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Wow! To only pick 5 is hard. I’m also not able to not have some duplicates.

1. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

2. Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens

3. Consequences series by Aleatha Tonight

4. Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by Becca & Kristie Ritchie

5. Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan

I’d love to have Slammed series by Colleen Hoover signed.

Leslie M November 20, 2016 at 9:35 PM

I know I picked all series instead of standalone books…but when we are talking about all time faves, I love series more. You just can’t get the same “feel” out of a single story that you can from an entire series.

Debbie November 20, 2016 at 10:19 PM

I am so struggling through thoughtless. I’m really trying after all the reviews. What’s wrong with me????

Jen R. November 21, 2016 at 12:03 AM

Love the top 5 lists. Now I have a go-to when I need a new book. I’ve read and loved a lot of the books listed, but I’m kinda surprised “How to Kill a Rockstar” by Tiffanie DeBartolo was not included on any list. Anyways, thanks!

Theresa November 21, 2016 at 6:55 AM

Jenn…you need to jump on the KA bandwagon ASAP…she has a ton of series so it can feel overwhelming…characters from one series may appear in another series but overall you can read them in any order…my reading order suggestion is this:
1. Rock Chick series (Meet Lee Nightengale and the crew!)
2. Dream Man Series
3. Chaos Series
4. Colorado Rocky Mountain Series (Sweet Dreams …AMAZING)
5. The Burg Series
6. If you like paranormal / fantasy then read her Three Series, Fantasyland Series, and Reincarnation Series (Any Order)
7. Then she has some standalones like Play it Safe and Heaven and Hell…both were really good and I think may have some additional books coming.
8. Magdalene Series (the third book is still coming out but the first two were beautiful and totally KA).
9. Her newest ones are the Honey Series…I can’t wait!
I think I got them all if not most of them…you will not regret jumping in….Enjoy!

Jenn November 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Theresa thank you so much; I am just finishing up “Find Me Alastar” 72% done and still not sure where this one is going but I am committed to finishing. I will jump on the first series you mentioned.I have four days off of work starting Thursday so perfect time to jump in. Thank you again for taking the time to organize this for me and to Jan for asking for help on my behalf. You girls rock. :)

Theresa Parsons November 21, 2016 at 3:24 PM

No problem…enjoy!

Jan November 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Debbie there’s nothing wrong with you. :) We all like what we like (or dislike!) I too have been unable to finish some books that everyone else seems to fav. I’ve tried Thoughtless a couple of times and (so far) haven’t finished. Kellen is cute, though…. :) I want to give it another try, and I will one day. Same with The Man I Love….. Maybe I’ll be in a more receptive mood next time.

Other popular books I just two or three-starred instead of floving like everyone else did are Archer’s Voice, Racing The Sun (dnf, so far), Painted Faces (just read it – 3 stars), Mr President, Idol and Managed, Royally Screwed, Surviving Raine, Dirty (Dive Bar) …. I could go on, but I’m stopping now.

But there are other popular books I love e.g. Kulti, the Beautiful series, Lauren Gilley, etc etc My own likes and dislikes don’t even make sense to me, sometimes! I think I’m just Miss Fussy-fusspot. I do approach each new book with an open (even hopeful!) mind, but if I’m disappointed I will tell the truth as I see it. I don’t like giving dishonest reviews. I always try to say what I really think about a book, even if everyone else floved it and I didn’t.

I will never criticise anyone’s else’s book loves. It’s not my right, and if they flove a book, great! Win-win, for them and the author. But, be not afraid to say you don’t love it as well. Stick to your guns, I say.

Ok….. *puts soapbox away, feeling slightly embarrassed*

Skyla November 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

There’s a bunch but definitely my favorite list is:
Contemporary, 1) Anything Kristen Ashley, 2) SC Stephens Thoughtless Series, 3) Nora Roberts The MacGregor’s Series, 4) Anything Kristen Proby and 5) Anything K. Bromberg.
Historical Romance, 1) Pride& Prejudice by Jane Austen, 2) Jennifer Ashley Mackenzie’s Series, 2) Anne Mallory Lords of Intrigue Series, 3) Patricia Rice Surrender, 4) Maya Bank McCabe Trilogy and 5) Anything Julie Garwood.
Paranormal Romance, 1) Larissa Ione Demonica/Lord of Deliverance Series, 2) Elizabeth Hunter The Irin Series, 3) Anything Nalini Singh, 4) Dianne Duvall Immortal Series and 5) Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels.
Erotica Romance
1) Tara Sue Me The Submissive Series, 2) Sylvia Day Crossfire Series, 3) Raine Miller The Blackstone Series, 4) Anything CD Reiss and 5) RK Lilley Up In The Air Series.
Hope you enjoy!!^_^

Maryse November 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Agreed Jan. Our tastes and enjoyment of the books we read are ours. They are personal to each reader, and none of us should feel bad for how we took it in… for how we experienced it (good or bad).

And sometimes, mood really affects our reading experience. Sometimes I pick up a book I’m sure I’ll love (a premise and writing quality that I’ve loved in the past) and it just… doesn’t fit me. Is it that day? That mood? That book? Who knows, but I know I only want to read and finish a book that I’m INTO right then and there. That is why we love reading. Because it’s fun.

And sometimes I’ll pick up a book that is not my norm (not a premise that I’m usually attracted to) and it will end up being a forever favorite.

Lisa Smith November 22, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Sorry, haven’t read the whole list yet. I’m a paranormal and fantasy romance kind of girl. Did antone include the Steal The Light series by Lexi Blake? Soooo good. Also the Darkest London series by Bec McMaster. I love her writing. Lots of tragic male heroes and feisty females. Kate Elliot wrote a YA series called Cold Magic, also very good, imaginative and unique. Oh and the Elders and Welders series by Margaret Foxe. A Dark Heart is my most favorite of that one.

Jan November 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Yeah Maryse, that mood thing has happened to me too. A book I didn’t like much when I tried it the first time around has sometimes seemed much more enjoyable when I gave it another try. So I do usually give my dnf’s a second chance a few months later (unless they were *really* bad……….)

And yeah, don’t you love it when you find a new, unexpected fav just out of the blue? e.g. Lauren Gilley was that for me :)

Theresa November 22, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Thank you Lisa…I am always looking for new paranormal fantasy books and these are not ones I have heard of before…I am going to check them out! Reading Wicked from Jennifer Armentrout right now and it is pretty good!

Stacey November 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Top 5…

1.) Real by Katy Evans – (also, ultimate dream signed novel)
2.) Fallen Crest Series by Tijan
3.) Fifty Shades of Grey Series EL James
4.) Consequences Series Althea Romig
5.) Breathless Series Maya Banks

I have to give a special shout-out for some of my other favorites:
Secret Life of Ana by Marissa Honeycutt, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Kylie Scott for all Stage Dive, Captive In the Dark by CJ Roberts, Erin Watt, anything Kristen Ashley….

Teri W November 28, 2016 at 6:15 AM

I keep seeing “A Gentleman in Moscow” popping up everywhere so I’m one clicking. Thanks Suanne.

shaylee December 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM

I love Me before you and every time i go to wright a review on my book blog I start to cry.

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