{Top 16 of 2016} Favorite Books

I’m excited to be participating in KimberlyfayeReads Top 16 of 2016 end-of-year “event”from December 25-31! There’s a new topic each day! If you want to join in on the fun click here.

favorite books

It was hard to narrow down my favorites for the year – I read some really fantastic books! There’s a great mix of new-to-me authors and old favorites. I highly recommend every single one of these!

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Honorable Mention

Because I just couldn’t not mention these great books too…


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{Blog Tour Review & Giveaway} It Ends With Us


About the book

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

my thoughts

I honestly dreaded doing this review. Not because I didn’t like the book, because the opposite couldn’t be more true. This book was so incredible that I feel any review I give it will be inadequate. You’ve heard me praise Colleen Hoover’s books time and time again, and she’s without a doubt my favorite author. But what she gives us with her new book is a complete game changer. She has written a story so emotional and heartbreaking, yet hopeful and moving that any review from me could never do it justice.

Colleen has told her readers that this book is very personal to her, and I felt it. Raw and honest, it was one of the most eye-opening, emotional stories I’ve ever read. Her talent for writing a unique story never ceases to amaze me. But it’s also the way she makes me think and question things that makes her writing so exceptional.

It’s easy to judge and form opinions about a person’s situation when you haven’t experienced it first hand. Colleen does a fantastic job of putting the reader in the shoes of her characters, while packing an emotional punch. And while at times the situation is devastating and heart wrenching (pretty sure I held my breath the entire time I read this book), she weaves strength and courage into the story, giving the reader reason to hope.

I started going into more details about the story, but I really feel like the best way to read this book is by going in blindly, as I did. I had no idea what the book was going to be about, and after finishing it, I’m glad I didn’t. But be prepared for the emotional impact it will have on you – and keep the tissues close by! This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

A beautiful story of bravery and hope – this book will change people’s lives.

Bottom Line

Without a doubt Colleen’s best work.



Now for the fun….the #ItEndsWithUs Contest!

Enter the Rafflecopter  to win a signed copy of IT ENDS WITH US and a limited edition Everything’s Better in Boston magnet (trust us, you’ll get it after you read the book)! (3 prize bundles in total) Contest is open until August 26th.

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About the author


Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella,Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.


Website: www.ColleenHoover.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ColleenHoover

Twitter: @ColleenHoover

Instagram: @ColleenHoover

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Visit www.ItEndsWithUsBook.com for teasers, tour dates and more.

{Monthly Recap} – May

What a month!

I read 7 books in May, and every one of them was fantastic. How often does that happen?! Not very, so I’m really happy to have had so many great reads this month. I even found 3 new authors to love! I ran in 3 races in May, one being my first 10K. And I beat my PR this past weekend in my second 5K of the month. My daughter ‘graduated’ preschool and is officially a kindergartner. I celebrated the 2 year mark of my life changing weight loss journey. And the sun finally decided to come out and, dare I say, stay out?! May was incredible!

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Books I Read

Once Upon a Wine – 5 Stars

The Summer Games – 4 Stars

The Woman in Cabin 10 – 4.5 Stars

It Ends with Us – 5 Stars

The Bird and the Sword – 5 Stars

Eeny Meeny – 3.5 Stars

Undecided – 5 Stars

 Favorite Book of the Month

It Ends with Us – 5 Stars *FAVORITE BOOK OF THE 2016*

Books Read in May: 7

Books Read in 2016: 36



The Obsession

Too Late

Tell Me Three Things

Once Upon a Wine

Things I’m looking forward to in June

My daughter has her first dance recital this weekend! Tonight is her dress rehearsal, and she’s so excited. After the recital we take a break from dance until September, with the exception of a 3-day camp in July.

We start summer hours at work this Friday, and I love that we have this awesome perk. If the weather cooperates, Sunnie and I will be spending the afternoon in my mother-in-law’s pool.

I plan to sign up for at least one 5K this month, and maybe another 10K. I haven’t looked out at the schedule to decide which ones yet. Now that the busyness of May is dying down, I will start to look ahead for the rest of the summer.

And there are SO MANY good books coming out in June! All of these are on my TBR, to hopefully read this summer. With the exception of One True Loves, which I’ve already read, and I recommend you buy immediately and read asap!!! It’s fantastic. I’m really excited for the new Emily Giffin book, and I’m currently reading the new Kristin Harmel book and enjoying it.

June Releases

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 What are you looking forward to in June?

Link up your Month in Review hosted by The Book Date.

Month in Review 6


{Weekly Wrap Up} 5-20-16

It’s been a great week! The race last weekend was a lot of fun. And this week we’re finally seeing some sunshine and warmer temps, thankfully! The highlight of my week was receiving an ARC of Colleen Hoover’s new book It Ends With Us. Of course I immediately started reading it, and it went beyond all expectations. A very powerful and emotional book, I think it’s by far her best. And definitely my Best of 2016.

We have tryouts for next years dance competition team tonight and dance pictures on Sunday. I’m becoming a dance mom. 😉 Sunnie loves it, and I’m glad she’s found an activity she enjoys.

Currently Reading


This is SO good!

Recently Finished Reading


Book Haul

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Blog Posts

{Top Ten Tuesday} Books I Bought/Read on a Whim



#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I joined FitReaders, because I thought it would be a great way to help me stay motivated. It’s always more fun with support of your blog friends!

Fri: 18,202 steps
Sat: 15,247 steps
Sun: 30,426 steps
Mon: 15,370 steps
Tue: 10,515 steps
Wed: 16,358 steps
Thu: 18,075 steps
Total: 124,193 steps



Feeling good and getting back into my routine again. Still trying to build up some endurance after so little cardio for a week, but I’m just happy to be getting in my runs almost every morning.

The 5k on Saturday with my best friend went great! The rain stopped just long enough for our race, and we finished in 29:06! My friend hadn’t finished her training in time and hadn’t even run 3 full miles yet, but she surprised me by kicking ass – it was a lot of fun!


Bout of Books 16: Final Day!





Number of pages I’ve read today: 105

Total # of pages read: 584

Books I read from today: It Ends With Us

Books I finished: The Woman in Cabin 10

#todayinsixwords: CoHo is going to break me

Well, that’s a wrap for another Bout of Books readathon, and I had fun. I loved the challenges this week, managed to finish one book, and I’m halfway through my current book. The only goal I didn’t meet was participating in one of the Twitter chats. Just didn’t have time this round. Overall, I’m happy with how much I read – this week always motivates me to read a lot more than I normally do in a week!

It Ends With Us is so good!! I can easily see why some have already stated this is her best book to date – it’s definitely emotional, and I can see it being my new favorite. I’m forcing myself to put it down and go to bed, or I will stay up all night to finish it, and regret it tomorrow when I can’t function at work.


Friday & Saturday

Number of pages I’ve read today: 87

Total # of pages read: 479

Books I read from today: It Ends With Us

Books I finished: The Woman in Cabin 10

#todayinsixwords: reading it slowly – it’s so good

I was elated to receive an ARC of Colleen Hoover’s new release on Friday night. So of course I stopped reading my current book to start it, because I just couldn’t wait. But it is the weekend, and adulting tends to get in the way, so I haven’t read as much as I hoped. I also admit that I’m reading the book slower on purpose, soaking in every word, because I know I’m going to be really sad when I finish it. And just so you know, it.is.amazing. But I expected nothing less.

Today should be a bit of a slower day, so I am hoping I’ll get to read more, and maybe even finish it. Hope everyone has been enjoying Bout of Books week!


Freaky Friday Photo Challenge

Share a photo of you or your books in a creepy setting to celebrate Friday the 13th! Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #freakyboutofbooks so we can all see the scary!

I shared my R.L. Stine collection on Twitter. What is creepier than some old school Stine books?! These books used to scare the shit out of me as a kid, and I loved it.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 40

Total # of pages read: 392

Books I read from today: The Bird and the Sword

Books I finished: The Woman in Cabin 10

#todayinsixwords: slow start – fantasy isn’t my jam

Started a new book last night, and went with one that wasn’t even on my original BoB list (shocker). The Bird and the Sword was surprise released this week, and after seeing so much love for it from fellow bloggers and Tarryn Fisher, I decided to try it. When the mood strikes, ya know? I’m one of the few who hasn’t read an Amy Harmon book and feel like I’m missing out. Well, I don’t read much fantasy these days, so these types of books are always a little slower for me to get into with all the funky names to get used to, and the weird world building to get a grasp on. It’s interesting so far, and right before I stopped reading last night it started getting pretty good. Unfortunately I was just too tired to keep going!


If You Like This, Try This.
Since we all love recommending books, here’s your chance to share the love.

If you enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere or Eleanor & Park

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Then read Tell Me Three Things

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This is one of my favorite books this year, and favorite YA books ever. Can’t recommend it enough!

I also tweeted about it here.


Number of pages I’ve read today: 134

Total # of pages read: 352

Books I read from today: The Woman in Cabin 10

Books I finished: The Woman in Cabin 10

#todayinsixwords: happy that I finished one book!

Finished my first BoB book last night! And it was delightfully creepy and awesome. Definitely recommend it! Now I’m having a hard time deciding what to start next. One book that I’m considering wasn’t even on my original list. Gah, decisions!


Pick the topic of your choice and share your 5 favorite books that fit. Topics could be a favorite genre, a favorite trope, book boyfriends, or ANYTHING.

I chose posting a picture on Instagram of 5 favorite books of all time.



Number of pages I’ve read today: 28

Total # of pages read: 218

Books I read from today: The Woman in Cabin 10

#todayinsixwords: just didn’t have energy to read

Still not feeling the greatest and wasn’t able to read too many pages last night before I fell asleep. The good news is that I love this book, and I can just tell something big is about to happen. I’m excited to pick it back up, and hopefully finish it today. And hopefully today will be a better reading day for me!


Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge. I shared my photo on Instagram & Twitter.




Number of pages I’ve read today: 190

Books I read from: The Woman in Cabin 10

#todayinsixwords: this book is creepy as hell

I’m fighting a wicked sinus infection, but thankfully I’m on antibiotics that are starting to kick in this morning. The only plus side to being sick was that I managed to read quite a bit of my book yesterday in between naps – it was the only thing to keep my mind off of feeling like crap. And this book is really good – creepy and suspenseful and hard to put down.


Introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on the blog post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords

I posted on Twitter


THE Books

I’ll be posting daily updates and participating in any challenges I can.  Hope everyone participating has a great week! If you want to still sign up, you can do so here.

So, we know I’m a moody reader, and picking a TBR pile is usually a wasted effort. But, it’s still fun to do anyway. Here are the books I’d like to read.

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1. Read as much as I can every day – lunch breaks and after my daughter goes to bed.

2. Finish one book.

3. Check in with other readathoners on blogs, Twitter, & Instagram.

4. Post an update each day.

5. Participate in one of the Twitter chats.

6. Have fun!