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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2017

For me, 2017 was all about reading what I wanted when I wanted to.

Two years of attempting to curb my TBR had allowed me to go into 2017 with a more carefree attitude than I was used to. I got more comfortable DNFing books and learning to say no to every book I meet. Audiobooks became an everyday avenue for reading, cutting down my TBR one listen at a time. I even got to a few Jane Austen novels! My challenges might not have gone entirely to plan but I read more books than I anticipated so I can’t really complain.

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2017) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that ended in 2017 –

– A series sequel book published in 2017 –

– Movie Adaptions Released in 2017 –

– Novels I read in 2017 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2017 (not necessarily their publication year) –

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2017 –

– Best standalones I read in 2016 –

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2017 –

– Favourite Adult Standalones read in 2017 –

– Books published in 2017 that I DNF’d –

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2017 –

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

Have a fabulous 2018!

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2015

This year has been…very interesting to say the least when it comes to my reading habits. Never before have I focused so much on WHAT and am reading and WHEN! That was all thanks to the various challenges and TBR tackling I did to push myself to read smarter this year. All in all, I think it was a pretty successful 12 months of reading! I read more books than I expected and definitely crossed off some long TBR shelved series and books from my Kobo (I’m looking at you Grisha Trilogy).

Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

Like I did last year, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2015) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series; though a good chunk of these reads will have reviews published in 2016 so no link is available!

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

Top New New Adult Series
Series that were first published in 2015

 

Top New Adult Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top New Adult Standalones
Novels that I read in 2015, not necessarily their publication year

 

Top Adult Contemporary Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top New Young Adult Series
Series that were first published in 2015

Honourable Mention: Passenger (Passenger isn’t released until 2016, thus I felt like it wasn’t right to put on this list directly despite how much I enjoyed it!)

 

Top Young Adult Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top Young Adult Standalone
Series that were first published in 2015

 

 

Best Continuing Series
A series that had a sequel book published in 2015

Sad to See Go Series
Series that ended in 2015

 

Best of Colleen Hoover
My Standout Author of this Year! I decided to give her her own category!

 

Best Standalone: Adult Fiction or Nonfiction
Books that I read in 2015, not necessarily their publication year

   

 

Biggest Disappointments
Novels that were first published in 2015

 

Biggest Disappointments
Novels/Series that I read in 2015

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) 

 

Worst Reads
Novels that I read in 2015 that I gave 2 Stars to

 

Pleasant Surprises
Books I read in 2015 that I enjoyed more than I thought

 

Top Movie Adaptions
Books that were made into movies in 2015

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New to Me Authors of 2015

Authors I’ve Read the Most Of (As of Aug 2015)

Best Books I’ve Read So Far (Jan – Jun) In 2015

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What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Did you read more or less than you expected?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books For Readers Who… Want to Try New Adult Novels

Introducing a new SERIESous feature…
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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally wear my David Letterman Hat and create my own Top 10 List as specified! 

I’m ashamed to say that after having my blog for nearly two years, I haven’t been very good about seeing what other bloggers are out there doing. One of my goals this year was to get more involved in the blogging community and one way I decided to do this was through weekly features/memes. Because most of my reviews require multiple books to be read before I can publish the full review, I don’t always have reviews waiting to be published and there is only so much coding/updating I can do to my blog before I get bored. So I thought that participating occasionally in weekly features would be a great way to connect with the blogging world and create more discussion on my blog! We’ll see how this goes…


This Week’s Topic:

Ten Books for Readers who Like…

the idea of New Adult novels but have yet to try them!

I’m a HUGE New Adult fan! To me they take the character maturity of contemporary adult romances and mix it with the drama and plot twists of YA fiction: which is the best of both worlds in my opinion. I honestly can’t get enough of them (as my overfilled Kobo can attest to) and I’m often asked what books I would recommend to others–because let’s face it, there are some not so great reads out there and chances are that I have probably read the book and can tell you what I think about it.

But the biggest problem with New Adult is that it can span so many tastes. Do you want a book about two flawed characters or only one? Do you want a steamy romance or a story about self-growth? Do you want your lead(s) to be graduating or starting college? With so many options–each one has its own flare and niche–it is hard to choose! So below I created a list of books that I think cover the vast New Adult market that those new to the genre should try or at the very least, start their search from!

So without further ado here are my top 10 picks for those who would like to try New Adult Fiction…

#10 – Crash by Nicole Williams

Whenever I create a New Adult list, this book gets a special mention because it is the book that introduced me to the whole genre. It bridges the gap between YA and New Adult and has the perfect amount of angst, drama and romance to satisfy any New Adult reader.

(Read my series review of the Crash Trilogy)

#9 – Deeper by Robin York

This one is for those who want a darker, more unconventional read. It deals with a topic that isn’t discussed as much as it should be (revenge porn) and does so in a fantastic way. This book really surprised me and I think it needs to get more attention and credit that it currently does.

(Read my series review of Caroline & West)

#8 – Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Really anything by Colleen Hoover is great. Her books are in between YA and New Adult but lean more towards the New Adult side. This book had endless twists, a great romance and a beautiful story. I felt every emotion when reading this one! It has some very mature subject matter though.

(Read my review Hopeless in the near future)

#7 – Keep Me Still by Caisey Quinn

This was simply a beautiful story! I loved reading every minute of it: even when it made me cry! It is definitely one of the sadder books on this list because of the heroine’s illness. This series had me hooked the minute I picked up the prequel novella. I plan to read it many more times in the future.

(Read my series review of Keep Me Still)

#6 – Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

While this book was predictable, I just loved the romance and the characters. They really made this book be something to read about. I definitely cried a few times when reading—always a sign of a good book (unless it is really awful; but this one isn’t! I promise!)

(Read my series review of Ruin)

#5 – Easy by Tammara Webber

I hesitated to read this book because of the rave reviews: but it definitely lived up to the hype! Honestly: New Adult doesn’t get much better than this folks! Beautifully written, extremely realistic and it talks about sexual assault in the most respectful way I have ever come across. Simply a gripping novel.

(Read my series review of Contours of the Heart)

#4 – Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Never have a laughed so much when reading a book! This book was a great blend of romance and humour and had a great plot line. It was just plain fun and one of the more light-hearted reads on this list.

(Read my series review of the Wild Seasons)

#3 – Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

For those who like lots of family/friend drama, the Rosemary Beach series is for you! Get ready for stubbornly independent girls and give-you-everything guys! Complete with an extensive cast of characters and more drama and betrayals than a soap opera (ok, that’s an exaggeration) this series is New Adult at it’s finest. Plus, there are lots of books in the series focusing on different characters so there is probably a set of characters for every reader to enjoy.

(Read my series review of Rosemary Beach)

#2 – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

This is one of those series that got better with every book! It straddles the line between YA and New Adult and is the perfect read for those wanting to make the leap between the two. It’s definitely darker YA and deals with some mature subject matter, especially Pushing the Limits. Also features lots of angst for those who love their leads a little feisty.

(Read my series review of Pushing the Limits)

#1 – Drew + Fable by Monica Murphy

This is probably the first full-fledged New Adult book I read but I still remember it fondly. It has a great romance, drama and such fantastic characters. I didn’t even mind that it takes place within a week because it was done so well! Fable is one of my all time favourite heroines. It is probably the standard I uphold all other novels up to, even if I don’t consciously realize it.

(Read my series review of One Week Girlfriend)

Honourable Mentions:

  • Everything Between Us by Mila Ferrera (It has an unusual plot line which was refreshing to read!)
  • Rival by Penelope Douglas (What a ride this novel was! I love the enemies to lovers plot line but this book had twist upon twist that blew me away!)
  • More Than This by Jay McLean (Again, another book that straddles that YA/New Adult Line. It has a lot of scenarios that I haven’t come across in New Adult plus has great friend drama!)
  • Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes (For those who want a standalone, this is a great one! It has tragedy, twists and a great romance.)
  • Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn (A great story for young girls to read about self-esteem. Not very complex plot wise but I loved the romance in this book! It’s a good intro into New Adult)

Are there any New Adult books that you recommend to your friends/readers not on this list? Or do you disagree with some of my picks? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading!

 I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!

Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2014

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When I went to set my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge, I honestly didn’t think I was going to read that many books in 2014. I just met my challenge for 2013 and I knew that 2014 was going to be a very busy time for me, so I set my goal a little lower. Oh ye of little faith! I obliterated my challenge by mid-spring and just kept going!

I probably started more new series than I finished but 2014 is/was a great year for books so who can blame me!

Check out which books I read this past year here!

Like I did last year, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2014) but there are some exceptions. Each category is introduced and has a brief explanation why I picked the top book in that category. I also have links to reviews if I was able to create my own reviews this past year.

Without further ado:

Top New New Adult Series – Series that were published in 2014
  1) Caroline & West (Deeper) by Robin York

⇒Edgy, realistic and great characters! This series will stay with me for a long time.

2) Rusk University (All Lined Up) by Cora Cormack
3) Trapped (Trapped) by Beverley Kendall
4) Grayson Siblings (Keep Me) by Faith Andrews
5) Crush (Just a Little Crush) by Renita Pizzitola

 

Top New New Adult Standalones – Standalones that were published in 2014
  1) Breath into Me by Sara Fawkes

⇒a great story, great characters-the perfect new adult standalone

2) Rewind to You by Laura Johnston
3) Third Degree by Julie Cross
4) Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

 

Best New Adult Series – A series that I read in 2014, not based on its publishing date
  1) Marked Men (Rule) by Jay Crownover (2012)

⇒NOW I get what all the fuss is about! A fantastic series for sure!

2) Ruin (Ruin) by Rachel Van Dyken (2013)
3) Out of Line (Out of Line) by Jen MacLaughlin (2013)
4) Keep Me Still (Keep Me Still) by Caisey Quinn (2013)
5) Contours of the Heart (Easy) by Tammara Webber  (2012)
Honourable Mentions: Kylie Ryans (Girl with Guitar) by Caisey Quinn (2013)
Sea Breeze Series (Breathe) by Abbi Glines (2011)

 

Top New Contemporary Romance Series – A series that I read in 2014, not based on its publishing date
  1) On Dublin Street (Before Jamaica Lane) by Samantha Young (2012)

⇒I know the series was first published in 2012 but it had three really awesome books published this year.

2) Lights, Camera (Take Two) by Laurelin Paige
3) Most Wanted Trilogy (Wanted) by J. Kenner

 

Best New Young Adult Series – New series that were published in 2014
  1) Cruel Beauty Universe (Cruel Beauty) by Rosamund Hodge⇒a beautifully crafted story that blew my mind as I was reading it!
2) The Young Elites (The Young Elites) by Marie Lu
3) Dark Elements (White Hot Kiss) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
4) The Lovegrove Legacy (A Breath of Frost) by Alyxandra Harvey
5) Age of Legends (Sea of Shadows) by Kelley Armstrong

 

Best Young Adult Series – A series that I read in 2014, not based on its publishing date
  1) Legend Trilogy (Legend) by Marie Lu (2012)⇒everything I want in a Young Adult Dystopian
2) Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten (Lost Prince) by Julie Kagawa (2012)

 

Best Continuing Series – A series that had a sequel book that was published in 2014
  1) One More Chance (Chances #2/Rosemary Beach #8) by Abbi Glines

⇒ felt every emotion when I was reading this book. One of the best of the series so far!

2) More than Forever  (More Series #4) by Jay McLean
3) Rival  (Fall Away Series #2) by Penelope Douglas
4) The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies #5) by Pittacus Lore
5) Silver Shadows (Bloodlines Series #5) by Richelle Mead
Honourable Mentions: Toxic Heart (Mystic City Trilogy #2) by Theo Lawrence

 

Sad to See Go Series – Series that ended in 2014
 book6 1) The Mortal Instruments (City of Heavenly Fire) by Cassandra Clare

⇒one of my all-time favourite series and it ended so beautifully!

2) Pushing the Limits (Take on Me) by Katie McGarry
3) White Rabbit Chronicles (Queen of Zombie Hearts) by Gena Showalter
4) Under the Never Sky (Into the Still Blue) by Veronica Rossi
5) Sweet Trilogy (Sweet Reckoning) by Wendy Higgin
Honourable Mentions: Fixed Trilogy (Forever with You) by Laurelin Paige
Elemental Series (Sacrifice) by Brigid Kemmerer
One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend) by Monica Murphy

 

Best Serialized Series – Based on books that I read during this year, not their publishing date
  1) The Arrangement by H.M. Ward (2013)

⇒this series is a lot of fun and uses the serialization format to its full advantage

2) Gypsy Brothers by Lili St. Germain (2014)
3) Naked by Kelly Favor (2013)

 

Best Standalones – Books that I read in 2014, not their publishing date
  1) Unravel by Calia Read (2014)

⇒the story and novel was a crazy ride that captured my attention from start to finish

2) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2007)
3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)
Honourable Mentions: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

Best Freebie eBook – Based on Books that were Free during the 2014 year, not their publishing date
  1) He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington (2014)

⇒this book was just a lot of fun to read

2) Wanted (Wanted Series #1) by Amanda Lance (2013)
3) Muse (Fighting Fate Series #1) by Maree Green (2014)
4) Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore
5) The Pretend Girlfriend (A Billionaire Love Story Series #1) by Lucy Lambert (2014)

 

Biggest Disappointments – Books that were published in 2014
  1) Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

⇒When one of your all-time favourite series does a spinoff with two of your favourite characters, your expectations are high and this one didn’t hit the mark

2) Cold Calls by Charles Benoit
3) Crossing Stars by Nicole Williams
4) The Pretend Fiancé (A Billionaire Love Story Series #2) by Lucy Lambert)
5) Trigger (L.A. Girls #1) by Julia Derek

 

Worst Reads of 2014 – Based on books that I read during this year, not their publishing date
  1) Falling Into Infinity (Infinity #1) by Layne Harper (2013)

⇒I really wanted to like this series but never made it past book 1. Everything I dislike in a New Adult series spread out over too many books

2) Until I Met You by Jaimie Roberts (2014)
3) Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) by Linda Kage (2013)
4) Reflect Me (Reflect Me #1) by K.B. Webb (2013)
5) Crash Into Me (Heart of Stone Trilogy #1) by K.M. Scott (2013)

 

Best Movie Adaptations – Books that were made into movies in 2014
  1) The Maze Runner

⇒It was even better than the book! Wayyy better!

2) Divergent
3) The Fault in Our Stars
4) Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
5) Vampire Academy

 

What were your favourite reads of this past year? Did you read more or less than you expected?

Have a safe and happy New Year! I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!

 

 

Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2013

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It has been a great year for books! While I personally didn’t get a chance to read as many books as I had wished, I did make a good dent in my “to-read” list this past year. I also started this blog which has been a lot of fun!

Check out which books I read this past year here!

I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from various categories based on what I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2013) but there are some exceptions. Each category is introduced and has a brief explanation why I picked the top book in that category. I also have links to reviews if I was able to create my own this past year.
Without further ado:

Top New Adult Series – Series that were published in 2013

1. Drew + Fable (One Week Girlfriend) by Monica Murphy ~~~Just a great series and one that got me addicted to the New Adult genre
2. Beautifully Broken (If You Stay) by Courtney Cole
3. Falling into You (Falling Into You) by Lauren Abrams
4. Rosemary Beach (Fallen too Far) by Abbi Glines
5. Losing It (Losing It) by Cora Cormack

Honourable Mentions: Off the Subject (After Math) by Denise Grover

Top New Contemporary Romance Series – A new series that was published in 2013

1. Fixed Series (Fixed on You) by Laurelin Paige~~~while it borders on New Adult, I was just really impressed with this refreshing novel
2. Stark Trilogy (Release Me) by J. Kenner
3. Tangled Series (Tangled) by Emma Chase

Best Continuing Series – A series that had a sequel book that was published in 2013

1. Crown of MidnightThrone of Glass Series #2 by Sarah J. Maas~~~this series took a turn I never saw coming and I am dying to get more!
2. Fiery Heart Bloodlines Series #4 by Richelle Mead
3. Through the Zombie Glass White Rabbit Chronicles #2 by Gena Showalter
4. Through the Evernight Under the Never Sky #2 by Veronica Rossi
5. Sweet Peril Sweet Trilogy #2 by Wendy Higgins

Best New Young Adult Series – New series that were published in 2013

1. Spellcaster (Spellcaster) by Claudia Gray~~~really impressed with the maturity and plot of this story!
2. Fate on Fire (Feudlings) by Wendy Knight
3. Hooked (Hooked) by Liz Fichera

Best Standalones – Books that I read in 2013, not their publishing date

1. Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn~~~a touching love story by one of my new favourite authors!
2. Everything Between Us by Mila Ferrera
3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
4. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
5. Addicted to Him by Lauren Dodd

Honourable Mention: Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Best Freebie eBook – Based on Books that were Free during the 2013 year, not their publishing date

1. Escorted – Escorted Series #1 by Claire Kent~~~this book really surprised me and I loved reading it!
2. The Guys are Props Club G.A.P. Series #1 by Ingrid Seymour
3. Tangled Beauty – Tangled Series #1 by K.L. Middleton
4. Heartless by Catou Martine
5. Selling Scarlett Love Inc. Series #1 by Ella James

Worst Reads of 2013 – Based on books that I read during this year, not their publishing date

1. Vogel House by John Forrester~~~this book was just plain weird and twisted (not in a good way either); hard to follow at times
2. Rocked by Him by Lucy Lambert
3. WantedWanted Series #1 by Kelly Elliot
4. This Beautiful ThingYoung Love #1 by Amanda Heath
5. Taking Chances Taking Chances #1 by Molly McAdams

Sad to See Go Series – Series that ended in 2013

1. The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel) by Cassandra Clare~~~one of my all-time favourite series!
2. Ruby Red Trilogy (Ruby Red) by Kerstin Gier
3. Crash Trilogy (Crash) by Nicole Williams

Best Serialized Series – Books that were published in installments

1. Twisted Arrangement by Mora Early~~~cute contemporary read with a dash of drama and romance
2. Passion and Deceit by Leela Atherton
3. Blurred Lines by Breena Wilde

What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Have a safe and happy New Year! I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!