It’s been a crazy year, huh? In the midst of all this craziness, I hope this blog post finds you well! If not, I hope something good happens to you soon. We could use a little more good in 2020. Speaking of which, I have some exciting things happening soon. I recently found out I’m going to be an aunt again! The baby is due in December. A couple of months ago I made the decision to go back to school to study digital marketing/social media marketing. If you know about marketing and have been following my blog, you’re probably thinking I haven’t done a great job at keeping up with my blog lately, and you’d be right. Oops. My main focus is school stuff right now. I’m currently taking two certification courses in digital marketing, so I’ll be well prepared for school. Enough about that, though. Let’s talk about books!
July 25th, 2019, my friend and I went to our local library and I got a library card. Why did it take me so long to get one?! I love reading books for free with just a tap on my phone! Anyway, on that day, I gave myself a goal of reading 100 books by July 25th, 2020. Well, It’s been a year and, unfortunately, I did not meet my goal. I’ve read only 41 books in the last year. I’m still proud of myself. I’ve read a lot of great books and discovered some new favorite authors. I’ve reviewed some of those books on my blog, but there are so many more that deserve a mention, at the very least.
Here are my top five books (in no particular order):
1. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
If you’re craving a road trip, this story might help your craving. There’s humor, adventure, and romance. I adored this novel! I felt as though I was in the car with Amy and Roger as they made their way to Connecticut from California. Find out more by clicking on the link!
2. Any of the Off the Grid: FBI series books by Barbara Freethy.
Barbara Freethy is my favorite author. Why? She knows how to write suspenseful stories that pull a reader in. If you’re looking for some mystery and suspense, look no further than her FBI series! I couldn’t put the books down. I have bags under my eyes to prove it.
3. Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson.
A Twitter follower recommended this author to me and I’m so thankful for the recommendation! Anderson often writes about characters with disabilities and everyone knows I love representation and diversity in books! This particular story is about a woman in her 20’s, confined to a wheelchair, and she finds love with an unexpected man. I found myself relating to this woman in more ways than one.
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This is a pretty popular book; I’m sure you’ve heard of it or read it already. With everything going on in the world right now with BLM, this is a great choice to read. It’s a powerful story that had me in tears. Check out the movie, too!
5. P.S. I like you by Kasie West.
If you’re a fan of Sarah Dessen, you’re going to love Kasie West’s books! Yes, her stories are aimed for teenage girls, but they are a fun, light read! Plus, adults can enjoy teenage stories, too, right?! P.S. I like You was probably my favorite of hers that I read this last year, but I enjoyed all of West’s books.
Honorable mention: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt.
This novel is proof that fictional boys are better than boys in real life!
Have you read anything good lately?
I’m off to go work on my own novel. I hope everyone has a good week! Don’t forget to put down the phone and read a book 😀