Saturday, December 31, 2016

Favorite Books of 2016!!


2016 was an amazing year for books! I laughed.. I cried.. I got so angry I wanted to throw my kindle across the room.. I let out a lot of dreamy sighs.. and I loved every minute of it! I found new authors that I absolutely adore and wait with great anticipation for their next book baby to be released! I was able to read over 100 books! Some of these books were just SO good that I had to read them twice! Yes, I said TWICE.. that is how much I LOVED them!

Before I look ahead to the New Year and new books, I thought I would pay tribute to some of these favorites that I fell in love with in 2016. And if choosing my top 15 books wasn't hard enough, I took the challenge from my friend Katie to only choose ONE book per author. Holy. Crow. Batman! That made this TOUGH! Some may say I cheated on one of them but in my defense it technically was ONE book! 😉 Hehe.

I will tell you that my list is not in any particular order. I absolutely LOVED all these books and there is NO WAY I'll be able to choose a ranking for them! It just is NOT possible! So don't even ask!

So... without further adieu... here are my TOP 15 of 2016!!































Head on over to Katie and Kathy's blog to check out their favorites of 2016!

Katie's Clean Book Collection
Bookworm Nation

What were some of YOUR favorites of 2016?! Inquiring minds want to know! 😉

I am really looking forward to 2017! I just know it will be filled with lots of love, family, friendships, treasured memories and of course BOOKS!

Wishing all you book lovers out there a very safe, healthy and Happy New Year! Let's make 2017 the BESTEST year yet! 💜

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2017 Reading Challenge

Since I really enjoyed doing the 2016 Reading Challenge, I decided that I would do it again for 2017! After checking out some of the reading challenges going around, I knew there was no way I would accomplish even half of the list.

So, what's a girl to do when she really wants to do another challenge?! Why make her own of course!

Allow me to share with you KJ's Book Nook 2017 Reading Challenge!


1. A book by an author you have never read: Hidden Moon by K.R. Thompson
2. A book with a pretty cover: Hit and Run Love by Jennifer Peel
3. A trilogy: My One and Only, Free Fallin' and At Last by Shannon Guymon
4. A book by your favorite author: Paige's Turn by Jennifer Peel
5. A book by a friend's favorite author: I'm going to be a bit ambitious for this one. I have three friends that I always talk books with. So I am going to read a book from each of their favorite authors.. ;) Hehe. 1. How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison (Kathy), 2. King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt (Katie), and 3. Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (Heidi). 
6. A book you have read before: Be Mine by Shannon Guymon (The above mentioned book buddies will know why this one is going to be tough!)
7. A book with a billionaire in it: The Daring One by Cami Checketts
8. A book with a one word title: Obsidian by Kimberly Loth  No review on my blog. Posted on Goodreads only.
9. A book that takes place on an island: Begin Again by Crystal Walton
10. A book with a topic you dislike: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson (I am so NOT a ghost story fan! Haha.)
11. A book that "everyone" has read but you: Divergent by Veronica Roth
12. A YA best seller: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
13. A favorite book from your childhood: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
14. A book with a bad review from a Goodreads friend: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain  DNF at 50%.
15. Reread a favorite book from 2016: A Season to Love by Nicole Deese
16. A book with a hero/heroine's name that you love: Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson
17. A book with your favorite color on the cover: Georgie on His Mind by Jennifer Shirk
18. A book set in a place you would like to visit: Never Trust the Rain by Laura D. Bastian

Now, I can't take all the credit for coming up with the above choices. My good friend Katie over at Katie's Clean Book Collection helped come up with the various options. We had a list of about 40ish options... I just narrowed it down to 18. ;) Hehe. You can see her 2017 Reading Challenge list here.

Does this challenge sound like one you would love and could accomplish? Then feel free to join me! Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days by Jennifer Peel


Synopsis:

How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days

• Break off all contact for ninety days.
• Stay away from social media.
• Remember all the things you liked to do when you were single and revisit those activities.
• Think carefully about starting any new romantic attachments.
• Wine, lots of wine. No, don’t. It could end badly.
• Be mindful of anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.
• Remind yourself it takes ninety days for your mind to switch gears and picture your life in a new direction.

Presley Benson thinks she found the perfect plan to get over her ex-boyfriend, Jackson Montgomery. All she needs is ninety days. There’s a problem, though. Jackson Montgomery is the newly appointed vice principal of Riverton High School where she teaches drama.

And oh yeah, he wants her back.

So what’s a girl to do? Stick with the plan of course.

My Review: 5 Stars!

Presley is on cloud nine! Everything is finally falling into place. She has an amazing family, wonderful friends, a job that she loves and Jackson, the love of her life, is on the verge of proposing to her. She. Can. Not. Wait! So imagine her shock when Jackson shows up at her house and breaks up with her! Wait... what?! Where did THAT come from?! This was NOT in their plans! What is Presley supposed to do now?! 

After running to her best friend Capri and crying her eyes out, the girls devise a plan that will help Presley get over Jackson in ninety days. Ninety days. That's it. She's got this! Soon Mr. What's-His-Face will be a distant memory. Years down the road she'll the thinking, Jackson who?!

The one thing that Presley doesn't plan for?! Jackson wanting her back! But there is no way on this green earth that she will ever take him back. No way. Now how. Never! Get it?! 

*insert sly grin here* Challenge excepted.

Jackson has regretted breaking up with Presley from the moment the words passed through his lips. But what choice does he have? Too many things are happening all at once and he's trying to do what he thinks is best for all involved. The only problem? He is completely miserable! What has he done? Presley doesn't even want to be friends with him. He tries his best to move forward but he just can't. How can he without Presley by his side?

Jackson knows that he has his work cut out for him when it comes to winning Presley back. But never underestimate a man in love. He will pull out all the stops and jump through all the hoops to get his forever love back where she belongs. He doesn't care who stands in his way. Failure is NOT an option. Presley doesn't stand a chance! ;)

I absolutely LOVED Ninety Days! It has everything that makes an AMAZING book! The feels are definitely real my friends! You will laugh out loud, get teary eyed, growl in frustration, let out little dreamy sighs and cheer our hero and heroine on as they figure out what's most important to them and strive to achieve their happily ever after! 

Ms. Peel has done it again! She was able to suck me in from the very beginning and not let me go until the very end! I love all the journeys she takes us on and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! 

And of course there is no way I can forget my casting! These two just scream Southern Charm to me! And I love them! What about you?! 


*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston


Synopsis:

Molly Hayes has one more job before Christmas and then she can put her plans for a storefront bakery of her own in motion.

What she doesn't bargain for is the handsome young Scrooge who insults her cookies and makes her blood boil. Toss in a heaping helping of snowstorm and a pinch of romantic old Inn and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a not-so-silent-night.

My Review: 5 Stars!!

Molly is the proud owner of The Cookie Jar, a successful bakery and party planning business. She has dreams of owning her own storefront bakery. With one more job to do before Christmas, she will finally be able to make her dream a reality. She thinks that with a successful business, she will have everything she will ever need. Yes, she's single and lonely but after the devastation of losing her mom, she just can't let herself love anyone again. She lost too much and doesn't think she'd be able to overcome loss a second time. She just did not plan on the handsome, cocky, annoying Greyson Davenport turning her life and plans upside down!

Greyson is no stranger to loss and decides after years of being away, he would spend Christmas with his dad, stepmom and 2 little sisters. However, things are just too hard for him and he closes up. Defensive, hurt and angry, he lashes out at everyone around him, including Molly.

From the very first meeting, there was instant chemistry between our sweet Molly and handsome Greyson. Things got off to a rocky start but the more effort Molly puts in to each party and activity, she slowly starts to melt the ice around Greyson's heart. When he finally opens up to her, it was the sweetest moment. She really doesn't want to like him, but the more she listens to him and gets to know him, the more she wants to open up to him and share her story. Watching the relationship of Molly and Greyson develop was beautiful! These two were seriously made for each other! Life has been tough for both of them but together they can make it better and learn to love and be happy.

Cookie Girl Christmas is seriously one of the best books I have read in a long time! I loved every minute of it! This book is one that I will definitely be reading again and again. Especially around Christmas time! There is a deeper meaning to this story that really helped to put me in the Christmas spirit. It has also opened my eyes to all the blessings I have in my life, both big and small. I am determined to have a heart full of gratitude this Christmas and to spread it around as much as I can! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

What do you think about my casting?! These two are the perfect Molly and Greyson... in my opinion! ;) Hehe.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Christmas TBR List!


I absolutely LOVE Christmas! The pretty lights, trees, songs, chilly weather, yummy candies and treats, family, friends, food and of course BOOKS! Christmas themed books are SO much fun to read! It is something that I look forward to doing all year long!

So I thought this year I would dedicate the month of December to nothing but Christmas books! Fun, right?! And since I'm sure there are a few of you out there that feel the same way I do about Christmas books, I thought it would be fun to share my list with all of you! I also want to know what YOU will be reading this month!

Are you ready?! Then let's share! ;o)

Here's my Christmas TBR list:

One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg
Kissing Santa by Heather Horrocks
Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston
Married to Santa by Beverly Farr
The Faithful One by Cami Checketts
A Cliche Christmas by Nicole Deese
The Chimney Sweep Charm by Marcia Lynn McClure
Take a Walk With Me by Marcia Lynn McClure

Ambitious? Yes! Am I going to read them all? No clue! Will I add more? Probably! I'm giving myself lots and lots of options! ;o) Hehe,

So what about you?! What do you plan on reading this month? Inquiring minds want to know!