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Top Ten Adult/NA Books of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday  is hosted by the fab ladies at  The Broke and the Bookish ! 1.    Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) and Thief (Love Me With Lies #3)                                                                 by Tarryn Fisher  The Opportunist (#1) topped my list last year and I can easily say that Dirty Red and Thief were my favorites this year by a landslide.   Thief was the perfect ending to this series and I did not put it down until I was finished-- it was so good that not only did not want it to end but I wanted it to last forever.  This is a series I will re-read every year.  Seriously, no books compete with this series for me.  Full review of Dirty Red   here . 2.  The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt The Secret History may well be my favorite book of all time and The Goldfinch  was well worth the long wait.  Donna Tartt writes like no one else and I could not believe what I was reading while I was reading it.  Magical!! 3.   Left Drowni


1.   Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3)  by Miranda Kenneally Without question, my favorite YA books of 2013! I loved the story, the complexity, the struggle of the characters and, basically, how Miranda Kenneally was able to perfectly capture how to get over yourself sometimes. This series is PHENOMENAL.  Seriously.  I'm already ready to read this one again. Full review here 2.  Origi n (Lux #4)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout  Not what I was expecting but everything I always wanted from this series!  I cannot wait to read Opposition (Lux #5) but I do NOT want this series to end -- JLA is amazing!! 3.   Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5)  by Jessica Park The short companion novella to my favorite book of last year was simply perfect.   Full review here .  4.   Just One Day  and  Just One Year   by Gayle Forman Beautiful, beautiful series by Gayle Forman about self-discovery.  The second and final book was even better than the first!

Waiting on Wednesday: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Today, I am waiting on  Don't Look Back  by Jennifer L. Armentrout ! From Goodreads : Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.  Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has alwa

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday  is hosted by the fab ladies at  The Broke and the Bookish ! 1.  I recently started the Debutante Dropout Mystery series by Susan McBride and I love it!  Sometimes there is nothing better than finding a new mystery series! 2.    For those of you that are contemporary romance fans like I am, you need to read anything and everything by Rosalind James !!  I started the Escape to New Zealand series   (um New Zealand and hot rugby players?!)  after one of my BFF gifted me the first book and I have devoured all of Ms. James' books since.  Can't wait for more!! 3.  Another new to me author this year is Kristen Ashley and I am sorry I waited even this long to start reading her books!  I am IN LOVE with the Rock Chick series -- so smart, funny and perfect -- definitely the series I laugh at loud the most while reading! 4.  I'm pretty sure everyone participating in TTT today is listing Rainbow Rowell   but there's a re

Review: Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson

Unleashing Mr. Darcy  by Teri Wilson Blurb from G oodreads: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband. Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she's crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn't count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon's a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon? My Review: As a huge Jane Austen fan, I've read countless Pride & Prejudice retellings.  Some are continuations of the story, some are modern retellings

Swoon Thursday: Fate Succumbs (Timber Wolves Trilogy #3) by Tammy Blackwell

Swoon Thursday is a meme hosted by YABound .   From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Today, I am spotlighting   Fate Succumbs (Timber Wolves Trilogy #3)  by Tammy Blackwell , the third and final book in the Timber Wolves Trilogy .  I just finished this series and it was so, so good!  I can't wait to read the recently release spin-off, Fragile Brilliance !   And now, on to the swoon: "Why are you wearing that face?" he asked.   I touched my cheek.  Thanks to my mom and Gramma Hagan, I was starting to gain weight, but my cheekbone still stuck out a bit too far.     "This is the face God gave me," I said, trying to hide the hurt in my voice.  "I can't exactly take it off and put it on a shelf."     "I'm talking about this."  A finger brushed against my mouth.  "And this.&qu

Waiting on Wednesday: Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Today, I am waiting on  Sweet Reckoning b y Wendy Higgins ! From Goodreads : It’s time.  Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways. The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk. In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the b

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday  is hosted by the fab ladies at  The Broke and the Bookish ! 1.   Mud Vein  by Tarryn Fisher   is supposed to be released this month!  Of course, we're not sure when but I will buy it as soon as it's released and devour it shortly thereafter.  Can't wait to read this!   2.    I am always waiting for the next book in the Chicagoland Vampires series  and luckily a new book is coming out this winter!  Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9)  by Chloe Neill  is scheduled to be released February 4, 2014 .  I can never get enough Ethan/Merit!! 3.  I have been saving Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally , which came out last week on December 3, 2013 ,   to read over the winter holiday.  This is one of my absolute favorite series and I cannot wait to spend an entire day to reading it!! 4.   Masquerade (Games #3) by Nyrae Dawn is scheduled to be released January 7, 2014 .  The next book in this steamy and em