Top Ten Books of 2016

In case you don’t know, I’ve got a book obsession.

In recent years, it’s continued to grow and 2016 was no exception.

I discovered a bunch of new authors, won a few ebook giveaways, and brought plenty of paperbacks from my favorite sites.

Needless to say, my growing list continues to grow.

At the beginning of the year, I put on the Goodreads challenge that I wanted to read 100 books. Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my goal. But I got halfway through, so still I’m pretty happy.

There were some good and bad books that I read this year, so today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite books from 2016.

Loving Liam

The best thing I liked about the book is the setting of Birch Valley. It has that small town quality, where everybody knows everyone. I loved the description of the town, everything from the winter weather to the eateries to the community events. It had a heartwarming feel to it, making me wish I lived there.

Even though Liam and Rachel are the main characters, The O’Brien family stole the show. Whether it was matriarch Mary cooking in the kitchen, Grandpa Paddy speaking his mind, or younger brother Daniel joking around; they kept your interest in the scenes.

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Chasing Clarity

This is an emotionally charged story, from the start when Mia’s reflecting on her relationship with Leo and the dreams they had for the future, your heart breaks for her. The author does a great job of showing Mia’s grief as she mourns Leo and the conflict she feels for moving on without him. At times, you’ll get teary-eyed as Mia’s emotions take over.

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I liked the turmoil Phoenix faced as her relationship with John began to progress. Even though, she loved him, she found it hard to say the words. That’s one of the things that made the story work is how their relationship progressed. It didn’t move too fast and it didn’t go too slow either, it was at a nice pace. As the story moves along, you’re left wondering if Phoenix and John’s relationship will survive or will her doubts drive the apart.

Read more of my Bloom review.

The Shore Thing

I liked how the author took her time developing Dani and Evan’s relationship. Most romance novels I read tend to rush the couple’s relationship, so I liked reading about a couple getting to know each other before they take the next big step. You could definitely sense the attraction between Dani and Evan; I loved how Evan made Dani feel like the most beautiful girl in the world.

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Sunset Vibrations

Take the backdrop of Hawaii, add in a biker and a fiery heroine, and you’ve got the makings of a good story.

I loved the characters of Cali and Zev. What drew me to them is how they have tough sides, yet inside their struggling with painful losses in their past.

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Stories of Love and Weight

Stories of Love and Weight is a collection of essays, poems, and stories from people, who’ve struggled with self-esteem and weight issues. As someone who’s struggled with self-esteem and weight gain, I found myself relating to the people in this book.

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Earth 8-8-2: The Genesis Project

The pacing of the story is steady. I like how the author takes the time to explore Genesis’ growth and the bonding with her caretakers. Reading the scenes, you can feel the emotions as she comes to terms with what she is and what’s happening to the world around her.

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The Fur Agreements

I enjoyed the book and learning how to gain better communication with my pets. For anyone, who’s an animal lover and wants to explore the spirituality with animals, this book is for you.

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The Flip

This is the second time I’ve read a ghost book by the author and I’ve quickly become a fan of his work. The way he combines of paranormal, drama, and romance elements made The Flip a nice story. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.

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Haunted Inns of the Southeast

If you know anything about ghosts, you know one of the most haunted places is inns. Since I live in the Southeast, I was interested in reading about some of the haunted inns in my area.

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