My favourites of 2013

Good morning to you all. Or afternoon / evening. You get my drift. Happy new year. I hope you were able to see out the old and bring in the new happily and peacefully. I went to my sister in laws with most of my in laws and had a great night. We weren’t going to go – we didn’t know if the kids would manage to stay awake. They are 3,4 & 6 and are usually in bed by 6.30 every night. At 23.50 we were gathering them all up to bring them in for the countdown when we realised one was missing. Poor Aidie (Aidan) had let himself into the ‘big sitting room’ and closed the door and curled up on the couch with his teddy and went to sleep. I of course went in at midnight and gave him a kiss anyway. Holly (3) and Jamie (6) welcomed in the new year but i’m not sure what they made of the flurry of hugs and kisses that came their way.

So yesterday I started a post of my Top books of 2013 but I am hopeless. I’m like a little puppy – just rub me under the chin and tickle my belly and I will be loyal forever. So instead of my brian setting off every nuclear reactor known to man due to overload with me trying to decide what to include, I am going to tell you a few of my favourites.

Tear jerker

Well this should go without saying really. I have read a few books this year that would bring a tear to a glass eye but there aren’t any that can hold a candle to my #1. Beyond Grace’s Rainbow

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Granted I didn’t read it for the first time last year but I did read it again and it had a new chapter. Anyway this is my post and I make the rules 😉 I am only delighted with the success Carmel Harrington has achieved with BGR and I can only wait for things to get better and better for her.

Biggest book hangover

This, beyond a shadow of a doubt, belongs to Elizabeth Reyes and Breaking Brandon.

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Ever since I read Forever Mine, I have been hooked on Elizabeth Reyes’ books. Every time I read one it becomes my new favourite. Though this one I think will hold that title for a long time to come. It took me two days to pick up another book after reading this – and it wasn’t for the want of trying. I just couldn’t get my head out of the story. I’d love a bit more….

A Little Teaser

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The book that made me spit out my coffee..

Haha this could only belong to M. Leighton and Everything for Us

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I can’t even begin to go in to what made me spit out my coffee. You will just have to read it and see 😉
This is a fantastic series of book from Michelle, you need to get on it!

The book that most surprised me

Is surprised the right word? Probably not. Maybe the book I wasn’t expecting? You see this is why I review and not write 😉 Anyway, whether or which this is Jane Lark‘s latest book I Found You

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From the very first page in this book I was hooked. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I had read Illicit Love from Jane which is a historical. I didn’t know what to expect in this genre and I was quite simply blown away. I cannot wait for more in this series.

The book that had the biggest personal impact

The wonderful wonderful Lauren Blakely and her amazing book The Thrill of It

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I adore Lauren and all of her books. When I started this blog almost a year ago she supported me 100% even though at the time she didn’t know me from Adam. She is absolutely fantastic with bloggers and just her fans in general. I am lucky enough to be part of Lauren’s street team now. Anyhooooo…

There was a part of The Thrill of It that struck home with me. It even had me in tears (no not the part about being a sex addict). Then it gave me an epiphany. Then I ended up with a tattoo. Still can’t quite believe that I did it. I am not a major fan, but it’s different when it means something, right?

I blame Lauren and this book though. Have you read it? If you haven’t then you really should. I am on pins waiting for the second one!

One of my favourites of the year, just because

Belle Aurora and her book Willing Captive

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The title of this book led me to believe certain things about it. I was thinking in and around Fifty Shades. I was wrong. You see I rarely read a blurb. I like the element of surprise. I have recommended this book to many people since I have read and they have all come back saying it is amazing. Thats’s because it is. I just loved it and that’s why it is up there with my best books of the year.

Another of my favourites because….

…who doesn’t like a bit of misery, right? Erin Lawless and The Best Thing I Never Had.

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I absolutely loved this book from Erin Lawless. It’s about real life, coming of age, growing up and realising those people that you trust absolutely, think have your back and will always be there for you – maybe they won’t.

My #1 Best book of the year. AND EVER.

Well if you know me or read this blog at all this is a no brainer. Colleen Hoover just swept me off my feet with LOSING HOPE

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It is just quite simply THE.BEST.BOOK.EVER

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OK I know this is a book blog but….

So it is not big secret to anyone out there that Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors in the world. Losing Hope is my number one book. EVER. I don’t see that changing. EVER.

Have you had a look at the cover of Losing Hope. Isn’t that just a damn fine specimen gracing the cover. You probably already know that the name attached to said damn fine specimen is Griffin Peterson. You probably already know he was on American Idol season 12. I didn’t. You know, being stuck over here in that patch of grass known as Ireland and all that. Also having my head stuck in a book and not watching much telly didn’t help. Well I must agree with the masses – that boy can sing!

Two days ago he released two singles. Getaway and Makes Me Hold On To You, well let me tell you he can be my getaway and hold on to me anytime he likes! Anyways..several times today his face has popped up in front of me – not that I am complaining so I said feck it I will get them now. Off i trotted over to iTunes and bought them both. BARGAINS at .99c each. Let me tell you ladies – he sounds every bit as good as he looks!

I was also catching up on CoHo’s (thanks to JR Lewis for coining that btw) blog earlier and saw that Hopeless and Losing Hope had both been optioned. Cue one of the many happy dances I happened to perform in my kitchen today. The thought struck me, the boy looks good, sounds good but I hope to God he can act. I can’t imagine Holder fans settling for anything less than…well Holder 🙂

Go get your copy of Griffins Singles; Getaway and Makes Me Hold On To You You won’t regret it.

And just for those of you that would like a not so sneaky reminder..

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These ladies are killing me!!

There is just no room!!

What’s a girl to do when a new book comes out and it is her new favourite? My top three is quite an extensive list. But there can only be three in a top three can’t there?

That’s the best thing about us women. We are problem solvers. We make things fit. Hell we could get a square peg into a round hole if we needed to.

My top three used to be;
1. Beautiful Disaster (read my review here)
2. Hopeless (read my review here)
3. Reason to Breathe
Not necessarily in this order I must point out. Each time I re read any of the books I am reminded of just how much I love them and it goes back to the top of the list.

Then we had Barely Breathing. How the hell am I mean to squeeze another book in there. I could relegate one to 4th place. That would be the logical thing to do. The normal thing even. I couldn’t do it though. I wouldn’t want to hurt the feelings of any of the books. Yes, I know. I have issues (I remember sleeping on the floor and being cold as a child because I put all my teddies in the bed so they wouldn’t get cold).

BAND THEM TOGETHER!!
Perfect. I had the best solution. Barely Breathing is the second book not a ‘new’ book so I would just put them together.

So my new list;
1. Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing
2. Hopeless
3. Beautiful Disaster
Simple.
No, not so much. Jamie McGuire went and brought out Walking Disaster. Again I just band them together. So here we go again;

1. Beautiful Disaster / Walking Disaster
2. Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing
3. Hopeless
So I have 5 Books in my top 3 books. Sure that’s not too bad. Of course then next week Colleen Hoover is bringing out Losing Hope, which I have had the pleasure of reading. It has overtaken my number one spot. So my list now looks like this;

1. Hopeless / Losing Hope (read my review here)
2. Beautiful Disaster / Walking Disaster
3. Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing.

Losing Hope is at the moment my all time favourite book. So I would imagine my list will be staying like this. At least until tomorrow when Rebecca Donovan’s Out Of Breath comes out!