2016 was the year I finally became a bookworm again and it’s safe to say that I was lucky enough to come across some books that were life-changing and all in all, just a pleasure to read! I thought I would share with you guys, the books that really stood out to me and hope that I can spark your interest in at least one of them! Not all of these books were released in 2016, however, they still were most definitely a highlight of the year and that’s what’s most important! Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books or plan too! 🙂
Book Title: That Girl
Author: Rachel Strong
After serving half of a three-year prison sentence, James is out and ready to try and get his life back on track, which means forgetting about the girl who sent him to prison in the first place – despite the fact he’s still in love with her! Katie knows that she can’t see James, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If she does, it can send him straight back to prison, but, she still loves him and is desperate to make things right and tell him how sorry she is for ruining his life. After accidentally bumping into each other, James and Katie can’t stay away from one another and so begin to see each other in secret. After a slight wobble on James’ part, when he decides her can’t take the risk of going back to prison, Katie decides enough is enough and it really is time to move on and put James behind her. Heartbroken, James decides to try and get his life in order. But due to his conviction it’s not as straight forward as he would like, leaving him miserable and despairing at what his life has become. When a job opportunity comes up hundreds of miles away he doesn’t hesitate to head south and put his troubles behind him. Can James and Katie forget each other and move on with their lives without one another?
Book Title: Complicated Love
Author: Rachel Strong
Ella fancies the pants off Adam, who wouldn’t, he’s hot! But being shy and awkward, she doesn’t know how to make her feelings known. Besides, boys always pick Sophie over her, so what would be the point anyway? Best friends from the age of four, Ella never lets anything come between her and Sophie – especially boys. But when Adam arrives on the scene, Sophie makes it her mission to make him hers and Ella has to sit back and watch her best friend be deliriously happy with the man of her dreams. Adam has a chequered past and is known for being a bit of a player, a different woman every night and no desire to ever settle down and get married. That is until he meets Ella! The minute Adam lays eyes on Ella he wants her, but unfortunately so does Josh, his brother, who gets there first and asks Ella out. Adam has no choice but to let Josh go for it, and so decides the next best thing is Sophie. After being thrown together for a weekend in London, Adam and Ella finally admit their true feelings for one another and decide that they should be together. But when they get home Sophie is waiting with a bomb that will turn their world upside down! Will Adam and Ella ever find a way to be together? Or has destiny got other plans for them?
Book Title: Me Without You
Author: Kelly Rimmer
A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn’t believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close. Lilah MacDonald – beautiful, opinionated, stubborn and all kinds of wonderful in ways that words could never quite capture. The woman who taught me to live again. My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart. My name is Callum Roberts, and this is our story.
Author: Kathleen Smith
You’d probably know a “fangirl” when you see one, but the majority stay relatively closeted due to the stigma of being obsessed with fictional characters. However, these obsessions are sometimes the fangirl’s solutions for managing stress, anxiety, and even low self-esteem. Fangirling is often branded as behaviour young women should outgrow and replace with more adult concerns. Written by a proud fangirl, The Fangirl Life is a witty testament to the belief that honouring your imagination can be congruous with good mental health, and it’s a guide to teach fangirls how to put their passion to use in their own lives. The Fangirl Life encourages you to use an obsession not as distraction from the anxieties of life, but rather as a test lab for your own life story: How can a character girl crush be useful instead of a waste of time? How can writing fan fiction be a launching point for greater endeavours? How do you avoid the myths that fictional romance perpetuates? By showing you how to translate obsession into personal accomplishment while affirming the quirky, endearing qualities of your fangirl nature, The Fangirl Life will help you become your own ultimate fangirl.
Book Title: Everything Changes But You
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Ally Richmond is dreading turning thirty and bidding farewell to her youth. And when her husband says he wants to start a family, she begins to panic. Is this all that life has to offer from now on? Popping out babies and growing old gracefully? She wants a life crammed with glamour and spontaneous adventure, not one full of dirty nappies and night feds. When Ally makes a silly birthday wish for a new, exciting life, her wish is granted. But when Ally is presented with the freedom and opportunities she craves, she soon realises this new life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that there really is no place like home.
Book Title: Girl on the Brink
Author: Christina Hoag
The summer before senior year, 17 year old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soother her soul, torn over her parents impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.
Book Title: Fall From Love
Author: Heather London
Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty one year old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again. When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal. Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs. As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realise that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal – her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident – what everyone has been keeping from her – it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…
Book Title: Careful What You Wish For
Author: Michelle Escamilla
One simple wish can change everything… Harley Simpson has one wish – to find Prince Charming and settle down. She has a dream job and wonderful friends, but something is missing. With her thirtieth birthday looming, Harley is sure being with her hot, smooth-talking boss Ethan Prince would make her life complete. Having just landed a major client and learning she’ll be working even more closely with Ethan, Harley sets out to celebrate with her friends. On her way to the bar, Harley chats with a mysterious cab driver. When the woman asks what she would wish for, Harley answers honestly – she wants Ethan. But during her night out, she meets a handsome, blue eyed, part time bartender and full time teacher named Matt Garner. No, he’s not a CEO, but he’s the sweetest guy Harley’s ever met. A wish gone bad… Harley awakens the next morning in a strange house with Ethan – and their two young daughters. The wish she’d confided to the freaky fairy godmother has actually come true. As she tries to figure out what this means and if it’s really what she wanted after all, Harley discovers Matt is also part of this bizarre world… He’s his daughters teacher. Harley suspects fate has gone completely haywire. Will she able to find a way out of this suburban nightmare? Or is she destined to stay and live the life she thought she wanted in this messed up fairytale…
Book Title: Wishful Thinking
Author: Michelle Escamilla
What if you were given one wish, would you take it? Even if you were warned not to? Leila Garner knew something was always up, especially when her mom wouldn’t let her wish on her own birthdays or on falling stars. She never expected to hear it was because of a wish that a fairy godmother had gotten wrong. Leila was beyond excited to learn there was an actual fairy godmother that could take care of all her dreams and make them come true. Would you take a chance? Leila wanted the high life. A job with a top fashion magazine, designer clothing and her dream guy – Jackson King. Now with the knowledge, and the story of her mom, of Donna being able to make all that come true – Leila rushes to Donna to make the ultimate wish. All wrong… Again. Unfortunately, Leila soon finds out for herself that Donna doesn’t always get things right. Leila realises Jackson King isn’t actually living up to his name and the dream job is anything but. Can Leila find her happily ever after or is it just… Wishful Thinking?
Author: Lauren Graham
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood – along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
Book Title: Waiting For Prince Harry (Dallas Demons, #1)
Author: Aven Ellis
Twenty four year old Kylie Reed has alays been a rule follower. Organised and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use – when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer… Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry – Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun, ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option. Or does it? Because when Kylie accidentally falls in to the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy – yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry – all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it…
Book Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I ook out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black – black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Book Title: Meet Clara Andrews (Series of 9 books)
Author: Lacey London
Meet Clara Andrews, a totally vacuous girl with a hangover… With a love of designer brands, a fantastic job at Suave, the latest big name to rock the shoe industry and the world’s greatest best friend, she thought she had it all. That is until a chance meeting introduces her to the most handsome man alive. Trying to keep the focus on her work, she finds her heart stolen by Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels. Clara reminds herself that inter office relationships are against the rules, so when a sudden recollection of a work’s night out leads her to a cheeky, charming and downright gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes. Join Clara as she attempts to flirt her at through the dangers of dating two men, landing in and out of trouble, re-affirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets along the way.
Book Title: The Girl in Between #1
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Kein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that seal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is. But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.