If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins – This book hit me right in the heart. I read it at a time in my life where I was struggling, and it spoke to me. Also, it’s Kristan Higgins. She makes my favorites list every year. :)
How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo – DUDE! This book just killed me, it’s SO good. It was the most perfect Contemporary Romance. I just.. AH I LOVED IT.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – This is another book that I really connected with. I just felt like they were people I know, therefore it’s close to my heart.
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase – Another amazing Contemporary Romance with so much depth. This one was fun and sexy and at times really moving.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Whoa. The only non-contemporary on the list! I loved this one so much. It was sexy and intense and just SO GOOD.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – SO delightful and funny, I was laughing on page 5! Simon was just the best and I wanted to be his friend and hang out with his friends. I loved watching Simon and Blue fall for each other while discovering who they were (literally and figuratively). And it was refreshing to read a diverse book that managed to be nuanced, important, and CUTE all at the same time!
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison – Grounded is incredibly well written, funny, and exciting- Morrison’s Rapunzel reminded me of a mix of Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled and Cress from The Lunar Chronicles, but with more attitude. I also adored the whimsically detailed worldbuilding and sense of history, the humor, and the complex characters. The world feels BIG but you never feel lost in it as a reader. I wanted to explore it all! And it’s absolutely filled with fairy tale magic.
Every Word by Ellie Marney – a truly excellent, tightly plotted, heart pounding sequel! It’s emotional, action-packed, super intense, and super hot. Plus a London setting! I continue to ship Mycroft and Rachel with the fire of a thousand suns. Wattscroft forevaaaa. I couldn’t put the book down, read it in a day!
The Deal by Elle Kennedy – I super loved this book!! It was hot and funny and had just the right amount of drama. I TOTALLY loved Graham (oh my god) and Hannah, they communicated like adults and had the most amazing chemistry! Plus it encompassed all of my favorite romantic tropes.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Absolutely striking. The writing is exquisite and brought to life these magnificent doomed characters. Miller humanizes Achilles and makes him a compelling hero worth following, while she raises Patroclus to new heights. The relationship between Patroclus and Achilles is everything you could wish for in a tragic romance. The emotions are overwhelming and burrowed into my soul while the language is evocative and the action is fierce. Historical fiction fans must read this!!!