TOP TEN TUESDAY : FIRST 10 BOOKS I REVIEWED FOR MY BLOG

Happy Tuesday, people! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And the topic this week is the first 10 books I reviewed. I’ve never really reviewed seriously before starting this blog. So here are the first 10 books I reviewed for this blog –

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Transcend

The first of a duology with a reincarnation twist. There were 3 primary characters who all made my heart all achy.

My Rating : ★★★★★

 (Goodreads)

 

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Not So Nice Guy

A friends-to-lovers romance with enough fluff and sweetness to give you diabetes. If you’re in mood for a light and cute romance, this is it for you.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

 

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The Simple Wild

An atmospheric book that made me feel part of the world. At the center of it is a girl’s journey of self-discovery and the theme of family.

My rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

The finale to my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kate Daniels remains at the top of my list of favorite badass heroines.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Epoch (Transcend #2)

An emotional conclusion to the beautiful story we saw start in Transcend. The 3 characters in this book are very close to my heart.
Interesting fact – The covers photos of both the books actually have a role to play in the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Letters to the Lost

A heavy read on two characters who are dealing with grief in different ways and connect through letters left on a graveyard. I feel that the depth of this book was plagued by some cliches. The romance was minimal too. But it’s got a beautiful message about how first impressions can be wrong.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Good Luck With That

A beautiful read about friendship, addiction, self harm, obesity, mental illness and the importance of self-love.

It is not an easy read. But it has some meaningful messages that I feel we all need in our lives.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

One of my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romances. It’s got an amazingly quirky heroine who is not afraid to be herself. It’s also got a Korean hero. *Swoon*

Worth a read if you like friends-to-lovers trope.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

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The Girl Made of Clay

A woman who has always had to look after herself is now now has an added responsibility to look after her estranged musician father after he is injured. Things are not all good with her pilot husband flying away frequently too. The father-daughter relationship was my favorite part of this book.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Sadie

Perhaps my favorite crime-suspense-mystery of last year. A very difficult read about a teenager on the run to find the man behind her younger sister’s death.

My Rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 


It was great revisiting the books I reviewed at the beginning of my blogging journey! ^_^

Book Review: Good Luck With That By Kristan Higgins

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it’s coming to terms with the survivor’s guilt she’s carried around since her twin sister’s death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it’s about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother’s and brother’s ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.

I’ve read my share of “Finishing off a To-Do list left by dead spouse/friend/sibling” books. I didn’t quite enjoy many of them, having been unable to even finish some of them. So, inevitably I was wary of starting this book. But Kristin Higgins is a go-to-author for me. And guess what? Good Luck With That is probably her best work yet.

This book deals with a lot of serious issues. Obesity, addiction, self harm, PTSD, anger issues, to name a few. That makes it a tough emotional read. But I was fully invested in the characters and their struggles. I’m no expert but I felt that the author portrayed the struggles of overweight people really well.

We see our three characters in their mid thirties deal with their weight in different ways. Marley is full of life and when we meet her, she’s grown comfortable in her skin and weight. She struggles with a childhood loss and finding a man to settle down with. Georgia is not overweight anymore. But she still feels fat. Life long taunts from her mother and brother have made her so insecure that she self-destructed her marriage with the love of her life. Emerson was the weakest when dealing with her issues. She was defeated by her addiction. Her journey was the toughest to read. I cringed and I cried. I felt like diving into the pages to slapping her into senses and hug her simultaneously.

There were a lot lot of supporting characters. Special mentions for Marley’s family, Georgia’s nephew and her father’s second family who made my heart swell.

My heart swelled even more seeing the huge strides Georgia and Marley made in their life and  their evolution was indeed heartening. It was so heartwarming to see their strong friendship and support for each other. Every girl deserves a friendship like that!

The love is strong with this one. I strongly recommend checking this out if you love books with strong female friendships, characters evolution, messages about self-love.


My Rating: ★★★★☆