colleen hoover

September's Paperback Pick

Yes, I know I'm wayyy late, but better late than never! I've been really excited about Colleen Hoover's latest book, It Ends With Us, even though I had no clue what it was about. She's an auto-buy author for me, so I one-click without any hesitation and it took some time before I picked it up, so by the time I got around to reading the book, I couldn't remember what the blurb said - if I had read it at all.

This book...I feel like I went through as many emotions as the main character, Lily. It was so good! This is probably the first time I cried more after a book was over than I did during the book. I'm also glad this book was written. It touches on a hard subject and handles it well. 

This paperback pick was fantastic, and I definitely recommend.

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week, I'm spotlighting a free novella that I'm so excited about. If you know me, then you know that I'm a HUGE Colleen Hoover fan. Well, on October 14th, she has a new story releasing. You can preorder your free copy on Amazon now! Check it out and add it to your TBR!

Finding Cinderella

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Books I Need NOW!

I created a new shelf on Goodreads of various books that I have either read or want to read, but the message is the same. I need it now! What books would you put on the list?

Books That I've Read But Want in Paperback

 Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1)

Books That I Haven't Bought Yet

  Fading (Fading, #1) Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) The Final Lesson Plan (Schooled 2)

Books That Haven't Released Yet

Off Course Torn (Connections, #2) Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2) Left Drowning

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly features hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This one is going to be tough. Why? Because I've only read 24 books this year. Terrible, I know! But for like the first three months, I was in a reading funk. That means that really, I've read those 24 in the latter three months. My goal this year is 50. Anyway, I'm just going to list the absolute best books I've read so far this year. These are my top four and you should read them all!

 Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1) Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) Off Limits (Off Series, #2) Wide Awake

What are the best books you've read so far this year? Tell me about them so I can add them to my TBR!


I wasn't going to have a third post this week, but then I got to thinking. Lately, I have been reading strictly ebooks. I haven't wanted to read a paperback at all. (Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is the exception and that was only after I read it in Kindle first.) Anyway, the urge to hold a book in my hands, smell that wonderful scent it has, and read a physical copy has been missing. I wondered if it would return because it has been that long since I've read that way. All I wanted to read was ebooks.

Until today.

I don't know what changed. Maybe it was the fact that I'm reading another book that I wish I was reading by paperback instead of Kindle. (I'm currently reading Delayed Penalty.) Maybe it was that I've finally grown tired of staring at a screen instead of paper. Maybe, and I'm pretty sure this is the true reason, but maybe it was because ebooks don't hold the same emotional attachment as paperbacks.

The experience is real with an ebook, don't get me wrong. However, for me, the experience of a gripping story is enhanced when you are holding a physical copy in your hands. If it's sad, I can pause, cradle the book to my chest and that oozes comfort in its own way. I can't exactly get the same feel from the electronic devices that I read ebooks on. (Plus, it looks and feels extra weird.)

There is something so magical about holding the weight of a book in your hands, running your fingers over those words that make you smile or cry, and having something physical to look at and be reminded of how that book made you feel. It's simply not the same with ebooks.

I'm in no way saying that I don't love ebooks. I really do. I have just realized the true power of paperbacks. Ebooks are great and convenient, but paperbacks are just as great, if not always convenient. I was where I didn't even want to buy a physical copy unless I read the ebook first and really loved it to where I had to have it. The point of all this is that sometimes, the ereader has to be set aside and you need to curl up in the couch with a book instead.

I'm at that point and I'm thrilled to have the want for a paperback again. Once I finish my current ebook, I'm picking up a paperback, getting comfortable, and settling in for a read.

Monday's Book Spotlight

I read this book a little over a week ago and I'm still thinking about it. There's no doubt that Hopeless by Colleen Hoover deserves to be on this week's spotlight. I mean, as of 1 pm yesterday, there were 54,397 ratings on Goodreads and the average rating is 4.55 stars. That's a good indication that you'll love it too, I think.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.

My Thoughts as Seen on Goodreads:
First off, my only regret about this book is that I didn't read it in paperback first. It just has a feel that you need to have the paperback when you read it, so you can hold it to you. I can't exactly hold my laptop to my chest while I bawl my eyes out and it have the same effect as a paperback. 

As I mentioned in one of my updates, Hoover has ruined me for all future books, stories, characters, couples, and everything in between. Nothing can live up to or compare to this perfection called Hopeless. She destroyed me with her words and I never want to be fixed either. I devoured it in one sitting because I couldn't stop. Now it's 4:43 AM and I have to get my thoughts out before I cry myself to sleep.

I'll be crying for these characters. Crying for their story. Crying for the emotions that they made me feel. I'll cry because I can't read this book for the first time again, and I'll cry with joy that I can reread it as many times as I want. And trust me. I will be rereading it. 

Colleen Hoover possesses so much talent in weaving together not only words, but characters that I can fall hopelessly in love with. I don't think any guy in any book is as good as Holder. I don't think any couple is as good as this one. I'm ruined for life, remember? This book has stolen the title for my all time favorite book and I doubt any book that I read in the future can get that title now that I've read Hopeless. Nothing can compare. It feels like a once and a lifetime story. Like a memory that you know you'll cherish forever because in that moment, what happened took your heart and you know that nothing can ever compare to what happened in that instant. A moment in your life where you know that you're changed forever and nothing will ever be the same. 

This is that book that once you read it, you'll never forget the story and the emotions it provoked. It's that book that stays so close to your heart. It's that book that you want to carry around every day for the rest of your life so it will always be there, just in case. It's that book that you have multiple copies of so you'll never be without it and once you wear one copy out, there's another one waiting to be reread to the point that the pages are falling out of the spine. It's the book that you want to live by the message it holds. This is the book that comes to your mind when you wonder why you love reading. This is the first book you'll think of when someone asks what your favorite book is or who your favorite author is. This is the book that if you couldn't read another book in your life, you would be okay with that because at least you were able to read Hopeless. You can't forget what you read, what you felt that first time you read it, and you can't forget the story within. 

I can ramble all night until I'm delirious with lack of sleep. I'll finish with two simple words in case you need more convincing: Read Hopeless.

Top Ten Tuesday - Freebie (Books I Own That I Really Want to Read)

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we get a freebie and can choose to post a top ten on whatever we wish. I decided to post the Top Ten Books I Own That I Really Want to Read. These are books that I own, but haven't read yet. I'm mostly making this list so I can get my thoughts together as to what I want to read next in no particular order.

I've heard great things about this book and it has made me move it up on my TBR!

The Fault in Our Stars
It's about time that I dive into another John Green book and this is my pick.

The Final Piece
I got this for my Momma & me for Mother's Day and haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
This has been sitting on my Kindle since it was released. Big fan of Colleen Hoover!

Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #1)
Love Jillian Dodd's That Boy series and I'm ready to read her new series.

What Happened to Goodbye
Love Sarah Dessen! It's been too long since I've read one of her books.

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)
I need to finish this series, but I'm scared of it ending! 

A Little Less Girl
A friend of mine read it and liked it, so I want to read it!

Kiss Crush Collide
Started this a while back and enjoyed it. Life got in the way and I put it to the side. Time to finish!

Ended up the the 2nd one first somehow and finally got my hands on this one.