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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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we're sharing our top ten beach reads, by however we classify a beach read. For me, a beach read is a light book that won't make me cry, think too much, or make me feel anything other than relaxed and happy. Here are the top eight books that do that for me. (I could only find eight that I've read and would want to read on the beach.)

Twilight (Twilight, #1) For me, Twilight is a book that can take me away from life and I don't have to think about much when reading it. It's not a book that makes me put too much thought into it. I can read it, enjoy the day, and be able to have stopping points anywhere throughout the book. I don't want to be at the beach and be so invested that I can't stop to get in the water.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)I can't mention a beach read without talking about The Summer I Turned Pretty. Granted, I easily get addicted to this book, becoming so caught up in the story that I wouldn't want to stop reading, it still makes the list. If not a "beach read," it's definitely a summer read. I might get too wrapped up in the book while at the beach, but I'd still want to take it with me.

Magic Hands 
Magic Hands is a fast, cute read. Perfect for the beach!

Stupid Cupid (Stupid Cupid, #1)Stupid Cupid is another fast, cute, and fluffy book. It's enjoyable and makes me keep turning the pages. It's a light book and it would be a good way to enjoy my time at the beach.

Love Means ZeroLove Means Zero is a drama-filled read for the inner gossipers inside of us. That's sort of how I've always pictured this book. It's addicting, but not so much so that I can't put it down if I were at the beach. Another great book to dive into while laying in the sun.

Off Limits (Off Series, #2)I chose Off Limits as one of my beach reads mainly because if I'm going to spend all day out in the hot sun, I want to read about Nix and his hot self. Definitely someone something I want to get lost in at the beach. Love Nix!

Losing It (Losing It, #1)Losing It is a beach read for me because it's steamy. Another hot book that I would want to read on the beach for the great characters and story.

Love and LeftoversLove & Leftovers is on the list because I feel like a bystander when reading this book. I don't feel like I'm caught up in the whirlwind of the story, just someone standing a few feet away, watching it all go down. For that reason, I think it's a good beach read. Plus, it's in verse and a quick read.

These are my top picks for a beach read. What are yours?

Monday's Book Spotlight

Off Limits (Off Series, #2) This week's book is the second in the Off series by Sawyer Bennett. I don't think you would have to read the first book, Off Sides, to read this one, but it's probably a good idea that you do, just so you can appreciate this one fully. You can see my thoughts on Off Sides here.

From Goodreads:
“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it." 

Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.

Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the best way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.

When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart. 

Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?

I read this book last Tuesday and I'm still thinking about it! Okay, mostly about Nix. That still counts, right?

Why It Is Awesome: See the full review on Goodreads.

Nix, oh Nix. Where can I find my own Nix, that's what I want to know! 

Bennett swept me away in OFF LIMITS and honestly, I wish I was still there. I wanted to cry once I reached the epilogue because that meant it was ending. 

It's been a long while since I've read a book and I wanted the guy in it to be my own. I hate it for the future boys in books because it's going to be hard to compete with my love for Nix. My brain is on Nix overload. I'm like Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix, My Nix!

Share with me your latest book boyfriend! I'm holding on to Nix for the time being. :)