Today is my Birthday!

Being born on the 11th clearly made the #11 my favorite number. To top it off, today is my 38th birthday and 3 + 8 = 11…so this must mean its going to be a lucky one 😉

To honor the #11, here are my Top 11 reads from this year. This year has been my best reading year yet and it was very hard to narrow them down!

book-totes-08-2018-ss04It is a story of perseverance, acceptance and love for so many of the characters.  

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220px-a_little_lifeIt is a story about friendship; but, not ordinary friendship. A supreme friendship so connected that without it one is not whole, but lost. Friendship that gives one breathe: a reason.

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81tar7kzn7lCue in the soundtrack to Pretty Woman and you got yourself the cutest love story – with a side of spice – I have read in a while.

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51vfrzslyil-_sx329_bo1204203200_It was an addicting, brilliantly written story. This can definitely be a one sitting book read.

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91nhc-xa5klThe book tells a beautiful tale of a loving and caring person who just needed someone to believe in her.

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by-the-book-9781501175183_hrIt’s one of those stories that brightens your mood: perfect to read on a sunny day (or those rainy/snowy days where you are looking for something to lighten your mood). 

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91bndqhf1jlThis book had me on edge the whole entire time. THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME.

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91lmjogaixlLike classic Jodi, she has this rational way of presenting both sides of an issue where you feel empathy for all characters whether you agree with them or not (she’s brilliant at this!) You may not agree, but you understand.

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51ikqi2oqll-_sx330_bo1204203200_Francie Nolan became one of my favorite literary characters.

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81v3qyp3iblBackman’s writing consists of simple sentences packed with punch: so much meaning with the right amount of build up. His writing style is brilliant!

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the-hating-gameThe tension between Lucy and Josh from the minute the book starts is ridiculously tantalizing.

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Do you have a favorite amongst my birthday book stack? Do tell!

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Mid-Year Review: My Top 10 Reads from January – June

I was inspired to join in on Top 10 Tuesday by my fellow Facebook Book Bloggers Group  members Book Tales by MeThe Limit of Books Does Not Exist, and Bloodthirsty Little Beasts. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic was Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far).

I am obviously tardy to the party by posting so late (though it is still Tuesday!); I wanted to share my Top 10 list because this year has been my best reading year yet!

Here are my Top 10 Reads from the first half of 2018 (January – June):

Want to know why I loved this group of books so much? My review links can be found all in one place here: https://saturdaynitereader.com/book-reviews-a-to-z/

What have been your stand out books that you read this year? Have you read any of one’s I listed above and agree/disagree with their top 10 status? Can’t wait to hear how your reading year has been!

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Book Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

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Super cute vacation read!

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5 disco balls

Published: February 6, 2018 by Gallery Books
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Womens Fiction, Chick-lit, Retelling

I was super bummed when I got the NetGalley rejection email from my request to read the arc of this book. The synopsis looked like a fun, lighthearted read so I wound up pre-ordering on Amazon (and waited a month for the pub date!). I had never done that as usually a rejection email makes me a bit sour on the book (hey, just being honest).

But enough of my ramblings, lets get to the part you want to hear: why I rated it so highly! Read More »