December Wrap Up

These are the books that I read in December. I haven’t read any books before that were based entirely around Christmas or the holiday season so I used this month to read some and I was not disappointed by any of them.


The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere follows a young woman, who after witnessing an accident becomes involved with the town people and begins to feel as if she has found the family that she has always wanted.

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere is not a happy Christmas book by any means. I think I pretty much cried through the entire book but it was still such a great read. It’s about how meeting a stranger one day can change the way you view your life.

The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere is the sequel to The Christmas Shoes and follows the life of Nathan as he works to become a doctor.

The Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson is a short story about two childhood friends that grow apart by the time they become teenagers but are brought together again by the holiday season.

Checking It Twice by Melissa L. Webb is a short story but also a horror Christmas story. It’s about what happens when you are not so good all year.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This is a classic Christmas story that sadly I hadn’t read until this month but it was definitely a great read and one that I could see myself reading every year during the holiday season.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and read some amazing books. Happy New Year!

Keep reading…Lola


Top 16 Books Of 2016

This is the hardest blog that I have had to write this year. It was hard choosing the best books this year and it was even harder to narrow them down to 16 but I eventually did it. Most of these did not come out this year but they are books that I read this year. They are in no particular order because I also couldn’t decide on that either! I chose YA as well as adult reads and I gave all of them 5 stars on Goodreads.

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner is an adult mystery novel that came out in December 2016 and it’s about a woman who cannot remember the last couple years of her life after a diving accident.
*Review on my blog

EditShutter Island by Dennis Lehane is an adult thriller about a detective who is investigating the disappearance of a patient from a mental hospital.

*Review on my blog

EditWrecked by Elle Casey is a YA novel about four teenagers who end up stranded on an island. There is also a sequel called Reckless that is just as good.

*Review of the duology on my blog

EditThe Hazards Of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy is the first of five adult novels in The Hazards series. They basically all follow a college girl as she embarks on a romance and a lot of the characters pop up throughout the series.

EditIn A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is an adult thriller about a group of people who come together to celebrate a “hen” and then some weird things begin to happen.

*Review coming up in the next couple weeks

EditAt First Sight by Nicholas Sparks is the second book in the True Believer duology. This book was such a tear jerker and I loved it.

*Review up on my blog

Learning To Swim by Sara J. Henry is an amazing novel about a woman thrown into a mystery when she witnesses a little boy being thrown from the back of a ferry.

My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews is a novel about a teenage girl who grows up in solitude never really knowing what day or year it is and living in the shadow of her older sister who died. The ending was a total shocker to me!

EditThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is a series of fairytale retellings of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White.

*Review on my blog

EditThe Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell is a YA novel about a teenage boy named Soar who is suffering from ALS.

*Review on my blog

EditWildflower by Alecia Whitaker is a YA novel about a girl who is discovered by a music manager when she has to take over lead vocals one night when her family band performs. There are two other books in this trilogy that I have not read yet but I will be soon.

EditThe Movie Version by Emma Wunsch is an amazing YA novel that shows the effects of mental illness on not only the suffering individual but also on their family and friends.

*Review on my blog

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is the first of three novels in a trilogy. It’s about these alien like people who invade earth and cause catastrophe everywhere. Their main goal is basically to rid the earth of humans. I have read the first two and really enjoyed them and look forward to reading the final book sometime in the new year. There was also a movie made of the first film.

EditRafa by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin is an autobiography of tennis player Rafael Nadal. It’s told from Rafa’s view as well as John Carlin interviewing family, friends and other players.

*Review on my blog

EditSisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares is an adult novel set ten years after The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants YA books end. It continues the story of Tibby, Lena, Bridgit and Carmen as they navigate life as twenty somethings.

EditThe Mind Readers by Lori Brighton is a YA series about a teenage girl who has the power to read minds and one day meets someone else who has the same gift. He tells her that there are others like them and that there are also people who are looking for them in order to hurt them. She has to decide if she wants to leave her grandmother to learn more about her powers or stay and pretend that they don’t exist.

Those are my top 16 books that I read in 2016. I can’t believe that 2016 is almost over! I had a really good reading year and hope that 2017 will be just as great!

Keep reading…Lola

On The Twelfth Day Of Blogmas…

My True Love Gave To Me…



Allie & Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Chase & Cara from The Hazards Of Sex On The Beach by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Audrina & Arden from My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews

Anita & Micah from The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Micah & Nathaniel from The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Garik & Elizabeth from Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd

Wolf & Scarlet from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cole & Davis from Feuds by Avery Hastings

Cameron & Lewis from The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

Jared & Melanie from The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Hallie & Macon from Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Strat & Annie from The Time Travel Quartet by Caroline B. Cooney

On The Eleventh Day Of Blogmas…

My True Love Gave To Me…



Learning To Swim by Sara J. Henry

When You Went Away by Michael Baron

Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd

My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews

Wrecked by Elle Casey

The Hazards Of Series by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Claude And Camille by Stephanie Cowell

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Keep reading…Lola

On The Tenth Day Of Blogmas…

My True Love Gave To Me…



Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Utopia by Thomas More

Ariel by Grace Tiffany

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews (ghost writer)

Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham

Cujo by Stephen King

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

Keep reading…Lola


On The Ninth Day Of Blogmas…

My True Love Gave To Me…



Fairest Of All by Serena Valentino

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino

Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Fairest Of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Towering by Alex Flinn

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere

Christmas Keepsakes: The Christmas Shoes & The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere

Keep reading…Lola

On The Eighth Day Of Blogmas…

My True Love Gave To Me…



Wildflower Series by Alecia Whitaker (two left)

Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber (two left)

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella (six left)

Garrison Gage Series by Scott William Carter (three left, one novella)

Arena One Series by Morgan Rice (two left)

The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey (one left)

Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series by Anita Valle (one left)

The Face On The Milk Carton Series by Caroline B. Cooney (one left)

Keep reading…Lola