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My Top 20 Books of 2018

Because there are waaaaay too many AMAZING BOOKS to limit the list to only 10 

 

Click on the title link to go to my review of each book to hear all the reasons why it’s an awesome book!

In no particular order . . . my favorite books I read this year 

 

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  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele  |  Add to Goodreads

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  • Well That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey  |  Add to Goodreads

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How many of these books have you read?

Which did your add to your TBR?

What are your favorite books that you’ve read in 2018?

3.5 Star Books · ARC Book Reviews · Book Reviews · Christmas · contemporary romance · Holidays · romance

Release Day | Mutts and Mistletoe by Natalie Cox

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Mutts and Mistletoe by Natalie Cox

Published: October 9, 2018

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 320

Genres: romance, contemporary romance, holiday, Christmas

Rating: 3.5 stars

Recommend to fans of: lots and lots of dogs, feel good but slightly grumpy holiday reads, ridiculous holiday sweaters

Foodie Vibes: eggnog because what else?

 

Synopsis:

Her boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, her mother has absconded with her latest husband for the holidays, and–adding insult to (literal) injury–her London apartment has just been destroyed by a gas leak. Single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie realizes there’s only one place to go: Cozy Canine Cottages, where she’ll spend the season looking after her cousin Jez’s doggy day care center. And if she’s not exactly a dog person, well, no one has to know…

But her plans for a quiet Christmas in a quaint country village are quickly dashed. Peggy the pregnant beagle and Malcolm the anxious Great Dane seem determined to keep her up all night. A strange man has been casing her cousin’s house. And where is Cal, the unbearably patronizing but disturbingly handsome local vet, when she needs him?

As the days tick down to Christmas, Charlie’s life has never felt so out of control–but with some help from her new four-legged friends, she just might learn a thing or two about living in the moment, embracing the unexpected and opening herself up to love…

 

Review:

Thank you to NetGalley, G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Natalie Cox for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

What’s not to like about lots of dogs, their cute antics, and a very attractive local vet, while you’re on vacation for the holidays? Except the fact that the vacation is being forced to care for your cousin’s dog kenneling business when you have no idea how to care for a dog, much less 7 of them including a very pregnant pooch. And that you’re forced to live here for the time being, because your apartment is completely uninhabitable at the moment. Needless to say Charlie isn’t in the mood for Christmas this year. 

So it’s your typical Hallmark over the top sappy holiday romance. In theory I liked that the characters and circumstances were more relatable. But in reality it became a bit annoying hearing the complaining after awhile. The cute antics and faux pas didn’t last long. I think my biggest issue is that I didn’t really connect with the main character. I was hoping for more of an escapism type holiday book, not a problem filled reality of the typical holidays. 

Over time the characters did grow on me. Also the last 50 pages almost completely made up for the negatives. I can’t say what happens, but it’s so cute and fun. 

Overall, a mix Christmas stocking of a book. A realistic version of the holidays that to which many people can probably relate. 

 

Question: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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Seriously Underrated Books ~ less than 1,000 Ratings

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While writing these posts, I am continually surprised at how few ratings that some of these books have on Goodreads. 

I hope you will give some of these books a read, as I’ve immensely enjoyed them. 

Be sure to check out my other lists of Seriously Underrated Books less than 100 ratings and less than 500 ratings

Now onto really great books with less than 1,000 ratings on Goodreads.

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

An eerie mystery with a slow build up of drama, complex relationships and characters, and two settings 50 years apart. The secrets and twists kept me captivated throughout as I read about the murders horrifying the small town. 

Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman

An interesting book to help anyone learn to perceive situations better. With the author’s guidance we can learn to observe almost anything better. I really enjoyed the numerous examples to practice my newly acquired observational skills in everyday life and using the artwork provided in the book. I found myself highly engaged throughout. Very helpful for business, healthcare workers, students, etc. 

Promise by Minrose Gwin

A wonderful historical fiction novel that tells the story of a town of people dealing with the aftermath of a terrible tornado. Set in the 1930s, we experience two perspectives of the same event, separated mainly by skin color. I loved the great character development and insight and also the lovely unique writing style. 

Snow Falling by Jane Gloriana Villaneuva

A sweet historical romance! If you’re a fan of the TV show Jane the Virgin, I highly recommend this book. If not, still give it a read for the fun, sweet, romantic story of Snow Falling.

Proof by Jordyn Redwood

An engaging thriller made even better by the medical setting. The author is a nurse, so this lends a wonderful authenticity to the novel that absolutely makes it work. I was absolutely intrigued throughout, and the science nerd in me loved it!

Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

A sweet, fun contemporary romance set in the world of Hollywood. One of the first romance novels I read and thoroughly enjoyed. Alison Sweeney, the author, works in Hollywood, which lends a wonderful authenticity to her book.

Arthur: The Dog who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home by Mikael Lindnord

A magnificent story about a magnificent dog. Arthur was a stray dog that Mikael encountered while adventure racing in Ecuador. He was special. The book tells the heartfelt story of the hard journey to bring Arthur home and make him a part of the family. A must read for animal lovers!

Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life by Rebecca Pacheco

A yoga book that I truly related to. I found myself marking so many passages with post its. There are so many teachings about yoga from the ancient teachings to practical integrated practices for our busy modern day lives. The content was informative, detailed, and all encompassing, but never boring. 

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

One of my favorite books that I’ve read all year! Song of a Captive Bird tells the tory of a famous and controversial Iranian poet. She’s a spirited young woman in a world that expects girls to always be quiet and respectful. The writing is captivating, as are the descriptions of the Iranian countryside. The translations of her poetry make this novel even better.

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America by Samhita Mukhopadhyay

If you haven’t heard about Nasty Women, you are missing out! I was skeptical at first, thinking the title was a gimmick to sell books. But I was so thrilled to find quality information from so many women with so many different perspectives. I learned a lot and have recommended the book to so many people. 

 

Some of these books have made best seller lists, but still have less than 1,000 ratings on Goodreads. That’s ratings, not even reviews. Why do you think that is? Legitimately, let me know, I’m curious as to some of your theories. 

Also, please share with which of these books you’re adding to your TBR lists!