Getting lost in a good book is one of my favourite things to do. Sometimes I don’t know what makes me happier, travel or books. And when I envision my dream home there’s only one thing I see. A mini library filled with all the books I’ve collected over the years and with the cosiest reading corners. I’m pretty sure if you search my Pinterest account, there’s one dedicated to in home libraries. Some women have wedding dress inspiration, I have books.
There’s just something so magical about picking up a book, getting cozy under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, and forgetting everything but the incredible journey that the author is taking you on.
When it comes to books there’s no mistaking what I want to read. A good love story! Now I know some people will avoid the whole boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after cliche, but I absolutely love it! Mix in a bit of the paranormal/fantasy genre from time to time and I’m in my happy place.
Finding a good book to me is like winning the lottery to others. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve turned up to work having had only a few hours of sleep because I was so invested in a story that chapter one turned into The End.
So what are my top picks for spring? Well if you’re like me and enjoy a good story with romance thrown into the mix, then the following are for you.
Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover
Ok, so let me start by saying that every single one of Colleen Hoover’s books have not disappointed! I think it’s rare for an author to turn out one amazing book after another but she continues to do so and it amazes me every time. What I love most about her books is that yes, there’s a love story going on, but they’re not your traditional love stories. They’re raw and have a sense of realness to them.
Out of all of her books, Maybe Someday has stuck with me the most. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who may read it, but let’s just say you’ll be unexpectedly surprised as you’re taken on an emotional yet wonderful journey. Image credit: susimarcone.tumblr.com
Obsidian, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Now when it comes to fantasy/paranormal romance, Jennifer is my go to. I just love, love, LOVE her books. Her stories immediately pull me in, and as cheesy as it sounds, I’m always left with a smile on my face and a fullness in my heart .
It’s hard for me to pick a favourite because each of her series is so unique and I adore them for so many different reasons. But if I HAD to pick one, I would choose the Lux Series. Why? Daemon Black for one thing. As far as book boyfriends go he’s definitely up there, and secondly, I love a strong female character and Katy holds her own. Image credit: thereadingrunaway.com
Books in the series: Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin, Opposition. Novellas: Sahdows, Oblivion, Oblivion II, Oblivion III, The Wedding.
Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard
Some people have the assumption that men can’t write decent romance books. Well I beg to differ. Sylvain Reynard took me on one hell of a journey with his Gabriel’s Inferno Series and I’m forever grateful that a colleague of mine recommended it to me. Chapter after chapter, I was hit with a whirlwind of emotions, from passion and seduction to redemption and forgiveness. I absolutely loved it! Image credit: instagram.com/paperback_pixie
Books in the series: Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, Gabriel’s Redemption.
The Bronze Horseman, Paullina Simmons
To this day, this is still my all-time favourite book. It’s a historical romance, which is not my normal go to genre, but it’s by far the most powerful love story I have ever read. Mixed with family loyalty during a time of hardship, this story was with me days after I finished reading it.
When I purchased this book, a friend of mine told me not to read the third (last book) in the series The Summer Garden. Someone had told her not to read it but she did anyway and immediately regretted it. Her explanation was that the story ended quite nicely with the second book, and it seemed as though the third book was only written for the sake of making the series into a trilogy, which was completely unnecessary. I never read the third book and to this day I’m more than happy with that decision. Image credit: instagram.com/sissireads
Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James
Yes that’s right, I’m a fan of these books. If you haven’t already read them, then I have no doubt that you’ve heard about them. Movie aside, because that’s a whole other topic, I want to focus on the books for a moment. Yes they’re raunchy as some may say, and yes a large portion of it is focused around sex, but the story for me, has so much more going on.
We all know I enjoy a good love story and I’m drawn to how love can affect someone so much that it brings them out of the dark space they’ve been in for so many years. Christian Grey’s journey alone is a great story, and well, it just shows that love is more powerful than anything else in the world. Image credit: instagram.com/angeliehaox
The Traveler, John Twelve Hawks
I read this book quite a few years ago, but I find that it’s still very relevant today. Putting the fantasy aspect of the book aside (and the love story of course), the reality of how technology has advanced and continues to advance to the point where it can track your every move from a simple store purchase to crossing the street, really gets you thinking.
What makes this book even more interesting is that John Twelve Hawks is actually a pseudonym for the author who lives “off the grid” just like the characters in the book attempt to do. Image credit: instagram.com/ashley_james74
Books in the series: The Traveler, The Dark River, The Golden City.
So what am I reading right now? Well as I mentioned earlier, I’m a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, and her book Frigid is currently on my bedside table. But lately I’ve been having less time to read, which makes me sad but also extremely excited at the same time. Why? Well my favourite authors have inspired me to venture into the world of fiction writing… yep, I’m writing my own novel! I’m currently nine chapters in, so still a long way to go but I know it’ll be worth it in the end and I’m so excited to take you all on this incredible journey with me.