Top Ten Tuesday:Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday was formerly hosted by the  Broke and Bookish and is now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl

Happy Tuesday friends! Today is my first day back to work after a four day weekend and let me tell you, it always hard to wake up at 5 in the morning after such a long weekend. Thankfully, I only work three days and then I will be spending my weekend in West Virginia visiting some family. Any good audio book recommendations? Comment down below please! For now, I am going to be giving you my top 10 books that I loved and has fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads! 

  1. The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves (1014)
  2. Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett (1426)
  3. Carnations and Chaos by London Lovett (247)
  4. Mistletoe and Mayhem by London Lovett
  5. Last Christmas by Talli Roland (248)
  6. The Legend of the Golden Raven (276)
  7. Inside Deaf Culture by Carol Padden & Tom Humphries (320)
  8. Death in the Park by London Lovett (123)
  9. The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado (456)

I don’t know if you can tell, but I kinda like London Lovett’s books! You may also notice that there are only nine books, that is because those were the only ones that I had on my “read” shelf that had 2000 or less Goodreads ratings. Have you read any of these books? What is your top book that has less than 2000 ratings?




What I’m Reading 02.17.19


Hey friends! Hope you all are doing well! This past week was a slow reading week for me and only completed 3 books. I finished

  1. The Girl He Used to Know by Stacey Garvis Graves( you can find my review here)
  2. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid (you can find my review here)
  3. Stacey and the Missing Ring (The Baby-Sitters Club, Mystery #1) by Ann M. Martin.

This week I am hoping to finish up

  • Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers which I received an eARC via Netgalley, Atria Books, and Simon and Schuster publishing in an exchange for an honest review.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Once I complete these two novels I hope to start

  • The Winter Sister by Megan Collins. I received an eARC via Netgalley, Simon and Schuster Publishing and Atria Books.
  • Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton

What are you reading this week?



Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid




Title: Truth or Beard

Author: Penny Reid

Series: The Winston Brothers, #1

Pages: 390

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. 

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

My Review:

I have enjoyed Penny Reid’s writing and have heard so much about The Winston Brother’s series. It has taken me awhile to start, but book one was such a fun read!  I was not sure what to expect going into this series, but it was filled with some good humor, romance, and some unexpected turns. 

The characters in this book are so lovable and very relatable.   Jessica James is an outgoing, strong-willed woman with a wanderer’s heart. She knows what she wants and she will not let anything stop her. Duane is also strong-willed, but more reserved,family oriented, and loyal. He works at the body shop that him and his brother’s own and does not plan on moving anytime soon. Jess on the other hand cannot wait for the day that she pays off her student debt so she can begin travelling. However, like every love story..their hearts get pulled in different directions and have to decide if their love is worth the compromising of each of their dreams.

I would say the part that I hated about this book was just the back and forth with their relationship. One minute you would be cheering them on and the next you just wanted them to part ways. I know they had to figure out what was going to work and if it was even worth it, but I did get to a point where enough was enough. Thankfully, towards the end of the story they talked out their frustrations and came up with a plan that would suite the both of them. 

Overall, I enjoyed this series and plan to continue on with the series. I am excited to see where their relationship leads and look forward to learning more about the other Winston brothers! 

Have you read any of Penny Reid’s novels? If so, which is your favorite?




Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves




Title: The Girl He Used to Know

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Pages: 304

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

My Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads synopsis:

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins. 

My Review:

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this novel. Tracey Garvis Graves wrote each character with complete care and detail. It was beautiful watching each character unravel throughout the novel. Annika is the most delicate of all the characters,  she is socially awkward, she loves books, chess, has not dated much, and does not understand why people treat her differently. Jonathan on the other hand is outgoing, has a decent amount of friends, works at a bar, and is advanced in the dating department. They were complete opposites, but that is what made their relationship work so well. I absolutely loved how gentle Jonathan was towards Annika and how he paid so much detail to her facial expressions in order to understand what was going through her mind. He had to work hard at the relationship, but he never let that stop him from falling head over heels for her. 

It broke my heart when they went their separate ways, but was so glad that fate would reunite them. Annika had worked so hard throughout the ten years they were apart and it truly helped her grow to be able to give herself in a way she was never able to. I was definitely cheering them on and wanted them to get back together. Without going into too much detail….the ending wrecked me. I cried for twenty minutes. I literally felt like I was watching my best friends go through such much pain. All I can say is that you need to read this book ASAP so you can see what I am talking about!

Thank you to Macmillan Publishing and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this ARC copy! 




What I’m Reading 02.11.19

Happy Monday friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend! My weekend was filled with time with my love and our dogs, lunch with friends, and lots of reading! It was definitely a perfect weekend, but I am ready to take on this new week. I was able to finish three and a half books last week which I am very excited about!

  1. Mistletoe & Mayhem by London Lovett (💛💛💛💛💛)
  2.  A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert(💛💛💛💛💛)
  3. Forever Winter by Alexa Riley (💛💛💛)

Currently Reading:


The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves:

I received an ARC copy via Macmillan Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have heard so much about this book and was so excited to receive it in the mail. I am about 6 chapters in and so far it is really good! 

Motion by Penny Reid

Today is the book release of this novel and I am so excited to get into my hands. I loved Reid’s Hypothesis series and know that this series will not disappoint! 

Roses and Revenge by London Lovett:

This is the fourth book of the Port Danby series. What will our detective duo be up to in this book? Will they finally kiss? Ahh so excited to see where the story goes! 


What are you reading this week?



Top 5 Romance Novels

Hi friends! It is no secret that I am a sucker for a good romance novel. Being that this is Valentines Day week, I decided I would share my top 5 romance novels with you guys. Now I know what you are thinking, “Nicole, you have seven books so why is this a top 5 list?” Well I had to combine the three novels in Penny Reid’s Hypothesis series because it is soooo damn good! Each of these novels are filled with so much love, steamy romance, and some good humor. Have you read any of these books before? Which one is your favorite?

  1. Attraction
  2. Heat
  3. Capture
  4. The Kiss Quotient
  5. The Hating Game
  6. A Girl Like Her
  7. Kissing Tolstoy



Review: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert



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“There are some things you don’t get over. You just accept them, and keep breathing. That’s enough.”

This week I had the opportunity to read A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert along with the Dragons and Tea book club and all I can say is WOW! This was so so good and I never wanted to put it down.

The story follows a short, curvy, autistic woman named Ruth who is also known as the town’s “jezebel.” Ruth has had one heck of a ride when it comes to the people of Ravenswood due to rumors and the constant gossip throughout the town. Instead of being around the people who hate her, Ruth isolates herself in her apartment. Little did she know, her dreamy new neighbor Evan would rock her world. Not only is Evan easy on the eyes, he is kind, accepting of Ruth, a fixer of things, and he can cook! Ruth went from eating frozen dinners to having dinner cooked for her almost every night because of Evan. He could not stand the fact that she was living off little and knew that he needed to take care of her…even if he did not know her. All he knew was that he was falling head over heels for this girl and wanted to make her his one and only. However, Ruth being the person she is, would make that very difficult. She figured he would just be another guy who would add to the gossip. Will Evan win Ruth over?

I truly adored this book and knew that I needed to be friends with Ruth ASAP! She is quirky, sassy, and has such a great sense of humor. I love that Hibbert created Ruth as someone with autism, but did not create her to be a scientist/doctor/math wiz like other autistic characters are portrayed. Ruth was truly something beautiful and all you wanted was for her to win. For her to be able to live her life as she wanted without the scrutiny of those around her. I am definitely a cheerleader on the sideline cheering her on! As for Evan, my is he the man every girl wants!? I loved that he did not try to be someone that he was not and wanted to be friends/lovers with the girl everyone hated. He was so so kind to her and although at times it would be difficult to keep his hands off of Ruth, he always made sure that she was okay it. He was just an all around gentleman and all I wanted was for the two to be together and live happily ever after!

“that I will always treat you as you deserve to be treated. That I will always respect you. That I won’t lie to you or betray your trust. I try not to say never, but I will say this: hurting you is something I would never choose to do. I swear.”


My Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

Have you read this book? If not tell me what some of your favorite romance novels are in the comments!




Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


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Happy Wednesday friends! I am coming to you with a review of Helen Hoang’s, The Kiss Quotient It is an ownvoices novel about a high-functioning autistic woman who has had success in every part of her life…except for love. Stella has always thought that her autism would be the reason she would never find love so she put all her time into her job. However, her mom is constantly nagging her to settle down with someone because she wasn’t getting any younger and she was ready for grandchildren. To begin the process of finding someone to date, Stella decides to hire an escort to teach her the ins and outs of dating. Little did she know, that escort would turn into something more…way more!

You guys, this was one of my favorite reads of 2018! I was in complete shock with how much I loved this book. I mean everything about it was perfect. I loved Stella and Michael and the relationship that they created. I loved that Stella had autism because it gave her quirky qualities that although would make it hard for someone to get close to her, they would  also make it easy to fall in love with her. I loved Michael and how accepting he was of Stella and how gentle he became when he learned more and more about her. He became protective and only wanted what was best for her, but that would in time lead to him needing Stella in his life for a lifetime.  It was such a sweet story of their love forming and I wanted more and more with every page turn. To say that I am highly anticipating Helen’s next book is an understatement!


Have you read this book? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Tell me in the comments!




Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m Most Excited About.


Top Ten Tuesday was formerly hosted by the  Broke and Bookish and is now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl

Hey hey!  This particular Top Ten Tuesday was supposed to be upcoming releases I’m on the fence about; however, it was too hard to decide so I am changing it up this week! There are so many upcoming books that I am excited about this year so I thought this topic would be the better option for me. My top ten includes:

1.The Bride Test by Helen Hoang|2.The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum|3.Kissing Galileo by Penny Reid|4.The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson|5.Wilder Girls by Rory Power|6.I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest|7.With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo|8.Motion ( Laws of Physcs #1) by Penny Reid|9.Enchantee by Gita Trelease|10.Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

There are so many great books coming out this year, but here are my top ten! What books are you looking forward to this year?