I had a lot of favourite reads this year. Here are some of my top picks in alphabetical order. Mostly romance, mostly Aussie authors, and several debuts too. There were a lot of kick-ass characters that had me falling in love over and again.
Deadly Seven Series (Ongoing) – Lana Pecherczyk
A fated mate superhero romance series I’ve been chugging down eagerly with each new release. I’m having a hard time picking my favourite of the Lazarus siblings. Is it Sloth with her kick-ass hacker skills? Wrath’s overprotective bones? Envy’s sweet lil brother vibes? Greed’s shy determination? Or maybe it’ll be one of the siblings whose books are due out next year. Can’t wait!
Emmie and the Tudor King – Natalie Murray
This YA time-travelling romance struck me most because of the resemblance it had to the book I wanted to read and write in high school. It was a pleasure to pick it up off the shelf and fun to read. A delightful historical romp.
Evelyn Maynard Trilogy (Complete) – Kaydence Snow
This Reverse Harem paranormal romance blew me away. The sexual tension was fantastic. Evelyn was sassy and smart and her four guys were each wonderful and unique in their own ways. A real loving family.
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
A contemporary rom-com that grabbed me in a way Bridget Jones never did (the movie did, but not the book). I devoured this over a weekend drowning under waves of London-living nostalgia. The voices of Tiffy and Leon were spectacularly crafted and I had so many laugh-out-loud moments.
The French Photographer – Natasha Lester
Natasha never disappoints and I can’t wait for next year’s ‘The Dior Secret’. The French Photographer was a dual narrative historical romance set between WWII and 2005. Knowing how much of this fictional story was based on real-life events was heartbreaking. This was a beautifully moving novel and I’m lucky enough to have a signed copy 😉
Kate Daniels Series (Complete) – Ilona Andrews
Not one … but 10 novels plus some short stories on the side. Kate and Curran: badum badum be still my heart. I’m not sure I spoke a coherent sentence to my poor hubby for a whole month while I binged on these. I was late to the party but am a total fan of this kick-ass urban fantasy series and it’s slow-burn romance.
The One – Kaneana May
Ever wondered what it’s like behind the camera of the Bachelor TV series? Turns out it’s just as cheesy and screwed up as it looks. This book got really real about romance in multiple forms and I loved it for it.
The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
Brilliant. As always. In fact, I think I liked it even better than Handmaid’s tale, though the styles are totally different. I will always have a strange soft spot for Aunt Lydia.
Wildflower Ridge – Maya Linnell
Aussie outback romance. Penny and Tim’s story is rural romance at its most genuine and heartwarming. I loved this sweet debut and have all the feels for the McIntyre family.
Quiet – Susan Cain
I avoided this book for a long time for a whole host of dumb reasons. I wish I hadn’t. I am an introvert and this book was enlightening and empowering. It was also really well written, more feature article style, less pop-psych textbook.
What books have you loved this year?