Get Your Read On

I made it through Monday, whew! I hope you did, too :)

Today's Product Spotlight is going to be a little bit different than usual. I'm going to spotlight my current favorite reads. I've been getting a few emails asking for book suggestions, and since I love reading so much I figured it'd be appropriate to dedicate a post to some of my favorite books!
Just know that my favorite books change...oh about every month or so ;)

Another disclaimer: I don't read very riveting books by any means. Reading is my escape, so I'm more of a brain candy book kinda girl ;) So lots of mushy love, dreadful heartbreak, & audacious backstabbing. You know...the good stuff. Oh, and I'm a big advocate of reading the book before seeing the movie. That way your imagination doesn't get interrupted! 

Currently Reading:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(Book 2 of The Hunger Games Trilogy)

Seriously such a fantastic series. I thought the covers looked stupid, so I neglected reading them until last week. So that saying we learned as children, "Don't judge a book by its cover,"... noted.



Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Any book by Sophie Kinsella 

Any book by Emily Giffin

And this last series is near and dear to my heart. I realize that some of you may hate me for this, but that's okay :) I've been reading these books since I was 16, so I have no shame! The books are so much better than the movies - it's absurd. (Side note: Team Edward in case you were dying to know ;))

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

To Read:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Millennium Trilogy Series #1 by Stieg Larsson
If you want to know the specifics about any of the ones I've read, feel free to ask.
Do you have any others that I just absolutely have to add to my "To Read" list?
And do you still love me even though I'm a twilight fan? ;)

Is anyone else pumped for this?!

P.S. I just want to say that the "Girl Behind the Blog" blog link up yesterday was TOO much fun...I loved it! Thank you to everyone who watched my first vlog. I spent about 2 and a half hours responding to everyone's comments, and I am wiped out...but it was so worth it. You guys are more than awesome. Your encouraging words bring a smile to my face for sure! 

Don't forget about Smell the Roses this week!


  1. Redeeming Love is one of my all time favorites!!!

  2. I've been wanting to read the Millennium series for sometime, I may just have to go buy the nookbooks ;)

    I have a few books you should read if you haven't already!

    -Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    -The Witch&Wizard Series by James Patterson
    -Delirium by Lauren Oliver(and the next book is coming out this month called Pandemonium) This is my favorite book I have read in a LONG time!

    Even if you ignore everything I have ever said to you in my life, don't forget to read Delirium, total love story, rips your heart out, and then stomps on it for a little dramatic effect, kind of book ;)

    xoxo Meghan

  3. The Hunger Games trailer looked pretty good. I should probably check out those books,then. I'm reading Looking for Alaska by John Green,Ruby by V.C. Andrews & Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. Oh,and a collection of poems by Robert Frost. I don't know how I'm going to finish all of them! ;) And yes,the books are always better! PS. I'm also a big Nicholas Sparks fan. Have a great day! :D

  4. oooo Amber is right! Anything by John Green is a great read! Sorry for blowing up this post, I am a book nerd...ever at a loss for something to read come ask me :)

    I'm also really into Ellen Hopkins, but to be honest her stuff is kind of depressing. Mainly about substance abuse, and problems within struggling teens.

    I can't wait to see the movie - I'm currently reading The Help. It's pretty good! And I totally plan on reading all of Emily Griffins books!

  6. I LOVE The Hunger Games! Such a good series! I am so stoked for the movie in March.

    The Help is one of my favorite books and hands-down my favorite movie. I hope you enjoy it! I liked the Millennium trilogy, too. It's graphic, but the Larsson writes a good story and that's why I kept reading.

    I need to finish Water for Elephants. Although at this point it's been so long since I touched it that I may as well start rereading from the beginning.

    I cannot stand the Twilight series, but I don't hate you for loving them. I just figured I should get that fact out of the way now, haha.

  7. gahhhh! love this post. i haven't read the hunger games yet! but the trailers are totally giving me goosebumps ha


  8. Being I teach high school reading, Young Adult Literature makes up some of my favorite reads. The Hunger Games Series was AMAZING, and book 2 was the best! I also loved The Twilight Series, and Water for Elephants is one of my all time favorites. The Help was fun, and I think you will like it. Someone above listed Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher as a book you should read - I agree!! I was one of my top picks for my students 2 years ago.

    Happy Reading!!

  9. Great insperation. We need to start reading these kind of books. the are great!

    xx Haunted

  10. These are some of my faves...great pics! Following back :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  11. Loved the Hunger Games. You are so right - don't judge a book by it's cover! You have to read The Help. So great!

  12. LOVE Water for Elephants.
    LOVE Emily Griffin - all of them.
    LOVE Twilight Saga.

    Can't wait to read some of these! The Help is definitely on my list, and I'd love to read the Hunger Games.


  13. Love all your picks...which shouldn't surprise you.
    We got though chapter 1 yesterday in HG and LUCKILY they were DYING for more!!


  14. Fantastic choices! Totally ate up the Hunger Games series - and while reading them may or may not have dreamed I was in the Hunger Games. Multiple times. Redeeming Love is such an incredible book. And I love Sophie Kinsella, especially all the trouble Becky Bloomwood gets into. Twenties Girl is another of my favorites by her, if you haven't read it, you should check it out! Also love The Help. Never read Emily Giffin, but I'm liking your choices so far, I'll have to add her to my list!



  15. So many great books! I just posted this morning about my 52 in 52 reading challenge and needing suggestions. Thanks for adding to my list! :)

  16. We totally have the same reading style! I love Sophie Kinsella and I've been wanting to read Emily Giffin for a long time! I was all ready until I saw the movie Something Borrowed but I hear the book is a lot better so I'll have to give it a shot!

  17. Finish up those Hunger Game books girl- the movie is out in about a month!! The help is actually what I am reading next after I finish the book I am reading (The Pelican Brief by John Grisham)! Have a great day!

  18. Ah! This made me so happy! I am a total Emily Giffin fan! Along with Hunger Games, Twilight and Redeeming Love! Good taste :)

  19. so many good books! I loved the hunger games and twilight series. this summer I read the help and then water for elephants a month ago - LOVED them both!!

  20. Oh my gosh we love all the same books!!! And I'm reading Catching Fire right now too!!! Crazy.

  21. It seems like everyday someone is talking about having read The Hunger Games series. I've got to read these. I too love Emily Giffin, Water for Elephants and The Help.

    I usually stick to the Chic-Lit books, but have taken on 11/22/63 by Stephen King...it's 849 pages, but so far so good.

    PS - Love the color of the week.

    -- Amy

  22. If there was such a thing as a book soul mate...we might be that?! Sophie Kinsella also writes under the name Madelaine Wickham. All of her books are must reads!

  23. YES!! Team Edward all the way!! I'm reading The Help right now. Lovin' that southern twang! And CAN NOT WAIT for The Hunger Games movie! The books are SO SO good. I'm definitely going to check out some of these others you have mentioned.

  24. Redeeming Love & The Hunger Games are two of my all time favorites!

    Something Borrowed & Something Blue are also favorites! I didn't really like any of the rest of Emily Giffin's book though!

    And I have read all the Twilight books. Books were pretty good. But, I did not like the movies!

    I enjoyed Water for Elephants too. Definitely better than the book!

    & I've been really wanting to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I'm nervous! Are they scary?! haha I'm such a baby!

  25. definitely not hating you for loving twilight. i'm a team edward girl too! and the hunger games were amazing!!

    ps thanks for think i was cute pregnant! i thought i was just a huge whale! haha

  26. Ohhh... you and I are so on the same page (ha... no pun intended!) I read The Help during my travels in December and only read it on the plane... I had it finished by the time I landed back in Tampa! I'm currently reading Water for Elephants! Love it so far!
    I totally have to read the book before seeing the movie... it just doesn't seem right any other way! I feel bad for all the lost souls who watched the Harry Potter movies without reading the books first! LOL
    Oh and your Vlog was super cute and definitely helped to match a face with the "voice" of your blog!
    Keep it up! :)

  27. LOVE hunger games series. and redeeeming love is a great book too! i borrowed water for elephants from a friend of mine...it's next on my list once i finish book three of HG!

  28. Redeeming love is such a great read! cried while reading it! love your book choices :) hope you have a good day!

    with love,

  29. I LOVE The Hunger Games! I just read them about a month ago and started re-reading them right after. Strange, I know, but there is so much you miss when you're flipping through so fast to find out what happens next! I can't wait for the movie!

    I also adore everything by Emily Giffin. Her new book comes out July 31st! Can't wait!

    If you like all these books, you'll definitely like The Help. Make sure you read it before seeing the movie. It's so much better (as always).

    Happy reading!!!

    KB @ kisslaughanddream.blogspot.com

  30. Cannot wait for the Hunger Games to come out!! And I love the books you suggested.

    Your blog is beyond adorable :)

    Have a wonderful day. xo.

  31. I almost never read because I like to watch movies and I never find good books. Haha. But those all look like good books. I'm gonna have to read some! :)


  32. I want to start the Hunger Games!

  33. Yep, those are ALL on my Kindle.
    Great taste honey! ;)


  34. I am SO in to The Hunger Games! I'm on Book 3 right now.

    I saw the movie Water for Elephants and did not like it all! I have the book but can't bring myself to read it now!

  35. It's official...we would make amazing real life friends because all of the books you listed as your favorites are my favorites too! :) Have you read the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers? I read them when I was in high school and LOVED them, so if you liked Redeeming Love I def recommend the other that I just mentioned! :)

  36. We have very much the same reading style. Redeeming Love is my #1 book love! About to start the Hunger games and loved the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Check out the Mark Of the Lion series. I'm thinking of rereading it.


  37. We have SUCH similar taste in books! I laughed when you read that you judged the Hunger Games books by their cover, because so have I! I just broke down & bought the first one last week, but I haven't had time to start it yet. From what people say, once I do, I won't be able to put it down.

    I love a good Jodi Picoult book too. I get into that type of "ripped from the headlines" kind of books. Have you ever read any of hers?

    We'd like to put your button on our page? Would you be interested in a swap? We're just so happy to FINALLY have a button. ;)

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  38. We definately have the same taste in books I think! I was so surprised at how much I loved the Hunger Games! And every girl loves the Twilight series...right? :)

    Great choices!!

    Have a good week!

  39. So glad you did this post :) You should check out goodreads.com :)

  40. All of your favorite books are also my favorite. If you loved redeeming love, then you have to her atonement child. I'm currently reading the help. I've been reading it for a while... Not sure what's taking me so long! Excited about this weeks smell the roses!!! Yah!

  41. Soo happy about your book post! I have read practically every book on your list- Hunger Games (amazing!), The Help, Twilight, Dragon Tattoo series. I love books! :)

    I am serious about starting a blogging book club. Any interest?



  42. I am totes considering seeing Hunger Games opening night because I've never done the midnight showing before. Might as well start with this epic trilogy!


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