There’s just something so serene about curling up and escaping into a different world. Whether I’m on a plane, taking a bath, or laying in bed – I love sticking my nose into a book. Not a kindle, an actual paperback novel. I like the satisfaction of flipping the pages and I also enjoy adding to the small library I’ve accumulated over the years. Some authors have serious skillz, especially non-fiction, it just amazes me. How can writers take one thought and create this amazing story that I can’t put down? I know I’m reading a good book if I have to tell myself, “okay, only one more chapter” at 3 in the morning. In the past year I have read numerous novels that just blew me away. Again, how do people think of these elaborate stories?? My favorite genre is thriller but who doesn’t enjoy a cheesy love story every once in a while! But I usually just find myself choosing novels by word of mouth or after a good review. I’m not too picky. I put together my top 5 favorite books from this past year. I tried my best to rank each book from 1 to 5 but they all received a 5 so it was a lost cause. Each novel is completely different, there was no way to compare them. So if you think they are in a particular order, think again!

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

4.5 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here


Hilarious while heartbreaking. A love story that brings two people together who have nothing in common. I will say no more, don’t want to give anything away! Definitely pick this up the next time you’re in the mood for an amazing love story.

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

4 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here


The author of the riveting Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s mind is spectacular. By far the creepiest of her 3 recent novels; Dark Places alternates between “The Satan Sacrifice” in 1985 and the present. When she was 7, Libby Day’s mother and 2 sisters were murdered. Scared, alone, and influenced by authority, she testified against her brother, Ben, leading to a sentence of life in prison. Twenty-five years later, a club obsessed with infamous crimes located Libby to gain information. She retraced her steps from the night of the murders which lead to the shocking truth. A MUST read.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – Maria Semple

4 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here


I read this book during my vacation to Mexico and I could not put it down. A truly laugh-out-loud read with an interesting story. Bernadette’s daughter, Bee, planned a trip to Antarctica as a reward for good grades. In preparation for the trip, Bernadette’s high anxiety lead her to hire an online assistant and unfortunate event after unfortunate event, Bernadette goes missing. Her daughter, Bee, sifts through emails in hope to find her mother but ends up finding information that shows the true colors of her family. I recommend this book for an easier, fun read.

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty 

4 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here 


This is a well written, thoughtful, can’t-put-down read. Liane Moriarty puts three women in an impossible decision that ultimately leads to an ending that you’d never see coming. Highly highly highly recommend!

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

4.5 out of 5 stars – Read the whole description here


This is the type of book where I would think about it while sitting in class. One night I actually had a dream with the characters, it was weird. Jamie McGuire wrote a story that is unbelievably intoxicating. Abby went to college looking for a fresh start only to meet someone who brings her right back to the past that she cannot stay away from no matter how hard she tries. The rest……you’ll have to see for yourself! A serious must read no matter what mood you’re in.

I was speaking the truth when I said I truly don’t have a favorite. Each book received wonderful reviews and I know exactly why. So the next time you find yourself binge watching Netflix but still bored – pick up a book! You’d be surprised at how far you can escape into the world you’re reading. This quote defines my thoughts on reading to a T –  “Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that” – John Green. Couldn’t have said it better, John!

Next on my list to read –

  1. The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
  2. I Was Here – Gayle Forman
  3. Dark Rooms – Lili Anolik
  4. Little Big Lies – Liane Moriarty
  5. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Post to come reviewing those!

with love | Madelyn

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