Six Spring recommendations to read before Summer break!

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This has been a long awaited post! I've been asked time and time again for some Spring recommendations and I fully intended to have this post out way earlier but I feel into a funk and couldn't get any words out. So, I took a bit of a step back and look at me now (well, you can't tell just yet since I've been drafting posts for June but what I mean is now is I can't stop writing).

Hopefully, those who've asked are still interested in Spring recommendations because here they are! Also, let me know some of your Spring recommendations, I'd love to add them to my never ending TBR pile.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi

I want to start off with Emergency Contact because I recently read it and absolutely loved it. It's written in dual perspective and both main characters are facing realistic issues that  most can relate too. They live different lives but also face some similar issues they overcome in different ways. This book is well-written, funny, and just an amazing book overall. Also, the design is beautiful! I recommend checking it out the next time you're in a bookstore or library. 

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game is hands down one of my all time favourite books! I read it in January 2017, so over a year ago, and I'm still obsessed with it. It took me a little bit to get into but once I was in it... I was in it! It's steamy and addicting! I don't re-read many books but I plan to re-read this one over and over again. Once I finished it, I wanted to read it for the first time again! If only that were possible. 

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

I found this book to be an absolutely amazing YA title. I loved the writing style, I loved that it was set in a small town and I loved that the main character, Olivia, stuck her ground throughout the entire book. The story's well developed, the characters have depth and so does the plot. It's well thought out and I couldn't predict a thing. I should also mention, I love Olivia's fake boyfriend, Whit DuRant, he's so swoon worthy! This is the first book that I categorize as a book boyfriend. 

Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do--through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change--but it's impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne's war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won't go down without a fight--not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.

My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

I actually picked this up thinking it'd inspire me to see the brighter and positive side of things in everything. Maybe even to inspire me on how to let go a little bit and to follow my passions. I'm, for some reason (probably because it's finally summer and all I want to do is enjoy the weather and do whatever I want), unhappy with the current situation I'm in even though it's not bad. It's just not what I pictured where I'd be at this moment. So, when I found My (Not So) Perfect Life on my shelf I thought "Perfect! That's exactly what I need to read right now" and, in a way, it was.  This book is easy to read and a great pairing for Spring because it's not too serious. 

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams - or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

Do This For Me by Eliza Kennedy

I really enjoyed this book! It's from the author I Take You, which didn't get the greatest rating but I personally found it fun, humourous, and enjoyable. Do This For Me is similar in the ways that they both have strong main characters, it's enjoyable to read and I found myself rooting for Raney to discover who she is other than an attorney and mother. Raney faces the difficult decision when she discovers her, college sweetheart, husband has cheated. While discovering herself in order to figure out what to do, she also realizes she might not be as happy as she thought she was. There were times when I wanted to yell at the decision Raney was making and others I was rooting for her.

From the acclaimed author of I Take You a high-powered attorney and mother of two delves into the mysteries of sex, the perils of desire, and why men and women treat each other the way they do.

Raney Moore is a ruthlessly ambitious, successful lead attorney who is the envy of all in her firm. That is until all hell breaks loose. When Raney finds out that her beloved husband, Aaron, has slept with another woman, she wastes no time downshifting to hating the man, while unraveling in quite the spectacular fashion. But as time marches on, Raney realizes that she still loves Aaron and might want to find a way to repair the damage done, redefining in the process what she thinks of as a "happy marriage." 

A wonderfully fresh take on a marriage in trouble, Do This for Meis a bighearted, warm, and funny novel driven by Eliza Kennedy's signature wit and humor.

Keep Her Safe by K.A. TuckerThis is the first K.A. Tucker novel I’ve read. I heard of Tucker for her romance novels and I kept hearing Keep Her Safe was a nice mix of suspense and romance about corruption, relationships, and family ties. I love to read romances and I love to read suspense thrillers so this book seemed like the perfect match. I went into the novel without any expectations and what ultimately sold me to pick up this up was the blurb from USA Today saying it compared to Making a Murderer, which I was addicted to and binged within a few days.

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

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