As I mentioned at the beginning of the year each month I will be posting a list of my top 5 reads for the previous month (if it is too difficult to choose just 5 I may include more) along with some brief thoughts on why I chose them. The books may be old or new releases, but they will come from the list of books I read that month. At the end of the year I will compile a list of my top reads for the year taking books from each month’s “Top Reads” posts.
I am a bit late posting January’s list because of other scheduled events, but here it is. Now this list is in no particular order and it was very difficult to choose just 5 as I read some great books (the entire list can be found in the sidebar later this week), but here it is…
(You can find out more about each book by clicking on their covers.)
First we have Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James…I blogged about this one earlier in the week so I won’t go into too many more details, but I will say again that this was a great read that I really enjoyed. Lots of fun and, as I mentioned, it reminded me of some of my fave romantic comedy films and it is interesting to learn that the author originally wrote it as a screenplay (something the author shared in the comments of my discussion post).
Next is Once Upon a Christmas by Lisa Plumley. This one had been in my TBR for a while, but I finally got around to reading it and really enjoyed it. It was a fun romantic comedy anthology with three cute and fun stories. As I mentioned with the book above, this is another one that reminded me of some of my fave rom/com films and I could easily see each story as a movie…in fact I found myself picturing my ideal cast as I read. I had read her historicals, but this was my first contemporary by Plumley, but it won’t be my last if this is what I can expect.
The ebook, One Foot Forward by Rose Middleton is next on my list. This was my first book by this author and I loved it. The heroine of the story was severely injured in an auto accident and the hero is the firefighter that stayed with her as the firefighters worked to free her from her mangled vehicle. I really enjoyed the relationship between the leads in this book. The heroine is a strong individual and she really grows and gains confidence as the story progresses. Both characters have to learn to deal with their fears. It was a touching story I enjoyed a great deal…and yes, I have a thing for stories with firefighters.
Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Clark is my next Top Read. I loved this wonderful inspirational historical. This story of a marriage of convenience really touched me and I enjoyed the chemistry and bond that the two main characters share as they learn to trust one another. Both have had painful experiences in the past and they help each other to heal. They face a few ups-and-downs on their journey to their happy ending, but those events help make their relationship stronger. There are more books featuring secondary characters that I hope to read in the next few weeks.
Last but not least we have Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation. I originally chose to read this one as part of my Random Reading Challenge and I am so glad that I did. It had been in my TBR for a while and I am not sure why I didn’t read it before now. This paranormal/futuristic romance was so good. I loved the premise, the characters, everything. The characters and the story are fascinating and I became lost in the story. It’s a strong start to a series that I can’t wait to read more of…I have already moved the next books up in the TBR stacks.
So that’s my list for January…it was an interesting mix of genres, formats, and release dates. I read some really good books last month and this month is shaping up to be no different…choosing February’s list is going to be difficult.
What have been some of your favorite reads so far this year?