This is a post I have been thinking about for a few weeks. I have read a lot of good books over the past year, and to list my top ten is a good reminder to me how much I enjoyed them. It is also a nice way to thank the Authors for their talent.
I met my Goodreads challenge of reading 40 books this year. I know this is not a huge amount compared to other bookbloggers, but its good for me. I prefer to read my books slower and more thoroughly so I really enjoy them and soak up the story that it is telling me.
These books are in no particular order, but all are 5 stars worth brilliant. I have linked my review to each one, incase you want to read my thoughts on them. The links for each book will be in the review post.
TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016 BY CHOCOLATEPAGES.
Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis. A brilliant gripping crime thriller based in the UK. Olly Jarvis is my favourite legal thriller Author as his knowledge flows brilliantly into his fictional characters drawing me right into the gritty underground and clever legal cases. You can read my review and more about itHERE!
Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan, was a wonderful uplifting spiritual story. This book has stayed with me and brings hope and appreciation to its readers. I always think of this book as I go on my walks and pass the boats. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
The SW19 Club by Nicola May. I only discovered this Author this year and have been missing out. I have read 3 of her books, but The SW19 Club was my favourite as it was therapeutic, brilliant and made me laugh and cry. You can read more about it HERE!
A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. This was a twisty turny suspence which is just the kind of book I love. Clare Chase is a wonder at writing these kinds of novels. I have her next one on my kindle ready to go. You can read more about A Stranger’s House and my thoughts HERE!
Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me by Caroline James. I have read all of the Coffee, Tea books that Caroline has written and I just love her main characters Jo and Hattie. The tales are heartwarming while making me laugh, feel hungry for the delicious cakes they eat and go into a whole bookish world of Caroline’s imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr. In my review of this book, I gave the Author the huge compliment of saying that I loved the main character Kim Long as much as I love Sophie Kinsella’s Becky Brandon. This book was pure chick lit at its very best. It was perfect! You can read more about my thoughtsHERE!
Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton was a brilliant book with a really interesting storyline. It spoke of prison wives and fan clubs of convicted murderers. The end was so fantastic and so much of a twist, I loved it. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
Boyfriend by the Book by Laura Briggs. This was an indulgent chick lit easy read. It was frivolous and complete fun. Perfect for cosy days where you want to go to a bookish world of imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert. This was another gripping crime thriller and it had the unique points within the tale about ethics of using familial DNA as evidence. Really interesting while being a fantastic crime thriller. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. This was a wonderful surprise of a book, as I didn’t know there was an Anne Shirley book that I hadn’t read, then I got this! It is a really nice prequel where we can see how Anne got to Green Gables. Although it is by a different Author to the original Green Gables books, it was written with a real insight into the original books by LM Montgomery to celebrate 100 years of Green Gables. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
So, there are my Top Ten Books of 2016. I hope that 2017 will be full of plenty more, I’m quite sure it will be as I already have a full ‘to be read’ pile.
Have you read any of these? What were your best reads of the year, link your posts here and I will take a look at yours too.
Thank you very much to Author Meredith Schorr for my copy of this book.‘NovelistaGirl’ is the sequel to ‘Blogger Girl’. It can be read as a stand alone, however the first book is really very good, so I would recommend reading that first. I did a Buddy Read for ‘Blogger Girl’ with my bookish friendIrena,you can read about that HERE!
Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick with, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.
Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy.
But is there more to the story than meets the eye?
After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.
This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?
This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.
Published January 6th 2016 by Booktrope Editions (first published January 4th 2016)
I am going to start this review with something very unusual…. I actually liked ‘Novelista Girl’ better than ‘Blogger Girl’! This is quite strange to prefer the sequel, but it was really very good. Meredith Schorr continues the story of bookblogger Kim, her relationship with Nicolas and how Kim is striving to become a chick lit Author. We share her ups and downs as she goes about trying to attain her dream of becoming a published Author. If you haven’t read ‘Blogger Girl’, you are easily caught up with the story, but not in a way that repeats itself for those that have read the previous book.
I was drawn to this series because of the main characters love for reading and bookblogging. In Novelista Girl, this continues and is taken a stage further as we hear more about Kim’s attempts at becoming published. I loved how we were lead through this process, and lived Kim’s highs and lows with her as she deals with agents and her old frenamie Hannah who is already a published Author! I enjoyed this part of the book so much, that I did consider how great it would be to write a book! (Although sadly, I don’t think I have the talent for that).
The characters in this book are brilliant. I love the relationship between Kim and her best friend Bridget. Always there for each other, always supporting each other. But realistic as they have a silly girlishness about them.
“Bridget covered her ears with her hands. “I don’t hear you. LALALALALA”.
I love how this book is so current. Kim has late night binges with Orange Is The New Black, and in true Chick Lit fashion, Kim compares herself to Carrie in Sex and the City…
“..it didn’t compare to the likes of Big or Petrovsky. Who was I kidding? My life would never resemble an episode of Sex and the City.”
As part of Kim’s attempts to become published, we hear a lot that ‘Chick Lit is dead’. It is so not dead, and this book is a prime example of how brilliant chick lit can be. I loved this book, I read it in a few days, every time I had a spare few minutes I was back with my nose in the book to see what happens next.
I am going to give Meredith Schorr a big compliment here. For those of you that follow ChocolatePages, you will know that Sophie Kinsella is my favourite Chick Lit Author. It was Sophie that inspired my love of adult reading. Meredith Schorr has now become my favourite Chick Lit Author on a par with Sophie Kinsella! I love Becky Brandon from Shopaholic, and I love Kim Long from Blogger / Novelista Girl!
In honour of Kim’s blog Pastel is the New Black, I am awarding ‘Novelista Girl’ 5 Pink Champagne Flutes.
Have you read any of Meredith Schorr’s books? What did you think? Do you like the sound of Novelista Girl? I would love to hear from you, so let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you and happy reading book lovers.
If you have been reading my posts or my tweets you will know that Irena fromBookDustMagicand myself took part in an Easter readalong for this book. We planned to read 9 chapters a day and had a tweet discussion about our thoughts at the end of each day. If you want to check out our chat, you can look for #BloggerGirlon Twitter. It was a lot of fun, and thanks toIrenaand our third buddy reader Mary who also joined us in reading and chatting, I had a really great Buddy Read.
I would also like to thank AuthorMeredith Schorrfor gifting myself and Irena a copy of her book to review and buddy-read. Thank you Meredith, it was a great book choice for our buddy read and I really enjoyed the chat, and the book.
Here is my review. This book has been out for a while, so if you have read it I would love to hear your thoughts too.
Published by Booktrope (first published August 2nd 2013)
What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to ﬁnd out. A chick lit enthusiast since the ﬁrst time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law ﬁrm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving-challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most-hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox – for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.
Published by Booktrope (first published August 2nd 2013)
I really enjoyed this read. The first few chapters were my favourite because there was a lot of talk about the main character Kim that I could totally relate to. Kim is a bookblogger, she loves books, reading and blogging. As I got further along in the book, I also realised that she quite enjoys her food too. Sounds very similar to myself so far!!!
Kim’s blog is called Pastel is the New Black, and I think that the Author wrote a very realistic version of a bookblogger and blogging in general. This was what attracted me to the book in the first place, and it was one of the reasons that I loved the book.
Along with the blogging side of the story there is friendship – sweet and bitchy! There is love…. and challenges! and there is food talk! All sounds pretty great so far doesn’t it? Keep reading.
Nicolas is Kim’s love interest, and I was surprised that I wasn’t taken by Nicolas’s character for the first half of the book, but as I continued reading, The Author’s character building allowed me to see why I thought what I did of Nicolas. Sound intriguing??? Well if you read it you can let me know your thoughts.
Part of my Twitter chat was about the food that Kim eats, the Author informed me that the Shake Shack is a real place in America, it sounds delicious. I also have a new found temptation for artichokes!
I thought that all the characters were really well written as they each have their own story going on, and they all link up in ways too. The characters were realistic, believable and as in good chick lit books, all gave me a different feeling towards them. (empathy, distaste, fondness to name a few).
If you know Meredith Schorr’s work at all, you may notice how cleverly done the cover of this book is?…… If you can see it, let me know in the comments. I love it!
This was a really enjoyable book that I read over the weekend. (which is very fast for me). I would definitely recommend this book to all lovers of blogging and chick lit. Now, I can’t wait to read the sequel ‘Novelista Girl’.
In honour of Kim and Pastel is the New Black, I give this book 4 pink champagne flutes!
Do you fancy joining us for a buddy read over Easter weekend? Me and my book buddy Irena from BookDustMagic will be reading Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr. We will begin reading on Good Friday (March 25th) and whilst reading it (together but apart in our separate countries) we will be tweeting and discussing the storyline, characters and basically whatever our thoughts are.
What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to ﬁnd out. A chick lit enthusiast since the ﬁrst time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law ﬁrm.
While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving-challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most-hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox – for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.
Published by Booktrope (first published August 2nd 2013)
This book has been out for a while, but Irena and I decided as neither of us had read it, this is the book we should read together. It sounds perfect for a buddy read that we will be blogging and tweeting about.
If you want to join us, then grab the book either from the library or one of these links and watch out for the hashtag #BloggerGirl.