5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This one is kind of a given... If you haven't read this book, what are you doing?! This book is superb in every way possible. Green's writing style itself is so easy to get lost in. If I remember correctly, I finished this book in about 24 hours. It was extraordinary. Green truly brought these characters to life and tugged at reader's heart strings while doing it! I have to admit, even the movie was incredible. If you've already seen the movie, but have yet to read the book, READ IT!
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
4. Maddox Brother's Series by Jamie McGuire
It's no secret that Jamie McGuire is my favorite author, which is probably why it's not a surprise that the Maddox Brother's Books are on this list! There are 5 books in this series, and I loved EVERY SINGLE ONE! The characters are so easy to fall in love with, and even though all 5 of them are contemporary romances with the same vibe, they all have a very unique plot and setting for them. McGuire really knows just how to pull you in and how to tell a good story. I would give all of these books 5 stars.
3. The Providence Series by Jamie McGuire
More Jamie McGuire! Are you surprised? (You shouldn't be.) This series is one of my all-time favorites. It's a paranormal romance that will suck you into this amazing world that Nina Grey and Jared Ryel live in. This was actually McGuire's very first series that she ever wrote, and although she's mostly known for the "Beautiful" books, these are just as good! They deserve a lot more credit. These books are addicting, heart wrenching, and absolutely unique. I love the story and chemistry between the characters and I cannot wait for the day that I re-read these. 5 stars easily!!
Book Blurb for Providence:
In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.
Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.
When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key.
2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This was only my first Colleen Hoover read, and it did not disappoint whatsoever. But I will say, I wish someone warned me about how emotional this book was going to make me, because yes, I cried like a baby. How could I not?! This book had me from the very first page and once I was sucked into that black hole, there was no getting out. The book deals with such important topics that I feel as though aren't talked about enough. Abuse can be such a heavy topic, but Hoover truly did an amazing job showcasing the possible effects of abuse and how real this issue actually is. It was genius. Absolutely genius. Every single person needs to read this book.
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
1 Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
No matter what, this book will always be my number one and have a special place in my heart. It's the very first book that ever made me feel something so deep and pure, the first contemporary romance I ever read and had I not read it, then I'm fairly certain that Forever Burn wouldn't exist. The first time I read Beautiful Disaster, I was only thirteen (definitely too young to be reading this, but whatever). I immediately fell in love with the characters, and the story is so raw and realistic. On top of that, McGuire's writing style is so efficient and effortless. This is the only book that I've ever re-read, and I'll gladly read it all over again. Thank you Jamie McGuire for inspiring me through your words and characters.
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-‐Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.