This past year I’ve managed to read a good amount of books. I don’t only read young adult books, but a lot of new adult as well. If I were to combine these two while making a list of my favorite books this year, that would’ve been impossible so I decided to make a list of my favorite new adult books as well. Isabelle doesn’t read new adult, so it’s only a list from one of us.
Once again these are my favorite, but not in a particular order.
1. One Night to Fall – Kelsey Kingsley
This was such a new take on best friends becoming lovers. The main characters have known each other their whole lives, fall in love, but it does end. When she comes back to town, because her father becomes ill, he is determined to win her back. I love these types of stories, especially when combined with memories from the past like in this book. My review will be on the blog in the near future.
2. Judging Books – Shay Savage
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Judging Books and I am so glad I did. This book was so different than I thought and this is definitely an example of don’t judge a book by its cover. You can read my review here.
3. Scarlet Toys – S.M. Shade
If you love romantic comedies with some romantic moments and great characters, this book is for you. I laughed so much while reading this book. It was so good I almost finished it in one sitting. You can read my review here.
4. The Bed Mate – Kendall Ryan
Even though this is just a novella, it needed to be on this list. I really wish it was longer, haha. Just the fact that I can connect to the main character with her love for Christmas made me fall in love with this novella, haha. You can read my review here.
5. A Steel Heart – Amie Knight
I have to say this is my favorite new adult book of the year. This book was just written so well, I was impressed. On top of that the main character edits romance books for a living, that is a dream, haha. I can’t wait to read more by this author. If you’re not convinced you need to read this book, you can find my review here.
6. Birthquake – B.L. Berry
Another romantic comedy. I think this one will be very relatable for women who have been pregnant or are now. How everything starts and all the events in this book are hilarious. It also includes some romantic moments and a good book boyfriend. You can read my review here.
7. Dear Life – Meghan Quinn
I read this book before we started the blog, so I don’t have a review for you to read, but this was another really good book. This book is about four people who all have something going on in their lives that isn’t easy. They all join a Dear Life group. Every week they write letters to themselves about a certain subject. They work together in groups of four and you follow one of these groups. The chapters are written from the four POVs and this helps you see how the story unfolds. Some pretty hard stuff is going on in this book and it’s pretty emotional at times. It was nice to see how strong these moments make these people and how it brings new and wonderful things in their lives.
8. See Through Heart – Amie Knight
Another book I read before the blog, but this is the book before A Steel Heart. Miranda from A Steel Heart, is the main character’s best friend. I was very impressed with this book. Again a type of childhood friendship turns into a romantic one. Some pretty bad things happen, so they drift apart. When they see each other again, the feelings are still there, but it’s hard for them to get back to where they were. This story starts out with chapters from their childhood and that makes it really special.
9. Meet Me Under the Stars – K.D. Proctor
This book brings back past lovers in less fortunate circumstances. While a death brings them together, they both grow and learn new things about the other. Their relationship ended painfully and there are some trust issues, but can they work it out? This was a beautiful story and you can find my review here.
10. 180 Seconds – Jessica Park
This book put me through an emotional rollercoaster. Allison hasn’t had an easy life. She grew up in foster care and has a hard time trusting people. Even when she is adopted, she doesn’t really believe that her adopted father loves her. She tries to keep him at a distance. When away at college she closes herself off in her dorm and doesn’t really interact. They only person who can really get in, is her best friend Steffi. She was with the same foster parents for awhile. One day Allison isn’t having the greatest day and when she is sitting on a bench she is pulled into an experiment before she realizes it. Allison must look into Ebsen’s eyes for 180 seconds. This creates a lot of emotion and Allison slowly learns to let someone in. This is a mustread! I have a review posted on Goodreads that I will redo to add to the blog soon!
11. Breath of Fire – Amanda Bouchet
Breath of Fire is the second book in The Kingmaker Chronicles and I am so amazed by these books. They’re technically more adult, but I needed to include it somewhere. I kind of compare it to a grown up Throne of Glass, haha. It has an amazing world, greek mythology and a wonderful cast of characters. Even a kind of inner circle we see in Throne of Glass. There are serious moments, funny moment and romantic moments. The third book comes out in the beginning of January and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
12. A Boy Like You – Ginger Scott
This book was really impressive. Joss didn’t have an easy childhood after her mother left, but before she left, Christopher stepped up when things were about to go wrong. He was the kid that wasn’t popular and no one really noticed, but who was always sweet to her. After that day he disappeared. Years later, Wes appears at her school and she knows something seems familiar. She thinks he’s Christopher, but he says he’s not. She is really convinced, but doesn’t know what’s going on. Having an alcoholic father, she seeks distractions and becomes close with him. Is he actually Wes or is there more to his story? This was a really emotional book. I can’t imagine what Joss goes through. I will warn all of you though, this book ends with a major cliffhanger. The second book is out already, but I still need to read it, haha.
13. What I Need – J. Daniels
This is the fifth book in this series and I think my favorite. C.J. seems like a player, but he does want to settle down. Riley is funny and they don’t match in the beginning. This book is just the perfect romance with sweet and funny moments. I loved this book so much I even have a hoodie with CJ’s name on the back, haha.
14. Nova – Rebecca Yarros
Nova is the second book in the Renegades trilogy and is just as good if not better than Wilder. Nova seems like a player who doesn’t want commitment, but really he’s just trying to forget about the girl he really wants. When he gets the opportunity to be near her again, he will do anything to get her back. This while he is doing dangerous stunts for the documentary they are filming. I can recommend Rebecca Yarros’ books to anyone. They are so good!!
15. Atlantis: The King’s Return – D.K. Combs
I just recently read this book, because my friend Melissa is such a big fan of it and wanted me to read it, haha. She has a way of getting us to read books she loves. If you like mermaids, humor, adventure and romance this book is for you. I was actually really sad it was over, especially because there is no word of when the second book will be published. My review will be posted on the blog soon.
16. Till Death – Jennifer L Armentrout
This is more of an adult book as well, but it was so good. I’m normally not really into thrillers, but I love this author’s writing and the story sounded interesting. I loved the fact that the one who was doing things wasn’t who I expected. Also, there was a romantic relationship, but it didn’t play the major part in the book. It was there, but didn’t push the rest of the story to the background. This would definitely be a good book to read around Halloween.
After sitting here for awhile, I realize that I can only make a Top 16. I have read quite a few other new adult books, but not ones I want to put in my favorites of this year. Do you see any you like? Or did I forget any?