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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read at the beach

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a list of ten books that fits the topic. This week’s topic is Books to Read at the beach.

Here is the list…. Enjoy!😋

1) Women Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood

Three women, three affairs, and a self-help group with a difference…

Alice is a harried single mother dealing with a teenage son, an irresponsible ex, and a noncommittal lover.

Mavis is juggling caring for her elderly, confused mother alongside her long-standing affair with a hypochondriac father-of-two.

And Gabs is a high-class escort who’s fallen in love with someone completely unattainable.

All three women are behaving in ways very much frowned upon by the Catholic Church. But their priest, Father Cuthbert is determined to reform them.

As the three women strike up an unlikely friendship, each re-evaluates what is most important them. And it seems the not-so-holy trinity of Alice, Mavis, and Gabs can’t be ‘cured’ that easily…

2) Girlfriend Interrupted by Patricia Caliskan

Brown-eyed, brunette, 25.

Enjoys walking barefoot across shards of broken home. Likes loaded silences, resentment and insomnia. Dislikes romantic weekends, lie-ins and any chance of future happiness.

Former GSOH. Developing PTSD.

Ella Shawe was undomesticated, unattached and uninhibited.

Until she met Dan.

Sexy, charming and funny, Dan ticked all the right boxes and Ella threw herself head-first into the whirlwind romance.

But now she’s moved into his family home, complete with two demanding children and a hyperactive dog.

Throw in Dan’s impossibly perfect ex-wife, Ella’s interfering sex therapist mother and the snooty and dismissive mother-in-law from Hell, and Ella is almost ready to throw in the towel.

But, ready or not, Ella is part of the family now, and getting it right for Dan’s kids means getting it right for everyone. She just needs to figure out how to include herself in the mix…

3) Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

The latest emotional rollercoaster of a novel from a master of tearjerkers and family fiction.

Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect—or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac’s fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything—most importantly his family.

One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again.

4) The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke

The high seas are calling!

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

5) All That’s Left of Me by Janis Thomas

From the author of What Remains Truecomes an emotionally captivating novel about a woman who wishes away her troubles but doesn’t anticipate the cost.

I wish…

It starts with a simple wish, and Emma Davies hardly notices when it comes true. She’s too preoccupied with a life she isn’t happy in—the spark in her marriage has fizzled, her career is headed nowhere and her boss is a misogynist. Her teenage daughter has grown distant, and her heart breaks daily for her teenage son with cerebral palsy. But soon Emma discovers her wishes are coming true, and she realizes that she has been given the power to change her life. Either that, or she’s going insane.

Emma begins testing her newfound gift, making calculated wishes and learning one important rule—once granted, they cannot be undone. Over time, she grows bolder as she builds up to the one wish she both fears and desperately longs to make. But when Emma finally gets everything she’s asked for, will it be worth the price?

6) The Body in the Ballroom by R.J. Koreto

President Teddy Roosevelt’s daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated.

Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin’s bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she’d never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom.

And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he’s innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name.

From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The Body in the Ballroom, R. J. Koreto’s gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery.

7) Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

Take a ride with Love Taxis, the cab company with a Heart …
Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …

8) The Optimist by Sophie Kipner

Meet Tabitha Gray, a delusional girl from Topanga, California, who redefines what it means to be a truly hopeless romantic. Tabby suffers from an aggressive strain of cock-eyed optimism – no amount of failure, embarrassment or humiliation can dent her fierce belief that real, true, lasting love is just around the corner.

Where most people think, fantasize and dream, Tabby says, feels and does. Whether waiting in her lingerie for Harrison Ford to open the door of his hotel room; following Al Pacino around a Russian bathhouse; seeking passion with a blind man on the advice of a wise old woman with dementia; or sending intimate photos to a random sexter with an apparently charming dick, Tabby refuses to be crushed by her many misadventures.

In this warmly witty debut novel, Sophie Kipner takes a satirical look at the extremity of romantic desperation, and pays tribute to the deep human need to keep on heroically searching for love despite our many absurdities.

9) Here Comes the Best Man by Angela Britnell

Being the best man is a lot to live up to …

When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.

But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.

Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?

10) The Letter by Eliza J. Scott

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…

Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness


These 10 books are right from my TBR list. After looking at the synopsis and the gorgeous covers I feel that these books could make the perfect summer beachy reads. I am definitely going to read these books this summer. I hope that I enjoy them a lot🤗🤗🤗

Have you read any of these books or do you plan to read any of these this summer?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favourite Colour On The Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a top ten list that fits that topic. This week’s topic is Books with my favourite colour on the cover.

My favourite colour is blue.

Following are ten blue covered books from my TBR pile:

Miss Seeton’s Finest Hour by Hamilton Crane

The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia by Christina McKnight

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin

Beneath the surface by Sibel Hodge

Mr Make Believe by Beezy Marsh

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry

Archie of Outlandish by Lynnette Kraft

Abducted Innocence by Sandra Bolton


(Clicking on the links would take to the book’s Goodreads page)


Which among these covers did you think, was the best? What is your favourite colour? Is it blue too? If it is blue, then did any of these above covers made it to your list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a top ten list that fits the topic. This week’s topic is Books I Loved But Will Never Reread.


Sorry I missed Top Ten Tuesday last week and also the week before that. I just couldn’t find the books that would have fit the topics. Finally I am back and here is the list:

1)Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

It was a really sad book. Though this book has a happy ending, but till the ending, this book is filled with several heart breaking moments. I am not sure if I would like to reread something with this many heart breaking moments.

2)Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn

There are two reasons why I wouldn’t read it again: First, it is filled with pretty gruesome incidents. It has almost graphic description of abuse. Secondly I just didn’t want the killer to go to jail, after all she had suffered so much and her suffering led her to do what she did. It was really heartbreaking when she was sentenced to jail, and I don’t want to break my heart again.

3) Limelight by Alyson Santos

There was one twist near the end of the book, which just speared my heart into two pieces. Even though that was one of the reason this book stands out among other books of its genres, plus it is one of the reason I gave this book .5 stars more, because I actually cried when I read that twist, but still it was so heartbreaking that I can’t let my tiny heart deal with it again.

4)Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone

The reason I won’t read this again is because I am torn between liking and not liking the end, though I am more towards liking it, but my morals are kind of against that ending, so I just won’t be able to reread this book knowing that would be the end. Another reason is it had a few gross incidents, I am pretty sure I wouldn’t like to read them again.

5)Stalker, My Love by Zack Scott

It was a mystery book, but it had a budding love story but at the end of the book they got separated, I am not sure I would like to read again of this heart breaking thing.

6) A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens (Goodreads link, not reviewed on my blog)

The sacrifice at the end sounds great on first read, but knowing that one of my favourite characters would eventually die, I won’t be able to read this book again.

7)Bluff by Julie Dill

The end again!!!! I won’t be able to reread this book knowing that the book will end like that.

8)Asleep From Day by Margarita Montimore

Another book with the same problem, the end. On the first read, the end was something I liked but if I read this book again, it will just break my heart each time I read about their budding romance, knowing they won’t end up together.


Sorry, the list ends here only as I could not find any other book which could fit the list.

Have you read any of the books in my list? If yes then will you re-read them or you wouldn’t like me?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a top ten list that fits the topic. This week’s topic is Books that are on my spring TBR.

Though there are a lot of books I wish to read during the spring, but following are the ten books that I am most excited to read…


1)Willow Woods Academy For Witches

An unforgettable YA novel filled with mystery and magic. Fans of Harry Potter and Beautiful Creatures will love this series.Kat and Angie have just enrolled at Willow Woods Academy for Witches against their parent’s wishes. They’re thrown into a magical, mysterious world that is everything they dreamt it to be. However, when an ancient book falls into their laps, their worlds are turned upside down.

10 years ago, a rivalry between the covens of Willow Woods Academy and Morwood’s School cost many their lives and cast a dark shadow over the academy. Now, Morwood’s has opened again for the first time since the incident, and mysterious happenings are occurring – and they all seem to be surrounding Kat. School’s never easy, and with her exams coming up, a stalker in the trees, and her family name shadowing doubt over what side she’s on, the first year of school is more of an adventure than she had ever anticipated.

2) No one Listens

*Poetry collection*
This book features life experiences of a young poet coming into her truth. Finding the beauty and pain that comes with words. Expressing deep emotions, such as joy, humor, despair, and heartbreak. Ultimately leading to her awakening.

3)Sing, Unburied, Sing

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Singexamines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.
When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author.

4) The Lives of Desperate Girls


One small, northern community. Two girls gone — one missing, the other dead. A riveting coming-of-age debut young adult novel for fans of Everything I Never Told You and All the Bright Places.

Sixteen-year-old Helen Commanda is found dead just outside Thunder Creek, Ontario. Her murder goes unremarked, except for the fact that it may shed light on the earlier disappearance of Chloe Shaughnessy. Chloe is beautiful, rich and white. Helen is plain, and from the reservation. They had nothing in common except that they were teenage girls from an unforgiving small town. Only Chloe’s best friend Jenny Parker knows exactly how unforgiving, but she’s keeping some dangerous secrets of her own.
Jenny begins looking for answers about Helen’s life and death, trying to understand larger questions about her town and her best friend. But what can a teenage girl really accomplish where adults have failed? And how much is Jenny actually complicit in a conspiracy of silence?

5) The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia

Quiet, reserved, Lady Ophelia Fletcher always has her nose stuck in a book; hence why she didn’t witness the death of her friend the fateful night of her passing. Now, she writes the Mayfair Confidential column to expose unsavory men as a way of making amends for not backing her other friend’s claims of murder. When a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia is helpless to keep from investigating the dashing lord.
Colin Parnell, Lord Hawke, has a promise to uphold: find the book that proves his grandpapa worked as a spy for King George II and did not die as a no-good smuggler off the coast of Kent. Shrouded in mystery and scandal, the Parnell family has been at war with one another for decades, and Colin is determined to put a stop to it all by discovering proof of the family’s honorable past. Unfortunately, the book he seeks is in the hands of a fiery-haired beauty, and he’ll need to enlist Ophelia’s help to uncover the truth.
Ophelia is more than happy to use her skills to help Lord Hawke. But will their search for answers lead to misadventure, or will they get something greater than they bargained for: the truth and each other?

6)The Sherlock Effect


Christopher Sherlock Webster always blamed his Holmes-obsessed father for burdening him with an embarrassing middle name. He spent his school days desperately trying to live it down.
But after his old man prematurely dies, Christopher finds that he has somehow inherited the very same obsession…
Teaming up with Mo Rennie, a marketing-conscious pal, he starts up an agency called Baskerville’s, which specialises in the application of rigorous Holmesian method.

7) Orca Rising

CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE…
16-year-old Ocean Daley needs to get away from school, his seaside town and wasting his summer working for his mother’s irritating boyfriend. When his mysterious Uncle Frank offers him a place at a summer school for a select group of gifted teens, he jumps at it.
But the school isn’t like any other, with classes in hacking, bike racing, psychological tricks and combat. Orca, the secretive organisation behind the school, needs fresh recruits…but for what? Ocean’s father co-founded Orca, and joining the organization feels like a way to honour his memory, as well as strengthen bonds with his strange uncle.
Orca demands each teenager push themselves beyond the possible and in return each student gets an impressive salary, international travel and exhilarating field missions — a double life. There is one catch. Joining Orca is a life-binding commitment to support their ‘noble’ cause. For Ocean, it’s the challenge in life he’s been looking for.
Others might call it a trap.

8) A Perfect Sentence

A portrait of a modern family in crisis, a moving love story and a chilling narrative of revenge, A Perfect Sentence moves swiftly from London through Florence, the South of France and Morocco and ends dramatically in Barcelona’s cosmopolitan Barri Gotic.

Kier Buchan, a fifty-something Londoner who has recently been made redundant by the Open University, is disaffected and wryly bitter. He is the father of brainy Charlie who is heading for graduate school in America and of teenager Cat who is heading nowhere. His cool, sensible wife Fran feels his disquiet but cannot connect. Kier recounts his role in the break-up of his family and an entanglement in an inappropriate relationship with a much younger woman which he dares to hope will lead to an escape from his old self.

9) Evening’s Land

The dark elegance of Anne Rice’s THE WITCHING HOUR meets the lush parallel worlds of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN series.

Reeling after her best friend’s suicide, Ada Walker falls under the spell of the collective subconscious, the EVENING’S LAND, searching for Faye’s soul with a rakishly hypnotic ghost named Christopher.

Richly preternatural and spine-tinglingly erotic, EVENING’S LAND is an exploration of love, loss and loyalty that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

10) My Life As A Bench


‘There are so many benches lining the riverside, each and every one tragic in its own way.’
Ren Miller has died aged seventeen and yet her consciousness lives on, inhabiting her memorial bench by the River Thames in London.
Ren longs to be reunited with her boyfriend Gabe, but soon discovers why he has failed to visit. Devastated, she must learn to break through and talk to the living so she can reveal the truth about her tragic end.
Unique, haunting, and compelling, this is a story about love, friendship, a passion for music and what, if anything, remains after we’ve gone.


Are any of these books on your TBR list? If not, would you add any of these books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that surprised me

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a top ten list that fits the topic. This week’s topic is Books that surprised me. Here is the list…. Enjoy!!!!😋


1)Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan by Melissa Foster

I have ranted enough about why this book surprised me in my review. This is the first romance book I ever read and also the first book I reviewed on Life at 17. I never thought I would love this book, i really didn’t think…. I was really surprised when I ended up loving this book so much. When I finished reading I was so happy, just so happy that I gave this book a chance to be a part of my life.

2) Easy by Jordan S. Gray

Now another book that blew my mind away. Okay so we all have read about man who goes about having no strings attached sex but a woman doing the same? No very rarely we come across such story. This was one of the reason why the book surprised me, secondly the male lead, he was just so different from the alpha males we see in each book but still was able to make such a cosy little place in my list of best book boyfriends.

3) A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun

In this one book there is so many different stories about different people living in the same town. The characters were very relatable. This was another book which just surprised me because I never thought it would become a book I would not want to finish reading.

4) Bluff by Julie Dill

The end of this book was unexpected and surprised me. But I was more surprised because I liked the end even though I hate it when books end like that.

5) Freak by Erin Lee

This book deserves all the stars in this world, seriously. The story was very well written and the plot was really awesome. This was another book that surprised me because I never thought I would love it this much.

6) The Mysterious Mr Quinn by Agatha Christie (not reviewed on my blog)

Oh my God!! This book was just so awesome. But then again I think I was never disappointed by the queen of crime’s novels. Before this book, I only had read novels by her, this was the first short story collection. It is so different from rest of her works, yet it was such an awesome book. Another book which I completely loved. This book surprised me because I thought that the stories would be about crime or murder mysteries, though the stories had bits and pieces of crime in them, but they can no way be termed as murder mysteries, the stories were more of the genre of literary fiction.

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7) The 3 Mistakes of my Life by Chetan Bhagat (not reviewed on my blog)

This book was just in one word awesome. But that is not the reason why it surprised me, because I knew I would love it. So there is a movie made on this book, and I saw it and loved it, that is the reason I picked up this book, but then I encountered a completely different climax in the book. It just surprised me because I didn’t expect that. But still I ended up liking both the movie’s and the book’s climax.

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The list ends here. I know it’s not a top ten list because there are only 7 items, but I didn’t find any other book which could fit this list.😣


What do you people think about this list? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Did they also surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Quotes

This my first Top Ten Tuesday post💃💃💃

So Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a top ten list that fits the topic. This week the topic is Favourite Book Quotes.


Here are my Favourite Book Quotes:

1) “Happily Ever After isn’t a destination, it’s an ongoing journey that never ends and only gets better.”~Incandescently by Sylvie Parizeau

2)“If he left now, it’d be too much. She’d never live again, not really, anyway. Her life would be like one of those dull black and white movies, unfulfilling and boring and empty.”~Easy by Jordan S. Gray

3)“That’s what they say, right? Live in the now. But it’s hardly ever as good as looking forward to something, when it’s perfect because it hasn’t happened yet.”Asleep From Day by Margarita Montimore

4)“I more than anyone knew how things were never black or white, but an infinite palette of grays.”~Chameleon by Zoe Kalo

5)‘‘People are sometimes driven to choices which others find incomprehensible. We have to accept that.”~A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun

6)“You are my family now. I’ve never felt like I was part of something, other than a company, until I met you. You are my everything. Without you, none of this matters to me .”~ Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn

7)“Fear must be embraced, accepted as natural, but never run from. Never forgotten or locked away. We must overcome it. But in banishing it, we allow it to overcome us.”~Worlds With Ruby by C P Cabaniss

8)“He’d wage war against a fire-breathing dragon to make certain she was unharmed. And Triston would lay down his own life to make bloody certain Edith lived a life full of happiness and love.”~The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight

9)“Grief was the most terrible feeling possible. Suffocating under the heaviness of regret. A body filled with rocks, each one placed there by a pain that grew until it hurt to move.”~Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

10)“I was lost until you found me.”~ Good Doctor by Andi Jaxon


Did you like my quotes? What are your favourite bookish quotes? Share with me in the comments section below.