• Erin Zaranec

2018 Reads: Books 66-70

This book was a huge hit this year... it was featured on nearly every Bookstagram I follow, countless blogs, review websites, and best seller lists.

Eleanor knows how to survive, but not necessarily how to live. At age thirty, Eleanor has to learn to navigate the world that everyone around her seems to understand so well.

It's an endearing book with a protagonist that is a bit uncomfortable, a bit relatable, and a bit lovable at the same time.

Wow, this book had me speechless.

Wavy has been raised in a rough-and-tumble lifestyle by drug dealers. She's cautious and tough and she knows not to trust anybody.

Her tough exterior crumbles, though, with one of her father's friends named Kellan.

With an age gap between them that can not be ignored, their relationship is uncomfortable - even cringe-worthy at times. Yet, it's nearly perfect. Kellan is the exact kind of influence that Wavy needs - offering safety, stability, and protection. Wavy keeps Kellan on his toes with her wild child spirit and tough exterior. It's a great book that I would highly recommend.

This was a random late-night Kindle download and at the end of the day, I wasn't a huge fan.

I don't know if it was because it's a young adult read, but it just didn't really captivate me and actually annoyed me at times.

Hawthorne grew up in the same town as Lizzie Lovett, a girl who everyone nearly idolized. When Lizzie goes missing, Hawthorne's imagination gets the best of her. The end result is... well... werewolves. That's where it lost me.

Maddie Dawson's writing is amazing... I love her works.

In The Stuff That Never Happened, Annabelle McKay leads a picture-perfect life... but she can't help but feel like the picture is out of focus.

She's been married for nearly three decades and has two kids, but one early-on affair threatens to unravel everything that Annabelle has worked to put in place. After a chance encounter with her former lover, she's suddenly questioning her steady and long time love with her husband or her unforgettable, adventure love she had with her lover. It's a relatable read that I think a lot of people could connect to.

This memoir was really, really moving. I loved the Biden-Obama bromance and wanted to read more about Biden's life off the campaign trail.

His writing truly transcends political parties and speaks to the person who Biden is. He has lived through the loss of a wife and young child, an adult son, life in the public eye, world travel, and so much more.

The year that followed his son, Beau's, cancer diagnosis was a year that Biden will, and could, never forget. It was book that was equally heartwarming, heartbreaking, relatable, unbelievable, and honest.


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