December 18, 2017

Every year, I always set a number of books that I plan to read, a reading goal if you wanna call it. This year, I originally planned on reading about 20 books, but then I quickly realized that that wasn't going to happen, so I reduced it to 12 books instead. I thought that this limit would be better for me because at least, I could read a book a month. Or so I thought. In all honesty, 2017 has been an incredibly slow reading year for me. As of now, I've only read 9 books this year, and I don't see myself picking up another book in the remaining weeks of the year. To say that I'm disappointed in myself is an understatement. I kind of threw reading to the back burner and turned my attention elsewhere. However, I will say although I barely read any books this year, the ones that I managed to pick up and finish were amazing. I got to read some incredible stories that had some of the best characters I've met. I found a few new authors that I am so excited to delve more into their work. I also finished one of my favorite childhood series this year. So, in retrospect, I believe I chose quality over quantity this year, and for that, I'm somewhat satisfied.

With all of the thrilling books that I was so lucky to get my hands on, one book in particular stood out to me this year. Before I jump into it, I want to get a few things out of the way first. One, this will not be a book review for the book. I read it a while back, and a proper review is past due. This will basically be me just gushing about how much I love this book, and that you should read it immediately. Two, there has only been one other book that has left an emotional mark in my life, and that was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Although this book does not equate to Me Before You, the emotions it evoked out of me were very similar. This just means that I bawled my eyes at the end, teared up every time I saw the cover, and was basically emotionally ruined for 2 weeks :) Now that we got that out of the way, let's reveal this incredible book that has landed the title for my favorite read of 2017.









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, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
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. 
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
*This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter. - Goodreads

Okay now before I jump into how life-changing and heart-breaking this book is, let me just say that I had been dying to read a book by Mrs. Hoover herself, but could never decide which one would be the right one to start with because she has so many! I steered away from her Slammed series because teacher-student romances are not my cup of tea. Ultimately, I think the reason I chose this book was because it received so many positive reviews, and one of my trusty reviewers on Goodreads gave it 4/5 stars. I bought it not knowing much about it, other than that it was a romance novel. Little did I know that this book would completely fuck me up!

It Ends With Us is one of those books that touches your heart. It completely surpasses any expectations I had for romance novels. When I say it shattered me, it gripped my heart from the very beginning and slammed it on the ground repeatedly throughout the entire book. There was never a moment reading this novel where I felt bored or cringing because of the material. Everything was done so perfectly that I still don't understand how this book can be real.

It Ends With Us is one of those realistic books about romance. It's not overly saturated with cheesy and cliche lines or situations. The realistic dynamic it brings only makes the story and characters so much more real, which ultimately makes it harder to read because it's something that you can see happening to so many people, which is so heart shattering. I hope I'm not saying too much and spoiling it for you guys who haven't read it. Oops. 

To wrap it up, let me just say this: It Ends With Us touched me in so many ways. It gave me new perspectives to view common situations. It gave me a love story where a woman's growth and development as a person was far more important than a man. It completely tore me apart and I loved every second of it. I don't give many books 5/5 stars, but this one, definitely deserves it. 

So Mrs. Colleen Hoover, thank you for writing such an inspiring book. I can't wait to read more of your work in the upcoming year. 

What was your favorite read of 2017?

Until next time,



  1. Happy New Year Kathlyn! You have such a lovely blog. I've added this book to my to read list, it sounds AMAZING from the summary and from your description. I'm actually really looking forward to it now. Thanks for the recommendation! xx
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    1. Happy New Year Demilade! I'm so excited for you to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Make sure to let me know your thoughts on it!! And thank you so much for your kind words <3


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