Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Posted August 24, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

This topic was a no brainer for me. I’m going to list the hell out of the top 5 books I’m hoping like heck that I get to read before the year is up. I’ve been looking forward to these reads for one reason or another and for some unexplainable reason, I haven’t gotten around to them yet.

1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I have been seeing this book all over the blogosphere and everyone that has reviewed (that I’ve seen at least) it has loved it. Even Ames really liked it so I’m hoping to get this book read soon. I’m excited.

2. Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

This is another book that I’ve been seeing everywhere and it’s receiving some fantastic reviews so I’m hoping to get this one read. It’s going to be one of my reward reads for when I get my review pile down. Wish me luck. 🙂

3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

I’m really looking forward to this book because 1) it’s a Kasie West book and 2) it’s getting a lot of great reviews. I’m really looking forward to digging into something light and fluffy and this one fits the bill just right.

4. Idol by Kristen Callihan.


I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?


As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since way before it came out. I read an excerpt for it and immediately wanted it so don’t ask me why I haven’t read it yet even though it’s been out for months. Clearly I have issues.

5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata.

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”

This was going to be the longest season of her life.

My Bestest Blog Buddy Ames at Bookish Ames has read and loved this book. It comes highly recommended and she never steers me wrong so I’m hoping to get this book before the year is up.

What books are you hoping to read before the year is up?

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12 responses to “Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

  1. Oh, great picks! I really want to read P.S. I Like You too, I have heard REALLY good things so far! And I keep seeing Results May Vary popping up all over the place, I will have to check that one out! Books I want to read before the end of the year? GAH so many. If I have to choose *just* a few… Replica, The Female of the Species, Scythe… I could go on, but I promise, I will stop there 😉

  2. LOL, saw Kulti and my first though was Ames 😛

    I started The Hating Game a few weeks ago, but meh. Didn’t hold my attention. Don’t know if it was my mood or the book. Will probably go back eventually and try it again.

    Haven’t heard of Results May Vary. Seems more like fiction/chick-lit than romance.

    I hope you’ll enjoy PS. I Like You. I thought it was cute… but still doesn’t compare to Pivot Point.

    • Ha, right? She loves that book.

      Seriously? I’ve been seeing such great reviews for that book (including Ames) so I’m still going to try it out.

      It is, it’s a women’s fiction book and lots of people are loving it so I’m going to give it a go.

      Pivot Point was so good and I read that at your recommendation. You know the good stuff, Nath!

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