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Top Reads of 2017

2017 has been one heck of a year for amazing reads. This year, I read over 400 books and trying to narrow that list down was tough. I have just read so many amazing, life changing, blow me away, knock my socks off books. So, this year, I decided to do a top 20. These 20 books have given me all the feels. They’ve made me laugh, cry, swoon and taken me on some of the best journeys ❤ I hope you enjoy my top 20 and the quotes I’ve pulled….

Amy’s Top 20 of 2017

I lift my head to his, forehead to forehead, mouth to mouth, and soul to soul, and beg him for what I need. “Just please stay.” Please stay…even if my heart is scarred and my soul is dirty. Please stay…because I’ll never survive it if you leave me again. He’s the creation and the rapture. Every good and bad thing all wrapped up into one. An now, after all these years, he may just be my resurrection.

http://amzn.to/2CBgJkT

“Back there, she looked at me like she didn’t hate me. Like I wasn’t total shit. Like I wasn’t nothing. Like I was somebody. Somebody she respected. And fuck, it was her, wasn’t it. Her opinion mattered. Fucking hell, why did it have to be her? Of all the people that could matter to me it was her, even now, eight years later.”

http://amzn.to/2CZM7dW

“For the briefest second, he wasn’t some rich tycoon about to strip and devour me but a sweet seducer drowning beneath his own untruths. That was the problem with being guarded. People with lies could never make friends. But people with trust cold never make enemies. Both were weak.”

http://amzn.to/2ATRVEi

“Life is short, so short, so precious, every minute, every day. Don’t let the people you love, the people who make you happy, the people who bring you joy — don’t let them go. Hang on to them, even when it hurts. When it seems impossible. Hold on to the things that breathe life into you. Listen to your soul and honor what it tells you. Live. Fight for what you love. Because one day, you’ll be where I am, and in that moment I want you to look back gladly, with no regrets.”

“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”

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“There’s never been a choice. And I know it must be hard for you to believe in my love after everything I’ve done that’s hurt you, but it’s true. God, it’s true. And if you’ll give me another chance to prove it to you, I’ll do anything. Anything.”

http://amzn.to/2CYjKg4

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”~ A Court of Mist and Fury

“I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire—but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it … Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place—looking for you all.”~ A Court of Mist and Fury

“My rage had become a living thing inside my chest, an echoing heartbeat that soothed me to sleep and stirred me to waking.”~A Court of Wings and Ruin

“You and this city helped wake me up—helped bring me back to life.” His eyes flickered as I smiled up at him. “I will fight with everything I have, too, Rhys. Everything.”~A Court of Wings and Ruin

ACMF: http://amzn.to/2Bu9Lih  ACWR: http://amzn.to/2D1cPCT

“Whether it was playing the drums or strumming the guitar, he always took me to a sacred place with him. A place he never shared with anyone else but me.”

“The taste of her burns within my blood, reminding me of our past. One we shared. One I lost. And everything I want to take back.”

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“Maybe somewhere, underneath the glitter and the desperation, there was still a little of the person I used to be.” 

“Lust is a dangerous thing. It can seduce your mind and lead it blindfolded to the cliff that will be its demise. Nathan takes me to that cliff, my body bending and molding beneath his, my heart coming up for air in between soft caresses with his mouth…”

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“I’m sorry I fell in love with you but I’m more sorry that you fell in love with me, because there’s no happy ending to this fairy tale. There’s only a means to an end. When that ending comes, you’ll be the only one I’ll ever regret meeting.”

“We’re more than people in love. We’re souls entwined for eternity.”

http://amzn.to/2CXjH46

“It was as if, in that moment, the world didn’t make sense anymore–everything was upside down and inside out.”

“It’s a choice–to wallow in despair or to acknowledge what can still bring happiness to my life. And I’m choosing to live despite the heartache.”

http://amzn.to/2BdczU3

“There aren’t enough stars up there to match the reasons why I love you.”

“He was baring it all for me and I was going to do the same for him, even though I knew it would break me into a million pieces.”

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“Fate and destiny had held enough power over Janie for this lifetime, and she was done waiting for the sky to fall.”

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“He makes me feel wanted. Valued and important, like I’m someone worth protecting. Knowing this man would give his life to shield me, guard me from pain or danger–it’s a heady thing.”

“The Queen was right. Love isn’t a cure; it doesn’t magically solve every problem. But it makes solving those problems worth it. Love is our inspiration, our motivation….and our reward.”

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“I feared having my heart broken again. And somehow, instinctually, I just knew that giving Aidan even a little of me and having him reject it it would hurt more than any other man’s rejection.”

“Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the messiest.”

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“All moments matter. We just rarely know how important they are until the chance to act on them has already passed.”

“In my experience, joy is a choice. Life is rough. Don’t expect it not to be. But if aren’t laughin’, we’re crying. Choose to laugh. Choose what brings you joy. And when you choose you path, it may not always be the easiest one, but it’ll always be the right one.”

http://amzn.to/2Bwqwcy

“I don’t want to be typical to her. I wanted to be all that she could ever want and more. I wanted to be her everything, like she quickly and without my knowledge became mine.”

“She tried damn hard to feign indifference, to look at me with empty eyes, but she needs to realize I can see right through her. Right into her clear blues. And somewhere in that caged-up, closed-off heart of hers, she knows. There’s more going on here than either of us has admitted.”

http://amzn.to/2BJkbgE

“I could not dream a better you.”  Oh my God.  Oh… my… God.  Did he just say that?  I stared into his warm eyes.  He just said that.  And that was so sweet, so unexpected but so welcome, my breath arrested and all I could do was continue staring at him.  He wasn’t done. “A better wife, a better queen. Not even in a dream could I create better than you.” 

“You don’t have to have had something to want it or need it but when you have something you liked… very much… and it is taken away, and you want it back, it can become a hunger.” 

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“Life isn’t supposed to be safe.” “If it was, they wouldn’t call it living. They’d just call it existing. And you’ve existed long enough, baby girl. It’s time to live.”

“I think I knew, even then, that the greatest adventure of my life was about to begin.”

“He kissed me like it was a privilege, like he didn’t want to rush it, like we had forever.”

http://amzn.to/2CChGJR

“You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.”

“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to go with the waves.”

“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”

http://amzn.to/2CDDHrF

“Trust me child, it doesn’t matter what size, shape or form they come it, you give a good man your love and care, he’ll lay waste to the world to keep you by his side.” 

http://amzn.to/2CEI8lZ

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list. I would love to for you to drop me a line and let me know what some of your favorite reads have been for 2017…

7 responses »

  1. ‘Ever over After’ is on my list too!!! I also added ‘Low over High’. That Duet was incredible.
    I also enjoyed ‘A Thousand Letters’. Your list is great!!
    Sabrina

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