Top Five Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week I will share a list based on the topic provided by The Broke and the Bookish.

Enjoy and please feel free to join me, I’d love to hear your own lists on whatever topics are featured.


January 24, 2017: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From 

Going through my Goodreads I noted that most of the books I read were well before the last couple of years when NA became a genre and even so, it’s still growing and the authors are slowly making a name for themselves so maybe in a few years my list of authors will grow.

1.  Nora Roberts  I have read nearly everything Nora Roberts has written and just as many novels with her pen name J.D. Robb (the In Death series), I will continue to read whatever she wants to come out with in the future.

2. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Alice, I love Alice. I found Phyllis Reynolds Naylor at 14 in High school and I have read each Alice book from then on. It’s the only book I can say I read as I was growing up.

3.  Julia Quinn I love historical romance novels. I had a good two years where I read nothing but historical fiction. Now, I go back to it every once in a while after exhausting Julia Quinn and Mary Balogh. Haven’t someone goo enough to replace them.

4. Carly Phillips  This was a great stage where I was in the mood for witty, charming, HEA novels. Carly Phillips is a good re-read author.

5. Penny Reid I recently just found her novels and I enjoyed them so much, she is both funny and her characters are quirky and I’ve started a knitting club because of her Knitting in the City series.

Please share at least one of your most read authors, I’d love to add more books to my list!



REVIEW: Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks

burnouts, geeks and jesus freaks They’re burnouts – a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else.
He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust.

This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers

Published: March 4th 2014 Self Published

Genre: New Adult/YA Coming of Age

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: The first book I’ve ever read by Karen Gordon, I was not sure what to expect, you read the title and you think YA teenage drama stuff, even for NA the title itself seems a bit immature. The cover is different and not what you’d expect once you start reading the book. To be honest the title and the cover don’t really, at least to my mind match or encompasses all that the book is about. A love story it is, a cute yet emotionally messy but fulfilling love story.

That’s about all the title got right. Yes, there’s a burnouts group and one person who is considered a geek (Ben) yet his “group” isn’t really mentioned until later on in the novel and even then, I’m not sure they’re considered geeks, losers maybe, geeks not so sure. The Jesus Freaks, there was one prominent one and the other two (were there two?) I know for sure there was one more, Laura, weren’t all that Jesus-y. I did come to like Laura and her view on Christianity once all the High School drama was out-of-the-way. What I didn’t understand was the introduction of Michelle(?) she fit into the preppy group and I wasn’t sure what her role in the book was other than to throw us off guard because I wasn’t sure how/why Carrie was feeling semi-hostile/guarded towards her, she seemed like a nice girl, maybe she was there as Gina’s romantic interest and that was all, I don’t really know.

Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks is to my eyes a coming of age novel. My favorite thing about this book is the character progression, not necessarily development, mind you, they are two different things.
I felt like Carrie could have developed more as the years went by or at least have her development be noticeable, which brings me to my biggest problem with this book: The writing while engaging was poorly done as was the Chapter and Year transitions. Such a good novel was made lesser by the authors inability to properly execute and order the book in a way that it transitioned from event to event seamlessly without the reader guessing what year and place the characters were, (*side note, what year was this? I feel like maybe 2000 or earlier?), it was very frustrating, one minute they’re 16 the next 21? I think I calculated 25 at one point, it was all over the place, especially when Two-fers age was brought up, I feel like he should have been older than 8 by the end of the book (just saying).

The author did an okay job of explaining loose ends but there were still some issues and questions that I had that left me flustered; what happened between MG and Carrie for them to stop talking (life, I get it) But when they made up there was no insight into what happened, also MG and Steve? Where we at with that? And here is a semi-big thing for me, I understand Ben and Carrie have history but that second time around, everything moved way too fast for my liking, or maybe that was the lack of proper transitioning at its finest, I didn’t have a clue how much time had passed, 2 weeks, 2 months before things became permanent? And what the hell is up with Ben giving up his dream of becoming a Ranger, that was the most important thing to him in this book and you just brushed it to the wayside with a so-so explanation from Carrie? Not even Ben’s POV was used to explain why he gave it up, he was supposed to defer because he loved her so much but not go! Did he just raise Grace and Benet as his own and not have any more children? He was okay with that? Obviously I think this was a very abrupt ending that needed a bit more substance for it to fully satisfy me.

All in all, I gave this book a 3.5 because I feel like giving the author the benefit of the doubt and thinking this is a rough draft before it gets edited and actually published, because there were a lot of things that needed to be fixed with some good editing. If this is the published edited version then, good story, so-so writing and character development and story progression, I give it a 2.5

Last Line: “MG…you didn’t”

2.5-3.5 STARS