It’s the holidays, which for me means extra time to sink my teeth into even more books. Huffpost Books recently shared the Ultimate list of ugly cry novels and I was pleased to see a number of my all time favorite reads included on the list. And I’ve added a bunch of these to my reading list for the holidays too. 

If you’re looking for some good reads these holidays, then check out some of my favorite books here: Book Love.

Kyland – Mia Sheridan

I just finished reading this book and it did indeed make me cry. I loved it. Soft, gentle reading, perfect easy reading for the holidays.

KylandDirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk.

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly–through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds–to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

I love Mia Sheridan’s novels, I’ve read almost all of them.

A Duet: Paint Me Beautiful & Colour Me Pretty by CM Stunich

This story sucked me in, I was desperate to see the main female character recover, delving into the darkness of anorexia and mental illness, it was an intense read wrapped in a romance novel.

Paint Me BeautifulMy story isn’t unique. You’ve heard it before. I’m just a girl who doesn’t eat as much as she should. See, I have goals, big ones, and nobody is going to stop me, not even a boy named Emmett. He has good intentions and he’s hot as hell, but he doesn’t understand what it’s like to want something so bad that you’ll do anything for it. I’m going to become a model, even if it kills me. Dream big or go home, that’s what they always say, right?




Colour Me PrettyI’ve done it this time.  I’ve really screwed up.  I’ve made a mistake, and I’m afraid that it’s going to cost me everything – my family, my career and most importantly, Emmett Sinclair.  He saw the beauty inside of me, looked past what I was becoming on the outside, and gave me his trust.  Everyone thinks I tried to kill myself; I think I made a mistake.  They all say I’m halfway to the grave; I say I’ve been reborn.  Nobody knows what I’m going through, so I’m going to have to fight harder than ever before.  The problem is, I no longer know exactly what it is I’m fighting for.

Literally anything by CM Stunich is a winner for me, she’s dark and gritty and funny all rolled into one. I’ve read a large portion of her books too and enjoyed them all.

My other go to author when I’m looking for holiday reading is Colleen Hoover. You can read every single one of her novels and love them all! I have read them all!

What are your reading plans and recommendations for these holidays?