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Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.

Instead of focusing on one genre, I have decided to list some of my favorite books of 2016 as a holiday gift guide freebie.Click on the titles to read my review of each book./

Contemporary Fiction

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is quite a memorable book.This is the kind of book that I think everyone should read. Its my favorite one by the author.

Wrecked by Maria Padian  is one of the most powerful YA books that I have ever read that tackle the issue of sexual assault. I was angered and disgusted by some characters while I sympathized with others. This is a gut wrenching story that broke my heart but at the same time, it is one of those books that I will read again and then tell everyone about.

The Girls by Emma Cline is hinged on the Charles Manson murders. There are hints of the crimes that occurred. However, this book is not focused on the murders but the life of a young woman, Evie. In addition, the book focuses more on the relationships between the girls than on the cult leader .The chapters on 1969 depict adolescent struggles that most people will relate with. The book will make you question yourself and wonder how easy it is to get carried away and do things without really thinking about them. It is incredible to realize just how fast things can spiral out of control. I recommend this book to everyone because it is one of those books that you just have to read for yourself.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is definitely a moving story, one that I will never forget. It is definitely one of my favorite books of all time.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is an engaging narrative and the language used is beautiful. I also loved the setting of the book.


Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a book about family, a mother-son relationship, friendship, racism and a person’s ability to overcome all hurdles in life. It is also a coming of age story. This is an inspiring memoir that will make you laugh and cry through the chapters (sometimes at the same time). If you are looking for a diverse read then you should definitely pick this one. If you want to understand more about South Africa and Apartheid (from an insider’s view point), this is the book for you. Seriously though, just get the memoir. It is a wonderful!



Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris is the kind of story that will make you look around and think twice about the people around you. You will look at the smiling faces and truly wonder about what happens behind the closed doors and if it matches what is portrayed outside.
I absolutely loved this book.

The Killing Game by J. S Carol is one of my best books this year. If you like fast-paced, heart-pounding thrillers with a number of twists and some very memorable characters then I highly recommend that you get this book.

YA Thrillers/ Contemporary

SOS: The Summer at St. George by Briana Gaitan is a nice, easy read that made it quick to get through. However, it’s the kind of story that will tug at your heartstrings and get you invested in the characters hence haunting you long after the final page. I really liked this book and highly recommend it.  If you like romantic suspense, YA Mystery then you may also enjoy reading SOS: The Summer of St. George by Briana Gaitan.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky evoked so many different emotions. There were chapters that made me laugh while there are others that broke my heart especially towards the end of the book. The book is so well written and I really enjoyed the 90s setting. It was touching, emotional, compelling…basically, it’s a wonderful book.

Happy Tuesday!




21 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide freebie

  1. Renee
    November 29, 2016

    The Book Thief is one of top 10 all time favorites!!

    • Diana
      November 29, 2016

      Mine too. Its such a wonderful book 🙂

  2. 4thhouseontheleft
    November 29, 2016

    I didn’t know that Trevor Noah wrote a memoir! I visited S. Africa in 2000, and have always wanted to go back someday.

    • Diana
      November 29, 2016

      yeah, his memoir was released on 15th November. I have never been to SA although I have always wanted to visit. I hope to make a trip there someday 🙂

  3. Great list Diana! I loved The Book Thief as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I’m ashamed to admit I’ve yet to read a Colleen Hoover novel, but she’s on my list.💁🏻

  4. anovelglimpse
    November 29, 2016

    I think It Ends With Us is a great gift! I gave it to my friend for her birthday, but would give it again for Christmas.
    My TTT.

    • Diana
      November 29, 2016

      Oh wow,that’s nice.I haven’t given anyone that book as a gift but I think I’ll try and get it for my book-club friend since we are exchanging bookish gifts over the holidays.Thanks for visiting 🙂

  5. faithrivens
    November 29, 2016

    The Book Thief and the Shadow of the Wind are such wonderful reads. It Ends With Us finally arrived with my recent bookmail and I can’t wait to read it in the new year. I’ve heard such wonderful things 😀
    Thanks for a great guide 😉

    • Diana
      November 29, 2016

      I hope that you’ll like It Ends with Us as much as I did.You’re welcome 🙂

  6. Annie
    November 29, 2016

    Some great recs here ❤ Behind Closed Doors… also one of my top ones this year!

    • Diana
      November 29, 2016

      Thanks Annie:-) Have you gotten feedback on Break Down from NetGalley?

      • Annie
        November 29, 2016

        NO 😦

        • Diana
          November 29, 2016

          I’m still waiting too.Fingers crossed.

  7. Diana Prince Reviews
    November 30, 2016

    I bought Born A Crime for my dad for Christmas, and I’m definitely checking out a few of these as potential gifts for my mom and stepdad this year. Awesome list 🙂

    • Diana
      November 30, 2016

      I hope your dad will enjoy Noah’s memoir:-) Thank you Diana.

  8. mybookinggreatblog
    November 30, 2016

    I need to read Perks (I have been meaning to read that for ages!!)

    I did my TTT on what to books to buy your mum! Link below if you fancy taking a peek 🙂


    • Diana
      November 30, 2016

      Thanks for sharing the link, I like your suggestions:-)

      I hope that you will like Perks as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Yvo
    November 30, 2016

    There are some great titles on this list! It Ends With Us has to be my favorite of the bunch (or at least out of those I’ve already read).

    • Diana
      November 30, 2016

      It Ends with Us is an amazing book. That is the one that I am thinking of getting for a friend. Thanks Yvo:-)

  10. Donna
    December 2, 2016

    I can’t believe I haven’t been able to squeeze Behind Closed Doors in between two ARCs yet. I am dying to read it!

    • Diana
      December 3, 2016

      It is quite good.One of the best domestic noirs that I have ever read.I hope you’ll get a chance to read it soon

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