11 Fantastic Reads You’ll Love for Your Free Time

11 Fantastic Reads You’ll Love for Your Free Time

I am an avid reader and books are a passion (maybe addiction) of mine. Sharing my love for books also makes me happy. My “Books-To-Read” list is ever-growing, but there are a few that I would definitely suggest you give a shot. I read from all different genres, so I don’t doubt that you’ll find a book you’ll love as much as me. Some are fiction, some young-adult, some non-fiction. I will warn you now though, most of my non-fiction collection is dealing with psychology and criminology.

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I also want to mention that I am a member of Goodreads so feel free to add me as a friend or follow my reviews to see a more in-depth view of what books I’ve read and want to read. Head over to Goodreads for my profile. Reading is part of my personal self-care plan because it allows me to free my mind and enter the world of the book that I’m reading. I’m sure at least some of you can understand that. I’ll update the list as I find more suggestions you may like, but don’t worry if it doesn’t update once a week or even two weeks. Sometimes life gets in the way and I can’t read as often as I’d like.

Books Are Life


If you love to read and don't have a genre preference, you may just love all of these suggestions. Reading is my passion, and I'd love to share my favorites with you.

Romance Books

    • Real by Katy Evans
      • Real covers Brooke Dumas’ journey as she is hired as a sports rehab specialist for an underground boxer, Remington Tate. Brooke goes into the job in a strictly professional manner, but she soon finds it difficult to resist the strength and maleness that is Remy. The tension and heat between these two is hard to resist, and I found myself rooting for them from nearly the beginning. So much so that I read the next two in the series in a very short time-frame. There is a total of six in the series and the last three are on my to-read list. You can get a copy for yourself here on Amazon.

    • Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
      • Oh…my…goodness. The first in a series of three, the farther in you get the faster you will read it. I read this series twice, and even to this day, I can remember a good majority of the story line. Although I won’t give you any spoilers. Kiera moves to a new city with her long-term boyfriend Denny, but things get uncomfortable as she becomes more acquainted with his friend, and their roommate, Kellan Kyle. The typical rockstar tough guy gives off the appeal of not giving a damn and he plays the role of heartless heartthrob very well. But Kiera soon finds out that isn’t the case at all. Kiera finds herself unable to make a decision as she becomes attracted to Kellan but doesn’t want to hurt Denny. You can get your copy of Thoughtless on Amazon right here!

  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    • Ahhhh! Okay, so I haven’t read the continuation of the series The Maddox Brothers Books (1-5). But Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster were so good I didn’t want to finish. I didn’t want my time with the characters to end. Oh, Abby and Travis, these two are an undeniably attractive couple. And for all you college ladies, this one takes place when Abby moves to college with her best friend. Following their relationship from beginning to the end will make you want to cry. And if you love getting both sides to the story, you’re gonna want to read both books in the series. Beautiful Disaster is given in Abby’s point of view, but we get Travis’ side of the story in Walking Disaster. Just thinking about this series makes me want to go read it again! Get your own copy on Amazon.

Suspense/Thriller Books

    • Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
      • If I were to ever recommend an author that I couldn’t pick a favorite book from, Chevy Stevens would be it. Thriller is one of my favorite categories, and Stevens nails it in each one of her novels. Those Girls follow three sisters, who grew up on a ranch but run into a tough situation when their alcoholic father goes on another of his rampages. They can’t stay home but have nowhere to go. The girls leave the ranch in hopes of starting a new life, but little do they know trouble is just up the road. Fighting to move on and stay together, they are forced to move to a new city and start their lives from scratch. Stevens does suspense VERY well, and this one was no better or worse than any of her other books. Pick this one up and her other novels on Amazon, you won’t regret it.

    • Joyland by Stephen King
      • Yes, I’m a Stephen King lover. I’d love to write like him. Maybe one day I’ll try, but for now, I’ll leave it to him. This was the fasted King read I’ve ever embarked on. Following college student, Devin as he works for the summer as a carney is interesting, to say the least. He is forced to face tales of murder and the fate of a child through his short time. I’d love to say more, but I hate to give spoilers. You’ll just have to grab a copy to find out more for yourself.

  • The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
    • An eleven-year-old boy, Sebastian, is accused of murdering his eight-year-old neighbor in the playground. The Guilty One is told from the point of view of Daniel, the London solicitor who is covering the case. Daniel soon finds that his client reminds him of himself, and also finds his vision skewed. Realizing you may be wrong about someone is hard to handle. Find out for yourself if Daniel is right or wrong about Sebastian, get a copy of The Guilty One over on Amazon.

Non-Fiction Books

    • Twenty-Two Faces by Judy Byington
      • If you have any interest in psychology or would like to know more about split personalities (known as dissociative identity disorder) then this is the book you want to read. Twenty-Two Faces tells the story of Jenny Hill, a ritual abuse survivor. She survives, psychologically, by subconsciously creating alters, also known as alternate personalities. I will warn you, this is a heavy read and there is some description of violence. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is very intriguing. While there are some copies available through Amazon, they are not prime eligible. You can find a copy of your own, though, by going here.

    • The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom
      • My interest in this book was spiked by a discussion we had in class about determinism. Personally, I do and don’t believe in determinism. You can’t make a ton of choices in your life, basically, you’re born into an environment and you can grow from it or you can grow into it. But you can’t control the environment itself. Bloom goes into detail about studies done with toddlers and infants about our inherent like of “good” and how it is possible that we ARE all born good. So what happens to make us “bad” or “evil”? There is a lot of data and case study information, but it’s an easy read. It reads like a novel, but it’s so, so informative. I bought mine over on Amazon.

  • Another Chance by Sharon Wegscheider Cruse
    • This was actually my textbook for my Dysfunctional Famly Systems class, but I loved reading it and it’s one of those textbooks you definitely keep. Cruse reviews the systems and rules that develop when a family is suffering through addiction. While only one individual in a family is addicted, ALL members are affected. Cruse does such a good job explaining those roles and relationships and if you come from one of those families, you’ll probably find yourself in the book. If you have any interest in chemical dependency and the family this book is a super cheap, but very explanatory option. Get one on Amazon for less than $10.

Young-Adult Books

    • The Cabin by Natasha Preston
      • I read this book most recently. I’m not gonna lie, I picked it up because the cover is intriguing and made me want to know more. I’m a thriller fanatic, and this one combines thriller with young-adult. Mackenzie goes on a weekend trip with a group of friends and her best friend, Courtney, and Courtney’s boyfriend Josh. Josh brings his brother, who no one really knows, and things take a strange turn when they wake up to two murdered bodies. So who did it? None of them know the truth. I’m not the biggest fan of the end, it left so much up in the air with no promise of a series. So I was a bit sad when I got to the end and had as many questions as I did in the beginning, but it was worth it. It was a fast read and it really had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Find your copy of The Cabin on Amazon for less than $2 for a Kindle copy!

  • Black Box by Cassia Leo
    • Wow, all I can say is wow. So emotional and so raw and real. Mikki and Crush are fated to be together, but they don’t know it until fate brings them together three times on completely separate occasions. They both need to be saved, but can they save each other? If you believe in the idea that there is one person for everyone, you just have to find them, then you’ll want to read this book. I love it, I absolutely love it and I want you to love it too. I can’t say much without giving away big plot points, so you’ll have to get a copy to get their full love story.


Okay, so this is a long list and it’s full of so much detail, but I don’t like reading a book unless I know a little bit about it and I’m sure you’re the same way.  Have any suggestions for books that I should check out? I’d love to hear them!! Leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll be sure to give it a try.

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