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Best Book Award

This award is given out to any book I have rated 5/5 stars. If earned, this is a medal that authors can put on their books or use to promote their books. 

If you are a winner and would like a copy of the metal to put on your book or use for promotion, please contact me for more details: 


Adult Books: 

The Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins

Safe Haven | Nicholas Sparks

Family Affair | Caprice Crane

Water for Elephants | Sara Gruen

Stupid and Contagious | Caprice Crane

Mystery of Grace | Charles De Lint

The Da Vinci Code | Dan Brown

With a Little Luck | Caprice Crane

The Lucky One | Nicholas Sparks

Forget About It | Caprice Crane

The Time Traveler’s Wife | Audrey Niffenegger

Sharp Objects | Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn

Destruction | Sharon Bayliss

A Spool of Blue Thread | Anne Tyler

Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty

Me Before You | Jojo Moyes

All The Missing Girls | Megan Miranda

The Woman in the Window | A.J. Finn

Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng

All Your Perfects | Colleen Hoover

Fair Haven | Red Lagoe

Young Adult / New Adult Books:

Divergent | Veronica Roth

Something Real | Heather Demetrios

I’ll Meet you There | Heather Demetrios

Panic | Lauren Oliver

Paper Towns | John Green

The Fault in Our Stars | John Green

The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins

The Blue Girl | Charles De Lint

Holes | Louis Sachar

The City of Ember | Jeanne Duprau

Shiver | Maggie Stiefvater

Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell

Confess | Colleen Hoover

November 9 | Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover

I'll Give You The Sun | Jandy Nelson

A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness

The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas

Without Merit | Colleen Hoover

Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell

We Are Okay | Nina LaCour

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Becky Albertalli

Everything Everything | Nicola Yoon

The Way I Used to Be | Amber Smith

Children's Books:

Kitten's First Full Moon | Kevin Henkes

Absolutely Truly | Heather Vogel Frederick

Rain Reign | Ann M. Martin

Tuck Everlasting | Natalie Babbitt

Flipped | Wendelin Van Draanen

The Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket

Nibbles: A Green Tale | Charlotte Middleton 

A New House For Mouse | Petr Horacek

Where The Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak

The Year of Billy Miller | Kevin Henkes

El Deafo | Cece Bell

Non-Fiction Books:

Reading Magic | Mem Fox

The Five Love Languages | Gary Chapman

Furiously Happy | Jenny Lawson

The Animal Dialogues | Craig Childs

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers | Renni Browne and Dave King

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