Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Books I Want to Read

top 5 guilty pleasure books I want to readThis Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.

Upcoming Schedule!

September 12th, 2020 — Science Fiction Books

September 19th, 2020 — Award Winning Books

September 26th, 2020 — Guilty Pleasure Reads

October 3rd, 2020 — Intimidating Books


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Guilty Pleasure Books

I read a lot of books that are total guilty pleasure reads. My guilty pleasure reads tend to be books that I might be a little embarrassed to admit that I love reading, but I can’t stop reading them. I’m absolute trash for rich high school girl drama or boarding school settings. I love reading YA paranormal romance. I tend to pick up these types of books when I’m looking for an escape, but I don’t want heavy world building or intricate plots. These are the types of books I pick up purely for entertainment purposes and I can find myself binge reading them. I refer to books like this as “fluff reads”, they’re great when you need a palate cleanser after a huge emotional read or a long series, or even if you’re in a reading slump. My guilty pleasure reads tend to be full of drama, and fast paced. A lot of my fluff reads are about rich girls at fancy boarding schools and they’re full of girl drama, but lately I’ve loved picking up YA paranormal romances when I’m looking for a book to escape into, so this post is the top 5 guilty pleasure reads that are currently at the top of my TBR.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees BrennanUnspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

This book was recently recommended to me by Maisy from Hawthorn Book Reviews. I love a good paranormal romance series and she said that this series is one of her favorites and that it was rather funny. The Lynburn Legacy series looks like the kind of series I could binge read. It looks really entertaining so I picked up a copy. I read a few pages and I already love the writing and will probably wind up devouring this series.

The Heiresses by Sara ShepardThe Heiresses by Sara Shepard

You know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you’ve read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue, you’ve been tempted to enter the ornate limestone building with their family name etched into the pediment above the door.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewelry empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and style mavens, they are the epitome of New York City’s high society. But being a Saybrook comes at a price—they are heirs not only to a dizzying fortune but also to a decades-old family curse.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life. Then her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide… or murder? In the aftermath of the tragedy, the remaining heiresses—Corinne, the perfectionist; Rowan, the workaholic; Aster, the hedonist; and Natasha, the enigma—wrestle with feelings of sadness, guilt, and, most of all, fear. Now they must uncover the truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

The Heiresses is a whip-smart mystery that simmers with the wicked sense of humor and intrigue that made Sara Shepard’s number one New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series a must-read, must-watch phenomenon.

A list of guilty pleasure reads wouldn’t be complete without a book from Sara Shepard. If you’ve ever watched Pretty Little Liars then you know that Sara Shepard creates the perfect guilty pleasure stories. Her books are filled with girl drama and a compelling mystery. They tend to be fast reads that keep you hooked and are hard to set down. I’ve enjoyed several of Sara Shepard’s books and she is an author I pick up when I am in the midst of a reading slump or just need a fast paced read.

Half Blood by Jennifer L ArmentroutHalf-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. I have enjoyed several of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books, but the main reason I’m dying to read this one is that I’ve seen it compared to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, which I absolutely loved. I’m obsessed with boarding school settings, but add a paranormal aspect and I’ll probably give the book a shot no matter what it’s about, but compare the book to one of my favorite series and it also happens to be written by an amazing author… I mean, how could I not be dying to read this?

Hush Hush by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Hush, Hush is a YA paranormal romance. This genre was so popular after the success of Twilight and I have to say that I miss reading YA paranormal romances, they make me so nostalgic and I’m total trash for them. The only reason that I haven’t read this book is because I would always get it confused with Fallen because the covers both have gothic vibes and are about angels. I read the Fallen series shortly after it came out and I didn’t want to compare the two, but now it’s been long enough that I think I could really enjoy this book without comparing it to a similar series that came out right around the same time.

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee ArnettThe Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

I discovered this series a few years ago from someone else’s blog post and then I happened to find the first book in the series at a used library book sale. It is set at a boarding school for magickind, but the main character is a Nightmare, someone who feeds on dreams, so that is pretty unique! This series just sounds like it will be fun to read and I have high hopes that I will really enjoy this one.

Tagged! Join us this week or next!

Maisy @ Hawthorn Book Reviews

Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den

Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland

Faye @ Fayebeline

Imogen @ Imogen’s Typewriter

Check out other book blogger’s top 5 picks!

Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday — Guilty Pleasure Reads

Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — Guilty Pleasure Reads — Top 5 Saturday!

Let’s Chat!

What kind of books are your guilty pleasure reads? Are there any books that you’re a bit ashamed to admit that you loved? Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about guilty pleasure reads!

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    1. Jennifer L Armentrout focuses a bit more on romance than I like in my books, but she writes it really well. I have really enjoyed everything that I’ve read by her! Half Blood has been compared to Vampire Academy a lot, so that’s really why I’m hype for it. lol

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  1. I have read The Heiresses and… I was thinking of re-reading it but the GUILTY PLEASURE is SO ON POINT. I watched the whole PLL series and the spinoffs, and this year I made a goal to read the first 4 books of PLL (since the first book I read from Shepard was The Heiresses) and I did. If you end up reading this I can’t wait to see what you think of it.

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    1. Lol I love a good guilty pleasure read! I think that I might really enjoy The Heiresses, it’s a total guilty pleasure read. Sara Shepard is a great go-to author for fluff reads/guilty pleasure books! I read The Lying Game and a couple others of hers but I haven’t actually read Pretty Little Liars.

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      1. She is the one we need when in a slump or need of fluff haha. I recently finished the first 4 books of Pretty Little Liars and what a way to kill boredom! Hope you enjoy The Heiresses! Take care! 🙂

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  2. My guilty pleasures tend to be mysteries, thrillers, or memoirs like Lena Dunham’s. All three genres really draw me in, and tear along quickly. It’s the third kind that I’m most embarrassed to admit I enjoy. I’ve read memoirs about hoarding, sociopathy, skin cancer, but also celebrity memoirs.

    As for thrillers, I like the kind that incorporate domestic suspense or can’t-trust-your-best friend/husband … usually written by women. That is so not the genre I write in, and I feel I ought to be reading closer to “my” genre … but once I get curious about one and pick it up, I can’t put it down.

    Would you be interested in receiving an ARC copy of my upcoming book, The Long Guest? It’s not as light and fast as the reads you mention here. There is a fair bit of fantasy world-building that is light on magic. And it includes a slow-burn romance. If so, pop over to my blog and use the contact button to send me your mailing address.


    1. I have never read memoirs! I can see how that could be a guilty pleasure though! Sociopathy is so fascinating!

      YA thrillers are total guilty pleasure reads for me.

      I also love the type of thrillers where you cant trust anyone. Have you read My Lovely Wife? If you havent you totally should!!.

      Psychological thrillers are my favorite type of thriller. I love books like that where I question everyone and never see the twist coming and am just blown away.

      I’ll check out your book now to see if it’s something I might be interested in.


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