ARTICLE: My Sister is Turning 30 and Here are the Books I would Gift Her

Hey guys! So my sister, Kaylee, is turning 30 tomorrow and we are doing a spa day with her closest friends and family. One of her friends came up with this fantastic idea of gifting Kaylee a “favorites” basket. In this basket, each person puts in something they love and swear by like food, drinks, a gift card to their favorite restaurant, clothing, beauty product, or whatever. Me being me…I of course started combing my shelves for books that I have read and loved. Once I hit the 10 book mark, I knew I needed another plan because there are just so many books that I love for various reasons. Some books I love because they have a great storyline, but another book made me think of Kaylee because of the characters in it. Therefore, this blog post idea was born!

In this post, I have compiled a list of books that I would gift to Kaylee and have listed why. Yes, this list is designed for my sister, but you might find a book that you love in here too! My plan is to print this list out along with a Amazon gift card so that she can choose a couple of books off my list.

In addition to the favorites basket, we each came up with 3-5 things that we love about Kaylee. I came up with some of my favorite things that I love about Kaylee and found a book that I loved to match. So there is the breakdown, now let’s get started!

I love our mutual love for all things Taylor Swift. For some reason, this was one of the first things I thought of, which I then immediately picked out Drumline for You Belong With Me! I finally found a cute band geek who stands her ground in a male dominated part in the band. Plus the male hero in this is certainly no band geek that I have ever pictured.

Traditions are important. Especially in the South. 
College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.
Some things just don’t change.
Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullsh*t attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.
It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it. 
She expects there to be tension. Even friction. 
But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.


I love how independent you are. One of the most independent heroines that I have ever read is Bristol in Flow, Grip, and Still. The real story starts in Grip, but Flow is the prequel that shows where Grip and Bristol first begin. This is one of my favorite love stories of all time.

In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,
and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.
From completely different worlds,
all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.


I love your love of the beach, especially Seaside. There is no denying it…we are a family of beach bums. There is nothing better than laying out on the beach with our rum drinks in hand. Whenever I want to go back to the beach, I pick up Fallen Too Far because it is set in Rosemary Beach, Florida, which is close enough to Seaside.

The wealthy son of a rocker. A tough farm girl from Alabama. Two step-siblings from different worlds. One summer in Rosemary Beach.

The last thing Blaire Wynn wants is to move in with her father’s new family in Rosemary Beach, Florida. She has no choice. Blaire’s mother has passed away after a long illness, leaving behind a mountain of medical debts and no way for Blaire to keep their small Alabama farmhouse.

Driving into the wealthy resort town in a pickup truck with a pistol under her seat, Blaire knows she’ll never fit in. She’s even more disappointed to discover that her father has left for Paris, leaving her with her new stepbrother, Rush Finlay. The cynical, condescending, and unapologetic son of an infamous rock star, Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous—and he immediately gets under Blaire’s skin.

But as the summer goes by, Blaire begins to see a side of Rush she never expected, and the chemistry between them becomes impossible to ignore. Unknown to her, Rush has a secret that could destroy Blaire’s entire world. Will she find out what he’s hiding before she falls too far?


I love how you know how to throw a good party or event. I read this book so long ago, but I love it so much! Tara is an event planner who also knows how to throw a good party. Plus, I love a good sports romance!

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom. 

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.


I love how you march to the beat of your own drum. You are such a unique, fun person to be around. Ellen is a music therapist who uses drums, bongos, and singing, to help children. She is a bubbly character who will do absolutely anything for her kids. This was on my Top Reads list last year!

Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.

All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly-humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman …

She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still …

She must go.

Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.


I love how positive you are and how you make no apologies for who you are. You make me believe that I don’t have to change who I am for any guy because the right guy will love me for me. You found your guy early in life and I love how much he loves you. Val and Sam in Player remind me of y’all because he absolutely adores her for all of her curves and her quirks and definitely her dance moves. This will definitely be a book on my Top Reads this year!

He’s a player.

He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.

Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?

I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.

There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.

And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


I love that you love being poolside with a marg. I think we all celebrated the day that you redid the pool in your backyard. I chose Birthday Girl for the poolside cover and the title basically because the story itself may be a little too scandalous for you…haha! However, I absolutely love this story and find myself rereading this one a lot.


He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe. 

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work. 

I have to stop this. It can’t happen. 

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable. 

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. 

I am. 


I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement. 

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to. 

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me. 

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight. 

And her boyfriend’s father. 

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.


I love how you bring people together. You have an amazing gift of bringing those around you together and including everyone. This made me think of Revelry because this is a story of two people who are lost and grieving and just need someone like you to bring them into your inner circle. You are Momma Von in this story. This woman is always there with advice when you need her and is constantly bringing people in.

Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.

She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t. 

Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her. 

Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost. 

He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.

Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.


I love how amazing of a mom you are. I have loved watching you grow into this mom that will do absolutely anything for your kids. You love them so well. Grace reminds me of you in this story. She is strong and loves her kids fiercely. She is willing to do everything in her power to keep them safe.

People call me callous. Arrogant. Ruthless. 
I call myself tenacious. 
One of the most powerful attorneys in Charleston, I don’t let anyone or anything stand in my way.
Until a chance encounter changes everything.

One glance.
One touch.
One night.
It only leaves me wanting more.

But Grace is off limits. 
Most people would even say forbidden. 

Everyone knows an attorney can’t sleep with his client. 
Too bad I already did. 
And even with the threat of losing everything, I don’t know if I can stop myself from having her again…


I love how unique you are. You are so special and know that you are very loved. Cromwell has a unique ability to see music through color and it is one of the most amazing things that I have ever read. Cromwell and Bonnie have a magical love story that is beyond anything else. This is a must read!

A story of music. A story of healing. A story of love conquering all.

Nineteen-year- old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of electronic dance music. Thousands of
people adore him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his heart.
Until the girl in the purple dress. She sees through the walls he has built to the empty darkness
When Cromwell leaves behind the gray skies of England to study music in the South Carolina
heat, the last thing he expects is to see her again. And he certainly doesn’t expect that she’ll
stay in his head like a song on repeat.
Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand
how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and
she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.
Bonnie is the burst of color in Cromwell’s darkness. He’s the beat that makes her heart skip.
But when a shadow falls over Bonnie, it’s up to Cromwell to be her light, in the only way he
knows how. He must help her find the lost song in her fragile heart. He must keep her strong
with a symphony only he can compose.
A symphony of hope.
A symphony of love.
A symphony of them.


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