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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – February

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. January was a good reading month for me though I seemed to focus more on fantasy reads than contemporary, you can read more about those books in my Monthly Update post which should go live in a few days.

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books <– Level unlocked
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Contemps Read = 10

READ IN JANUARY

 

Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Title: At Attention
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Hard Wired
Author: Megan Ericsson and Santino Hassell
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Knit Quick
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Something Like Normal (reread)
Author: Trish Doller
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

CURRENTLY READING

I’ve been on a big paranormal romance kick recently so haven’t started a new contemporary book since finishing my last one.

 

 

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule!

 

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: In a Perfect World
Author: Trish Doller

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Title: First & Then (reread)
Author: Emma Mills

READ IN JANUARY

Title: The Sweetest Goodbye 
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: MM Romance, New Adult

Title: Danced Close
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Special Note: This one is a tear jerker so have tissues nearby!

Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Title: All in Pieces
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

 

 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Excerpt: Riveted by Jay Crownover

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

 

 

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

CHAPTER ONE EXCERPT 

I shifted my weight on my feet and bit back a sigh. I should have known she was going to be persistent, but I was done playing nice for her when it was clear her son was so beaten down that he was too scared to make a move or even speak for himself. She was a tyrant and I wasn’t going to subject myself to her vile company anymore. As soon as I slipped inside my apartment I was going to delete all the dating apps I had on my phone.

“I have a dog and she’s leery around strangers.” That was partly true. I did have a dog, a massive blue pit bull that I rescued from a shelter just days before she was supposed to be put down. Dolly looked like a brute, but she was a sweetheart and had never met a human she didn’t want tummy scratches and love from. We were kind of kindred spirits in that way. I mean I didn’t need my ears scratched or my belly rubbed, but I was afflicted with the same pressing need to be liked and accepted by pretty much everyone I came in contact with. It was ingrained in me to at least try to make everyone a friend, and if they didn’t reciprocate my kindness it only forced me to try harder. Sometimes I hated that about myself, and sometimes it was my favorite personality trait because the men and women in my life weren’t the easiest nuts to crack. They all loved me and let me in because I’d refused to let them shut me out.

Well, all except for one man.

I couldn’t hold back my flinch when he crossed my mind because he had warned me about online dating from the get-go, and I hated that he was right about it. I also hated that he was the reason I was desperate to find a man . . . a man who wasn’t him . . . in the first place.

Mommie Dearest shook her head and clicked her tongue at me. “Joseph is allergic to dogs. Your pet will have to go as things progress between the two of you.”

I felt my eyes pop wide and the forced smile I had plastered on my face for the entire evening finally slipped away. I already knew she had a few screws loose, but she was taking her crazy to another level if she thought she could tell me to get rid of my dog or what to do with anything in my life.

I straightened my shoulders and tilted my chin up. It was a look that worked on the drunks and unruly college kids that I hustled out of the bar where I worked every night.

“That’s not going to be a problem because things are not progressing beyond my front door. Thank you both for dinner, but if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go inside and cuddle my dog and erase every online dating app there is.”

The woman narrowed her eyes and stepped around her son. The young man made a noise low in his throat and his eyes widened. I thought he was scared of his mom, but the closer I looked at him the more obvious it became that he was scared for me as the woman advanced. He reached out a hand to grab his mother’s elbow, but it fell away before making contact like he knew the repercussions for intervening would be severe and drastic.

“Listen here, you little . . .” I lifted my hand before she could throw at me whatever insulting word she was going to label me with. I don’t think the woman was used to anyone standing their ground with her because she gasped and fell back a step.

“Stop. I thought I was talking to Joseph. I thought he was a nice guy, maybe a little sheltered and awkward . . . but a nice guy. Obviously it wasn’t him running his dating profile and there was some other agenda here from the start. I’m well past the age where I need a mother’s approval or permission to date her son, so I’m going to go into my apartment and end this date before either side gets nasty.” I looked at the shell-shocked young man hovering behind his mother and mouthed good luck before turning my back on both of them and inserting my key into the door. Dolly barked loud and deep from the other side, which was both comforting and reassuring.

I turned the knob on the door and pushed into the apartment without looking back. Once the door was shut and my dog was happily rubbing against my legs, I tossed my head back and let out a sigh that felt like it was tied to my soul. I was tired, so tired.

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And read Chapter Two of RIVETED here!

 

 

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Jay Crownover continues her Saints of Denver series with Riveted, available February 14th, 2017

Give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift in advance…Preorder and fill out the form here: https://a.pgtb.me/t0JkQX

Pre-order Riveted today and on February 14th, you’ll also receive a glossy Saints of Denver poster and an exclusive first-look at Chapters 1 and 2 of Avenged, her forthcoming Mackenzie Family novella.

Avenged combines the grit of Saints of Denver series with the all-out heat of The Point series with a mind-blowing, mystery, yet-to-be-revealed, couple combining both of these worlds. Be one of the first to find out who it is, pre-order Riveted today.

Posters will be mailed the week of February 14th and Avenged chapters will arrive via email.

 

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Contemporary Romance Challenge – January Update

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Hello Internet

I’m only participating on one official challenge this year and that’s the Contemporary Reading challenge hosted by my friend, Andi at AndiABCs. January was a good reading month for me though I seemed to focus more on fantasy reads than contemporary, you can read more about those books in my Monthly Update post which should go live in a few days.

LEVELS:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books <– Level unlocked
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Current Contemps Read = 5

READ IN JANUARY

Title: The Sweetest Goodbye 
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: MM Romance, New Adult

Title: Danced Close
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: MM Romance, Adult

Title: Goodbye Days
Author: Jeff Zentner
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Special Note: This one is a tear jerker so have tissues nearby!

 

Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult

Title: All in Pieces
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

CURRENTLY READING

Title: Good Boy
Author: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Title: In a Perfect World
Author: Trish Doller

Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch

ON MY RADAR

These are the books that I hope to get to next month, we’ll see how well I do as I’m terrible at sticking to a reading schedule!

 

Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Bridgid Kemmerer

Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Tiffany Pitcock

Title: Isla and the Happily Every After (Re-Read)
Author: Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Excerpt from The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

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Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives? 

THE LAWRENCE BROWNE AFFAIR
Cat Sebastian
Releasing Feb 7th, 2017
Avon Impulse

 

An earl hiding from his future . . . 

 Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.

A swindler haunted by his past . . . 

Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.

Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives? 

Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember. 

Cornwall, 1816

CHAPTER ONE

All this fuss about a couple of small explosions. As far as Lawrence cared, the explosions were entirely beside the point. He had finished experimenting with fuses weeks ago. More importantly, this was his house to burn to the ground if that’s what he wanted to do with it. Hell, if he blew the godforsaken place up, and himself right along with it, the only person who would even be surprised was the man sitting before him.

“Five servants quit,” Halliday said, tapping Lawrence’s desk in emphasis. Dust puffed up in tiny clouds around the vicar’s fingertips. “Five. And you were woefully understaffed even before then.”

Five fewer servants? So that was why the house had been so pleasantly quiet, why his work had been so blissfully undisturbed.

“There was no danger to the servants. You know I keep them away from my work.” That was something Lawrence insisted on even when he wasn’t exploding things. The very idea of chattering maids underfoot was enough to discompose his mind even further. “And I conducted most of the actual explosions out of doors.” Now was probably not the time to mention that he had blown the roof off the conservatory.

“All I’m suggesting is a sort of secretary.” Halliday was dangerously unaware of how close he was to witnessing an explosion of the metaphorical variety. “Somebody to keep records of what you’ve mixed together and whether it’s likely to”—he puffed his cheeks out and made a strange noise and an expansive gesture that Lawrence took to represent explosion—“ignite.”

The Reverend Arthur Halliday did not know what was good for him. If he did, he would have fled the room as soon as he saw Lawrence reach for the inkwell. Lawrence’s fingers closed around the object, preparing to hurl it at the wall behind the vicar’s head. Sod the man for even suggesting Lawrence didn’t know how to cause an explosion. He hadn’t invented Browne’s Improved Black Powder or even that bloody safety fuse through blind luck, for God’s sake.

“Besides,” Halliday went on, “you said you need an extra set of hands for this new device you’re working on.”

Oh, damn and blast. Lawrence knew he shouldn’t have told the vicar. But he had hoped Halliday might volunteer to help with the device himself, not badger Lawrence into hiring some stranger. The vicar was convenient enough, and when he wasn’t dead set on sticking his nose where it didn’t belong, he wasn’t entirely unpleasant company.

“I’ve had secretaries,” Lawrence said from between gritted teeth. “It ends badly.”

“Well, obviously, but that’s because you go out of your way to terrify them.” Halliday glanced pointedly at the inkwell Lawrence still held.

And there again was Halliday missing the point entirely. Lawrence didn’t need to go out of his way to frighten anyone. All he had to do was simply exist. Everyone with any sense kept a safe distance from the Mad Earl of Radnor, as surely as they stayed away from rabid dogs and coiled asps. And explosive devices, for that matter.

Except for the vicar, who came to Penkellis Castle three times a week. He likely also called on bedridden old ladies and visited the workhouse. Maybe his other charity cases were grateful, but the notion that he was the vicar’s good deed made Lawrence’s fingers curl grimly around the inkwell as he plotted its trajectory through the air.

“I’ll take care of the details,” Halliday was saying. “I’ll write the advertisement and handle the inquiries. A good secretary might even be able to manage the household a bit,” the vicar said with the air of a man warming to his topic, “get it into a fit condition for the child—”

“No.” Lawrence didn’t raise his voice, but he slammed his fist onto the desk, causing ink to splatter all over the blotter and the cuff of his already-inky shirt. A stack of papers slid from the desk onto the floor, leaving a single dustless patch of wood where they had been piled. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a spider scurry out from under the papers.

“True,” Halliday continued, undaunted. “A housekeeper would be more appropriate, but—”

“No.” Lawrence felt the already fraying edges of his composure unraveling fast. “Simon is not coming here.”

“You can’t keep him off forever, you know, now that he’s back in England. It’s his home, and he’ll own it one day.”

When Lawrence was safely dead and buried, Simon was welcome to come here and do what he pleased. “I don’t want him here.” Penkellis was no place for a child, madmen were not fit guardians, and nobody knew those facts better than Lawrence himself, who had been raised under precisely those conditions.

Halliday sighed. “Even so, Radnor, you have to do something about this.” He gestured around the room, which Lawrence thought looked much the same as ever. One hardly even noticed the scorch marks unless one knew where to look. “It can’t be safe to live in such a way.”

Safety was not a priority, but even Lawrence wasn’t mad enough to try to explain that to the vicar.

“Villagers won’t even walk past the garden wall anymore. And the stories they invent…” The vicar wrung his hands. “A secretary. Please. It would ease my mind to know you had someone up here with you.”

A keeper, then. Even worse.

But Lawrence did need another set of hands to work on the communication device. If Halliday wouldn’t help, then Lawrence had no other options. God knew Halliday had been right about the local people not wanting anything to do with him.

“Fine,” he conceded. “You write the advertisement and tell me when to expect the man.” He’d say what he needed to in order to end this tiresome conversation and send the vicar on his way.

It wasn’t as if this secretary would last more than a week or two anyway. Lawrence would see to that.

 

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book Exchange: Traveling Letter Library

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Hello Internet!

Last month I read an amazing book called WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley which is about so many different things that its hard to describe it in words. Throughout my read of it though I fell in love with the Letter Library. This was a section of the bookstore where the main characters worked that shelved books that we not for sale. They could be read and they were and as they were read people added notes in the margins, highlighted favorite passages, and even left letters tucked in the pages. I loved this idea and wish that a letter library existed in a bookstore near me. It also got me to thinking that maybe I start a version of it with some of my favorite people….you.

The “rules” of this exchange are as follows:

  • Fill out the form below
  • Choose a book that you love, or one that you have wanted to read, and mark it up with your own notes throughout.
  • When done with the book write a letter to tuck in the pages.
    • This letter can be to the next person who reads the book, to a character, or to a stranger
  • Mail the book to another reader who will repeat the above steps.
    • Ideally each person would send their book out by the end of February
  • Wait for the your book to be returned to you.
  • Flip through book to see the added notes and letters from its travels.

Currently I am thinking that a book will travel between 3-4 people which I’ll do my best to pair up based on preferred reading genre. There will be no time limit for reading or passing a book a long but I’d hope that each person would try to read and mail their book off to the next person in a timely manner.

 

 

 

Click here to access the sign up form if it doesn’t appear below.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about those 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t. Its so hard to be a reader in the internet age because you keep hearing about all these great reads and then you just don’t have the time to read them all. I read a lot too, maybe not as much as some, but 150 books in one calendar year is pretty darn good if you ask me. Yet even with reading all those books there were still a lot of 2016 releases that I missed. Even the ten books listed below aren’t all the one 2016 releases that I missed but would like to get to but they are a start. Have you read any of the books below? Which ones should I focus on? Let me know in the comments! (Links go to Goodreads.)

1 This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

3. All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

4. Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you—for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

5. Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

6. Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Will a dark history doom their future together? New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang. Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within. Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved. But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

7. Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale

Her Brains
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn
Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction
By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

8. Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
amazing boyfriend
the coolest friends
the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.

Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .

9. A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.

10. Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world.

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

 

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert

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Review: Off Base by Annabeth AlbertOff Base (Out of Uniform, #1) by Annabeth Albert
Published by Carina Press on January 9th 2017
Genres: Adult, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, GLBT, Love & Romance, Contemporary Romance, Social Issues, War & Military
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
Also by this author: Treble Maker, Status Update, Love Me Tenor, Beta Test

Place(s) Traveled To: West Hollywood, California // Coronado, California // San Diego, California

First Line(s): “What do you mean they’re not coming?” Zack tried hard to sound like the badass navy SEAL he was now.

OFF BASE is the newest release from a new favorite author of mine, Annabeth Albert. I’ve been devouring everything she’s written and so was very excited to get my hands on this one. Especially since its a spin off of her #gaymers series which I adored. We first meet the main characters in OFF BASE, in CONNECTION ERROR (review coming soon) and Zack seems even more up tight than he was when we first meet him. Its a good thing that Pike worms his way into his life because he is Zack’s opposite in many ways and the two of them really work well together.

OFF BASE is filled to the brim of heart achy feels because Zack is just so tortured about who he really is. He’s been brainwashed since he was young that being gay was wrong and he’s faced nothing but homophobia since which has made it hard to be comfortable in his own skin. Things start to change when he is roomed with Ryan in the VA hospital and he starts to see another side to what he thought he always knew. I loved all the moments between Zack and Pike and the cameos of Ryan and Josiah. They all just made my heart sing. What I didn’t like was the homophobia that ran rampant throughout the book. It just made my skin crawl whenever Zack’s teammates said something or when Zack talked to his parents.

Overall though, I really enjoyed the relationship between Pike and Zack. I do wish that Zack was a little more comfortable in who he was but I understood it. I also liked watching Pike come into his own as he found his grove in teaching. I liked that he learned that sometimes the unexpected path could lead to something even better than what he dreamed was possible. And once Pike and Zack started to put their difference aside this story because a favorite enemies to lovers story. There was just so much tension between Pike and Zack that I couldn’t stop turning the pages in order to see how they would reach their happily ever after.

I find that Annabeth Albert really excels at writing a feel good story that often packs a punch to the emotions. Her characters are real and raw and they are all so uniquely drawn. Every story she tells does follow a certain path but there is always a fresh spin that keeps me coming back for more. The are quick, engrossing reads that I just suck up when I get my hands on one. I lose track of time until I hit the final page and then I am sad because I can’t read the story for the first time again. If you are a fan of MM Romances then you really want to give Annabeth Albert a try.

Add Just Drive by L.A. Witt to Goodreads. (Review coming soon.)

Add Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

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Audio Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies (You, #2) by Caroline Kepnes
on 23 February 2016
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adult, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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four-stars
Also by this author: You

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Little Compton, Rhode Island // Los Angeles, California // Malibu, California // Palm Springs, California // Cabo San Lucas, Mexico // Las Vegas, Nevada // Reno, Nevada

First Line(s): I buy violets for Amy. Not roses. Roses are for people who did something wrong.

Joe is back!

And he’s just as crazy as ever. HIDDEN BODIES is the sequel to Caroline Kepnes’s YOU (my review) which introduces us to Joe, a total sociopath that you just can’t help but love. As a reader, you know that Joe is crazy-pants and that what he is doing is wrong and yet it all seems so logical when you read his thoughts on why he does the things that he does. In HIDDEN BODIES, Joe has moved on to a new relationship “choosing better” as he says with a girl named Amy. As with the previous women that have come into Joe’s orbit Amy is a flawed character and that seems to be what draws Joe to them. Its as if the inevitable betrayal is what drives Joe to choose these women because deep down he really wants to give into his baser instincts of murder.

In HIDDEN BODIES, Amy does a thing that as a reader just makes you gasp as we know what Joe is capable of when he is betrayed. Amy does not. Which makes you feel for Amy but yet at the same time you are also angry at her for not living up to Joe’s expectations. Its really amazing just how much Kepnes’s writing puts the reader on Joe’s side as he’s usually the character we want the hero or heroine of the story to capture and put behind bars. But with YOU and HIDDEN BODIES all you want is for Joe to find peace and happiness. Its a strange feeling to be cheering for the bad guy and yet, how can you not?

HIDDEN BODIES is a fast paced thriller that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Santino Fontana returns to narrate the story and he just becomes Joe. Fontana’s is a voice that is going to be hard for me to separate from this character as it just fits Joe so perfectly. Fontana’s narration style just sets the perfect mood for HIDDEN BODIES and makes it so easy to fall for Joe and to want him to come out on top. To find his place in the world and to be happy. Happiness isn’t easy for our Joe, he’s had a hard life, but by the end of HIDDEN BODIES you think that maybe things will turn out ok for him.

HIDDEN BODIES takes the reader to new places and we meet new characters. Some of whom are even worse than Joe. There are lots of ups and downs and twists and turns and where you end up is no where near where you thought you would. I fell for this story and just loved everything about it. I’m in awe of everything that Kepnes managed to do and know that I am going to want to rush out to grab her next book in hopes that its even half as good as this duology. Kepnes is a master of suspense and in defying expectations and this series is one that you must check out if you love a good mystery.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Published by Riverhead Books on 13 January 2015
Genres: Abduction, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: London, England // Ashbury, England // Whitny, England // Train between Ashbury & London (2012, 2013)

First Line(s): There is a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins isn’t my typical book these days as I do lean more towards the YA but I do love a good mystery. So when I heard that THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN was going to be a movie and all the love for the story I thought that I would give it a try. I was initially intrigued by the story and found it to be very readable and I thought that I was in for a really good book. Then the middle happened and the book just lost all of its steam. It started to drag and I found myself not wanting to pick it up. That coupled with how easy it was to predict turned a story that was filled with promise to one that was just meh by the end.

At first I felt sympathy for the various POV characters but that too fizzled out over the course of the book. They were all flawed and that added realism to them but there was nothing to redeem them. Rachel starts off as a character that you think you can be friends with. But then as the layers are pulled back she just becomes pathetic and so very hard to like. By the end of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN I really didn’t care what had happened to the missing girl and kind of wish that all the characters would be killed off.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN was a readable story but it wasn’t an enjoyable on for me. I figured it all out before the 50% mark so there were no great reveals and part of me wishes I’d just skipped to the end to verify before DNFing the story. I don’t get the hype for it and as such I am not sure if I’ll watch the movie. I like my mysteries to be engaging and filled with some sort of action but all I got from THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN was a static story that never really went anywhere.

 

Add Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to Goodreads.

Add In the Woods by Tana French to Goodreads.

 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016: My Reading Year in Review

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Hello Internet!!

The time has come to say goodbye to another year and welcome in a new one. I had a really good reading year in 2016 and as always I am looking forward to see what this new year will bring. And with the end of one year comes one of my favorite things to do in the new one….putting together my year end review post. So here it is….my 2016 reading year in review. (Caution: Graphs ahead!)

Overall Reading:

Total Books = 150
Total Pages = 35,290
Total Audio Hours = 262.5
Average Days per Books = 2.39
Average Books per Day = 0.42
Average Pages per Day = 98.3

Longest book read in 2016 = Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (818 pgs)
Shortest Book / Novella = Frozen Heart by Heidi Cullinan (19 pgs)

My best reading month was January where I read 17 books for a total of 4180 pages and April where I listened to 38.5 audiobook hours. My worst month was September where I only read 7 books though my lowest page count read was August with 1,599 pages. The full breakdown for books/pages read by month for the year looks like this:

For 2016, I read an average of 12.5 books, 2941 pages, and listened to 22 hours of audio every month. Which is pretty darn good if you ask me. And now for the first graph of the day…my 2016 reading year, as charted to my previous years, well, those in which I started to keep an excel spreadsheet for stats. If you would like to skip the graph portion of my reading year and skip right to my Year End Survey then just keep scrolling though I do hope that you like the graphs as much as I do.

2016 was also a good year for audio books and with the exception of my summer hiatus. As I said above my best listening month was April with over 30 hours of audio listened to. My longest audiobook was Winter by Marissa Meyer (23.5 hours) and my shortest was Fairest which was also by Marissa Meyer (6.5 hours). In total I listened to 23 audiobooks and as always I’m hoping to increase that number in the coming year.

In terms of book ratings 41% of the books read had a rating of 4 stars or above which is an increase from last year (34%). In 2015, the bulk of my ratings fell in the 3 star range but in 2016 books with a 4 star rating just edged out the 3 stars taking 37% of the pie. So either I am getting better at choosing books that I know I’ll like or I just got lucky and stumbled upon some really good reads. I also marked five books as DNF and had six books with a 5 star rating. Here are my rating from 2016 done visually because graphs are fun!

This year I also decided to graph out all my ratings based on a post I had seen on twitter to get a feel for my reading “heartbeat” and I thought it was an interesting look of my reading year.

Every year I always get asked what my favorite book of the year and as any reader knows that is a daunting task! So I started to chose my top book from each month and then from those twelve books its a little bit easier to chose my favorite of the year. My Top 12 books for 2016 were:

JAN – Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson
FEB – Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
MAR – The Remedy by Suzanne Young
APR – The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
MAY – Hamilton the Revolution by Lin Manuel-Miranda
JUN – Fast Connection by Megan Erikson and Santino Hassel
JUL – Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
AUG – The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
SEP – The Goal by Elle Kennedy
OCT – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
NOV – The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud
DEC – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

All of these books are absolutely worth your time in reading them. These are the books that have really stayed with me of the course of the year. From those twelve books I can further narrow it down to the following:

These are the books that once I started them I couldn’t stop reading until I was done. They are the one books that I gave 5 stars to and they are all very special to me in some way. These books made me laugh and they made me cry. They turned me into a book bully for them and will all been read more than once as they are bound to be lifetime favorites. But there can only be one book that is the best of the best and so the book that will be known as my favorite read of 2016 is…..*insert drum roll here*

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley!!!

WORDS IN DEEP BLUE was a book that I have been waiting a long time for as Cath Crowley is one of my favorite authors. I even went as far as importing this one from Australia as I didn’t want to wait for the US release date (June 2017). It was one of the last books that I read in 2016 and just touched me on so many levels. While there were things about the book I could have done without overall it was everything I’d hoped for in a Cath Crowley story. My only real regret is that there are no more words to read and so now another long wait for the next Cath Crowley book begins.

Favorite Quote from Words in Deep Blue:

Mood Board for Words in Deep Blue:

This past year instead of doing any formal challenges I set a few personal reading goals for myself with some mixed results. Some categories I did amazingly well in and others, well, its as if I didn’t try at all. I started the year with similar goal values and then upped that number as I saw fit over the course of the year.  It should also be noted that some books were placed in several different categories.  Even though I “failed” at some of my goals I am pleased with my overall reading year. I like the idea of setting my own personal goals so I’m not sure that I’ll be joining any formal challenges in 2017.

I also kept track of the genres that I read. I’ve used my gut reaction to chose one genre for each book. Although I am aware that sometimes it is possible for a book to be classified in more than one. 2016 was a hard year so it doesn’t really surprise me that I sought out books that I knew would have a happy ending and as a result most of what I read were romances. Based on what I read the genres fall out like this:

I’ve also tracked what age range of books I read and graphed them out (shocker) and those results can be seen below. I also just realized, by looking at this graph, that for the first time in years my adult book reading beat out YA and by a decent amount too.

Another thing that I like to track is the gender of the author that I read. As with previous years my reading is dominated by female authors and I am not ashamed of that. I’d like to say that this will change in 2017 by the data trend doesn’t lie and I don’t see this graph flipping any time soon.

Another thing I track is, how I acquired the books that I read during a calendar year. This data just encompasses the books that I read over the course of the year and doesn’t include all the books that I have obtained. In 2016, most of the books I read were books that I borrowed from the library (43) or that I purchased (41).

 

I also track the format that I used to experience a book and because I am a total nerd I made a graph for it (at this point you probably aren’t surprised by this). Like last year (and the two years before that), ebooks and egalleys dominated my reading and counted for 92 of the books that I read. This always seems to surprise me as I’m a lover of physical books and buy a lot of them but it does makes sense as my kindle is so much easier for this mood reader to carry around.

Last year I added a few new categories to track: Diversity, Year Published, and POV. For diversity, I focused on the characters that were in the books. This could mean that a character was LGBT+ or a person of color. I also included non-Christian based religions if it was mentioned. I tracked if the diversity mentioned was in the main or supporting character and for any book where it was unknown, or not specifically mentioned, I recorded it as NA. In 2017, I might dive more into the type of diversity mentioned in the books I read, though it wouldn’t surprise me if LGBT+ characters dominated the list.

For the year published, most of the books I read were published in 2016 and this is something that I think I want to try and change in the coming year. While I do love reading new titles I do want to put some more focus on backlist titles that I may have missed.

Finally, I tracked the POV of the books I was reading. I was curious to see how this would breakdown. I’m not surprised the the bulk of my books had either female or an alternating POV as I did read a lot of romances in 2016. I’m sure that this will be a trend in 2017 as well.

Well, that’s it for the graph/stats portion of the post which I hope you enjoyed and if you are still reading then you must have. If there are any stats you think I should track in the coming year then please leave me a comment below. I’m always looking for new graphs to make after all!

2016 End of Year Survey

First Read of the Year – Treble Maker by Annabeth Albert

Last Read of the Year – Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Best Book of of the Year –  Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Worst Book of Year (not including DNFs) – You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Most Disappointing Book of Year – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Most Surprising Book of Year – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Best Series Discovered – Lockwood & Co by Jonathon Stroud

Series That Went Off the Rails – While there were a couple of series that I tried this year and did not care for the first book there were none that I felt went off the rails and I enjoyed most of the series books I read in 2016.

Favorite New Author You Discovered This Year – Lily Anderson (The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You) and Jennifer Niven (Holding Up the Universe)

Most Hilarious Read of Year – Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson and Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh

Book That Made You Cry the Hardest – There were books that made my heart ache in 2016 but none that I recall making me cry

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book You Most Anticipated in 2016 – Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2016 –

Most Beautifully Written Book of Year – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Book That Had the Greatest Impact – Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited until 2016 to Read – Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else: Deeper by Robin York

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? Off the top of my head, I can’t really think of any one book that was out of my comfort zone this past year.

Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? There are so many possibilities and I’ll read any of my favorite heart-achy reads from 2016. As of writing this though the books that I most want to reread are the ones in Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series.

Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2016 (be it romantic, friendship, etc) – Damien and Laurent in the Captive Prince Series by CS Pacat, Baz and Elijah in Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan, Mitch and Cody in Full Disclosure by Kindle Alexander, Trixie and Ben in The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson, Maddie and Seth in Lucky in Love by Kasie West, Billie and George in Because of Miss Bridgeron by Julia Quinn

Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Book you read in 2016 that you recommended to people most in 2017? Lucky in Love by Kasie West, In Real Life by Jessica Love, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson, Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Genre You Read The Most From in 2016? Contemporary Romance

Best 2016 debut you read? In Real Life by Jessica Love and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read this year? Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book You Read in 2016 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out? The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson, In Real Life by Jessica Love, and Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

Series or author’s works you binged? Portland Heat series by Annabeth Albert

Book read furthest away from home – Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann (England), Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen (Poland), One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman (Poland), Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas (Poland – read on plane home), The Deepest Blue by Christina Lee (Started on plane home from Poland)

Book that took the longest to read – Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (19 days)

Book that made you love the villain – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because Kaz Breckker can be described as many things…but Hero is not one of them.

Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date – Lucky in Love by Kasie West (July 2017)

Book you read on your birthday – None! I finished a book on 18 September (The Goal by Elle Kennedy) and I started another on 21 September (Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster) I didn’t actually read anything on my actual birthday (20 September).

Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Most books read by one author this year – Annabeth Albert (9 books read)

Number of new series started: 24

Number of series completed: 12

Number of 2016 Debut Novels Read: 16

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get to in 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, In a Perfect World by Trish Doller, The Adjustment by Suzanne Young, Thick as Thieves by Meg Whalen Turner, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Dream Magic by Joshua Khan, Want by Cindy Pon…and several more…2017 is going to be a good reading year!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? None!! Because I really hate when a good series comes to an end. *sobs*

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2017? To get caught up on my review backlog.

End of Year Quiz

Saw this on a friends facebook page and she saw it on LibraryThing and liked it enough to try it for myself. The idea is to answer the questions using book titles read in 2016.

Describe yourself: Bookishly Ever After
How do you feel? Frazzled
Describe where you currently live: Crooked Kingdom
If you could go anywhere…? A Scot in the Dark
Favorite form of transportation: Fly with Me
Your best friend is: Steadfast
You and your friends are: Thicker Than Water
What’s the weather like? Winter
Your favorite time of day is: Sunset Park
What is life for you? Practice Makes Perfect
You fear: Frozen Heart
Best advice: Adulthood is a Myth
Thought for the day: You
How you would like to die: Black Knife

My 2016 Book Reviews

Other Posts of 2016

 

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