Top 2016 Reads

For those who know me there is no question what my top read of 2016 is. So I’m going to start with that. Because this book isn’t just my top read for 2016, it has quickly skyrocketed to my favorite romance EVER. This is the number one book on my list of number one books.

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Kulti by Mariana Zapata

I have this book on 3 devices (phone, kindle and ipad) and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve reread this book since I first read it in June. If I’m waiting in a long line somewhere? Open my phone and start Kulti. Just finished a book and don’t know what to read next? Read Kulti. You get the picture. LOL This book is my ultimate. I have also really enjoyed The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Wait for It by MZ. The Wall was my gateway book. haha

My other top reads for 2016 are as follows in no particular order:


2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas: I really enjoyed Throne of Glass but Crown of Midnight was deeper and I was so invested in the characters. Of course because I loved this book, I’m afraid to move on in the series. LOL

3. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan: This one had been in my tbr pile for a while and I finally picked it up. It made me cry. The pain Archer went through? This was so good.

4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: As soon as I heard about this book I knew I needed to read it and that I would love it. It did not disappoint.

5. The One Real Thing by Samantha Young: This one took me by surprise by how much I enjoyed it. And that’s a good thing! I like Samantha’s writing so I already had high expectations going into it. So to be surprised? It’s a good thing.


6. The Turncoat by Donna Thorland: I used to read a lot of historical fiction but that’s one genre I read less of these days. However, I really enjoyed the Turncoat. I was gripped from the first page.

7. Untamed by Anna Cowan: This book. I can’t even explain this book coherently. The hero wears a dress for the majority of it. But the ending? The poker game? BLEW ME AWAY. I loved it.

8. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet: Cat and Griffin were great characters and I like road trip romances. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. The magic and the mythology were fun too.

9. Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller: Who would have thought an erotic romance would make it onto this list? And one with hints of BDSM? (Which I’m so over.) BUT it worked in this novel. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this and how much emotion there was – it definitely went way beyond the sexy times.

10. The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson: And last but not least, a YA actually made it onto my list as well. I have to thank Nath for bringing this one to my attention. It reminded me why I loved reading YA. And loved all the nerdy references.

So that’s my list.

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Buddy Review at Weendizzle

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Look at me! Three posts into 2017 already. LOL

Today I want to redirect you to a buddy review Wena and I did of Kristen Callihan’s Managed, book 2 in her VIP series.

Read our review HERE on Wena’s blog.
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2016 in Review

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I like to look back at my reading year and since I’m a bit of a nerd, I have to share with the world. haha

I read a total of 124 books in 2016. Here’s a nice chart that shows how that broke down per month.2016readsmonthly
Now this is low for me. 2016 really was a bad year in general. And honestly, what happened in the fall? I had a vacation in July so I can understand why there’d be a bump there but then things just plunge. Only six books in October?

Since 124 books for the year is low for me, I thought I’d look back at previous years to see how they compare. Again, 2016 was not good.

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This makes me sad. I know there’s something going on with me mentally when my reading suffers. And I did have 2 big losses in 2013. In 2014 my job changed in a big way and things got really stressful in January of this year in regards to work. So I’m going to blame work. I also started painting but it isn’t something I do a lot of so I can’t blame new hobbies either.

Whatever the cause, let’s hope 2017 is better!

Moving on, here are the GENRES I read in 2016:

Contemporary Romance – 72
New Adult – 15
Fantasy – 8
Contemp YA – 7
Historical Romance – 4
M/M – 4
PNR – 4
Mystery – 2
Romantic Suspense – 2
General Fiction – 2
Historical Fiction – 2
Non-Fiction – 2

In 2015, I read 77 contemporary romances. So I’m still loving that genre. I did read less historical romances compared to 2015 (13). I read the same amount of m/m. Again, I need to make that a goal for 2017. Nothing else was a surprise.

Formats:
E-Book – 95
Print – 11
Library Print – 13
Library E-Book – 5

Nothing surprising here either. I love reading in e-format. I did want to read more print books (especially from my tbr pile) so that will be a goal for 2017. In fact, I’m reading a print book right now!

And finally, here are the GRADES I doled out for 2016:

A – 11 (7 A-‘s, 4 A’s and only 1 A- was a re-read)
B – 79 (38 B+’s, 31 B’s, 10 B-‘s)
C – 29 (10 C+’s, 19 C’s)
D – 3
* didn’t grade the 2 non-fiction titles I read

I think I’m getting stingy with A’s. As I get older and disillusioned, I need more to engage me. LOL But it wasn’t a horrible reading year quality wise. I’m not complaining about 38 B+ reads. That’s pretty good. However, this is the second year in a row where I did not have an A+ read.

Some other random things about the books I read:

  • 73 were published in 2016 – this means I’m reading more new releases compared to past years
  • 55 books were self-published – this comes out to 44% of the books I read
  • 9 re-reads counted – in 2015 I had 20  re-reads. I know the cause for this, I read an awesome book in June and for the rest of the year I would re-read this book constantly, and I never counted all those re-reads, but it would be a LOT! Also…this book will be revealed in my next post!
  • I reviewed 8 books this year – it will be a goal of 2017 to review more on the blog

Ok, that’s it for my 2016 numbers. Nothing surprising but I didn’t read as much as I would have liked.

How was your 2016?

2015 in Review Post

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December Recap

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Happy New Year everyone!  All my year-end wrap up stuff is coming a few days late because I was thoroughly enjoying doing nothing since Saturday. LOL I had four days off at Christmas then had to work for 3 days but now I am on a glorious two week vacation. So I thought today I’d get back into the swing of things on the blog. I’ll do my top reads later this week. I have enjoyed seeing other top 2016 reads around blogland. Lists like that definitely bump books up in my tbr pile.

December was a busy month, and not just because of the holidays. I also had a birthday and my grandfather and aunt have a birthday right after mine so we had a nice dinner for them. We also had a crazy snowstorm over Christmas! It was fun. I prefer snow to -40 temperatures. LOL

Reading wise, December was not so great. I don’t know what the heck it was but I wasn’t in the mood for anything and I read 2 books that took ten days to read! That’s 20 out of 30 days on TWO books. So sad.

Here’s what I read:

1. First Step Forward by Liora Blake
2. Wait For It by Mariana Zapata
3. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
4. Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams
5. Naughty Boss by Whitney G
6. One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz
7. The Keeper by Jillian Liotta

Grades:
B – 4 (3 B+s)
C – 3

Formats:
E-book – 5
Library E-book – 1
Print – 1

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 6
Contemporary YA – 1

Mariana Zapata surprised me with a book release and I thoroughly enjoyed Wait For It. So that was my top read for December.

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Quick Catch Up

So I fell off the bandwagon a bit with my week in reviews. The last two weekends my Sunday was spent driving someone around – not my idea of a good time and I think I’ll start putting a stop to that. I did manage to do some Christmas shopping, mostly little things. I’m not done but I don’t need much. I have Christmas spirit but I’m not showing it externally. LOL

For the last…month I would say, I’ve had a toothache. I had a temporary filling put in this summer and the dentist recommended a root canal. Blah no thanks. But this past weekend anytime I ate, my freaking tooth flared up like a demon. It was bad. So I decided to bite the bullet and instead of a root canal, I just wanted the tooth pulled. I have severe anxiety at the dentist so he was going to move his schedule around on Thursday to get me in since I was in pain. WELL I got a call first thing this morning to come in. Woohoo! It was so fast I didn’t have time to get worked up. Since they gave me a sedative and they did another filling while I was in a happy place. So although I’m in a little bit of pain now, it will go away and I won’t put off going to the dentist so long next time. Lesson learned. Ask for a sedative and I can handle anything. haha

On the reading front, it slowed down. It took me 11 days to read Liora Blake’s First Step Forward. And it was not the book, it was ME. I did enjoy it in the end. And then I read Mariana Zapata’s Wait for It in 2 days. Her books are long so they usually take me a bit to read but nope. I just zipped through that thing so I thought it was all good. NOPE. Next book, again one I really enjoyed, took me 5 days to read!  And then I read 2 books back to back in a day…and I’m going to finish a book today too. WTF? Is anyone else having crazy reading slumps?

And last weekend was my birthday. I was gifted with a Kindle Paperwhite which I really like (and Nath bought me the most gorgeous turquoise cover – thanks babe!) and the complete Harry Potter series on Blu-ray. I haven’t cracked those open yet but I will over Christmas. 😛

That’s pretty much it for me these days. I want to see Rogue One soon. I’m starting to plan some 2017 goals. Looking forward to using my new Happy Planner!

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November Recap

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We finally got snow in November!

November was going well but it ended on a sad note. And to go along with our drive out to a funeral on the 29th, we drove through a snow storm. Our first storm of the season! Good thing for my dad’s truck because the highway was completely snow covered. We hit a record with the latest snowfall.

I went to see Doctor Strange and I really enjoyed it! I also went to a concert as a belated Father’s Day gift with my parents and brother.

Books Read
1. The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev
2. Murmuration by TJ Klune
3. So For Real by Rebekah Weatherspoon
4. Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske
5. The Roommate by Jenika Snow
6. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
7. Managed by Kristen Callihan
8. Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely

Grades:
B – 4
C – 4

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 6
M/M Romance – 1
General Fiction – 1

Formats:
E-Book – 5
Library Print – 2
Print – 1

Reading was a mixed bag. I had 3 B+ but then everything else was just kind of ok and meh.

How was your November?

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Week in Review: Nov 21-27

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This past week was tough. Between work and a personal loss, it was a lot to take. I did have a nice moment with my brothers though and we went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I really enjoyed it.

On the tv watching front, I binge watched Queen Sugar and I really like it! And just today I started Westworld, the new HBO show. Westworld is so interesting! I don’t want to give the premise away but I like shows like this, when things don’t work the way they’re supposed to.

mkcReading – I had another slow week. I blame my planner video obsession. But I read Managed by Kristen Callihan. Wena and I are planning on buddy reviewing it so watch out for that.

That was my week in a nutshell. How was yours? Take advantage of any Black Friday sales?

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Week in Review: Nov 14 – 20

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Work totally wiped me out this week. It was bad. I have meeting scheduled almost every day for the next 2 weeks and stuff kept happening this past week that prevented me from preparing for the meetings. Needless to say, I had to bring work home. I hope it helps me feel prepared for the coming days. But the week was not a total wash. I went to a concert on Wednesday (Roger Hodgson, Father’s Day gift). It was good.

My biggest time waster of the last little bit has been planner videos. Wena knows of which I speak, since she shares this obsession with me. LOL What started it for me was the Happy Planner at Michaels. I’ve been bullet journaling for the last year and I really like it but I saw the mini Happy Planner and I was debating with myself if I should get one or not. I already have a separate planner for work (pink, with a mandala on it, love it!) so I couldn’t justify buying the mini for work. I was going to start a new journal for 2017 since I’m coming to the end of my current journal but the mini threw a wrench in my plans. I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing – I can either keep the mini AND start a new bullet journal, or use the mini as my bullet journal. Because of its size and the hole punch (not a standard hole) I was feeling limited in how I could add stuff to the mini. Well, I’ve done it. Staples has their ARC system, with nice thick paper that I’ve been cutting down to fit my mini. So starting in December, I will start using my mini Happy Planner while I finish out my current bullet journal. I’ll use a hybrid system and see how that goes for the month. So I’ve been watching tons of videos that use this hybrid system. Also, stickers. *sigh*

nowyoutfOkay, I guess because I’ve been watching planner videos until my eyes bleed I’ve only read 1 book this week.

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

I’ve never read this author before and I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t perfect but I thought it was cute. I finished this on Friday and haven’t picked anything up yet.

So that was my week! How was yours? What are you reading?

 

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Weeks in Review: Nov 1 – 13

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So I skipped a week. No excuses, I was lazy. LOL She-ra and I have continued to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and she hasn’t had any more health issues. Yay!  I had a family dinner on Thursday night which was nice. And I went to see Doctor Strange. I really enjoyed it!

Books Read


I’m kind of bummed that my reading has been so slow. Two books in two weeks? I read So For Real this morning and its a novella. TWO BOOKS IN TWO WEEKS. Sadness. I has a sad.

Books Bought


Kobo sent me a few coupons. Yay for coupons!

How was your week?

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October 2016 Recap

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Suspension Bridge – October 2

October started great! The weather was beautiful and I had a birthday party at my aunt’s on the 1st and went hiking and exploring on the 2nd. The above picture is from our hike that Sunday. We saw a few different Manitoba attractions that day and I got some great pictures of She-ra. October was a month for hanging out with family since our Thanksgiving is during this month. I unfortunately got the 24hr flu from hanging out with my family. LOL Ah well. She-ra also had some appointments – her vaccinations and dental. She only had 3 teeth pulled. For a 9 year old Chihuahua, I consider that a good thing. Her teeth are now nice and white. She also ended up getting sick towards the end of the month but I think she’s on the mend now. It somewhat snowed one day but it didn’t stick. It was a good month.

It was not a good month for reading. I really struggled getting into anything and then the one book I was really looking forward to reading was a disappointment.

Here’s what I read:

1. The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
2. Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills
3. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
4. The Player by Claire Contreras
5. Twisted Palace by Erin Watt * link takes you to Wena’s blog for our buddy review!
6. The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

Yes you read that right. I only read SIX books in the month of October. BOO! Check out the grades…is it any wonder I couldn’t get into anything? I was definitely off my game in deciding what to read next.

Grades:
B – 2
C – 4

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 3
Young Adult – 2
New Adult – 1

Formats:
E-book – 5
Library Print – 1

Let’s hope November goes better! How was your October?

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