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Monthly Inventory: December 2020

December 2020

I think the month of December 2020 really encapsulated for me what a crap year it was for reading (and blogging). I only read 4 books the entire month (though I had 2 others “started” but sitting on my bedside table collecting dust) — I used to read that many books in a week just a year or two ago.

Life doesn’t always go the way you plan and I think 2020 did a good job reminding me of that. While I learned lots of new things (like crocheting and how important travel is to me), I also formed a lot of bad habits. Or maybe my priorities in life are just changing? It’s really hard to say. I just know that I don’t want to make any big decisions off a mentally taxing year for me where I didn’t feel like myself 70% of the time.

You can read all about my Reading Plan for 2021 here and learn how I hope to get back into reading everyday. Like many people, I have some New Year’s resolutions and reading is one of them.

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Total for December 2020: 4 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last December 2019: 13 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 0 DNFs

Grand Totals for 2020:

43 Books + 31 ARCs + 76 Audiobooks + 6 Novellas + 6 DNFs + 1 Reread = 177 Books

*Note some ARCs were audiobooks or novellas so they maybe have been counted twice

Standout Read (★★★★)


I’ve had this on my list for a while and I really enjoyed it! I love royalty so the allusions to various royals families was a lot of fun. It was a super long audiobook though and I think that is why my numbers for the month were lower as well.

Biggest Let Down (N/A)

I only read 4 books and I gave them all 4 stars so yay!


I became a Prime Member this fall and they had a special promotion to joining Kindle Unlimited. I really didn’t take advantage of it as I should and continued my subscription for another 2 months.

Like I always do when I resubscribe, I wanted to see if I got my money’s worth ($10/month) and so I will be keeping track of all the books I read via the service. (Just like I did when completing the free trial.)

  • Hook – $6.97

While not a great effort on my part, I’m hoping to make up some ground in January and finish up some series that are available.

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

No updates this month 🙁


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You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 0 books added | 18 of 31 Titles Read – Short 13 Books!
Goodreads Challenge: 3 books added | 171/155 Books – Completed!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 0 books added | 22/24 Books – So Close!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Overall: By the summer my challenges had slipped my mind and my fall reading slump didn’t help. It’s great I accomplished my Goodreads Challenge considering I was short the number of books I went over by this year. I wish I had paid attention to my Tackling the TBR because I’m sure I could have found 2 books to quickly read to get that challenge done.

2021 Reading Challenges:

I’ve decided NOT to set any challenges this year. I will continue my Goodreads Goal and have it set again at 155 Books (if travel can safely resume, I have a lot of postponed trips to get to!).

I may go back to old challenges that are incomplete and finish them up in 2021. But I kind of want to see how January goes before I commit to that idea.

My Goodreads Goal this year is 155 Books.

My main mission for 2020 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number less than 400 and have my “Sequel” shelf to be below 200 titles.

How did I do?

Currently

December 31, 2019

Want to Read (New)

362

422

To Read (Sequels)

205

238

Final thoughts: I’m really happy with my Want to Read numbers! I think it helps I didn’t really keep up with new releases this year so I wasn’t always adding titles but still, I made great progress there! The Sequel shelf is a great number as well. While I would have liked to have been below 200, it’s so close I really can’t complain.

Mission for 2021: I would love to decrease my Want to Read (New) to 325 and my To Read (Sequels) to 175.

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)
Pass

Cole (FMX Bros, #1)
Pass

Thicker Than Water
Keep

Firsts
Pass

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
Pass

Shade Me (Nikki Kill, #1)
Keep

Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)
Keep

Wingman (Rascals #2)
Keep

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Pass

Anything Between Us (Starving Artists, #3)
Keep

Pass: 5 | Keep: 5

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 55 | Keep: 65

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to December, 2020:

ARCs Read: 31 | ARCs Overdue: 5+1* | Upcoming: 1

(September State: ARCs Read: 25 | ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 4

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

In 2021 I’m limiting the amount of requests I accept through my blog. Instead, I want to focus on author’s I’ve worked with before or am a member of their street teams for. I’m not going to actively seek out any ARCs at this time until I get back into better reading habits.

January is all about relearning my reading habits and reintegrating it into my everyday life. I’d also love to finish up some of my overdue ARCs and finish those books that I’ve started but seem to struggle with picking up and finishing.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month/year?
Leave a comment below!

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2020

For me, 2020 was a year of lows and highs when it came to my reading.

I think for many people 2020 was a challenging year in all aspects of life. As I look back at my Reading Plan for 2020I wish I could go back and say: “oh you naive girl, wait until you see what the year brings in 3 short months”.

My reading was all over the place. Sometimes I’d be into, other times I wouldn’t pick up a book for days. I fell into a major reading slump in September and am still in a funk as I write this in December.

Compiling this list to remember the highlights of the year was a nice reminder that not everything about this year was crappy. And it has inspired me a bit to pick up a book and bring reading back into my regular daily routine.  (You can read all about my 2021 Reading Plan in the new year).

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2020) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2020 –

– Series that were first published in 2020 –

– Series that were first published in 2020 –

– Novels that were first published in 2020 –

– A series sequel book published in 2020 –

– Novels I read in 2020 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2020 (not necessarily their publication year) –

– Favourite Adult Contemporary Standalones read in 2020 –

– Favourite Adult Non-Contemporary Series read in 2020 –

A Duke in the Night (The Devils of Dover #1) The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1)

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2020 –

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2020 –

– Books published in 2020 that I DNF’d –

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2020 –

 

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

Have a fabulous 2021!

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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag – 2020 Edition

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag 2020

I’ve been doing this tag as part of my annual wrap-up traditions for the last two years and I just love it! It’s great to highlight some of the titles I read this year that wouldn’t necessarily make my Year’s Reads in Review list. I read a lot of books in a year and I’ll admit that I forget about most some. But doing this recap helps remind me of the various books I spent time on this year.

Here’s a recap of what you are supposed to do:

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you completed three (I do 5) rounds

To get the books for each batch, I used a random number generator to pull titles from my “Books Read in 2020” excel file. This includes any DNF’d titles for the year; and if a number repeated itself (or landed on a heading), I reran the generator until I got a fresh title.

Round 1

  

Burn: I didn’t finish Now or Never because it couldn’t get into the romance. Things happened quickly and the way the hero would describe the heroine just grossed me out. Such a shame because I really enjoyed the other books in the Irresistible Series.

Rewrite: I loved the inaugural series Vicious Lies stemmed from (Truth or Lies), and I did enjoy finally getting this particular story. I think it could use a few tweaks (like less mention of rape and recycling the plot) would make this book fabulous!

Reread: I don’t think I’d actively seek out The Wright Mistake to reread it. However, I would pick up a print version as the accents in the audiobook drove me nuts!

Round 2

Burn: I wouldn’t actually burn the entire book of The Royal We, just a few chapters because this book is SO LONG!

Rewrite: I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in the Sinful Truths Series so I would tweak a few things in Fallen Love to get my onboard. I wouldn’t change that ending though!

Reread: I’ll probably have to reread Dance of Thieves before I read its sequel just so I can remember what happened!

Round 3

Burn: Oh, I’d burn Kingdom of Ash without a doubt. I struggled to get through this book: 3 serious attempts over the last year. This series morphed into something that just wasn’t for me.

Rewrite: I actually thought The Everlasting Rose was a much stronger book than its inaugural series title. But it could use a few changes to make the story even more epic.

Reread: I thought Inferno was a great finale for the Talon Series.

Round 4

Burn: Honestly, Love the One You’re With is an entertaining, albeit quick, read so I feel bad burning it. But you could find the plot on any Hallmark Movie.

Rewrite: I was very excited to see our leads in I Hate You fall in love. Their banter in the other books in the series had me hooked! But I feel like some of the logic for staying apart could have used some refinement.

Reread: I really liked how the relationship came together in Rescue.

Round 5

Burn: I had kept Soleil on my TBR list for years because I loved the other books in the series. But this one was a little too quirky for me and I got lost in the Alice in Wonderland allusions.

Rewrite: I loved the premise of A Daring Sacrifice and it’s allusions to Robin Hood. I just think having a second narrator for the male POV would make the audiobook fantastic!

Reread: Now that I know what to expect from Neighbors and Favors, I think I would enjoy it more if I read it again.


What would you Burn, Rewrite and Reread from 2020?

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DNF December Review Blitz: Introduction Post 2020

I am a firm believer that if you aren’t enjoying a book, you should be able to DNF it and not feel guilty about that decision. You aren’t going to enjoy every book you pick (even though we all want to) and there is not shame in that.

>> SERIESous Discussion: DNFing ARCs

I also like to review my DNFs. Some of the most helpful reviews I come across are ones for DNF reads. Now some reviews are just trashing the novel but the ones that look at it critically give me a better idea of what I can expect and help me anticipate if I will enjoy the book or not.

Since 2018, I’ve made it part of my annual yearly review to do a posting blitz of all the books I DNF’d for one reason or another. And I’m bringing it back for 2020!

Now: what is a DNF’d review?

When I look at my numbers for the year, I’ve only DNF’d a small handful of books. These are books I never finished and stopped reading part of the way through. I’m also including some book series that I’ve opted not to finish. What that means is that I likely finished the first book but decided not to read the sequels.

What Reviews are on the Way?

These DNF reviews get a bit of a different review format in comparison. In them, I list what I liked, what I didn’t and if I ever plan on finishing the series. I always find these reviews helpful when I’m deciding whether or not to add a book to my TBR and that’s what I aim for these reviews to do and why I publish them.

Here are the reviews you will see over the next few days (note the links may be “broken” as the reviews aren’t published yet):

I hope you enjoy the reviews I post over the next two weeks! And if you read and enjoyed these books, I would love to get your takes on them! Who knows, maybe I’ll pick them up again!

Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2019

For me, 2019 was a year of new challenges.

When I was coming up with my Reading Plan for 2019, I was pretty optimistic about how my reading year would go. I was moving closer to work so I figured the 2 hours I’d save by not driving would result in me reading more books. (Spoiler: It didn’t!) And so, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 200 Books. I know that is a high number for some, but I’ve been easily surpassing that number for the last 5 years so I figured it was a good target. (Spoiler: It wasn’t.)

I am disappointed that I didn’t complete my Goodreads Challenge for the year but I did accomplish a lot of other achievements. Most of the books I read were titles I already owned as I actively tried to reduce the number of titles I get through ARCs and from the library. I didn’t DNF a single book until May which is pretty great! I was super close to finishing my 5 Year 5 Book Reading Challenge (just 3 books shy!). And I wrapped up a lot of series I had on the go thanks to my Sequel-Focused Months. So all in all, it was a pretty good year.

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2019) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2019 –

Rivalry (Slay Quartet, #1) Consumed by Truths (Truth or Lies #6)

– Series that were first published in 2019 –

Hate the Game

– Series that were first published in 2019 –

Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

– Novels that were first published in 2019 –

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

– Series that ended in 2019 –

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #4) Return to Zero (Lorien Legacies: Reborn #3) Rebel (Legend, #4)

– A series sequel book published in 2019 –

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

– Novels I read in 2019 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

Little White Lies (Debutantes, #1) The Chase (Briar U, #1)

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2019 (not necessarily their publication year) –

Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5; Castles Ever After, #4) Little White Lies (Debutantes, #1) Mister Romance (Masters of Love, #1)

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2019 –

More Than Music (Chasing the Dream, #1) Boomerang (Boomerang, #1) Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) The Chase (Briar U, #1)

– Best standalones I read in 2019 –

xo, Zach Say You'll Remember Me

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2019 –

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2) Seven Black Diamonds (Seven Black Diamonds, #1) Little White Lies (Debutantes, #1)

-Favourite Young Adult Standalone Read in 2019 –

The Good Girl's Guide to Being Bad

– Books published in 2019 that I DNF’d –

Professor with Benefits (Beta Brothers #3) The Game Changer (Cleat Chasers, #2)

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2019 –

 The Pact Mr. Prescott Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1)Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2)

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

Pan (Neverland, #1) Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) Hate F*@k: Part 1 (The Horus Group, #1)

Have a fabulous 2020!

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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag – 2019 Edition

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag 2019

Last year, I made doing this tag a part of my annual wrap-up traditions. I just love the idea of highlighting some of the titles I read this year that wouldn’t necessarily make my Year’s Reads in Review list. I read a lot of books in a year and I’ll admit that I forget about some. But doing this recap helps remind me of the various books I spent time on this year.

Here’s a recap of what you are supposed to do:

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you completed three (I do 5) rounds

To get the books for each batch, I used a random number generator to pull titles from my “Books Read in 2019” excel file. This includes any DNF’d titles and if a number repeated itself (or landed on a heading), I reran the generator until I got a fresh title.

Round 1

Cruel Fortune (Cruel, #2) Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1)

Burn: This one was hard to pick because I actually liked Cruel Fortune the best out of the trilogy. It was a refreshing sequel for a romance series that follows the same leads. However, the series as a whole never lived up to my expectations, thus the burn.

Rewrite: A classic case of great idea, poor execution is how I’d sum up my experience with Girls of Paper and Fire. I’d speed up the romance, cut out the redundant first half and add some more politic intrigue to keep this story at a strong pace.

Reread: I have to great More than Music for getting me out of a major reading slump. I loved the romance, the chemistry and the plot! I just devoured this book!

Round 2

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) Tempest (Tempest, #1) Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5; Castles Ever After, #4)

Burn: I feel bad burning What’s Left of Me because I did enjoy it. I love the concept of the hybrids but where it fell short was differentiating itself from other novels in the genre.

Rewrite: Oh the things I would do to make Tempest more of what I wanted it to be. I’d change up the romance, make the plot more dramatic and thrilling and shorten it just a touch.

Reread: Do You Want to Start a Scandal not only wrapped up two of my favourite series by Tessa Dare, but it was also my first audiobook by her…and certainly not my last.

Round 3

Leopold - Part Two (Royal Heartbreaker, #2) The Hummingbird Dagger Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)

Burn: While Part One ended on a promising note, Leopold Part Two was basically a regurgitation of the events of the first book and melodrama.

Rewrite: I really enjoyed the mystery of The Hummingbird Dagger but I did note in my review that I wanted more from the characters in terms of development.

Reread: I adored this series but Escaping from Houdini was the first one where I gave a full 5 stars. I just loved everything about this book!

Round 4

Hate F*@k: Part 1 (The Horus Group, #1) On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls, #3) Stolen by Truths by Ella Miles

Burn: This is one of the rounds where I actually gave all three books 5 star reviews. So my decision to burn Hate F*@k mostly stems from the idea that the rest of the series went downhill from here for me.

Rewrite: I adored On Thin Ice. I thought it was a great way to wrap up the Juniper Falls Series. My only note from my review was that I wish Brooke’s character development got a little more screen time so that’s what I am going to “rewrite”.

Reread: I can vividly remember getting to the end of Stolen by Truths and being so shocked, my Kindle fell out of my hands. I can’t wait to one day reread that series and see all the little inklings along the way.

Round 5

Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4) For Lila, Forever Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)

Burn: I was so excited for Easton’s story in Fallen Heir but wound up majorly disappointed. The romance just didn’t work for me and the drama just got to be a little much.

Rewrite: I think I read For Lila, Forever in one sitting (or close to). The only thing I’d change is strengthening the romance connection so it doesn’t seem to insta-love.

Reread: Surviving Ice was a solid conclusion to the series and I loved Ivy’s character so much!


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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2018

For me, 2018 was all about reducing my TBR lists.

Ever since I started my blog, I’ve been consistently trying to improve my reading habits by being smarter about what I pick up and when. And for me, 2018 was the year I really put all that hard work to the test. For the most part, I’d say I had a great reading year! I definitely read more books than I anticipated (according to my Goodreads Goal) but it didn’t always feel like that in the moment. I would go days without reading a book and then have a binge session where I couldn’t get enough pages in. Like last year, audiobooks played a key factor in increasing my reading numbers. And I managed to complete nearly all my 2018 reading challenges! That last part is an absolute first in all my years of blogging!

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2018) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2018 –

Close (Ryder Brothers, #1) Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom #6) Royally Yours (Royally, #4) Hothead (Irresistible Book 4) P.S. I Hate You by Winter Renshaw

– Series that were first published in 2018 –

You Promised Me Forever (Forever Yours, #1) Secret Heir (Dynasty, #1) Blood Type (Blood Type, #1)

– Standalones that were first published in 2018 –

Pretend I'm Yours

– Series that were first published in 2018 –

Sweet Black Waves The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

– Novels that were first published in 2018 –

From Twinkle, with Love American Panda

– Series that ended in 2018 –

Love Beyond Opposites by Molly E. Lee Down to You by Jayne Frost Fixed Forever by Laurelin Paige Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)

– A series sequel book published in 2018 –

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

– Movie Adaptions Released in 2018 –

– Novels I read in 2018 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black American Panda

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2018 (not necessarily their publication year) –

When It's Real Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) Man Hands (Man Hands, #1) Royally Endowed (Royally, #3)

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2018 –

Heartless (Amato Brothers, #1)

– Best standalones I read in 2018 –

When It's Real Rush by Shae Ross

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2018 –

The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1) Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

-Favourite Young Adult Standalone Read in 2018 –

Dear Martin

– Favourite Adult Standalones read in 2018 –

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward The Right Fit Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

– Books published in 2018 that I DNF’d –

KensFrom Here to You (Crash and Burn, #1) Gunslinger Girl Top Choice Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2018 –

Contrite by Kathy Coopmans Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

The Hunt (The Cage, #2) Lead (Stage Dive, #3) Priceless (Amato Brothers, #3)

Have a fabulous 2019!

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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag – 2018 Edition

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

While I essentially gave up doing my random tags over the last two years (I have so many other things to post!), I remembered doing this tag back in December 2016 as a way to wrap up my reads for the year. So this year, I thought I’d bring this back and make it an annual tradition. I always do my Year’s Reads in Review feature but this one really makes you think about things and features some books that wouldn’t necessarily make my Top Picks of the Year.

Here’s a recap of what you are supposed to do:

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you completed three (I do 5) rounds

To get the books for each batch, I used a random number generator to pull titles from my “Books Read in 2018” excel file. This includes any DNF’d titles and if a number repeated itself, I reran the generator until I got a fresh title.

Round 1

Double Exposition (Songs and Sonatas, #1) Exmas The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder

Burn: There were definitely things I liked about Double Exposition, but it got the lowest ratings of this group so it’ll get burned.

Rewrite: The predictability of Exmas is what stopped that book from being a 5 star read for me, so I would rework it a bit so the plot wasn’t as obvious.

Reread: There is a bit of a mystery to The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder— one I didn’t figure out at all. So I think it’s always interesting to reread those books that had you stumped the first time around to see if you could figure it out earlier.

Round 2

Watching You Without Merit Free to Risk (Freedom #3)

Burn: I had high expectations for Watching You as a YA thriller but it got a little lost in the romance. Plus, now that the suspense of the stalker is mute, I’m not sure if I would enjoy another read through it.

Rewrite: First, I find it crazy that I would rewrite anything by Colleen Hoover (she’s one of my all time favourite authors), but Without Merit just had a little too much going on to make it cohesive and amazing.

Reread: When I need an emotional read with strong characters, Free to Risk is a great one to pick up!

Round 3

The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2) Blood Match (Blood Type, #2) Sweet Black Waves

Burn: This has more to do with the audiobook narrator than the actual book itself — I can’t stand how she does male voices in The Shadow Hour.

Rewrite: There isn’t much I would change about Blood Match except the one super obvious plot point of this novel. And maybe more sexy times?

Reread: I DEVOURED Sweet Black Waves when I read it June. I just loved the characters so much!

Round 4

Be with Me (Wait for You, #2) Gunslinger Girl Only Between Us

Burn: I had high expectations for Be With Me after reading its predecessor but this book fell flat very quickly. Immature characters, a lack of chemistry between the leads (which was crazy because it was so there in the first book when they were there for all of 5 minutes!) and just a boring plot–nothing new here! Which is probably why I DNF’d it a third of the way in.

Rewrite: I thought Gunslinger Girl was going to be something completely different than what it actually was so I would totally rework parts of the story to make it more exciting…and more Wild West.

Reread: If you want to read about characters with tragic pasts and flaws, you don’t need to look further than Only Between Us. It will cause absolute havoc on your heart.

Round 5

The Wager (The Bet, #2) Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire, #1) Legendary (Caraval, #2)

Burn:I DNF’dThe Wager at 14% so clearly something didn’t work for me very early on. The chemistry was off and the plot wasn’t very mature so I had no problems putting it down.

Rewrite: While I enjoyed Stripped Bare, there were some predictable twists and I wanted to see the leads talk to each other more than just jump each other’s bones all the time. So you could definitely make this story stronger with some additional scenes.

Reread: There wasn’t much I didn’t enjoy about Legendary. I thought the pacing was great and I loved Tella as a heroine!


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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2017

For me, 2017 was all about reading what I wanted when I wanted to.

Two years of attempting to curb my TBR had allowed me to go into 2017 with a more carefree attitude than I was used to. I got more comfortable DNFing books and learning to say no to every book I meet. Audiobooks became an everyday avenue for reading, cutting down my TBR one listen at a time. I even got to a few Jane Austen novels! My challenges might not have gone entirely to plan but I read more books than I anticipated so I can’t really complain.

> > Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2017) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that were first published in 2017 –

– Novels that were first published in 2017 –

– Series that ended in 2017 –

– A series sequel book published in 2017 –

– Movie Adaptions Released in 2017 –

– Novels I read in 2017 that were hyped by the community & met expectations –

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2017 (not necessarily their publication year) –

– Favourite New Adult Series Read in 2017 –

– Best standalones I read in 2016 –

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2017 –

– Favourite Adult Standalones read in 2017 –

– Books published in 2017 that I DNF’d –

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2017 –

– Books that I enjoyed more than I expected! –

Have a fabulous 2018!

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2016

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Last year, I decided that 2016 would be the year that I read smarter, not harder. I had some big life changes on the way and figured I wouldn’t be able to read like I used to and so I had to be more proactive about it. To get there, I choose challenges that gave me direction but flexibility and created some self-imposed rules for myself.

Not only did I read a LOT of books that I wanted to this year, I actually read wayyy more than I expected!

It definitely helped that I read a lot of novella series this year (which inadvertently raise the “books read” count on Goodreads) but I also wasn’t constrained by the books I had out from the library like previous years. I was able to read what I wanted, when I wanted and didn’t feel guilty about it at all!

Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

As always, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks (and not so great) from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2016) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series–if available! Lots of these won’t have reviews until early next year.

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

Top 2016 New Adult Series

Series that were first published in 2016

Top New Adult Standalones

Novels that I read in 2016, not necessarily their publication year

Top New Adult Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Dirty English (English, #1)

Top 2016 Adult Contemporary Series

Series that were first published in 2016

Favourite Adult Romance Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

 Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1)

Favourite Adult Non-Romance Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Favourite Serial

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Top 2016 Young Adult Series

Series that were first published in 2016

Honourable Mention: Caraval will be released in January 2017, but I promise, it will knock your socks off!

Top Young Adult Series

A series that I started in 2016, not based on its publishing date

Top Young Adult Standalone

Series that were first published in 2016

Best Continuing Series

A series that had a sequel book published in 2016

Sad to See Go Series

Series that ended in 2016

 Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga, #4) Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3)

Best Nonfiction Standalone

Books that I read in 2016, not necessarily their publication year

Disappointing 2016 New Releases

Novels that were first published in 2016

 Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Other Disappointing 2016 Reads

Novels/Series that I read in 2016, not necessarily their publication year

Worst Reads

Novels that I read in 2016 that I gave 2 Stars to

Pleasant Surprises

Books I read in 2016 that I enjoyed more than I thought

Collide (The Collide, #1) Beautiful Broken Promises (Broken Series Book 3) Nothing Matters (Family Matters Book 1) Did I Mention I Need You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #2) Losers Weepers (Lost & Found, #4)

Top 2016 Movie Adaptions

Books that were made into movies in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday Lists

Published in 2016

TBR Books I Found From Other Blogs

Books I Took a Chance On

Series Everyone Should Know About

Books I Want to be TV Series

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What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Did you read more or less than you expected?

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