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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2021

2021: The Reading Year that Really Wasn’t

When I set my Goodreads goal for 2021 last year at 150 books, I knew it was a lofty one. Sure, I’ve hit over 150 books for the last few years but after a rocky 2020, I felt like 150 was reaching for the stars. Perhaps I should have stuck with my gut instinct of 125 books (which is likely what I will set my 2022 goal at) but I had hoped that setting my goal to 150 would push me to read more.

Life really got in the way of my reading this year. From working in healthcare during the pandemic amidst the constant waves of COVID; to having to nurse my dog back to health for months after a horrible attack by another dog, it was a rough 2021. Reading and blogging took a backseat for most of the year.

I learned a lot though this year when it came to blogging and reading! Here are some positives:

  • I reread a few books — something I haven’t done in YEARS!
  • I only DNF’d one book the entire year!
  • I found a balance between reading and blogging

I think 2022 will see lots of improvements for me in lots of ways. My dog is healthy once again which means I can continue to listen to audiobooks when we walk. I also have to drive a little more for my job so, more audiobooks! Audiobooks account for nearly 50% of the books I read in a year so I think those two factors will improve my overall reading numbers in 2022. I’m also hoping we are on the last leg of this COVID thing but with new variants emerging, it is really hard to say but I remain optimistic!

> > Check out which books I read this past 2021 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 2021. Most categories deal with books published only this past calendar year (2021) 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 2022.

Without further ado:

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

Adult Genre:

– Best Adult Novels published in 2021 –

– Favourite Adult Contemporary series read in 2021 –

– Favourite Adult Contemporary Standalones read in 2021 –

– Favourite Adult Non-Contemporary books read in 2021 –

New Adult Genre:

– Best NA Series first published in 2021 –

– Best NA Standalones that were first published in 2021 –

– Fave NA Standalone read in 2021 –

Young Adult Genre:

– Best YA Standalone novels first published in 2021 –

– Favourite YA Series I read in 2020 –

Additional Categories:

– A series sequel book published in 2021 –

– Series that published their grand finales in 2021 –

– Best audiobooks I listened to in 2021 (not necessarily their publication 2021) –

– Books I gave 2 Stars or Less to in 2021 –

 

Have a fabulous 2022!

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Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag – 2021 Edition

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag 2021

As I’ve done for the last few years, I’m doing this tag as part of my annual wrap-up traditions. I just love doing 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 always find it interesting to see if my thoughts about a book have changed much since I read it.

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 round, 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 actually have nothing against The Immortal Vow, it’s simply that I rated the other two books as a 5-stars! It was a fun paranormal romance, it just doesn’t compare to the other two!

Rewrite: Despite giving it 5-stars, I did struggle with some of the content in Ruin. Maybe things didn’t have to be so intense with Celia and we still could have achieved the fantastic character evolution we get from her.

Reread: Colin’s book was one of my most anticipated reads in the Bridgerton Series, so it should go without saying that I loved Romancing Mister Bridgerton.

Round 2

Burn: I honestly think that every woman should read Long Shot. It’s a powerful story about how you can get trapped in an abusive relationship but not realize it until it’s too late. The only reason I would “burn” it is that I hope it never becomes anyone’s reality.

Rewrite: I wasn’t overly pleased with how one character’s story wrapped up in particular in A Sky Beyond the Storm so that would be what I rewrite.

Reread: The reason Rivalry is even on this list is that I reread it this year before I finished the rest of the series. But I loved it just as much the second time and it’s the start of one of my favourite contemporary romance series ever.

Round 3

Burn: Again, I really enjoyed Washed Up Royal. I thought it was a fresh take on modern royals. I guess I just wouldn’t reread it and there was nothing I would change about it so here it is in the burn pile.

Rewrite: I adore Ana Huang’s work and Twisted Love was no exception. My only “low” for this book was that the pacing of the plot felt choppy at times so if I could smooth that out, I would!

Reread: I’m a sucker for forbidden romance and I really loved the Romeo and Juliet take Enemy Dearest had. And I think I might have to reread it when Soren’s book comes out!

Round 4

Burn: Even if I did enjoy the simplicity of High Society, it could have used more development for its characters and plot.

Rewrite: I really thought These Violent Delights would be a 5-star read for me thanks to its 1920s Shanghai retelling of Romeo and Juliet. But I was left disappointed in the romance and I struggled at times with the plot.

Reread: As I said, I love Ana Huang and Twisted Games was everything I wanted it to be!

Round 5

Burn: While I loved the wild ride that was The Burning Kingdoms, I felt like the ending was rushed and almost a cop-out so I was left disappointed.

Rewrite: There were parts of Never is a Promise that didn’t work for me when it comes to the romance so I would rework that second chance reunion.

Reread: I like a good happy ending it was quite the read to see if that was what we would get in Fighting for You.


What would you Burn, Rewrite and Reread from 2021?

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DNF December Review Blitz: Introduction Post 2021

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.

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.

>> SERIESous Discussion: DNFing ARCs

Since 2018, I’ve made it part of my annual-yearly-recap to do a posting blitz of all the books I DNF’d for one reason or another. I think it’s just a great way to wrap up my year of reading.

What Reviews are on the Way?

Interestingly enough, I actually didn’t DNF as many books as I usually do. I have some “unfinished” reads but they are books I plan on finishing in the near future. I just didn’t finish them because life got in the way, not that I wasn’t enjoying them.

As I write this post (November 27, 2021), I had only DNF’d one book in 2021! And it was last week!

So I didn’t think that was enough to warrant a whole review blitz. I’ll be posting my review of that book early next year. Therefore, DNF December is going on a brief hiatus for 2021–which is a good thing if you think about it. It means I picked up some great books this year that I enjoyed reading!

I’ll see you all here next year! (Hopefully? Maybe?)

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.


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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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