Wow... this year has probably been one of the best years for my bookshelf. Honestly, there's no way I can only choose one. I've read several great books this year. Here's a few of them - yes this is just a "few" because I've read over 100 books this year LOL:
Well... It's not that I really hated these books but I just didn't love them as much as I thought I would. I was really excited to read them but really ended up having to push myself through them because the lead female role was probably the most annoying character I met all year... >_<
The subject matter for the Dark Duet is intense & a horrible problem in the world. I really thought I wouldn't be able to read these novels because I thought "there's no way that someone can turn such a horrible issue into something worth reading." Man was I wrong. I couldn't put these books down. These are books you either love or you hate. I haven't really seen many reviewers on the fence about them. I Loved them. I was a complete emotional mess but loved them!
Honestly, I have recommended a lot of books to people but none as much as Taking Chances. I mean - Blown Away! I read this book several months ago & I'm STILL talking about it!
This year has been the Year of the series for me!! As far as a new series I discovered in 2012 (not published in 2012 but that I discovered this year), I'd have to say that these were my top faves:
Well this is going to be a repeat really as far as new books that I've read & enjoyed this year... Amy Bartol, Jamie McGuire, Shelly Crane, Priya Ardis, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Teresa Mummert, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, Molly McAdams, J.A. Redmerski, Debbie Dee, Kathy Petrakis, R.L. Mathewson.... I could honestly go on & on... when you read over 100 books, you end up with lots of faves, LOL I've met & worked with several great authors that I haven't had a chance to read yet! I have their novels on my TBR list & I can't wait to get to them: Deborah Palumbo, E. Van Lowe.... I've loved working with them & can't wait to read their novels!!
I really tend to stick to my usual genre and don't stray too far but one that was way out of my comfort zone & usual genre that I really enjoyed was Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this touching story.
See question 1 - ha. I really can't pick just one - it's nearly impossible.
Again - see question 1 - I would so read each and every one of those again.
I'm such a sucker for a good cover. There's a few that really grabbed me this year & each time I see them even now, I sigh and think "man that's a gorgeous cover!"
I think of Chase from Taking Chances by Molly McAdams & Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey automatically *sigh*
Ooh this is a good question.... Hmmm..... let me think....
I guess I would have to say The Last Witch by Debbie Dee... Honestly, her book was such a flowing read. Her writing was beautiful but not extravagant, detailed but not over-descriptive, and emotional but not annoyingly so.
Oh man, you'll get tired of hearing this but Definitely Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. I have never cried that hard & seriously grieved a character as much as I did during this book.
I honestly cannot believe that I had never read the Significance Series by Shelly Crane until this year!!! Book 1 was published in 2011 and I didn't even find it until this year!!! Now it's on its way to being a movie!! What what!
Ha... I have so many quotes that I love! Thank you Goodreads for giving me a place to start tracking them! I want to re-read several books I read years ago just so I can find all the passages/quotes that I loved! This year, so many book passages made me giggle out loud, cry, tear up, smile, get mad...
Let's see... a favorite... There's no way I can pick a favorite but here's one that I absolutely love...
This is a Slam Poem from Colleen Hoover's Slammed novel.
“My name is Olivia King
I am five years old.
My mother bought me a balloon. I remember the day she walked through the front door with it. The curly hot pink ribbon trickling down her arm, wrapped around her wrist. She was smiling at me as she untied the ribbon and wrapped it around my hand.
“Here Livie, I bought this for you.”
She called me Livie.
I was so happy. I’d never had a balloon before. I mean, I always saw balloons wrapped around other kids wrists in the
parking lot of Wal-Mart, but I never dreamed I would have my
My very own pink balloon.”
Hmm well, I don't really track pages but if I had to guess, the shortest book I read was probably one of the Dark Kings series books by Donna Grant. They're all super short - like 70-90 pages. The longest book was probably one of the Mortal Instruments Series novels by Cassandra Clare. I haven't looked at the # of pages but they seems like huge novels.
HA - I cannot honestly tell you how many times I text a co-worker who is as book obsessed as I am and said "HOLY HELL JESSICA - YOU HAVE TO READ __________. I'M DYING OVER HERE!! READ IT NOW!!!"
Some of those books included:
Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts
Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
The Colters' Legacy by Maya Banks
The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski
A Table for Three by Lainey Reese
I loved the relationship that was built between Emmeline & Erick in Debbie Dee's The Last Witch.
I loved the relationship of Zoe & Trevor in R.L. Mathewson's Neighbor From Hell #2 - Perfection.
Oooh & Jax Stone + Sadie in Abbi Glines' Sea Breeze #1 - Breathe!!
Okay - really, I could go on and on and on....
Oooh Kresley Cole - Lothaire - Definitely didn't disappoint. The Immortals after Dark Series is one of my ALL TIME FAVE Series!!
My fabulous friend Jessica & I swap recommendations back and forth! My fave this year was probably the Colters' Legacy Series by Maya Banks. It wasn't something I would've picked up myself and when I started it, I thought it would be an uncomfortable read but it was HOTT on so many levels. The dedication of the men in the family in this series is just unbelievable. I mean, seriously, I'd take ONE of those men <-- Don't tell my husband, LOL :)
This is a really tough question... I've found so many amazing blogs out there this year! My favorite I guess would be The Story Siren because I've gotten so many helpful tips from her site. It's great!! If you haven't checked her out, do it now!
Definitely The Last Witch by Debbie Dee
Go here to read it!
Hmm I've met & talked to some great people this year but my favorite Interview has been Kathy Petrakis, author of Passion & Pain. Go here to read it. She is AMAZING. I really enjoyed speaking with her & her novel is fabulous - definitely go pick up Passion & Pain today if you haven't yet.
I really enjoyed the discussion for Justin's Book Blog's post - The Pressures of Book Blogging.
As a newbie blogger, it was great to read how everyone else feels about getting stressed about doing something that's supposed to be a fun past time hobby.
My favorite Meme is In My Mailbox & Stacking the Shelves! I LOVE seeing what everyone gets - I've found so many new reads through IMM/STS posts!
Oh I've had lots of fabulous moments this year!!! OMG... getting my very first signed novel! Can you say FREAK OUT! I was so excited! Ooh and talking to authors that I LOVE!!! There's no greater feeling than learning that your favorite authors are really people! hahaha Not robots! They tweet, email, hold coversations with you... I also remember this year reaching 100 followers!! I was so excited! I thought to myself "whattttt! People are actually reading what I'm writing?!" Now I'm actually over 200 followers! :) I <3 You guys!
My most popular post by far has been my I <3 My Followers Giveaway - a huge 979 views alone for this bad boy. Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite by Lianne Simon - Review & Giveaway came in a close second!
This post is not book related but I really wish it would've gotten more love from people - simply because of the message I wanted to portray. Please go here to read my "Christmas - Be Thankful For What You Have" Post
Oooh Goodreads is by far the best discovery of the year!!! I use Goodreads every day. If it wasn't for Goodreads, there's no way in this world I'd be able to keep up with all of the books that I want to read.
You know, I really didn't set any particular goals for myself except to start a somewhat successful blog about life & books.
Oh man, my list is like forever long... LOL... there's no WAY I can even begin to list the books I wanted to read this year and haven't gotten to. Go here for my TBR list!
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire AND Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams (I HOPE it comes out in 2013)
I really hope to continue to meet & help expose great, new, indie authors!