Top Books of 2017

I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year but I’m all about this Christmas cheer.

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According to Goodreads, I’ve read 96 books so far this year. (Still on track to reach 100 by end of the year.) Here’s a list of my top ten for the year of our Lord 2017 (in no particular order).

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin By SJM – Such a fitting end to my favorite series.
  2. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – The Pirate story that I didn’t know I needed in my life.
  3. The Fallen World Trilogy by Laura Thalassa — This was the first time I’d read this author and now she’s on my auto-buy list.
  4. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet — My new favorite Fantasy Romance series. It’s up there with Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs.
  5. The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews — She writes the most amazing sexual chemistry. Read it!
  6. Roar by Cora Carmack — This story made my tornado-chaser-loving heart go pitter patter.
  7. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff — Bloody brilliant, gentlefriends!
  8. Tied by Carian Cole — She knows how to rip out my heart, stomp on it, dust it off and hand it back while I nod in gratitude.
  9. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson — Best fae story I’ve read all year!
  10. Tower of Dawn by SJM — That twist, you guys! I can’t believe what this means for the last book!

And now some honorable mentions…

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins – So. Freaking. Good!

Sanguine Moon by Jennifer Foxcroft – This story has a piece of my heart. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Devils Within by S.H. Henson – In these dark times, this story is more relevant than ever.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – Judge me if you want, but Stephanie Meyer can write, y’all.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi — I’m late to the party on this one but it deserves all the hype.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt – Simply a pleasure to read!

 

Can you tell that I had some trouble narrowing it down? What do you think? Read any of these? Share in the comments!

 

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Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

October flew by folks! To be honest, I’ve just been trying to keep it together, but I think it was more of me running around like:

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Book of the Month*

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Tower of Dawn by SJM

I don’t think anyone is surprised by this selection.

*based on books reviewed this month

October Reviews (Total-5)

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 90 out of 100 books. (Read 11 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I am obsessed with this show. I can’t stop watching.

What I’m writing

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I can’t seem to finish my current work in progress so I’m weighing whether or not I should participate in NaNoWriMo this year to get my word count up. And, yes, I’m aware this it’s already a couple days in November and I can’t seem to make a decision.

What else…

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I recently attended a Backstreet Boys concert and it. was. awesome! It was the first time that I’ve seen them in concert (middle school me was super ecstatic!) and it was everything that I dreamed it would be. *sigh* BSB still has it! I’m a fan for life!

 

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

As I’ve stated recently, I went on a bit of an unintended hiatus last month, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I missed last month’s recap, so this will be a recap for July and August.

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Book of the Month*

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The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews – 5 stars

I’m still thinking about this series so I’m picking this series as my book of the month.

*based on books reviewed this month

July/August Reviews (Total-9)

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 76 out of 100 books. (Read 22 books the past two months.)

Currently Reading

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Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I’m a proud member of #Bachelornation, so I was pumped for Bachelor in Paradise. But I’m not going to lie, this season is a bit of a let down so far.

What I’m writing

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I recently participated in #cpmatch on Twitter to try and match up with fellow writers in an effort to find a critique partner. It was hella nerve-wracking to put myself out there, but I’ve met some really cool people and I’m optimistic about how I can improve my writing while helping someone else.

What else…

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In September, I’m going to the Tower of Dawn book tour in Nashville to meet Sarah J. Maas! (*cue hyperventilating*) She’s my all-time favorite author so I’m sure there will be plenty of fangirling and trying not to bow in her presence while falling to emotional pieces at her feet.

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Also, in the next week, my home library will have custom shelves installed. This is a HUGE deal for me. I’ve been waiting to have the library of my dreams since I can remember and it’s finally here! Keep an eye out for a before and after library post in the near future.

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

June has been a whirlwind. I’ve been reading like there is no tomorrow and I got to go to Utopiacon 2017. I’m absolutely exhausted going into July.

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Book of the Month*

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The Queen of Traitors by Laura Thalassa – 5 stars!

It was hard to decide the book of the month this month, but I loved this series so much and I binge-read it. It deserves the top spot this month.

*based on books reviewed this month

June Reviews (Total-7)

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 48 out of 100 books. (Read 7 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I’m a sucker for Shadowhunters on Freeform. It makes me want to go back and finish reading The Mortal Instruments series. I never read the last book. The show deviates from the books, but it’s most definitely a guilty pleasure.

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Younger is BACK!!!!! I freaking love this show. If you haven’t been watching it, binge-watch now. It’s addicting and I wish they were longer than 30 minute episodes.

What I’m writing

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This is me trying to find beta readers for my novel. If you’re interested in reading a YA Paranormal Romance, hit me up. I’d love the feedback.

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

May has come and gone. I’ve been yo-yoing between voracious reading and a book slump, where everything I read is meh, which makes it hard to write reviews.

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 Book of the Month*

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 5 Stars

FINALLY! It came. It conquered. I’m now utterly ruined for any other type of literature for the foreseeable future.

*based on books reviewed this month

April Reviews (Total-7)

The Chosen by J.R. Ward – 3 Stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – 2.5 Stars

Twist by Kylie Scott – 4 Stars

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins – 5 Stars

Honor by Jay Crownover – 3 Stars

Sanguine Moon by Jennifer Foxcroft – 5 Stars

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 43 out of 100 books. (Read 12 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

I’m not really liking it so far…Hopefully it gets better.

Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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It’s time!!!! I am a HUGE fan of The Bachelorette and proud member of #Bachelornation. My Monday nights consist of The Bachelorette, wine and yoga pants.

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I’ve also been watching the Amazon Original series Sneaky Pete. It’s wildly entertaining starring David Shore and Bryan Cranston. It’s great for fans of Breaking Bad.

What I’m writing

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I’m almost done with my current round of edits on my first work in progress. These last few chapters have been a huge hurdle because something isn’t right and I can’t figure out what it is. I just need to buckle down and figure it out.

 

 

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

I’m finally back into the swing of things since I’m got my new house mostly in order.

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 Book of the Month*

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Torn by Carian Cole- 5 star review

I love Carian Cole’s stories. I’m always hungry for more and I can’t wait until she puts out her next one.

*based on books reviewed this month

March Reviews (Total-6)

Rule by Jay Crownover

Bellevue Bullies series by Toni Aleo

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Other Posts

That time I crawled out from under a rock

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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I have read 19 out of 100 books. (Read 7 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

I’m only past the first chapter and I’m hooked!

Next on my TBR

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I loved the first book in this trilogy, and the author is a friend of mine. Can’t wait to read this one!

What I’m Watching

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I just want to say that I cried like a baby during the final season finale. I’m going to miss this show.

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I got to see Beauty and the Beast this month and it was amazing! Totally worth going to see in theaters. I must confess that I cried during this movie as well. Is there anything more heart-breaking than people turning into inanimate objects?

What I’m Listening To

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I have eclectic taste in music, but I’ve been rocking out to I Prevail’s Lifelines album recently.

What I’m writing

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I’ve been super motivated lately and I’m on the home stretch on my second work in progress. Once I’m finished with that, I’ll go back to my first novel for a third round of edits. It’s a lot of work, but I’m feeling accomplished.

What else?

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Another writer friend released her debut novel this month and I’m so proud of her. I helped beta-read for her and I was honored (and ecstatic) to be mentioned in her acknowledgements page. I always hoped I’d make it there someday, so it was a bit surreal for me.

Monthly Update, AKA I’m finally crawling out from the rock I’ve been under

The whole month of February flew by and I totally dropped the ball on my blog. I haven’t posted in a while, but I have a perfectly legitimate excuse. I moved, as in, my entire existence had to be boxed up and moved 12 miles down the road to my dream house in the country. Totally worth it; super inconvenient. I haven’t been able to blog or write, but I always make time to read and I’ve devoured some pretty good reads as of late.

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Currently Reading

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The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I finally read The Queen of the Tearling since they are making a movie and Emma Watson (who’s, like, my absolute fav) is starring in it. I totally get it now. This series is awesomesauce and I can’t wait to devour the entire trilogy.

Next on my TBR

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I recently started another highly-recommended series, the Elemental Trilogy, and it’s very, very good. Looking forward to reading this last installment.

What I’m Watching

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With Vampire Diaries in its last season, I need another CW guilty pleasure to hold me over. Riverdale hits the spot.

What I’m Writing

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I haven’t had a chance to get my butt in the chair and write (mostly because said chair was packed and moved), but I have been using the monotonous unpacking time to plot for my current work in progress. Here’s hoping I can translate the plan to the page.

What else? 

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It was my birthday! You know what that means? Books. The top item on my wish list every year. It was nice to add them to the growing stacks that I had to pack up. In fact, I was curious how many books I had in my shelves, so I counted as I packed thinking I had maybe 200 or so. I had 622 books! And yes, it was exhausting to pack them all, not to mention it took forever since I had to reminisce with each one before carefully packing it away.