Monthly Archives:: December 2015

Dec 31

Looking Back at 2015 * Books and More!

Year in Review 4

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2015! I feel like this year flew right by. This year was up and down for me. Sometimes I read a lot (i.e. in the summer) other times I barely read at all (September and October – I’m looking at you). I haven’t blogged a whole lot either, and while I wish I blogged more I also don’t regret not blogging. If blogging becomes a chore I will hate it, so instead I blog when I want. I’m hoping to get some mojo back for 2016.

Best of 2015

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Ten books that I would consider favorites this year. I think the best of the best is Where the Stars Still Shine and Missing Dixie. So many feels!

Book Stats

I read 127 books this year and here is a quick overview.

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I really like this new Goodreads feature so here is a snippet of my year in books. Pages are probably off though as I rarely select the audio version of the book when marking it on Goodreads.

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I saw this cool graphic making feature over at Chrisbookarama and really wanted to try it.

This is the first year ever that I purchased less than 50% percent of the books I’ve read. It’s definitely because I’ve started using the library (digital only as I suck at returning books) a whole lot more than ever before.

Again, contemporary ruled my world and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I had a pretty good split between YA and Adult this year which makes me happy.

Looking Towards 2016

I’m not sure how much blogging I will do but my goal for reading is going to be the same – 125 books. I’m also on a mission to reduce my TBR – for real this time. Currently I sit at 152 books and I’d like to reduce that by 50% – either through reading them or weeding them.

I think 2016 is going to be a great year for me and can’t wait to see what it brings.

Happy New Year!

Kimberly


Dec 29

Top Ten Tuesday * 2016 Releases

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TTT

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten 2016 Release I’m Looking Forward To

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done a TTT. I wish I could be motivated to do it more, but I’m just not. But I am excited about some books in 2016 so here we go!

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  1. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry – March 29
  2. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – March 29
  3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – May 3
  4. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood – May 3
  5. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout – May 17
  6. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – June 7
  7. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis – June 28
  8. Defending Taylor – Miranda Kenneally – July 1
  9. PS I Like You by Kasie West – July 26
  10. Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper – July 26

Kimberly


Dec 28

Review * Anything For You by Kristan Higgins

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Anything For You by Kristan HigginsAnything For You by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #5
Published by HQN on December 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: The Best Man, The Perfect Match, Waiting On You, In Your Dreams
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Before you get down on bended knee…

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

What I Thought…

• I’ve been waiting for Connor’s story for a long time, and I couldn’t be more happy how it worked out. He’s been in love with Jessica for a long time and seeing Jessica finally come around was amazing.

• Anything For You tackled some tough things. I don’t want to get spoilery so I’ll leave some of them out, but the biggest one is that Jessica’s youngest brother is mentally disabled and Jessica feels that she can’t have a life because she needs to take care of him. It’s a tough spot to be in, but her love for her brother shines bright and clear.

• It took me a bit to come around to liking Jessica, I didn’t like the way she treated Connor, and that frustrated me at times, but eventually she won me over. Connor is just the right person to help her find balance in her life.

• Jessica’s brother Davey added so much to the story, I loved all the scenes with him in it, even if he wasn’t behaving good.

• Of course I loved that other characters from previous books made an appearance, and how their stories intertwined with Connor and Jessica’s, through professional and family/friendship ways.

• My only complaint about the book was how the first quarter or so of the book was the past and was broken into chunks of what happened at this time etc. I know that we needed to know the past but I guess I would have preferred it worked in in a different manner.

Overall an excellent addition to the Blue Heron series and a must read for contemporary romance fans!

Kimberly


Dec 09

2015 End of the Year Book Survey

Year in Review 2

2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984The End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie and The Perpetual Page Turner. You can read more about the End of the Year Book Survey over at Jamie’s blog, but basically you just answer a bunch of questions about the books you read this year!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 120 and counting
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary, of course!

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

The Martian Jesse's Girl Still the One Ruby Circle

Contemporary Adult: The Martian by Andy Weir

Contemporary Young Adult: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Contemporary Romance: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Fantasy/Sci-Fi young Adult: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I have enjoyed both The Naturals series and The Fixer but this one was just a miss for me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Martian by Andy Weir. I’m not a huge fan of Science Fiction or Space but this one blew me away.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?

The Martian by Andy Weir.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Best Series – Neon Dreams series by Caisey Quinn

Best Sequel – All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Best Series Ender – The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to round up the Vampire Academy world.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

It’s a toss up between Casiey Quinn and Lauren Layne.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Martian by Andy Weir

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Girl on the Train

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Kiss of Deception

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Mark Watney, The Martian

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. So much to think about, and an excellent book club book.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Honestly, I have nothing for this this year. :(

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

The Martian by Andy Weir

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Longest – Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows – 784 pages

Shortest – Xingu by Edith Wharton

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

This Shattered World

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Sydney and Adrian. No question. (This is totally a repeat from 2014, but still, YES!)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kaye, Tia and Harper from The Superlatives series by Jennifer Echols

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

White Hot Kiss

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Mateo from All Played Out by Cora Carmack

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Not sure if I read one?

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Martian by Andy Weir

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Yes, Please by Amy Pohler

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Missing Dixie

Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn,

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Asher

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

My Bookish/Blogging Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

Read. Read. Read.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

Zodiac by Romina Russel – Joint review with Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

The Reading Slump of All Reading Slumps

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I went to an New Adult Authors event up in Baltimore and had a great time!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

My book clubs Christmas Party. My book club is awesome and we had such a great time (as always)!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Tuesday * Book Problems

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of them!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Book Outlet. So many cheap books!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I set out to complete 3, but only completed one, The Alphabet Soup Challenge, which I’ve tried every year for many years (well before blogging!).

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut).

PS I Like You

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Blog more! I did not have a good blogging year and that is on me for being a slacker.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommended To Everyone:

None yet. I’ve only read one and it wasn’t one that I would scream out recommendations for!


Participating in this survey is one of my favorite things! If you participated please let me know so I can check out your answers!

Kimberly