2016 in Review

 

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Happy New Year, everyone! In 2016, I read a total of 65 books, which is about 59 less than I read in 2015. Out of those books, the majority of them were paranormal romance and about 34 were published in 2016 (that’s more than the 22 new releases I read in 2015).

Where what I read came from in 2016:

  • Bought and read immediately: 28 books
  • ARC: 14 books
  • Library: 10 books
  • TBR Pile: 6 books
  • Borrowed: 7 books

Genres Read:

  • Paranormal Romance: 20
  • Manga/Comic/Graphic Novel: 14
  • Young Adult: 6
  • Mystery/Thriller: 6
  • Fantasy/Urban Fantasy: 6
  • Horror: 4
  • Erotica: 3
  • Sci-Fi: 2
  • Non-Fiction: 2
  • Literary Fiction: 1
  • Classic Literature: 1

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2015 in Review

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I hope the new year is going well for everyone! Since I actually reviewed all the books I read in December, I’m skipping the monthly wrap-up post and doing this list of my favorites for 2015 instead.

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In 2015, I read a total of 134 books, which is about 75 less than I read in 2014. Out of those books, the majority of them were erotica (I blame you Kindle Unlimited!) and about 22 were published in 2015 (that’s less than the 64 new releases I read in 2014).

Overall, this was a weird reading year for me. I started out 2015 strong, but things tapered off in March. Around that time I started a new job and was going through a major relocation. So, I had a huge gap where I didn’t read anything that was over 100 pages in the spring and summer. What I read during that time mostly consisted of back issues of Time magazine and random Kindle Unlimited short stories that I could whip through in one sitting. This made it a little difficult to create a favorites list for last year.

Where what I read came from in 2015:

  • Bought and Read Immediately: 49
  • Kindle Unlimited: 53
  • ARC: 13
  • Library: 9
  • TBR Pile: 9 (more than I thought!)
  • Keeper Shelf/Re-Read: 1

Author Breakdown by Gender: 90% female, 10% male (this is actually the most male authors I’ve read in a year since probably 2008)


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Best of 2014

Happy New Year, everyone!

In 2014, I read a total of 209 books! This was a major increase from 2013 when I read 94 books. Out of the 209 books, 64 were published in 2014. Below is my list of best books I read, which were published in 2014.

Best New Release Overall:
The Kraken King by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas # 4)
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Best New Series: 
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Legacy #1)
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Best Novella:
Frozen by Meljean Brook (stand-alone)
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Best Paranormal Romance:
Evernight by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #5)
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Best Sci-Fi:
The Martian by Andy Weir
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Best Comic Collection:
Ms. Marvel: No Normal (Vol. 1) by G. Willow Wilson (writer) and Adrian Alphona (artist)
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Best Anthology:
Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
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Runner-up:
Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane
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Best Erotica 
Rumpel’s Prize by Marie Hall (Kingdom #8)
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Best New Erotica Series:
Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase (Defining Destiny #1)
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Best of What I Read in 2014

The following books are my picks for 2014 of the best books I read throughout the year. These are more diverse in category because I read a wider variety of genres that were published prior to 2014.

Best General Fiction:
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
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Best Urban Fantasy:
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #6)
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Best Series Ending:
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #13)
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Best Paranormal Romance:
Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook (Guardians #8)
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Runner-Up:
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #12)
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Best Mystery/Thriller:
Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong (Nadia Stafford #3)
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Best Classic:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
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Best “New to Me” Comic Series:
Captain Marvel by Kelley DeConnick
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Best Manga Series:
Kindan no koi de ikou by Tomu Ohmi
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Non-Fiction:
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd and Lori L. Tharps
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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Read in 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Read in 2014.

Most of these books won’t be a surprise as they have appeared on some of my other lists already.



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1. Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong

The final book in Kelley Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford series and something I had been anticipating for four long years. In Wild Justice, Nadia finds herself face to face with the killer of her young cousin and is forced to confront her memories of the past. This was an excellent conclusion to the series and well worth the wait.


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2. Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises is Kate Daniels book number six and one of the best new additions to the series. It brings a breath of fresh air to the books as we get a change in scenery when Kate and crew venture overseas. There’s also an escalation of stakes in Magic Rises as things with Roland, Kate’s father, start to ramp-up.


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3. Astonishing X-men by Joss Whedon

I’m going to count Joss Whedon’s entire Astonishing X-men run as one. I’m a huge fan of Whedon and he did not disappoint with his contribution to the franchise. Astonishing X-men features a smaller cast of the X-men and a more centralized main plot than is typical here. This really worked for me as it allowed for some interesting character development for Kitty Pryde, Scott Summers, and Emma Frost.


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4. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian has been getting a lot of positive hype lately and its fairly well deserved. Stranded on Mars after an aborted mission, astronaut Mark Watney faces a seemingly impossible survival scenario. This was an excellent hard sci-fi book with some great humor interjected throughout.


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5.The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

After stumbling across a traveling library the Queen slowly becomes an avid reader. This follows her personal transformation as the books she reads start to modify her perception of the world she lives in. If you’re in the mood for a quick and engaging read, I would highly recommend The Uncommon Reader.


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6. Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook

Guardian Demon is another book on the list that is a series finale. In this one, Lucifer has finally figured out a way to break through the barrier between hell and Earth. The battle that all these books have slowly been building up to finally happens here and its just as intense as promised. Highly recommend reading this series from the beginning.


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7. Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison

The Elder Races series can sometimes be a hit or miss for me. Night’s Honor was a definite hit. Tess lands a job with Xavier del Torro in the hopes that the possibility of starting a war with the vampire demesne will be enough to keep her former Djinn employer at bay.


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8. Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire’s Waltz by QuinRose

Another series that I’m counting as one since they’re a quick read. Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire’s Waltz is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. It’s a fluffy manga very loosely based off of Alice in Wonderland.


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9. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Heart of Obsidian is book 12 in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and one I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the story. Sahara has spent the last seven years locked away and with no real memories of who she is. This follows her as she works to regain her memories and overcome what was done to her.


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10. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

I have a strong affection for paranormal stories and roadtrip books, so this one was right up my alley. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf was a funny light read that loved to death. After witnessing a shooting Anna Moder once again finds herself on the run from something, but this time she has the unwanted company of Caleb Graham.