It was a good year for reading. And writing. I managed to release two books instead of my normal one. Woohoo! They are…
Love Notes (a contemporary twist on the Daddy Long Legs story that readers are loving)
Of Stone and Sky (a contemporary romance with a glimpse into the Roma culture)
I didn’t break any reading record, but I did read over 80 books (if you count my own books I reread to update).
Without further ado, here are my Top 10. I also have 15 honorable mentions. I read many more excellent stories, but these are the ones that touched me most.
This year was a doozey. But there was a lot of down time to read. That’s always a plus for me. I read 100 books from 11 genres, with 2 of those being broken into 15 subcategories (fantasy – 2, romance – 13). Five of that total number were my own books. The lonely category was a YA book (The Wave by Todd Strasser). Romance was the most read genre (of course). 47 books. The top three subcategories were Regency (11), Contemporary (9) and Chick Lit (8).
In nonfiction, I learned more about writing, painting, democracy, and how the FBI was founded. I learned about Michelle Obama (most popular book), Russell M. Nelson, Reese Witherspoon, and Frederick Douglass (the escaped slave abolitionist). I learned self-help principles from Brooke Snow and Brene Brown and have loved putting new principles into action.
Here is my Goodreads infographic so you can see and click on any book that interests you. Below are my favorites. The top 10 are in order but after that I liked them all and it was hard to order them. 🙂
It’s a new year & I made a Favorites list for 2019.
I read 82 books, 14 of which were re-reads. There were some amazing books published this year that made my heart so happy (note: not all books I read were published in 2019).
So without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff.
- My Top 20 list.
- Honorable mention list.
- My re-read list.
These are not in any order–as my favorites change week by week. And there were many other 5-star rated books I read that didn’t make this list…but were awesome, still the same. I just narrowed down to my favorite of the favorites. Continue reading
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Another year is in the books…literally! Last year I read a total of 109 books. 91 of these were new books; 2 were books I beta-read (they’ll be out this year); 16 were rereads (including my own books for editing/formatting purposes).
As always, the overall winner is the Romance genre (no surprise there). But I added 10 books that weren’t in my normal genre. I’ve picked my TOP 10 for 2018, as well as 20 Honorable Mentions. Continue reading
This year I read 129 books.
I’ve posted my Favorites with links to check out on my new author blog–Char’s Succulent Thoughts. It took forever to categorize books & then choose my favorites from each genre. (A work of love…you’re welcome. Ha ha) You can see ALL my books in that post on my Goodreads Year in Review link (It’s a pretty cool visual–Thanks Goodreads!)
New Website Look & Blog
If you click on my website in the menu bar above, you’ll see I’ve changed up the look of my website, and added a new blog to it.
Char’s Succulent Thoughts will be more of my author arena to post about book updates, giveaways, & random thoughts.
Joy in the Moments will lean more to book reviewing. At least, that’s what I’m thinking at the moment. We’ll see how things pan out, right?
Package Deal available for Pre-Order
Last little tidbit to ring in the New Year is….
Package Deal will release January 10th.
I’m super excited for you to read this second book in the Ruled Out Romances. It was a blast to write, and I really, really love Hudson & Spring in this story. Spring really is an angel. Little Emma’s adorable and annoying (like any good toddler should be). Don’t you love her shoes on the cover?
I hope you’ll enjoy this. If you’re interested in being an early reader in exchange for leaving a review on Amazon, shoot me an email from the contact page and we’ll talk (Ebook only).
Have a Happy New Year!
I’ll talk to you next year.
Reading is a huge part of my life. That, along with writing, is where a good portion of my time goes. As I looked over my Goodreads stats for 2015, I smiled as book images and memories came to mind. There are so many good books to read. I wish I had time to read even more than I did. There’s just a smorgasbord for my senses.
Year in Review
I read 117 books last year. That wasn’t as high as 2014, but I didn’t think it was half bad. Now before you feel bad about your reading compared to mine, I will admit that I’m a skimmer. That’s how I get Continue reading
At this time of year when we focus on all that we’re grateful for, I want to feature a few books I’ve read over the past months that have been winners.
I’m very thankful for books–for authors who write them, for being able to write my own and get those crazy imaginings out of my head, and for the ability to read. I love reading (if you can’t tell from my Goodreads log)…and these stories all rated the highest score from me. Continue reading