Another Year In Books & Blogging

Source: written by Steph

How many of us get to actually spend our time reading?

In that I count myself lucky because I do, and I get to tell you all about it.  I am like an annual Christmas letter all year long.
What was my favorite?  Probably WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon.

My Blog tells about my life and my reads.

Here’s what I read this year (as far as I can tell anyway!)

  1. ON THE NAUGHTY LIST Anthology
  2. HIS TO CLAIM by Opal Carew
  3. THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS by Valerie Bowman
  4. HILLBILLY ROCKSTAR by Lorelei James
  5. NIGHT SHIFT Anthology
  6. NOTHING PERSONAL by Jaci Burton
  7. AFTER THE RAIN by Renee Carliino
  8. RACED by K. Bromberg
  9. HOLIDAY ON ICE by Jaci Burton
  10. FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT by Roni Loren
  11. THE KING by Tiffany Reisz
  12. RULES FOR A PROPER GOVERNESS by Jennifer Ashley
  13. ONCE MORE MY DARLING ROGUE by Lorraine Heath
  14. A CURSE UNBROKEN (ARC Review in February)
  15. A CURSED BLOODLINE by Cecy Robson Review Tomorrow
  16. Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton (Not yet reviewed)
  17. THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER: by Lucy Worsley
  18. BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews
  19. VOYAGER (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon
  20. MASTERS OF SEDUCTION Anthology
  21. VIXEN IN VELVET by Loretta Chase
  22. THE MAN PLAN, Tracy Anne Warren
  23. SHAKE PUPPIES by Carli Davidson
  24. JANE AND THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Barron
  25. DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon
  26. HARD TO COME BY by Laura Kaye
  27. FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Charlie Lovett
  28. SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY Darynda Jones*
  29. I SAW HER STANDING THERE Marie Force*
  30. SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS Molly Harper*
  31. THE WINTER KING L. Wilson
  32. A TOUCH OF MIDNIGHT Lara Adrian
  33. ROMANCING THE BILLIONAIRE            Jessica Clare
  34. I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS Molly Harper (reread in new format)
  35. THE CHALET Tara Sue Me
  36. Echoes of Scotland Street Samantha Young
  37. TRULY             Ruthie Knox
  38. TALK DIRTY TO ME Dakota Cassidy
  39. TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD Jennifer L. Armentrout
  40. DRAGONFLY IN AMBER Diana Gabaldon
  41. THE SHELL GAME Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  42. CHRISTMAS BRIDES Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, Elizabeth Essex, Valerie Bowman
  43. FOR THE LONGEST TIME Kendra Lee Castle
  44. HOLIDAYS ON ICE David Sedaris
  45. OUTLANDER Diana Gabaldon
  46. DARK BLOOD by Christine Feehan Reviewed 9/30 (A)
  47. THE AMERICAN HEIRESS by Daisy Goodwin (A)
  48. KNIGHT OF LOVE by Catherine LRoche
  49. BORROWING ALEX   by Cindy Procter-King (A)
  50. THE SAINT by Tiffany Reisz
  51. HOW THE SCANDAL SEDUCES by Sabrina Jeffries
  52. IGNITED by J. Kenner (A)
  53. TOP SECRET 21 by Janet Evanovich (A)
  54. RISKY GAME by Tracy Solheim (A)
  55. TAKEDOWN TWENTY by Janet Evanovich (A)
  56. THE WITCH WITH NO NAME by Kim Harrison
  57. THE TRUTH ABOUT LEO by Katie MacAlister (A)
  58. IT’S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis
  59. STRANDED WITH A BILLIONAIRE by Jessica Clare
  60. TRAPPED AT THE ALTAR by Jane Feather
  61. Rescue Me by Jaci Burton
  62. Jumped by Colette Auclair
  63. Silver Skin by D. L. McDermott
  64. Secrets of a Scoundrel by Gaelen Foley
  65. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
  66. Cracks in the Armor by Helena Hunting
  67. A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson
  68. Game On by Tracy Solheim
  69. Captured by S.J. Harper
  70. Misunderstandings by Tiffany King
  71. Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye
  72. The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson
  73. Lord of Vengeance by Lara Adrian/Tina St. John
  74. Crave the Night by Lara Adrian
  75. Giving In by Maya Banks
  76. Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim
  77. RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laura Viera Rigler
  78. THE SCENIC ROUTE by Devan Sipher
  79. SUMMER RAIN for R.A.I.N.N. Anthology  Partial read, not counted in tally
  80. WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD by Dianna GabaldonWritten in MY Own Hearts Blood Banner
  81. THE HUSBAND HUNT  by Lynsay Sands
  82. POISON PROMISE by Jennifer Estep
  83. THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis
  84. THE BARON NEXT DOOR  by Erin Knightly
  85. A GOOD DEBUTANTE’S GUIDE TO RUIN by Sophie Jordan
  86. BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS by Molly Harper
  87. FLYING by Megan Hart
  88. HOW TO REPRIMAND YOUR ROCK STAR by Mina Vaughan
  89. TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD by Lynsay Sands
  90. NAUGHTY BITS, PART 1: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill
  91. STRADDLING THE LINE by Jaci Burton
  92. THE GAME AND THE GOVERNESS by Kate Noble
  93. BLOOD GAMES by Chloe Neill
  94. SOLOMON’S SIEVE by Victoria Danann
  95. BANISHING THE DARK by Jenn Bennett
  96. THE LADY MOST LIKELY by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway
  97. HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Laura Lee Guhrke
  98. ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Jill Shalvis
  99. BURN FOR ME by Lauren Blakely
  100. THE NAUGHTY GIRLS CLUB by Sophie Hart
  101. THE VIRGIN’S GUIDE TO MISBEHAVING by Jessica Clare
  102. REDEMPTION OF THE DUKE by Gayle Callen
  103. IT ALL BEGAN IN MONTE CARLO by  Elizaebeth Adler
  104. GRIM SHADOWS by Jenn Bennett
  105. SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND by Kimberly Frost
  106. LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER by Miranda Neville
  107. THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS by Sophia Nash
  108. CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT  by  Laura Viera Rigler
  109. THE COUNTESS by Lynsay Sands
  110. MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris
  111. THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF by  Jessica Peterson
  112. DON’T BLACKMAIL THE VAMPIRE       by Tiffany Allee
  113. DREAMS OF LILACS by Lynn Kurland
  114. HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR SCROUNDREL by Juliana Gray
  115. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND by Marie Force
  116. PLAYING THE GAME by MQ Barber
  117. ROMAN HOLIDAY The Adventure Continues by Ruthie Knox
  118. A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION by Kelsie Leverich
  119. INKED ARMOR by Helena Hunting
  120. DARE TO RESIST by Laura Kaye
  121. A SHIVER OF LIGHT by Laurell K. Hamilton
  122. IT HAD TO BE YOU by Jill Shalvis
  123. THE ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS by Madeline Hunter
  124. WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED by Lorraine Heath
  125. SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones
  126. SEDUCING THE PLAYBOY by Amanda Usen
  127. NOTORIUS NINETEEN by Janet Evanovich
  128. THE KING by JR WARD
  129. SINNERS AT THE ALTAR by Olivia Cunning
  130. ONCE UPON A BILLIONAIRE by Jessica Clare
  131. FEEL THE RUSH by Kelsie Leverich
  132. WILD CHILD by M. Leighton
  133. SOME LIKE IT WILD by M. Leighton
  134. FOOL FOR LOVE by Marie Force
  135. SPIRITED by Mary Behre
  136. TEACH ME A LESSON by Jasmine Haynes
  137. THE HEIRESS by Lynsay Sands
  138. CAROLINA MAN by Virginia Kantra
  139. WHAT A WOMAN WANTS by Judi Fennell
  140. FOUR ONE NIGHT by Kitt Crescendo
  141. EVERY PART OF YOU TEMPTS ME by Megan Hart
  142. ONE PERFECT NIGHT by Bella Andre
  143. GIRLS NIGHT OUT Anthology
  144. PERCOLATE by Elizabeth Hamilton Guarino
  145. THE CHASE by Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich
  146. NIGHT BROKEN by Patricia Briggs
  147. HARD TIME by Cara McKenna
  148. IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING by Julie James
  149. STORM BOUND by Dani Harper
  150. IT TAKES A SCANDAL by Caroline Linden
  151. SWEET SOUTHERN BETRAYAL Robin Covington
  152. THE MACKENZIES by Lilliana Hart (novella collection)
  153. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE by Marie Force
  154. ROMANCING THE DUKE by Tessa Dare
  155. TAMING THE WILD HIGHLANDER by Terry Spears
  156. CURSED BY CUPID by Wendy Sparrow (short)
  157. KISSED by Kim Knox (short)
  158. CRASHED by K. Bromberg
  159. APPLES SHOULD BE RED by Penny Watson (novella)
  160. NEED YOU TONIGHT by Roni Loren
  161. KISS OF LIES by Bronwen Evans
  162. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH by Tracy Anne Warren
  163.  HOPE FLAMES by Jaci Burton
  164.  HOPE IGNITES by Jaci Burton
  165.  THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James
  166.  THE DARK AFFAIR by Maire Claremont
  167.  ALL FIRED UP by Kate Meader
  168.  BARED Club Sin by Stacey Kennedy
  169. ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance
  170. WHEN A LAIRD TAKES A LADY by Rowan Keats
  171. THEIRS TO CHERISH by Shayla Black
  172. THE COUNTESS CONFESSIONS by Jillian Hunter
  173. THE UNDEAD POOL by Kim Harrison
  174. THE EXPERT’S GUIDE TO DRIVING A MAN WILD by Jessica Clare
  175. THE UNIDENTIFIED REDHEAD by  Alice Clayton
  176. DEMON HUNTING IN DIXIE by Lexi George
  177. ENTWINED  by Kristen Callahan
  178. SCARLET DEVICES by Delphine Dryden
  179. THE REDHEAD REVEALED  by Alice Clayton
  180. THE REDHEAD PLAYS HER HAND by  Alice Clayton
  181. CUPCAKES AND INK by Helena Hunting
  182. WEREWOLF IN LAS VEGAS by   Vicki Lewis Thompson
  183. COLTERS’ GIFT by Maya Banks
  184. CLIPPED WINGS by Helena Hunting
  185. KNOWN DEVIL by   Justin Gustainis
  186. HARD AS YOU CAN by  Laura Kaye
  187. VANILLA TWIST   by  CJ Ellisson
  188. THROWN by Colette Auclair
  189. WILD CHILD by Molly O’Keefe
  190. KITTY HEARTS DOGGY by Jeremy Greenberg
  191. WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT by Delilah S. Dawson (Blud Series)
  192. HOWLING FOR YOU by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires Novella)
  193. FULL THROTTLE by Erin McCarthy
  194. THE FIREMAN WHO LOVED ME Jennifer Bernard (Bachelor Firemen)
  195. The Wedding Favor by Cara Connolly
  196. FORSAKEN by Jacquelyn Frank (Night Walkers/Body Walkers)
  197. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress Series- Novella)
  198. Lord of the Rakes by Darcie Wilde
  199. Chenoire (short story) by Susannah Sandlin
  200. Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress Series)
  201. Wedded In Sin by Jade Lee
  202. Pushed by Marisa Cleveland (novella)
  203. Wild Things by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires)
  204. Originally Human by Eileen WIlks
  205. Bounty by Elise Sax
  206. Seduced by Fire by Tara Sue Me
  207. Complete Me by J. Kenner (Stark Trilogy )

I also reviewed a few movies and TV programs including the last season of TRUE BLOOD and the first  season of OUTLANDER.

What’s Coming Up in the New Year?

The biggest change you’ll see is an expansion of genre to  anything I want. No apologies.
Also, I plan to change my theme and header.

Changes last year

My biggest changes have been

Fewer tour posts: I just felt I was not getting what I wanted from these. Once in a while I do them but maybe 2 a month. Unless they offer a great benefit for the reader there’s nothing that improves the blog. And, I was feeling bombarded by offers. Now when I have a guest post, it is usually from a direct connection to the author or publisher.

Discovery of audiobooks: I knew there was a place for audiobooks in my life, but I couldn’t figure out what to do while listening.  Also, they were wicked expensive.  I found out what to do while listening: Anything manual and low on words — this includes gardening, mowing the lawn, painting, knitting. Hopefully it will soon include cleaning the cellar!

More graphics: I have enjoyed increasing the amount of graphics in a post. I like to make my daily headers and the icons are a ball.  Just for the heck of it, these are all I can find and pull into a gallery.


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