First of all, thank you to those who have expressed your support. Things are not looking quite as dire now as when I posted on Wednesday, though no conclusions will be had until probably next Friday or perhaps the following Monday. I’m not comfortable getting into any specifics until more is known. But please know your support and positive thoughts and prayers are of great comfort and are truly appreciated!
I blew away my record for books read in a year last year - 123! Almost double what my initial challenge of 64 was. This year I decided on 104 - 2 books per week. I’m well ahead right now, but you never know when that pace might change. So far I’ve finished 16 books. That’s way too many to go over in a blog post so I’m just listing them below with a rough idea of genre and a link to my reviews on Goodreads.
- Paradise Falls by Ruth Ryan Langan - 4 stars, contemporary holiday romance
- The Fireside Inn by Lily Everett - 3 stars (ARC novella), contemporary romance
- Only Mine by Susan Mallery - 3.5 stars, contemporary small town romance, book 4 of the Fool’s Gold series
- Maiden Rock by Mary Logue - 3 stars, contemporary soft procedural mystery, 6th in the Claire Watkins series
- Spiraling by Rachel Cross - 3.5 stars (ARC), contemporary sports romance
- Heather Ross Prints by Heather Ross - 3 stars - non-fiction crafting/sewing
- Live by Mary Ann Rivers - 4 stars (ARC), contemporary romance, 1st in the Burnside series
- Mastering Fermentation by Mary Karlin - 4 stars - non fiction cookbook/food preservation
- A Function of Murder by Ada Madison - 3 stars, cozy mystery, 3rd in the Sophie Knowles series
- Be Mine Forever by Marina Adair - 3.5 stars (ARC), contemporary romance, 4th in the St. Helena’s Vineyard series (though I hadn’t read any of the prior books and it was just fine)
- Slice of Heaven by Sheryl Woods - 3.5 stars, contemporary small town romance, 2nd in the Sweet Magnolias series
- Kombucha Revolution by Stephen Lee and Ken Koopman - 4 stars (ARC, available June 2014) - non-fiction cookbook
- Fault Line by Sarah Andrews - 4 stars, cozy mystery, takes place just before the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics so the timing while accidental was nice, 7th in the Em Hansen series
- Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson - 4 stars, contemporary mystery, first in the Baker Street series
- Haunted by Heather Graham - 4 stars, contemporary paranormal romantic suspense, first in the Harrison Investigations series
- Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson - 3 stars, contemporary western procedural mystery, 4th in the Walt Longmire series
As you can imagine I’m liking escapist reads right now. Nothing too heavy in topic. But I would love some recommendations as my several year stint of cozies has grown a bit tiresome and I am mostly just revisiting a select set of series I’m well invested in. The past 12-18 month stint of small town romances is getting quite stale too (really, you climb into bed without protection and then are surprised when you are pregnant at the end of the book? *sigh*). So I’m open for suggestions! What has been your most favorite read in the past year?