Check out the latest Shelf Addiction author feature! Give today's podcast episode a listen and hang out with us. You'll hear Jen's recommendations of her current top 5 binge worthy young adult reads and she also introduces us to her book, A Wild and Unremarkable Thing.
Looking Back, 2017 Year at a Glance
In 2017 I set out to read and listen to 52 books, I surpassed that and hit 61 books! 54 new to me titles + 9 books that I re-read for the #3Blogger1Series read-along, totaling 61 books! Unfortunately, for some reason Goodreads won't count books that were on previous yearly lists.
Take a look at these stats courtesy of Goodreads.com.
Set a Goal and Stick to it!
It's 2018 and it's time to set your vision for the next year. Whether it's setting a word or theme for the year in regards to professional, or personal growth, be sure to include setting a reading goal. Now is the time. Every year I set goals including reading goal. Back in my early blogging days, I'd sign up for several challenges and every year, my commitment to challenges dwindled down. I'm of the school of setting one goal for reading. That's the Goodreads Challenge. It's simple and straightforward. No need to keep track of tons of challenges and requirements, just read. Consider adding a audiobook to help you meet your goal. I'm an advocate of audiobooks, which are a part of any healthy literary diet!
We're all done with the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (for now)! My fellow book bloggers and friends, Nicola at Alpha Heroes and Casey reviewer and editor at Heart Full of Ink, joined me on this awesome read-along adventure (special shout out and thank you to Emily at Sharing Links & Wisdom who was able join for the first half of the series).
We had a blast getting in depth with the characters and stories. We discussed the books round table style with three different perspectives. All of us added our own unique perspectives and personalities to the conversation. You'll want to hear us laugh and debate over this series because it's pretty entertaining. I think all of us are in agreement that this is a must read series for any urban fantasy/paranormal romance reader!! If you missed out on any of the fun, listen to ALL of the book discussions here..
While we have to say goodbye to the Mercy Thompson series, you don't have to say goodbye to the Mercyverse! Continue on with Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs. It's an amazing spin off series.
If you missed reading Mercy Thompson with us, don't worry, Casey, Nicola, and I are starting a NEW read-along January 1st! Don't miss out on reading the Realm Enforcers series with us.
Welcome to my #CMCon18 author feature series. Showcasing several of the talented authors that will be in attendance at the upcoming Coastal Magic Convention in Florida.
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up
with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: General Fiction
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: If Will Fletcher's severe bipolar disorder isn't proof he shouldn't be a parent, his infant daughter's grave is. Once a happily married, successful veterinarian, he now lives with his sister and thrives as the small-town crazy of Half Moon Hollow. But when a fifteen-year-old orphan claims she's his daughter, Will is forced back into the role he fears most: fatherhood. Her biological dad isn't the hero Regan Whitmer hoped for, but he's better than her abusive stepfather back in Chicago. Still haunted by her mother's suicide and the rebellious past she fears led to it, Regan is desperate for a stable home and a normal family--things Will can't offer. Can she ride the highs and lows of his illness to find a new definition of family? The Rules of Half explores what it is to be an atypical family in a small town and to be mentally ill in the wake of a tragedy--and who has the right to determine both.
* This book was provided by BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.
Not all happy endings are completely happy, and “The Rules of Half” is a perfect example of this. Jenna Patrick’s debut novel is set in modern day small-town America, and follows Will Fletcher, the town ‘crazy’, and his sister Janey. Will and Janey’s childhood involved a father that was suffering from a disorder of the mind, and it appears that Will is following in his footsteps. Janey has been there for the last five years to pick up the pieces, all while keeping her own life on the back burner.
Enter Regan-a feisty 16 year old who is fleeing from her own grief who claims that Will is her biological father. Can the trio learn to live together and not drive each other insane, literally?
I adore audiobooks. I always recommend and encourage readers to try consuming a book audio style. Audiobooks are like fries... you can never stop at one! I'm happy to be sharing with you winning titles from my favorite genres!
Once again I'm partnering with Audiofile Magazine to share with you the 2017 Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror audiobooks! Be sure to head over to the AudioFile EZine to get access to the complete 2017 list!
Get a closer look at the winners in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror categories! Listen to a few audio snippets and click on the audiobook covers to be taken directly to the AudioFile reviews. Enjoy!
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