Friday, January 13, 2023

New Year, Fresh Start...

 So it has been a good four years since I have truly blogger anything book related.  I've updated a few times but it hasn't been anything major.  Last year was the first year I actually got some reading done.  I read 75 books and 52 of those were ARC's or books that I picked up for reviewers on my team but never read myself (I've been trying to clean off my kindle of ARC's and DOC's).

Anyways, last year I typed up a list of around 500 DOCs on my kindle.  I originally started with the A's and then moved to the oldest files.  So it's a mix of oldest and alphabetical order.  I cut out the strips and put them in a container.  I would pull out three or four titles at a time add them to my kindle and use text to speech to listen to them while I worked.  A lot were DNF's for me because like I said I got them for members on my review team and honestly my taste in books has changed a bit so really some of them given different timing may have had different reviews.  However, once I finished them I deleted them from my kindle in order to clear up space.  Anyways, below is a list of the NetGalley/ARC books I read last year:

The Girls of the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

All The Promises We Break by Brenda Benny

Ashes by Gail Haris

The Angel Knights (reread and forgot) by Mary Ting

The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand) by Robin Bielman

Hold On Tight by Serena Bell

Breaking The Cowboy's Rules by Leslie North

The Bright & The Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski

Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz

The Billionaire's Betrayal by Carmen Falcone

Permanent Ink (A Something to Celebrate Novel) by Laura Simcox

Bath Bomb:  Forbidden Bad Boys by Clara Leigh

Hindsight by Christy Cousineau

Pretty Smart Girls: Lace Up by Shae Ross

Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane

Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin (forgot and reread)

Bloodbound by Amalie Howard

Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman

Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle

Pretty Reckless by Jodi Linton

Biker Baby by Penny Dee

Blood Countess:  A Lady Slayers Novel

Broken Lives by Teresa Devereux

My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon

All Shook Up by Chelsey Krause

Undercover With The Hottie by Juli Alexander

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Best Friends Through Eternity by Sylvia McNicoll

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Battle of the Jacobite Rebellions

All The Wrong Shelves by Felicia Blaedel

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

Ace of Spades by Sandra Owens

Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

Contractually Yours by Connie Cox

The Best Week That Never Happened by Dallas Woodburn

The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister

The Accidental Engagement by Maggie Dallen

Anything But Easy by Susie Tate

Alpha's Revenge by N. J. Walters

All Fired Up by Lori Foster

Before The Crown by Flora Harding

Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin

John Brown's Women:  A Novel by Susan Higginbotham

Vows of A Mobster by Eva Winners

All I Ask By Tamara Lush

All I Want by Tamara Lush

All I Know by Tamara Lush

Girls of Summer by Lois Browne

Broken Lives:  A Social Worker's Tale by Teresa Devereux

Winning Nia by Morgana Bevan

However, this year I also found a new favorite genre in dark romance and reverse harem.  The darker the book the better in my book.  I also have a couple new favorite author as you'll be able to tell by the list of other books read lol.  Some of these I found on BookTok and bought the first book and ordered the rest of the series same day I started reading them.  Others were random books I thought looked interesting so I ordered them.  Some I listened to via Prime Reading at work but a lot are actual book format.  So here are the other 23 books I read last year:

Zodiac Academy:  The Awakening by Caroline Peckham & Suzane Valenti

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck (yearly reread)

Lilac by B. B. Reid

Taunt Her by Caitlyn Dare

Huge X2 by Stephanie Brother (reread on a long road trip via Alexa Auto lol)

Brutal Lies by Nora Cobb

Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck (yearly reread)

The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

Ryan Rule by Sadie Kincaid

Ryan Redemption by Sadie Kincaid

Ryan Renewed by Sadie Kincaid

Ryan Retribution by Sadie Kincaid

Ryan Reign by Sadie Kincaid

Axel by Harper Sloan

Cage by Harper Sloan

Spiteful Lies by Nora Cobb

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan (partially reread on a long road trip via Alexa Auto)

Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan (reread on long road trip via Alexa Auto)

Beck by Harper Sloan

The Death Club by Caroline Peckham & Suzane Valenti

Society of Psychos by Caroline Peckham & Suzane Valenti

Hooked by Emily McIntire

Dark Fae by Caroline Peckham & Suzane Valenti

The Sainthood:  The Complete Series by Siobhan Davis

Make Me Lie by C. R. Jane & May Dawson

Crooked Crows by Elena Lawson

Ryan Christmas by Sadie Kincaid

The Complete Handymen Series by Faith Everly 

The Sinner by Shantel Tessier

I look forward to increasing my reading goal to 75 and seeing how far over that I can go this year.  As of now I'm already 2 books ahead of schedule and have several going right now as well.  I also splurged and added Kindle Unlimited to my kindle so I can continue series I started on Prime Reading.  I also bought books to complete several series I've been dying to read all the way through for Christmas and have been a little lax on my Colleen Hoover reading list lately so this year is about reading series that I already own and well just taking more time to just relax and enjoy a good book!!  

As for this blog I probably won't do reviews as my job doesn't leave much time for that but maybe some cover reveals and release tours.  I will also try to do a monthly post where I list what I completed that month for both DOC books and well any other books read.  I look forward to being more active on here and please if you have any book recommendations please drop a comment.  If you want to know what I thought of a book listed above drop a comment.