Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!
What I Reviewed:
- [26 Dec] Shelter by Jay Crownover ★★★★
- [28 Dec] The Pretender by HelenKay Dimon ★★★½
- [29 Dec] Cowboy SEAL Homecoming by Nicole Helm ★★★★
And here is a little wrap up of my year overall!
|Genres (Number of Books)||Average Rating|
|Contemporary Romance (119)||3.82 Stars|
|Dark Romance (3)||4.67 Stars|
|Erotic Romance (1)||4 Stars|
|Fantasy (2)||4.75 Stars|
|Historical Romance (10)||3.8 Stars|
|New Adult (24)||3.92 Stars|
|Paranormal Romance (39)||4.05 Stars|
|Psychological Thriller (1)||4.5 Stars|
|Romantic Comedy (4)||3 Stars|
|Romantic Suspense (73)||3.85 Stars|
|Sci Fi Romance (2)||3.5 Stars|
|Sports Romance (10)||4.3 Stars|
|True Crime (7)||3.29 Stars|
|Young Adult (10)||3.8 Stars|
What’s Coming Up:
- Rocco by Sarah Castille
- Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear
- Wicked Rules by LA Cotton
- Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
This Week’s New Releases:
- $15 amazon or iBooks gift card on my Best of 2017 post!
What I Found Online:
This is the time of year I always say “I’m going to eat right and lose weight”…
This Week’s Book Haul:
We had an unexpected white Christmas!! Christmas Eve we got a blast of snow that was a bit stronger than the forecasters anticipated. We woke up to 1 inch of snow on Christmas morning. Then, it got CRAZY cold here. Like single digit highs. Last year we didn’t really have any super cold days like this so I guess we are due. As long as it brings the snow, I don’t mind!
I am enjoying my break from work. I have cleaned the house a bit, binge watched Friends on Netflix, and read some books. I have to get myself ready to go back to work on Wednesday though. I have been staying up late reading and then sleeping until 11 am or so. My 5 am alarm will be a difficult one to answer if I stay up until 3 am reading!
I published my goals for 2018 reading challenges. This year, I am focusing more on books that appeal to me or have been on my TBR forever as opposed to packing my schedule with ARC reviews. One of the biggest things I plan to do is really cut out all the tours with PR companies. I will still always get the ARC copies that publishers send me widgets for (I have no self control people!) but I have been making a conscious effort to not sign up for anything via a PR company. I know there will be exceptions (again, no self control!) but I am actually excited about this! While most of the PR companies I have worked with are great, I find that the deadlines are really starting to stress me. When a publisher sends me a widget, I always try to get it reviewed by the release date, but its not required. And often, those books are sent to me MONTHS in advance so I have plenty of time if I find myself in a funky mood and not wanting to read.
As I reflect on 2017, I realize that I didn’t read as many books as I had in the previous years. Why? I wasn’t busier. It wasn’t for lack of great book releases. I really think its because I felt ‘obligated’ to read. I signed up for a book that sounded good at the time, but when it was time to read it, the appeal wasn’t there. But, I had committed to read it (and the idea of emailing someone and telling them I was not going to make the deadline is just NOT okay with me-I simply cannot ignore deadlines. I can’t). I think it is slowly taking the fun out of reading. Or maybe its just my time for a blogging slump? I’m not sure. But, I know there are a LOT of great books out there and I want to be able to read whatever, whenever!
My wireless Beats Solo 2 headphones kind of broke this week. They work when you plug them in, but not when used via bluetooth. My problem-I am so used to wireless headphones I nearly broke my phone or choked myself going back to wired headphones!! That stupid wire was all up in my way all the time! I usually wear my headphones to listen to books while I clean, which requires a lot of movement. It was NOT going well. Sadly, I don’t have the money right now to replace them and I don’t want to just get something cheap to get by with, you know. #firstworldproblems for sure!
Also, my new years resolution is to get back into shape. I lost a bunch of weight a few years ago and it has all crept back! So, if you have any websites with great low cal recipes, let me know!! Anyone have any good tips to staying on track? I used my fitness pal in the past and liked it, but if you have anything that might be better, let me know!
So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!