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2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Ilhem

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FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

First Against the Wall by Manna Francis –

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It’s THE explosion after about thirty stories of build-up. The deflagration left me bare and more than ever addicted.

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2013:

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Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

Catch a Ghost” by SE Jakes – I’m baffled by the craze for this book. It bored me to tears.

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

Son of a Gun” by A.M. RILEY – I don’t understand why this book is not more appreciated.  The mystery is reasonably good, the romance is teasing and sweet, it is funny and the MC is endearing : I can’t see why it is not more read. Change that please, I’d like it to become a series.

Best surprise of the year

(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):

Tinseltown” by Barry Brennessel – Dropped jaw right from the start that I never had time to snap shut.

Auto-buy authors

(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):

Manna Francis

My reading experience in 2013:

2012 showed me that a romance book could rock my world and I spent 2013 trying to renew the experience. It didn’t happen as much as I hoped, but my beloveds gave me a blast and I am still thankful for the in-between books that gave me a pleasant time. I didn’t need that much time in-between though…

What I’m hoping for/looking forward to in my 2014 reading journey?

Same quest, really. Also,  It’s probably  economically stupid, but I’m wishing for less chain publishing and more genuine, even flawed stories.

I am looking forward to the goodies I stored in my virtual attic. Otherwise, I leave it up to  impulsive bets,  crossed fingers and luck,  because it’s the best way to be surprised even though I now know better what works for me or not.

22 comments on “2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Ilhem

  1. shelley
    December 27, 2013

    Lets raise the glass (again) to your year ahead Ilhem. Lord knows that your hopes are my hopes for 2014, let us be awed by genuine works warts and all! Oh, and your surprise book has been added to my TBR! First Against The Wall was amazing! Great choice for book of the year. :)

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    • ilhem3606
      December 27, 2013

      Here’s to our hopes! *raises glass*

      About Tinseltown. I’m warning you, Not everyone loved the surprise.

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      • katinka
        December 28, 2013

        Oops. Guess what my favorite book of the year is. This is getting repetitive. ;)

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        • ilhem3606
          December 28, 2013

          What else could it be!:D

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  2. Tracy
    December 27, 2013

    Great wrap-up! I hope your 2014 will indeed be a great reading year. :D

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    • ilhem3606
      December 27, 2013

      Thanks Tracy. I wish you a wonderful reading year too.

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  3. Ami
    December 27, 2013

    A.M. Riley in overall is underrated author, I think. Because she doesn’t write as quickly as others or market herself like others. It’s too bad because I think her books have quality. She is one of my auto-read authors, in fact, even if she hasn’t written any new one in the last 1.5 years or so. Darn it!

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    • ilhem3606
      December 27, 2013

      Let’s hope for a sequel in 2014! Or an entirely new story. We’ll take anything!

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  4. Sheri
    December 27, 2013

    ‘First against the wall’ rocked my 2012. I absolutely loved it!
    *clinks glass*
    Here’s to an even better new year!
    *hugs*

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    • ilhem3606
      December 28, 2013

      Here’s to a great 2014!
      *hugs back*

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  5. katinka
    December 28, 2013

    Cheers to a fantastic 2014!

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    • ilhem3606
      December 28, 2013

      Cheers!

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  6. syleegurl
    December 28, 2013

    I HAVE to read M King…I know, I know. And I’ve been eyeing that Erastes book too!

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    • ilhem3606
      December 28, 2013

      I do not recommend Junction X to you, Susan. Don’t go there!
      On the other hand, what can I do to entice you to read M. King? The essence of unconditional love …Ummm?!

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  7. Victor J. Banis
    December 28, 2013

    Thanks for including Lola Dances – I did love little Lola. And for the record, I thought Erastes’ book, Junction, was one of the best novels I’d ever read. It is, however, and I admit it, on the dark side. Still, there are few authors in any genre who could spin such elegant prose.

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    • ilhem3606
      December 28, 2013

      Thank you for writing it, Mister Banis. I had such a wonderful time reading Lola’s adventures!
      Junction X is an excellent novel. I loved the prose, the uncompromising portraying, the very human ambiguity, the questions it raised. It hurt, it reminded me to always be prepared for happiness, it left me with so many thoughts… It is a hard lesson though.

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  8. Sue
    December 29, 2013

    Love your list Ilhem XD

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    • ilhem3606
      December 29, 2013

      Looking forward to reading yours.:)

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  10. s0ph1ar0s3
    December 30, 2013

    I’m definitely putting your underhyped book on my list. Thanks!

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    • ilhem3606
      December 30, 2013

      Let me know if you liked it.:)

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