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2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Jenni

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FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

Listening to Dust by Brandon Shire

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There was a message in those few hundred pages that was so powerful. About guilt, about living your life, about rising above adversity, about the cruelty of fate, about tragedy; it was ripe with meaning.

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2013:

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Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles – There should be a name for the phenomenon that happens when the entire rest of Goodreads becomes enchanted with a book and I can’t find a single redeeming thing to like. I felt zero connection to the MCs, I thought it was boring and uninteresting, and there was little-to-no-sexy time. Call me a dirty old lady if you must, but I require sexy time.

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden – Billy’s Bones is filled with brilliant, easy, realistic action and conversation. It’s dark and the subject matter is heavy, but it’s dealt with so beautifully. More people should know about the greatness of Jamie Fessenden, and his words.

Best surprise of the year

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

Hidden Away by J.W. Kilhey – This book is the reason I read. Stunning. Thought provoking. Beautifully written. Read Hidden Away. Read it now.

Auto-buy authors

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

Jamie Fessenden

Kim Fielding

Abigail Roux

Brandon Shire

Aleksandr Voinov

My reading experience in 2013:

I’m blowing my own mind typing this, but I just starting reading m/m in April 2013. It was April 2, to be exact, when I bought Captive Prince: Volume One before I left for a vacation. I devoured that and Captive Prince: Volume Two over a few days, and I’ve never looked back. No really. I can’t imagine ever reading m/f again. Since CP, I’ve read the majority of what I’ll call the canons of m/m: Special Forces, The Administration series, the Cut & Run series, the PsyCop series, and many, many standalone books and short stories. There’s just something about this genre that feels like home, like wearing a favorite cozy sweater on a cold day, whilst lounging by the fireplace. Yep, it’s hard to believe my love affair with m/m is still in its infancy, but I can’t imagine why I’d ever read anything else.

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

I recently started reading In the Company of Shadows at the encouragement of fellow BioB reviewer Sue. I’m about 75 percent done with Evenfall, and I’m really excited to tackle the rest of the series. I’m shooting for July 2014. We’ll see. Outside of that, I’m going to relish in the process of searching for my next 5-star read!

18 comments on “2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Jenni

  1. Ami
    December 28, 2013

    I really don’t have similarity of your list, at all!! *lol*. AND I mostly don’t/can’t finish the canons of MMs except for PsyCop. Oh well, different taste is what making things interesting. Looking forward to 2014 with you, Jenni!!

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    • Jenni
      December 29, 2013

      Isn’t it cool that we all have such different tastes in books? I’m looking forward to 2014 with you, too, Ami. I found some good “to-reads” from your year-end list, and I can’t wait to see what treasures you find next year! :-)

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  2. syleegurl
    December 28, 2013

    i share 3 of the same top books with you! :) (I read CP, SF, and TA all last year (2012) so I didn’t include them). Great year end wrap up!

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    • Jenni
      December 29, 2013

      Thanks Susan! It’s been fun to read everyone’s favs, and to see the things we have in common (and don’t!).
      :)))

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  3. Tracy
    December 28, 2013

    Awesome wrap-up, Jenni! You have some faves that I definitely need to check out (including Captive Prince!)

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    • Jenni
      December 29, 2013

      Oh, Tracy, I absolutely cannot WAIT for you to read CP. Based on others you’ve enjoyed, I predict it’ll be an *awesome* journey for you! :-D

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  4. Sheri
    December 28, 2013

    Wishing you lots of luck in your search for your next 5 star!
    *pssst* I like sexy time too ;)

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    • Jenni
      December 29, 2013

      Such things are important, what can we say?! ;D
      *fist bump*

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  5. Sue
    December 29, 2013

    JENNAI!!! You nuffy – you’re shooting for July 2014? Listen here, you’re gonna love ICoS like it’s yo baby daddy. You hear me?
    Anyways, I love the rest of your list :)

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    • Jenni
      December 29, 2013

      Silly Ossie. ;-) What’s a nuffy anyway? And is July too long or is it too ambitious on my part? I require guidance! And hand holding! XD Thanks, dahling!

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  6. s0ph1ar0s3
    December 30, 2013

    Sadly, I have not read any Brandon Shire books yet and will be remedying that soon, but I am a huge fan of Aleks Voinov. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jenni
      December 30, 2013

      Oh, I hope you tackle Shire at some point! Maybe start with Cold–it’s a little less intense than LtD. But when you’re feeling strong and ready to have your heart mauled, pick up Dust. You won’t be sorry, I promise! :))) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Debra E
    December 30, 2013

    I agree Billy’s Bones was a fabulous read. :)

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    • Jenni
      December 30, 2013

      Yay! Another BB lover! Such a great read. *sigh*
      :D

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  8. Ana
    December 30, 2013

    I love your reading experience in 2013 post, Jenni. I began reading mm in march this year too and Listening to Dust is one of my favourites books, along with Memorizing You and Soldiers. Hope you enjoy ICoS too :)) I want to begin reading The Administration series next year, and the Captive Prince when the third volume has date of release.

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    • Jenni
      December 30, 2013

      Thank you so much, Ana! Okay, for you: start with Captive Prince. It’s so, so amazing, oh my gosh. And The Administration? Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you about the fabulousness that is Toreth. And Warrick! Extremely well written and complicated characters…I’m giddy just thinking about it for you!

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  9. katinka
    December 31, 2013

    So many awesome books to look forward to in 2014. We M/M fanatics are one hell of a lucky bunch.And yes, isn’t it weird to imagine a life without this genre and community? How did we even make it through our days before? Ha!

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    • Jenni
      December 31, 2013

      I have no idea, but this community makes me so happy. Just real quality people here, you know? :) And what really blows me away is how *much* I’ve read this year, since April, even. I wonder if I’ll hit similar numbers in 2014?!

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