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2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Sheri

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FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run #5)  – Abigail Roux

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Don’t tell my husband, but I fell in love with another man this year. His name is B. Tyler Grady and my fictional heart belongs to him. I finally jumped on the snarky, smexy and sweet ride of the Cut & Run train, and I loved (almost) every second of it. It was nearly impossible selecting which book of the series would claim the honor as my favorite, but after reliving my updates, I realized this installment in the series sated every wish and desire I had. I loved it. Absolutely, positively loved it.

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2013:

This is where I’m supposed to list my top books of the year….and as much as I want to, seriously, you don’t want to see my list. It’s a tad bit lengthy….

It has come to my attention that I am a star slut.

Yup. Nearly 34% of the books I consumed during 2013 ranked 4.5 or 5 full glorious stars.

But wait! Before you give me a hard time, let me tell you why.

Near the end of the previous year I fell into the m/m ocean and barely came up for air. I literally jumped in with both feet with my first m/m read being Special Forces. After surviving my near death experience with this brilliant masterpiece I began my obsession with The Administration. Flip Hot Head in the mix and it was clear I was an absolute goner and there was no going back.

So, this past year was a fierce game of catch up. I had a never-ending-to-read list and continuous recommendations from friends.

Between Cut & Run, Psycop, The Market Garden series, and The Rifter, I had nearly two dozen kick-ass reads. Toss in two dozen solid stand-alones like; Glitterland, Illumination and Bad Idea and I rounded out an incredible book year. And in all honestly, I sure as hell can’t complain. I was a happy, satisfied reader for the majority of 2013.

Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run #7)” by Abigail Roux – Not sure where to begin with this one. I had a major love/hate relationship with this book. It hurt me. Seriously damaged me and I still ache when I think about it. I had high expectations and they were not met. I was so relieved when the last page appeared and I have no desire to relive the struggles and trauma from this book. Do I still love the boys? With every beat of my heart. Am I counting the days till Ball & Chain? You bet your sweet ass I am.

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding (Strawberries for Dessert #2)” by Marie Sexton – I truly adored Jon and Cole in the Coda series. This counts as one of the times that I give major props to the author, Marie Sexton, for I did not enjoy Jon or Cole when I first met them. However, it didn’t take long and I was smitten with both of them, especially Cole. Their future has never looked so bright and I am beyond thrilled that I was able to witness their dream come true. If you haven’t read it, you are missing out and I encourage you to add it to your tbr.

Best surprise of the year

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

The Ghost on My Couch” by LA Gilbert –  Wow. This was a pleasant sneaking addition to my top reads this year. Alex and Sid stole my heart. I was not anticipating such a fabulous story, but I certainly was rewarded with one. It was pure flufftastic bliss and I couldn’t get enough.

Auto-buy authors

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

TA Webb

Josephine Myles

LA Witt

NR Walker

Abigail Roux

Damon Suede

Jordan Castillo Price

Marie Sexton

Alexis Hall

I have a couple others that will most likely make the list next year, but I’ve only been able to check off one book from their shelves so far. I expect my list will continue to grow.

My reading experience in 2013:

I hit a brick wall this summer and found out the hard way I have limits when it comes to my reading desires. I was anxiously following along, ignoring blurbs and reviews and relying solely on recommendations from others. Welllll, I found out that comfort zones can differ…drastically, from one reader to another. I no longer blindly go into a book. I know what does not work for me, and I have learned to avoid these triggers to save myself agony. I can respect that we all enjoy and look at stories from different perspectives; this is not a bad thing, it adds flavor & spice. I will never judge others for what they enjoy, but I will not subject myself to something that crosses comfort lines for me. I read for pleasure and enjoyment and know that is okay to say ‘no thanks’ if I’m not feeling a book.

I did enjoy dipping my toes in new experiences and my eyes were opened to lots of new things. I look forward to many more ‘firsts’ in the future

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

I can only hope that this upcoming year blesses me as much as 2013. I had a couple of lows, a few ‘what in the world did I just read?,’ but for the most part, I had a great time falling in love again and again. I simply can’t wait for more. I’ve got a feeling bigger and better things await me, and I am eager to tell you all about it! Wishing you all the same for your new year. Lots of love and blessing for you and your loved ones.

Here’s to an abundantly awesome 2014!

26 comments on “2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Sheri

  1. ilhem3606
    December 29, 2013

    Here’s to 2014 and an orgy of 5 stars ratings!

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      HA!
      here here!!

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  2. shelley
    December 29, 2013

    Damn, you DID have a great year! Here’s hoping the next is just as good, if not better for you Sheri.

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      I know right?
      I was the star slut when it was 14%….but that was just my fivers, including my 4.5’s took me to another level :P
      Thanks Shell, same to you!

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  3. Ami
    December 29, 2013

    34%!!! I am envious of you!! But then again, you just starting this lovely genre. You will find MORE great reads, I promise. There are a lot of stories that you need to catch up. There were awesome!

    Here’s to FABULOUS 2014!!

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      Just starting had a LOT to do with it. And you’re right, I still have tons to catch up on. But I’m excited and can’t wait to see what ’14 has in store for me.
      cheers!

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  4. Peasblossom
    December 29, 2013

    Sheri, great year-end summary! I’ve had the most fun reading many of that 34% with you… And ‘Cheers!’ to a 2014 reading year that is every bit as big an adventure. Xox!

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      me too Jelly, me too!
      I have a feelin’ bigger and better things await us.
      so happy to have you by my side while we navigate our never-ending-tbr.
      *clinks glass*
      salute

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  5. Tracy
    December 29, 2013

    Great post, Sheri!

    I think it’s fun to read across the “year-end” posts and see a common theme of “when I got into m/m…” and see that everyone *really got into* the genre, like reading tons and tons of books, and how m/m has even changed reading patterns for people.

    Don’t stress too much about the 34%. If you really liked a book, you really liked it. :-) I hope your 2014 is full of even more awesome reads.

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      Thanks Tracy! You’re right…when it’s good, it’s good :D
      and absolutely….once I slipped into m/m, there was no stopping my addiction. Honest…my reading has become an addiction. I have panic attacks if I’m without my kindle.
      Wishing you an awesome new year as well!

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  6. Jenni
    December 29, 2013

    A star slut? I love this about you! Maybe you *think* you’re a star slut, but you pick quality books, lady, so keep up the good, hard work! ;-)

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      Awww, thanks love. Most of the credit lies with my friends…I would have missed many-o-wonders without them. I have very much enjoyed the buddy reads we have conquered together and can’t wait for more. Ready when you are to continue on the amazing Rifter ride.

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  7. Debra E
    December 29, 2013

    Glad you had a great reading year! I also adored Fear Hope … Jon and Cole were so unlikable in their early appearances, but when they got together they totally redeemed themselves and made for great reading. :)

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      Thanks Debra, it was a fab year.
      Yep, you are exactly right. Oddly enough I didn’t like them much at all when they first appeared, but they were so easy to fall in love with.
      It was one of the few happily-ever-after’s I needed, I truly HAD to have.
      *sigh* I would sacrifice greatly for a glimpse into their future….

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  8. syleegurl
    December 29, 2013

    I’ve been eyeing “Ghost on my Couch” for some time. I really liked LA Gilbert’s “Kieran and Drew”. I’m going to move this up my list to one of my first reads of 2014. :)

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    • Ami
      December 29, 2013

      Ghost On My Couch made me cry. Of course it was one of my favorite book in 2011, I five-starred that one :)

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      • Sheri
        December 29, 2013

        Oh my…so, I’m like 2 years behind you?
        ‘just keep reading, just keep reading’ this will be my mantra

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      Doooo it!
      I am thinkin’ you will adore Sid

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  9. SF, TA and HH are the mm trif-ecta I think. How could you not fall after that?
    Now I’m going to work on whether it’s Sheri Star Slut, or Slut Star Sheri, or Slut Sheri Star — Great post sweetie :)

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    • Sheri
      December 29, 2013

      Very true…my fall was inevitable. But damn, it was quite a rush. Still is at times to be honest.
      *snicker*
      dat’s me ;)

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  10. s0ph1ar0s3
    December 30, 2013

    My list would be long like yours too. I just love stories and its hard to disappoint me even when you wring out my heart like Touch and Geaux did. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Sheri
      December 30, 2013

      I didn’t know I had so many fab reads this past year until I started counting;
      after I surpassed 50, it hit me that it was a better book year than I realized! Yay for me :)
      and I’m glad to hear your list was lengthy as well….yay for you!!
      T&G was painful and the ending barely patched my wounds. I have high hopes for B&C though.
      Happy New Year!!

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  11. Ana
    December 30, 2013

    Great post, Sheri! I’m glad you had an amazing year:D
    Special Forces was my first mm book too, I was mesmerized and completely captivated by it, It’s my book n1 this year. The Cut and Run series was great for me too, Ty and Zane are a wonderful couple.

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    • Sheri
      December 30, 2013

      SF was your first too?
      *fistbump* It nearly destroyed me, but the intensity and passion was SO unlike anything I’d ever read, I had to have more.
      Without a doubt, Ty and Zane are my fave couple. It was the slow burn (with all the smexy) of their relationship that sold me.
      **off to check and see if you posted your end of the year list on Susan’s post :D

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  12. katinka
    December 31, 2013

    “did enjoy dipping my toes in new experiences and my eyes were opened to lots of new things. I look forward to many more ‘firsts’ in the future”

    Your wish is my command! Tentacles, M Preg, and what about that nice anal egg laying buddy read that’s coming up in 2014? Just say the word!;)

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    • Sheri
      December 31, 2013

      *sputters*
      err, uhhh, ummmm…..
      *trying not to hyperventilate*
      lemme get back to you on that…
      our buddy read? oh dear, how could I have forgotten?

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