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2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Sue C

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FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

Listening to Dust by Brandon Shire –

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Three titles come to mind when I think of my favourite books of 2013. For me, naturally Special Forces: Soldiers (748 pages) jumps to the forefront of my mind. It made me feel more than any book I’ve ever read before. Then there’s Fade; how could I not include Fade (1214 pages) in my favourite books? It’s spectacular, ingenious, heart wrenching and extraordinary. I’ve never seen a story pulled together as well as this. But in the end, my one favourite book of 2013 is a little book of 143 pages called Listening To Dust by Brandon Shire. It’s beautiful beyond compare, and in my opinion, it is nothing short of perfection from start to finish.

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2013:

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Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

I just can’t decide between Cut & Run, Salvage and Among the Living (PsyCop Series).

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

Why hasn’t everybody been taking about “Listening to Dust” by Brandon Shire?  Come on people!  Listening to Dust is the most overwhelming

Best surprise of the year

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

When You Were Pixels” by Julio-Alexi Geneao.  After reading a snippet of Julio’s Syntax work, I had an idea that I’d like Pixels… but sweet baby Jesus, I had no idea that Pixel’s 32 pages would overwhelm me so completely.  Fraught with tension from start to finish, it’s a teaser to a novel I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Auto-buy authors

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

Aleksandr Voinov

Brandon Shire

My reading experience in 2013:

Quite frankly, 2013 has been the best reading year of my life; true story.   I was never really a book worm because I never felt moved by the stories that crossed my path.  For example, in 2012 I read 12 books and then on December 26th I read JL Merrow’s Muscling Through and I fell in love with m/m.  So in 2013 I read 158 books.  Nuff said right?

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

Oh, that’s easy:  I want to be blown away by a story that moves and challenges me.  I want to feel so thoroughly/profoundly connected to the characters and their plight.  I want to read about human nature in all it’s glory and failings.  And as the icing on the cake, I want it all to be hot as hell ;)

21 comments on “2013 YEAR-END REVIEW: Sue C

  1. Jenni
    December 29, 2013

    Agree, agree, agree. (Well, except I did enjoy C&R and PsyCop!)

    I’m looking forward to next year with you and the ladies of BioB! Hmmm. I wonder what our mutual favorite book will be in 2014? ;-D

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      I am thoroughly ashamed that I haven’t even seen these comments. I wonder if we’ll share the same Book of the Year for 2014 too! Imagine that!

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  2. ilhem3606
    December 29, 2013

    A big YES to your 2014 wishes! It is all what we’re asking for.:)

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  3. Sheri
    December 29, 2013

    Mmmm, the icing on the cake.
    LtD is still on my tbr….staring at me. I really wanna tackle it, but you know me. :P
    I’ll need some hand holding or tissue passing when the time comes.
    Hope all your wishes for the new year come true!

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      Sheri! I’m so sorry I didn’t see any of these msgs earlier… :(
      Please, for the love of God and all things Holy – READ LISTENING TO DUST. Jenni and I will be here to hold your hand. It’s such a special story. I promise you won’t regret it. xx

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  4. syleegurl
    December 29, 2013

    I’m so jealous that all of you got to enjoy SF and TA and CP and Rough Canvas and all of ICoS this year. I was consuming those the end of last year so now I feel a twinge of envy! ha!

    But really, Sue…you don’t like PsyCop???? WHAAAAAT????

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      so, um, I’m really sorry I didn’t like PsyChops at all. We can still be friends, right?! ;)

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  5. Ami
    December 29, 2013

    Can I Hi-5 for Cut and Run, please?? *lol*. But I cut my losses for that series few years back. It’s weird, but I feel like a proud Mama or something reading how you (or Katinka, or Sheri) who just started this genre. It’s a great genre, and there are so many books you haven’t read yet, so many awesome authors to discover!! Here’s to finding 2014 as even better reading year

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      Thanks Proud Mamma Ami :)

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  6. Tracy
    December 29, 2013

    I’m glad you had such a monumental reading year! (I was like you. Before m/m, I read waaaaay less, and now, I can’t stop reading.)

    May your 2014 reading year be a total blast! :-)

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      Oh Tracy! We’re changed women!!! Let the m/m love flow ever more freely in 2014. xx

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  7. shelley
    December 30, 2013

    I forget that you are so new to the genre Sue, but oh boy am I glad we have you :) 2014 is going to be amazing for you with so many books still to discover.
    I’m with you on the Cut & Run thing, I only read up until book 4 for the hot as hell Ty and Zane sex. But you didn’t like PsyCops? Gah!!!! I don’t believe it!

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      Shells, I’m undoubtedly still on my training wheels! And as for PsyChops – it busted my chops – BIG TIME!!!

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  8. s0ph1ar0s3
    December 30, 2013

    I love Aleks Voinov too, but you list a few that I haven’t tried yet.

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      Aleks Voinov? Yes! I think you’re awesome Sophia ;)

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  9. Ana
    December 30, 2013

    I completely agree with you, Sue. Soldiers, Listening to Dust and, in my case, Memorizing You, are my favourites of this year.

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    • Sue
      January 29, 2014

      You have awesome taste, Ana! Hey, I’m starting “Memorizing You” really soon. Stay tuned for mine and Susan’s blubbering/messing review!

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      • Ana
        February 1, 2014

        Thanks Sue, you’re amazing ;) Looking forward for your thoughts about MY.

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  10. katinka
    December 31, 2013

    See, that’s what happens when people start reading M/M. We all become so greedy and before we know it, have to up our reading challenge to 150 books or so a year. Would you have freaking believed that were a possibility in your pre-M/M life?:D

    Love ya!<3

    PS I'm curious about Julio's follow-up as well. His short had great potential and a nice creepy undercurrent (intended or not, ha!).

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  11. Sue
    January 29, 2014

    Kitty Kat, I should have read this msg for the warning you were giving me. This fool (me) didn’t go for 150 in her challenge, did she?

    smh, #GluttonForPunishment

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