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The Charioteer” by Mary Renault


4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2014:


Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

No hype on my shelves, this year.

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

Fadeout” by Joseph Hansen. Seriously, why have I waited so long and what are you waiting for?

Best surprise of the year

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

Fadeout” by Joseph Hansen. I thought that it would be a good mystery, and it was. But it was also so, so much more!

Auto-buy authors

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


My reading experience in 2014:

I’ve read a lot less m/m romance books. I’ve been a glutton for approximately 2 years, and I am now feeling a bit overstuffed. I remember wishing last year that diversity would prime over quantity because I found and still find that if the flow of new releases is a treat for new readers, the lack of diversity is quite jading for not-so-new ones. So, I’ve read less m/m books, less new releases, explored backlists, and the m/m genre still gave me some of my favorite stories of the year.

What I’m hoping for/looking forward to in my 2015 reading journey?

I’m looking forward to reading goodies I have stored up, to exploring backlists some more. I am hoping that the few gambles I will make will be winners. I am wishing again for diversity, and I am planning on exploring LGBTQ stories beyond the m/m genre.

12 comments on “2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Ilhem

  1. TracyTG
    December 26, 2014

    Man, I got to get on that Fadeout train. Great write-up!


    • ilhem3606Ilhem
      December 27, 2014

      Hop in ASAP, we’re having a great time there!


      • susanylee
        December 29, 2014

        Me too! Adding it now…


        • ilhem3606
          December 30, 2014

          Yay! You’ll see, it’s amazingly insightful.


  2. Ami
    December 27, 2014

    I was happy seeing an A.M. Riley book there!! I agree with you that sometimes reading the older books gave better experience. Where the authors not in a hurry to release as fast to keep readers aware of their names. Good books sometimes need time to make it better.


    • ilhem3606
      December 27, 2014

      I love her so!
      Yes, more time to mature a story would be great sometimes.


  3. Katie Mc (@KatieMcAtGR)
    December 27, 2014

    Fadeout was great. I plan to read more Joseph Hansen in 2015.


    • ilhem3606
      December 27, 2014

      I’m so glad that you loved it! Hansen is definitely on my 2015 list too.


  4. katinka
    December 28, 2014

    I’m interested to hear where your exploration of LGBTQ stories beyond the m/m genre will take you, Ilhem! Please don’t hesitate to share any gems you might discover with us.:)


    • ilhem3606
      December 29, 2014

      I’ll share the love.:)


  5. Sheri
    December 29, 2014

    Charioteer was indeed a memorable book for me too….even though it didn’t rank high on my shelves, I’m glad I tackled it. And I tend to recommend it often. It’s like some fine dining…it’s an acquired taste story! :)


    • ilhem3606
      December 29, 2014

      Hey comrade! I had a great time reading it with you.:)

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