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2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Katinka

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4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS OF 2014:

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Overhyped book of the year

(What’s all the fuss about?):

When it comes to overhyped and underhyped books, I pretty much managed to steer clear of falling for the overhyped stuff that could only end in disappointment this year. If I have to mention a book that got a lot of raving reviews that I, for the love of me, can’t understand, I’ll have to vote for I, Omega by Kari Gregg. What the ever loving fuck?! Thinking about this book and its buckets of cum alone makes me do a full-body shudder (must-read if you think there’s no party like a bukkake party!).

Underhyped book of the year

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

Underhyped books: hum hum, I must go with When The Music Stops by John T. Fuller. It’s beautiful and haunting and it deserves to be read by more than a handful of people.

Best surprise of the year

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

My best surprise of the year is definitely reserved for fanfiction. I remember sampling a few fics last year, but in 2014 I started shipping Sterek for real. So that ship took off and I’m a bit flabbergasted that I’m still sailing the seven seas with Stiles and Derek. If you have never tried fanfiction, either because it sounds silly or you just don’t get how it works, I would recommend trying The Student Prince in the Arthur/Merlin fandom. When it comes to Sterek, DiscontentedWinter AKA Lisa Henry just wrote her lovely debut Sterek. As she’s a fanfic author who supports spreading the fandom love wherever you like, instead of insisting that you do not read, discuss and review anywhere else but in the place where the writer can control it, I absolutely recommend checking out her work. Other works that I’ve enjoyed greatly are We’ve Written Volumes and No Homo. 

My reading experience in 2014:

2014 was many things, but not the year that my mum finally read the copy of Manna Francis’ Mind Fuck I lent her. It was also not the year that I met Colby Keller. Nor was it the year that I wrote a a Steter or Labyrinth fanfic or just some — any! — kind of fic all by myself. On the bright side: 2014 also wasn’t the year that I burned out on the m/m genre.

No wonder! As long as the genre has shinies like The Magpie Lord series by K.J Charles to offer, it’s not difficult to keep loving it, hard. That doesn’t mean that I don’t tell myself to occasionally intersperse my reads with re-spec-ta-ble classics and business reads. You know, the kind of books that you can actually discuss with your colleagues when you tell them that, yes, you love to read as well! After which they ask you about your favorite books, or worse: “so what are you reading right now?!” And all you can come up with is an ‘uhm’ and ‘eh’ because an endless parade of covers with beheaded torsos,  bondage gear and Stiles lip-locking with Derek passes by before your eyes… And thus you mumble something pleasantly vague about enjoying romances.

Does this ever happen to you?

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

So I decided that my New Year’s solution for 2015 would be to at least read…

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19 comments on “2014 YEAR-END REVIEW: Katinka

  1. Rachel
    December 27, 2014

    Ha! I feel a buddy read coming on in 2015! I love books that augment my assets and minimize my bottom line. ;) No single favorite for you this year? I have got to read this Fuller book already, right? I know I have been awful about it.

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      Well, I’m not going to nag you about When The Music Stops. I realize you’re otherwise occupied these days.;)

      Yes to buddy reads!

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  2. Kim W
    December 27, 2014

    Your reviews here got me started on fan fiction and now I can’t stop. Thanks! :)

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      Thanks for letting me know, I’m sitting here with a huge smile on my face. :D Everyone needs a dose of fanfic in his/her life! What are your favorites so far? I’m always interested in recs because…greedy!

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      • Kim W
        December 30, 2014

        Sterek and Destiel are my favorite. I have watched Supernatural since it came out and totally don’t see the ship but still love to read it. I’m even going back and rewatching season 4 where Castiel showed up to see if I missed the lingering looks but nada. But those men were at peak hotness in season 4 so it’s no hardship to watch the episodes again.

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  3. LegeArtis
    December 27, 2014

    Ohhh…look at all the lovelies! :starry eyes: Great list!
    Ok, I read all of these, except McGinley book- I’ll have to remedy that. -__-
    Everybody should read No Homo- that fic is a proof that Colby Keller can turn anyone gay. He haz mad skillz.:P
    Hmm, I loved Protection- it reminded me a lot of Under Grand Hotel manga- (if you didn’t read that, check it out) ;)
    KJ seriously dominated genre in 2014. I can’t believe she was a newcomer last year.. I feel like I was a fan since forever! :D

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      Lol! No Homo is definitely something else. It’s so amusing to see friends starting it and frowning about the things that seem silly, only to get sucked into the kink and not giving a heck anymore. It’s quite possible that RemainNameless alone is responsible for hooking hundreds of people on Sterek.:)

      Under Grand Hotel’s already on my TBR, heh! I think you will enjoy “What Worse Place Can I Beg In Your Love”. It’s so quirky and compelling! I just recced you another (FREE!) book on Goodreads that may interest you: Rorschach Blots by RoughDraftHero. Still need to write a review for it though.

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

    I totally missed that you read Stockholm Syndrome. I loved that one. Also sad that we didn’t get any new Toreth, Warrick or Carnac in 2014. Here’s to 2015 and maybe more Manna!

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      I haven’t finished Stockholm Syndrome yet as I savor it in small bites, but I felt like it belonged on this list anyway. So there. I was hoping to add some Manna Francis to these covers as well, but alas.

      2015 will just have to be our year!

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  5. Barbra
    December 27, 2014

    ” You know, the kind of books that you can actually discuss with your colleagues when you tell them that, yes, you love to read as well! ”

    That’s funny…..I’ve been telling myself I need to read some mainstream/bestsellers for the same reason. :-)

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      Ha! And how’s listening to your own advice working out for you? Because looking back at my read books, it’s fair to say that I don’t take my own advice very seriously.:p

      PS I noticed that you left a comment somewhere else about not having tried Manna Francis’ The Administration series and C.P Cavat’s Captive Prince series yet. You’re in for a treat! They’re absolute classics in this genre.:)

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  6. TracyTG
    December 27, 2014

    Ohoho, I’ve gotten used to saying “Oh, I read a lot of queer romance books,” and everyone just raises their eyebrows, asks “oh, that EXISTS?” and then they move on to talking about Gone Girl.

    I think it’s rad that you lent your mom Mind Fuck. Maybe 2015 will be the year!

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      That’s great, I’m working towards that! I’m a bit of a blabbermouth though, so I fear that once I mention reading lots of M/M inquiring minds want to know more and I’ll get lured into rambling about my love for edge-play and my favorite kinks and then I’m THAT colleague, you know?
      I’m planning on pitching Captive Prince to my book loving coworkers though, now that it’s a ‘respectable’ Penguin.:)

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      • TracyTG
        December 29, 2014

        CP sounds like a great book to rec to your colleague! Keep us posted on “Operation Queer Romance Takeover.” :D

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  7. Ami
    December 27, 2014

    Look at you and your historical books. I thought you don’t read them *LOL*

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    • katinka
      December 28, 2014

      Now that you’re mentioning it…*glances at covers*. I don’t have anything against historicals, but it’s not exactly like I’m gravitating towards them, no.:D Am I allowed to blame Susan for putting together that incredible anthology and hooking me on breeches?

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      • Ami
        December 28, 2014

        Blame her. We can all do that!! But come on, you are now leaning to historical right? RIGHT? *grin*

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  8. angelicarodriguez219
    December 29, 2014

    I work directly with two close-minded verging on homophobic co-workers, and they always see me reading and are always asking. I always *forget* the book title when it’s too kinky, but sometimes I can’t help but tell them about some stories where the characters go through hell because of close minded people. Sometimes they spew such nonsense that I feel like showing them my copy of Father Figure to shut them up.

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  9. susanylee
    December 29, 2014

    I love how you consumed all those KJ Charles books! HAHAHAHAHAHA! So glad you love her stuff! Wonder if I can convince you to give Joanna Chambers a try…??? :)

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