…we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!
“Trasmundo: Escape” by Varian Krylov
This is always sooo hard. I feel like I am going to hurt one of my almost favorite books’ feelings. I become attached and protective and…I really sound like a wackadoodle don’t I? Never mind, don’t answer that!
Anyways, this year was exceptionally tough but….Trasmundo is my Favorite Book of 2015. Varian Krylov rocked my world. This epic tale left a crater in my heart and then refilled it to maximum capacity. I am counting the days until Exile (Trasmundo #2) and have high hopes for another emotional upheaval.
*whispers* I can’t believe Ty & Zane were knocked down to my number two spot this year….I’m having a hard time getting over that. *sigh* Nevertheless, you still own my heart Ty.
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
Falling by Suki Fleet….actually I could partner this stunning book with Suki Fleet as a whole. It baffles me that she seems to fly under the radar. Her writing is breathtaking and her stories are outstanding. She swiftly soared to the top of my author list and I eagerly look forward to new and old treasures from her. If you are not familiar with her work, trust me when I say, you are going to want to tap into her books ASAP.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan was a troublesome read for me. I was fully anticipating the ‘sweep’ that was carrying everyone else away…and it bypassed me. Even though I really wanted to love it, I couldn’t. This has happened to me before and I know I’m not alone…but it is still disheartening when the hype-train misses you.
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
Not Safe for Work by L.A. Witt. Okay, so it’s not really the fact the L.A. created something that I adored but it was the timing that blew me away. Sometimes, the timing is key. I had the unfortunate experience of a lousy read that left a bad taste in my mouth. I was feeling a bit intimated because books can hold crazy power and once in a while a book can make you feel…bad. But then L.A. appeared and made it all better. The BDSM relationship in this book is case in point why I read books in this genre. It was stunning, it was hot, and it was impeccable timing. Completely erased the icky book bug I was fighting. Much love to you L.A.
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
…with a second string of almost-always auto-buy authors of Jo Myles, NR Walker, Marie Sexton, Damon Suede and Rick R Reed.
Wow, another year has zipped by already! For the most part, my ‘reading year’ has been a fantastic year full of blessings but also some changes. I have bid farewell to a couple friends as well as opened my arms to new friends. On a personal front, a few special bonds were unexpectedly broken. I would be lying if I said I predicted having those ties severed. I seem to continue to be blindsided by my online family that I perceive to be closest to me. However, in spite of losing some of my favorite buddy readers, I have closed any gaps with my current book family. Focusing on the silver lining reminds me that bonds have been fortified in light of those that have been broken.
Reading has always been very personal to me; I take a great deal to heart. That is just…me. If I am completely frank, I have been disappointed with dramatic fireworks in our community this past year. What happened to the strangers that pulled together and faced challenges as a whole? Countless attacks have been bombarding us from the inside….So much anger, so much judgment, so much pain. For what? I have no idea. I can’t say I’ve seen anything good from come any of the hysteria. I crave the peace and love from previous years. The world has enough without it leaking into our happy book world.
I am overjoyed to have this year wrap-up on a high note. I am thrilled to pieces that Wish Come True came to fruition. Susan has done many amazing things since the birth of this blog, but this is my favorite. Thank you Susan, you continue to amaze me with your colossal heart. If I can help maintain the heartbeat of BioB with a few reviews here and there which in turn allows her to do such magnificent things such as this, well, I’m in this for the long haul. I feel deeply honored to be part of this kick-ass team.
New and old blog team family, I love each and every one of you.
Lots of great reads with a fair share of not-so-great reads, but my reading experience the last couple years have been more to me than just…a story between two covers.
I can’t help but hand over my heart when I open a book. Lately, I have been attracted to deeply emotional tales…books bursting with angst AND love. Break my heart but then gently glue it back together. So for 2016, I can’t wait to have my heart shattered over and over again…but I would love for nothing more, than for that to only occur within the pages of a story. No more friendship casualties. No more bloodshed in the community. No more ill will.
Here’s to good books, great health and an overabundance of love.
Catch ya on the flip side!