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2015 YEAR-END REVIEW: Susan

It’s that time of the year! When we review 2015’s reading experience…

SUSAN

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 

How To Be A Normal Person” by TJ Klune

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This book was a clear standout for me this year. Funny, quirky, HUGE-HEARTED, enlightening, and when I finished, I just knew, without a doubt, it was my favorite read of the year. #tearjerker #iheartgustavotiberius #yasserarapants

4.5 & 5 STAR BOOKS READ IN 2015:

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UNDERHYPED BOOK OF THE YEAR

(Why haven’t more people read this?):

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I really want more people to read and LOVE Unnatural by Joanna Chambers :). If you’re looking for a straight up sweep-you-off-your-feet romance, this is it! My heart SOARED at this book.

Two series that had new releases this year that I also wish more people were reading are the Diversion series by Eden Winters and the Romano & Albright series by LB Gregg. A little bit of action, quirky characters, sexy couplings, and a lot of fun for both of them.

OVERHYPED BOOK OF THE YEAR

(What’s all the fuss about?):

Every book?

This year just felt so…promo-filled. Maybe overly so. And it may sound silly since this blog participated in that. But in a year where Facebook parties, 1000000000 Facebook groups and pages, Twitter takeovers, Twitter “happy book birthday” messages, Goodreads parties, Giveaways, Dance-a-thons (ok, maybe not Dance-a-thons)…it was a LOT. And that’s not an awful thing…it was just…a LOT.

BEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

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

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2015 marked the first time I’ve read Megan Erickson. The first book of her “In Focus” series, Trust the Focus, was really highly received and a favorite for many. I liked it, definitely. HOWEVER, the second book, Focus on Me, really knocked my socks off. It wasn’t at all what I expected. Unafraid to tackle really difficult life experiences, it had me riveted and I finished thinking “Well, goddamn, that was so f’ing good!” Better than I’d even hoped for, it was one of my Top 3 books of the year.

AUTO-BUY AUTHORS

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

Joanna Chambers
Josh Lanyon
Keira Andrews
KJ Charles
Jordan Castillo Price
Mary Calmes
Eli Easton

MY READING EXPERIENCE IN 2015:

This year was filled with things I never thought I’d do…changing behaviors that made for a much less stressful year.

1) I embraced the REREAD. Before this year, I’ve reread maybe a handful of books. But with so many book funks, periods of time where nothing seemed to inspire, I dove back into some favorites…and even read some that I wasn’t sure about the first time but wanted to give new life. I reread Mary Calmes’ Matter of Time series at LEAST  five times this year…I just kept finding nuggets each time that I’d missed, or had greater understanding of Jory & Sam, or I just loved them more and more.  I also reread Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series. And so many others. I might have reread more books than original/first-timers this year.

2) I got on the AUDIOBOOKS train. It took a bit of getting used to, but once I did, I sorta got hooked. I’ve REALLY loved some and kinda liked others. My favorites were Superhero by Eli Easton and The Mating of Michael by Eli Easton. And the one thing I allow myself with audiobooks that I never had with ebooks…I DNF freely.

3) I went on an AUTHOR BINGE and read 11 books back-to-back…by Josh Lanyon. I couldn’t stop myself. I thought I’d read a lot of Lanyon to date. But, I really really read a lot of Lanyon this year. I still don’t feel entirely sated. Ended the spree with Jefferson Blythe, Esquire…loved it. And then went back into a book funk.

4) I don’t take things as personally as I used to. Another year, more community/genre drama, more personal drama. But, I just don’t…care as much anymore. I don’t engage anymore. I sometimes don’t even have an opinion anymore. I’m taking my reading relationships offline and cherishing face-to-face time with those who share this passion. I support this genre by BUYING books, by READING books, by REVIEWING books…I don’t need to be involved more that that. And the friendships I’ve made and have? I try to make them about MORE than just this community and the goings on within it. It then becomes less about gossip and drama and more about the actual relationships.

What I’m looking forward to in my 2016 reading journey:

I’d like a year without plagiarizing, without deception, without catfishing, without piracy, without judgement, without shaming, without hypocrisy, without assholes…because all of this feels magnified in this ever-growing, yet highly intertwined/still-feels-intimate m/m romance space.

kingsrisingBut, if I can’t get that..well, I’ll just settle for the highly-anticipated release of King’s Rising (Captive Prince 3).

 

 

5 comments on “2015 YEAR-END REVIEW: Susan

  1. livrancourt
    December 17, 2015

    Susan – I hope you have a year without all those things you listed, and thank you for bringing so many good books to my attention. Happy holidays…

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  2. Kristie
    December 17, 2015

    Thank you for everything you do for us. How you’re brought us together. And thank you for being a great friend. <3

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  3. helenajust
    December 17, 2015

    I perfectly understand your binge-reading Josh Lanyon. I did too, although for me it was a re-read. The characters and the stories are just so good!

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  4. Sheri
    December 18, 2015

    Yes, yes, yes!! Ha! A Meg Ryan moment there ;)
    Can’t wait for 2016 adventures with you.
    Love you more!

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  5. shelley
    December 19, 2015

    I’ve downloaded some of your faves from the year and am looking forward to them. I also discovered that the re-read is my go to option this year too. Most notably Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan – I don’t even mind the ending anymore, lol! I’m not sold on the audio books yet I just feel, I don’t know silly or awkward listening to them – especially the sex parts! Perhaps I shall try again with something like Superhero :) Thank you for the round up my lovely. Much love and respect to you for rising above the dramas and for sticking with what you love for all the right reasons. Love you!

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