Welcome to day 20 of #BookBlogWriMo! Today we’re gonna #TBT to good books from the past year.
Ah, throwbacks. I love them. I also love that this is my fourth blog post of the day. Talk about hustle! Holla! It almost makes up for the past few weeks when I favored sleep over blogging. In my defense, I found out today that I not only have a sinus infection (which I suspected), but I also have strep throat. So that icky feeling? Not just me being tired or burnt out. I really am sick. That kind of makes me feel better.
Anyway, time for #BookBlogWriMo (again, since yesterday’s post was published today). Yesterday (err…today. This is getting awkward.) we talked about books I wanted to read in what’s left of the year. Now I’m looking back at what I’ve already read. And loved.
Now, I’m very picky about what books I choose to read. That means that I love most of the books I read. I can usually tell from a blurb and other reviews whether or not I’ll like the book. If there’s not a good chance of me loving it, I just won’t read it.
I’d much rather re-read an old favorite or switch over to non-fiction for a minute than read something that doesn’t look good. Even if it’s free or could be a good opportunity for visibility.
Anyway, here are some of my favorites, and links to my blog or Goodreads review. (Yes, it’s probably cheating to include entire series and authors, like I’ve done here. But you know what? I don’t care. I’m indecisive with stuff like this.)
Alice Clayton’s Cocktail Series
So only two new books in this series came out this year, Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read Wallbanger in the past 11 months. I’ve read all three books three times this year.
Tara Sivec‘s Fool Me Once, Chocoholics, and Chocolate Lovers Series
Individual reviews (some are here & some are Goodreads):
I binge read most of her books when I was in the planning stages of my blog, so I was so busy creating graphics and getting things off the ground that I wasn’t reviewing here or on Goodreads. Some I eventually I got around to, but I think a few Throwback Thursday reviews are in order for the rest of them.
Her characters make me hate my friends. I normally think we’re so funny, but then I read her books and I realize that we’re not living up to our potential. We have the dirty minds, we have the quick wit, we have the rhyming skills, etc. We could be so much funnier.
Tamed by Emma Chase
Yeah, I’m actually not going to put the whole series on here. Tangled will always be one of my favorite books, but I actually didn’t love the other books in the series that came out this year. By no means did I dislike them, but I think my standards were set too high for Kate and Drew.
What I liked best about Tamed compared to Twisted and Tied was the fresh characters. Also, Twisted was really depressing for no good reason, and Tied and the short story in Baby, It’s Cold Outside struck me as pretty unoriginal.
Knitting in the City Books by Penny Reid
Anyone who’s spent time here before knows that I’m a huge Penny fan. One of the reasons I started a blog after months of dreaming about it was because I had so much to say about her books, and nowhere to say them.
We were lucky enough to get THREE new books in the series this year, and I’ve reread the old ones as well. I love the humor and quirkiness in all of Penny’s books and the fact that I feel like by now, I’m a member of the knitting group as well. (I’m the lame one in the corner only knitting things that are perfectly square, and garter stitch, because I suck.)
2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
This has been one of my favorite (new to me) New Adult series this year. They’re extremely realistic, instead of the crazy, over the top drama plaguing so many books. I actually just finished the third book a few days ago and can’t wait for you all to read it. 🙂
Also, it doesn’t hurt that all the books are named after Backstreet Boy songs. Although, as an equal opportunity boy band fangirl, I feel it should be followed up with an N*Sync-themed series.
No Weddings Series by Kat and Stone Bastion
This is another one that I love for the realistic drama. And the dirty talk. And the non-dirty parts of their banter. And the humor.