My Crooked Bookshelf: Kicking the 2014 Book Slump

Unfortunately last year was kind of a crap year for me reading-wise. It wasn’t anyone’s fault but mine. It was literally an “it isn’t you, it’s me” situation. Between the drafting and revising and life-ing, I couldn’t turn the voracious reading part of my brain back on. I was binging on Netflix, discovering Doctor Who and scrolling through Twitter in my down time instead of picking up a book.

The reader inside me was STARVING.

When 2015 kicked down my door, I looked it in the face, narrowed my eyes and said, “I’m going to read the crap out of this year. I swear it.”

To be completely frank I read a total of 20 books last year.

20. Books. In twelve months. I can’t even with myself.

Here we are at the end of March, and my current total is 23. Not too shabby.

Some of those have been rereads, but I totally count those, because choosing to go back means something.

I reread all of the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning in preparation of reading BURNED and it was amazing, frustrating and everything I love about that series. I also reread the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews as well as caught up on the last two books and am officially now dying for the next one. I swear, MAGIC BREAKS was one of the most epic reading experiences I can remember in forever. Speaking of Ilona Andrews, I read the first in their new series, BURN FOR ME, and dammit, if they aren’t amazing storytellers and totally top five forever and ever for me. I’m currently on the hunt for all the Urban Fantasy I haven’t read. I just finished MIND GAMES by Carolyn Crane, and will be surely reading the rest of that trilogy.

This is also the year I want to read more Fantasy Romance. I started with WARPRIZE by Elizabeth Vaughn and RADIANCE by Grace Draven, and am now reading LORD OF THE FADING LANDS by C.L. Wilson. (And I am SO IN.)

I was also on a New Adult kick and loved THE HOOK UP by Kristen Callihan, THE DEAL by Elle Kennedy, and LUCK ON THE LINE by Zoraida Córdova. All are first books in series I will follow from here on out, waving my fangirl flag.

As far as Young Adult, I read two amazing, contemporary YA books that take place in the South. BIGGEST FLIRTS by Jennifer Echols and NO PLACE TO FALL by Jaye Robin Brown. I’m working on a blog post about southern YA and the ways some of my favorite stories use setting, voice and characters to show the many sides of the South.

My bracket is also still alive and well in this year’s DABWAHA. It’s a tournament of 64 books put together by Jane from Dear Author and Sarah from Smart Bitches, and it’s a ton of fun. There’s no telling how long my luck and guesses will go, but I’m going all the way with MAGIC BREAKS. It was that kind of book.

Here’s to creaking bookshelves and never-ending TBR piles.

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