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Currently Reading – June 27, 2022

What are you reading this week?

This week I’m finishing up The Becoming by Nora Roberts (The Dragon Heart Legacy #2). I made a lot of progress over a productive weekend. With less than 200 pages to go I should finish in about another two days.

"The Becoming" by Nora Roberts (cover)
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ABOUT: The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two–including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm–a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people–and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh–and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

Summer is here and it’s time to get a start on my summer reading. So today, I’m also going to start House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein (The Kingdom of Crows #1), which now has an amazing cover to go with it! It’s the start of a brand new, new adult fantasy series and close to 500 pages!

Way back in December I got to read and review an early excerpt of the prologue and first chapter – I was hooked! So I’m excited to begin a bit of it today.

"House of Beating Wings" by Olivia Wildenstein (cover)
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ABOUT: Free the crows, Fallon, and they will make you queen.

Until an oracle predicted my regal future, I’d never imagined myself rising above the curve of my round ears. After all, I was the magicless halfling loved by beasts but loathed by every pure-blooded faerie at court. Well . . . by all but one.

Dante Regio, prince of Luce, had owned my heart since he gave me my first kiss. If gathering a slew of iron relics could help me overthrow the current monarch and crown his brother to rule at my side, then treasure hunting I’d go.

If only the oracle had warned me what winged demon I was releasing into the world.

And that I’d become this demon’s obsession.

And, as you may recall, I’m starting Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6). This installment has been out for over a year now, but I borrowed it from the library, so it’s only now that I’ve found the right time to read it.

I’ve enjoyed the series thus far and continue to love Anna and Charles. I’ve read all the books with huge chunks of time in between that I don’t remember a lot of details nor can guess what the end game is for this series. But you can’t go wrong with werewolf shifters, especially ones by this long-time author.

"Wild Sign" by Patricia Briggs (cover)
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ABOUT: Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham must discover what could make an entire community disappear — before it’s too late — in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Alpha and Omega series.

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

Those are my reading plans this week. Should be interesting trying to read three books at once. Busy as a bee I will be. But this busy bookish bee shall persevere!

Have a great week, everyone!


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Spring Reading Rewind

How did your spring reading go? What were some of your favorite reads? Was there a book you wanted to read but didn’t get to?

Spring is over. Another season has come and gone. All things considered (and there was a lot to consider), I think my spring reading went fairly well.

I read 48 books this spring with one more (The Becoming) that I’m still reading.

As usual, the list changed dramatically. Originally, I had 29 books planned but only read 15 and removed the rest as time went on. Which means I read an additional 33 books not on the list, many of which were short reads.

Back in March I made 5 star predictions from the original spring tbr. Here’s how that went:

    • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (removed)
    • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (3⭐)
    • Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas (3⭐)
    • The Bachelor Bargain by Maddison Michaels (removed)
    • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner (5⭐)
    • Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce (removed)
    • When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed (removed)
    • Inferno by Donna Grant (removed)
    • Built to Last by Erin Hahn (4⭐)
    • The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen (removed)

So some hits and misses with the ones I did get to, but the ones I didn’t I still think they will be 5-star reads. Maybe they’ll make it onto the Fall tbr. But that’s a ways away.

A book that surprised me the most was These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. This was a back-listed title that I just never found time to read. What on Earth took me so long?!? It was really good! I was hooked and very invested in each of the three main characters. And thank goodness, my local library has a copy of the next and final book. That just very well may be a coming Fall or Winter read.

"These Rebel Waves" by Sara Raasch (cover)
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I had a few disappointing reads: Wildseed Witch, Batter Royale, and The Bodyguard. These books had some things they did well and had a lot of potential based on the synopsis alone, but I wanted more.

From the ashes of disappointment rose plenty of favorites over the course of the spring:

ROW 1: Hair Love, Eyes That Speak to the Stars, Dear LibrarianFalling Short
ROW 2: Camp Famous, That Cowboy of Mine, Summer Nights with a Cowboy, The Scandalous Vixen

And just as many, there were books that had so much emotional depth and heart that I could not even with how much they moved me. One or both of the main characters were relatable and had pasts that took a lot of strength and faith to overcome. The character growth from overcoming these obstacles was huge and gratifying. I definitely recommend these heartfelt reads:

BlendedBuilt to LastThe Fastest Way to FallFinding JupiterSummer Nights with a CowboyThat Cowboy of Mine

The most outstanding book that I read this spring was Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe.

"Finding Jupiter" by Kelis Rowe (cover)
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Finding Jupiter became an instant favorite of the season. I was blown away. It was a book I didn’t see coming that was everything I wanted and needed from an amazing, outstanding, 5-star read. I highly recommend Finding Jupiter.

And that, my bookish friends, wraps up the spring reading season. I had a good time. Time for a new crop of books to read and enjoy.

In case you missed it, yesterday I posted my full summer reading list. It was just those 26 books but I went to the library that same day that list was posted and checked out “a few” books not on the list. Classic case of bookworm problems.

Have a great day!


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Thank goodness, another Friday is here!

Do you have any bookish plans this weekend?

Thank goodness it’s Friday and I have no work because I am tired. My current read has been slow going, but with a three day weekend ahead of me I’ll be able to make more progress.

One good thing that’s happened today is that I received an e-arc for Sophie Sullivan’s latest book, A Guide to Being Just Friends (Jan 17, 2023). This one is a different female MC and different Jansen brother as MC. I’ve enjoyed all of her books so far. They’re very sweet contemporary romances.

There were two other reviews I meant to post this week but I got a little off track, so hopefully I’ll be all caught up by the end of next week.

Also next Tuesday is the first day of summer! Can you believe it’s nearly here? I already know which books I’m going to read first, House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein and Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs. I can’t wait to share with you all what books I plan to read this summer.

Have a great weekend!

💕 Christina

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2022: April Wrap–Up

Happy Saturday, bookworms! How’s you’re weekend going?

April reading was different. I read books from my tbr and those not on it that were just for fun. Page lengths were on the shorter side but still made for an eventful reading month.

From my tbr, I read 7 books, soon to be 8 as I finish up one more read today. I didn’t get to read any backlisted titles, but I did get to read library books, so I’m still a happy bookworm.

Reviews Posted

I posted 6 reviews in April, all wonderful four or five star reads!

The Fastest Way to Fall | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That Cowboy of Mine | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Perfectly Designed | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dear Librarian | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Blended | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Falling Short | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

"Falling Short" by Ernesto Cisneros (cover)
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Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros was my favorite April read largely due to the beautiful friendship between the main characters, Issac and Marco. The story as a whole was enjoyable and easily a five-star read. This is a middle grade story to add to your tbrs!


I hope everyone had a great reading month! May is looking to be bookishly wonderful as well 💜

What were some of your memorable April reads? What book are you most looking forward to reading next month?


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Stacking the Shelves – March 5, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Hey there, Readers!

A lovely assortment of books were added to my shelves this week. It certainly will make finalizing my spring tbr a tad harder than it already is. I welcome these new books with wide arms because they all sound amazing, beautiful, and riveting. The covers are always so pretty and alluring too! I have a good feeling about these books.

Kindle Freebies

Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Safe with Me by Stephanie Nicole Norris

"Delicate Ink" by Carrie Ann Ryan (cover)
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ARCs

Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas (May 10)

Batter Royale by Leisl Adams (June 7)

"Wildseed Witch" by Marti Dumas (cover)
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Continuing New-To-Me Series

Power Plays & Straight A’s by Eden Finley & Saxon James

"Power Plays & Straight A's" by Eden Finley & Saxon James (cover)
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Posted About By Other Book Bloggers

The Bachelor Betrayal by Maddison Michaels

Map of Flames by Lisa McMann

"The Bachelor Betrayal" by Maddison Michaels (cover)
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While “Casually” Browsing Books

Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho

A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Seo Kim

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Khoa Le

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (August 23)

"Eyes That Speak to the Stars" by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho (cover)
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If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think? Or, if you’ve read other books by any of these authors that you enjoyed, what were they? Let me know what new books I need to also add to my shelves in the comments below!

Have a great day!


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Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get

Top Ten Tuesday blog post

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Which 2021 releases were you so excited to read but still haven’t gotten to yet?

Last year I read more new releases than any other year of blogging about books. And with a constantly changing mood-based tbr, it’s not surprising that there were an ample amount that I didn’t get to even though I was eager to read.

My Top 10 includes:

1. Steelstriker by Marie Lu

2. Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

3. One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu

4. Fairytales from Verania by TJ Klune

5. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

6. Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons

7. A Pack of Storms and Stars by Olivia Wildenstein

8. Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie

9. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

10. The Alpha Protocol by Duncan M. Hamilton

I’m trying to rectify this bookish travesty and have some of these on my current Winter TBR, which is basically made up of books I didn’t get to last year. I am determined to see this through, especially since I own much of these titles.


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#SixForSunday: Sequels I Can’t Wait For

Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

My picks for today’s prompt are sequels I can’t wait to read that I haven’t talked much about or at all. Some of these I’ve been trying to read for years but kept pushing off. I really want to finish/catch up on these series in 2022.

The books I chose are:

Husband Material by Alexis Hall (Boyfriend Material #2) (August 2, 2022)

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

This Summer 2022, you’re invited to the event(s) of the season.

 

Endure by Sara B. Larson (Defy #3)

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

 

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6)

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

 

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy #2)

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.

 

Jorundyr’s Path by Duncan M. Hamilton (Wolf of the North #2)

Jorundyr’s Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid’s Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.

From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr’s Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of: filled with friends, enemies, and danger–the crucible from which heroes are forged.


Is there a series you started that you’ve been meaning to continue for forever?


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2022: January Happenings!

January Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Hello, again! I hope you all had a good weekend and you’re ready to kickstart the new year into high gear. I know I am. Here’s what’s happening this month at The Bookshelf Corner:

Eyes on the Prize: 2022 Bookish Goals

Hello, 2022! There are several goals I want to accomplish this year, but today I’ll just focus on the ones of the bookish variety. I want to:

    • Visit the library regularly
    • Be a more active blogger
    • Donate books I’m no longer interested in reading
    • Reduce the number of unread owned books on my shelves
    • Read more back-listed titles
    • Finish the first draft of WIP
    • Participate NaNoWriMo for the first time
    • Read and/or acquire my very most anticipated 2022 releases
    • Buy more books

The 2022 Reading Challenge I Almost Got Carried Away With

Feeling energized after last year’s success I was toying with the idea of challenging myself to read 200 books this year, but at the last minute decided 150 is more reasonable given my overall 2022 plans.

I don’t have a tbr for this month – there are certain books I should really get done this month, but for the most part I’m just continuing with the winter tbr and going with the flow.

To start the new year, I’m currently reading Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon and Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein. The former I’m hoping to finish this week. The latter is around 600 pages so that’ll be a month long read unless I totally becomes unputdownable (which is 100% likely).

Rebranding the Blog for a Better Experience

Lately, I’ve been working on major rebranding for the blog. Some changes have already begun to be implemented, but there are still additional things to figure out, such as choosing a fresh, more modern theme, changing my approach to writing posts, creating a new logo, and designing for accessibility. More on that later once it’s all complete.

Have a great first full week of 2022!

 


 

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”
– Betty White,
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

 


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2021 Wrap-Up + The Book, Cover, and Author of the Year

Happy Friday & Happy New Year’s Eve!

Whew! We did it. We made it to the end of 2021. I am forever grateful to books for getting me through this challenging year. I had a lot of great and profound reading experiences throughout the year. Good times I’ll remember fondly. Plus, the blog has grown and achieved a few new milestones, which I’m very happy about.

Without further delay, here’s my 2021 wrap-up along with my top favorite reads of 2021 and the cover/author/book of the year.

2021: Goodreads Reading Challenge

As of this post I’ve read 132 books (maybe 133 if I can finish this final read – A Dragon for Christmas by Zoe Chant – before the ball drops).

Screenshot of completed Goodreads Reading Challenge widget of 132 books of 100 goal for 2021.

December Reviews Posted

I posted 26 reviews this month of mostly 4-star reads. All in all, a good month for books.

Getting His Game Back  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wife by Wednesday  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Enough  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Good Egg  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Cool Bean  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sunny Makes A Splash  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Only Mostly Devastated  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Introvert Doodles  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strictly No Elephants  | ⭐⭐⭐
The Suite Spot  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Falling for Zeke  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Welcome to the Ballroom (Volume 1)  | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Gratitude is My Superpower  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Red: A Crayon’s Story  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Garden We Share  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
House of Beating Wings (excerpt)  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am (Not) Scared  | ⭐⭐⭐
We Are (Not) Friends |  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Awakened  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Damaged Goods  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon’s Breath  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve Loved You Since Forever  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodnight Moon  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wildfire Griffin  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Systems Red  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Restart  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite December Reads

My favorite December reads were Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, The Suite Spot by Trish Doller, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

Favorite Blog Posts I Wrote

Below are posts I wrote from the past year that I had a lot of fun making and sharing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Purple, Gold, and/or Green Book Covers (Happy Mardi Gras!)
Book to Movie Adaptations I’d Love To See
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had
Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers
Outfits On Book Covers I Want In My Closet
My Favorite Book Mentors
Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top 12 Favorite Reads of 2021

My top 12 favorite reads of 2021 were Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis, Set to Music by Negeen Papehn, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, Float Plan by Trish Doller, The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison, Brothersong by TJ Klune, Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein, Spy x Family (volume 1) by Tatsuya Endo, Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas, Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, and Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert.

I highly recommend all of these 5-star titles!

Honorable Mentions:
Bloodsworn  ●  Unplugged  ●  Drawn Together

Covers of the Year

I chose Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, and Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen. for Cover of the Year. These stunning, beautiful covers took my breath away. I would gladly have these as wall art decor in my house.

Authors of the Year

For this category, I chose authors whose works I especially enjoyed and really want to read more from.

B.B. Alston  ●  TJ Klune  ●  Whitney D. Grandison

Nalini Singh  ●  Trish Doller  ●  Danielle L. Jensen

Courtney Ellis  ●  Annabeth Albert  ●  Chad Lucas

Book of the Year

This was probably the toughest choice I had to make this year but I chose two books that really wowed me, left a huge impression on me that still lingers, and brought me to tears. Book of the Year went to Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune and At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis!

Final Thoughts – Farewell 2021

While 2021 was a good reading year for me, it’s also put into perspective what I want for myself and this blog going forward. I’ve been slowly making changes in all aspects of my life and 2022 will see the beginning of those wishes implemented. But more on that in an upcoming January Happenings post.

I want to thank you all for reading, commenting, and liking my posts. I am so happy to be in this space, blogging and gushing and reminiscing about all things books. You are the best!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend and a happy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

Christina


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The Best of the Best Books of 2021: here are my favorites

Hello, again! Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! It’s been a busy while relaxing, reading, and just enjoying my time off work. This break was much needed for everyone.

Today’s post is a rewind, reminiscing about all the books I read this year and sharing the ones that stood out and left big impressions on me.

This year seems harder than past ones because I read so many good books! It was difficult to choose just one for some of the categories I’m using below. But we’re book lovers. Choosing just one book rarely is an option.

In 2021, I surpassed my reading goal of 100 books and read 27,146 pages across 131 books.

I’m still reading “Operation Sisterhood” but will be able to finish before the year is over. That review will be posted January 4 (its release day).

Through much deliberation, here are the best of the best books of 2021:

Best Picture Book was:

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat

Honorable Mentions:
Eyes That Kiss In The Corners Bedtime Bonnet

Best Middle Grade was:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Honorable Mentions:
Thanks A Lot, Universe ● Unplugged

Best LGBTQIAP+ Fiction was:

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

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Honorable Mentions:
Ana on the EdgeBat BoyBrothersong Feel the FireOnly Mostly DevastatedOne Last StopThanks A Lot, Universe

Best Young Adult Romance was:

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Honorable Mentions:
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for RomanceYou’ve Reached SamOnly Mostly Devastated

Best New Adult Romance was:

Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mention:
Bat Boy One Last Stop

Best Adult Romance was:

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn &
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Honorable Mentions:
Feel the FireRock HardFloat PlanA Lowcountry BrideHome to MeWaiting for YouAll Night Long with a CowboyGetting His Game Back

Best Paranormal Romance was:

Brothersong by TJ Klune

Honorable Mentions:
Wildfire Griffin The Boss

Best Fantasy was:

Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen,
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, &
Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mentions:
Roar A Swift and Savage Tide These Feathered Flames Gilded Serpent

Best Manga Volume was:

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (Vol. 1)

Honorable Mention:
An Incurable Case of Love

Best Standalone Novel was:

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, &
Set to Music by Negeen Papehn

Best 2021 Release was:

*For this, I’m listing all my favorites because there were too many new releases that I absolutely loved. This year I read more new releases than any other year.*

All Night Long with a Cowboy    Amari and the Night Brothers  ●  Ana on the Edge  ●  Be Dazzled  ●  Bloodsworn  ●  Celestial    Eyes that Kiss in the Corners  ●  Float Plan  ●  Gilded Serpent  ●  Home For A Cowboy Christmas  ●  A Lowcountry Bride  ●  My City Speaks  ●  One Last Stop  ●  Open Your Heart  ●  Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance  ●  The Right Side of Reckless  ●  Set to Music  ●  The Squire  ●  At Summer’s End   ●  A Swift and Savage Tide  ●  Thanks A Lot, Universe  ●  These Feathered Flames  ●  Trashlands  ●  Truly Tyler  ●  Unplugged  ●  Under the Whispering Door  ●  Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business  ●  You Can Go Your Own Way  ●  You’ve Reached Sam

 

So those were some of my top favorite reads from the year. It’s been another amazing reading journey that I’m going to remember fondly. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my wrap up along with my favorite book, cover, and author of 2021.

See you then!


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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