The 2017 Reading Frenzy ended at 79 books. The last few months of the year I was scrambling to read more as my goal was 90. Oh well! 79 is not too shabby! I don’t know if I will ever beat my 121 read in 2016 but will strain my eyes trying!!!
UPDATES and TIDBITS
I’m still using Goodreads and love it! I failed to use my “Stopped Reading” list though there were many that would be on it! I find that if I am not sucked into the story by the first page or two – or even the writing, the flow, the words – then I don’t want to read it. Is that picky of me? Well, it’s reality! Roar!
I’m finding less interest in reading violent or gruesome mysteries. I’ve had Adrian Hell #3 (James P Sumner) going since summer 2017 that I cannot seem to pick up again. I really liked that series too! I’m at 50% so stay tuned if it is on this years list!
I’m also turned off by excessive swearing and typically put those books down (figuratively speaking – still enjoying my Kindle!) as well.
Alright! I will no longer be declaring that I’m going to read more History, Spiritual, Metaphysical or Informational books. Why? Because I’m not being accountable to it. Reading is my escape. I read where the mood or interest takes me. No shoulds. No expectations. Just READ!!!
I’m working on reading faster this year – nothing too crazy just practicing.
I removed myself from my “free books” mailing lists (I was on bookbubs and fb.me or something like that). I decided to stop adding new books and read the ones I have (over 900??). Plus, decluttering the junk emails feels good!
I’m discovering that I’m not resonating or liking some of the authors I have liked for awhile….what is that about?!!?
FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR
I was just reviewing my list trying to figure out who this was (been a loooooong time since I’ve read those books – what the heck are they about? Good thing I rated them! OH YEAH, I REMEMBER!!!!!) and want to say a little something about what I look for in a book.
I previously mentioned that the writing and story have to jump off the page and grab my attention and interest.
I rate a book a 5 if I would read it again (and I’m not a big re-reader, especially if a mystery – what’s the point?). A 4 is really enjoyable – great story, great read, great writing, great feelings reading it. A 3 is alright but nothing to shout about.
Favorite New Author read in 2017 goes to………………………………..drum roll………………………………………NICK WARREN!
Warren’s book, Execution is Everything, had me from the first page, offered a unique and intriguing storyline, not to mention was a page-swiping psychological thriller mystery! It’s about a business psychologist, Jon Kaine, who travels to New York for a job, meets a beautiful woman in a bar and gets caught up “saving” her from bad guys. I was drawn to the psychological aspects and how he used his skills to navigate the situations he found himself in. I couldn’t read it fast enough and was left wanting more.
I’ve never done this before but I’m going to link you to it right now – it’s free – go get it and try it! Oops, that is the Novella link – short and sweet and free but totally leaves you hanging. Here is the full story for $4.99 or Free on Kindle Unlimited.
I’m happy dancing right now because I see the next books in the series are available (how did I miss that? I’m on his mailing list!)….and you know I don’t pay for books very often!!
READ AND ROAR!!!
READING GOALS FOR 2018
The reading goal for 2018 is 100 books. So far I’ve read 6. I better get cracking!!! I’ve been buying (!! I know! I have been known to purchase if it costs $2.99 or under. When Hay House has their $.99 sale I do look…) Spiritual books lately and of course, have a ton already so I’m hoping I actually get my focus though I’m not going to commit – just letting you know!!
THE 2017 READING LIST
Total pages read 18, 383! In case you actually count them you’ll notice there are only 77 books listed, not 79. I must have deleted a few on accident when editing the spreadsheet:
|Dire (David Wolf #8)||Jeff Carson||4||348||12/31/2017|
|The Dead Man (Jack Davis Mystery, #2)||Joel Goldman||4||417||12/21/2017|
|Perplexity (The Pepperman Mystery Series Book 1)||Bill Briscoe||3||230||12/14/2017|
|The Innocent (Ryan Lock #5)||Sean Black||3||305||12/10/2017|
|Sex, Snow & Mistletoe (A Short Story)||Laura Barnard||3||34||12/3/2017|
|Attract Money Now||Joe Vitale||4||160||11/26/2017|
|Soul Shifts: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom & Practical Spirituality||Barbara De Angelis||3||341||11/23/2017|
|Beatless||Amber L. Johnson||4||213||11/21/2017|
|Puddle Jumping (Puddle Jumping, #1)||Amber L. Johnson||4||127||11/19/2017|
|Chicago Blue (Red Riley #1)||Stephanie Andrews||3||153||11/18/2017|
|Three Seconds To Rush (Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery Book 1)||Danielle Stewart||3||251||11/13/2017|
|Water Under the Bridge (The Water Trilogy #1)||Britney King||4||282||11/6/2017|
|The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith||Gabrielle Bernstein||3||205||11/4/2017|
|False Identity||Jennifer Youngblood||3||242||11/2/2017|
|Death Turns a Trick (Rebecca Schwartz, #1)||Julie Smith||2||176||10/21/2017|
|The Blow-In (The Tipperary Series, #1)||Susanne O’Leary||3||242||10/21/2017|
|No Kiss Goodbye||Janelle Harris||4||362||10/9/2017|
|A Recipe for Disaster (Sarah Woods Mystery #16)||Jennifer L. Jennings||3||106||10/5/2017|
|Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, #1)||L.E. Waters||4||240||10/3/2017|
|The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth||James Altucher||4||279||9/20/2017|
|Exposed (Codename: Chandler, #0.2)||J.A. Konrath||4||119||9/11/2017|
|Silver Bullet (Preternatural Affairs, #2)||S.M. Reine||3||243||9/6/2017|
|Witch Hunt (Preternatural Affairs, #1)||S.M. Reine||4||234||9/2/2017|
|Case of the One-Eyed Tiger||J.M. Poole||3||260||8/29/2017|
|Heaven to Betsy (What Doesn’t Kill You #5)||Pamela Fagan Hutchins||3||311||8/21/2017|
|Ghost Of A Girl||Theo Cage||4||359||8/19/2017|
|Night of the Hunted (Reed Ferguson #11)||Renee Pawlish||3||232||8/6/2017|
|Kill Switch||Gordon Bonnet||4||270||7/21/2017|
|Reel Estate Rip-Off (Reed Ferguson Mystery #2)||Renee Pawlish||3||244||7/23/2017|
|Animal Lessons: Discovering Your Spiritual Connection with Animals||Danielle MacKinnon||4||242||7/30/2017|
|Solomon & Lord: Sink or Swim||Paul Levine||2||133||7/1/2017|
|Murder Uncorked (A Wine Lover’s Mystery #1)||Michele Scott||4||203||7/7/2017|
|Hollywood Killer (Hollywood Alphabet, #11)||M.Z. Kelly||3||290||7/13/2017|
|Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead||Mike Dooley||4||229||7/11/2017|
|Playing With Poison (Cue Ball Mysteries, #1)||Cindy Blackburn||4||251||7/10/2017|
|The Art Of Letting Go||Thought Catalog||2||94||7/1/2017|
|Unbreakable Bond (Jamie Bond, #1)||Gemma Halliday||4||184||7/2/2017|
|Execution Is Everything (Jon Kaine #1)||Nick Warren||5||120||6/5/2017|
|An Island of Illusions (A Sarah Woods Mystery #3)||Jennifer L. Jennings||3||225||4/5/2017|
|On Assignment (Queenie Baby, #1)||Christina A. Burke||4||220||4/7/2017|
|Her Imaginary Husband||Lia London||3||191||4/19/2017|
|The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing (Housewife Assassin #2)||Josie Brown||3||278||5/10/2017|
|101 Facts… Ancient China (101 History Facts for Kids)||IP Factly||3||57||5/10/2017|
|Fifth Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Mystery)||Gay Hendricks||3||384||6/4/2017|
|Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire||Jillianne Hamilton||3||229||5/22/2017|
|The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing (Housewife Assassin, #2)||Josie Brown||3||240||5/1/2017|
|Serenity (Shelby Alexander, #1)||Craig A. Hart||3||221||4/23/2017|
|Taking Flight||Adrian R. Magnuson||4||287||4/22/2017|
|GOLDEN ECLIPSE: HEART DOG — A True Story||Howard Schultheis||4||200||4/19/2017|
|Flash Crash (Jake Rivett #1)||Denison Hatch||4||300||4/18/2017|
|Batter Up (Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls, #1)||Robyn Neeley||4||172||4/16/2017|
|Fashion, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox, #1)||Sibel Hodge||4||254||4/11/2017|
|Messages From Shakti||Zinna Gupte||3||61||3/29/2017|
|Psychic Development: Develop Psychic Abilities, Auras, Third Eye, Empath +1 BONUS BOOK (psychic development for beginners, psychic medium development, mediumship 4)||Valerie W. Holt||4||221||3/26/2017|
|Turmeric: Learn the Health Benefits, Uses, Origins, and Recipes of Turmeric and Turmeric Essential Oil! (The Natural Health Benefits Series Book 7)||Miles Reise||4||21||3/23/2017|
|Get Busy Dying (Roy Ballard Mysteries, #2)||Ben Rehder||3||285||3/23/2017|
|If I Had A Nickel (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 3)||Ben Rehder||4||264||3/23/2017|
|Now You See Him (Roy Ballard Book 4)||Ben Rehder||4||272||3/26/2017|
|Ting-A-Ling (Dev Haskell Mystery, #7)||Mike Faricy||3||186||3/18/2017|
|Tutti Frutti (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator, Book 5)||Mike Faricy||4||329||3/12/2017|
|Last Shot (Dev Haskell Mystery, #6)||Mike Faricy||4||307||3/14/2017|
|Bombshell (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator, Book 4)||Mike Faricy||4||258||3/9/2017|
|Bite Me (Devlin Haskell Mysteries #3)||Mike Faricy||4||355||3/8/2017|
|Mr. Swirlee (Dev Haskell Mystery, #2)||Mike Faricy||3||312||3/6/2017|
|Rippling Abs: Fired Up Body Series – Vol 7: Fired Up Body||Paul Martin||3||33||2/21/2017|
|Yellow Ribbon (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator Book 11)||Mike Faricy||4||414||2/18/2017|
|Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change||Derek Rydall||3||257||2/19/2017|
|Out of the Past (Reed Ferguson #5)||Renee Pawlish||4||216||2/20/2017|
|Naked Communication: Courageously Create the Relationships You Really Want||Sage B Hobbs||3||171||2/20/2017|
|And Then She Was Gone||Christopher Greyson||3||309||1/30/2017|
|Empath: The Little Known History of Empaths (Empath, Third Eye, Auras, Psychic)||Valerie W. Holt||4||49||2/14/2017|
|The Fourth Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery ( A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, #4)||Gay Hendricks||3||347||2/12/2017|
|I Just Want to Be ME Again: A Guide to Thriving Through Menopause||Jeanne D. Andrus||4||107||1/23/2017|
|Tahoe Dark (Owen McKenna #14)||Todd Borg||4||341||1/22/2017|
|Jack and the Giant Killer (Jack Stratton, #4)||Christopher Greyson||3||303||1/13/2017|