I never set a reading goal for myself. I would love to do a reading challenge (if you have one you recommend, please share it in the comments), but I have yet been able to complete one. Last year I read a shit ton of books, and while I would love to match that number this year (200), it probably won't happen. The plan is to publish my first novel this summer, so in order for that to happen, reading will likely have to take a bit of a backseat to editing, promotion, and all the other things that go along with self-publishing a book!
Sooo, anyway, I managed to read 15 books in January. I was a little surprised by that number until I realized I was crazy sick for at least half the month, so I was super lazy and spent most of that time with my nose in a book (or Kindle, whatever). If you had any amazing reads in January, I would love to know what they were!
Out of the 15 books, there were 5 that stood out as my favorites. Here they are, in no particular order:
Taking Turns was so fucking good. I couldn't put it down, finished it in a day good. Don't be fooled, while the book is dark, deep, and unbelievably filthy and sexy, at its core it is a love story. If you have read any of her other books (and if you haven't I HIGHLY recommend that you do), you have a bit of an idea of what you might be in for. I don't know how she does it, but every freaking time I'm hooked from start to finish. The only negative is that I have to wait for the next book in the series (it comes out in April)!
I am noticing a theme on this month's list: three of these books are by author's that I love. I know I was a little late to the game reading this one, but it was well worth my long wait. Colleen is a master at writing beautiful, emotional, and moving stories. Her words stay with you long after you've finished the book. November 9 is no exception. Taking place on the same day over several years, I loved seeing where the years took Fallon and Ben.
I'm not sure what I was expecting really when I started this book, but I found it being so different than the light, easy read I thought it might be. This book isn't a comfortable read or easy read, but it is a unique, unconventional, and interesting love story. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I can't wait to see what comes next for Lily and Max.
Two things I love: a good Rock Star romance and Tracey Ward's writing. She is so good at writing flawed yet relatable characters that you root for, and Jace and Greer are no different. In Dissonance she creates a rock star romance that I found different than others I've read. I finished this in two sittings because I found myself not being able to sleep until I found out how it would all turn out.
This book is exactly what the title says: Ugly and wonderful. It is also beautifully written. While the subject matter may be dark and disturbing, I couldn't help but find myself feeling sympathetic towards certain characters and relationships in the book. That is the all due to the beautiful, vivid, and engaging writing.