It’s bev’s turn!!!! I love that even though bev has been in a bit of a book slump this year, she’s been just as enthusiastic about hanging out with us here and letting us into her life in ALL the things that interest her right now (books, K-drama and otherwise). 😉
And she got a new dog this year, too! Who just happens to be a bed hog! LOL!!
bev: This is my very small best of list. As many of you know I hit a major slump last year and it is only now that I feel like I am through the worst of it. I am not sure how many books I have read this year as I got so frustrated with my lack of reading I stopped keeping track, but these are the books I enjoyed the most.
In no particular order:
1. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren <— I loved their journey from acquaintances to friends to lovers. Great chemistry, banter, and a memorable heroine.
bev: Josh and Hazel were fun. I was a bit worried she’d get on my nerves, but the writers made her lovable and unique. I was surprised in the beginning in that I was not expecting him to be her best friend’s Oppa.
2. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi <— Reading about these two reminded me of watching the cool mysterious kids in school. The ones who listened to music I had never heard of, referenced books I had never read and always seem to have that edgy confidence. Really these two are just vulnerable and unsure kids who find in each other a safe place.
3. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag <— This book reminded me of watching a romcom. I just really liked Stella and Michael and I appreciated the care and kindness they show each other. Just an overall gentle acceptance of each other. Bonus points for out of the norm careers and I’m not talking about the escort business.
bev: What book has charmed you? The Kiss Quotient. I wish it was less expensive. I really enjoyed it but like Amy said before not a rec at that price point. But one of my tops of the year for sure.
4. Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others Book 5) by Anne Bishop <— What can I say? My love for the courtyard and its citizens is well documented on this blog. This was a bittersweet read for me because I didn’t want to say goodbye to the series. Yet I appreciate that the author knows when to say goodbye. I just hope that she decides to revisit the courtyard on occasion.
bev: I’m going to miss the Courtyard, but also that feeling of finding a new world to love.
5. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate <— This was a bit of a surprise for me. I was expecting all fluff but it had a lot of depth. The author and or heroine explore a lot of issues here while taking us on a fun journey.
bev: I read 3 books in July. I’m going to go with Note Worthy as my favorite. Mostly because it surprised me with its tone. I was expecting high jinks but it was more introspective than that.
6. The Duke of Shadows by Meridith Duran <— This is a much loved the book that I finally read this year. It would be a kick myself for waiting book but it reminded me of how much I adore historical romance. I have more of Meredith Duran’s works on my shelves and now they are must reads.
These last two sections of my list are actually the ones that had the most impact on my life this year. If feels weird to say this on a book blog but my two favorite stories came from dramas.
I’ve said it before but if it was a book I would gently place it in all of your hands. Yet I’m glad it is in this form as the actors portray these characters with such love. This drama can break your heart and then heal it in the most beautiful way. It has one of the fiercest heroines and most noble heroes I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and I love them for it.
I will say it is a slow moving drama and it takes its time and it took me around three or four episodes before I became fully invested. Like a book it is a type of story that needs to be slowly savored one chapter at a time.
Sadly since Drama Fever closed down it is not available anywhere in the US. But if this changes my Christmas wish is that some of you will choose to share this with me. I honestly feel a lack in my ability to describe the show and just how much it touched me and how beautiful it was.
Giddy. Giddy. Giddy. Seriously just thinking about this drama puts the hugest smile on my face. This is the best mix of action and romance like SWOONY romance. I love a reticent hero that you know will fall hard when he falls. It has poignant moments but is also such fun with some superhero/alter ego escapades. This was just magic.
This summer I discovered a love for K-pop. I’m still discovering it and while I am only going to mention two songs here I could go on and on with all of the songs that I have enjoyed. One of the reasons I’m choosing these two songs is because the visual aspect was just as important as auditory.
Shine by Pentagon
This is the group that started my descent into K-pop. I had a very hard 2018 and this song and video gave me three minutes of happiness every time I pressed play. Pure summer sunshine. https://youtu.be/Nu2yQ1zYDYU
Move by Taemin
As I have come to discover K-pop has a lot of good dancers and complicated dance routines. Whenever I come across a discussion or list of best dancers Taemin from SHINee was often at the top of those lists. This is from one of his solo projects. This dance gets a lot of love but at first I felt slightly underwhelmed . Yet I kept coming back to it over and over again and I am now in awe of how deceptively simple it is. There is many versions of this but the dance practice is my favorite. https://youtu.be/_cAskH1PtmQ
I have watched these videos so often that when the songs come up on my Spotify I can perfectly envision them in my head.
“Well that is finally the end of my ramblings. If you read this list or watched the videos I’d like to thank you for letting me share what has meant so much to me this year.”
THANK YOU SO MUCH bev!! This was fantastic!!!! I love that you tell us about new awesome things that you love and it gives us new things to explore. While this may be a book blog, we talk about so much more than books, and I’m so glad you’re here, whether you’re reading or not! Cooking, movies, skin care & makeup, kids, pets… our favorite anythings, or not-so-favorite grumblings… this is why we are so close. We started as a book family, but now we’re just family. <3 😀
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