This week’s latest Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations! 21 of ‘em!

by Maryse on December 9, 2016 · 500 comments

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<— SUNDAY UPDATE!!! I’M READING THIS ONE AS WE SPEAK!!! eek DARK-READ ALERT (seriously… trigger-warning right off the bat!!!) but so well written…

P.S. Check out my latest two reviews:

I’m finished (and ready to review) the highly recommended historical romance entitled “Whitney, My Love” and oh boy did it put me through the ringer. Almost 750 pages of one heck of a crazy love story, and I’ve got a few… choice words, let’s just say. ;) Still, I get the enthusiasm for it.

*grumbles* stupid jerk-face Clayton *grumble grumble*

But what makes me extra happy right now? It’s time for me to start a new book, and I am choosing one out of the list below. Problem? There’s three that I’m dying to read from the list right now (like that one up there to the left… AMY!! I have a feeling it’s gonna be a Marmy book!!), and now I have to make a choice, ’cause I already one-clicked a new release from this week that also sounds pretty crazy. Hmmm… that’s not so much of a problem, though. ;)

Now… take a look at what we found! (NOTE: some are bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Wait for It by Mariana Zapata <— LIVE!!!!! MARIANA ZAPATA SLOW BURN ALERT and Jan is reading it as we speak (and GLUED to it)!

Jan: I’m 45% in and really liking it. But, be warned, it IS a slow burn like Kulti and WoW. I FLOVED those two books, esp. Kulti. But I can see how some people got bored with it. But I loved the characters and was happy to dig deep into to their stories for the great payoff in the end. I didn’t really like the other MZ books as much.

Wait For It seems to be similar in style to Kulti and Wow, although it’s a different kind of story from those two. The h is Diana Cassilis, best friend of Vanessa (from WoW) and a relative (cousin maybe?) of Sal from Kulti. But it’s completely a standalone. You gradually get to know the great characters in the book as their stories unfold and relationships develop. Diana is just lovely, and she’s got a heckuva lot to deal with but she does it so well. And there are lots of funny, sweet moments.

I’m glued to this book and have dropped the other ones I was reading till I’m done with this one. So far I highly recommend it to anyone who liked Kulti or WoW or who appreciates slow burn and well-written characters with integrity.

  • Dancer (The Good Guys Book 2) by Jamie Schlosser <— LIVE!!! SHE’S A SORT OF… STRIPPER ALERT!My life may not have turned out the way I thought it would, but I’m not complaining. From 9pm to 1am several days a week I get paid to feel sexy, to feel desired, to do what I love. I always knew I wanted to be a dancer—I just didn’t realize I’d be doing it in a cage…
  • Torch (Devil Souls MC Book 1) by LeAnn Ashers <— LIVE!!! BIKER BOOK ALERT! And he saved her and made her his… “Torch is the Vice President of the Devils Souls MC. The men are violent and scary, but I learned to trust them, because above everything else, their women are protected. They became my family. My only family.
  • NOWHERE: (Crimson Outlaws MC #1) by Bink Cummings <— LIVE!!! BIKER BOOK ALERT (and a single mom high school teacher)! LisaKay recommends it!!
LisaKay: Maryse I just read “NoWhere” by Bink Cummings, the book came out Dec. 6th. I couldn’t find it on here, so I was letting you and your readers know it was out. It was an awesome read, as all her books are, it already has like fourty four 5 star reviews.
  • Wild in the Windy City: The Anthology by M. Dauphin, J.D. Hollyfield, Ryan Michele, JM Witt, FL Jacob, Danielle Jamie, Jenna Galicki, Sapphire Knight, Lisa Suzanne, Elle Christensen, Evan Grace <— LIVE ANTHOLOGY FOR A GREAT CAUSE!!!
  • Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster <— SOUNDS DARK & I ONE CLICKED IT SO HARD & AM STARTING TONIGHT!!! AUTHOR SAYS TO GO IN BLIND AND AVOID REVIEWS which has me even MORE intrigued!!! I think Amy’s reading it too, so it’ll be a sort of buddy read!! Er… well, I think I’m starting it next… ’cause there’s also that other one up there to the left that has my attention, big time!!
Lisa: Ladies (and gentlemen, if any are lurking), Whispers and the Roars is in the bag, and it was amazing. For anyone who fears it as a dark read or because it has triggers, please don’t. The triggers aren’t really in your face or over the top. It is, at it’s very core, an unconditional love story.
  • Tough Luck (A Luck Brothers Standalone) by Liv Morris <— LIVE!!! FOOTBALL STAR ON A REALITY SHOW ALERT!!When Amelia Adams tells everyone my days as Chicago’s quarterback are over, I vow never to give her another minute of my time–until the team owner sees an empty stadium, and forces us together on a reality show in hopes of filling the seats.
  • Once She Dreamed: Part Two by Abbi Glines <— LIVE!!! ABBI GLINES ALERT!!
  • Mr. Match: A Mister Standalone (The Mister Series Book 5) by J.A. Huss <— LIVE!!!! J.A. HUSS ALERT!!! (P.S. This is NOT a standalone, so here’s the series reading order)
  • Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins <— LIVE!!! SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE ANGSTY!!!
  • Pub Fiction Boxed Set by Gillian Jones <— HE’S A PLAYER… SERIES BUNDLED AT A BARGAIN PRICE ALERT!! “He’s the guy who girls like me should avoid. I’m smart; I know better. But when I’m with him, I feel things I’ve never felt before. Things I never knew I wanted. I can’t deny it … I like the chase…
  • Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman <— HORRORish BOOK THAT I LOVED!!! Super creepy post-apocalyptic story! NOBODY can look outside… or else… and Tasha and Jean found us this one on super-sale right now!! (here’s my review)

Tasha: For all the triller/spooky book lovers, Bird Box by Josh Malerman is on sale… through Dec. 31st!

Jean: Loved that book…. totally unforgettable!

Amy: I really liked it!! :D Not terrifying but definitely creepy with enough intensity to keep me reading.

  • See No Evil by Chantal Fernando <— LIVE!!! BAD BOY ALERT!! “…if Sylar treats me as though I’m his world, does it matter that technically he is not a good man? He’s good to me. He’s good for me…
  • On Thin Ice by Carrie Aarons <— LIVE!!! HE’S THE LAID BACK GROUNDSKEEPER & SHE’S THE RICH ICY HEIRESS ALERT!!!Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life. Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America’s richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family’s upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He’s an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before…“ Nancy found it for us, and it’s super-bargain priced right now!
  • Black Widow by Lauren Runow <— THEY MEET IN A SEX CLUB ALERT!!!My marriage ended tragically. Since then, the only excitement in my lonely, pathetic, workaholic life is reading erotic novels. However, I now have the chance to be whoever I want to be, where no one knows my past and will never be my future.” (Nancy found us this one on super-bargain and she loves it!)

Nancy: If your looking for a psych-thriller than you should give Black Widow by Lauren Runow a try. It is romantic Suspense, Erotica, Murder Mystery, Broken Souls,

Grey: …read an older release… Black Widow by Lauren Runow, pretty sure a bunch here have already read this one. Hot and steamy with a good bit of mystery. 4.25 stars for this one too.

  • Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones <— GO IN BLIND/ADRENALINE-RUSH, SUPER-DARK READ ALERT!!!! My 2 book buds, Sally and Lori say THIS BOOK IS FOR ME!!!!!!! *squeeeeee*

Sally: Maryse!!!! Wake up!! It’s super early in New York but I can’t hold back LOL I have to share! Okay so I don’t know this author, in fact I have NEVER read this author before. But this book is AWESOME and I don’t know if you have read it yet?!? You know I LOVE me some dark reads and practically NOTHING gets to me BUT …It is one of the most disturbing, gut wrenching, non stop ADRENALINE rushes I have been on in a LONG time! Not for the faint of heart. But if I have any dark read sista’s out there don’t pass this one up. Go in blind!! Don’t read ANY reviews. Easy 5 Star read! And you won’t be able to put it down till your done!

Lori: Completely agree!! It’s so messed up but sooooo good!! it was such a rush I couldn’t put it down. Maryse I think it’s right up your alley!

Maryse: OH YAY MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Okay I’m one-clicking it, and adding it to today’s Reader Recs list. :D !!!! I’m WAY too excited now!!!! Gah!!! I love to wake up to messages like this!!!!

Lori: lolol I made Sally read it but then she beat me (yes that’s how busy i am lol) and she had to hold my hand!! and listen to my rants

Theresa: Hey Maryse…I have 2 book recs..totally different ends of the spectrum…first is Room for You by Beth Ehemann…a sweet and sexy sports romance that has just enough angst but nothing over the top…add in a set of adorable 5 year old twins and a great supporting cast of characters and I was hooked…It was a 4.5 star read for me.

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi <— INTENSE TWIST-AND-TURNY DYSTOPIAN ALERT!! Theresa recommends this one too!

Theresa: The second I am currently reading and at about 70 percent…is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi…in one word “INTENSE”…it is a dystopian / sci-fi? (Difficult to categorize) read that has many twists and turns that have left me breathless…the way it is written allows me to fully experience the array of thoughts and emotions experienced by Juliette (h) as she navigates some horrendous situations and at the same time experiences the touch of a loving hand for the first time…I can’t wait to see where this story goes…already got the novella and book 2…I am hooked! Hope you enjoy these recs…happy reading!

  • She, the Kingdom by Olivian Pope <— RECENT RELEASE ABOUT “THIS THING” and the blurb is only ONE SENTENCE? And SO VAGUE (yet totally intriguing!). Some are talking about it (I’ve been hearing a bit about it here and there) but I can’t get a feel for it, but lucky for us Tasha is reading it.  This book (and all that is tied to it) appears to be a mystery… ;) In fact, Tessa won’t even tell us… she says: “Never had I really read a book about *this thing* I can say that for sure.” <— eek GASP!!! WHAT IS “THIS THING”?!!!

Tasha: Hey guys! …I had to mention this book Im reading real quick. She, the Kingdom by Olivian Pope. Anyone else read this??! Check out that blurb!! I was really intrigued especially after I briefly caught some reviews so as not to spoil. It’s probably too early to tell, but so far I’m really enjoying it!! I’m about 30ish percent, reads quick, has good writing, the story is giving me feels! It’s weird though, but still I’m looking past the weird and it has me jittery you guys!! I’m wanting to know what the heck is gonna happen, and the anticipation has me going crazy. Has a bit of a 50 shades feel so far! :) And Nay (I think it was Nay), if you’re still in the mood for hot forbidding, angst and you haven’t read this, maybe give it a try!

Nay: Tasha–thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check that out! But what I want to know is, how does that author expect to get their name out there and sell any books? There’s no info about her/him on GR, Amazon, FB or anywhere that I can find. No web page, no nothing. The title doesn’t really tell you what the book is about and the blurb is one vague sentence, so how can anyone even know if they want to read it or not?? IF they happen to come across it.

Tasha: Nay, I dk the one sentence blurb is what had intrigued me. That and the reviews of how great it was even with her being a first time author. But also how everyone says it’s so weird. Seriously out of curiosity I just read the sample and decided I had to know more. You’ll see what’s weird about it just in that much. I’m about halfway through now and my eyes constantly bulge, my heart races, I’m like wth, seriously, omg I bet I know what’s gonna happen, and I can’t help but laugh too. Never had I really read a book about *this thing* I can say that for sure. And it’s super fast. If I had the time I probably could’ve been done by now and I just started it today. So far I’d say it’s a guilty pleasure read for me and it’s a little thrilling too, anticipating what’s next. But seriously, the subject matter!!! LOL is all I can say right now. Maybe the author is relying on word of mouth for sales? I dk ;)

Tasha: eek eek!!!! Omg this book!!!! I’m at 77% for all you angsty lovers looking for something a little different try this book!!

Tasha: Finished! I’m not sure what my rating will be yet, though leaning towards 4ish stars. I really enjoyed it, it was entertaining for sure and I became quickly absorbed in the drama and angst. The writing was really good, and I liked that it was a quick read bc sometimes I don’t want to spend a week on a book, but also it moved too fast and skipped over some character development and connection. It was hot, if not kind of weird. Lol All in all Id definitely recommend it and think a lot of you here would like it!

Ela: Tasha, I see there is a book 2 so I’m curious if there is a cliffy.

Tasha: No cliffy…just MORE

  • Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson <— TWO FRIENDS THAT FIND THEMSELVES ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE HOLOCAUST and it’s back on sale!!! There are TONS of AMAZING reviews (over 2000!!!) & we have fellow readers right here that absolutely LOVED this one and highly recommend it!!!

Lindsay: “Maryse, just read Once We Were Brothers Although not your typical genre, I know you will love it. Couldn’t put it down for anything…”

Andrea: This is one of my favourite books of 2016!

  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon <— SURE BET OF AWSEOMENESS!!! And R is reading it as we speak!

R: From Sand and Ash and My Broken Soul by Amy Harmon“Angelo must have slept in the damp grass beside the road for a while, but the evening was cold and his cassock was thin, and he awoke, shivering.

Aaaaannnd…I’m crying again. I think I may be re-sending you my top ten Maryse.

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Fabi December 9, 2016 at 12:19 PM

I know it’s still early, but I’m adding Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones and
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi to my tbr NOW.

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 12:42 PM

Take Me With You is a one-click for me!!!!! I’m too excited.

Amy December 9, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Shatter Me was really good!

I’m torn now…Whispers and Roars or She the Kingdom??? Ugh!!

Grey December 9, 2016 at 1:19 PM

I need to know what Emma Scott is up to… LOL. Wow, if that doesn’t make me tingly haha! If she isn’t up for a buddy read for me with Hausfrau, I want to join in with you guys… Or maybe I’ll read the C word… *giggle* I have nothing but time this weekend!

bev December 9, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Reading the new MZ book and so far really into it.

Jean December 9, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Bev, that’s pure excitement rolling off you! Lol

Maryse, I’m begging you to read Whispers first! It is a quick read. Then we can all read Take Me With You together! From Sand and Ash was amazing too!


Maryse December 9, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Okay I’m starting whispers now!!! :D

Ela December 9, 2016 at 3:25 PM

EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ Pretty Stolen Dolls (Pretty Stolen Dolls #1) by Ker DukeY AND K. Webster

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 3:38 PM

I read that one, Ela!!

Jean December 9, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Ela, are you done? Are you moving onto book 2? I’m halfway thru PSD. Hope to finish tonight….


Amy December 9, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Okay Jean, Whispers it is!! I’ll give it a shot, and if it doesn’t work then I’ll try She the Kingdom because THAT VAGUE BLURB!!!!

Jean December 9, 2016 at 4:18 PM

I’ll let you be the guinea pig for She the Kingdom BECAUSE of that blurb!

I hope you like Whispers….if you don’t, don’t tell me! Everyone else loved it, just sayin’……..

Ela December 9, 2016 at 4:31 PM


Maryse December 9, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Which one, Jean?

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 5:26 PM

And here’s my review of Pretty Stolen Dolls (from back in October) :P

Grey December 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Some Friday evening freebies I found…

Revue by KM Golland is free.
Black Door, by Jasinda Wilder books 1, 3, 5 and 7 are free, the other books in this 9 novella series are not…
Fighting to Start by S.L. Ziegler

Ok, on that note. I am going to finish my ARC, and then I think I will see where everyone is at with the buddy read… LOL!

Jean December 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Whispers, Maryse…..I want all your reactions!

MichelleS December 9, 2016 at 6:51 PM

I’m holding out for Maryse’s review on Whispers. In the meantime, this Time Walkers series is the closest “feel” to Outlander I’ve ever come across. Totally hooked.

Tasha J December 9, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Whispers and Roars sounds really good! I already failed on holding off on buying more books. I bought Wait for It yesterday after Jan said the magic words (Kulti and WoW), and jumped right in. I stayed up until 4am!! Agree with everything she said, I don’t wanna say I’m loving it more than Kulti bc Kulti was awesome but it’s neck and neck, I love the boys!! And Dallas…sigh. I seriously can’t wait until one of you read She, the Kindsom if nothing else than to hear your reaction! Lol I feel like the subject matter is so out there kinda, with the thing, that I can’t help but giggle every time I think about it.

pamela Rockwell December 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Whitney My Love – read it twenty years ago and several times since. Sigh. Read Paradise if you haven’t already. Addicted since 1993

Grey December 9, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Not getting anything done. Joseph Mascolo… the actor that played Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives passed away. I am legitimately so sad. :’(

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 8:09 PM

First 25% is … sweet. Reminds me of those deep-message and growth new adult books, where one of the characters has a horrible childhood that has them suffering even as young adults. Good writing, but the tone of the blurb doesn’t match the tone of the book… from what I can tell. Yet.

That said, I’m still into it! :D

bev December 9, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Jean, I am taking a break from excited book bev, lol.
I get super excited like once or twice a year. Do you know how long it takes me to get you guys to read one. Except for MichelleS.
*fist bumps MichelleS*
Simon was a year ago. A year ago.
And don’t get me started on WiR. And that was Michelle, Tessa, and I tag teaming it.
So, this year I’m going to be zen like Fabi. Everybody read what they want to read. I was going to push To Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil more. But I thought what would Fabi do? (And you know, Cheryl too. She rarely book pushes) And thought,
You know what book self?
Maybe this isn’t their cup of tea? Hmmm?
You know what? That is totally Fabi (& Cheryl) zenlike.
And book self & MichelleS loves Simon enough for everybody.

bev December 9, 2016 at 8:19 PM

And of course I’m the worst at reading recs.
There is that too.

Tessa December 9, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Uh, Maryse, Uh, in Paradise, Matt is all Alpha and there is angst, but no grrr moment. :D

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Tessa… what Paradise?

bev December 9, 2016 at 9:06 PM

The Copacabana.
She is a huge Fanilow.

Fabi December 9, 2016 at 9:26 PM

lol Bev, I never thought of myself as Zen. I tend to squeee a bit when I read a great book that I “think” some here might like. But a lot of times, by the time I read a book it’s old news to most of you.

Leslie M December 9, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Bev, I’m peeing my pants.

Fabi December 9, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Leslie, Amy keeps supplies on hand for those of us with that little problem. ;-)

Leslie M December 9, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Well if Bev wasn’t so freaking funny, I wouldn’t need those supplies!!!

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 10:02 PM

bev wasn’t it you that told me to read Eleanor & Park? That was awesome.

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Okay I’m halfway in and I’ve totally figured it out. I know it…

Tessa December 9, 2016 at 10:18 PM

Paradise is by Judith McNaught. I love her writing, just not that GRR moment in Whitney, My Love.

Maryse December 9, 2016 at 10:31 PM


TWO grrrrr moments. Holy moly he’s half-awesome (when he’s loving, he’s the ultimate dream man!!), and half-horrible. Clayton has the WORST temper and reactions and he’s just… UGH. OMG I wanna KICK HIM SO HARD.

bev December 9, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Oh my.
You actually put Maryse ‘ s face up.

MichelleS December 9, 2016 at 11:13 PM

Bev… you pushed me to read Deeper, and that one about the football player (?), and Dumplin’, and so many more. I don’t think you’ve ever had a bad rec. Simon!!! Don’t get why no one took the bait on that one. And do you know how long I sat in E&P? Nuts. We need to buddy read something. That way we can have a “Bevelle” book… one we go bat sh*t crazy for but no one believes us!!

Almost done with my current read. Now what? New JR Ward book is waiting for me at library. Hmmmm….

MichelleS December 9, 2016 at 11:21 PM

Bev, are we the only ones that read Carry On? And Fangirl? Nothing Marmy about those!

This is going to be my zen year too. I’ll only mention Tairen Soul & that freaking hot Irish elf Rammel Hawking (Knights of Black Swan) in my ramblings. No more peanuts flying for all that hotness.

Do you all have any “kick me for waiting so long” books on your lists? This year mine was Sarah Maas’ A Court of Thorns & Roses. Major “I told you so” on that one.

bev December 9, 2016 at 11:46 PM

No, definitely not Marmy reads. Oh, but so good.

Off the top of my head, I will say Marked in Flesh. I knew it would be good but I shouldn’t have put off going back into the courtyard for so long.

MichelleS December 10, 2016 at 12:04 AM

… sneaking behind sofa… (haven’t read Marked in Flesh either)…. sssshhhhh…. hangs head in shame…

D.G. December 10, 2016 at 12:44 AM

Catching up…Amy…Whispers for sure! Already on my TBR list! Added it after I saw who the author was …she wrote Dirty Ugly Toy that I loved SO much!!!!

And just WOW…did not realize Ms Zapata had a new book coming out! I am so IN! And it’s free on KU! Even better…now just to get rid of this crud that has settled in my house and in my chest…not a good patient when the patient has to look after everyone else….

Lisa December 10, 2016 at 6:20 AM

DG Im going for MZ too. I could do with a dlow Kulti like burn.

D.G. December 10, 2016 at 6:23 AM

Lisa …I just love all her books. She is kinda like KA for me…you can never go wrong with either!

Leslie M December 10, 2016 at 7:18 AM

So….Tessa, NOT a Fanilow?? *giggles*

I soooooooo need to try to get into historical romance. Maybe I’ll try Judith McNaught in 2017??

Bev & MichelleS aka Bevelle (LOVE IT!!), please continue to book push….I like when everyone gets excited over something! Of course most times I probably won’t share that same excitement (Unfortunately, I have very narrow book tastes) but I don’t mind politely declining. Hearing other’s book squee’ing is best part of this blog!! :)

Tasha J December 10, 2016 at 10:06 AM

I like it when you book push also Bev. I forget about some that sound good, like Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil was on my tbr and now I need to push it up. And bc of you I read Carry On, Jellicoe Road, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, The Hating Game, and Act Like It, all really great reads!

bev December 10, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Oooh, MichelleS. You should try to read it before the last book comes out. *sigh* It is going to be hard to say goodbye to the courtyard.
Bevelle….lol. Could you imagine if pairs of us that have niche overlaps in books started making up groups?
Fabi & Tessa could be Tebi.

Tasha, that’s awesome. I’m glad you liked them.
Yes, I know you all read recs I make. ;)

bev December 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Wait for It is definitely slow moving & slow burn. And prefect for a lazy morning.

Amy December 10, 2016 at 11:53 AM


My friend.

Did I not read Jellicoe Road? Did I not read A Place to Call Home? Did I not read When We Collided after your remark about a bittersweet ending? (I’m still not sure how I feel about the h from WWC after all of that, but ohhhhh sweet Jonah)

Don’t change. EVER. It wouldn’t be the same here without your hilarious, dry sense of humor and the way you perfectly time your comments. I luffs ya the way you are. Even when you threaten to drop Manny down to the masses just ’cause I offered a sneak-attack hug. ;)

Amy December 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM

I might just get some reading done today! I’m *muffled*% into Whispers.

Working and adulting sucks sometimes. *sigh*

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

bev, the next WiR book is the last in the series?

Tessa December 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

*sniffles* Yes. Though the next series will be in the same world.

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

That sounds good. Although I’m hoping for a little more steam. I like YA, but …

Jean December 10, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Hey bev, I’ve read some of your recs…..E&P, Jellicoe Road, WiR, Everything, Everything…. and I have a couple more Rainbow Rowell books downloaded. I love your recs! They take me out of my box!

How’s everyone liking Whispers? I’m reading Pretty Lost Dolls…. just pure craziness! Which reminds me, I gotta go look at Maryse’s review for Pretty Stolen Dolls…….

Maryse December 10, 2016 at 2:52 PM

bev, my friend.

Did I not read Everything, Everything on YOUR recommendation and I gave it 4.5 stars!???!

WE LOVE bev books! :D !!!!!

bevelle will be a kick!!! Maybe that will be our next list. ;) Sweet, soul-deep, bevelle.

Grey December 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

I’m with Fabi… I need the heat *giggle* I’m the self professed smut seeker haha! Let’s see… what category do I get??? I love the Marmy books. I love the dark books, I love the psych thriller books… ho hum, must think on this some more.

We really need to get on that whole ‘book twin’ quiz thing LOL!

Tessa December 10, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Where would I be? I seem to be all over the place.

Tessa December 10, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Whisper and whatever review is up!

bev December 10, 2016 at 4:45 PM

You guys are nuts.

bev December 10, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Finished Wait for It. Very sweet read.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Yup I finished Wait For It too. I agree bev. Very sweet. Four stars for me. Not quite as good as Kulti and WoW but I still really liked it. I love MZ’s characters.

And hey, two of my absolute favs from this year were bevelle recs: Last Hour of Gann from Michelle S and Laura Florand’s lovely romantic books from bev. COMPLETELY different but I floved both. Thanks, gurls. Keep on reccing.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 5:20 PM

For any HR lovers out there, I’ve discovered a new author I like – Stella Riley. I’d never heard of her before a rec from a HR group on good reads. I read The Mesalliance and really liked it. A well-written Georgian with a really hot hero. Plenty of adventure and romance, although I wouldn’t have minded a bit more steam. It’s part of a series, and I’m going to read more. There’s also a series set in earlier times – Cavaliers and Roundheads. Sounds good. Don’t you just love it when you find a great new author and they’ve written lots of books? One of my favourite things :D

bev December 10, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Jan, I read her Parfit Knight last year. I enjoyed it, reminded me a bit of Heyer. I meant to read more, maybe 2017.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Yeah bev The Mesalliance is Book 2 after The Parfit Knight. I’m going to go back and read that one now too. Yeah she reminded me a bit of Heyer as well. The Mesalliance at times had the feel of These Old Shades. (That’s not sacrilege is it?)

bev December 10, 2016 at 5:41 PM

I know we talked of them last year, but thinking of tbr challenges again. I really want to clean my tbr out, tbr being anything I buy before the first of the new year.
There are two romance ones I’ve seen. One is a theme for each month, like novella and you read a novella for that month. I just saw this one too.

It looks fun, but I wouldn’t mind doing one here with anyone interested? 12 books one a month? A theme for each month, might make us dig deep or pick up the, “Whyd i buy this again’, book. Not a br, but share what we read and thought.
Even one other person would be fun.

bev December 10, 2016 at 5:42 PM

A compliment. She has to be a fan. :)

MichelleS December 10, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Jan – the Time Walkers series is HR! It has steam, but not in a filthy way, and so many trials to overcome. And I learned something about plight of American Indians and the coming of the English into their land.. and it has that paranormal element I love. Just sayin’. No peanuts.

MichelleS December 10, 2016 at 5:47 PM

And I’m currently reading a TOTAL Bevelle book. Jed Had to Die. So funny!

D.G. December 10, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Really enjoying Wait for It by MZ. Really like that she is tying in references or characters from Kulti and Under Locke! yay!!!!

Amy December 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM

I’m in bev.

‘Cause I’m nuts.

About you.


Jan December 10, 2016 at 6:35 PM

OK Michelle I’ll check out the time walkers and Jed had to die.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 6:41 PM

OK bev I might be interested in a challenge to help clear out my tbr. Yeah, maybe one book each month for 2017 that you bought before the first of Jan 17. Might be doable. I guess we’d all be reading different books from each other, but we could maybe have a discussion about why we bought it in the first place and whether it lived up to expectations. Anyone else interested in something like this?

R. Renee December 10, 2016 at 6:42 PM

I can’t stop buying books! I’m still in CoHo’s and I was trying to decide between 2 when I was reminded that they’re all signed and the $$$ goes to charity so I’m at 4 right now…

bev December 10, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Amy. You need to start writing for those little candy hearts. Lol.

Jan, definitely discuss what we thought about them.

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 7:47 PM

R I’d be piling up those books too!

Bev, that would be a good NY resolution, like what Amy did this year. But I can’t follow themes. I don’t know why. I can do BRs just fine, but theme challenges are beyond me.

bev December 10, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Fabi, what if you just read a book from your tbr and still joined in the discussions on it?

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Sure, I was already going to somehow fit that in to my NY resolution. I just can’t go digging in my tbr to find some random theme. I’m an epic fail at that. lol

Amy December 10, 2016 at 7:58 PM

R…only four? Heck, I’d probably buy one of each of her books, LOL!!

Fabi…I’m doing the same thing again at the top of the year. :D

Janet December 10, 2016 at 7:58 PM

I just finished A Kingdom of Dreams (The Westmoreland Dynasty Saga Book 2). Medieval knights, mistakes and misunderstandings, cruelty and tenderness, great characters, a feisty Scottish heroine and a dangerous warrior hero! Read it – you’re going to LOVE it!

Amy December 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM

I’m probably going to start using the transit instead of driving to work (because being stuck in traffic BLOWS) so that will give me 3 to 4 hours of reading time every work day. Yay me!!!

Amy December 10, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Oh man, Janet…those sound like some good combos in a book. ;)

Tasha J December 10, 2016 at 8:06 PM

I’m interested in the challenge too, sounds fun!

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 8:16 PM

I thought that was an awesome resolution Amy and I was so impressed at how long you stuck to it.

I can’t do exactly the same thing because I don’t have my books divided by year purchased prior to 2016. But I can certainly grab a tbr book once a month. That’s doable.

Something I’ve done this year that has been great for me has been downloading samples instead of purchasing. The original idea was not buy anything that I wasn’t going to immediately read. I didn’t want to keep adding to my monster tbr. It’s worked – for the most part. There were still a few impulse buys and one-clicks for great sales. But I only added 23 to my tbr during the entire year. The two previous years it was hundreds per year.

The other thing that has worked very well for me the past few months has been my reading calendar/schedule. I started it because I needed to keep track of ARC review dates and BRs I wanted to join. But it expanded to pretty much everything I’m reading since I filled the in between dates with books I really wanted to read and not lose in the tbr mountain. Surprisingly, it’s reduced the book fog problem and the ‘I don’t know what to read next feeling’ while looking at a thousand of tbr books.

The truth is that I’ll probably never get to most of the books in my tbr. Besides the lack of time, my tastes have also changed so that what was appealing two years ago wouldn’t be a favorite now.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Yeah Fabi I do tend to download samples rather than 1-click too. I’ve got *hundreds* of samples on my kindle right now. Maybe I need to make a resolution to read the samples just hangin’ around in there LOL. But somehow or other I have still actually purchased quite a few that I haven’t read yet………

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 8:23 PM

Janet, I read A Kingdom of Dreams a couple of weeks ago and FLOVED it. The h was the best!!! Loved the book and I’m still thinking about it.

Another HR standout this year for me was The Madness if Lord Ian MacKenzie. That one was sooooo good. I tend to prefer Mediaeval instead of Regency for my HR, but Ian *major swoon*

bev December 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Loved Lord Ian, need to re read that one.
Reminds me, I wonder when the sequel to Puddle Jumping will come out?

Jan, I can’t remember have you read Flowers from the Storm?

bev December 10, 2016 at 8:38 PM

So Amy, Jan, Fabi, Tasha, and I all in?

We will have to think of themes for each month. Should we pick a date each month to have it read and discuss them by?

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 8:42 PM

*high-five* Jan. I have 256 samples and 147 freebies (as well as the 23 unread purchases) from 2016. That would have been over 400 new books added to the tbr mountain.

The thing is I do go in and read out of my samples file. Either because it’s a BR or because I just want to get to a certain book. So those 256 are the left overs. The ones I haven’t had time to get to yet.

My schedule rocks. It’s not set in stone so I can and make changes to it. But I was feeling like I was missing out on so many great books because I didn’t have time for them and they’d get buried in my tbr. This way, I may be reading a book that many of you read weeks ago, but at least I’m reading it and it’s not forever buried. —- I just started Punk 57 today. It’s an oldie for y’all. But at least I finally got to it. It’s been in my schedule. lol

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 8:44 PM

end of the month bev? and for me, any tbr book exclusive of theme

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 8:47 PM

of course bev, if you want to make it “genre” of the month….hahahaha

Nay December 10, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Bev–I love to do reading challenges! I’m in on whatever all of you choose! The theme one is a great idea.

I participated in one a few years ago where we were given the list of themes up front (I think it was 30 for the year) and as we read each book, we posted the book/theme in the thread, and the moderator kept up with the list on the first page of the thread as everyone read and reported their books.

But I love the idea of all of us reading the same theme each month and also having to pick books purchased prior to 2017!

R. Renee December 10, 2016 at 8:52 PM

I didn’t even look at the CoHo books, there were soooo many!! I got Hollywood & Vine which I LOVE, and then 3 I haven’t read: Eversea, Mud Vein, and Midnight Lily. And I saw my friend Heather Bentley’s debut novel in there!! Beautiful Lies. That was too cool.

bev December 10, 2016 at 8:53 PM

Fabi it can be a genre, trope, pub year, cover, theme, and so on and so on. So on a genre you’ll join in?

Yes, last day of the month sounds great, no pressure.

Nay is in?

Nay December 10, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Bev said–We will have to think of themes for each month. Should we pick a date each month to have it read and discuss them by?
I think that’s a great idea, Bev! I bet Leslie may want to join in on this. I think she was wanting to really get some books read from her pre-2017 TBR next year. She and I were each talking about doing it for our reading resolution for the new year (I’m pretty sure it was Leslie–lol. My memory SUCKS!)

Nay December 10, 2016 at 8:58 PM

I may miss one month when I get my transplant, depending on if I feel like reading during the weeks afterward when I’m in the hospital, but besides that, I’m in!

bev December 10, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Nay, when that time comes just put all your energy and attention to getting well.

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 9:03 PM

I was teasing Bev. No way would I ask y’all to read genres you’re not interested in. I was just teasing.

Sci-fi, horror, thriller, mystery, classic, etc. and all their subdivisions is kind of my thing. I often have 3 or more books going at one time and all are in different genres. Romance is my go-to and favorite, but I read anything/everything. *quick! hide your ceral boxes*

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 9:04 PM

Nay, that is so scary and exciting all at the same time. You know you have my prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Maryse December 10, 2016 at 9:05 PM

You are SO lucky R!!! I wish I was there!

R. Renee December 10, 2016 at 9:12 PM

I will read to you Nay!

Nay December 10, 2016 at 9:12 PM

They had me do a bunch of tests to make sure I was healthy–which I am. The only reason my heart is crap is because I got a virus in it 13 yrs ago–a fluke, as they said.

But anyway, my final one was the mammogram, and it came back clear on Friday, so I go on Monday and, fingers crossed, I’ll be ‘on the list’ as they say!

I’m so excited, but scared sh!tless, so I REALLY appreciate you all being there for me and sending good thoughts and prayers my way! If I disappear one day, you know I’ve gone in for the operation!

I need to keep doing things just like this, because I can’t put everything on hold while I wait. So buddy reads, challenges, and our wonderful book discussions are perfect for me!

Nay December 10, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Awww, thanks, Robin! I may take you up on it!! Hope you’re having fun with CoHo! teehee

Grey December 10, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Nay, I’ll read to you too!

OMG R, I’m so jealous!

Fabi… *squee* I’m jealous of you too right now… Punk 57 was so good!

Just finished my ARC… now debating what to read next… I’m feeling dark… I might read the C book *giggle* Jean…come in Jean, are you with me??

I kinda love the idea of the themes too bev!

I hit my target of 150 books for the year sometime last month or maybe it was even in October, I can’t remember… but I didn’t do so hot with the list idea that I wanted to do…

bev December 10, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Fabi, a month could be Sci Fi or Sci Fi romance, I have both in my library. Or horror or a book you’ve been scared to tackle, etc.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 10:38 PM

*Big hugz to Nay*

Grey, I found Punk57 a bit ‘meh’ in the end, although I liked parts of it. But I’m probably in the minority….. interested to see how you find it, Fabi. Hey, and high-5 back at ya, Fabi. I’ve got 457 things on my kindle, most of them samples waiting to be read. I keep trying to get it under 400 (LOL) but just when I think I’m making progress, I find a new rec or author :) It’s a wonder the dang thang hasn’t blown up.

bev, I haven’t read Flowers From The Storm. Funny coincidence – I was reading a rec for it on my HR group in good reads earlier today and downloaded a sample JUST NOW! (Before I read your comment). Cue spooky music. Unless that’s really you in the HR group??? (aka Paula?)

I’m up for the last of the month for our ‘due’ date. I don’t mind if there’s a theme. Maybe we could all pick a book we’ve bought that we’ve put off reading because …….. (fill in the dots?) I have got a few sci-fi’s sitting there in the tbr. (City of Mirrors – dunno why I haven’t read it yet :( Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, Revenger, Seveneves, Armada (had bad reviews) etc etc……. OK, now I’m getting a bit depressed over my tbr……

bev December 10, 2016 at 10:39 PM

What if in order
Fabi=March Even if you don’t read them adds to the range of themes, Fabi.
To pick a theme? I

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Grey, it’s so freakin’ good! These characters seem a little older than their years but not by much. It reads like NA and that’s, hands-down, my favorite romance. So good!

bev, that’s very doable for me. I’m in no matter what y’all decide. Getting a dozen off my tbr will feel good. That’s almost 10%! lol

Jan December 10, 2016 at 10:52 PM

Yeah I’m in bev. I’ll do February’s theme. Just remind me :)

Lisa Aiello December 10, 2016 at 11:13 PM

Be,, I want in on the reading challenge…pweeeeeze!!!

Lisa Aiello December 10, 2016 at 11:14 PM

Uhhh…that was Bev, not Be,

Leslie M December 10, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Jeesh, I go out to a party ONE night and I miss all kind of things on here!!

Yes Nay it was me talking about TBR buddy reads/challenge. I’d love to participate. I might not be too good with themes. Like if you picked horror or sci-fi, I’d have nothing on my TBR to fit that. But I’m excited for a challenge!!

bev December 10, 2016 at 11:35 PM

Lisa A=August

Should we pick to the themes before we start or before each month?
I’m excited, hopefully it will be fun. But now off to read for the night.
Good night or Good Morning, wherever you happen to be.

Fabi December 10, 2016 at 11:36 PM

I was planning on watching TV tonight. Shocker, I know. But I got totally sucked in to Punk 57 and can’t seem to unglue myself from this book.

I think I know what Punk is now but I’m still clueless on the 57. I saw some lyrics but they didn’t make any sense to me.

When she (and I) figured out Rocks, omg, I was dying laughing.

Jan December 10, 2016 at 11:53 PM

Well, it’s lights out time for you guys stateside. Nighty-night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite. But here in Australia it’s only the afternoon, and I’ve been thinking about the best books I’ve read this year (and also the disappointments.)
Here it is: Jan’s Top 10 Reads of 2016
BTW they weren’t all published this year, but this is the year when I first read them and FLOVED THEM ALL!!!!. In no particular order…….
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Beautiful by Christina Lauren
JC and the Bijoux Jolies by Kate Regnery
Wolfsong by T J Klune
Tastes Like Candy by Lauren Gilley
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
The Last Hour Of Gann by R. Lee Smith
Truly: A New York Novel by Ruthie Knox
One Second by Dannika Dark
The Chocolate Heart by Laura Florand

Aaaannnddd top place is taken by…. ta-da!! The Last Hour Of Gann, cos it’s so much more than ‘just’ a romance. It’s an exciting, action-packed adventure, but at the same time a deeply thoughtful and philosophical book, without being in the least ‘preachy’, (which I hate). Highly original, long, ‘meaty’ and gripping all the way through. And Meoraq – what a wonderful, honourable, brave, incredible H. OK, so he’s a lizard-man. I know, but don’t knock him till you’ve read it. A fantastic book.

Now, let me analyse. 7 CRs in my list. 2 PNRs. 1 sci-fi/ romance. NO HRs (what the heck??) Hmmmmm. Times are a-changin’. Once it would have been at least 5 sci-fi. maybe 3 or 4 HRs……

I’d love to read other’s top books for the year.

My disappointments will be coming up…….

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 12:18 AM

Does the TBR have to be ones I’ve bought, or do freebies count. Including the one I just bought, I only have 57 in my TBR that I’ve actually paid for. That was my main goal this year, and it seemed to have worked. :) However, freebies… I’ve got way over a thousand. FYI, Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is only 1.99!

So far, my top pick of the year is Marked in Flesh, I think? I have to go through my Goodreads and see. Favorite of Nov is beyond a doubt Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh. After the last one, which kind of wrapped up an arc, this was pure joy. The last one didn’t have as much Raphael and Elena time, so much as action. Those two are such a romantic couple that just makes my heart sing, that I want to see it every time they get a book. They are right up there with Charles and Ana. Just pure swoon worthy.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 12:24 AM

I love your post Jan!!! I’ve also read several of your favorites. Isn’t it weird, in a cool way, how our tastes change over time? I remember when HR and sci-fi were my two most read genres.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 12:37 AM

Ooh Tessa you’re making me want a Nalini Singh fix. I haven’t read all of the Archangels books. Got a bit sick of them but maybe I need to look at the new one. As good as Charles and Anna???? That’s a big call! And I haven’t read Marked In Flesh. I’ve been hanging back cos it’s $19.99 (Aus) on kindle. VERY pricy…. :( I wish my library had it…….. Hmmmm. Just had a look. Archangels Heart is also expensive…… :( The library has some others in the series so maybe I’ll wait till they get that one in.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 12:48 AM

OK, now we get into controversial territory. *pops on helmet to protect against the vicious hail of peanuts on its way*

Jan’s List of 10 Disappointing Books of 2016.
Dirty (Dive Bar) by Kylie Scott. I didn’t like the h and still didn’t enjoy the book after 2 attempts. (But I love the Stage Dive books……)
Mr President by Katy Evans. The plotline had a big hole in it and I just couldn’t get over that. Also, major unannounced cliffhanger. No fair, Ms Evans.
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase. I got bored….. sorry :(
Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton. There was no chemistry between H and h, and the plot was thin, to say the least. The worst book in this series IMO. (The new one, Rules of Contact, is better).
Someone To Love by Mary Balogh. (HR) Nowhere near as well-written as her previous books. Not much fire between h and H.
The Goal by Elle Kennedy. I liked the rest of this series, but this one? Nup. I didn’t like the h at all, or some of the creepy secondary characters.
Reaper’s Fire by Joanna Wylde. I really like some of her other MC books, but this one had an extremely foul-mouthed H (more than usual LOL!) and the plot didn’t really grip me either.
Loverboy by Lauren Gilley. I LOVE her other MC books (see my top 10!) but this one was just too confronting for me, and had too much detail of the abuses Tango suffered in his past. I skipped over those pages, but still struggled to finish the book.
Managed by Kristen Callihan. I didn’t really connect with the characters, and some of the plot points were not believable for me. I ended up skimming whole sections.
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have loved other books in this series (Chicago Stars) and couldn’t wait to read the new one. But it ended up being nothing special. Seemed a bit tired and cliched, altho cute at times. I liked it okay but it lacked the intensity of some of her other books. Also there was very little about the football team in the book, either.

OK, that’s it. Feel free to share your comments. I can take it :) I’d love to hear about other’s disappointments for 2016 too……

Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:54 AM

I’m in too bev…..I need some kind of discipline!

Great list Jan! I need to look back and see what my disappointments were, but I know what my number 1 disappointment was, Tabula Rasa! Ugh, hated it!

bev December 11, 2016 at 10:05 AM


Lisa A=August
Tessa = October if your in? TBR is whatever your tbr is.
Jean = November

bev December 11, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Great lists, Jan.
Loved Kulti & Gann. Kulti was a favorite last year and Gann is this year. I really need to read Gilley. Both you and MichelleS are fans.
Truly has been sitting on my nook for awhile now.
Wasn’t impressed with Dirty either, but I want to keep on with the series. Very curious as to how the hero’s sister’s story will turn out. I still have to read the last Stage Dive novel.
First Star was a bit of a let down for me too.

Grey December 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM

bev, can I swap out June for July?? LOL! Sorry, June is just so crazy busy for me with the end of the school year and recitals and so forth, I would be ever so grateful if I could have July instead! *pretty please with sprinkles on top!* If not, I could still totally do June, Lord knows I read enough anyway, I would just nail a July one better I feel LOL!

Alright… gimme a minute, brb…

Grey December 11, 2016 at 10:47 AM

I need help!!! Question for the Audible book users- we are going to Disney/Universal (driving) for the holidays…and my husband wants to listen to books vs listening to satellite radio. He is looking for some good ones, as well as looking for a narrator that won’t drive him nutty because it’s a LONG car ride. Any suggestions for HIM?!? In the past, he has listened to Tom Clancy and Robin Cook. He’s not normally a reader (I know…the shock and horror…) so no worries that he’ll have already read/heard it. Thanks in advance, everyone I really appreciate it!

bev December 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Grey, of course. I just lined up months in order everyone chimed in.

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz might fit the bill. I’m reading the book now, so can’t comment on the narrator. It’s about an assassin.

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

I’m good for April. I don’t buy every book in my tbr either. Actually, for the past year or more almost everything I’ve read has come from the library, and some from booklending. If there’s a good sale price or I just have to read it now, I’ll one click. The majority of what I buy or what comes in I read right away, otherwise I’d have a whole bunch of money wasted on books I know I’d never get to. So, I have hundreds on my tbr, a few that were bought and samples, but for the challenge I’m willing to just buy one off the list since I’ll read it right away and I wanted to at some point anyway.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 11:04 AM

I told Lisa A and Jean about the challenge, and I see that they’ve both joined, but I also told Ela and haven’t seen her here or on our GR buddy read thread since then, so if she likes challenges, she may like to join too!

If horror gets picked as a gender and you have zero in your tbr (and we’re allowed to use free books), I have an awesome recommendation. it’s the Luther Kite series by Blake Crouch. It starts with Desert Places, which is free with Kindle Unlimited, so you could pick it up before the end of the year and it’d count–you’d just have to leave it in your KU library until ‘horror month’. lol Then there are 3 more books, all free with KU, after that to complete the series. I listened to them on audiobook (they’re on my top 10 audiiobook list that Maryse posted) and inhaled them!

I need romance sci-fi recs because I don’t think I have any on my tbr. Maybe I’ll recognize something if y’all mention some??

Nay December 11, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Grey–if he likes scifi, I highly recommend ‘Dawn of Destiny’ by Lee Stephen.

My husband is not a scifi guy normally, but he does love military, so since it (the ebook) was free with KU, he tried it and loved it.

I remember hearing the author talk about it taking almost 5 years to produce the audiobook–it has sound effects and over 30 actors. It’s almost 10 hours long and is only $14.95 on Amazon (I say ‘only’ because an audiobook that’s so well produced, it’s usually much more), so y’all could check out the sample to see if you like the way it’s done.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Grey–oh, forgot to mention. Check my top 10 audiobook list that I just mentioned. There are quite a few ‘hubby-friendly’ audiobooks/series on it, and some are cheap with Whispersync.

Grey December 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Nay, thank you! We are relative audiobook/whispersync newbies… I’m not really sure how it works, so any help would be appreciated. I see on Amazon that you can get 2 books for free. We both have Amazon accounts (so in essence we could get 4 books for free) if we both signed up for Audible accounts. What is this whispersync thing you speak of??? (see complete notice!)

Grey December 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

bev, thank you! He actually says that Orphan X is a contender and on the short list!

Nay December 11, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Grey–when you buy the kindle book, the audiobook can also be purchased for a bargain price (Usually. Sometimes some of the greedy publishers will charge over $10 for the ‘bargain’ price).

If you have kindle unlimited, the ebook is free and then you can often get the audiobook for $1.99–that’s how quite a few on my fave audiobook list are priced.

With the Audible freebie audiobooks, I *think* you can only get 2 books per address, even if you have different Amazon accounts, but I’m not positive–just check it out. You know you can at least get 2 for sure, though.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Duh–I’m looking at Fabi and Jan’s GR scifi shelves (but so far have found zero that I have) :(

Amy December 11, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Holy moly, you chatty ladies!! I have so much to catch up on now!

I’m thinking for January we can do a book set in a previous decade? Not necessarily a historical book but one of the decades in the 1900s. What do y’all think? Or do I need to pick a different sort of genre…

bev December 11, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Grey, did you check out the Matchmaker link Maryse has? It is right above the pre – orders in the list above. It matches up your ebooks to the audible version and shows the sale prices. I haven’t bought any yet, but it’s kind of fun.

Grey December 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

That sounds good to me Amy! And you, Amy, have to write a review on your book because this is your month… right bev? (did I get that right?)

And Nay, thank you! I am still kind of stupified on this whole Whispersync/Audible thing… we don’t leave until the 23rd… LOL! (yes, I may be slightly insane but I’m a planner and trying to figure this out in advance) but he says he’ll be driving most of the time so he needs books to listen to. (Wow…I’m so proud…. *tear* haha!)

bev December 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Sounds great Amy.

Should we have the themes all layer out now or do it monthly?

bev December 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

So, each month has a theme.
Amy picks January’s theme, Decades. We all pick a book from our tbr that fits that theme and read it in January. Be fun to see how we interpret the theme and what books pop up.
On the last day of January we just have a general discussion on the books we read.
For me my tbr will be books purchased before the New Year, I really want to read more from my already purchased books.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 12:16 PM

That sounds awesome! Thanks for doing this, Bev!

So…I’m already stuck on ‘decades’. I just need an idea or two to trigger my brain…pretty please??

And nope, didn’t find a single scifi, so if that’s one month, I need suggestions for that too please! Maybe if some popular ones are mentioned, I’ll have one of them in my TBR that I didn’t realize was there.

I already checked R. Lee Smith–I have none. The Last Hour of Gann sounds great, but if I have to buy it, it kinda defeats the purpose of the challenge, AND it’s also expensive. ;p

Nay December 11, 2016 at 12:17 PM

For decades, An Exaltation of Larks would be good, wouldn’t it? Because it spans several decades? Too bad I’ve already read it! lol

bev December 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM

If that is the theme I’m thinking Jackaby or Magnate.
But any historical would work.
I don’t think anyone would mind if we get creative to make a theme work. So, like Larks a book that spans time, or an alternate world past decade, flash backs or letters or dairies. Or maybe a book published in a prior decade that was a contemporary of its time?
How sade that a decade ago is 2006……eeep.

MichelleS December 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

I need to catch up on all the comments, but I’m in for the TBR read. January is decades… okay… so the 80′s, 90′s, that kind of thing? Or it spans a decade? Like KA likes to do? Ooh! Or maybe they have a decade age gap like teacher romance?? Love it!!!

bev December 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM

MichelleS, you want December?

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 12:48 PM

bev, if someone else pops up that wants to pick a theme, please give them my spot. I’m just horrible at finding books in a theme. It’s why I don’t do challenges. So I know I wouldn’t be able to come up with one to read. Like I mentioned early on, I can commit to reading a book from my tbr each month but that’s not really in the spirit of your challenge. I’m going to have to gracefully, or rather clumsily, bow out.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Grey, I have quite a few “man” books in my Audible files. But only one or two that I would consider appropriate for children. Will there be children in the car? If so, will your husband use headphones?

Grey December 11, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Yes there will be children, but yes he will be using headphones or yes they will have their headphones on (or be sleeping) so please Fabi- recommend!!!

What about those books that were about all set in the 80′s… the Love in the 80′s series, I think??? I can’t remember… where each book title was a different year?? I think I have one or two of those in my TBR…

bev December 11, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Someone tackle Fabi.
If you want to give up naming a theme if someone else pops up, that’s ok. But, but, but not reading your own and discussing it.
This is just for fun and cause I really wanted to try one, lol.
But remember we are zen here. ;)

D.G. December 11, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Finished Wait For It by MZ!
As always…her slow burns make me HAPPY! This is the first book that we get to visit with previous characters from her other her books…LOVED getting to know Trip better (and briefly visiting Iris and Dex) from Under Locke, best friend Vanessa and Aiden from WoW, and cousin Sal and Rey from Kulti. MZ wove them all in the story so effortlessly. LOVED Dallas and the way he loved her! *sighs*. What to read now???

Jean December 11, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Ugh, I’m with Fabi. I’m afraid I’ll have trouble already based on Amy’s decade pick. Can’t someone just assign a theme to each month in advance so I can prepare myself and get ideas from you guys?

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Grey, I made a bookshelf for you in GR:. Grey trip recs✓
This way you have blurbs and other links to more info on each book.
These titles are exclusively from my Audible files. Of course, I have tons more I’ve read.

As far as narrators go, the best thing to do is go to the Amazon book page and listen to the sample. That will tell you if a narrator is going to get on your nerves. lol

Some of my favorites are:
Daemon by Daniel Suarez a technothriller
The Warded Man a fantasy thriller
Wool a sci fi apocalyptic thriller
Red Rising a sci-fi thriller

I’ll check to see if I have a way to Lian any of these. I doubt it because I don’t have a membership anymore. But I’ll check.

bev December 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Absolutely. Let’s do the themes now. I believe in you, Jean. ;)
What will November be?
I’m thinking of June’s right now.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Who’s Lian??? that was supposed to be “loan” stupid autocorrect

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Ok. I got it, I got it! March theme is *drumroll…*

a book published prior to 2017 !!! *snort*

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 2:29 PM

omg! I’m getting the hang of this. For Amy’s theme, no way can I find a book in my tbr that is set somewhere in the 1900′s. Even if I read the 1500+ blurbs, I still may not find enough information to fit the theme. However, since many of you are saying the theme is wide open to interpretation, I’m going with “a book published in a previous decade”. I can sort by year published on GR and pick one prior to 2010. Hallelujah! This feels like a major accomplishment for me.

You guys!!! I am not creative. This is hard work for me. Let’s play a numbers game instead. Logic makes sense. When I try to think creatively I end up staring at a solid black wall. There’s simply nothing there.

bev December 11, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Jean, I tip toed through your tbr.
9 minutes, starts in the 70s or something right?
Wolfsong looks like it starts when they are young up to adulthood.
Also, maybe After the Lie?

bev December 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Yay, Fabi!
And March could totally be a pick whatever you feel like reading. ;)

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

lol, If I can turn every theme into a math problem then I’ll be good to go every month. If not, then maybe someone will help me pick from my tbr.

BTW…I want to clarify that DNFs are totally allowed. If I pick a book out of my tbr for the challenge and it doesn’t work for me in some way, I want to be able to dnf and move on.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

bev- I like this challenge. I’m in. For the decades theme my pick is Speak Easy by Melaine Harlow set in the 1920s. According to GR it’s been on my TBR since 2013.

Fabi- I did themes as a self challenge this year. They are listed in the GR group under the 2016 challenge thread. :)

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

I need to catch up but sure, October or whatever works for me. (except Nov, even if I do stop filling up that Nanowrimo numbers).

Now to read back.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Maybe I can help clarify the “decades” theme…

Example: Remember When has been in my TBR for a while now, and apparently the flashbacks are in the 80′s. Boom. Decade book. Or the Karina Halle one I have, The Devil’s Metal, is set in the 70′s.

If you want a decades recommendation, In the Fields by Willow Aster is SO good as is Lily of the Springs, which I fell HARD for. 1986 was an unexpected gem for me, too. So really, that’s all I meant by a “decades” book.

Did y’all REALLY think a theme from me would be simple? *snort*

Amy December 11, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Between my New Year’s reading resolution and this theme challenge, I am so excited for this upcoming reading year!! :D

Amy December 11, 2016 at 3:26 PM

OOH! Eleanor and Park would be a decades book!!!

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM

I have two right off the bat that qualify amongst my freebies that I could find right away. Kiss Me Hard Before You Go by Shannon McCrimmon and Moonshine by Tess Oliver. :D

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM

See? You guys are so good at this and … I. Am. Not.

Anna, please take my March spot.

I’m back to square one. I don’t do theme challenges. Love y’all, but it’s just not my “thing”. I suck at it and it causes me more stress than pleasure. I’ll enjoy it vicariously through your readings.

bev December 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Jean December 11, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Fabi! Try with me…..all you have be to do is make your month sci-fi or, I know, M/M. That would certainly get me to read one of the many I have downloaded recommended by you but haven’t read because I’m chicken! Or, keep it simple and make it a title that includes numbers.

Amy, I’ve had the Remember When series forever and In the Fields! Ok, I’m getting excited about this!

bev, don’t know what my theme will be yet and thanks for those recs from my TBR! I gotta think about my theme now…..

Jean December 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

That’s your theme bev? WTH?!?!?

Amy December 11, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Yeah, I’m not getting bev’s theme either. *scratches head*

bev December 11, 2016 at 3:58 PM

I needy girl by the National
That’s my the.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM

Tessa…I really liked that one!!! (KMHBYG)

Fabi…believe it or not, I suck at this sort of thing as well. Seriously, my friend. I started getting anxiety because I am not creative AT ALL, and then I started thinking of books in my library I’ve been wanting to read and thought of Remember When. Bingo. Decades books. You know, you could go with something as simple as a cover with certain colors in it…

Yay Jean!! In the Fields is SO good, or we could BR Remember When! :D

Amy December 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM



Amy December 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM

I think bev’s drunk. *snicker*

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

bev- That’s a creative theme. They are dancing in the video so a dance book would work. A book with girl in the title I have several of those. A book with a grey and black cover to match the video. Lots of options on that one.

Fabi- I don’t want to steal your month. :(

Jean December 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

So, a book about a needy girl? How do I pinpoint that?

Amy, I would definitely BR Remember When with you… looks like I have my January book already!

bev December 11, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Oh, God you guys are so funny.

Jean December 11, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Anna! Thanks for helping me look at it that way! I definitely have lots of those kind of books! So, as long as you all help me along the way, I can do this!

bev December 11, 2016 at 4:14 PM

It could be from the video or the lyrics.
I Need My Girl- how many books do we have that fits that line. When he falls for her so completely. Or when she crashes the car and apologizes to the plants, many cute quirky heroines.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Jean- You’re welcome. A tortured/broken hero book would also work. Or the line “I keep feeling smaller smaller” could fit a bully book. Or the band’s name The National could fit a political book like Mr. President by Katy Evans. or…Okay I’ll stop now because I have no idea if this is what bev was thinking.

bev December 11, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Absolutely DNF. This is to be fun and that’s a discussion in itself.
Anyone please read with us, the more the merrier.

bev December 11, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Yes, Anna however you interpret it.

I love it.
Could Be A Rock Star book.

bev December 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Fabi, I have not a creative bone in my body.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Anna, you’re not stealing. Please take my March. You are MADE for this challenge.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Okay, now bev’s theme is making sense. Totally doable. ;)

Jan December 11, 2016 at 5:17 PM

OK January will be easy for me because I’ve bought Exaltation of Larks but haven’t started it yet. (Dunno why…..) So that will be my January ‘defeat the tbr’ read.

For my theme pick for February I was thinking sci-fi as I’ve got a few on my tbr. But if that’s going to be a problem for others, maybe we could open it out to sci-fi OR paranormal. What do you think? But Fabi, I don’t want to steal your theme. I was thinking mm is a good one for yours, but if you want to claim sci-fi I’ll do sumthin else. No worries as we say in Australia.

Are we going to make GR group or something for our discussions on the books we read? Or is that too formal? We could just all put a comment on here on the last day of the month?

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Wow, I had a bunch to catch up on! I’m exploring my lists for this decades theme, would Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman work? It’s a western set in 1877. I’m no good at thinking up a theme either, but I’ll consider this a challenge as well. Lol. I’m gonna check out pintrest for inspiration like I usually do. I’m getting stuck on genre I think, rather than theme.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 5:24 PM

You’re not stealing my theme Jan. Hopefully Anna will take the March option.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 5:25 PM

BTW Grey, I second Fabi’s rec of Wool by Hugh Howey – a fantastic book that your husband might enjoy as well as you. Have got no clue what the audio is like though. LOL.

Nay as you can see by my best of 2016 list I LOVE Last Hour of Gann and highly recommend it. It was a rec I got from this blog earlier in the year, a book I would never have ever picked up otherwise. A pity it’s a bit pricy for you. I feel your pain. That’s why I haven’t read Marked In Flesh yet. Waiting for a price drop. But Gann is a huge read – like 2 or 3 books, so good value for money. Ok, I’ll stop spruiking now……

Nay December 11, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Me too, Tasha! I have a theme in mind, but I think it’s what would be expected of me. I want to go for something a little different!

Jan December 11, 2016 at 5:26 PM

K Fabi. I’ll go with sci-fi, or for those who haven’t got a sci-fi tbr, paranormal. Sounds OK to everyone?

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Okay if Fabi is determined not to take March I’ll take it. I’ll see what others take for their themes first before picking mine. Thanks for giving me March Fabi!

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 5:34 PM

I didn’t think I had read a whole lot of sci fi or put many on my tbr, but I haven’t gone too far yet and I found Red Rising. I recently read Dark Matter and I thought that was a really good one and easy enough to read without spinning my brain, which is how I think of sci fi’s going in, lol.

Leslie M December 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Bev, I think it would be helpful to have themes picked out now, that way we can pre-plan our picks.

I have September which makes me think of back to school and September 11. So a theme of “school or military”

For example:

Hot for teacher romance
MC is teacher/work in a school
MC is in HS/college
MC is in military/veteran

bev December 11, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Nay, I already loaned Gann out or I’d loan it to you. It is super intense & good. Really think Maryse would enjoy it.

I have a straight scifi and a couple scifi romance. Choices.

Jan = Past Decades
Feb=Sci fi or pnr
June = I Need My Girl by The National

Getting interesting.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Oooh, I have Dark Matter! I bought it this summer cause I lurve me so Blake Crouch! I’ll use that for scifi!

Now for my theme…

bev December 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM

September= school or military

I know I came up with the idea but I will admit, for as much as I love list I’m not organized, at all. So, another may have to keep the themes.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Nay have you read The Starlight Rite by Cherise Sinclair? It’s classified as ‘erotic sci-fi romance’. Cherise Sinclair is better known for her Masters of the Shadowlands and Wild Hunt series but this one is a standalone. Might be what you’re looking for.

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Ok for those that need a little help with themes, these were for movies but I thought worked for books too: A title with one word, a book with a love triangle, a book made into a movie, a book with a number in the title, a book set in high school, a book set in a different country, a book with nonhuman characters, a trilogy part 1, an autobiography or memoir, a book about revenge, a book about bullying, a book that might make you cry, etc…

Nay December 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Jan–I’ve read her other other series, but since sci-fi romance isn’t my thing, I never read the Starlight Rite. I think Dark Matter will be perfect! I’ve read bout 10 of Blake Crouch’s books and have loved all of them!

I saw similar ones, Tasha! Those are good. I also saw ‘first in a series’ (doesn’t have to be a trilogy) and ‘Title with a color’

I think I have a good theme that will make us dig into our tbr’s:

Try try again–read a book that you started but never finished.

Is that ok??

Nay December 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

I would keep the list, Bev, but with my uncertain weeks of participation, I probably wouldn’t be a good choice.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Sci-fi is easy too! I have Darkest Mind which I’ve been avoiding like the plague. I guess it helps that a lot of dystopian are technically sci-fi.

I don’t know for sure, but mine might end up being, the next book in a series. *sighs* We’ll not talk about that, right? *cringes as she looks at her TBR*

Alright, I have no idea what’s up with me. Nothing sounds good. Not even my new Richelle Mead. :/

Nay December 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Or I guess I should say ‘uncertain weeks of NON-participation’.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

I’ve got another idea–books with a bad guy (or however you’d want to put it) Like ones where the hero is actual an anti-hero, maybe in the mafia or a criminal of some sort.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Tessa, why are you avoiding The Darkest Minds? It is SO GOOD.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

The beginning makes me feel so sad!

Leslie M December 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Bev, I can keep track of list of themes/months if you want. I will post on Goodreads too when completed.

MichelleS December 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

I’ll take December, if it’s not already snatched up. Did I just say snatch? Ick. Ok. Ok. How about “colors”?… 50 shades of GREY, A Different Kind of BLUE, WHITE Oleander, BLACK lies… you get the point.

MichelleS December 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Where’s the final list so I don’t repeat? I just saw someone’s comment & they said colors too!

bev December 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

That’d be great, Lisa. Thanks.

How cool are these, though I am not home sick. I still want some.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

I think you’re good, Michelle. I just put that as a suggestion. I’m doing ‘books that you started but never finished’

bev December 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

I don’t think there is another color one MichelleS.
So far not in order:
Try Again
I Need My Girl by The National
Next in A Series
So colors fits. A color in the title?

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken? If so, that was one of my favorites!! And that would actually work for my needing to read the second in a series too, I’ve been meaning to get to it bc I loved it so much, but it got lost in my tbr. I classified that as fantasy though, I wonder how many others I could do.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

I have tons of ‘next in series’. That’s a great one!

Jean December 11, 2016 at 6:40 PM

I’m going with cowboy theme. I know I have some in my TBR, but haven’t read many. Is that OK with everyone?

bev December 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

*fist pump*

Almost did that one, too. :)

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Ok, so how’s this one for me…a book that “everyone” has read but you. I know I have a ton on my tbr that I feel like every one of you has read but me. But is this too tricky? If so I can pick something else.
Bev- what exactly is I Need My Girl by The National?

Leslie M December 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM

What I have so far. Please correct me if I am wrong

Amy for January – past decades
Jan for February – sci-fi/one
Anna for March -
Tasha for April -
Nay for May – try, try again
Bev for June – I need my girl by The National
Grey for July -
Lisa A for August -
Leslie for September – school/military
Tessa for October – next in series
Jean for November – cowboy
Michelle S December – color in title

Leslie M December 11, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Ok…what’s up autocorrect?


Leslie M December 11, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Tasha, I LOVE your theme pick!! I’ll update my list.

bev December 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

I have a ton of those, Tasha.

It’s a song by that band. Scroll up and there is a link. Can give it a listen. Take inspiration from lyrics , video, mood it puts you in, or however you interpret it.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

You guys! I am LOVING these ideas for themes!!!!

And you know what? They will work with my resolution of reading by year purchased. :D

Amy December 11, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Ooh!! Bared to You will work for Tasha’s theme!

Leslie M December 11, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Latest update:

Amy for January – past decades
Jan for February – sci-fi/pnr
Anna for March -
Tasha for April – “everyone” has read but me
Nay for May – try, try again
Bev for June – I need my girl by The National
Grey for July -
Lisa A for August -
Leslie for September – school/military
Tessa for October – next in series
Jean for November – cowboy
Michelle S December – color in title

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 7:05 PM

You haven’t read Bared to You yet? Oooh, you are so lucky Amy! Darkest Mind is Fantasy, not Sci fi? Huh. Then I will have to search! STILL SAD!

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 7:08 PM

You haven’t read Bared to You?!? I think everyone has read that! Lol ;)

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM

I dk if it’s fantasy and not sci fi Tessa, I’m sure it fits into more categories than one, that’s just what folder I put it in. I was looking at The Red Queen too in my tbr and thought maybe sci fi? I’m not sure.

bev December 11, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Hmm. How’d I not notice until now that Nay rhymes with May?

Excited. It’s looking good.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 7:27 PM

This is lookin good. I’m already going through my tbr trying to match things up. I’ve got plenty for Nay for May. The Man I Love? I need to try that one again fo sho. Or Thoughtless? I think I need more than one month of try try agains LOL.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Just saw on my amazon (australia) home screen that MZ’s new book Wait For It is #7 in kindle bestsellers. Gooooo Mariana! Yaaay! I can’t believe Wall Of Winnipeg didn’t do better in the GR 2016 romance voting.
Yesterday I was reading a long comment on GR about the book that came second, Storm and Silence, claiming there was some dodgy voting with people saying they had up to 10 fake GR accounts so they could vote for it multiple times. Hmmm. I’m not sure what to think. If it’s true, shame on those people. That kind of behaviour makes me cross and sad. A book has to stand on its own two feet. If it’s good, word will get out there and people will buy it.

Grey December 11, 2016 at 7:37 PM

OK I know we are all having a grand time with this list making and I will chime in with mine…I promise!

I just have to say… The book that must not be named is really pi$$ing me off!

Amy December 11, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Oh Grey… *shakes head* We tried to tell you.

Friends don’t let friends read the C-word book.


Nay December 11, 2016 at 7:43 PM

I’ve got the perfect one for decades! Susan Fanetti’s viking book! That’s ok isn’t it??

Bev–I noticed that! I thought you did it on purpose!


Tessa December 11, 2016 at 7:53 PM

C book. *shakes head* We tried to warn you. Here… Amy will make you a martini.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 7:56 PM

Y’all are awesome and giving me “ideas”. I’ll have to have my 12 picked out pretty early on. I’m a scheduler. :-/

btw Darkest Minds is dystopian and falls into the YA sci-fi cat. It could potentially fall into YA PNR, but that’s usually reserved for vampires and shifters. Fantasy would need dragons, demons, or other fantastical creatures. There aren’t any in Darkest Minds.

Seriously Tessa, I don’t remember it being inordinately sad. Not more so than most dystopians.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

I think I’m reading Pictures of You by Leta Blake for Amy’s January theme. It’s 90′s instead of 1900′s but I see many of you picking from other decades too. Please tell me if I pick wring for the theme. Seriously, help me out if I dont understand something.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Red Queen is definitely fantasy. Awesome book.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM


Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Red Queen is buried in my tbr. I need more of Tasha’s theme. I’m always behind.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

*does creepy whisper thing* Read Red Queen. It will be good. It will be kind of odd. You will like it.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Fabi, that one is perfect. I just meant any of the decades in the 1900s…the teens, 20′s, 30′s, all the way up to the 90′s.

Tessa and Tasha…I know!! I’m usually jealous of anyone who is reading one of my favorites for the first time, but in the case of Bared to You *I* am the one who is getting the treat! :D

I’m going to need help distinguishing between sci-fi, PNR, and fantasy…

bev December 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Interesting to books from the 90s or watch shows and see what’s changed.
I kinda miss the 90s.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM
Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Thanks for the clarification Fabi! I’m always mashing those genre’s together. So for decades Amy, it should be in the 1900s? Tessa, Red Queen could work for December’s theme unless I get to it before hand, that is a long way away.

Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

I like Tasha, Nay, and Tessa’s themes. I have tons of those themed books! Looking forward to PNR/Sci fi month too! I may finally tackle Illuminae (that’s Sci fi right?) Are the BDB books considered pnr?

Nay December 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM

Oh, so I need to pick another book for Jan because Vikings is obviously going to be before 1900! I can find something else.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM


I just saw your note up there about Take Me With You, and then I read *this* in the blurb…

“Trigger warning: If you need one, this is not the book for you”

Holy moly!! That has Marmy written all over it!!!

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:34 PM


Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Yeah Amy, I’m letting Maryse be guinea pig fire that one! Can’t believe you haven’t read BTY yet!;

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Amy, the Lux series is sci-fi. The Oblivion series is paranormal. You’ll have to check with Tessa about Fantasy. I don’t have a big selection and probably none you’ve read to use as an example.

Jean, yup, exactly. Illuminae is sci-fi and the BDB is PNR.

BTW all of the above books are romance subgenres of the genres.

bev December 11, 2016 at 8:37 PM

I’ve only read one book by Nina G Jones. Loved the premise and promise but didn’t really reach them, so curious how Maryse finds this one.

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Hey guys. Checking out my Six of Crows PNR?

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Jean…I’ve been meaning to read BTY, and now I have a definite time for it. :D

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Weeeeelllll Tessa, I see a read exchange between us in the future. Red Queen for Darkest Minds?

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Six of Crows is Fantasy (romance)

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:41 PM

For those curious about the difference between fantasy, pnr, and sci-fi, let me help.

First off, PNR is a subset of fantasy. Fantasy involves magic is some form, the story usually driven by that. It can have advanced tech, or be set in the future, but the underlying world of the MC is magic. PNR is magical creatures of some sort, (even if it is just the MC or some secondary character is magical) that is a romance.

Sci-fi is science driven, weather it is set in the future, space, or other world. It can have some magic, but the main focus of the world is science. This can also merge a bit with fantasy, like Star Wars and the force. Yet, the world of Star Wars is more science based, with flying ships, world travelling, and laser swords.

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Ooh or Letters Written in White? PNR?

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

YES! Red Queen and Darkest Mind exchange. I’ll finally read it that way!

Nay December 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM

so if we have steampunk books, those are with scifi fantasy?? Except Parasol Protectorate also has vamps and werewolves, so that would be scifi pnr??

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Soooooo…would Heat by R. Lee Smith count as sci-fi?

I’d like to know about R’s question as well because I have that one, too…

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Lol Thanks Tessa. I forgot about the R part. Amityville was my fallback :D

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Oh wait, Fabi just answered it. :oops:

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Fabi you may need to take a looksie at my TBR for that category!

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Absolutely yes Amy.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Thanks for that clarifying info, Tessa and Fabi!

Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:49 PM

I have Red Rising too…. what genre did you guys say it was? I’m loving this!

Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Was a month assigned to fantasy?

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Absolutely right Nay. Many many many books combine the genres. Like Tessa also said. Sci-fi fantasy, PNR Fantasy and so on. We tend to classify them based on their most obvious traits.

In our case here, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the ones we live the most are the romance subgenres. So, sci-fi romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance. They are unique in the genres because of that romance component. They tend to be more character driven.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

Red Rising is predominantly sci-fi even though it has some elements of fantasy and paranormal.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

I’m happy to look R. :-)

Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Thanks Fabi!

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Tessa, January or February for the read exchange? :-)

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Fabi can help too as far as explaining. She’s the sci fi girl. I just adore fantasy. :D

Letters Written in White sound kind of like a contemporary. The blurbs and reviews are soooo vague, but it sounds like a contemporary told from the POV of the MC who is dead.

Heat, Sci fi!

Jean December 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

I’m going to be stalking all your GR shelves!

Nay December 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Ok, thanks, Fabi!

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Sure. Either of those months work for me.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Yup, so is Gann. Scifi

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

I agree with Tessa, Letters Written in White is CR.

Tessa, how about the first week in January? I’m an impatient person. lol. I’m hoping to get to the new BDB book that week but I can probably do both.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Okay. I have the next Kingmaker book coming out that week, but I can do both too. :)

Wow, and Jan is as evil as ever as far as books being released.
Breath of Fire, Next to Never, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, and Feversong are all coming out next month! 0.0

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 9:14 PM

I don’t think I have PNR then. My closest is a debut author book called Water Lily but I think it’s more fantasy. Letters in White works for my colors though! Anyone else feel like they’re playing yahtzee??

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

FEVERSONG!! SQUEEEE!!!!!!! Ooh I forgot about Eleventh Grave–another SQUEEE!!!!!

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Oh I do!! The book I had marked for my next in series will work for PNR! It’s vampires! Yay! So crap. Guess that means I AM reading Broken Palace :D

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:16 PM

Let me look at your shelves for PnR, R…

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Ok, for January I think I’m reading A Song Begins by Mary Burchell. If I’m right it is a Harlequin CR written in 1965.
Now onto what scifi I have.

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Though I also have the Orphan Train.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

R I looked through your GR tbr and you don’t have any sci fi. You have a few PNR…

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Tessa, it’s on my schedule! :-)

Ok, what’s Feb again? That’s a lot of scrolling.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM

The Raven Boys is PnR isn’t it, Fabi? It looks like it fits into several subgenres. That’s on one of your shelves, Robin.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Maybe I can read that with you R. I have it and haven’t read it yet. :D

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

Also, I have The Whiskey Tide which is 1920s. Choices.

Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
Lonely shore by Jenn Burke
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Fabi, Feb is scifi/pnr.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Can we get a thread started on the Maryse GR group below so that we can easily see who’s got what for which month and it doesn’t get buried when Maryse does her newest post here and we all move our chat elsewhere?

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

R, are you joining?

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

I have a sh!tload of PnR to read. I may just do that instead of Dark Matter, just to get rid of something that’s been on my tbr for a long time.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Ideas for March a book that scares you either horror or a book that is out of your comfort zone. Or a book that is so long you’re scared to start. Does that work for everyone?

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

I forgot about that one! I quit reading blurbs so I dont know what’s what!

And Jesus bev. That song fits MY book. To the point where I’m near tears and the second I get out of this bubble bath I’m adding it to my book playlist on my website. So, I’m picking myself for June. Whew. Ok. Thinking champagne. Anyone?

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Yup Raven Boys is PNR and so is Veiled Innocence.
Six of Crows and Court of Thorns and Roses are both fantasy.

I thought I saw more PNR. I’ll have to look again. They seemed to be horror/PNR.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

That sounds great Anna! You have good, unique ideas!

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Yes, Nay. It’s probably a good idea. I think Leslie is going to post there.
LeslieM, I meant to Thank You and my auto correct said Lisa. Sorry.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

March could also be know as marmy month.

Tessa December 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

You’d think with all the PNR and fantasy I read that I would have horror, but I really doubt it. lol The most pure horror I’ll read is Christopher Pike or RL Stine.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

That’s what I was thinking, Anna!

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

Anna I have two books, The Walls Around Us and A History of Glitter and Blood that I’ve been scared to start. Lol. Those might fit, though not horror.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

Oh, lol Bev. I didn’t realize. OMG what am going to pick out of MY tbr for that?! It’s an impossible list!

Anna, that sounds perfect. I have a select few that I’ll never get to without some prompting.

R!!! Me too in June. Me tooooooo.

I think Grey is lost in the C book. We better wait till she’s in a better mood.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Since we have more than 12 people now (I think), can we double up for some months??

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

I really liked the Raven Boys too! That’s another one I only read the first of a series.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Cause there may also be some more people that haven’t been around today/tonight that’ll want to join tomorrow.

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Fabi god willing you’ll have to read it sooner!

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

See how she teases? Y’all see that???!!!

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Nay, I think as many people as want to can play the challenge. The twelve were only to choose the themes.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:40 PM


bev December 11, 2016 at 9:40 PM

R, isn’t It a good song? Love his voice in it.

Nay, anyone can join in.
I’m not trying to be bossy, at all so shoot me down if you all want too, but I don’t know that everyone that reads with us from the themes needs to make a theme? It could add up super fast. I didn’t mean to leave anyone out I just went by order of people saying, ok to the idea.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Nay- Great minds think alike. :) Marmy for march

bev & Fabi- I don’t read a lot of horror that’s why I added a book out of your comfort zone. I have plenty of those on my list. Or books I’m scared to start. I still haven’t read The Bronze Horseman.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:41 PM

bev, Ready Player One has massively rave reviews. I keep looking at it every few months but the blurb doesn’t quite do it for me. That one could also fit into the decades theme. It seems to have lots of 80s references.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Oh, that’s fine, great, awesome! I was just having a brain fart!

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Marmy for March? So we have to pick a book that Maryse and Amy both five starred?

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Wait. So is March horror/scared to start
Or Marmy March
Or all 3?

R, ate you getting ready to publish next year? Congratulations.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

bev- I was thinking marmy books fall into the category of scared to start for me. All three horror/scared to start or marmy. Trying to choose a broad category so everyone could find something on their TBR.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Oh cool Anna. Then I’m going to read Siren.

Anna Penwick December 11, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Dark Surrender by Rachel van Dyken is live! Book 3 in the Dark Ones series.

Fabi December 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

Ooohhh, I have a sci fi ARC due in early Feb. A Perfect Machine. It’s already on my tbr so I can kill two birds with one stone. That’s not cheating is it?

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

bev either publish next year or change careers. Those are my options.

bev December 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

I have Marmy books too.
Going to have to consider this one.

Tasha J December 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Bright side was a Marmy book, right? I have that one that I’ve been scared to read. Was The Mason List?

Jean December 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Anna, I like that theme!

Jean December 11, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Bright side scares me ttoo!

Nay December 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM

yes, Bright Side is Marmy. Here’s Maryse’s post for quick reference:

Nay December 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM

I thought Bright Side was wonderful! And I loved Gus even more, ended up being my favorites for the year when I read them. Did y’all see that there’s another book coming out in the series? It’s titled Franco and will be out on 12/28 if I remember correctly. I saw it on Maryse’s series order list.

Nay December 11, 2016 at 10:11 PM

correction: 12/29 for Franco

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Oh sweet. I want Amy to pick my Marmy from my TBR. I want one of the heartbreaking variety with an HEA. No pressure.

R. Renee December 11, 2016 at 10:14 PM

I loved Bright Side but wasn’t ever interested in reading Gus and the Franco cover disturbs me on multiple levels.

Amy December 11, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Ooh ooh OOOOH!! *bounces in seat and claps hands* I’ll pick your Marmy March book, R!!! And you really should read Gus…think of Bright Side in reverse with a wonderful h for Gus.

Tasha…The Mason List isn’t a Marmy book but it is still a great one.

Drowning Instinct. Just sayin’.

Jan December 11, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Marmy for March? Aaaah…… :/

*checks tbr whilst hyperventilating*

And you’re reading a book pub in 1965 for January, bev. Interesting.

BTW I read Ready Player One when it first came out and really liked it at the time. Lots of cheesy stuff about 80s style pop culture and computer game refs, but I remember it had a fast-moving plot and was an easy, entertaining read.

bev December 11, 2016 at 11:03 PM

I know. Now do I go with one of the two I’m hesitant to start or do I read one of my Marmy books.
I’m tempted by Ready Player One because a bit outside my box but Dark Horse was on some end of year best list and kind of calls to me.

January for me will be A SONG Begins.
I just need to pick and stick.

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 5:54 AM

Sorry guys, I fell asleep on you last night. Now I’m in middle of a snowstorm! Good news is SNOW DAY! I made a thread and will update theme list as necessary.

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 8:36 AM

I have a question about this “2017 Themes”. Does the person who has the month pick the book within the theme – or just provide the theme and everyone picks their own book within that theme? Sorry if you already answered this, but there’s 330 comments here, and it’s Monday and I’m lazy ;)

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 8:40 AM

The idea is to pick a book from your tbr that fits the theme.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Amy, **without giving anything away** is Mud Vein marmy? It wasn’t on the list. I know NOTHING about it, but for some reason I have it in my head that I shouldn’t read it which means I probably should. I was thinking of that for my marmy book if you don’t see anything “scarier” in my TBR. I think I have the rest picked out. Totally shocked I had a “sort of” cowboy book!

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 9:28 AM

For my August – How about pick one of your TBRs with a one word title.

Jean December 12, 2016 at 9:31 AM

I have tons of those Lisa! That’s perfect!

R. haha! What is your “cowboy” book? I was actually kicking myself for picking that because it ended up I didn’t have as many as I thought….but I do have a few.

Is anyone here still reading Pretty Lost Dolls? I am totally stuck at 25%… may be my first DNF! I had all day to read yesterday and instead I did a bunch of Xmas shopping online!

Leslie, so jealous of your snow day! Where are you that you are getting a snowstorm?

bev December 12, 2016 at 9:32 AM

LeslieM, you are amazing. Thank you.

LisaA, that sounds great. Have to have a few of those.

bev December 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM

I’m jealous too. I’ve always wanted to try and live in another state and snow is a bonus. ;)

Jean December 12, 2016 at 9:37 AM

I love snow! bev, are you on the west coast?

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Jean, After The Rain by Renee Carlino. Again, blind, but I saw the word “rodeo” so I’m going with it!

bev December 12, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Yes, I get a bit of snow occasionally, but not Snow.

Talking about where we live I read a blog that is doing a secret santa exchange. This kind of freaked me out. Just secret people knowing your address.

bev December 12, 2016 at 9:46 AM

R, you have yours all picked out? I’m impressed.

Jean December 12, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Sounds good R! I actually think I have that one too!

That is a little freaky bev, I’m a very private person!

Ugh, guess I better start working now…..

Jean December 12, 2016 at 9:48 AM

That is impressive bev, it will take me days to figure my picks!

(so, I obviously don’t feel like working today….rainy, cold, yucky Monday!)

Jean December 12, 2016 at 9:48 AM

I meant R is impressive, but bev is always impressive too!

bev December 12, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Jea, are you at work right now?

Jean December 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Ummmm, yep! Haha!

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM

I’ve been weeding through my TBR for a while so it wasn’t too daunting. I think I’ll leave Lisa’s open though. I have several that will fit it so I’ll just wait to see what’s left.

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 10:09 AM

I’m taking a sick day today. I’m so freakin’ sleepy I can’t get going. I can work from home anyways.

R. i’m impressed. I think I got the first 3 months picked out and my head was spinning.

This is fun, but way too much work for me. <— lazy!

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 10:18 AM

I’m in Massachusetts but it sometimes feels like Alaska. Winter before last we got over 100 inches of snow!!! I actually hate snow but didn’t want to drive my son to school with slippery roads (my car is piece of cucka). I’m not looking forward to shoveling driveway, but love that I have excuse to stay home all day.

Jean December 12, 2016 at 10:29 AM

I’m going to do Remember When for January, then I got stuck with February because I actually have a lot of options for that month!

I want a sick day and a snow day!! LOL! Okay, I’m out of here for a while…..I really have to work…blah!

Nay December 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Jean–I finished it, but only because it was a buddy read. You can see what I wrote about it in the BR thread on GR.

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Jean as far as Pretty Lost Dolls goes – yeah, I think it’s worth finishing. But Part 1 was definitely better than Part 2.

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 10:35 AM

I need some sci-fi/PNR recommendations. I have absolutely NONE on my TBR list because that’s not something I normally read or gravitate towards. So give me some ideas and I’ll buy one and it’ll be on my TBR :)

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM

So far I have:
J – Amityville Horror
F – The Raven Boys
M – Maybe Mud Vein (waiting on Amy’s approval)
A – either The Sweet Gum Tree or Night Owl (which ever is left)
M – The Shining
J – My book!! (although I did the math, yikes…)
J – ?
A – Confess? Bully? Lick? Hide? Intent? Forbidden? Prisoned? IDK!!!
S – On the Island
O – The Roman
N – After the Rain
D – Letters Written in White

Jean December 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Lisa, I recommend the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series for PNR, Dark Lover! SOOOO GREAT! And this blog is what helped me find it! It wasn’t something I would normally read either. And okay, I guess I’ll finish PLD today (probably while at work since the boss just left for a trip to Florida for the week….yay me!)

Great list R!

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Lisa, I thought I sent this already but I don’t see it, so ignore if it’s duplicate, but if you don’t want to ADD to your TBR, How to Save a Life has elements of PNR. It’s a stretch, but I think it works.

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM

J – Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur
F – ?
M – Rushed by Brian Harmon (Horror)
A – Thoughtless by SC Stephens
M – ?
J – Wait by AL Jackson
J – ?
A – Bookish by Olivia Hawthorne
S – Not By Sight by Kay Lyons Stockholm
O – Endless Love Letter (Love Letter Duet #2) – Callie Anderson
N – Bothered (Irrationally His #1) by Jessa Jacobs
D – With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Maybe Maryse can make a thread on here for the challenge? Not everyone has GR and I’d hate for someone to think they can’t participate because they aren’t on GR.

Good PNR? *rubs her hands in glee*
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moaning
Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Oblivion by Jennifer Armentrout (Ya)
Seven Months by Daniel Dark
Archangel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
Dark Lover by JR Ward
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley
Dark Light by St Jennings
The Awakening by LJ Smith (Ya)
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
First Grave on the Right by Darinda Jones

I’m missing a lot, but that’s a start.

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 11:53 AM

Lisa A,

Bev said….*says in bratty kid tone*… that we don’t HAVE to read the theme for the month if we don’t have anything on TBR that fits. We can just pick anything off our TBR for that month instead. Bev IS the boss of this challenge you know? Hee hee

Actually, I was strongly counting in it because despite having almost 700 books in my TBR I have NOTHING sci-fi or PNR. Those are not genres I enjoy. :(

Also, for the “try again” month I would not have anything. If I started something and didn’t finish, it gets moved to DNF never to be seen again. ;)

Certainly you can purchase something to fit but that defeats purpose for me to be lowering my TBR pile. *snicker* I’ve been a book hoarder for too long and I need to stop adding books!!

Of course these challenges usually backfire because once we start discussing our picks, we end up adding new ones!! *sigh*

Jean December 12, 2016 at 11:57 AM

I’m liking that PNR list Tessa! I already have Seducing Destiny (not sure why I haven’t read it yet) Halfway to the Grave, Dark Light, and First Grave on the Right downloaded……I read Darkfever, Oblivion, Fighting Destiny, and Dark Lover. I think Fighting Destiny or Dark Lover would be good for those who don’t read this genre.

Amy December 12, 2016 at 12:04 PM

R…I wouldn’t say Mud Vein is Marmy. I five starred it, but I loathed it as much as I loved it. It was SO well written and I loved that, but I hated what the h went through from start to finish. And the end…oh, my heart, that ending.

I would say, however, that Marrow is a Marmy because of that WTF ending. ;)

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM

:D I picked the ones that are popular with everyone, not just myself. Heck, you all know I’m not a fan of BDB, but so many are, and I would hate to have someone who would love it miss out.

Oh, Twilight is PNR. That can be added too.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Thanks Amy. here’s my TBR when you have a sec. Anything on her that will rip me apart like a 100 year old ragdoll?

Nay December 12, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Lisa–check out my GR PnR shelf. I have over 900 books on it, and I’ve read/reviewed a lot of them. Maybe you’ll find something there.

Anna Penwick December 12, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Lisa & Leslie- You can stretch the sci-fi and PNR a bit to find something you already have. Instead of sci-fi how about a book with a scientist character or a brainy/genius character? Instead of PNR how about a book where the characters reference or joke about Twilight?

Nay December 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Lisa, I have an awesome PnR book I can loan you! It’s kind of a mixture between a rock star contemp. romance with paranormal mixed in. It’s called Fall From Grace by Christine Zolendz.

Nay December 12, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Just talked to my doctor’s office. They are putting me on the list within the next couple of days and their average wait has been 1-2 weeks, so I may get this thing out of the way before the end of the year!!

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Omg Nay, best of luck!!! Please fill us in when you can, I know we will all be thinking about you.

Anna, I love the way you think!! Super creative.

Grey December 12, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Dang that book… More on that later…

NAY!!! Yay!!!! So excited for you!

MichelleS is so lucky that I love her haha! I was totally going to cheat and use a book with a color in the title because of my name… LOL, and then… I was going to cheat again… And pick a Marmy book…, but Anna beat me to that punch too. That’s what I get for being last though, LOL!

However, this just makes me squee because I know we are going to have an amazing challenge year for 2017!!! July…July…July. This is a month about Celebrating. You all know me…Baby, I’m a firework! And on that note…that’s my addition to the challenge. I absolutely love the 4th…and NUMBERS!!! So… For July, we get to pick a book from our TBR’s that has a number in the title. Or something remotely to do with a number…or a number related somehow…someway haha! You get the idea….

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Yay Nay!! Congrats!

Dang it! Can numbers be June??? Because TJR!! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! Ok…

Either: The Six of Crows (if it lasts that long on my TBR) or Room 21 or, The Girl in 6E,

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Lisa, I do agree with Leslie. You can just say, none, so this is the TBR I plan to read instead. It is a get rid of TBR challenge, after all. :D

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Also, for those of you lucky enough (or smart enough) to not have huge tbr lists, you can still join the challenge by picking books previously published that you were interested in but haven’t made time for yet.

Jean December 12, 2016 at 2:16 PM

I like the numbers one….I have a lot of them:

Six of Crows
Girl in 6E (which is becoming a move)
Number Thirteen
13 Little Blue Envelopes
27 Truths
3 Breaths
367 Days
One True Loves
Five Stages of Falling In Love
Number Thirteen
The Seventh Day
Nine Minutes
Ten Below Zero
Ten Tiny Breaths
Station Eleven
Six of Hearts

Jean December 12, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Good luck Nay – keep us updated!

Grey, so are you cursing the ‘C’ book now too?? Should I read it eventually? My curiously will probably have me checking it out at some point.

Anna is creative with this theme stuff…..I likey!

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Ummmmm Fabi? Do people “lucky enough to not have huge TBR lists” actually exist?? Who are these mysterious people???


Nay December 12, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Leslie–not here. Mine is HUGE!

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Well, not everyone who reads this blog also comments. In fact, I’d say readers outnumber us 10 to 1 or more. So who knows if some people do the logical thing and read what they buy before buying the next book. They might have wish lists or some other type of list that doesn’t involve pre-purchased books. Maybe someone wants to do the challenge for the fun of it and buy/read a monthly themed book. Let’s welcome everyone to the challenge, regardless of how they interpret it.

Amy December 12, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Nay!! I’m so happy for you! Keep us updated. :D

So, I started She the Kingdom and…what the actual f$&k?!? Aside from the need for some editing (just some minor things I’m noticing) this one is taking an open mind, because seriously…WTF!!!

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 3:19 PM

For all of you ladies who like heartbreaking stories:

Amy December 12, 2016 at 3:19 PM

R, I’ll take a peek at your list. I have a few minutes left on my lunch break. ;)

Amy December 12, 2016 at 3:23 PM

R…Forbidden. There’s your Marmy read. ;)

And I’m so freaking jealous that your still have yet to read Room 212 and Sweet Gum Tree!!!!!!

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM

I’ve decided I’m going to do Wolfsong for my PNR – cuz it sort of fits AND I’ve wanted to do a M/M, so it checks a lot of boxes!!!

Lisa Aiello December 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM

What the hell did you just do, Fabi…you just broke my goddamn heart with that link!!!

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Bev, what the hell? Why did I click that link. Now I’m here sobbing! GAH!

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 3:35 PM

I mean Fabi. Sorry Bev. Broken heart syndrome made me not check the name.

*glares at Fabi* loves ya, but THAT WAS SAD!

Lisa, Wolfsong is totally PNR. M/M books can have magic too.

bev December 12, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Um, not me.

Agree with all of you. ;)

Be creative with interpretation. If a library user that doesn’t read and store a lot of ebooks, use the themes to knock off books on your tbr lists.
Or just pick a book if those do not work for you.

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Alright, happy stuff. I finished Twisted Palace and yeah! No bow for the prior CH issue nor the trilogy as a whole. I really liked it. Only issue was I could predict who did it right away, but meh. That happens a lot.

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Sorry Bev!

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 3:47 PM

I SAID it was for those who love the heartbreak stories.

I think what that man does as Santa is the most courageous wonderful thing.

Jean December 12, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Wow, that was a heartbreaker…..

Nay December 12, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Amy–yay! For now, I’m giving up on this book I’m trying to read with no punctuation between some of the sentences and giving She, the Kingdom a try because Tasha was nice enough to loan it to me!

And I haven’t read Sweet Gum Tree or Room 212–I haven’t even heard of Room 212. How did I miss this? At least I already own the PB and the Kindle versions of Sweet Gum Tree, and Room 212 is free with KU!!

Jean December 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

Ugh R, Forbidden! I can’t even…..nope…..

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Double nope to Forbidden!!

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Fabi, I was totally joking about the people without long TBRs. Of course anyone with any size TBR should join on in. No TBR discrimination here!!

MichelleS December 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Lisa- PNR rec – MUST READ Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley. It will grab you from page one and everyone that has read it (pretty much) gives it 5 stars. Can read as a stand alone. Others n that series are about different couples, and it’s the best of the bunch. I have reread it so many times when I need to great read.

Jean December 12, 2016 at 4:32 PM

Good one MichelleS! I forgot about Golden Dynasty!

Leslie, glad I’m not the only one who won’t go near Forbidden!

I just figured out my April read “everyone has read but me theme”…..Hopeless by Colleen Hoover! I think I’ve had it in my TBR for 3 years now!

Grey December 12, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Yes to Golden Dynasty! Yes to Forbidden! And *blink* readers outnumber us 10 to 1… *blink blink* hi lurkers…we’re really nice…

Now Jean, you wanted to know about Carnage… I have to write a review? I don’t know if I can…. I’m not feeling so nice. Sh*t I just said in the last paragraph we were nice, didnt I? Well I’m nice most of the time… This book just makes me…not nice. Respectfully… Not nice. But I finished it, so there’s that…and I actually might even read the follow up (because I already have it… But I’m not sure)

Jean December 12, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Grey, I think I’ll be putting that aside for a while and I have the whole box set!

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 5:02 PM

hmmm, I may have to take a poll when I try to pick one everyone else has read so I can figure out which one is most read

I’m afraid this category is going to double up my Marmy theme since those are the ones I usually skip.

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 5:22 PM

*huggles Grey*

So I’m reading Wait For It. MZ’s slow burn make me happy, so yeah.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Forbidden it is! And I think Sweet Gum Tree is coming up soon. I just got my butt handed to me on GR for not reading it yet LOL.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Wait am I getting “nopes” because I should have read it by now, or “nopes” because it’s too Marmy?

And no pepparkakor for you Fabi!! We like FICTION. Sad ***FICTION***

OMG Lisa! YES YES YES to Wolfsong!

Grey!! Are you crazy! Ela could be lurking! Don’t spell it out!

Tasha J December 12, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Amy, I literally laughed out loud at your reaction! My family is looking at me like I’m nuts, haha. This was exactly what I was saying, right??! Nay, I can’t wait to see what you think too! If nothing else the fact that I finished an entire book about that subject matter….*shakes head, giggling*
Sweet Gum tree!! That’s a really good one, I’ve also had that on my tbr. I’ve been scouring my samples here and there too and I have a couple lists in my notes. My disorganization works for me, mostly. Room 212 I was pleasantly surprised with, I think I read that sometime last year. I loved the angst, but there was something that wasn’t working for me I think after the halfway mark. Though I can’t remember what it was, this is why I need to write a little something review wise after I read books.

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 6:22 PM

R, “Nope” because it’s the Marmy-est of all Marmy’s. How do I know this?? Because I looked into reading it and then read the spoilers.

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Forbidden is the one that some just say nope because it’s so Marmy. I think due to it’s content some people just won’t touch it.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Well, crap. Amy may have to pick something else because I may have to read this now!! :D

Amy December 12, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Aw dammit!!! WTH with that article?!? In BOOKS…always and only in books. *sniffle* But thank you for sharing that tragically beautiful story. Now go and watch Dear Zachary without reading spoilers first.

Amy December 12, 2016 at 6:56 PM

R…Forbidden is definitely one of the Marmy-est of Marmy books. I read it before I found this place, and I thought people would think odd of me for loving it…I had no idea I’d find my kindred spirits here! It thoroughly GUTTED me.

If you read it now (which you should *ahem*) then make Badger your Marmy February read. THAT one was just…damn. I still ache over it. And definitely read Sweet Gum Tree!!!

I just realized…what the heck am *I* going to read in Marmy month?? I think there were two or three on the list that Maryse read and I didn’t…

Amy December 12, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Tasha, right??? I’ve read some weird stuff, but I think THIS takes the cake, LOL!!

Maryse December 12, 2016 at 6:59 PM

I just wanted to say I’m here you guys… I need to backtrack ’cause looks like bev came up with an upcoming reading theme for us??? Now I need to figure it out so I can be in the group too.

For now I’m reading an AWESOMMMMMME book, so I’m here but really, I’m reading. ;)

Amy December 12, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Maryse, I just read your Monday post and I am ALL OVER that one when I’m done with She the Kingdom. ;)

Nay December 12, 2016 at 7:18 PM

OMG! We have over 400 posts here! I’m glad I’ve kept up. Y’all are mentioning so many books that I haven’t read yet that my head is spinning!

Please don’t throw tomatoes at me, but did anyone here besides me actually love the ‘C’ book?? *ducking behind my laptop*

Tessa December 12, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Ah, Nay. *hugs* A lot of people liked it. Besides, no tomatoes thrown here. You like what you like. :D searching Maryse’s site, Jas, Amanda, Julie, and Robyn all named it as a favorite, and that’s just the first 2 pages.

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Hi! *waves* Maryse. I was hoping you would pop in and see awesome challenge Bev came up with.

R, (or anyone who knows) can I use Before We Were Strangers for Amys decades theme? (Amy, not sure if you read this one) It actually says something about “decade” in blurb and I think it flashes back 15 yrs.

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Ok, I picked out my first three yesterday. #4 is Bev’s video right? Not real sure what to do with that so I’m going with the black and white of the video and reading Noah by Cara Dee which has a black and white cover.

Again, let know if I’m not doing this right.

I have to go see what the #5 theme is. But I’m stressing over the number in the title. I’ll have to really look, but at first glance I don’t see any books in my tbr with numbers in the title.

bev December 12, 2016 at 8:31 PM

Fabi, I haven’t even picked one for my theme. No wrong way.
So far I’ve picked January & February.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Leslie, I think so, but I can’t remember if it stretched to the 90s. But it still covers a decade so that works too right?

Anna Penwick December 12, 2016 at 8:38 PM

Fabi- I looked at your shelves and found: The One Awakened by Alexandra North, One to hold tia louisa, Ready Player one, First grave on the right, One by Jewel E. Ann, two towers, break in two. :)

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Nay, Paula LOVED it too. She’s still after me and Ela to read book 2. But I’ve pretty much decided I’d rather stab hot pokers into my eyes :D

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Anna you’re the awesomnest challenge genius ever. Thank you for doing that. Off to go pick one…

Anna Penwick December 12, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Fabi- you have more numbers on your to read shelf. In fact you have at least one book for numbers 1-8.

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Thanks so much Anna. I was going to pick One to Hold, but when you mentioned I had more of them in there I took another look and found Silo 49. Why is this book still sitting in my tbr unread? *shakes head* I really need to go through my tbr more often. So this one goes in the numbers theme. Scrolling to remember which month that was…

Jan December 12, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Wow look at all these comments. Hard to keep up! I’m loving this challenge, tho I agree it’s possible it will actually result in tbr blowout when we see the goodies everyone has on their list LOL.

Here’s my plan so far:
J Exaltation Of Larks (Hello Lisa Aiello)
F Seveneves
M Thoughtless (Hello Lisa Aiello)
A The Hating Game
M The Man I Love
J High Strung
J Station Eleven
A Risk (Dannika Dark)
S Vincent (Made Men)
O Eidolon
N Sing My Name
D The Whites by Harry Brandt

This is getting me interested again in some of the books I’ve put off reading or finishing for….. I don’t know why? Can’t wait for January 1 so I can get started. *rubs hands in excited anticipation*
OK I’m going to post this on the GR thread as well.

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Jan, from your post, it looks like July is numbers. Thanks. :-)

Leslie M December 12, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Ok, who wants to help pick for sci-fi/PNR for me? I don’t have anything in these genres, but Anna suggested I broaden it and said “Instead of sci-fi how about a book with a scientist character or a brainy/genius character? Instead of PNR how about a book where the characters reference or joke about Twilight?”

Here’s my TBR is anyone willing to check it out and make a suggestion.


Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Mine isn’t nearly as filled in as some of yours, but it’s a start.
Jan (decades) – Pictures of You
Feb (sci fi/pnr) – ??? too many to choose
Mar (scared to read) – Siren
Apr (Bev’s video) – Noah
Jul – (# in title) – Silo 49
Aug –
Sep -
Oct -
Nov -
Dec -

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:23 PM

I’ll take a peek Leslie but no promises. I suck at this. hahaha

Jan December 12, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Fabi bev is June. April is everyone’s read but me.

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Oops!!! sorry. Fixing it now. Gah! I’m going to need help.

Leslie, you have some awesome books in your tbr. :-)

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:39 PM

I can already what’s to happen to me. Now that I’m looking at these books again I’m not going to able to wait until the scheduled month to read them and then I’ll have to find another to fit the theme. :-/

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Leslie I swear I’ve recently read a couple of books that reference twilight. I hate my memory – or the lack of. grrrr

bev December 12, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Didn’t R just read one, posted the line on GR.

Anna Penwick December 12, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Leslie-I glanced at your to read shelf. Love and Relativity by Rachel Wade (h is a marine biology student), Lovely Vicious by Sara wolf( If I remember correctly the mcs are the best students in school),Sweet Rome Tillie Cole (h is grad student I think), Kyland mia sheridan (competition for scholarship). You have the first two books in Jessica Clare’s Hitman series on your list. The h in book three Last Kiss is a genius computer hacker. That’s what I found for brainy genius or scientist character.

bev December 12, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Leslie, you have Fallen From Grace. Which doesn’t fit, I just enjoyed that book. An old Maryse rec.

Anna Penwick December 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Fabi- I think it’s okay to read some now if you want. The point of the challenge is to rediscover the gems you already have. You will just read more than one of each theme…I can help find other books of a certain theme if you need me to. It’s fun looking at everyone else’s to read shelf.

bev December 12, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Woa. You haven’t read Sea of Tranquility?

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:14 PM

I did!! What was it? Going to look.

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Thanks Anna. I really appreciate your help. and need it! lol

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM

I can’t find that staus update! I don’t know what book that was.

Fabi, that’s my problem! I want to read some of these early.

Anna Penwick December 12, 2016 at 10:36 PM

R- I think it was one of elle Kennedy’s hockey books. Doesn’t help Leslie’s already read those. I know I’ve seen other Twilight references in my updates feed I can’t remember…

Fabi- You’re welcome.

bev-I haven’t read Sea of Tranquility either. I have lots of options for the everyone has read but me. Love me with Lies, Edge of Never, Hopeless, EIT, Suanne Laqueur books, It Ends with Us, Wolfsong. So many that I feel like I’m the only one that hasn’t read them.

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:40 PM

The hockey book was Leslie’s status update. Dang Anna! Most of your choices came right off my favorites list!

bev December 12, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Wolfsong! Anna I think that was it.

LeslieM, I just skimmed but I don’t think I saw any HR. Do you read it?

R. Renee December 12, 2016 at 10:46 PM

It was Wolfsong! But that’s PNR anyway so it double works! Plus it’s epic and awesome <3 <3

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 10:46 PM

It’s a good thing I have a big tbr list. :-/

Fabi December 12, 2016 at 11:15 PM

I said it in my review and I’ve repeated several times. Wolfsong is PNR for those who don’t read PNR. For those that do read PNR, you’ve never read one like this one.

Leslie M December 13, 2016 at 6:22 AM

Thanks guys!! I absolutely LOVE when people look at my TBR to give me recs. I especially want to tackle my “oldies”. (books placed on my TBR prior to 2016, pub date doesn’t matter).

I also love “playing” on GR with the shelves. Like it you want a rec, I can compare my “read” to your TBR. (And vice versa so I can see your faves against my TBR) I can get lost in this for hours.

I’m happy to return favor to anyone…. however, I’m afraid I only read strictly romance & mostly always contemporary. I don’t venture off into too many sub genres either. :(

Leslie M December 13, 2016 at 6:27 AM

Oooh, oooohh….should Sea of Tranquility be my “Everyone but me” has read???? I know I could use Tristan & Danika for that, but I have ants in my pants to read that one….so no way I can wait that long to read it.

Leslie M December 13, 2016 at 6:34 AM

How much of a nerd am I??? Fabi complimented my TBR and I’m all preening over here like she told me my hair was beautiful or something!!!

Wow! I’m suck a geek! *flushes in embarrassment*

Nay December 13, 2016 at 7:05 AM

I haven’t read Sea of Tranquility either, but I bought it a loooong time ago. That will be one of my choices for my ‘everyone else has read it’ book!

Wow! There’s something to be said for buying an Indie book for $.99 or $1.99 when it first comes out, especially if ‘everyone’ is talking about it. I’ve looked at so many books on Amazon the past few days that I’m almost positive I paid very little for years ago, and now they’re $5.99 or more! That’s awesome for those authors, but gah!

Anna, are you a teacher??

Fabi December 13, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Leslie, I go through friend’s GR lists all the time. It’s fun to see who’s read what and what they have lined up.

Of course I love your bookshelves. I still think we have similar taste in CR. I kept scrolling and thinking “oh, I need to read that too”. LOL I was completely useless in helping you pick a sci-fi/pnr from your tbr. No surprise, I can barely find anything in mine.

bev December 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

I Will by Lisa Kleypas just downloaded. This will be a re read for me. It is a holiday novella that was part of an anthology. I read it years ago from the library, when it was first published. Anyway , there is something about the cover I just find darling.
I know Tessa probably thinks it looks old lady, lol.

Lisa Aiello December 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Leslie – I feel ya on the complimenting of your TBR shelf. I absolutely love when I add something to my TBR and then I see it on someone else’s list. I feel like a freaking genius or something, LOL. “You like me. You really like me”

Tessa December 13, 2016 at 10:49 AM

It doesn’t look old. It’s a pair of cute shoes. I’d wear those shoes. :D

Lisa Aiello December 13, 2016 at 10:50 AM

:::Blank Stare:::: What is this “book that shall not be named/C book of which you speak? I gotta know!!! I’m trying to figger it out!

Jean December 13, 2016 at 10:58 AM

*whispers to Lisa* …..Carnage

Jean December 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM

I can’t believe how many people haven’t read Sea of Tranquility….that is an all-time favorite of mine and one I found here when I first discovered Maryse!

Fabi and R, I ‘m having the same problem. As I’m making my list, I’m thinking “hmmm maybe I’ll read that one now.” lol

Maryse December 13, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Leslie, I’d say read The Martian. SO GOOOOOOOD!

Maryse December 13, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Okay guys… so do we have an official fully-filled-out “theme list” for this TBR list challenge?

I found Leslie’s latest version:

Amy for January – past decades
Jan for February – sci-fi/pnr
Anna for March -
Tasha for April – “everyone” has read but me
Nay for May – try, try again
Bev for June – I need my girl by The National
Grey for July -
Lisa A for August -
Leslie for September – school/military
Tessa for October – next in series
Jean for November – cowboy
Michelle S December – color in title

Grey December 13, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Amy for January – decades: book set in any decade in from 1900-1990′s or that spans any of those decades
Jan for February – sci-fi/pnr
Anna for March – Marmy/horror/book you’ve been afraid to read
Tasha for April – “everyone” has read but me
Nay for May – try, try again: book you started but never finished
Bev for June – I need my girl by The National:… use this song, lyrics, video etc to inspire your book choice
Grey for July – A *Number* in the Title
Lisa A for August – one word title
Leslie for September – school/military
Tessa for October – next in series
Jean for November – cowboy
Michelle S December – color in title

Jan December 13, 2016 at 5:52 PM

bev I Will isn’t available on amazon australia :( Just like Judith McNaught’s books aren’t available either. Hello, amazon peeps. What about we aussies?

Maryse December 13, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Thank you Grey!!!! :D Okay now to choose my books…

Fabi December 13, 2016 at 6:31 PM

I didn’t know if to post this here or on GR or on today’s new release list or…

sheesh – decisions and more decisions

so, I started making a list of books the might fit the “most everyone but me has read” theme…I stopped just shy of 20 because I’d barely started scrolling through my list – ugh! how am I ever going to pick one for this category? I mean, most books are on my tbr because most of you have read them and recommended them.

Anyone feel like taking a peek at my tbr for some suggestions? Anything added prior to 2016 is fair game since those are all mostly purchased. It’s still a monster list so I don’t expect you to scroll through it. “I” don’t have the patience to scroll through it! But, if you think of a favorite book or two maybe you can do a search in my list to see if it’s there?

Leslie M December 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Fabi, I’ll check out your TBR. Which months/themes do you need help with? Is it just “everyone but me has read”?

Fabi December 13, 2016 at 6:58 PM

I have hardly any picked out yet. But, yeah, I was trying to look for one that “everyone has read”. I think that’s April?

So far:

Jan (decades) – Pictures of You
Feb (sci fi/pnr) – ??? too many to choose
Mar (scared to read) – Siren
Apr (everyone but me) –
Jun – (Bev’s video) – Noah
Jul – (# in title) – Silo 49
Aug –
Sep -
Oct -
Nov -
Dec -

And THEN, this will likely turn into a preliminary list because I’ll cave and read some before the them month. :(

Leslie M December 13, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Fabi, I think you are the one who doesn’t like series/cliffies?? Because Driven Series K. Bromberg and Up in the Air series R.K. Lilley would be perfect for “everyone read but me”.

If you want stand alones, how about:

The Pact
Painted Faces

I honestly have not read very many in your TBR.

Tessa December 13, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Rofl Fabi, your Feb and my Feb are identical.

Amy December 13, 2016 at 7:48 PM

You really want me to pick some out for you, Fabi?

*rubs hands together and cackles*

Tessa December 13, 2016 at 7:49 PM

FABI, a huge warning about Up in the Air. I love it, but it has heavy BDSM. You would absolutely adore the Driven series.

Amy December 13, 2016 at 7:57 PM

You’re right, Tessa…it does have a lot of BDSM.

And we get our first glimpse of Tristan and Danika, which was what REALLY piqued my interest in them. ;)

bev December 13, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Wow, I’d admire you all picking so early. I have Jan & Feb picked.
For try again I was thinking True Love Story, but not sure. I just squirreled so was in no way a dnf. I have many of these.
I never finished 50 either, lol.
For march I’m still deciding if I want to go with one of the two I’m hesitant to start or one of my Marmy books.

Fabi December 13, 2016 at 8:51 PM

*high five* for matching Febs Tessa. Oh and thank you for the BDSM heads up. I’ve read some but I really don’t enjoy those books much.

Oh and Amy, I TRULY appreciate your offer, thank you, however…maybe you can help me when it’s a YA option or something. I mean, really, if you break me in April how am I going to finish the challenge for the rest of the year?

Fabi December 13, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Leslie, you’re a gem for going through my tbr. I’ll go look at the blurbs for those and see if I can make a decision. Thank you.

Leslie M December 13, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Ok, since I dont have a cowboy book (crazy right??) I’m going with a country singer (that’s cowboy-ish).

For “try again” since I don’t have anything I never finished that I actually want to read…I’m going with “try author again”. Since I hated Fallen Crest (no peanuts please) by Tijan, I will give one of her other books try.

Will post my list soon .

Tessa December 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM

I remembered you didn’t like BDSM, specifically men that are the dominant. I’m the opposite in that I can’t stand women who are the dominant. lol Specifically just submissive men don’t work for me. :)

Anna Penwick December 13, 2016 at 11:37 PM

Nay- I’m a secretary. Everyone always thinks I’m a teacher. Maybe I missed my calling.

Leslie- I don’t want to try any of my dnf’s again either. I’m stretching the try try again theme and going with a second chance romance.

Fabi December 13, 2016 at 11:47 PM

Dang you guys have incredible memories. Thanks Tessa.

Anna, you are just SO smart with this challenge thing. You always think outside the box.

Nay December 14, 2016 at 6:06 AM

Tessa–I’m the EXACT same way about bdsm. The man has to be the dominant or I’m not reading it. I also don’t normally do sharing and/or menage–hate it because I want the love story between only the H and the h. My one major exception is The Reluctant Dom. OMG–one of my all-time FAVORITE books!

Anna–you definitely did!

Leslie M December 14, 2016 at 6:37 AM

My list on GRs with book links: (see message #13)


Before we Were Strangers -(mc’s met in previous decade)

Love & Relativity – (no sci-fi/pnr so I’m doing science. MC is marine biologist)

It’s All Relative – (from the Marmy list)

Sea of Tranquility – (popular book I haven’t read yet)

Carter Reed – (I’m “trying” Tijan again because I disliked Fallen Crest)

A Stone in the Sea – (MC is a musician)

Six of Hearts – (“6″)

Sparrow – (One word title. Little scardies of this, I think it might be Marmy-ish)

Veiled Innocence – (hot for teacher)

Worthy of Redemption OR Return to Poughkeepsie – (2nd in series I LOVED but have been avoiding because first books made me cry)

Music Notes – (no cowboy, but MC is country music singer)

Black Swan Affair – (“black”)

Leslie M December 14, 2016 at 6:42 AM

Tessa & Nay, Have you guys tried Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz? It’s dark and heavy BDSM (which I normally hate) but such an interesting h. She is a dominatrix (sounds icky but she is awesome) but when she is with the love of her life she is a submissive.

Nay December 14, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Leslie–I’ve got most or all of the books, but I haven’t read them. I was reading heavy PNR and NA when those started rolling out, and then there got to be so many that it was just too daunting. (If I’m thinking of the correct books). I do plan to read them some day!

Tessa December 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Leslie, honestly, I just can’t get into that book. I read the sample and I just can’t. Too many people like it for me to try knowing I probably won’t like it.

That is the one where either her past or her books involved a priest, right? And she’s got a new publisher who hates her books?

Leslie M December 14, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Nay, The Original Sinners has 4 books to the series that complete the story. Everything else is optional (there are extra novellas and White Years series which is prequels). But you should read all 4 in succession, so you would need to be in mood for that.

Tessa, yes, you have the correct story. I hate when I can’t get into something everyone else seems to love (for me it’s Kristen Ashley). There’s too many good books out there to waste time on ones you can’t get into to.

Grey December 14, 2016 at 1:21 PM

I started to try and make my list last night… Figuring I’d work out my month first (because a number would be easy, right?!? WRONG! I have like, forty bazillion books on my TBR with a number in the title! *facepalm*

My try, try again I think will be the Suzanne Laqueur book, that I didn’t know I had to get to the magical 30% point…. This Man I Love, so yay, at least I’ve figured out one. I don’t even feel a little accomplished LOL!

R. Renee December 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Grey, I’ve been baking Suanne’s Pepparkakor from that book all freaking day if that tells you how much I love it. And I had to go through 15 cookies before I got my wish :-/

bev December 14, 2016 at 3:13 PM

What are those, R?

R. Renee December 14, 2016 at 3:37 PM

They’re Swedish cookies that are sort of like ginger snaps. You place it in the palm of your hand, make a wish, and press the center. If it breaks into 3 pieces, your wish comes true. They’re in The Man I Love. I had to eat 15 cookies before I got my wish (which was not to gain weight off the first 14, incidentally). My husband gets his wish on the first one! I hope it wasn’t for more cookies because I hid them after that.

Fabi December 14, 2016 at 5:12 PM

hahahaha your story is hilarious!

MichelleS December 14, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Oh my gosh!!!! This thread is at over 400 comments. I can’t keep up!

Do we have to decide NOW what our books will be? Or can we pick that month?

I picked my January read, I think. Have to get it from library. Too $$$ for me. “Tell the Wolves I’m Home”. Set in 80s to start. So glad we’re doing this. I’d not have read it otherwise. It will take me out of my comfort zone & I’ll find some gems, I hope.

Fabi December 14, 2016 at 7:19 PM

I know! It’s huge. MichelleS, do you want me to post your January pick on GR?

Those of you who posted your lists here, ummmm, there’s a lot to scroll through. Any chance you could repost it on GR?

If you don’t use GR, no worries, just let me know and I’ll grab your list from here. :-)

Amy December 14, 2016 at 7:55 PM

I should probably make up my list before I add any more books to my *cough* something thousand *cough* TBR library.

Anyone who’s brave enough, feel free to scroll through my GR and toss out some recs from it. Aw crap, it needs to be updated from the last couple months’ clicks…

Grey December 14, 2016 at 8:37 PM

I know Amy, I need to update mine too… oy…

Maryse December 14, 2016 at 8:38 PM

Oh R!!! I think I’ll make those for this Christmas too!!!

Jen December 14, 2016 at 9:16 PM

Some authors can write and then some authors can WRITE!! Mariana Zapata!! I cried and cried when Wait for it was over! My husband said Jennifer !! Why would you read a book with a sad ending! I said it has a happy ending! I am just so sad it is over!! I feel like I know those characters! What a beautiful book. How can you fall in love with characters in a book?? She makes it so easy!Ahhhhh!!!

Jan December 14, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Ooooh. Everybody’s on this thread……. was wondering where you all were today :)

Jen, I’m totally with you. I love the way MZ writes. Her characters are the best. Yes, I’m in love with Kulti, Aiden and Dallas too. (What? Nothing wrong with that, right????)

Jan December 14, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Jen have you read Lisa Kleypas ‘Travis’ series? I’ve just finished the second one, Blue-Eyed Devil. Loved it. Different from MZ, but also, really well-written characters you feel like you know.

R. Renee December 14, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Maryse, let me know if you need her recipe. She posted it on the Fish FB page. OMG it’s an endeavor, but you’re a cook, so you’ll be fine! just make them thin and don’t enclose them when you’re done or they’ll get too soft to break. AND read the whole recipe first. I had to go back to the store twice for ingredients I missed!

R. Renee December 14, 2016 at 9:45 PM

I’ve been MIA Jan. Back now ;)

Jen December 14, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Hi Jan! Yes I read a few of those books! I loved Sugar Daddy! Check out Nina Lane’s Arouse series too! I felt like I was right there with the Professor and his Beauty❤️

Maryse December 15, 2016 at 10:36 AM

I have it, R. :) She sent it to me month back. I HAVE to cook these once and for all! :D

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