Posted by: Katie | January 24, 2016

Monthly Twitter chats for #RWA16 First-Timers

Greetings! After the success of last year’s chats (when I happened to choose an appropriate date/time), I will once again be holding monthly chats on Twitter for first-timers to the Romance Writers of America 2016 National Conference in San Diego to ask questions. If you’re going to the RT Convention in Las Vegas in April, feel free to join in as well as a lot of the information will be useful at both. RWA does not sponsor nor endorse (even if they drop in with useful information) these chats and I’m doing them on a strictly volunteer basis.

For the sake of some continuity, I have decided to hold these one-hour chats on the 2nd Monday of the month (except April for RT reasons) at 6 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific. In order for me to see all of the questions, as well as Storify the chat later, the #RWA1st hashtag must be used in each tweet. You can certainly break up your question/answer into multiple tweets if you need to so there is room for the hashtag. If you have space, feel free to include #RWA16. If you cannot make the time of the chat, there are a number of programs where you can pre-schedule a tweet/series of tweets to post at the time of the chat. Without further ado, here are the scheduled dates:

  • Monday, February 8th 6pE/3pP to 7pE/4pP
  • Monday, March 14th 6pE/3pP to 7pE/4pP
  • Monday, April 4th 6pE/3pP to 7pE/4pP
  • Monday, May 9th 6pE/3pP to 7pE/4pP
  • Monday, June 13th 6pE/3pP to 7pE/4pP
Posted by: Katie | January 2, 2016

A year of reading: 2015

I almost had some accounting errors because you know that I suck at being able to count correctly. When I originally toted up my counts using the 2015 tags in LibraryThing, I only had 75 books which would have been my lowest year since I began recording in 2007. Well, I missed a few books. I missed a couple in recording them in the appropriate tag (a few books that I both read *and* reread in 2015), as well as a couple of books that I reread twice over the course of the year. While I did properly note which month I had reread them, they are only recorded once for the purposes of the “reread2015” tag. I managed to sort all of that out before writing up the previous post, thankfully.

The biggest category note for me was the “listened to” section. I only completed listening to two audiobooks this year. This is by far the lowest amount of audiobooks I’ve listened to since I first bought my car in 2004 and was commuting in the Chicago area. I couldn’t believe I had listened to so little until I realized how many podcasts I listened to as well as all of the workshop recordings from the 2015 Romance Writers of America conference. All of those fall into the same category as audiobooks for me (spoken word recordings which are listened to while I’m walking to work/around the neighborhood as I’m exercising), and therefore take away from the amount of time I have to listen to audiobooks. I’m surprisingly okay with this as it’s hard for me to get some of my favorite series in digital download format from libraries due to distribution agreements (well, the lack thereof).

The other note is that my rereads of novels outstripped my reads of new-to-me novels. Admittedly, a few of my rereads were of the same books, but they were good. That reading funk I mentioned feeling in last year’s wrap up continued into this year. I did find some new-to-me authors like Rebekah Weatherspoon who I really enjoyed, but I didn’t seem to be able to fully break out of the funk. I fell back on books I knew I enjoyed because I needed that comfort. I’m hoping I can spend 2016 trolling for some more new-to-me authors, and I’ve got a few on my TBR pile waiting. At the same time, I refuse to beat myself up over the falling into a the reread rut because it means that I’m still reading. Sometimes you need to coast the wave of the familiar to cross over into new territory.

So, here are the stats:

  • Read – 30 novels – the lowest, by 2, since I began keeping stats. 2013 had the next lowest entry with 32.
  • Reread – 32 novels – the highest year since stats began by more than ten.
  • Listened to – 2 novels – the lowest by a good margin.
  • Novellas – 14 – dead middle of the pack.
  • Children’s – 2 – the lowest, but as this is an incidental category for me, not one I worry about.
Posted by: Katie | January 2, 2016

July through December 2015 reads

A few corrections and revelations from earlier posts. The [REDACTED] by [REDACTED] book that I read in February was Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl which released in July. I’m friends with Victoria and beta read it for her to make sure the library bits rang true (please direct any ire over that my way as I told her it read true to me). I *definitely* recommend it for the fact that it’s a very well-written book and I was in the middle of a depressive episode and it really lifted my spirits at a time that I needed them lifted. In the June post, I listed as having reread The Elusive Bridegroom by Stephanie Laurens. It’s The Elusive BRIDE. I’m blaming that error on the fact that I’d also listed The Substitute Bridegroom by Charlotte Louise Dolan as a reread.

As you can see from the following list, I did a *bunch* of series rereads in the latter half of the year. It was needed. I was surprised to see that I didn’t finish any audiobooks in this six month period, and then I remembered all of the podcasts and workshop recordings I’ve been listening to. I’ll go into this in a little more detail in my 2015 write up.

Read

  • Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh – Naasir’s story. I’d been waiting on this story for a while and loved it so much. Nalini definitely knocked it out of the park.
  • Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase – ARC provided by the publisher – This book hit all the right notes for me in such a way that I couldn’t read *anything* for a couple of days afterward. I think this one will end up being one of her better-known books.
  • Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb – I realized that I was heading down the slippery slope of getting too far behind in this series to catch up, so while I have the hardback of this and the others in the series, I bought it the digital copy because it’s easier to read with my commuter lifestyle. Very enjoyable.
  • Festive in Death by J.D. Robb – Enjoyed
  • Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb – Enjoyed.
  • Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh – I know some people had some issues with how this story played out, but I felt that Nalini supported the actions of the characters and I really loved seeing them finally come together.
  • The Muse by Anne Calhoun – So. Good. I think I started reading this on the day it released and I didn’t want to put it down. Anne is such a master of erotic romance.
  • Shadow’s End by Thea Harrison – Graydon’s book in The Elder Races series. On the spectrum of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, this leaned more toward UF. I say this because I felt like the balance of the romance storyline to the overarching storyline was more 60/40 rather than around 80/20. I think because I had recently come off a binge of Anne Bishop and Patricia Briggs, I was in a good place to still appreciate the story.
  • Troublemaker by Linda Howard – ARC provided by the publisher – O! M! G! Seal clapping. Squeeing. Wanting to immediately reread. I’ve been telling friends that this is in a similar style to Dream Man, Mr. Perfect, and Open Season, but LH’s voice is very fresh. Last night on Charlie Rose, I heard Tom Jones talking about having a “young ear” and paying attention to the sounds being created today. After reading Troublemaker, I feel like LH must have a similar philosophy because this read like an author who was firmly rooted in the “now” of the romance genre.
  • Falling Hard by HelenKay Dimon – Poor HelenKay has been a victim of my very fickly reading mood over the last year. I really enjoy her stories as I’m reading them, but I always seem to pick them up as I’m about to get slapped with a funk. Falling Hard is book 2 in the Bad Boys Undercover series and I really liked Wes and Lexi. Both were very up front with their feelings both to themselves and to the other person. HelenKay adroitly managed the tension of developing a romantic relationship while the pair is on the run by shining a bright big spotlight on the insanity of doing that with both main characters’ thoughts.
  • The Lady’s Command by Stephanie Laurens – First in her Adventurers Quartet series and loosely tied to the Bastion Club series. I enjoyed this. The main couple has already married by the start of the story, so it was interesting to see how their relationship developed in the “how do we work together as a married couple?” phase of the romance. I’m definitely reading the next book.

Reread

  • Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn – This is one of my absolute favorites by JQ
  • Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase – High on my list of rereads from LC’s backlist, partially because the heroine is an unapologetic courtesan and the hero loves her for it.
  • Faking It by Jennifer Crusie – Annual-ish reread of this story.
  • Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh – I finally read this series in order! (I usually end up reading book 2 first because that was the one I read first to drive all of you series purists mad.) I love this series and world so hard, so I’m not going to expound much.
  • Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh – Loved.
  • Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh – Loved.
  • Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh – This is the first time I’ve reread this book because it’s such a cry-fest for me. Seriously, Nalini knows where your heart is, rips it out, stomps all over it, and then gently places it back into your gaping chest cavity.
  • Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh – Another cry-fest especially at one point in the book.
  • Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh – Loved.
  • Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh – Loved.
  • The List by Anne Calhoun – I binged on the series in loose anticipation of the release of The Muse.
  • Now You See Her by Linda Howard – I felt the need for a mini-LH reread binge even before I knew Troublemaker was coming out. Basically, I was missing her. When this book came out, I ended up owning three copies in hardback (2 were bought from the remainder pile in the book store) because I loved it so much.
  • Dream Man by Linda Howard – Loved.
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop – Crack.
  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop – Crack, part 2.
  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs – So good, but I really recommend reading Alpha and Omega first because the opening of CW flows so cleanly from the end of A & O.
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs – Loved.
  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop – Crack, part 3 which I had to wait on the digital copy to come available from my local library.
  • Fair Game by Patricia Briggs – Loved.
  • Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs – Loved.
  • Open Season by Linda Howard – I immediately read this after Troublemaker because I had to ease myself back into a non-LH reading zone.
  • Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase – The last book I read in 2015 and I loved it as hard as I did the first time I read it. It took me a day and a half to even contemplate picking up another book.

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon – An overweight heroine who works on the production side of a food-oriented show who falls in lust and love with her personal trainer who resembles a certain Norse god and has a very strong kinky side. So many checkbox ticks! I’ve been recommending this and the other two novellas in the trilogy since I read them. Rebekah goes into some hardcore BDSM lifestyle issues over the course of the trilogy, but she makes it very accessible to the average reader who is open to having that in their erotic romance.
  • Tamed by Rebekah Weatherspoon – Loved.
  • Sated by Rebekah Weatherspoon – *Really* loved, and this is definitely the one with the hardest of the BDSM elements in the trilogy.
  • Angel’s Flight by Nalini Singh – Reread. *SIGH*. Yes, that’s all you get.
  • Taken by HelenKay Dimon – This is a m/m story and one that had been building over the course of the previous two books in HKD’s Holton Woods series. I’m not really a reader of m/m, but I’d been looking forward to seeing this couple finally work out their issues, and I loved reading this. HelenKay has turned me into an m/m reader of the right author ;)
  • Afternoon Delight by Anne Calhoun – Reread. Seriously loved.
  • Evening Storm by Anne Calhoun – Reread. *Melts*
  • Hades by Larissa Ione – The latest in her series of side stories in the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance universe. I enjoyed it.
  • Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison – Fun with a little murder mystery.
  • Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison – Zombies!
  • Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs – Reread. So good.
  • Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison – copy gift of author – Very sweet and an interesting bridge to what is shaping up to be the next phase of The Elder Races series.

Children’s

  • Supertruck by Stephen Savage – This is a cute little picture book that is a riff on Superman. I definitely recommend it for any child who’s intrigued by work vehicles.

Read in July through December: 46
Read in 2015: 80

Posted by: Katie | September 3, 2015

The Importance of Weeding

I’m overdue on the post about my monthly reads, but for now, have a Twitter rant on weeding library collections:

View the story “Weeding Library Collections – A Rant” on Storify (I apologize for the lack of embedding, but WordPress is being weird tonight and keeps stripping out the iframe code when I hit “update”. I’ll troubleshoot later.)

If you teach a class on collection management in libraries, feel free to share with your students.

Posted by: Katie | July 6, 2015

May and June Reads

:Phew: I thought I had to write up all of March and April in addition to May and June. I’m not as much of a slacker as I thought I was! Looking through the list of what I finished in May and June is not fully lining up with my sense of how much I read during the two months. Thinking it over, I started a lot of books, skimmed many more, and reread certain favorite passages as needed. In some ways, I miss being a huge consumer of books because I *KNOW* I read a lot more when I was younger. But I also had much more time I could dedicate solely to reading. Seeing how much I *do* accomplish to read with my schedule as it is, it’s pretty darn good.

Read

  • Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison – Interesting entry to her Elder Races series. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the hero because he was the antagonist in previous books, but the mark of a good storyteller is to reveal the truths each character hides from those around him or her.
  • Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick – Enjoyable, especially for those who prefer a strong mix of romance and mystery as well as older heroes and heroines.
  • A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens – I really liked this and think it might towards the top of my list of preferred Cynster books.
  • Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz – This really struck a chord in me and I think it’s going to be a big hit when it comes out. I’ve long enjoyed JAK/AQ/JC, but this felt like her voice had been dusted off and shined up. Out in December, ARC gotten at Book Expo.
  • Suddenly One Summer by Julie James – Julie once again hit it out of the park for me, and I had to go back and reread one of her earlier books which this was the direct spin-off from.
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare – I’m really loving Tessa’s Castles Ever After series, and this is another great one. I’m finding that Tessa is gorgeously subtle about easter eggs for romance fans, and I can’t wait to see the response to this one. eARC received from publisher.

Reread

  • The Substitute Bridegroom by Charlotte Louise Dolan – I first read this in high school and had a yen to read her books again. I think CLD isn’t as well known to romance fans as she should be, but this series of books really pushed the boundaries of their subgenre at the time they were published. Woman who is hampered by her status as a beauty and her relationship with her unexpected husband, a soldier.
  • Three Lords for Lady Anne by Charlotte Louise Dolan – Strong, older heroine who hides her identity.
  • The Resolute Runaway by Charlotte Louise Dolan – A  young woman who sees herself as a mouse, but is really a tiger on the inside.
  • The Black Widow by Charlotte Louise Dolan – A young woman has a reputation for losing her finacees, but the newest man interested in her realizes there’s something amiss.
  • Love Irresistibly by Julie James – The conflict really is about finding the right work/life balance.
  • The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens – There was a reference in one of her newer books that made me want to reread this. Very enjoyable.
  • The Elusive Bridegroom by Stephanie Laurens – And I had to track back a bit more thanks to the previous reread.

Listened to

  • Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich – Read by Lorelie King and as usually she had me in tears from laughter at parts.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Read by Dan Stevens (aka Matthew Crawley). I picked this up on Scribd because I saw some friends on Twitter discussing it and how good a job he did at distinguishing the characters’ voices. He did a fabulous job with it. And as a fan of the Poirot TV series as well as the 1974 film adaptation of the book, he did his research. Stevens’ Poirot very much reminded me of David Suchet, while the bulk of the other characters reminded me of the actors who portrayed them in the film. Which is good as the only casting I hated in the 1974 film was of Albert Finney. So, if you can get your hands on this version of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. Also, Agatha Christie at her finest.

Novella

  • None

Children’s

  • None

Read in May & June: 15
Read in 2015: 34

Posted by: Katie | June 18, 2015

I’m selling my car – spread the word

UPDATE: The car has been sold. Thank you for all of the help spreading the word and the inquiries.

If you or know someone in the greater DC area who is interested in acquiring a new car, I’ve got one for sale. I’m tapping my network to avoid having to deal with complete strangers on Craigslist, so I’m putting my trust, faith, and safety in your hands. More details on the Car for Sale page.

Posted by: Katie | May 2, 2015

March & April reads

I’d be more worried about the low-ish numbers (due to April), were it not for the fact that I/alter ego was managing the VIP duties for a writing conference during this period. Overall, a good two months.

Read

  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop – So yummy. I think I devoured this book in a day. I’m really enjoying how the overall story arc of this series is unfolding, and am looking forward to next year’s book.
  • The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens – The “first” of the next generation Cynsters. This was enjoyable and I’d rank it in the upper half of the series.
  • Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs – Interesting. I enjoyed the book, and there were some interesting background to Charles that was revealed. I was talking about the series with a friend, and I’m curious if the fact that I don’t read her Mercy Thompson series is interfering with what I’m getting out of this series as there are intertwining story lines.
  • The List by Anne Calhoun – FABULOUS!!! Seriously. Anne is a fantastic writer and I loved this story. It’s got dueling timelines, and is sensual as all hell. I adored the details about the heroine’s stationery business and her love of handwritten letters and notes.
  • Rock Hard by Nalini Singh – *SIGH* I had been eagerly anticipating this story since I first read Rock Addiction. Nalini delivered. And then some.
  • Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris – I found this reading experience a bit curious as I had binged on this series last year. There were still tics, mainly in description, that I noticed, but I am enjoying how the characters are progressing. I also like the way Harris weaves in notable historical happenings of the day.
  • This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman – Solid, enjoyable story from Goodman. She is a gritty Western romance writer, but I found this particular book had less of a focus on sexual assault on some character as previous books. It was still there, but not as prominent.
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – This is one of those books I was obliquely referring to in the January & February post as I had started in February, but didn’t finish it until April. In fact, I read the last half of it on the day I got my signed copy. This is a book where it’s very important that the authors’ voice connects with you. There are so many storytelling choices that Heather and Jessica made that generally do not work for me, but their voice lifted me above those otherwise-annoyance points and delivered a fun story.
  • Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell – This book frustrated me to no end. I normally have no problem dropping a book if it is not working for me for whatever reason. There are *a lot* of issues with this book that make me think no, or VERY little, developmental editing was done to it. About halfway through the book, I questioned myself why on Earth I was still reading since there were so many issues I was seeing. I thought it was Lowell’s author voice. Which was a factor. BUT. There’s always a but. But, after I finished the book I realized that I’d been rewriting it in my head as I read to what I consider the more polished version, and that is the story I was enjoying. So, do I recommend this? Not really. But I *really* wish I could as there is so much promise in this story for an exceptional read.

Reread

  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh – Read in anticipation of the release of Rock Hard. Still just as enjoyable as the first read.

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh – Technically a reread, and again in anticipation of the release of Rock Hard.
  • The Curious Case of Lady Latimer’s Shoes by Stephanie Laurens – I was kind of surprised to realize I had missed reading this when it first came out last year. This is much more focused on the mystery than the romance, so I’d be careful about recommending it to romance readers who are not familiar not only with Laurens but also her Barnaby Adair series.

Children’s

  • Found by Salina Yoon – This counts, and probably for multiple times, as I not only read it myself but also to a class of pre-schoolers. *Highly* recommended for 3-4 year olds.

Read in March & April: 13
Read in 2015: 19

Posted by: Katie | March 1, 2015

January and February reads

This year is off to a very slow reading start which is fascinating as I started 2014 off with a bang. I’m actually feeling fine about this for the reasons I detailed in my 2014 reading round-up post. While I didn’t finish a lot of books the first two months of this year, I did start quite a few more and reread bits and pieces of others. As always, there’s more reading in my life than is truly reflected here :)

Read

  • Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – A *very* fun novel where the hero is a former champion prize fighter and the heroine is into brewing beer. I learned about the history of IPAs!
  • Prudence by Gail Carriger – ARC provided by publisher – This is the first of a potential series (only one other book confirmed) starring the daughter of Alexia and Connall from the Parasol Protectorate series. It was an interesting read, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading the next.
  • [REDACTED] by [REDACTED] – This was a book that I was beta reading for an author friend of mine to help get some of the library details right. I literally *squeed* and seal clapped over this book and will give it a shout out to it when it’s published later this year.
  • Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz – Classic Krentz that would be a decent introduction to her style for new readers, and a comfort read for returning readers.

Reread

  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop – First in the Others series. Reread because the new one is due out on Tuesday.
  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop – Second in the Others series. This and Written in Red are cracky reads for me and I’m really hoping the third, Vision in Silver, is the same.

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • None

Children’s

  • None

Total read in January and February: 6
Total read in 2015: 6 (Edited because I have proven once again that my counting skills when it comes to books is decidedly lacking.)

Posted by: Katie | February 20, 2015

Monthly Twitter chats for RWA15 First-Timers

**EDITED: THERE WILL BE NO MORE SCHEDULED CHATS BEFORE THE CONFERENCE. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, THOUGH, USE THE HASHTAG #RWA1st AND I WILL TRY TO ANSWER/GET YOU AN ANSWER.

Saturday Night Live has the Five Timers Club, but everyone has to have a first time. I still remember my first time at RWA in Chicago, 1999. I was *fresh* out of college, and even fresher out of a semester abroad in England. I had absolutely no freaking clue what was going on. I had been given vague ideas from friends on the Nora Roberts chat board, but there was so much that people told me about at the conference that I wasn’t prepared for. These still way fresh for as old as they are memories, along with some conversations I observed on Twitter prompted me to propose monthly chats for first timers.

The way I envision these chats happening is that we collate everything under the #RWA15 tag along with #RWA1st. They will happen for one hour and will have varying start times on varying days of the week. I will Storify all of the tweets so people can refer back to them. First timers and “old” timers are encouraged to participate as it’s us “old” timers who will have the answers to the first timers’ questions. I’m doing this all on my own and this is in no way sponsored or endorsed by RWA.

The first chat will happen today at 4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central, etc., but I reserve the right to call out for another chat later next week. Future dates and times will be announced on Twitter with ample notice.

Storified chats:

  • February (2/20/15)
  • March – not storified, but happened on 3/19/15
  • April and May (mostly) (4/15/15 & 5/26/15)
  • July (7/6/15)
Posted by: Katie | January 12, 2015

Reads of 2014 Wrap Up

First, there *was* an accounting error. Yes, I hear you all laughing. I record my reads in LibraryThing and while it is usually very good at searching, there is some “loss” of hits. They very nicely display how many titles are associated with a particular tag, and when I totalled my 2014 tags, I was 4 books short with what I had recorded here. Three of the “missing” books were from October. Here are all of the missing books:

  • Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon (Read, Oct.) – ARC provided by publisher. Astute readers will have noted that I did refer to this book in the October/November list when I noted reading Running Hot, the prequel novella. I really enjoyed PD, and especially liked the heroine, Shay. Frankly, I was a bit jealous of her as well as HelenKay’s description of the hero, Ford, had me all drooly. Out in two weeks!
  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Read, Oct.) – ARC provided by publisher. This is the direct sequel to Allen’s first book, Garden Spells, which I loved. I also loved this book and appreciated the growth of the characters as this story happens about ten years after the events of GS. Definitely recommended for fans of sweet stories who can handle light fantasy elements. Out next week!
  • Natural Law by Joey W. Hill (Reread, Oct.) – I don’t think I noted this book when I first read it back in 2012. This is a book not for the faint of heart. There are deep BDSM elements that may make readers uncomfortable. I appreciated how Hill handled the emotional motivations of the characters, and I also liked the romantic suspense subplot. On rereading it, I want to read the other books Hill has set in this world at some point.
  • Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (Listened to, Dec.) – Annual-ish re-read which I’ve talked about before.

So, with the addition of these books, my total reads for 2014 was 93. The breakdown between my five categories are:

  • Read – 44 (Third lowest annual amount, and 12 more than last year which was the lowest annual amount.)
  • Reread – 10 (Dead middle annual amount since I’ve been keeping track, and also half of the highest total.)
  • Listened to – 8 (Second lowest annual amount. Third lowest amount is nearly double this.)
  • Novella – 19 (Highest annual amount.)
  • Children’s – 12 (Highest annual amount, but I only started keeping track of this category in 2013.)

I’d say that this year was on the low end of my average range of reading. I was actually expecting it to be the lowest amount, partially due the the short bouts of depression that I dealt with through the course of the year, and also because of the amount of time I spent writing my own fiction this last year. I wrote three full novels of varying lengths, a couple of novellas, and a couple of short stories. Most of which will remain unpublished. That writing time cut into my reading time, so the fact that I managed to have an “average-ish for me” year in terms of reading is a win.

For 2015, I’m making a point to dial back on my reading. This is more because I realized around Christmas that I may finally be experiencing a bit of burnout with my preferred genre, romance, after 25 years of reading it. I’m in no way going to quit reading it, but I’m also not going to give it priority when deciding what to read next. I fully expect a lot of my reads to have some kind of romantic element to them as I do tend to enjoy a story better when that’s present, but I predict the majority of new-to-me authors to be in genres outside of romance.

That’s my 2014 in reading, for what I keep track of at least. How was yours?

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