Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite Reads in 2014

I did not reach my goal to read 90 books this year. Came close, though. Only two books short! And I’m reading one of them. And while I could EASILY finish that book in time, I have writing/editing that MUST come first.

Yeah, priorities. They suck, don’t they?

Anyway, here are the books I read in 2014 that I gave 5 stars on Goodreads, in the order I read them (number indicates overall reading order):

1.      "Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

2.      "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King

4.      "Blood Reunited" by Amber Belldene

5.      "Beautiful Chaos" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

7.      "Beautiful Redemption" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

17.    "Twisted" by Rebecca Zanetti

19.    "The Dragon's Heart" by Eden Ashe

20.    "Playing the Game" by M.Q. Barber

22.    "Crossing the Lines" by M.Q. Barber

26.    "Jingle Bell Rock" by Rie Warren

27.    "Bobbie Faye's Sizzling Heart Breaking Can't Stop Collision With Heat (Bobbie Faye 0.5)" by Tony McGee Causey

29.    "Bobbie Faye's Whacked Out, No Good, Really Sucky, Hot Mess of a Wedding" by Tony McGee Causey

30.    "The King" by J.R. Ward

32.    "How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) by Kerrelyn Sparks

36.    "Vampire Most Wanted" by Lynsay Sands

37.    "Healing the Wounds" by M.Q. Barber

38.    "Sixth Grave on the Edge" by Darynda Jones

43.    "Dead Heat" by Allison Brennan

45.    "Viper" by Patricia A. Rasey

46.    "Hawk" by Patricia A. Rasey

50.    "Prince of Shadows" by Tes Hilarie

53.    "Phantom Instinct" by Meg Gardiner

57.    "Undeniably Yours" by Heather Webber

61.    "Hearts in Harmony" by Gemma Brocato

62.    "Exposed to Passion" by Gemma Brocato

64.    "Hearts in Darkness" by Laura Kaye

66.    "Silver Wolf Clan" by Tera Shanley

67.    "Trancehack" by Sonya Clark

68.    "Immortal" by J.R. Ward

70.    "A Winter Wedding" by Gemma Brocato

71.    "Speak No Evil" by Allison Brennan

72.    "See No Evil" by Allison Brennan

73.    "Fear No Evil" by Allison Brennan

75.    "Sick" by Brett Battles

76.    "Take Me, Cowboy" by Jane Porter

77.    "Seventh Grave and No Body" by Darynda Jones

79.    "The Down Home Zombie Blues" by Linnea Sinclair

81.    "Reckless" by Jessi Gage

Forty books out of 88. Not too shabby, considering I read a bunch of new authors this year. I’m not sure I’ll make my goal the same next year, though. I hate not reaching goals. What do you think? Go for 90 again or lower it to 80 (because I don’t plan on reading as many novellas)?

So… you have any plans for tonight? We’ll be heading to Columbus to my friend’s. She’s fixing surf & turf (lobster tail & filet). Usually it’s just 4 of us, but looks to be a larger group this year. I’m taking a card game with us that my son & daughter said would be fun (but not a game they will play with us). It’s called Cards Against Humanity. Ever hear of it? If not, look it up here. J Looks to be a fun night!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!




JeffO said...

OH, my, Cards Against Humanity is hilarious! Not for the faint of heart or easily offended, however. Have a great time and happy New Year!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I am SO looking forward to playing that game. Several of us were in the Army, doubt we can be offended! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Congrats on all your reading. Not sure about another goal the same, because for the most part, this is the same and you've beaten it for the most part.

Whatever you decide, I look forward to reading about it.

No plans. I'm on a quick break from cleaning. Every room torn apart, music blasting.

Happy 2015.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Music blasting while cleaning is the ONLY way I can clean, too. Don't know if I'd be hitting more than one room at a time, though. I think you have more energy than I do! Have fun! :)

Maria Zannini said...

I never stay up to see the new year. I find it gets here whether I stay up to greet it or not. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Most of the time I'm up until 11:30, so another 30 minutes isn't much. :) Happy New Year!

Sandra Cox said...

How about a compromise and shoot for 85? Happy New Year, Stacy. May it be the best yet.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Sandra - I decided to try and shoot for 90 again. I might actually make it this year!