What I've Read in 2019

I did well last year. Had a goal of 50 books and read 57. But now I'm back to walking on the treadmill and taking the time to read MORE, so I've upped my goal to a whopping 90 books this year! Wish me luck!!

1. "Day Shift" by Charlaine Harris (2015). 362 pages. Finished 1/2/19. Urban Fantasy. Midnight, Texas #2. Not as much fun as the Sookie Stackhouse books (although some characters from that series do pop up in this book), but it was enjoyable.
2. "Night Shift" by Charlaine Harris (2016). 385 pages. Finished 1/7/19. Urban Fantasy. Midnight, Texas #3. Sorry to see this is the end of the trilogy. I would have liked to have read more.
3. "Driving Heat" by Richard Castle (2015). 329 pages. Finished 1/15/19. Crime drama. Nikki Heat #7. Entertaining read of characters I like, but the head hopping was a little annoying.
4. "High Heat" by Richard Castle (2016). 296 pages. Finished 1/20/19. Crime drama. Nikki Heat #8. Better than the last book, but left me hanging. Ugh.
5. "Heat Storm" by Richard Castle (2017). 312 pages. Finished 1/23/19. Crime drama. Nikki Heat #9. This one was a lot of fun to read, mostly because of Carl Storm.
6. "Ranger Protector" by Angi Morgan. (2018). 172 pages. Finished 1/27/19. Contemporary romance.
7. "Red at Night" by Jody Wallace. (2018). 124 pages. Finished 1/29/19. Fantasy romance.

8. "Smiling Irish" by Kate Regnery. (2018). 191 pages. Finished 2/2/19. Contemporary romance.
9. "True-Blue Cowboy" by Sara Richardson. (2018). 283 pages. Finished 2/4/19. Contemporary romance.
10. "Tap That" by Jennifer Blackwood & RC Boldt. (2018). 219 pages. Finished 2/6/19. Contemporary romance.
11. "Summoned to Thirteenth Grave" by Darynda Jones (2018). 292 pages. Finished 2/8/19. Urban fantasy. Charley Davidson #13. A fitting end to the series, but I'm sad it's over. I'll miss Charley and Reyes.
12. "Never Let Me Fall" by Abbie Roads (2018). 281 pages. Finished 2/22/19. Paranormal romantic suspense. Fatal Dreams #3. Thomas's and Helena's story. I enjoyed the darkness, the paranormal, and the romance. This is a good series.

13. "Skinwalker" by Faith Hunter (2009). 320 pages. Finished 3/3/19. Urban fantasy. Jane Yellowrock #1. Very similar to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series (with lots and lots of description), but without all the sex. Good read.
14. "Prisoner of Night" by J.R. Ward (2019). 201 pages. Finished 3/12/19. Paranormal romance. Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5. Duran and Ahmare's story. For a novella, it read more like some other author's novel. I was happy to be back in the world, even if none of the brothers showed up.
15. "Big Easy Evil" by Heather Graham (2017). 127 pages. Finished 3/17/19. Paranormal mystery. Cafferty & Quinn #3.7. Entertaining and nice to be back into this world.
16. "The Double D Ranch" by Rochelle Bradley (2017). 299 pages. Finished 3/20/19. Romantic comedy. Fortuna, Texas #1.
17. "The Demon's in the Details" by Jeanne Oates Estridge (2019). 348 pages. Paranormal romance Touched by a Demon Book 2. Bad and Keeffe's story. Thoroughly entertaining. Lots of twists and turns had me guessing till the end!

18. "Eternal Echoes" by Anastasia Virgas (2013). 231 pages. Finished 4/2/19. Paranormal romance. Sister of the Divine #1. Ari & Teagan's story. Octopus shifter. Very interesting.
19. "Turning Thirty-Twelve" by Sandy James (2008). 173 pages. Finished 4/5/19. Contemporary romance/women's fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Very entertaining.
20. "Free Falling" by S.E. Jakes (2012). 112 pages. Finished 4/7/19. M/M Romance. Extreme Escapes, Ltd Series. Blue and Mick's story. Story was kind of thin, but enjoyable. Lots of sex.
21. "The Savior" by J.R. Ward (2019). 479 pages. Finished 4/21/19. Paranormal romance. Black Dagger Brotherhood #17. Murhder and Sarah's story (and also John Matthew and Xhex). I loved it! I love this series!!
22. "Crashing Heat" by Richard Castle (2019). 234 pages. Finished 4/2719. Mystery. Nikki Heat series #10. No thrilling ride in this book, just a straight-up mystery. It was okay, but I like the other books better.

23. "The Trouble With Vampires" by Lynsay Sands  (2019). 380 pages. Finished 5/5/19. Paranormal romance. Argeneau #29. Santo and Pet's story. Still not tired of this series!! Give me more.
24. "Nothing to Hide" by Allison Brennan (2019). 403 pages. Finished 5/12/19. Mystery/Suspense. Lucy Kincaid #15. More mystery than suspense, but still a good read. I love these characters!
25. "Deadly Curiosities" by Gail Z. Martin (2014). 458 pages. Finished 5/23/19. Paranormal mystery. Deadly Curiosities #1. Too much mystery details for my taste, but a well written book.
26. "Nothing to Fear" by Karen Rose (2005). 507 pages. Finished 5/30/19. Romantic suspense. Romantic Suspense #4/Chicago #3. Wonderful story. Lots of sexy romance and suspense.

27."Lovey, Dark, and Deep" by Susannah Sandlin (2014). 306 pages. Finished 6/11/19. Romantic suspense. The Collectors #1. Loved the romance. Could have used more suspense, though.
28. "Desere" by Maria McKenzie (2017). 295 pages. Finished 6/18/19. Historical romance. Very entertaining read.
29. "Mark of the Demon" by Diana Rowland (2009). 370 pages. Finished 6/24/19. Urban fantasy. Kara Gillian #1. This was a really good story and I'll be getting the rest of the series now.
30. "After Dark" by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (2000). 332 pages. Finished 6/29/19. Paranormal romance. Ghost Hunters #1. Don't let the series name fool you. These aren't the ghosts you know. They're on a different planet. It was a cute story, but I won't bother with the rest of the series.

31. "Dirty Secrets" by Karen Rose (2014). 130 pages. Finished 7/2/19. Romantic suspense. Romantic Suspense #4.5. Nice, quick little romantic suspense.
32. "You Can't Hide" by Karen Rose (2006). 496 pages. Finished 7/6/19. Romantic suspense. Romantic Suspense #5. Didn't figure out who was behind it all until the end. Nice meaty romantic suspense.
33. "The Friend Zone" by Abby Jimenez (2019). 361 pages. Finished 7/8/19. Romantic comedy. Made me laugh. Made me cry. It was a great read and I hated putting it down.
34. "Deadly, Calm, and Cold" by Susannah Sandlin (2014). 270 pages. Finished 7/15/19. Romantic suspense. The Collectors #2. A lot better than book 1. Much more suspense. Romance was good, too.
35. "Shadow and Ice" by Gena Showalter (2018). 480 pages. Finished 7/24/19. Paranormal romance. Gods of War #1. Lots of action and sexy scenes. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of this series.

36. "Shadow Game" by Christine Feehan (2003). 323 pages. Finished 8/4/19. Paranormal romance. GhostWalker #1. Interesting story, but too much head-hopping for my taste. Will not continue with this series.
37. "The Fractured" by Brett Battles (2018). 351 pages. Finished 8/8/19. Suspense. Jonathan Quinn #12. It's always a joy to get back into Quinn's world.
38. "The Forbidden Door" by Dean Koontz (2018). 434 pages. Finished 8/13/19. Suspense thriller. Jane Hawk #4. Man, what a ride! Can't wait to see how it all turns out in the finale (which I'll get to next).
39. "The Night Window" by Dean Koontz (2019). 417 pages. Finished 8/18/19. Suspense thriller. Jane Hawk #5. Whoo boy, what a finale! A very tense, suspenseful series.
40. "Blood Truth" by J.R. Ward (2019). 400 pages. Finished 8/24/19. Paranormal romance. Black Dagger Legacy #4. I so much love this world. I just can't get enough of these stories!!
41. "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness (2011). 579 pages. Stopped reading on 8/28/19. Urban Fantasy. All Souls Trilogy #1. I was okay with the first person for her POV. I was okay with the third person in his POV. I was not okay with the head hopping while it was in third person. Too distracting and the book wasn't moving all that quickly as it was. I stopped reading after 107 pages.

42. "You Belong to Me" by Patricia Sargeant (2017). 238 pages. Finished 9/6/19. Romantic suspense. It was okay, but I kind of figured out whodunnit early on.
43. "Licensed to Thrill" by Gemma Brocato (2019). 295 pages. Finished 9/26/19. Paranormal mystery. It was an enjoyable read.

44. "Shadows of Ghosts" by L.A. McGinnis (2017). 216 pages. Finished 10/3/19. Paranormal romance. The Shadows Series #1. Not a happy reader. So much telling of the story that I never became invested in the characters.
45. "Whistleblower" by Tess Gerritsen (1992). 196 pages. Finished 10/5/19. Romantic suspense. Breezed through this book; just didn't want to put it down.
46. "The Haunting of Hotel LaBelle" by Sharon Buchbinder (2016). 147 pages. Finished 10/10/19. Paranormal romance. Hotel LaBelle #1. Very interesting. Will definitely check out the rest of this series.
47. "Sorcerer's Spin" by Anise Rae (2016). 329 pages Finished 10/29/19. Paranormal romance. Mayflower Mages #3. Full of action, adventure, and romance. A fun read.

48. "Demons Will Be Demons" by AE Jones (2018). 223 pages. Finished 11/12/19. Paranormal romance. The Realm Book 1. Cute story. I think I'm going to enjoy this series.
49. "Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend" by AE Jones (2018). 231 pages. Finished 11/26/19. Paranormal romance. The Realm Book 2. The first half is a bit repetitious from the previous story, but got interesting after the overlap.

50. "The Burned Spy" by K.A. Krantz (2018). 275 pages. Finished 12/9/19. Fantasy. The Immortal Spy Book 1. I really enjoyed this (and fantasy isn't my thing!).
51. "Debriefing the Dead" by Kerry Blaisdell. 250 pages. Finished 12/11/19. Urban fantasy. The Dead Series Book 1. What a great book! I look forward to the next in this series.
52. "Every Last Breath" by Juno Rushdan. 309 pages. Finished 12/13/19. Romantic suspense. Final Hour #1 series. Very suspenseful, but has a cliffhanger-ish ending. Not bad enough to not read the next one, though.
53. "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson (1959). 155 pages. Horror. Interesting story, but if you have the book with the lengthy forward, don't read it first (lots of spoilers in that).
54. "Cat Scratch Fever" by LC Alleyne (2016). 94 pages. Finished 12/18/19. Paranormal romantic suspense. Would have made a better novel. Lacked sexual tension and the events happened way too quickly for my taste.
55. "Angel Bait" by Tricia Skinner (2013). 208 pages. Finished 12/20/19. Paranormal romance. Angel Assassin #1. Great story. Found myself a new-to-me author to read again.
56. "Hunger Revealed" by Dee Carney (2012). 92 pages. Finished 12/21/19. Paranormal. Vampire Hunger #1.5. Do not read this if you haven't read book 1 first. I didn't and the characters didn't mean all that much to me in this short story.
57. "Taken" by Rebecca Zanetti (2019). 106 pages. Finished 12/22/19. Romantic suspense. Deep Ops #1.5. A good read and you don't have to have read book 1 to enjoy it. I like this series a lot.

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