Thursday, January 9, 2014

Books in 2013

Without any further preamble, the big breakdown of books I read in 2013: 

Historical Romance - 94
Paranormal Romance - 32
Urban Fantasy - 22
Counselling Non-Fic - 7
Historical Non-Fic - 5
YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance - 4
YA Dystopian - 3
Travel Guides - 3
Mystery - 3
Gardening/Farming Non-Fic - 3
Memoir/Biography - 2
Classic Fiction - 1 
Other Assorted Non-Fic - 3

GRAND TOTAL: 182 + 5 novellas in assorted genres 

Phew! If you want an in-depth look at my book choosing brain, you can check out the full list on my GoodReads account that I'm really getting into: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2709023-jessica?shelf=read-in-2013

Historical romance's landslide win is partially due to the fact that I read a crap-ton of books during my time in Africa, including pretty much all of the books on my e-reader. Which are mostly historical romances. 

But some books shone beyond the others. Here are my new-to-me delights in some of my biggest genres for 2013: 

Historical Romance

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #1) by Jennifer Ashley - Unlike many historical romance examples of "madness", this hero really does have a reason for the title - he's pretty obviously on the autism spectrum, and shows it. Combined with a heroine who's grown up in a rough household, it makes for a quite unique combination and a good read. 

*Honourable Mention* One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (Rules of Scoundrels #2) by Sarah MacLean - Ms. MacLean was my first foray into historical romance, so holds a spot in my heart. This series is about the not-at-all-proper owners of The Fallen Angel gambling hell, and this book in particular had my interest with its science-loving, emotion-avoiding heroine. (But gosh, what's with the semi-silly titles of these books? I wouldn't say they are super light HRs!) 

Paranormal Romance

The Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter - Oh, it's been out for years. But how can I avoid mentioning this new-to-me series about a bunch of immortal warriors housing the demons of Pandora's Box, living in a big house together? Like supernatural Big Brother or something. Not that I watch Big Brother, but still. I challenge you not to find a favourite. Mine are Gideon, the Keeper of Lies (who finds him match in book #6, The Darkest Lie), and Torin, Keeper of Disease (who has yet to have his book). 

*Honourable Mention* MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole - This series charges forward and never gets stale. It's my favourite, and would dominate my lists forever if I let it. This one with one of the Scottish werewolves is no exception, and I read it in one sitting. Oops. Now I have to wait another year or so. 

Urban Fantasy

The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn - Another series that's been out forever, but I hadn't read it because, um, the first book wasn't available at my library to test out. Lame of me. But now at least I have the delight of finding these now! A relatable, not-very-motivated (to start) female werewolf ends up running a talk radio show about the supernatural. Interesting premise, good follow through. 

*Honourable Mention* My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland - A, well, white trash young woman gets turned into a zombie. Smart and quippy voice, neat story, some unique elements. Good read! 

Young Adult

Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole - Kresley Cole again, because she's fab. The world ends! It's set in Louisiana! There's a nice Cajun boy! It gets all post-apocalyptic! And it's all based on the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Excellent. I still have yet to read #2 which recently came out, but it will be SOON.  

Non-Fiction

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine - I'm a self help book hater, but I picked this up because it sounded like me. I read it with delight, because it totally is me. I didn't realize that being so scattered with interests was such a "thing", and I hope this will help me in putting things together in my life. Perhaps! 

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