This year, I have only managed to read 81 books. Way off my pace of 140 books last year! Although, I wasn't working last year until September. There was a time where I was even too busy and stressed to write down my books in my reading journal, so that number might be a few low, but it's pretty close. Here are some highlights:
The only "regular fiction" I read was:
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Be Different, Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by John Elder Robinson
The Beach House by Jane Green
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett
All but two of these were my book club's picks. I can only attend my book club in the summer due to my job now, but I try to read along with them at home. I enjoyed all of them, but my favorite was Unbroken. It's quite a story; all the more interesting because it's all true!
Here are some of the series I read a lot of this year:
Betsey Taylor Vampire queen by Mary Janice Davidson, I really enjoyed the first few books, but then the jokes seemed to get old and there didn't seem to be enough meat to the books. I stopped reading at book # 8. I might pick-up more later.
Laurell K. Hamilton. I finished up reading all the available Anita Blake books and started reading the Meridith Gentry series. I don't like Meridith as well as Anita, but then again I like Shifters and Vampires better than the Fey anyway!
I'm still reading Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series and I have started reading the Dream Hunter books also. I don't get the Dream Hunter books. I still don't really understand what I dream hunter is and there are a lot of characters and stories to keep track of, but she is still worth reading. I am on book 16. I read Acheron in November, it's got to be my favorite so far!
My favorite by far is J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. I devoured all 11 books! The men are totally hot, completely cool, and utterly heroic! I LOVE them! I have started reading her Fallen Angels series since I have to wait until March to get the next Black Dagger book (and I must say I can't wait to read it!) The Fallen Angels are really good, but not quite up to the most excellent level of the Black Dagger Brotherhood!
I have read the first two books in Larissa Ione's Dominica series and so far I am really enjoying them!. I am excited to read the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book, the next Sookie Stackhouse book, and the next The Hollows book. I am sooo looking forward to all the excellent spring reading!