04 January 2011
2010 and the challenges of 2011
Though I’m emotionally still very much all over the place going from crying my eye balls out, to missing Henry profoundly, to being very angry at the situation yet also trying to be strong enough and handle it all, I’m gradually starting to feel the need to blog again. I even read a few books in the last weeks; Steve Kluger with Almost Like Being In Love – Heidi Cullinan with Special Deliverance, and while I enjoyed both stories very much, I felt the love for reading burning again when I read Joey W Hill’s Ice Queen and the sequel Mirror To My Soul. Even though JWH writes very emotional stuff I feel like that woman truly understands the psyche of mankind. I love the character depth, the emotional display and interaction between the characters. I will do a shorter review version on all of these books when the mood strikes me.
At the beginning of 2010 I joined some challenges and the one I thought would be difficult to complete with all the other challenges is the one I accomplished by a landslide…the M/M reading challenge. With my e-reader the quantity of e-books sky rocketed on my e-shelves and became a treasured genre. My erotica challenge was completed as well but the Outlander / Royals Fantasy & Contemporary challenge are the ones I failed miserably in *eek* I decided to skip the challenges this year which leaves room on my sidebars to fill *grin*
2010 has also delivered me some awesome reads again, allowed me to discover some fantastic (debut) authors and though many challenges have to be faced in 2011 I hope to expand my horizon and share all the ups and downs with you.
Of course I have to give you my top 25 of 2010!
In random order:
Jennifer Estep – Gin Blanco series (Spider’s Bite 4 – Web Of Lies 4.5 & Venom 4.5)
Deidre Knight – Butterfly Tattoo 4.5
Shiloh Walker – Broken 5
Lisa Valdez – Patience 4.5
Nalini Singh – Bonds Of Justice 4.5
Amy Lane – Keeping Promise Rock 4.5
Kresley Cole – Demon From The Dark 4.5
Kele Moon – Beyond Eden 4.5
Laura Wright – Eternal Hunger 4.5
C.L. Wilson – Crown Of Crystal Flame 5
J.P. Barnaby – Enlightened 4.5 – Abandoned 4.5
Olivia Cunning – Backstage Pass 4
Alyssa Turner – Bittersweet 4.5
Kate Sherwood – Dark Horse 4
Not released in 2010:
Chris Owen & Jodi Payne - DEVIATIONS series (BONDAGE – DOMINATION – SUBMISSION –DISCIPLINE)
Joey W Hill – The Mark Of The Vampire Queen (bk 2 in Vampire Queen series) 4.5
Shannon McKenna – Extreme Danger 4.5
Marquesate & Vashtan – Soldiers (bk 1 in Special Forces series) 4.5
Steve Kluger – Almost Like Being In Love 4
I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years Eve and is excited to start 2011. I’m looking forward to KMM’s SHADOWFEVER and Kresley Cole’s Dream Of A Dark Warrior!!