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2015 fav reads

 

2015 was a difficult year for me personally.  Both of my parents suffered from health issues. Fortunately, they are healthy and doing remarkably well now.  I thank those of you who know me personally for your support and kind words during those rough times this past year.  Books also helped me and I have those amazing authors to thank for that.  Books are my escape and I did plenty of reading in plenty of different locations as well.  Thanks to all of my followers who support this hobby of mine.   

May “2016”  bring you all happiness, love, friendship, peace and health.

~Susi

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Here is my list of favorites read in 2015.

  I loved them all!


 

Uncovering Desire by Kacey Sheauncovering desire cover


Just One Lie by Kyra Davis

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A Gentleman’s Fate by AJ Linn

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There You Stand by Christina Lee

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Sustained by Emma Chase

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Overruled by Emma Chase

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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My Favorite Indie/New Author Book of 2015

Faith & Hope by T.J. Cooper

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My favorite M/M/F book of 2015

Veil of Scars by J.R. Gray

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My favorite feel good book of 2015

Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

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My favorite sexy online romance book of 2015

Spencer by Kerry Heavens

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My favorite Paranormal/Romance Books of 2015

The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

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My Favorite Series for 2015

Chasing Fire Series by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

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My favorite co-written book of 2015

A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson and BT Urruela
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Wow! It was quite a task to narrow it down to these books.

 I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Check out all of the other amazing books I read in 2015 on my blog.

Happy 2016!

Which Songs Remind You of Books or Characters?

Are there songs that make you think of certain books or characters when you hear them?

 

The first song I heard when I got in the car today was Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon.  I immediately thought of Christian Grey. Oh Mr. Grey,  I think it is time to reread The Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James.

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Whenever I listen to Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls I have Remington Tate from Real, Mine and Remy by Katy Evans on my mind. It is such a perfect song for such a fantastic series.

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My mother was recently humming Besame Mucho” and my thoughts immediately went to Professor Gabriel Emerson from my favorite trilogy: Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

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The song Say Something by Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World makes me think of how much I love Donovan Hart in A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. LynnI can’t wait to read more of his fascinating male point of view.

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Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard takes me back to the sexy Cash Davenport in Down to You (The Bad Boys Series) by Michelle Leighton.

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There are other songs that also remind me of characters.  While the author may not have used songs in their book, certain songs fit the personalities of those loved characters.

One such character I love is Paul Jensen from Prodigal Son by Michelle Day.  Bad to The Bone by George Thorogood pretty much summarizes the cheeky Paul.

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Well, these are just some of my favorites.  

Which songs remind you of any of the characters in books you have read?

Share your songs in the comments.  Name the character, the book and the author.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question: Do You Read More Than One Book At A Time?

Question of the day?  Do you read more than one book at a time?

 

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I do this.  Yes, I read more than one book at a time.  And yes, it can be confusing.  I usually carry a paperback and my tablet in my purse so I alternate between books. Sounds crazy?  Taking notes as I read helps keep me on the right track and also helps me when writing a review.  Recently, I even added an audio book into the mix.

How many of you do this too?

Your thoughts?

Do you get your stories and characters mixed up?

 Feel free to comment. 🙂

Best closing lines – What are your favorites?

As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to keep my students motivated.  I recently had my students find their favorite closing lines from books they read.  They actually loved this activity and it got some of my reluctant readers to read and participate.  While they compiled their lines, I did too.

Here are some of my favorite closing lines from books. I have decided to mix it up since that is exactly what my library looks like, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I love all genres.  **Note, if you haven’t read some of the books listed, these closing lines may be spoilers.

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I used to dream of medals and championships, and now I dream of a blue-eyed fighter who one day changed my life when he put his lips on mine.

Mine, Katy Evans

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Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot.

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

a beautiful wedding

I looked into his eyes, as full of love and hope as they were the year before, “One down, forever to go,” I whispered back.

A Beautiful Wedding, Jamie McGuire

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In the meantime, she would just live.

P.S. I Love You, Cecelia Ahern

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You are loved.

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, Kat Bastion

unbeautifully

For a moment, neither of them spoke, and he found himself holding his breath just so he could hear hers.  “I love you, too, ” she whispered.  “Babe,” he said softly. “Yeah.”

Unbeautifully, Madeline Sheehan

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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald

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Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

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It is no wonder that in Spanish, esperanza means “hope.”

Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan

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Lauren Marie Day, you have come into my life like a whirlwind, you have flipped my world, my thoughts and my heart upside down, you have woken something in me that I thought was long dead, you have brought me back to life, I love you more with every beat of my heart and I cannot and do not want to imagine my life without you in it.  I want to be with you forever, please would you do me the honour of becoming my wife?

Saviour, Lesley Jones

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The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the utmost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky — seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

What are some of your favorite closing lines?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to know.

~Susi