Monday, December 18, 2017

What Will You End the Year Reading?

I can hardly believe the year is almost over. 2017 has been quite something, that's for sure. I set a goal to read 75 books this year and I don't know if I'll make it (though I'm going to try REALLY hard!). As I take a look at some of the books I read this year, I'm seeing a common thread: stories that made me FEEL. My emotions were all over the place, from all the swoons, to all the tears. And let's not forget the belly laughs! I read some pretty great books this year.

Now stands the question, which book (or books) will I end the year reading? I've always felt this question to be a big one. It can set the tone for a new year of reading ahead. If it's something insanely good, then whatever I start 2018 with has a lot to live up to. But if it's a let down, mediocre at best, I'll definitely be craving something irresistible to begin the new year reading.

When all else fails, I know I can always rely on my past loves: a good re-read! So that is what I am choosing to do now. I just read Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas (for the 3rd time). Two words: Hardy Cates. This story never grows old for me; I think it might actually get better each time I read it. It's the second in a series of four books, though I guess you could read each as a standalone, because the stories are about separate characters; however, you may not fully understand the characters because they develop a bit more in each novel. Still though, this one is by far the best of the bunch, in my opinion.

My current read is a 2018 release that I've been waiting to read closer to its publication date, but as you can see.. that didn't work out so well (it pubs in April 2018). So far I am REALLY enjoying Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington. I can already tell that fans of Emery Lord will devour this one. It's a mix of swoony YA romance set against a music backdrop over the course of a summer on the road, with flashbacks thrown in. The characters grabbed me from the first few pages, and the plot line has my attention as well. I'm definitely on board for this one.

Soon I'll be trying to decide what to read next. A holiday romance before Christmas passes? All the novellas so I can reach my reading goal? More re-reads of books that I know will be a sure bet? So many decisions! Tell me, what are your plans for choosing the books you'll end the year reading? Or, does this not even phase you, and you just read whatever because January is just another month?

If you have some really great recs that I should end 2017 with, feel free to let me know in the comments. I'm always up for those! And please let me know what you're currently reading and/or planning to end 2017 with. Here's to another great year of literature, friends!


  1. Gasp - I have no idea. I never know until the last day. I have a stack of books and I actually am pretty excited to see what I end the year reading - and which book starts off the reading year!

  2. I have a lot of ARCs that come out in January so I’m trying to focus on those right now. Other than that I’m just trying to pick up books that I know are going to make me feel good. Good luck with your end of the year goals!

  3. I always read Christmas books up until the end of the year. It is always hard for me to pick the book that I will start on January 1st. I try to return to normal reading, but sometimes I'm still reading Christmas books and that is okay with me too.


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