2014 – The Year of Books #FF

 Welcome to #FF, Feature and Follow, with Parajunkee and Allison Can Read! If you love to read, blog about books, or want to start…come join the fun!

Again people I failed to meet my challenge! Oiy!!! I didn’t realize how many novellas I read this year, ones that I didn’t really think qualified so I didn’t add them on my Goodreads. Boo Hoo people! But some good things happened, with me and books – I read some movie books before I saw the movies (and then realized how much I hate Nicholas Sparks – read the post here) , I read some really amazing books that I really loved, and I started a book club with some local military spouses. So, although I didn’t meet my challenge, I read a lot of books and I continued my love affair with books.  More books were read then last year, and we did a lot of kid book reading this year too.

Murder in the CIA by Margaret Truman 
I continued reading the Capitol Crimes series by Margaret Truman. Loving this series, and its particularly amazing because we live here, and I’ve been to a ton of the places mentioned in the books. That is pretty darn cool. This is a great series and I would recommend it to any mystery book lover.
Split Second by Alex Kava 
This is the second book in a new series that I started reading, at the suggestion of my mother. The subject of the book is a female FBI agent, and most of the books take place in the Virginia area. 
Steel Will by Shilo Harris 
Absolutely amazing book to read! A must read.
I delved into my YA book reading side. Yes, I read twilight, yes I liked them. Don’t judge me! I knew that they had made a movie out of this book and I had always wanted to see it. So I read the book and then watched the movie with one of my girlfriends. They didn’t do a bad job. If they had really tried to do it justice the movie would have had to have been a million hours long. It is an extremely long book, but really good. I was going to read the second book, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Its on my list of to-dos for 2015!
Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards #4) 
The last in one my favorite Amish Series! I almost don’t want it to be over, and I’m not actually sure if it is. There would be some good spinoffs in there. Cindy was my first foray into Amish books, as I’d been hesitant because it didn’t really seem all that interesting. However, Cindy sucked me in and I became an addict.
So those were some of my favorite books of 2014! You can check out all the books on my challenge list by friending me on Goodreads. I’d love to check out all the books you are reading.
Did you have a favorite book of 2014? 


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Book Blogger w/Parajunkee – TBR Shelf…How Many?

I wish I had seen this blogging challenge in the beginning.  Don’t you hate when that happens?  You see something super cool and its half-way over or over before you get to it.  If you’ve never visited the Parajunkee, and you happen to be a book lover, then you’re missing out.  I love her reviews and book choices; and she’s definitely gotten me to step out of my book comfort zone.  If you are a book blogger, there’ s three more days posts and you can see the past posts with linky’s to other blogs participating.

Today’s prompt is “TBR Shelf…How Many?”

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I couldn’t pass up this topic, because for reals yo…I have a serious book hording problem.  And not just in the physical sense.  Goodreads was both good and bad for me.  Good because it helped me organize myself.  It’s mostly been good when I want to read a whole series of books and what to keep track of the order.  It is best invention ever when I’m in a store and see a book sitting on a shelf…and now I’m resisting the urge to buy it.  Now all I have to do is load up my Goodreads app and enter it in and crisis adverted.  I have stacks of books everywhere in my house that I haven’t even loaded up to Goodreads.  It’s a sickness I tell you!

So what’s my number?  It’s 257 on-line.  Yup, 257 on the To-Read Shelf.  That is not including the probably 50ish books at my house, stacked all over the place.  Oh my heavens I had no idea that it was that high until I looked for this post.  It seems like every day I find new ones.  It’s pretty much ridiculous considering I only read 53 books last year for my challenge.  Clearly I have to step it up.

 Confucius - "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." #reading #read #quote

I’m not sure what the best way to go about it, as I usually tend to flit about from book to book.  Sometimes I’ll just bang out 3 or 4 books in a series, but most of the time there’s no rhyme or reason.  I do have an entirely separate shelf that is called “Books to Read Before I Die.”  I’ve found several lists under that title, and every time I see it I’ll make sure I’m not missing a book and add it.

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I hope I’m not alone in this craziness!  What are your top To-Read books on your radar right now?  I want to hear them!  Are you on Goodreads?  If you are we should definitely be friends!
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