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Dec
27

Vampbard’s Year In Review: 2016

Vampbard’s Year In Review: 2016 From Vampbard: This year for reading was…weird for me. As I look through all the titles I read in my Kindle folder, I have 41 titles I read. Not too shabby. We won’t talk about the manuscripts I edited because that makes my count…a lot. There’s four Black Dog books by Hailey Edwards in there (might be five by the time this publishes…). Pssst. If you haven’t heard me before now, GO BINGE READ THESE!!! Tamsen Parker continued her Compass series with True North and Due South this year. As of this writing, I haven’t read the latter, but my review was published 12/22/16! I also discovered Jessica Peterson and Tessa Bailey. Someone should’ve pointed me in this direction a LONG time ago! And then…there’s all the deliciousness of Christopher Rice’s Desire Exchange books. OMG, you guys. If you haven’t picked these up yet, get on it. I really liked Mr. Rice’s voice and his characters sat on my chest and gave me the feels. Sylvain Reynard. Three titles this year. New-to-me author. I was itching for something different, and I had the first title in my TBR already. Waiting for me to give it a reason to read. I missed the paranormal, I think. My gateway to romance was, after all, Twilight. Besides reading, I did manage a few things, though. I retired from teaching after 24 years in the classroom. Well, semi-retired. I still go in one day a week. Oldest got married and I lived to tell the tale. I am editing a local magazine in addition to fiction. Surprisingly enough, I managed to publish two novellas this year, as well. Info is on my author website, Deelylah.com. This year was pretty sucky on a death level. In the world of literature, I mourned Gloria Naylor, Elie Wiesel, Lois Duncan, and Harper Lee. I’m always a musician, and music is my muse. Losing David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Leonard Cohen, Buckwheat Zydeco, Preston Hubbard (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Maurice White (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Paul Kantner & Signe Anderson (Jefferson Airplane), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), and Robert Stigwood (manager for the Bee Gees and Cream) actually made me slightly depressed. I know they’re mostly older people and I’m of an age where my idols and those I admired in high school and college—which followed me into adulthood—are in their golden years. It’s bound to happen more and more. In...
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Dec
26

Year in Review: 2016

Year in Review: 2016 Welcome to the end of another wonderful year when it comes to reading, listening, and blogging. Highlights from 2016 My second year co-hosting #FitReaders with Felicia the Geeky Blogger! Second year of Listen Up! my weekly look at all things #audiobook. Joining the 2016 Audiobook Challenge and surpassing my goal to reaching 50 books! Jen’s Year in Review: I also read and listened to some wonderful books during 2016! It was really hard to narrow down my entire list to just a few titles, but I have my top seven favorite books I read and/or listened to during the past year: A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh Changes by Jim Butcher Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Additionally, I read and/or listened to some wonderful series this year. These are my favorite series that I experienced in 2016 – to qualify I had to read/listen to over 50% or 7 books from the series during 2016, and the series must have at least three books published. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters Kinky Bank Robbers by Annika Martin Wild Seasons by Christina Lauren The Edge by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renée Raudam I hope you all had a wonderful 2016, and each of us here at That’s What I’m Talking About look forward to sharing our love of reading with you during 2017! Happy Holidays and Blessings for a wonderful New...
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Jan
1

What’s Coming in 2016

What’s Coming in 2016 I am super excited about 2016! I’ve joined some reading/listening challenges, continuing some favorite weekly features, and will be co-hosting #FitReaders with The Geeky Blogger. Here’s more about what’s in store for 2016… GoodReads Reading Challenge This year I’ll be participating in the GoodReads reading challenge once again. I count all books – novels and novellas (as long as published as a separate book), and all formats – audiobooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, and ebooks! I’m going to challenge myself to 135 books, which is 5 more than my 2015 goal and equal to the number I finished in 2015. Where you’ll find it: Once it is available, I’ll post the 2016 GoodReads widget on my sidebar. You can also find me on GoodReads. 2016 Audiobook Challenge This will be my second year joining the audiobook challenge. Now that I’m a big fan of audiobooks, I’ve joined the 2016 Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho & Hot Listens. I’ve signed up at the Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+, with my personal goal being 50 audiobooks (I completed 52 in 2015). I’ll be posting quarterly updates, if not more frequently. Where you’ll find it: Posts will be here at the blog and will have this awesome button, which I’ve also included on my sidebar, so you too can sign up! Also, you’ll see there is a new link for Audiobook Challenge Updates. Those will be posted at least quarterly. Listen Up! In 2015, I started a new blog feature entitled Listen Up!. The weekly feature comes to you every Thursday and focuses on audiobook reviews, narrator interviews, guest posts from other audiobook listeners, etc. Where you’ll find it: I’ll have fresh posts every Thursday right here at the blog. Plus, I’ve got a menu option in the top menu and a button on the sidebar. #FitReaders I had such a fun year co-hosting #FitReaders with Felicia the Geeky Blogger! She and I will continue to host the fitness-centric group and will alternate hosting duties each quarter, with Felicia taking January – March 2016. We have added a new 5k and 10k virtual race series to the program. Check out my #FitReaders posts for more info. Where you’ll find it: I will be posting weekly updates on each Friday under the #FitReader category, and I’ll be linking my posts to Felicia’s posts. There is a new menu option up top and look for the awesome button on my sidebar. Sunday Snippets This is a returning favorite of ours...
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Dec
31

Listen Up! A Year in Review – 2015

Listen Up! A Year in Review – 2015 Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… A Year of Listening! Here we are on the last day of 2015, and I’m celebrating one year of Listen Up! and audiobooks! I’ve really enjoyed my weekly check-ins, reviews, guest posts, and all things audiobooks. I listened to 52 audiobooks during 2015, ranging from new releases and old favorites, spanning contemporary romance, urban fantasy, young adult, new adult, paranormal romance, and science fiction. I’ve listened to new-to-me authors and “re-read” some of my favorite titles. I find that I can’t enjoy a solo walk or car ride without my audiobooks! Without further ado… here is my year in review: Total Books listened to: 52 Total Books receiving an A or better: 9 Favorite Audiobook overall: The Martian by Andy Weir & Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey Favorite Story in Audiobook format: The Martian by Andy Weir Favorite Narrator: Lorelei King (Mercy Thompson books) & James Marsters (Dresden Files) Honorable Mention: Lauren Fortgang (Kowalski Family series) Best Narrated Series: Dresden Files, narrated by James Marsters Favorite overall Series: Kowalski Family series Favorite “reread”: London Bound by Jessica Jarman Most promising start to a new series: The Deal by Elle Kennedy Breakdown of all books: Book 01. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renee Raudman (1/3) Book 02. The Death Cure by James Dashner, Narrated by Mark Deakins (1/7) Book 03: If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski, Narrated by Emily Eiden (1/10) Book 04: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (1/13) Book 05: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (1/16) Book 06: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (1/26) Book 07: Sink or Swim by Sarah Mlynowski, Narrated by Emily Eiden (1/29) Book 08: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (2/2) Book 09: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (2/4) Book 10: Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (2/12) Book 11: Visions in Silver by Anne Bishop, Narrated by Alexandra Harris (3/2) Book 12: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs, Narrated by Holter Graham (3/9) Book 13: The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin, Narrated by Johanna Parker (3/18) Book 14: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, Narrated by Lauren Fortgang (3/19) Book 15: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy, Narrated by Cris Dukehart (3/31) Book 16: All He...
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Dec
30

Vampbard’s Best of 2015

Vampbard’s Best of 2015 VampBard’s Best Of 2015 I’ve been blogging about books with That’s What I’m Talking About for six or seven years. I think I’ve had a fabulous reading year, even though I’ve read fewer books than in years past. I thought about why the books seem better, and I think it’s because I read primarily ‘known’ authors. I guess that means I didn’t take too many risks this year in my reading. I continued series and authors that I knew held my interest. Here’s the good stuff (in no particular order): The Compass Series by Tamsen Parker I am a big BDSM reader, in case you haven’t noticed. What I liked about the Compass series (Craving Flight, Personal Geography, and Intimate Geography) was the fact they seemed so *real*. I connected with the characters, and felt they were people I could head out for drinks with. The BDSM elements were treated with respect, and approached from a different angle than most other titles on the market, which was refreshing. The Black Dog Series by Hailey Edwards This year, I started off reviewing titles in this series with the second book, Heir of the Dog, and moved through other titles through the year including: Lie Down with Dogs, Old Dog New Tricks, and a spin-off Stone Cold Fox. These paranormal stories marry the human and fey world, and seriously? One of the best examples of this type of fusion with stellar world-building I’ve seen in a long time. The Fowler Sisters by Monica Murphy I read the first title in this series, Owning Violet, last year. Wrapping up the other two titles—Stealing Rose and Taming Lily—this year was a great treat. What I liked about this series was that the GIRLS were the rich ones, not the dudes. I love me a billionaire story, and the Fowler sisters have it going on! Each story was distinct and had a different flavor, based largely on the sister the story was about, and her, um, proclivities. Keri Lake I read two titles by Ms. Lake this year. The first was Soul Enslaved, the third Sons of Wrath book. These are my paranormal alpha-male crack. I can’t put ‘em down, and everyone should one-click the series to-date and binge read. But, we learned Ms. Lake has the dark, gritty urban fantasy side, too. Ricochet was REAL. It felt like it was happening in my back yard. Okay, Detroit is nearby. I know how things...
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Dec
30

Year in Review: 2015

Year in Review: 2015 Welcome to the end of another wonderful year when it comes to reading, listening, and blogging. Highlights from 2015 Co-Hosting #FitReaders with Felicia the Geeky Blogger! Co-Hosting Mistletoe Madness for the third year. My new co-hosts this year were Blogging By Liza and Books Make Me Happy! Starting Listen Up! my weekly look at all things #audiobook. Joining the 2015 Audiobook Challenge and surpassing my goal to reaching 50 books! Jen’s Year in Review: I also read and listened to some wonderful books during 2015! While it was hard to narrow down the entire list, my top five favorite books I read and/or listened to during the past year are: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews Nothing Serious by Jessica Jarman The Martian by Andy Weir Additionally, I read and/or listened to some wonderful series this year. These are my favorite series that I experienced in 2015 – to qualify I had to read/listen to over 50% or 7 books from the series during 2015, and the series must have at least three books published. Kowalski Family series by Shannon Stacey Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (not all reviews published yet) Bound series by Jessica Jarman and Bronwyn Green Stop back later today for Vampbard’s post on her favorites of 2015! And tomorrow I share a year of audiobooks with my Listen Up! post. I hope you all had a wonderful 2015, and each of us here at That’s What I’m Talking About look forward to sharing our love of reading with you during 2015! Happy New...
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Dec
23

Jen’s Best of 2014

Jen’s Best of 2014 It’s that time of year again. The time we all look back over the past year and take a look at our favorite reads. This year is a bit different for me because I started listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are a very different experience, but an equally valid method of enjoying the written word. I included each audiobook in my overall “books read” count, but since pretty much all of the books were off my TBR and/or “re-reads,” of some of my favorite titles, I’ve decided to keep a separate “best of” list for the audiobooks. As of today (December 23, 2014) I have completed 124 books, and I expect to finish at least one more before the end of the year. Of those books, 23 were strictly audiobooks, with an additional three books being a mix of audio and kindle. My goal was to read 100 books again in 2014, so I surpassed that goal, and I would have completed it even without the audiobooks. Without further ado, here are my favorites from 2014… Top Reads of 2014 The Kraken King by Meljean Brook Black Widow by Jennifer Estep Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster Chained by the Night by Larissa Ione Dragonslayer by Eleri Stone Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl Honorable Mentions: Dead End by Shirley Wells Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger Broken Blade by J.C. Daniels Top Listens of 2014 River Marked by Patricia Briggs, narrated by Lorelei King Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs, narrated by Holter Graham Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renee Raudman Top Novellas of 2014 Saved by a SEAL by Cat Johnson (review coming) “Magic Steals” (from Night Shift anthology) by Ilona Andrews Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett How did 2014 go for you? What were your favorite books? Did you discover a new-to-you author? Stop back on Saturday when I talk about all the fun stuff in store for...
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Jan
1

Year in Review – 2013

Year in Review – 2013 The end of 2013 is here! And what a crazy year it’s been! I read more books this year than ever – finally reaching over one hundred books read in one year. As of December 31, 2013, I read a total of 103 books!! I think I may actually be brave, and make my goal to read 100 books in 2014. But it isn’t about the numbers for me. I focused on picking up books that I wanted to read; spending time away from the computer and enjoying the act of reading. I plan to continue that in 2014. Once again, I also challenged myself to read new-to-me authors. Originally, I planned to read at least fifteen new-to-me authors during 2014, and I am happy to report that I successfully completed my goal – reaching twenty-one authors! This coming year, while I hope to continue to read some new-to-me authors, I am not going to make it a reading goal. Instead I hope to read more books from my TBR pile. (I’ll have more on 2014 reading goals coming soon.) Blogging had its challenges this year, some of which are detailed in my Top Ten list, below.  I am pleased with our new home here at WordPress and with GoDaddy. And I am happy to report that the challenges did not slow down our posts at all.  Looking back at 2013, we published 494 posts during the year. That’s up over 30 posts from 2012! And after taking some time off, we brought back Sunday Snippets in August 2013. Thank you to Una, who creates the posts each week. We are also looking forward to expanding the Sunday Snippet feature in 2014! The most popular post of 2013 was the Mistletoe Madness post from Larissa Ione on December 16. Scheduled just before the release of her latest title, Reaver, Ms. Ione shared a fun holiday-themed short featuring some of her Demonica characters. This post also generated the most comments of 2013, thanks in part to a Reaver-themed giveaway that Ms. Ione graciously sponsored. The Saturday Conversations posts also brought in a few new commenters, and I’m hoping to pick that up again, after the New Year. Once again, I really have enjoyed blogging and discussing books with all of you. I have a great group of loyal readers, and I thank you each of you from the bottom of my heart. My blog is a labor of love, and...
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Jan
1

Before and After… A Year’s Journey by Una

Before and After… A Year’s Journey by Una Twimom has suggested that if I wanted, I could share my weight-loss story with you.  At first, I thought it would be great, that maybe I could help inspire or encourage someone.  Then, after I was looking at the pictures of me through this journey, I was embarrassed and became afraid.  As I would have to admit how I got to be so heavy.  But an end of the year post is an opportunity to look back – not to nitpick and agonize over past wrongs; so the usefulness in seeing where you have been, will guide one where to go in the next year.   Since I was a kid, I thought I was fat.  It wasn’t until sixth grade that I realized or accepted that I was chunky.  I was not an inactive kid, mind you, I took horseback riding lessons, I danced – ballet, tap, character, etc.  However, when puberty hit, I got curves… generous ones, even with all the activities I was in.  It would be a long time before I would learn that I wasn’t fat, at least not then. As I entered into high school, I stopped dancing and horseback riding and threw myself into sports.  I played volleyball, soccer and swimming.  Most of my girlfriends did not play sports and were, for the most part, twigs.  They all wore single digit sizes in clothes.  I did not.  I was the double digit girl.  Much to my chagrin, my best friend played three sports and was a single digit size.  I figured, I was going to be “thick” and that was just the way I was.  I was not meant to be thin or skinny.  I was meant to be average… curvy, athletic.  As with most kids graduating high school, I went on to college.  Exercised less, did not really know to alter eating habits (since I wasn’t as active), although I ate fairly healthy.  My parents raised me well.  I had three meals a day – all food groups were correctly represented and consumed.  I love to cook so it was easy to watch what I ate. Fast forward to a few years ago – my hubby and I decided to try for kids.  I was a little heavy, but not far off from what I thought was my “normal”.  Being curvy, I accepted I wore women’s sizes, double digit because that is just what I am.  I figured I should get in...
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Dec
28

Year in Review – 2012

Year in Review – 2012 Here we are at the close of another year. This year my goal was to focus more on reading and less on the mechanics of blogging, and I’m happy to report it was a success! Emotionally and mental I was in a much better place, finding time to read and enjoying writing the reviews. I am happy to report that the total number of books read this year was 97 books, up 33 books from last year! My original goal was to read one book per week, but up’d the goal to 65 books (one more than 2011). I blew that goal out of the water! I had also challenged myself to read new-to-me authors this past year. Originally, I thought about one new author per month, for a total of 12 in the year, but when I realized I would exceed that rather quickly, I up’d that goal to 24 new-to-me-authors. I ended up reading 30 new-to-me authors! I am really proud of this accomplishment and plan to try and get at least 12 more new-to-me authors in 2013. Having the more relaxed mental attitude also helped with blogging. I am pleased to report that I published over 460 posts in 2012, up over 100 from 2011! My review team kept me busy! We added a new feature in late September called Saturday Conversations, a place where we take the time to chat about the things going on in our lives. On the downside, I finally said goodbye (for now) to my long-running Sunday Snippets weekly post back in October 2012, after the 124th post! I really have enjoyed blogging and discussing books with all of you. Although visitors were down in 2012, I know I have a great group of loyal readers, and I thank you each of you from the bottom of my heart. My blog is a labor of love, and I’m happy to share it with you all! Below is my TOP TEN for 2012… How did 2012 go for you? What were your favorite reads during the year? 10) My friend and sometime guest reviewer, Ang, came on board as a permanent member of the That’s What I’m Talking About review team. Ang enjoys reading historicals and contemporaries – creating a better balance of romance here at the blog. 9) I enjoy doing giveaways here at That’s What I’m Talking About, and the discovery of Rafflecopter has made giveaways so much easier for me! I...
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