Category Archives: Reading Plans

2017 – First Book of the Year


What is First Book of the year?
The First Book is a book that maybe you have been wanting to read for a while but have not had time for, a coveted book, an old favorite re-read – whatever you want.  The point is that this is the book that will kick off the year for you.  What will it be?

crossing-heartsMy First Book of 2017
Last year it took my ages to try and figure out what my first book of 2016 was going to be (I think that I changed my mind 4 or 5 times), but this year when I was looking at my various books to read, it was a no brainer…so drum roll please…my first book of 2017 is going to be Crossing Hearts written by the fabulous Kimberly Kincaid! If you took a look at the book information for Crossing Hearts, you’ll notice that the official release date isn’t until early February – but I luckily won an ARC of it in a giveaway on Kimberly’s facebook page (there was some serious happy dancing when she tagged me in the post as the winner announcement).

Crossing Hearts Description:
Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he’s happy to carry out his legacy on his family’s farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town—and him—twelve years ago, Hunter’s simple life gets a lot more complicated.

Emerson Montgomery has secrets. Refusing to divulge why she left her job as a hotshot physical therapist for a pro football team, she struggles to readjust to life in the hometown she left behind. The more time she spends with Hunter, the more Emerson finds herself wanting to trust him with the diagnosis of MS that has turned her world upside down.

But revealing secrets comes with a price. Can Hunter and Emerson rekindle their past love? Or will the realities of the present—and the trust that goes with them—burn that bridge for good?<


Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Blog Features, General, Reading Plans



Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up


If you’re anything like me, you probably have first-book-series syndrome. Where you read the first book (or first couple) of a series, really like it then forget about it completely because there are so many new and shiny books out there (otherwise known as bight-shiny-new or BSN disease).

That’s why Cassi from Galavanting Girl and I teamed up to do a series challenge, the Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up. And you are more than welcome to join us! Just pick which series you want to catch up on, make a goal and post how you’re doing once a month.

Create a list of series you want to complete during 2014. Share it on your blog, then join us the first Saturday of the month as we share about our successes (or failures) in this series finishing adventure.

My series (and this was much harder than I thought, I have at least 20 in progress):
1. Rizzoli and Isles – Tess Gerritsen (Book 10)
2. Temperance Brennan – Kathy Reichs (Books 13, 14, 15, 16)
3. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (Book 8 – to be released in June)
4. Kari Vaara – James Thompson (Books 3 and 4)
5. Unwind – Neal Schusterman (Book 3 and 4 – book 4 due out in October)
6. Night Huntress – Jeanine Frost (Books 5, 6 and 7)
7. Chicagoland Vampires – Chloe Neill (Book 9)
8. Whiskey Creek – Brenda Novak (Book 6)
9. Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Marr (Book 3)
10. The Agency – Y.S. Lee (Book 2, 3, and 4 – book 4 due out in June)
11. Highland Pleasures – Jennifer Ashley (Books 5 and 6)
12. Barefoot Bay – Roxanne St Claire (Book 4)
13. Fast Track – Erin McCarthy (Book 7)
14. Dark Swan – Richelle Mead (Book 3 and 4)
15. Club Shadowlands – Cherise Sinclair (Books 7 and 8)
16. In Death – J.D. Robb (Books 19 and 20 – ok, so not really getting caught up, but attempting making a dent…and I have the entire series waiting for me, so who knows)

That gives me a grand total of 29 books that I’m aiming for in 2014.

What about you?

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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Reading Events, Reading Plans


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Series Catch-Up – November 1-December 31, 2012

I don’t know about anyone else out there, but when I sat down and looked at the various series I had started and not finished, I was shocked to see the final tally (no, I’m not going to divulge the number here!) But Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide had the great idea to spend November and December doing a series catch-up. So here it goes…

Series in Progress that I want to try and finish

Rizzoli and Isles series – Tess Gerritsen – 2 books to finish
The Silent Girl
Last to Die

Dark Swan – Richelle Mead – 2 books to finish
Iron Crowned
Shadow Heir

Eternal Guardians – Elisabeth Naughton – 2 books to read
Enslaved (due out November 6)

I’m sure there are others out there, and i’ll likely add to this list before the time is up…


Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Reading Plans


What Are You Reading This Weekend?

Hey guys – its Friday again (I’m doing my finally Friday dance at work right now – in between wanting to take a nap under my desk).

So the question of the day, like every Friday, what are you reading this weekend? Is it something that you are continuing to read, or are you planning on starting something new?

For me, this week was definately a bit of a reading funk – with the hot weather and a broken AC, reading was the last thing I was able to concentrate on, so I didn’t make as much progress on books that I was in the middle of, as I would have liked. To that end, I am still working on:

Barefoot in the Sand – Roxanne St. Claire – this is the first in the authors new contemporary series – I did get a bit further from last week – I am at about 40% right now
Quarantine – John Smolens – this is an eARC of a book due to be released in December about the Fever that struck the East Coast of the US in the late 1700’s – so far I disgree with the 1 star review that I saw for the book, but I’m not sure what my final verdict will be
Love is Murder – Anthology – About half-way through this anthology right now that was edited/compiled by Sandra Brown – Didn’t make any progress on this one this week, so hope to maybe finish it up
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein – a YA set during WW2 featuring a young girl spying – I did manage to start this but haven’t gotten much further than that – its interesting what I have read, but its also hard to find a good stopping point, but it isn’t written in chapters, which I think is part of the reason I am dragging my feet on reading it

In addition to those that I already have in progress, I am planning on starting:
Never Fall Down – this is supposedly a fictionalized biography of a child soldier set in Cambodia and the killing fields – it has gotten good reviews so far, and I can use it for the next book in my around the world reading challenge
American Visa – a mystery set in Bolivia – this is also part of my around the world challenge 😉

And no weekend would be complete without an update on what audiobook I am listening to – Anne of Green Gables – after the blubbering mess that listening to Fifteen Days (see last weekends post) left me, I needed something heart-warming and you can’t get much more so than the story of Ann with an E 🙂 Listening now, I have to remember if I ever did read this book growing up – I remember watching the movie and the short-lived TV series, but drawing a blank on the book…


Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Reading Plans


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What Are You Reading This Weekend?

Every weekend on the various Amazon forums, I typically start a thread called what are you reading this weekend – its a great way to me to actually narrow down my pile of to-read books, as well as get more great ideas from people (not that Mt-TBR needs any futher additions to it).

I have a normal stack of books in progress 😉 (I rarely have less than three going at any one time) – this weekend is happens to be:
Kingdom of Strangers – Zoe Ferraris – this is the 3rd book in a mystery series set in Saudi Arabia – the author lived there for several years, so it has an authentic feel to it
Barefoot in the Sand – Roxanne St. Claire – this is the first in the authors new contemporary series – i’m only 10% of the way in, but enjoying it so far
Quarantine – John Smolens – this is an eARC of a book due to be released in December about the Fever that struck the East Coast of the US in the late 1700’s – i’m looking forward to it, but the reviews are only so-so thus far
Love is Murder – Anthology – About half-way through this anthology right now that was edited/compiled by Sandra Brown – some stand-out stories and I like the fact that none of them really, so far, have been linked to on-going series (especially, if I haven’t read that series…)
The Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo – Germano Almeida – currently i’m stopping in Mindano, Cape Verde on my trip around the world in books – the author is a local to the area – and for a translated book, it reads very smoothly
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein – a YA set during WW2 featuring a young girl spying – it has gotten good reviews so far, and i’m looking forward to reading it
Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army – Christie Blatchford – Last but not least, the weekends reading list wouldn’t be complete without the audiobook that I have in progress. I actually just started this on my drive into work this am, and am looking forward to continuing it on the way home. It is about the experiences of a Journalist embedded with the New Canadian Army (although, I still don’t know how this differs from the Old Canadian Army)…

So, what is everyone reading this weekend? Are you trying something new, or going back to an old favorite? Which book are you most excited to be reading? Was there something new that was released this week that you can’t wait to get your hands on?


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Reading Plans


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