The Sunday Post #354 | December 31, 2023


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Hi friends. For those that celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. The week between Christmas and New Year's is always weird, isn't it? Schedules are off, routines are shot... I only worked two days this past week and that just further threw me off. It will actually be nice to get back into the regular routine come Tuesday.

Christmas here was a good one. I hosted the whole family on Christmas Eve and we all had a great time. Good food, some games, gift exchange, and lots of laughs. Christmas Day was a lot more low-key which was good because I was exhausted by that point. The Husband and I decided not to exchange gifts this year. Instead of buying things, we plan to do things. Basically, have experiences, not more stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing what that means for us in 2024. 😊

I still don't have my car back (sobs quietly) but we did receive a call Thursday saying that all the parts are finally in. Well, all but one. There is a national backorder on one small part but they can work around it. So hopefully I'll have my car back in the next 1-2 weeks. Fingers are crossed!

My boss (one of the three) has retired and his last day was Thursday. Boy, that was tough. We've worked together for more than a decade and he will be missed. We both broke down Thursday and cried as we said our goodbyes. 😢

I went with the obvious for this week's song. An old classic with a new twist. Enjoy.


Saturday, December 30


Kindle/Audio: Broken Dreams by Corinne Michaels - 4★


eARC: The Women by Kristin Hannah


Physical copy: June First by Jennifer Hartmann



2023 End of Year Survey


I look forward to the end of year survey every year - both posting my own and reading everyone else's. The survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and while I'm not sure she still hosts/posts the survey, I'm still linking back to her site.

(I'm keeping the stats short and sweet because I find them incredibly boring - even my own lol)

Number of books you read: 127
Number of re-reads: 4
Number of books you DNF'd: 2
Most-read genre: contemporary romance 

First book you read: Visions of You by Catherine Cowles
Last book you read: Broken Dreams by Corinne Michaels
First 2023 release you read: Drake by Sawyer Bennett


Best book you read in 2023?
I spent way too much time trying to choose between these two, but I can't.
Both Wolfsong and Still Beating were outstanding in their own way.


Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
Right Man, Right Time by Meghan Quinn. Oof, this one was painful. Granted, I'm not
a rom-com kind of girl, but I enjoyed the first book in this series so much. Unfortunately, 
this one was a big miss for me.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
I figured Pucking Around would be fun, light-hearted and overall just a good
steamy read. It was sooo much more (witty, clever, emotional, thought-provoking) and 
surprisingly became one of my top favorites of the year.

Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did)? 
There wasn't one book I pushed, but I recommended author Catherine Cowles
a lot, and was happy to see that a few blogger friends read her and loved her, too!

Best series you started in 2023? Best sequel? Best series ender? 
Best series I started was Whispers of You (first in the Lost & Found series), best sequel
was Souls Unfractured (#3 in the Hades Hangmen series), and best series ender was
Grace Note (the final book in Bengtsson's Cake series).


Favorite new-to-you author you discovered in 2023?
Without a doubt, that was Jennifer Hartmann. I read three of her books
this year (Still Beating, Lotus, The Stars Are on Our Side) and each was 
amazing. She's definitely a new favorite.

Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was outside your comfort zone?
All the Little Raindrops by Mia Sheridan. Sheridan went dark with this
thriller (a genre I very rarely read). I adore her contemporary romances so
I trusted her to deliver a great story here... and she did, in a big way.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
When it comes to unputdownable, None of This is True tops the list.
I had to know how the story was going to unfold and was listening/reading
every available minute.

Book you read in 2023 that you are most likely to re-read next year? 
I very rarely re-read, but I can imagine reading Wolfsong again. I'd love to
experience that story all over again.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2023? 
Plenty to choose from but Lotus was a particular favorite. I also really liked the
cover for Pucking Around since it features part of the skyline of my city. :)


Most memorable character of 2023? 
Ox from Wolfsong.

Most beautifully written book read in 2023?
The Lovely Return... achingly beautiful.

Book you can't believe you waited until 2023 to finally read?
Had I known how much I would love it, I would have read it years ago.
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2023? 
The only home I've ever known is in your arms
With the echoes of your heartbeats whispering my name
You are my favorite book, your frayed pages filled with 
moments I want to read a thousand times
And I wish, and I hope, and I wonder... 
if you feel the same
- The Lovely Return, Carian Cole

Shortest and longest books you read in 2023?
Shortest: 53 pages - On the Defense 
Longest: 756 pg - Pucking Around


Book that shocked you the most:  
The Stars Are on Our Side had a twist I did not see coming.

OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!): 
I'll go with Noah and Fisher from Here With Me. Loved them together.

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: 
The brotherhood among the Hades Hangmen.

Favorite book you read in 2023 by an author you've read previously: 
I can't believe it's taken this long for Fourth Wing to make an appearance in this survey! 
But it definitely fits for this question. Yarros is a longtime favorite and Fourth Wing
was a big hit for me.

Best book in 2023 that you read solely on a recommendation (friend/blogger/Bookstagram/etc):
I'm a super picky reader so I don't often read based on recommendations 
or hype. But I guess I picked up Part of Your World after seeing some
trusted blogger friends review it.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2023? 
Hm, I don't know that I get fictional crushes, but Fisher (Here With Me) and 
Alex (The Lovely Return) were pretty swoony.

Best 2023 debut you read? 
I don't actually pay any attention to this, but I don't think I read
any debut authors this year.

Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year? 
Easy one! Fourth Wing is the clear winner. From Basgiath War College
to the dragons, I was completely transported.

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? 
Sarina Bowen has a great way with banter and that made 
The New Guy and I'm Your Guy fun to read.


Book that made you cry (or nearly cry) in 2023? 
How much time do you have? I read lots of angsty, emotional, drama-filled books.
If a book doesn't make me cry, something has gone terribly wrong. lol Here are 
a few that definitely triggered the tears: Keep This Promise, Say You Want Me


Hidden gem of the year?
While it didn't seem to make much of a splash, All the Little Raindrops 
was excellent. I kept thinking about it long after I finished it.

Book that crushed your soul? 
The Stars Are on Our Side was definitely a soul-crusher. And included 
a character death I will never recover from.

Most unique book you read in 2023? 
I don't know if it's unique, or just extremely well-produced, but the audio version
of None of This Is True was so entertaining and memorable. The full-cast 
narration, the inclusion of interviews, pod casts, and more made for a pretty unique
listening experience. 

Book that made you the maddest (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)? 
It wasn't so much that the book made me mad, but more that I was mad at myself
for continuing to read it. lol The female main character was too stupid to live 
and I wanted to beat my head against a wall for all 258 pages.

*Note: I'm skipping the entire section of Blogging questions.
Either the questions don't apply to me or I have no interesting answers. :)


One book you didn't get to in 2023 but will be a priority in 2024? 
Two words: Iron. Flame.

Book you are most anticipating in 2024 (non-debut)?
This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

2024 debut you are most anticipating? 
No idea. I really don't keep up with debut authors.

Sequel or series-ender you are most anticipating in 2024? 

One thing you hope to accomplish/do in your reading/blogging life in 2024? 
Continue to blog as I am able - never forcing it or making it feel like a chore, 
always reading what I want/when I want - keeping it fun and entertaining.

A 2024 release you've already read and would recommend? 
The Lily of Ludgate Hill (releasing on January 16, 2024) was an utter delight.

That's it for me. My 2023 year of reading is in the books (I know, I know...). 
What topped your list this year? What 2024 release has you most excited?

The Sunday Post #353 | December 17, 2023


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, 
and share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.


Hello friends! It's me... the one who had an unplanned two month blog break. I think my last post was October 15, so... yeah, that happened. November thru December is always my busiest time of year at the office, but I was also feeling 100% uninspired when it came to blogging. Zero interest in posting, commenting, reviewing - all of it. And it's unlikely that I'll return to posting regularly this month, but it felt like a good time for a check-in so here I am. 😊 (Big, big thank-you's to those who have continued to check on me over the past couple months. I appreciate it more than I can say. Consider yourself hugged. 🤗)

Cliffs Notes of the last two months: 
  • I got a new car in October (a 2024 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring). 
  • Twenty-eight days later I was rear-ended. My car is still at the collision center waiting on parts so it can be repaired. I've been driving a rental car for the last few weeks. 
  • Thanksgiving was wonderful. 
  • My sister and I saw Shaun Cassidy in concert. Lots of fun and super nostalgic.
  • The Husband and I saw Sarah Brightman in concert. She was amazing, as always.
  • My pink Christmas tree has been decorated and is bringing me all the joy.
  • The crazy-busy period at the office is winding down and I am truly grateful.

I've missed staying up to date with everyone via Sunday Posts, so I look forward to hearing (well, reading) what's been going on with you. Have I missed anything big? 😉

I've been reading but it's been slow. I've been in such a weird reading mood. I've been super particular about what I read and have had to really focus on "what am I in the mood for right this minute?" instead of just picking up whatever is next. I think I read just six books in November, and had one DNF. So far this month I've managed just two books and one novella. On the plus side, I've really enjoyed most everything I've read!

If you celebrate the holidays (of any sort), I hope you're having a simply amazing holiday season. And if not, I hope you're having a great December! 

This week's music pick is my favorite Christmas song - Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (the music is Pachelbel's Canon in D). Enjoy.


Yeah, that would be nothing since October. LOL


This has been my reading so far in December.

Kindle: The Lovely Return by Carian Cole - 5★
Kindle: Bain by Sawyer Bennett - 4.25★
Kindle: Pucking Ever After Volume 1 by Emily Rath - 4.5★



eARC: The Lily of Ludgate Hill by Mimi Matthews
Audio: Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop

Re-listening to The Others series for about the fifth time. Total comfort read.



I received my pre-order of Mia Sheridan's Archer's Voice, and it is stunning.
Foiled cover, sprayed edges, and it includes annotations from Mia. 
I love reading all her notes!