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Kim’s Books Read in 2017

It’s Kim’s turn now to share the books she read in 2017.

She’s read A LOT, and they are different from mine.  We do have some similarities, but I am glad we read different books, so we can share more of our opinions. Kim has brought her own personality to this site and I am so glad she is here!

Here is Kim’s books:

Phoenix Rising by Kaitlin Maitland, Paperback, 240 pages, 5 Stars

The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert, Papterback, 320 pages, 5 Stars

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Paperback, 374 pages, 4 Stars

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Hardcover, 391 pages, 4 Stars

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Hardcover, 392 pages, 4 Stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Audiobook, 11h 5m, 3 Stars

The Governess and the Beast by Karyn Gerrard, Audiobook, 2h 23m, 5 Stars

The Woman in the Walls by Amy Lukavics, Hardcover, 278 pages, 4 Stars

Secret of the Sevens by Lynn Lindquist, Paperback, 384 pages, 5 Stars

Letters from the Looney Bin by Thatcher C. Nalley, Paperback, 138 pages, 5 Stars

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser, Hardcover, 371 pages, 4 Stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Hardcover, 462 pages, 5 Stars

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Hardcover, 536 pages, 5 Stars

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb, Audiobook, 8h 41m, 4 Stars

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, Paperback, 76 pages, 5 Stars

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

The Devilish Duke by Alice Gaines, Audiobook, 1h 26m, 5 Stars

The Amityville Horro by Jay Anson, Audiobook, 6h 27m, 4 Stars

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Possession by M. Verano, Hardcover, 341 pages, 2 Stars

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir, Hardcover, 296 pages, 4 Stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Hardcover, 393 pages, 3 Stars

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Hardcover, 444 Pages, 2 Stars

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, Hardcover, 512 pages, 1 Star

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard, Paperback, 208 pages, 3 Stars

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, Hardcover, 309 pages, 4 Stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Hardcover, 436 pages, 3 Stars

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle, Hardcover, 304 pages, 4 Stars

We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean, Hardcover, 279 pages, 4 Stars

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Freeks by Amanda Hocking, Hardcover, 400 Pages, 4 Stars

I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore, Hardcover, 336 pages, 4 Stars

The Jolly Mon by Jimmy Buffett, Paperback, 32 pages, 5 Stars

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress, Hardcover, 440 pages, 4 Stars

Happy Birthday, Molly: A Springtime Story by Valerie Tripp, Paperback, 65 pages, 4 Stars

Molly Saves the Day: A Summer Story by Valerie Tripp, Paperback, 69 pages, 4 Stars

Changes for Molly: A Winter Story by Valerie Tripp, Paperback, 80 pages, 4 Stars

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Audiobook, 5h 13m, 4 Stars

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky, Hardcover, 352 pages, 5 Stars

And I Darken by Kiersten White, Hardcover, 475 pages, 3 Stars

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Hardcover, 320 pages, 4 Stars

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Hardcover, 676 pages, 5 Stars

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, Paperback, 343 pages, 4 Stars

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, Paperback, 278 pages, 4 Stars

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Hardcover, 324 pages, 4 Stars

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, Paperback, 476 pages, 4 Stars

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Paperback, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Beauty and the Beast Big Golden Book by Melissa Arps, Hardcover, 48 pages, 5 Stars

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, Hardcover, 262 pages, 3 Stars

A Peek Inside Vol. 1 by Arylias Nova, Paperback, 4 Stars

Wicked by Crystal Jordan, Audiobook, 53m, 4 Stars

Her Vampire Lover by Caridad Pineiro, Audiobook, 1h 55m, 4 Stars

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick, Hardcover, 328 pages, 4 Stars

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley, Audiobook, 14h 39m, 5 Stars

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, Paperback, 5 Stars

Seduced by Their Touch by Kathleen Hope, Audiobook, 32m, 3 Stars

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, Audiobook, 15m, 5 Stars

The Ballroom by Anna Hope, Hardcover, 320 pages, 4 Stars

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, Hardcover, 128 pages, 4 Stars

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Hardcover, 326 pages, 4 Stars

Insanity by Susan Vaught, Hardcover, 384 pages, 4 Stars

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, Hardcover, 128 pages, 5 Stars

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, Hardcover, 356 pages, 4 Stars

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux, Hardcover, 407 pages, 4 Stars

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, Hardcover, 272 pages, 5 Stars

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Hardcover, 427 pages, 4 Stars

American Girls by Alison Umminger, Hardcover, 293 pages, 4 Stars

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, Paperback, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Adventures from the Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer, Hardcover, 101 pages, 4 Stars

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Hardcover, 288 pages, 4 Stars

Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty by Chris Colfer, Hardcover, 120 pages, 3 Stars

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, Hardcover, 510 pages, 4 Stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library) by Newt Scamander, Hardcover, 128 pages, 4 Stars

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Hardcover, 216 pages, 4 Stars

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, Audiobook, 26h 33m, 5 Stars

Awake by Natasha Preston, Paperback, 314 pages, 4 Stars

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Paperback, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Hardcover, 435 pages, 4 Stars

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Hardcover, 272 pages, 5 Stars

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty, Hardcover, 358 pages, 5 Stars

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison, Paperback, 310 pages, 3 Stars

Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels, Paperback, 300 pages, 4 Stars

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews, Audiobook, 14h 16m, 5 Stars

The Disappearance by Emily Bain Murphy, Hardcover, 388 pages, 4 Stars

The Cellar by Natasha Preston, Paperback, 347 pages, 4 Stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The Original Screenplay) by J.K. Rowling, Hardcover, 293 pages, 4 Stars

Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn, Paperback, 208 pages, 3 Stars

Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman, Paperback, 416 pages, 4 Stars

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines, Audiobook, 5h, 4 Stars

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Hardcover, 316 pages, 5 Stars

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, Hardcover, 488 pages, 5 Stars

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson, Hardcover, 256 pages, 4 Stars

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, Paperback, 335 pages, 4 Stars

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, Audiobook, 10h 11m, 5 Stars

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, Hardcover, 400 pages, 4 Stars

Lured by the Rich Rancher by Kathie DeNosky, Paperback, 192 pages, 4 Stars

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly, Paperback, 92 pages, 5 Stars

The Terrible Old Man by H.P. Lovecraft, Hardcover, 5 pages, 5 Stars

The Special Ones by Em Bailey, Hardcover, 304 pages, 4 Stars

Riding Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Paperback, 224 pages, 4 Stars

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane, Audiobook, 7h 48m, 4 Stars

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Paperback, 403 pages, 4 Stars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Hardcover, 227 pages, 4 Stars

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, Hardcover, 368 pages, 4 Stars

Crazy House by James Patterson, Hardcover, 368 pages, 4 Stars

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho, Hardcover, 368 pages, 3 Stars

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes, Hardcover, 493 pages, 5 Stars

Women Who Work by Ivanka Trump, Hardcover, 256 pages, 4 Stars

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, Audiobook, 13h 4m, 4 Stars

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray, Paperback, 548 pages, 3 Stars

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth, Audiobook, 12h 2m, 5 Stars

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, Hardcover, 821 pages, 2 Stars

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth, Audiobook, 10h 15m, 5 Stars

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova, Paperback, 224 pages, 5 Stars

Vegas Heat by Lisa Renee Jones, Audiobook, 1h 42m, 4 Stars

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth, Audiobook, 10h 49m, 4 Stars

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, Hardcover, 434 pages, 4 Stars

Star Trek: Spock Reflections by Scott Tipton, Paperback, 104 pages, 5 Stars

Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Paperback, 313 pages, 5 Stars

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux, Paperback, 343 pages, 5 Stars

The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux, Paperback, 337 pages, 4 Stars

Catacomb by Madeleine Roux, Hardcover, 333 pages, 4 Stars

Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Hardcover, 343 pages, 5 Stars

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, Hardcover, 358 pages, 5 Stars

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto, Audiobook, 8h 55m, 3 Stars

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather, Hardcover, 343 pages, 4 Stars

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, Hardcover, 264 pages, 3 Stars

The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Hardcover, 368 pages, 5 Stars

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz, Hardcover, 320 pages, 5 Stars

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Paperback, 272 pages, 4 Stars

The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff, Paperback, 212 pages, 3 Stars

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, Audiobook, 12h 8m, 4 Stars

The Duke and I: Epilogue by Julia Quinn, Audiobook, 4 Stars

The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill, Hardcover, 384 pages, 3 Stars

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy, Hardcover, 400 pages, 4 Stars

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, Hardcover, 273 pages, 4 Stars

The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman, Paperback, 356 pages, 4 Stars

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, Paperback, 434 pages, 4 Stars

Santa Claus is for Real by Charles Edward Hall, Audiobook, 2h 28m, 5 Stars

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, Harcover, 247 pages, 4 Stars

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay, Hardcover, 303 pages, 4 Stars

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles, Paperback, 272 pages, 4 Stars

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Hardcover, 376 pages, 4 Stars

Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith, Paperback, 174 pages, 4 Stars

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, Paperback, 184 pages, 4 Stars

Annexed by Sharon Dogar, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Audiobook, 3h 33m, 5 Stars

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova, Hardcover, 478 pages, 4 Stars

The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace, Paperback, 304 pages, 3 Stars

Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer, Paperback, 188 pages, 4 Stars

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey, Audiobook, 13h 1m, 4 Stars

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann, Hardcover, 233 pages, 4 Stars

159 Books Read/125 Yearly Goal

Here is her bookshelf of books read this year, WOW this is impressive!:

Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year! This posted right when 2018 began here in Georgia. I hope this year is a big improvement on last year.  I’m off work today, so it’s a 3 day weekend! We will probably pay for it later….. Oh well!

Bring on the reading and I hope 2018 is filled with plenty of reading for you!


Books read in 2017

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2017.  It has personally been a difficult year for myself and many others. But I have all of you, Kim, and this site to help keep me sane! I hope 2018 is a complete 180 from 2017.

This has been my first full year of blogging and I look forward to many more. I love reading and sharing my thoughts with you. I am so happy that Kim signed on. She reads so many more and different books than I do and we can cover more books that way for you all!  She brings her own style to this site as well. THANK YOU KIM!!!!

Is there anything you guys would like to see in 2018 with this site? We are open to suggestions.

THANK YOU to ALL the authors and publishers who have sent books to me this past year. I might not have read them yet, BUT I will! There are just too many books and not enough time! Any books you send WILL be reviewed at some point. I am trying my best to get caught up.

I wanted to share a list of the books I read this year. I listed the format I read and also the short stories I read. The short stories are marked with ****

Books Read in 2017:

Started in 2016:  Stop the World- Sherry Mayes- Kindle- 216 pages

  1. ****The Caretaker- Dan Klefstadshort story
  2. If I was Your Girl- Meredith Russo- AUDIOBOOK- 6 Discs- 7 hours
  3. Total Money Makeover- Dave Ramsey- AUDIOBOOK- 3 Discs- 220 minutes
  4. Duplicity- Sibel Hodge- Kindle- 316 pages
  5. Ghost Boy- Martin Pistorious- AUDIOBOOK- 6 Discs-7 hours 18 minutes
  6. Behind Her Eyes- Sarah Pinborough- Paperback 306 pages
  7. ****Asteroid Riders: Breaking Hearts and Making Moons-M.R. Pritchard – Kindle- 20 pages
  8. ****Invisible- Billy McLaughlin- Kindle- 31 pages
  9. You Will Know Me- Megan Abbott- AUDIOBOOK- 8 Discs- 9 hours 11 minutes
  10. ****House of Horror- E.J. Bennett- Kindle 28 pages
  11. In Farleigh Field- Rhys Bowen- Paperback-379 pages
  12. ****Where There’s Smoke- Jodi Picoult- Kindle- 40 pages
  13. In Farleigh Field- Rhys Bowen- Paperback 389 pages
  14. The Weekenders- Mary Kay Andrews- AUDIOBOOK-12 Discs- 15 hours 25 minutes
  15. Never Let You Go- Chevy Stevens- Hardback- 406 pages
  16. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon- AUDIOBOOK- 5 discs- 6 hours 15 min
  17. I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend- Martin Short- AUDIOBOOK- 7 discs-8 hours 42 minutes
  18. TattletaleSarah J Naughton- Kindle- 336 pages
  19. Zenn Diagram- Wendy Brant- Paperback- 315 pages
  20. Before the Fall-Noah Hawley-AUDIOBOOK- 10 discs- 12 hours 57 minutes
  21. Just a Normal Tuesday- Kim Turrisi- Paperback- 250 pages
  22. Woman of God- James Patterson and Maxine Paeto- AUDIOBOOK- 8 discs- 9 hours 16 minutes
  23. The Best of Adam Sharp- Graeme Simsion- Kindle- 352 pages
  24. Everything Everything- Nicola Yoon- AUDIOBOOK- 6 discs- 6 hours 45 minutes
  25. Textrovert- Lindsey Summers- Paperback- 234 pages
  26. Damaged (Rosato and DiNunzio #4)- Lisa Scottoline- AUDIOBOOK-11 discs-13.5 hours
  27. He Said/She Said- Erin Kelly- Paperback- 390 pages
  28. Accused (Rosato and DiNunzio) #1- Lisa Scottoline- AUDIOBOOK- 9 discs- 11 hours
  29. The Fourth Monkey- J.D. Barker- Paperback-412 pages
  30. The Couple Next Door-Shari Lapena-AUDIOBOOK-7 discs- 8.5 hours
  31. The Chosen One- Carol Lynch Williams- AUDIOBOOK- 5 discs-5.5 hours
  32. One Perfect Lie- Lisa Scottoline- Hardback
  33. Behind Closed Doors- B.A. Paris- Hardback- 293 pages
  34. The Breakdown- B.A. Paris- Paperback- 328 pages
  35. Fight Club- AUDIOBOOK- 5 Discs
  36. The Queen of New Beginnings- Therese Loreskar- Kindle- 271 pages
  37. See What I Have Done- Sarah Schmidt- Kindle- 324 pages
  38. Isolation Junction- Jennifer Gilmour- Paperback- 126 pages
  39. Every Last Lie- Mary Kubica- AUDIOBOOK- 10 discs- 12 hours
  40. The Lost Causes- Alyssa Embree Schwatrz & Jessica Koosed Etting- Paperback- 341 pages
  41. Exposed- Lisa Scottoline- AUDIOBOOK- 8 discs- 9 hours
  42. Letters to the Pianist- S.D. Mayes-Kindle-487 pages
  43. Wonder- R.J. Palacio- AUDIOBOOK- 7 discs- 8 hours 12 min
  44. Kiss Me in New York- Catherine Rider- Paperback 200 pages
  45. Love and Laughter in the time of Chemotherapy- Manjusha Pawagi- Kindle- 288 pages
  46. The Lying Game- Ruth Ware- AUDIOBOOK-11 discs- 13.5 hours
  47. El Deafo- Cece Bell- Graphic Novel-233 pages
  48. Last Call- Jerry Herships- Kindle- 192 pages
  49. ****Dear Aylissa- E.J. Bennett- 5000 word short story
  50. The Radium Girls- Kate Moore- Kindle- 399 Pages
  51. Perfect Imperfections- Taryn Leigh- Paperback- 289 pages
  52. Clipped Wings: Hear Some Stories of Survival- Jennifer Gilmour- Kindle- 148 pages
  53. My Best Friend’s Exorcism- Grady Hendrix- AUDIOBOOK- 10 hours 12 minutes
  54. The Magnolia Story- Chip and Joanna Gaines-AUDIOBOOK-5 hours
  55. The Memory Watcher- Minka Kent-AUDIOBOOK- 8 Hours 47 minutes
  56. The Sisters of Blue Mountain- Karen Katchur- Hardback- 320 pages
  57. The Haunting of Hattie Hastings- Kindle- 90 pages
  58. Tails of Friendship- Sally Grace- photo book-124 pages
  59. ***Solstice-Dan Klefstad- 1600 word short story
  60. The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas- AUDIOBOOK
  61. Anatomy of a Scandal- Sarah Vaughn- Paperback- 394 pages
  62. A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens- AUDIOBOOK- 3 hours 31 minutes
  63. Jacob T. Marley- R William Bennett- AUDIOBOOK- 4 hours 10 minutes
  64. Santa Claus is for Real- Charles Edward Hall-AUDIOBOOK- 2 hours 28 minutes
  65. Sticky Fingers- JT Lawrence- AUDIOBOOK-4 hours 40 minutes
  66. The Wife Between Us- Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Paperback- 352 Pages
  67. Sisters First-Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life- Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush- AUDIOBOOK- 5 discs 6.5 hours

These were the books I awarded 5 stars to this year in order of preference:

  1. Just A Normal Tuesday- Kim Turrisi
  2. The Fourth Monkey- J.D. Barker
  3. The Couple Next Door- Shari Lapena
  4. Behind Closed Doors- B.A. Paris
  5. The Chosen One- Carol Lynch Williams
  6. Zenn Diagram- Wendy Brant
  7. Perfect Imperfections- Taryn Leigh
  8. Never Let You Go- Chevy Stevens
  9. Clipped Wings- Jennifer Gilmour
  10. Letters to the Pianist- S.D. Mayes
  11. Stop the World- Sherry Mayes (finished in 2017)
  12. If I Was Your Girl- Meredith Russo
  13. The Wife Between Us-Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  14. The Lost Causes- Alyssa Embree Schwatrz & Jessica Koosed Etting
  15. Radium Girls- Kate Moore
  16. The Memory Watcher-Minka Kent
  17. Sisters First-Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life- Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime- Mark Haddon
  19. The Queen of New Beginnings-Therese Loreskar

It’s been a good year of reading! Bring on 2018!!!