As you may or may not know, I’m an obsessive reader of audiobooks. A decent percentage of the books I read are on audio, and a lot of times, even if I read a physical or eBook and enjoy it, I’ll likely purchase it on audio as well.
I’ve always loved having people read to me, but I totally get that it isn’t for everyone.
I’m a really good multitasker, so listening to audiobooks actually makes me more productive and as long as I’m not reading, writing, or talking while listening to an audiobook, I get sh*t done a lot faster when I’m listening to a book.
If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read as many books as I have (200 last year! 150 the year before!). I don’t have a lot of down time to sit and read a book without feeling guilty, but with audio, I can still get what I need to get done while also getting some reading done.
In my many years of listening to audiobooks, I’ve come to love certain narrators and even will purchase audiobooks based on the narrator first, then the author/synopsis second.
I’ve become a huge fangirl of these narrators.
Of course, all of these narrators are popular in the romance genre because, obviously, that’s my main love.
Overall Rating: 5 Stars Title: Shifters Series Author: Rachel Vincent Format: Hard copies purchased from Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: There are only eight breeding female werecats left…
And I’m one of them.
I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.
Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.
I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.
This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back… for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them…
This extremely dark romance is the first of its kind that I read and absolutely adored. These were the first books by Trisha Wolfe that I read, and I was hooked. Her way with words are basically magic.
I was so surprised by this novel because it is a trope that I’m not a big fan of and usually avoid (single mother trope), however, it is also a sports romance (which is one of my favorites), so when my sister recommended it to me and told me the premise (a girl rescues a man who happens to be a famous athlete), I decided to read it despite my hesitations, and I’m so glad I did!
As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for the 10K that I’m doing with my Dad tomorrow. By the time it’s posted, I’ll *hopefully* have completed it the day before! Fingers crossed!
Anyway, enough with that boring stuff… onto the books!
To be fair, this month was an EPIC month for re-reads, so I didn’t read many new-to-me books at all and I don’t include them on my Favorite Reads posts because obviously the re-reads are favorites if I’m reading them more than once!
There are so many amazing book bloggers around the web which means that there are so many great bookish blog posts each month. I wish I could say that I actively read every blog post of every blog I follow, however, I don’t. But when I do, I always make sure the take note of my favorite posts so that I can share them with you.
I highly recommend you follow all these blogs! I love these amazing peeps!
Here are my favorite posts from September
John Green’s books have some of my favorite quotes, so I loved this post from Junky Writing.
Just Another Book in the Wall talked about her book review process. It’s always interesting seeing how other bloggers approach reviews.
I feel like I’ve been saying this every month lately, but I’ve been the worst blogger friend lately! I’ve been neglecting comments and I didn’t read many blog posts this month.
Fingers crossed that things get less crazy around here and I’m able to spend more time in the evenings seeing what you guys are up to/what you’re reading! … I say that as if I’m super busy in the evenings, but honestly, I’ve been going to sleep at old lady hours every night because I’ve been so exhausted.
Anyway, I did manage to read a few posts this month!
Favorite Author Spotlight is a new series on my blog in which I highlight my current favorite authors and their books.
Today’s spotlight is focused on Trisha Wolfe.
I may as well call this blog The Trisha Wolfe blog considering how many times I’ve mentioned her and her books, so I figured, who better to kick off this series with than Trisha?
I’ve mentioned the story of how I discovered Trisha in my review for Born, Darkly (which was, of course, the first book I’ve ever read by her.)
In short, I bought Born, Darkly on a whim after reading a 1-star review of the book. In that (really well written) 1-star review, the snippets of writing that was shared and the premise of the book (a serial killer and a criminal psychologist fall in ‘love’) reeled me in.
And I didn’t stop reeling as I read several more of her books.
I have a HUGE amount of respect for independent authors and I love supporting them. In fact, most of the authors I’m obsessed with are independent.
I also had the chance to chat with Trisha with my book club a few months ago, and she answered my silly questions (such as, “Are you a serial killer, because you’re REALLY good at writing serial killer POVs?”) and her thoughts on writing and her commitment to researching topics was so admirable.
I’m a member of Trisha’s Facebook group, Trisha Wolfe’s Lair, and she’s great about interacting with her fans. I loved fangirling over the audiobooks for With Visions of Red when they came out with her and her other fans.
Most of all? The books of hers that I’ve read are haunting and beautiful and despite being incredibly dark, they are absolute comfort reads that I find myself re-reading over and over again.
And this incredible review by my dear friend Ginny (who I swear won my book giveaway fair and square, despite my biased towards her. :P) Ginny was pretty much the target audience for my novel since she and I have an eerily similar taste in books. I wrote what and how I like to read, so her thoughts on my book meant a lot to me. When I saw her review and heard about how much she enjoyed the book, I felt like I’d accomplished what I set out to do: create fun characters with interesting relationships and a swoony story for readers like me… with some poetry thrown in because, well, I’ll take any excuse to write poetry 🙂
And that’s all folks! I’m sure there were so many more fantastic blog posts out there that I missed (I wish I had all the time in the world to read your posts!). Be sure to let me know in the comments your favorite blog posts this month! (Or link to your similar post!)