Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Proposed 2017 Reading Challenge



A friend posted this reading challenge on Facebook yesterday, and I definitely recognize it a challenge. These are the books in consideration at this moment. (I see myself changing and updating this frequently.) The first challenge is going to be extremely difficult (impossible), since I specifically remember only one book I read in school! I have absolutely no interest in reading that book ever again. Anyone have suggestions as to which book I should have read in school?

Are you up to taking this challenge?  If you are, good luck, and happy reading!


 1.) A book you read in school - [TBD]

 2.) A book from your childhood - Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry [Library Book - Read 01/13/2017]

 3.) A book published over 100 years ago - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [TBR Collection]

 4.) A book published in the last year - The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena [Library Book - Read 01/04/2017]

 5.) A non-fiction book - Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman [TBR Collection]

 6.) A book written by a male author - The Closers (Harry Bosch #11) by Michael Connelly [Library Book - Read 01/11/2017]

 7.) A book written by a female author - [TBD]

 8.) A book by someone who isn't (known primarily as) a writer - Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham [Library Wish List]

 9.) A book that became a film - Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown [TBR Collection]

10.) A book published in the 20th Century - Nightmare in Pink (Travis McGee #2) by John D. MacDonald [Library Wish List]

11.) A book set in your hometown/region - (San Diego) The Fallen by T. Jefferson Parker [Library Wish List]

12.) A book with someone's name in the title - [TBD]

13.) A book with a number in the title - [TBD]

14.) A book with a character with your first name - Virginia Clay by Meredith Rich [Kindle Wish List]

15.) A book someone else recommended to you - An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Lacquer [TBR Collection]

16.) A book with over 500 pages - American's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie [Read 01/09/2017]

17.) A book you finished in one day - A Lover's Lament (386 pages) by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urruela [Amazon Prime Reading Book - Read 01/14/2017]

18.) A previously banned/challenged book - Looking for Alaska by John Green [Library Wish List]

19.) A book with a one-word title - Jock by C.M. Foss [TBR Collection]

20.) A book translated from another language - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman [Library Hold]

21.) A book that will improve a specific area of your life - How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Gregor [Library Wish List]

22.) A memoir or journal - Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen [Library Hold]

23.) A book written by someone younger than you - [TBD]

24.) A book set somewhere you may be visiting this year - (Oregon) The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder [Kindle Wish List/Recommended to library 01/07/2016]

25.) An award-winning book - Commonwealth by Ann Patchett [Library Hold]

26.) A self-published book - [TBD]

*TBD = to be determined
*TBR = books I already have in my to-be-read Kindle Collection


Friday, December 30, 2016

Between the Pages - Books I Read in 2016



"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." ~ Mason Cooley

I think the aspect of reading I love the most is the escapism it offers, especially during trying times. The books I select as my favorites each year are those that: I get lost in; the ones that while reading, I lose all track of time; the ones that evoke the strongest emotions; the ones that make me laugh, cry, blush, gasp, and sigh. Yeah, those books! I thought it worth mentioning that three of the books that made my favorites list were only $.99 each. Their value far exceeding their price.

Each year I meticulously review my database and Goodreads shelves to select my favorites. Even though I arbitrarily decide upon the categories, I am careful in considering which books deserve each designation.

I thought I had my favorites set for the year, but then my last read (*) of the year blew me away! So instead of a terrific top twelve, there is a transcendent thirteen! :)

To all the authors whose books entertained me this year, and especially those who wrote my favorites below, you've earned my highest esteem and gratitude. Thank you!

(Note: I receive no monetary compensation. I just want to show my appreciation!)

Here are my stats for 2016
  • my Goodreads Challenge total was 254 (first reading of single titles)
  • my database total was 237 (book bundles are counted as a single title)
  • my total books read was 269 (including 19 rereads ) 

My favorite genre remains romance, but I also enjoy select mysteries, thrillers, and popular fiction. With the immense digital collection available through the San Diego County Library system, I've been able to continue some long-time favorite series, such as: Molly Murphy Mysteries, Harry Bosch, Kinsey Millhone, Alexandra Cooper, Kovac and Liska, and Penn Cage. This year I've also begun these well-established series: Jack Reacher, Walt Longmire, and Travis McGee. I look forward to discovering other great reads utilizing OverDrive in the coming year.

In 2016 I finished a total of 65 digital library books and didn't finish an additional 3. In total, 10 books were added to my did-not-finish shelf this year.

I'll be starting out 2017 with over 200 books (all priced under $2.00!) on my to-be-read shelves—primary and secondary—and nearly 100 books on my library wish list. I've chosen The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena as my first read of 2017 and set my Goodreads Challenge goal at 200 books.

And, as I haven't discovered a better way of expressing the following, I shall repeat what I said last year...

Sadly, no matter how much I love a book I am unable to recall details. In other words, although my devotion is clear, my memory is not. I would, indeed, like to attempt to explain my choices for anyone who may be interested.

Here's to 2017 being a successful reading year 
for all of us! 

My Favorites Published in 2016
(alphabetical by author)

Single Titles

Tap (Lovibond #1) by Georgia Cates (my short and sweet review)
The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy Cherry (my short and sweet review)
Target on Our Backs (Monster in His Eyes #3) by J.M. Darhower (my short and sweet review)
One With You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day (my short and sweet review)
Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (I read it twice!)
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (my short and sweet review)
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward (my short and sweet review)
The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy (my short and sweet review)
Levi's Blue by M. Leighton (my short and sweet review)
*Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid (my short and sweet review)
The Shadow (Florentine #2) by Sylvain Reynard (my short and sweet review)
American Queen (American Queen Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone (my short and sweet review)
The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J.R. Ward (my short and sweet review)

Series Titles (two or more installments published within 2016)

True North Series by Sarina Bowen
The Lovibond Series by Georgia Cates
The Legal Briefs Series by Emma Chase
The Elements Series by Brittainy C. Cherry
Colorado High Country Series by Pamela Clare
Cyberlove Series by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
The Quantum Series by M.S. Force
The Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid
The Florentine Series by Sylvain Reynard


Favorites by Category

Favorite Mainstream Romance - The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J.R. Ward
Favorite Contemporary Romance - The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy Cherry
Favorite Romantic Suspense - Target on Our Backs (Monster in His Eyes #3) by J.M. Darhower
Favorite Inspirational Romance -  It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Favorite Paranormal Romance - The Shadow (Florentine #2) by Sylvain Reynard
Favorite New Adult Romance - The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy, (runner up) Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase
Favorite Romantic Novella - Imitation & Alchemy (Elemental Legacy #2) by Elizabeth Hunter, (runner up) Sidebarred (Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase
Favorite Romantic Series - The Florentine Series by Sylvain Reynard
Favorite Audiobook - (tie) Hard Ball by C.D. Reiss and narrated by Jo Raylan & Jeremy York and Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward and narrated by Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell
Favorite Romantic Hero - Eric Hawke from Slow Burn (Colorado High Country #2) by Pamela Clare, (runner up) Jake Becker from Sidebarred (Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase
Favorite Romantic Heroine - Lawrence "Lawry/Wren" Thorn from Tap (Lovibond #1) by Georgia Cates
Favorite Romantic Couple - Garrett Reid and Kai Bannon from Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Favorite Alpha Male - Ignazio "Naz" Vitale from Target on Our Backs by J.M. Darhower
Favorite Suspense - Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1) by Barbara Nickless
Favorite Thriller - The Bitter Season (Kovac and Liska #5) by Tami Hoag

Most Pleasant Surprise - Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Most Luscious Romance - Tap (Lovibond #1) by Georgia Cates
Most Erotic Romance - American Queen (American Queen Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone
Most Outside My Comfort Zone - You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Most Heartrending - The Silent Waters (Elements #3) by Brittainy Cherry
Most Humorous - Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid
Most Tormented Hero - William York from The Florentine Series by Sylvain Reynard
Most "Kick Ass" Heroine - Estelle Evermore from Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters
Most Guilty Pleasure - Patchwhore and Clubwhore (Devil's Renegades MC #1 and #2)  by Kim Jones
Most Striking Cover - Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen

Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase
The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy Cherry
FSD from Christian's POV by E.L. James
Amped (Trent Brothers #2) by Tina Reber (I hope this one will finally be released in 2017!)
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott
American Prince (American Queen Trilogy #2) by Sierra Simone
American King (American Queen Trilogy #3) by Sierra Simone
Devil's Cut (The Bourbon Kings #3) by J.R. Ward


Book Bundles I Read in 2016

I buy book bundles when I can due to the bargain pricing. (All of my 2016 bundles were only $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99 each.) However, since my book database counts a muti-book bundle as a single book, the following is a list of the 20 individual books from within the book bundles. The remainder of my 2016 book database follows that.

Impossible (7 Book) Box Set (no longer available) by Julia Sykes
Rogue (#3) 01/25/2016 (6 of 10 stars)
Knight (#4) 03/20/2016 (6 of 10 stars)
Mentor (#5) SKIPPED
Master (#6) 10/21/2016 (6 of 10 stars)
King (#7) 12/24/2016 (6 of 10 stars)

Rook and Ronan (3 Book) Omnibus Edition by J.A. Huss
Tragic (#1)  01/27/2016 (8 of 10 stars)
Manic (#2) 01/28/2016 (8 of 10 stars)
Panic (#3) 01/28/2016 (10 of 10 stars)

Forbidden (3 Book) Box Set by C.D. Reiss
Kick (#1)  03/20/2016 (6 of 10 stars)
Use (#2) 03/21/2016 (8 of 10 stars)
Break (#3) 03/21/2016 (8 of 10 stars)

Serve and Protect (3 Book) Box Set by Norah Wilson
Saving Grace (#2) 04/24/2016 (8 of 10 stars)
Protecting Paige (#3) 05/01/2016 (6 of 10 stars)

The Ready Series (4 Book) Box Set by J.L. Berg
When You're Ready (#1)  05/03/2016 (6 of 10 stars)
Ready to Wed (#1.5) 05/11/2016 (6 of 10 stars)

The Mercenaries (3 Book) Box Set  by Stylo Fantome
Best Laid Plans (#1) 08/06/2016 (6 of 10 stars)

Laura Cardinal (3 Book) Box Set by J. Carson Black
Darkness on the Edge of Town (#1) 09/28/2016 (8 of 10 stars)

Alpha (3 Book) Box Set by Jasinda Wilder
Alpha (#1) 10/01/2016 (8 of 10 stars)
Beta (#2) 10/02/2016 (8 of 10 stars)
Omega (#3) 10/02/2016 (10 of 10 stars)

Explosive (5 Book) Box Set by Tessa Teevan
Ignite (#1) 10/24/2016 (4 of 10 stars)


Individual Books I Read in 2016
Individual Books I Read in 2016

Title Author Publication Year Reading Date My Rating
Wrong Aston, Jana 2015 12/19/2016 8
The Paper Swan Attar, Leylah 2015 8/28/2016 10
Wildflower Barrymore, Drew 2015 1/26/2016 6
The Edge of Dreams Bowen, Rhys 2015 11/5/2016 8
Bittersweet Bowen, Sarina 2016 6/23/2016 8
Steadfast Bowen, Sarina 2016 8/14/2016 8
All That Jazz Boyd, Natasha 2016 3/24/2016 8
Raced Bromberg, K. 2014 4/2/2016 4
Deadline (audiobook) Brown, Sandra 2013 10/21/2016 8
Friction Brown, Sandra 2015 2/22/2016 8
Sting Brown, Sandra 2016 9/11/2016 8
January Carlan, Audrey 2015 1/31/2016 6
February Carlan, Audrey 2015 1/31/2016 6
March Carlan, Audrey 2015 1/31/2016 6
April Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/1/2016 6
May Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/9/2016 8
June Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/9/2016 4
July Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/10/2016 6
August Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/10/2016 7
September Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/10/2016 8
October Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/11/2016 6
November Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/11/2016 6
December Carlan, Audrey 2015 2/11/2016 6
All Played Out Carmack, Cora 2015 3/6/2016 6
What We Find Carr, Robyn 2016 7/31/2016 4
Wildest Dreams Carr, Robyn 2015 2/5/2016 4
Rebel Casey, Elle 2013 6/19/2016 6
Beauty from Pain (audiobook) Cates, Georgia 2013 8/10/2016 8
Beauty from Surrender (audiobook) Cates, Georgia 2013 8/11/2016 8
Beauty from Love (audiobook) Cates, Georgia 2014 8/16/2016 8
Indulge (audiobook) Cates, Georgia 2016 5/26/2016 10
Tap Cates, Georgia 2016 1/11/2016 10
Stout Cates, Georgia 2016 5/17/2016 8
Royally Screwed Chase, Emma 2016 10/31/2016 10
Sustained (audiobook) Chase, Emma 2015 12/19/2016 8
Appealed Chase, Emma 2016 2/8/2016 8
Sidebarred Chase, Emma 2016 4/28/2016 10
The Fire Between High & Lo Cherry, Brittainy 2016 3/27/2016 8
The Silent Waters Cherry, Brittainy 2016 9/23/2016 10
The Killing Floor Child , Lee 2006 5/27/2016 8
Die Trying Child , Lee 2006 6/13/2016 6
Tripwire Child , Lee 2007 7/12/2016 4
Running Blind Child , Lee 2007 12/2/2016 8
Barely Breathing Clare, Pamela 2016 5/11/2016 8
Slow Burn Clare, Pamela 2016 9/22/2016 10
Soul Deep (audiobook) Clare, Pamela 2016 5/18/2016 10
Last Call Clayton, Alice 2015 10/15/2016 8
Cream of the Crop Clayton, Alice 2016 8/11/2016 4
Confessions of an Alli Cat Cole, Courtney 2012 4/30/2016 6
The Narrows Connelly, Michael 2004 11/18/2016 8
Worth It All Connor, Claudia 2016 4/20/2016 8
The Nature of Cruelty Cosway, L.H. 2013 1/29/2016 8
The Player and the Pixie Cosway, L.H.; Reid, Penny 2016 4/19/2016 8
Family Man Cullinan, Heidi 2013 2/17/2016 8
Let It Snow Cullinan, Heidi 2013 3/2/2016 4
Sleigh Ride Cullinan, Heidi 2014 3/16/2016 6
Nowhere Ranch Cullinan, Heidi 2015 2/15/2016 10
Nowhere Ranch (audiobook) Cullinan, Heidi 2015 5/23/2016 10
Special Delivery Cullinan, Heidi 2014 2/19/2016 8
Double Blind Cullinan, Heidi 2014 2/20/2016 8
Tough Love Cullinan, Heidi 2014 3/19/2016 6
Spark Cumberland, Brooke 2013 3/27/2016 4
Burn Cumberland, Brooke 2013 3/29/2016 4
Insider Cunning, Olivia 2015 10/10/2016 8
Backstage Pass (audiobook) Cunning, Olivia 2012 9/25/2016 10
Four Letter Word Daniels, J. 2016 12/15/2016 8
Sweet Possession Daniels, J. 2014 8/8/2016 6
Target on Our Backs Darhower, J.M. 2016 2/24/2016 10
California Sunrise Dawes, Casey 2015 2/13/2016 6
One With You Day, Sylvia 2016 4/6/2016 10
Sea of Love Donovan, Susan 2013 10/27/2016 6
The Sweetest Summer Donovan, Susan 2014 11/27/2016 4
Moondance Beach Donovan, Susan 2015 10/20/2016 8
Strong Signal Erickson, Megan; Hassell, Santino 2016 2/15/2016 10
Strong Signal (audiobook) Erickson, Megan; Hassell, Santino 2016 9/16/2016 8
Fast Connection Erickson, Megan; Hassell, Santino 2016 12/10/2016 10
Legend Evans, Katy 2016 3/20/2016 8
Devil's Bridge Fairstein, Linda 2015 3/12/2016 6
Killer Look Fairstein, Linda 2016 10/30/2016 8
Reclaim My Heart Fasano, Donna 2013 9/4/2016 8
Kane's Hell Finn , Elizabeth 2015 1/12/2016 10
The Rules Regarding Gray Finn , Elizabeth 2014 2/6/2016 8
Rapturous Force, Marie 2016 1/19/2016 6
Ravenous Force, Marie 2016 8/26/2016 10
Fatal Frenzy Force, Marie 2015 1/3/2016 10
Fatal Identity Force, Marie 2016 12/7/2016 8
I Saw Her Standing There Force, Marie 2014 11/16/2016 6
Love After Dark Force, Marie 2015 5/15/2016 6
City Beautiful Foss, C.M. 2015 1/13/2016 10
Shiver Foss, C.M. 2014 1/15/2016 8
Spider Web (audiobook) Fowler, Earlene 2011 5/17/2016 8
Alasdair Frank, Ella 2015 2/14/2016 4
Finley Frank, Ella 2016 3/22/2016 8
Devil's Kiss Frank, Ella 2016 5/30/2016 4
Heart-Shaped Hack (audiobook) Garvis Graves, Tracey 2016 6/1/2016 8
White-Hot Hack Garvis Graves, Tracey 2016 6/17/2016 6
Back to You Glenn, Priscilla 2012 1/26/2016 8
"V" is for Vengeance Grafton, Sue 2011 12/18/2016 8
The Lie Halle, Karina 2016 2/21/2016 6
The Debt Halle, Karina 2016 9/2/2016 6
Smut Halle, Karina 2016 5/25/2016 6
Dazzled Harvey-Berrick, Jane 2014 5/2/2016 6
Sutphin Boulevard Hassell, Santino 2015 4/24/2016 8
Sunset Park Hassell, Santino 2015 6/20/2016 8
Waiting On You Higgins, Kristan 2014 4/13/2016 6
The 9th Girl Hoag, Tami 2013 11/13/2016 10
The Bitter Season Hoag, Tami 2016 2/17/2016 10
Bright Side Holden, Kim 2014 2/27/2016 10
Gus Holden, Kim 2015 2/28/2016 10
Too Late Hoover, C. 2016 12/26/2016 8
It Ends with Us Hoover, C. 2016 8/16/2016 10
Son Of The Morning Howard, Linda 1997 9/6/2016 10
Troublemaker Howard, Linda 2016 7/24/2016 6
Waking Hearts Hunter, Elizabeth 2015 1/18/2016 8
Imitation & Alchemy Hunter, Elizabeth 2016 1/30/2016 10
Inked Armor Hunting, Helena 2014 10/8/2016 6
Felony Ever After Hunting, Helena; Ward, Penelope; Tijan; Stevens, Katherine; Robinson, K.A. ; Rayven, Leisa; Morris, Liv; Lumetta, S.M. ; Keeland, Vi; Darhower, J.M.; Bocci, Nina; Aurora, Belle; Anastasia, Debra 2016 9/3/2016 6
Rook and Ronin Omnibus Edition Huss, , J.A. 2014 1/28/2016 8
Three, Two, One (321) Huss, , J.A. 2015 6/18/2016 10
Turning Angel Iles, Greg 2005 12/14/2016 8
Where Lightning Strikes Jackson, A.L. 2016 4/29/2016 Defies Rating
Fifty Shades of Grey (audiobook) James, E.L. 2012 11/11/2016 6
Fifty Shades Darker (audiobook) James, E.L. 2012 12/5/2016 6
Fifty Shades Freed (audiobook) James, E.L. 2012 12/13/2016 6
Jameson James, Nicole 2016 9/21/2016 10
Red Dog James, Nicole 2016 9/20/2016 8
Ruby Falls James, Nicole 2013 5/7/2016 6
Bad Company Hobman, Lisa J. 2015 9/25/2016 8
Six Hobman, Lisa J. 2015 9/26/2016 6
She Dims the Stars Johnson, Amber L. 2016 4/22/2016 6
The Cold Dish Johnson, Craig 2004 12/21/2016 6
Clubwhore Jones, Kim 2016 1/20/2016 8
Patchwhore Jones, Kim 2016 10/11/2016 8
Hard Rules Jones, Lisa Renee 2016 8/18/2016 4
Beneath the Secrets Jones, Lisa Renee 2013 4/26/2016 4
Rumor (audiobook) Jordan, Skye 2015 8/24/2016 8
Relentless (audiobook) Jordan, Skye 2016 8/29/2016 8
Bound to Submit Kaye, Laura 2016 10/11/2016 8
Hard Ever After Kaye, Laura 2016 2/3/2016 8
Hard to Serve Kaye, Laura 2016 7/2/2016 8
Love in the Light Kaye, Laura 2016 1/12/2016 10
Hearts in Darkness Kaye, Laura 2013 1/11/2016 10
Ride Hard Kaye, Laura 2016 4/27/2016 8
The Baller Keeland, Vi 2016 12/22/2016 8
Bossman Keeland, Vi 2016 11/9/2016 8
Stuck-Up Suit Keeland, Vi; Ward, Penelope 2016 4/16/2016 10
Stuck-Up Suit (audiobook) Keeland, Vi; Ward, Penelope 2016 10/24/2016 10
The Mistake Kennedy, Elle 2015 1/13/2016 10
The Score Kennedy, Elle 2016 9/18/2016 10
Seduce Me Kenner, J. 2015 10/24/2016 8
You Kepnes, Caroline 2014 10/19/2016 Defies Rating
Hidden Bodies Kepnes, Caroline 2016 10/29/2016 Defies Rating
Reckless Kincaid, Kimberly 2016 9/30/2016 4
Secret Sisters Krentz, Jayne Ann 2015 2/1/2016 6
For Keeps Lacey, Rachel 2015 5/5/2016 6
Slow Burn Lake, Autumn Jones 2014 8/25/2016 8
Stripped Raw Lane, Prescott 2016 3/4/2016 8
Beautiful Boss Lauren, Christina 2016 3/1/2016 6
Beautiful Lauren, Christina 2016 12/5/2016 8
Dark Wild Night (audiobook) Lauren, Christina 2015 11/23/2016 8
Wicked Sexy Liar Lauren, Christina 2016 5/10/2016 8
Edge of Chaos Lee, Molly E. 2016 4/14/2016 6
All the Pretty Poses Leighton, M. 2014 7/5/2016 4
Levi's Blue Leighton, M. 2016 9/21/2016 10
Rock Me (audiobook) Lynn, Cherrie 2013 9/11/2016 10
Leave Me Breathess (audiobook) Lynn, Cherrie 2013 9/14/2016 10
Watch Me Fall Lynn, Cherrie 2015 1/17/2016 6
Wait for You (audiobook) Lynn, J. 2013 12/17/2016 8
The Deep Blue Good-by MacDonald, John D. 2013 12/23/2016 8
Abruption Mackenzie, Riley 2016 1/10/2016 8
Dirty English Madden-Mills, Ilsa 2015 7/14/2016 6
Thrill Me Mallery, Susan 2015 11/21/2016 4
Filthy Rich Miller, Raine 2016 12/11/2016 10
Marry Screw Kill Morris, Liv 2016 5/13/2016 4
The Lake House Morton, Kate 2015 1/9/2016 Defies Rating
Blood on the Tracks Nickless, Barbara 2016 10/6/2016 8
Captive Prince Pacat, C.S. 2014 11/21/2016 6
Prince's Gambit Pacat, C.S. 2014 11/23/2016 8
Kings Rising Pacat, C.S. 2016 11/25/2016 8
A Scandalous Husband Pettersen, Bev 2014 8/7/2016 4
Dare to Love Phillips, Carly 2014 7/4/2016 4
It Had to Be You (audiobook) Phillips, Susan Elizabeth 2007 10/23/2016 10
Heaven, Texas (audiobook) Phillips, Susan Elizabeth 2007 10/25/2016 8
Nobody's Baby But Mine (audiobook) Phillips, Susan Elizabeth 2007 10/28/2016 6
First Star I See Tonight Phillips, Susan Elizabeth 2016 11/12/2016 6
Heroes are My Weakness (audiobook) Phillips, Susan Elizabeth 2014 12/25/2016 8
Ready to Fall Prescott, Daisy 2013 7/20/2016 6
No More Wasted Time (audiobook) Preston, Beverly 2016 5/29/2016 6
'Til Death Do Us Part Krentz, Jayne Ann 2016 9/16/2016 8
Unteachable (audiobook) Raeder, Leah 2014 10/18/2016 10
The Black Wolf Redmerski, J.A. 2015 5/20/2016 8
Beauty and the Mustache Reid, Penny 2014 1/23/2016 8
Grin and Beard It Reid, Penny 2016 6/2/2016 8
Beard Science Reid, Penny 2016 12/30/2016 10
Forbidden Reiss, C.D. 2015 3/21/2016 8
Hard Ball Reiss, C.D. 2016 3/30/2016 10
Hardball (audiobook) Reiss, C.D. 2016 5/31/2016 10
Shuttergirl Reiss, C.D. 2015 1/20/2016 4
The Bourbon Thief Reisz, Tiffany 2016 8/22/2016 8
The Shadow Reynard, Sylvain 2016 2/3/2016 10
The Roman Reynard, Sylvain 2016 12/6/2016 8
The Obsession Roberts, Nora 2016 5/29/2016 8
The Lost Empress Robinson, Steve 2014 4/24/2016 6
Fighting the Fall (audiobook) Salsbury, J.B. 2015 5/23/2016 8
Naked Truth Saperstein, M.D. 2016 4/20/2016 4
Dirty Scott, Kylie 2016 4/19/2016 10
Dirty (audiobook) Scott, Kylie 2016 10/19/2016 10
Deep (audiobook) Scott, Kylie 2015 10/14/2016 8
Leo Sheridan, Mia 2013 1/2/2016 8
American Queen Simone, Sierra 2016 10/29/2016 10
Priest: A Love Story Simone, Sierra 2015 1/4/2016 10
Midnight Mass Simone, Sierra 2015 3/25/2016 8
Ghost Gifts Spinella, Laura 2016 2/12/2016 6
At the Stars Staab, Elisabeth 2015 4/6/2016 6
The Visitor Stevens, Amanda 2016 9/20/2016 10
Impossible Series Box Set Sykes, Julia 2015 12/24/2016 6
What I Didn't Say Taylor, Keary 2012 10/22/2016 6
Moonshot Torre, Alessandra 2016 12/27/2016 8
Unsuitable Towle, Samantha 2016 10/3/2016 7
Becoming Rain Tucker, K.A. 2015 3/1/2016 6
The Bourbon Kings (audiobook) Ward, J.R. 2015 10/17/2016 10
The Angels' Share Ward, J.R. 2016 11/7/2016 10
Dirty Ugly Toy Webster, K. 2016 6/22/2016 6
Alpha Boxed Set Wilder, Jasinda 2016 10/2/2016 8
Madame X Wilder, Jasinda 2015 1/24/2016 10
Exposed Wilder, Jasinda 2016 3/8/2016 8
Exiled Wilder, Jasinda 2016 8/9/2016 8
Serve and Protect Box Set Wilson, Norah 2012 5/1/2016 6
A Fall from Yesterday Wilson, Norah 2016 6/22/2016 6
Destroyed Winters, Pepper 2014 11/2/2016 4
Ruin & Rule Winters, Pepper 2015 2/24/2016 6
Sin & Suffer Winters, Pepper 2016 2/26/2016 3
Unseen Messages Winters, Pepper 2016 10/15/2016 8
Ruined Wolff, Tracy 2014 4/10/2016 8
Addicted Wolff, Tracy 2014 4/9/2016 6
Reaper's Fire Wylde, Joanna 2016 8/12/2016 8
Hero Young, Samantha 2015 10/31/2016 6

Exported from BookCollector 12/30/2016 11:31:37 AM

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Oh, the Places We've Gone

After twenty-one years away from my hometown of San Diego, I returned this year. The first month back, my eighteen-year-old daughter stayed with my sister and me before returning to the East Coast to attend college. I never thought I would be able to share San Diego with my Virginia born daughter; but, oh, the places we went! I may be a homebody, but I enjoy sightseeing very much. I'm also a shutterbug, and my iPhone is continually at the ready.

The photographs below represent the places we've visited since July. Below each photograph is a link to its corresponding photo album (public photos only) on Flickr. Included in some of the albums are short videos, as well. Enjoy!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!


07/01/2016 - San Diego Zoo Safari Park (no album)

07/05/2016 - ►Mission Bay and Mission Beach◄

  07/07/2016 - ►Santa Ysabel and Julian◄

07/11/2016 - ►Point Loma◄

07/13/2016 - ►Balboa Park◄

07/15/2016 - ►San Diego Zoo◄

07/18/2016 - ►Old Town and the Beaches Trolley Tour◄

07/20/2016 - ►Liberty Station (SDNTC)◄

07/22/2016 - ►San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve◄

07/26/2016 - ►Spanish Landing◄
 
09/01/2016 - 09/05/2016 ►Cuyamaca Rancho State Park◄

10/25/2016 - ►Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve◄

11/14/2016 - 11/17/2016 ►Palomar Mountain State Park and Lake Henshaw◄

11/29/2016 - 12/04/2016  ►Rancho de los Robles◄