Recap November 2015 & Because TMI

Out of the BluesNovember was a good month for me in terms of ARCs and book reviews, but not so good in terms of my mental and physical health. Every ARC and book I reviewed were worth 4-5 stars for me. I also read several unforgettable 5 star romances, but because I read too many books this month I haven’t gotten around to reviewing all the ones I liked the most.

My favorite new release of the month: Out of the Blues by Mercy Celeste. Other favorites: Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane, dark and angsty, larger than life. True Brit by Con Riley, because its themes are relevant in these troubled times and the author portrayed a POC MC with an authenticity I find lacking in many romances with POC MCs. These books all deserved to be reviewed, because I value them and want to share my enjoyment of them with the world.

There were a couple ARCs I chose not to review or rate on Goodreads because they didn’t seem finished to me. One of the ARCs was told in 1st person POV by both MC’s but did not have chapter headings and the name of the narrating MC. That ARC was riddled with so many damn typos and grammatical errors I was taken out of the story.

Another ARC was actually well-written and the characters were really likable, but the ending was abrupt and didn’t pay off. Even if it’s a novella, I expect it to have a complete story arc, especially if a sequel is not planned. I couldn’t recommend it, because the ending was so dissatisfying I couldn’t believe the story was over. Not to mention the 67-page eBook is priced at $3.99. I mean, really?

My reading habit and blogging activity have to change. I’ve been posting more book promos and reading more books than writing reviews of the books I value the most. I need more balance. Reading and blogging have replaced World of Warcraft as my primary distraction, while writing anything, even books reviews, is productive, because it’s a way for me to practice my writing and thinking skills and continue developing my voice.

Reading is easy; writing is hard. I have chronic muscular pain, which is aggravated by prolonged computer use and reading in bed or in a chair, among other things. My doctor has diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, but the two approved medications to treat fibromyalgia don’t help because they make me sleepy and groggy all day.

I need to slow down, relax more, and be around people IRL more, instead of staying home all day with books for company. But having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and being depressed most of the time, it’s hard to be consistently motivated to do the things that will truly improve my quality of life. It’s also been difficult lately to have hope, because I haven’t been writing my novel, because for so many years my writing was my guiding light. I definitely need to take care of myself better. TMI, much? LOL.


In any case, here’s my Recap for November 2015 (I’ve been reading more M/M romances lately, because two male hotties are better than one, right?) 🙂 :

ARCs I REVIEWED
1. Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt
2. Scandal Takes the Stage by Eva Leigh
3. Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh

MM ARCs I REVIEWED
4. Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
5. Breakaway by Avon Gale
6. What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote
7. Tainted Heart by Melissa Graves

M/M BOOKS I REVIEWED
8. Uneven by Anah Crow

M/M BOOKS I READ
9. Focus on Me (In Focus #2) by Megan Erickson
10. Beneath the Stain (Beneath the Stain: Serial #1-7) by Amy Lane
11. Out of the Blues by Mercy Celeste
12. Behind Iron Lace by Mercy Celeste
13. Undeclared (SSU Boys #3) by Maris Black
14. Plan B by S.J.D. Peterson
15. True Brit by Con Riley
16. Secret by Kindle Alexander
17. Tonight by Karen Stivali
18. Crashing the Net by Samantha Wayland
19. Chasing Mr. Wright (Fated Hearts #1) by Aimee Nicole Walker
20. Only You by Aimee Nicole Walker
21. Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles) by C.C. Dado
22. Tied Together by Z.B. Heller

M/M AUDIOBOOKS I BORROWED
23. Crossroads by Riley Hart ~ re-read
24. Just Business by Anna Zabo ~ re-read
25. Takeover by Anna Zabo ~ re-read
26. Guarded Desires (Heart of Fame #3) by Lexxie Couper

BORROWED FROM THE KINDLE LENDING LIBRARY
27. Being Sawyer Knight (Souls of the Knight #1) by Nicola Haken



4 thoughts on “Recap November 2015 & Because TMI

    1. Thanks! I guess we get compensation in free books, but sometimes it does feel like an unpaid job or obligation. It’s like free advertising. LOL. I have time to put into my blog because I’m on disability and I don’t have kids or a lot of other responsibilities. In terms of my health, I have my ups and downs, and I’m informed, so I try. I have to believe that I’m doing the best I can instead of feeling that I should be doing more and better.

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      1. I’ve also been requesting less ARCs because most of my ARCs now are from book tours. Though, I have a bunch of ARCs I haven’t read from back when I first started my blog and didn’t know what I was doing.

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