My 10 fave books of 2015 and 5 I’m anxiously awaiting in 2016

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Heaven is a stack of good books! And a glass of wine!


Some people get excited about new handbags or shoes or guys with tattoos. I am such a book nerd. I get more excited about books. Though if you give me a hottie lumbersexual reading Garcia Marquez or some novel that I am also reading, well, I might get excited about that.

Anyway, I read a little over 50 books in 2015, so I thought I’d share with you ten of them that resonated with me.

  1. Haunted by Christina C. Jones
  2. Addicted Allison by Noelle Black
  3. Kilted for Pleasure by Melissa Blue
  4. Maldeamores by Mara White
  5. Love Is by Tia Kelly
  6. Falling Stars by Xio Axelrod
  7. Ivy’s League by Nia Forrester
  8. Coming Down by Carrie Elks
  9. Brunch at Ruby’s by D.L. White
  10. In the Nothing by Nia Forrester
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Yes, I am just as excited as this little cutie! Photo credit:

And which titles am I anxiously awaiting? You know there are more than five I can’t wait to read, but these are five that I am super excited about. 🙂

  1. Starlight by Xio Axelrod
  2. When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
  3. City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  4. Lily in the Middle by Nina Perez
  5. Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones

So tell me: which titles are you anxiously awaiting in 2016? And which were your favorites of 2015?

Add another book to my To Read list!


Cover of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland

Two posts in one day–will wonders never cease? Just found out that Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and who is one of my favorites, has a new book coming out in June. It’s called Sisterland and it sounds amazing! 

So what’s it about? Identical twin sisters Kate and Violet are as unlike one another as possible–except they both share the gift of premonition, a secret Kate inadvertantly reveals when the girls are thirteen. And this revelation sets both girls on diverging paths. 

Fast forward twenty years later. Kate is a suburban housewife who supresses her gift while Violet is still single and working as a psychic. When Violet sets off a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St. Louis area, both women must deal with the legacy of the past and the unsettling future they’ve both glimpsed.

Hooked? I know I am! Pre-ordering it now for my Kindle. 🙂


Back from vacation…

Well, I hadn’t expected to be incommunicado for such a long time. I had way too much to do during the month of August–work, work and more work. I also made a spur of the moment decision to go home to the US for 12 days, which I don’t regret even if I am sure it will leave me broke for a while.

While I was in the US, aside from buying books, I had a chance to catch up with some old friends, discover that I like Burmese food, experience the East Coast earthquake *and* Hurricane Irene. I don’t think I will ever forget Hurricane Irene, especially since my grandfather passed away just a few hours before it hit Virginia. My husband and I keep saying that Irene showed up to escort my granddad to a cooler, better place where my grandmother is waiting for him.

Back to the book front, I heard from Cirkeln author Mats Strandberg that an English blog for the book is now online! Check it out: and don’t forget the English translation of Cirkeln is coming out in Spring 2012!

BTW MATS: When I was in the US, I saw a trailer for a new TV show (“The Secret Circle”) that was suspiciously similar to your book. Has the CW network optioned Cirkeln? Or have they “borrowed heavily” from you and Sara? You might want to look into it…

While I was in Philly, I ended up buying a few books. Here are the titles I’ll be reading over the next few weeks:

I bought several other titles as well but they are not in the room with me so I will post links, etc later. But one thing that pleased me while I was in Philly was seeing how the independent bookstores there seem to be doing rather well. I visited three while I was there and all were packed with people browsing and buying books. Now that’s a sight an aspiring writer like me loves to see.