Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 Years Ago Today

10 years ago today, I married my best friend.

It doesn't seem like it's been 10 years, just a blink of the eye. 

He's the most wonderful person. 
He always makes me laugh.
He makes me a better person
I love him with all my heart

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Reads in Review

Here's my 5th annual report on my favorite books this year. I can't of course choose just one (I did read 334 after all) Check out the 20082009,2010, 2011, and 2012 posts. It's a mix of kids. tween, teen, and adult books.  These are the books I've read this year and not only 2013 books. Also there are several books I could have used for many categorizes, but I chose not to duplicate them too much because there were SO many great books that I read this year. All of them hold a place in my heart! Enjoy the list!

Movie Related: 
Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic

TV Related:  
Teen -Something Real (review coming soon)
Adult: Deadly Heat 
Something RealDeadly Heat (Nikki Heat, #5)

Picture Book: 
Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)

Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)

Haunting but Inspiring Read: 
Love Letters to the Dead (Review coming soon)
Love Letters to the DeadThe Prince of Denial

Fun Nonfiction: 
Kids: Everything Battle Book

Ye Olde Weird but True: 300 Outrageous Facts from HistoryMug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet ToothDancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the EverydayNational Geographic Kids Everything Battles: Arm Yourself with Fierce Photos and Fascinating Facts

Serious Nonfiction: 
Teen: Bomb
Adult: History Decoded (review coming soon)
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous WeaponHistory DecodedOne Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World

Completed Series: 
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)Home for Christmas (Canterwood Crest Super Special, #2)

Beginning Series: 
 Adult: From Notting Hill with Love Actually 

From Notting Hill with Love... Actually (Actually #1)The NaturalsCloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery, #1)Boy Nobody (Boy Nobody, #1)

Current Series: 
Teen: The Elite
Teen: Fiery Heart (review coming soon)
The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)The Bride Wore Size 12  (Heather Wells #5)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Adult: House Rules
Unbreakable (The Legion, #1)House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7)

Historical Fiction: 
Teen - Dark Triumph
Adult: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #2)If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton, #2)

Sweet Legacy (Medusa Girls, #3)Awaken (Abandon Trilogy, #3)The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders, #1)

Trilogy Finished: 
Adult: Ocean Breeze
Tween: Stolen Magic
The Grass Is Always Greener (Belles, #3)Sea Glass Island (Ocean Breeze, #3)Stolen Magic (Kat, Incorrigible, #3)

Adult: Starry Night
Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers, #1)Starry NightHome for Christmas (Canterwood Crest Super Special, #2)

Teen:  Taste Test
Taste TestSprinkles and SecretsThe Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

Best Library: 
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryMidnight Frost (Mythos Academy, #5)Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for ChildrenRead It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery, #4)

Adult: True Spies
Spies and PrejudiceTwo Lies and a Spy (Two Lies and a Spy, #1)True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)The Wig in the WindowDouble Vision: Code Name 711

Stand Alone: 
Lost in LondonThe Ashford AffairFalling For You

Not Yet Published: 
Teen: Something Real
Something Real

Teen: Confessions: Private School Murders
Confessions: The Private School Murders (Confessions, #2)Capture the Flag (Capture the Flag, #1)Fonduing Fathers (A White House Chef Mystery, #6)Oak and Dagger (A White House Gardener Mystery, #3)

Summer Book
Adult: Somebody to Love
All I NeedHow Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come TrueSomebody to Love

Favorite Authors (most read this year) 
Jill Shalvis (6)
The Sweetest Thing

Best Covers: Check out my previous post

Best Books I Waited to Read
Adult: When Dashing Met Danger
Tween: Genius Files
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)When Dashing Met Danger (Spies, #1)Mission Unstoppable (The Genius Files)

Heist Books
Adult: The Heist
The Heist (Fox and O'Hare #1)Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)

This is W.A.R.

New Adult

Scorched (Scorched, #1)

Emotional Thriller:
Six Months Later

The Feels:
Kids: One and Only Ivan
We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)Take Me Home for Christmas (Whiskey Creek, #5)The One and Only Ivan

Adult Nonfiction: Grumpy Cat
Kids: Snatchabook

Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy BookMurder, She Barked (A Paws and Claws Mystery)Storm WatcherThe Snatchabook

Small Town
The Case of the Time-Capsule BanditCatch of the Day

Jane Austen Inspired
The Trouble with FlirtingJane Austen Goes to HollywoodThe Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #3)

Authors New to Me and I Need More Books:
 Teen: Kelly Fiore
Adult: Sarah Morgan
Taste TestSleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers, #1)

What were your favorite reads of 2013?