If you’re anything like me then your TBR pile is unbelievably large and completely unintentional. I have complete series (that were released over years) on my Kindle, purchased already, that I simply have not gotten around to reading. Now, that’s fine for the author and the publishing house, they got their money from me 🙂 … but I haven’t gotten the pleasure of that money spent yet. Just sayin’ – it’s time for those books to get themselves read so I can be up-to-date when the newest release shows up and begs to come live on my Kindle.
I’m caught up on Anna J. Stewart’s Butterfly Harbor series (Oh, how I loved that one – the reviews are on the blog). I have the title released this year to get the review up for and then wait for the next release. So, one series down from that TBR tower.
Now, I’m going to start on Christine Rimmer’s The Bravos of Valentine Bay series. This one also has endured for years now, and every book that is out in the series (including the newest) is on my Kindle… binge-read ahead! (this is also going to count for my 2021Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge so Yay! for that) —BtB can be found here— 🙂
Just a reminder — don’t forget those books on your e-readers or your bookshelves. They might not be the newest release, but they are a brand new reading experience for you. So, don’t forget your books, they get lonely. *sad book’s face*
There are times when I simply don’t want to leave an author’s world, that’s usually when I’ll binge-read a series. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with Anna J. Stewart’s “Butterfly Harbor” series.
The stories in the “Butterfly Harbor” series flow into each other just as naturally as the ocean waves hit the beach. Without intending to I’ve spent most of this week lost in a small California coastal town with real people with real troubles who find honest, trustworthy solutions… and perhaps fall in love along the way.
Two things are a constant here the ocean’s beauty and the splendor and magic of the Monarch butterflies who fill the eucalyptus groves with their beauty. Each plays a part in every story, necessary secondary characters to this world.
Over the next week or so I’ll be posting my reviews of the titles in the “Butterfly Harbor” series. Frankly, I didn’t want to stop reading long enough to write up the review of each book as I finished it – now that’s not wanting to leave a world for long! ** Well, as often happens in life… life got in the way of doing the fun stuff, like getting those reviews up which will be taking place this week. *shrugs* Life Happened in February**
If you haven’t discovered this series I would highly recommend it. Yes, there are those guaranteed happily ever after endings, but each person is unique, has a solid story and an issue to be dealt with. You’ll become entwined with the people of this small California town and come to need to know more. I hope you’ll give the series a try and get lost in this amazing world.
In some ways, 2021 started out worse than 2020, if that’s even possible given what we’ve experienced last year.
For me, January 6, 2021, brought all of my fears to the surface and I, quite frankly, fell apart that day. Despair, anger, frustration, and such a sense of bewilderment at how we as a country had come to a day like that.
Then came January 20, 2021. A day that I cried tears of relief, tears of joy, and even laughter from the deepest part of my heart and soul. Oh, I know the exit of one despicable President isn’t the ending of all of my country’s problems. But with this new President, a President that I believe in, that I trust has the nation’s and its people’s best interests at heart gives me hope for a future that has been sadly lacking in recent years. An awesome female Vice-President is simply icing on top of a very unique cake.
Add to that sense of wonder and hope is the fact that I and my son qualify for the COVID vaccine and are setting up those appointments as quickly as possible — and my sense of renewal, sense of purpose, and a need to get back to the things I love (the things that I’ve somewhat neglected recently) has overtaken my imagination. I feel alive again – and that, my friend, is an amazing feeling to rediscover.
I love Reading Challenges, they help keep me focused on those goals I made back at the beginning of each new year. I also know that not remembering to go back and link up reviews is a major downfall for me. So, this year I’m making Goodreads Shelves to keep me updated and easier to link up at each Challenge’s host website.
In the past, I’d joined Linda and Brandee’s New Release Challenge with an older established blog of mine (Keeper Bookshelf) for many years and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of it (but again, that linking up does me in every year). With Happily Ever After Romance, I wanted a place where I could focus on only Romance in all its various genres and tropes. Now, I know, without a doubt that I’ll be purchasing new releases each and every month from Harlequin. More some months than other, but I hit Amazon like clockwork on the 1st of every month to get my Romance fix in once again.
Since my 2021 Goodreads Challenge is 100 books, I’m going for the same 100 books here. Sounds rather daunting doesn’t it? But I’m addicted to romance novels in any shape or form so I believe I can hit that number by December 31, 2021. Guess time will tell. 🙂
It’s January 2, 2021 – I’ve made my monthly purchases (new releases) – so now it’s time to get reading. If you’ve joined as well, I wish you good luck and enjoy yourself because this all is supposed to be fun – we’ve got enough stress out there in the world as it is. 🙂
I discovered this weekly meme through Sophie at Balivernes who visited my blog recently. (Yes, I do wander around your sites when you visit mine) I would encourage you to visit Rukky at Eternity Books and Dani at Literary Lion (our hosts for Let’s Talk Bookish) and learn more about them and this weekly event. The sign-up page on Rukky’s site is HERE. On Dani’s site, it’s HERE
Although this particular blog is relatively new (I do have 4 active blogs), I’ve been blogging for about 7 years now. My main blog, Keeper Bookshelf, is 7 years old and my genre-specific, totally paranormal romance shifters site, Shifter Haven is about 6 years old. I’ve recently added two newer blogs, this one, Happily Ever After Romance, and Paranormal-y Romantic (which will feature all different sub-genre Paranormal Romance novels).
So, I’m not new to this, still discovering and learning new things every month it seems. And, oh yeah, there are definitely pros and cons to book blogging.
… Happily Ever After Romance is a newish blog, started in May of 2020. It is a sister site to my Keeper Bookshelf site that has been around for many years now. While KB focuses on current releases (bought & NetGalley ARCs) HEAR will focus on those long series that I’ve meant to get to but haven’t yet – the no-cost series starter/ first book in a series offers from Amazon – and those brand new series that I want to focus on here.
There are reasons behind the perceived madness – but we’ll leave that for now.
So, please, don’t think that HEAR is grabbing stuff from KB without permission – both blogs belong to me, and are, in a way, companion sites. (example: you’ll see Marsha’s Keeper Bookshelf on the Goodreads grids of books read because one account at GR, but many, many shelves)
To be frank, I didn’t have to explain myself… but someone emailed me stating that another blog was stealing my content. *eye roll* there is nothing here from KB except that name on the Goodreads book grid that I can’t get rid of! It was perhaps kind of this person but annoying as hell to try or have to explain the sister site concept to them.
In any event, that’s the explanation. Now. Go take a look around Happily Ever After Romance and let me know your opinion in the comments. It’s a growing romance review blog and will be around for years to come. 🙂