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2019 Reading Goals!

My goal isn’t really ambitious. It’s 3 books a week. I can do that. Easily. I read 206 books last year!

But my goal this year is to read more than just romance novels.

Some self-help. Some basic fantasy. I’m going to try all the genres.

Okay, not really, but I am going to try and read something besides romance novels.

I’m currently reading (along with an actual romance novel) “” by Ryder Carroll.

I love my bullet journal. I don’t do a traditional one in a book (I do have books. LOTS of books. Several ones, including the actual that came out this year). But I have a , instead. I got mine from Michaels, and I love it. I can have more than one, and switch them out as I get bored with the color or the design. I have a for my A5. That’s the size I prefer to work with.

Okay, my ADHD is kicking in and now I’m focusing on something different. I was explaining a book I was reading. We’re talking about books here. The planner talk will come later, I promise.

So, my goal is small, but I plan on making CHANGES to what I read. Hey look! That word of the year! You saw it in yesterday’s post too!

As you can see, the goal isn’t too out there. 2014, I read over 300 books. 2015, I don’t think I even DID a challenge. 2015 was a weird year for me. I honestly don’t even remember MOST of 2015 :O

2016 was the full year of me working. I was still only technically part-time, but I remember working 10-15 days in a row. I remember having an “OT battle” with coworkers.

2017 was the year I went full-time. 2017 was the year both kids were starting school during the time Josh would be home.

  1. Oh. 2018. I barely made my goal of 200. I chose several short small books to reach that goal. I read like 4 or 5 books in one day during that time. I didn’t feel like I cheated but I did feel like I could have chosen different books and just dealt with not hitting 200 books for the year!

So, 2019 will be year of making changes to my reading habits. I will read what I enjoy, but I will attempt to branch out. I shared a link on my Facebook (personal, but I will share it right now on my FB blog page).

What are YOUR reading goals?


His to Seduce by Stacey Lynn Publication Date: March 21st, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Loveswept


The Moon


The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true – the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine – a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.

Antoine Predock


Dare to Surrender: An Invitation to EDEN

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Available July 15, 2014

 DARE TO SURRENDER (Dare To Love #3) by Carly Phillips:

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After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.
Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.
A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?

Amazon // Print edition // iTunes

I got the chance to read this before it’s release. First off, this is a first and a big honor!

I’ll be honest. I hadn’t read the first two when I got the copy. I purchased both of them, without even thinking. I’m a HUGE Carly Phillips fan. HUGE! There are authors you go back and read, re-read, and re-read over and over. This series was no exception. I blew through the books in just a few days. Three books, about 4 days.

Now to the story:

There’s a hint of slight BDSM. Nothing big, not like the Rough Rider series or similar. I enjoyed it. It was just a hint, enough to add spice to the story. If you’re not a fan, don’t let the hints turn you away.

It’s a classic romance, with that happy ending, but it’s a different spin, as Carly Phillips is known for!

I know I’m leaving out SO MUCH but I don’t want to give away everything. I could gush, but I’d completely ruin the story. Let me just put it this way: my Kindle was attached to my hand the whole time I was reading. Dinner, dishes, bed, working on the computer, etc. I couldn’t put the book down at all!

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How a Lady Weds a Rogue by Katharine Ashe My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love these historical type romances. This one was fast-paced, with a touch of unique. It dealt with alcoholism, but it didn’t rule the story. … Continue reading