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Starting Over

Starting Over

This last year of my life has had more ups and downs than I can count. Losing a loved one debilitates life. In a way my life slowed down, while the rest of the world still goes at full speed. Losing my mom affected me in more ways than I realized it would. I fell hard. The things that brought me pleasure I didn’t seem to have an interest in anymore. I went through the motions but I honestly don’t think I was living. I tried, but most days it was too hard to do anything other than work and take care of my son. I couldn’t even find comfort in reading.

As someone who is an avid reader, reading 100+ books a year it was hard to find comfort in the pages and words. I honestly felt like I have lost part of who I was and have been struggling to find a sense of that person again. About a week ago I woke up from a horrible sleep with the want and the need to read. Something that hasn’t happened in almost a year. I saw that as a very good sign. In the past week I had a wonderful meeting with some friends, I’ve read two books and when I wake up in the mornings I actually want to get out of bed.

The last couple of days I have been thinking hard. I have come to the conclusion that I am starting over. I’m taking control of myself, starting over and making things better for myself. It’s not like my life Is terrible, it just hasn’t been healthy for sometime. It’s time to get back to being happy and enjoying life. I will always miss my mom but it’s time to find a different way to channel the hurt.

Picking up a book and reading gave me a sense of peace that I haven’t felt in a very long time. So today August 1, 2018 I declare my starting over day. Today I make the conscious effort to make my days happier. To do more than just go through the motions. To enjoy life again, to the fullest extent that it can be. Whether they be simple pleasures or worldly goals today is the day I start making it happen.

Thank you for sticking with me and my sad blog for the last year. I promise the caffeinated spark of Coffee Books Life is coming back in full strength. My love of books and reading has never left me and I’m ready to again share the passion I have for reading romance. Romance reader and authors are some of the most wonderful people. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to be part of this community. No family.

Top Reads of 2014

Top Reads of 2014

 

Wow, where has this year gone!  I can’t believe that Christmas is now over and the new year is upon us. It has been an amazing reading year for me.  I read 119 books.  Woot!  That is a new record for me!  I have found new authors that I have come to love. Had some wonderful recommendations that I would have never read otherwise.

 

So here are my top read for the year. Now mind you some of these book may not have been released in 2014, I did however read them this year, so they count!! LOL!

 

In no particular order:

 

Callum by Melissa Schroeder ( Cursed Clan Seires)

Claimed by Stacey Kennedy (Club Sin Series)

Forever Wicked by Shayla Black (Wicked Lovers Series)

Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde (Reaper’s MC Series)

Surive To Dawn by PJ Schnyder (London Undead Series)

Hawk by Patricia A. Rasey (Sons Of Sangue Series)

Dirty Little Secret by Laramie Briscoe (Heaven Hill MC Series)

Preistress Dreaming by Yasmine Galenorn (Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series)

Storm by Carian Cole (Ashes and Embers Series)

A Santini in Love by Melissa Schroeder (Santini Series)

Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James (Rough Riders Series)

Hard To Come By by Laura Kaye

(names and titles in italics, are new to me in 2014 authors)

I really stepped out of my comfort zone of reading this year. Most people know me as a paranormal girl. I like the things that bite. LOL!

I started reading a lot of contemporary romance this year and have found a passion for MC romance. I also have found a love of military men with lots of tattoos that just kick ass. I am amazed that I read so many books this year but also that I branched out and read things that I normally wouldn’t have.  One of my favorite reads this year was a cowboy book.   I would have never read a cowboy book had it not been recommended to me.  That’s the wonderful thing about reading what I do is that through all the people I’ve met I’m always going to find something new to read. I can’t wait to see what 2015 is going to bring to my world of reading!!

 

 

deana

2014 Reading Goals!

A new year is beginning,that means it’s time for more books.  As a self-proclaimed avid reader, I love the beginning of the year for setting new goals. This year I wanted to do something different for my reading goals. I want to do more than just set a number of books to read. This year I am setting goals with in the books that I will be reading. Also with starting the book blog this year I want to include that with in my goals.  I maybe biting off more than I think I am but I  sure gonna give it a try.

So here are my list of goals.

1.To read a total of 80 books. This is the number of books I set for 2013 and achieve that goal. I am not increasing the number because of the other goals I am setting for myself.

2. To find ten new to me authors to read and talk about on the blog.

3. To review at least half of the books I read.

4. To branch out of my reading comfort zone. I started reading contemporary romance this year and have enjoyed it. I want to include reading more contemporary, romantic suspense, and some steampunk added in there.

5. Read my first Nora Roberts book this year.

6. To reread the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I have read all the books and short stories of this series.  After reading Styxx in 2013 (OMG, That book!!!), and reliving some events of the past, I feel it is time to start over again!!

7. And last but not least get caught up on all my series that I little behind on.

This is my list so far.  Some goals may be added or changed.  That is the way life goes!  It’s a start and that is what counts.  I am keeping my finger crossed. I will keep everyone posted as to how my year in reading progresses.  Good luck to everyone in your own reading goals.

Happy New Year and Welcome to the Blog!!

Welcome 2014!  I hope the New Year brings good tides to everyone!

My New Year brings the launch of my blog:

I been wanting to start a book blog for a while now and I have said this is the time.  A few years back when I no long had to wait on my children hand and foot, I decided it was time to start reading again.   I had now really read anything for several years, so my taste had changed a bit.  I have always loved Vampires and Witches, so I did an Amazon search on books for both subjects.  I wrote the names of a few titles down and went to the book store.  Yes, I wanted to go and check out the books before I bought them.  That was the day I discovered Paranormal Romance.  I walked out of the store that day with three books- Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Fantasy Lover, Yasmine Galenorn’s Witchling and Charlene Harris’s Dead After Dark.  

After tearing through the pages of these authors and more, my passion began.  I became a kid again, stayed up all hours of night to finish a book, just one more chapter, over and over.   LOL! I still do it now.  I love getting lost in dark and dangerous world fill with magic and fantasy.  A happily ever after is a must have.  OK, I will take a happy for now!  The sexy Hero and Heroines make you want to read more and more.

 I love the Romance genre all around.  After a year or so, I branch to main stream, some military, some YA(it takes a good YA to get me), suspense, fantasy and historical.  I can work with subject matter, I just want the HEA.  Hot loves scenes are a plus!!  I love series reading.  I get to revisit characters that I I know and love.  I get to learn about the one playing in the background in books before.  And I just love those Alpha males!!

Being an avid reader there are never enough people to talk with.  There is nothing like sharing that moment with a fellow reader about that awesome part or a book or turning point in a series!  My blog is to do just that.   I truly feel that word of mouth is how you find the best books.   If someone is will to take their time and talk you into it(saying said loaner knows your taste in books),you never know if you don’t try. 

So Welcome,  grab some coffee or tea.  There are fresh baked goodie still warn from the oven.  Let’s talk some books!