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My goal the last couple of years has been to read more nonfiction and it's proven more difficult than I would have guessed. But I think I finally turned the corner this past year. Whereas audiobooks were key in 2020, lunchtime nonfiction reading changed the game for 2021. For several... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at Leigh Kramer
In 2019, I read more fantasy than contemporary YA. In 2020, I read more contemporary. Now I'm back to mostly fantasy, with a side of science fiction. I have no idea what's behind these subconscious trends! Regardless, this year's favorite YA really impressed me. Now I just need to start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2022 at Leigh Kramer
It's hard to believe I only got back into romance almost 5 years ago. My life has changed for the better in so many ways because of it! Besides the obvious of discovering so many amazing stories, I've made life-changing friends and, wildest of all, beta read books. In such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at Leigh Kramer
2021 proved to be an interesting reading year. On the one hand, I read just as much as usual. On the other hand, I noticed I had significantly fewer 5 star books. While I will still have four annual favorite books lists for this year, there are less books included... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2022 at Leigh Kramer
Toward the end of 2018, I started putting together my lists of favorite books for the year and realized I had a problem. Writing reviews had largely fallen off my radar that year for multiple reasons and I'd reviewed less than half of what I'd read as a result. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
My grandfather died in May 2019. I typically write an essay after each major loss as part of my mourning. But I was not able to keep this practice when he died. Not until now. Writing has been difficult the past few years for so many reasons but in this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
People make a place home. That’s what I always believed, at least until last June when I moved back to my hometown. Moving during a pandemic was not ideal but it was clarifying. I’d been debating over a shortlist of towns and cities for months but when the time came... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
January is National Puzzle Month so I obviously need to share my favorite puzzles of last year. In January 2020 I got back into puzzles and wow was that ever A+ decision-making. I used to love putting puzzles together as a kid and I've enjoyed helping friends working on theirs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
Last year, my goal was to increase the amount of nonfiction I read. I had a loose plan for 2020 and I was on the right track. Then I experienced the Nashville tornado, directly followed by the pandemic in March. And my brain really did not want to focus on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
In normal years, I read a lot of YA. That did not happen this year for no particular reason. The good news is what I lacked in quantity, I made up for in quality. Most of the YA I read blew me away. Last year I leaned more toward fantasy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
Never have I been more grateful to be a romance reader than this past year. During a time where almost everything was out of my control, I could count on things working out for characters and I clung to their HEAs with all my being. I've always read a mix... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
Ah, 2020. At least I can say I read some excellent books despite everything. In all, I read 268 books, 50 novellas and 10 short stories. Only slightly less than last year. I predicted I would wind up reading less this past year due to writing my next book but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Leigh Kramer
This post contains affiliate links. This is a list of favorite Christmas and Hanukkah romances—all books I've given 4 or 5 stars. It could have been longer but these are the ones I recommend most frequently, along with a couple of new additions. Before last year, I'd only read maybe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance My Review - 5 Stars This was presented to me as a FF Pride And Prejudice retelling but it’s more inspired by Darcy and Elizabeth’s personality types than the plot, for which I am grateful. Faithful P&P retellings have their place but I’m much more interested in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: YA Fantasy My Review - 5 Stars “It was the shame she had to cling to, not the power. It was the shame that made her still feel human. She was a human as dangerous as a div, but unlike a div, she refused to enjoy being deadly or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance My Review - 4 Stars So much goes down on Twitter daily that it can be easy to lose track of what's happened but I’ll never forget the live tweet of a date that went wrong as a few women realized they were dating the same man,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
A review of American Sweethearts (Dreamers #4) by Adriana Herrera. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Romantic Suspense My Review - 5 Stars I’ve been a fan of Adriana Anders’s writing since the moment I picked up Under Her Skin. While I don’t read much romantic suspense, I was excited to learn she was taking on the subgenre because I knew she would do it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Nonfiction, True Crime My Review - 5 Stars CW: sexual harassment, rape, attempted rape, sexism, misogyny, reference to attempted suicide This was brilliant journalism. Incredibly well-written but infuriating to see what men in power succeeded in getting away with far too many years. I seriously hate those in charge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance My Review - 5 Stars This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it was utter perfection! Nick and Sabrina are rival TV hosts who are forced to team up on a morning show. This is enemies-to-lovers at its finest, written with Parker’s trademark... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Historical Romance My Review - 5 Stars CW: past domestic violence This was one of those books where I knew I loved it within a few pages. Where I had to text my friends who had already read it so I could tell them how much I loved it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
I hope you love the Dreamers series! They're so, so good. Did you see Allie Therin recently shared the cover for the next book? I can't wait!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2020 on Favorite Romance Novels of 2019 at Leigh Kramer
Out of the 270 books I read this year, only 20 were nonfiction. Not quite what I'd hoped for. I did make a slight improvement compared to last year, mostly thanks to finding a couple of good audiobooks. I'm going to try to do that more in 2020, as well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
This year I learned YA is actually a category, not a genre. I'm still not clear on the difference but I'm glad to now be aware. This the type of book I reach for most after romance. I lean more toward fantasy than contemporary, which is reflected here. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
I still read a variety of genres but romance continues to be what I reach for by far the most. It was near impossible to narrow down the books for this list and since I was rather ruthless with the other three posts, I decided to go a little wild... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Leigh Kramer