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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
I read 270 books and 87 novellas and short stories. That’s down from last year’s total of 314 books...but maybe page-wise it’s about the same. Either way, my reading life felt a bit more balanced this past year thanks to work and travel and I suspect this number will go... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Historical Romance My Review - 5 Stars Holy angsty goodness! I felt like crying for a good portion of this story because of how fraught relations were between Kate and Ned. There was so much longing on both sides, so much to overcome in their estranged marriage. And that’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance, FF Romance My Review - 5 Stars I first heard of this book through a review on Smart Bitches and since I'm always looking for good FF romance, I decided to give it a try. I wasn't sure what I thought at first but then I quickly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
Thank you, Sarah! That's very kind of you to say.
Birthday cake from my 36th birthday One month from today, I'll turn 40. Five years after The Year Of Leigh began. I realized I never wrote much about how that came to be or what it meant, other than a brief reference in this post about my decision to move... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MM Romance My Review - 5 Stars This was just WONDERFUL. This is the fourth book I've read by Northcote and we're now in auto-buy territory. Stephen is still recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which completely derailed his life. He’s always tended to be a loner and it’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at Leigh Kramer
Genre: Contemporary Romance, FF Romance My Review - 5 Stars I was so impressed by Gray’s Briarley that I immediately checked to see what else she’d written and found this one. The two novellas couldn’t be more different: Briarley is a historical Beauty and the Beast retelling, while Ashlin &... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Leigh Kramer