I’m at it again with the first book tag of the year, and I know it might mess up with my stats because I know tags aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. My motto this year is me doing me. So, let’s get started with Jan-aury Book Tag. Oh, Gosh, I forgot to mention who created this tag, and the creator is Jan Agaton. I also promised myself that I wouldn’t continue listening to my book until I finished this post.
What was the last (& first, if you remember) book you read last year?
I thought I remembered, but no, I didn’t. For my first, I thought of a book but went to look it wasn’t it, and I will have to check about my last too.
What is your first read this year?
Dreamer by Peter James, and I wasn’t impressed.
Share 3 of your reading goals this year.
Reread and continue on the Wayward Children Series.
Read as many queer reads as I can.
Read at least 50 2023 releases.
Share 3 of your most anticipated titles.
elilah always keeps her messy, gooey insides hidden behind a wall of shrugs and yeah, whatevers. She goes with the flow—which is how she ends up singing in her friends’ punk band as a favor, even though she’d prefer to hide at the merch table.
Reggie is a D&D Dungeon Master and self-declared Blerd. He spends his free time leading quests and writing essays critiquing the game under a pseudonym, keeping it all under wraps from his disapproving family.
These two, who have practically nothing in common, meet for the first time on New Year’s Eve. And then again on Valentine’s Day. And then again on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s almost like the universe is pushing them together for a reason.
Delilah wishes she were more like Reggie—open about what she likes and who she is, even if it’s not cool. Except . . . it’s all a front. Reggie is just role-playing someone confident. The kind of guy who could be with a girl like Delilah.
As their holiday meetings continue, the two begin to fall for each other. But what happens once they realize they’ve each fallen for a version of the other that doesn’t really exist?
A young woman’s life is disrupted when a decade later she crosses paths with the caring high-school teacher she fell in love with as a student.
Lance Turner was there for Megan when she needed him, but his sudden departure left her devastated.
All she wants now is closure, but all he wants is a second chance.
Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, 1944. ‘I have to go away, my darling. Please, be brave, stay alive, for me.’ Mama’s voice breaks. The little girl tries to stop the forbidden tears from falling, as the train takes her mother, and she is left alone…
Berlin, six years later. Hanni Winter glows with pride as she shows her new husband around her first solo photography exhibition. But then she sees Freddy’s reaction. His face white, he can’t take his eyes off a photo of a young girl around four years old. ‘That’s Renny,’ he whispers, ‘my sister, she was taken by the Nazis…’
Hoping against hope to find his missing sister, Freddy draws Hanni into a dangerous trip across a war-torn wasteland. She wants so much to support the man she loves, but returning to Theresienstadt, the camp that still haunts her nightmares, is asking the impossible.
When she steps through the black and white entrance archway, Hanni’s unbearable memories of the uprooted, trapped prisoners return immediately. And when her arrival brings her face to face with the man she ran from, has every step she made since her escape been in vain? With a precious child to protect, can Hanni find the strength to fight again, or will every hope for her future be lost forever?
Which goals did you reach/not reach last year?
Read 100 2022 releases, and I read 101, to be exact.
Finish some series which I failed.
And participate in readathons which I did.
Are there new releases this year you’ve heard of that you have no desire to read?
Author and single mom Finlay Donovan has been in messes before―after all, she’s a pro at removing bloodstains for various unexpected reasons―but none quite like this. When Finlay and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they had “borrowed” in the process of saving the life of Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob did her a favor and bought the car for her. And now Finlay owes them.
Mob boss Feliks is still running the show from behind bars, and he has a task for Finlay: find and identify a contract killer before the cops do. The problem is, the killer might be an officer themself.
Luckily, hot cop Nick has just been tasked with starting up a citizen’s police academy, and combined pressure from Finlay’s looming book deadline and Feliks is enough to convince Finlay and Vero to get involved. Through firearm training and forensic classes (and some hands-on research with a tempting detective), Finlay and Vero use their time in police academy to sleuth out the real contract killer to free themselves from the mob’s clutches―all the while dodging spies, confronting Vero’s past, and juggling the daily trials of parenthood.
What are some reading habits you want to change this year, if any?
I have become more of a mood reader.
Are there any adaptations you’re excited about?
In all honesty, I never know what’s being adapted.
Favorite bookish memory of last year?
I think getting gifted the books I did.
Carryovers from last year that you still plan on finishing?
My buddy read of The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware which I finished by myself last Friday.
New year, old me, because I still don’t have an idea who to tag.