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Books of the Year 2016

The first real New Year’s goal I ever made was in 2012. I decided that I would read 52 books and average a book a week from my wedding day to my anniversary. That seemed totally attainable on the honeymoon, but then life happened! I only managed to read 34 books that year but still a success, as I’d been reading zilch for pleasure the previous 5 years of my life! Needless to say, it was all downhill from there!

First, if you love to read, you need to take the time to set up a Goodreads account. Not only can you track your reading, but you can make reviews, win free books, join forums to discuss your favorites, and even have the website recommend books for you based on your previously enjoyed reads. I LOVE IT! Not to mention you can set a challenge for yourself and watch it build throughout the year. Make sure to add me as a friend!

My goal for this year (aside from read more than last year) was to dive in to some of my signed book collection. I was hoping to get to 75% of it, but I’m just squeezing in at 58%. I hope to continue knocking some of those off of my to-read list in 2017. (Aside from books, I might like numbers too much. Just a thought.)

So, why blunder on about books and challenges and all of that? I want to encourage those of you who think you have no time to read, but truly want to. Set a goal today. Goodreads is a website with tons to do, but it is also an app that allows you to use the basic functions of the website. Track your daily progress! It is so easy, and I bet you can accomplish more than you think.

Also, I like giving stuff away, and what better thing to give away than a book! (More on that in just a bit.)

Secondly, I’d really like to know if you’re more of a real book or an e-book type of reader. I’m honestly a bit of both. I find the convenience of an e-reader remarkable and it is my go to choice, BUT I love to be surrounded by the look, smell, and feel of the real thing. I do have a “library” in my home, after all.


I also have a small bookshelf in my office that holds my signed book collection. (It’s that shelf at the top of this post!) I currently have 71 and am about out of space (they even have their own “bookshelf” on Goodreads). If you’re an author that would like to be added to the shelf, I’d LOVE to have you send me a copy! I’ll gladly read and review. Leave a comment and we’ll talk details!

Are you itching to know how to win a book yet? All you have to do is comment whether you prefer e-readers or the real thing and why! Share this post (and let me know that you did) and you will receive a second entry!

Wait? Which book am I giving away? Any of the 72 I read this year (OK 71… one was so bad I refuse to buy it for you)! I will buy you any book on the following list in the format that you choose (via your comment). Some may only be available in one format, but I’ll let you know before I make the purchase. I’ll draw a winner on Monday. Happy reading, everyone!

The following list is in the order which I read them.  If you see a heart after it, I gave it 5 stars. On my scale, it simply means I can see myself reading it again.

  1. The House of Secrets by Chris Columbus
  2. Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottolinie
  3. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
  4. Wings of War by Chris Smith
  5. Cancer-Us: It was me. Is it You? by Dywuana M. Sykes
  6. Sacred Influence by Gary Thomas
  7. Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline ♥
  8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  9. God at the Intersection by Joanie Sellers Edwards
  10. The Eye of God by James Rollins
  11. Garden Spells by Sara Addison Allen
  12. Ike: The Killer Inside Me (this is the only book I will not buy for you. It was that awful)
  13. The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
  14. The Guilty by David Baldacci
  15. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ♥
  16. Stuck by Jennie Allen
  17. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  18. Always Watching by Lynette Eason
  19. Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon
  20. Thin Ice by Irene Hannon
  21. Who is J.K. Rowling by Pamela D. Pollack ♥
  22. Memory Man by David Baldacci
  23. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis ♥
  24. Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe
  25. No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason ♥
  26. Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
  27. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
  28. Sins of the Past by Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, and Dani Pettrey ♥
  29. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
  30. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de Cruz
  31. Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey ♥
  32. Submerged by Dani Pettrey
  33. Shattered by Dani Pettrey ♥
  34. Stranded by Dani Pettrey ♥
  35. Silenced by Dani Pettrey ♥
  36. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey ♥
  37. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (and maybe J.K. Rowling)
  38. Unspoken by Dee Henderson
  39. Bullseye by David Baldacci
  40. Undetected by Dee Henderson
  41. Taken by Dee Henderson
  42. Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
  43. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
  44. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  45. An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
  46. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  47. The One by Kiera Cass
  48. The Queen by Kiera Cass
  49. The Prince by Kiera Cass
  50. The Guard by Kiera Cass
  51. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  52. The Crown by Kiera Cass
  53. The Favorite by Kiera Cass
  54. Without Warning by Lynette Eason
  55. The Finisher by David Baldacci
  56. The Keeper by David Baldacci
  57. Nightmares by Jason Segel
  58. Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
  59. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  60. After You by Jojo Moyes
  61. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  62. Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon ♥
  63. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben ♥
  64. Firewall by DiAnn Mills
  65. Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
  66. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  67. Drop Shot by Harlan Coben
  68. Fade Away by Harlan Coben
  69. The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer
  70. Back Spin by Harlan Coben
  71. Double Cross by DiAnn Mills
  72. Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

There you have it!
REMEMBER: All you have to do is comment whether you prefer e-readers or the real thing and why!
Share this post (and let me know that you did) and you will receive a second entry!

Grab a good book, and I’ll see you soon,


Ashley • December 31, 2016

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  1. Marilyn Morris December 31, 2016 - 11:54 am Reply

    I prefer real books, as that’s what I grew up reading, and love the feel of the book. I also like them because they are mine to read without any time limit causing them to disappear. I would guess that my age is showing, oh well, it is what it is! I’m sharing on Facebook.

  2. Amanda Davis January 1, 2017 - 7:20 pm Reply

    I prefer a printed book in hand, however I tend to use my e-reader. There is nothing better than the sound of crisp page turning and smell of paper and glue.

  3. Mae Carr January 1, 2017 - 8:45 pm Reply

    I still like holding a book in my hand, but if anyone is willing to give a book to me I am not picky, I will take any form that I have a way of reading it on. I have a kindle, an iPad or I would appreciate a book so whichever would be fine with me. Thank you in advance. Hope you have a Happy New Year!!!

  4. Valerie January 2, 2017 - 3:04 pm Reply

    The real thing ……

  5. Tina Tran-Mendez January 2, 2017 - 3:19 pm Reply

    I prefer actual books (or even audio books) over e-books. E-books are a space saver, indeed. But, my problem is I forget to read them. Out of sight, out of mind. Sadly this holiday, I was not gifted a single book on my list. I must’ve been naughty. I’ve heard great things about “All The Light We Cannot See” and “Mere Christianity.”

  6. Nancy Halsema January 2, 2017 - 3:50 pm Reply

    There is absolutely no comparison – give me a real book with the texture of the cover, the weight of the pages, the smell of the ink and the choice of the font set by the author. I have an e-reader and use it rarely.

  7. Pete Kahn January 2, 2017 - 4:28 pm Reply

    I’m a real book guy. Don’t have to worry if I’m charge up and prefer the real deal when I read at the beach. I’m not totally opposed to an e-reader, but I do go with paper when I have a choice.

  8. Sheila January 2, 2017 - 7:55 pm Reply

    Since we live and travel full time in a motorhome, I got rid of all of my books and started reading on an ipad. Now when I get a paper book at a campground, little free library or someplace else, they’re special to me!

  9. Kellie Cruz January 2, 2017 - 7:56 pm Reply

    I tried a Nook…not for me! I work in a library and I still get excited about the feel and smell of new books, old books, loved books and especially books the middle schoolers recommend to me! You read some great books and I love your shelf of autographed books!

    • Ashley January 3, 2017 - 9:49 am Reply

      Thank you, Kellie! My signed books bring a little extra joy to my office!

  10. Ann Zumwinkle January 2, 2017 - 11:37 pm Reply

    I’m the steward of a Little free Library here in LA that caters to families on the way to our local Elementary School, so we love REAL BOOKS to give away! (We’d love a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien…)

  11. Ann Zumwinkle January 2, 2017 - 11:40 pm Reply

    And I just shared your post! Thanks!

  12. Ashley January 3, 2017 - 9:50 am Reply

    Thank you to everyone who participated! The Lucky winner is Marilyn! Please let me know which book you’d like to receive.

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