Best Books I Read In 2012

Last year, I set a goal to read at least 100 books.  As much as I enjoy writing, I enjoy reading more.  And I didn't limit myself to just adult books.  I enjoyed a few young adult reads as well as a few children's books.  This year I've set a goal to read at least 113 books.  We'll see how that goes.  In meantime, here are a few of the best books I read in 2012.

I don't even know where to begin with this book.  I fell completely in love with it.  Like it was in my hand for 24 hours straight!  James does such a create job of bring Ana and Christian to life.  And this book goes way deeper than just the sex. Trust me if you've ever read any urban erotica then you'd know this is still mild stuff.

This book is about learning to love, stepping outside of your comfort zone, healing and realizing what you deserve and who you are.  I'm so anxious for them to get started on the movie and can't wait until it hits theaters!  Definitely read this book if you're 18 and over!

From Interview With The Vampire to the Twilight saga, it seems like vampire books can do no wrong.  And the Vampire Empire series is no exception.  Book one was addictive.  Couldn't put it down.  Everybody loves a hero.  But happens when your hero turns out to be one of your enemies?  

So, forget Kim and her sex tape and her baby with a man that's not her husband.  Kris Jenner drops a serious bomb about why she and Robert Kardashian got divorced.  This book gives some insight on how the Kardashians have come to be the entertainment moguls that they are.  You get a sense of why Kris goes so hard for her family and why she's a great momager.

Have you ever felt like you were invisible?  Well, you're not alone.  In this book, you'll meet a lovely and devoted mom of two and wife who is invisible figuratively and literally.   But does her family notice it?  Nope.  

Thank goodness for her friend Gilda and a support group filled with other invisible who help Clover to keep her sanity as she deals with the suddenly becoming invisible.  This book is witty and charming.  Definitely a must read in my opinion for moms and wives everywhere.

Three friends-Dorie, Ellis and Julia- are different intersections in life.  They decide to go away for a summer vacation and some much needed girl time.  What could possibly go wrong or happen in one summer?  A lot when you throw a mysterious backyard neighbor/landloard and strange new housemate on the run from her abusive husband.

This was my first time reading anything by Mary Kay Andrews and I'm hooked.  I love writing style and how she was able to pack so much action and drama into this one book without making it seem crazy.  I wish their was a part two or follow to this book.  Winter Rental maybe?

What good books did you read in 2012?

Happy 2013

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Happy New Year's Everyone!!  2013 is here and I'm ready to get this party started.  I know that millions of us set resolutions and more than 50% of us don't keep them, but I'm determined not to be in that over 50%.  So, without further ado here are my resolutions for 2013.
  • Publish Novel:  I've been working on a novel of sorts now for a long while.  Last year, I proscrinated and didn't get it finished.  Well, this year there will be none of that.  I'm on a mission to have a Bestseller before this year is out.  So, that means that I'm kicking it in high gear.  As you all know, I have two books out on Kindle already but I'm looking forward to this one being released as a print book as well as an e-book.

  • Blog More:  I know that I dropped the ball on this blog too last year.  I started to get overwhelmed by some things going on in my personal as well as professional.  All of my planning and organization went out the window.  However, I know that part of being a bestselling author is interacting with your readers and actually trying to get to know them.  I don't want to be one of those authors who's just about selling you a book.  I really want to bond with my readers and supporters.

  • Find An Illustrator:  I really want to get my Adventures of Moo & Bud series published in print.  And since I'm not much of artist or graphic designer, I need to find an illustrator to help bring my children's series to life.  Plus, the cover could use a ton of work.  As much as, we say we shouldn't judge books by their covers, the truth is that many of us do. 

  • Support More Indie Authors:  I know how hard it is to be an indie author.  People don't really take you seriously if you don't have some big name publishing house or agency backing you.  You have to work ten times as hard to get your work the notice it deserves.  So, I want to make sure that I do my part and start buying books that are by indie authors.  I'm not saying that I'm going to quit buying James Pattersons but I'm will be making sure that buy just as many books by lesser known authors and review here on the blog and the websites like Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, etc to help them get a leg up.

  • Travel More:  Be it a book tour or attending workshops and seminars, I want to get out and travel.  I spent a lot time at home in 2012 and visiting the same places.  I want to see sites and meet new people this year.  Hopefully, I'll even rack up some miles on my passport.

What are your resolutions or goals for 2013?