Hey Krowdies! Did you know I refer to my readers and anyone who tunes in to my blog, books, tweets as my Krowd?
Kimmy's Krowd, to be more specific. Whether you want to be a part of a crowd, or not, you're in there. No strings attached. No sign up required. And you don't have to send me a birthday card on May 8th. Just read and review.
I'm not sure why I post my yearly reads except that it gives me a thoughtful reflection on the worlds I delved into by taking on these novels.
I start and abandon as many as I finish and don't list those rejects here because if I abandoned them, I didn't connect with the story, or the writing, or the editing. Or I wasn't in the mood for a vampire suspense, erotic fantasy or anything that begins with a gory crime scene.
I'm specific in what I like to read, just like you. And my current mood factors into it, as well. I read Suspense, Crime, Mystery, Women's Fiction and occasionally a romance or a funny book to break up the heaviness of criminal activities. I don't read anything gory, no torture, and if an animal dies, I stop reading immediately. I write Suspense, as well. Although I've shared space with Stephen King and Dean Koontz on Amazon lists, I do not write blood, gore, crime scenes, torture, horror, and although my characters have problems, open wounds and horrific suffering are not the kind of problems I write about. No animals die. Ever. I consider myself an Empath and I can only take on so much of the emotion as I read. Consequently, I write novels that have a tolerable amount of conflict.
Without further ado, here's what I read, finished, and liked/loved this year as Kimmy's Korner on Amazon (Fiction Only.)
My reviews of each book can be found over here:
Sister - Rosamund Lupton
The Inheritance - Heidi Hostetter
Turtle Moon - Alice Hoffman
Silent Lies - Kathryn Croft
Closing In - Sue Fortin
In a Cottage in a Wood - Cass Green
Fortunate Monsters - Nancy Fulton
The Hideaway - Lauren K. Denton
The Sister - Louise Jensen
The EvoAngel - Ellen King Rice
Last Breath - Karin Slaughter
Settling for More - Lori Leger
A Trick of the Light - Louise Penny
Why Not Kill Her? - Paul Sanders
The Driver - Hart Hanson
Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine
The Wildwater Walking Club - Claire Cook
Damnable Legacy - G. Elizabeth Kretchmer
Fathermucker - Greg Olear
Volcano House - J. L. Oakley
The Light of the Fireflies - Paul Pen
Here on Earth - Alice Hoffman
Christmas 911 - Lori Leger
Make No Bones About It - Ann Charles
After You Left - Carol Mason
The Russian Obsession - Nikki Navarre
Revelation - Carter Wilson
Sister Sister - Sue Fortin
Everything We Keep - Kerry Lonsdale
Slave Queen - H. B. Moore
Here's to Us - Elin Hilderbrand
I'll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson
A Drop of Ink - Megan Chance
Scorch Road - Toby Neal
Beneath the Surface - Melynda Price
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
The Witch of Napoli - Michael Schmicker
Qualify - Vera Nazarian
Brain on Fire (memoir) - Suzannah Calahan
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You - Courtney Maum
I initially choose books by price, interest level and professional covers. There are so many I can't read because they cost more than $5 and unless I absolutely love that author, or have it gifted to me, I don't pay more than $5 for an ebook. I stick to a very tight budget and wait for sales on book sites like Book Bub and Fussy Librarian to name a few.
I get a lot of offers to read books and choose randomly from my list of free books for reviews by reading the first page. If it doesn't grab me by the throat, I move on.
Life is too short to not be grabbed by the throat by a book.
Happy Reading Everyone!
KIM HORNSBY is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author who lives in Seattle, writing Suspense and Romance. Find her on Amazon to see how she opened shows for Jamie Foxx and The Smother's Brothers in Hawaii, then became a novelist.
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