Audio Obsession #10. Favorite audiobooks of 2016

AudioObsession
Audio Obsession is a feature where I spread my love for audiobooks around blogosphere. Here you’ll see all things audio related.

Today I bring to your attention 5 audiobooks with great narration that I enjoyed immensely in 2016. I highly recommend all of them. I described them in short twittish format. I also talk about an amazing series, I read last year. Read More

Ksenia’s Favorite books of 2016

It’s a little bit late for this post, but I want to highlight my favorite books, and since I was on hiatus I post it now. I’ve read 50 books in 2016. It seems like a small number, especially comparing to several of my blogger friends (who I think have some fast-reading superpower), but I’m a slow reader and last year was especially challenging. Between applications, studies, exams, starting my Ph.D. program in September and my son starting school at the same time I didn’t have much time to read and blog. I’m surprised I’ve managed to complete my GR-challenge. Read More

Monthly Recap: January 2017

When I moved my blog to WordPress last January, I declared that I wanted my blog to be more personal. As I look back I realize that I posted mostly reviews and book-related discussion. Where were my personal posts? It’s time to make some changes. Read More

Review: Never Been Kissed by Molly O’Keefe. I loved this story to pieces.

Title: Never Been Kissed (Boys of Bishop #2)
Author: Molly O’Keefe
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates.
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Audiobook review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Can you die from cuteness?

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Narrator: Michael Crouch
Story rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 5 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. Read More

Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes. Breath of fresh air in NA.

Title: Undecided
Author: Julianna Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS

When reviews began to appear in my feed, I was intrigued. What was in this book that everyone seems to love it? After finishing it I see its appeal. I read a lot of NA. It saddens me to admit, but average NA book usually brings instant-love romance with two broken characters healing each other, spiced up with sex and dirty talk. It often features your usual womanizer athletic hero and nerdy virginal heroine. After some time this concept loses its appeal. Read More

Life update

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around lately or maybe not. Anyway, where have I been? Read More

Review: Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe. Beautifully written deep romance.

Title: Wild Child
Author: Molly O’Keefe
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while. Read More

Audiobook review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Story rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 3 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love… Read More

Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. Their passion for music was contagious

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away. Read More