My Most Anticipated YA Books I want to Read in January

Its hard to believe that we are already starting a brand new year, Happy New Year everyone.

I thought I would share some of my most anticipated ya books that are coming out this month that I am dying to read. Do any of these interest you?

These are books that I actually have sitting on my TBR:

The Cruel PrinceBefore I Let Go

These are books that I am hoping to pick up this month:

The Hazel Wood: A NovelBatman: NightwalkerEverless

Truly Devious: A MysteryMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet.Reign Of The Fallen

Love, Hate And Other FiltersZenithMarkswoman

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Hello January

First Book of the Year 2018 Edition Cover Reveal

The totally amazing and incredible Sheila from Book Journey is once again organizing the First Book of The Year 2018 edition. This is the fifth year that she is hosting this.

I had to say I wasn’t sure what book I wanted to read for my first book of the year and I decided to go with Faithful by Alice Hoffman. Its been sitting on my TBR for a little while now and this is an author I have not read before so why not plus it sounds really good.

What are you reading into the new year?

2017 Reading Stats

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Read 100 books (which was my goal for the year) which equals to 21,583 pages read in 2017.

The shortest book read was 32 pages:

The Nutcracker by Rachel Elliot

The longest book read was 532 pages:

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

The most popular book on Goodreads was:
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
314,101 people also read Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Least  popular book on Goodread was:
The Snow Queen by Charlotte Cooke

people also read The Snow Queen by Charlotte Cooke


A Scary Little Christmas by Regina Jennings. It was amazing with a 5.00 average
A Scary Little Christmas by Regina Jennings
My top shelves were:
  • books bought 2017
  • series
  • publisher sent book
  • blog tour
  • earcs
  • debut
  • netgalley free
  • books bought before 2017
  • borrowed
  • other

This is the first year I have actively used Good reads apart from last year (2016) and I am curious to see what 2018 will be like.

Do you use Goodreads to track your goals? Do you keep track of your reading stats?

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

Wishing you all the best for 2018.

2018 Reading Goals

What are your 2018 Reading Goals? What do you have planned to read? What do you have planned to do? Are they the same each year? How many books are you planning on reading?

Going into 2018 I realized I really need to make a lot of changes with my blog and my reading and I have spent countless hours trying to figure out what I am going to do so I thought I would share my 2018 Reading Goals with you so that you know your not alone in this.

Reading Challenges:

  • I admit I suck at reading challenges, always have and probably always will but that is okay. This year I am actually doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge once again. I like this one because I use Goodreads to document the books I buy each month, books I get given to me by friends/family and publishers/blog tours so its easy for me to add the books I read to keep track of what I read in a year. I like this because it gives you stats such as number of books read, pages, year book was published etc.
  • Another challenge I am doing is the Tsundoku Bingo that is hosted over at The Broken Spine. Erica has come up with a new Bingo board every quarter of the year and its basically reading the books in your own TBR pile.
  • I signed up to do the Blogger Shame Challenge that is being hosted over at The Herd Presents. This is another challenge where you are reading review copies that you got that are over 4 months old that you have yet to read and review. This is a great way to clean up my Netgalley account.
  • Finally the last reading challenge I am doing is the Try Something New Challenge and this is also being hosted over at The Herd Presents.
  • Speaking of TBR pile I am setting a goal of reading 5+ of my own books from my TBR shelves a month in hopes of at least clearing 60+ books off that pile by the end of the year. Plus I found a blogger, KimberlyFayeReads who is hosting a Tackle My TBR Challenge.
  • I am not going to do a book ban like I have in the past and although I really should. I have made a goal that if I buy books in a month, I need to read those before I am allowed to buy books in the next month.
  • I am setting a goal of reading 100 books this year.

Blog Challenges:

  • To read and review before beginning another book because I have this bad habit of not doing my reviews right away.
  • To properly label my posts.
  • To have more drafts in my folder so they are ready for a rainy day.
  • To promote my blog more on social media.
  • Set up a blogging schedule.
  • To post more regularly with different topics ie blog tours, book spotlights, bullet journal posts etc.

I am sure there is more and will probably update when I think of things I want to do during 2018.

Happy New Year everyone.

Blog Tour & Review/ Purrfect Santa by Jessie Lane and Chasity Bowlin

Source: ARC From Publisher
Title: Purrfect Santa: Howls Romance
Author: Jessie Lane & Chasity Bowlin
Genre: Paranormal Romance Novella
Release Date: December 12, 2017

A woman afraid to love …
Nikki knows what it is to lose those you love. With her focus on her orphaned sister, she hasn’t given herself the chance to process her own grief over the loss of their parents. Life is chaos and the last complication she needs is a mate.

A lion alone for too long …
Joe Miller knows chaos. Being orphaned as a child, he’s never had a family to call his own. Crashing with a friend for the holidays, he’s hoodwinked into playing Santa Claus at a local mall. The last thing on his mind is finding a mate.

A love worth the risk …
With her baby sister on her hip, sadness in her eyes, and a longing in her heart, Nikki waits in line with her sister to see Santa. From the moment he scents her, Joe is in deep. It’s going to take everything he has to convince Nikki the love outweighs the risk to her heart. Luckily for Joe, he has fate and Nikki’s adorable baby sister on his side. After all, who can say no to the Purrfect Santa at Christmas?
Chapter One

If one more kid tried to pull his beard, he was going to roar.

Joe looked at the small spawn of Satan currently sitting on his lap and held in the urge to growl. The kid was maybe five years old, had blonde hair, blue eyes and dimples galore. His first thought was she was adorable. Now, after she’d pulled on his Santa beard during the picture, he knew better. She was nothing but trouble. If he really were Santa, he would give her coal in her stocking and a letter advising her parents to put her in the naughty corner.

“Smile, Santa!”

The photographer’s words were more of a warning than a cue to get ready for the second picture. So Joe played his role, ho ho ho’d, and smiled for the camera while the brat on his lap asked him for a pony.

There had been a time when Joe hadn’t dreaded Christmas so much. Back when he was a kid and everything about Christmas had still seemed so magical. Not so much anymore. It sucked when you spent the holidays alone. To say he was a bit bitter about the holiday season was an understatement.

Which was part of the reason he couldn’t believe he was here at The Mall of the Smokies, being the damn Santa. How had he gotten wrangled into this position again?

His buddy Sam. Buddy. So much for never leaving a man behind, he thought. There he sat, covered from head to toe in red velvet that was none too fresh and none too clean, thanks to the boozy sweat of the previous wearer. Of course, he’d also had more than one kid with a leaky diaper on his lap that day.

And Sam, where was Sam? Nowhere to be seen.

Joe and Sam had served together in the Marine Corps, but once Sam had completed his term of service, he’d come back home to help run the family business, a lodge in the mountains of East Tennessee. Joe, having nowhere to go after getting out of the service himself, had taken Sam up on his offer to crash at the Bearadise Lodge.

There was just one catch. The Lodge was sponsoring Santa’s Workshop at the local outlet mall, and they were short one Santa. Apparently, the old Santa had been fired for drinking on the job.

Damn that Sam!

After only one day of being Santa, Joe could see why the previous hire had been driven to drink. These kids were hell on his nerves. Like the blonde brat who was once again pulling on his beard. He was just about to give her a little growl when she hopped off his lap and ran giggling to her mother, who gave him an unapologetic glance before dismissing him entirely.

This job would have been so much easier if he were in a shifter-run community. Then he could growl all he wanted. Instead, he was dealing with humans and had to keep his feline traits under wraps.

As the next kid, a little boy about the age of four, climbed on to his lap and proceeded to fart, Joe did his best not to cringe. Bullets and bad guys he could deal with. Snot-nosed kids were apparently his downfall. He’d only been at this for a day and he was thinking of telling Sam he could shove this Santa job where the sun didn’t shine. Joe didn’t even want to think about doing this until Christmas Eve. Three days away. Three long, miserable, endless days of bratty kids, droopy diapers, and disaffected parents more interested in their phones than their kids.

In fact, as the next kid proceeded to sneeze all over him, Joe considered walking out right then.

But then something happened that kept him glued to his seat. His sharp lion senses caught a new smell among the crowd. Peppermint and sugar cookies.

Mate, his lion roared inside his head.

The one person that was cosmically meant for him and him alone. The woman that Mother Nature deemed his. He scanned the crowd until he finally saw her at the end of the line, waiting to come see him.

Short, with generous curves that would fill his hands, she had black hair pulled to the top of her head in a messy bun. He wondered what color her eyes were, being too far away to see them. Scanning the rest of her body, he suddenly stopped when he came to the thing that shocked him the most.

A kid on her hip.

Was it her child? From this far away, he couldn’t scent the small one. Had someone already laid hands on his mate? His lion roared again, only this time it was in protest. No one should touch his mate but him! He would slaughter the man who had dared give his mate a cub.

“SANTA!” the elf behind the camera shouted.

Joe snapped his attention back to the man he was going to eviscerate for taking his concentration away from his mate, only to find a scared human staring at him. It was then he realized the child on his lap was shaking in fear.

The elf inched forward to whisper so the others in line couldn’t hear. “You growled at him, Santa! Say you’re sorry.”

His stomach sank. To say he felt like a colossal piece of shit was an understatement. He had been so wrapped up in his emotions that he had let his lion slip out a little in public, which was a big hell no in the shifter rules. Joe looked at the little boy on his lap and gave the kid a big smile, trying to play off what had happened. “How would you like a stuffed lion for Christmas? They go grrrrrrr.”

The little boy looked at him with wide eyes that slowly turned from fear to curiosity. “You can make a stuffed lion that growls?”

Joe nodded. “Sure can. I can put the elves to work on it right away if that’s what you want.”

The little boy scrunched his face up in thought but then shook his head no. “I really want a bike for Christmas, Santa. Can I have that instead of the lion?”

Relieved that the boy was no longer scared, Joe gave him a big grin and a wink. “I’ll see what I can do.”

“Yippee!” The boy squealed as he jumped off Joe’s lap and ran to his mother, who was waiting for him next to the photographer.

Joe watched as the boy happily walked away, then quickly turned his attention back to his mate, who was watching him from the back of the line with big wary eyes. The mating scent was too strong. He couldn’t tell whether or not the child was hers, but that didn’t matter.

She was his.

And if that meant he had to accept another man’s cub into his home to claim his mate, then that’s what he would do. Although he would take great pleasure in rubbing his scent all over both woman and cub every chance that he got. Just to make sure that everyone knew that they were now his and his alone.

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Chasity Bowlin lives in central Kentucky with her husband and their menagerie of animals. She loves writing, loves traveling and enjoys incorporating tidbits of her actual vacations into her books. She is an avid Anglophile, loving all things British, but specifically all things Regency. She also writes steamy contemporary and paranormal romance. 


Growing up in Tennessee, spending as much time as possible with her doting grandparents, soap operas were a part of her daily existence, followed by back to back episodes of Scooby Doo. Her path to becoming a romance novelist was set when, rather than simply have her Barbie dolls cruise around in a pink convertible, they time traveled, hosted lavish dinner parties and one even had an evil twin locked in the attic.
I quickly have to thank Enticing Journey Book Promotions for allowing me to be a part of this book tour and for sending me a copy of the book to read for my review today.
Purrfect  Santa was a super quick and fun read. This was the purrfect read on Christmas day while waiting for our dinner guests to arrive. Its faced paced, festive since it takes place over Christmas and definitely a page turner.
If you read my blog you will know that I love these kinds of books and I admit I don’t read shifter books as often as I should and hoping to read more in the new year.
Our main character Nikki is going through the motions of life and just barely. She is still grieving the lose of both of her parents who were killed and taking on the responsibilities of raising her younger sister, Sarah and try to keep her life as normal as possible and the means Christmas has to go on no matter what.
Enter Joe a handsome lion shifter who is filling in as a mall Santa for a friend who he is staying with since leaving the military. Its a normal day for Joe nothing exciting until he catches the scent of his mate in the line. He knows he is her mate.
As much as Nikki would love to be with Joe she is not ready for this and does everything she can to discourage him but can Joe just leave it be or will be fight to break down her walls? I can understand where Nikki is coming from as she is dealing with the lose of both her parents and having to be there for Sarah and she is afraid to let someone in when she knows the risk of losing them and she isn’t ready for that.
Can Nikki resist Joe for much longer while her heart is telling her to go for it?
This was the purrfect book to read on Christmas day and one that I am still thinking about. I highly recommend this super fun quick read if you like shifter books and even if you don’t and you just want a fun romance read this holiday season.