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The Best I've Read in 2010

Listed below are some of the best books I've read in 2010.  This doesn't mean they were published in 2010 but that I have read them in 2010. So check them out and let me know your favorite books in 2010.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton Soulless by Gail Carriger

Mercy's Embrace Trilogy by Laura Hile

Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy            

The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth

The Iron King and The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Well there you have it! I've read many books that I've really liked but these are at the top of the list.  Are any of these books on your list? Any books you love and would recommend?

A few announcements:

The fabulous girls over at Good Choice Reading are hosting a giveaway hop and I signed up for it! It's the  Valentine Day's Books With Love giveaway hop. It takes place on February 14 - February 16, 2011.  There is still time to sign up if you want to participate too. Just click on the button below and it will take you to the sign up. If you don't want to participate, I hope you come by my blog on those dates and enter to win a fantastic prize. I won't tell you what it is yet, but I will tell you it will be international!

I also want to remind everyone about the Harry Potter Reading challenge. It starts in January. You still have plenty of time to sign up for the challenge. In the next day or so I will be adding a Mr. Linky so you can link up your reviews on Harry Potter. I'm so excited to  finally be reading this series. I hope you are too! Also if you haven't grabbed one of these adorable Harry Potter button, please do! They were made by Lesley at Young Adult …

Venetia by Georgette Heyer

Title: Venetia
Author: Georgette Heyer
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Audiobook, 4:49:05
ISBN 10:1843793792 ; -13:978-1843793793
Summary:In all her twenty-five years, lovely Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate. Then she meets her neighbour, Lord Damerel, and before she knows better, she is egging on a libertine whose way of life has scandalized the county for years.
I have been asked many times in the last few years if I have ever read anything by Georgette Heyer.  The answer to that question was no.  Georgette Heyer has come recommended highly by several different people.  My awesome mom bought me the audio book, Venetia.  I don't listen to audio books very much but I think I will in the future. I don't get to read as much as I'd like to because life and laundry get in the way. So, I would put on the CD whenever I was folding laundry or busy cleaning and listen to Venetia. I found myself wanting to clean more just so I could lis…

The Ancillary's Mark by Daniel Cohen

Title: The Ancillary's Mark
Author: Daniel A. Cohen
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication Date: November 4, 2010
paperback, 246 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935605-76-8

The legend of the Ancillary flower has existed for centuries. Foretold to bring out the limitless potential of its bearer, the flower and the legend have been forgotten by many. Recently, strange events in a shrouded Tibetan town have sparked rumors among those who still believe.       Jacob Deer is a quirky young man, bound for college, with an eccentric old librarian for a best friend, an obsession with sitting down in elevators, and a strange birthmark on his hand that's shaped mysteriously like the markings on the Ancillary's petals. When Jacob's mentor Mr. Maddock reveals to him his connection with the legendary Ancillary, it sets in motion a series of events that sends Jacob and friends across the world. Alongside an alluring young woman, a marine-reject, and a Tibetan kid obsessed with comic boo…

Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul by H. A. Goodman

Title: Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul
Author: H.A. Goodman
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Hardcover, 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4520-1818-8

What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC …
Merry Christmas

Winner of Drew in Blue

The winner of Drew in Blue is.......

Teresa Kelley

I will forward your information to J.M. Kelly.  A big THANK YOU  to  J.M. Kelly for sponsoring this giveaway.

The Advent of Lena by Neil M. Campbell

Title: The Advent of Lena
Author: Neil M. Campbell
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: Nov. 5, 2010
paperback, 333 pages
ISBN: 1451509251

Can Beauty rescue Beast from the tyranny of image and his flawed perceptions of reality . . .
Beauty: Chloe Lambert is used to men looking at her twice, but for all the wrong reasons - they cannot believe how ugly she is. Her first encounter with Park Delafield leaves her with no reason to suspect he is any different; his first words in her presence constitute a slur on her appearance.
Beast: For Park, spiritual bankrupt with the perfect looks, only beautiful women count until he insults a stranger in a pub and is at once struck down by one of her companions. On his knees, Park perceives in an epiphany, that solely with the help of the woman he has offended can he find deliverance from the bonds of nihilism and self-regard.
The chase: He sets out to involve her in his spiritual rebirth but she, bewildered by his attentions and repelled by …


Winner of Charlotte Collins is JL Jackson who said she would like to see a sequel with Marry and Kitty. I think that would be a fun book to read. 

Winner of Across the Universe is Sarah Em from Books Like Water

Congrats to the winners. I'll be emailing you shortly with details on how to claim your prize. Don't forget to check your spam. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Be sure to check out the other contests located in the left sidebar.

Almost Human, Volume 1 : Fatal Infatuation by Melanie Nowak

Title: Fatal Infatuaion (Almost Human: The First Trilogy #1)
Author: Melanie Nowak
Publisher: WoodWitchDame Publications
Publication Date: July 3, 2008
Paperback, 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9824102-8-8

Summary: Felicity views going away to college as an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman, but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargains for when she finds that her school is plagued by vampires!
Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose.
His mission: find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity's new friend Ben. She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain's most difficult task lies in controlling himself.
Together they join an ensemb…

Sunday Confessions Dec. 19, 2010

This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

I can't believe December is almost over. It seems this month has flown by! Next Saturday many of us will be celebrating Christmas. There are many things that I love about this time of year but one of my most favorite is the music. I love Christmas music.  It can brighten even the darkest of days. It can put a spring in your step. It can get stuck in your head so you can't help but sing. Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs:

I won't be doing Sunday Confessions next week because of the Holidays. I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
What are your favorite Christmas songs?

With Love, Now and Forever by RaeAnne Hadley

Title: With Love, Now and Forever
Author: RaeAnne Hadley
Publisher: lulu
Publication Date: May 10, 2010
paperback, 274 pages
ISBN: 978-0-557-35076-6

Summary: Multiple soul mates. She ran the statement through her shocked brain, allowing it to seep into her broken heart. Twelve years after losing the love of her life, she was being told that everyone has more than one chance at true love. Could it possibly be true? From outward appearances, Anastasia Cassadine has the perfect life; a very successful company and handsome men vying to be her companion. But the appearance she projects is terribly misleading. Ana is haunted by a dark secret from her past, one that involved her first love, Austin Troy.Ana is still grieving when she meets Rick Montgomery, the attractive psychic who immediately puts her on her guard, though their attraction is undeniable. As they get closer, dark forces gather to tear them apart.Once more forced to relive the terror that forced her and Austin apart so many ye…

Guest Post by J.M. Kelly and Drew in Blue giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of having J.M. Kelly on To Read or Not To Read.  J.M. Kelly is the author of Drew In Blue, A contemporary romance with her ideal hero.  She will also be giving away an e-copy of Drew In Blue so be sure to fill out the form below.  
Once upon a time, I was a frustrated reader who could never really find a hero she could fall in literary love with. See, I have weird taste in leading men. The most interesting part of a character to me is his greatest flaw. His fears, his shortcomings, his insecurities: These are the things that make me sit up and take notice. Thing is, when I read romances, I find myself often confronted with a hero who is well … a little too perfect for his own good. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for bulging biceps, courageous behavior, noble aspirations, and maybe even a fireman’s cap sitting atop a crown of deliciously tousled locks. Trust me, I adore these attributes. Thing is, if they aren’t a little flawed, I start to zone out. And I found myse…

Winner of Believe

Yelania from The Itzel Library.  I'll pass along your info to Marissa Dobson.  
Thank you to everyone who entered this contest.  If you didn't win you can purchase your copy from the following stores:

Amazon ~ Kindle ~ B&N ~ Nook ~ 1 Place For Romance ~ All Romance E-Books ~ Smashwords ~ OmniLit ~ Digi Books ~ Turquoise Morning Press

Smith by Mike Devlin

Title: Smith
Author: Mike Devlin
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limeted
Publication Date: July 2, 2010
paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 1907652531(ISBN13: 9781907652530)

When Albert Smith staggers into his kitchen one morning, his oven mitt addresses him as "Emperor of the Universe". Smith does the only reasonable thing and silences the apparent phantasm by hitting it hard with the next utensil at hand. Yet shortly after that, he finds himself catapulted into space along with a fast food restaurant, only to discover that he is not the only pretender to this title. Outlandish characters of all sorts try to impede his coronation, whereas the awesome Panda, loyal if verbose Grint, and a robot named Sunny (who isn't) escort him through his involuntarily humorous adventure.

WARNING!!! Before you read this stop what you're doing and go check out your toaster. You read that right, your toaster! Does it look normal or does it look like it might want to take over the u…

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The Harry Potter Buttons are working now!!! Much appreciation and thanks goes to Leslie from Young Adult Books Reviewed for making this happen. I could not have done this without her.  So please feel free to grab the button and put it on your sidebar!

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Giveaway of Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I'm not sure how it happened but I received an extra copy of Across The Universe by Beth Revis and I'm giving it away! This book is an arc and will be released on January 11, 2011. Since this book hasn't been released yet and is a debut, I want this book to go to a book blogger who is willing to review it. Good luck everyone and may the odds be with you!

To enter:
Fill out the form below
You must be 13 years old to enter
This is for US/Canada addresses only
You MUST have an active book blog (I will be checking)
You don't have to be a follower
Contest ends December 21, 2010


I solemnly swear that I am up to no good! Harry Potter Challenge update.

Starting in January 2011, I will be reading the entire Harry Potter series. For those who don't know about this, click here to see the original post. I wanted to answer a few questions that I've received along the way.

1. You don't have to be a blogger to participate. It's for anyone who wants to read the series with me. 2. You don't have to follow my schedule. If you can't resist, you can read them all in January if you want. LOL.  I chose one book a month to give myself plenty of time to read them. I will also be posting once a month with my thoughts on the books. There will also be some giveaways. 3. Please fill out the form if you want to participate in this challenge. I will be picking the winners from the form. 4. Also I'll be adding a Harry Potter Tab so you can keep up with my reviews and link up your own.  5. Check out these really cool buttons that Lesley from Young Adult Books Reviewed made for the challenge.   Grab one and put them on your sidebar! Th…

Guest Post by Jennifer Becton and Charlotte Collins giveaway

I am so happy to have Jennifer Becton on my blog today. Jennifer is the author of Charlotte Collins, A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Charlotte Collins is one of my favorite books that I've read this past year. If you have not read this book yet, you definitely should get a copy.

The Jane Austen Experience and You Jennifer Becton
Ever wondered why Jane Austen’s works have endured in popularity for so long? Why do readers almost 200 years later still sigh over Mr. Darcy and yearn to walk the halls of Pemberley?
And is it just the characters of Lizzie and Darcy that draw some much of our attention?
At first, I thought so. I couldn’t get enough of them. I read sequels and watched the movies, but then I started seeing elements of Pride and Prejudice in other movies and books: Twilight, Bridget Jones’s Diary, You’ve Got Mail, and many more. These all share themes of P&P, but the characters are not necessarily the same.
So it had to be something more than just Liz…

Sunday Confessions Dec. 12, 2010

This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

Do you have any MUST reads for the holidays? I have a few books that I love to bring out during the holidays to read.

I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens every year to the kids. The book isn't very long and it takes us about a week to get through it. Then we watch a bunch of different versions of the movie.

My next favorite is The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg. I love the pictures in this book.  The movie is also great and puts me in the mood for hot chocolate.

This last book is one of my absolute favorites. It's called Winter's Tale by Robert Sabuda. It's a pop-up book. This book made me say "oooooooooooo" when I first opened it.

These pictures don't really do this book justice…