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A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong | Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakes | Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham

Hello, lovely readers!

Oh, dear. It’s the last day of 2016, folks! I can’t say I’m going to miss it. It’s been such a brutal stretch for everyone, to be honest so I’m sure you’ll forgive me when I say, good riddance. Besides the fact that the world is probably going to hell in a handbasket, the health scare that pops went through really tops the shit-flavoured cake I’ve been force-fed this past month. But I’m happy to announce that he’s doing well. He’s at home taking it easy and recuperating well. If I haven’t thanked you yet, please know that your kind words, prayers and well wishes are all very much appreciated.

I’ve decided to flounce out of blogging over the last couple of weeks because I figure y’all would be busy during the Holidays anyway. So I didn’t do much but read as much as I can. I reached my Goodreads reading goal way ahead of time and have managed to go over and above my target. However, I wasn’t able to beat the number I posted last year. But that’s okay. At least I made it! How did you do?

Books For Review (above)

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me a copy of A Darkness Absolute. Last year’s City of the Lost was one of my favourites, so I was really happy when they sent me a copy of the sequel. I can’t wait to see what Casey and Sheriff Daulton get up to this time around.

I also got a couple of books from Simon & Schuster Canada which I’m so excited about. I’ve already read Close Enough to Touch (so good!), and looking forward to reading a new historical romance from Genevieve Graham. I have been eyeing her books for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to them. Thanks so much for sending me these books, dear publishers! These were sent to me at the beginning of the month which I haven’t shared until now.

Last Haul of the Year

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler | Blood Vow by J.R. Ward | Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer | Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

I’ve already read Between the World and Me which I will talk about briefly on my Top Reads of 2016 post (going up tomorrow). I picked it up last week and have read it twice just because. I also picked up Another Day in the Death of America which, if you’ll remember was included in my Christmas wish list. Well, no one really gave me books for Christmas so I had to buy it myself. That’s okay. I posted the list late so none of my family members knew which books I wanted. That’s all on me.

December Reads

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m feeling low, I tend to seek out books that give me comfort. More often, that’s Sandra Brown. And since I’ve more or less polished off most of her backlist, this month, I sought Romance instead. So I gluttoned myself with Lauren Layne and Sawyer Bennett. And they did the trick. I read 17 books this month and most of them romance novels.

Thanks for the wonderful year, everyone! It’s been tough for all of us but amidst all our disagreements and dramas, I know we’ll stick to each other no matter what. I will make myself scarce in the social media (except Instagram) so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see my shadow on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy New Year and please be kind to one another most especially to yourself. <3



  • I’m so glad to hear your Dad is
    better now, Joy. I hope you all had wonderful Holidays.

    So you’ve read all Sandra
    Brown’s back list. I still have 4 or 5 books. I’m saving them for later, Lol.

  • Aw, buying books for yourself that you wanted is good too, though 😉 I’m glad December was mostly good 🙂 And so glad your dad is doing better. <3 (Hope he still is. Hugs.) And yay for reading a bunch too 😀

  • Sara Walker

    Happy New Year, Joy!!!! I like Sawyer Bennett- I read the first book in the Sugar Bowl series, I just need to finish it (as per usual). I am glad your dad is doing better.

    2017 is going to be great, I know it!!

    • Thanks, Sara! I was conflicted about the books and I had an up and down emotions while reading them. You should totally check out Lauren Layne’s books. They’re so much fun!

  • Glad to hear that your father is doing better. 2016 was quite a dumpster fire. Here’s hoping that 2017 will be better. I did a lot of comfort listens towards the end of the year. A lot of relistens to books that will make me laugh. I will continue with that if I need to escape reality for a while. Happy New Year!

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I did exactly that after the election. I re-read a fun-filled romance so I could forget about how depressing the results were. Lol.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m really happy to hear your dad is home and resting! That’s wonderful news. I REALLY hope that 2017 isn’t as bad as I fear it could be…in the world at large. In my personal world, I’m striving to make it a good one. 🙂

    I’m glad you were able to dive into a lot of great romance novels this past month! Sometimes comfort books are all you need.


    • I think striving to make it better year is a good goal. Because there are just a lot of things that are out of our control. Happy New Year, Lauren!

  • I am so glad to hear that your dad is getting better. Heart surgery is scary stuff. I have A Darkness Absolute and am looking forward to it. Sometimes a romance novel is just what you need and I love Lauren Layne & Sawyer Bennett. Happy New Year, Joy!

    • Thanks, Carole.

      Yep. Romance is my go-to for when I’m feeling down in the dumps so needless to say, it’d been my saviour for the last few weeks of 2016.

  • Comfort reads are always good to have

  • I haven’t read the first Sawyer Bennet book so I will try to in
    2017-any recommendations? I have read Lauren Layne though not the ones shown.

    So glad to hear your father is back home and doing better! You have me intrigued about the one you read twice. I may have to check that one out!
    Happy New Year Joy!

    • Honestly, it was darker than I’d like. I wasn’t ready for that. Lauren Layne was more up to my speed.

      Thank you, Lorna. I hope you had a great New Year’s with your family. Looking forward to reading more of your recommendations in 2017. 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Yes, yes, yes for Between the World and Me! I’m also excited to see Lauren Layne on your list for this month–her books are perfect for this time of the year. I’m looking forward to your Top Reads of 2016, Joy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2017 has to be better than this…right? *fingers crossed*

    • Let’s hope so. 2016 has been cruel. 🙁

      Happy New Year to you, Keertana!

  • Happy New Year, Joy! I’m glad to see your dad is doing well and hopefully 2017 will be a better year overall.

    • Happy New Year!

      Yes, he’s doing well. Just yesterday, he called because he wanted ice cream so I had to get him some sugar reduced frozen yoghurt. Lol.

  • kindlemom1

    Glad your dad is doing better and at home now! You are going to love A Darkness Absolute, it is fabulous! I hope you enjoy all your books and congrats on meeting your Goodreads goal!
    Have a nice New Year!

  • karina

    Happy New Year, sweetheart! Hope 2017 will treat you gently xxxx big hugs xxx

  • I’m sorry to hear about your dad, Joy! I went back and read the post (sorry it’s been a busy month and I missed it!) I hope he’s getting better now!

    I’m so jealous you got a copy of A Darkness Absolute! I requested and was denied! *sobs* I’ll stop my pity party now because I really have nothing to complain about since it releases next month anyhow, lol! I just read the first book a couple of months ago and LOVED it! I just got the audio book of Blood Vow from the library so I’ve got to get to it. I’ve got several audios I have to get through before they expire! Eeeeek! Sandra Brown is a great author to fall back on for comfort reads. Linda Howard is pretty good for romantic suspense as well if you got through all of SB’s. I recommend: Kill and Tell, All the Queen’s Men, Veil of Night, Veil of Night, and Midnight Rainbow. I listened to the audio versions.

    Hope the new year brings nothing but happiness, Joy! 🙂

    • It’s been a hell of a year personally or otherwise. Crossing my fingers that 2017 will be so much better.

      Gasps! How dare they?! Lol. It’s almost here, so don’t fret. 🙂 I have to see if my library lends out audiobooks. Saves me a ton of money if that’s the case.

  • I am so over 2016. I agree: Good Riddance! I hope you have a wonderful 2017. Nice book haul. I recently read Between the World and Me. That author has an incredible ability to turn a phrase. His writing is fantastic.

    • Thanks, Rebecca. I hope you will, too. I totally agree. Ta-Nehesi Coates is new to me, but I really like how passionate he was at driving his point.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I’m glad to hear your dad is doing better. 2016 has been a rough year and I hope 2017 is much better. You still read a lot of books this month. Sadly, I am struggling with all the holiday festivities and all the news shows on Netflix have sucked me in! I hope you have a great New Year!

    • Oh God. I hope so too.

      Luckily, I did not heed the call of Netflix during my short break so I was able to read as much as I can.

  • So glad to hear your dad is doing well!! I know this year has been rough all around, and I hope next year is much better.
    That’s a lot of books read this month – well done!! I still want to read The Chemist soon.
    Happy New Year, Joy!

    • Thanks, Brandie!

      I hope you had a great New Year’s with Sunnie and hubby. <3

  • RO

    Thrills about Dad! I know that takes a load off your mind, and is a true blessing. Reading is relaxing, when we can do it, so glad you got a little in. JR Ward – Yes! I am still trying to figure out Instagram!😀Happy New Year and HUGE Hugs…

    • Totally. He’s up and about so that’s good.

      Happy New Year, Ro!

  • Kara Lauren

    I am so glad to hear your father is doing better! I hope 2017 will be better for you Joy. I know what you mean about feeling low and seeking out comfort reads, I seemed to do that earlier this year. I think I also read a lot of romance when I am cold! 🙂

    • Thanks, Kara. He’s doing so much better. 🙂

      Romance tend to be easy and fun, so yes. It’s my go-to.

  • Yes, a lot of people are not going to be sad to see 2016 go. Here’s to 2017 being a lot better than this past year, and I hope you enjoy celebrating its arrival with friends and family. And I am so glad to hear that your father is recovering well ^.^

    • Thanks, Olivia.

      I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year’s. May 2017 bring you lots of great reads, good health and happiness. <3