Chick Lit Rocks

What I Read in 2013

Love To Read

I read a lot. I’m an author so I guess it’s expected. In 2013 my focus changed dramatically. I went from wanting to be a blogger / speaker / author / etc for working moms to realizing that wasn’t my true passion and changed everything. In all reality I thought (because of books I’d read) that it would be the way to make a decent living until I could write fiction for a living.

Bad plan. In so many ways.

I ended up accepting that it really wasn’t what I wanted to do and I really wasn’t equipped to do it either. So I made the jump to what I wanted to do and started writing contemporary romance novels. And boy has it been fun!

But I wanted to share what I’ve read. If you’re reading this blog, you are a reader. I’m not here to tell you I’m the best and you shouldn’t read anyone else’s work. That would be dumb of me. I’m a huge fan of a bunch of different writers out there and I want you to have some other ideas of great people to follow. So, without further ado… my list from 2013 (organized, I hope)…

Business / Writing books
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Do the Work
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters

Personal Improvement / Entertainment
5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life
Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success
One Word that will Change Your Life
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life
Are You Living or Existing?
Life’s Golden Ticket

Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit
Breaking the Rules
The Buggy List
Losing It
Faking It (Losing It)
Finding It (Losing It)
Falling Into You
Falling Into Us
Simply Irresistible (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
The Sweetest Thing (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
Head Over Heels (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
Lucky in Love (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
At Last (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor)
It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor)
Always on My Mind (A Lucky Harbor Novel)
One Pink Line
Kat Fight
Nothing Stays In Vegas (The Escape Collection)
Unexpected Gifts (A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance)
Hidden Gifts (A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance)
Sand Castle Bay (An Ocean Breeze Novel)
Wind Chime Point (An Ocean Breeze Novel)
Sea Glass Island (An Ocean Breeze Novel)
Perfect for You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Close to You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Return to You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Looking for You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Dream Of You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Sweet On You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Tamed By You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Here With You (A Laurel Heights Novel)
Chasing Justice (Book 1) (Piper Anderson Series)
Beach Combing
Build A Man
Temporary Fiancée
Seeing Stars
Socially Awkward: A Novel
Actions Speak Louder
Worth The Weight (The Worth Series Book 1: A Copper Country Romance)
Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance
Whiskey and Gumdrops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance
Prior Engagements
The Cell Phone Lot
Sammi Ever After
Love Unlisted: A Novel
If You Loved Me
Cross My Heart (A Contemporary Romance Novel)
Falling Star
Golden State
Hot Summer (The HOT CARIBBEAN LOVE Series)
Summer Lovin’
Against The Wall
Between The Sheets (Against The Wall)
Resisting the Bad Boy (Nice Girl to Love, Book One)
Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Three-Book Collection (#1 Resisting, #2 Falling, #3 Choosing)
Finding the Right Girl (A Nice GUY to Love spin-off)
Mine ‘Til Monday
The Proposal (A Perfect Match Series)
Melting Point (Seattle Steam)
If The Shoe Fits (Book 1, Once Upon A Romance Series)
Happily Ever Afton
Touching Helene
Love Divine
You Make Me Feel Brand New
Double Dare
Untouched
Unbroken (Beachwood Bay)
Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers)
Not Dreaming of You (Romantic Comedy)
Always Dreaming of You
Mia Like Crazy
Secrets of a Shoe Addict (Shoe Addicts Anonymous)
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

Wow, I think I might have a problem! 85 books! Seriously though, there were books I couldn’t finish and books I didn’t like. All the ones here are ones I enjoyed at least somewhat. If you see a series, chances are I really liked it! If you see an author repeated, I enjoyed what I read and wanted more. There are some fabulous authors out there, and there are some horrible ones. But everything on this list offered something that I liked. Oh, and even better, a lot of these books are free!

I hope you’ll check out a few of the books I read in 2013. I think they could be awesome for you to pick up too!

 

Disclaimer: The links are affiliate links. That means if you click on one of the links above, it will take you to Amazon, and if you buy something, I will get a percentage of your purchase. Yes, your entire purchase. So if you’re in the mood for a new computer or flat screen TV, click on over and pick one up!

Seven Reasons I Write

Seven

I’ve always loved to write. Growing up it was a way for me to create something new and different. My sister is an artist – as in she draws, paints, and has a degree in sculpture. Her talents always made me feel like I wasn’t creative. I was so impressed by her and thought I wasn’t any good.

I also found that math and science were easy for me. With those subjects, you either know it or you don’t. There isn’t any room for interpretation so if you’re good at it, you don’t have to try so hard. With English, Language Arts today, there was more opinion than I could ever handle. My teachers made me feel like I was wrong. We would try to understand Shakespeare and I was wrong, every time. We would read historical novels and I just didn’t get it. I ended up hating English.

Until college.

I don’t remember the class now, but I remember my English 102 class my freshman year of college. I had a grad student as the teacher and she was awesome. She really let us figure things out and let us interpret things our own way. I found my love for English again.

But it was still another fifteen years before I decided to become a writer. Why now?

1. I’ve always loved to read. It sound cliche a little bit, but you do what you know. Well, I know books. I read about one book each week on average. I’ve read a book in a day before. I devour books, and it made sense that I would write them.

2. I love getting lost in another world, or another life. When I write, I lose myself in the characters I’m creating. My first book, still unpublished, the main character is someone I relate to. She’s similar to me in a lot of ways, so it was easy to relate to her. The books I’ve written since, the women and men are very different from me. But each character has a little piece of the person I wish I was, or the person I am. And it’s exciting to be that person, just for a little while.

3. A book can change your world. I remember reading Ordinary People when I was in high school. I don’t remember much about it now (I really need to re-read it one day) but I know it had an impact on me. I told my friend, later my boyfriend, about the book. We were talking about what we were reading and his English class was reading something else. He read it a few weeks later. He hugged me and thanked me for telling him about the book. He said it truly changed his life. That’s what I hope to create one day.

4. It comes easy to me. That sounds conceited or crazy, maybe, but it really does. At first I fought it, but after I started, I couldn’t stop writing. I can finish a book in about three weeks, before editing. That sounds like a long time, but there are a lot of authors out there who write one book each year. They are immensely talented, but they get tied up in a lot of other things. For me, I just get to write, and the words flow.

5. I’m living my dream. When I was in elementary school, I wrote a short story, a few of them. I remember the thrill I got from writing. From sharing my ideas and being able to talk about what was interesting to me. And I never let go of that. I pushed English to the side as I realized I was good at math and science, but writing was always something I came back to. It’s my dream to be a writer, and I know this is what I’m meant to do.

6. I listened to my friends. There were many times that I was told, “you should write a book.” Most of the time it was about advice I had given on different subjects, but the intention was there. I started to let myself think I could write a book, and when I finally jumped in, I loved it.

7. Writing is a part of me. I’ve always been a good writer. I edit everything I read as I read it (not to say I don’t make mistakes too) and I think about how I would have said something. I can’t write a short e-mail (one reason I suck at Twitter) and I will always give you more information than you need. But writing is right for me. I haven’t always kept a journal, but I have always written. Sometimes it’s e-mails to friends, sometimes it’s a way to get out my thoughts and ideas, and sometimes it’s just creativity flowing. But writing is in me.

Writing is perfect for me. It’s something that makes me feel like I’m whole. My last career left me feeling empty, so I know this is the right fit for my life.

So what about you? Leave a comment below and tell me why you do what you do. If you’re not doing what you love, tell me what you would love to do and why!