29 December 2016

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY-2016 WRAP UP-LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017



WELCOME BOOK LOVERS!

First off, I'm going to apologize in advance for the length today's post. There is a reason my normal blog posts are kept on the shorter side because for me, anything that is too long makes me tune out (news articles, magazine articles, blog posts...). Anyway, I promise to try my best to still keep this on the shorter side. 

My name is Cyndi and thanks for stopping by this week for Book Club Thursday (BCT). Each week myself and my two best friends (Ann and Karen) blog about books/and or book related themes. To learn more about each of us please click here

As I mentioned above, this week is a long post; today's theme(s) are:

Favorite/Least BCT from 2016
I want that 2017
BCT Schedule for 2017

To start off, I'm going to touch on my Least Favorite BCT Posts/Reviews from 2016  which will be followed my Favorites(to read more I've included the blog links for you):

Pretty lucky, most of what I read/and blogged about in 2016 for BCT was fun/enjoyable except: 

From Sept 15TH a joint Review day, I have to say this was one of my least favorite books of 2016:


From Nov 3RD, when I read/reviewed Body Language by Millie Criswell (again another clunker on my 2016 list)


On the favorite spectrum (I had to corral myself for listing too many!)  

From Jan 14TH, a Free Day theme when I admitted I am a comic book geek/nerd: 

Free Day 

From Jun 30TH, a themed day post:

WTF Moments

From July 14TH when we watched and reviewed a fantastic movie:


Love Between the Covers

From Aug 25TH: Looking back, this book makes my list of top reads for 2016:

Reading Challenge:Guilty Pleasure

From Oct 6TH where I read/reviewed a book by Lynsay Sands:


From Nov 24TH: This book also makes my list of top reads for 2016: 

Reading Challenge:Feel Good Book


Looking ahead to 2017, I'm pretty sure (fingers crossed) that several of these books that I really really really (you get the idea) want will make(again fingers crossed) my favorite list at the end of 2017 (yeah I went there and mentioned the end of 2017 when it hasn't even started 😆

I've included several Pre-order links when available: 





A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.
They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.
Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.
Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.
It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.
Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.









A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
 
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
            
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
           
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.





This fairy tale doesn't end with a kiss... A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!

The terrifying king of hell...

As a boy, Abyssian "Sian" Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster--just as she's been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope "Lila" Barbot's people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can't remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast's cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?







When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…
 
The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment. 
 
Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…
 
With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…





In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind… 
When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price. 
But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.




There are many more but info isn't up for some of the books-besides otherwise I'd never stop listing!  ha ha ha


Finally, here is information about BCT 2017:


Remember When: 

Each of us can blog about a specific book theme/topic from the past…for example: Remember When Fabio was on all the romance covers (okay so he wasn’t on all of them…)

Dates: Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7

Clearing Off the Book Shelves:

Each of us must read/review ANY book we want published over six months ago.

Dates: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8, Jul 13,
Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14

Free Day:

Each of us can blog about whatever strikes our fancy as long as it is book related.

Dates: Jan 19, Mar 16, May 18, Jul 20, Sept 21, Nov 16

Cover Talk :

Each of us post’s a book cover (no title or author) with the book’s description. We are hoping that some savvy readers will be able to guess what we have posted. Don’t worry though; we will disclose the exact book we are featuring. 

Dates: Feb 16, Apr 20, Jun 15, Aug 17, Oct 19, Dec 21

Reading Challenge: 

Each of us must choose to read and review a book from one of the lists below.

Dates: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 22, Jul 27, Aug 24, Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec 28

This year we went a large list to make our choices from.
However…the list is divided up into “Tricky” and “Easy”.
SIX (or more) of the books must come from the “Tricky” list.

And at least ONE of the books must come from our “Super Tricky” list.

See a topic that makes you curious? Yes, we want you to get in touch.
TRICKY

Read a book published before 2010
Read a book with a wedding
Read a book published in the month (not year) you were born
Working Girls  
Read a book set in your home state
Read a book that includes nature on the cover
Read a book with a cover that you really don’t like (ugly)
Read a book you once gave up on
Read a book with a clever title
Read a book that takes place in Winter
Read a book that includes a Holiday
Read a book set in/around New Orleans
Read a book with a “Food” word in the title
Read a book that includes a food item on the cover
Read a book with a seasonal word in the title

EASY
Read a new author
Start a new series
Read an anthology
Read a hardcover
Read a trade
Read a “small town romance”
Re-Read a “suitcase” / desert island book
Read a book with a favorite romance trope
Read a book set in another country (any genre)
Read a book with a favorite historical time period
Read a paranormal with a favorite type of character
Read a book under 250 pages
Read a book over 300 pages
Read a book you keep meaning to read
Read a book set in the Future
Read or re-read a favorite authors debut book

SUPER TRICKY

Read a book that taught you about a subject you are unfamiliar with
Read a book with a on the run or road trip theme
Trifecta Books (sounds, cover and title must all …be cute/sexy /etc)
Read a book with an “unconventional” heroine
Name that Tune 

REVIEW DAY 

Each of us will read and review the same book. Don’t worry- we’ll give you plenty of advance notice so you can read along.

Dates: Mar 30, Jun 29, Aug 31, Nov 30

Lastly, from time to time we may host a GIVEAWAY- another reason to follow us each Thursday or on our Facebook pages.







We are excited to roll out changes in our BCT art work which will debut next week: 


January 5TH: Remember When