Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Goals and The Blushing Reader Blog Book Club!





Happy New Year!!  


I hope the first few days of 2014 are treating you well!  This year I made a few resolutions (let's call them goals) and I plan on sticking with them.  (I already blew the diet goal, so don't worry this isn't about how I am drinking green smoothies)

One of my goals: Have more fun blogging.

This year I am going to change a few things about how I blog and what I blog (all good things, I promise).  I am going to get back to reading as a hobby (not a job) and enjoy myself more while blogging.  I love The Blushing Reader, but last year I let it take over my life a bit and I felt like I was a machine.  Not this year!  This year I want more interaction, more heart and less stress!

So what are some of these changes? 

I have been wanting to do a book challenge/book club for a while and decided that 2014 is the year ( and hopefully some of you would like to play along too)!

Every month I am going to challenge myself to read ONE book just for the pure pleasure of reading it, so I decided to mix it up a bit and give each month a "direction" to go in.  I would love to have you all come and join with me!  I am excited to discover new authors, read new books, get to know more readers and hopefully push my boundaries a bit with what I typically read.  (I can get persnickety about what I read)

Interested?  Here is my first challenge of the year:


January Book challenge:


Find a "Best of" or "Top" Books of 2013 list and select one book that you have not previously read and read it this month.


Here is what I picked:


I am kicking off the New Year by reading a book from GoodReads Best Romances of 2013 Nominee list.  Finally, I am going to read BEAUTY FROM PAIN by Georgia Cates.




They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.




Want to join the Blushing Reader Blog Book Club?  Here is the link:





I can't wait to see what you guys are reading!