Books of 2014

This is just for personal record-keeping. These are the 58 books I read in 2014. Divided by category.

In 2013, I read 56 books: 18 Nonfiction books (3 memoirs), 13 YA books, 8 Misc. fiction books, 12 Erotica books, 3 Re-Reads, and 3 books I didn’t finish.

In 2014, I read 63 books: 16 Nonfiction books (5 [7?] memoirs), 19 YA books, 13 Misc. fiction books, 8 Erotica, 4 Re-Reads, and 5 books I didn’t finish.

Nonfiction:

  1. The Total Money  Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey – finance
  2. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – memoir, book club
  3. Eat to Live by Joel Furrman – food/fitness
  4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler – memoir
  5. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler – food/fitness, book club
  6. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self Assurance, What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman – pyschology
  7. Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss by Jillian Michaels – food/fitness
  8. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman – finance
  9. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage – opinion/memoir
  10. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – pyschology, book club
  11. Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn – opinion/memoir
  12. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney – memoir
  13. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin – self help/memoir
  14. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman – finance
  15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – memoir
  16. Whip Smart by Melissa Febos – memoir

Young Adult

  1. Free to Fall by Lauren Miller – dystopic
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry – dystopic, book club
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – book club
  4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  5. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
  6. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan – dystopic
  7. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  8. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  9. The One by Kiera Kass – dystopic
  10. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
  11. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
  12. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
  13. The Good Lie by Robin Brande
  14. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  15. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – fantasy
  16. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – fantasy
  17. Minders by Michele Jaffe – dystopic
  18. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  19. No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

Miscellaneous Fiction

  1. Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton – chick lit
  2. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – historical, book club
  3. Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton – chick lit
  4. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – fantasy
  5. Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye – romance
  6. Lexicon by Max Barry – dystopic
  7. The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie – romance
  8. The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie – romance
  9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – dystopic, book club
  10. Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich – historical, book club
  11. Wool (Omnibus) by Hugh Howey – dystopic
  12. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – fantasy, book club
  13. Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton – chick lit

Erotica

  1. 1001 Dark Nights by Cherise Sinclair
  2. Venus in Furs by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch – book club
  3. If Only by Cherise Sinclair
  4. Dear Sir, I’m Yours by Joely Sue Burkhart
  5. Bonds of Hope by Linda Aicher
  6. Compulsion by JB Brooks
  7. Drawn Together by Wendy Zwaduk
  8. Bonds of Desire by Linda Aicher

Didn’t Finish:

  1. From Scratch: Inside the Food Network by Allen Salkin
  2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – book club
  3. Story of O by Pauline Reage – book club
  4. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan – book club
  5. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sara Manning

Rereads:

  1. Bonds of Hope by Linda Aicher
  2. Renegade by Diana Palmer
  3. Lawless by Diana Palmer
  4. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Books of 2013

This is just for personal record-keeping. These are the 57 books I read in 2013. Divided by category. I find it fascinating that I’m about equally spread between young adult, nonfiction, and erotica books.

Nonfiction

  1. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister, Nonfiction – Psychology
  2. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel, Nonfiction – Professional, Women’s Issues
  3. Sway: The Irrational Pull of Irresistible Behavior by Ori Brafman, Nonfiction – Psychology
  4. Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (mostly failed) Attempts at Adulthood by Alida Nugent, Nonfiction – Memoir
  5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, Nonfiction – Memoir
  6. How to Be Interesting: An Instruction Manual by Jessica Hagy, Nonfiction – Self Improvement
  7. 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone, Nonfiction
  8. The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith, Nonfiction – Dating
  9. The Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan, Nonfiction – Political
  10. Adulting: How to be a grown up in 468 steps by Kelly Williams Brown, Nonfiction
  11. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayad, Nonfiction
  12. A Billion Wicked Thoughts by Sai Gaddam, Nonfiction
  13. Fat Sex: The Naked Truth by Rebecca Jane Weinstein, Nonfiction
  14. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Nonfiction – Psychology
  15. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Nonfiction – Professional, Women’s Issues
  16. You Lost Him at Hello by Jess McCann, Nonfiction – Dating
  17. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Nonfiction – Self Improvement
  18. Bossypants by Tina Fey, Nonfiction – Memoir

Young Adult

  1. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, YA
  2. Dare Me by Megan Abbott, YA
  3. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian, YA
  4. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal, YA
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, YA
  6. Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles, YA
  7. The Elite by Kiera Cass, YA
  8. The Selection by Kiera Cass, YA
  9. Divergent by Veronica Roth, YA
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, YA
  11. By the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters, YA
  12. Deadline by Chris Crutcher, YA
  13. Replay by Robin Brande, YA

Miscellaneous Fiction

  1. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn, Fiction – Romance
  2. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Fiction
  3. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, Fiction
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Fiction
  5. Defending Jacob by William Landay, Fiction – Legal Mystery
  6. Penelope by Rebecca Harrington, Fiction
  7. Easy by Tammara Weber, Fiction – Romance
  8. What in God’s Name by Simon Rich, Fiction

Erotica

  1. Bonds of Need by Lynda Aicher, Erotica
  2. Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher, Erotica
  3. Sanctum by Lexi Blake, Erotica
  4. Roped, Burned, Whipped, Displayed – BDSM Bundle by Eliza Gayle, Erotica
  5. If Only (Masters of the Shadowlands #8) by Cherise Sinclair, Erotica
  6. Kaylee’s Keeper by Maren Smith, Erotica
  7. Voluptuous by Natasha Moore, Erotica
  8. This is Who I Am (Masters of the Shadowlands #7) by Cherise Sinclair, Erotica
  9. Together in Cyn by Jennifer Kacey, Erotica
  10. Restrained and Willing by Tiffany Bryan, Erotica
  11. Blushing Violet by Ann Mayburn, Erotica
  12. What She’s Looking For by Trent Evans, Erotica

Didn’t Finish

  1. On Being Certain: Believing You’re Right Even When You’re Not by Robert A. Burton, Nonfiction – Psychology, Didn’t Finish
  2. Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson, Nonfiction – Evolutionary Psychology, Didn’t Finish
  3. Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy, Nonfiction – Psychology, Didn’t Finish

Rereads

  1. Waterfalls by Robin Jones Gunn, Fiction – Christian Romance, Reread
  2. Sunsets by Robin Jones Gunn, Fiction – Christian Romance, Reread
  3. The Dom’s Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair, Erotica, Reread

Kinky Book Club

I lead a group on Fetlife for my local area. Some months I’m a more active organizer than others, but the goal of the group is to unite kinky folk to participate in vanilla activities. We went snow tubing and ice skating, have had happy hours and munches, went on photo hikes, and attended stand up comedy shows, karaoke, and the renaissance faire. Most of the regular attendees are people I know and care about, and it’s sort of a way to hang out with my friends while also occasionally bringing in new people. It works. Anyhow, I’ve decided to try to initiate a book club. I want to read more, and I like talking about the books I’m reading. I thought it’d be really interesting to have people who could and may also want to talk about kink. There are some psychology books I love, but I always bring my kinky curiosity to the topic, so ‘normal’ book clubs aren’t always the best thing for me.

I wanted to create a Goodreads list for these books, but I also don’t want to out my kink to my vanilla friends on there. So, in the meantime, here’s a list of books I think would be good for a book club comprised of people in alternative lifestyles. Genres vary, but all could relate back to sex, motivation, desire, etc.

If you have suggestions, or if you’ve read any of these and suggest others or have thoughts on them, please post them in the comments! I’d love to grow/revise this list.

All Clear

I FINALLY got caught up with my “awesomeness journal” entries. I was 5 behind, and there was so much associated stress. I didn’t feel like I could really process anything else until I did that. Now I just need to go through the crap in my room and clean it out as well as choose a google reader replacement, and all the little to-dos will disappear.

I’m out of country for work right now. Back in the warzone, basically. It’s been ok, overall. I’m getting more familiar with my supervisor, boss, and some coworkers. Work is going very well. I’ve led some meetings successfully, was told by my supervisor to apply for a promotion soon, we’re getting what we need out of our trip, and our final product is going to get major press which will look good for my career. I’m learning a lot, too, including how to play spades! Today was a rough one – 4:30am wake up call with the alarms to take shelter. I heard several explosions, apparently they were about 2 miles away. It wasn’t as scary as I expected it would be, namely because my coworkers were with me and I was in a “hardened” building. Machine gun guys were all around, which also helped me feel better. I did, however, go through 3 cups of coffee to make it through the workday, which is a VERY rare occurrence for me. I was oddly having a dream about an attack on government buildings when I awoke, so that was kind of creepy too.

One good thing about this trip is how much I’ve been in contact with folks back home. I feel like I’m getting fun emails from friends that really make me value the relationships I’ve developed. I’m lucky to have these people.

I’m missing a new roommate moving in, which is sort of comical as the other prior roommate tries to adjust. She’s introverted, and the new girl is young…apparently they both were sequestered all weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how things develop upon my return.

I’ve read a ton of books while I’m here. I think I’m at 6? I need to blog/review a few good ones I read in Vegas. I also keep meaning to write about certain other topics, but we’ll see if I get there.

That’s all for now.

Just Another Day

Win: French Press Coffee – first time trying it since enjoying coffee, and OMG it’s amazing!

Fail: Vidalia is not worth the money. They have unique drinks and good appetizers, but the rest was meh.

Win: Ardeo/Bardeo and Rasika are worth the money. Everything at A/B was amazing. Rasika had good but normal entrees, but the apps and desserts were innovative and delicious.

Fail: Hot yoga. Not attempting that again until I am an expert at all things yoga during normal temperatures.

Win: Finished two books. One took me several weeks and was a bitch, the other – “What in God’s Name” – was fabulous and I finished it in about 3 hours.

Fail: Have to reorganize a whole bunch of crap at work because my boss didn’t read our work until now. If he’d answered my question in December, we could be done by now…but at least I have some guidance from someone now.

Win: Super exciting weekend coming up!

Fail: So much money being spent in February…

Day 21, 30 Days of Kink

Day 21: Favorite BDSM related book (fiction or non-fiction)

So first off, I’m going to shamelessly promote the e-book site I frequent the most : jasminejade.com (formerly Ellora’s Cave). They publish full-length novels that are BDSM-themed and romantic in nature, and really helped spawn my kinky interest.

As a second disclaimer – there is no way in hell I could pick just one favorite BDSM book. No way, no how. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites.

I love Cherise Sinclair. Her Shadowlands series – all 6 of them – are incredible, with well developed characters and plotlines as well as depth into D/s and sexy kinky fun times. There’s also mystery and intrique, and who dislikes that?

Training to Pleasure by Julian Masters was one of the first kinky books I read, and it was a great introduction to some serious power play. I actually was in touch with the author for a while, and I really credit him for incorporating some safety measures into the book. It was extreme at times, but there was a romantic element that softened the power exchange, which appealed to me.

Zane’s Way and Maverick’s Black Cat by Maggie Casper are two other favorite books. I love the story-lines in these books, primarily because they address how to come out as kinky to a partner. They sort of play up awkward situations and turn them into happy endings, which fits my life well.

Other favorites:

For non-fiction, I’m a fan of Complete Shibari: Land by Douglas Kent, Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes, and Shibari You Can Use by Lee Harrington.

For erotic short stories that never fail to get me off, check out Culture Shock by Sir_Nathan (this is short novel length, though published on a free site), Boot Camp by MoxyIrish (this one is long and has a sequel), Tease by spankableBelle, and Lessons in Begging by Desdemona.

As a quick shout out, check out authors Sadey Quinn and Trent Evans, other bloggers who also write kinky erotica.  You can also check out my short erotic fiction (and vote on it!) at this handy link.

Winter Break = Books

So, given my incredible amounts of free time over break this year, I’ve been able to read again.

So far, I’ve read two new books, have one I’m working on, and another slotted to go.

Read:

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Education of Bet, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Working on:

Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade– And How We Can Fight It, by David Batstone

Next:

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I’ve also reread several YA books and a few romance novels.

I’m debating my next books. Part of me wants to try Prodigal Summer, or maybe something more “worthwhile,” another classic perhaps. Part of me wants to reread Harry Potter 7. And of course, I do always love my trashier novels… But, I feel like I need to take advantage of this time to broaden my mind.