Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A few of my favorite things... 2013 Edition

Besides raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, I do, from time to time, discover new favorite things. 
Here are a few from this past year.

Favorite winter accessory: Isotoner Smartouch Gloves
No more having to take off the gloves to use my phone! woot!

Favorite known-author-I-just-discovered (YA): Kiera Cass
I'm a little behind on the series *sadness*,
but the rest of the books will be at the top of my beach bag list for summer 2014!

Favorite Newly Discovered Indulgence:
Favorite escapist re-read in the Keeper Collection on my Kindle: Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh. 
I can't even count the number of times I clicked this book open this year on my Kindle or the Kindle App on my phone, just to hang out with Adda and Nick for a bit of a relief from reality and stress. (Or the number of times I chatted on FB with a friend of mine about how sigh-worthy a novel it is.) 

Favorite known-author-I-just-discovered (inspy): Irene Hannon

Favorite mainstream fantasy (YA): Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Favorite brew-at-home coffee:
Caribou's DAYBREAK blend
(closely followed by the Caribou signature blend)
Favorite Inspy Series (contemporary): A Breed Apart by Ronie Kendig
Technically, book 3, BEOWULF: EXPLOSIVES DETECTION DOG doesn't release until January 1, 2014, but since I was one of the lucky ones who got to read it early, I'm calling it as a 2013 read, cuz it was my favorite of the three books in this high-action, high romance inspy series.) There is so much to love about these books. I just... can't... say enough. I loved them all... and it's not that fading puppy love type of love either (pun intended.) These are for the keeper shelf... er, keeper "collection" I should say, being the Kindle-loving girl that I am. ;) 

Favorite contemporary romance (inspy): Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Favorite new-to-me technology: my Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Although the numerous teens in my life laugh at me and say things like, "Is that your phone? It's... ginormous!" I love my Note 2! Yes, I look like a dork talking on it--especially with the lime green folio-style case I bought for it--but the big screen is awesome for reading books on my Kindle App, and the built in Stylus and S-Note app allow me to HAND WRITE notes right on the screen. LOVE!

Favorite contemporary romance (mainstream): Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen

Favorite New TV Show:
Marvel's Agents of Shield
Tuesdays, 8/7central, ABC
TV Show I would totally watch . . . if it was real
(and also my fave inspy romantic comedy of the year): The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo
Favorite song (worship):

Favorite song (secular)

Favorite Debut Novel (inspy contemporary): Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Favorite Edgy Inspy Debut Novel (inspy historical): Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

Favorite beauty product (although I wish they were in a more attractive container): 
Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes
My 7th grader started wearing mascara this year and was having a hard time getting it to come off at night because she was afraid of getting liquid/foaming cleanser in her eyes. I bought these and... guess who's addicted? Me. That's right. My skin has improved a LOT since I began using these little wonders. (I was a die-hard fan of Aveeno products before, but now? You betcha!) and even my hormonal breakouts have become almost unnoticable. YAY!

Favorite milestone: becoming a published author... whose book(s) even made a couple of bloggers' Tops of 2013 lists! *happy dance*

...and having THE RYN go to paperback!

What were a few of 
your favorite things in 2013?


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  2. Had a brain fart a second ago. LOL Reposting with the correct name in it. *blush*

    Ronie KendigDecember 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I *LOVE* this list--the uniqueness of it. Do you mind if I copy--giving you full credit, of course--and using my own "discoveries"?

    And huge, huge thank yous!! You've humbled me today, Serena. Thank you for including my books and for your very generous words! Awesome, awesome blessings!

  3. Such a fun list! Our taste in books? Same same ;) Happy New Year!

  4. My tween daughter is an avid reader. She loves Kiera Cass and loved, loved Part One of The Ryn. She'll be finishing The Ryn soon. Thank you for writing fiction that appeals to tweens!

  5. My tween daughter is an avid reader. She loves Kiera Cass and loved, loved Part One of The Ryn. She'll be finishing The Ryn soon. Thank you for writing fiction that appeals to tweens!

  6. OMGOSH! Thank you for adding Born of Persuasion to your list!!

  7. Awesome sauce! :) Great reads, ones I'm looking forward to reading... And, of course, HUGE congrats on publishing your first two wonderful fantasy books!!

    Happy New Year!!


  8. Love this list. I just got some touch gloves for Christmas. Hooray!

    Under your recommendation I recently bought Wedding Game and I just (like 60 seconds ago) bought Dear Mr. Knightley.

    Happy New Year!


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