It has been almost nine months since I’ve posted a book review on this site. An illness in spring 2014 followed by a long recovery and other family issues forced an unexpected hiatus from reviewing for the remainder of the year. Needless to say, 2014 was a difficult year and one that I am glad is over.
While I did manage some personal reading over 2014, I did not read enough to compile a fulsome best of list, as I have previously done at the beginning of each new year. Still, I did not want to pass up the opportunity to mention two books released in 2014 that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
The first is the long-awaited second anthology by Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane, Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction. In Foolish Hearts Lambert and Cochrane once again bring together an exceptional collection of short stories featuring contributions from well-established authors and newer writers of gay fiction, including from several alumni of their first anthology Fool for Love.
The second is The Unwanted by Jeffery Ricker, an action-packed gay young adult fantasy set against the backdrop of the ancient Greek mythological world.
This post marks what I hope to be a fresh start as I resume reading and reviewing for 2015. There were a number of books released last year that are still on my reading list and that I hope to get to in the coming year. I look forward to reading both past and new releases from beloved authors and as always, hope to discover new authors and works. With this, my first review of 2015 is for the sixth book in one of my favourite series, 151 Days: Tales From Foster High by John Goode.
On a more personal note, I would like to thank the authors that submitted books for review for their patience, understanding and their well wishes. I hope to be reading and reviewing your submissions in the coming year. I would also like to wish everyone a healthy and happy 2015.
Happy New Year Indie!
It’s so great to have you back healthy and ready to go. I’ve missed your reviews! Like you, my reading was not as prolific as in previous years and neither was my reviewing. Case in point, the Foolish Hearts anthology! I read it, really enjoyed it, but due to unforeseen personal circumstances did not review it. 😦 That’s a regret.
But we share The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker on our list of 2014 favorites. 🙂 I loved the book and enjoyed both your review and interview with the author.
I don’t know about you, but I had many books left unread in my pile at the end of the year that I still want to read. I’m hoping to find the time to get to those in 2015.
Happy New Years Hils! Thank you for the well wishes. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the healthy and ready to go part.
Yes, many books went unread in 2014 and my TBR list is huge, but like you I’m hoping to get to them in 2015.
Thanks, Indigene! I hope you’re well on the road to recovery and that 2015 is better than 2014.
Happy New Year Jeffrey and thank you for the well wishes!