Books of My Heart

Even though we have been publishing 6+ years, I was able to bring over all my posts from my 3 years reviewing at The Book Nympho and have republished the ones from my year at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks.  So I have 10 years of reviews.  I do this as a hobby; I don’t make money on anything.  I spend my own money on prizes or get things donated by publishers or authors.



Books of My Heart is the co-sponsor of the Library Love Challenge. I’m a big fan and avid user of the library so I am thrilled to be involved.   This feature has its own tab on the top menu bar.  Most of the work is by Angela at Angel’s Book Nook.




Thrifty Thursday is a new challenge in 2023 to encourage us all to read those freebies we love to click, gifts or giveaway wins.  I do a monthly post where I share some reviews of freebies.  Participants in the challenge can also link up their reviews and get more entries towards prizes.   Learn more about Thrifty Thursday HERE.


There are several other features,  under the Feature tab on the top menu bar, which I am proud to have developed.


    • Thrifty Thursday – where I review Kindle or Audio freebies.  I started this all the way back at Yummy Men & Kickass Chicks.
    • Friends on Friday – where I will be inviting blogger friends to contribute and link up reviews with their blogs (because friends is a big reason why I blog). We did this more in the early years but not as much lately, although I still like the concept.
    • Series on Saturday – This one is so much fun. We discuss monthly the best in a genre or theme. There is a vote for favorite series and you can share ones I didn’t choose in your comments.
    • Sunday Series Satisfaction– My new Meme to encourage myself to finish series or read series I have always wanted to read.
    • Top 10 – This is a meme I took on since others stopped doing it.  The lists run Christmas week in December. They include: Top 10 Books, Top 10 Audiobooks, Top 10 Characters, Top 10 Book Covers, Top 10 Books I Want Next Year and Top 10 your choice.   We share our lists for the year and let you link up your lists (one or all). It’s really fun to see everyone’s lists!
    • Read-along –  This is another one of my favorite things!  Each year I pick a series where we read about one book a month. We have discussions, games and prizes. Each month there is a prize and there is a grand prize. Usually the publishers donate something and I buy the rest of the prizes.  I alternate between series I have read and series I have NOT read.  I also did The Hollows by Kim Harrison in 2014 when I was at Yummy Men & Kickass Chicks and it was new to me.
      • 2018 – Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (re-read)
      • 2019 – Alex Verus by Benedict Jacka (new to me)
      • 2020 – Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (re-read)
      • 2021 –  Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh (new to me)
      • 2022 – Night Huntress world by Jeaniene Frost (half re-read, half new to me)
      • 2023 – Iron Druid by Kevin Hearne (new to me)
      • 2024 – White Trash Zombies by Diana Rowland (new to me)


Some of us participate in Challenges. I always do COYER, but have also joined in the New Release Challenge, Beat the Backlist Challenge, the Audiobook Challenge. and of course, the Library Love Challenge.

Mostly on the blog we do reviews, features and occasionally discussions.  Cover reveals, spotlights and daily deals are posted on the Facebook page and to InstagramMastodon, and sometimes  Twitter.

So I hope you will like us on the Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram, Mastodon, Twitter and Goodreads,  and subscribe to our blog.  There are options on the right sidebar to subscribe by email to  all posts, or to follow through Bloglovin or Feedly.


History of how I ended up with Books of My Heart:

The first blog I subscribed to was Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks.  I mean, seriously,  that’s what I want to read.  Somehow, I realized it was published by a Canadian and when I was riding my Harley up there for an event, I asked Julie if she lived nearby. It turned out she was right on my route, only 50Km from where I was staying, so I could meet her for dinner. She invited me to review on her blog, which I did for the next year until she closed. She taught me a lot and was a joy to have in my daily life.

A week later, somehow, Jennifer, invited me to review at The Book Nympho. I was there for three years. Jennifer and Jonetta were amazing. Jennifer was kind enough to let me dabble in pretty much any genre. I am so grateful for all her help and support. I have learned and admired much from her. Jennifer closed The Book Nympho at the end of 2017. Jonetta has her own new bog, The Blue Mood Cafe.

So I started my own book blog. I am challenged by graphics and know little about WordPress, so there are some bobbles here. Michelle at Limabean Designs is handling my graphics as she is a professional. Ashley at NoseGraze has helped me through my additional learning about Ultimate Book Blogger and WordPress.


I’m lucky enough to have some friends who will be reviewing for me at least once a month, so look for their reviews too. They have differences in styles and tastes and that just makes them all the more interesting to me.  I feel grateful and lucky to have them as friends and to go on this journey with me.

I should also mention I am doing nothing to earn money through this blog. If I include purchase links, it is for your convenience. All other links are to Goodreads information.  I do get free books from publishers and authors. I am choosing to blog because I love books and the whole community of book people such as other bloggers, readers, authors, and narrators.

Thanks everyone.  I hope to see you all here!


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