Monthly Archives: December 2015

The books of 2015

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So, I took part in the 2015 Reading Challenge on Goodreads, I set myself a challenge to read 20 books this year, and ended the year on 23 read books, and now, I’m going to rate them against each other.

Please note, these are MY opinions, I am not speaking for anyone else. My comments will contain no spoilers, or clues about storylines.

So, we start at 23, 22 and 21 as I read three of my own books, SuperstarAll is Equal and The Asexual Equation, I decided not to actually put them in the running of the other books, as that would be unfair, so they’re standing firm at 22 and 23.

20. Dance by Teodora Kostvoa
Dance was my least enjoyable book this year, and I found that really, really unfortunate. Everyone had been raving about it in the M/M Romance group on Facebook, so I thought I’d give it a go. However, I unfortunately found the storyline unrealistic and the characters unrealistic also, I felt things like the ‘I’m hopelessly in love with you’ romance happened too quickly, along with the copious amount of sex, I barely got pass the 25% mark.

19. Billy Elliot by Melvin Burgess
I am a big fan of Billy Elliot (the film, the musical etc.), so when I found the book, the decision to buy it was obvious. I found the book to be an extra replica of the film, which is okay, and was quite enjoyable, I just felt as if the book was missing something. I enjoyed reading the book, it was a very easy read, it just doesn’t compare to some of the other books I’ve read in 2015.

18. Everyday by David Leviathan
This was a book I was wary about from the off, I was a huge fan of Leviathain’s a few years ago, as his was the fact M/M book I’d ever read, but as time as gone on, and as my M/M library expands, I appear to be reading less and less. Everyday was actually not an M/M book, but a very intriguing an clever concept, although I feel the concept was achieved, I feel the story was a let down.

17. The Rise and Fall of a Theatre Kid by Seth Rudetsky
Tis was a pleasant YA story. I found it to be very teenage, both the storyline, and the character’s voice displayed that, which, I suppose makes this a successful YA book. It was an enjoyable read, and had no complications to it, all in all, a very enjoyable book.

16. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Leviathan
The second Leviathan on the list, this book was an odd read for me. I found the concept to be intriguing and very well executed, but the characters lacked in something. I found this book to be an easy, and quick read, that left me feeling satisfied.

15. Angel Kemory by Jo Banks
This was a genre of book I very hardly read, but I’m glad I read this book. This book has a fantastic storyline, plot-twists and all, and brilliant characters, I found this book to be intriguing, definitely a page-turner, and one I would happily read again.

14. Another Day by David Leviathan
This was the sequel of Everyday, this like it’s prequel was a very risky buy, I was fearful of reading this book, but found that for once, the sequel trumped the first book. I enjoyed Rhiannon’s POV far more than A’s, and even began to believe the story far more, whilst reading this book.

13. Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer
I decided to read this book, because I am fond of Chris Colfer, and wanted to see whether his writing talents where as brilliant as his acting, this book however failed to WOW me, but I did enjoy it. I had watched the film beforehand, but the book, of course, made the storyline far clearer, and far more enjoyable. I did enjoy this book, although nothing really happy happens in it, at all, but I’m glad I’d definitely read it once.

12. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
The blurb of this story got me straight off. I loved the idea of it and couldn’t wait to read it, the story itself didn’t disappoint, it was an enjoyable read, with a well thought out storyline, and interesting characters, the book, didn’t quite have a very satisfying end, but, that didn’t matter too much, as it seemed from the beginning that the end would be dissatisfying, especially with the concept that his life doesn’t end with the story.

11. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
This was another very YA story, but it succeeded as a YA story. I enjoyed this book, as it was an easy read, with a likeable main character, realistic romance and of course, some overdramatic teenage angst. I feel I’d have enjoyed this book more when I was younger, but now, I found it to be a very pleasant read, which, if I had an afternoon to spare, would happily read again.

10. Sydney’s Spaceship by Jo Banks
This book is apart of the same series Angel Kemory is, but, for some reason I enjoyed this book more, I think I preferred Sydeny’s POV and I definitely preferred his story. This book was a re-read from a few years ago, and I am so glad I decided to reread it, Sydney’s Spaceship will always have a place on my bookshelf.

9. The Evolution of Ethan Poe by Robin Reardon
I am an avid reader of Reardon, and Ethan Poe didn’t disappoint, this felt like such a fresh, and exciting book, that I just couldn’t put it down, I read things in this book that I have never seen approached by any author, and Reardon pulled them off fantastically, I was especially fond of the romance throughout this story, as it seemed very new, whilst also feeling familiar.

8. Marley and Me by John Grogan
After being quite the fan of the film, I felt it only right to read the book, and I would totally recommend this book to anyone, dog-lover or not. I found this book an entertaining read, with the perfect mixture of comic genius and touching moments. Grogan really told the story of his beloved Marley well.

7. In Real Life by Joey Graceffa
Obviously as this story is an autobiography there is not much I can say on the matter, but, I really quite enjoyed Joey’s story, and felt a strong connection with it.

6. Throwing Stones by Robin Reardon
This, I felt is one of Reardon’s best pieces of work. The storyline is so fresh, the characters are so believable and everything that happens in this story is a shock. I loved this book from start, to finish. This book definitely had a lasting effect on me.

5. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
I’m a Harry Potter fan. What more do you want?

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This wasn’t my first Rainbow Rowell book, and it definitely wasn’t my last. I adored this book from start to finish. I love Rowell’s talent of writing all characters, and also writing such a wide variety of characters, her storylines are relatable, and her writing is flawless.

3. Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams by Brent Hartinger
This is the 6th book in the Russel Middlebrook series, a series I have been following since the beginning, and this book did not disappoint in the slightest. I admire Hartingers work, and love how he has successfully grown his character up with his audience. I would recommend the Russel Middlebrook series to anyone, as the slightly neurotic, something idiotic, and always lovable Russel has a fantastic voice, one you can instantly connect with, even through all the metaphors!

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I picked up this book on a whim, this was an impulse buy, before a long trip, but, never have I connected with a book so quickly in my life, I was captivated by this book, every element of this story moulds together perfectly, and the ending is so cleverly thought out, that even if you tried your hardest, I’m pretty certain you wouldn’t come to the same conclusion. This debut novel for Albertalli really is something else, I hope to see many, many more works from this author in the future.

And so, we reach Number 1…

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I had high expectations for this book way before it’s release, the moment I read the blurb this book was either going to blow my socks off, or disappoint me, needless to say, this book blew my socks way, way off. Rowell’s imagination is out in full force in this story, and you can tell, everything about this book is magical. The moment you start with this book you are teleported into a completely different world, you are apart of Simon and Baz’s world, and I wouldn’t want to be in any other place. This book has left a lasting impression on me, and it definitely tops my list for 2015.

R.J.

 

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Day 4

At Number 4 is another re-release, Stanley Street, all ready with it’s shiny new cover (Designed by Open the Book Design) and prospected sequel in the works.

Stanley Street will be re-released in the Summer months of 2016, so keep a look out for it.

R.J.

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2015…

  

Well, I guess it’s time for the reflective post on the last year. 

2015 was definitely one of the most conflicting years for my writing, there were definite high moments, but some very definite low moments, and I think my blog was with me throughout the majority of them. 

But first, the stats;

  • I released my first book of 2015 on Valentine’s Day, Prince’s Tale. 
  • Following that I released 7 books between March and October. 
  • My Black Friday sale placed 6 of my books in the top 25 list on Amazon.
  • My Black Friday sale had a record number of 700+ downloads. 
  • My most popular book in 2015 was All is Equal, since it’s release in August there has been 65 paid sales. 

Now, for the year;

The year started with Prince’s Tale going into pre-order, since then there has been many deadlines set, and many met, a few delayed. My most exciting release of the year was Basorexia, my story I wrote with 3 co-writers Finlay Harper (who is releasing his first novel in 2016), J.D. Barkley and K. Tealin, as the story was in production for 2 years it was definitely the most anticipated release, and as it began to happen definitely the most exciting, especially being able to publish it with 3 authors who had never published a book before. 

But, with highs, unfortunately comes lows, and with a more public view, comes negativity, when I look at my sale numbers I realise the negativity is coming from about 5% of my readers, but, as always negative comments stay with you more than compliments. Very soon the negativity began to get to me, and unfortunately the only thing I could think to do was declare a publishing break. The break was enforced after the release of my latest book, On Tour, and so far the break is helping me focus on past books and future plans without the idea of any deadlines. 

I love to write, and I especially love to share my writing, I want people to fall in love with my boys like I do, and I want people to be apart of their worlds. Their stories. Unfortunately right now, I’m feeling a bit hesitant to share anything new just yet, I’ve always been aware there is problems in my writing, but what indie author doesn’t have problems in their writing. I am looking to hopefully having some of those problems ironed out, and am actually looking forward to the things I have planned for early 2016. 

So, as you can tell 2015 was definitely a mixed bag for me, but I come out of it with the knowledge of what I need to do to improve, and won a slightly rose tinted optimism. 

R.J.

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5…

Day 5

At Number 5, we have the newly designed covers for Superstar and Spotlight! Both, I think they were due a new cover, as it is coming to 3 years since their very successful release.

Superstar will be re-released, with it’s new cover, and some hidden extras on January 30th.

Spotlight will be re-released later in the year.

R.J.

 

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Launching into 2016

Over the next 5 days we will be launching straight into 2016. So, to celebrate the New Year, I will be launching 5 exciting New Things that will happen in 2016!

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R.J.

 

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Merry Christmas to All

  

R.J. Seeley

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Officially into my break

So, I am officially on my break, it has been over a month, and well it has been very refreshing.

Now, I still plan to be on a break until October 2017, but as I said in the original post, I will continue to keep my social medias active, this will include blogging, facebooking and tweeting like before!

So, here I am blogging like before.

In in the upcoming year (2016), I’m excited to announce there will be a lot of R.J re-releases, a lot of my books will be re-released and there may even be a few additional scenes!

I will also be release some books with new covers, some of the older books have been given a makeover and a new cover will be coming their way.

A few books may also disappear along the way, but don’t worry, you will be warned before with a GRAB IT BEFORE IT GOES sale!

I am am quite excited about the prospecting year, I’m looking forward to revisiting old works and making them better.

I may also share a few collaboration projects that are happening throughout the year also.

R.J.

 

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