Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists Continue along with This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



STRW Best of Lists for 2016

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists for 2016 continue this week.  I love how we are showing so many different authors and stories in our year end lists.  That’s a great thing in a year where there was so many wonderful books, covers, and authors to choose from.  We include best covers because they continue to play an important role for the readers.  We love them, hate them, feel meh about them and still choose our books based on them.  We love them to draw our attention, for the covers to speak to us, to be be unusual enough to make us want to read the those tales or listen to that story. And want to know more about those characters and their relationships!  The covers our reviewers have chosen have done their job and their artists have made such an impression it stuck with us all year long.  Do you have favorite covers?  Let us know which ones and why?

We are also delivering our best of stories, whether they are in eBook or audiobook format, or both.  Sometimes a great narrator makes us discover a story we’ve read before and makes us look at it anew.  We hear things when a book is narrated by a wonderful narrator that maybe we glossed over when we read it.  Over the emotions carry through more forcibly when beautifully acted.  Whatever the reason, a great narrator can make an audiobook sing and stay with us as these have all year long.  What audiobooks have done that for all of you?  Send in your choices for Audiobook of the Year or Audiobooks of 2016?  And your favorite narrators!

And yes, our great stories of 2016.  There were so many of them that its always hard to bring our lists under control.  So many that made you laugh, cry, nod your head in acknowledgement of some shared history or experience.  Perhaps its the beauty of the author’s language that got to you, or the imagery of the scenes?  Whatever the reason, these stories had staying power.  They stuck to your heart and mind, rising above all the others you read during the year.  Where  do yours fit in with some of our lists?  Do you share some of our choices?  Do you have different ones?  Our lists won’t be finished until the end of January.  So chime in with yours. Let us know which ones you would include.

STRW 2016 Best of Giveaway

We will pick one random reader who leaves a comment with their year end Best of (along with their email addresses) to receive a $10 DSP gift card.   Contest ends January 29, at midnight.  Must be 18 years of age or older.


Alisa’s List for Best of 2016


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 Alisa’s Best Covers of 2016

Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue, cover artist AngstyG

Love and Snowball Fights by J.R Loveless, cover artist Bree Archer

Power Bottom by Rowan McAllister, cover artist AngstyG

Hounded by Love by Pia Veleno, cover artist April Martinez

Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley, cover artist Reese Dante


 Alisa’s 2016 Top Stories

 Alisa’s Best Audiobooks of 2016

Jeri’s Best Stories of 2016:


Now for our reviews and blogs this week.  We have so much going on. We still have winter along with holiday stories finishing up. We have our Release Day Reviews and Recent Release Reviews as as well as audiobooks.  So check them all out to see what you might want to add to your TBR or TBL  list this week.  Authors are here with interviews, guest blogs and giveaways, offering insight into their writing and characters.  You won’t want to miss out on those posts too!  We  have a full week here.  Stay with us every day to see what’s going on!

I hope everyone is keeping warm these days.  Its snowing here, a great time to be reading, listening and typing up more lists for all of you.  Mine’s still to come!


This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Sunday, January 8:

  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Amelia Faulkner – Lord of Ravens
  • Release Blitz Request – Matthew Robinson – Irish Eyes
  • Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists Continue
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A Caryn Review: Silent Night by Erin E. Keller
  • A VVivacious Review: Dare To by AKM (Miles +Dare’s Christmas Gift – Bonus short story)
  • A VVivacious Review: Reconnecting Christmas by Megan Slayer

Monday, January 9:

  • Release Day Blitz January 9th for Off Base by Annabeth Albert
  • Wayward Secret by K. Renee Blog Tour
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Lagniappe by Mercy Celeste
  • A MelanieM Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert
  • A Jeri Release Day Review:  There Has to be a Reason by Kate McMurray
  • An Ali Review: Light Up The Dark by Suki Fleet

Tuesday, January 10:

  • DSP GUEST POST KA Merikan on Writing and I Love You More Than Pierogi
  • Blog Tour for Exile Volume 1 by AF Henley (guest post and giveaway)
  • A Paul B Review: Breaker (Exile #1) by Kelly Wyre and A.F. Henley
  • A Caryn Review: Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh
  • An Alisa Review: Quarry by Elizabeth Noble

Wednesday, January 11:

  • DSP GUEST POST Hunter Frost on Cemeteries by Moonlight
  • Release Blitz – The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • RIPTIDE TOUR Assassins: Nemesis by Erica Cameron (giveaway)
  • A Lila Review: Finding Forever by Shawn Lane
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: The Applicant (Busted Labs #1) by Aidee Ladnier
  • An Alisa Review: The Gift of Casey by Shawn Lane
  • A MelanieM Review: Wild Bells by Charlie Cochrane

Thursday, January 12:

  • DSP GUEST POST Bonnie Dee on The Mighty Have Fallen
  • Cover Reveal Blitz: Volley Balls by Tara Lain
  • A MelanieM Review: DRAMA CRUISE by Joe Cosentino
  • An Ali Review: Bullet by Garrett Leigh
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Lunch with the Do-Nothings at the Tammy Dinette by Killian B. Brewer

Friday, January 13:

  • DSP GUEST POST Lynn Lorenz
  • Blog Tour: Painted on My Heart by Kindle Alexander
  • Blog Tour: Kayleigh Sky on Doll Baby
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Love is Heartless (Love Can’t Series #2) by Kim Fielding
  • An Ali Review: Doll Baby by Kayleigh Sky
  • An Alisa Review: Night of the Blue Moon by Cassandra Pierce
  • A MelanieM Recent Release Review: Ash into Fire by Tully Vincent

Saturday, January 14:

  • DSP GUEST POST Tara Lain on Volley Balls
  • A MelanieM Review: Switched by NR Walker


13 thoughts on “Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists Continue along with This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

  1. Thanks for sharing the list. My favorite read on 2016 were Jordan L. Hawk’s Fallow and Hexmaker, and Josh Lanyon’s So This Is Christmas. Not a long list, I guess as my MM read kinda dropped in number last year.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com


  2. Great lists. My best of 2016 books include Shut your face Anthony Pace- Claire Davis, Into the Blue -Pene Hensen, Bitter Legacy – Dal Maclean, September-Robert Winter. Best audiobook – Glitterland by Alexis Hall


  3. Great list! I’ve read several of those books and there are many that are in my TBR list. I look forward to the upcoming reviews.


  4. I have a pretty long list of best reads from last year. Here are some of them.
    Fallow by Jordan L .Hawk
    A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote
    Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
    Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
    Hexworld series by Jordan L. Hawk
    The Weight of It All by NR Walker
    A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

    Thanks for sharing your lists!



  5. My best books of 2016 are (in random order and not complete):
    The Protectors series by Sloane Kennedy.
    Homerun series by Sloan Johnson
    Scoring chances series by Avon Gale
    Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox
    Dyeing to be loved by Aimee Nicole Walker
    Reading the signs by Keira Andrews
    The Game Changer by Kay Simone


  6. My favourites include
    Anything by KJ Charles! Society of Gentlemen series ended with A Gentlemans Position
    The Queen and The Homecoming Jock King was another highlight
    Dirty Heart with the end of Cole and Jae-Min’s story
    And though It haven’t read yet, love the cover of Whiskey Business


  7. My fav’s for 2016 were:
    The Distance (Firsts and Forever 11) by Alexa Land
    Tell Me It’s Real (At First Sight 1) by TJ Klune
    The Queen and the Homo Jock King (At First Sight 2) by TJ Klune
    How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune
    Wolfsing by by TJ Klune
    A Kind of Stories by Lane Hayes
    Soaring Hearts by AL Boyd
    Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS 7) by Charlie Cochet
    The Weight of it All by NR Walker
    Not a Game by Cardeno C
    Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox
    S.K. Grayson – Falling Together

    Thank you for sharing your top picks!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com


  8. There’s a bunch on your list that I needed to go check out. Thank you! As for my favorites: Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert, Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell, Dom of Ages by K.C Wells and Parker Williams.


  9. Thanks for your lists. Here are mine (at least the gay ones, and I like a lot of different subgenres, but not all were out this year).
    Fav Gay Book Group read: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
    Fav SciFi: Interscission Project series by Arshad Ahsanuddin
    Fav Steampunk: Blue on Black by Carole Cummings
    Fav Fantasy: finished the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling
    Fav Paranormal: Widdershins by Jordan Hawk (and a mystery)
    Fav M/M Romance: Lavender in Bloom by Lily Velez
    Fav Gay Romance: My Bare Naked Heart by David Avery
    Fav YA: Foxes by Suki Fleet
    Fav Mystery: Third Man Out by Richard Stevenson (oldie but goodie)
    Fav Western: The Search for Soaring Hawk by Terry O’Reilly
    Fav Historical: Frontiers/Man & Beast by Michael Jensen
    Fav History/NonFiction: Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper, Jim Obergefell
    Fav paperback/hardcover: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (also a good YA)


  10. My top audiobooks I read last year were The Song of Achilles, For Real, and Sunset Park, though only SP came out in 2016. I also really loved Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances in audiobook. I also read her series in print for the first time this year, and it’s one of my new favorite series along with Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs books. I read another series, Stockholm Syndrome by Richard Rider, that was published a few years ago, but I read for the first time this year. Terrific books! Pansies by Alexis Hall and Rag and Bone by KJ Charles were also ones I loved.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com


    • I meant Glitterland by Alexis Hall, not For Real, though that was excellent!


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