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text 2017-07-19 21:55
#24in48 and 2nd COYER Read-a-thons Reading List
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Chaucer's Major Tales - Michael Hoy
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two, The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Rick Riordan,Antoine Dode,Orpheus Collar,Robert Venditti
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

From today through next Sunday, I will be knee deep in read-a-thons. Since the 2nd COYER Read-a-thon rules stipulate that only print books can be read, I decided to make 24 in 48 all physical books as well. Some of the books are new to my COYER reading list, as they can be read for Pop Sugar challenge prompt fillers. I am also hoping that some of these books can be used for the Ripped Bodice Bingo, because I would like at least one bingo on that card.

 

1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar: Set in Wilderness) (Library Love Challenge)

 

2. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar: Book mentioned in another book - Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was mentioned extensively in one chapter of London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford) (Library Love Challenge)

 

3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar: Interesting Woman) (Library Love Challenge)

 

4. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan/adapted to graphic novel format by Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar: Mythology) (Library Love Challenge)

 

5. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander

 

6. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray

 

7. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow

 

8. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

 

9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings

 

10. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings

 

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text 2017-06-30 22:17
June 2017 Wrap Up
Alibi in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise Book 4) - Merry Farmer
Double Trouble - Susan May Warren
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter

 June's reading was all over the place - I read some great books, some average books, some awful books. But I didn't realize how many books I read until I finished this post. This doesn't count the 4 DNFs books or the 2 I didn't even get to 10% before giving up.

 

I can't believe the second half of 2017 starts tomorrow. Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

 

Currently reading Rock Courtship: A Rock Kiss novella by Nalini Singh for RB Bingo and COYER.

 

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 97/150

Pop Sugar: 1

Library Love: 3; 35/36 for the year

COYER: 7/30

RB Bingo: 9/25

 

1. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston (RB Bingo)- 2.5 stars 

 

2. Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cummings (Pop Sugar prompt - family member term in title) (Library Love) - 4.5 stars

   

3. Loose Lips (Dusty Deals #5) by Rae Davies (COYER) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Undercover in High Heels (High Heels #3) by Gemma Halliday - 3.5 stars

 

5. Christmas in High Heels (High Heels #3.5) by Gemma Halliday - 1 star

 

6. Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday - 5 stars

 

7. A Charming Cure (Magical Cures #2) by Tonya Kappes - 2.5 stars

 

8. Any Means Necessary (Luke Stone #1) by Jack Mars - 2 stars

 

9. A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce (Gentlemen of Scotland Yard novella) by Jillian Stone - 3 stars

 

10. An Encounter in Hyde Park (Anthology) by Various Authors (RB Bingo)- 2 stars

 

11. The Captain's Kidnapped Beauty by Mary Nichols (RB Bingo) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

12. Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine) by Merry Farmer (RB Bingo) - 4 stars

 

13. Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.5) by Lara Adrian (COYER) - 1 star

 

14. Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1) by Magdalena Scott (COYER) - 1 star

 

15. Double Trouble (PJ Sugar #2) by Susan May Warren (Library Love Challenge) - 4 stars

 

16. The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch #3) by Allie Pleiter (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4 stars

 

17. A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo #1) by Sarah Mallory (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4.5 stars 

 

18. A Mistress for Major Bartlett (Brides of Waterloo #2) by Annie Burrows (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 4.5 stars

 

19. A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo #3) by Louise Allen (COYER) (RB Bingo) - .5 star

 

21. Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter (COYER) (RB Bingo) - 5 stars

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-06-25 00:41
Master List - 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge (June Progress)
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
  • Items in bold were completed this month. I'm going to put this challenge on hold until after COYER.

 

  • Recommend by Librarian                                   
  • On TBR Long Time - Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky                             
  • Book of Letters - With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin                                 
  • Audiobook - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                               
  • POC Author - The Sweetest Thing (Just Desserts #1) by D.F. Mello                                  
  • 1 of 4 Seasons in Title - A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester                             
  • Story within a Story                               
  • Multiple Authors  - Weddings Under a Western Sky (Anthology)                             
  • Espionage Thriller - Dangerous Allies (WWII Book 1) by Renee Ryan                          
  • Cat on the Cover - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery #4) by Sofie Kelly                                  
  • Author Pen Name - Apprentice in Death (..In Death #43) by J.D. Robb                           
  • Genre Not Normally Read - Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O                     
  • By/About a Person with a disability

Involving Travel - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

  1. Subtitle
  2. Published in 2017 - Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb
  3. Mythical Creature
  4. Re-read a shelf keeper - Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
  5. Food - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  6. Career Advice
  7. Non-human Perspective - Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King
  8. Steampunk
  9. Red Spine
  10. Set in Wilderness
  11. Loved as a Child - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
  12. Author from a country you’ve never visited - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  13. Title with a character name - A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek #2) by Margaret Brownley
  14. War time setting - Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh
  15. Unreliable Narrator - A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. Book with Pictures - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  17. MC is different ethnicity than you - Craving Temptation (Just Desserts #2) by D.F. Mello
  18. Interesting Woman
  19. Book with setting in 2 different time periods
  20. Month/Day in title
  21. Set in a hotel - Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan
  22. By someone you admire - The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  23. 2017 movie adaptions
  24. Holiday other than Christmas - Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
  25. First Book in Series - Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
  26. Bought on a trip - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  27. Recommended by an author you like
  28. 2016 Best Seller - The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  29. Family member term in title - Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  30. Takes place over a character’s lifetime - If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  31. Genre never heard of - Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt
  32. More than 800 pages - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  33. UBS find
  34. Book mentioned in another book
  35. Difficult topic - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

Based on Mythology

About an immigrant or refugee

Book with eccentric character - Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday

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text 2017-06-20 11:05
BL-opoly (Turn #19)
Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan

Previously on....TRB's BL-opoly:

 

Space: Frontierland 4 - DNF'd at 20% mark His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty. $1.00 to the bank for pages read.

 

Free Friday Book: Heat Wave (Nerds of Paradise #4/Magnolias and Moonshine #18) by Merry Farmer. 104 pages = $4.00 to the bank.

 

Current Bank Balance: $87.00

 

 

June 20th Roll: 11 (6+5)

New Space: New Orleans Square Station - Book involves overseas travel or has a suitcase on the cover. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan. 352 pages = $6.00 to the bank. I am also using this book for a prompt on the Pop Sugar Challenge (book about/written by immigrant or refugee).

 

Blurb:

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan is both a poignant love story and a lyrical, evocative depiction of the immigrant experience in early 20th century America. Set in the 1920s, Kerrigan’s novel tells of a young Irish woman who must choose between her new life in New York City and her husband back home in Ireland, brilliantly capturing these two vastly different worlds in the process. Readers of historical fiction, as well as fans of the novels of Frank Delany and other Irish themed works, will adore their time spent on Ellis Island.  

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text 2017-06-20 10:33
DNFs
His Very Own Girl - Carrie Lofty
The Silent Governess - Julie Klassen

My reading was bogged down because I kept these two boring romances on my currently reading list and just kept finding other books tor read. I gave these books each a day and still couldn't muster the energy to put into reading more. Cutting my losses now so that I can make room for more interesting books.

 

His Very Own Girl at the 20% mark - tried to read this for BL-opoly, so I will take the $1.00 and move on.

 

The Silent Governess at the 29% mark - tried to read this for Pop Sugar challenge, but I have more than enough books that could fit the prompt.

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