5 Books I Appreciated this Year....and yeah I kinda cheated, lol:
1. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin
Finally a book that features a military heroine! I really loved this story of Tom and Mellie falling for each other in both letters and in person. Can't wait to read the other two books in the series.
2. Call of Crows series by Shelly Laurenston
Got to love female rage mixed with Norse mythology and lots of humor. This trilogy is a great read for paranormal romance fans who want actual strong female characters. I refuse to name my favorite, they are all good in their own way. A very cathartic way of dealing with real life news.
3. A Lady for Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory/A Mistress for Major Bartlett by Annie Burrows
These were the first two books in the Waterloo Brides trilogy (the last book stank). I loved that Regency romance left the ballroom and went onto the battlefield - such a departure from the normal Regency romance.
4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The artwork was stark and evoked such feelings as Satrapi told her life story, along with giving readers a history and cultural lesson on Iran. I would recommend reading both books to understand her fresh approach to the immigrant story.
5. Allie Pleiter
Not a book, but an author of historical romance. This was the Summer of Allie Pleiter - from contemporary bull rider returning home, to 1906 San Francisco just months after the earthquake, to World War I knitters who get the Spanish flu and finally to an post-WWI orphange. There wasn't a moment of reading Pleiter's works that I did not enjoy.
I am cutting COYER short to make room for Halloween Bingo. Between IRL obligations and running this beehive, my reading time is shorter than it was in the beginning of summer. So here is my wrap up post.
I chose the reading list option for this challenge, which helped a lot because I didn't spend so much time choosing which book to read next - it was already done for me. I tried to pick books that were languishing on the TBR for a long time. I only read 2 books not on my list.
When it came to the quality of what I read, there are some highlights: book one and two of the Brides of Waterloo trilogy, all of Allie Pleiter's books, Falling for the Enemy, and The Complete Persepolis. Some lowlights include the Midnight Breed novella, Butterfly Swords, and a few books I received at RT that failed to impress.
I completed a trilogy in the first read-a-thon of the challenge (Brides of Waterloo). I got ahead of a few series as well. The first two read-a-thons went well, the last one I tanked hard. I also did BL-opoly for a little while and did two outside read-a-thons (#24in48 and BoB Cycle 20). I also got a few more prompts from the Pop Sugar challenge filled.
For the most part, I kept up on reviews and participated in the FB group most days. The Instagram challenge went well for the first 18 days, then I completely lost the will to keep going - this is still MUCH more than I usually do, so I am happy. I won during one of the Twitter chat parties, so I just have to pick out my prize.
Overall, I am happy with my work in this challenge and look forward to the winter edition. For the winter edition: sign ups start November 18th, challenge starts December 18th (not as long as the summer one). The title of the winter edition is Winter Switch, and there is hints at having another list option and new rules to play by. Stay tuned.
45 books total on the list (30 original and 15 additions)
37 books read
.5 star - 2 books
1 star - 4 books
1.5 stars - 2 books
2 stars - 10 books
2.5 stars - 1 books
3 stars - 3 books
3.5 stars - 3 books
4 stars - 4 books
4.5 stars - 3 books
5 stars - 3 books
6 books sent back to the TBR pile
2 books DNF'd
6 books from the library, everything else was from my personal library
3 non-fiction books
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.
Pop Sugar: 1
Library Love: 3; 35/36 for the year
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