January ramblings: Not much to say about January. It was a good reading month in general. I knew which books I wanted to read for this Reading Assignment and I went for them. All turned out well. Big happy smiles all around because they were good, enjoyable selections.
February ramblings: February was a good month for my Reading Assignment, even if not that great of a month for reading. Between Cindy Gerard and Jeannie Lin, I think I had a good selection of books to choose from.
March ramblings: March was surprisingly a really slow reading month, but even so, it was a good month for Reading Assignment books. I pretty much spent the first two weeks finishing all but one of my Reading Assignment books (even after a slight, unexpected swap-out)... and then proceeded to be lazy for the rest of the month.
First Quarter: COMPLETED
After staring at my list and trying to figure out what to pick and choose, I realized that I had put a whole lot more books on my list this year that I really, really want to read than I did last year. The problem with that is that I'm stuck anticipating the next months to come until I can start reading certain books. And I tell you, it's a battle keeping myself from diving into some of these books and forgoing the whole "only read the number of books for your level each month" rules for the Reading Assignment challenge, because my reading mood is quite insistent.
It almost makes me want to ditch the whole idea of reading challenges altogether next year.
The first quarter of this Reading Assignment was a good one, full of books I really DID enjoy. On top of that, I started participating in the My TBR List meme, using it in March to help me choose the last of my required number of books for that month.
Successful quarter? Oh yeah. I got an 'A' after all. Was there ever any doubt my over-achieving ass would settle for less?
Basically, here is a jumble of the books I've sort of chosen for the next quarter. But things aren't permanent because that elusive reading mood is such a fickle bitch. Nonetheless:
Where Angels Rest by Kate Brady
Where Evil Waits by Kate Brady
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Mindwalker by A.J. Stieger
Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann
Forever Blue by Suzanne Brockmann
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
That's about half plus one of the books needed for one quarter, so I'll be shuffling around the rest of my Reading Assignment list for five more books. Or maybe I'll throw another My TBR List meme into one of the three months--I'm thinking June might be a good time.
"[...] Just for your information, he is very ticklish."
"How will that information ever be of use to me?" Nina asked.
Dotty wiggled her eyebrows. "I can think of a few ways." Nina stared at her, adopting Deacon's "impassive" expression. "Oh, come on, I've seen the two of you together. It's like watching a nature documentary on scientists trying to get the two most socially awkward people in the world to mate."
I'd been trying to pinpoint why I thought the romance in this book between Nina and Deacon was kind of refreshing. And so when cousin Dotty made this point, it really made me think: "Yea. That's so true."
Although I still have to input that, despite being a good percentage into the book, it still kind of feels like little to nothing has actually happened in the way of Big Haunted Mansion On Isolated Island, aside from Nina's nightly dreams (only one of which was described in detail), a few sightings, and Cindy's one encounter. Somehow, they just don't feel creepy or even significant enough to concern myself with.
And no one's even really doing anything about the whole "Haunted Mansion" thing aside from being avoid-y. I might start getting frustrated, which will be disappointing considering I loved the last Molly Harper book I read.
However, the book is giving off a vibe reminiscent of some 90s era tacky haunted mansion on an isolated island movie-like feel where things move along for a good portion of the story without anything too significant save for a few hints here and there, and then by the end, all hell breaks loose and the excitement just comes in blasts with no holds barred.
I'm kind of looking forward to it being this way... even anticipating it a little bit. So we shall see where this heads. Of course, this book is also a romance as well, so I'll give it leeway to be lighter fare than most haunted house movies with a touch more cute and cuddly for the love stories unfolding.
Speaking of which--two romances occurring during this time are also kind of bland so far. In a sense, Nina and Deacon are now sharing some kind of quiet courting relationship where they stand around and chat each other up with pop culture references, old and new, while trying to impress each other with their nerdiness. It's cute, but I haven't seen much happening along the lines of actual romance yet... but then again, maybe something will soon.
As for Cindy and Jake, they just need to sit down and talk about their problems civilly.
And all the while, the characters just feel detached from the book, so far and I'm not feeling any connection to relate with at all. Aside from the whole social awkward main character bit, that is. At least I DO like the budding friendship between Nina, Cindy, and cousin Dotty--they short, quiet side quips are at least keeping me entertained.