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text 2017-06-01 04:15
May Reading Roundup

It's finally warming up in my parts and I am loving the sunshine :)  I'm one of those people who always gets a bad sunburn in the beginning of summer because I would hug the sun if I could when it finally appears and can't imagine it would betray me by burning me to a crisp. May was my Random Number Generator month and as usual, I had fun seeing what it chose for me. There were some winners but also some major missteps towards the end; you live by the RNG, you die by the RNG. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. June is my Start a New Series month. I originally started this to make myself start series I was hearing so much about but was too intimidated to start because of how many books there was already. Now I just grab out of a box/off my Kindle any book #1 in a series. 

 

*Click on book cover to be taken to my review or if I didn't write one, the book's Goodreads page

 

5 stars

 

 

 

4.3 stars


The Wicked Cousin by Stella Riley

 

4 stars

 

 

 

3.5 stars

 

To Win a Lady's Heart by Ingrid Hahn  ***The Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S. Dawson***

 

3 stars

 

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn  ***A Debt Paid in Marriage by Georgie Lee***  Wicked Sexy by J.T. Geissinger

 

2.5 stars

 

***Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan*** *** Only by HelenKay Dimon***  Wired by Julie Garwood 

***To Wed a Rebel by Sophie Dash***

 

2 stars

 

Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen  The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor  The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki 

***Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole***

 

1.5 stars

 

***Closer by Sarah Greyson***  The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

 

1 star

 

***Zoey And The Nice Guy by Carter Ashby***

 

17 books in all with 8 being my selection of the month picks. Looking back, I read an even range of great, good, and awful. The highlight of the month was definitely The Wicked Cousin by Stella Riley. I feel so out of the loop since this was the first book I've ever read by her. Can't wait to start some new series for June and hope everyone has a great reading month!

 

How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?

 

 
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text 2017-05-02 02:28
April Read Roundup

Whew! It feels like April just flew right on by. I am so ready for some summer weather, I had snow floating in the air yesterday, BOOOOOOO. I know some actually had accumulation but I still want to complain. April was my Singles month (actually read some not in series, lol) and I'm super pleased with some on the hidden gems I discovered from this. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. I kind of want to keep blindly reaching into my book boxes but I must move on to another sub-genre of my tbr (I know all you book lovers get having sub-genres to your tbr :). I'm sure I don't need to tell you all because I'm sure you've been on pins and needles waiting for this month to come up, but May is my Random Number Generator month. How this differs from blindly plunking books out of boxes is I RNG from my Want-to-Read list on GRs. The thrill of what could be picked! If I don't already have the book or can't find it at my library, I will buy it, if I feel the price works for me. Anyway, I feel I had a good reading month and can't wait to see what awaits me in May :)

 

*Click on book cover to be taken to my review or if I didn't write one, the book's Goodreads page

 

5 stars

 

 

 

4 stars

 

 

 

3.5 stars

 

Under the Wire by HelenKay Dimon

 

3.3 stars

 

Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London  ***Heart of Deception by Taylor Chase***

 

3 stars

 

Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long

 

2.5 stars

 

***Sunshine by Robin McKinley***  ***Tortured by Amanda McIntyre***  The King's Executioner by Donna Fletcher  

***Caught on Camera with the CEO by Natalie Anderson***

 

2 stars

 

***The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick***  Once a Courtesan by Liana LeFey  ***Royal Lockdown by Rebecca York***  

***Have Mercy by Jo Leigh***  ***Rags To Riches Bride by Mary Nichols***  Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

 

1.5 stars

 

Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London

 

1 star

 

Fifteen books read and 3.5 stars my highest rating, I thought I had a bit better reading month than that but I think ending on a good note and the pleasantly surprising random book box reads delighted me more than simple high ratings. 

 

How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?

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text 2017-03-31 19:25
March 2017 Round Up!
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn
The Undoing - Shelly Laurenston
Cast in Flight - Michelle Sagara
The Undead In My Bed (Includes: Midnight Liaisons #1.5, Dark Ones #10.5, Half Moon Hollow #2.5) - Molly Harper,Jessica Sims,Katie MacAlister
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
Legacy of Honor - Linda Hilton
Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase

I'll jump n the bandwagon and try to round up my March reads.  By and large, great reads that cured a reading slump, but many put me behind on reviewing because I basically had little to say beyond "I enjoyed this book."

 

I also did this year's Big Library Read (global buddy read where Overdrive makes a voted ebook 100% available -- no waitlist/hold -- to participating public libraries).  This time was, surprisingly, a cookbook.  A good one with a mix of sweet, savory, basic and advanced pies:

 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani  

 

What reviews I've written, I try to remember to tag as "Reviews from Spurts" (booklikes link to that tag is http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=Reviews%20from%20Spurts ).

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text 2017-03-29 22:24
March Reading Roundup

I finished off so many series (some I decided to give up on) thanks to my themed month. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. I'm really happy I do this, it helps to vary my sub-genres and whittle down my tbr books that I would normally keep shoving to the side. April is my Singles month, which basically consists of me blindly pulling out two books (one contemporary, one historical) from my closet boxes. They are ones that I sorted out as not being part of a series but these boxes are kind of old, before I had Goodreads, so it usually turns out they are in a series :/  March seemed to fly by but I'm ready to get some April spring reading in!


*Click on book cover to be taken to my review or if I didn't write one, the book's Goodreads page

5 stars
 
4.5 stars
 
The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland
 
4 stars
 
3.5 stars
 
****Mackenzie's Mission by Linda Howard****
 
3 stars
 
The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke  Undiscovered by Anna Hackett
 
2.5 stars
 
****Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James****
 
2 stars
 
****Lord of Falcon Ridge by Catherine Coulter****  ****Dead By Dusk by Shannon Drake****  Holding Fire by April Hunt  
****Master of Torment by Karin Tabke****  ****No Place to Run by Maya Banks****  ****Irish Hope (Irish Eyes, #8) by Donna Fletcher****  
****The Red Hot Cajun by Sandra Hill****  Storm and Silence by Robert Thier  ****Taming the Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands****
 
1 star
 
A total of 14 books read for the month with 9 my monthly theme. I see 7 of the 9 were 2 stars (ok rating) which is kind of disappointing but The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorlund managed to save my month. Can't wait to see what surprising books April has in store for me :)
 
How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?
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text 2017-03-01 04:53
February Read Roundup

I managed to blackout on my Romance Bingo and had a great time finding books to match the squares. I survived the flu and went on a reading frenzy after to make up for the week I couldn't read. As my series headway month, I was able to finish up two series and make headway in others. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. March I continue trying to make headway in series and hopefully I'll be able to finish some more off. This month decimated my book fund, so many books came out this month! I won't be able to buy for a while but with a loaded up Kindle, it shouldn't be too painful.



*Click on book cover to be taken to my review or if I didn't write one, the book's Goodreads page

5 stars
 
4.5 stars
 
Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London
 
4 stars
 
***Fire and Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon***  Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain
 
3.5 stars
 
***Angel Creek by Linda Howard***  Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton  Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas  
 
 
Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey
 
3.3 stars
 
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
 
3 stars
 
***Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon***  Menace by J.M. Darhower *** My Forever Love by Marsha Canham***   
 
Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas 
 
2.5 stars
 
***Never Too Hot by Bella Andre***
 
2 stars
 
Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen  His Dark Kiss by Eve Silver  ***All About Love by Stephanie Laurens***
 
1.5 stars
 
***Thrill Me to Death by Roxanne St. Claire***  Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey
 
1 star
 
A total of 18 reads, not bad for a short month.  I read 7 books for my series headway and 2 ARCS. The Julia London and Theresa Romain books were my surprise loves of the month, such good books and can't wait to read the next in those series. 
 
How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?
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