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text 2017-08-01 20:32
August, errr, JULY Read Roundup

Summer is still here and I am still here for it! It has been a steady 80 degs and I actually have some color to my whitewalker skin (speaking of which, was anyone else like dude, Bran, No? Who says that?!). I greatly enjoyed my recommendations month and once again a hearty thank-you to Quirky OmegaShannon BurkeAnneLover of Romance; Belindaand Becca for their recs. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. I love how books I may not necessarily pick out for myself can appear on this list and expand my reading. August is Kindle Freebie month and I love how wild card these picks can be. I'm not always judicious about downloading freebies :)

 

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

 

5 stars

 

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

 

4 stars

 

 

 

3.5 stars

 

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes  ***Royally Screwed by Emma Chase***  ***Again, My Lord by Katharine Ashe***

 

3.2 stars

 

***Under Locke by Mariana Zapata***

 

3 stars

 

Going Dark by Monica McCarty

 

2.5 stars

 

Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster  Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton

 

 

2.3 stars

 

***If He's Noble by Hannah Howell***

 

2 stars

 

***Hemlock by N.J. Layouni***  Grievous by Nancy Haviland

 

1.5 star

 

Royally Matched by Emma Chase  ***Paxton Pride by Kerry Newcomb***

 

1 star

 

 

13 books in all, not a bad month. I'm loving how varied my ratings were and there were only two books I didn't end up writing a review or post comments about! I'm counting this as one of my most successful themed months; variety and words, woo-hoo! Also, can't forget I got my first full 5 star read of the month, Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai. LOVED. Hoping August feels even half as great as this reading month did.

 

How many books did you all get to read this month and did you enjoy your reading month as much as I did?

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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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