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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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text 2017-02-04 03:44
January Roundup

January was such a busy month for me, it always feels like the end and beginning of year goes so fast. I'm going to change up my usual format for this and instead of listing my reads by ARCs, Inspired Some Thoughts, and Just Rated, I'm going to list them under how I rated them (number of stars out of five). January was my Kindle Freebie month and I'll denote those reads with ***book cover***. I was impressed with my Freebie selections and there were no outright DNFs because of grammar or formatting.
February is my Series Headway month where I revisit series I've read some books in and attempt to finish them off. Hopefully, I can wrap up one or two. This is always a good test for my memory, too :)

*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
 
 
Ultimate Vengeance by Nancy Haviland
 
4 stars
 
3.5 stars
 
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
 
3 stars
 
The Rogue by Katharine Ashe  The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne Nobody's Hero by Bec McMaster
 
2.5 stars
 
*** Intertwine by Nichole Van*** *** Essential Beginnings by Kennedy Layne *** ***Know Me Well by Kait Nolan *** 
 
A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen ***Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon ***
 
2 stars
 
1.5 stars
 
Ride Hard by Laura Kaye ***A Rake's Reward by Meredith Bond *** Law and Disorder by Heather Graham
 
1 star
 
***The Governor's Daughter by Jerri Hines***
 
 
 
A total of 16 reads. I cleaned off 6 freebies off my Kindle and read 3 ARCS. Had some lower rated reads but getting a 4.5 starred read is pretty good for me, so I'm happy :)
 
How many books did you all get to read this month, any favorites?
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text 2016-12-01 21:48
November Roundup

I'm so glad November is over and I wish I could look forward to next year but I have a feeling the next four years are going to be soul crushing. I had a bit of a reading slump but I do think I had higher quality reads this month. Thanks to the 12 Tasks of the Festive Season challenge, I ended up writing up at least some thoughts on books I normally would probably just rate. 

 

December is my Romancies Awards so I won't be doing a Reading Roundup for the month. You get the best of the year instead :)

 

Links are to my review or the book page if I didn't write one, the 12 Tasks of Festive Season reads are in italics.

 

5 stars - 0

4.5 stars - 0

4 stars - 2

3.5 stars - 4

3.4 stars - 1

3 stars - 5

2.5 stars - 0

2 stars - 2

1.5 stars - 1

1 star - 0

 

Total - 15

 

I had higher rated books this month but 15 is a fairly low number for me, the election had me floundering a bit and reading took a backseat. December is such a busy month for me and I tend to do re-reads, but I also want to make my reading goal for the year and am 5 books behind. I'm going to try and kick it into gear!

 

 

ARCS

 

  3.5 stars - When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

 

  2 stars - The Rebel of Clan Kincaid #2 Highland Warrior by Lily Blackwood

 

 

 

Inspired Some Thoughts

 

  4 stars - A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh

 

  4 stars - Wicked Intentions #1 Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

  3.4 stars - Duke of my Heart #1 Season for Scandal by Kelly Bowen

 

  3.5 stars - Bitter Spirits #1 Roaring Twenties by Jenn Bennett

 

  3.5 stars - Once Upon a Holiday by Beverly Jenkins, Adrianne Byrd, and Kimberly Kaye Terry

 

  3 stars - Happily Bedded Bliss #2 Rakes of Cavendish Square by Tracy Anne Warren

 

  3 stars - Baby, It's Cold Outside by Jennifer Greene, Merline Lovelace, and Cindi Myers

 

  3 stars - Notorious Pleasures #2 Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

  3 stars - A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell

 

  1.5 stars - Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

 

 

 

Just Rated

 

  3.5 stars - Taking Fire #4 One-Eyed Jacks by Cindy Gerard

 

 

  3 stars - Hard Ever After #4.6 Hard Ink by Laura Kaye

 

  2 stars - Dare to Run #1 Sons of Steel Row by Jen McLaughlin

 

 

Hope you all had a great reading month and finish up the year strong!

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