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text 2018-01-08 18:58
2017 in Review
How To Be A Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life - Ruth Goodman
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Helen Simonson
Racing the Devil - Charles Todd
Calamity in Kent - John Rowland
Ashes of London - Andrew Taylor
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Agnes and the Hitman - Bob Mayer,Jennifer Crusie

2017 was an excellent reading year around here.  I had four five-star reads, not counting re-reads, which is a very high total for me, out of some 90+ books read.  One was a novel - 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, and three non-fiction: The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf, and two by Ruth Goodman, How to be a Tudor, and How to be a Victorian.  Wonderful re-reads included Dorothy L. Sayers' Murder Must Advertise, several Mary Russell novels by Laurie R. King, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (which I think I read in about 1978, but remembered nothing).

 

The best historical novel I read in 2017 was The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson, and the best new mystery Racing the Devil, by Charles Todd.  I read a decent amount of non-fiction, all of it good, from The Glass Universe (about the ladies of the Harvard Observatory) to Michelangelo's Ceiling (Damn it, your holiness, I'm a sculptor, not a painter), The Sun and the Moon (the Man-bats, or America's first great "fake news" story), and A is for Arsenic (Agatha Christie knew her poisons).

 

I had some reads that were just pure fun, like Jennifer Crusie's Agnes and the Hitman, Deborah Harkness' trilogy on witches, or Anne Bishop's novels about The Others.

 

It did have down moments.  Calamity in Kent's plot boiled down to "Scotland Yard inspector decides his tabloid journalist friend, Jimmy, is the best choice to solve a locked room mystery, and tells Jimmy to go for it."  Um.  OK?

 

The one which angered me, however, was my sole 1-star read of the year, The Ashes of London, which was billed as a thriller set during the Great Fire of London.  It is set *after* the fire, did not have very good historical detailing (it could have been pretty much anywhere and anywhen in the past that had suffered a large fire), and had two narrators, neither interesting.  And then it offended me with a touch of "let's start the characterization of the woman by having her evil cousin rape her" and I was out.

 

But most of my reading year was wonderful.  I hope yours was, too.

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text 2018-01-01 19:08
2017 Book Roundup

Another year has gone by and it's now time to compile the list of books that I read in 2017. Like last year, some of these books haven't been reviewed (yet in some cases and never in others) so you'll need to keep an eye on the blog to see what I thought of them. I'm going to do something slightly different this year. I've decided to include rereads in my count because I want to be able to keep a running record (digitally) of everything I've read in a given year. Here we go!

 

  1. Ms. Bixby's Last Day
  2. Have You Seen Elephant? (picture book - no review)
  3. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur (picture book - no review)
  4. Sidekicked
  5. Vampire Academy
  6. Dead Wake
  7. Hark! A Vagrant
  8. South Riding
  9. Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping
  10. The Burning World
  11. Cry, Heart, But Never Break
  12. The Dungeoneers
  13. Frostbite
  14. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast
  15. Henry & Leo
  16. Frog on a Log?
  17. The Last Shadow Gate
  18. Terms & Conditions
  19. I Work at a Public Library
  20. A Freudian Slip is When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother
  21. I Don't Want to be Big
  22. The Unfinished World
  23. Frindle
  24. Waking Gods
  25. I Don't Want to be a Frog
  26. The Secrets of Gaslight Lane
  27. Trio for Blunt Instruments
  28. Lunch Witch: Knee-Deep in Niceness
  29. The Grumpface
  30. How to Build an Android
  31. Fortunately, the Milk
  32. The Shadow Land
  33. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (for some reason I didn't review this?)
  34. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
  35. The House of Months and Years
  36. The Wild Robot
  37. Grandpa's Great Escape
  38. The Deadly 7
  39. The Phantom Tollbooth
  40. Book Uncle and Me
  41. Roller Girl
  42. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
  43. The Marvels
  44. Some Writer!
  45. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  46. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  47. Wildwood
  48. The Cabinet of Curiosities
  49. One Day We'll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
  50. Under Wildwood
  51. Stories of Your Life and Others
  52. Do Not Say We Have Nothing
  53. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  54. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
  55. The Book That Changed America
  56. Wildwood Imperium
  57. Comics Squad: Detention
  58. Wonderstruck
  59. The Imaginary
  60. HiLo (graphic novels 1-3)
  61. Ghost Waltz
  62. Bluffton
  63. The Storm in the Barn
  64. The Red Badge of Courage
  65. Science of the Magical
  66. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  67. A Wrinkle in Time (reread)
  68. A Wind in the Door
  69. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  70. Many Waters
  71. Grendel
  72. The Great Questions of Tomorrow
  73. Find the Good
  74. Thornhill
  75. Woolly
  76. everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
  77. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
  78. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (not reviewed yet)
  79. The Importance of Being Earnest (not reviewed yet)
  80. A Veil of Shadows
  81. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult (not reviewed yet)
  82. The Goldfish Boy (not reviewed yet)
  83. Close Enough to Touch (not reviewed yet)
  84. Deep Dark Fears (not reviewed yet)
  85. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (not reviewed yet)
  86. The Unreal and the Real (not reviewed yet)
  87. The People's Republic of Amnesia (not reviewed yet)
  88. The Little Virtues (not reviewed yet)
  89. The Creeps (not reviewed yet)
  90. World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures (not reviewed yet)
  91. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores (not reviewed yet)
  92. My Friend Dahmer (not reviewed yet)
  93. Scythe (not reviewed yet)
  94. Mine Own Executioner (not reviewed yet)

 

And the reread books:

  1. The Rubber Band
  2. The Red Box
  3. Pride & Prejudice (every year)
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness
  5. Murder on the Orient Express
  6. The Neverending Story (every year)

 

That brings our total count to: 100 books.

 

You can always use the search feature to look up any genre, subject, etc. to find your next book to kick off 2018. :-) Happy New Year!!

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-11-01 19:25
October Roundup

Thanks to Halloween Bingo, I upped my reading game and got a lot in. I'm also a bit exhausted, lol. Time to leave the horror show behind and move on to some holiday themed reads :) There's another game on BookLikes and I'm going to try and participate in it as much as I can. The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season and the Rules. October was also my Start a New Series month and while some series might keep me from reading further on, others have me searching for the rest in the series. (Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***) November is back to Random Generator Month where I let the good ole' RNG decide which book off my GRs tbr list gets picked. The thrill, the excitement, the anticipation! I lead an exciting life I tell you. Hope you all had great reading months and can't wait to hear about your winners and losers.


*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

 

Totally His by Erin Nicholas  The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor  Watchers by Dean Koontz  

 

No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes  ***Fever by Elizabeth Lowell***

 

3 stars

 

***Good Girls Do by Cathie Linz***  The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr  ***Caught by Jami Alden*** 

 

Dark Prince by Eve Silver  A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev  Honor by Jay Crownover

 

***These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer***

 

2.5 stars

 

Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan  ***Reforming a Rake by Suzanne Enoch***  The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith

 

2 stars

 

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase  ***Paradise by Judith McNaught***  ***The Wild One by Danelle Harmon***

 

A Rogue to Avoid by Bianca Blythe

 

1 star

 

***Seized By Love by Susan Johnson***

 

20 books read, which kind of shocks me because last month I read 21 and I could have sworn I read more this month. Anyway, I nice variety pack of ratings, no 4 stars boo but 3 out of the five highest rated were ARCs, pleasantly surprising. 8 were from my new series selections (Yeah for clearing up some book room!). Can't wait to see what RNG has in store for me this month :)

 

What were your highs and lows from the month?

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text 2017-09-30 20:06
September Roundup

Woooeeee, what a busy September! I must have gotten the arc bug because I accepted a good amount that had me busting my butt to stay ahead of the game. Add those in with my themed month books, trying to catch up on new releases, and Halloween Bingo and I've been reading my tail feather off. I didn't get as many September Singles (Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***) read as I would have liked because of all this but alas, those book boxes go back into the closet and out come the October Start a New Series boxes. Can't wait to start a series that will take me years to complete or send me on a binge reading extravaganza!

 

*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

 

***Truly by Mary Balogh***  The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

 

3.5 stars

 

Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett  The Witch and the Dead by Heather Blake  Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

 

3.3 stars

 

 

Soulless by Gail Carriger

 

3 stars

 

31475629  The Hunter and the Witch by Rachel Chanticleer  Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt  

 

A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell

 

2.5 stars

 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa  ***A Sexy Time Of It by Cara Summers***  Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

 

Slow Burn by Pamela Clare

 

2 stars

 

***The Unexpected Husband by Lindsay Armstrong*** Dare You to Run by Dawn Ryder  *** Bound By Temptation by Lavinia Kent***  

 

***Bought By The Greek Tycoon by Jacqueline Baird***  ***My Immortal Highlander by Hannah Howell***  Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord  

 

The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

 

1.5 stars

 

 

 

1 star

 

21 books read this month with 6 being from my themed month pile. One of my 4 star picks, Truly by Mary Balogh, was a themed selection and a shining beacon of why I have themed months. It was a great book and one that would have gotten lost in the mix of the hundreds of other books on my tbr. I may read less new releases now but getting a book like Truly makes it all worth it. Oh, and reading this line "Go to hell, Joe Jordan," she whispered. "And don't expect me to do the dishes!"

 

What were your highs and lows of the month?

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text 2017-08-31 18:27
August Read Roundup

I feel Fall creeping in and I sort of like it but I know it brings the frozen tundra of hell winter. Boooo! Anyway, my Kindle Freebies month wasn't too bad, there were some winners and average Joes but at least no outright run for your momma and have her hold you bad. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***.   September is my Singles month, where I just grab two books out of my garage sale boxes that I think aren't part of a series (spoiler: they're usually part of series but Goodreads wasn't always around educating me). I'm also going to be participating in Halloween Bingo on BookLikes, so it should be a busy reading month :)

 

 

*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

 

Stealing Taffy by Susan Donovan  ***Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid***

 

3.3 stars

 

My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

 

3 stars

 

***Barefoot in White by Roxanne St. Claire***

 

2.5 stars

 

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne  If the Rogue Fits by Eva Devon  ***Laiden's Daughter by Suzan Tisdale***

 

2 stars

 

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips  ***The Skilled Seduction by Tracy Goodwin***  ***Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips***

 

***Fly by Molly McLain***  Her Enemy at the Altar by Virginia Heath  ***Beast by Kathryn Le Veque***

 

***The Tao of Hockey by Melanie Ting***  When a Lady Deceives by Tara Kingston

 

1 star

 

 

15 books read in all with 8 being Kindle Freebies. I've cleared 8 books off my Kindle, woo-hoo! I'm not going to check to see how many I have added in that time, lol. This was clearly the month of average reading with so many 2 star ratings and nothing about 3.5. Hoping for a spooky Halloween Bingo and at least some 4 star reads for myself and you all!

 

How many books did you all get to read this month and did you have a better reading month than I did?

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