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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Eleni's Reading for May 2018

Here are my May reads - finished off a few on my TBR pile this month. Yay!

Read: 10               (down 1)
Series: 8               (up 2)
TBR: 6                  (up 6)
Audio: 1                (down 5)
AWW: 4                (up 4)
Graphic novels: 2 (down 2)




Historical Romance
  • Bound for Eden (Frontiers of the Heart #1) by Tess LeSue | 4.75 stars - good fun
  • The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (audio) | 3.75 stars



Paranormal Romance
  • Magical Redemption (Myth & Magic #3) by Nicola E. Sheridan | 4.75 stars 
  • The Crocodile Virgin: A Short Story by Jenny Schwartz | 4 stars




Graphic Novels
  • Smile (Smile #1) by Raina Telgemeier | graphic novel | 4 stars
  • Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels #1.1) by Jim Butcher et al. | 4 stars




Mystery
  • Lost Cause (Daisy Dunlop Mysteries #1) by J.L. Simpson | 4.5 stars
  • Missing You (Missing #5) by Meg Cabot (writing as Jenny Carroll) | 4.5 stars - YA and Romantic Elements





Anthologies
  • Focus 2012: highlights of Australia short fiction by Tehani Croft Wessely (editor) | 4 stars





Sci-Fi
  • The Last Colony (Old Man's War #3) by John Scalzi | 4.5 stars


Happy Reading!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Reading for April 2018

Here are my April reads - a varied read this month.

Read: 11
Series: 6
TBR: 0 (was that type of month were my TBR reading is continuing but no books were finished).
Audio: 6
AWW: 0
Graphic novels: 4



Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy

  • The Beginning (Hunter Legends Series 0.5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | short story | 4 stars
  • The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint (audio narrated by Tai Sammons & Paul Michael Garcia) | 5 stars - Favourite book of the month. Loved the style and the audio version was really good.




Mystery

  • A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge #1) by Charles Todd (audio narrated by Samuel Giles) | 3.5 stars
  • The Lost Days of Agatha Christie by Carole Owens (audio narrated by Wanda McCaddon) | 4 stars




Graphic Novels

  • Snow White: a graphic novel by Matt Phelan | 4 stars
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned, Volume 2: The Ingenue (Anita Blake Graphic Novels) by Laurell K. Hamilton,  Jessica Ruffner, and Ron Lim (Illustrator) | graphic novel | 4 stars
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned, Volume 3: The Scoundrel (Anita Blake Graphic Novels) by Laurell K. Hamilton,  Jessica Ruffner, and Ron Lim (Illustrator) | graphic novel | 4.5 stars
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier | graphic novel | 4 stars




Non-fiction
  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai  and Patricia McCormick (audio narrated by Malala Yousafzai and Neela Vaswani) | non-fiction | YA | 4.5 stars - fascinating and has an outlook of hope. 



Children's

  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz #2) by L. Frank Baum (audio narrated by Tara Sands) | children's | 3 stars




Classics

  • Carry On, Jeeves (Jeeves #3) by P.G. Wodehouse (audio narrated by Jonathan Cecil) | 4 stars - Chuckling read.  A few stories was in the the previous Jeeves compilations.


Happy Reading!
~E~

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Eleni's January to March 2018 reads

I'm falling a bit behind in my goal of 110 books but I've managed 20 books so far in 2018. Here is my reading for January to March.


Fantasy/Sci-fi
  • Equal Rites (Discworld #3) by Terry Pratchett | 4.5 stars
  • Rhio's Dancer (The Four-Sided Pentacle #2.5) by Denise Rossetti | novella | 5 stars
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (audio narrated by Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ) | 4 stars



Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy/Dystopian Romance
  • Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by J.R. Ward | 4.5 stars
  • Skin (Flesh #2) by Kylie Scott | 4.75 stars
  • What Trouble Is: A Short Story (Flesh #2.6) by Kylie Scott | 5 stars
  • Devil to Pay (Night Huntress #3.5) by Jeanine Frost | 4 stars | novella
  • Love by Premonition by Holley Trent | 4.5 stars - humorous elements
  • Free Fall (Retrievers #5) by Laura Anne Gilman | 4.75 stars
  • Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher (audio narrated by James Marsters) | 4.25 stars
  • The Lost (Celestial Blues #2) by Vicki Pettersson (audio narrated by Kevin Fabian) | 4 stars


Historical Romance
  • A Rogue of My Own (Reid Family #3) by Johanna Lindsey (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) | 4 stars
  • Deception on Sable Hill (Chicago World's Fair Mystery #2) by Shelley Gray (audio narrated by Tavia Gilbert) | 4 stars
  • Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon | re-read | 5 stars
  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: A Novel of Regency England (Poor Relation #2) by Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton) (audio read by Davina Porter ) | 4 stars


Mystery
  • Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher, #2) by Kerry Greenwood (audio narrated by Stephanie Daniel) | 4 stars
  • His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Mystery #3) by by Susan Elia MacNeal (audio narrated by Susan Duerden) | 4.25 stars




Graphic Novels
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned, Volume 1: The Charmer (Anita Blake Graphic Novels) by Laurell K. Hamilton,  Jessica Ruffner, and Ron Lim (Illustrator) | graphic novel | 4 stars





Non-fiction
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (audio narrated by Roger Wayne) | non-fiction | 4 stars
  • The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop (audio narrated by Anna Bentinck) | non-fiction | 4 stars



Happy Reading!
~Eleni


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eleni's Reading for 2018


As mentioned in my previous post, my results from last year were mixed. While I read over 126 items, they were mainly audio books and books in series not always in the TBR pile. That is I borrowed them from the library to read or listen to.

While that's fine-it allows me to discover new authors-that's not so good for the TBR piles and mine are in absolute Mt. Everest sized proportions.

So in 2018, while I will continue listening to audio, it won't be the main focus. The TBR piles will be the ones I concentrate on.

Here is a list of the challenges I will be doing. Click the image to links to the challenge page.




  
This is the overall 2018 TBR list.



Of course, I'll continue to read series, which should fall into one or more of the challenges above.  To see the series I'm currently reading, click HERE.



I'll also list any Graphic Novels I'm reading on a seperate page.





Happy Reading! Yia!

~Eleni x

Friday, January 26, 2018

2017 Reading Wrap Up!


I can't believe we're at the end of January and I haven't mentioned how I did n 2017.

Here's the run down, which you can also find in the Past Challenges page.

image courtesy of Pixabay


100 Book reading Challenge - ACHIEVED
Aim: 100  |  Read: 126


Audio Challenge- ACHIEVED
Aim: 45 | Read: 49


Australian Women's Challenge - ACHIEVED
Aim: 25 | Read: 26


All good so far, now is where we fall down...

DarkSider A-Z Challenge - FAILED
Aim: 24 | Read: 8


Graphic Novels/Comic Books list
Read:  8 (down from 2016)


TBR Author Name Challenge - FAILED
Print
Aim: 24 | Read:   12

Ebook
Aim: 24 | Read: 19 


TBR Book Title Challenge - FAILED (though this one was a 'leftover' challenge for books that didn't fit in the Author Name Challenge.)
Print
Aim: 24 | Read: 1

Ebook
Aim: 24 | Read:  3



Out of the 126 books, 93 were series books. This combined with audio books was where my main reading was focused in 2017, and not all of these were from the TBR piles, hence why those numbers were down. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

December 2017 reads



My reading picked up a little at the end of the year. All entertaining books.


Romantic Suspense
  • Never Surrender by Rosie Miles | 5 stars
  • Down Among the Dead Men by Claire Baxter | 4.5 stars 


Paranormal Romance
  • Magical Creations (Myth & Magic #2) by Nicola E. Sheridan | 4.25 stars
  • Mind Raider (The Anomaly #2) by Anna Hackett | 5 stars



Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy

  • The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorien | 4.5 stars



Non-fiction


  • Self-Publishing: Absolute Beginners Guide by Imogene Nix & Suzi Love | 4 stars



Happy Reading!

~ E

Sunday, December 17, 2017

November 2017 reads

Still busy on the personal front so not much reading done in November.



Historical romance
  • The Taming of the Duke (Essex Sisters #3) by Eloisa James | 5 stars



Paranormal historical YA
  • Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #3) by Alison Goodman (audio read by Fiona Hardingham) | YA | 4.5 stars


Contemporary Romance

  • February or Forever (Tarrin's Bay #2) by Juliet Madison | 4.5 stars




Happy Reading!


~ E