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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Eleni's Reading for July 2018!



Here are my June reads.

Read: 8                 (down 1)
Series: 5               (down 1)
TBR: 5                 (up 1)
Audio: 2                (down 2)
AWW: 4                (same)
Graphic novels: 0 (down 2)




Fantasy Romance / Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

  • Storm of Fire (Search for Home #2) by S.E. Gilchrist | 4.25 stars
  • The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #4) | 4.5 stars
  • Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) by Jeanine Frost (read by Tavia Gilbert) | 5 stars





Contemporary Romance (erotic)  / Rural Romance 
  • Claudine's New Adventure by Elizabeth Dunk (Nicole Murphy) | short story | 4.25 stars
  • A Sapphire for Karina by Imogene Nix | short story | 4.25 stars
  • The House on Burra Burra Lane (Swallow's Fall #1) by Jennie Jones | 4.5 stars




Cozy Mystery
  • Cat Raise the Dead (Joe Grey #3) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (audio narrated by Susan Boyce) | 4.25 stars






Non-fiction
  • You Have Too Much Sh*t by Chris Thomas - short book | 4 stars




~Until next time, Happy Reading!~







Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 reading challenge - Halfway mark!


Huzzah, I'm halfway through my reading challenge with 55 of the 110 books read!



Series: 41           
TBR: 18               
Audio: 21             
AWW: 13             
Graphic novels: 7


Here's the list by genre:


Paranormal romance / urban fantasy

  1. Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by J.R. Ward | 4.5 stars
  2. Devil to Pay (Night Huntress #3.5) by Jeanine Frost | 4 stars | novella
  3. Love by Premonition by Holley Trent | 4.5 stars
  4. Free Fall (Retrievers #5) by Laura Anne Gilman | 4.75 stars
  5. Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher (audio narrated by James Marsters) | 4.25 stars
  6. The Lost (Celestial Blues #2) by Vicki Pettersson (audio narrated by Kevin Fabian) | 4 stars
  7. The Beginning (Hunter Legends Series 0.5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | short story | 4 stars
  8. The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint (audio narrated by Tai Sammons & Paul Michael Garcia) | 5 stars
  9. Magical Redemption (Myth & Magic #3) by Nicola E. Sheridan | 4.75 stars 
  10. The Crocodile Virgin: A Short Story by Jenny Schwartz | 4 stars
  11. Winter Born (Dark-Huntervers # , Were-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | short story | 4 stars
  12. The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake #4) by Kerrelyn Sparks (audio narrated by Deanna Hurst) | 4.5 stars
  13. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #4) | 4.5 stars



Dystopian romance
  1. Skin (Flesh #2) by Kylie Scott | 4.75 stars
  2. What Trouble Is: A Short Story (Flesh #2.6) by Kylie Scott | 5 stars
  3. Storm of Fire (Search for Home #2) by S.E. Gilchrist | 4.25 stars

Fantasy / Fantasy Romance 
  1. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) by Terry Pratchett | 4.5 stars
  2. Rhio's Dancer (The Four-Sided Pentacle #2.5) by Denise Rossetti | novella | 5 stars


Sci-fi / Sci-Fi Romance
  1. The Last Colony (Old Man's War #3) by John Scalzi | 4.5 stars
  2. Atrophy (Atrophy #1) by Jess Anastasi | 4.75 stars


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


YA

  1. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (audio narrated by Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ) | 4 stars
  2. Missing You (Missing #5) by Meg Cabot (writing as Jenny Carroll) | 4.5 stars


Historical Romance / Historical with romantic elements
  1. A Rogue of My Own (Reid Family #3) by Johanna Lindsey (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) | 4 stars
  2. Deception on Sable Hill (Chicago World's Fair Mystery #2) by Shelley Gray (audio narrated by Tavia Gilbert) | 4 stars
  3. Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon | re-read | 5 stars
  4. 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
  5. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn (audio narrated by  Rosalyn Landor) | 3.75 stars
  6. Bound for Eden (Frontiers of the Heart #1) by Tess LeSue | 4.75 stars
  7. Let Love Find You (Reid Family #4) by Johanna Lindsey (audio narrated by Anne Flosnik) | 4 stars
  8. A Person of No Consequence by Alison Stuart | Short story | 4 stars


Contemporary / Contemporary Romance
  1. Pretty Shore (Astonvale #2) by  Carla Caruso | 4.25 stars
  2. Action Man Meets Miss Adventure & other romantic short stories by Claire Baxter | 5 stars (short story collection)
  3. The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern (audio narrated by Amy Creighton) | 4.25 stars



Crime / Mysteries / Cozy Mysteries

  1. Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher, #2) by Kerry Greenwood (audio narrated by Stephanie Daniel) | 4 stars
  2. His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Mystery #3) by by Susan Elia MacNeal (audio narrated by Susan Duerden) | 4.25 stars
  3. The Lost Days of Agatha Christie by Carole Owens (audio narrated by Wanda McCaddon) | 4 stars
  4. A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge #1) by Charles Todd (audio narrated by Samuel Giles) | 3.5 stars
  5. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) by Agatha Christie (audio narrated by  Penelope Dellaporta) | 4 stars 
  6. Lost Cause (Daisy Dunlop Mysteries #1) by JL Simpson | 4.5 stars

Humour / Classics
  • Carry On, Jeeves  (Jeeves #3) by P.G. Wodehouse (audio narrated by  Jonathan Cecil) | 4 stars

Children's 

  1. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling (audio narrated by Stephen Fry) | children's | 5 stars
  2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz #2) by L. Frank Baum (audio narrated by Tara Sands) | children's | 3 stars
  3. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Collins (audio narrated by Paul Boehmer) | childrens | 4.75 stars


Graphic Novels 
  1. Snow White: a graphic novel by Matt Phelan | 4 stars
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier | graphic novel | 4 stars
  6. Smile (Smile #1) by  Raina Telgemeier | graphic novel | 4 stars
  7. 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



Non-fiction
  1. 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
  2. The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop (audio narrated by Anna Bentinck) | non-fiction | 4 stars
  3. 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
  4. You Have Too Much Sh*t by Chris Thomas - short book. | 4 stars

Goodreads shelf of these 55 books is here.

Happy Reading!

~Eleni~ 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Audiobook Challenge 2018 - semi-annual update


It's time to check in for the Audio Challenge 2018 hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer.

There are 22 books I have 'listened' to in the first half of 2018. I've enjoyed all the stories in both story and narration.

Stephen Fry's narration of Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire is definitely the highlight when it comes to narration.

Other great narrations that encapsulated the stories and/or  characters were:

  • Summer Knight  by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse,  narrated by Jonathan Cecil
  • Flying too High by Kerry Greenwood, narrated by Stephanie Daniel
  • The Time of My Life by Cecilia Ahern, narrated by Amy Creighton
  • The Undead Next Door  by Kerrelyn Sparks, narrated by Deanna Hurst
  • Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins, narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne) 
  • The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint, narrated by Tai Sammons & Paul Michael Garcia

I'm on track in reaching my min. of 30 audio books for 2018.

Happy reading - um, listening!

~ Eleni



Audiobook challenge 2018 - semi annual update

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Flying Too High
Deception on Sable Hill
Summer Knight
The Bletchley Girls
Allegiant
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime
His Majesty's Hope
The Lost
The Marvelous Land of Oz
The Lost Days of Agatha Christie
Carry on, Jeeves
A Test of Wills
Mystery of Grace
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Let Love Find You
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
The Undead Next Door
The Time of My Life


goodreads.com









my audio2018-part1 shelf:
Eleni Konstantine's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (audio2018-part1 shelf)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Eleni's Reading for June 2018

Here are my June reads.

Read: 9               (down 1)
Series: 6               (down 2)
TBR: 4                 (down 2)
Audio: 4                (up 3)
AWW: 4                (up 4)
Graphic novels: 0 (down 2)



Historical Romance

Let Love Find You (Reid Family #4) by Johanna Lindsey (audio narrated by Anne Flosnik) | 4 stars
A Person of No Consequence by Alison Stuart | Short story | 4 stars



Paranormal Romance /SciFi Romance

Winter Born (Dark-Hunterverse # , Were-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | short story | 4 stars.
The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake #4) by Kerrelyn Sparks (audio narrated by Deanna Hurst) | 4.5 stars .
Atrophy (Atrophy #1) by Jess Anastasi | 4.75 stars





Contemporary Romance / Romantic Elements

Pretty Shore (Astonvale #2) by  Carla Caruso | 4.25 stars
Action Man Meets Miss Adventure & other romantic short stories by Claire Baxter | 5 stars (short story collection)
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern (audio narrated by Amy Creighton) | 4.25 stars






Children's
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Collins (audio narrated by Paul Boehmer) | childrens | 4.75 stars





~Until next time, Happy Reading!~

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