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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 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

October 2017 reads


A quieter month in October for reading as it was very busy on the personal front.

A total of 5 works with none (!) of them being audio. As for series reading, there were 3 titles.



Urban fantasy/paranormal romance/fantasy

  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 stars - what a rough world Mercy finds herself a part of.
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 3: Executioner (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse #3 graphic novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jessica Ruffner (text) and Ron Lim (Illustrations) | 4.5 stars - gruesome 
  • Freaks of Greenfield High (Freaks #1) by Maree Anderson | YA | 5 stars - well written & enjoyable read.




Contemporary Romance / Erotic romance

  • Mistletoe Not Required by Anne Oliver | 4.5 stars - emotional heart strings pulled as heroine talks of breast cancer.
  • A Real Online Fantasy (Hot Down Under) by Cate Ellink | short story | 4.25 stars - one HAWWT read.


~~Happy Reading~~

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Series reading: Authors beginning with K

It's been a while since I posted about my series reading. I have been trying to read more and finish some off especially ones I had started a while ago. Life though has had other plans.


Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan
Genre: Crime

Using her own experience as a real life forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs has a series with main character Temperance Brennan. Tempe is not like her character in the TV series, Bones. For one thing, she's older, she's a divorced mother, and she is better with people. She also splits her time between Quebec and North Carolina, though the last book was set in South America.

Up to: #6 - Bare Bones

2016: #5 (audio)




Kaz Delaney


Dead
Genre: YA with paranormal element

This isn't listed as a series, nor given a series name. Set amongst the Gold Coast teenager elite.  Book 1 has teenager Willow is being haunted by a ghost of a classmate. JoJo wants Willow to find out who murdered her. It was full of fun quips, teenage angst and romance, and mystery.  Book 2 will feature Macey, Willow's best friend.

Up to: #2 - Almost Dead

2017: #1




Kelly Meding


Dreg City
Genre: Urban fantasy

A 6-part dark urban fantasy series featuring a resurrected bounty hunter, her hot former boss, and a host of supernatural beings. A great premise where a bounty hunter wakes up in the morgue in another body and doesn't know how she got there. We follow her as she uncovers what happened to her.

Up to: #2 - As Lie the Dead (audio) - Currently Reading

2016/7: 0
2013: #1 audio



~Happy Reading!~


Keri Arthur


Dark Angels
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy with romantic elements

Urban fantasy, spinoff from the Riley Jenson, Guardian series. Risa Jones is all grown up -  born from a lab-enhanced clone werewolf mother  and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next. There's much mayhem in the action packed books.  A great continuation of the Riley Jensen world (who does make brief appearances). Be prepared for American spelling even though it's set in Australia.


Up to: #3 - Darkness Devours

2016: #2

Other Keri series I have on my TBR pile that I haven't started yet are:

Souls of Fire
Genre: Urban fantasy

Featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Up to: #1 - Fireborn




Outcast
Genre: Futuristic fantasy

"When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....

As a d├ęchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe..."

Up to: #1 - City of Light



Lizzie Grace
Genre: Urban fantasy

In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic.

But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc.

It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive–that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.

Up to: #1 - Blood Kissed




Kerrelyn Sparks


Love at Stake
Genre: Paranormal romance

A series where there Roman Draganesti and his allies are fighting on two fronts. As vampires who do not kill for their food, they are fighting against other vampires who don't care for human life. They are also up against humans who think them demons and need to be killed. So far the books have been humourous, romantic and full of action.


Up to: #4 - The Undead Next Door

2017: #3 (audio)



Kerry Greenwood

Phryne Fisher Mysteries
Genre: Cosy Mystery (historical)

"The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is a 1920s London socialite living in Melbourne, Australia (author's country). She is highly fashionable and generous, knows poverty from humble origins; war deaths elevated her father to British aristocracy." She finds herself in mysteries and helps the police to solve them.


Up to: #2: Flying Too High

2016/7: 0
2013: #1 audio



Kylie Griffin

The Light-Blade Novels
Genre: Fantasy Romance

"There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born... "

A series about an uneasy alliances between the demon half-breeds (Na’Chi)  and humans. The demons, the Na'Reish hunts the Na'Chi and enslaves humans for blood slaves. But could things change for the better?

Up to: #3: Allegiance Sworn

2017: #2



Kylie Scott

Flesh
Genre: Dystopian erotic romance 

The world has gone to hell. A plague has left zombies who grave the flesh of the living. In book 1 Alli, Daniel and Finn cross paths and band together to survive. The intense state of survival brings lust and love to the forefront as they travel to find a safe haven.


Up to: #2: Skin

2016/7: 0
2015: #1



Other Kylie series I have on my TBR pile that I haven't started yet are:

Stage Dive
Genre: Erotic romance

Rock 'n' roll romances.
Book 1: "Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride"


Up to: #1: Lick


Dive Bar
Genre: Erotic romance

"The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?"

Up to: #1: Dirty





Monday, October 9, 2017

September 2017 reads


Here's a list of what I read in September. 
A total of 15 works with 6 of them being audio. As for series reading, there were 9 titles.



Historical Romance

  • The Elusive Bride (Black Cobra Quartet #2) by Stephanie Laurens (audio read by Simon Peeble) | 4 stars
  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove #5/Castles Ever After #4) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars - just love these series. Are such fun!


Urban fantasy/ paranormal romance/ fantasy

  • A Dance with Dragons, Part 2 (A Song of Ice & Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin | 5 stars - finally I have 'caught up' to where the books have ended for the series, though I want to read the offshoot series about the Knight.
  • At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost (audio read by Tavia Gilbert) | 5 stars
  • Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent | YA | 5 stars - amazing. 
  • Merlin edited by Martin H. Greenburg | anthology | 4 stars



Sci-Fi Romance/ Futuristic

  • The Recruit (The Morcai Battalion #2) by Susan Kyle (aka Diana Palmer) | 4 stars
  • Lifer (Lifer #1) by Beck Nicholas | YA futuristic | 5 stars - amazing!! - I wrote about it on the ARRA blog.

Contemporary Romance

  • Christmas Wishes by Rhian Cahill | novella | 4.5 stars - lovely friends to lover story.


Children's

  • The Opal Deception Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl Graphic Novels #4) by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, artist: Giovanni Rigano | 5 stars - great artwork.
  • The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan (audio read by Jesse Bernstein) | children's | 5 stars


Other

  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (audio read by Juliet Stevenson) | 3.75 stars
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson | non-fiction | 4 stars - fascinating. 
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye (audio read by the author) | non-fiction | 5 stars - fascinating!
  • Liz Fielding's Little Book of Writing Romance by Liz Fielding | non-fiction | 5 stars

~Happy Reading!!