Monday, April 5, 2021

Reading in 2021 - 1st quarter

 Here's my first quarter reading in 2021. 


Historical Romance / Historical 

  • Tainted (The Druid Chronicles #4) by Christina Phillips - 2013 - 5 stars
  • Keeping Faith (Fair Cyprians of London Book 3) by Beverley Oakley - 2018 - 4.25 stars  
  • The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn (audio narrated by Roslyn Landor) - 2018 - 4.5 starsThe Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers #2) by Katherine Locke - 2018 - YA with magical elements - 4.5 stars

Spec fiction - paranormal romance, urban fantasy
  • Hunter Hunted (Lizzie Grace #3) by Keri Arthur - 2018 - 5 starsDead Memory (DEAD #4) by Lizzie T. Leaf - 2012 - 4 stars
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7) by Ilona Andrews - 2014 - 5 stars
  • Small Magics (Kate Daniels #0.5; 5.3; 5.6 ) by Ilona Andrews - 2015 - 5 stars
  • For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands, #3) by Shona Husk - 2013 - 5 stars

Crime / Mystery / Historical Mystery / Romantic Suspense
  • The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes #1) by Nancy Springer - 2006 - YA -  4.5 stars
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot #3) by Agatha Christie (audio narrated by  David Suchet) - 1924 - 4.25 stars
  • A Hanging at Dawn (Bess Crawford #11.5) by Charles Todd - 2020 - 4.5 stars
  • Deadly Night (Flynn Brothers #1) by Heather Graham - 2011 - 5 stars


Historical Romance

  • The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2017 - 4.5 stars
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2)  by Julia Quinn (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2015 - 5 stars
  • Marry in Scandal (Marriage of Convenience, #2) by Anne Gracie - 2018 - 5 stars
  • Ghost Memories (Bone Island Trilogy, #0.5) by Heather Graham - 2000 - short story - 4 stars

Spec fiction - paranormal romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi romance, steampunk, fantasy

  • Temper by Beck Nicholas - 2016- YA -  5 stars
  • An Ill-Advised Rescue (Kate Daniels #5.8) by Ilona Andrews - 2013 - short story - 5 stars
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6) by Ilona Andrews - 2013 - 5 stars
  • Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5) Gail Carriger - 2012 - 5 stars
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare - 2010 - 4.5 stars
  • The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't (Parasol Protectorate #0.5) by Gail Carriger - 2014 - 4 stars
  • The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black (audio narrated by Caitlin Kelly) -  2018 - YA - 4.25 stars

Crime / Historical Mystery 

  • A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford #10) by Charles Todd (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2018 - 4.5 stars
  • A Cruel Deception (Bess Crawford #11) by Charles Todd (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2019 - 4 stars
  • Be Mine Forever (Detectives Kane and Alton, #11) by D.K. Hood - 2021 - 5 stars


Historical Romance

  • The Duke and I (Bridgerton #1) by Julia Quinn (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2000 - 4.5 starsWhat Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan - 2013 - novella - 4 starsIn Her Wild Highlander's Bed (Highlander Forbidden Fantasy #3) by Cathleen Ross - 2014 - 4.5 stars
  • Midsummer Delights: A Short Story Collection by Eloisa James - 2018 - 4.5 stars
  • Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2016 - 5 stars

Spec fiction - paranormal romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi romance, time travel

  • Outcast Reaper (Reaper's Ascension #0.5) by Shelley Russell Nolan - short storyReed (Hell Squad #4) by Anna Hackett - 2015 - 5 stars
  • Darkness Hunts (Dark Angels #4) Keri Arthur - 2012 - 5 stars
  • Dane's Redemption by Susannah Kade - 2020 - short story - 4.25 stars
  • The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8) by Eoim Colfer - 2012 - children's - 5 stars
  • Fast Forward by Juliet Madison - 2013 stars - 4.5 stars
  • Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks (audio narrated by Aimee Castle) - 2011 - 4.5 stars

Crime / Historical Mystery

  • First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #4) by David Baldacci - 2009 - 4.5 stars
  • Siren (Makedde Vanderwall #5) by Tara Moss - 2009 - 4.5 stars
  • A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford #7) by Charles Todd - 2016 - 4.5 stars
  • The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford #8) by Charles Todd (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2016 - 4 stars
  • A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford #9) by Charles Todd (audio narrated by Rosalyn Landor) - 2017 - 4.5 stars

Sunday, February 16, 2020

2019 challenges wrap up

I did manage to achieve my overall reading of 140 books which was up from 2018. While I didn't hit all the marks I wanted to, I did manage to overall read more in each category bar the audio challenge and the ebook TBR pile.
Aim: 140 
Read: 140
(up from 132 in 2018)

Aim: 30
Read: 26
(down from 42 in 2018)

Aim: 30 (20 to review)
Read: 36
(up from 31 in 2018)

Read:  9
(up 2 from 2018)

A-Z Author TBR

Aim: 26
Read:   18
(up from 16 in 2018)

Aim: 26
Read: 24
(down from 26 in 2018)  

Print & Ebook
Aim: 26
Read: 8
(up from 5 in 2018)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2019 reading

So I did make the 140 book challenge - barely. I had a down slump with reading and caught up with reading a few picture books. I actually enjoyed the experience and had me finding new books for the little ones in the family.

You can see the full list of reading on the individual challenge page

One For the Money
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Angels' Blood
Bare Bones
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2
Bound for Sin
Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Angels' Judgment
The Murder on the Links
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Dark Child (the Awakening): Episode 2
I Am Malala
Kiss of the Goblin Prince
The Enormous Crocodile
F*ck That: An Honest Meditation
Am I Black Enough For You?
Dear Tiger

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Half way mark in 140 book reading challenge!

I'm over the half way mark with the 140 book reading challenge. In fact I'm now at 81 books but below are the first 70 books for 2019, showing the half way mark.

Happy reading

2019 reading - 70 book mark

Bound for Sin
it was amazing
Freaking amazing story .

Georgiana advertises for a husband. Unfortunately all who respond are not what she's looking for. But she spots the man she thinks would be perfect - a brute. Someone who will take her and her children to Calif...
I Am Malala
it was amazing
I had listened to the young readers edition, and thought this i really should try the original text.
Kiss of the Goblin Prince
really liked it
4.5 stars

It's been a while since I read book 1 of the series but I picked up the story quickly again. While the book had less 'action' as such, it followed a steady pace into Dai trying to fit into the modern world. The last thing he e...
Am I Black Enough For You?
it was amazing
The title reflects the court case that spurred this book to be written. A reflective, insightful commentary about identity. Heiss shares her story of what is and was like as an urban Aboriginal in Australia. Of growing up with an Aborigi...
Dear Tiger
really liked it
3.75 stars

We follow Simone as she writes letters to her friend, Tiger. She's been left at school while her parents go exploring other planets.

The letters are personal but we know that the Company is reading all transmissions so there...
Who Rules the World?
it was amazing
An detailed analysis of how our world power structure works.
A must read.
Dark Child (the Awakening): Episode 3
really liked it
4.5 stars - review will be of omnibus edition when finish all the episodes.
Ghost Hunter
really liked it
4.5 stars
Fire Study
really liked it
4.5 stars
Through These Eyes: Tales of Magic Realism and Fantasy
really liked it
4.5 stars

A collection of speculative fiction stories that straddle reality some leaving you with that feeling of disturbance horror leaves behind, others more hopeful. The sense of losing or nearly losing oneself connects many of the s...
There's a Dragon in the Hen House
it was amazing
What a cute story about a girl Sally who believes there's a dragon stealing the eggs from the chook shed. Coupled with lovely illustrations, this is the perfect story for that little person in your life. It sure made me smile.

Allegiance Sworn
it was amazing
Another great instalment in The Light Blade series. In fact, I actually think I enjoyed this one the best as we see inside of the Na’Reish society. We learn more about this world and there's surprises in store as our hero Arek finds out....
The Spring Bride
it was amazing
I adored this book as I've adored every single one of Anne Gracie's books. The third book in the series focuses on Jane - a woman who only wants security, so falling in love doesn't have a place in her life. She has a heart of gold and a...
His Brother's Christmas Bride
really liked it
4.25 stars

This is a lovely sweet romance where Will falls for the wrong woman - his brother's fiancé. While he mainly fights his guilt internally, it does manifests in his actions. He's blinded by his past so doesn't see what the read...
The Bad Guys: Episode 6: Alien vs Bad Guys
it was amazing
Absolutely frigging hilarious!
Dark Child (the Awakening): Episode 4
really liked it
4.5 stars
Review will be of omnibus version
it was amazing
This has been a long time waiting on my TBR pile. Finally I was able to read. Having read, Kylie Scott's Flesh series, I know her writing can be witty, fun, flirty, sexy as heck, and emotional to boot. This book was no different - except...
Three Wishes
really liked it
4.25 stars

The final installment of the series of djinns and angels. Though each story does stand alone.
This one is all about revenge and judgment, as well as allowing emotions especially love and hope into the lives of the characters...
it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to The Anomaly series. The character of John is kind, gentle, grave and strong. But he didn't always used to be. Eve is feisty and longing for freedom and has a hell of a secret.

A book about identity, guilt, an...
Dark Child (the Awakening): The Omnibus Edition
really liked it
4.5 stars

I have read this in Episode form and doing a review on the Omnibus version. I enjoyed reading this in episode form reminding me many years ago of The Green Mile by Stephen King being released in print like this. You have to ke...

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