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April/May Reading Recap

Again, I’m combining two months of reading summaries in one post…

Print Books
April

  1. MayAll the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
  2. A Complicated Marriage: My Life With Clement Greenberg by Janice Van Horne
  3. The Cottage At Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
  4. Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas

Nook Books

  1. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #4) by Leann Sweeney
  4. The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria

Audio Books

  1. Bad Blood (Kate Shugak #20) by Dana Stabenow
  2. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  3. Angel’s Peak (Virgin River #10) by Robyn Carr
  4. The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (Forensic Instincts #1) by Andrea Kane
  5. Forbidden Falls (Virgin River #9) by Robyn Carr
  6. Temptation Ridge (Virgin River #6) by Robyn Carr
  7. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
  8. Girl Missing by Tess Gerritsen
  9. Coming Back (Sharon McCone #28) by Marcia Muller
  10. The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
  11. The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White
  12. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  13. Paradise Valley (Virgin River #7) by Robyn Carr
  14. Second Chance Pass (Virgin River #5) by Robyn Carr,
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2) by Robyn Carr
  17. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  18. City of Whispers (Sharon McCone #29) by Marcia Muller
  19. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
  20. Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2) by Janet Evanovich
  21. The History of Us by Leah Stewart

The best books I read were Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and All the Summer GirlsAs you can see, I’ve been tearing through Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series– those are always feel good reads, and I’ve been craving that.

My books read for the year are up to 14 Nook Books, 7 paper books and 46 audio books, for total of 67 books read.  I’m on pace to make it to 150 books read for the year.

Thank you again to Venice Tretiak.for the darling kitty monthly graphics

Have a great June, and enjoy your summer reading!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in books, summary

 

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February/March Reading Results

Yes, I fell behind in posting my summaries, as well as my reviews!  I’m not behind in my reading, however :-).

FebruaryNook Books

  1. The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria
  2. Minefields of the Heart: A Mother’s Stories of a Son at War by Sue Diaz
  3. Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger
  4. Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger
  5. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
  6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (reread)
  7. The Long Way Home (Chesapeake Diaries #6) by Mariah Stewart

Print Books

  1. The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr
  2. The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

MarchAudio Books

  1. The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8) by Louise Penny
  2. Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles #10) by Tess Gerritsen
  3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  4. Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell
  5. The Rope (Anna Pigeon 0) by Nevada Barr
  6. Lady Fortescue Steps Out: Being the First Vol. of the Poor Relation (The Poor Relation #1) by Marion Chesney
  7. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison
  8. Missing (The Secrets of Crittenden County #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray
  9. Hidden Summit (Virgin River #17) by Robyn Carr
  10. The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows by Brian Castner
  11. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  12. Redshirts by John Scalzi (reread)
  13. Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #5) by Rhys Bowen
  14. The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts
  15. The Diamond Throne (The Elenium #1) by David Eddings
  16. Four Day Planet (Federation) by H. Beam Piper
  17. What’s a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery #1) by Victoria Laurie

The best book I read during this time was Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Although I got through a lot of books in February (and I started and abandoned quite a few more)  nothing I read during that time (other than rereads) qualified as a best read, although quite a few were enjoyable.

My totals for the year are now at 38 books read: 10 Nook books, 3 print books, and 25 audio books.

Thank you again to Venice Tretiak.for the darling kitten monthly graphics :-).

Have a great April, everyone!

 

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in books, summary

 

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January summary

January kittenForget the books for a minute, and look at the picture next to this!  I’ve mentioned the kitten cam a few times here, and the current batch of kittens there are my favorites!  This is Ash, and you can watch him and his siblings. But as wonderful as it has been to watch these kittens, it has been even more fun to meet the wonderful and talented viewers, one of which made this image for me!!  Thank you, Venice Tretiak.

And now, on to the regularly scheduled book talk. January was a good month, with some great books.  Now, to get back into the swing of reviewing, which I badly neglected this month…

Print Books

  1. Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle

Nook Books

  1. Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
  2. 206 Bones (Temperance Brennan #12) by Kathy Reichs
  3. A Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary

Audio Books

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  2. A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses, #6) by Eloisa James
  3. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
  4. The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström #1) by Camilla Läckberg
  5. The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts
  6. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez
  7. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal
  8. Brava, Valentine (Valentine #2) by Adriana Trigiani

This month had two standout stars for me.  Both were book club books, I’ve reviewed one, and will review the other as soon as we discuss it (soon).  I fully expect both to make my list of top books of the year.  These were Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and Where’d You Go, Bernadette.  Villa Triste gets an honorable mention, it could easily have topped the list in a different month.

And now, to start the yearly books read count!  As is clear from the lists above, I’ve read 12 Books:  1 paper book, 3 Nook books, and 8 audio books.  I’m roughly on track for my goal of 150 books this year.

How was your January?  What are you looking forward to in February?

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in books, reviews

 

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December summary

Calendar-decemberI’m working on my look back at 2012, but I wanted to get a quick glance at December.  I really wanted to get in a Christmas mood, so I tried all the holiday related audiobooks I could download from my local library, the sappier the better!  In the reading I did, Robyn Carr wins as master of the genre, with A Virgin River Christmas having the best characters, the best romance, and a darn good sappy story.

Audio Books

  1. Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain
  2. The Look of Love: A Piper Donovan Mystery (Wedding Cake Mystery #2) by Mary Jane Clark
  3. Let It Be Love (Effingtons #11) by Victoria Alexander
  4. Mrs. Miracle (Angelic Intervention #1) by Debbie Macomber
  5. A Cedar Cove Christmas (Cedar Cove #8.5) by Debbie Macomber
  6. A Christmas Journey (Christmas Stories #1) by Anne Perry
  7. A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River #4) by Robyn Carr
  8. Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6) by Jim Butcher
  9. Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum #19) by Janet Evanovich
  10. The Proposal (The Survivors’ Club #1) by Mary Balogh
  11. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Print Books

  1. Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara
  2. Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life by Anonymous

Nook Books

  1. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
  2. The Retribution (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #7) by Val McDermid
 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in books, summary

 

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November update

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November is a month for being thankful, and I have a lot to be thankful for– my family, health that may not be perfect, but could  be much worse, a stable life, and lots of time to read. I’m also thankful for on-line friends and kittens I can watch over the Internet.

I did get quite a bit of reading done in November, although perhaps not quite as much as the book count suggests– there are some very short books in there!

I realized one of the reasons that I haven’t been reading as many print books is that I’m getting older, and my eyes are having trouble at times with the print in books.  Getting a second pair of reading glasses, so that one stays in my purse and one stays by my bed, has helped a lot with that.

So, on to the books read:

Paper books

  1. Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #1) by Ali Brandon
  2. Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9) by Jacqueline Winspear
  3. What the Zhang Boys Know by Clifford Garstang

Nook books

  1. A Novel Way to Die (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #2) by Ali Brandon
  2. Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6) by Jacqueline Winspear

Audio books

  1. How It All Began by Penelope Lively
  2. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose
  3. Tonight I Said Goodbye (Lincoln Perry #1) by Michael Koryta
  4. Shadow Puppets (Shadow Saga #3) by Orson Scott Card
  5. Black River by Dean Koontz
  6. Son (The Giver Quartet #4) by Lois Lowry
  7. Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) by Lois Lowry
  8. Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry
  9. The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry
  10. Redwood Bend (Virgin River #18) by Robyn Carr
  11. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This brings my yearly totals to 145 books read: 38 paper books, 23 Nook books, and 84 audio books.  There shouldn’t be a problem reaching to 150 for the year :-).

The best books of the month were Between Shades of Gray and How It All Began, followed by Elegy for Eddie.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in books, summary

 

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October Reading

I’m on track for my 150 book goal this year!  My reviews are running a bit behind, but I’m still getting a few out each month.

Print Books

  1. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip (review coming soon)
  2. Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  3. Murder Most Austen (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #4) by Tracy Kiely

Nook Books

  1. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
    (review coming soon)

Audio Books

  1. Heat Rises (Nikki Heat #3) by Richard Castle
  2. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
  3. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  4. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
  5. Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #14) by Joanne Fluke
  6. Murder in the Sentier (Aimee Leduc Investigations #3) by Cara Black
  7. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  8. Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #4) by Rhys Bowen
  9. Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher
  10. The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

My favorite books of the month were Wonders of the Invisible World and Something Missing.

My total for books read for the year stands at 128 books34 print books, 21 Nook books and 73 Audio books.  I seem to be moving more and more to audio books, as I’m accepting less review books.  I think I enjoy playing computer games and watching the Kitten Cam while reading :-).

 

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in books, summary

 

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June Wrap Up

June CalendarSummer is here, and you know what that means?  No time to read!

My reading was down significantly this month, and only partially due to the arrival of warm weather and no school for my daughter.  My total book count is down compared to the earlier months this year, and even that is heavily frontloaded in the month.

Paper Books

  1. A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2) by Julia Quinn
  2. Grace Among Thieves (Manor House Mystery #3) by Julie Hyzy
  3. Spy Mom (Sally Sin #2) by Beth McMullen
  4. Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Audio Books

  1. The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
  2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
  3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  4. The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde #1) by Lyndsay Faye
  5. Very Valentine (Valentine #1) by Adriana Trigiani

My top reads for the month were the ones I was most looking forward to– they didn’t disappoint.  Spy Mom, followed by Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and Very Valentine.

This month’s reads bring my yearly totals to 76 books read:  22 paper, 38 audio and (still) 16 Nook books.  I’m on track to make 150 books read this year, but only if my pace picks back up from this month.  I’ve been spending time watching kittens on-line and chatting with new kitten cam friends.  I’ve also been struggling with reading one PDF format ARC on my Nook.  I’m loving the book, but the logistical issues are really slowing me down.

I’m still holding at one review a week, and I’ll plan to keep up that pace.

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in books, summary

 

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May Wrap-Up

May was a good reading month, with lots of books read, and some really good ones in there as well. I’m accepting that I’m writing one review per week, and maintaining that well for now.

Print Books

  1. Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook (review scheduled June 5)
  2. Guilt by Degrees (Rachel Knight #2) by Marcia Clark
  3. The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel
  4. How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

Nook Books

  1. Night Swim by Jessica Keener
  2. Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell #12) by Laurie R. King
  3. Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell
  4. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  5. A Gentleman Says “I Do” (The Rogues’ Dynasty #5) by Amelia Grey

Audio Books

  1. Bell, Book, and Scandal (Jane Jeffry #14) by Jill Churchill
  2. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
  3. Reliquary (Pendergast #2) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  4. The Magician’s Guild (Black Magician Trilogy #1) by Trudi Canavan
  5. Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher

That brings me to 14 books for the month, and 67 books read this year: 18 paper books, 16 Nook books, and 33 audio books.  The outstanding books were Wallflower in Bloom, The Lola Quartet, How to Eat a Cupcake and Insurgent.

I have some books that I’m really looking forward to reading in June.  These include Spy Mom by Beth McMullen, the followup book to my favorite read of last year, Original Sin; and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess), which I’m reading for book club.  For my other book club, I need to finish reading the Steve Jobs biography for this month’s discussion and then pick up The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Caroline Mackler for July.

How was your May reading?  Do you have any summer reading you are particularly looking forward to?

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in books, summary

 

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January Reading Wrap Up

2012 is off to a good start, as far as reading goes.  Other areas aren’t as fabulous– losing our family’s kitty was the think I’ll remember most about this month.  With other family excitement as well as losing my MP3 player, it’s a wonder I read anything at all.  I did, and much of it was really good.

So, I start off 2012 with 12 books read:  4 paper books, 2 Nook books, and 6 audio books.

Here”s the summary!

Paper Books

  1. The Gap Year by Sarah Bird
  2. Dreaming of Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts #2) by Victoria Connelly
  3. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  4. Gun Games (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #20) by Faye Kellerman

Nook Books

  1. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
  2. Wish Upon a Star by Sarah Morgan

Audio Books

  1. Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
  2. Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds #1) by J.A. Jance
  3. Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  5. A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #7) by Louise Penny
  6. Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6) by Louise Penny

I also have two books I didn’t finish.  One I checked out from the library as an e-book, and it expired before I finished reading it, largely because I was trying to finish the other DNF book before book club.  Since I didn’t want to do that, I listened to the two Louise Penny books instead, because they were really, really good.

This was an average month, quantity-wise, but it was amazing as far as quality.  My favorite book of the month was The Rook, followed closely by Ready Player One, but the two Louise Penny books could easily have taken than honor many other months, Divergent really impressed me, and I really liked The Gap Year.

I started getting back on track with reviews (beyond the 4 linked above, I have two more mini-reviews I wrote this month), but then backslid a bit.  I think February will be better.

How was your January?  What are you looking forward to in February?

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in books, summary

 

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November wrap-up

November in HawaiiWell, I didn’t think that November would be a less productive month than October, but it was. I’m still OK with how many books I read, but the number of reviews is very disappointing to me.  I definitely had my reasons (including a very nice but unproductive week in Hawaii– anyone want to see pictures?).  I hope that I’ll do better in December, but I doubt I’ll return to normal until January.

So, what I read:

Paper Books:

  1. Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River #16) by Robyn Carr
  2. Hot Water by Erin Brockovich, C.J. Lyons

Nook Books

  1. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  2. Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link
  3. A Regular Guy by Mona Simpson

Audio Books:

  1. Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett
  2. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher
  3. A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #2) by Rhys Bowen
  4. The Complaints (Malcolm Fox #1) by Ian Rankin
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  6. When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Happily Ever Afters #2) by Eloisa James

I’m not sure any of these books were real standouts, although I really enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (and it made for great book club discussion) and Bring Me Home for Christmas, When Beauty Tamed the Beast, and Snuff were better than average reads.

My yearly count is now up to 158 books read (so I’ve reached my 2011 goal of 150), including 62 paper books, 76 audio books, 18 Nook Books, 1 other e-book, and 1 book in multiple formats.

I have book club books to read in December (although it looks like one club will postpone the book, and just have a social meeting), and a few review books.  Mostly, I want to get some reviews written!

I hope you had a good November, and have an even better December.  Happy Holidays!

 

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in summary

 

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