April was a pretty sad reading month for me. I’m not sure how many of you are aware, but I lost my job last September. Since then I’ve been struggling to find another job while playing at being a stay-at-home-mom for the first time in almost 10 years. Naturally being off work also meant a lot of extra reading time.
At the beginning of this month I was offered a temp position and decided to take it. Since then I’ve had hardly any reading time. I’m hoping once things settle into a better schedule (and once baseball season ends..my son’s game/practice schedule is killing me!) I’ll have more reading time. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?
I read a total of 6 books this month, 1 of which was a re-read. That’s a sad, sorry number considering I read 14 last month and 28 the month before. Still, at least I did read, right?
April 02 – No Limits by Alison Kent – 4/5
April 12 – Drop Dead Gorgeous by Linda Howard (re-read) 4/5
April 23 – Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder – 4.25/5
April 27 – Runaway Bride Returns by Christie Ridgway – 3.75/5
April 28 – Valentino’s Love-Child by Lucy Monroe – 4/5
April 29 – She’s Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry – 4.25/5
My favorite reads of the month were Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder and She’s Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry. My least favorite was Runaway Bride Returns, which isn’t saying much since I enjoyed it. I just enjoyed it less than the others I read this month.
I think I did a better job of reading last month than I did the month before. I haven’t read as much as I want to read each month but I think so far, I’m doing pretty good. I had a pretty decent reading month as well as I didn’t read any book that I absolutely hated, I even read a book that I absolutely adored so for me, all in all…I did good. I read quite a bit of historicals this month and found that I quite enjoyed them. Here are the books that I read this month:
- True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson– 4.5 out of 5
- Confessions of a Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle– 4 out of 5
- Heating Up the Holidays by Jill Shalvis, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Jamie Sobrato– 4.25 out of 5
- Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas– 5 out of 5
- Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts– 4.5 out of 5
- Forbidden by Suzanne Brockmann– 4.5 out of 5
- A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball- 3.5 out of 5
- Packing Heat by Penny McCall– 3 out of 5
- Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr …DNF (yet)
- Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch- 4.5 out of 5
- Tempted at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessadro- 4.5 out of 5
My favorite read of the month is obviously SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER by Lisa Kleypas and books that I really enjoyed were ALWAYS A SCOUNDREL by Suzanne Enoch and TEMPTED AT MIDNIGHT by Jacquie D’Alessandro. Great reads for me.
April was such a better reading month for me than March. I probably would have read more, but the third week in April, we went out of town for a wedding. As you can imagine, I had about zero time to read even though I took about ten books with me.
Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt: 4 out of 5.
Too Hot To Handle by Robyn Kaye
Atlantis Unleashed by Alyssa Day
Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis
The Warrior by Sharon Sala: 4 out of 5.
Saddled by Delilah Devlin: 3.5 out of 5.
Double Play by Jill Shalvis
Wolfen by Madelaine Montague: DNF
Roane by Marie Harte
Knowing Caleb by Cameron Dane: 4 out of 5.
Hunt Her Down by Roxanne St. Claire
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione: 4.25 out of 5.
Defender by Catherine Mann
Seeing Red by Susan Crandall: 4 out of 5.
No Esacpe by Shannon K. Butcher
So my grand total for the month was 17. Lower than February (19), but waaaay higher than March (9). I had a lot of favorites this month, so I can’t choose only a few.
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