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April Monthly Reads

Posted May 7, 2009 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 50 Comments

Holly says:

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.

Rowena’s Turn:

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:

  1. True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson– 4.5 out of 5
  2. Confessions of a Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle– 4 out of 5
  3. Heating Up the Holidays by Jill Shalvis, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Jamie Sobrato– 4.25 out of 5
  4. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas– 5 out of 5
  5. Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts– 4.5 out of 5
  6. Forbidden by Suzanne Brockmann– 4.5 out of 5
  7. A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball- 3.5 out of 5
  8. Packing Heat by Penny McCall– 3 out of 5
  9. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr …DNF (yet)
  10. Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch- 4.5 out of 5
  11. 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.

**Contest Alert** Leave a comment on this post telling us how many books you read in April and what your favorite was and you’ll be entered to win your choice of books from the list below!

She’s Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Knowing Caleb by Cameron Dane

Please be sure to tell us what book you’d like to win in your comment. Contest ends at 11:59p.m. Sunday, May 10th by the timestamp on the blog.

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March Reads: Winners

Posted April 9, 2009 by Casee in Giveaway Winners | 12 Comments

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The Key by Lyndsay Sands: Tracy
Giving Chase by Lauren Dane: LisaF
Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyons: Samanthadelayed
Maverick by Lora Leigh: Cathy M
Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas: Kaetrin

Congratulations to the winners! Please email your info to us at contests@thebookbinge . com (no spaces).

Thanks to all of you for playing! It was nice to see what everyone else has been reading.

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March Monthly Reading Lists

Posted April 3, 2009 by Holly in Features | 37 Comments

Holly Says:

March was a slow reading month for me (in comparison to Jan and Feb, anyway). I started the month out (unfortunately) with a total wallbanger and it ruined my reading mojo.

I read a total of 14 books, 2 of which were re-reads. 14 isn’t a bad number, unless you consider that I read 18 in Jan and 28 in Feb. Then 14 seems kind of pathetic.

March 2 – Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson – 3.5/5
March 2 – Trouble in High Heels by Leanne Banks – 3.5/5
March 3 – All of Me by Lori Wilde – 2/5
March 12 – Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr – 4/5
March 12 – Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr – 4/5
March 13 – Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – 4.5/5 (re-read)
march 16 – Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly – 3/5
March 18 – Too Hot To Handle by Robin Kaye – 2.5/5
March 20 – Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson – 4.25/5
March 21 – The Key by Lynsay Sands – 4.25/5
March 22 – Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – 4.75/5(re-read)
March 23 – Giving Chase by Lauren Dane – 4.25/5
March 24 – Taking Chase by Lauren Dane – 3.25/5
March 25 – Chased by Lauren Dane – 4/5

Sadly I read quite a few wallbangers this month. I really hate it when that happens. I have to say my best read of the month was The Key by Lynsay Sands with honorable mentions to Giving Chase by Lauren Dane and both Susan Elizabeth Phillips re-reads I did. My worst reads for the month were All of Me by Lori Wilde (a HUGE disappointment since it’s the last in her Wedding Veil Wishes series) and, even more sadly for me, Too Hot Too Handle by Robin Kaye.

Just out of curiosity – I list my reads by the date I read them. Would you prefer I just number them, instead of listing them by the date? Do you care one way or the other?

Wena Says:

Holly, if that’s a slow going month for you then I should just go on ahead and kick the bucket because I sucked more this month than I did last month. So much for my “I’m gonna do better next month” mantra I had going at the beginning of March.


Oh well, here’s my list:

As far as enjoyment goes, this month was a good month. I didn’t read any books that were so bad, I wanted to shoot myself between the eyes so because of that, I’m a happy camper. Hands down, my favorite read of the month goes to BLUE EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas. That book was just too good for words and Lisa Kleypas really knocked it out of the park with that one for me. A couple of honorable mentions go out to I’m In No Mood for Love, The Boyfriend Game by Stephie Davis and The Girl Most Likely To by Susan Donovan. I’m in No Mood for Love was a reread that I absolutely loved all over again and TBG was a great little book that I enjoyed with my niece so I would definitely recommend that book to any young daughter out there who’s looking for a cute and funny read. The Girl Most Likely To was another great read of the month, thanks to Holly for threatening to kick my ass if I don’t read that book. It was good, I enjoyed it. A lot. So woo hoo for me!

Casee Says:

March was a realllly slow reading month for me, too. The month started out slow when I just couldn’t decide what to read. Then I got sick and it took me over a week to read one book. The number of books I read in March is probably less than half the number I read in February. It’s really quite sad.

1. The Fortune Hunter by Jasmine Haynes
2. Show and Tell by Jasmine Haynes
3. Kill For Me by Karen Rose
4. A Perfect Darkness by Jamie Rush
5. Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon
6. Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr
7. Maverick by Lora Leigh
8. Dead Right by Cate Noble
9. Love at First Flight by Marie Force

Yep, a total of nine books for the month of March. Pathetic, I tell you. By far, my favorite read of the month was Blood Magic. I can’t recommend this book enough. I’m ready to put March behind me and see what April brings.


So, to make a not-so-great reading month a little better, we’ve decided to give away a copy of some of our favorite March reads. The books that are up for grabs are:

The Key by Lyndsay Sands
Giving Chase by Lauren Dane
Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyons
Maverick by Lora Leigh
Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

All you have to do is leave a comment by Sunday, April 5th at 11:59pm (PDT) telling us either how many books you read in March or what your favorite read in March was. Good luck!

ETA: Please let us know what book you’re interested in from the above list! Thanks!!

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February Monthly Reading Lists

Posted March 3, 2009 by Holly in Features, Reviews | 9 Comments

Holly Says:

Last month I decided to start listing my monthly reads and I enticed Casee and Rowena to do theirs, too. So this month you get all three of our lists.

I’m doing really well keeping track of my reads. I read 20 and re-read 8 for a total of 28. That’s an average of a book a day. Woot! I also re-read one book 4 times, but I’m not counting all of them.

Feb. 2. Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr 4/5
Feb. 3. What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Philips 4/5
Feb. 3. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James 4.25/5
Feb. 4. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James 4/5
Feb. 5. Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (re-read)
Feb. 5. Strangers in the Night by Linda Howard 3.5/5 (re-read)
Feb. 6. The Arrangement by Emma Wildes 4/5
Feb. 7. Salvation in Death by J.D. Robb 3.5/5
Feb. 8. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James 3.25/5 (re-read)
Feb. 9. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas 4/5 (re-read)
Feb. 10. Mother in Training by Marie Ferrarella 2/5
Feb. 11. The Rancher’s Surprise Marriage by Susan Crosby 4/5
Feb. 12. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas 4.5/5 (re-read)
Feb. 14. 1001 Ways to Be Romantic by Gregory Godek 4/5 (re-read)
Feb. 15. Cry Sanctuary by Moria Rogers 4/5
Feb. 16. The Girl Most Likely To by Susan Donovan 3.75/5
Feb. 16 Very Much Alive by Dana Marie Bell 3.5/5
Feb. 17. Called by Blood by Evie Bryne 4/5
Feb. 18. Midnight Encounters by Elle Kennedy 3.5/5
Feb. 21. Fall Into Me by Linda Winfree 3.75/5 (re-read)
Feb. 22. And Baby Makes Four by Mary Forbes 4/5
Feb. 23. Can you Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella 4/5 (re-read)
Feb. 23. Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands 4/5
Feb. 25. The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding 4/5
Feb. 25. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb 4/5
Feb. 27. A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight 3.25/5
Feb. 27. Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child 3/5
Feb. 28. Price of Passion by Susan Napier 3.75/5

I have to say my favorite read of the month was Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James with honorable mentions to What I Did for Love by SEP and Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands. Mother in Training by Marie Ferrarella was my least favorite.

Rowena Says:

In the month of February, I read:

1. Remember the Sweet Things: One List, Two Lives and Twenty Years of Marriage by Ellen Green.
2. Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens.
3. Tall, Dark and Kilted by Allie MacKay
4. Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins
5. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.
6. Tempted by His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren.
7. Frenemies by Alexa Young.
8. Love on the Line by Laura Castoro.
9. The Agency by Ally O’Brien
10. Don’t Let It Be True by Jo Barrett
11. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James.
12. Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis.

My favorite read this month is Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James with an honorable mention to Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins. I enjoyed both of those books and cannot wait to read more by both authors.

Casee Says:

February has been my best reading month so far this year. Yes, we are only two months in to 2009, but I read some damn good books in February.

1. Coyote’s Mate by Lora Leigh
2. Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr
3. What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
4. Price of Passion by Susan Napier
5. Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann
6. The Bride Price by Anne Mallory
7. Scandal by Carolyn Jewel
8. Tangled Up In Love by Heidi Betts
9. Smart Girls Think Twice by Cathie Linz
10. Star Bright by Catherine Anderson
11. Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson
12. Crash Into Me by Jill Sorenson
13. Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr
14. Sunset Bay by Susan Mallery
15. Full Exposure by Tracy Wolff
16. True Colors by Kristin Hannah
17. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
18. Where There’s Fire by Maureen McKade
19. Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh
20. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

The only books I haven’t reviewed are 2, 3, and 5. Look for the rest of my reviews over the next few weeks. My favorite book of the month was Full Exposure followed closely by Scandal.

What’s your reading list look like this month?

*A special thanks to Ranearia for our monthly reads button.

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GoodReads and Holly’s January Reading List

Posted February 2, 2009 by Holly in Features, Giveaways, Reviews | 46 Comments

I don’t make New Years Resolutions because I always feel like I’m setting myself up for failure when I do. Why put that kind of pressure on yourself, you know? Especially since 95% of the time you set resolutions that are ridiculously hard to achieve (or at last I do).

Even though I don’t do resolutions, there were some goals I set for myself. One of them was to keep track of all the books I read, even if I don’t review them all. It’s a good thing I put that qualifier in there about not reviewing them all, too, because so far that reviewing thing isn’t going so well for me.

I have been keeping track of the books I read, though. I set up a GoodReads account to keep track. I made two bookshelves: Read-in-2009 and ReRead-in-2009. So far the system is working. I’m not making any promises about the future, but for now, to help keep me motivated, I’m going to try to do a monthly list of reads. Maybe Rowena and Casee will see this post and decide to keep me motivated, you think? *coughhinthintcough*

For those of you who are friends with me on GoodReads, I don’t plan to catalogue all the books I own. I only plan to keep track of the books I read in 2009 and possibly – if I’m not too lazy to enter them all – my TBR pile. If anyone is interested in what I’m reading, you can friend me here.

And on to my list!

According to GoodReads I read 14 books this month and re-read 5 for a total of 19. Not too shabby.

Jan. 6 – Be With Me by Maya Banks – 3/5.
Jan. 7 – Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins – 4/5.
Jan. 8 – Mistletoe and Miracles by Marie Ferrarella – 3.5/5 (Re-Read)
Jan. 8 – Chance of a Lifetime by Portia Da Costa – 4/5.
Jan. 8 – Layover by Megan Hart – 4/5.
Jan. 9 – Reining in the Rancher by Karen Templeton – 4.5/5.
Jan. 11 – Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas 5/5 (Re-Read)
Jan. 12 – Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl – 3/5.
Jan. 13 – Mistress Menage by Jenesi Ash – 2/5/5.
Jan. 13 – Gilt and Midnight: An Erotic Fairy Tale by Megan Hart – 3/5.
Jan. 15 – Demon Angel by Meljean Brook – 4/5 (Re-Read)
Jan. 18 – Hearts Awakened by Linda Winfree – 4/5.
Jan. 20 – Fall Into Me by Linda Winfree – 3.5/5.
Jan. 22 – Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost – 3.5/5.
Jan. 24 – A Mother’s Wish by Karen Templeton – 4/5 (Re-Read)
Jan. 25 – Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis – 4/5 (Re-Read)
Jan. 25 – Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt – 4/5.
Jan. 28 – Kill for Me by Karen Rose – 5/5
Jan. 30 – Flirting with Temptation by Kelley St. John – 3.75/5

Four of those were Spice Briefs, which means they were very short, so they barely count, and three of them are category length, so they were pretty fast reads. Still, I’m happy with the number for the most part. I used to read two or three a day, but I’m afraid those days are long gone. I have too many other obligations and things that suck up my all time (like Twitter and Facebook – heh).

I plan to review several of them still, I just haven’t gotten it done yet. Soon though, I promise.

I have to say Kill for Me was probably my favorite read for the month, with Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis and Reining in the Rancher by Karen Templeton as close seconds. Mistress Menage was my least favorite. Overall I read some pretty great books, though.

What about you? Do you keep track of your monthly reads? Are you happy with the number you read? What was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite?

**CONTEST ALERT** Just because, leave a comment on this post answering one (or all) of the above questions and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 3 books. I have 2 copies of Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis and 1 copy of Kill for Me by Karen Rose to giveaway. Be sure to let me know which book you’re interested in!**CONTEST ALERT**

Also – if anyone is interested in making me a “Monthly Reads” button I would be very appreciative. How about – I’ll offer a $10 gift certificate to anyone who’s willing to make me a button I can use each month.

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