Tag: Monthly Reads

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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Our Best Reads for the month of May.

Posted June 4, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

May’s Best Reads

It’s that time of the month where I take stock of what I’ve been reading, what my favorites of the month are and what I’m looking forward to reading in the next month.

May was a good month for reading, not as good as the previous months but still, a good read. And there’s a two way tie for my favorite May read. I’m having a hard time picking one over the over so I think I’m just going to go with choosing the both of them. They’re different from each other but still oh so good.

Last month I read a total of 10 books, which puts me at having 5 more books to read before I complete my TBR Challenge with Ames and since we have until June 30th to get the books read, I know that I’ll finish it hopefully as early as next week. Ames, we totally did it…do you think we can do it again for the remainder of the year? Ohh let’s do it, Ames!

Here’s a rundown of the books that I’ve read this month:

  • Key of Light by Nora Roberts
  • Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts
  • Key of Valor by Nora Roberts
  • Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber
  • Sugar and Sin by Stella and Audra Price
  • Crazy Hot by Tara Janzen
  • White Lies by Linda Howard
  • A reread of Kindom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
  • Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown
  • Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen

And my favorite reads of the month are: Key of Valor by Nora Roberts and Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen. Both books had me enraptured and so lost in the world that the authors created for us readers to enjoy and I will forever pimp their goodness out for all to see and love for themselves. The Key Trilogy is already in a bag, getting ready to be shipped to the great city of Compton, California for a dear friend of mine to enjoy as she’s reading The Circle Trilogy soon and I know she’ll enjoy these books as well.

I’ve also got to give a honorable mention to Morning Come Softly by Debbie Macomber because this book was really good as well, I loved it to pieces but I loved the other books just a tiny more right now…=)

Izzy Says

All right, I’m a bit slower when it comes to reading. Sigh, sucks being a slow reader. Here are the list of books I read:

  • Something Sinful by Suzanne Enoch
  • Shadowheart (DNF) by Laura Kinsale
  • Sugar and Sin (DNF) by Stella and Audra Price
  • Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

Ok, so after looking at this list I realize I suck. My best read was Two for the Dough. This book was funny! I’ll say it again: I love Grandma Mazur.

I’ll try and do better next month. I promise!!!!!!

Holly Says

The month started out pretty slow for me (I couldn’t even participate in this last month because I hadn’t read crap) but picked up towards the end of the month. I didn’t keep track of everything I read, but I think I remember most of them:

  • Miracle by Deborah Smith
  • Muse by Adra Steia
  • No One To Trust by Iris Johansen
  • Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand by Carole Mortimer
  • Natural Born Charmer by SEP (a re-read)
  • Beyond Breathless, Beyond Daring and Beyond Seduction by Kathleen O’Reilly
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lucy Monroe
  • The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
  • A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber
  • Virgin River by Robyn Carr
  • Three Weddings and a Kiss (anthology)
  • Blame it on Paris by Laura Florland
  • Taken by Barbara Freethy (DNF)
  • Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard

I think that’s it. I may have done a few more re-reads, but if so I can’t remember which ones. Being sick last week was a blessing in disguise, because I was able to read, something I haven’t been able to do much. Of course, I still haven’t reviewed most of the books, but I’ll get around to it eventually. 🙂

Anyway, I’d have to say my favorite reads for this month were Muse by Adra Steia, Virgin River by Robyn Carr and Miracle by Deborah Smith.

Muse was dark and scary, and just what I needed to help get me out of my slump. Virgin River and Miracle were just straight up romance. No suspense plots, no paranormal elements. They were both very well written and kept me entranced. I even cried a little while reading both. Miracle was a heavy, drama filled read, but was still fabulous. Virgin River was also heavy, but still had a lighter side. I laughed out loud a time or two while reading it. Reviews for both to follow, but don’t wait on me to buy them. I promise they’re great.

I also want to give honorable mentions to The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber. Both were excellent and I gobbled them right up.

Alright, that’s what we read last month and our favorite picks. What about you?

What did you read last month? What were your favorites? Anything we can’t live without?

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Best Reads of April!

Posted May 1, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 25 Comments

Rowena here and it’s been a good month of reading for me, I didn’t read anything that I absolutely hated and there were just a few DNF, but I’m not going to give up on my DNF’s, I’m just going to get back to them at a later date.

In the month of April, I read:

I’m reading, Rock Star by Roslyn Hardy Combs which is the book that I won over at Devon’s blog and I’m really digging it, I’ve read two great reviews from both Devon and Bam so I was really excited to read it and I’m totally agreeing with what they both said in their reviews, it really is fresh and witty and just everything good.

My favorite read of the month has to be Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder because I just loved being all wrapped up in Yelena’s world, seeing the world that she should have grown up in, the adventures she gets herself into with trying to do what’s right for her. It was a great second novel by Mrs. Snyder and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Fire Study, bring on more of sexy hunky Valek please!!!


In April I read:

The Rest Falls Away
Ps I Love You
Lord of Scoundrels

These were all good books but my favorite read was Lord of Scoundrels. I heard nothing but good reviews on this book so when I finally read it, I was not disappointed. I loved Dain and Jessica and their love story. Right now I’m reading “Something Sinful” by Suzanne Enoch.

So there’s what WE read last month, what did you guys read?


What was YOUR favorite read in the month of April?

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