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A Month in Reading – March

“March is a month of considerable frustration – it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.”
–  Thalassa Cruso

I found the above quote on a blog – and it took hits a head on how I’ve felt a majority of March. The weather seemed to go from warm (I think there were a few days where we hit 80 degrees) and then cold enough that I actually got a snow day from work (although snow by my house was more like slush…). It was hard to figure out what to wear to work each money – because without doubt, I would either freeze or fry on my way in. And I think this weather is part of what contributed to my reading funk. I just felt like everything I read this month (for the most part) was like a turtle slogging through molasses.

March Reading Stats:
Books Read: 15
– Fiction: 11
– Non-Fiction: 4
Audiobooks Listened to: 6.5 (one was about half listened to in Feb)
New to Me Authors: 7
In Progress Series Continued: 7
Re-Reads: 1 (or rather re-listens)

Shortest Book:
5My shortest book of the month came in as a “whooping” 51pgs when I decided to return to visit Knights Bridge in Christmas at Carriage Hill written by Carla Neggers. I also read 2 of the other books in this series during the month as I get caught up on it (mostly because I have the newest one in the series, fresh from the new release shelf at the library)

Longest Book:
My longest book (or rather audiobook) of the month was #12 in Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series at a legit 576pgs or 13hrs and 40min of listening! That being said, I definitely don’t recommend you do what I did and bounce around this series – because I was seriously lost with some of the background (I normally cringe about reading a series out of order, but this audiobook was an Audie nominee and I didn’t have time to go back and fill in the gaps with my listing)/

Books I was Looking Forward to in March (that I actually read!)
Of the three books I listed on my February summary post that I was looking forward to reading in March – I only actually got to one of them…but it was probably one of my more favorite reads of the month – there is a reason why Lisa Kleypas is a comfort read for me and Devil in Spring didn’t let me down. And I’m already trying to guess who I think the next couple in this series (if there is another book) might be…

Status of Armchair Audies Listening:
March brings to a close the first full month of my listening for the 2017 Armchair Audies (since the nominees were announced part-way through February). As of the end of March, I have listened to 5 of the 6 nominees in the Erotica category; 3 of 6 in the Young Adult category and haven’t even started the Paranormal category (although that is first on my list for April listening). Ok, actually I take that back – I started to listen to one of the paranormal books and kept getting distracted – so I need to try again (mostly because it was another late entry in a longer series and I haven’t read the previous books)…here’s to another solid month of listening in April!

Books I’m looking forward to in April
Razr – Larissa Ione (release date April 11) – an elf and an angel…that sold me the description right there – plus I loved all the previous books in the Demonica series, so a new addition is needed!
My Kind of You – Tracy Brogan – besides the epic cover love that I have for this book – Tracy’s characters are just so real and I love that many of her heroines are older than the ever popularly 20 year olds (and often divorced/widowed/have kids etc).
Blade Bound – Chloe Neill – i’m going to be sad to see the end of the Chicagoland Vampires series – Some Girls Bite (the first in the series) was one of the first reviews I ever posted on my blog wayyy back when. Its been a ride full of ups and downs but Ethan and Merit (or Methan) will always live on!

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2017 in Month in Review

 

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A Month in Reading – February

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And with a blink of an eye, February is gone and March is here…I swear, it feels like I just got done writing my month in review for January and now I have to write another month…Kudos to Book Date for providing the inspiration for these month in review posts (and the great month graphics). February is typically one of my favorite months of the year because its normally that nice temperature between winter and spring…but apparently DC didn’t get that memo this year…seriously high 70’s for like a week and a half, followed by a tornado last weekend! Holy bi-polar weather batman.

On a reading/listening front, February is also a favorite month because its when the Audio Publishers Assocation (APA) announces their finalists for the Audies! Which means, its also the kick off for the Armchair Audies – an annual event hosted by Literate Housewife where listeners/bloggers listen to nominees in different categories and attempt to pick who they think the winner will be. I’m not going to regurgitate the process – but let’s just say, February has been a fun month so far with 4 of the books in my 3 categories completed (yeah, i’m a bit of an overachiever).

February Summary:
Books Read: 27
Audiobooks Listened: 5 (and 20hrs of another book)

storm-damagesMost annoying ending to a book:
Storm Damages – Magda Alexander – holy frickin cliff-hangers batman! Ugh, I should have done more research before reading this because then I would have known…and I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant paying for the next book in the series 😦

Longest on Shelf
This was a race between two books that I read in February – both Sarah’s Key and The Sari Shop Widow were purchased in 2009. But ultimately, Sarah’s Key had been on Mt TBR the longest – with a purchase date of April 1, 2009 (for a grand total of 2864 days!)

allegience-of-honorSeries in Progress
Since I’m horrible about starting series and getting distracted – I’m trying to keep a running tally of series that I’ve had in progress and read installments of during the month. This month I got caught up on Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series with Mischief and the Masters. I also got caught up on Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series with Allegiance of Honor (and even read a couple of the novellas in between the main books). I also went back and filled one of the gaps in Singh’s Guild Hunter series with Archangel’s Storm.

january-carlanMost Read Author
Both a new to me author and most read during the month was Audrey Carlan. After listening to the first book in her Calendar Girl series, January and then I continued the series read with the next 5 books in the series (and i’m part-way through #6 right now). They aren’t too substantial or require too much thought – but were the perfect brain candy for the other weekend when I was in a bit of a reading funk.

Books I’m looking forward to in March
Devil in Spring – Lisa Kleypas – ok, so I know I listed this one in February, but my copy of it just came in at the library – so I finally get to read it!
Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys – I’ve had this book on Mt TBR for a while – but added bonus was that it was nominated for an Audie – so now I have more incentive to listen to it. I loved her previous historical fiction that I read (Between Shades of Grey)
Silver Stars – Michael Grant – this is book 2 in a WW2 YA alternate history I read a few months ago where the twist on history is that women were required to sign up for the draft following a Supreme Court decision. I just picked this one up at the library the other day – and was uber excited to see that the dedication page was to the first two women to pass the US Army Ranger training (Capt. Kristen Geist and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver).

Here’s to a solid reading month in March!

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Month in Review

 

A Month in Reading – January 2017

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I always mean to do an end of month summary for my reading but to be honest, i’m never actually organized enough to get it done…so this is new for me – but its one of my blogging resolutions for 2017. I’m finding it hard to believe that it is the end of January already – I mean, this month flew by! On the non-blogging front – I started a new job (yay) – but have been extremely busy (boo!) which is reflected in both my reading and my blogging. But without further-ado, a look back on January.

Total Books Read in January: 18
Total Books Listened to in January: 7

crossing-heartsFirst Book of the Year:
Crossing Hearts – Kimberly Kincaid

simply-sexualLongest on TBR:
Simply Sexual – Kate Pearce – 2899 days!

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Longest Book

Scythe – Neal Shusterman

dirty-like-usShortest Book
Dirty Like Us – Jaine Diamond

 

 

 

New Authors Discovered (that I will read again):
Chanel CleetonFly with Me – military contemporary romance
Lilia Moon – Fettered series – Yield, Reveal and Desire – erotic BDSM romance (on the introductory side)
Chris CampilloThen He Showed Up – contemporary romance

Books I’m looking forward to in February
The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman – Young Adult/Steampunk/Mystery
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight – Darynda Jones – Urban Fantasy
The Valiant – Lesley Livingston – Young Adult/Historical Fiction (umm, female gladiator – yes please!)
Devil in Spring – Lisa Kleypas – Historical Romance

Overall, I read less books this month than I typically do, but I had some solid reads and several new authors I can’t wait to read more by in the near future.

How about you – how was your January reading escapades?

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Meme, Month in Review

 

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