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August 2011 reading wrap-up

I’m finally getting back to regular blog postings as things settle down after a crazy week, with my 5 y.o.’s first week of kindergarten plus a camping trip over Labor Day weekend.

Despite being too frazzled to read much last week (although I finished three books on the camping trip!) I feel satisfied with my August reading.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

What about you? Were you satisfied with your reading in August?

July 2011: The Month in Reading


This month I finally finished The Fiery Cross, book #5 in the Outlander series, which took me about six weeks. I’m not quite ready to dive into A Breath of Snow and Ashes yet–I have many more books that I want to read in the meantime. I just started The Hunger Games trilogy and I’m totally hooked!

I’m not really disappointed that I only finished four books this month because I’m trying to read more slowly and mindfully, rather than skimming a lot of a book just so I can finish a review or boost my reading totals.

So here are the titles I read this month:

A Compromised Innocent by Elaine Golden. A Regency-set novella which I enjoyed, and I’m really looking forward to a full-length novel from this author.

The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus Into Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner. A quick nonfiction read about mindfulness including lessons that I need to be reminded of over and over!

The Fiery Cross (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

One Night in London: The Truth About the Duke by Caroline Linden. Review coming soon.


What about you? What was your favorite book that you read this month?

What I read in June 2011


June is not quite over yet, but it’s safe to say that I won’t finish a book in the next couple of days. So without further ado, here’s this list of what I read this month.

Stork by Wendy Delsol
Frost by Wendy Delsol. The follow-up to Stork, which was an eARC courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley. Though I find the heroine’s voice irritating at times, and there are a lot of loose ends in book #2, I’ve enjoyed reading the series and look forward to book #3.
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber. I read this for the TBR Challenge but never got around to posting a review.
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify by Francine Jay.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James–this month’s pick for my book club, the first of (only two?) Cordelia Gray mysteries.
Jeeves and the Tie that Binds. Audiobook, possibly a re-read (re-listen?). I think this is my least favorite Jeeves and Wooster story.

I’m also about halfway done with The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (#5 in the Outlander series). I read books 1-4 last summer and took a long break.

This summer I resolve to listen to more audiobooks to reduce eyestrain and pass the time while reorganizing my work files. I have several checked out from the library–The Astral by Kate Christensen, the next book in the Cordelia Gray series, and Before Versailles by Karleen Koen, among others.

What about you? Which books are you planning to read this summer?

What I Read in May 2011

I didn’t read quite as many books as I expected to in May–only seven.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Read this in about 1 day!
Walk on the Wild Side by Natalie Anderson. Again, read in about 1 day. It was a short and sweet Harlequin Presents.
Seduction and Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone. I’m trying to catch up on my Netgalley reading and this was a title I was thrilled to be able to read in advance!
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas.
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Both very good historical romances.
Ready and Willing by Cara McKenna (aka Meg Maguire). This is a short story but I’m counting it anyway!
Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer. After reading this I’m wary of Greg Mortenson’s books because it seems so much of his stories were embellished.

What about you? Did you read more or less than you expected to in May?

April 2011–the month in reading

Though April is not quite over, I’m sure I’m not going to finish a book in the next couple of days. Tomorrow will be busy with a birthday party for my son for all his school friends.

So here’s my list of what I read in April. I didn’t finish very many books. Since a lot of these were big, meaty, reads, I still feel like a read a lot.

Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

The Dark Enquiry
by Deanna Raybourn

A Bed of Spices by Barbara Samuel.

Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Wanton in the West by Lisa Plumley

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart
by Sarah Maclean

Of this month’s books, The Dark Enquiry, A Bed of Spices, and The Winter Sea were my favorites.

What about you? Was this a good reading month for you and if so, which books were your favorites?

What I read in March 2011

I can’t believe it’s April already. The year is going so fast!

Here’s what I read in March:

A Mistake, a Prince, and a Pregnancy by Maisey Yates.

Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire by Thomas J. Stanley.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–A Love Story by Ree Drummond.

Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse. I actually read this twice while I was on vacation because it was so good!

A Disgraceful Miss by Elaine Golden

Sugar Daddy and Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, #3) by Lauren Willig

The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale

Nine books in total–not bad considering two of them were very long (Kinsale and Willig) and one I read twice.

I haven’t done much reading since finishing The Shadow and the Star a couple of weeks ago. I’m well into Dark road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn and may finish that soon, especially because the next book in the series is available on Netgalley (fingers crossed that I can get an advance copy!)

Books read in December 2010

Here’s what I finished in December 2010. I did a little better than November:

A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Stranger by Zoe Archer
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Seven Nights to Forever by Evangeline Collins

I hope to finish Soulless by Gail Carriger today as well.

I enjoyed all of the above books and hope every reading month is like this!

What about you? Did you read a lot of books you enjoyed this month?

Books read in November 2010


1. Scoundrel by Zoe Archer
2. A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh
3. Rebel by Zoe Archer
4. Impulsive by HelenKay Dimon

Oh my! Did I only read four books? I can’t say what I was busy with all month, except that I’ve been exercising more, which is a very good thing!

I have a goal to spend about an hour reading every day. With a half-hour lunch break at work and another half-hour reading before bed, this should be very doable.

Also I have trouble finding books that really grab me and make me want to keep reading. I finally got my groove back with A Christmas Promise and Rebel this month.

What did you read this month? Was there a book you found recently that had that unputdownable quality? What do you think made it such a compelling read?