Sunday, February 1, 2009

January Reading Wrap-Up

I am behind on my posts! Blame it on my hubby who surprised me with a trip to Maui for my birthday. I had a great time by the way. :)

Now back to business as usual.

January was a decent reading month for me. I normally only have time to read about four books a month, but this month I was able to more than double that count with a full nine books read! I'm laughing now because nine books is like chump change for some of my blogging buddies, but for me it's a really big accomplishment. Here's what I read:

1. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh (Grade C+)
2. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas (Grade A)
3. Sea Fever by Virginia Kantra (Crade C-)
4. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (Grade B-)
5. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (review to come)
6. The McKettrick Way by Linda Lael Miller (Grade C+)
7. HeartSick by Chelsea Cain (Grade B-)
8. The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll (Grade B+)
9. Hot Mail by Janice Maynard (review to come)

The most notable of this months reads were both Sugar Daddy and Smooth Talking Stranger. Though I'm still thinking over my feelings on Smooth Talking Stranger, I can say that it was an enjoyable read. I will post a review for it closer to the release date.

I read my first Category, The McKettrick Way for Keishon's TBR Challenge. It wasn't what I had hoped for, but I'm glad it helped add a small dent to my TBR pile.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery had such an effect on me that I now have the first book in the trilogy, The Giver, lined up to read as another addition in the Young Adult Challenge.

Thanks to Nath's Re-Read Challenge, I was able to reread The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll and absolutely loved it!

While I've only completed 9 books, I have started a few more. I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Angels' Blood, the first book in Nalini Singh's new series about angels, a review for that will be going up late next week. I also started Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair. Right now I'm reading and LOVING The KingMaking by Helen Hollick. This book brings a fresh take on the story of King Arthur. Since I love history and equally love historical fiction, this book is right up my alley.

So, all in all, I think I had a pretty good reading month. How was yours?


  1. I love Nalini Singh. I can't wait to try out her new series.
    Did you like Virginia Kantra? I really enjoyed the two books.

    Nine books is better than NO books! That's great you were able to read so many this month :).

  2. Nalini Singh's new series is good. I think that anyone who enjoys her Psy/Changeling series will enjoy this new one. Even though it is totally different, her characters are still strong and the world building is great.

    I loved the first book, Sea Witch but I had some problems with Sea Fever. I'm still eager to read the final book in the trilogy though.

    9 books is big stuff for me. I'm happy about it. :p

  3. First of all, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! :D I'm glad you've had your mini-vacation after all. :D Any pics to share? ;)

    You read 1 book more than me this month and that's a fantastic job. :D I'm in fact quite proud of having read 8, since I'd normally read just 6 a month. A pat on the back for you and me! :D

  4. I'm DYING to hear what you thought of Smooth Talking Strnager! I can't wait to read it!!

  5. Nine books is great!! Especially when it's more than you usually do :D

    and wow, lucky girl!! That is a very nice birthday surprise :D

    can't wait to see what you thought of Angel's Blood.

  6. You know,I've found myself contemplating the KingMaking series whenever I go to the bookstore lately. Nice to hear you're loving it. :)

    And YES, savor your monthly reading accomplishments, no matter how little or many.

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  8. Thank you, Jace. Since he sprang it on me, I had little time to think of taking anything, so I forgot my camera. :( Hubby did remember to bring the recorder, but that does little good when trying to share pictures.

    And 8 books read is great!

    Barbara- I really enjoyed STS. If you liked the Kleypas' first two contemporaries, you will enjoy this one too.

    Nath- It was a very nice surprise.

    I'll have that review up really soon. :)

    Kmont- Do they have the whole series where you are? They don't have any Helen Hollick's here. I think the book is fantastic. It is a very un romantisised version of King Arthur's story. And Arthur is something like an anti-hero. I know for some it won't work, but it does for me.

  9. What a great birthday surprise! You've read some interesting books this month.

  10. Hi Belle. :) The surprise was really great. It was an interesting reading month that's for sure.

  11. Happy Birthday, Brie! That sounds like a great surprise. I can't wait for Smooth Talking Stranger to release, I'm looking forward to your review. I read all the books on my list for January, so I'm pleased :)

  12. Thanks Hilcia. It's great that you were able to reach your January goal.

  13. Ooh, you got to read the new Singh book! *waits impatiently for copy to arrive*