Monday, March 01, 2010

Feb reads and other stray thoughts

Here are my reads for February. I had 2 5-star reads (on Goodreads). Now because I don't rate books here, it's been really difficult for me to do it on Goodreads. But I'm trying. And the experiment is going ok so far, but I keep forgetting to come onto GR and post a book I'm reading. I think I got all the books down. Here's what I read in February. Looks like 16 books - far fewer than last month, but I think it's because the Olympics were on, plus I was trying to get through a book that was really slow going for me.

Title Author My Goodreads Rating
My Darling Caroline (review coming for Book Binge)Ashworth, Adele 4
Be My Baby (Konigsburg, #3) Benjamin, Meg 4
Waking Nightmare (Mindhunters, #1) Brant, Kylie 4
Suddenly Camp, Candace 4
The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq Crawford, John 4.5
The Indy Man (Indiana) (Janet Dailey Americana, No 14) Dailey, Janet 3
Leave Me Breathless Dimon, HelenKay 4
All Night with a Rogue: Lords of Vice Hawkins, Alexandra 3

Tricked Truths Kery, Beth 3
To Wed a Wicked Earl Parker, Olivia 3
Loyalty in Death (In Death, #9) Robb, J.D. 5
Witness in Death (In Death, #10) Robb, J.D. 4
Judgment in Death (In Death #11) Robb, J.D. 4
Taming the Highland Bride Sands, Lynsay 3.75
Slow Heat (Pacific Heat, #2) Shalvis, Jill 5

I started a few books in Feb that I haven't finished yet, which is unusual for me. Most notably, I am having the devil of a time getting through Original Sin by Allison Brennan. I haven't gotten far enough into it to recognize her voice yet, which disappoints me. I've always loved her books. And I'm especially disappointed that she'll be writing a 7-book long paranormal series. I was hoping that her voice would make it work for me, but so far no luck. But I promised to review this one, so I'm trying to slog through it and hoping it will get better for me. And keeping an open mind, because so many people I know loved it.

Another thought: I found The Indy Man in a UBS, and it was one of my all-time favorites in Janet Dailey's Americana (state) series when I originally read it 25 years ago. I was saddened to note that it was very dated, and it didn't thrill me as much as it did the first time around. I doubt I'll pick up any more if I find them, simply because I don't want to spoil the good memories I have of this entire series.

I've noticed I seem to be on a contemporary kick right now. Odd how it goes in cycles, isn't it?

I'm totally looking forward to the next couple days - I have the following books already in the mail to me. My only problem? Which of the 3 contemps to read first? How do I inhale them all at once?
Something about You - Julie James
Release - Beth Kery
Promise Me Tonight - Sara Lindsey
Naked Edge - Pamela Clare

I'm also in the middle of Betrayal in Death as we speak, so I'm happy about that.

How was your reading month? What are you looking forward to reading in March?


  1. You know, I have found that I haven't been reading much contemporary romances lately. I'm stuck on this YA kick, can't get enough though some of the YA books that I've been reading are contemporaries, does that count?

    I'm so glad to see that you loved Slow Heat...that book was great!

  2. Oh boy, yay you!!!!

    I read a smidge less than half the books you did but recall nearly all as excellent reads. Once I get through month end at work, I'm eager to jump in with a drive-by review. Gettin the itch back. ;-)

    On an RS kick myself so yeah, I get the contemp thing. I'm looking forward to following up the Gerard and St. Clair of last month with their proper sequels this month, LOL. A year behind the new releases you list, LMAO, but new to moi.

    Lovin your In Death chronicles. :-)

  3. You did it! You kept track of your reads for the second month in a row. Congrats. ;)

    I envy your reading productivity. Sorry to hear you're struggling with Original Sin. I hope it clicks with you soon!

    I love that you're so taken with the In Death series. I had so many books I wanted to read this month, but I'm so glad I forced myself to pick up Vengeance In Death for the challenge. I loved it! :)

    Good luck picking your next contemp. All of those titles look good!

    Happy March Reading, Lori! :)

  4. Hi Everyone! Sigh. I remember the days when I read a book a day. Now I look at all the books you've read this month and all I can do is sigh. I've read one book in February, The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. Not exactly the same category. LOL My how things have changed.

  5. Linda! Hi :) Well, you're just enjoying life to the fullest right now. And that makes me smile.

    Christine, I can already feel myself slacking off. There is just no way I'll be able to keep this up for a full year. None.

    JB, glad you're getting the itch back. Can't wait to read more of your reviews :) Miss you...

    Ween, I just don't get the YA thing. But I also don't have a (pre)teen girl at home.

  6. Loyalty in Death was really one of the best in the series :D

    What did you think of the Kylie Brant? I bought it, but still haven't read it yet. Keeping for when I go on a RS kick :)

    LOL, are the books going to arrive all at the same time? If yes, well I guess you'll have to read as fast as possible to inhale them all at once :)

    I used to keep track of my books on Shelfari, but it didn't work as well for me either. Then, someone suggested Google document (like the excel spreadsheet). The good thing about it is that it's online, so you can always access it. It has been working better for me, so perhaps it'd be good for you as well.

    Right now, I'm on a 2010 releases kick :P

  7. Nath, I really liked the Kylie Brant. So much so, that yesterday I ordered the next two. Yeah, I have no willpower.

    All the books should be arriving on my doorstep either tomorrow or Thursday. Yay me! I even had a $30 gift card.

  8. I've also recently started using Goodreads to help me keep track of my books. It's a work in progress, but so far it seems to be worth it.

    Yes! There are so many great books right now, it's hard to know where to start.

    So glad to see all the love for the Shalvis! I've got book 1 on my reader. Gotta catch up and get to Slow Heat!

    Sigh. Janet Dailey. I LOVED her in the 80's. I read her categories obsessively. Honestly, I couldn't tell you what one was about all these years later. Like your experience, I'm afraid they wouldn't hold up.

  9. Oh I love Nora's books and her JBRobb books. That is an impressive list of books you read.

    I like reading your reviews.



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