Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monthly Tally: April 2011

From TBR Journal

  1. Collision Course, Zoe Archer - So far I haven't boarded the Zoe Archer fangirl bus. I think I simply haven't been in the right mindset and I'll definitely give her another shot one of these days.
  2. Mona Lisa Eclipsing, Sunny - Much better than the last two.
  3. Chosen by Blood, Virna DePaul - Interesting debut. Looking forward to seeing more from her.
  4. A Borrowed Scot, Karen Ranney
  5. Secrets of a Proper Countess, Lecia Cornwall
  6. The Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allan
  7. Chasing Fire, Nora Roberts
  8. The Sweetest Thing, Jill Shalvis
  9. Seduce Me in Dreams, Jacquelyn Frank
  10. Darkness Dawns, Diane Duvall
  11. You're Finally Here, Melanie Watts - I love meta picture books. It's a Book by Lane Smith and We're in a Book by Mo Willems are two of my favorites.
  12. Clarity, Kim Harrington
  13. Counterfeit Magic, Kelley Armstrong
  14. Kiss at Your Own Risk, Stephanie Rowe - Really good. I regret not picking it up earlier and I'm looking forward to the next one.
  15. Just One Taste, Louisa Edwards
  16. The Light Princess, George MacDonald - A rather odd old fairy tale.
  17. The Laird Who Loved Me, Karen Hawkins
  18. Wicked Harvest, Anita Lynn McLeod
  19. Scenes from an Impending Marriage, Adrian Tomine
  20. Not That Kind of Girl, Susan Donovan - RITA finalist for Contemporary Romance
  21. Simply Irresistible, Jill Shalvis
  1. Baby, Drive South, Stephanie Bond, 5/2011- This book felt like a bit of wasted potential. The backstory was very intriguing: a small town is leveled by a tornado and three brothers begin to rebuild it, using only green construction methods. However, the main conflict was the discord between the hero and heroine. It didn't get resolved until close to the end, leaving me feeling like 'Where did that come from?' but I did still want to read the next book in the series.
  2. My Dangerous Pleasures, Carolyn Jewell, 6/2011
  3. Baby, Come Home, Stephanie Bond, 6/2011- Come Home was better than Drive South, but still fell a little short of the mark. Again, things weren't resolved until the very end and there were only tantalizing glimpses at the rebuilding efforts. Also, the supporting character of Rachel annoyed the daylights out of me. I feel like Bond has the potential to be an excellent contemporary author, but hasn't quite found the right book yet.
  4. As You Wish, Gabi Stevens, out now
  5. Bodyguards in Bed, Lucy Monroe, Jamie Denton, and Elisabeth Naughton, 6/2011

Books Read Along the Way:
  1. Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon by Kate Hewitt 
  2. Unchained, Sharon Ashwood - A RITA finalist in Paranormal Romance. I'm not sure why this one wasn't in my TBR because Scorched is and this was good. Definitely an unique addition to the genre.
  3. Born on the 4th of July by Jill Shalvis, Rhonda Nelson and Karen Foley
  4. Love is Blind, Lynsay Sands
  5. Bet Me and Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie - April was a tough month me for so I needed some comfort and re-read some of my favorites.
  6. Heart Mate, Heart Thief, Heart Quest, Heart Change, Heart Dance, and Heart Journey by Robin D. Owens- About once a year, usually near the summer, I go on an Owens kick. I cannot WAIT for Heart Search in August. I'm crossing my fingers that the ARCs gods are kind to me.
  7. Pink Satin, Jennifer Greene
  8. Black Magic Woman, Christine Warren - I think this didn't make the TBR because I thought it was another Ellora's Cave rewrite, but it was actually a new story. It was good, but I'm definitely so over winged protectors.

I also got Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers by Debby Maugans and loved it so much, I bought a copy. I haven't read it all the way through so I'm not counting it yet. Highly recommended, though.

Category Totals

Romance: 29 + 5 ARCs
Science Fiction: 1
Fiction: 1
Young Adult: 1 
Graphic Novels: 1
Picture Books: 1
Children's: 1

Year to Date: 116 books, 26 ARCs

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