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August 2014 Update

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August
1. Brownies and Broomsticks (Bailey Cates) 2 Aug 14 – 4 stars
2. Prince of Swords (Ann Stuart) 4 Aug 14 – 3 stars
3. No Nest for the Wicket (Donna Andrews) 6 Aug 14 – 4 Stars
4. Lord of the Sea (Danelle Harmon) 8 Aug 14 – 5 stars
5. Keepsake Crimes (Laura Childs) 9 Aug 14 – 2 stars
6. Third Grave Dead Ahead (Darynda Jones) 10 Aug 14 – 5 stars
7. Grave Dance (Kalayna Price) 13 Aug 14 – 4 stars
8. Edge of Dawn (Lara Adrian) 16 Aug 14 – 4 stars
9. The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (Donna Andrews) 18 Aug 14 – 3 stars
10. Fury of Fire (Coreene Callahan) 20 Aug 14 – 4 stars
11. Tempest in a Teapot (Amanda Cooper) 22 Aug 14 – 5 stars
12. Nice Dragons Finish Last (Rachel Aaron) 28 Aug 14 – 5 stars
13. Murder on the Rocks (Allyson Abbott) 29 Aug 14 – 4 stars
14. Veronica Mars: The Thousand-dollar Tan Line (Rob Thomas) – 30 Aug 14 – 3 stars
15. Taste of Midnight (Lara Adrian) – 31 Aug 14 – 5 stars (ss)
16. Pia Saves the Day (Thea Harrison) – 31 Aug 14 – 5 stars (ss)
17. Peanut Goes to School (Thea Harrison) – 31 Aug 14 – 5 stars (ss)
18. Magic Dreams (Ilona Andrews) – 31 Aug 14 – 5 stars (ss)

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July Update 2014

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July

Due to the stroke, typing has become an issue. It takes twice as long to type up anything. So these monthly updates won’t be as long-winded.

I’ve been reading more in a month than I did prior to the stroke. I’ve also got a Kindle, since reading paper books one handed became too much.

The only challenges I’m doing this year(so far) are my few personal ones ( which also includes the Daughters of England) and those at goodreads.

My favorite read for July was MAGIC BREAKS, no surprise there! looking forward to seeing where the authors takes the story next.

The biggest surprise read for July was THE CHOCOLATE THIEF. I wasn’t expecting to love it!

1. Murder, She Barked (Krista Davis) 1 Jul 14 – 3 stars
2. Her Highness, the Traitor (Susan Higginbotham) 5 Jul 14 – 5 stars
3. Death of a Country Fried Redneck (Lee Hollis) 7 Jul 14 – 3 stars
4. Street of Shadows (Michael Reeves) 9 Jul 14 – 3 stars
5. The Chocolate Thief (Laura Florand) 11 Jul 14 – 5 stars
6. Aunt Dimity’s Death (Nancy Atherton) 14 Jul 14 – 4 stars
7. Shoot to Thrill (Nina Bruhns) 15 Jul 14 – 3 stars
8. Rose at Midnight (Anne Stuart) 17 Jul 14 – 3 stars
9. Dead Spots (Melissa Olson) 18 Jul 14 – 3 stars
10. A Cruise to Die for (Aaron Elkins) 19 Jul 14 – 3 stars
11. Lucan (Susan Kearney) 22 Jul 14 – 3 stars
12. Bone Crossed (Patricia Briggs) 24 Jul 14 – 4 stars
13. Death taxes and skinny No Whip Latte (Diane Kelly) 25 Jul 14 – 4 stars
14. Engaged in Murder (Nancy Parra) 26 Jul 14 – 3 stars
15. Timebound (Rysa Walker) 27 Jul 14 – 5 stars
16. Magic Breaks (Ilona Andrews) 30 Jul 14 – 5 stars
17. Cotillion (Georgette Heyer) 31 Jul 14 – 5 stars

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Breaking radio silence..

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I didn’t abandon this blog. just before Thanksgiving, I had a stroke. I’ve spent the last five months recuperating in Virginia, because that’s where my parents live.  I’m not 100% yet, but I’ve rehabilitated enough to go back to work. So, on Monday, I’m flying back to Kentucky.

Once I’ve gotten settled in, I’ll start working on the blog again.

 

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2013 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

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What: 2013 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge
When: 22 November 2013 – 6 January 2014
WhoMichelle (The Christmas Spirit)
Rules: Decide on a level and read the required number of Christmas-themed books. For details and to sign up, go here.

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Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Level: Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books

  • A Sprinkling of Christmas Magic: Christmas Cinderella\Finding Forever at Christmas\The Captain’s Christmas Angel (E. Rolls, B. Scott, M. McPhee) (Harlequin Historical Anthology)
  • Mistletoe Wishes: The Billionaire’s Christmas Gift\One Christmas Night in Venice\Snowbound with the Millionaire (C. Mortimer, J. Porter, C. George) (Harlequin Anthology)
  • What She Wants For Christmas (Janice Kay Johnson)
  • A Christmas Bride (Mary Balogh)
  • Christmas Beau (Mary Balogh)
  • The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby (Victoria James)

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Winter Reading List: December 2013 – February 2014

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I still have a few weeks left to read books for the Fall Reading List, but I want to post this early, just in case I can’t get to it during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Fall list was an experiment and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.  The verdict so far?  I really like it.  In fact, I’ve already created the Spring list.  There will be fourteen prompts for the Winter and Spring lists, but I will be re-evaluating my method of picking prompts for the Summer list.  The deck of index cards based on Goodreads shelves has reached its limit of usefulness.

What’s (specifically) on my to-read list for Winter?  Why holiday books, of course!  I look forward to participating in Christmas reading challenges.  I haven’t decided on what books to read yet — hopefully they will also work for the Winter list. :)

Also, Daughters of England books.  Yes, I’m still behind.  It looks like I’ll be extending the challenge out to 2015 after all.

I will create a page for this list under “2014” and link it in the sidebar the first week of December.

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Some rules I established for myself:

  • Each book can only be counted toward one prompt.
  • Each prompt can only be used once during the season.
  • If all 14 prompts are used before the end of the season, new prompts will not be added.

The prompts:

  1. Read a book by an author who’s first name is Jennifer
  2. Read a book labeled Fantasy (urban fantasy allowed)
  3. Read a book labeled Sci-Fi Romance
  4. Read a book from the Star Wars Expanded Universe
  5. Read a book with a weapon on the cover or in the title (lightsabers count)
  6. Read a book with a four-letter word in the title (i.e., kiss, love, snow)
  7. Read a book by an author who’s first or last name begins with the letter R
  8. Read a book with a time of day in the title (i.e., noon, night, dawn, midnight)
  9. Read a book with a woman on the cover (1 person only, but other objects allowed)
  10. Read a book first published in 2011
  11. 1st in a Series: Mystery
  12. Read a book with an animal on the cover (can be mythical)
  13. Favorite Series
  14. Read a book by an author who’s first or last name starts with a T

The Daughters of England Winter Reading list (subject to change)

  • The Love Child – if not read by 30 Nov
  • The Song of the Siren
  • Will You Love Me in September? (A.K.A. The Drop of the Dice)
  • The Adulteress

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