July Update 2014



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


Breaking radio silence..


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.




2013 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge


christmas spirit 2013

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 /

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono /

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


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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Monthly Update – October 2013


Drama over at Goodreads and the Government shutdown threw me off my reading “grove”. Though I read countless “pages” of news articles and comments in various topic threads, none of it counted as “books”. I completed only three novels in the month of October.  My attempt to get back into Read-a-thons also totally failed.

I did not post any reviews here, but I’ve been working on the Booklikes blog I’ve set up in response to the drama on Goodread.  I’m sticking around at GR for the groups.  I’ve deleted my “To Read” list, but I’m maintaining the “Read” shelf for the reading challenges.  In January, I plan to unsubscribe from some of the groups, particularly those I’m least active in.  If they have a Booklikes sister group, I’ll check them out there.  The groups I have already decided to stay with as long as the exist: Serious Overload of Series (SOS), Romance Readers Reading Challenges (RRRC), and the Seasonal Reading Challenge (SRC).

Despite the drama, I did reach a milestone during the month of October.  As of 31 October, my total pages read is 20,381.  I’m not sure I’ll reach 25,000 by the end of the year.  One milestone I know I’ll reach is “number of books read”.  Since GR makes it difficult to count re-reads, my “total books read” is different than the GR Reading Challenge (also contributing to the difference — individual short stories from anthologies).  According to the GR counter, as of 8 November, I need 3 more books to reach my goal of 70 books.  However, by my personal count, I needed to read 1 book during November to reach that goal — and I’ve already done that.

Challenge-wise, the books I read in October did not put a big dent in any of them.  One book didn’t even count toward anything other than GR-based challenges.  And I’m still not caught up with the Philippa Carr challenge.  Fortunately, that’s a personal one, and I can adjust as needed…meaning it’s going to extend into 2015 if I don’t double-up soon.

Books Read

  • The Prophet (Stevens, Amanda) (5 Oct 13) – 4 stars – none
  • Darkness Rises (Duvall, Dianne) (10 Oct 13) – 5 stars – Baker’s Dozen
  • Eye of Heaven (Liu, Marjorie M.) {3/2011} (27 Oct 13) – 4 stars – Mt. TBR

Reviews added this month.

  • NONE

Challenges Completed this month:

Incomplete (Ended in October)

2013 Challenges:
A Baker’s Dozen (personal) – 27/39
Cruising’ thru the Cozies – 9/12
E-book Challenge – 18/25
Mt TBR – 27/48
Quick Fix – 29/30
Sequel Reading – 11/12
Seriously Series – 9/12
Vintage Mystery – 4/8

2013-2014 Challenges:
Daughters of England (personal) – 5/19

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Georgette Heyer (Month): 0
Georgette Heyer (Year): 2
Grand Total since 2008: 7
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In Death (Month): 0
In Death (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2010: 3

Totals (Monthly/Yearly)

Total Read (Month): 3
Total Heard (Month): 0
Grand Total (Year): 69
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 0
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Total Pages Read (Month): 1,136
Grand Total (Year): 20,381