Monthly Update – August


The other day I realized that I forgot to mention, in my June update, that I read Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke. I had added the book to the master reading list for 2010, but I failed to update total pages/books read for the year. Winter Kiss brought the yearly book total to 13, and the page total up to 4,275.

I actually devoted some time to reading in August. I re-read Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). I kept it on my nightstand so I could read a chapter or two before bed, and I took it with me if I went out to eat. I hadn’t read the book since 2006. I remember that my goal was to rotate through the six novels in two-year intervals (three the first year, the other three the following, rinse, repeat). Obviously, it didn’t happen that way: I read three in 2006 and three in 2007, but I didn’t read any of them in 2008 or 2009. I would like to give the goal another try — without the two-year gap between. This means I need to read Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey by 31 December in order to stay on track. We’ll see how that goes!

I mentioned that I had started reading Georgette Heyer’s Why Shoot a Butler? I leave that book at work. I’m making good progress with it (we’ve been having connectivity issues at work and a couple of times it’s brought us to a stand still in the office, so I’ve got more reading time on those days than I normally would have gotten). I’ve thought about bringing it home to finish up, but I recently unearthed In For A Penny, which I started way back on 4 June. I should focus on that book first, so it’s not hanging over my head when Ilona Andrews’ Bayou Moon comes out later this month. I plan to read it as soon as it arrives.

I’m now way behind with my reviews. I don’t know whether to make an attempt to get caught up, or just start fresh with Winter Kiss or In For A Penny. Two books and a short story were read as part of last year’s Fall Read-a-Thon. This year’s is just around the corner.

Speaking of which, I plan to participate in the Read-a-Thon. However, I don’t know how much time I will devote to the on-line portion. My internet service has been wonky lately (digital cable that kicks me off line more than my dial-up service ever did). This write up had to be written in a text program, just in case.  Anyway. . .if for some reason I haven’t gotten the problem fixed, there’s no telling when and for how long I can access the internet. The other issue is the fact I’m no longer surfing wirelessly (yeah, no kidding). My reading spot will NOT be my home office. Not comfortable for reading. I’ll either camp out in the basement were all the books are, or I will park myself on the couch in my living room — a more comfortable spot and close to the kitchen for munchies.  As to what books I plan to read, I haven’t decided yet.  Much will depend on what I finish this month.

2010 Books/Reviews

  • Pride and Prejudice (Austen, Jane) — no review planned

The backlogged 2009 reviews posted:

  • NONE

What’s still pending:

  • Duel of Hearts
  • Time Raiders: The Seduction (Cindy Dees)(Nocturne Bite)
  • For the Love of Pete
  • Three Bags Full
  • “Falling for Anthony” (Meljean Brook), Hot Spell(anthology)
  • The Battle Sylph (McDonald, L. J.)
  • Magic Bleeds (Andrews, Ilona)
  • Secretive Stranger (Greene, Jennifer)
  • Winter Kiss (Cooke, Deborah) – Countdown

Below is my status regarding the various challenges.

Challenges Completed this month:

Incomplete (Ended in August):

2009-2010 Challenges:
101 Fantasy Challenge: 2/6
Countdown 2010: 19/55

2010 Challenges:
Contemporary Romance: 1/10
Harlequin/Silhouette: 1/6
“In Death” Challenge: 0/??
New Author: 3/20
Pub 2010: 6/10
Romance Reading: 2/5
What’s in a Name 3: 2/6
Year of the Historical: 2/12

Perpetual Challenges
Georgette Heyer:

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Total (Month): 1
Grand Total (Year): 14

Total Pages Read (Month): 482
Grand Total (Year): 4,757

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