February 2018 Books

It is now the first week of March and my reading year is well underway. February, our shortest month of the year, is typically not a huge reading month for me. In the past five months of February, I have read 14, 2, 4, 13, & 12 books in the month. Last month? I read 24. Nearly a book a day in Feb. I’m even impressed with me.

February: (24 books)

  1. Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park^
  2. Man Hands – Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby^
  3. Ready to Run – Lauren Layne^
  4. Fallen Heir – Erin Watt^
  5. Poison Princess – Kresley Cole*
  6. The Love Experiment – Ainslie Paton^
  7. Trophy Husband – Lauren Blakely^
  8. The Difference Between Us – Rachel Higginson^
  9. Temporary – Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry^
  10. Christmas at Two Love Lane – Keiran Kramer^
  11. Endless Knight – Kresley Cole*
  12. Dead of Winter – Kresley Cole*
  13. Day Zero – Kresley Cole*
  14. Arcana Rising – Kresley Cole*
  15. The Dark Calling – Kresley Cole
  16. Brooklynaire – Sarina Bowen^
  17. The Smallest Part – Amy Harmon^
  18. The Law of Moses – Amy Harmon^
  19. Sincerely, Carter – Whitney G. ^
  20. Being Brooke – Emma Hart^
  21. All I Ask – Nicole McLaughlin^
  22. The Lovely Reckless – Kami Garcia^
  23. The Idea of You – Robinne Lee^
  24. Different Kind of Forever – Dee Ernst^

So that’s a good list. I reread the Kresley Cole Arcana Chronicles series in anticipation of the new book, the first in almost two years. It was very good, the new one. As a whole, possibly my favorite series of all-time.

Man Hands is a funny book. The Love Experiment is a great read, I really liked it a lot. The Smallest Part was great, but The Law of Moses, part of the same series is excellent. A contender for book of the year. My favorite read of the month? Brooklynaire. Goodness I love Sarina Bowen. Excellent installment in her Brooklyn Bruisers series, but written so that it does not need to be read in order. Just great.

Not so great? The Idea of You. I loved the concept of this book, but the writing is bad. It is so pretentious and unrealistic that I kind of want to smack the author on principle. Different Kind of Forever I read literally because a review of The Idea of You said that it was the same concept done better. So I thought I’d find out. It is a very similar concept. And it is better, yes, but still not good. Finally, Christmas at Two Love Lane. Boy, did it surprise me how much I did not like this book. I love her historicals, but this was my first foray into contemporaries with her. I expected to like this and couldn’t believe not only that I didn’t, but how MUCH I didn’t. I have another contemporary, a different series, by her on my bookshelf. I’m now hesitant to try it. Maybe someday.

So there you have it, my February books. I ended the month with 43 books, having me on pace to read 258 books. As always, we shall see how it goes.

Happy Reading!

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January 2018 Books

Here we go again! Kicking off a new year of book blogging. I once again set my sights on 175 books. I decimated that total last year, but I think that was highly unusual for me. However, today, on this first day of February, I have a solid start, with 19 books. Now, to be fair, the first 18 were MN Book Award selections, but I did read them. On my own, I chose and read one single book in January, which just leaves the field wide open for February. The first 18 are listed in alphabetical order by title, as I can’t remember exactly what order I read them.

January: (19 books)

  1. Bearer of the Pearls – Terry Faust
  2. The Bite of Winter – Bethany Helwig
  3. Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs – Susan M. Latta
  4. City of Angels – Kristi Belcamino
  5. The Devils You Know – MC Atwood
  6. Echo Island – Edward Karlow
  7. The Exo Project – Andrew DeYoung
  8. Just a Girl – Carrie Mesrobian
  9. Kollected: The Lake Hunters – JS Welles^
  10. The Last Thing You Said – Sara Biren
  11. Nico & Tucker – Rachel Gold
  12. Painted Hives – Jay Ebben
  13. Piper – Jay Asher & Jessica Freeberg
  14. Sucktown, Alaska – Craig Dirkes
  15. Thief’s Cunning – Sarah Ahiers
  16. Things I’m Seeing Without You – Peter Bognanni
  17. The Town Build on Sorrow – David Oppegaard
  18. Unfolding – Jonathan Friesen
  19. Stud in the Stacks – Pippa Grant^

There you have it. My strong start to the year. Of the Book Award books, I liked City of Angels, The Last Thing You Said, The Exo Project, and Things I’m Seeing Without You. I can’t really give you more information, just that I liked those.

Stud in the Stacks was my pick to start the year and what a pick it was! This is a story about a male librarian who reads romance novels. It’s like a love letter to romance told from a guy’s perspective and it’s funny. I loved it. Great pick to start my reading year.

Okay then, 19 books so far. On pace to read 228 books. We shall see how it goes!

Happy reading.