Monday, March 02, 2009

January and February reads

I am no longer as good as I used to be at writing reviews of everything I read. I have loads and loads of half written reviews sitting in draft. Some of them may see the light of day at some point, but others will languish there in draft form forever! So, it seems like a good idea to do some kind of monthly round up of the books that I have read. This month I will post both January and Februarys reads but going forward it will be just one month. I will link where I have actually posted a review. If there are any books that you would really like to hear my thoughts on, leave a comment and I will do my best to complete the reviews and post them.

The books I read in January were:

The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason 4/5
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry 4/5
Naughty Neighbour by Janet Evanovich 4/5
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 4.5/5
The Leopard Unleashed by Elizabeth Chadwick 4/5
The Last Queen by C W Gortner 4.5/5
To Seduce a Bride by Nicole Jordan 3.5/5
Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter 4.5/5

February reads were:

His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley 4.5/5
The Water Horse by Julia Gregson 4.5/5
Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell 4/5
It by Stephen King 4/5
The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 4.5/
Foul Play by Janet Evanovich 3.5/5
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre 4/5
Snowy Night with a Stranger anthology 4/5
Portrait in Death by J D Robb 4.5/5
Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik 4/5
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen 4.5/5
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach 4/5
Life as we knew it by Susan Pfeffer 4.5/5
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs 4.5/5
A Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland - DNF

As part of the I Suck at Challenges challenge, it is time for the February update.

February was actually a pretty good month for challenges. I finished the Bang Bang book challenge and the 2009 Sci-fi Experience and the Medieval Challenge.

I also read one book for the Chunkster Challenge (The Founding at 527 pages), two books for the Art History challenge (Tulip Fever and Signora da Vinci), one book for the War Through the Generations challenge (Briar Rose by Jane Yolen), one for the Pub 2009 challenge (Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell). So far for the 100+ Reading challenge I am up to book number 19 for the year, and in the Library Challenge I have already read 14 out of the 50 books that I set as a target for the year.

I am currently reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn and that one fits for two challenges so I already have a bit of a head start for March. .


  1. *raises hand and scuffs feet* I'd love to hear what you thought of Briar Rose, actually, but don't feel obliged to write a review on it if it's not cooperating. It had me mute the rest of the day and shook up the rest of the week. (Granted, I suspect most of that is the subject matter, not Yolen's writing.)

    It also bemuses me that we've read an equal amount of books so far. Congratulations on the challenges you've finished so far and good luck on the ones that're still ongoing! ^-^

  2. Good challenge progress! Keep it up (not like keepy uppy, no one expects you to keep a book bouncing in the air for this challenge):)

  3. 3 challenges complete! Great job! Keep it going.

  4. You read a lot of good books! I didn't really review anything last year. I was trying to do better this year, but I am not sure how that is working out for me!

  5. Libritouches, my review of Briar Rose is up!

    Jodie, sometimes all these challenges do feel like juggling so keeping it up in the air does fit!

    Chris, it was a good challenge month.

    Kailana, I am not doing so great on the review thing but reading was good this month.

  6. Yep, I know what you mean about not reviewing all books. I have lots of little notes too on the books I read but well life and other books get in the way :)

    Congrats on finishing 3 challenges - woot!



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