Sunday, February 05, 2012

Sunday Salon: December and January Reading Reflections

I never did get around to listing my December reads, so my Sunday Salon post this week is going to be my readings lists for both December and January.

December reads

The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James 4/5
Awakened by PC Cast and Kristin Cast 2.5/5
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr 4/5
Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry 4/5
Meet Rose by Sherryl Clark 4/5
A Lady of Persuasion by Tessa Dare
Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan 4/5
Holiday Kisses Anthology 4/5
All They Need by Sarah Mayberry
Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis 4.5/5
Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis 4/5
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins 4/5
Lost and Found by Marilyn Harris 4.5/5
Too Hot To Touch by Louisa Edwards 4/5
After the Abduction by Sabrina Jeffries 4/5
Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman 4.5/5
Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole 4/5
Carrie Goes off the Map by Phillipa Ashley 4/5
Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis 4/5
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold 4/5
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James 3.5/5
Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr 3.5/5
The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White 4/5

January reads:

All That I Am: A Novel by Anna Funder 3.5/5
Far Fly the Eagles by Evelyn Anthony 3/5
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh 4/5
Just Over the Mountain by Robyn Carr 4/5
One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare 4.5/5
Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate by Kelly Hunter 3.5/5
Winterbourne Susan Carroll by 3.5/5
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean 4/5
Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh 4/5
Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman 4.5/5
Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis 4/5
Down by the River by Robyn Carr 4/5
Trouble at the Wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke 4/5
All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson 3/5
Unraveled by Courtney Milan 4/5
Time Out by Jill Shalvis 4/5
The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen 4/5
The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins 4/5
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold 4.5/5
The Black Pearl by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 4.5
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley 4.5/5

In terms of the challenges that I am participating in this year, I think I have made a fair start to the year in January!

All That I Am by Anna Funder and Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate by Kelly Hunter count for both the Australian Women Writer's Challenge and the Aussie Author Challenge.

I have actually read six books that count for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - All That I Am, Far Fly the Eagle, Olivia and Jai, All the Flowers in Shanghai, The Tory Widow, The Black Pearl and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. At this rate I should be finished the challenge some time in March!

In addition, I read Shards of Honor for the Sci-fi Experience, and either of the Robyn Carr books counted for the What's in a Name Challenge.

Before I share what I am currently reading and what comes next, I thought I would share a short film that has been doing the rounds of the internet. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore was made by Moonbot Studios and has been nominated for an Oscar this year -

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Currently Reading:

At the moment, I am reading A Good American by Alex George, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald for book club on Monday night and The Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie.

Reading Next:

Next up for me is The Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


  1. I need to do a bit better with my reading challenges...

    1. I am just reading and finding that it fits the challenges, not the other way around

  2. What a great little video. I may have to borrow it one day for my blog. Thanks.

  3. Wow! Well done on all that reading!

    1. Thanks Sam, I was surprised how much I got read in January given that I was away for a week

  4. Wow, lots of reading has been going on! Well done :) Good to see som many high ratings too.

  5. Good Lord. In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine reading that many books in a month! Way to go, lady! And, cool that you're reading A Good American. I'm eager to see what you think of that one.

  6. I am impressed by the number of books you have read and are reading, and the quality. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks Harvee! It was a good couple of months.

  7. Good job on your challenges. I am not off to a good start myself. Hope you keep it up!

    1. Thanks LBC. I always find the beginning of the year is good for challenges. It's the finishing them off that I have an issue with!



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