Sunday, December 02, 2012

Sunday Salon; November Reading Reflections

When I wrote up my October Reading Reflections last month, I made specific mention of one very unusual thing. Last month I reread 4 books - something I very rarely do. This month, that rereading continued with me devouring another 5 books in the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr but then I just stopped. There are another 10 books in the series but apparently that was all I needed.

That wasn't the end of the rereading though. When you have a look through my list, you may notice that I have listed a couple of Cherrie Lynn books twice, which is not a typo. I read both Rock Me and Leave Me Breathless and then reread them both less than a week later.  I am not sure that I might not read Leave Me Breathless again because I loved it - especially the hero, Seth 'Ghost' Warren. I think he has actually ruined me for all other tattooed, pierced bad boy heroes for a while.

Anyway, here is the list of books I read in November.

A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr 4/5 (Reread)
Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand 4/5
Home Town Girl by Mariah Stewart 3.5/5
Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr 3.5/5 (Reread)
Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr 4.5 (Reread)
Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr 4.5/5 (Reread)
Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr 4/5 (Reread)
A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead 4/5
Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear 4.5/5
The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister 4/5
Superb and Sexy by Jill Shalvis 4/5
Poppy and the Thief by Gabrielle Wang 3.5/5
Sydney Harbour Hospital: Tom's Redemption by Fiona Lowe 4/5
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal 4.5/5
Romancing the Holidays Anthology 4/5
Flawless by Carrie Lofty 4.5/5
Fool for Love by Beth Ciotta 2/5
Christmas Wishes by Rhiann Cahill 4/5 (novella)
Manu's French Kitchen by Manu Feildel 3.5/5
Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas 4/5
Unleashed by Cherrie Lynn 4/5
Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn 4/5
Barely Leashed by Cherrie Lynn 2.5 (short story)
Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn 4/5
Fables, Vol 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham 4.5/5
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare 4/5
Once Upon a Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare 3/5 (novella)
Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn 4/5 (reread)
Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn 4.5 (reread)
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare 4/5
Chains of Revenge by Keziah Hill 3/5 (novella)
A Little More Scandal by Carrie Lofty 4/5 (novella)
The Emperors Conspiracy by Michelle Diener 4/5

In terms of the challenges that I am participating in, I added more books read to challenges that I have already fulfilled the requirements for but didn't find a book to read for the one category of the What's in a Name Challenge - I am not sure that I will. I am currently contemplating my challenges for next year. I suspect that it will be all the same ones as I did this year, but I am thinking about ways to make a couple of them more...well .... challenging. I will probably have more on that next week.

Australian Women Writers Challenge - Poppy and the Thief, Tom's Redemption, Christmas Wishes, Chains of Revenge and The Emperor's Conspiracy

Aussie Author Challenge - As for AWWC plus Manu's French Kitchen.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear, Poppy and the Thief and The Emperor's Conspiracy.

I should just also mention that the Virtual Advent Tour for this year is underway. It is not too late to join in the fun for this year though. If you wish you had of signed up, you can still do so by clicking on this link and following the instructions.

Currently Reading

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and The Christmas Miracle and other stories by Connie Willis

Reading Next

The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico by Sarah McCoy, Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa or The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs.


  1. Okay, so is it the creepy crawly category? Everyone had more trouble with that then I had anticipated.

    I can't believe how much you're rereadng these days.

  2. I think rereading a favorite book is good for the visiting an old friend. Sometimes if I don't have time read the entire book, I flip through a favorite and just pick up a few chapters. It feels good to reconnect with the story and characters. You've had a very productive month of reading!

  3. I am continually amazed at the number of books you read each month! I'm especially jealous this month as I had a very slow reading November.

  4. Wow that's a lot of reading! I'm so jealous! LOL!

  5. I have to find one book book from the What's In A Name Challenge too. You had an awesome month. I would love reread several books next year and I am going to figure out how to schedule it :)

  6. I did some re-reading in November, too! Just two Heyer books, but I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the re-reads. I think now that I listen to so many audiobooks, too, I could do some of my favorite books in that format just to change things up and see.

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  7. Wow! You read a lot of books in November. I don't re-read very often either, but there are few books (Jane Austen's Persuasion) and series (Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Green Rider) that I revisit again and again.

  8. Wow. You had quite a November reading! I look forward to what you have to say about Les Miz ... and if you plan to see the movie following. Cheers.

  9. What a wonderful reading month! I did a little re-reading last month and there's nothing better.I can't wait to read your ideas of challenges for next year. I'm thinking about 2013 challenges too and whether or not I should participate. Have a great week.

  10. Hey Marg, Glad that you loved LEAVE ME BREATHLESS! I have already read ROCK ME but I haven't yet read LEAVE ME BREATHLESS but I'm sure I will soon. I been waiting for 'Ghost's story for long while now :) Congrats on your many books read!

  11. Wow! That's a lot of reading. And I haven't read any of those books!

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