Sunday, 3 June 2012

May Flashback

As I have to dash to the theatre so as not to miss our play I got to keep it short and just sum up the past month with these few words: May just flew by in a blink, got a lot of reading done, some reviewing as well and finally summer is just around the corner! :-)

Books read
  1. About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
  2. Unclaimed by Courtney Milan (Book #2 in the Turner series) (re-read)
  3. Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed
  4. By Surprise by Alyssa Turner
  5. Chairman of the Whored by Lucy V. Morgan
  6. A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards
  7. The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook by Christy Dorrity
  8. A Gentleman Says "I Do" by Amelia Grey
  9. Can't Buy Me Love by Molly O'Keefe (DNF)
  10. Bad Girl Lessons by Seraphina Donavan
  11. Always A Bridesmaid by Cindi Myers
  12. Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts
  13. Seductive Reunion by Virginia Cavanaugh
  14. My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin
  15. The White Swan Affair by Elyse Mady
  16. Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye

Books reviewed

Here are the reviews I posted this month:
  1. Master of Sin by Maggie Robinson (Book #4 in the Courtesan Court series)
  2. Under His Protection by Karen Erickson (Book #1 in the Protect and Defend series)
  3. Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  4. The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook by Christy Dorrity
  5. Caught in Heat by Miranda Stowe (Book #1 in the Half-Breed Shifters series)
  6. Dreams of Wolf by Miranda Stowe (Book #2 in the Half-Breed Shifters series)
  7. By Surprise by Alyssa Turner
  8. About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Books I liked the best this month:

This month also had some great reads:

Unclaimed by Courtney Milan was just as good for the 2nd time as when I read it for the 1st time last year, if you haven't read this book yet, you should! It has a virgin hero, but make no mistake, he exudes charisma and  irresistible sexual chemistry and he is the ideal gentleman. *sighs* Unclaimed is a wonderfully emotional and surprisingly sizzling love story despite the lack of a multitude of love scenes. A favourite of mine!

I discovered the fantasy genre and read my very first novel in the genre (if we don't count The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and I loved A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards.

Discovered a completely different historical romance when I read My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin which is set in Ancient China instead of the usual English Regency ballrooms. It was a wonderful and very memorable story. I loved this vibrant and exotic China where Jeannie Lin took me, it was full of colours and interesting customs. The writing was unique and conveyed the atmosphere of Ancient China perfectly and the characters were also wonderful. I believe I have discovered a new favourite author and I wholeheartedly recommend My Fair Concubine for any historical romance lover! My review will be posted on June 15th on Book Lovers Inc.

Book I liked the least this month:

This book was categorized as "quirky fun – with strong wit and humor similar to that of Rachel Gibson or Janet Evanovich", so I was excited. Sadly despite the nice writing the characters were quite awful and after 45% I put it away.

Reading Challenges:

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge: 72/170 books read, 98 to go
Romance and Me Reading Challenge: 5/12 books read, 7 to go
Historical Romance Reading Challenge: 17/12 books read - COMPLETED
E-Book Reading Challenge: 58/150 books read, 92 to go
Men in Uniform Reading Challenge: 8/10 books read, 2 to go
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/10 book read, 10 to go
Speculative Romance Reading Challenge: 12/12 book read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
Horror and Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge: 7/24 books read, 17 to go
Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge: 4/12 books read, 8 to go
Why Buy the Cow Reading Challenge: 0/12 books read, 12 to go
Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge: 3/6 book read, 3 to go
Harlequin Silhouette Reading Challenge: 2/6 book read, 4 to go
Erotic Reading Challenge: 12/20 books read, 8 to go
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 20/20 books read, 0 to go - COMPLETED
2nd in a Series Reading Challenge: 4/20 books read, 16 to go
NetGalley Reading Challenge: 30/30 books read, 0 to go - COMPLETED

I can never resist reading challenges (they were the ones responsible for giving me that final push to start my own a blog) and I just like to see in which categories the books I'm reading fit into.

If you like romance and you would like to challenge yourself and discover some romance sub-genre out of your comfort zone come and join the Romance and Me Reading Challenge I'm hosting with Book Lovers Inc. where we'll read 1 novel from a different romantic sub-genre every month. Monthly giveaways sweeten the pot as well ;-) You can read about the details and sign up HERE.

May was Fantasy Romance month and June will be Military Romance month! Come join us, great monthly giveaways await you!

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