Bookish Update: May 2013

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My May update is a little pathetic, I feel, since I didn’t actually manage to read that many books! But I’m excusing myself because one of them was really long. 🙂 Here are my stats for this month:

Currently reading: Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

Books read in May:

  1. Lauren Willig, The Ashford Affair
  2. Michael Innes, Hamlet, Revenge!
  3. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
  4. Jennifer Echols, Star Crossed
  5. Dorothy Dunnett, Niccolò Rising

Favorite book of the month: I have to say The Count of Monte Cristo. It was very long and sometimes difficult, but it was definitely worth it!

Least favorite book of the month: Definitely Niccolò Rising. It was such a slog, in my opinion…I just don’t think Dorothy Dunnett is an author for me. (When I review this book, hopefully I can explain why!)

Books acquired in May:

  1. Sharon Kay Penman, Devil’s Brood
  2. Deanna Raybourn, A Spear of Summer Grass
  3. April Lindner, Catherine
  4. Sarah Mylnowski, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have)
  5. Rona Jaffe, The Best of Everything
  6. Patricia Wynn, The Spider’s Touch
  7. A.A. Aguirre, Bronze Gods

Once again I’ve acquired more books than I’ve read, which does not bode well for my already stuffed bookshelves! I’m justifying these to myself on the grounds that I only actually paid for four of them; the other three were giveaway wins. That makes it OK, right? 🙂

Bookish Update: April 2013

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Another very late post! Hopefully I can remember everything I read and bought in April…

Currently reading: Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Books read in April:

  1. Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave
  2. Jill Shalvis, The Trouble with Paradise
  3. Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock
  4. Robin LaFevers, Grave Mercy
  5. Anthony Berkeley, The Poisoned Chocolates Case
  6. Sharon Kay Penman, Time and Chance
  7. Jennifer Crusie, The Cinderella Deal
  8. Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons
  9. Gemma Burgess, A Girl Like You
  10. Patricia Wynn, The Birth of Blue Satan
  11. Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door

Favorite book of the month: I had lots of good reads this month, but I have to single out The Birth of Blue Satan. It’s a mystery, a period piece, and a slow-burning romance all in one! Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Least favorite book of the month: The Crystal Cave was so slow-moving that it really didn’t do much for me. I’m hoping the sequels will be better!

Books acquired in April:

  1. Emma Newman, Between Two Thorns
  2. Ben Macintyre, Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
  3. Jennifer Crusie, The Cinderella Deal
  4. Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
  5. Julie James, Love Irresistibly
  6. Gemma Burgess, A Girl Like You
  7. A.A. Milne, The Red House Mystery
  8. Polly Shulman, The Grimm Legacy
  9. Flora Thompson, Lark Rise to Candleford
  10. J.L. Carr, A Month in the Country
  11. Dorothy L. Sayers, Lord Peter: The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories
  12. Shusaku Endo, Silence
  13. Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop
  14. In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor
  15. John Curran, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks
  16. Susannah Fullerton, Jane Austen and Crime
  17. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  18. The Two Towers
  19. The Return of the King
  20. Juliet Marillier, Blade of Fortriu
  21. The Well of Shades

Yes, 21 new books in a month is probably too many. I  blame the library book sale! There was also a “buy 2, get 1 free” deal at Barnes & Noble that I couldn’t resist. So April was an aberration…probably. 🙂

Bookish Update: March 2013

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Sorry this post is so late! I’ve fallen significantly behind on my blog posts — still have three reviews left to write! But here’s my March update. As always, reviews of each book can be found on the “Review Index” page.

Currently reading: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Books read in March:

  1. Hilary Reyl, Lessons in French
  2. Jonathan Eig, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
  3. Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  4. Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies
  5. J.J. Murphy, Murder Your Darlings
  6. Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
  7. Peter Ho Davies, The Welsh Girl
  8. Sarra Manning, Adorkable
  9. Georgette Heyer, Death in the Stocks
  10. Kristan Higgins, The Best Man
  11. Jude Morgan, A Little Folly

Favorite book of the month: A Little Folly — a delightful period romance that pays homage to Austen and Heyer, two of my favorite authors! Honorable mention to Eleanor & Park.

Least favorite book of the month: Lessons in French — every character was insufferable.

Books acquired in March:

  1. Candice Hern, A Proper Companion
  2. Jude Morgan, A Little Folly
  3. Sarra Manning, Adorkable
  4. Amanda Grange, Henry Tilney’s Diary
  5. Patricia Wynn, The Birth of Blue Satan
  6. Ellery Queen, The Roman Hat Mystery
  7. Poul Anderson, The High Crusade

Bookish Update: February 2013

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Currently reading: Hilary Reyl, Lessons in French

Books read in February:

  1. Phillip Rock, The Passing Bells
  2. Alicia Thompson, Psych Major Syndrome
  3. Tayeb Salih, The Wedding of Zein and Other Sudanese Stories
  4. Claudia J. Edwards, Taming the Forest King
  5. Anne Fortier, Juliet
  6. Gail Carriger, Etiquette & Espionage
  7. Kathryn Miller Haines, The Winter of Her Discontent

Favorite book of the month: Etiquette & Espionage — a finishing school that teaches young ladies how to be spies? To quote Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there!”

Least favorite book of the month: Juliet — cool premise, horribly annoying heroine.

Books acquired in February:

  1. Hilary Reyl, Lessons in French
  2. Liza Palmer, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents
  3. Kristan Higgins, The Best Man
  4. Jennifer Echols, Star Crossed

Clearly I am craving the light and fluffy these days! But I’m proud of myself for only acquiring three four new books. 🙂 Onward to March!

Bookish Update: January 2013

List-maker that I am, I thought it might be fun to collect some bookish statistics and post them at the end of every month. I’ll list the books I read, the books I acquired, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Currently reading: Phillip Rock, The Passing Bells

Books read in January (all reviews can be found on the Review Index page):

  1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
  2. Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be
  3. Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
  4. Anna Gavalda, Hunting and Gathering
  5. Patricia Moyes, Dead Men Don’t Ski
  6. Gemma Burgess, The Dating Detox

Favorite book of the month: Hunting and Gathering — a beautiful love story with depth.

Least favorite book of the month: The Night Circus — gorgeous setting, but no real plot or character development.

Books acquired in January:

  1. Kristan Higgins, Until There Was You
  2. Julia Quinn, Just Like Heaven
  3. Kristan Higgins, Somebody to Love
  4. Umberto Eco & Cardinal Martini, Belief or Nonbelief?: A Confrontation
  5. Tayeb Salih, The Wedding of Zein and Other Sudanese Stories
  6. Patricia Moyes, Dead Men Don’t Ski
  7. Anna Dean, A Woman of Consequence
  8. Alicia Thompson, Psych Major Syndrome
  9. Hester Browne, Swept off Her Feet
  10. Kathryn Miller Haines, When Winter Returns
  11. Gemma Burgess, The Dating Detox
  12. Cynthia Smith, Silver and Guilt
  13. Susanna Kearsley, The Shadowy Horses