Brrr! Who left the freezer door open? Another good month to cozy up by the fire and enjoy a good book in the evening although I had to watch some amazing Olympics too. Those athletes are so impressive and a great many rather inspiring, yeah?
So back to books…I totaled 47 books for the month with the majority of them being review books for the blog. I do have to chase one little rabbit here…Thanks to the many who pop in to read my review thoughts, but particularly those who stick around a minute and talk books with me. It’s fun to agree, but just as fun to get up a discussion too. For those who haven’t put in a comment yet, make yourself at home and share. No judgment here. Haha!
Reading Challenges YTD Totals
Herding Cats and Burning Soup Historical Romance: completed 17/20+
Under the Covers Immortals: completed 4/4 categories with 37 books
** I will just keep forging ahead even though this challenge is finished
Salacious Reads Interracial: completed 20/40
The Book Vixen Men in Uniform: completed 19/20+
My Reader’s Block Mt. TBR: completed 48/75
Salacious Reads Serial Challenge: completed 1/4 series, in process on 5, 15 books
My NetGalley score is sitting at a respectable 84% which makes me happy.
My personal book setting location challenge: 32 US states and 15 countries. Still going for all 50 states. Texas, New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and England seem to be popular places to write about.
New Additional Challenge (b/c buddy Kimberly at GR asked so nicely)
Under the Covers Real Men (Contemporary Romances Only): Goal to finish five books in each category of hero. I went with 8 categories. I am 5/8 complete on this. I still need Bikers, Cowboys and Spies. (Recommends on these categories are greatly appreciated.)
– I tend to start a series and flit to another or I grab a book in the middle. I really need to finish out a series before moving to a new one. Ugh!
– And in related news…the reason I start series in the middle much of the time? I am unaware I picked up a book from a series. Covers need to have large numbers and bold series names for feeble-minded peeps like me.
– I read my first mafia romance and I loved it.
– Ditto on the sports romances. Can’t stomach watching MMA fighting. Reading it? Apparently that’s different.
– Apparently, I haven’t jumped on the Biker Romance bandwagon yet. I’ve seen that they can be great as attested by many of you. Need to get with it.
– New Adult Genre seems to be a crap shoot with me. I’m detecting some tropes that aren’t my thing, but that being said there are some wonderful books in this group too.
Series that just improves with age: Cowboys & Brides by Carolyn Brown CR
Most Anticipated: Immortal Sacrifice by Claire Ashgrove PNR
All For You by Jessica Scott CR
City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn HR
Heartbreakers: Disarm by June Gray CR
Before You Break by Christina Lee NA-CR
Sempre by JM Darhower YA- CR
Laugh Out Loud: It’s All Geek to Me by JL Merrow M/M CR
Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett UF
Delightful Surprise: The Shadow Princess by Mary Hart Perry HR
What books made your Shout-Out list? How are your challenges going? Any recommends to help me with my challenges?