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It’s Reading Report Time! (May 2016) #amreading

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy First Monday of May, everyone.
It’s Reading Report time!

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Tell us what you’ve finished over the last month, what you’re currently reading, and what’s on your To Be Read stack/list. And if you’ve reviewed the books you’ve read somewhere, please include links!

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  • What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since the last update?
  • What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
  • What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?

Here’s my report:

What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since the last update?
As always, click through on the title for my review.

  • From London With Love (Lady Spies, #1) by Jenna Petersen (historical romance–Regency | 2 stars)
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen, audiobook read by Anna Massey (Annual Austen, inspiration/motivation for The Spymaster’s Daughter)
  • Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope #0.5) by Jody Hedlund (historical inspirational romance–1880s America; novella | 3 stars)
  • The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James (historical paranormal romance–1925 | 4 stars, full review to come)
  • Secrets of a Proper Lady (Last Man Standing #3) by Victoria Alexander (historical romance–Victorian | 1 star–DNF @42%)
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1) by Charlotte Featherstone, audiobook read by Helen Stern (historical romance with paranormal elements–Victorian | re-read)

What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I decided it was time for a LHOTP re-read, since I used to read the series every year but haven’t done so in several years).
  • I’m waiting for two audiobooks which release on Tuesday that I’ve already preordered, which is why I haven’t started anything else yet (see below)

What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?

Here are the books I’m hoping to get around to soon—pre-orders, recent purchases, or checkouts/downloads from the library:

  • Only Beloved (The Survivors’ Club #7) by Mary Balogh, audiobook narrated by Rosayln Landor (historical romance–Regency | Releases 5/3/16, audiobook preordered)
  • Bloodline: New Republic (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray, audiobook narrated by January LaVoy (SFF | Releases 5/3/16, audiobook preordered)
  • The remaining LHOTP books (minus Farmer Boy and The First Four Years, neither of which I’ve ever felt added much to my enjoyment of the series/story).
  • To Wed a Scandalous Spy (Royal Four #1) by Celeste Bradley (historical romance–Regency | library book)
  • If You Dare (The MacCarrick Brothers, Book 1) by Kresley Cole (historical romance–Victorian | library book)
  • Entreat Me by Grace Draven (pseudo-Medieval fantasy romance | library book)
  • Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers #1) by Eloisa James (historical romance–Georgian/1799 | library book. I’m giving EJ one more shot with this one, which the romance students in my grad school program read last year and raved about)
  • All-of-a-Kind Family (All-of-a-Kind Family #1) by Sydney Taylor (historical kid-lit–Edwardian | library book)
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen (historical paranormal romance–Regency | library book—because I enjoyed the movie so much!)

Other than that, my next reading selection will most likely be from the 2016 Reading List that I put together for myself on Goodreads for my A to Z reading challenge for this year.

2016 A–Z Reading Challenge Update
Here are the letters (author last names) I haven’t fulfilled yet: E, G, I, J, L, O, Q, U, V, X, Y, Z.

My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)

View all my reviews on Goodreads

  1. Carol permalink
    Monday, May 2, 2016 9:34 am

    I read six books in April. I particularly enjoyed Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Archived by Victoria Schwab. My Goodreads “read in 2016” is here:
    I’m not great at reviewing, although I do at least give a star rating. 🙂

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  2. Carol permalink
    Monday, May 2, 2016 9:39 am

    I’m currently reading The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley. Fun read so far at 26% in. Holding my attention, but not taking my breath away-sitting squarely at about 3.5 stars for now.

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  3. Monday, May 2, 2016 10:42 pm

    I read a lot of excellent books in April, and I’ve highlighted my top four here:

    Mary Balogh is up to #7 in the Survivor’s Club? I’m a long way behind!

    Reading for May . . . The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White, and I’m currently reading Glimpses of Light, a charity anthology. I can take or leave the poetry contributions, but I’m enjoying the stories.


  4. Sylvia M. permalink
    Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:34 am

    Here’s what I read in April. April Books

    Currently I’m reading On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot, The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham, Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt, and Burning Proof by Janice Cantore.

    Next on my TBR list is Arlene Francis: A Memoir by Arlene Francis.


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