Connect 5 – Books by Sarah MacLean

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The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect five books in some way.

I had seen a recommendation for Sarah MacLean’s historical romances and so I ordered a couple from the library – the first of two series. Well, I read the first at the end of August and was hooked. I quickly read through one series and have started work on the second series. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed a good historical romance.

The first series, “Scandal and Scoundrel”, follows the scandals of the Talbot sisters and the men they become involved with.

 

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The Rogue Not Taken

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A Scot in the Dark

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The Day of the Duchess

 

I have read one of the Bareknuckle Bastards and thoroughly enjoyed it

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Brazen and the Beast

 

I am now working on the “Rules of Scoundrels” series, about the men who run “The Fallen Angel” and the women who get involved with them. I just finished:

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A Rogue by Any Other Name

 

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It’s Monday. What Are You Reading?

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Time again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I’ve Read
Last week was a good reading week. Here are the books I read:

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The Chai Factor by Farah Heron
A diverse romance, where hate turns to love.

 

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The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
Wiggs is one of my favourite authors and she doesn’t disappoint in this women’s fiction. Loved it.

Two historical fiction romances by Sarah MacLean

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The Rogue Not Taken
The Day of the Duchess

 

What I’m Reading Now

I’m still reading these 2 books (got sidetracked with MacLean’s books!)

In Shining Armor by Elliott James
This is the fourth book in this urban fantasy series of the Pax Arcana. Such imagination and such an interesting flawed hero in John Charming.

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Another historical romance.

Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns

A sweet romance, with dogs.

 

What’s Up Next

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (a fantasy in the world of The Others)

Dear Mother by Bunmi Laditan (A book of poetry celebrating motherhood)

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Forgotten on My TBR Shelves

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This week for “Top Ten Tuesday” – the weekly meme hosted at “That Artsy Reader Girl” – asks:

What Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

or in other words

Forgotten/Ignored Books on My TBR Shelves

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I know and it is one of the books I’ve had the longest! I’ve started and stopped it numerous times. And, I’m glued to the series. Not sure why, but it is on my 2019 must read lists!

2. Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben

This true account of the deadly crash that killed politician Grant Notley (father of the former premier of Alberta Rachel Notley) is about what happened to the 4 men who survived. I was living in Alberta when the crash happened and it still haunts me. Maybe now I am ready to read it.

3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

I bought it because it was highly recommended but it still sits on the shelf unread. I haven’t even started it.

4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A book with lots of hype and when I started it, I just couldn’t get into it.

5. The last 6 books of Sue Grafton.

When she died before she finished her series, I was starting T . I closed the book and haven’t finished the series. Really must do that.

6. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

When I started it, I was really intrigued by the concept, but it is another one I just couldn’t get into. I never even saw the movie.

7. Casual Vacancy (as well as the others by) J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith

the Harry Potter series has too strong a hold – and just can’t seem to be able to switch to her other adult series.

8. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

I had this book for years and never read it. Then gave it away. last year I saw it in a thrift shop and bought it to try again. Still waiting!

9. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemeronsky

I was intrigued by the author and the book and  started it, but never finished it.

10. Books by Jane Austen

Until this year I had never read any of Jane Austen’s books. I started a challenge for myself and dared myself to read them all as well as any Jane Austen retellings. I’ve read two (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion and several retellings. Still need to finish the others.

 

Which are your favourites from my list? Any recommendations? Which to start first??

 

Fall Reading Challenge

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I love a good reading challenge and participate in many. Colletta at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink has posted a “Fall Into Reading” challenge and it looks like a fun and easy way to read this fall.

Here are the particulars:

It will run from September 1st – November 30th.

The Challenge is super simple and there is still time to join in:

1. Decide how many books you’d like to challenge yourself to read this Fall. It can be 5, 10, 15, 20, …etc.

2. Create a post about the Challenge telling us how many books you are going to read, if you are picking out certain books you’d like to read or if you are going to freestyle it. Make sure you put a link back to the Sign-up postso all your friends can join in!

3. Come back to the Sign-up post and leave a comment with a link to your goal post. I’ll then add you to the Participant List.

4. Visit the other participants’ sign up posts

5. Read, Read, Read!!!!

 

MY FALL READING GOAL:

I do read a lot (the advantage of being retired!), so I know I can read at least 25 books.

But an additional goal is to read at least 10 books that are on my TBR shelves. More if possible! I really do have to clear some (to make room for more of course!)

Why not join in the fun!

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Time again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’rereading and have read over the past week

What I’ve Read
Last week was a varied reading week – from poetry to fantasy  to romance  Here are the books I read:

the final 3 books by Anne Bishop in her Others series

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Vision in Silver 

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Marked in Flesh

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Etched in Bone

This ranks as my most favourite fantasy series of the year! Loved it.

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

A book of feminist poetry. Very powerful.

 

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A is for Author by Brenna Jacobs

A fun, quick romance ebook about two authors who start as enemies.

 

What I’m Reading Now

In Shining Armor by Elliott James
This is the fourth book in this urban fantasy series of the Pax Arcana. I’m still reading this – but Bishop’s books forced this one to the side.

Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns

A sweet romance, about two people who are trying to rehabilitate a bunch of  rescue dogs.

 

What’s Up Next

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

How Alice and her father stated a reading promise to read together that would last years.

 

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

First of the two books based on the Others’ world.

 

Connect Five – Anne Bishop – The Others series

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The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect five books in some way.

Several bloggers had recommended The Others series by Anne Bishop, so I read the first at the beginning of August and was hooked. The library had the first two and the fifth, so I had to go out and buy 3 and 4.

What an amazing dark fantasy series. Loved the created world, the characters, but especially loved Meg, the blood prophet and Simon, The Wolf. Trouble is – now the series is finished and I want more about these two!

Here are the books:

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Written in Red

 

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Murder of Crows

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Vision in Silver

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Marked in Flesh

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Etched in Bone

 

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading?

With a new month, the start of a new school year, I’ve decided to take part in Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date on a more regular basis. It’s a great opportunity to share what I’m reading and have read over the past week

What I’ve Read
Last week was a varied reading week – from historical romance to mystery to women’s fiction. Here are the books I read:

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Stay by Allie Larkin.
A fun read. Van is trying to move on after the love of her life marries and ends up buying a German shepherd from Slovakia. (woman’s fiction)

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Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate
Kelly is hired to ghostwrite a cookbook for a famous actress, in London. What could go wrong? Really enjoyed it.

 

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Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle
This cozy mystery is number 12 of the Bibliophile Mystery series and was a quick, enjoyable read. What could possibly interrupt Brooklyn’s & Derek’s wedding?

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A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
I have discovered 2 historical romance series by MacLean and am thoroughly enjoying them.

 

What I’m Reading Now

In Shining Armor by Elliott James
This is the fourth book in this urban fantasy series of the Pax Arcana. Such imagination and such an interesting flawed hero in John Charming.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
I discovered Bishop last month and am so drawn to this series of The Others. Even bought two books as they weren’t available through the library. Meg and Simon are wonderful main characters.

 

What’s Up Next

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Really looking forward to reading her memoir in prose.

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore
I’ve heard good reviews about this and it sounds intriguing.

 

August Reading Round-Up

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Hard to believe that September begins tomorrow and school starts soon after! As a teacher, Labour Day always marked the end of summer and a new year would be beginning. Even tho I am now retired, I still feel a new year is beginning.!

It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for August was 41 books with the following breakdown:
Paranormal -1
Fantasy –3
SciFi – 4
Historical Romance– 3
Romance – 9
Women’s Fiction – 7
Classics – 0
MG/YA – 3
PB – 9
Memoir – 0
Mystery – 1
Time travel – 1

Diverse books – 2

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 28
TBR books –2
e-books – 11
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:
Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
As I near the end of books to finish this challenge, I have slowed down a bit only 2 this month.
20. Set in Space. I actually read 4 Sci-Fi books this month, 3 by Susan Hayes as part of a series (Kash, Tarjen and Radek):

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I didn’t cross any off this challenge this month.

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “Sand”:
Sandcastle Kisses by Krista Lukes

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Mode of Transportation”. I read several sci-fi books.

Pirate Bound  by Carysa Locke  took place on a spaceship.

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was Sci-Fi:
read 4 Sci-Fi books this month, 3 by Susan Hayes as part of a series (Kash, Tarjen and Radek)as well as Pirate Bound by Carysa Locke.

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. My latest can be found here:
Sisters
Jane Austen Retellings
Verbs in the Title

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads – but I’ll list my top ten only.

Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery (women’s fiction)
The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis (women’s fiction)
Written in Red and Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (fantasy)
Blended by Sharon M. Draper (MG)
Brazen and the Beast and A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean (historical fiction)
Fearless by Elliott James (fantasy)
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (women’s fiction)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery (women’s fiction)

September Goals
I am determined to read more books on my TBR shelves. I also plan to not buy any books this month!

I am linking with the following:

 

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Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

 

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

 

Monthly Review

 

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Spread the Love (at As Told by Tina)

 

Connect 5 -3 Connections

The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect five books in some way.

I’ve had a busy month of reading again, with many good books read. As I looked back over the month, I realized I had completed several Connect 5 sets of books. (I usually include a book cover picture, but with so many books this time I will just include my favourite from each set)

 

Sisters
I love books that focus on sisters and the dynamics between them. Here are 5 great books, by favourite authors:

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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

The Goodbye Café by Mariah Stewart

 

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Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

 

Jane Austen Retellings
I had never read Jane Austen before this year, when I set a goal to read all of her books and as many retellings as I could. I have read only 2 of her books so far,  but several retellings.

Here are 5 retellings I enjoyed:

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Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laura Viera Rigler

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson

 

Verbs in the Title
I was surprised at how many books I read that had verbs in the title. Most of Patricia Briggs titles have verbs but I had used most in other Connect 5 posts.

Here are 5 books with verbs used in their title:

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper (A diverse MG novel)

2 paranormal books by Patricia Briggs:

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Cry Wolf

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Frost Burned

Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase (A contemporary romance)

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee (Diverse historical fiction)

 

 

Still lots of time to join in the fun of this challenge. What 5 books could you connect?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Tropes

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Top Ten Tuesday is the weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s theme is: favourite tropes. A trope is defined as a common or overused theme, device or cliché. Some view tropes to be avoided. Yet, they can be used effectively and make for a fun read.

Here are 10 tropes I enjoy reading, with 2 books for each trope I have read this year and thoroughly enjoyed:
1. Time Travel (especially involving Highlanders)

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My favourite though is The Rose Garden by Susanna kearsley

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2. Lists

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3. Friends to Lovers

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4. Sisters

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5. Fake Fiances/Husbands

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6. Second chances

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7. On the beach or an island

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8. Small towns

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9. Werewolves, shifters (Gotta have a paranormal trope!)

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10.  Returning home/family dynamics

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