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Saturday, August 12, 2017

I'm still here and still reading!


Thanks to a dip in the health again, I haven't been online for a few months. The exception to the rule has been to pop into into Facebook on a rare occasion, and mark my reading on Goodreads from my devices, but I haven't really been able to sit at the desktop for more than five minutes. And I mostly blog from the desktop.


This past week or so, I've managed a couple of sessions so I thought I'd do a quick post about my reading. I have kept at it - you'll see half have been audio. For those who like numbers, I read 43 stories, 24 of which were audio.

Here are my reads from April to July...


YA (romantic elements)
  • Dead Actually by Kaz Delaney | 5 stars 
  • Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (audio read by Emma Galvin) | 4.5 stars 
  • The Vittra Attacks (Trylle #2.5) by Amanda Hocking (short story) | 4 stars
  • Ascend (Trylle #3) includes short story Ever After (#3.5) by Amanda Hocking | YA | 4.5 stars

Historical Romance
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4) by Tess Dare (audio read by Eva Kaminsky) | 5 stars 
  • Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars
  • The Autumn Bride (The Chance Sisters #1) by Anne Gracie | 5 stars - wow, just wow!
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (audio play by BBC Drama) | 4 stars
  • The Devil Who Tamed Her (Reid Family #2) by Johanna Lindsey (audio read by Laural Merlington) | 4 stars
  • Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars
  • A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartert #2) by Julia Quinn | 5 stars
  • Starling (South Landers #1) by Virginia Taylor | 4.5 stars - loved a story set in my home town
  • When A Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars
  • Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove #4.5) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Eva Kaminsky) | novella | 5 stars
  • Second Sight (Arcane Society #1) by Amanda Quick | 4 stars
  • The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet #3) by Julia Quinn (audio read by Rosalyn Landor) | 5 stars

Urban fantasy/paranormal romance/fantasy
  • The Taken (Celestial Blues #1) by Vicki Petersson (audio read by Kevin Fabian) | 4.25 stars
  • Rubies and Black Velvet (Four Sided Pentacle #1.5) by Denise Rossetti | novella | 5 stars 
  • Twilight Phantasies (Wings in the Night #1) by Maggie Shayne | 3.5 stars
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (audio read by RenĂ©e Raudman) | 5 stars
  • Shattered Dance (White Magic #3) by Caitlin Brennan | 4.5 stars
  • Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry #7) by Laurell K. Hamilton (audio read by Claudia Black) | 4.25 stars
  • The Summons (Shadowlands #0.5) by Shona Husk | Short story | 4 stars
  • Alliance Forged (Light Blade #2) by Kylie Griffin | 5 stars 
  • A Very Vampy Christmas (Love at Stake #2.5) by Kerrelyn Sparks | short story | 3.75 stars
  • Power Unbound (Dream of Asarlai #2) by Nicole Murphy | 4.5 stars
  • Deep Secret (Magids #1) by Diana Wynne Jones (audio read by Christopher Webster and Harriet Carmichael) | 4 stars

Children's
  • Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Collins (audio read by Paul Boehmer) childrens | 5 stars
  • Ever by Gail Carson Levine (children's) | 3.5 stars
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles #2) by Suzanne Collins (audio read by Paul Boehmer) | 5 stars 
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman | children's | 4 stars 
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum (audio read by Tara Sands) | children's | 3.5 stars 
  • Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries #2) by Meg Cabot (audio read by Anne Hathaway) | MG | 4 stars

Crime/Mystery
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2) by M.C. Beaton (audio read by Diana Bishop) | 4 stars 
  • Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard Mystery #3) (audio read by Julia Gibson) | 4.25 stars
  • Willy and Alvirah: Collection of #1 Bestselling Short Stories by Mary Higgins Clark (audio read by Carole Higgins Clark) | 4 stars (3 short stories taken from The Lottery Winner collection, plus bonus two short stories not related to Willy and Alvirah)
  • Cat Under Fire (Joe Grey #2) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (audio read by Susan Boyce) | 3.75 stars
  • Huntress Moon (Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1) by Alexandra Sokoloff | 5 stars- very compelling 
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mysteries #2) by Susan Elia MacNeal (audio read by Susan Duerden) | 4.25 stars

Graphic Novels
  • Mercy Thompson: Moon Called volume 1 by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (graphic novel) | 5 stars
  • Mercy Thompson: Moon Called volume 2 by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (graphic novel) | 5 stars
  • Soulless Volume 3 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #3) by Gail Carrier, REM et al. | graphic novel | 5 stars
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 2: Necromancer (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse #2 graphic novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jessica Ruffner (text) and Ron Lim (Illustrations) 
  • Mercy Thomspon: Homecoming graphic novel (Mercy Thompson #0.5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 stars
SciFi/Steampunk
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card (audio read by Stefan Rudnicki) | 3.5 stars
  • Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) edited by George R.R. Martin (mosaic novel) | 4.5 stars - really interesting
  • Circus Escape (Circus #1) by Lilliana Rose | novella | 4 stars

Other
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves #2) by P.G. Wodehouse (audio read by Frederick Davidson) | 4 stars

Happy Reading!
~ E :)

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