Friday, January 17, 2020

2020 Freshmen Reading Challenge

Good Morning my loves

I'm trying to re-read this series that I loved when I was younger.  I think of these as the basis for what "new adult" is.  Linda Cooney's series has been my favorite for years and I can't wait to re-read and see how the stories have held up.

In no particular order here are all the books. I have 27 to read from the series:

To Be Read: 27
Read in 2020:
  • Freshman Lies
  • Feud
  • Games
  • Choices
  • Flames
  • Noel
  • Freedom
  • Guys
  • Summer
  • Obsession
  • Secrets
  • Loves
  • Dreams
  • Nights
  • Promises
  • Fling
  • Changes
  • Schemes
  • Follies
  • Dorm
  • Breakup
  • Heat
  • Rivals
And the series that started it all the Class of 88 and 89 Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior years.

I can't wait, for me, this is a reminder of Degrassi before it sucked, a hint of Felicity, and A Different World all rolled into one. I loved the drama of the story and glimpse of what I thought college might be like (I'm still waiting for half that drama lol) but it was a good series that highlighted some of the stresses, pitfalls, and dangers that college had. And it made me so eager to experience it all.  I can't wait to see how this series holds up to my memories.

Have you read this series?? Would you like to know how it holds up?/ Make sure to check back each month as I share more about the series and my progress into it.  Let me know if you have any book you read as a kid ( and no harry potter doesn't count we know that one holds up) that made you excited about school or some wonderful adventure.

Share int he comments my love and of course, I will see you tomorrow
Happy Reading my loves

Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020 Men Made In America Challenge

During the early 2000s late 90s Harlequin Published a series called the Men Made In America, with each author writing a romance from a different state.   I personally have on my shelves Connecticut and Delaware.  When I decided to collect them again, I used Fiction DB to find all the books I needed.

I made a concentrated effort to collect all of these books in 2018 with the plan of reading them in 2019, but that was too much considering all the other challenges I had going on.  I instead choose to put it off to this year.

Here I'm going to list all the books in the challenge and keep track of how I do. Since I have already read a few of the books it's not all 50 states. I'm aiming for 10 books read this year. There isn't any rush as these are all backlist books.

Books To Be Read: 48
Goal: 10
Read In 2019:
Balance Forward:

Let's start with: * books are in order of series, not alphabetical by state*

 Alabama Full House by Jackie Weger
Alaska Borrowed Dreams by Debbie Macomber

Arizona Call It Destiny by Jayne Ann Krentz

Arkansas Another Kind OF Love by Mary Lynn Baxter

California Deceptions by Annette Broadrick

Already own Number 7, Connecticut  & 8 Delaware

Florida Dream Come True Ann Major
Louisiana Bayou Midnight by Emilie Richards

Mississippi After The Storm by Rebecca Flanders

North Dakota A Class Act by Kathleen Eagle

Rhode Island The Bargain by Patricia Coughlin

South Dakota For Old Times' Sake by Kathleen Eagle

Texas For the Love of Mike by Candace Schuler

Vermont Finders Keepers Carla Neggers

Virginia The Devlin Dare by Cathy Gillen Thacker

West Virginis All In The Family by Heather Graham Pozzessere

Colorado  Stormwalker Dalla Schulze 

Georgia Way of The Willow Linda Shaw

Hawaii Tangles Lies Anne Stuart

Idaho Rogue's Valley Kathleen Creighton

Illinois Love by Proxy Diana Palmer

Indiana Possibles Lass Small

Iowa Kiss Yesterday Goodbye Leigh Michaels

Kansas A Time To Keep Curtiss Ann Matlock 

Kentucky One Pale, Fawn Glove Linda Shaw

Maine Rocky Road Anne Stuart

Maryland The Love Thing Dixie Browning

Massachusetts Pros & Cons Bethany Campbell

Michigan To Tame A Wolf Anne McAllister

Minnesota Winter Lady Janet Joyce

Mississippi After The Storm Rebecca Flanders
Missouri Choices Annette Broadrick

Montana Part of the Bargain Linda Lael Miller

Nebraska Secrets of Tyrone Regan Forest 

Nevada Nobody's Baby Barbara Bretton

New Hampshire Natural Attraction Marisa Carroll

New Jersey Moments Harsh, Moments Gentle Joan Hohl

New Mexico Within Reach Marilyn Pappano

New York In Good Faith Judith Williams

North Carolina The Security Man Dixie Browning 

Ohio Too Near the Fire Lindsay McKenna

Oklahoma A Time and a Season Curtiss Ann Matlock

Oregon Uneasy Alliance Jayne Ann Krentz

Pennsylvania The Wrong Man Ann Major

South Carolina The Last Frontier Rebecca Flanders

Tennessee To Love a Dreamer Ruth Langan

Utah To Tame The Hunter Stephanie James

Washington The Waiting Game Jayne Ann Krentz

Wisconsin Starstruck Anne McAllister 

And those are the books my loves, hopefully non of these women have outed themselves as NWL (nice white ladies = racists) recently as we all know RWA has imploded.

Join me if these books are on your shelves as well,
Happy Reading and Good Luck