Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Most Unread Author Challenge: Nora Roberts

Total Books: 51

2022 Goal: 12

 A few years ago I shared with you my most unread authors on my shelves.  The queen of this list of course was Nora Roberts. Since December 2021, I have been working on really knocking out the books on this shelf.  I'm going to share with you the books on the shelf that I still have to read:

Donovan Legacy:

  • Entranced
  • Charmed & Enchanted

Key Trilogy
  • Key of Light
  • Key of Valor 
  • Key of Knowledge 
Dream trilogy
  • Daring To Dream
  • Holding The Dream
Three Sisters Island
  • Dance Upon The Air
  • Heaven & Earth
  • Face the Fire
Bride Quartet
  • Vision in White
  • Bed of Roses
  • Savor The Moment
  • Happy Ever After
Guardians Trilogy
  • Bay of Sighs
Chesapeake Bay
  • Chesapeake Blue
  • The Quinn Legacy
  • The Quinn Brothers
  1. From the Heart
  2. Truly Madly Manhattan 
  3. Summer Deserts
  4. Lawless
  5. Hot Rocks
  6. Birthright
  7. Forever
  8. Table for Two
  9. The Villa
  10. A Little Magic
  11. Rising Tides
  12. O; Hurley's Return
  13. The Law of Love
  14. Public Secrets
  15. Inner Harbour
  16. Treasures
  17. Hot Ice
  18. All The Possibilities
  19. Honest Illusions
  20. Sweet Rains
  21. Mysterious
  22. Irish Hearts
  23. Big Jack
  24. Nightshade/ Night Smoke
  25. Playing The Odds
  26. Temptation
  27. Treasures Lost Treasures Found
  28. Tribute
  29. Night Tales: Night Shift/ Night Shadow/ Night Sheild
  30. Stars
  31. Love by Design 
  32. High Noon
  33. Dangerous
Ok considering when I did this it was originally 72 books on the shelf from her. I'm not doing too bad. My major problem was that I would finish books or series then go to the library book sale and buy more because they used to be so cheap. However, the panorama we are living through (yes I know it's called a pandemic but we have decided to call it everything but that)  put a halt to the library book sale which means that I'm actually clearing more off the shelves than I am hauling.  Currently, this collection has dropped down to one shelf instead of a shelf and a half.  

The goal for 2022 was 12 books, one a month was the plan. I have read a Nora Roberts book for the year so far however I actually didn't own it.  I paused my read of Night Tales because the audiobook version I was reading became unavailable so I'll have to find if the library has the discs.  

Have you read any Nora Roberts?? I am aware of Books Like Whoa Reading Roberts Challenge, which echoes my Perpetual Author Challenge of reading Nora's entire catalog. 

I'm excited to see what she has to say about the books she reads and shares her thought on them.  I will of course be sharing my updates on my challenge and how I'm doing in clearing the shelves. I'm not adding any new books because I really need to work through this stuff first. Yes, much of it is backlist and older but I'm looking forward to seeing how she grows (grew because obviously, she's still cranking them out).  My ultimate goal will be to knock these off them continue collecting the others I don't have and then go to her Inn. I want to stay in the Eve and Roarke room.  

What have you read from Nora??? Want to work on your Nora backlist with me??
Happy Reading

Friday, October 1, 2021

Welcome In October 2021

Hello My loves

It's been a while. How has 2021 being treating you?? any good news?? Big changes?? How's the reading coming along??

For me there haven't been any big changes at least not yet. I went on vacation with my sisters this week to help bring us together. We haven't seen each other since December 2019 due to the pandemic. We have done plenty of zoom calls and have daily (sometimes multiple ) chats via text and phone calls, but there is nothing like seeing each other and cracking up.  I'm going to share more on the vlog channel and the By the Broomstick blog (yes I know I haven't been on that one in a while either).  

My reading has been going great for September, especially due to using the hoopla app and listening to audiobooks. I can't wait to share my wrap up with you.

What are the plans for October??

This month I'm hoping to blog everyday and share either on the instagram or Youtube channel.  For my reading I'm hoping to get 10 books done this month.  Here's what I would like to get to this month:

Finish Reading:

These are hanging out in my currently reading list. I wasn't in the mood to read them at the time so I just put them aside to come back to when I feel more in the mood of reading something spooky.  

  • Witches Steeping Gold Ciannon Smart
  • Awaken the Dragon A.C. Arthur
  • Bruja Born Zoraida Cordova
  • Crown of Darkness by Bec McMaster 
  • Harvest Song by Yasmine Galenorn 
Books On the Shelf:
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  • Inked Anthology by Yasmine Galenorn, Marjorie M Liu, Karen Chance, Eileen Wilks
  • Valiant by Holly Black
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • The Thirteen by Susie Moloney
  • Her Kind of Trouble by Evelyn Vaughn
  • Hot Spell by Emma Holly, Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker, Meljean Brook
  • The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco
  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
  • The Boy on The Bridge by M. R Carey
  • Healer's Choice by Lora Leigh 
I have so many ebooks to read as well.  I'm not sure I will get to all of these but these are just a few of the ones I would like to read.  I also have several new books that came out this year that I want to check out but we will see. 

This is what I'm looking at for now. What are you looking forward to this month?? Let me know if you're going to be reading any of these and we can motivate each other.  Good luck for this motnh my loves and see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

July 2021 & To Be Reads

Hi my loves

We are into July now and I'm still struggling to find what I want to read. To be honest I have started quite a few books but haven't gotten far in them because I'm just not interested. I used to bust through this by switching genres or reading formats from e-books to audio but I don't even feel like doing that. I'm just not feeling reading and it's honestly one of the worst feelings ever.

I've taken so many breaks from reading and it's depressing because I look at my shelves and want to read but nothing is holding my attention.  I'm even faltering when it comes to my journaling and crafting. I know part of this is the procrastination brought on by seeking perfectionism; and the other is living through a pandemic and being "an essential worker" who deals with healthcare all day. Even within the healthcare setting, we have people who are spouting the foolishness from facebook and the goddamn qanon bullshit and I'm just so damn exhausted from it all. I know that I am in need of new coping mechanisms to get around it because what used to work isn't working anymore and I miss reading.  

As a way to ease me back into reading I'm going to put 3 books on my list to read this month, and none of them I have to finish this month. I do however want to make serious headway in them. I'm going to cheat a little because I know I'm almost done with the first one, but that will be motivation to keep going:

Dark Song by Christine Feehan This is book 30 in the Carpathian series, and normally I fly through these but this one was heavy and I just couldn't consume it all at once. 

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E Jones- Rodgers. I'm pretty sure this is what kicked me into my reading slump. Like I grew up with the story of the White Wtich of Rose Hall  and was well aware of the cruelty of whites when it came to slavery, but some of the first accounts here just took me down. How people could be so cruel then raise children and have these mother fuckers in our faces today telling us to get over it. Reading this book?? It makes me look at white people as a whole in a very different way.  If books like this and the concept of Critical Race Theory bother you, you're the mother fuckers I'm talking about. 

I've also started and want to finish Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart.  I was listening on audio, it was going great then one of the characters began to do too much stupid stuff for me and I had to step away. Like things were building so well, then she kept whining about what she's expected to be while at the same time glorying in using the magic that came from the role she was supposed to be. It got annoying so I took a step back. I'll go back in with the understanding that that is YA and as young kids, they don't have it all figured out yet and they are going to make lots of mistakes; so even if I want to side-eye them, I probably would have been right there with them making the stupid   short-sighted choices as well. 

That is going to be all for me this month What do you plan o get into? Have you read any of the ones I've shared? Let me know in the comments and I'll chat with you later. 

Happy Reading my loves