Sunday, February 2, 2020

January 2020 In Review

I've never been this happy to see the back of a month the way I'm happy for January to go. Sweet Gods this month was like 90 days in a month, the amount of foolishness that kicked off. I can't deal.

For those not aware of RWA imploding starting in December right before Christmas and then falling apart in the new year. There is so much foolishness that started this and it's ridiculous that people are willing to let their racists feelings matter more than the feelings of Black and other authors of Color. Then of course the press got the information wrong like always.  

Then let's talk about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan having to leave the royal family due to all the racism aimed at them. 

Then tons of personal things as well and January can kick jagged rocks in flip flops. 

I got only three books read this month because I ended up watching tons of tv to deal with the foolishness in my life.

I literally marathoned Sabrina Chilling Adventures in two days. I have been re-watching GRIMM because Nick and Adalind are so cute together and this was one of the best endings to a series I have seen in a long time.

Book Hauls:
Reviews on the Blog This Month:
Books Read This Month: 3
Yearly Goal: 225   Monthly Count: 13   Balance: 222

  • Re-Read: Velvet Ties by Susie Charles (ebook)
  • Connections In Death by J. D Robb ( audiobook)
  • Vendetta In Death by J. D Robb (audiobook) 

That's it. Scribd limited my audiobooks for the month and as I'm having more difficulty with my vision I wasn't able to read on the kindle as much this month so no real reading went on.

Book Reviews To Look Forward to Next Month:

It's Black History Month so I will be featuring some of my favorite romance writers and their works. And the Black Romance Author Feature will make it's return 

How'd you do?? Did you have a better reading month?? Share what you read in the comments down below and good luck in February with your reading goals. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February To Be Read

My goal this year is 225 books, if I break that down it comes out to 19 books per month, with 5 books a week. Totally doable in my books, so as the proverb says, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, so here are my first few bites:

Last month I really just focused on setting up my planners, my vision board and my new year. I barely read anything. Plus, Scribd limited what I could listen to just 2 TWO books. I'm still salty about it.  It's a new month and I'm willing to forgive them because I'm only paying $8.99 a month and getting access to so much, but I'm still side eyeing them.

Blue means the book added during the month. Red= DNF (Did Not Finish) Black= Original Titles at the beginning of the month.

Read So Far this Year: 3

TBR Pile 

TBR Balance:
    Mocha Girl Reads Book Club:
    • We're Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union 
    Nora Roberts/ JD Robb Challenge:
    • Black Rose ✓
    • Red Lily 
    Brenda Jackson:
    • .
    • .
    Perpetual Author Challenge:
    • "Second Time Sweeter" Beverly Jenkins
    • Beverly Jenkins
    • Christine Feehan
    • .
    Finish It Series:
    • Night Huntress by Yasmine Galenorn  ✓
    • Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn
    • Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn 
    • Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn 
    • Shadow of Night (All Souls Book 2)
    • The Book of Life (All Souls Book 3)
    Freshman Series Challenge:
    • Freshman Dorm (Freshman 1) 
    Men Made In America Challenge:
    • Call It Destiny (Alabama) by Jayne Ann Krentz 
    • Borrowed Dreams (Alaska) by Debbie Macomber
    • Awaken The Dragon by A.C. Arthur
    • A Cowboy To Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon
    • .
    Black Out Challenge:
    • Tears of the Tiger Sharon Draper
    • .
    Erotica Books:
    • Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue ✓
    • .
    • .
    Non Fiction Books:
    1. Religious Book
    What are you going to be reading my loves?? Share in the comments down below if you have read any of these and as always

    Happy Reading

    Monday, January 20, 2020

    7 Series To Work On In 2020:

    Hi my loves,

    I'm here to share the books and series I'm working on that aren't part of the challenges I have posted so far. I am reading something like 30 different series right now (because everybody and their mama is writing a series or a trilogy there are no more single titles I swear).

    Here are seven I wish to catch up on this year:

    Yasmine Galenorn, she's writing a paranormal series featuring sisters who are part fae and I purchased 18 of them at the local Savers last summer, and now I need to read them. I read the first three during the holidays and can't wait to get to the rest because the story is heating up!!
    1. Night Huntress # 4 February
    2. Demon Mistress # 5 February
    3. Bone Magic # 6 February
    4. Harvest Hunting # 7 February 
    5. Blood Wine # 8February 
    6. Courting Darkness # 9February 
    7. Shaded Vision # 10 February 
    8. Shadow Rising # 11
    9. Haunted Moon #12
    10. Autumn Whisper # 13
    11. Crimson Veil # 14
    12. Priestess Dreaming # 15
    13. Panther Prowling # 16
    14. Darkness Raging # 17
    Darynda Jones Charley Davidson Series . I have a few of these left as well. I'm trying not to take this series too seriously because at times the characters are just. UGH 
    1. Fifth Grave Past the Light
    2. Sixth Grave on The Edge
    3. Seventh Grave & No Body 
    4. Eighth Grave After Dark
    5. The Dirt On Ninth Grave 
    6. The Curse of Tenth Gave
    7. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
    8. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave 
    9. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
    Deborah Harkness All Souls Trilogy. I want to finish this series before the second season comes back. COMPLETED February 
    1. Shadow of Night 
    2. The Book Of Life 
    Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series. I need to re-read this and catch up to the show and before the newest book comes out which is soonish.
    1. Outlander
    2. Dragonfly In Amber
    3. Voyager
    4. Drums of Autumn
    5. The Fiery Cross
    6. A Breath of Snow & Ashes
    7. An Echo In The Bone
    8. Written In My Own Heart Blood
    Newest book Go Tell The Bees I'm Gone not sure when this one comes out, it doesn't show a date on the system.  

    Heather Graham: Way too many to list, but I'm focusing on the romantic thriller series she has going. the Krewe of Hunters as much as possible, I do also own a few of er historicals but I have seen a few recent reviews that make me want to rethink reading those now as an adult.  

    Julie Garwood's Renard- Buchanan Series I have read a few books in the series starting with book 8 to book 13 ( I didn't know it was a series when I started it) I need to read books 1 to 7 which I also own:
    1. Heartbreaker
    2. Mercy
    3. Killjoy
    4. Murder List
    5. Slow Burn
    6. Slow Dance
    7. Fire & Ice
    8. Wired (not owned but final book so far) 
    Tara Sue Me I've been reading this series for a while now I own a few of them that I haven't gotten to yet. 
    1. The Master
    2. The Claiming
    3. The Exposure
    4. The Flirtation
    5. Mentor's Match (Novella)
    6. The Mentor & The Master (Novella)
    7. Top Trouble 
    And those are all of the none major series I want to complete this year, even if the authors come out with more I want to complete these before I pick up anymore from the authors.  I need to clean up the shelves so much.

    What have you got to complete this year??  Are any of these on your list?? Let' s buddy read if you have them on you list as well.

    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