Saturday, January 9, 2021

Date Night with a Book: Special Ops Seduction by Megan Crane

 

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley/ Love the Series

Previous Books in the Alaska Force Series:


Synopsis: "She's the last woman he ever wanted to see again...

After an official operation turned deadly, Jonas Crow began a new life in Grizzly Harbor with Alaska Force. But when fellow soldier Bethan Wilcox joins the group, she forces him to remember things he actively prefers to forget. That’s unforgivable enough. But now the two of them are forced together on a mission to uncover deadly secrets tied to their complicated past, and with the heat between them at a boil, forgiveness is the least of his worries...

And the only woman he needs.

Bethan Wilcox, one of the first women to make it through Army Ranger school, didn't join Alaska Force to deal with Jonas's foul temper. Or her own errant attraction to him. Thrown together in a race against the clock, they have to pretend to be a couple and play nice to throw the enemy off their scent. She knows better than to let their pretend love feel real...especially while time is running out.

Jonas has always been good at saving the world. But it’s Bethan he needs to save this time around—if she doesn’t save him first."

My Review:  I have been enjoying this series, I love the cast of characters and the found family/ band of brothers element. While I have been enjoying the series, they have been enjoyable but nothing that blows me out of the water until this book. Crane has been building the mystery around Jonas for the whole series and the tension with Bethan has been building as well, obviously it had implode at some point. I was a little frustrated that there was so much mystery and hush, hush surrounding their backstory but I am glad I was made to wait for it to be revealed. I loved the tension between Jonas and Bethan, then the forced proximity of the mission just intensified it. I have to admit, I fell hard for these characters and this was such a difficult book to read even though I knew where it had to end up as a romance book. I can't tell you how many times I was near tears, happy, frustrated, sad, painful tears on their behalf. I wish I could go back and savor this book again for the first time, it was that good.

My Rating: I knew I would enjoy this book but I just was not prepared for Jonas and Bethan! This book took me on such an emotional ride and I loved every minute of it.  I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!


I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley from the publisher. The above is my honest review and opinion.

You can find out more about Megan Crane and the rest of the Alaska Force Series on her Goodreads Page or Website.

Special Ops Seduction releases on Tuesday, January 12th, so you can pre-order your own copy in print or digital format (and pick up the rest of the series) from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or you can request it at your local library or bookstore.

Friday, January 8, 2021

December 2020 Wrap Up

Boy did the days in December completely fly by! The end of the year and the beginning of the new year really caught me by surprise! I haven't even been able to review the books I read in 2020 or decide on any goals/reading resolutions for 2021!  Oh well, for now I will start with just wrapping up December 2020 before looking at the bigger picture. I am hoping I will be rather pleased with myself once I do get around to reviewing my year as a whole.


First and foremost is my only actual challenge for the  year . . .

TBR Books from the Past 3 Years:
 I read 3 books off my list from previous years
 




2020 Books added to TBR & Read:
Obviously I didn't manage to read all the books I added to my shelves this year but I did make one final push to read at least a few more, I managed to read 5 more off my recently added list (except 1 was a bind up so technically 4).  Not quite what I was hoping but the last 2 weeks in December were just pure chaos, so little to no reading was done.
 
 




December Additions:
After a very successful November, things got a little out of hand in December. Part of it was gifts and part of it was book boxes coming in and a few personal purchases in the middle of it too. 
  

 

 
 

 

 
 

 


 




Ugh, 22 new books added to my shelves in a single month! Luckily, I have already read 5 of those, 6 more were gifts and I only purchased 8 books, the rest came from book box advent calendars. 




In other reading I am tracking this year, I read . . .

Re-Reads:


Borrowed Books:


Books Over 500 Pages:
NONE


Requested Reviews: 


December Reading Stats:
I read a total of 27 books this month
2,874 pages read and 2 days,3 hours and 27 minute of listening


Resolutions Check in:
1. Read that TBR: I have pretty much given up on this goal, if I can just focus on not adding to it at this point I will be happy. - :(
2. Purchase Less Books: While 22 this month seemed like a lot, last year I added 37 books to my shelves in the month of December!  - CHECK
3. Read Big Books: I once again didn't read any books over 500 pages this month, some were pretty darn close, but I kind of expected that in the month of December. - :(
4. Interact: Still struggling with balancing in person life and online life. I haven't even posted on Instagram in ages. I just need to find that balance again.  The good news is that we made a ton of progress on a whole house purge and organize, so I feel like I don't have as much hanging over my head constantly. - :/ 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January Anticipated Releases

 So I decided it is time I start doing an anticipated release post every month.  I feel like this will help me narrow down the books that I am super excited about and keep up with the books that are being released, especially with all the delays and changes that have been happening.  Anyway,  I thought I would break this down into categories, again to help myself, this time to keep my book buying under control. So how about we get started . . . .



Anticipated Releases Pre-Ordered:

I am allowing myself to pre-order only 4 new releases each month to help control my book buying habits.  So here are the 4 books I was most excited to add to my shelves this month.

Releases January 12th
This is the 6th book in the Wayward Children series, one that I was rather surprised I would end up enjoying.  Anyway this book in particular speaks to my soul, this would probably be my perfect world.

Synopsis: "A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…"


Releases: January 19th
This is a new (and 4th book) in the Graceling Realms series, one of my all time favorite series. Fire in particular is on of my all time favorite books. While I am hesitant about adding a new book to the series after so long, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be picking this book up.

Synopsis: "Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life."


Releases January 26th
I already own the previous 2 books in this series and while I wasn't real sure if I would continue with this series, I might as well give it a shot. I have a real issue with having complete series on my shelves even if I only enjoy half the books and since this is the final book, might as well.
Synopsis: Face your fears, fight the battle.
Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.
Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey's deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series."



Releases January 26th
This last year I really dove head first into the cozy mystery world and have really been enjoying it.  Sadly I am nearly caught up on the series I have been reading so wanted to start with another series and this is the first book in a brand new series that sounds like a great one to start.
Synopsis: "A BALMY WAY TO GO

With her Let It Bee honey boutique buzzing along nicely, life is as sweet as nectar for Wren Johnson—until she takes a morning walk along the Pacific beach with her Havana Brown cat, Everett, and stumbles upon the body of Agnes Snow, the cranky queen of the local craft fairs, stiff as driftwood. More unfortunate? Clutched in the victim’s fist is a label from Wren’s homemade beeswax-and-honey lip balm. Which makes Officer Jim Hampton focus his dreamy-blue Paul Newman eyes on Wren as suspect number one.

With fabulous feline support from Everett, Wren must comb the town for clues and clear her name before someone else gets stung."



Anticipated Release ARCs:

Here I have all the anticipated releases that I have received ARCs for this month and a couple I have requested as well but may not have been approved for or received yet.

Releases January 12th
This is the 4th book in the Alaska Force series and I have really been enjoying it. I love the tough, military characters in this series and the bit of a thriller element and of course the romance. 
Synopsis: "She's the last woman he ever wanted to see again...

After an official operation turned deadly, Jonas Crow began a new life in Grizzly Harbor with Alaska Force. But when fellow soldier Bethan Wilcox joins the group, she forces him to remember things he actively prefers to forget. That’s unforgivable enough. But now the two of them are forced together on a mission to uncover deadly secrets tied to their complicated past, and with the heat between them at a boil, forgiveness is the least of his worries...

And the only woman he needs.

Bethan Wilcox, one of the first women to make it through Army Ranger school, didn't join Alaska Force to deal with Jonas's foul temper. Or her own errant attraction to him. Thrown together in a race against the clock, they have to pretend to be a couple and play nice to throw the enemy off their scent. She knows better than to let their pretend love feel real...especially while time is running out.

Jonas has always been good at saving the world. But it’s Bethan he needs to save this time around—if she doesn’t save him first."


Releases January 12th
This is the 3rd book in the Bergman Brothers series, something I didn't realize at the time.  I am hoping that they can be read as standalones.  Anyway, being at the point I am in my life, I think I would find it more relatable to read a book about rekindling the spark in a marriage. I am no longer in the first rush of a new relationship, I am 19 years in and want to read about the lasting relationship.
Synopsis: "Buckle up for an emotional journey of hijinks, heartache, and a hot slow-burn in this marriage-in-crisis romance about going the distance to make love last.
Aiden
I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby.
With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage.
Freya
I love my cautious, hard-working husband. He’s my partner and best friend, the person I know I can count on most. Until one day I realize the man I married is nowhere to be found. Now Aiden is quiet and withdrawn, and as the months wear on, the pain of our growing distance becomes too much. 
As if weathering marriage counseling wasn’t enough, we’re thrown together for an island getaway to celebrate my parents’ many years of perfect marriage while ours is on the brink of collapse. Despite my meddling siblings and a week in each other’s constant company, this trip somehow gets us working through the trouble in paradise. I just can’t help worrying, when we leave paradise and return to the real world, will trouble find us again?
Ever After Always is a marriage-in-crisis, opposites-attract romance about a sensitive, fierce-loving woman and her resilient husband who has anxiety disorder. Complete with island vacation antics, a sibling prank gone wrong, and a steamy slow burn, this standalone is the third in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after."

Releases January 12th
This looks like a book that Munchkin would love and honestly I am a bit curious myself. It looks like a good blend of funny, maybe a bit of mystery and detective work and animals.
Synopsis: "New York Times bestselling author Eliot Schrefer introduces a delightful and dynamic animal duo in a race against time to save a polar bear cub in the first book in this hilarious and heartwarming middle grade series about friendship and conservation.

When a little polar bear cub winds up trapped on an ice floe heading out to sea, his mother knows there’s only one place to turn: the Animal Rescue Agency!

Dashing Esquire Fox used to organize the world’s most elaborate chicken raids, until the day she encountered Mr. Pepper. Meeting the blustery old rooster changed her heart, convincing her to turn from a life of crime and instead form the Animal Rescue Agency, which masterminds rescue operations across the globe.

Esquire and her unlikely chicken business manager, Mr. Pepper, coordinate with their far-flung agents to get them to the Arctic. In that frozen land they learn that what happened to the polar bear cub was no accident—and that saving him will pit them against the scariest predator in the world: a human."


Releases January 19th
Another potential cozy mystery book, and the start of a new series, if I don't get approved for this ARC this is definitely one that will move to my library requests.
Synopsis: "The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!

Trudell Becket finds herself in a bind when her library is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless 'technological center'. A library with no books breaks Trudell's book-loving heart and she decides to rescue hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the recycle center. Under the cover of darkness, Trudell sets up a secret book room in the library's basement and opens it to her loyal patrons.

When the town councilman, who was a vocal supporter of the library's transformation is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the prime suspect. She was the only person in the library at the time of his murder, or so the police believe. But the visitors to Trudell's secret bookroom were actually all there too.

If she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she'd have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. To keep herself out of jail, Trudell--with the help of a group of dedicated readers--decides to investigate. She quickly finds herself on the same page with a killer who would love to write her final chapter."



Library Requests:

These are the books I will be requesting at my local library because I am interested in them but maybe not sure if I want to add them to my physical library yet.


Releases January 19th
Synopsis: ""She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own."

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­--a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks--alone, except for her fox companion--searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?"



Releases January 19th
Synopsis: "Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.

The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.

Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Gal├ípagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Gal├ípagos Islands...together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.

With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?"



Releases January 19th
Synopsis: "Epic fantasy featuring warrior priestesses and fickle gods at war, for readers of Brian Staveley's Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne.

Hessa is an Eangi: a warrior priestess of the Goddess of War, with the power to turn an enemy's bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her goddess's command to murder a traveller, she prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside.

While she is gone, raiders raze her village and obliterate the Eangi priesthood. Grieving and alone, Hessa - the last Eangi - must find the traveller, atone for her weakness and secure her place with her loved ones in the High Halls. As clans from the north and legionaries from the south tear through her homeland, slaughtering everyone in their path, Hessa strives to win back her goddess' favour.

Beset by zealot soldiers, deceitful gods, and newly-awakened demons at every turn, Hessa burns her path towards redemption and revenge. But her journey reveals a harrowing truth: the gods are dying and the High Halls of the afterlife are fading. Soon Hessa's trust in her goddess weakens with every unheeded prayer.

Thrust into a battle between the gods of the Old World and the New, Hessa realizes there is far more on the line than securing a life beyond her own death. Bigger, older powers slumber beneath the surface of her world. And they're about to wake up."


Releases January 26th
Synopsis: "From one of the most exciting new voices in dark epic fantasy comes an intensely brutal and brilliantly cinematic novel: the story of a soldier torn between loyalty to her family and her quest to preserve a kingdom's future.
She was their hope, their martyr, their brother . . .
Driwna Marghoster, a soldier for the powerful merchant guild known as The Post, is defending her trade caravan from a vicious bandit attack when she discovers a dead body hidden in one of her wagons.
Born of the elusive Oskoro people, the body is a rare and priceless find, the center of a tragic tale and the key to a larger mystery.
But as Driwna investigates who the body was meant for, she finds herself on a trail of deceit and corruption . . . a trail that will lead her to an evil more powerful than she can possibly imagine."


Releases January 26th
Synopsis: "Sarah and Elvis can always be found at a charming secondhand shop in the village of North Harbor, Maine. Despite the small-town setting, the daring duo often find themselves wrapped up in murder, but luckily they have help--a quirky group of senior citizens runs an amateur detective agency called Charlotte's Angels out of the store.

The Angels are hired to look into who is sabotaging cat shows in the state, and they decide the best way to do that is to send Elvis the cat undercover as a contestant. But then one of the cat show volunteers is murdered just before the latest competition, and Sarah and the Angels have to catch a killer in two shakes of a cat's tail!"




So there you have the books I am most excited about this month.  It seems like there are just so many book coming out in January! I know that this post got up a little late but in the future these posts will go out the last week of the month for the next month's releases so you can join in as well.  What books are you pre-ordering and which are you requesting from the library? Are any of these books on your list as well? Do you want me to make this a monthly link up for you to join in as well?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Review of a Preview of Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

 



I was fortunate enough to receive a short 3 chapter preview of Winterkeep via Netgalley. It is the 4th book in the Graceling Realm series, one of my all time favorite series.  I was super excited to get this sneak peek before the full novel is released.  It has been quite a few years since I re-read the entire Graceling Realm series, though I usually re-read Fire (my favorite of the series) every year.  It did take me a bit to re-acquaint myself with the characters and settings, but not long since I was fully involved by the 3rd chapter.  Kristin Cashore does a great job of interweaving some of the backstory and refreshers into the story, it didn't feel like an info dump or overly repetitious, just a nice reminder of who everyone is and what they are up to.  I am already super attached to Giddon and can't wait to read more.  It looks like we are going to be introduced to a very cool new society in the world and I am so excited. 

Synopsis: "Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life."

You can find out more about the Kristin Cashore and the Graceling Realm on her Goodreads page or Website.

You can also pre-order your own copy of Winterkeep in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or request it at your local library or bookstore.  

If you would like, since I am behind the Penguin Random House Graceling Realm re-read event, I am going to be starting my own re-read later this week.  If you want to follow along or just chat with me in general about it, please stop by my Instagram Page (@EasternSunset9)


Monday, January 4, 2021

Monday Reading List

     It is Monday again and it is time to update with what I read last week, what I am currently reading and what to look forward to next week.



Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

The Great Unicorn Race by Whitney Sanderson
The Princess Knight by G. A. Aiken
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
Tom and Jerry: Grouchy Cat by Christopher Harbo & Illustrated by Scott Jeralds (Graphic Novel)
This Cowboy of Mine by R. C. Ryan (Date Night)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Unplugged
The Little Book of Winter Gnomes
This Cowboy of Mine
Hitting the Books


Currently Reading:



Pages Read/ Time Listened
6:50 Hours Listened This Year(13:20 listened this week)
128 Pages Read This Year (560 This week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently: TBR




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I don't know about you but I always find it odd the way my first Monday Reading List post of the new year looks, it seems so empty without the long list of recently added books and the small numbers for pages and hours read so far.  Not to mention, I haven't even set any challenges yet this year! I haven't gone back yet and selected my favorite books of 2020 yet.  I feel like I am a bit off with the new year, it kind of snuck up on me.  I have spent the last two weekends reorganizing my bookshelves, I made a promise to myself that any books that I purchased in 2020 and didn't get read, I had to remove 2 books from my TBR shelf.  That resulted in 78 books being removed from my TBR, it was easy at first but by the last 10-15 I had to get real honest with myself about the books I will actually pick up to read.  I also went through my shelves and removed about another 75-100 books that weren't favorites or that I wouldn't be re-reading to make room for all my books.  I have officially maxed out the amount of shelves I can have in my house (minus the one on order from Ikea), so I have very limited space to add new books.  I am really going to have to make careful purchases going forward until I get through some of my TBR.  Speaking of TBR, I have been working on making a list of every unread book on my shelves,  I still have 4 shelves to go (not including Munchkin's) and so far I have 242 physical books on my TBR.  That might seem like a large number but I am happy to say that last time I actually added the books on my TBR it was around 350, so this is huge progress for me!

Anyway, enough of my rambling. I do have some plans I am working on for this year, I do have some changes I would like to make around here, nothing drastic just a few that will make things a bit easier for me.  I hope you will stick around and give me a bit of feedback on what you like and what you don't like to see. 


I hope that the new year has brought you a bit of joy and hope for the future.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Bout of Books 30: Sign Up & Updates

Yes! It is time to kick off the year the right way! I love starting the new year with a fresh TBR and Bout of Books readathon to help me dive into all the great books!  With all the chaos of the holidays behind us and Munchkin heading back to school, I think I will have a bit more time to read than usual and I can't wait!

Here is the information you need in case you want to sign up too!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

  


So this post is going to be my base for the week, I will continue to come back and update it each day with my progress (as I already have a lot of posts planned for this week and don't want things too jumbled up).  I will also be updating on Instagram @EasternSunset9


Time Devoted to Reading
I am hoping to start the year off right with a lot of reading this week. I hope to spend 3-4 hours per day reading, some at work, some on the go and some at home.

  
My Goals
Read a total of 1,200 pages
Read at least 3 hours each day
Read/Finish 1-2 Requested Review Books
Keep up with writing Reviews


Books to Read

Special Ops Seduction  - 352 pages (requested review)
Home Body - 192 pages - READ
Boone - 304 pages (requested review)
Ever After Always - 282 pages (requested review)
Word to the Wise - 304 pages - READ
Ember and the Ice Dragons - 384 pages

Other Possible Books

On a Blue Moon - 274 pages (requested review)
Hush - 374 pages (requested review)


Updates:


Monday
Number of Pages I've Read Today: 352 pages
Total Number of Pages:  352 pages
Time Spent Reading Today: 4 hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 3 (Winterkeep preview, Word to the Wise & Homebody)
Books Completed: 1 (Winterkeep preview)
Thoughts: While I only finished 1 book yesterday I did make a bunch of progress on the other two and will be finishing those today (Tuesday).  I haven't been able to read much in the last couple of weeks but boy did this break that streak! It has been quite a while since I last read over 350 pages in a single day.  I only have about 30 pages left in Home Body and about the same left in Word to the Wise, then I will be picking up another book, probably Special Ops Seduction.


Tuesday
Number of Pages I've Read Today: 301 pages
Total Number of Pages: 653 pages
Time Spent Reading Today: 3.5 hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 5 (Currently Reading: Special Ops Seduction & Empire Strikes Back)
Books Completed: 3 (Winterkeep Preview, Word to the Wise & Home Body)
Thoughts: Not quite as good of a reading day but still pretty awesome.  I have now finished 3 books and am over halfway to my page count goal.  I am really enjoying the books I have selected for this readathon.  I am hoping to finish Special Ops Seduction today or early tomorrow, so I will be putting up a vote on my Instagram Stories to pick my next read (of course neither book was on my planned TBR but oh well).  I have a couple of reviews to get done today to keep up with my other goal, I am feeling rather accomplished!


Wednesday
Number of Pages I've Read Today: 206 pages
Total Number of Pages: 859 pages
Time Spent Reading Today: 2.5 hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 5 (Currently Reading: Special Ops Seduction & Empire Strikes Back)
Books Completed: 3 (Winterkeep Preview, Word to the Wise & Home Body)
Thoughts: For obvious reasons, I didn't spend as much time reading yesterday, at least in the office where we followed the current events. I did do quite a bit of reading at home last night where we opted to keep the TV off to prevent Munchkin from becoming agitated and afraid. It was nice to escape into a galaxy far, far away when things much closer to home are out of control. I am hoping to get a lot more reading done today as I am working from home waiting for the gas company to install a new meter on our house. 



Thursday
Number of Pages I've Read Today: 330 pages
Total Number of Pages: 1,189 pages
Time Spent Reading Today: 4 hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 5 (Currently Reading: Special Ops Seduction & Empire Strikes Back)
Books Completed: 3 (Winterkeep Preview, Word to the Wise & Home Body)
Thoughts: I didn't get quite as much reading done as you would think while spending an entire day at home waiting for repairmen to show up (who never did by the way) but the two books I am currently reading are a bit intense. I am definitely going to be finishing both today though. I had a vote up on Wednesday into Thursday to pick my next read; once I finish these two books I will be reading Graceling, and I might pick up either another Jenn McKinlay book (the final in the Library Lovers Mystery series) or the newest book by Marie Force (the 12th book in the Green Mountain/Butler Vermont series). Not quite the books I was planning on reading this month but I will still have reached all my goals.


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