What I have been reading since January....

WELL, I doubt that I will make my Goodreads challenge goal this year, even though I lowered it to 50 books. Pathetic for me, I know. But I have had so much going on this year that my reading habits have suffered. I plan to get back on track with that and with writing over the coming months.

Still, I did manage to read some books, and I managed to listen to others on audiobook...something I am surprised to find that  I love.

As for audiobooks, I have listened to:

A  Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night (am currently listening to The Book of Life, the last book in the trilogy) by Deborah Harkness. There are things about this series that I like...and things I really hate. I love the secondary characters, and I really like the vampire Mathew. I really don't love the heroine Diana, though. She irritates me to death. And sometimes I feel like she can be "too stupid to live." I was ready to give up after the second book, but I had invested so much time into listening to this series that I wanted to finish.

My Life in Middlemarch -- I found this to be a fun review of George Eliot's life. The author can be a bit condescending at times, and that irritated me.

Actually...I am finding that when I listen to books I discover their flaws. Repeated phrases...Mary Sues...etc...all much easier to notice when listening.


As for books I read:

A Speckled Bird by Augusta Evans Wilson. Actually, I found I liked this one a lot more than I expected.

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Ingram. LOVED THIS. If you liked Little House on the Prairie, you should check it out.

Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. This might be my favorite read of the year. It is an old children's book, and it is the first book in a series that launched the famous early video game of the same title. I used to play it as a little kid (never got far), but I loved it. When I discovered the series, I decided to download it and find out the background. I remembered so much from the game, but this book is so beautifully written. I love it. There is something so soothing about it, and it is so complex.

Then Came You by Jill Shalvis. A romance, and the first I have read by Shalvis. I really loved this one.

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. First in the Anita Blake series. I liked it, but it took me a while to get into the narration.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. I know I am probably in the minority, but I absolutely hated this classic.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I didn't hate it, but I found it tedious. But, then, I rarely like classics by American authors.

Henry and June by Anais Nin. I liked this one, even though I had to stop and start at times.

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington. A good American classic. Enjoyed this one a lot.

Felix Holt, the Radical by George Eliot. Liked this one a lot.


I know I have read other things, but I can't think of them right now.

What am I reading now?

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory and A Taste of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington.

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