April Wrap-up

In case you missed them… here are the links to my April reviews

5 Star Reviews
Future Diary (Volume #3)
Future Diary (Volume #4)
Cleopatra
Future Diary (Volume #7)
Kiss of the Highlander
Future Diary (Volume #8)
Future Diary (Volume #9)

4 Star Reviews
Heartsblood
A Walk in the Snark
Future Diary (Volume #5)
Future Diary (Volume #6)
The Highlander’s Touch
Bronwyn’s Stand
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown

3 Star Reviews
Desperate Desires

Total Reviews: 13

Reading Challenge Progress
Get Steampunked: 7%
2011 Debut Author: 33%
Off the Shelf: 8%
2011 E-books: 65%
2011 Audiobooks: 90%
Whisper Stories in My Ear: 46%
Support Your Local Library: 44%

Best of the Month I’m basing this list off the one I did for my best of 2010. I thought it might help me narrow down my decisions at the end of the year. Also, I added nonfiction! I’m so proud of myself! Hopefully, I can keep it up.

Jane EyreOverall – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I don’t like to review classics, so you won’t find a review of this book. However, I spent most of the month making my way through this book. I really loved it. It has really given Wuthering Heights a run for its money. It may be my new all-time favorite book. I just love the passionate natures of Jane and Mr. Rochester. They’re my favorite couple. 

Young Adult – I haven’t read any young adult novels this month so I’ll skip this category for now. I’m sure it will be back next month.

HeartsBlood (Praxis)Fantasy/Paranormal – Heartsblood by Carolyn McCray had such original ideas. I was captivated by the book and completely engulfed in its story. It has a really great paranormal plot, and it still left so many things to be explained in the next book. I was very excited to find out that it will be a series. I’m ready for more of this complicated couple.

Future Diary Volume 6Manga – Future Diary by Sakae Esuno just keeps getting crazier. I’m really loving it though. If I had a little more time I would be up to date with the series. I only have three left of the published volumes. Surely I can find a few hours to finish those. Then, I think I’ll start Black Butler.

Jane EyreRomance – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I’m really into classic romance. I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s novels. I loved Wuthering Heights. It was only a matter of time before I picked this book up. I never thought I would love a couple more than Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, but they have nothing on Jane and Mr. Rochester. There’s such a fierceness in their love that I couldn’t get enough of. I think it would be impossible not to fall in love with Mr. Rochester, crazy wife or not. It’s no surprise to me that this is a classic. It really is timeless. I need to go see the new movie ASAP.

Cleopatra: A LifeNonfiction – Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff was my first real crack at nonfiction and I really enjoyed it. I learned so much from this book and really found a new interest in history.

Audiobook – Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. I’m not sure I would’ve made it through this book had I read it in print. I think it would have been so slow-going that I would have given up. That’s why I’m so glad I won the audiobook. It really helped.

Desperate Desires (A Sweet and Spicy Novella)2011 Release – Desperate Desires by Terri Wolffe was so much fun. I will say it’s very explicit, but I really connected with the characters and found that I cared about them and the outcome of their relationship. Terri said in her interview that she’s planning to write more about these two, so that’s exciting.

Cover – Desperate Desires by Terri Wolffe. I just love that cover. It’s so gorgeous and sexy. What more could you ask of a romance cover?

Most Disappointing – I haven’t really been disappointed by anything this month. That’s always nice.

Kiss of the Highlander (The Highlander Series, Book 4)Series – I’m still working on the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve been loving this series. When I begin one audiobook, I become totally addicted until I get to the end. I love how they’re all their own story, but still connected by one or two characters. They’re so much fun. Ms. Moning definitely has a great sense of humor.

Author – Karen Marie Moning really has me hooked on her Highlander series. When I’m finished with it, I’ll move on to her Fever series. I’ve heard great things about it and I know I like her writing and style. I can only hope those audiobooks are read by Phil Gigante too because he’s one of my favorite voice actors.

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