It doesn’t seem two minutes have passed since I mentioned that surely we couldn’t be in June already. Now we’re well over half way through. 2020 really is the strangest year most of us will ever live through. It’s hard to believe we have been under restrictions for over three months in the UK, they are slowly being relaxed (though not always as slowly as some of us would like). Sadly too many people are behaving as though the threat were over and covid-19 no longer exists. Quick onto happier thoughts!
Thank you to Kathryn at Book Date for hosting this meme. I love joining in each week, even if I do forget to link up to her blog – Doh! For the first time in a LONG time, I’m talking years here, I have a month that isn’t overloaded with arc reads. Even more amazing is that my calendar for July holds just 3 arc reads in total. For too long I was lucky if that was the number for a week! I do know that there will probably be at least 2 or 3 more books that drop on me during the month, from the arc teams I belong to.
The Books I Read Last Week
Reading was very kind to me last week. I enjoyed all four books that I read, 2 were arcs and 2 were re-reads ready to complete the series this week, hopefully.
I’m reading the two books concurrently because my mind feels like a flitting butterfly at present and it refuses to settle on one book!
Please Let Me Get These Read This Week
The first two are deadlined arcs, the other two are arcs that I really should have completed by now, but have been struggling to get too or to settle with. That is totally due to me and not the writing, I usually enjoy reading both of the authors.
So that’s my reading week. What are your plans? Are you tackling that TBR mountain? Too busy to read much (boo to whatever is making that true)? Enjoying re-reads, or searching for something new? Whatever your plans, keep safe, be happy and enjoy your books!
I beta read several chapters of one book, scenes and chunks from another book and re-read a 2/3rds completed book because the author had added a few more chapters. Honestly you go weeks with no beta requests and then get three all at the same time!
What’s on my ereader at the moment.
This continues Jenny and Mark’s story that began in the 6 book ‘Pony Tales’ series. However you can read this (and the rest of the trilogy) without having read those. You won’t have all the background information at first, but the author does feed in anything you do need to know.
Planned reads for this week.
Velvet Caress is a re-read, but it’s so long ago I can’t remember many details. I never read Velvet Collar, so I’m really looking forward to completing the series. Fraud is an arc and part of a very complex and multi book series. Each story is stand alone but with a subplot that runs throughout the whole series.
Wow, it’s yet again time to join in with Book Date and share a round up of our reading activity. I read the four book’s featured last week as books I wanted to read, one was a bit of a bust but the other three were really good. I also pulled in a further two books from my list for June, despite me being busier with work last week.
The gloriously sunny weather has broken, and we are experiencing a much more typical British summer, with lots of rain showers. The plants in the garden are thankful for it, but it’s also encouraged the slugs to chomp on some of my seedlings. Sigh.
The Highs and Lows of Last Week.
Fortune Fae Academy, closely followed by Something Twisted were my highlights. I also enjoyed A Rough Ride and The Ties That Bind. Heart Thief was a fair read but I was disappointed with Pure, which had so much potential but just didn’t quite deliver on it.
Arcs and Considerations for the coming week.
Despite keep promising myself that I will read Sin & Lightning and some Carol Van Natta books, I’ll probably try to do a re-read of The Velvet Chair, as this is a continuation of C.P. Mandara’s Pony Tales series. Who know’s if I will achieve those goals. What I do know is that I’ve got lots of good books to look forward to reading in June.
Happy 1st of June but just where are the weeks going? I think I somehow misplaced the month of May, during the trials of lockdown. I’m not too sure what happened to April either. We are currently basking in scorchingly unseasonal weather here in England, and being a typical Brit I keep moaning about it being too hot to do things!
Since it’s a new week, along with a new month, it’s time to join in with IM!WAYR?, a meme that is now run by Kathryn over at The Book Date. Do pop across and visit some of the other sites joining in today.
Books I read in May
I’m going to extend this from recent reads, to May reads. The list doesn’t include all my reading as I’m currently beta reading for four different authors. The list includes both arc reads and personal choices. Some of the reads were quite short, one was an anthology, most were novels.
This weeks books
I’m leading a Book of The Month discussion, in the Dark Erotica group over on Goodreads, so I need to read Something Twisted by Ace Gray pronto. I also have a beta read to do at the same time – eek. I also need to read Fortune Fae Academy, Heart thief and Pure as these are all arc commitments.
Other books to read in June
Unusually for me, I only have a couple of other arc commitments in June, so my plan is to clear some of my TBR list. Some possible choices to read are:
What are you planning on reading in June? I hope whatever it is, you enjoy them. Happy Reading!
Welcome to another Monday and another chance to share books read, reading and to read. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a great way to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! . This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.
If you decide to join in leave me a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog. In the meantime here’s my reading summary.
Last week I read the following books the first two were disappointing. The second two, which are released in the next couple of days, were thankfully much better.
Reading Right Now
Along with some beta reading for a couple of authors, I’m getting close to finishing Treachery by Lily White. I’m going to have fun reviewing it because it made me feel so much – not all of it good – but overall it will be very positive.
I have an arc lined up next, Midnight Fae Academy #2 by Lexi C Foss, after that I really need to get back on top of my TBR. A couple of possibilities are Ice Age Shifters 1-4 by Carol Van Natta, Sin & Lightening by K.F. Breene and I need to finish the Pony Tales series by C.P. Mandara that I started a few weeks ago.
This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date. It’s a chance to share a little book love and is great fun to join in with. Do visit The Book Date to find other blogs that are taking part.
So last week I struggled with a couple of books I was meant to be arc reading and got distracted by a new-to-me author at the end of the week. Below are the books I completed.
What I am currently reading.
So I’m doing a re-read of a book I beta read simultaneously with an arc read, Mafia Lullaby by Alta Hensley and Measha Stone. OK clearly I’m not reading both books at exactly the same time, but I’m finding arc reading really challenging at the moment – despite the fact that it’s authors I love and books that normally I wouldn’t be able to put down. It’s 100% me and where my head is at in these challenging times.
What I will also be reading this week
So I have a couple of other arc’s to read but will probably also indulge in another Club Risque book by Poppy Flynn.
Last week was pretty decent, with an anthology of short omegaverse stories, a couple of romantic comedies and the penultimate book in a space opera series. The last one almost destroyed me with it’s emotional intensity. Good times indeed.
I am currently reading…
I’m just about to start reading Love & Lust by Jade C. Jamison. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series, Love & Lies, so I’m hoping this one is just as good.
Would your inability to walk away be worth losing everything? Samantha has never quite had a man as irresistible as tattooed bad boy Ryan across her desk, and she’s been practicing law for a few years now. What the hell has gotten into her? She can barely concentrate as his quiet yet sexy charm oozes across the space, igniting her imagination. He needs her legal assistance—but she needs something else from him: just one night between the sheets to get him out of her head. If he says yes, she’s racing down a dangerous path, because crossing that line could cause her to be disbarred, lose her business, her friends, everything she’s worked so hard for. So why the hell can’t she stop obsessing over him? Will she throw it all away for one night of pleasure?
Please note that portions of this novel were previously published in 2011 as the book STATING HIS CASE and in 2016 as CROSSING THE LINE.
What else is on my schedule for the week…
A facebook win, a book I’ve already Beta read (in sections) and want to read in one go and an arc.
Is it really Monday again? Whilst it feels like we’ve been in lockdown forever, at the same time the days are simply flying by and I’m wondering how we can be in May already and where the heck April went!
I’m joining in again with Book Date‘s weekly meme, It’s Monday! What are you reading? Which actually is more of a “What I’ve just read”, followed by “What I’m currently reading” and garnished with “What I’m reading next”.
What I Read Last Week
Choosing my favourite of these produces a tight battle between Daddy P.I. and Ballistic, with the former just winning by a hair’s breadth because it left me with such a feeling of warmth and happiness.
My current read(s)
Technically I’m not focusing specifically on these books, they’re all books I’ve been given the opportunity to read recently, and then been inundated with arc reads that have to take priority. So the aim is to squash them in between other books that I need to read.
Books that are on this weeks reading schedule
I’ll be sharing reviews for many of these books over the next few days, so do check back in!
This is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date, in which you share a little information on recent reads, what you are presently reading and what book(s) you plan to read next. I semi-almost-kind-of stuck to the plan last week, though I did find myself juggling 2 or 3 books at times. That was a lot more to do with my state of mind than a reflection of the writing or quality of story.
I’ve enjoyed re-reading some books, something I haven’t done since I was very young. Despite a long TBR list that includes far too many books I’ve paid for, I just couldn’t choose something new to read. Maybe it was a desire to indulge in something warm and familiar, find something that feels safe and secure in these troubling times.
What I read last week
The last three books are all really more short stories, easily read in under an hour. I’m just going to describe them as NSFW books and leave it there. I also need to make clear that I only read books 1-3 of the Cherise Sinclair box set, though I do have a few more of her books that I also want to re-read.
I am currently reading….
I’m really enjoying BOTH of these books though they couldn’t be more different. One is a darkly twisted anthology of short stories around severe mental health issues and ‘unusual’ methods of treatment. The other is a YA fantasy/paranormal academy mystery with a smattering of possible romance.
What’s up next?
Killshot will be another re-read, and is necessary so that I can enjoy Ballistic. This is a YA dystopian/sci-fi duet and I’m very much looking forward to completing the story. Abducted is an arc read, from a series based on dark re-workings of well known fairy tales. Apparently this one is Beauty and the Beast.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. It’s a chance to share the good, the bad and the ugly of your recent reads, as well as looking forward to the reading week ahead.
Books I Read Last Week
I had a real binge reading week – including the incredible Reign Trilogy by Zoey Ellis. The other 4 books were all arc reads that release this week. If I had to pick one to recommend, it would be Black Light: Charmed by Jennifer Bene, though Nathan by Elin Peeris a very close second.