Saturday, May 30, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge Progress V

 I have been so disorganized with my reading challenge!!  Most of what I'm reading I don't know if it even applies to the list!  I'm going to sit down this weekend and try to figure out what categories I've completed and which ones I still need to do so I don't miserably fail this challenge.  For now, here is what I've read for May.

The Perfect Date is one I read at work.  There is a limited supply of books there (and I'm not taking my Nook up there!) so it's slim pickings.  I used to read R.L. Stine when I was a kid so I might be able to make this apply to the list.  My opinion of this book is.... uhh... I liked them better as a kid I think.  It was fairly predictable, a little slow, but there was a surprising twist in the epilogue.  It was good for passing time at work.  :)

Hidden Riches is one I started out reading at work... the toddler that I babysit at the feed store is obsessed with playing with the Reader's Digest books they have up there.  She always hands me one and tells me to read it while she pretends to read one (she's three).  One day instead of pretending to read I actually started reading this.  Then when she was napping I started reading it again.  I was hooked.  Then I started wondering how much I was missing out on because I've never read the digest form of a book, so I checked to see if my mom had the ebook (she did) and I started reading it over from the beginning at home.  Wow they take out a lot!!  Whole scenes!!  So I won't be reading digest forms of books ever again.  I really enjoyed this book.  There was something I didn't like about it, but I finished it so long ago now I don't remember what it was, but for the most part it was great.  I really enjoyed the characters.

The I's of Iris is one I've been wanting to read for a while because it's written by one of my favorite bloggers at Nuzzling Muzzles.  I'd never read a book about a psychic before so I was really curious about this one before I even started it.  The beginning was a little confusing, but the end was an on the edge of your seat, can't put it down, what in the heck is going to happen kind of book!!  I was totally blown away by the plot twist (not giving anything away hehe) and I loved it!!

Melting Into You is a romance book that I was asked to read as part of a box set called Love Down Under (they are all in Australia).  There are eight books in the set, so I'm glad this was a quick read.  The one I'm really impatient to read is the fourth one because it's written by fellow blogger Hsin-Yi (blog here) that I've known for years (she also wrote the Big Honey Dog mystery for kids based on the Great Dane she had and the Beach Vet book that I read already for part of this challenge).  So anyway this book Melting Into You was actually really good.  I totally fell in love with the characters.  The euphemisms were distracting and made me giggle.  It was weird because the author used euphemisms for some words and not others that you would think she would have.  It was odd, but it didn't really take away from the story or anything.  This was a great book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the box set.

The Rancher's Promise is another book I read at work (can you tell I spend more time awake at work than I do at home lately??).  I picked this one based solely on the cover (hello horses!  I didn't read the description) since that is one of the categories for the challenge.  Um... the cover is really nice... the book was kind of boring.  I didn't enjoy it very much at all to be completely honest.  The entire book was I can't love her, I can't love him, she doesn't love me, he doesn't love me, why doesn't she love me, why doesn't he love me, etc.  It was totally predictable and didn't really have much of a plot other than them constantly coming up with reasons they couldn't admit they loved each other.  Rather annoying.  I understand it is supposed to be a "clean" romance (they only kiss), but it wasn't that romantic to me.  It was just two undecided, prideful people who wouldn't openly and honestly communicate with each other.  If they'd just say what the heck was on their mind the book would have been two pages long.  Anyway sorry for the harsh review.  Maybe it's just not my cup of tea.  I was reading it at the same time as Melting Into You and although I don't normally read hard core romance but I much preferred it to this one.

I'm glad I actually managed to read quite a few books this month, but I'm concerned that I won't be able to make them fit into the challenge list... if they don't all fit a category then I am way behind!  Hmm... I'll figure it out.  :)

ETA:  I did manage to fit all 22 books I've read this year into a category.  To see which category they are in see the list in the sidebar.  :)


  1. Thanks again for reading my book. I'll get that beginning cleaned up and come out with a newer version to prevent confusion. Just to hear you say that you loved the ending has made my year, because I struggled so hard with the ending of my first book. I got some help from my son, the screenwriter, on the ending for this second novel. He came up with the idea, but I was worried that the personality transitions were not convincing. I appreciate the feedback.

    1. It was very convincing!! I never suspected a thing and was totally surprised. :D You did a really great job and I can't wait to reread it when you have revised it. :)


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