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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February 2016 Recap

It's funny I keep on planning my reading list according to what I used to read before I started studying again, though I had very different kind of courses for the past few months, it's obvious that having 3 courses a week + 4 work outs doesn't leave as much free space as I USED to have.. which is why I've been reading, well, as much (little) as I have.. (February Goals). 

Total Read - 11 ebooks / 1918 pages (~66 pages a day)

I gotta say, it's better than last month but not as much as I WISH I could sit down and relax with a great book. I'm really good at keeping myself busy, I LIKE being busy, and yet I like just as much to lose myself in a book and everyone / everything else be damned. Balance. I think I need more balance in my life.

★  ★  ★  ★  ★ - Cheers and Shouts for the Favorites -  ★  ★  ★  ★  ★
This month I FINALLY finished the last installment in "The English Brothers" Contemporary Romance series by Katy Regnery with "Marrying Mr. English", the story behind the brother's parents. Loved it. It was surprising, I mean, I think I remembered Eleanora not coming from money, and yet seeing how money played such an important "match maker" in their relationship and yet meant nothing at all when it came to learning to love each other made this story so special. 

I've drinking Cari Z. novellas like a camel in the desert. I LOVE her writing! It's amazing that no matter how short or how different her romance novellas are there is ALWAYS a beautiful story to be told. This month's novellas weren't different, I only wish I would have being able to read all the ones I had planned. Since these are so short and I don't want to say more than I already said in my reviews here are the links to the ones I've read this month. I was thinking about picking one as a favorite but forget it. I don't think I can! So here I the ones I enjoyed most - "Different Spheres" (M/M CR), "Wanting More" (M/M CR), "Surviving the Change" (M/M PNR), "Strangely Familiar" (M/F PNR)

Amy Lane also has this incredible gift of writing different genres and bringing each time a story I can't disconnect from emotionally, one that keeps me thinking even when I'm not holding the book in my hands. "Johnnies" is no different in that matter. I"ve only read the prequel and the first and second installments (the next one's I"ll be reading next month) but I was so surprised with how GOOD it was. I mean, I KNEW it's going to be good but I wasn't really sure how I'd react to the porn industry and the fact that a few of the guys cheated on their girlfriend or had an open relationship with them (while getting detached from that relationship) yet it was so HONEST I just accepted it for what it is and didn't waste my time agonizing about lost ideals.. Both full novels gave me one hell of an emotional ride and yet they were optimistic in the end (yeah, took a LONG time to get there). I was struggling with how exactly to define this series, it's somewhere  between New Adult and Erotica MM Romance. I mean, it's more of NA because for me, it's more about dealing with life than anything else and yet there IS a LOT of sex going around.. ;)  

★ DNF ★ - Cries and Sniffs for the Disappointments - ★ DNF ★
Usually I enjoy reading Anthologies, I really like the idea behind it - getting to know new authors through short easy readings. Yet "12 Christmas Romances To Melt Your Heart" was different, first because it's not your regular Anthology with short INDEPENDENT stories, each of the ones here are actually a part of an going Contemporary Romance series making it harder to connect to these if you haven't read those series or don't know the world in which they occur. It wasn't only that, I"m not sure why by besides two I liked - and one I LOVED (Part 1 of "Marrying Mr. English" which is mentioned above) I didn't like the other ones. Leaving me feeling quite empty. 

My problem with "
Sing to Me" by Jeffrey Rivera is one I'm very familiar with, it seems I simply cannot read Young Adult these days, and calling it "New Adult" because actually they ARE (young) adults in their early 20s doesn't help, sometimes they are still children. I know it's not the book itself as my inability to connect to those younger minds and mostly their decisions and the force of their emotions which I mostly see as "over reacting" or taking things WAY too far. 

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I feel as though I read SO little this month it's amazing I can actually write a recap of what I read. But this is life and it gets busier everyday now. 

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