Wednesday, July 8, 2009

2009 Midyear Reads

For 2009, I set a few personal reading goals:

1) Read some Urban Fantasy.
2) Finally get to some authors that have been lingering on my list of authors to try. Read one book, and if I like them, go for the backlist.
3) Read more Contemporary Romance and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance.

I haven't done too badly in all three categories. My third goal is lacking, but there's still time. Here's my list so far, although I know there are books I've re-read and didn't write down:

Wicked Games by Jeri-Smith Ready A-
Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole B+
What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips B+
Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian B
Simply Perfect by Mary Balogh B
The Donovan Trilogy by Nora Roberts (Re-read) B
Reflections by Nora Roberts (Re-read) B-
The Sins of Lord Eastbrook by Madeline Hunter C+

Angel's Pawn by Nalini Singh A
Rough Cut by Vincent Diamond (M/M) A
Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh (ARC) A-
Hot by Julia Harper B+
First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh B
Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione B
Moving On by Addison Albright (M/M) C+

Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione A
Virgin River by Robyn Carr A
Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair A
Hopes Folly by Linnea Sinclair A
Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare A
Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr A-
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas B+
Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair B+
Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr B+
Feathers by Vincent Diamond (M/M) B
Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare B-
Then Comes Seduction by Mary Balogh B-
Code of Honor by Marquesate (M/M) B-
Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr C
I Do Anthology (M/M) C
Dark Victory by Brenda Joyce C-
Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell C-

Anything for You by Sara Mayberry A
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews A
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews A
Three Day Passes by Sean Michael (M/M) A
Bound by Love by T.A. Chase (M/M) A
To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt A-
Beautiful C*cksucker by Barbara Sheridan (M/M) A-
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews B+
Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare B+
Starcrossed 1: Demon Tailz by MacLeod and Valentine (M/M)B+
Animal Attraction 2 Anthology by Vincent Diamond (M/M) B+
The Wild's Call by Jery Smith-Ready B
All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear B
Wet Pass by Gavin Atlas (M/M) B
At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh C+
My Only Home by Pepper Espinoza (M/M) C-
The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverly DNF

Country Boys: Wild Gay Erotica by Richard Labonte (M/M) A
The Irish Trilogy by Nora Roberts (Re-read) B+
In the Driver's Seat by Angela Benedetti (M/M) B+
Visions in White by Nora Roberts B
Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra B
For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper B
Guardian (Time Hunters) by Angela Knight B-
Candy Courage by Angela Benedetti (M/M)B-
Submission by Jody Payne and Chris Owen (M/M) DNF

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (Re-read) A
Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews A
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan A
Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson A-
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan B+
Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James (Re-read) B+
The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley B+
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan B
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan B
The Bride in the Bargain by Deeane Gist B-
This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James B-
Dancing in the Dark by Jenna Byrnes (M/M) B-
Str8gt Boys by Evangeline Anderson (M/M) B-
What Dominance by Gavin Atlas (M/M) B-
Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian C
Just One of the Guys by Kristen Higgins C
Touched by Light by Catherine Spangler C-
Recovery by CB Potts (M/M) B
Recovery Ranch by CB Potts (M/M) C-


  1. That's an impressive list Hils. I think you've got a good variety going. Only two DNF - that's good.

    For your #3 goal you could try Julie James. She has two contemps out that are good, quick reads. Very funny. For the scifi romance the only ones that come to mind are Grant, Sinclair and Spangler. Which I think you've got covered. :)

  2. Thanks Leslie. I don't do too many DNFs, I tend to rinse and repeat first, lol!

    Thank you so much for the recommendation, she's going on my list. I'm on the lookout for good Contemp/Rom authors. On the Sci-Fi/Fantasy front, I do have quite a few Fantasy books on my list/TBR pile, but I'm still looking for some good recommendations to add to my Sci-Fi/Romance.

    Now to find the time. :)

  3. OMG, look at all those books! *falls over looking up up and UP*

    I spy me some Jeri-Smith Ready. Got one of hers I desperately need to get to.

  4. LOL, KMont... I actually thought for a minute there I had NOT read as much as last year! Riiiiight....

    You have GOT to get to Eyes of Crow. Can't wait to see what you think of JSR. :)

  5. Wow, you read so many books, and so many good ones, too. I see you gave an A to Angel's Pawn. I so have to read that!!

  6. Hi, CJ! I've been lucky this year, I took my time picking and choosing some of the authors for a change, lol!

    I thought Angel's Pawn was a wonderful companion novella to Angel's Blood, and it really gives a wonderful perspective into the Hunter's Guild. No HEA on that one, but boy was there tension! I can't wait to read more about these characters in future. :)

  7. What a great list of books. You've really read some great books so far this year.

    KMont - yes, you must read JSR Eyes of Crow series.

  8. Thanks Tracy. I make my lists of authors and get to them at some point... I've been lucky so far this year. :)

    And yes! KMont must get to that Aspects of Crow series... let's keep bugging her, lol!


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