Here's my last monthly recap for 2011. It's a long one. I read more than expected due to the fact that I was on vacation for over a week and just relaxed. Some of those reads are short, but I did manage to get in some full-length novels in there as well.
One of my top reads for the month made it to my top ten favorite reads for the year, one was an honorable mention, and the other two were read during the last week of the year! I ended the year with a bang, just the way I like it.
Here are my reads for December, 2011:
Total Books Read: 23 DNF: 1
Contemporary: Romance, Erotica - 5
Historical Romance: Novels, Short Stories - 6
Paranormal Romance: 1
Science Fiction: 1
LGBT: Fiction, Romance, Mysteries, Erotica - 7
My top reads for December:
- Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey: A
Leviathan Wakes! Yes! This is a science fiction opera with all the action and science fiction details any reader would expect of just such an endeavor. Yet for me, the characters in this fantastic space adventure are the ones that lifted it from being a just another tale about ships and chases through the stars. Miller, the pulp fiction noirish style, cynical detective, obsessed with finding one girl and relentless in his pursuit. And, Captain Jim Holden a rather naive, gung ho Captain with a rag tag crew who in his pursuit of revenge finds a truth bigger than the known universe. A mystery/thriller in space with amazing characters and fantastic science fiction details. What else can a geeky girl like me ask for? This book made it to my top ten favorite reads of 2011.
- War by Sebastian Junger: B+
- We the Animals by Justin Torres: B+
- The Proposition by Judith Ivory: B+
- Drown by Junot Diaz: B
- Detours by Jeffrey Ricker: B
- Adam by Jacquelyn Frank: B
- The Rake's Christmas by Edith Layton (A Regency Christmas VII Anthology): B
- The Surprise Party by Mary Balogh (A Regency Christmas VII Anthology): B
- The Art of Dying by Josh Lanyon and Jordan Castillo Price: B
- Best Gay Stories 2011 edited by Peter Dubé: B-
- The Christmas Ghost by Sandra Heath (A Regency Christmas VII Anthology): B-
- Lone Star by Josh Lanyon: B-
- Winter Knights by Harper Fox: B-
- Sweetwood Bride by Pamela Morsi: C
- A Place Called Home by Jo Goodman: C
- Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen: C
- Cowboy Come Home by Janette Kenny: C
- The Birches by Xavier Axelson: C
- Three to Tango with Emma Holly, Lauren Dane, Megan Hart, Bethany Kane: C
- Risque Business by HelenKay Dimon: C-
- Terms of Surrender by Leslie Kelly: C-
- Submission (Deviations #1) by Chris Owen & Jodi Payne: C-
I love Chris Owen's writing style and own this series. Unfortunately, I "DNF" (did not finish) this book the first time I tried reading it a couple of years ago. I know a lot of readers love this series, so I decided I would try it again and finish it this time. Frankly, I had the same reaction this time and for the most part the book seems rather clinical and flat, lacking real emotion and passion. At least that's the way it read to me. I didn't connect with the characters at all. However, this time I continued to the end. There does seem to be a bit more of an emotional connection between the characters on that last third of the book, but by that time it was a bit late for me as a reader to connect with them. Obviously this book/series is not for me.And one lonely DNF (did not finish): I usually don't include DNF's with my list. However in this case I wanted to give the book a chance and read over half of the book before simply realizing that the book is just not for me.
- The Hunter by Theresa Meyers - DNF (Read 55% of the book)
That's it for December! I'll be writing a few reviews for my December reads. We the Animals by Justin Torres was a huge surprise and one that I'll be talking about. The Proposition by Judith Ivory was a delightful read full of mustaches, legs, ferrets and some wonderful characters. Drown by Junot Diaz is a fiction book I read for my Internet Book Club, and of course there's Jo Goodman's first contemporary romance, A Place Called Home, and Jacquelyne Frank's paranormal romance, Adam -- the last book of her Nightwalkers series, #6.
Did you find any gems in December?