Friday, February 1, 2013

January 2013: Recap + The Vintage Science Fiction Month

January is already over! I can't believe it... I guess it is true that "time flies when you are having fun." And I had lots of fun during this first month of the year reading and blogging about different types of science fiction reads, both the old and the new.

I would love to thank The Little Red Reviewer for hosting The Vintage Science Fiction Month. Not only did I read a few oldies but goodies, but I also added to my "to read" list by visiting other blogs and reading some excellent reviews posted by fellow participants. I am also participating in The 2013 Science Fiction Experience hosted by CarlV from Stainless Steel Droppings and enjoying it to the fullest, but I still have one more month of enjoyment left and planning to read quite a few books too.

Books read & Related Posts:
Andre Norton: Sargasso of Space (Solar Queen #1)
Group Read: Dragonflight (Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey (Parts I & II)
Group Read: Dragonflight (Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey (Parts III & IV)
Sci Fi Books Old and New: When the price is right
Andre Norton: Storm Over Warlock (Forerunners, Book #1)
Plague Ship (Solar Queen #1) by Andre Norton (Not reviewed but recommended)
AND, here is my recap of all books read for the entire month of January:

Total books read: 19
 Contemporary: 5
 Historical: 3 (Fiction/Romance: 1, Historical Romance: 2)
 Science Fiction: 8
 LGBT: 3 (Gay Mystery/Romance)


1)   The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley: A-
2)   Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry: A-
3)   Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey: B+
4)   Plague Ship (Solar Queen #1)by Andre Norton (Not reviewed but recommended): B
5)   Taking the Reins (Roped & Tangled #1) by Kat Murray: B
6)   Sargasso of Space (Solar Queen #1)by Andre Norton: B
7)   The Human Division #1: The B-Team by John Scalzi: B
8)   Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey (Kowalski #1): B
9)   How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox: B+
10) Deadly Wrong (Deadly Mystery #2) by Victor J. Banis: B
11) Deadly Nightshade (Deadly Mystery #1) by Victor J. Banis: B-
12) Deadly Dreams (Deadly Mystery #3) by Victor J. Banis: B-
13) Dragonflight (Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey: C+
14) The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Highland Pleasures #5) by Jennifer Ashley: C+
15) Unforgivable by Joanna Chambers: C+
16) The Human Division #2: Walk the Plan by John Scalzi: C
17) Storm Over Warlock (Forerunners, Book #1) by Andre Norton: C
18) Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots by Sandra McDonald: C
19) Bound to You by Bethany Kane: C-

Favorite books of the month: Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry, The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (upcoming review for Read-along hosted by Christine from The happily ever after...), and the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey.


  1. 19 books, that's pretty awesome, Hils :) My month started out pitiful, but I was able to salvage some of it. Don't know how February is going to be, what with curling ^_^;

    And wow, you've reviewed a lot of them. That's always so awesome!

    You definitively liked Within Reach better than I did. Ms Kearsley is an author I keep saying I need to try... Let's hope that becomes true in 2013 LOL. And the Ruthie Knox has been getting good reviews, so I need to pick that one up :)

    Hmmm, aside from the Ruthie Knox and Joanna Chambers, nothing from 2013? Seriously, publishers need to start the year with a bigger bang.

    1. Nath, January was better than expected. I read lots of BIG books (400 and 500 pages and over). But most of all it was an enjoyable month both on the reading and blogging fronts.

      I know you like Knox and this novella is the beginning of a new contemporary romance series. Definitely pick it up!

      And well... I usually use January to catch up with some of the great books that lingered in my TBR from the previous year (the Wool Omnibus and Within Reach are two of them), or to read late December releases -- the Jennifer Ashley was a 12/31 release. And FYI the John Scalzi books are 2013 releases, plus the Kat Murray also counts as a Jan release. :)

      But yeah, I know what you mean!

  2. 19 books is fantastic! I only reached five...but one was ~600 pages long :) All the best for February :)

    1. Thanks Orannia. And reading a 600 page book counts for a lot! Hope you have a great reading month in February too!

  3. Hi! Are you planning to review Shannon Stacey's book?? I've got a recommendation from a friend about it and I'm actually quite eager to try it....I've seen you gave it a B, that's not so

    1. Hey Sonia! I will either write a review for Exclusive Yours or a mini. But, I definitely recommend it, Sonia. I read the third (?) book of the Kowalski series and really enjoyed it (B+), so I decided it was time to just catch up and begin at the beginning. It's a good, solid beginning. :D

  4. What a great month for you, Hils. All that sci-fi and quite a few other books, too! Let's hope February is just as awesome. I'm so glad you loved the Kearsley book. I am more than half way through--I should be reading now instead of blog hopping! I had a busy week last week, but this week looks more relaxed, so I am determined to finish it within a day or two.

    1. Christine, thanks... I had a great time reading my sci-fi books. I hope you enjoyed the Kearsley book as much as I did! Can't wait to read your last thoughts on it.

    2. I'm still not finished with The Winter Sea, can you believe it? Life's been busy. Hopefully I'll finish today -- I'm drowning in laundry because my weekend was so busy, so it's me, laundry and The Winter Sea today. :)

    3. I understand busy! I'm glad that I read it early in January, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to finish it either. *g* Good luck with your reading plans!

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