New Year; New Challenges, Episode V

So here we are near the end of January and I’m only just now getting around to posting my annual “New Year; New Challenges” post. I received a promotion at work right around Thanksgiving and have been trying to deal with the change to my schedule. Having a job with irregular hours can sometimes throw off my schedule outside of work. I’m trying to find my balance between work, life, and blogging, and I appreciate you all sticking with the blog as I figure it out.

With all of that being said, here is my goal for 2015: 140 books. Since I successfully completed reading 100 books in 2014, 10 more books gets added to my goal. (2011 = 100 books, 2012 = 110 books, 2013 = 120 books, 2014 = 130 books, etc) As per years past, you can keep track of my reading progress and what books I’ve read here.

In no particular order, here are some of the books releasing in 2015 that I’m looking forward to reading!

  1. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  2. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost
  3. Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard
  4. And I Love Her by Marie Force
  5. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  6. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (This is an exclusive collector’s edition!)
  8. The Seven  Sisters by Lucinda Riley
  9. When A Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  10. Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell
  11. Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
  12. Tiny Little Things by Beatriz Williams
  13. One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare
  14. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
  15. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Well readers, what are your reading goals for 2015? What titles are you excited to read?

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Kim’s Review of A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox

ammitSeveral months ago I read a book entitled Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer, the second book in her Archer Brothers series. (The first book was entitled Short-Straw Bride). I chatted back and forth via email with Witemeyer about how much I loved the Archer Brothers and that I hoped she had ideas for future stories about them. Imagine my glee when she responded that a short story about one of the brothers would be appearing in the anthology A Match Made in Texas. 

From Goodreads:

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tender-hearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?

I initially read this anthology JUST for Karen Witemeyer’s short story. In the end I was pleasantly introduced to three authors I’ve since added to my to-read list.

My favorite kind of anthology is one where all the stories are connected somehow. It creates the feeling that you’re reading a larger story, rather than several disconnected short stories. In the case of A Match Made in Texas, each author wrote about a character living in Dry Gulch, Texas. One of the four characters is a matchmaker who attempts to bring joy, happiness, and love to several of the women living in Dry Gulch. One woman is a pregnant widow who is being threatened by her former father-in-law over who will be raising her child. Another is a newly blind woman, struggling to face her new future. The final woman whom the matchmaker helps is a woman who is tricked into being the caretaker of an older woman many believe is going crazy in her old age. And our matchmaker? She longs for a man who is too shy to make a move.

The writing across the four authors is flawless; the stories flow effortlessly together while remaining individualized just enough to allow each author her moment in the spotlight. While I was initially drawn to this anthology to read Karen Witemeyer’s story A Cowboy Unmatched, I have to say it was Regina Jennings’ An Unforeseen Match that wound up being my favorite. A curmudgeonly hero and blind (!!!!!) heroine? Love it. If you’ve read any of my reviews of Tessa Dare’s books, you’ll know that flawed heroines are my absolute favorite because they are the types of women who don’t usually get a voice. How many romances are written around the flawless beauty? The smart successful woman who uses her hot body to get any man she wants? Where are the overweight women? The women that struggle to make ends meet? The women who most men would look past? Regina Jennings gets a huge high-five from me for writing Grace’s story, AND for writing a hero who was man enough to choose to love a blind woman. That cannot be an easy road for a sighted person to walk down.

The last two stories in the anthology, No Match for Love & Meeting Her Match, were a bit off the wall plot wise and definitely could have used a bit more story. Their plots could have worked (I think) if they were full length novels rather than novellas. In all, even though half of the stories were amazing and half were mediocre, I’d still recommend reading the entire book.

Fun characters, awesome authors, and intense loves make A Match Made in Texas an anthology you won’t want to miss.

4 out of 5 Stars

A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox
Bethany House (2014)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780764211768

Special thanks to Bethany House for my review copy via Netgalley!

What Are You Reading This January?

Here we are, almost a month into the new year and I have yet to ask what you’re all reading! Pardon my bad manners folks. This month’s reading schedule is chock full of new releases. January seems to be the month when a lot of my favorite authors release new novels. So without further ado, here’s what I’m reading!

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Julie Klassen has become one of my favorite historical fiction writers over the last year or so. Her latest release, The Dancing Master, is high up on the list of books I MUST read this year. Continuing on my binge of historical fiction books for January will be new author (to me) Anne O’Brien and her latest release The Forbidden Queen. I love the rich history of the English monarchy, so any chance to read more about it I’ll take. And finally, Tessa Dare’s historical romance Romancing the Duke. It’s the first in her new Castles Ever After series and features a blind hero!!! The first 50 pages were released online this past week (click here) and after reading them…..I was hooked.

Other books releasing this month that I’m excited about: A Match Made in Texas is a compilation of short stories by several authors, Karen Witemeyer being one of them. I’m also pumped about The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen, Believe by Erin McCarthy, Live by Mary Ann Rivers, and Seeking Her by Cora Carmack.

Over to you readers! What’s currently on your nightstand? Any new releases you’re excited about this month?

New Year; New Challenges, Episode IV

January 1, 2014. The official start of yet another year’s 100 book reading challenge. This year my goal will be 130 books. Every year that I’ve been successful in reading 100 books I tack on another 10 for the following year. (2011 = 100 books, 2012 = 110 books, 2013 = 120 books, etc.) I’m always giddy with anticipation for the new year’s challenge to start. Seeing my book counter reset to 0 again motivates me like nothing else. You can keep track of what I’m reading throughout the year by viewing my book list page here!

In no particular order, here are some of the titles I’m looking forward to reading in 2014:

  1. The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley
  2. The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
  3. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
  4. Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
  5. Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  6. The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

I’m sure that as the year unfolds I’ll be continually adding to this list. After all, I am a book addict and I can never have enough books to read.

So readers, what are you looking forward to reading this year? Share some titles with me below!

Kim’s Review of Stealing the Preacher (Archer Brothers #2) by Karen Witemeyer

stpkwLast summer I read Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer and completely fell in love with the Archer brothers.  Travis, Jim, Crockett, and Neill had my heart the minute I learned of their tragic upbringing.  I felt so bad for them and how they’d lost out on the innocent and whimsical childhood that all children deserve.  Forced to become adults well before their time they become a serious and a fairly un-trusting group of men, that is until Travis marries Meredith.  Meredith is able to bring love, kindness, trust, and compassion back into their lives.  When the book ended I wondered if Witemeyer would continue writing about the Archer brothers.  With the publication of her newest novel, Stealing the Preacher, my question was answered with a resounding yes!

Crockett Archer is on his way to what he thinks will be a normal interview for a pastoral position at a rural church in the Piney Woods of Texas.  However, on his way to said interview he is forced off of a train by a mysterious man and kidnapped.  He is brought before the man’s daughter, Joanna, on her birthday.  Although she had been asking for a pastor to come and revitalize her community church for as long as she could remember, Joanna didn’t want it to happen like this.  She is torn because although her wishes for a pastor have been answered, it is at the expense of Crockett’s freedom.  Fearing that this experience will jeopardize his future aspirations as a pastor, Crockett tries his best to flee his situation and eventually succeeds.  However, he can’t shake the strong feeling of attachment and connection that he feels towards Joanna.  As an attachment grows between them, Joanna must hope against hope that her prayers are being answered and that she may actually have a chance to develop a relationship with Crockett.  Crockett, on the other hand, must hope that Joanna’s father’s objections to his daughter dating a preacher are short-lived.  Will things ever work out between the two of them?

Witemeyer’s strongest attribute as an author is definitely her character development.  There are so many characters developing in this novel which makes it easy to become captivated by the story.  The plot gently unfolds around the development of Crockett, Joanna, Silas, and Jackson.  Silas definitely undergoes the most drastic of changes and is the character you’re rooting for during most of the story.  While the story is primarily about the romance between Joanna and Crockett, it’s also about a father and daughter’s love for each other, and also the transformation that occurs from having a strong faith.

Joanna was my favorite character hands down.  She’s a strong woman who has the best of intentions, always.  The largeness and goodness of her heart is simply immeasurable.  She tries to see the best in everyone and believes that even the worst of souls can be redeemed.  As an individual who isn’t religious personally, I think a lot can be said about how strong and moving Witemeyer’s writing is  when the character who is probably the deepest spiritually turns out to be my favorite. The inspiration in her writing is moving and holds a depth of meaning that anyone (religious or not) can appreciate.

Between the characters and depth of her works Witemeyer has found a fan in me for life.  You should definitely add her works to your to-read lists.  I’ve read Short Straw Bride, A Head in the Cloudsand To Win Her Heart and would recommend every single one of them.  Heartfelt, pure, and good, Witemeyer’s novels will definitely warm your heart.

4 out of 5 Stars

This is my seventeenth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House (2013)
eBook: 352 pages
ISBN: 9781441261458

Special thanks to Bethany House for my review copy via Netgalley!

What Are You Reading This May?

It’s that time again! Time to share what we’re all reading this month! I’m still going strong with my new adult kick, adding in some historical fiction and YA novels as well.  A complete list of what I’ve read for the year can be found here.  On the forefront for the rest of May? More new adult and some historical fiction.  I’m currently in the middle of reading Karina Halle’s Sins & Needles, the first book in her Artists Trilogy.  Following that I’m delving into Karen Witemeyer’s new novel Stealing the Preacher, which is slated for release June 1st.  And finally Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton.  The plot of this last book fascinated me so much I couldn’t help but request it for review!

Ok, folks! I’m turning the tables on you. What are you all reading? Share in the comments below!

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2012 – A Year in Review

fireworksAnd with it being  January 1st, 2013 we can officially end 2012 and all its reading goals.  I’m very happy to say that I have succeeded in reading my 110 books for the year and exceeded that goal by a whopping 74 books!  With the success of this year I’ll up my reading goal again for 2013.  Keep an eye out for my annual New Year, New Challenges post for a breakdown of what I’m looking to accomplish.

2012 has definitely been a year of eclectic reading for me.  It’s difficult to pick my favorite books of the year since I read so many, but here is my best go:

  1. The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
  2. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
  3. Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
  4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  5. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  6. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
  7. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
  8. Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
  9. In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener/The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
  10. Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Damn. That was difficult.

My reading challenges wrap up is as follows: I once again blew through the Historical Fiction challenge (woot woot!).  I also succeeded in my first year participating in the Around the Stack challenge!  Now for the bad parts. The TBR challenge and the Audio challenge both got only one completed review each out of me.  I know I failed the audio challenge because of 1Q84 (AH SO LONG), plus my addiction of reading newer books killed any hope I had of finishing the TBR challenge.  A 50% completion rate for the challenges isn’t terrible, but I’d still liked to have completed 100%.

Even though it’s 2013 I still have some books to review that I finished in 2012, so keep an eye out for them.  You can also see a listing of EVERYTHING I read this year, including review links, here.

Well, there you go folks.  My 2012 year in review.  Enjoy the rest of your New Year’s and join me again tomorrow as we kick off a new year and new challenges!

#119 A Review of Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer

7794600When I learned that Karen Witemeyer had a third novel that I had not yet read (the others being Short Straw Bride and To Win Her Heart), I was excited to say the least.  A fun and engaging writer, Witemeyer’s works have always been a delight to read, and I was expecting no less than another gem when I dove into Head In the Clouds.  Fortunately for me, this prediction came true and I’m happy to report that Witemeyer has done it again, with another solid addition to her repertoire.

Adelaide Proctor is the victim of an unfortunate failed attempt to find a husband, and decides to bury her shame by applying for a live-in governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch.  She decides to forgo the affections of all men in order to recover from her ordeal and make a new start.  Meanwhile, we are introduced to Gideon Wescott, a Briton who has attempted to make it rich in the American wool industry and the owner of the very ranch that Adelaide has decided to make a new home in.  Gideon has a five-year old daughter named Isabella, who sadly has not spoken since her mother’s tragic death during the crossing from England to America.  Although he is concerned about Adelaide’s less than conservative ways in taking care of Isabella, Gideon has larger problems as Isabella’s uncle arrives to claim her and her inheritance as his own.  Gideon and Adelaide must work together in order to save Isabella from her uncle’s intentions, and in doing so they begin to discover a growing attraction between them.  Will Adelaide’s past prevent her from acting on her feelings?

No matter how many books I read by Karen Witemeyer, I seem to always say the same things: she writes amazing characters and plots that you can’t help but become engrossed in.  In this instance, Adelaide and Gideon’s love story acted like a magnet that drew me in right from the beginning.  The way in which Adelaide is able to eventually bond with Isabella despite what happened with her mother’s death was heartwarming and made me instantly feel a kinship with Adelaide.  To see her slowly put down her defenses and decide to give Gideon a chance was another moment that made my heart melt.  I couldn’t help but root for the two of them as they fought Isabella’s uncle, and any small victory that they made had me jumping for joy.  I guess the best explanation for why I was so invested in these characters is that they are so relatable.  Every time Witemeyer makes a character I feel as if she is writing a separate story for me, one which I will become intimately involved in. I feel his/her losses and successes just as much as the character feels them.  In this way, the plot can flow seamlessly from the characters, and the whole unit comes together as one excellent work.  I can’t wait to try A Tailor-Made Bride, as well as Stealing the Preacher coming out soon in 2013!

5 out of 5 Stars

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House (2010)
eBook: 324 pages
ISBN: 9781441213235

#111 A Review of To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

I was fortunate enough to read and review Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer a few months ago, thus introducing me to this great author and her wonderful wholesome romances.  Of the few Witemeyer novels I’ve read, I’ve discovered her penchant for writing novels about redemption, new beginnings, hopes, and dreams.  They are about things we can all relate to, and they make her novels extremely accessible.  After reading Short Straw Bride I held an informal poll on Twitter and was told I should read To Win Her Heart next.  I’m sure it’s obvious by now that I listened to everyone’s advice and read it!

Spencer, Texas, is a small town in need of a blacksmith.  It’s a perfect place for Levi Grant to hide his past, as he has a history that he’d rather forget.  As he settles into town, he can’t help but notice Eden Spencer.  Eden has her own story as well, as she is now swearing off men (due to a broken heart) and devoting all her time to running the town’s lending library.  This all changes, however, when Levi walks through her library door, looking to check out a book.  She tries her best to resist his amazing good looks, and she is surprised at his manner of speaking: slowly and deliberately, while carefully choosing certain words.  Although she briefly considers that he has a mental deficiency, she immediately discards this thought after sharing letters with him.  The truth is, Eden wants to do more than talk and write to him, but she must stay true to her morals and remember her past.  Levi, on the other hand, is just in need of a break and has a big heart.  Will he be able to break through Eden’s defenses?  Will Eden realize that she’s cutting herself off from someone who will change her life for the better?  How will Eden react when she finds out the truth of Levi’s past?

There is something wonderful about books that focus on new beginnings.  New beginnings obviously mean something negatively impacted a character’s past, and whether the fault is theirs or someone else’s is up to the reader to discover.  At first glance, in To Win Her Heart the only person getting a new beginning is Levi.  Levi is a former prize-fighter that was imprisoned for manslaughter (not purposeful manslaughter; a man he fought succumbed to injuries from the fight).  He heads to Spencer for his new beginning using the blacksmith skills his father taught him as a child.  What I found so interesting about Levi is that he is directly responsible for the new beginnings of several other characters, which is inspiring in my eyes.  It’s an interesting storyline: this huge muscular guy falls for the woman in town who is also desperate for a new beginning.  Her failed engagement has left her cynical and unbelieving that she deserves her own happy ending.  With Levi’s help she sees that she can forge a new beginning for herself while learning from the past.  We can’t forget Chloe or Duncan either!  Both are given the opportunity to grow in direct correlation to Levi and Eden’s kindness to them.

One other thing I wanted to mention was how much I loved these characters! Levi is such a wonderful guy who is guilty of bad decisions (aren’t we all?)  In those few instances where he lets his guard down and his lisp comes out, my heart just melted.  It’s instances where he is completely overcome with emotion that it’s noticeable.  Eden on the other hand is a firm believer of living a life without violence.  Even squashing a bug is too much for her.  When a fight breaks out and Levi is the one being beaten she throws all caution to the wind and encourages him to save himself with violence.  To see her go against her deep-seeded views on violence shows us just how deeply she cares for this man.  It did bother me though that the character responsible for the attack doesn’t really receive a punishment that fits his crime (at least in my opinion).

I think character writing is what Witemeyer does best.  Yes, her stories are great, but they’re great because you can’t help but begin caring about her characters as if they’re your own family and friends.  It’s this personal touch that makes her stories all the more relatable and that much more exciting to read.  Although I’m relatively new to Witemeyer’s work, I can safely say that I’m definitely a big fan and can’t wait to see what else she has in store!

4 out of 5 Stars

This is my forty-fifth completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House (2011)
eBook: 304 pages
ISBN: 9781441232434

The September Round Up!

September has come and gone and with it all of my beloved warm weather!  While I love fall in New England (nothing beats fall foliage) it’s a sad reminder to me that winter is coming.  With tons of outdoor activities at my disposal I strived to fill each weekend in September with something to do outside.

Our first weekend took us to visit my cousin Allison and her boyfriend James down in Long Island.  James was just sent back out to Afghanistan, so it was incredibly important to us to go spend time with him before he left.  He’s a great guy and we love him a lot  (please keep him in your thoughts over the next four months).  Knowing the four of us share a love of beers, he took us on a bit of a brewery tour of Long Island.  The highlight was definitely our trip to Blue Point Brewery, which is the brewery that just so happens to make my favorite beer.  Some great barbecue and beer wrapped up our trip and we headed back to Connecticut for Memorial Day festivities.

South Memorial Pool

The following week we took a trip down to New York City to see Adam (yes, staff blogger Adam) and the 9-11 Memorial.  I have to say I’m really ashamed that it was my first trip to the memorial.  I grew up 15 minutes away from NYC and remember the destruction of that day, the smoke that was above the city for weeks afterwards, etc.  With 2012 the 11th anniversary of the attacks I knew it was time to get my butt down there.  Adam and Todd coordinated and acquired our tickets (which are free) and made final plans.  We took the train down from Connecticut, meeting Adam for a quick lunch before the security process began.  If you’re planning on going to see the memorial give yourself at least a half hour before your ticket time to make it through security.  It’s exactly like airport security – take off your bags, take out electronics, walk through metal detectors, etc.  Anyway a short hike and some twist and turns later we made it into the memorial park.  My first thought was even with the ongoing construction of the Freedom Tower it was still such a peaceful place.  The memorial pools are absolutely enormous, it was incredible to see just how wide the towers were.  The entire visit was one I won’t soon forget.  Even though the entire memorial is just that, a memorial, there is still a message of hope there.  All of the trees in the park are the same, except one.  When the rubble of 9-11 was being sifted through a tree stump was found.  It was from a tree that was planted in the Trade Center in the 1970’s.  Rescue workers dug up the tree and moved it to a park to see if it could be saved. It was, and when the memorial was opened the tree found its way back home and is now the only non white oak tree in the entire park.

The following week we celebrated my birthday with a trip to RJ Julia to see Kati Marton speak about her newest book Paris: A Love Story and an evening out for sushi and laugh.  It’s one of the most memorable birthdays I’ve had in a long time and on filled with my two favorite things: friends and books.  I want to quickly go back to seeing Kati speak for a minute.  She was one of the most eloquent, classy, and fascinating authors I’ve seen speak in a while.  Her book is all about her love affair with Paris, the role it played in her two marriages, and how it’s helped her recuperate since the death of her second husband.  I’m really excited that I have a signed copy and can’t wait to dig in!

The biggest event of the month (and Todd’s favorite) was our trip to The Big E.  The Big E is the Northeastern State Expo in Massachusetts.  It represents the states of  Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  The event has rides, concerts, shows, animals, and Todd’s favorite thing…..food.  Each year he tries to outdo the amount of food he ate the year prior.  His list this year included a massive cheesesteak (see right), gyro, chili cheese fries, maple cones, beers, and his favorite….fried Oreos.  Y’all have seen photos of Todd on the blog before, he’s not a big guy.  Where he puts all this food is still a mystery to me.  Anyway, back to the festivities.  Each state that The Big E represents has an enormous permanent building in the fairgrounds.  Each state puts food, crafts, and businesses that best represent their state in their building. (i.e Vermont has Ben & Jerry’s, Connecticut has the Lego Factory, Rhode Island has a chowder station, etc) .  We were able to find some really cool great things in each of the state buildings to give as Christmas gifts this year (I’d tell you what they were but our families read the blog).  In short we had a blast and can’t wait till next fall when we get to go again.  If you live in Springfield, MA area I highly recommend making the trip out to attend.  You’ll seriously have a blast.

And now we come to the month of September.  Todd spent the last few days away in upstate NY running a team relay race called RAGNAR.  Basically a team of 12 people runs 200 miles in 36 hours.  Each person is responsible for 3 legs of the race totaling around 15-20 miles.  When I talked to Todd upon his completion of the race he said “my legs may never be the same again.” HAHA.  I’m very proud of him and can’t wait to see if he’ll do it again next year!  While he was off running I attended a Dropkick Murphy’s show at my Alma mater, Quinnipiac University.  QU has one of the largest collections of documents, art, etc about the Irish Famine.  The collection used to be housed in our University’s library but has grown so large it needed to be moved to a new building.  To kick off the grand opening of the museum the University hired one of the most well known Celtic Irish rock bands to come perform free for students, alumni, and faculty.  It was a great show, one I was super lucky to be able to see with staff blogger Jess and my former college roommate Kate.

And now on to the reading front! I finished 22 books in September bringing the year-to-date total to 148. I took a break from “review books” during September and read a bunch of books from my own piles. My favorite book of the month was Karen Witemeyer’s To Win Her Heart.  I’ll be posting a review in the next week or so.  Big milestone of the month for me was the completion of the audiobook I’ve been listening to since February, 1Q84.  It took FOREVER to get through that book.  I’ll explain more once I post my review.

In closing I ask what did you do/read last month?

Happy Reading!