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Sunday, March 29, 2009

First Update for the Reading Challenge

I'm going back a day or so because I THOUGHT about joining the challenge, I just hadn't done it. :-)

This past week I read:

Lessons in Love and Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane. They are both published by Linden Bay Romance.

This allows me to stroke off the "historical" category of the challenge. Its really the first full-length historicals I've read. It almost counted as first time for this author but I did read Blitz a short story by this author so it doesn't count. Guess I could use it for "first in a series" as well but I'll hold off and try not to use one book more than one category.

I give both stories a thumbs up .

They were certainly different for me not reading a lot (any?) of historicals. The language is quite different than a contemporary and they are certainly not as explicit as most m/m books (never got down to the real deal until half-way through the second book). I really enjoyed the mysteries, reminded me of Agatha Christie type settings (I LOVE Agatha Christie) and I loved the main characters Jonty and Orlando and sometimes I laughed out loud. The scene of them rolling down the hill while on holiday nearly killed me. I had tears in my eyes from laughing. So for someone looking for smoking hot m/m erotica, its not the right choice, but for characters and story and setting it was really great. I want to hang out with Jonty's mother. Definitely worth the time and money and pulling me out of my comfort zone. There is a third book coming too but not sure when which I'll be getting.

40 - 2 = 38 to go.

I heart Paperbacks m/m challenge

I have joined Anesthezia's m/m reading challenge on her blog. It has motivated me to create this place as it will be easier for me to keep track of the challenge and the rules. If anyone reads this, its NOT a review blog, its a tool for me to keep track, that's all.

So I have to read 10 books by Aug. 31. HAHAHAHAHAHA, maybe by April 10. :-) But she had some categories to help me expand my horizons. I have committed to 40 by end of August so I'll put a running total at the bottom of the posts.

So in addition to numbers here are some of the book challenges I will try to meet.

- Read an anthology. (Shouldn't be a problem)
- Read an historical. (Done - see next post)
- Read a new release. (Done, see update #6)
- Read a new-to-you author. (Done, see update #6)
- Read the first book in a series (Done, see update #3)
- Read a book with a sports/athletics theme. (Done, see update #4)
- Read a book outside your comfort level or from a genre you don’t normally read. (Have one in the TBR list)
- Read a book where the shapeshifter isn’t a werewolf. (Done, see update #2)
- Read a book that’s been in your TBR pile for longer than 2 months. (See update #9)
- Read any title by one of the first m/m authors you ever read. (See update #7)