Bout of Books ’09 Update on Books Read for Sunday

Posted January 13, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Challenges, Reading Books


Okay, okay, so I slipped a few in that I hadn’t planned on:



Number of pages read: 954

Number of books read: 2

Kim Harrison’s White Witch, Black Curse and Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Escape .


Number of pages read: 542

Number of books read: 1 and bits

Margaret Frazer’s The Bastard’s Tale, the first three chapters in Kim Harrison’s Black Magic Sanction, and almost halfway through Lori Foster’s Getting Rowdy.


Number of pages read: 273

Number of books read: 1 and a bit

Finished reading Lori Foster’s Getting Rowdy and was disappointed. Foster is usually good. This read more juvenile than anything. Review to come. Started reading C.E. Murphy’s Thunderbird Falls.


Number of pages read: 358

Number of books read: 1

Finished the rest of C.E. Murphy’s Thunderbird Falls. Good story.


Number of pages read: 432

Number of books read: 1

Erin M. Evans’ Adversary was very confusing for the first 40 or so pages, and then it started to come together. I’ve been reading this series, The Sundering, which is one of those a different-author-per-book types, and it’s definitely reading like standalone books. Paul S. Kemps’ The Godborn had a few more connections to R.A. Salvatore’s The Companions than Adversary does to either. I’m sort of assuming that as more I read more stories in the series that they’ll eventually start to come together…


Number of pages read: 883

Number of books read: 2 and a bit

A friend has been encouraging me to read Louise Penny, and I finally started with Still Life, partially because one of my groups is reading her this month. All I can say is WOW. I adore her. It has that cozy, cottagey feel, and Gamache seems a cross between Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot with a pinch of the more-settled Eve Dallas. I want to read more if only to delve deeper into Gamache’s life—his wife sounds amazing! I tidied up Kim Harrison’s Black Magic Sanction ahead of time to start the next in The Hollows series, Pale Demon in a couple more weeks. As a nightcap, I started in on Maya Banks’ Sweet Persuasion.

The Monday Wrap-Up


I just realized that a “Monday Wrap-Up” is wrong. The challenge was supposed to be through Sunday, and if we’re reporting on books read from the previous day, then obviously, I have to report on Monday what I read on Sunday. So, “Monday” and the “Wrap-Up” are obviously two separate reports.

Number of pages read: 963

Number of books read: 2 & bits

I had to know what happened next in Richelle Mead’s The Fiery Heart in her Bloodlines series. It’s one that I’ve been ambivalent about. I like aspects of it, and this installment did “advance” the plotline. Even if it wasn’t in the direction I wanted to go, it does make sense for the series. Sigh. I read the short stories in Sirens Spell Danger by Suresh Chandrasekaran, Karthik L., and Radha Sawana, and it’s fascinating how similar and yet different American culture is from Indian culture. Read a bit more of Maya Banks’ Sweet Persuasion, and started M.C.V. Egan’s The Bridge of Deaths.

The Wrap-Up

Total number of pages read: 4,411

Total number of books read: 10 & a bit

I’m so far behind on doing my book reviews for this week’s reading…and there’s nothing unusual there.