#FridayReads - July 3, 2020

After careful consideration and thinking, this will probably be my last post on BL. I just can't deal with sub-service and unstable this website has become and nobody giving a damn. I will be part of The Outpost on GR and work on my account on Library Thing, Story Graph, and my personal WP blog. I am also on IG a lot. 

My last Friday Reads here will be those novellas for the Revolutionary RAT for COYER. I am still reading One Person, No Vote and The Ghost Map. Then there is my summer reading project.


TBR Thursday - July 2, 2020

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader



+1. Saved by Her Enemy Warrior by Greta Gilbert - Harlequin Historical romance set in Ancient Egypt. Never one-clicked so hard in my life.


+2. A Bollywood Affair (Bollywood #1) by Sonali Dev - to complete the collection.



-1. The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

-2. New Year, Same Trash by Samantha Irby

3 Stars
Wytches: Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Art Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins
Wytches Volume 1 - Scott Snyder, Jock

Title: Wytches

Series: Wytches #1

Authors: Scott Snyder, Art Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins

Publish Date: June 24, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 192 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: June 24-26, 2020




I needed a horror book to fulfill a SRP prompt. I figured reading a graphic novel was the quickest way to get this prompt filled. It took me a while to warm up to the story, but what really influenced my rating was the author's notes/essays at the back of the book. 


For the most part, I liked the art but there were times that the art could have cleaner to make the story clearer. Sailor is the teenage daughter of a comic/graphic novelist and a doctor. She was bullied by another teenage mean queen, but something happened to the teen mean queen when the two confronted each other in the woods alone. Then dear old mom is in a car accident and loses feeling/control of her legs. Sailor and the parents move to a new city to get over what happened to teen mean queen and find new employment for the mom. Yet something is hunting them, Sailor in particular. Dad and Sailor work to figure out and put that something away for good. I liked the story and it was creepy but not gory so I could deal with it. It did take me a while to get into the story. The story was confusing at times and I got a bit bored by the some of the flashbacks, but eventually it made some sense in the overall storyline.


4 Stars
The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
The A.I. Who Loved Me - Alyssa Cole

Title: The A.I. Who Loved Me

Author: Alyssa Cole

Published Date: June 3, 2020

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: E-Book

Page Count: 143 pages

Source: Own copy

Date Read: June 27-28, 2020




This story was in originally published as an Audible Original.


Trinity Jordan is a data analyst on temporary hiatus from her job and is working at another job within the company (The Hive) as a driver for self-driving cars (Uber but through the computer simulation). She is also living in the company's apartment complex, complete with home A.I. named Penny (think of an apartment complex version of an Echo or Alexis). There are her two best friends, Ru and Yana who also work at The Hive and her neighbor, Dr. Zheng and her nephew Li Wei (who is our hero). It is six months since the terrorist attack that injured Trinity and left her too shaken up to work her job. When Li Wei meets Trinity, it starts the re-downloading of memories of the attack and the few weeks prior to the attack - yep, Li Wei is the A.I. Trinity and Li Wei spend time together in the hopes of getting Li Wei well versed in humans. Meanwhile Trinity's memory is starting to falter and some memories are coming back while others are fading. Li Wei remembers enough to realize that The Hive is trying to 1) keep them apart and 2) doing experiments on them. So they remember enough to escape with the help of Ru, Penny, and Yana (oh, and TIM). 


Once again Alyssa Cole put together a fun and inventive romance that just is different from the rest of the genre. There is talk of racism, capitalism, sexism, etc that make this sci-fi romance feel very contemporary and now. The science fiction part is very relatable and not so far out for those of us not so versed in high concept sci-fi. Perfect poolside reading.

5 Stars
Wonder Woman: Warbringer the Graphic Novel by Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, and Kit Seaton
Wonder Woman: Warbringer the Graphic Novel - Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, George Seaton

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer the Graphic Novel

Series: DC Icons #1

Authors: Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, Kit Seaton

Published Date: January 7, 2020

Publisher: DC Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 208 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: June 26, 2020



I was gifted the audiobook (CDs) a few years ago, but wasn't interested in listening to this version. I picked up the ebook when it was on sale a while ago, and never felt in the mood to start it. So when I saw this version in my library I decided to go for it and have it fill a prompt on the SRP. I'm so glad I did - it was a great story but also streamlined for my attention span. 

The story opens with Diana preparing for an important race to help her improve her standing with some of her Amazon sisters, especially her mother's right hand woman/#1 general who has an unfounded hate towards Diana because she was created differently than the rest of the island's inhabitants. On her way to winning the race, Diana notices a ship that 1)broke through the barrier separating the island from the World of Man and 2) the ship was on fire and going down quickly. She leaves the race and jumps into the water in the hopes of saving those onboard. There was only one survivor, an older teen named Alia. Alia is the descendent of Helen of Troy and as such, she is a Warbringer. 

Diana and Alia work to find out how to stop the people who are hunting Alia as well as help Alia redeem her ancestors/stop the Warbringer bloodline. There are others on the team: Jason (Alia's brother), Theo (friend of the family), and Nim (Alia's BFF who deserves her own series!). This is a coming of age story nestled in a journey to Greece and the resting place of Helen. On the way there is romance, really great one-liners, and some deep topics brought up (race, sexism, capitalism, etc). 

Overall, it was fun and adventurous story that added to my love of Wonder Woman. 


2020 Library Love Challenge Master Post - Update #2

Original Goal: Read 24 books from the library, any format (Thrifty level).

New Goal (July 1st): Read 36 books from the library, any format.


Update #1 - The first third of the year I managed 14 books. 

Update #2 - Sitting at 23 books by mid year. Decided to go up a level. 



1. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

2. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks on Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

3. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

4. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin

5. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

6. The White Darkness by David Grann



1. When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin

2. Candy: A Century of Panice and Pleasure by Samira Kawash

3. Educated by Tara Westover



1. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

2. Golden in Death (In Death #50) by JD Robb

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot



1. Beauty Queens by Libby Bray

2. The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby



1. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

2. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

3. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

4. The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery

5. The Dead & the Gone (Last Survivors #2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer



1. Wytches: Volume 1 by Scott Snyder et al

2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer the Graphic Novel by Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, and Kit Seaton

3. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

4. This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer














Library Love - June 30, 2020





I DNF'd Beneath the Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King. It was too dense with every person who ever lived in Central Florida being mentioned and no real narrative - it was dry historical look at the event. I just couldn't get into it.


Kids picked up their third prize of the Summer Reading Program - Sophia chose Winnie the Horse Gentler #5: Unhappy Appy by Dandi Daley Mackall; Joshua picked up Who Would Win? Hammerhead Vs. Bull Shark. We borrowed some kids graphic novels and a couple of non-fiction books to fill the last two prompts for one side of the kids' version of the SRP. 


Yesterday, I started One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson and it's so good - much more readable than Ari Berman's Give Us the Ballot (although Anderson's work does reference and quote Berman's book some). I also started The Ghost Map and while the first chapter does a lot to set up the class structure of life in Victorian London, it is just started to get going. Since I finished both graphic novels that I borrowed last week, I picked up two new ones - Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson and Leila del Duca and Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart. I have had my eye on the Catwoman one for some time, but I had no idea LHA wrote a WW graphic novel and had to read it. 


Sorry no books attached - BL is being a right pain in the ass and slow as fuck. 



Sunday Post - June 28, 2020



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.


Home Fires: My husband and I celebrated 11 years of marriage this past Wednesday. He bought me a small Yankee Candle tumbler candle. I bought sushi and noodles for dinner. 


I received an email from the school district on Thursday. It was a parental survey, looking for input on how to schedule the upcoming school year in the age of COVID-19. Our choices were: to go completely online public schooling via eAcademy; go completely online via remote learning like we did from March to the end of May; hybrid method with two days of school and the rest remote. Also questions on busing and cafeteria issues. This as the number of cases are rising quite steadily here in Kansas - we are in the top ten of hot spots for the disease in the U.S. I am really starting to see my kids being home this fall and winter. 


Adam bought $200+ (he got a military discount) worth of fireworks last night. We are making up for the years we spent in the UK. Our dog's little tornado shelter is going to get quite the workout this week.


Nature is a Mother: Hot, humid, and every storm has been bypassing us non-stop, so we are dry - getting to dangerous levels regarding grass/prairie fires. Sunflowers should start showing some petals very soon. 


Volunteer Valley: Chances of my GS troop meeting in person this fall is fast fading. Don't know how PTO is going to work with us waiting until mid-July to hear how schooling is going to go. 


Craft Corner: Haul time! First is this planner sticker pack from The Happy Planner - this pack is a goddess-sent for book bloggers/instagrammers/youtubers - I loved every page and can't wait to start using this in January 2021. I am thinking I may want to get a second pack now.....


I wanted new needle minders (I've got kids and a dog, I need to know where my needles are at all times while stitching), especially seeing other stitchers pairing their minders to their WIPs. This Triple Moon minder is from TopKnot Stitcher Shop.com. I got this minder from the etsy shop Hartiful. I love Maleficent and Starbucks, so I had to get this minder from the etsy shop Mad For Minders.


I picked up a DMC kit called Love Laurel and will be stitched hopefully by the time my next wedding anniversary rolls around. LOL. I also bought Satsuma Street's Leo by Jody Rice pattern and some black Aida - this is going to be my late July/early August project. Both my husband and I were born under the sign of Leo, so it will go into our room somewhere when completed. Both bought at 123stitch.com. There were two fundraisers I know about from the stitching community to donate to Black and LGBT+ organizations that I picked up: first is Say Her Name by TopKnot Stitcher.com and the simple Black Lives Matter from The Witchy Sticher.com. Both come as a PDF you download.


Book Shelf: I wrote all the reviews due from the five weeks and got them linked to COYER if eligible! Because I spent all that time writing the reviews, there was less time for reading. So this weekend is nothing but reading. I finally found a routine that works to balance blogging with reading.


The kids hit their goal for the third badge and earned yet another book. They can't pick out their books until Tuesday. The kids are doing better at their summer reading than me.


On the Tube: Bookish Realm is quickly becoming one of my favorite booktubers. She is funny and real and a librarian to boot! 


In My Ears: Two mini-series for my recommendations on podcasts this week. The first is WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork by David Brown for Wondery Podcasts; this is a completed series, with I think 8 episodes. The second one is Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia by Alyssa Bereznak for The Ringer Podcasts; this is almost done, just waiting for the finale this coming week. After listening to these podcasts I do wonder how Silicon Valley can disrupt industries/re-invent the wheel with such incompetence and ego. 



3 Stars
New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions that I Did Not Keep by Samantha Irby
New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep (A Vintage Short Original) - Samantha Irby

Title: New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions that I Did Not Keep

Author: Samantha Irby

Published Date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Vintage Shorts

Format: E-Book

Page Count: 30 pages

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: June 24, 2020




A short, funny book about Irby's experiment with 70 mini-resolutions that some went well and a whole lot that didn't. In 2016, Irby decided to join a "woo-woo challenge" (her words) that asked the participant to find 100 mini-intentions or changes they wanted to do in that year. Irby got to 70 and even that was trying too hard. Some resolutions had a paragraph explaining what happened, most got the Twitter 280 character style rundown. I really like Irby's voice and style, so I enjoyed reading this by the side of the pool. 

3.5 Stars
2 Stories, 1 DNF, and DNS the Rest
Once Upon a Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second Chances Anthology - Priscilla Oliveras, Jamie Beck, Falguni Kothari, Sonali Dev, Sally Kilpatrick, Tracy Brogan, K.M. Jackson, Hope Ramsay, Barbara Samuel, Donna Kauffman

Story Title: The Runaway Bride

Book Title: Once Upon a Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second-Chances Anthology

Author: Sonali Dev

Publish Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: Kindle

Source: Own copy

Date Read: June 20, 2020




A sweet story about a bride with concerns/cold feet the night and very early morning of her wedding to her childhood crush. Nisha Raje overhears that her fiancé's ex is back in town and there is talk the ex is invited to the wedding. Nisha is blindsided; she calls up Neel and asks "WTF? Did you know about this?" and Neel is tells her "Well we kinda met up." Nisha is livid, and rightfully so. Neel choose Barbara over Nisha in high school and then gave up his dream college to follow Barbara to her dream college and then on to Oxford. He was the one to break up with Barbara and return to California to seek out Nisha in the hopes of her still having feelings for him. Nisha decides to leave the mansion where the wedding is to take place and runs to the nearest contact; Neel follows her and they wind up at someone's house. After getting some advice by that guy, Neel and Nisha walk about San Francisco and lay it all out - fears, dreams, what they want from the other and what they feel for the other. Grown ups talking - it's a miracle! The wedding at the end sounded amazing (and hella expensive!). 3.5/5 stars.


This story is related to Dev's The Rajes series but can be read as a stand-alone.


Story: Always Yours

Book Title: Once Upon a Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second-Chances Anthology

Author: Priscilla Oliveras

Publish Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: Kindle

Source: Own copy

Date Read: June 22-24, 2020




A very summery feeling romance, complete with a softball game. Lourdes Reyes is the sister of the groom and a recovering drug addict. She really has her act together, being almost two years sober and holding a job with a future, enjoying a renewed relationship with her brother, and just working on herself. And then he shows up - Eduardo Santana, her first and only love. The guy that broke her heart and eventually that darkness led to her taking that first hit. He's back and hoping to make it up to her, even knowing her past. There was a little misunderstanding twist that was easily rectified, then more grown ups talking! This story was aided by the side characters Alex and Frankie; I could've done without younger brother Diego trying to do the protective brother act. I feel like I need an Alex and Frankie story now. 3.5/5 stars.


Overall: I tried to read the first book in this anthology and I had to DNF - less is more and an editor was sorely needed. The two stories I bought the anthology for definitely made the 99 cents I paid worth it. I hope that the authors release these stories as single stories in the future. 



2.5 Stars
This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3) - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: This World We Live In

Series: Last Survivors #3

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Published Date: April 1, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 261 pages

Source: Library via OverDrive

Date Read: May 29-30, 2020




Meh; it wasn't too bad and it was a quick read, but it didn't grab me the way the first two did. So we get a look at how the two families (or what remains of them) from the previous books come together a year after THE EVENT. The story tied up loose ends and gave us a couple of mini-disasters, but it didn't move the story forward. It felt like reading more of a novella with an extended epilogue. I did read the excerpt from the fourth and final book and it left me feeling like I am good ending the series here. The excerpt did answer my questions about how the camps work and that is enough for me. 


As for the romances, I didn't buy one of them. Miranda and Alex seemed to come out of nowhere- I flipped back to the last chapter and re-read the paragraphs trying to find where the spark was that started these two together. Nada. As for Miranda's older brother and his wife - yeah, the less said the better. Honestly, I was hoping the tornado would have taken care of those two. Then there is Carlos, who did nothing for the storyline and died in a fat-shaming way, so again the less said the better.

3.5 Stars
The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery
The Girls of Mischief Bay - Susan Mallery

Title: The Girls of Mischief Bay

Series: Mischief Bay #1

Author: Susan Mallery

Publisher Date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Mira

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 416 pages

Source: Library via OverDrive

Date Read: May 24-27, 2020




I wanted to read something set in California because I am somewhat homesick for the Golden State. Let's face it, I would rather be quarantining in CA than in KS. I have enjoyed Mallery's works in the past and was eager to try a new series not in the romance genre. Hence, I picked up The Girls of Mischief Bay, a contemporary women's fiction title.


Overall, I really enjoyed this look at female friendship with woman at different ages/stages of life, yet can give each other perspectives that help. Hands down, my favorite MC was Pam. Her character arc was so well done and I was emotionally invested in her story. And her discovering another girl squad to go traveling with was a such a sweet ending, contrasting with the darker parts of her arc. Shannon's arc was second favorite; my one quibble with Shannon was that she forgave her man for doing throwing her under the bus when his daughter decided to play mind games with her divorced parents. I would have made him grovel A HELLA LOT MORE.  My least favorite was Nicole; she came across too much like a doormat. Her divorce should have been a release and she was still too much sulking at the end of the book for my liking. Her ex was an useless asshole - good riddance to bad rubbish. I did like that Nicole was a pilates/yoga instructor and owner of her studio, rather than something cutesy like a baker or party planner. 


I am going to continue with the series after my summer project is over.



2.5 Stars
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang

Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker

Author: Jen Wang

Published Date: February 13, 2018

Publisher: First Second

Format: Print

Page Count: 277 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: June 16, 2020




What I liked: Frances. She was awesome and accepting of others and opportunities to come her way. She also stands up for herself again and again. For the most part I really enjoyed the storyline; however, I thought this book felt more in line with end of the century France rather than the 1830s - the ideas employed in the storyline didn't read to me as early to mid 1800s but the more bawdier late 1800s Paris. I loved the fashion France comes up with for Lady Crystallia - the lines, the details were just beautiful. I really like how the Prince Seb is just - yeah, this is just a part of my self expression/partly to escape the duties of his position. There was no real label to what he was doing or who he was. 


What I didn't liked: the art was a bit too middle-grade for an older YA audience; also some of the art is very gendered - lots of pink. Prince Seb was so determined to keep his secret guarded that he would throw Frances under a bus, after pages and chapters of his budding friendship with the one person who accepted him from the moment the two met. Also, Prince Seb is the son of King Leo - that would be King Leopold, who was a brutal colonizer of parts of Africa (Congo I know for sure). King Leo seems at the end of the book to accept his son's gender fluidity and became a sort-of hero for gender expression. That is some historical revisionism there author. Because of his dad's acceptance, Prince Seb seems more comfortable taking on royal duties in support of his dad's reign at the end of the book. Ew.


Meh. I am glad I read this so I can see gender expression separate from sexuality. But the story could've used some work so that it wasn't harmful to other marginalized people.

3.5 Stars
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal
1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire - Rebecca Rideal

Title: 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

Author: Rebecca Rideal

Published Date: April 26, 2017

Publisher: John Murray Publishers

Format: Trade Paperback

Page Count: 304 pages

Source: Own copy

Date Read: May 20-25, 2020




So the war takes up the majority of the book, but being a naval war in the 1600s means there was war "seasons" and war "breaks". However, my favorite part was the plague. Wow, humans don't change or evolve their thinking when it comes to public health. We still do the dumbest shit when the shit hits the fan. And then there is the dumb ass politicians. And then there are the doctors and scientists and public health technicians trying to do their best to combat the twin diseases of the black plague and people's stupidity. I had feelings since we were still in quarantine when I finished this book...I may still harbor some of those strong feelings.


However, the Great London fire section was where I learned the most history. I thought it happened one night, not four plus days and changed the Embankment area forever. As for the naval battle - the political maneuvering and planning was interesting, but there were pages of detailed naval battle with lots of naval jargon and it was a bit of a slog to get through. 


I found the book overall very readable for both history buffs and non-history peeps and quite enjoyable. 


#FridayReads - June 26, 2020
A Search for Refuge - Kristi Ann Hunter Proper English - K.J. Charles Beneath a Ruthless Sun - Gilbert King Wonder Woman: Warbringer the Graphic Novel - Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, George Seaton Wytches Volume 1 - Scott Snyder, Jock

I want to tell you there is a new book site called The Story Graph; right now it is in beta form. I signed up and imported my GR books to TSG. I haven't done much else except to finish filling out my profile (same handle I have here and same profile pic). Thanks to author Beverly Jenkins for letting all of Twitter know about the site.


This week I spent most of the time I could have been reading writing all these book reviews. I should be all caught up now; sorry for the tsnuami of reviews. Now that I am planning to write reviews on the regular, I should have more time to read. I am still reading A Search for Refuge for BL-opoly. I need to get to Proper English and work my way through Beneath the Ruthless Sun. Today is all about getting the two graphic novels, Wytches and Warbringer done. Time to buckle down and read all weekend long. 


Stay safe, stay healthy my BL friends. Kansas growing in COVID-19 cases and our school district sent out a parental survey yesterday, asking for feedback/input about how to go about doing school for the upcoming school year. I want my kids in school for their mental and emotional health, but I just want to keep them home for their physical health. My anxiety is high right now.

Short and Sweet Summertime Reading Master Tracker - First Month Update
Because He's Perfect: Anthology for the Movember Foundation - Danielle Dickson, Anna Blakely, Ally Vance, Alice La Roux, Renee Harless, Sienna Grant, Claire Marta, Lexi C. Foss, Tracie Delaney, Dani René, K. L. Humphreys, Elle Boon, Carrie Ann Ryan, Victoria  James, Samantha Lewis, Lexxie Couper, Anne Joseph, Victoria-Maria MacDonal Once Upon a Wedding: A Fiction From the Heart Second Chances Anthology - Priscilla Oliveras, Jamie Beck, Falguni Kothari, Sonali Dev, Sally Kilpatrick, Tracy Brogan, K.M. Jackson, Hope Ramsay, Barbara Samuel, Donna Kauffman No Dukes Allowed - Grace Burrowes, Anna Harrington, Kelly Bowen This Wedding is Doomed! - Stephanie Draven, Jeannie Lin, Shawntelle Madison, Amanda Berry Hearts Entwined (Ladies of Harper’s Station #2.5) - Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears Love By the Letters: A Regency Novella Trio - Kelly Bowen, Vanessa Riley, Grace Burrowes The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations  - Karen Witemeyer, Becky Wade, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Kristi Ann Hunter Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection - Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Jen Turano, Regina Jennings

Update #1 (June 25, 2020)

9 novellas read (about 25% of total novellas)

1 anthology finished

1 anthology DNF; read 2 out of 11 stories (18%)


I feel like I should be further ahead than I am. I am going to read more from my NOOK. No need for random number generator since the BL-opoly game is doing the job. 


Original Post

I decided that my summer reading project was to read anthologies and novellas/shorter works (150 pages or less) off my NOOK and Kindle. Short and sweet is the theme for this year, as I wanted space to read longer works at my leisure without feeling unproductive. Also, I want to have short works ready to read so I can structure my days around reading and other hobbies, errands, and such and not the news or social media (BL exception, of course) - I really need to get off my phone more, that screen time tracker is not good for my health.


Dates for this reading project: May 25th (Memorial Day) to Labor Day (Sep 7th) - 106 days. I am aiming for one story from an anthology or novella per day, with the goal of averaging about 100 pages per day. I put a few winter holiday ones on the list for a Christmas-in-July reading week. To kick off the project, I will be starting the longest anthology and use Random Number Generator to pick a novella. After that I will use RNG or go by mood - probably the second method most of the time.



1. No Dukes Allowed by Various Authors 0/3 stories read

2. This Wedding is Doomed! by Various Authors 0/4 stories read

3. Hearts Entwined by Various Authors 0/4 stories read

4. Once Upon a Wedding by Various Authors 2/11 stories read; DNF the rest.

5. Because He's Perfect by Various Authors 20/20 stories read - FINISHED!

6. Love by the Letters by Various Authors 0/3 stories read - Currently reading

7. The Christmas Heirlooms by Various Authors 0/4 stories read

8. Serving Up Love by Various Authors 0/4 stories read




1. Changing Leaves by Edie Bryant

2. The Cost of Hope (The Cost of Love #1) by G.S. Carr

3. Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove #1.5) by Tessa Dare

4. A New Life (West Meets East #1) by Merry Farmer Done!

5. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

6. Hollywood Holiday (Hollywood Headlines #2.5) by Gemma Halliday Done!

7. Out of the Storm (Beacon of Hope #0.5) by Jody Hedlund

8. A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter

9. A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter Done!

10. Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides #0.5) by Melissa Jagears

11. Love on the Prairie (McKinnie Mail Order Brides #1) by Ciara Knight

12. Love in the Rockies (McKinnie Mail Order Brides #2) by Ciara Knight

13. Mrs. Sartin's Secretary (Lords of Chance #2.5) by Wendy LaCapra

14. That Healing Touch (Cutter's Creek #1) by Kit Morgan

15. The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan

16. What Lies Behind Us (World War II Sisters) by Sierra Rose

17. A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series #3.5) by Cat Sebastian

18. Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club #0.5) by Joanna Shupe

19. A Hero's Promise (Culpepper's Ring Novella) by Roseanna M. White

20. Fairchild's Lady (Culpepper's Ring Novella) by Roseanna M. White

21. Mail Order Cowboy (Gold Valley #1.5) by Maisey Yates

22. Hometown Heartbreaker (Copper Ridge #3.5) by Maisey Yates

23. Claim Me, Cowboy (Copper Ridge #4) by Maisey Yates



24. Proper English (England #0) by KJ Charles Done!

25. Dance All Night (Dance Off #2.5) by Alexa Daria Done!

26. Willow: Bride of Pennsylvania by Merry Farmer

27. Engaging the Competition (With This Ring? Novella) by Melissa Jagears

28. Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure (Worth Saga #2.75) by Courtney Milan Done!

29. Dueling the Desperado (Brides of Blessings #4) by Mimi Milan Done!

30. Where Snowy Owl Sleeps (Brides of Blessings #9) by Mimi Milan Done!

31. Birth of the Butterfly (Brides of Blessings #11) by Mimi Milan Done!

32. Miracle on Ladies' Mile by Joanna Shupe

33. After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own #0.5) by Jen Turano

34. The Husband Maneuver (A Worthy Pursuit #0.5) by Karen Witemeyer

35. Worth the Wait (Ladies of Harper's Station Novella) by Karen Witemeyer