Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 First Quarter Reading Report

30 Books to Check Out

A huge thank you to Janssen at Everyday Reading for hosting this quarterly link up!

This has been a slower quarter for me, with only 11 books read in January, February, and March.  I blame it on some February vacationing, a surgery, and a child who suddenly dropped ALL of her naps at the same time.  The vacations and surgery are behind me, but I am still trying to figure out when my reading time is going to happen with a never-sleeping toddler.  We'll see how successful I am at finding that balance at my next quarterly reading report.

These are the books I read this quarter:

  • Defy by Sara B. Larson - Romance fans will find a lot to love in this book.  Too bad I'm not a big romance fan.  Full review coming next week!  
  • Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale - A witty and charming final installment that fans will be pleased with.
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - This Robin Hood retelling has a lot of action and a lot of angst.  I came away feeling more frustrated than exhilarated, however.
  • Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey - I've never read a book like this before, and while some of the scenes were a bit much, I thought the worldbuilding and careful plotting was impressive.
  • Stray by Elissa Sussman - That gorgeous cover made me read the book despite some negative reviews.  I should have listened to the reviews.
  • Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann - Please read this book of poetry.  Whoever you are, please, just read it.  Just, please.
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - I can see why this book has the fan base that it does, but it just didn't sweep me up the way I wanted it to.
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson - A strong and exciting middle novel!  This was one of the longest books I read this quarter, but also one of the best.
  • Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson - A cute, if somewhat forgettable, MG fantasy novel.
  • Gaddafi's Harem by Annick Cojean - This one, however, is neither cute nor forgettable.  Nor is it a fantasy.  This is an important book, and I hope many, many people read it.
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier - A slow and moving adult fantasy novel.  Traditional fantasy fans should love this story.
And now, some graphs:

Goodness, I've read a lot of fantasy lately!  Maybe that's why I've been itching for some contemporary lately.  Now taking suggestions for contemporary novels that are light on the romance, but heavy on the other feels.


  1. You have read a lot of fantasy lately. As for recommendations. Try Sean Griswold's Head or Going Vintage. They have romance but lots more heart.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations! I'll have to check those out.

  2. Oh no, I'm scared to see what you thought of Defy. It's one of my favorites. But, I know a lot of people didn't like it, so I hope you'll be somewhere in between instead of hating it. I love romance. It's my favorite genre, especially when it's fantasy. I don't read a lot of contemporary so I don't have any suggestions. Sorry. Good luck on figuring out your reading time.

    1. I did find a lot to like in Defy, so don't worry, my review isn't scathing or anything. I just expected and wanted more action/adventure than I got. The romance was too over the top for me, but I can see why romance lovers would be drawn to it. Especially romance/fantasy fans such as yourself!

  3. Ohhh you read some good books! How was To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Defy?! I'm so interested in reading them both and theh have been on my TBR for a while now. Should I get to them soon?☺️

    Great list! One can never go wrong with Brandon Sanderson

    1. All hail Mistborn!

      I think that if you like romance then you'll like TATBILB and Defy. They both have strong fan bases, so you should have a lot of people to talk with about them if you choose to read them. I enjoyed both, but didn't love either.


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