So far, April’s been my busiest month this year… reading-wise, anyway. I managed to read eight books (you can always find my BTRT list for the year here), and I’m pretty happy with that number. I subscribe to many book blogs, and I’m always amazed by how many books these ladies read in a month’s time! Considering the fact that I squeeze in 20 minutes of reading here and there when I can… and don’t very often allow myself to just sit and read for hours on end… eight books a month sounds like plenty to me!
In April, I devoured the first three books in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series: Moon Called, Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed. What can I say other than… I loved them. Love Mercy and the cast of characters presented in these books. And I know there’s a fourth one out there that I can’t wait to get my hands on soon! I’d also like to try some of Briggs’ other books… anyone have any recommendations??
I also read the second installment in Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guardian series: Kissing Sin. I like this series… and I liked this book a little more than the first; I think maybe I felt a little more comfortable with the series by book two! But it’s heavy stuff, and I’m always exhausted when I finish one of these books. I have the next one in the series sitting here, waiting patiently to be read. I’ll get to it eventually… So many books, so little time!! I love that there are lots of books in this series and that I’m just now discovering them. I can take my time reading them leisurely and not have to wait 6 months or a year for the next one (plus, my library carries most of them… another bonus!).
Call me a lightweight, but I can only handle so many paranormals and/or urban fantasies in a row… too many vampires and werewolves and shifters and other creatures, and I start to get really confused and feel like my head’s going to explode! So, I treated myself to two books about humans next: Monica McCarty’s Highlander Unchained and Lisa Kleypas’ Blue-Eyed Devil. I always love McCarty’s Highlander books, so it’s a given that I enjoyed that one. This was my first time reading Kleypas, however; I’ve read so much about her recently in the book blogging world, and I just had to see what the hype was about. I wasn’t at all disappointed. It was a great story with wonderful, “real” characters… and just the break I needed from things that go bump in the night.
I finally got my hands on a copy of Dawnkeepers by Jessica Andersen, the second in the Final Prophecy series. I read the first one, Nightkeepers, quite some time ago and remember that I couldn’t wait for the second one to be released. But, it took me a while to get around to it… so, I had to go back and re-read Nightkeepers, and I’m so glad I did. I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around, and then I devoured Dawnkeepers. This is yet another awesome series that I can’t get enough of! I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next book to be released in August.
I’d say April was a good month… I really enjoyed everything I read and discovered two new-to-me authors.