It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

Boys of Summer Anthology edited by Steve Berman

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Reading Now

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Week Ahead

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found by Sophie Blackall

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Historical Romance Books

1. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

The first of many Beauty and the Beast adaptations on my list, James’s take on the classic tale features a cranky protagonist modeled after the television character House.

2. The Proposition by Judith Ivory

Men are rarely the subjects of makeover tales, which makes Ivory’s reverse-Pygmalion adaptation all the more compelling.

3. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Another take on Beauty and the Beast, Chase’s novel features some of the most electrifying dialogue between protagonists that I’ve come across in the genre.

4. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

Love-hate relationships are one of my favorite romance tropes, and Kleypas writes the progression of emotions at a perfect tempo. This is the fourth in the Hathaways series, all of which is recommended.

5. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Another favorite trope is the ugly duckling scenario, which Quinn writes to perfection. This is the fourth in the ever-humorous Bridgertons series.

6. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Another book with an imperfect heroine, MacLean’s story also features one of my favorite rake characters. This is the first in the Love by Numbers series.

7. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

Providing deceptive depth for its slim page count, you’ll want to read Balogh’s story again from the start after finishing. For fear of giving the secret away, I’ll let you discover the reason on your own.

8. Ravished by Amanda Quick

Another favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling, Quick’s novel features two imperfect leads with great chemistry.

9. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley

I’m always intrigued by imperfect male protagonists, yet Ashley is one of the few authors I’ve read who has delivered that imperfection in a mental rather than physical form. It makes for a powerful and impressive read.

10. Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros

I had to give you one last Beauty and the Beast retelling, and this one has a twist that sets it apart from its peers.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Hiren's Magical Adventure by Kathleen Patel

World on Fire by Hayley B. James

Doubletake by Rob Thurman

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Reading Now

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Week Ahead

The Burmudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Jane by April Lindner

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Doubletake by Rob Thurman
  • Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop
  • Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
  • Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • Jane by April Lindner
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

For Review

  • Hiren’s Magical Adventure by Kathleen Patel (from Author/Blogger Network)
  • The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Gifted

  • What Happens In London by Julia Quinn
  • Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a meme created at Book Journey to catalogue everything read in the past week, what you’re working on now, and what you hope to get to in the coming week.

The Past Week

The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop

Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop

This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

 Reading Now

Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews

 The Week Ahead

Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
  • Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
  • Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
  • Because You’re Mine by Lisa Kleypas
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
  • Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
  • Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn Kurland
  • This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland
  • The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop
  • A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  • The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan