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

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

 Reading Now

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

 The Week Ahead

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

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

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

Dark Angel and Lord Carew's Bride by Mary Balogh

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

 Rereading Now

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

 The Week Ahead

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price

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.

After re-watching The Jane Austen Book Club last week, I ‘ve decided that one of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to finish the three remaining Jane Austen books that I’ve yet to read. While I was at it, I decided to throw in the book that served as inspiration for my goal as well.

Rediscovered from Home

  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Bought

  • Dark Angel and Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balogh
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

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

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Simply Love by Mary Balogh

Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster

The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros

Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas

Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi

 Reading Now

Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

 The Week Ahead

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price