Sunday, 18 December 2011

A Quick Bookish Survey

I stole this from this post here over at The Broke and Bookish as I thought it would be a good way to keep everyone up to date with what I've been reading lately, and let them know what book reviews to expect from me soon!

1. The book I'm currently reading is A Log Cabin Christmas Collection by various authors, including Margaret Brownley, Kelly Eileen Jake and Wanda E. Brunstetter. I'm currently reading the sixth novella in this collection and really enjoying it. Barbour released a similar collection this time last year called A Prairie Christmas Collection. So far, I'm thinking that I preferred the first collection as while I'm enjoying these stories, I've not yet read one that I absolutely loved. I have really enjoyed Margaret Brownley and Liz Johnson's stories but Wanda E. Brunstetter and Liz Johnson's weren't quite as compelling. Kelly Eileen Hake's was in the middle!

2. The last book I finished was an audiobook from my local library system, Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky. It's one of her earlier novels and while the plot was as complex as some of her later ones and I really enjoyed observing the characters evolve over the course of the novel (which is very long, about 15 hours in total on audio CD) there was a lot of sex in this book. One or two sex scenes I could overlook but there were at least five or six in total, three of them very close together. Sliiiightly awkward when you're listening to the audiobook while hanging up the washing and your fiancĂ© walks in to ask you a question to hear an awkwardly written sex scene being read about by the narrator from the loudspeaker on your Blackberry. So while this was a generally enjoyable novel, there was too many sex scenes for my liking.

3. The next book I want to read is The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren. This is a contemporary novel about a husband and wife who are considering a divorce when the wife is involved in an accident that causes her to lose her memory, giving the husband a second chance at his marriage. I'm intrigued by this premise so hope to read it next.

4. The last book I bought was Waiting for Summer's Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer because it the ebook cheap on and with the exchange rate as it is, it only cost me about £1.50. Granted, I did have to hack the ebook to make it work on my Kindle but this book has been on my wishlist for quite some time and since I hadn't used up all of my book budget for December I decided to take this chance to grab it! I think the paperback is actually out of print right now so I would have had to have bought an ebook at some point if I did want to read it.

5. The last book I was given was The Christkindl's Gift by Kathleen Morgan which I received along with some other Christmas books in a bag passed on from a friend of mine. I'm looking forward to reading this one as it appears to have some German characters in it and I like the fact that the title has a German word in it. I love German Christmas traditions and honestly think they have the best Christmas food, particularly Stollen and Lebkuchen! 

Apologies for the random gaps in this post, they don't show up when I edit the post so I don't know how to get rid of them!


  1. German Christmas food is some of the best.

  2. LOLing over "Sliiightly awkward..." No kidding! I'm looking forward to your review of "The Shadow of Your Smile". I was looking at that one too. :-)