Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Update

hohohorat2016buttonThis week I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-H0 Readathon (from Nov 9 – 15). It’s hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and is so much fun.

the-magic-of-christmasI finished my first book!

The Magic of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

I enjoyed The Magic of Christmas. It’s a Harlequin Medical Romance which is the Harlequin line I like the most. Sarah Morgan is also one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.

I like the medical aspects of the book (in a London Emergency Department). I also really like the Christmas aspects of the book and the two young girls in the book–Dr. Christian Blake’s daughters. He’s a handsome doctor in the ED and Lara King is a smart, pretty ED nurse. You can all guess what happens next! Sarah Morgan’s characters are always vivid.

Romances aren’t something I read too often anymore, but I enjoyed the Christmas setting, the medical aspects, and the characters. I would give this a B- rating.

What I’m reading now!envious-casca

Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway series by Georgette Heyer (audiobook)

Envious Casca is one of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries. She mostly wrote Historical Regency Romances, but she did write a few mysteries. This book includes a recurring Scotland Yard detective–Inspector Hemingway. Ms. Heyer wrote four books with this character.

The book includes a house party at Christmas and a locked room murder–classic mystery staples! I’m not very far into the story and I’m enjoying it so far!

eggnog-murderEggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

Three short stories:

  • “Eggnog Murder” by Leslie Meier
  • “Death by Eggnog” by Lee Hollis
  • “Nogged Off” by Barbara Ross

I’m reading “Eggnog Murder.” This is part of the Lucy Stone series. I’ve read a couple other books in this series: Mistletoe Murder and Trick or Treat Murder and like Lucy and the Maine setting.

I’m enjoying the story. I like that the series has moved forward: Lucy’s children are older and her oldest is living in Paris now! I like that the book shows the problems every family has and those often are exacerbated during Christmas! The mystery is good so far, too!




Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Goals

HoHoHo Readathon Goals

I enjoy participating in the Ho-Ho-H0 Readathon every year. It’s hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and is so much fun.

Besides reading or listening to books there are challenges to participate in as well as a twitter party (on Nov 15). And we can twitter our progress at #HoHoHoRAT.

Goals for Readathon

  • Read three Christmas/winter themed books
  • I hope I can take part in at least one challenge.
  • I want to tweet my progress during the week and participate in the twitter party.
  • I shared a favorite Christmas cookie recipe last year and hope to do the same this year.


I had this goal post written before my husband got sick. Because I’m going to focus on him especially the next couple of weeks my main participation is going to be reading. If I get anything else done that will be great, but I just have to see how it goes.

Books I’ll choose from

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early

Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek

The Magic of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway series by Georgette Heyer

I also have a number of holiday romance short story anthologies so I may pick a story here and there from them.

If you haven’t signed up for this readathon check it out on Kimba’s website. It’s fun!









Sunday Post: Nov 8

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week–home and blog

November already?
My hibiscus–an indoor plant again

It’s November, but it sure didn’t feel like it most of this week. Our warmest day was Friday and it was almost 80 degrees. Saturday it started out warm, but then the temps dropped to mid-fifties with rain. I’m glad of that. Ready for cooler weather for next week.

It’s been a warm fall here with frost only one night so far this fall. Roses are still blooming outside! I brought my hibiscus inside a couple weeks ago and it has bloomed several times. And my Christmas cactus is blooming already, too–a little early!

Fall cleaning

My husband and I are doing fall cleaning–sorting through things and getting rid of  what we no longer use or need. This week it was sorting through clothes. Always good to lighten the load.

What we’re watching

Elementary is back and we really enjoyed that this week. Also thought Big Bang Theory was very good this week. It was funny and bittersweet–poor Sheldon.


I completed quite a few posts this week. That was fun! Lots of stuff scheduled next week, too, since Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon begins and Sci-Fi Month continues.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Not a Creature Was Stirring by Jane Haddam

What I read last week

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library


Santa 365” by Spencer Quinn (short story)

Library books

Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler


The Providence of Fire by Brian Stavely

City by Clifford D. Simak

Snared by Ed James


The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler


Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery runs from Thursday 12 Nov until Tuesday 17 Nov. I’m looking forward to reading holiday books and having some holiday fun!

“Our Hopes and Dreams for TV’s Next Trek” from B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

  • CBS TV has announced a new Trek series coming in January 2017. So far there isn’t much information about the series, but the B&N blog post talks about various options for the series.

Next Week–home & blog

Another busy week. We’re continuing to clean out stuff. Lots to do before we leave for Thanksgiving.

Also a busy month with the blog. I’m really enjoying Sci-Fi Month. The book some of us are reading for the Read Along–The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet–is so much fun to read. It’s hard to stop at the end of the week’s reading! And I’m looking forward to the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon and some Christmas reading.

Blog posts

  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • My Sci-fi TBR list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon starts
  • The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Read Along–wk 2
  • Christmas cookie recipe
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

October 2013 Books On My Radar…

Only a few books on my radar this month…and I won’t buy most of these this month.

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October 1

This is another series I’d like to catch up with! I’m far behind…I’m not even sure which I read last. 😦

Ttempt-the-starsempt the Stars

by Karen Chance

Series: Cassie Palmer series #6

Published by Signet Select

Genre: Urban Fantasy

432 pages

Synopsis: Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.

Yeah, that part sucks.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?

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I read the first book in this series and liked it pretty well, but I’m not sure I’ll read this book. It doesn’t sound as interesting to me.

Spy’s Honor

by Amy Raby

Series: Hearts and Thrones #2

Published by Signet

Genre: Fantasy Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Rhianne, mind mage and Imperial Princess of Kjall, cannot openly challenge the emperor. Instead, she acts in secret to aid the victims of his worst excesses. But now the emperor plans to wed her to the cruel Augustan, the man leading Kjall’s attack against the nation of Mosar. Soon she will be torn from her supporters and shipped overseas, where she can help no one.

Mosari crown prince Janto is desperate to save his country from invasion. When one of his most trusted spies disappears while gathering intelligence at the Kjallan palace, Janto takes his place and continues searching for information that could save his people. But falling for the Imperial Princess was not part of his plan. Nor was having his true identity revealed…

Now Rhianne must make a choice—follow the path of tradition or the one of the heart, even if it means betraying her own people.

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October 15

I bought the first book in the series a couple weeks ago. I hope to read it soon and if I like it will want to buy this second book!

across-a-star-swept-seaAcross a Star Swept Sea

By Diana Peterfreund

Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars series, book 2

Published by Balzer & Bray

Genre: YA Science Fiction Distopia

464 pages

Synopsis: Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

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October 29

The second in a new series (the first book was published in September). I haven’t read the first book yet, but have bought it so I want to read it and not forget about this book.

A Studya-study-in-darkness in Darkness

by Emma Jane Holloway

Series: The Baskerville Affairs series, book

Published by Del Rey

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan’s doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey’s already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can’t keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey’s got to figure out who’s behind the hunt…and she’s got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.

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I like Sarah Morgan’s writing so I’m looking forward to this book and hope to read it in the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon!

Sleigh Bells isleigh-bells-in-the-snown the Snow

by Sarah Morgan

Series: ?

Published by Harlequin HQN

Genre: Contemporary Romance

384 pages

Synopsis: Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

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I only plan to buy Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan this month. Before I buy any of the other books I need to read earlier books in the series!

What books are you looking forward to this month? What books have I missed?