April’s book count

The reading numbers are still down.  This month was almost entirely ebook, very few paper books.

1.  Virgin Bought and Paid For by Robyn Donald.  HP/category.  Bought this ebook because Donald is an auto-buy; I need to think about changing that status.  A month after reading it,  I cannot remember the plot.  My notes at LibraryThing say this was an average Presents, for whatever that is worth.  C

2.  Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols.  YA.   Felt very ambivalent about heroine — sympathetic about her history and its effects on her behavior, not thrilled with her know it all, I’ll do what’s best for you attitude toward Johnafter. Of course, he does a bit of the same for her and the others. Eh. Did not believe the sudden reversal at the end with Johnafter leaving or with the family reconciliation.  B-/C+

3.  Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan.  Non-fiction.  Good reference. Voice/style good for blog, became grating over larger period. Not a huge fan of breaking down the fourth wall. Seemed like very little attention paid to contemporary, all about the historical and paranormal.   Written about here.  B

4.  Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James.  Contemporary.  Also mentioned here.  C

5.  True North by Bethany Brown.  Ebook, m/m.  Never really addressed their big issue, being out in a small town. Epilogue felt odd — in a weird place, not really read for HEA b/c of death of mother, etc.  C

6.  First You Fall by Scott Sherman.  Mystery, gay fiction.  Looked this book up based on a thread at the review of Jessie’s Girl over at DA; it was on the Lamba Literary Awards short list for this year.  Interested in seeing where the series goes; it is clearly gay fiction and not m/m.  B

7.  Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane.  M/m romance/mystery, Edwardian set. 
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8.  Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane.  M/m romance/mystery, Edwardian set.   The protagonists, Jonty and Orlando, are fellows of a particular college of Cambridge; each of the books is a mystery, but the larger story is the two of them falling in love and then figuring out how to have a relationship.  Jonty is the more social, more experienced of the pair.  Orlando is, in some ways, the Edwardian version of Dr. Sheldon Cooper — a brilliant mathematician, but somewhat lacking in social skills. (Their initial meeting even echoes an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Sheldon’t habitual seat on the couch is a bone of contention; Jonty and Orlando meet when Jonty sits in Orlando’s habitual chair in the Senior Common Room.)  I read the first book and really enjoyed it; the excerpt of Book 2 caught my attention, and I had to go buy a copy.  And now I’m impatiently awaiting the release of the third book (coming tomorrow, May 5th).   A- for both.

9.  Hard Fall by James Buchanan.  M/m romance with a bit of mystery.   A pretty good book, but the voice of the narrator really distracted me.  B-.  

10.  Cheating Chance by James Buchanan.  M/m mystery with some romance.  I liked the last book enough, despite the narrator, to look up Buchanan’s backlist, and was pretty pleased with this book. B+

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  1. Re: Beyond Heaving Bosoms
    I can’t imagine having to read an entire book written by the Smart Bitches. Nothing against them, but I can barely stand to read their blog — it’s not the content either. Just…nails screeching on chalkboard is a whole lot worse than the deadly droning on of my econ textbooks.

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