Monday, June 1, 2009

Books Read for May 2009 and Too Many Books!

Here are the books I read for May:

1. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr- A- (top 20)
2. Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland- B+ (top 20)
3. Renegade by Sarah Parr- B+ (top 20)
4. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr- B+
5. Bound by Honor by Colette Gale- B
6. Lover Avenged by JR Ward- B
7. Happy Endings by LB Gregg- B
8. In The Flesh by Livia Dare- B
9. Wings by Aprilynn Pike- B
10. A Gypsy’s Vow by Bonnie Lee- B
11. The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes- B-
12. Gotcha by Christie Craig- B-
13. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow- B-
14. A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore- B-
15. A Talent for Sin by Lavinia Trent- C+
16. Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald- C
17. Endangered by Kathleen Dante- C
18. Sentinels: Jaguar Night by Doranna Durgin- D
19. Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry- DNF or F
20. You’re So Vein by Christine Warren- DNF
21. Seducing the Viscount by Deborah Raleigh- DNF

A = 1
B+ = 3
B thru B- = 10
C+ thru C- = 3
D and lower = 4

This month was a pretty average month for books read. Now as for the TBR bookshelf, it has grown so much due to the amount of books I brought back from BEA...

Mho is happy as a clam with all he BEA books I came home with. There are around 30 books sitting here:

Lately Mho feels I am not reading enough classical literature and when we went to a used book sale earlier this month he made me pick up two well known Ayn Rand titles. Keep in mind that Atlas Shrugged clocks in at almost 1200 pages and The Fountainhead over 700 pages. Next he will want me to read Leo Tolystoy's War and Peace, which is 1300 pages.

A few of my friends have been urging me to read Ayn Rand. To those who were brave enough to read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead, which one would you recommend I read first?
How many books did you read this month?


SarahT said...

I read 12 books in May, which is pretty average for me at the moment.

My faves were:
'Anything for You' by Sarah Mayberry (A)
'The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie' by Jennifer Ashley (A-)
'I Shall Not Want' by Julia Spencer-Fleming (B+)

Shannon said...

I only read 6 this month because I've been working 60hr work weeks this month but that over now & I plan on making up for it this month. I've only read The Fountainhead, but that was years ago, but it was a easy read for me. As for War & Pease I've read it twice now & both time I was so bored I could not tell you a thing about it to this day.

RachaelfromNJ said...

OOOOOOOOOOO thank you for posting pics of the books you got from BEA!! I love when you post bookshelf pictures. :) :) I am drooling over all those ARC's! Man...

I think I read either 9 or 10 books for May. I dont know how you read 21 books! OMG! I wish I could read that many.

Meghan said...

I finished 27 books in May, the same as I did in April, so I'm quite pleased with that. =) As far as Ayn Rand goes, I recommend starting with The Fountainhead. In my opinion, it's better as a novel; Atlas Shrugged felt more like a slog to me. They're both somewhat dripping with Rand's ideology, but I found it easy enough to get past that. =)

Mandi said...

I've read 15 or so. Favs were Wicked Lovely and Blue Diablo. Awesome stash from BEA!!

C2 said...

Mho's becoming an intellectual and wants to drag you along? o.0 Silly sheep!

I've heard good things about Atlas Shrugged but I haven't read either one. Too deep for my shallow self, don't you know. ;-)

heidenkind said...

I haven't read Ayn Rand. I think Mho is trying to torture you. Haha. Her books are basically all about this libertarian philosophy that the government feeds on the creativity of people like a parasite.

lisabea said...



BigGirl's BFF just bought it for her and I was so pleased. I may have waxed on a bit about reading it back when TV had fewer channels.

Anna said...

ooh you got a good haul at BEA!

I read 29 books last month. My favorites were Lover Avenged, Eve of Darkness and The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever.

orannia said...

That is a good list for May IMO :) I will have to delve away and find your review of Ink Exchange (I seem to have missed it...or have I just forgotten that I've read it?) It is my favourite of her two books to date...although Fragile Eternity is on my list!

I read six books, which is better than last month's four...s'all I'm saying :) As for classical literature. I read next to none, but at the moment I can't face it. Maybe I could start slowly...try one book per year :)

BTW, fantastic haul at BEA!

DianaRowland said...

Squeee!!!! Mark of the Demon made your top 20? Thank you so much! You just made my day!

And congrats on the great haul at BEA!!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I really want to read Fountainhead. I heard Atlas Shrugged is some heavy and deep reading. Ugh.

Diana: I am going to have a top 50 this year. Yours is one of many that has made this year and excellent reading one .

Aymless said...


I have Atlas Shrugged... somewhere... I really did mean to read it! *sigh*

Anthea Lawson said...

Hey Katie~

I'm curious what happened to PASSIONATE... Did Mho eat it because of the tempting pink cover?

I read only a handful of books this month. Standouts included The Madness of Lord Ian and Blue-eyed Devil. I am finally reading Silent in the Grave-- loving it so far!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Anthea: I am almost done with Passionate. I should have my "review" up by next week. Mho is a sneaky fellow who hides my books.

If only I have more hours in the day, then my list of books read would be double.

Tabitha said...

I read 22 books this month. Most enjoyable were Taking Chase by Lauren Dane and The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley. Least enjoyable was Under Fire by Jo Davis -- in fact, I was really disappointed with the book considering how much I looked forward to it!

LorelieLong said...

I read 18 books in May, DNFed 1.

As for the Rand, I'd toss it back from whence it came. Ugh.

Anthea Lawson said...

Awesome! Thanks Katie. And yes, more hours in the day -- we needz it.

Kwana said...

What a list! I read like next to nothing this month. 1, 2. I'm a sad case.