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2013 Recap and 2014 Challenges
March 15, 2014, 1:57 am
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Well, my blog fell by the wayside partway through the year when our computer crashed and burned. Honestly, I wasn’t going to try to keep up with it from our Kindle. I despise typing of any kind on that thing. I’m writing this from my husband’s new laptop, he insisted on a touchscreen. After my first try on it, I announced he was nuts and it’s stupid. This is my second try and I’m still on the fence. All I know is that when my new job hopefully comes through I am not getting a touchscreen.

So last year was my first round of challenges from A Novel Challenge. I learned some lessons and had a great time. I’m not going to lie, I stopped counting my books toward the last month. So I’m guessing that I read around 240 books. Lessons I learned, I can get bored, secondly I joined way too many challenges. I failed a lot of my challenges. I did not want to repeat that it bummed me out. So I chose my challenges far more carefully this year.

My 2014 challenges are as follows:

Erotic Reading Challenge Level 6 81-100+

Historical Romance Prior to 1920 Level 1 12 books

Bingo reading Challenge This has a card laid out with the categories of To Be Read, Mix It Up, Series, Genres, and New Releases

Alphabet Soup These are just reading books with titles that start with letters A-Z

Sea Haven Reading Challenge This is a book series by Christine Feehan I signed up for Level 3 10 books. I will post the books later in this post.

Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole Level 4 15 books

Nightwalkers series by Jacquelyn Frank Level 3 13 books

Movie Challenge 3 books to movies Read the book then watch the movie

This a perpetual challenge Read a Million Pages Challenge

Okay the Books in the Sea Haven Challenge are:

1. Magic in the Wind

2. The Twilight Before Christmas

3. Oceans of Fire

4. Dangerous Tides

5. Safe Harbor

6. Turbulent Sea

7. Hidden Currents

8. Water Bound

9. Spirit Boound

10. Air Bound

The Books in the Immortals After Dark series are:

1. The Warlord Wants Forever

2. A Hunger Like No Other

3. No Rest For the Wicked

4. Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night

5. Dark Deeds at the Night’s Edge

6. Dark Desires After Dusk

7. Kiss of a Demon King

8. Deep Kiss of Winter

9. Pleasure of a Dark Prince

10. Demon From the Dark

11. Dreams of a Dark Warrior

12. Lothaire

13. MacRieve

14. Dark Skye

1. Shadows Claim

The Nightwalkers Series are:

1. Jacob

2. Gideon

3. Elijah

4. Damien

5. Noah

6. Adam

1. Ecstasy

2. Rapture

3. Pleasure


2. Forever

3. Forsaken

4. Forged

I started these challenges in January so let’s recap that month’s progress.

For the erotic reading challenge I read:

Hostage to Pleasure Nalini Singh This is part of the Psy Changling series I love this series and all of the books are great.

Christmas Heat Lora Leigh This is a novella part of the Breeds Series. Again I love this series, its steamy!

Dark Destiny Christine Feehan Part of the Carpathian series, her books are original. Granted they may take a bit longer to read, but so worth it.

Cheyenne Amber Catherine Anderson This has been the book of the year so far for me. It was a historical romance, but less on the sex and more on the romance. It was a western with the Cheyenne and a tenderfoot woman who had her baby stolen by Mexicans and she had to rely on a Cheyenne raised rancher to get him back. It was just sublime and I’m not doing it justice.

Branded by Fire Nalini Singh Another Psy Changling book.

Beckman Grace Burrowes This the fourth book in her Lonely Lords series. I love these books, they are beautifully written with well developed characters. They have real problems and issues that leave you loving them even more for their flaws.

Oracles Moon Thea Harrison This part of her Elder series. I love these books and this is my favorite of the series, it was a reread that I had to devour again.

Blaze of Memory Nalini Singh This is another Psy Changling book. I do believe that this is my favorite or at least co favorite of the series.

Burning Up Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brooks I love anthologies it gives me a chance to discover new authors. Like Meljean Brooks new steampunk series. Oh do I love Steampunk.

Dark Secret Christine Feehan I really enjoyed this Carpathian novel. I liked how dominating Rafael was and how Colby pushed back.

Bonds of Justice Nalini Singh This is my favorite Psy Changling book. I loved the characters.

Atlantis Betrayed Alyssa Day This is part of her Lords of Atlantis series. I enjoy how different each Lord is and how the story is unfolding through each book.

So in total I read 12 books in January.

In the Historical Challenge

Cheyenne Amber


The Bingo challenge I’m making great progress on however I will announce when I have a Bingo, though my real goal is to black out my board.

The Alphabet challenge I read books for the letters: A, B, C, D, H, and O

The Million Page Challenge I read 4,129 pages

In February this is what I accomplished.

Erotic Reading Challenge

1. The Warlord Wants Forever Kresley Cole This is the first book In the Immortals After Dark series. I’ve read most of this series, but I missed  this book. It was a great starting point for the world of Lore as two enemies fell in love. It was a good read.

2. Reckless Nights Jayne Ann Krentz This was a new release of two of her older books together. I love her old stuff, the age old war of the sexes.

3. Jacob Jacquelyn Frank This was a new one for me. I had read her novella Kane in an anthology and had been curious about the series and finding a challenge this year was kismet. I really enjoyed the world she created. Jacob is a demon, but not the biblical kind. It was a great read.

4. Hard Mated Jennifer Ashley This is part of her series, I really love this book. Spike is such a wonderfully misunderstood man. I love the heartbreak that brings him together with his mate and cub.

5. A Hunger Like No Other Kresley Cole This was the first book I had originally read in the Immortals After Dark series. I loved the world she had created and the strong unique characters. It made me want to read more.

6. Rule Breaker Lora Leigh I was eagerly awaiting this newest release in the Breeds Series and it didn’t disappoint. Rule was more complex than the other books had let on and it was delicious.

7. Do or Die Suzanne Brockmann I’ve read a lot of her books in the past so I was curious about this new series. It was a bit of a departure and I loved it. The main guy was troubled and misunderstood and I can’t wait for the next book.

8. Magic in the wind Christine Feehan This is the first book in the Sea Haven books. Its short almost like a novella and sets the stage for the series. Its one of my favored books. I love the Sea Haven series, I’ve read all of them.

9. Hot In Here Lori Foster This was an anthology of three of her books. I loved it. I so enjoy her books.

10. Reapers Property Joanna Wylde This was a brand new author for me. And WOW! It was gritty, raw and steamy. It was a great read.

11. No Rest for the Wicked Kresley Cole This is another Immortals After Dark book. One of my favorites actually. I love Sebastian, actually all of the Wroth brothers. I love Kaderian the Cold Hearted. The books are funny and fun.

No Historicals

Alphabet Challenge Letters J, M, N, R and T

Sea Haven

The Magic in the Wind

Immortals After Dark

The Warlord Wants Forever

A Hunger Like No Other

No Rest For the Wicked

Million Page Challenge 3,491 2 month total 7,620

I’m currently reading Dark Deeds on a Winter’s Night, Honey and the Hired Hand, Dark Demon, Vampire in Atlantis and I’m getting ready to start Heart of Iron. I know I’m all over the place. March has been the month of cabin fever and restlessness. 2014 has also been the year of the series. I’m currently immersed in 7 of them! I’ll have my March progress up at the end of the month. Happy Reading!