A Month in Books: October 2011

Only two months left in my Goodreads 2011 Reading Challege.  I set the goal back in January to read 80 books this year and I’m at 72 books.  Unless my reading mojo takes a complete nosedive, I should meet and maybe exceed my goal!

(Links take you to full reviews on Goodreads.com.)

Good-bye, Chunky Rice, Craig Thompson
4 stars
A beautiful, short elegy to the things we leave behind when we grow up.  Thompson’s illustrations are so expressive, you don’t even need text.

Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia #4), Deanna Raybourn
3 stars
Light on mystery, but deep on Julia and Brisbane’s relationship. Deeply insightful into marriage and partnership.

Three Nights With a Scoundrel (Stud Club #3), Tessa Dare
4 stars
Finally we get to Julian and Lily’s book! One of the most interesting pairings I’ve ever read. Not too often you get a deaf heroine and a non-gentry hero!

First Comes Marriage (Huxtable Quintet #1), Mary Balogh
2 stars
Love Mary Balogh, but this wasn’t her best. To quote The Bloggess, the hero is a total douchcanoe and the heroine is impossible chipper and annoying.

What Happens in London (Bevelstole #2), Julia Quinn
4 stars
Light, charming, wonderful romance with great dialogue, OMGHOT scenes and lovely secondary characters. Nothing too deep here, but sometimes that’s all you need: comfort food for the soul.

The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia #5), Deanna Raybourn
4 stars
This mystery aims at the heart of Julia’s family and explores some of the deeper secrets men and women keep from each other. Excellent mystery and wonderful relationship building for Julia and Brisbane.

Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1), Loretta Chase
3 stars
Interesting new series from Grande Dame of Regency romance: all three heroines are dressmakers. Dress porn abounds, but the story feels unfinished (series syndrome). It’s also hurt by an annoying plot moppet.

The Serpent’s Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death #2), Ariana Franklin
3 stars
Menacingly atmospheric, what this book does well is compromised by lots of repetition, character confusion, and the noticeable absence of the more beloved secondary characters.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall
4 stars
Inspiring storytelling, though a bit meandering in places. McDougall has me convinced of the Running Man evolutionary theory and I am amped to try barefoot running.

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