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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

POPSUGAR 2016 READING CHALLENGE--October update

Still working on it but I'm running out of time!

 

30/41

 

1.  A book based on a fairy tale

2.  A National Book Award winner

3.  A YA bestseller:  THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME by Jenn P. Nguyen

4.  A book you haven't read since high school

5.  A book set in your home state:  TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW by Joyce Tremel

6.  A book translated to English:  THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George

7.  A romance set in the future:  SURVIVOR IN DEATH by J D Robb

8.  A book set in Europe:  LONGBOURNE by Jo Baker

9.  A book that's under 150 pages:  WRONG MOVE by Emma Fawkes

10.  A New York Times bestseller:  H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald

11.  A book that's becoming a movie this year:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

12.  A book recommended by someone you just met:  HER COWBOY DOM by Bliss Brant

13.  A self-improvement book

14.  A book you can finish in a day:  BAKED:  RED VELVET RAPTURE by Collen Charles

15.  A book written by a celebrity

16.  A political memoir

17.  A book at least 100 years older than you:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

18.  A book that's more than 600 pages:  SECRETS OF THE DEEP by E. G. Foley

19.  A book from Oprah's Book Club

20.  A science-fiction novel:  THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

21.  A book recommended by a family member:  WARRIORS:  INTO THE WILD by Erin Hunter

22.  A graphic novel:  NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson

23.  A book that is published in 2016:  BAIT, BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE by Colleen Charles

24.  A book with a protagonist who has your occupation:  THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald

25.  A book that takes place in the summer:  THE LION by Cerise DeLand

26.  A book and its prequel:  MYSTIC ISLE by Patricia Rice (prequel)

27.  A murder mystery:  ONE O'CLOCK HUSTLE by Joanne Pence

28.  A book written by a comedian

29.  A dystopian novel:  THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER by Heather Knight

30.  A book with a blue cover:  DIVIDED IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

31.  A book of poetry

32.  The first book you see in a bookstore

33.  A classic from the 20th Century:  BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS by Kurt Vonnegut

34.  A book from the library:  BETTYVILLE by George Hodgman

35.  A book about a road trip:  TURN LEFT AT THE TROJAN HORSE by Brad Hezog

36.  A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with:  THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE by Ta-Nehisi Coates

37.  A satirical book:  THE MAD ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN KLUTZ by Don Martin

38.  A book that takes place on an island:  PIRATE HUNTERS:  TREASURE, OBSESSION, AND THE SEARCH FOR A LEGANDARY PIRATE SHIP by Robert Kurson

39.  A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy:  ROCK HER by Inglath Cooper

40.  An autobiography:  REDNECK IN THE PROMISED LAND by Ben Jones

BOOK RIOT'S READ HARDER CHALLENGE 2016--October update

Still working on it

 

20/24

 

  1. Read a horror book:  THE TAMING by A. M. Rycrot
  2. Read a non-fiction book about science:  H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald
  3. Read a collection of essays:  JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS LOVER by Lauren Leto
  4. Read a book out loud to someone else
  5. Read a middle grade novel:  SPY SCHOOL by Stuart Gibbs
  6. Read a biography (not a memoir or an autobiography):  FINDING THE DRAGON LADY by Monique Brinson Demery
  7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel:  THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER by Heather Knight
  8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born:  FOUR TO GO by Rex Stout
  9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award
  10. Read a book over 500 pages long:  ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
  11. Read a book under 100 pages:  WRONG MOVE by Emma Fawkes
  12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
  13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East:  JASMINE AND STARS:  READING MORE THAN LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Fatewah Keshavarz
  14. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: ROOTS AND WINGS by Many Ly
  15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
  16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color:  EVGENI:  MY RUSSIAN SAVIOR by J. A. Fielding
  17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years:  NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson
  18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.  Debate which is better:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  19. Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes:  WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Achide
  20. Read a book about religion (fiction or non-fiction):  A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne
  21. Read a book about politics in your country or another (fiction or non-fiction)
  22. Read a food memoir:  MEDIUM RAW by Anthony Bourdain
  23. Read a play:  CLIT NOTES by Holly Hughes
  24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness:  THE GAZILLIONAIRE AND THE VIRGIN by Lisabet Sarai

LADY SMUT'S 2016 READ HOTTER CHALLENGE--October update

Nothing's changed.  I have 2 more books to read.

 

8/10

 

  1. A romance set overseas:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE:  HIDDEN LUSTS by Mitzi Szereto
  2. A love story penned by a dude:  FIVE MINUTES LATE by Rich Amooi
  3. A story with a hero with magical powers--and fingers
  4. A romance with a new-to-you kink:  BRIDGET BOUND FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH by J. R. Luxor (female domme with female slaves)
  5. A book with main characters of a different race or culture than you:  EVGENI:  MY RUSSIAN SAVIOR by J. A. Albright (Russian man, African-American woman)
  6. A short, hot novella you read in one sitting
  7. That book about a guy you couldn't bring home to your parents:  JAX:  A COCKY CAGE FIGHTER NOVEL by Lane Hart (cage fighter accused of rape)
  8. A love story set between 1900-1970:  STEPBROTHER'S RULES by Renee Rose (1957)
  9. That hot story your friend loves
  10. A story with danger both in and out of the bedroom:  THINK OF ENGLAND by K J Charles

BOOKS ON THE NIGHT STAND BOOK BINGO--October update

Still working on it

 

19/25

 

1.  That scares you:  THE TAMING by A. M. Rycrot

2.  Last book of an author before he/she died or retired

3.  By a Canadian author

4.  Written under a pseudonym:  THE LION by Cerise DeLand

5.  Reread something:  DIVIDED IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

6.  Set on a ship:  MYSTIC ISLE by Patricia Rice

7.  Graphic novel:  NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson

8.  That you've pretended to have read:  THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J. D. Salinger

9.  Set in South America

10.  By an author born the same year as you:  PRISCILLA by Nicolas Shakespeare

11.  Romance or love story:  WRONG MOVE by Emma Fawkes

12.  With an ugly cover

13.  FREE SQUARE:  DONE

14.  With food as a theme:  BAKED:  RED VELVET RAPTURE by Colleen Charles

15.  Published the year you were born:  FOUR TO GO by Rex Stout

16.  Gifted to you:  MEDIUM RAW by Anthony Bourdain

17.  Set in Europe:  ROCK HER by Inglath Cooper

18.  Popular Psychology

19.  With an animal on the cover:  BLESS HER DEAR LITLE HEART by Miranda James

20.  At least 800 pages

21:  On a topic currently in the news:  BROKEN by Foxy Tale

22.  Reread a favorite book:  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

23.  By or about a member of LGBTQ community:  BETTYVILLE by George Hodgson

24.  With a one-word title:  JAX by Lane Hart

25.  Recommended by a family member:  WARRIORS:  INTO THE WILD by Erin Hunter

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists Paperback - February 3, 2015 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  I found this book interesting but way too short. While I liked her idea of teaching our children on respecting and valuing women, I would like to have had examples on how to do it. I would have liked to see success stories of women being valued and respected. This is a very timely book. Unfortunately we have not come as far as we think and hope.

THE RIGHT KIND OF GUY by Kerri-Leigh Grady

The Right Kind of Guy - Kerri-Leigh Grady
  Kelsey goes to a romance book conference. She's an author who does not believe in the kind of love she writes. She meets superfan Jas who is tailed by her brother, Aaron, who is trying to keep her out of trouble and in a job. As Kelsey and Aaron follow Jas around Las Vegas to keep her from making a big "life ruining" mistake, they both start to rethink their ideas of love.

I liked Jas. I am so glad she was in the book. She was bigger than life and kept me from throwing this book against the wall. Kelsey and Aaron are clichéd. If you can write it, you can't be as jaded as Kelsey thought she was. You have to believe a little. I had a hard time with Aaron being so under his father's thumb. He needed to take a lesson from Jas on how to live.

The story was okay but the end leaves so many possibilities open and I wanted to see how they changed their lives instead of getting a epilogue and having to use my imagination.

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE by Bel Kaufman

Up the Down Staircase - Bel Kaufman
  Classic story of a first year teacher in the NYC school district in the 1960's. It tells of her ups and downs, successes and failures. It is relatable even if you are not a teacher. The absurdity of the bureaucracy is very believable. It is a wonder the students learn anything with all the rules and regulations and disregard this memos that fly between teachers and administration. Sylvia Barrett made a difference to her students. I would like to know what happened to her, Joe Ferone, and Alice. The others seem to have made it out alive.

TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island: 1400 Headwords (Oxford Bookworms Library) - Robert Louis Stevenson, John Escott
  Action adventure story of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver. I enjoyed this classic. I'm not sure that it is for children but I had a good time reading it. It was fun reading the phrases that come to mind when thinking of pirates of days gone by (Shiver my timbers, Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum.) It's also nice to know that the classic Mr. Magoo Illustrated Classics cartoon followed the book very well. This is a fun read.

SEDUCING MY LESBIAN PROFESSOR by Ava Sterling

Seducing My Lesbian Professor - Ava Sterling
  Erin has been Cassia’s professor so she could not act upon her feelings. When the last day of the semester arrives and Cassia fails to come to her office one final time, Erin finishes the work she needs to do for the end of semester. Almost done, she hears a knocking at her office door. When she unlocks the door, she finds Cassia there ready to show Erin how much Erin means to her.

I liked these women. I liked that Cassia knew the rules and, instead of placing Erin’s job in jeopardy, she waited to act on her desires. When they finally give in, the sex is hot with a touch of the forbidden added to make it so much hotter.

I’d enjoy seeing where Cassia and Erin could go with this relationship. I also like to see how outside influences would change it.

HOLIDAY POLITICS by V. Vaugn

Holiday Politics: A Maple Backstory (The Sweet Maple Series) - V Vaugn
  Maple and Grant have been a couple for a while. Maple thinks over the night they met at a political fundraiser.

I enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek story. It is very timely. I like seeing Maple and Grant again. They are an interesting and powerful couple. Learning their back story was fun. I chuckled at it. The humor is extremely current and, depending on your point of view, very accurate. I loved it!

I look forward to more of Maple and Grant.

CAROLINE GOES CANOEING by Brian Clifford

Caroline Goes Canoeing (Caroline's Adventures) - brian clifford

Caroline and her family go canoeing and have fun on the water during their trip. Through the story and illustrations children are taught about animals, counting, and water safety. There's no preaching here. A simple story that shows how a family has fun together.

SPRING TRAINING by Roz Lee

Spring Training - Mustangs Baseball #5 - Roz Lee
  Brooke and Todd are in a 24/7 Master/slave relationship but are having problems. Todd has made arrangements to get them both training they need to help their relationship.

I liked how both Brooke and Todd wanted to work to improve their relationship. I liked that Todd learns what Brooke feels as a sub during his training. I also like that Brooke was not a doormat. She may not have gone about it in an acceptable manner within their relationship but she was not going to give up. I enjoyed watching them grow both as people and a couple.

I only have a couple more books in this series. I'm going to read them slowly so I don't have to miss the Mustangs and their players.

FOUR TO GO by Rex Stout

And Four to Go - Jane Haddam, Rex Stout

Four short stories with Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin. I like the longer books rather than the short stories. These four stories did not give me the satisfaction of watching Nero and Archie outwit the police and solve the murders. Three of the stories revolve around holidays and the last is based on Cramer's quote. I liked Murder is No Joke the best because it showed more of Archie and Nero figuring out what was wrong with a series of events in the story

INTO THE WILD by Doreen Cronin

Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure (The Chicken Squad) - Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin
  The next adventure of the chicks. This time we see them on a stake out. They are funny as they prepare for the stake out then do it. Their observations are wild. Sugar doesn't let the facts stand in the way of her theory. Dirt is more realistic and they all need to pay more attention to Sweetie. Again another fun romp with the chicks and Momma to straighten them out.

THE CASE OF THE WEIRD BLUE CHICKEN by Doreen Cronin

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (The Chicken Squad) - Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell
  The chicks second case involves two clients. As Sugar sees the clues differently, the chicks come though and solve the mystery. This is a fun series that causes me to laugh out loud. I love it and hope more are to come.

THE CHICKEN SQUAD by Doreen Cronin

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure - Doreen Cronin
  This is a spin-off of the J. J. Tully series. The chicks now have their own series. The chicks get their first client, a squirrel. I loved how Sugar sees the clues differently than the others. J. J. has to come to the rescue but the chicks are fun as they solve their first mystery despite the clues. Don't let the facts stand in the way. This is a wonderful series for beginning readers.