We’ve reached the end of another year (already?!), and it’s time for the holiday romance portion of TBR Challenge. This month we’re challenged to read a romance set during any holiday. One year Lynn was able to find a Mardi Gras romance, but otherwise Christmas still seems to dominate the holiday market. […]
This month’s TBR Challenge prompt invites us to go into the Wayback Machine, or at least the Kinda Wayback Machine. Tasked with reading something more than ten years old, we both dug into our book stacks. Caz read a classic category novel by Mary Burchell, while Lynn went with a somewhat newer (though not quite new) historical from Cara Elliott. […]
Talk about an overwhelming prompt! This month we are challenged to read a contemporary romance for the TBR Challenge, and that leaves readers with an embarrassment of riches as contemporaries have been in high supply for the past few years. I ended up choosing a sports romance which I had seen recommended on Twitter, and Caz went with an m/m contemporary that turned out to be a winner as well. […]
Authors and readers alike seem to love series. When an author builds a compelling world, one cannot help wanting to revisit again and again. So, with this month being series catch-up month on the TBR Challenge, we both went back into beloved series. Caz went with a gritty mystery that is one of a series following an m/m relationship while Lynn read one of the Rannoch/Fraser novels, a historical romantic suspense series that follows the leads’ marriage of convenience as it develops into love.
Paternity Case by Gregory Ashe
Paternity Case is the third in Gregory Ashe’s series of novels featuring two detectives based in the small Missouri town of Wahredua, Emery Hazard and John-Henry Somerset. These are gritty, complex stories that are practically impossible to put down once started; the mysteries are twisty and really well-conceived but […]
Sometimes in doing the TBR Challenge, we learn more about our reading habits than we realized. Since the May TBR Challenge prompt is contemporary romance, I went combing through my stacks – and came up almost empty. Most of the single title contemporaries I buy are books that I want to read right that minute, so they tend not to linger in the TBR. After dithering a bit, I settled on Irene Brand’s 2008 release, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska. I remembered liking a few of Brand’s inspie romances when I was about twelve, so I decided to give this a whirl.
My twelve-year-old self might have enjoyed this book, but as an adult? Um…train-wreck would be a good term to use here. I actually read it in one sitting, but as I read, […]
Back in 2008, a conversation on the Romance Potpourri Message Board revealed two things: Many of us had massive to be read piles and most of us had no real motivation to pull books off of them. In order to conquer those dual issues we created the Unofficial 9 in 2009 AAR Reading Challenge. The goal was to read at least nine books on your TBR. I did it, loved it (as did several others) and we have been doing the Reading Challenges ever since.
Here’s why the challenges are so great. Reason one is that it has definitely helped expand my reading experiences. I don’t know about the rest of you but I will often read a review on AAR, buy the book – and then let it languish in the TBR pile. Because a part of the challenge is often to tackle new to you authors, it inspires me […]