Sophia’s Reading Roundup – June 2011

I feel like I didn’t do all that much reading this month and I guess technically I didn’t. I fit a few audio books in here and they but they go on the list either way. Here are the stats for my June 2011 reading roundup:

  • 2 – A
  • 1 – A-
  • 2 – B+
  • 4 – B
  • 1 – B-

Wow, great month rating wise!

Enclave (Razorland, #1)  by Ann Aguirre – A
I loved this book! Sometimes I have a hard time with the YA genre so I don’t read it often. But, this was Ann Aguirre so yeah, I had to read it. I’ve already told a few friends this but I felt like I was watching a movie and time got away from me when reading this book. It was so descriptive without being overly descriptive and I was right in that world. Wonderful start to a series and I am looking forward to more. Review coming soon. Check out the Tempting Teaser I posted here.

Convincing Leopold by Ava March – B
*le sigh* A very nice follow up to Convincing Arthur. Leopold is one of those characters that is so easy to love. He emotional, sensitive and passionate. Ava March gave him and and Arthur a very nice second book.

Unlocked (Turner, #1.5) Courtney Milan B+
I know I’ve said this before but Courtney Milan’s authorial voice is absolutely lovely and her books put me in a very nice place. I read Unlocked with a lump in my throat.

Undercover Lovers by Dee Carney, Chloe Cole, Cari Quinn and Dee Tenorio – B (overall) It’s rare that I end up liking every entry in an anthology. I’m not sure why but it always seems to work out that way. Undercover Lovers turned out to be a nice exception to the trend. I enjoyed each story.

Keeping Pace by Dee Carney – B-
I just finished this one. I was first introduced to this author in the Anthology I read earlier this month, Undercover Lovers. Keeping Pace is about a widow in her early 40’s who has a romance with her much younger neighbor. This was very sweet and romantic. Review coming soon.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin – A
I discovered the HBO series and feel in love with it instantly. I decided I should listen to the audio book since I felt the TV series moved quickly and I might be missing out on some important details. Wow, HBO stayed incredibly true to the book but the have to say the audio book was even better than the TV series. *Approval stamp*

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1) by Jennifer Estep – B
This makes two YA books that I really enjoyed this month. That is almost unheard of. I think Jennifer Estep did a fantastic job plunging into this genre. I’m looking forward to the next book. Review to come.

Ravishing in Red (The Rarest Blooms, #1) Madeline Hunter A-
I listened to this book and adored every minute of it. As I said in my short and sweet review I used every excuse I could think of to clean my house so I could get back to my audio book.  I’m listening to the second book in the series now and find myself falling for most of the secondaries characters as well as the main. Lovely.

Cipher (Southern Arcana, #4) by Moira Rogers B-
Finally Kat and Andrew’s story. I really like the world this story is set in and I enjoyed this one very much. As always, Moira Rogers wrote it hot and intense. We’ll have some fun things coming up with this series and the release of this book. Details coming soon!

Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) Thea Harrison B+
EVERYONE has read this one and I was a little slow on the uptake darn it. I think this book gave my love of PNR a little energy boost. Dragos is one yummy dragon. Did I really just type that? LOL.

What a Goddess Wants (Forgotten Goddesses, #1) Stephanie Julian
Currently reading.

That was my month in books. What can you recommend from your month of books?


  1. says

    I’m glad to hear Touch of Frost was good. I’m not usually a YA fan, but it’s Estep (who I love) so I’m very tempted.

  2. says

    I have Touch of Frost waiting for me to read-I’m glad you enjoyed it! I had a pretty good month. I loved What A Goddess Wants by Stephanie Julian, Provoke Me by Cari Quinn, Keys to the Castle by Donna Ball (I haven’t reviewed it yet-but it was just a different kind of Contemporary Romance) Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul, Assassin’s Honor by Monica Burns and A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradly and Susan Donovan-but I think that was a May read.

    I don’t think I’ve read a bad review for Enclave-I’m going to have to give that a try!

  3. says

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Enclave! I think (and hope) you’ll enjoy Divergent as well.

    I’ve got HBO Go on the puter so I’m going to give epi #1 of GoT a try. Not sure if it’ll be my thing but it’s worth a shot.

    I recommend the Kowalski Family series by Shannon Stacey. Great, fun contemporary romance.

    Hope you and the fam have a great 4th!

  4. JenM says

    I’m always looking for shifter stories and I just read the first book in Eileen Wilks’s World of the Lupi series and loved it. It’s got a strong police procedural element and there’s also the fated mate trope, but in this book, it didn’t make them instantly fall in lurv. It seems like in many paranormal books, the paranormal element is just there for window dressing, whereas in this book, she’s actually doing some real world-building. I have a feeling I’m going to be reading the next books in this series pretty quickly.

    Aside from that, I also loved Dragon Bound, Unlocked by Courtney Milan, and When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James.