Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday Reads – 2 Weeks’ Worth

Didn’t get to post my reading last week because of computer difficulties, but at least I was able to save my file! Here’s what I read the past two weeks:

Mar 13: “Runaway Vampire” by Lynsay Sands, #23 in the Argeneau Vampire series, a paranormal romance at 349 pages. Blurb from book: Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate. The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger. These books are so much fun to read and this one is no exception. One of these days she’ll end the series. That will be a sad day for me.

Mar 19: “Entwined with You” by Sylvia Day, #3 in the Crossfire series, an erotica at 356 pages. Blurb from book: From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside—so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession… Normally, erotica in first person doesn’t interest me, but I like Eva, and she’s hooked me. Gideon’s not so bad, either. Haha! There are two more books in this series. I own the next, but the last one doesn’t come out until April 6 (I have it on preorder). This series has intrigued me and I want to know how it all ends. Good thing I’m enjoying the ride.

Mar 20: “Captivated by You” by Sylvia Day, #4 in the Crossfire series, an erotica at 356 pages. Blurb from book: Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to beat. At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other, or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream… Oh man, when I opened this book up and started reading, I nearly squealed in joy. I was reading Gideon’s point of view! I finally, FINALLY, got to see what he was thinking. Now, the whole book isn’t Gideon’s—the chapters alternated between him and Eva—but that didn’t matter. It was great and I loved it and now I have to WAIT until the next book comes out. Arrgh!

Last week I actually stopped reading a book after 70 pages. I just couldn’t see me reading the next 400 (yeah, it was a monster, plus, the type was small and tight making for a really hard read). I refused to mark the book DNF*, though. Instead, I just deleted it from my Goodreads list as if I’d never gotten it. No reason to give it a low score; I just wasn’t the audience for this book (I now know why women’s fiction doesn’t appeal to me—nothing really happens). I feel a little bad because I had won it (I was trying to broaden my reading genre), but those are the risks an author takes, right?
So... How often do you try to broaden your reading genre?

Happy Reading!

*DNF = Did Not Finish


JeffO said...

Was that the sound of you opening up a whole big can of worms? Methinks if you have any readers who are women's fiction authors/fans, they will take issue with your assertion that "nothing happens." It's probably safer to say that nothing happens that's of particular interest to you--or, maybe, you just got a bad book.

I tell myself I try to broaden my reading, but I'm not sure how successful I am in actually doing it.

Maria Zannini said...

I wish more people thought like that and realized the book wasn't of interest to them rather than mark it dnf or give it low reviews.

We can't be the audience for everything even if it's well written.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Yeah, I don't rate a book if I don't finish it. Usually, a DNF is a matter of personal preference - why heap a rating on that? Most of the time, it's early enough in the book that I haven't spent too much time on it, and I delete it entirely. Sometimes I leave it as read but DNF, but that's really rare.

I read all over the genre spectrum. Right now, I'm reading Dracula for the first time because I like to throw in a few missed classics a year.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - What I meant by "nothing happens" is that there's no crime to solve. No bad guy to run from (or face). No action happening. No romance brewing. It's just life, and really, I already live life, I don't necessarily want to read about it.

Maria - I can understand someone marking a book DNF if it's for their own reference. And if I had BOUGHT this book, I probably would have done that (without any stars, though). Since I won it, I thought it best just to delete it from my list.

Beth - You'll have to let me know how you liked Dracula. I read it a couple of years ago for the first time (I know, shocker!). I really enjoyed it.

Bonnie said...

I've tried to read women's fiction and didn't care for it either. I have enough drama in my life and don't want to add more. I'll stick to romance because I know whatever happens there will be a happily ever after at the end. I also like urban fantasy and sci fi because it's an escape from my real world.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Bonnie - Yeah, I like to escape in my reading, too. I don't mind being scared (I love a good horror/thriller), but please don't depress me. I get enough of that already! Haha!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I try to broaden my reading horizons at least every couple of months. Maybe more, now that I'm reading genres other than romance more often lately. I am also not the readership for women's fiction, for the same reasons you gave in the comment above. Same with anything else I know has a gloomy ending. Bittersweet is OK, but leave me with some hope, yanno?

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I remember reading "Love Story." What a depressing book! Which is one of the reasons I stay away from Nicolas Sparks (since he tends to write the same kind). If I'm gonna cry at the end of a book, I want it to be happy tears!

The Happy Whisk said...

What does DNF mean?

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - My bad. DNF = Did Not Finish. I made sure that's in the post now. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Thanks, I really don't know anything about GoodReads. Thanks for explaining it.