For this month, I have read only five novels. I am certain that I can finish my Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge that I have started last June, but with my current rate, I also know that I am behind the schedule. However, I am not sad as also this month I have finished my 30-day Blogging Challenge! Now, isn’t that great?
Now without further ado, I’ll present you the five books I have finished this month.
The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney
I have, time and time again, confessed that I like regency era novels. There’s nothing worth reading than that time when people care more about propriety and social graces unlike now. Ahem! Anyway, I like this story which started in, well, a marriage bargain where both parties wanted to gain something in their union of convenience. However, life is indeed unexpected as both found more in their unlikely nuptials.
- The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
I have waited for a year for this novel. Seriously. I am a fan of Rick’s and have read all the books out for both the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series. So imagine by happiness when I learned that the book came out last month. I couldn’t contain my joy and excitement! Now, now, you might ask that if I like it then why I rated it only four. Well, I guess I didn’t like the way the story shifts from person to person point of view. It made me dizzy. However, overall it was such a splendid read that I really like to recommend to everyone. Yes, in all ages.
- To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans
A romance novel with interesting and humanly personalities, it made me feel that it could happen to anyone. Except that it was set during the 1820s, that is. An indie novel, it didn’t make me feel like it wasn’t worth my time. The author made me laugh and cry at some points in the novel though I’d admit that the storyline is somewhat predictable.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If it is only possible, I would like to give it a six. I remember during my high school days when I dropped this book after getting bored after a few pages. I don’t know what got on me that day, but if I only knew, I would’ve started reading Coelho’s book eight years ago. It was a short novel but with full of life’s greatest teachings. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
- The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
I love Julia Quinn! I have read most of her novels and I admit that she is the reason why I became addicted to historical romance. What I like her most is her ability to write series where each novel is a story of someone who was mentioned in the other books. Oh, how I love to see those characters I have fallen in love in one book appearing in the others! My favorite series would be the Bridgertons and this novel in particular tells about the very first son – Viscount Anthony Bridgerton! Again, Quinn didn’t fail to capture my heart and attention in this hilarious yet romantic family story.
So there are my five books. I have recently finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Kahled Hosseini but it doesn’t count for an October read. Haha. How about you guys? How many books have you read for the past month? Or what are you currently reading?