I thought a good way to kick off my recaps would be to start with what I read for the 2011 TBR Challenge. I was able to complete the challenge every month, which means a total of 12 books read and reviewed out of my ginormous TBR Mountain Range. Here's how the numbers break down:
A = 0
B = 4
C = 5
D = 3
Blah. I had the impression that my reading this year for the challenge was pretty sucky, and these numbers kinda back me up. Hey, 4 B reads are great, but C books always leave me feeling uninspired and....3 D reads?! Ugh.
Category Romance = 3
Romantic Suspense = 1
Historical Romance = 5
Mystery/Suspense = 2
Young Adult = 1
I'm pretty happy with the variety I read, and even more pleased with the mix of publication dates!
So what were all those books I read for the challenge? Here they are, a trip down memory lane (title links will take you to full reviews).
The B Reads:
- Mommy Said Goodbye by Janice Kay Johnson - Didn't really work for me as a romance, but amazing conflict and a humdinger of a mystery. Loved it!
- Land of Dreams by Cheryl St. John - Vintage St. John that delivered exactly what I expect out of one of her books - pure comfort read.
- Montana Wife by Jillian Hart - Like St. John, Hart is another author I tend to slap the "comfort" label on. Oodles of angsty conflict and a nice historical back-drop.
- Princess Forever by Meg Cabot - Last book in the Princess Diaries series. A bit padded, but a very good book to end a very good series.
- The Last Cheerleader by Meg O'Brien - Amateur sleuth suspense that suffered from unbelievable character behavior and a secondary character who annoyed the crap out of me.
- Wife for a Week by Kelly Hunter - Loved the sexy bantering couple, but the silly slapped on "suspense" sub plot was beyond tedious.
- With This Ring by Carla Kelly - Loved the historical back-drop and the heroine, the hero and, at times, farcical storyline? Not so much.
- A Seduction at Christmas by Cathy Maxwell - Thin historical detail with a suspense sub plot to match. But Maxwell continues to reel me in with her brain-candy writing style.
- Beyond Desire by Thea Devine - Another cracktastic soap opera from Devine. Has it's moments, but pretty low on the cracky-goodness scale I tend to rate her books by.
- Billion Dollar Baby Bargain by Tessa Radley - What can go wrong when you're someone who impulse reads category romance. The Cult of Biology strikes again!
- Dead Shot by Annie Solomon - Major issues with the heroine and a big ol' plot hole a convoy can drive through. Yummy damaged hero though.
- Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel - Well-written, page-turning suspense featuring a dumb, dumb, dumb heroine.
Speaking of the 2012 TBR Challenge? Maybe it's time for you to sign-up! It really is a lot of fun, and a great way to make progress on your own