Reading Log

I’ve been trying to pass as much time as possible by reading, and every time I’ve time, I’ve got my nose buried in a book.  I’ve been very self-indulgent, too, reading whatever I feel like reading (books are my favorite comfort in the world!) and here’s what I’ve recently finished:

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

Made In The USA by Billie Letts

The Shack by William Young

The Pre-nup by Beth Kendrick

The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer

The Sweet Life by Mia King

The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh

I’ve just hit Amazon and ordered six more books and the top two on my TBR are more Mary Balogh‘s novels, two of her backlist from 2001.  I love Mary Balogh.  She’s so dear and familiar to me now that opening one of her books immediately relaxes me.  I just feel better getting lost in her world.

Another author that gives me the same joy is Loretta Chase but I don’t know if she has anything new old.  If any of you read Loretta Chase do you know what’s happening with her?  Or is there something one of you recently read that I should have ordered from Amazon tonight?  Send me her recent favs so I can build my TBR pile.  A TBR pile without at least 6 titles is not a TBR pile at all.


  1. I’ve been reading a lot lately, as well. However, I’ve been mostly into romantic suspense and I don’t see any of those on your list.

    However, here are some you might enjoy:

    Anybody Out There – Marian Keyes
    The Land of Mango Sunsets – Dorothea Benton Frank
    Right Here, Right Now – HelenKay Dimon

    If you do like romantic suspense then anything by Allison Brennan 😀

  2. i dont know Loretta Chase, should I? I’m reading a really good book right now called The Frog Prince…oh yeah, you wrote that!
    I’m really serious, thats what I’m reading this very minute. She just went out on a hideous horrible date with Tom…

  3. I am reading ALL of Diane Chamberlain. I started with “The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes” and then loved “Bay at Midnight” and now I am reading and ABSOLUTELY loving “Keeper of the Light” which is the first of a trilogy. My neighbor discovered her this summer and since most of her older ones are out of print I have ordered all that I could find used and as they arrive I place them on my Diane Chambelain shelf. I savor each one, they are all different but the writing is wonderful.

  4. I love Loretta Chase and she’s had several new books over the last few years.

    The last ones were Your Scandalous Ways (May 08), Not Quite a Lady (2007) and Lord Perfect (2006) Lord Perfect and Not Quite a Lady have Carsington heroes (brothers of Rupert and Alistair from Mr Impossible and Miss Wonderful).

    If you like Loretta you might like Julie Anne Long as well. do you read Eloisa James?

  5. I am a big fan of Stephen King, I just finish his book Duma Key as few weeks ago, I have to say I think it was his best one yet.

  6. Read YOUR SCANDALOUS WAYS by Loretta Chase. You’ll love it. The writing is so good, it’s like crack and chocolate together- not that I know anything about chocolate. 🙂

    I’ve been catching up with Julia Quinn the past few days. I can’t have anyone else’s voice in my head when I’m writing, but hers is so unique that I fell I’m in no danger. I adore her Bridgerton family series (though the early ones are the best, namely THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME and THE DUKE AND I and ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON. Awesome!) I just finished THE LOST DUKE OF WYNDHAM, which was signature Quinn – funny, full of romance, sweet, full character arcs, and not a stupid heroine to be seen anywhere. Loved it.

  7. I’m reading JUST BREATHE by Susan Wiggs and before that I read MOMMY TRACKED by Whitney Gaskell. A great book that I read in the summer was called THE SPACE BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER by Jean Reynolds Paige. I actually could go on and on though…

  8. Actually, the last book I didn’t read yet. I am getting it mixed up with another. The one that I read this summer that I liked so much was called CALLING HOME, by Janna McMahan. Sheesh, I guess I have a few too many TBR books! I can’t keep what I have read straight!

  9. I just finished Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase, and thought it was quite good. Also read Slummy Mummy by Fiona somebody, Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin, When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson. *And* I finally got a copy of The Frog Prince and finished it in one day–loved it! 🙂

  10. I think that this is one of my favorite TBR piles ever!!

    I am reading right now:
    Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella


    Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
    How to Sleep with a Movie Star by Kristin Harmel
    When You Wish by Kristin Harmel
    The Blonde Theory by Kristin Harmel
    The Beach House by Jane Green
    Everyone Else’s Girl by Megan Crane
    Is That a Moose in your Pocket? by Kim Green
    Paging Aphrodite by Kim Green
    In Between Men by Mary Castillo

  11. Jane, Loretta Chase has a reissue coming out in the next couple of months – I think it’s called “The Last Hellion”. I can’t WAIT to read it. I just polished off “Not Quite A Lady”. I’m also looking forward to reading “Mr. Perfect”.

    When the conference is over, I’m going to be reading “Mr. Cavendish, I Presume”. It was really nice of Julia Quinn to have another book released just in time for me to read it, right? LOL!


  12. 6 books on TBR list – whow – that is a short list. I have 30 to 40 sitting here I have got to read. When I finish one, I write reviews on it. I just wrote one on THE Outsider by Ann Gabhart. I could give you a list of about 40 to 50 authors who’s books I have learned to love and yes, even you are on that list.
    Have a great day.

  13. Sounds like we have some great books going around…lots of titles I have read. I’m reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult and then I’m on to the new Nicholas Sparks book The Lucky Charm!

    Happy reading everyone:)

  14. My TBR pile is pretty long but the ones I own and need to be read are:

    Wild Card by Lora Leigh
    The Watson Brothers by Lori Foster
    Sweet Spot by Susan Mallery
    Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery
    Into The Dark by Cindy Gerard
    Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich
    Seduce Me by Carly Phillips
    and of course, Live a Little by Kim Green which I won on Mom Lit Facebook!!

    Hope you are enjoying your reading and feeling better!!

  15. I have a biography on my night stand, “Beatrix Potter, A Life in Nature” by Linda Lear to begin with now that I just finished a book on the Silk Road, which wasn’t anything I would recommend. I like bios, and especially ones about authors! It is fascinating to read about how a person comes to putting stories on paper – including you, Jane, which is why I love this blog. I also have ” The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins, one of the first English mysteries written. These are both big books and will keep me occupied for a while.
    Oh, I also plan to buy Sherry Jones’ book, “Jewel of Medina” which is not about the town Mrs. Perfect lives near, but is the one about the Prophet Muhammad’s 9 year old wife, which had trouble getting published. I hate that kind of censorship!

  16. Hi Jane,
    I have to say that I’m a huge Mary Balogh fan, too. Years ago, I volunteered at the workshop desk during an RWA conference. Mary walked up and asked where a room was. I was so excited, I told her how I had pretty much every book she’d written. She was so gracious, seemed very surprised, and gave me a bookmark that she signed to me!
    Every time I look at it I have to smile.


  17. I just finished Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch and totally completely loved it!
    Otherwise, I’ve been reading tons of YA fiction (Kelley Armstrong, PC and Kristin Cast and Rachel Caine).
    Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
    Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper
    Wild Wild West by Charlene Teglia
    Truth and Consequences by Linda Winfree

    I’m all over the place!

  18. I just finished “The Shack” myself. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t exactly light reading…lol REALLY challenging and thought-provoking, though. As for recommendations…hmmmm…a little intimidating making romance/chick lit recommendations to a great author like you…lol But outside of the romance realm, I like the Ender/Bean books by Orson Scott Card, WEB Griffin (ANYTHING by him), Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Terry Goodkind.

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