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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Planned Reading for June 2014

Phew, May was such a busy month! Every year in work May is busy, and every year I forget this and it takes me by surprise! So although I read all my planned reads I still haven't made any headway with the two books I semi-abandoned months ago. Hopefully June will slow down a tad and I can catch up a bit. I am falling behind on my Goodreads 2014 challenge of 100 books, but it was always a big ask for me as I only read about 85 last year. These are my planned reads:

Book cover - Haunting Mr Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory
Haunting Mr Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory - I hoped to read this before the blog tour last month but it didn't happen so I definitely want to read this. I loved KaraLynne's last book, Bluebells in the Mourning and this one looks great too. After Darcy leaves Netherfield Elizabeth is involved in an accident and is badly injured. As she lies in a coma, her spirit leaves her body and connects itself to the most disagreeable man of her acquaintance...

Book cover Mansfield Ranch - Jenni James Jane Austen Diaries
For some reason quite a few of the Mansfield Park inspired books are modern YA reads. My Mansfieldy planned read is a young adult book, Mansfield Ranch by Jenni James, which is part of the Jane Austen Diaries series.  I don't know anything more about this book and I haven't read any of the other updated Austens she's written, though I've read books from her Faerie Tale Collection. I believe this is the fifth of the Jane Austen Diaries, (the others being Pride and Popularity, Persuaded, Emmalee and Northanger Alibi) so only Sense and Sensibility is left of the main 6 Austen novels.

The third Archer brother book by Karen Witemeyer, A Cowboy Unmatched came out last month. This one is only a novella, which is unfortunate if Neill is half as lovely as his brothers, but I'm looking forward to reading the story of the last unmarried Archer Brother.

I was lucky enough to win (woot!) a copy of The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth by Victoria Kincaid. This is a Pride and Prejudice variation which sounds a bit different, involving a bit of drama in France. From what I understand it's the same Darcy and Elizabeth, but they visit France and get caught up in some trouble. It has wonderful reviews so I have high hopes that I'll enjoy it.

I have also had some books sitting on my 'currently reading' shelf for months so I need to try and resurrect those, or officially abandon them. I feel bad abandoning them though as neither of the books are bad. I am hoping that it was just the wrong time for them and when I try to read them I'll get on with them this time. Happy reading everybody!

6 comments:

  1. Hi Ceri,

    I won a copy of The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth, too! I'm about two thirds of my way through it right now. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Won't say any more, though. As River Song from Doctor Who would say, "Spoilers!"

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    1. Ooh! I'm so pleased to hear it's good Anji! It sounds a bit different, so I'm looking forward to it.

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  2. Happy June reading Ceri!! lol I just finished my plan for June but thought I wouldn't aim too big!! I have both a cowboy unmatched and the secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth but have not read them yet! As you know I have read Haunting Mr Darcy and I know you will enjoy it (should be with you soon) Abandoned books doesn't sound good lol I look forward to your reviews my lovely :)

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    1. Thanks Tamara. I hate abandoning books, I feel bad rejecting them! But I only have time to read so much and sometimes you have to admit it's not for you and move on :) I noticed that you plan to read some Karen Witemeyer this month too, I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

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  3. Hope June is less eventful than May! :) Love your list of to-reads! I have Haunting Mr. Darcy on my list for July as well as a new novel from Karen Witemeyer (I actually didn't know about the one you mentioned, must go track that down!) The one I'm reading in July is Full Steam Ahead. Can't wait! And I'm eager to see what you think of Mansfield Ranch - I've read 3 from Jenni James's series so far and thought they were all a lot of fun!

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    1. I have Full Steam Ahead on my wishlist, so I'll be interested to see what you think of that one. A Cowboy Unmatched is also available in a collection of novellas from different authors called 'Match Made in Texas' which you may have heard of.

      So glad to hear good things about Jenni James' Austen series, I've had them on my wishlist for what seems like forever, so it's good to finally get to read one!

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