Yep, it's that time - the end of the quarter - well almost and I know I won't get much reading done between now and the end of the year, although I'm hoping to finish my current read.
First of all, here's the list I set myself in January - http://www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/soozs-2013-reading-list.html
and here's how I had done against that in June - http://www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/soozs-half-yearly-reading-challenge.html
I haven't managed to read as much this quarter, what with writing, editing and releasing my own new book, The Christmas Spirit. But I have managed some.
In December I like to read mainly Christmas books, and I'm currently reading my first ever Lindsay Kelk book - I Heart Christmas - I'm enjoying it and find her sense of humour to my liking, so so far it's a 4 star from me.
Carole Matthews' Calling Mrs Christmas is a fantastic Christmas book - especially if you like the idea of going to Lapland and bizarrely features young offenders - not exactly what you would expect in a Christmas book and all the better for it. 4.5 stars from me.
Merry Chick Lit - reviewed on the blog last month, six festive short stories by some great authors - with all proceeds going to a New York cancer charity - solid 4 stars. Everyone will have their favourites - I had 3 that I preferred.
Carole Matthews' A Cottage by the Sea - I liked the story, although it wasn't my favourite, so only 3.5 stars.
The Accidental Husband by Jane Green - I've been reading Jane Green books, as I have Carole Matthews for over a decade. Loved this book - solid 5 stars.
Nine Lives by Terry Tyler - I'm not a fan of short stories, but I have to say I really enjoyed this collection. I guessed very few of the twists and was surprised.by the direction some of them took. 4.5 STARS
Don't Want to Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell - again, I've been reading Jill's books for more than a decade and I adored this book. 5 stars
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - loving this, but stopped reading it, as it's December and I want to read Christmas books. It was very difficult I assure you, as it's fantastic, worthy of all the hype.
And actually, that's all I've read this quarter, apart from about 15% of Modogamous by Karen E Martin, a YA rom com read. I've not read very much YA stuff, so this should be interesting.
I've apparently read 47 of my 50 book challenge on Goodreads (I'd revised it from 35 to 45, then up to 50 and now I'm going to fall short most likely)
But, what did I buy? (which I still haven't read)
Doubting Abbey - Samantha Tonge - her debut novel
Things We Never Say - Sheila O'Flanagan - have bought all of her books, why stop now?!
Izzy's Cold Feet - Sarah Louise Smith
Amy & Zach - Sarah Louise Smith
Actually, I was quite good last quarter!
I'd love to hear your recent book discoveries and recommendations.
Anyway, tune in next week for Sooz's Book Awards 2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE