My Reading Challenge: January 2013

For 2013 I’ve set myself a challenge to do more reading. I have a To Be Read pile of books that would fill a room. (370+ to read!) And I have an alarming habit of acquiring more. So many interesting books out there to read!

To keep me on track and make it fun, I’m participating in two challenges on Goodreads.

2013 Reading Challenge

I’ve vowed to read 50 books this year. I’m hoping for more than that, but at least one a week is a respectable pace.

The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge

This challenge encourages you to read books that have been sitting on your bookshelf (real or virtual) for a long time. You define what is “long”. I’m going to read at least 20 of my dusty books.

Here’s what I’ve read so far.

Hide In Plain Sight by Marta Perry

Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry“Please God, if you’re listening, keep Rachel safe.” She couldn’t turn her back on her family in their time of need. So when her sister was injured, financial expert Andrea Hampton traded the big city for Amish country to help turn her grandmother’s house into an inn. But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family. Someone didn’t want the secrets the old house harbored to come to light. Trusting anyone—even the handsome carpenter who seemed so genuine—was a battle for Andrea, but her life depended on her ability to find the truth.

Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas) by Anita Valle

Maelyn by Anita ValleBook 1: Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….

The Rostikov Legacy by Charlotte E. English

The Rostikov Legacy by Charlotte E. EnglishKonrad Savast is the Malykant: foremost and most secret servant of the God of Death. His job? To track down the foulest of murderers and bring them to The Malykt’s Justice. No mercy. No quarter.

Out in the mists of the Bone Forest lies the body of Lady Navdina Rostikova. Wealthy, beautiful and well-liked, she was at the forefront of high society in the city of Ekamet. But somebody wanted her dead. Who wielded the poisoned knife that slew her ladyship? Konrad must discover the killer – and quickly, for The Malykt is not a patient god.

Aided by a pair of ghostly familiars, Konrad begins to investigate the truth about Navdina’s life. But matters grow dangerously complicated when his identity is discovered, and the hunter finds himself hunted.

And there’s a beautiful, interfering apothecary who insists on getting in his way…

Taken by Moonlight
Taken By Moonlight by Dorothy McFalls

A restless Regency lady who is the only hope for a pack of werewolves. A mysterious gentleman with a deadly plan. A stolen kiss leads to a decision that might get them both killed when passions burn brighter than moonlight.


Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control. . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible–when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. . .

Unwilling by Kerrigan Byrne

Unwilling by Kerrigan ByrneHe should never have kissed her…

Laird Connor MacLauchlan doesn’t want a wife, but he finds his Berserker mate in the heat of battle. Though he fears for her safety from the darkness that lurks inside him, fate dictates he must take her and make her his…

She was meant to be his enemy’s bride…

Noble beauty Lindsay Ross has been sold to the highest bidder. On her way to meet her vile betrothed, a savage and mythic warrior slaughters her entire vanguard. Now she’s his captive and he seems determined to claim her body for his own. Connor promises to keep her safe from the evil warlord she was to marry, but who will protect her from him?

Heart of the Sea by Christine Warren

Heart of the Sea: An Others Bonus Story by Christine Warren

In the world of the Others, affairs of the heart are no less complicated. Even when talented witch, Jenny Ferguson, gets caught in a questionable situation with a current friend and former lover by her fiancé no less, she might need more than magic to save her wedding day.

Most of them are short novellas admittedly. Hey, no one said I had to read my longest books first, right? I like knocking a few of the short ones out quickly.

I hesitate to ask because my To Be Read pile might explode, but have you read any interesting books lately?