Marching Around

Well, March started off cold and snowy, then as it does almost every year it snowed on my husband’s birthday. I don’t know if it came in like a lamb or lion or went out as either. It seemed more like lion, lion, lamb, lion, lion, lamb, sick, drippy lamb.

Unalion

I also celebrated this blog’s fifth anniversary with a big giveaway. Stephanie F and Meli Z won two books each!

I kind of have a screwed up way of reporting books “read:”

As far as counting a book as “read” for the month, it has to be read and reviewed, unless I am not reviewing it. Sometimes, I choose not to review a friend’s book and that will count as read. This means I may have read it in February and not March.
But for challenges, since I am afraid I will forget, I count them as they are read. Thus far my total for the year is 36.

READ, and REVIEWED in MARCH: (A)=Audiobook

1. DARK DEBT by Chloe Neill (A)

2. FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby (A)

3. THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (A)

4. A SINFUL DECEPTION by Isabella Bradford

5. BLOOD LEGACY by CJ Ellisson

6. QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

7. LIZZY & JANE by Katherine Reay (A)

8. FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James

9. THE BILLIONAIRE AND THE VIRGIN by Jessica Clare

10. AND I LOVE HER by Marie Force

11. THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE by Molly Harper

12. SCANDAL AND THE DUCHESS by Jennifer Ashley

13. THE GIFT  by Lynsay Sands in THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

14. LAST CALL by Alice Clayton

15. CAROLINA BLUES by Virginia Kantra

 

PLEASE NOTE: I will not be taking Saturday, April 4th off. I have a special review and tour with Jill Shalvis’ new book coming up.  But I will be taking Easter Sunday off with just a funny picture posted.

CHALLENGES (icon links to challenge page)

Cliche Klatch IconWow, my Cliche Klatch challenge proved to be very challenging.  What I think of as a cliche is not always seen as one by the “experts” or on lists. I have had to expand which lists to include for myself. Anyone can choose their own lists and add any cliches they want to their own challenge since the point is to notice these literary devices. I have found some very cool sites about writing and cliches – check them out on my Challenge tracking page by clicking the icon at left.

I decided from the start to allow 2 cliches per book which means I have gotten to 52 cliches!   It’s been so challenging I am not even going to continue with my own challenge unless I happen to notice a cliche!

The most used cliche in one book was Left/leave/jilted at the Altar in FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James with 12 uses in the novel. And the one I had to paraphrase, and chuckle at, was in Molly Harper’s THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE:  “Vampires who live in Blood-bag-shaped glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

It’s prompted me to think about how we use these “cliches,” turns of phrase, adages, truisms  —  What is their place in language and conversation? Are they shortcuts, or does their judicious use provide context?

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge IconThe Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is a challenge in that not every book I read is contemporary, and I find it hard to determine if a books has suspense/thriller/mystery in it.  I guess if Amazon identifies it as such it doesn’t count.  Any good romance that doesn’t have some thrill or suspense isn’t really too much of a romance in my mind. I added four to take me to 15  out of my goal of 21 for the year: STILL THE ONE, LAST CALL, and CAROLINA BLUES, THE LOVING DAYLIGHTS.

 

LITERARY PICKERS BLOG ICONLITERARY PICKERS is my favorite challenge this year ever . It is so much fun to figure out which object to choose. This month I have gotten up to 41 out of my goal of 50 with the following items!  Bar Stool, Saddle, Claws, Lawyer, Toothbrush, Rope, Fangs, King-size bed, Rope, Toothbrush, Tattoo, Kiss, Whip, Alarm, and Painting, Rose, lipstick, shovel.

 

 

Non-Review Posts:

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The February Blog Round Up

Audiobooks: Bringing Books into a Busy Life was about how I learned to get more time to do stuff around the house or elsewhere and still get my reading time.  If you have a busy life this could help you read (with your ears)  more.

Pebbled Without a Cause: Sexy Clichés. I just get sick of reading the same sex cliche phrases over and over and over again. So I had a little rant,…

I TOOK THREE FULL DAYS OFF!

FIVE. YEARS. OLD! was my fifth blog anniversary special  (I learned that people really like my history posts! )

TEE MORRIS guest posted on THE SEXY SIDE OF STEAMPUNK!

 

Sundays: With five Sundays in March the one Sunday I took off left four posts to participate in THE CAFFEINATED REVIEWER’S SUNDAY POST!

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3/29 Sunday: Je Suis Pret (for the return of OUTLANDER!!!)

3/22 SUNDAY, SUNDAY, Back from Vacation

3/8 Wishful Thoughts of Spring

3/1 March: Lion Lamb, or Three Rabbits?