TBR List, Part Two

It’s another free week. I don’t have anything pressing to report, other than my disturbing discovery that the super-healthy salad I fixed for myself Friday night was part of a batch identified as possibly contaminated, and linked to a recent outbreak of listeria. I’m concerned, of course, but there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do but wait it out and hope I don’t get sick. So I’ll write about something else.

Last month I named four books at the top of my 2016 To-Be-Read List. I guess I’ll comment on my progress. Here are the four books I named:

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The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé by Diane Burton. I actually finished this on New Year’s Day. This second book in Diane’s new series is just as awesome as the first. I truly hope she continues to write these semi-cozy mysteries! Here’s my review on Goodreads.

Christi Bell by Lori Lapekes. Sadly, I haven’t read this yet. I’ll have to recycle this on my TBR list for February.

Watercolors in the Rain by Kay Springsteen. I’m about three quarters of the way through it, and loving it! The attention to detail is awesome, without bogging down the story. I hope to finish it this week.

Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder. This was the second book I completed in 2016. This was a lovely romance, and I enjoyed it so much I now have the rest of Angie’s books in my kindle library. Again, my review is on Goodreads.

So I’ve read two (almost three) of the four books I named, but I don’t feel too bad because I also read three other books – on my phone! I’ve had several extended periods of time when I had to sit and wait: in an airport waiting for my daughter’s delayed flight to come in, at the doctor’s office, and at school between classes. If I don’t have papers to grade, I take my phone out and read. Shorter novellas work well here, and I found three that I enjoyed:

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Don’t Bet on It by J. L. Salter. What can I say – our resident hound writes awesome romance. He kept me chuckling, too.

Viking for Hire by Jo Grafford. This story is relatively short, but it’s full of surprises. Viking Eirik is strong, but Branwyn is no pushover! I don’t know much about the Vikings, but I learned a lot.

Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie. This author is new to me, and I honestly don’t remember buying this novella. Perhaps it was a free download. But unlike many freebies, this one was well-written and made me want to read more of her books.

That’s six books read this month, so I’ve got a good start on my 50-book goal for the year! What’s next? Well, I’ve got several lined up:

Of course, I need to finish Watercolors in the Rain and Christi Bell. These will get top priority – but not on my phone. I save that for shorter books. For longer ones I go to the slightly larger screen on my ipad, or my laptop.

Color of DeceptionColor of Deception by Ruth J. Hartman. Ruth is a fellow author at two of my publishing houses, and this is the first of her new series about artists who paint miniature panoramas. I had to look up the term – I never realized how popular they were! I’ve read the first chapter and it sounds like there’s a bit of intrigue involved, so I’m looking forward to digging in to this story. I’m sure this series will be every bit as popular as Ruth’s Love Birds series, so I’d better read this one quickly, before the next one comes out!

RomancingtheJewel500x750Romancing the Jewel by Katherine Bone. This book has been out for a year and a half, and I can’t believe I haven’t made time for it yet. I’ve read some of Katherine’s historical novels, but I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into this contemporary of hers. With a romantic Italian setting and a handsome wealthy hero – what’s not to love?

Since my semester at the university is in full swing and I have a full teaching load, I’m pretty sure this is plenty for now! But I think putting my reading plan out here is helping me find time to read – and reading is what led me to writing. The more I read, the more I understand my craft, and the more I’m inspired.

What have you read this year?




About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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12 Responses to TBR List, Part Two

  1. Enjoyed your reviews, I have Angela’s book and need to work it in my reading list. I am already on book #52 for the month/year. Right now I am reading an ARC for Shirleen Davies that will be released on Tuesday. I also have one that was co-written by Jennifer Conners and Angela Ford that also released on Tuesday. Just when I cross one off my TBR list, two more pop up. Ruth Hartman’s new one is one that I must try and get to very soon. I am having lunch with two local authors on Thursday, and both are vying for my time to read their books. Since being a guest at 4F1H, I have around 50 friend request on Facebook, and most of them are authors. Happy Reading and Reviewing!

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Wow, lots of names I recognize in your multiple lists. I’ve been struggling — thru Dec & Jan, so far — to get back to the grindstone on both my writing and reading. But I’ve fallen into the magnetic draw of the TV downstairs — watching ballgames and cool old movies that I enjoy.
    Need to crack the whip and get to work.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m still working on the writing thing, Jeff. But I’m enjoying the reading part and hoping I’ll get some inspiration – really soon!

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      • jeff7salter says:

        I started Dec. with one primary goal in mind — working on the 5th draft of a novel so I can submit it. I have a few little things left to deal with and have piddled for weeks… not being able to get them done. Of course, this blizzard and my mom’s HVAC going out last week hasn’t helped my concentration any.


    • jeff7salter says:

      and, BTW, thanks for mentioning my novella!

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  3. My TBR list grows as I prune it,(by reading). I keep getting books thrown at me that I am told I “have to read right now!” Of course, I am tied-up to no end with family, etc., to boot.
    I am always behind in technology.I try to carry my tablet with me, but it’s heavy.I always have at least one book in my car and often one in my purse…I am never caught waiting without reading material.
    And I am so glad you didn’t get ill. It’s scary just trying to eat any more!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m still playing the waiting game on the listeria, Tonette. The website says that symptoms can take up to two months to appear!.
      My tablet (iPad) is heavy, too. I used to carry a book with me all the time, but now that I have my phone with me, it’s much easier.


  4. Thank you for your review of Love Overcomes and for purchasing my other books.

    At the moment I’m reading Kings of Renown: Betrayal by Julie Fugate and am really enjoying it.

    Since the New Year I have read Heartless by Kelly Martin, Stuck on Cloud Eight by J: Salter, The Souls Agent by Wendy Knight, and The Mannequin by Suzanne G Rogers.

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