Rapid Reviews v3

I was updating Goodreads (I don't review anything there, just use it as another means of keeping track of things) and cross-checking my reading spreadsheet and I realized that I didn't just get behind on reviewing books, I got really, really behind on reviewing books. It's kind of amusing, in it's own way, because I really haven't been reading that much. But I can't go into 2011 without crossing those off my list. It would be back luck. So rapid reviews to the rescue!

  • Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Patillo - I read this months and months ago. I wasn't crazy about it.

  • Sweethearts' Knitting Club by Lori Wilde - It was a sweet book. I really didn't mean to read more by her but I ended up grabbing one of her e-books from the series in December.

  • The Butcher and the Vegetarian by Tara Austen Weaver - I love it when food bloggers get book deals. I do wish that her publisher hadn't made the cover of the book look like it was about a romance between a butcher and a vegetarian though.

  • The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway - Loved the sisters and I'd really like to see more them.

  • Risotta with Nettles by Anna Del Conte - I read this sitting on my deck in the sunshine (so clearly, it was awhile ago) and craved pasta and roast chicken. Pairs well with a good glass of wine.

  • Mud, Sweat and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels by Joe Kurmaskie - You know, if a book said it's about a ride across Canada it would be nice if it was actually a book about a ride across Canada. This? Was a whole lot of BC, a bit of Banff and a teeny tiny bit of Nova Scotia. I guess their bikes grew wings as they skipped over most of Canada.

  • Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts - The last book in the Bride Quartet series. I felt like it was the weakest one. I didn't feel like I really ever got Parker, nor did I especially buy into the Parker/Mal relationship. Felt a bit too forced to me.

  • Nine Rules to Break While Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean - loved it! Can't wait to get the next book by MacLean.

  • The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde - I was about half way through the book before I realized it was part of the same series as the Sweethearts' Knitting Club. I liked the Cookie Club better. There's another book in the series that I might go back and read. I am starting to wonder exactly how many clubs this town has...

  • Tinsel: The Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever - There were parts of this that were really demoralizing as it focused on the commercialization of Christmas but there were parts that were really interesting. It's kind of a nice balance to the really twee Christmas books that are out there.

  • An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer - I'm very glad that this was not the first Heyer I read. It's not going to be making my list of favourites. I felt like she was trying to do too much and the romance took away from the war and the war took away from the romance.