39. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) - Mead, Richelle
I still like this series. I like the strong female lead, the examination of what makes a good mother and the sacrifices women must make in the line of duty. I like the tension between a relationship that's fairly (but not entirely) good for her versus what she wants (but not in the Edward vs. Jacob way). I don't like that they've made Adrian so whipped, though. But this series is still SO much better than P.C. Cast's House of Night series.
40. Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, book 19) - Hamilton, Laurell K.
I think she must have gotten a new editor/copyeditor because I don't think there was a single mention of "testing her understanding." There was, however, no mystery and instead a lot of boring sex with a lot of new characters that I didn't care about at all. Plus Jean Claude was boring. And Richard was behaving, and boring. And Asher was also behaving, and boring. Micah, too, though he always behaves. Oh, and even stripper Nathaniel with the lavender eyes was boring. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I am done. I used to put up with the sexcapades and poor writing and lack of editing because at the heart there was a compelling enough mystery or interesting reflections on human behavior through were pack politics. But now it's just sex. And even Anita seems bored with it. WHATEVER. I AM SO DONE.
I think it might be time for a real book. Thomas Hardy, maybe. I must atone for the abysmal books I've been reading lately. On the other hand, I was hoping to hit 50 by the end of the month. ... Maybe I'll do light reading until then and try for 25 real books in the second half of the year. Hmmmmm ...