Treadmill Day 25 & What I #amreading – Lay It Down by Mary Calmes

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Lay It Down by Mary Calmes

My favorite lines from today’s (and yesterday’s) reading:

  • Can you two fuckin’ focus!” – That’s what I was thinking, too!
  • Don’t you two go anywhere,” the minion called out cheerfully, slamming the door behind him. – Riiiiight. I’m thinking they probably will.
  • Goddamnit,” I groused. “Do’t make me all happy in the middle of my tirade of righteous indignation!” – 😉
  • I would have to send my brother a thank-you note. – And I’ll have words with you if you do, Hudson.

All done!

I’ll be starting a new book tomorrow. Among my purchases on All Romance’s big Black Friday sale day were Amy Lane’s “Greatest Hits” collections. I took a risk based on the author’s popularity since I’ve actually never read anything of hers before. What do you recommend I read first out of the following (nothing that’s in the middle of a series, please)?:

  • Shiny!
  • Going Up!
  • Clear Water
  • Gambling Men
  • Keeping Promise Rock
  • Racing for the Sun
  • Chase in Shadow
  • Talker
  • Immortal
  • Under the Rushes
  • Truth in the Dark
  • Hammer & Air

Week 04:

Day 22
Sunday, 11-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:51 min:sec  1 mile
Day 23
Monday, 12-Dec.
 30 min/mile  32:07 min:sec  1 mile
Day 24
Tuesday, 13-Dec.
 30 min/mile  33:39 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 25
Wednesday, 14-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:46 min:sec  1 mile
Day 26
Thursday, 15-Dec.
Day 27
Friday, 16-Dec.
Day 28
Saturday, 17-Dec.

7 thoughts on “Treadmill Day 25 & What I #amreading – Lay It Down by Mary Calmes

  1. What? You haven’t read Amy Lane? But…but… how? 😳 I love her books!

    I’ve read 5 of those on your list (…and a half, I dnf:ed Talker for reasons I can’t remember now so I’m thinking I’m going to give it another chance).

    But I’ve finished (and loved) the following:
    -Shiny! (Hilarious, has a really great opening scene that made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my bed)
    -Going up (it’s cute and short and I was surprised by how much I liked it because it’s mostly set in an elevator)
    -Clear water (great, great characters! And I wanted to live on a boat after I read it, but my husband said no. *grumble grumble*)
    -Chase in Shadow (fantastic book, but I wouldn’t call it treadmill-friendly because you need a truckload of Kleenex while reading it, and I’m thinking it’s hard to exercise and bawl your eyes out at the same time)
    -Racing for the Sun (also a great book, loved it more the second time I read it. It’s on the heavier side, not as heavy as Chase, but I’d still put a Kleenex warning label on it, so maybe not on the treadmill?)

    The only one in a series (of those I’ve read) is Chase and it’s the first one, so if you want to try my theory about bawling your eyes out while exercising it’s fine…at least from that perspective 🙂

    That being said, I’d go with Shiny! And if you like AL I recommend you buy “Christmas Kitsch” on next book shopping spree. It’s my favorite Christmassy story 🙂

    1. Thank you! “Shiny!” it is, then. 🙂

      I know…I figured I might get some kind of 😳 reaction when I admitted I hadn’t read any of her stuff yet. So many times I’ve been disappointed after reading one of the authors/books everyone raves about that sometimes I pointedly avoid them and end up “cutting off my nose to spite my face.”

      Once I listened too much to how much everybody was going on and on about how great a particular series was and especially how fantastic the MCs were. I finally looked into it, read the sample of the first book (which was great–the sample that is–and bought not only the first book but a number of the books in the series. I ended up tossing the first book into the DNF pile. I plugged along as long as I could stand it, but the MCs were such f-ing idiots I couldn’t take it anymore. I think that’s when I said “F⌴¢k it,” I’m done paying attention to who’s the flavor of the month, and went overboard and avoided them altogether. (No, I’m not going to name the author/book/series!)

      But, as you’ve seen, I’ve recently been quite happy after taking the plunge and reading Widdershins despite how everyone raves about it (LOL…I know, that’s sad), so now I’ll try Amy Lane.

      1. I totally understand, though, and I agree. When a book or an author (or a movie or TV-series) is too hyped up I tend to skip it. Sometimes it feels almost cult-like when something is too hyped up, and it kind of gives me the creeps. And I prefer to form my own opinion, so I’m with you on this one.

        I probably wouldn’t have read Harry Potter if I hadn’t discovered the first book when it was new, before the hype. And when I did try to read a famous trilogy because “100 million readers cannot be wrong” it turned out they could 🙂

        That being said: back when I was a complete MM-romance newbie Amy Lane was one of the first authors I stumbled upon, before I was aware of who was hot and who was not. And I loved her books, so I’m a fan 🙂

    1. Amy, you can start with Chase in Shadow, it suits your black, evil heart 😉 Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a HEA, but the way to the end is Amy-friendly 😀

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