December 2020 Wrap-Up

What a month. What a year.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m happy to see the end of 2020.

Here are the Stats for my reading this month:

Read: 13 books

Physical: 0

Digital: 13

Diverse Authors: 0

Women: 13

Men: 0

Borrowed: 9

Owned: 4

Re-Reads: 4 (Mostly Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books in anticipation of the Bridgerton series on Netflix.)

My Favorite Read of the Month is:

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn.

My 1 Star (or less) read of the Month:

I have a tie this month.

Hot Ghost by Annika Martin

The Demigod Complex by Abigail Owen

Both of these are Kindle books I own, and I will be “unhauling” later on in 2021. I think that 2021 will be for me a year of reorganizing and removing books, both physical and digital, that are, IMHO, not good, or I am uninterested in reading. I think I write more about this in my 2020 wrap-up next week, so look forward to that, I guess.

So, to wrap this up: How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments below. Happy New Reading Year, y’all!

Reading and Knitting

After putting knitting aside for a couple of years, I’ve decided to take it back up again. 2020 has been a hell of year for getting folks to take up crafting of all sorts, don’t you think? I started with a nice dishcloth pattern, and then moved on to an super simple afghan (still in progress), and eventually, after looking at knitting videos on You tube, I started an asymmetrical shawl. And all of this happened in the space of two months. So far, I’ve been knitting in the evening while I’m watching TV or listening to podcasts. But it occurred to me that I could be knitting and listening to audio books as well. I follow a number of bookstagrammers who do just that, so I decided to join them. So, as we move into the end of this dumpster fire of year and in to the new one, I plan to continue knitting and listening to audio books.

I do have a question for all my knitting and reading folks out there. Do any of you knit and read a physical or eBook at the same time? Is it possible to do both and not drop every other stitch? Let me know in the comments below. Also, do you have any listening recommendations for me? Or even narrators? I know from reading book blogs and bookstagram there are a lot of favorites out there. If you are interested in the free patterns for my projects, let me know below and I’ll post the links.

Here are some links to the podcasts I’ve listened to while knitting this past year:

Your Wrong About 

Fated Mates

You Must Remember This

Happy Reading, y’all!

October & November 2020 Wrap-Up

Like most of this year, my reading experience over the last couple of months has been something.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m glad this year is coming closer to an end.

Anyway, here are my reading stats for the last two months.

October: 16 books

November: 10 books

The rest of the stats are a combination of both months.

Physical Books: 2

eBooks/Kindle: 23

Diverse Authors: 5

Women: 26

Men: 0

Borrowed: 20

Re-Reads: 1

DNF: 1

Own: 10

TBR: 2

Well, that was my reading over the last two months. How was your reading this fall? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

I love the readathon. I really do. That’s why its difficult to admit that this readathon was one of the least successful readathons I’ve had in a long time. And the reason it was such a mess is I choose books that just didn’t work for me on that day. 

Here are my stats for the day:

Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts Ed. by David Baggett & Shawn E. Klein : read for 2 1/2 hours, 70 pages, DNF. 

Whiskey by Bruce Holbert. Read for 2 hours, 98 pages, DNF.

Breaking the Billionaires Rules by Annika Martin,  read for 1 hour and 15 minutes, 80 pages.  (I started reading this a few days prior to the readathon, so I’m not counting as a fully finished book the day of.)

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum.  read 8 hours and 42 minutes. 337 pages. Finished.

I stopped reading and went to bed at 19 and 1/2 hour mark.

Total pages read for the readtahon: 591 pages.

Links to other readathons I’ve participated in previously:

October 2020

April 2020

24 in 48 Readathon

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Be sure to let me know in comments how your readathon weekend went.

Happy Reading, y’all.

Dewey’s Updates

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? Not good. I had a very difficult time with the books I chose for this readathon.
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I sort of did, but didn’t stick to it due to my book choice issues.
  3. What was your favorite snack? Snacks were fine. But really no favorite snackage.
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post!

Opening Survey!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Utah, USA


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m not sure? I think I need more coffee to answer this question.


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Right now, the croissants baking in my oven.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m just someone who loves reading and love participating in all reading activities.


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I think the one thing I want to do this time is spend more time cheering on other readers today and participate in more fun challenges.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

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Tomorrow is the big day! I have to say that Dewey’s Readathon in October is my favorite time to do a readathon. If you you are unfamiliar with this readathon and would like to participate, here is a link to the official page where you can read all the particulars of this readathon and about the history.  It’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend playing along with us.

If you would like follow along with my progress and the challenges I am participating in tomorrow, here are the links:

You can find me on Twitter here

You can find me on Instagram here

And I will post here on my blog every six hours or so, and when I bow out of the readathon.

My reading plan for this is to read only books that count toward any of the book challenges I’m participating in this year. It’s getting towards the end of the year and I want to complete as many tasks as possible.

So, that’s my plan for readathon. Are you joing us for this day of reading fun? If so let me know in the comments so I can find you and cheer you on during the day.

Happy Readathon, y’all!

Quickie Book Review: Mexican Gothic

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Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Published:

Length: 302 pages

Genre: Gothic/Horror

Source: My subscription to Book of the Month Club

Stars: 4 Stars

This cover! I think it’s just gorgeous.

Summary:

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

For some reason, my reading journey this year took me to the Gothic novels section of the bookshelf. I started out in January with a newly released Gothic style novel. And, you know, even though it is marketed as a Gothic novel, it just isn’t as Gothic as I would like.

Luckily for me, this book came to my attention in the late winter. And I couldn’t wait to read it. And, as you will see in this review I really liked this book. 

Like:

This is a classic Gothic novel. It hits every trope, and I love that. There is a bit of a feminist twist that I love and it leans of the true horror of 19th century colonialism, too. And it is creepy as can be.Things seen from the corner of the eye. Weird dreams that linger at the edge of consciousness.   The writing is so evocative, too.  I can almost smell the rot and decay of the house and surrounding land. It’s really perfect for a Halloween read.  

And I have to say that I kike the heroine, Noemí, a lot. She is a kick ass, save herself and everyone she loves kind of woman. We need more of these types in literature today.

Not so much:

I have to say that there is a section where the pacing slows. And it feels as if the plot is just spinning it’s wheels. But when it gets going again the pace picks up and sends you right on down the road to the final conflict.

What I’ll remember:

What I will remember is how the author pays homage to many 19th and early 20th century Gothic and feminist novels. Jane Eyre and The Yellow Wallpaper and Rebecca. And this book really has Rebecca vibes. And that’s a good thing, because I do love Rebecca. 

Would I recommend?

Yes! It’s a feminist/own voices twist on an old trope that updates it and pays homage to those stories that have come before. Plus, Fall is upon us and Halloween is creeping near, and this book would be a perfect eerie Fall or October read.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Have you read this book? Do you agree with my thoughts on it? Let me know. I love seeing what people think about the books I read. 

Happy Reading, y’all.

August and September 2020 Wrap-Up

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August and September just seemed to slide into each other when I wasn’t looking. So I decided to just combine both months for this update.

And if you are looking for Halloween or creepy Fall reads, both of my favorite reads are perfect for October.

And now, without further ado, my reading wrap-ups for August and September.

August

Total Books Read: 24

Physical Books: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 23

By Women: 24

By Men: 0

By Diverse Authors: 0

Borrowed: 10

Re-Reads: 1

Favorite Read: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Anthology: 1

Books for Challenges: 12

September

Total Read: 20

Physical Books: 2

eBook/Kindle: 18

By Women: 20

By Men: 0

By Diverse Authors: 4

Borrowed: 16

Favorite Read: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Short Stories: 3

Books for Challenges: 3

So that was my reading for the last two months. How was your? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading, y’all.

Quickie Book Review: The Guest List

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Published: May 2020 by William Morrow (eBook)

Length: 320 pages eBook

Genre: mystery/thriller

Source: Public Library

Stars: 4 stars

Summary:

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom a rising television star. The bride
a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine in a remote location. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

Like:

A fun summer or vacation read. Or, since I’m getting this review up well into the Fall, a great Halloween/October read. This is twisty mystery with some Gothic novel vibes and I love it! A destination wedding from Hell. The story opens with the murder at the wedding reception, but we don’t know who the victim is. The story is told from multiple points of view including that of the victim of the murder. We don’t know until the end who for certain is killed and by whom and why. And there is a twist at the end that I really enjoy. Of course, all of this is foreshadowed through the story and for many readers is probably is easy to figure out.   

This book has a Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad vibe. By vibe I mean the sense that someone or something is always watching the characters. And they can almost see it out of the corner of their eyes. That sense of dread that something bad is going to happen. 

Not so much:

It’s been a while since I read the book ( I finished at the beginning of August), and I just don’t recall anything that I didn’t think is well done or fun?  

What I’ll remember: 

Th is just a fun read and really nothing will stick. Okay, maybe the story itself won’t stick, but I will read a Lucy Foley mystery when released. 

Recommend? 

Yes. It’s a fun, fun read.