April 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 12

Number of Pages: 3,731

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 11

Diverse Authors: 0

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 12

Paperback: 2

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 9

Library Books: 9

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: 4 Click here to see the Wrap-Up.

DNF: 0

Favorite Book: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:
It was a banner month for free books. I won a paperback copy of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry from #GoodReadsGiveaway. I’m so excited because I never win anything. the others in the stack I purchased.

 

 

 

 

 

The first of two free audio Books from AudioBooksSync. Click on the link to find out how you can get in on this.

 

 

 

 

 

All nine free books from AmazonCrossing to celebrate World Book Day.

 

 

 

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 68/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:   2

Bookish Posts:

Countdown to Dewey’s

National Bookmobile Day

My Quickie Book Reviews:

The Long and Faraway Gone 

So, that’s my reading life in April. How was your April? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading!

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March 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 19

Number of Pages: 6,618 pages

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 10

Diverse Authors: 0

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 19

Paperback: 3

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 15

Library Books: 10

Audio books: 1

Rereads: 5

DNF: 2

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 55/75

BookRiot #ReadHarder2018: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 2

#PopSugarReadingChallenge: 2

#ReadingWomenChallenge: 1

Favorite Book:

Ruthless by Anne Stuart

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Bookish Posts:

International Women’s Day 2018

My Quickie Book Reviews:

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Across the Blogosphere:

I love essays about writing. This one explains why it’s difficult to call yourself a writer.

This essay argues that writers and by extension all artists should not give away their labor. Click here to read the entirety of the essay. I would be so interested to see what you think about.

I love this particular list. I have a commonplace book of my own in which I write down my favorite lines from the books I read. Click here to read the list.

I love adult fairy tales and I completely agree with this author. Click here to read the essay.

Across the Web:

I love historical fiction and I love to listen to podcasts. The History Chicks Podcast gives good information about female historical figures who show up in so many of the books I read. Click here for more information about the podcast. Click here to read more about the podcast.

I  love essays about writing, part III. Click here to read.

I have to admit up front that I’m not a fan of Justin Timberlake. So this rather scathing analysis of his attempt to rehabilitate his image by “going West, young man” is delicious (#JusticeforJanet). Click here to read it.

I love Food Network, but I am not a fan of Mario Batali or any of his shows. I’ve never watched any of them. But I did find it very odd/weird/inappropriate to include a recipe with his apology for his bad behavior. Click here to read about one woman’s thoughts while making the recipe.

Okay, that’s my reading life in March. How did your month go? Let me know in the comments below.

February 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 15

Number of Pages:  5,059

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 14

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 15

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 13

Library Books: 11

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

Favorite Book:

 

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

 

 

 

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Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

 

DNF/Abandoned:  0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 36/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017  (click here for more information):

 The Duchess War by Courtney Milan [A romance novel by or about a person of color.]

Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer Ashely  [A One Sitting Book.]

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge  (Click here for more information) :

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin [A novel based on a real person]

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt [A book about a villain or antihero]

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Reading Women Challenge  (Click here for more information) : 0

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:

Two book boxes arrived at my door. Quarterly Lit Box:

And #MyPageHabit Lit Box:

 Bookish Posts:

My Top 10 Historical Romances

My Quickie Book Reviews:

The Girls in the Picture

Across the Blogosphere:

Words have meaning and consequences. This is a thoughtful post about this.

An interesting idea that has me thinking about ways to support fellow bloggers and good writing. And maybe get some cash to buy myself a cuppa joe.

Across the Web:

Speaking of good writing, here is a lovely little essay about Death Valley.

And finally, in honor of The Girls in the Picutre which I won in #GoodreadsGiveaway, here is a link to one of my favorite podcasts You Must Remember This. This podcast focuses on telling the stories of old Hollywood. Here is the link to the homepage. You can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and other podcast apps. The series of podcaasts about Charles Manson are fascinating if you are interested in that infamous murderer.

That was my reading life in Febraury. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Happy reading in March, y’all.

 

2017 Wrap-Up

It’s the beginning of 2018, so it’s time to look back at my reading/blogging life for 2017. For this wrap-up I’m using a template from this blog. I adapted it a wee bit for my own needs. In 2017  I made a deep dive into romance novels for many reasons that still aren’t clear to me, if that makes any sense. I think because of the political climate I needed to read something comforting which also gave me happy endings in year where happy endings in real life were few. And that’s what romances are: fairy tales in which a woman gets exactly what she wants at the end. And, yes, in romances that means she gets the love of a rich duke (dukes seem to be a favorite in the historical romances right now). In the coming year I plan on reading fewer romances and get back to my teetering TBR pile, and writing more QBR reviews for my blog.

2017 Reading Stats:

Number of Books I Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 13!
Genre You Read the Most from: Historical Romance

Best in Books:

Best Book You Read In 2017?

Best overall book is Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Best romance novel: The Shadow Duke by Meredith Duran

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Most surprising (in a way good way or bad) book you read?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Best series you started in 2017? series I started in 2017: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman & Just One Damned Thing after Another by Jodi Taylor

Best Sequel of 2017? I started reading the Neapolitan Series last year and The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante is just wonderful.

Best Series Ender of 2017? Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? It’s a toss-up between Sherry Thomas and Meredith Duran (Yes. They are both romance authors. And they are awesome!)

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Lips Touch: Three Times by Lani Taylor [YA books]

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Most memorable character of 2017?

Irene from The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“The weight of what has been lost is always heavier than what remains.”
― Brit Bennett, The Mothers

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? The shortest, at 45 pages, is Claiming the Duchess by Sherry Thomas. The longest, at 870 pages, is Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year. After reading so many romances of the year this is hard. Nadia and Aubrey of The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From an Author You’ve Read Previously

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

Best World building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most FUN to Read?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman AND Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Most Unique Book I Read In 2017?

S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Book that made you The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (If I hadn’t been reading a Kindle, I would’ve chucked this book at the wall when I finished it.)

My Blogging/Bookish Life:

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

The Girl of 1000 Wonders

Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

It was such a weird Manson themed year. The Girls by Emma Cline.

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog

My First Library

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I love Read-a-thons. April 2017 & October 2017.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

And by popular I mean most viewed/visited:

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

This one.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

This was not a great year for completing challenges and goals I set for myself. I failed almost all of them!

Goodreads: 144/75

Book Riot Read Harder 2017: I didn’t complete this challenge. I only read 7 books that would meet the task requirements for this challenge.

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: I only read 15 of my own damn books.

#DiverseAuthors: I only read 7 books that fit this challenge.

 

Looking Ahead:

One Book You Didn’t Get to In 2017 but Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I want to post more book reviews and bookish posts in the coming year. Wish me luck! Here are my Reading Challenge Plans:

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: Read as many of books on my teetering TBR pile as possible

GoodReads: read 75 books

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018

December 2017 Wrap-Up

December Stats:

Total Books Read: 21

Number of Pages: 6,339

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 21

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 21

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 21

Library Books: 14

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 2

DNF:

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:   144/75 (I’ve met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  0

Favorite Book:

The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran    (This is one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read.)

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!: 6

I went crazy buying Kindle books this month.

My Bookish Posts: 0

My Quickie Book Reviews: 0

Across the Blogosphere:

Across the Web:

A link to Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018

A link to Pop Sugar’s Reading Challenge 2018.

My year in reading according to GoodReads.

My year in reading in 2016 according to GoodReads.    

How was your reading and blogging in December? Did you read and blog more or less this month?  Be sure to let me know in the comments below. Happy Reading!

November 2017 Wrap-Up

November Stats:

Total Books Read: 15

Number of Pages: 5,407

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 15

Library Books: 12

Audio books: 0

Rereads:

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:  123/75 (I’ve met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 0

Favorite Book: Duchess in Love by Eloisa James

Books Purchased/#BookHaul:

 

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Quarterly Literary Book Box: Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda,

Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen,

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

 

 

My Quickie Book Reviews:

 

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

 

 

Across the Blogosphere:

I do love a sexy poem read to me by a sexy man. Sigh.

That’s my reading month. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below.

October 2017 Wrap-Up

October Stats:

Total Books Read: 16

Number of pages: 5,157

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 15

Diverse Authors: 1 (Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas)

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 16

Paperback: 2

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 14

Library books: 14

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 2

DNF:

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D

I’m still waiting for these two books to become re-available at the library.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 108/75 (I met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 0

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  0

Favorite Book: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:

 

Room by Emma Donoghue

Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

The Curl Revolution by Michelle Breyer

 

 

 

My Bookish Posts:

Morning Pages

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2017

Dewy’s Readathon Updates

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up

Across the Web:

I think this essay is an interesting read: The Hidden Horror Inside Jane Austen’s Novels of Love by Mikaella Clements

So that was my reading life in October. How was your October? Let me know in the commments below. Happy reading in November, y’all!