January 2020 Wrap Up

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As you can see, January was a historical romance heavy month for me. And it makes sense because 2020 became another dumpster fire of a year quickly this year, so I needed to read books that both comfort me and tell me that a happily ever after is possible. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

How was your January? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Now, onward to February.

 

 

 

My Best & Worst Reads of 2019

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Happy New Year everyone! I know it’s been a while since I last posted on my blog, but one of my goals for this year is to post more regularly and to focus on writing more original content. With that in mind, here is my first post of the year focusing on (wait for it!) my best and worst reads of the past year.

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Overall Best Book: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The Audio Version.

 

 

Image Worst Book: The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory.

 

 

 

Image Biggest Surprise: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

 

 

Image Biggest Disappointment: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic By Emily Croy Barker

 

 

Image Most Thought Provoking: The Last Innocent Hour by Margot Abbott

 

 

 

Image Most Over-Hyped: The Whisper Man by Alex North

 

 

 

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Favorite Non-Fiction: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

 

 

 

Most Beautifully Written: The Night Tiger I by Yangsze Choo

 

 

 

Image Best Historical Romance: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

 

 

 

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Best Contemporary Romance: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

 

 

 

ImageBest Fantasy: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

 

 

 

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Best Re-Read: Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion both by Loretta Chase

 

 

So that’s my list. What do you think? Do you disagree with my choices? What are your best and worst books of 2019? Let me know in the comments below. If you are interested in a more detailed account of my reading last year, here is a link to my GoodReads Year in Books. Happy Reading!

 

 

May 2019 Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up

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Favorite Book:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

How was your May? It looks like I need to add reading more diverse authors to my June to do list. I did read one of my #GoodReadsGiveaways. I’ve got three more to read and review in June. The review for it will be coming soon. Overall it was a good month and I read a lot of books.

Did you read a lot of books? Let me know all about your bookish month in the comments below. Look out June, here I come. Happy Reading, y’all!

April 2019 Wrap-Up

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Here are my reading stats for April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book:

This month there is a three way tie. I love all three and can’t bring myself to pick one over the other two.

 

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

 

 

That’s my April. How was your reading month? Have you read any of my favorite reads, and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

 

January 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

Finally! I thought January would never end. What is it about January? Every year it seems to get longer and longer. This past January felt like it dragged on for months for me. But it’s finally over and it’s time to look back at my reading life.

 

 

 

Stats:

Total Books Read: 15 Books

Number of Pages: 5,081

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 14

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 15

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 15

Library Books: 11

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 1

Favorite Book:

I have three favorites this month. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart, & Big Boy by Ruthie Knox

Reading Challenges to Date  (Click on the links to learn more about each challenge) :

GoodReads:  15/100

Book Riot Read Harder 2019:

Task 23: A Self-Published Book: The Handbag’s Tale   by Louis B. Shalako

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 

The Handbag’s Tale By Louis B. Shalako. This is also one of my lowest rated books. Click here for more information.

The Heaving Bosoms 2019 Reading Embrace

Because Witches: Not the Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

Consent Boner: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

England Times: Irresistible by Mary Balogh

Hufflepuff-Slytherine Love: Cold as Ice by Anne Stuart

Medieval Times: The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux

Your Faves are Problematic: Ain’t She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Reading Women Challenge:

A romance or love story: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

A book you bought or borrowed in 2019: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Pop Sugar 2019 Reading Challenge:

A Debut Novel: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Blog Stuff

Bookish Posts:

The 5 Lowest Rated Books on my TBR

Across the web:

An idea for solving your TBR problem can be found on Book Riot that I think I’m going to try.  Strategy for actually reading the books you own.

 

So that was my January.  How was your January? Read any good books? Let em know in the comments below. Happy reading, y’all.

August 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 19

Number of Pages: 4,927

Written by Men: 2

Written by Women: 10

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 19

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 17

Library Books: 11

Audio books: 1

Rereads: 1

DNF:

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 128/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 

Task 16: The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs, (Edward Gorey Illustrations)

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks:  0

#PopSugarReadingChallenge:

A Book About Time Travel: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

A Book set in a Country that fascinates you: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Favorite Book:

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Good grief! Where did August go? Judging by the amount of books I read it just passed me by. How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave recommendations. Have a great September, y’all.

July 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 16

Number of Pages: 5,803

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 15

Diverse Authors: 0

Nonfiction: 2

Fiction: 14

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 13

Library Books: 8

Audio books: 1

Rereads: 0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 109/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017:

Task 2, A Book of True Crime:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Task 22, An Essay Anthology: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin

Pop Sugar 2018 Reading Challenge:

True Crime:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

A Book with an Animal in the Title: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (A QBR is coming soon. #GoodReadsGiveaway)

Reading Women Challenge 2018:

A True Crime Book:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

An Essay Collection: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin

A Short Story Collection: The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner & Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner & Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

Favorite Book:

ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:

 

 Bookish Posts:

Jane Austen: A Few of My Favorite Things

My Quickie Book Reviews:

QBR: Dead Girls

Across the Web:

I think this is what I wanted more of in Dead Girls.

I ran across this essay while reading about a story based on Lord Lucan’s disappearance. Click Here

Podcasts

Harry Potter!  A lovely analysis of the book series. Warning! It’s for an adult audience.

You Must Remember This is delving deep into the bookish, gossipy fun of Hollywood Babylon.

TV Shows

Sharp Objects on HBO. This is a rough show to watch, but it’s good. Here’s a link to a story about the show on Vulture.

I wanted to write more blog posts in July, but that just didn’t happen. fingers crossed for August.  Let me know how your July reading went in the comments below.

Happy Reading in August.