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.

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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.

June 2018 Wrap-Up

The Stats

Total Books Read: 12

Number of Pages: 3,815

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 12

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 12

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 10

Library Books: 3

Audio books: 1

Rereads: 0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:   92/75 (Yes, I’ve read more than my goal for the year.)

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 1 

Favorite Book:

#BookHaul!:

 

 Bookish Posts:

Harry Potter’s publishing anniversary

My Quickie Book Reviews:

QBR: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Podcasts:

In the Dark, Season 1. It focuses on the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. It’s just a fascinating investigation into what happened to that child and why he wasn’t found for 27 years. Season 2 of this podcast is finishing up as of this date, and I’m waiting until it’s finished so I can binge listen to it.

Astonishing Legends podcast. this podcast focuses on mysteries such as UFO’s, Bigfoot, and Emilia Earhart. This is a podcast for fans of Coast to Coast AM, Unsolved Mysteries, or In Search of. If you like hearing about Skinwalker Ranch and Area 51, this podcast is for you.

TV shows I’m watching (bingeing):

I just finished watching Westworld on HBO. Not sure what to think of season 2 quite yet. I may have to watch seasons 1 and 2 together to really know what I think? And that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

So that is June. How was your reading life in June? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? What are your thoughts about them if you have? Let me know in the comments below, and leave a link to your June Wrap-Up.

Happy reading, y’all!

May 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 13

Number of Pages: 3,940

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 12

Library Books: 4

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

DNF: 0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 81/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 5/24

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 7

Favorite Book:

Two favorites in May

Circe by Madeleine Miller and The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman 

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!: I went a bit crazy in May.

My Quickie Book Reviews:

Wonder Valley

Across the Blogosphere:

A fun meme I’m planning on doing in June. An #AmReading ABC List.

Across the Web:

As someone who struggles with anxiety I found this interview with Ryan Reynolds fascinating, and familiar. It’s from The New York Times, so you may hit a paywall. Here’s a link to a Huff Po article in case you can’t get over the NYT paywall.

I love gossip. And I love Lainey Gossip! I’m a sucker for cultural criticism and she and her website do an awesome job of it. And her analysis of Ben Affleck and his messy, messy life? It is amazing. Here is a profile of Lainey from the WP.

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!

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.