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.

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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!

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.

 

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.

September 2017 Wrap-Up

September Stats:

Total Books Read: 13

Number of pages: 4,673

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 0

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 13

Library books: 10

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

DNF: 0

My Favorite Book this month:

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. I love this book and am so looking forward to the next book in the series!

Challenges to date:

GoodReads:  90/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 0

Across the Web:

In the fall I love to read, watch, and listen to creepy stories. One of my favorite creepy stories is about Robert the Doll in Key West, Florida. You can hear a version of this story at the web page for the podcast Lore.

The end of August marks the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death. And there are “think pieces” about her legacy. Hilary Mantel has written two interesting pieces about being royal here and here.

August 2017 Wrap-Up

August Stats:

Total Books Read: 12

The Widow's Auction by Sabrina Jeffries The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash The Mothers by Brit Bennett A Beginner's Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham, #1) Falling in Love Again The Countess (Madison Sisters, #1) The Heiress The Husband Hunt Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4) The Wild Marquis (The Burgundy Club, #1)

Number of pages: 3,627

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 12

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 12

Paperback: 0

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 11

Library books: 11

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

DNF: I didn’t finish, but I plan to do so in September.

See What I Have Done Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1) Funny Girl

Challenges to date:

GoodReads: 78/75 (I met my goal for the year.)

BookRiot Read Harder 2017, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, & Favorite Book: 1

Books Purchased:

Shadowshaper  Between Shades of Gray The Sociopath Next Door The Devil in the White City

My Bookish Posts:

Quarterly Lit Box Unboxing

Across the Blogosphere:

An interesting blog post about other themes explored by Jane Austen in her novels. Click here to read.

A post that really has made me stop and think about my blog and time management. Click here to read.

Across the Web:

I’ve included this podcast previously in my March 2017 Wrap-Up. I’m listening to it as I work on this post. Here is the link to the most recent episodes. Right now the podcast is exploring the parallels between Jean Seberg and Jane Fonda.

This is a lovely essay about all the stuff we all accumulate, and why. Cleaning the House, Tending the Weeds.  

Overall this was a good reading month for me. I’ve read so many romance novels this summer. I’ve not read so many romances since I was a teenager. I must say romance novels have changed so much since then.

How was your August? Did you read many books? Any favorites? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to leave a link to your wrap-up, too. Happy Reading.