Weekly Wrap-up | January 12, 2020

Wow! This was a super busy week! I barely even had time to sit down in the evenings, much less read. My poor cat was desperate for affection and whenever I was sitting down, plopped on me for cuddles. Sadly, I was only able to give him a few minutes of them before I was up and rushing to whatever I had to do next. I did managed to get some reading and cuddling in yesterday, though, so we’re all good. With any luck, this week won’t be quite as busy and I can get back to my regular schedule of cat-cuddles and reading.

Monday: Atomic Habits by James Clear (review)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer (review)

Monday: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

How was your week? Also, is anyone actually interested in my Saturday Snippets, or should I stop posting? Have a great week!

2019 Wrap-Up

Wow, what a year! I read more books this year than I think I have in my adult life, and it was wonderful. I started this blog and have managed to keep up posing regularly, for the most part. In July, I took my dream vacation to British Columbia and kayaked with killer whales. I finished writing a book and started another. I won NaNoWriMo my first time out. So, yeah. It was a great year.

Stats:

I read 120 books (my goal was 100).

For the genres, you can see the table below.

Genre
Fiction39
Non-Fiction8
Science Fiction4
Fantasy22
Mystery14
M/M Historical10
M/M Contemporary4
Book Club0
Self-Help14
M/F Romance4

My page breakdown was as follows:

Genre (Pages)
Fiction11593
Non-Fiction2751
Science Fiction969
Fantasy8917
Mystery4851
M/M Historical2033
M/M Contemporary1304
Book Club0
Self-Help2558
M/F Romance1359

The format of my books were:

Format
Hardcover37
Trade Paperback21
Mass Market5
ebook35
Audio14
Uncorrected Proof6
Audio14
Graphic Novel1

Age group breakdown:

Age Group
Adult72
YA44
Middle Grade2
Kids1

Books per month:

Books/Month
Jan7
Feb2
Mar20
Apr15
May18
Jun11
Jul11
Aug7
Sep5
Oct6
Nov6
Dec11

Pages per month:

Pages/Month
Jan2298
Feb623
Mar7013
Apr4649
May5905
Jun3264
Jul3002
Aug1828
Sep1333
Oct1693
Nov1789
Dec2938
Avg. Pages/Month3028
Total36335

The Longest book I read:

Shortest book:

(I think I forgot to put this book on my spreadsheet; Goodreads says I read 120 books and my spreadsheet 119. I think this is the book missing).

And that’s my year in reading! The spreadsheet I used to track my reading was created by Brock Roberts. I found it really fun to fill out and go over the data as I progressed through the year.

What were some of your reading wins this year?

Top 10 Reads of 2019

Can you believe that 2019 is over? It feels like only a couple weeks ago that I was setting goals and getting excited for the year. And now, it’s all over. It went by quickly.

Today, I’m posting my top 10 reads of 2019. I know, I know;I should be doing top 19 books of 2019, but I feel that kind of dilutes the list. Ten is a good, strong number. This list is in no particular order, although the first on the list is probably my favorite.

If you’ve been around this blog awhile, you probably know how much I love A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer and Beauty and the Beast retellings in general. This one blew me out of the park. A highlight of my year was meeting Brigid Kemmerer and getting to tell her how much I loved the book. I just wish I had done it more eloquently.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston remains one of the most romantic book I read this year. It was so lovely. The letters the boys wrote each other thrilled me to death and made me melt into a little pile of goo. I cannot wait to reread it.

I was skeptical about Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid book because I’ve never read anything like it before. But it was amazing. There were so many lines that touched me. They were like poetry (and I’m not talking about the songs). This is the only book that I’ve ever tabbed so I could go back and reread the lines whenever I want. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a masterful writer.

I’d always assumed Caravel by Stephanie Garber book just wasn’t for me. I’m not much into high fantasy and thought that this would be that. But, I gave it a try and loved it. I love Scarlett and Tella so much! They are both so strong and fierce, each in their own way. I loved watching Scarlett navigate the world of Caraval, trying to get it to conform to rules that it never did.

Spellbound by Allie Therin combines Prohibition with magic and mystery. It also has a very sweet romance and one of my favorite tropes, when one character becomes fiercely protective over another and incredibly loyal. I cannot wait for the next one.

Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

K.J. Charles hands down writes the most romantic declarations from the most unlikely characters, and she manages to make them totally believable. Any Old Diamonds was so good. It’s got intrigue, silliness, kickass female characters, and a very believable and romantic love story. Do I have time to reread it?

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnnelly was a surprise. I had never heard of it, but thought I might enjoy it. It was hard to stop listening to. The story was so well crafted and intricate, and the characters, especially Isabelle, so interesting, that I was swept into the world. I love when “evil” characters are given motivations and stories of their own, especially when that backstory doesn’t necessarily make excuses for their behaviors, just explains them.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Now, technically, The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner doesn’t come out until next year, but I read it this year and loved it. A group of people who are brought together by their love of Austen, and who play out the stories in new, original ways? Yes, please.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia was a book I literally could not put down. I read it in a few hours, I was so engrossed. I love reading about people who are involved in fandom in some way and who struggle to participate in the real world. Eliza was sympathetic and understandable. I loved this story.

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian was probably the only het romance I read that I didn’t get in a giveaway. I love so many aspects of this novel. I loved that the female lead was bisexual and a writer. I loved the male lead and his struggle to do what was right and follow his heart. I loved how it tied back with a another novel of Sebastian’s. It was just great.

What were some of your favorite reads this year?

Weekly Wrap-up | December 29

Wow, this week has gone by super quickly! On Monday, I drove home to spend the week with my parents for Christmas/Hanukkah/Mom’s birthday. It was a really fun week. We did Christmas with my brother on Christmas Eve. On Christmas, we had a long, leisurely morning before going out to lunch, then doing Christmas. I got new books as presents, which is always so awesome. The next few days were full of shopping and relaxing. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a couple books I’ve been wanting for awhile. Today, I’m driving back home. I’m sad to leave, but I’m also happy because I miss my cats. I’m also getting excited for the new year.

I bought Atomic Habits and The Beautiful. The rest were gifts. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is signed and personalized by the author. I’m thrilled with my holiday haul.

Monday: Finale by Stephanie Garber (review)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (review)

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (review)

Tuesday: Top Reads of 2019

Wednesday: WWW Wrap-up

Thursday: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (review)

Friday: 2019 Wrap-up

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

What are you reading this week? Did you meet your 2019 goals? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-up December 22, 2019

This week was so lovely. I had the week off from school, and I got a lot of relaxing done. Monday and Tuesday, I had appointments and ran/went to the gym, but on Wednesday, I woke up with a deep desire to do nothing. And, by nothing, I mean sit and read. So that’s what I did. I opened up Interview with the Vampire and tore through it. When I was done, I went to the library for The Vampire Lestat (and Queen of the Damned, but my library doesn’t own a copy). It was a magnificent day.

Thursday, I started my day with a run. About five minutes in, I came across a small dog that was in the park. I tried to get it to come to me so I could see its tags, but it ran away. I started running again, only to stumble across the dog once more. The dog ran off, but stopped at the end of the block to bark at me. Then, it ran away and disappeared. I rounded the corner and started running down the block. Then, I heard barking behind me. The little dog had gotten a slightly bigger friend and they both chased me down the street, barking their heads off. I kept running faster and faster, absolutely terrified (all the while cognizant that this was a ridiculous situation). Finally, I decided to stop and see what happened. I did, and put my hands up for some strange reason. The dogs stopped, too, barked at me a little more, and then ran off. So, yeah, that was an adventure.

Reading wise, I finished three books, Interview with the Vampire, Capturing the Devil, and The Jane Austen Society. I wrote a little bit, but not as much as maybe I should have, and I even got to the movies yesterday. So, it’s been a very nice week.

Monday: Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer (review)

Tuesday: Dear Santa, I’d Like these 5 Books!

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Friday: Festive Christmas Book Tag

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

Monday: Finale by Stephanie Garber (review)

Tuesday: nothing

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Snippet Saturday

How was your week? Any great books or daring adventures? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Wrap-Up

I survived the week before winter break! The week wasn’t as hard to get through as I thought it would be, but it was definitely crazy. Three of the five days, we had assemblies in the morning. Then we’d go back to class and have to test. It was insane. But the kids held together and we got through.

On the reading front, I got a lot done. I finished Finale last night and Her Majesty’s Necromancer earlier in the week. I didn’t get a ton of reading done, but that’s okay; I was busy. Mostly what I did was relax. I got home on Monday and realized I was very close to being totally burned out, so what I needed to do was just let my mind turn to mush and zone. So, that’s what I did.

Yesterday, I ran my second 5K. It was a Christmas themed race, so I joined in the spirit:

Woman wearing reindeer antlers and a red  nose.
Run, Run Rudolph!

I managed to shave a few milliseconds off my time, which was not as fast as I wanted, but still good. Now, I just need to train for my New Year’s run. 🙂

Monday: The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Monday: Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer (review)

Tuesday: Dear Santa – I’d Like These 5 Books!

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

How was your week? Any great reads? Drop a comment and let me know!

November Wrap-Up

So, November was a weird month. It went by really quickly, but also felt really long. I’m not quite sure how that happens.

Highlights: I won NaNoWriMo my first time out. I figured I probably could, since I’d just written a novel the previous month, but at times, I was sure I was going to fail. My initial outline was way too bare and if I’d stuck to it, I wouldn’t have met the 50,000 word goal. Luckily, I was able to flesh out the plot once I was in and met it the day before Thanksgiving.

I also ran my first 5K. I didn’t totally embarrass myself, which was awesome. I came in 24th out of 35th in my age bracket, which I felt was respectable. Also, it poured rain the entire time and was cold for California, but I had so much fun. I’m doing another on December 14th and one more on New Years Day.

I’m in the poncho.

The run on December 14th is the Jingle Bell Run to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. I’d be thrilled if you could donate to help support the cause. My former principal (and favorite principal) introduced me to this organization because she had rheumatoid arthritis. She never let it stop her, though, and even went horseback riding in Hawaii, among other adventures. My dad has arthritis, too, and I’m hoping the money that goes to the foundation will help find ways to make him more comfortable. You can click here and donate.

Read: 6 books

Categories: 5 adult, 1 YA

Types: 2 physical, 3 e-books, 1 audio

Pages: 1789

Hours listened: 9

Sources: 1 Goodreads Giveaway, 2 library, 2 ARC, 1 from the author

Rage by Jonathan Maberry

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Think of England by K.J. Charles

Fable by Michele Packard

A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Top 5 Books on my Current TBR

Should reader’s read books that aren’t for their target age?

Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

Top 10 Changes in my Reading Life

Do Bloggers/Reviewers Have to Review every book they read?

Top 10 Books I’m Thankful I Gave a Chance

How has reading shaped you life?

So, overall, not my best month, but not my worst either. I was super busy and reading sort of fell by the wayside. I’ll catch up this month, though. I’ve already finished two books and I’m in the middle of two more.

How was your month? Any firsts for you? Let me know in the comments!