Weekly Wrap-up

Um… oops? Well, it is still Sunday, even if it’s way later than I usually post. I’ve been busy all weekend with writing my novel, working on my Halloween costume, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. The blog totally slipped my mind.

But my costume is coming along nicely.

Monday: Calendar Girls – Books that Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump

Tuesday: Top 10 Character Traits I Love

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Review – Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Sexual Content in YA

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Review – The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine

Tuesday: Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: TBD

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – What are tropes or characters you think are poorly/underrepresented in books?

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Have a great week everyone!

July Wrap-up

Another month in the can! Miraculously, despite spending my days in therapy and then a week away on a fantastic vacation, I managed to still read 11 books during the month. I’d hoped the read more, but I think 11 is a respectable number. I did DNF a few books, but that’s okay; I need to spend time on books I like, not force myself to read books I’m not enjoying.

In July, I read…

11 books: 6 physical, 4 e-book, 1 audio

3,200 pages (an average of 97 pages a day, down from last month)

12.23 hours listened on audio

5 YA, 5 romance, 1 memoir, and 1 non-fiction

2 purchase, 2 previously owned, 2 ARCs, 4 library books, and 1 borrowed from the owner of the bed and breakfast I stayed in.

The One by Kiera Cass

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Spellbound by Allie Therin

A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Top 5 Tuesday A,B,C,D.E

Top 5 Tuesday F,G,H,I,J

K,N.M.L.O

So, not my most productive month, but I had a lot going on. I’m still reading and blogging, and that’s the important part, right?

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read this month? Drop a comment below and let me know!

June Wrap-Up

Wow, what a month! I slowed down on my reading a bit and didn’t get as much done as I thought I would. Part of it was being busy, but part was just not being as motivated. I’m not in a reading slump by any means, but I think decompressing from school took a lot of out of me, and I got distracted by other things. No matter. I’m still reading and reviewing and that’s what’s important.

In June, I read:

11 books, all of them physical copies. I didn’t listen to one audio this month or read anything on Kindle. Crazy!

3,264 pages (an average of 109 pages a day)

5 YA, 1 middle-grade, 2 self-help, and 3 adult books

1 purchase and 10 library books

Caravel by Stephanie Graber

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

City of Ember by Jean DuPrau

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsey

Top 5 Debut Novels

Literary Dinner Party

Top 10 All-Time Favorites

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Top 5 “Main Males”

Coffee Book Tag

Top 5 Fantasy

So, in retrospect, I actually read 12 books, because I did finish Ever Alice, but I forgot to add it to my spreadsheet. I’ll have to do that. Not my best reading month, but still respectable.

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read this month? Drop a comment below and let me know!

May Wrap-Up

Another month down the tube. I don’t know about you, but I totally feel the meme that says most months have 30-31 day, except for May which has 1,672 days. As a teacher counting down the days of school, there are definitely too many days in May.

That being said, I had quite a successful month!

In May, I read:

18 books: 11 physical, 4 e-books, 3 audio

5,509 pages (which is an average of 190 pages a day!!!)

I listened to about 14 hours on audio

1 middle grade, 11 YA, and 6 adult books

4 purchases, 13 library books, 1 ARC (I’m so thrilled with my library game!)

Play it Again by Aiden Wayne

An American Duchess by Caroline Fyffe

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Last Sons of America by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

We Rule the Night by Claire Elizabeth Bartlett

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Who Am I? Book Tag

Top 5 Books I Want to Reread

New Disney Princess Tag

Top 5 Magical Creatures

Avengers Book Tag

Top 5 “Unputdownable” Reads

This or That book tag

Top 5 Summertime Reads

Book Addiction Book Tag

All in all, this was a fantastic reading month! I found a lot of great books at the library, I discovered a new wonderful series that I love (even if I’m having difficulties getting all the books in my eager hands) and I’ve continued to post consistently. Plus, I’ve started getting ahead on my reviews, so I’m scheduled at least a week or so ahead!

How was your May? Did you discover any new great reads? Drop a comment below and let me know!

March Wrap-Up

What an amazing month! I started out in a reading slump, seven books behind my Goodreads goal. Then, I had to take the day off work due to a hurt foot, so I decided to do something about that. I set out to read at least three books and ended up finishing a total of seven. From there, I just kept reading as much as I could and ended up reading a total of 18 books this month! For me, that’s amazing! Generally, I read about eight books every month, but this month I was inspired. I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to start reviewing books and start this blog. So, thanks hurt foot for reintroducing my love of reading.

I already wrapped up the first half of my month here, so I’ll start from where I left off.

Review to come
Review to come

Those were all the books I’ve read this month. I cant believe how many books I read! I feel so accomplished. I think my favorite read from the month was Red, White, & Royal Blue followed by A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

What did you read this month? What stood out as your favorites? Let me know below! Happy reading!

Sunday Post

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This week completed my first full week of blogging. I started this blog on a whim after a weekend of intense reading – seven books in four days, which, considering I usually average eight books a month, seemed like a lot. I decided I wanted to share what I was reading with the world through book reviews, memes, tags, and whatever else I catches my fancy. I think I’ve done a good job at being regular (I’ve posted every day), and I think my reviews are slowly improving.

Books I finished this week:

The low point of my week was not, as I expected, getting a tooth pulled, but the intense migraine triggered by the pain medication I took for it. That’ll teach me to stay away from prescription pain pills! The high point of my week was hanging out with my dad, who came to take care of me while I was recovering from being sedated.

My Posts:

March Mid-Month Wrap-up

Book Review: Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Beauty and the Beast tag

WWW Wednesday

Book Review: A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

World Poetry Day: My Favorite Poems!

Most Anticipated Releases of Spring 2019

Book Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

My Upcoming Week:

Book Review: Hexhunter by Jordan L. Hawk

My Top 5 Favorite Quotes about Books

Music Shuffle Book Tag

Currently Reading:

And that was my week. Productive and busy, just the way I like it. How was your week?

March Mid-Month Wrap-up

I have been on a reading spree. Usually, I average about eight books a month, but it’s March 17 and I’ve already read ten. Last week alone, I read almost a book a day. Part of it is because I was in a reading slump last month and only read two books, so I had a lot of catching up to do. But part of it is simply because I’ve been enjoying reading so much. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of coming home and vegging in front of the TV while scrolling mindlessly on my computer. The past couple weeks, I’ve turned off the TV and limited my screen time to focus on reading. It’s been a joy. My mood has lifted, I’m excited to read, and motivated to search out new things. It’s been wonderful.

Here are the list of books I’ve read, along with a brief description and my thoughts.

Hexmaker by Jordan L. Hawk follows the romance between a fox shifter, Malachi, and Dr. Owen Yates, who is a forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police. Malachi is a thief who is caught red handed. Unfortunately, the man he was stealing from has been murdered and Malachi is the prime suspect. The only way to clear his name is to bond with Yates and work with him until the murderer is caught. Swept away by a deep passion for the other, they also begin an affair that they know can’t last, as Yates is days away from an arranged marriage to secure his family fortune.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a lighthearted romance where both characters were really interesting and endearing. Owen does his best to do what’s expected of him even when his heart is leading him in another direction. And Malachi, despite his illegal profession, has a good heart. It’s a little predictable and not very deep, but it was exactly what I needed to get me out of my reading slump. Four out of five stars

Becoming by Michelle Obama is her memoir about her life. She talks about her early childhood, growing up in an apartment above her Aunt Robbie’s house in Chicago. She details her teenage and college years, talks about meeting Barack Obama and initial impressions (not great, he was late for their meeting) all the way through the White House years. I found the writing style very engaging and easy to read. Actually, I found it so thought-provoking and stimulating, that I could only read a chapter at a time, otherwise her voice followed me into my dreams all night. And while that’s not a bad problem to have, it did interrupt my sleep. I cried several times during this book for different reasons, both joy and sorrow. I really thought this book was well written and an inspiring. Five out of five stars

Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk is the third in the Hexworld books. This romance centers on Nick, a horse shifter who is fiercely independent and swears he will never bond with any witch, and Jamie McDougal, a former Rough Rider who lost his leg in the line of duty and now works for the Metropolitan Witch Police. When Jamie’s former lover, another familiar, is found dead almost a year after he was supposedly killed in action, Jamie and Nick join forces to solve the crime. Like Hexmaker, this is a light, fluffy book and an easy read. This one had to win me over a bit because I didn’t like Nick all that much to begin with. However, once he and Jamie really started connecting, Nick exposed his vulnerable side and I liked him a lot more. Four out of five stars

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian. I got an early Kindle copy of this book. This is set in the same universe as Unmasked by the Marquess, which I read last year. In A Duke in Disguise, best friends Verity Plum and Ash find their unspoken attraction harder to ignore when Verity asks Ash to illustrated an erotic book she’s publishing. When Ash discovers a long kept secret about himself, he decides to throw caution to the wind and court Verity in earnest, at least for a month. This is a delightful book with fantastic characters. Verity is strong and independent. I love that she’s in charge of her father’s old publishing house and also that she keeps her brother out of danger. And Ash is, of course, noble and true, just as a good romantic hero should be. Four out of five stars.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. In a land where magic people called Grisha exist, a drug is created that give them unimaginable powers. To keep this highly addictive drug from being abused, Kaz Brekker is hired to take a band of criminals to break the creator of the drug out of the prison he’s being held. To be honest, I struggled with this one. I started it in February and eventually had to put it aside because it wasn’t working for me. I know people passionately love this book, but I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. I finally picked it up and gave it another try. I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed it, but I wish I loved it as much as everyone else does. Three out of five stars.

How I Changed My Life in a Year by Shelley Wilson. This book is a self-help/inspirational book about how one woman set 12 goals for herself to complete over the course of a year. She then broke them down into 52 challenges and blogged about her experiences. I listened to this on audio and overall enjoyed it. Three out of five stars.

Of Five and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. Instead of rehashing my thoughts, you can read my review here. I gave it four out of five stars.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg. Again, I’ve reviewed this on my blog here if you’re interested. Two out of five stars.

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. Five women and one man come together to discuss their love of Jane Austen. In between, flashes of their lives are revealed, friendships are formed, and romantic matches are made. I didn’t like this book. I found the characters dull and uninteresting. Their lives were boring. Every once in awhile, there’d be something interesting, but it didn’t last and was driven away by the how mean-spirited the characters seemed to be to each other. There was barely any discussion of Austen, which made sense because any time someone offered an opinion, it was immediately torn apart by someone else. I wouldn’t want to talk about something I loved if that was the environment either. This was just all around an disappointing book. One out of five stars.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry. This is about a group of outcasts at a religious high school. Michael’s an atheist, Avi is Jewish, Eden is pagan, Max doesn’t like the dress code, and Lucy wants to change the church. They come together to discuss their difficulties until one day, Michael suggests they take action and try to create change. However, things soon go to far and Heretics Anonymous is put in danger of being exposed. I really liked this book. The characters were real, the struggles were interesting, and the emotional message was compelling. Four out of five stars.
That’s all the books I’ve read so far this month. I’m currently reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and enjoying it quite a bit.

What books have you read so far this month? Drop a comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!