Weekly Wrap-up: Sunday, May 17

Got another week down. It was a great reading week because I’m setting more and more time each day to read. I’m also dipping my toes in the annotating pool, something I’ve really never done before. I started just by tabbing my favorite lines, but now am trying to get more organized and color coding and adding some thoughts. I’m doing it with a reread of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve never been against writing in my books, precisely, I just never know what to write. But, I thought it might be interesting to give it the good old college try.

In other news, my dad started his daily radiation treatments on Wednesday and will be doing it for about three or four more weeks. It’s tough, not being around. And, by around, I mean not even being in the same town. Not that I could help if I was in town because of physical distancing and all, but I might be able to swing by and see him through the window or sit in the yard a safe distance away. Wish me luck; I applied for a few more schools down by my parents; I hope I at least get an interview with one.

Monday: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophia Gonzalez (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Worst Rulers

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (review)

Friday: Bookish Bucket List tag

Monday: The Hockey Player’s Heart by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Opening Lines

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

How was your week? Anything great happen? Let me know!

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

Ug. This week was such a slog. I was exhausted and unmotivated all week. All I wanted to do was sleep. I got some reading done, but not as much as I wanted. I did manage to write every day on my NaNoWriMo project, so that was good. I’m 15K into the novel. I just need to keep it up.

Next week is going to be another hard one, at least on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ve got parent conferences this week, which is always draining. Luckily, I’m done on Wednesday, if everyone shows up (*knocks on wood*). Then I’m going to a training on Thursday and it’s a short day Friday. I hope to get a lot of writing and reading done in all my “spare” time.

Monday: Review- Rage by Jonathan Maberry

Tuesday: Top 5 Books on the Current TBR

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Reading Outside Your Age Bracket

Monday: Review – A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Authors I NEED to Read

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Review – Think of England by K.J. Charles (hopefully)

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Plot or Characters: Which is More Important?

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Anyone doing NaNoWriMo? How’s your progress going?

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


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?