Monday Update

Hey everyone! Things have been pretty crazy lately. My brother-in-law was in a motorcycle accident earlier this month so we’ve been pretty worried about him. He’s doing okay now and recuperating at the family farm where his grandma is around to help out. I was also sick and am still getting over that so I haven’t been reading very much lately so I haven’t had a lot to post about.  Within the last week I finished reading two books though so things are looking up!

25332115The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner was my first book completed for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. It is a memoir written by a woman who grew up in a polygamist colony in Mexico that was started by her father. Her father died when she was a baby so she grew up with a creep of a stepfather who repeatedly molested her from a young age among other things. I had a hard time not throwing the book across the room most times I was reading. It was such a dark and tragic read that it was really hard to read it for long periods of time.

32895291Next I read The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. Total coincidence that their names are so similar haha! The Lying Game is a mystery taking place in England involving a group of girls who became friends at boarding school and something very dark happened causing them to be removed from the school and sent their separate ways. There were times when I really enjoyed reading it and times I was a little bored. Once the twists and reveals started happening, I was hooked though. This was my third book written by Ruth Ware and she is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I’m really looking forward to reading her latest which is supposed to be fantastic – The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

I recently got a couple ARCs so I’m going to take a little step away from the 20 Books of Summer challenge TBR to read those.  One of the ARCs is actually the third book in a trilogy which I didn’t realize until I looked it up on Goodreads. So unfortunately I need to read books 1 & 2 before I can start the ARC. It’s a series of historical fiction taking place in Ireland. I adore Ireland so I’m really excited to read this trilogy.  Book one is called The Irish Girl. Luckily for me, it was only $1.99 on Kindle. I have book 2 on hold at my library.

What have you been reading lately?




May 2018 Wrap-Up and Haul


I’m a little disappointed in how few books I read this month. This is the lowest book count I’ve had all year so far. We have been working on so many house projects lately that I haven’t had a lot of time outside of my lunch breaks to read. I am really happy about how our projects have been turning out though. The house is finally feeling like it is ours and not the house I grew up in.

Although I read fewer books than I usually do in a month, I still read some great books. Sure there was one DNF but I had one five star and the rest were all 4 stars. So I guess I should look on the bright side there 🙂  And in case you were wondering, the 5 star went to LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff! You all know he is one of my absolute faves but no bias here, this book was EPIC. That ending had me floored!


  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (DNF)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

May 2018 Books Read: 7 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 59 (including 2 DNF)

May 2018 Pages Read: 2,275 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 20,644 (not including DNFs)

Book Haul

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Small Country by Gael Faye
  • Still Lives by Maria Hummel
  • Saga vol. 2
  • Saga vol. 3
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (Aus and US editions)
  • Aru Shah and the End of the World by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielson
  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All **oops! Forgot to add this one to the photo!**


And today marks day 1 of the 20 Books of Summer Challenge!  Check out my TBR here! I’m planning on starting off the challenge with one of my non-fiction choices – The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner.

Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday – May 30, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

Recently Finished


Last night I finished reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It was pretty great, solid 4 stars, and I can’t wait to read the sequel. There were a few slow moments and admittedly a few eye rolls but overall it was really good.

Currently Reading


After I finished CoBaB, I started reading LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff which was just released in the US! This book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and so far it is living up to my expectations! Jay Kristoff is one of my absolute favorite authors so I’m really glad that this book is no exception so far.

Up Next

I anticipate finishing LIFEL1K3 either later today or tomorrow so I will be starting off fresh on Friday for the start of 20 Books of Summer! I honestly don’t know which of the books I am going to pick first. I may already have to change up one of my genre TBRs since I just found out I will be getting a review copy of a book that is #3 in a series – Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir – that I own the first two books but haven’t read. Technically they could be read out of order but I generally like to stick with the order of things, even when it’s not absolutely necessary. On Friday I’ll be posting an updated TBR for the start of the challenge.

What have you been reading lately?

20 Books of Summer Challenge – 2018


How is it even possible that summer is almost here?! We didn’t get much of a spring in Minnesota this year. The weather seemed to go straight from winter to summer with MAYBE a few days of spring temperatures. Spring is my second favorite season so I feel a bit cheated. But with summer comes a new reading challenge. I’ve attempted this one at least once in the past and it didn’t go as I had planned.  I came up with what at the time felt like a great TBR, but then my moods quickly changed and I hardly read any of the books I had originally picked out.  I did manage to complete 20+ books though so I guess that was what really mattered.  This year is already starting out a bit rocky… I thought I have had my TBR set at least three times, but almost every book changes every time.  So before I can change my mind yet again, I want to throw my TBR out there and hope it sticks.

20 Books of Summer is a challenge that was created and hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. Basically the goal is to come up with your TBR, read and review those books between June 1st and September 3rd.  Because I already know I will not be reviewing most of these books (just my nature), I am going to skip that part. I’m also going to say that if I end up not reading all of the books on my list but read different books that amount to 20, then I win. I am also trying to read more of a variety since lately my usual go-to tends to be fantasy novels so I picked out 7 genres that I want to spread my 20 books amongst. If I find myself no longer drawn to a few of my choices, I would like to at least replace them with a different book from the same genre.  Here are the books that I have chosen, fingers crossed I read them all! (links go to book’s Goodread page, book cover images from Goodreads)


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Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon by Jane Austen

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier



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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson



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Circe by Madeline Miller

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor


Historical Fiction

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A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory



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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh



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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner


Science Fiction

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**This section is contingent upon my finishing LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff before the end of May. If I don’t, then that will be going here in the place of one of these books.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

American War by Omar El Assad

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

In each of my summer monthly recap posts I will have a section to show my progress on this challenge.  I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books.  Some, like The Passage, have been on my TBR for what feels like forever.

What books are you planning to read this summer? Have you read any of these books or have them on your TBR?

Bout of Books 22 Wrap-Up


Another Bout of Books week has come to an end.  This last week went by so quickly. I’m a little bummed because I didn’t have as much time to read as I have in the past but I am still pretty happy with what I was able to read.  I finished two books and got a quarter of the way into another.

To recap, I started off the week finishing up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.  If you haven’t heard about this book, I highly recommend that you check it out.  McNamara has always been a bit obsessed with cold cases and started a blog called True Crime Diary where she wrote about various cases and tried to do a little detective work on her own. Eventually this led to her search for the Golden State Killer, a rapist turned murderer in California back in the 70s and 80s.  You may have heard about it in the news because police FINALLY caught the guy recently.  Unfortunately McNamara passed away in 2016 and was unable to see her hard work pay off but we at least have this book to help shed light on everything she was able to figure out. What really interested me in this book besides the obvious was how much criminology has changed over the years.  The science of it has really evolved to such an amazing point, especially involving DNA.  Nearly the whole time this killer was out there, they had his DNA but they didn’t have the same science that we do now so they were never able to find him. Now you can submit your DNA to a genealogy site to find out where you came from and possibly find distant relatives. And that is exactly how the police found him! Anyways, I definitely recommend this book if you’re interested in true crime.

I then decided to read Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I absolutely adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I was really excited when Albertalli released a sequel mainly about Leah, Simon’s best friend. Overall it was a really fun read with definite flashbacks to high school and planning prom with my friends.  I may have had my expectations up a little high because of Simon vs. so I didn’t quite enjoy it as much but I still really enjoyed it.

After I finished with Leah, I moved on to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi.  I left off at 25% yesterday and it is so good already! I have a few thoughts on how the story might play out but I am loving the characters, writing, and world building. I’m really intrigued by the magic system as well.

Now for the numbers…

Total pages read: 537

Books Finished:

Books Started: