Month In Review: January 2019

Happy February everyone! I for one am glad January is over. That polar vortex last week was insane! We had windchills around -52 degrees F! I am so ready to be moving towards spring. But with the cold came lots of great reading time so I ended up reading 11 books this month. The last few months of 2018 were pretty slow for me so it felt good to get back up there.


  • January 2019 Books Read: 11
  • 2019 Books Read: 11
  • January 2019 Pages Read: 3,814
  • 2019 Pages Read: 3,814


  1. Sense and Sensibility graphic novel
  2. After You by Jojo Moyes
  3. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  5. The Wicked King by Holly Black
  6. The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber – ebook
  7. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  8. The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh – #unreadBOTMchallenge
  9. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker – #unreadBOTMchallenge
  10. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – #beatthebacklist2019
  11. Missoula by Jon Krakauer – #beatthebacklist2019


Favorite Book Read: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Least Favorite Book Read: The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber

This month I am planning on fitting in two more unread BOTM books as well as a re-read. I’m feeling pretty moody lately in the reading department so I’m not going to bother coming up with a TBR. I had started a re-read of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, which I love, but didn’t get very far because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it like I thought I was. And then my personalized copy of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo came so I started reading that. It is really good so far.

What books did you read in January?


2018: Year In Review


2019 is officially here and I am excited to start a new year with a fresh slate! But first, let’s take a look back at my year of reading!  I finished my last book of the year last night at 11:39 pm bringing my total to 107 books! I was hoping to have read more books this year but I still met my Goodreads goal and read a few more books than I did last year.

Top 5 Books I Read In 2018

(click on image to go to the book’s Goodreads page)

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As you can see, once again I’m pretty much locked into the fantasy genre with a splash of sci-fi thrown in there with Obsidio. I try to vary my reading choices over the years but the fantasy novels usually always end up being my favorites each year.

Now, here are some of my reading stats broken down into different categories beginning with some images from the great wrap-up that Goodreads provides every year.

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Now I’m going to add in some more detailed stats. In addition to using Goodreads to keep track of my reading I also use several other tracking methods. What can I say… I love lists! One of my favorite ways is using this awesome spreadsheet system created by Carina @ All About Books. I found out about her spreadsheet a couple of years ago and have been using it each year since. Check it out here! This past year I didn’t realize that she had made a new format for 2018 so I had just made a new copy of the 2017 version.  You can check out my finished spreadsheet here.

2018 Books (2)

I read a total of 107 books this year. 99 of them were new-to-me books, 3 of them were rereads, and 5 were DNFs (did not finish).

2018 Audience (2)

Of the 107 books read, 1 was middle grade, 49 were young adult, 7 were new adult, and 50 were adult. The past few years I have read mostly young adult but this year I felt more drawn to the adult books.

2018 Formats (2)

I read 47 hardcovers, 30 paperbacks, 24 Kindle books, and 6 audiobooks. Last year I read way more audiobooks than I did this year but with my new job it is pretty much impossible to listen to audiobooks at work so I anticipate this number staying pretty low for the forseeable future.

2018 Page Lengths (2)

The majority of books that I read were in the 301-500 page length range this year. 16 books were over the 501 page mark. In the new year I would like to read some more of the books over the 501 page mark. I’ve been neglecting some of the longer books I’ve been wanting to read the last few years.

2018 Ratings (2)

As shown above in my Goodreads screenshot, my most given rating was 4 stars. I don’t really have a specific criteria for how I rate books. Basically, if I really enjoyed a book and could see myself reading it again in the future it gets a 4. If I LOVED the book and would definitely read it again it gets a 5. If I liked the book but don’t think I would ever want to revisit it, then it gets a 3.

2018 Genres (2)

And like I said earlier in this post, my top genre continues to be fantasy/scifi. I was trying to read a little more of a variety this year but that didn’t exactly go to plan. Here is the breakdown. I did do a better job of reading nonfiction this year though. Last year I only read 3 but this year I read 7. I’d still like to see that number a little higher for 2019 though. Last year I had Fantasy and Scifi as individual categories which I think I will return to again for 2019.

  • Fantasy/SciFi: 41
  • Historical Fiction: 9
  • Contemporary: 13
  • Romance: 11
  • Classics: 1
  • Mystery/Thriller: 8
  • Literary Fiction: 2
  • Nonfiction: 7
  • Horror: 4
  • Graphic Novels: 11

So that’s it for my 2018 Year In Review! Stay tuned for my 2019 goals post!


Month In Review: November 2018


Apparently my blog is just turning into only wrap-up and TBR posts haha. Things should be winding down now with winter officially hitting us up here in Minnesota so I’m hoping to have more time to devote to the blog. But no promises! I’m still just going to post when I feel like it and not push myself to stick to a set schedule. So, I feel like although I only read 4 books this month, I read some pretty big books so that made up for it. I read the last three books of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I am so sad that it is over. One of my all-time favorite series. I know a lot of people don’t care for this series anymore or Maas, but I will always love her and her writing. I also read the most recent Nicholas Sparks book but didn’t care too much for it. It was just meh. I grew up reading his books and loved them, but the last couple just haven’t done anything for me. I don’t know if it’s his writing that has changed or me, but I just couldn’t even get through the one he wrote before this last one.

November 2018 Books Read: 4

Total 2018 Books Read: 101 (including 5 DNF)

October 2018 Pages Read: 2,432 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 33,476 (not including DNFs)

  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I have been doing pretty well at sticking with my TBRs lately so I’m going to try and continue that trend in December. Stay tuned for my December TBR post.

What books did you read this month?

Month In Review: October 2018


October seems to have blown by really fast! And yet I managed to have a GREAT reading month! Maybe having such a dismal reading month in September really helped turned things around for me. I read 11 books this past month, including one that I decided not to finish. Not only did I read 11 books, but I read well over 3,000 pages and I’m only three books away from completing my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year. And what might be even more amazing to me is that I finished every single book that I had on my October TBR! That has NEVER happened! I’m such a mood reader that it is hard for me to pick books for a whole month and then stick to those choices. But I guess I picked out a great stack this past month. Either that or I was just in a super Halloweeny mood the whole month!

One book that was a little bittersweet to read was Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. It was absolutely amazing, everything I wanted and more in the finale of the Strange the Dreamer duology…. But that’s it, no more to the story so that made me pretty sad about finishing it. Definitely my favorite book of the month, and of 2018 so far! With the pushback on publication of the Nevernight trilogy finale, Muse of Nightmares was my most anticipated book of 2018. So, so happy that it lived up to my expectations.


October 2018 Books Read: 11 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 97 (including 5 DNF)

October 2018 Pages Read: 3,289 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 31,044 (not including DNFs)

  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  • And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Saga vol. 8
  • Saga vol. 9
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

What books did you read in October?

Month In Review: September 2018

Picture_20180830_200751255.jpgWell, this month was a huge dry spell for me on the bookish front. We had so much going on that I only just finished 1 book on the 27th. I haven’t read this little in a month in years! I also obviously didn’t do any blogging as you can tell since my last post was my August wrap up. Hard to have time to blog when you don’t even have time to read. My dad was staying with us three nights a week while he worked his last month at his job down here before moving up north full time. My mom started her new teaching job up there at the beginning of September so he was up there with her when he didn’t have to be down here. While he was staying with us I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible so those days he was here we would hang out, watch tv, go out to eat, etc. So the adulting things that got pushed aside on those days got crammed into the other four days so it was really busy. Add in a night of tornadoes… 10 tornadoes to be exact… Books kind of took the back seat. On Thursday, the 20th, southern MN got hit hard with a huge line of storms that produced 10 tornadoes. Our town was hit by two of them with a third just to the south. Luckily we didn’t have any damage at our house but our neighbors two houses down they had massive pine trees completely uprooted. Lots of damage everywhere. It was pretty scary. But anyways…. back to the books.

I started a few books here and there but just never had enough time to fully devote to them. I had checked out Girl In Pieces from the library and read maybe 45% of that before my check-out expired. Maybe some day I’ll pick it back up. I finally picked up the third book of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and just finished it in time. It was pretty good. I got a little nervous how close I was getting to the end with things in turmoil but it was a pretty good ending.

UPDATE: I ended up finishing my re-read of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor making my read count for September 2 books instead of 1.

September 2018 Books Read: 2

Total 2018 Books Read: 86 (including 4 DNF)

September 2018 Pages Read: 869

Total 2018 Pages Read: 27,755 (not including DNFs)

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (re-read)

I also didn’t buy very many books this month. I’ve been trying to be better and I’m starting to get there.  In October my haul is mostly going to be different editions of Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor and new editions of two of the Outlander books. I’m really excited for them all.


Stay tuned for my October Halloweenie themed TBR!