Big Update: January-May 2020

Hey everyone! It’s been quite awhile since my last post. I’ve been taking a break away from blogging while all of this coronavirus stuff has been going on. My anxiety has been pretty high the last few months so I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading books outside of listening to audiobooks while I work. I started working from home towards the end of March and I am so grateful that I am able to do so. But even though that somewhat lessened the anxiety I was feeling about the whole situation, I still didn’t feel like reading books until the last week or so. First world problems, I know. Huge thanks go out to all of the people who have been working on the frontlines while this has been happening worldwide. You guys are heroes.

Something else that has had my attention since April is Animal Crossing: New Horizon. Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm got my hooked on it and I’ve played every day since then. I have a cool outdoor library, created my own Craigh Na Dun and dressed my character up as Claire Fraser, and reached 5 star island status!

It’s also been super fun to visit her island and have her visit mine.

One good thing to come out of this year is that I’ve been really good about limiting book purchases. So far this year I have only purchased 9 books and I’ve already read 5 of those books since buying them. My goal was to limit purchases and read the books I do buy as soon as possible.

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2020 Book Purchases So Far:

  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (read)
  • Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (read)
  • The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan (read)
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker (read)
  • Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker (read)

As far as books read this year, the majority have been audiobooks that I’ve borrowed from the library. Some have been really awesome like Daisy Jones & the Six and some a little disappointing like The Pioneers by David McCullough. Here is everything I’ve read the last few months broken down by month.


JANUARY

  • January 2020 Books Read: 27
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 27
  • January 2020 Pages Read: 9,951
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 9,951
  1. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  2. Everless by Sara Holland (audiobook)
  3. The White Darkness by David Grann (audiobook)
  4. The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey (eARC)
  5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer graphic novel (eARC)
  6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  8. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (audiobook)
  9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  10. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  11. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (audiobook)
  12. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  13. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (audiobook)
  14. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
  15. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (audiobook)
  16. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (audiobook)
  17. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  18. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  19. The Outsider by Stephen King
  20. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (audiobook)
  21. 1776 by David McCullough (audiobook)
  22. The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood (audiobook)
  23. Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (audio re-read)
  24. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris (audiobook)
  25. Fallen by Lauren Kate (audiobook)
  26. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (audiobook)
  27. American War by Omar El Akkad (audiobook)

January Favorite

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FEBRUARY

  • February 2020 Books Read: 4
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 31
  • February 2020 Pages Read: 2,268
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 12,219
  1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (audiobook)
  2. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (re-read)
  4. Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker

February Favorite

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MARCH

  • March 2020 Books Read: 12
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 43
  • March 2020 Pages Read: 4,327
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 16,546
  1. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (audiobook)
  2. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (audiobook)
  3. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  4. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  5. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  6. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (audiobook)
  7. Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne (audiobook)
  8. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (audiobook)
  9. Wyoming Legend by Diana Palmer (audiobook)
  10. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  11. The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  12. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)

March Favorite

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APRIL

  • April 2020 Books Read: 5
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 48
  • April 2020 Pages Read: 1,919
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 18,465
  1. Under Currents by Nora Roberts (audiobook)
  2. The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox (audiobook)
  3. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (audiobook)
  4. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  5. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (audiobook)

April Favorite

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MAY

  • May 2020 Books Read: 11
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 59
  • May 2020 Pages Read: 4.387
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 22,852
  1. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (audiobook)
  2. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (re-read)
  3. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)
  4. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (audiobook)
  5. Rose Madder by Stephen King (audiobook)
  6. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (audiobook)
  7. The Pioneers by David McCullough (audiobook)
  8. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (audiobook)
  9. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
  10. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (re-read)

May Favorite

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And that’s about it. Those are all of the books I’ve read this year so far. According to Goodreads I am 2 books behind schedule to meet my goal of reading 150 books this year which hasn’t happened in a very long time. I’m hoping that now I am back in the mood to read that I can get caught up. My plan for June is to focus on all of the ARCs that I am behind on. I am also going to attempt the 20 Books of Summer challenge again so stay tuned for my TBR post tomorrow.

How has everything been with you? Any good book recommendations?

 

 

 

Month in Review: September 2019

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Oops! It’s been a full month since my last post. This past month has been pretty crazy though so I didn’t have a whole lot of extra time. I had a lot going on in my personal life between family, friends, work, and things going on at our house. I read a lot of books on audio this month because I didn’t have a lot of time to read physical books. I have been participating in a fall book bingo hosted by Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile on her Instagram so everything I’ve read in the past month has been to complete squares for the bingo. I am SO close to getting my first bingo. I am also now only 2 books away from completing my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year! YAY!

  • September 2019 Books Read: 17
  • 2019 Books Read: 98
  • September 2019 Pages Read: 8,512
  • 2019 Pages Read: 41,113

Books Read:

  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (audio re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • Sanctum by Madeleine Roux (audiobook)
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
  • The Walking Dead vol. 1 (graphic novel)
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (audio re-read)
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (audio re-read)
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • The Stand by Stephen King (audiobook)

Favorite Book Read:

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Least Favorite Book Read:

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I had a pretty big book haul this month… OOPS! There were some great sales and Darkdawn came out so of course I ended up with quite a few editions of that ordered. Here is everything that I got.

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**Of course after I took the photo and was putting the books away I realized that I had actually gotten Pumpkinheads at the end of August, not in September. Oh well!**

  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
  • The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  • Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
    • US signed hardcover
    • UK Goldsboro limited signed edition – starlight sprayed edges
    • UK Illumicrate signed edition – yellow sprayed edges
    • UK trade paperback
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  • The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
  • Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag
  • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
  • Folly by Laurie R. King

What books did you read this month?

Month In Review: August 2019

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Another month come and gone in the blink of an eye. But September is bringing my favorite season along with it so I’m okay with that! I am so ready for fall. I had another great month of reading in August. I would say the only real dud is that I started to listen to a book I’ve been waiting for so long to read because of it’s length and I ended up not liking it at all so I just stopped listening to it and pulled the three books in that series off my shelf to offload. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is something I really thought I would enjoy because I love high fantasy and really enjoyed his Mistborn trilogy… but I just could not get into this one. I was bored to tears. But like I said, that was the only dud of the month and I decided not to even count it as a DNF because I probably didn’t get that far into the book since it is 1000+ pages even though I listened to it for over 2 hours. So without further ado… my stats for the month.

  • August 2019 Books Read: 16
  • 2019 Books Read: 81
  • August 2019 Pages Read: 6,629
  • 2019 Pages Read: 32,601

Books Read:

  • Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker (eARC)
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher (audio)
  • The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser (audio)
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (audio)
  • Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Monstress vol 1: Awakening
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (re-read)
  • Marvel 1602
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (re-read)
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (audio)
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

Favorite Book Read: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Least Favorite Book Read: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury


What books did you read in August?

Month In Review: July 2019

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I know I probably say this every month but how is July over already?! This year has been going by so much faster than previous years… or at least it feels that way. I had a really great reading month though so at least there is that to show for it. I listened to a lot of audiobooks at work of dramatized classics that I’ve been wanting to read again. I re-discovered my love for Jane Eyre. Thandie Newton narrated the audio for that one and she did a fantastic job. I also read some review copies, all of which were great.

  • July 2019 Books Read: 14
  • 2019 Books Read: 65
  • July 2019 Pages Read: 5,999
  • 2019 Pages Read: 25,972

Books Read In July

  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  • Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
  • Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir
  • Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  • Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir
  • The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Bulletproof by Maci Bookout
  • F*ck Marriage by Tarryn Fisher

I also had a pretty good book haul. Awhile back I had ordered a used copy of Belleweather by Susanna Kearsley from ThriftBooks that was supposed to be in good condition but it arrived and was completely water damaged and covered in library stickers. So I knew I would not be keeping that copy. I went to Half Price Books a couple of weeks ago with a friend and found a near perfect copy for only $7.99 so I’m really happy to finally have a good copy for my collection. I also ended up getting two Kristin Hannah books on two different occasions. I loved her book The Great Alone and knew I needed to read more of her books so when I saw these at Target, I couldn’t resist. Barnes & Noble was having a Stephen King sale the same day as Amazon Prime Day so I ended up getting three of his books. They were buy two, get the third free.

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  • On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Belleweather by Susanna Kearsley
  • True Colors by Kristin Hannah
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

How was your month of July? Read any new favorites or have any books to recommend?

Month In Review: June 2019

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How is June over already?! This whole year is going way too fast. I haven’t had as much time for reading this year but I’m hoping to fit in more during the second half of the year than I did the first. This month I started reading ARCs again which is throwing my TBR a little bit but the review copies I read were pretty great so I’m glad I started fitting them in again. I also finally finished my 3rd read through of The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon which is book 5 of the Outlander series. Most of the books I read in June were review copies actually. In addition to reading some really good books this month, I also had a pretty great book haul. I’m really excited to read all of the books that I got. I’m not sure when I’ll read them because… never ending TBR… but they will be read at some point this year.

  • June 2019 Books Read: 6
  • 2019 Books Read: 51
  • June 2019 Pages Read: 3,443
  • 2019 Pages Read: 19,973

Books Read In June

  • Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
  • We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman (eARC)
  • Everything by Jennifer Weiner (eARC)
  • The Summer Country by Lauren Willig (review copy)
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (re-read)
  • Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin (eARC)

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Book Haul

  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Darkest Time of Night by Jeffrey Finley
  • The Dark Above by Jeffrey Finley
  • DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

And now for a little check-in for my year-to-date stats. I like to keep track of all kinds of different things including genre and format. So far this year my most read genre is historical fiction which is making up 32% of the books I’ve read so far this year. The past few years I’ve been pretty heavy on the YA books but this year 88% of the books I’ve read so far have been adult books. On average I read 109 pages every day which is pretty great considering there are days I don’t read at all. I’m really looking forward to seeing how those numbers change as we go through the rest of the year.

What books did you read in June? Any new favorites or books you’d like to recommend?