Month In Review: March 2019

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March ended up being a pretty decent reading month for me. A lot of what I read was graphic novels though so that kind of accounted for the spike in number of books read. I read 9 graphics and 4 regular books. One of my all time favorite series is The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, completed by Brandon Sanderson after RJ passed away. I’ve tried to get my husband to read it so many times and years ago he read the first two and half of the third. But then he lost track so put it on the back burner for a few years. He finally decided to start reading it again but wanted to start from the beginning and wanted me to read it with him. Since I’ve read the first 6 or 7 books multiple times already I decided to read the first two books with the graphic novels instead of the full novels. The prequel is one graphic novel and the first book is split into 6 graphic novels. While I was reading the graphics he was already full steam ahead on book two.

I also ended up finishing the #UnreadBOTMChallenge that I had started at the beginning of the year. To recap, the goal was to choose books from your owned but unread Book of the Month Club books in January, February, and March. I decided to try and read 2 of those per month.

  • March 2019 Books Read: 13
  • 2019 Books Read: 31
  • March 2019 Pages Read: 3,539
  • 2019 Pages Read: 10,406

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  1. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  2. Tainted Love – True Blood vol. 2 graphic novel
  3. The French Quarter – True Blood vol. 3 graphic novel
  4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6. American Fire by Monica Hesse
  7. New Spring – Wheel of Time prequel graphic novel
  8. The Eye of the World – vol. 1 graphic novel
  9. The Eye of the World – vol. 2 graphic novel
  10. The Eye of the World – vol. 3 graphic novel
  11. The Eye of the World – vol. 4 graphic novel
  12. The Eye of the World – vol. 5 graphic novel
  13. The Eye of the World – vol. 6 graphic novel

Since the #UnreadBOTMChallenge is officially over now, here is the final list of what I read. Technically I read 4 BOTM books in January but that was because I had read two of them before I decided to join the challenge so I wanted to start the challenge as if I hadn’t read any yet. The links go to each book’s Goodreads page in case you are curious. I absolutely loved The Great Alone, The Broken Girls, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Reid. I highly recommend those to anyone looking for something new to read.

January:

February:

March:


What did you read in March? Anything to recommend?

Month In Review: February 2019

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This winter is finally starting to come to a close. Well, at least by the date anyways. Up here in Minnesota we are still having freezing cold weather and snow storms. I am so ready for spring. I’ve got cabin fever like crazy. Despite being almost constantly shut in the house, I didn’t read as many books as January. But I did read some great books. The last book I read was absolutely fantastic! I love Jeff Zentner’s writing so much. He always manages to make me laugh really hard and cry all in the same book. And this one, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnight Matinee, had references to the other two books and I love when authors do that with their books. I also finally got back into Philippa Gregory’s Plantagenet & Tudor novels. Probably one of my most favorite times in history to read about. I’m hoping I can continue reading the series and finally finish it this year sometime.

  • February 2019 Books Read: 7
  • 2019 Books Read: 18
  • February 2019 Pages Read: 3,053
  • 2019 Pages Read: 6,867

  1. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (#UnreadBOTMChallenge)
  3. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory (2019 Beat the Backlist)
  4. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
  5. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (#UnreadBOTMChallenge)
  6. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  7. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnight Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Favorite Book Read: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo AND Rayne & Delilah’s Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Least Favorite Book Read: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell


What books did you read in February? Any new favorites or books to recommend?

 

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.

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

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  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

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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

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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

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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?