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?

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?