May 2018 Wrap-Up and Haul

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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!

Wrap-Up

  • 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!**

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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!

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Month In Review: January 2018

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Happy February everybody! I can’t believe January is over already but that just means that we are one month closer to spring and I can’t wait!  Winter is my least favorite season because I almost never get to see the sun during the work week.  Cabin fever hits pretty hard!  Luckily I’ve read a lot of great books this month to help keep me sane.

# Books Read in January:  12

# Books Read in 2018: 12

# Pages Read in January: 4,872 (including audiobooks)

# Pages Read in 2018: 4,872 (including audiobooks)

Books Read in January:

  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete  & Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (audiobook re-read)
  • Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
  • The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
  • Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
  • Thief by Tarryn Fisher
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • IT by Stephen King
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Favorite Book Read

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Hands down, The Cruel Prince! There was so much I loved about this book and I am dying for the next one.  I really enjoyed how each character was revealed to be not all that they seemed at first, showing that first impressions certainly aren’t everything they’re cracked up to be.

I also really enjoyed The Love Me With Lies trilogy by Tarryn Fisher! I devoured all three books over the course of two days.  So good!


January 2018 Book Haul

So my plan this year was to stick to a pretty strict list of what books I was going to allow myself to buy… but of course me being me I went a little overboard this month.  I bought three new releases and five used books.

  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Signed)
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Tithe by Holly Black
  • Valiant by Holly Black
  • Ironside by Holly Black
  • The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

How was your month of reading?  What was your favorite book that you read?  Add any new, exciting books to your collection?

Month(s) In Review: June, July 2017

monthinreviewIt’s finally August and that means we are one step closer to my favorite season!  I’m so excited for fall.  It’s been an especially hot and humid summer up here in Minnesota so I am beyond ready for a cool and crisp fall.  As I was preparing my July recap, I realized I never posted one for June so today you get a combo.  We have been really busy lately with packing and preparing our townhouse to put up for sale.  We are finally to the point where we’ll be meeting with a realtor next week to go over pricing and officially moving out.  I’m excited but also really stressed out.  So I haven’t had as much free time to read lately but I still am pretty happy with what I was able to read.

In June I read and LOVED Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.  My review will be releasing early next week so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!  It was absolutely amazing.  Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was another 5 star read for me.  I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time so I’m glad I was finally able to. And the hype did not disappoint at all!

# Books Read in June:  7

# Pages Read in June: 2,022

Books Read in June:

  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
  • Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale
  • No Ordinary Star by MC Frank
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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In July I ended up reading a lot of ARCs and review copies.  I ended up adding another book to my DNF list but that’s okay.  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas was such a great psychological thriller!  I also loved Tarryn Fisher’s latest release, Atheists Who Kneel And Pray.  I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Invictus by Ryan Graudin and completely loved it.  Time travel and diverse group of characters including a red panda… Yes!

# Books Read in July:  8 (including 1 DNF)

# Pages Read in July: 2,674

# Books Read in 2017: 62 (including 4 DNF)

# Pages Read in 2017: 24,948 (including audiobooks)

Books Read in July:

  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
  • Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
  • The Heirs by Susan Riegler (DNF)
  • Atheists Who Kneel And Pray by Tarry Fisher
  • The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech
  • Sleep Like A Baby by Charlaine Harris
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

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As far as book hauls go, I got a ridiculous amount of books over the last couple of months.  I’m sure there are even some that I’ve forgotten about.

  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry (BOTM box)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (BOTM box)
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (BOTM box)
  • All The Crooked Saints (ARC) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
  • Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
  • Homecoming (The 100 #3) by Kass Morgan
  • Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • The Heirs by Susan Riegler (review copy)
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab (signed)
  • The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (signed)
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (signed)
  • The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
  • Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
  • The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
  • Strange the Dreamer (US ARC) by Laini Taylor
  • Queen of Swords by Sara Donati
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephensen
  • Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech (review copy)
  • Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon
  • In A Handful Of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
  • Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
  • Midnight In Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
  • The Furies by Mark Alpert
  • The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
  • The Shore by Sara Taylor
  • The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White (signed)
  • Little Monsters (ARC) by Kara Thomas
  • American Fire by Monica Hesse (BOTM box)
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (BOTM box)
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (signed)
  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
  • Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Devil’s Advocate (The X-Files Origins #2) by Jonathan Maberry
  • Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
  • Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
  • Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  • Unmarked by Kami Garcia
  • Kingsman: Secret Service (graphic novel)
  • Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen (graphic novel)
  • Tomb Raider: Secrets and Lies (graphic novel)
  • Tomb Raider: Season of the Witch (graphic novel)
  • The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (LitJoy Crate)
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (The Bookish Box)

What have you been reading lately?

Month In Review: May 2017

monthinreviewMay has turned out to be an awesome month of reading for me!  I ended up reading so much more than I ever thought I would.  I’ve been in an audiobook re-read mood again so I’ve been listening to a lot of books at work lately.  I also read a couple of ARCs this month that I enjoyed.  I think I was most surprised by how much I liked the biography of Daphne du Maurier.  I have never read any of her books but I won an ARC from Goodreads of her biography written by Tatiana de Rosnay.  It was probably the most interesting bio that I have ever read so far and definitely made me want to start reading du Maurier’s books.  I had three books that were that I absolutely loved this month: Strange the Dreamer, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and The Song Rising.  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor has become a new favorite of mine.

# Books Read in May:  21

# Books Read in 2017: 47 (including 3 DNF)

# Pages Read in May: 9,058 (including audiobooks)

# Pages Read in 2017: 20,072 (including audiobooks)

Books Read in May:

  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook re-read)
  • Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook re-read)
  • A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook re-read)
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook re-read)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (audiobook re-read)
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  • Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu (audiobook re-read)
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
  • The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
  • Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (audiobook re-read)
  • He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (DNF @ 68%)
  • Woman No. 17 by Eden Lepucki
  • Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
  • The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook re-read)

I’ve done a lot better this month about not buying many books.  I did decide to join the Book of the Month Club.  They had a cool deal where if you signed up for a 3 month subscription you got a copy of Paula Hawkins’ new book for free.  And as mentioned above, I ended up falling 1000% in love with Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor so I started collecting the different editions.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (gift from hubby)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – signed US first edition
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – signed UK first edition with blue sprayed edges and doodled title page
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (giveaway from Samantha Shannon)
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (giveaway from Samantha Shannon)
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (ARC from publisher)

How was your month of reading?

Month In Review: April 2017

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Wow! The end of April really sneaked up on me.  This was a better reading month for me than March.  I ended up reading some great books.  I also completed my goal of finishing the currently published Outlander series.  It’s been quite the journey reading that series. I also read some ARCs this month but none of them wowed me.  Last week I found myself in the mood for some audiobook listening so I checked out a few Nicholas Sparks audiobooks from my library to listen to at work.

# Books Read in April: 9 (including 1 DNF)

# Books Read in 2017: 26 (including 2 DNF)

# Pages Read: 4,428

Books Read in April:

  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer
  • Toward A Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
  • An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  • Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (DNF)
  • Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (audio re-read)
  • The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (audio re-read)

In other news, if you follow my bookstagram account you may have noticed that I haven’t been active on it for awhile.  It’s been about 5 weeks since my last post on there.  I have decided that I really want to simplify some of the things in my life so I will no longer be using that account.  I am going to go back to posting all of my bookish things along with everything else on my personal account so feel free to follow me over there if you don’t already 🙂


I’ve been super busy lately with some stuff in my personal life so I haven’t had time to put together all of my book haul photos so for now here is a list of the books I got over the month with a few photos of some of the haul.

  • The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes (won in giveaway)
  • Strange The Dreamer (UK edition) by Laini Taylor
  • The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
  • Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
  • F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  • Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
  • Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
  • Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  • The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
  • The Morganville Vampires vol. 1 by Rachel Caine
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  • Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (ARC)
  • Avenged by Amy Tintera (ARC)
  • Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay (ARC)

What were some great books you read this month?  Any books that disappointed you?