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?

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?