June 2021 Book Haul

So I may have gone a little crazy buying books in June… In my defense, I re-discovered the amazing book prices at Goodwill and the majority of my haul came from two very successful Goodwill trips. It’s really hard to pass up books when paperbacks are $1.49 and hardcovers are $1.99! I also got a few from Barnes & Noble as well as Book of the Month club, Half Price Books, Thriftbooks, Amazon, and publishers. From all of these books I had already read Where the Crawdad Sing by Delia Owens and A Fate of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker but I wanted physical copies for my own library. In June I read The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska and really enjoyed it. From Grand Central Publishing I received an early copy of the paperback edition of The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. It is the sequel to The Royal We which I really enjoyed. After this month of book buying I will definitely be limiting my book purchases in July.

  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska
  • Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
  • The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
  • A Fate of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • Mrs. Mike by Benedict & Nancy Freedman
  • Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
  • Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • The Last Seance by Agatha Christie
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • The Other People by C.J. Tudor
  • Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • Black Hills by Nora Roberts
  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  • The Liar by Nora Roberts
  • Hideaway by Nora Roberts
  • Irish Born trilogy by Nora Roberts
  • Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
  • Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts
  • Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts
  • Irish Hearts by Nora Roberts
  • Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
  • Girl A by Abigail Dean
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • Elevation by Stephen King
  • Copper River by William Kent Krueger
  • Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
  • A Witch in Time by Contance Sayers
  • Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz
  • Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
  • Lake of Sorrows by Erin Hart
  • False Mermaid by Erin Hart
  • The Book of Killowen by Erin Hart

Have you read any of these books?

February 2021 Wrap Up

Hey everyone! I’m a little late on this one but better late than never, right? I read some great books this month and I made some great progress on my Goodreads goal for the year. For the first few months this year I wanted to get ahead of my goal by quite a bit because one of my goals this year is to finally read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. With that book sitting around 1400 pages, I need some wiggle room so I don’t get behind in my goal. I’m currently 25 books ahead of schedule so my plan is to start War and Peace on April 1st. Anyways… more on that another time.

I also did a lot of re-reads in February to refresh for a couple of new releases. I re-read The Bone Season books plus the new novella to prepare for my current read of The Mask Falling which was published in January. I also re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series to refresh for Nesta and Cassian’s book, A Court of Silver Flames which I ended up finishing at the end of the month. I also got some library holds in for books that I have been wanting to read forever – The Silent Patient and Where the Crawdads Sing.

  • February 2021 Books Read: 17
  • 2021 Year To Date Books Read: 35
  • February 2021 Pages Read: 7,762
  • 2021 Year To Date Pages Read: 15,482

February 2021 Books Read:

  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – reread
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – reread
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – reread
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon

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February Book Haul: I ended up getting a lot of books throughout the month as well. I was finally able to get copies of the rest of the Bridgerton series as well as the prequel series. I’m really looking forward to continuing with those and seeing what’s in store for the rest of the Bridgerton family. Both Target and Amazon had a buy 2 get 1 free sale so of course I had to jump on that. From Target I got Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson, The Guest List by Lucy Foley, and The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. I was super excited that Kristin Hannah’s newest novel, The Four Winds, was a choice for February Book of the Month. From Amazon I got What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon and a couple of the Bridgerton books.

For March I’m going to be focusing on The Mask Falling and also catching up on some advanced copies that I’m pretty far behind on. I want to start April off with a clean slate so I can focus on War and Peace.

What books did you read in February?

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)

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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: 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?