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?

Bout of Books 26 – Day 1

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Day 1 of Bout of Books is here! I’m so excited for this week of reading. I started preparing yesterday by making sure my two reading spots were clean and ready to go for reading time after work today. As I was doing so, I became curious about how other people like to read, if they have a special place in their home or if they prefer reading outside or in a coffee shop or library. So since my two spots were freshly tidied I thought I would share the two spots in my house that I do the majority of my reading.

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The first spot is in my home library. I love to cozy up in this chair with a candle, a book, and a kitty or two. Nika looks like she is also excited for some quality reading time this week! In the cart next to my chair I have my candle and TBR all set to go. It’s a loose TBR so if I end up not feeling like reading any of those books during the week, I’m going to choose something new from my shelves. The one exception is my re-read of Nevernight. That will continue 100%. I will have a close-up of the TBR stack a little farther down in this post.

The second spot is in the living room. These couches are so comfortable and so are the pillows, especially the buffalo plaid ones. I also have a candle ready for this spot and my iPad to do some Goodreads updates. I anticipate spending most of the reading week down in my library but wanted to have this spot ready to go if I needed a little change.

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Here is what I have for my loose TBR. I’m already in the middle of Nevernight re-read so I want to finish that one up before I choose any other book to read. I will be reading The Outsider as a buddy read with my friend Laura so this one will be probably read in small chunks. I wanted to read at least one graphic novel over the week so I chose two for my TBR to have some options.

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Monstress: Awakening
  • Marvel’s 1602

Today’s challenge is to introduce yourself in 6 words so here goes…

Sassenach, introvert, Ravenclaw, goofy, animal lover.


Where do you like to read? How would you introduce yourself in 6 words? What are you reading this week?

Bout of Books 26 Sign-Up!

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Next week is Bout of Books time again! This is my favorite readathon. I love being able to have an excuse to read all week long. The last round I only participated unofficially because I had been battling a reading slump but I’m 100% back in the reading game so I’m really looking forward to this one. If you haven’t participated or heard about Bout of Books and are wondering about it… check out this info from the Bout of Books blog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This round I’m only setting two goals for myself just to keep things a little more flexible. I want to read as much as I can but I know that things tend to come up so I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment lol. I don’t really have a TBR set at this point. Me being a mood reader I probably won’t make one at all or I will wait until day one of the readathon to post one.

Bout of Books 26 Goals:

  • Read at least one novel and one graphic novel.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every night in addition to my lunch hour at work.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Do you enjoy readathons?

 

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

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Expected Publication: August 6, 2019

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

Review: I’ve heard great things about K.A. Tucker’s books so I was really excited to get a chance to review an early copy of her newest book. The premise of this romance sounded so cute. I love the whole high school romance being reignited years later. Piper was a really strong female character in a business world typically dominated by men which of course meant that she had to deal with a few assholes who didn’t take her seriously. I wanted to punch Tripp square in the jaw for the way he acted around her. I loved Pipers friends from camp, Ashley and Christa. It’s so great that they were able to stay such good friends over the years. And Kyle was the perfect first true love. The book is written in alternating chapters between the past when Piper was 16 working as a camp counselor and the present when she is 29 and in the process of taking over her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm. I’m usually not that into that kind of story layout with the back and forth but I think it really worked well with this book. If you’re looking for a swoony romance, I suggest checking this book out when it releases on August 6th. I will definitely be reading more of K.A. Tucker’s books in the future.

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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?