December 2018 TBR


The last month of 2018 is here! This year has been such a blur. I am usually not a fan of winter because of my commute, but since my commute has been essentially cut in half, I’ve decided to just embrace it and spend my time getting cozy reading books. I’ve been doing pretty well with my monthly TBRs lately so I’m going to continue trying and put out a stack of books that I would like to try and read this month. I’m still a mood reader though so I’m not expecting myself to stick to it if I don’t feel like it anymore.

I decided to go with a wintery theme for this month. One of the books doesn’t quite fit the theme but Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm raved about this book and sent it to me for my birthday so I want to read it ASAP! It sounds so amazing! Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.


  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • A Year in the Wilderness by Dave and Amy Freeman
  • Son of a Midnight Land by Atz Kilcher
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I am really excited to read all of these books!

What are you planning to read this month?

Winter 2014-2015 Reading Quarter Complete

Winter Reading Quarter

My winter reading quarter has come to an end.  And you know what that means…. Spring is almost here!  Yay!  We had a snowstorm today but starting this weekend temps will be in the 40s and next week maybe even 50!  I love spring so much!

My goal for winter quarter was to read 13 books.  I blew past my goal!  I ended the quarter with a total of 36 books read!  Ever since I started keeping track of the books I read, this is my best quarter yet!

My goal for spring reading quarter is to read 15 books.  I’ll be spending more time driving this quarter as March and May are my driving months for carpool.  And due to circumstances at work I may end up having to drive in April too.

Here is a recap of the books I read:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
  • The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield
  • The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
  • Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
  • Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
  • The Accidental Empress by Allison Patacki
  • Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt
  • The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
  • The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
  • The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft
  • It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • After Midnight by Diane Shute
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Marmar
  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  • Hush by Stacy R. Campbell
  • Eden West by Pete Hautman
  • Elizabeth I & Her Circle by Susan Doran
  • My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton
  • Entice by Erica Crouch
  • Haunted by Lynn Carthage
  • Ignite by Erica Crouch
  • Incite by Erica Crouch
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (reread)

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday there is a new topic.

This is one I’ve been thinking about for awhile because I do a lot of reading over the winter.  I tend to choose my book based on the mood that I’m in so some of these might not be read by the end of winter depending on how my moods are.  I also tend to reread some of my favorites around Christmas but for the sake of this list I’m only going to include books I haven’t read yet.

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – just got this one this past Friday and have heard nothing but good things about it so I’m looking forward to this one.

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I love reading sequels right after I finish the book that comes before it in a series so I’ll probably read this one right away after Cinder.

3. Innocents by Francesca Segal – just picked this up in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble this weekend (which is the only section worth buying from in that over-priced store, but don’t get me started on that…)

4. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler – This will probably come after my yearly reread of one of Austen’s novels.  I’m thinking this year will be Mansfield Park.

5. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – I’ve had this one for awhile.  I think Ethan gave it to me last year for Christmas or maybe it was the year before… Haha either way I’ve had it and am finally planning on getting to it this winter.

6. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton –  Another one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This book seems like it’s 100% up my alley and everyone raves about it so it’s probably time I give it a go!  Plus I really want to watch the show.

8. California by Edan Lepucki – This is a book I put on my Christmas list so I’m really really hoping to get it!

9. The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George – I’ve had a big interest in Egypt and Cleopatra for a long time.  I’ve read Margaret George’s book about Henry VIII and really liked it so I’ll have to try to read this one this winter.  It is really long though so it might get put on hold.

10. Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George – Another big interest for me but also another big book so it’s on the maybe pile.

What books are on your winter TBR list?  Any recommendations?

Winter Is Coming

Well, folks, it’s that time of year now!  We’ve got a big snowstorm brewing!  I was really hoping that winter wouldn’t rear it’s ugly head until after my birthday (which is next Tuesday in case you were wondering 😛 ) but this year I’m not so lucky.  In my neck of the woods we’re forecasted to get around 8 inches or so.  YUCK!  And of course the first snow always brings about idiot drivers who seem to have forgotten how to drive in the winter.  Last year I didn’t have any winter boots.  I attempted to order some Sorel boots like the ones I had growing up but alas, they were out of stock by the time I got around to it.  Luckily I was able to get them this year!  I’ll be able to test them out tomorrow and see if they’re as good as they used to be!


My new Sorels! Enzo approves!

I love these boots so much!  I’ve been wearing them around the house all day today.  They fit perfectly and keep my feet nice and toasty warm.  Plus, they’re pretty!

They are the Women’s 1964 Premium LTR boot.  I bought them directly from for $140.

Earlier this fall I went to a craft sale during my town’s annual fall festival and ended up finding a few great items for winter.  One of the booths was an alpaca booth.  They had a mama and baby alpaca along for people to pet and see where the products come from.  In a tent they had all kinds of clothing made from their wool.  I got two hats and a scarf.  What was really great was the guy explained to me why alpaca wool was so great.  He said that regular sheep’s wool has barbs on the fibers and that’s why it can be so itchy whereas the alpaca wool fibers are smooth.  Sheep’s wool has lanolin which many people are allergic to (including my dad).  I’ve never been a fan of wool.  But the alpaca wool was soooooooo soft!  He also said that alpaca wool is 10 times warmer because the fibers are hollow, providing more insulation.

From another booth, a woman had made a bunch of mittens from recycled sweaters.  I got two pairs there and a pair for my mom as well.  They are wool on the outside and lined with fleece.

My green recycled sweater mittens, one of my alpaca hats and my alpaca scarf

My green recycled sweater mittens, one of my alpaca hats and my alpaca scarf

As much as I hate winter, well I guess I wouldn’t mind it so much if I didn’t have to commute 5 days a week, I am super excited to make use of my new winter accessories!

And now for the book part of this post….  In my mind, winter is perfect for cozying up with a good book and a cup of cocoa.  I usually get most of my reading done in the winter.  Like most readers, I have a looooooong list of books I want to read this winter so in a way I’m glad that winter is coming.  There are so many books that I want to reread and a bunch of new (well new to me anyways) that I want to read.  Some of the books on my winter to-read list include: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, and reread Incendiary by Amy A. Bartol, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Are you ready for winter?  What’s your favorite reading setup for winter?  What books are on your winter to-read list?