April 2021 Recap

April started off nice with a week off from work, but after that it wasn’t so great. The weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind, one day it was 80 degrees and a few days later it was snowing. Even for Ohio, that’s weird for April. The heating and cooling system in my apartment is very old and it is a long, frustrating process to switch it from one to the other – which I’ve done several times. Book-wise, I read more than I have in awhile, but most were only 2 or 3 stars. I did go to a couple of author Zoom events that were kind of fun, though. They don’t compare to being able to go to the live events and meeting the authors and getting signed books, but I’ll take it. My library did an event with R.L. Stine – one of my favorite childhood authors – and another library had Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha. I haven’t read their book yet, but Polaha is an actor and I’ve liked some of his shows and movies and he was on set of his latest Hallmark movie so that was kind of cool.

Books Read: 9

Adult: 9

  Books Reviewed: 4

Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson – 2/5 Stars

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – 4/5 Stars

The Insiders by Tijan – 3/5 Stars

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams – 2/5 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 34

Funny Fridays:

April 2

April 9

April 16

April 23

Other Posts:

March 2021 Recap

Happy Easter!

WWW Wednesday: April 7, 2021

WWW Wednesday: April 14, 2021

WWW Wednesday: April 21, 2021

WWW Wednesday: April 28, 2021

Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2021

March 2021 Recap

I don’t have a lot to say about March. I hit a book slump about halfway through and haven’t been able to read anything. Instead, I started binging Schitt’s Creek on Netflix and just finished it yesterday. It took me a bit to get into it, but I really enjoyed it and I know it’s a series that I’ll be watching again. I’ve been feeling really burnt out and stressed with work, so I finally scheduled some vacation time. I’ll be off all next week and I could not be more excited for it. I have some plans, but would really love to pick one day just to sleep as long as I want.

Books Read: 7

Adult: 6
YA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 2

The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon – 4/5 Stars

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter – 3/5 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 25

Funny Fridays:

March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

Other Posts:

Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2021

February 2021 Recap

WWW Wednesday: March 3, 2021

WWW Wednesday: March 10, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2021 TBR

WWW Wednesday: March 17, 2021

WWW Wednesday: March 24, 2021

The Book Snob Tag

Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2021

February 2021 Recap

I don’t really have much to say about February. We had a few days of bad weather, but it wasn’t that bad for being Ohio. Plus, I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home most of the time, so I barely left my apartment. I didn’t read a ton of books, but I only DNF-ed 2, which was way better than January.

Books Read: 8

Adult: 7
NA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry – 4 stars

The Minders by John Marrs – 2 Stars

To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne – 4 Stars

You Love Me (You #3) by Caroline Kepnes – 2 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn and The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 18

Funny Fridays:

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

Other Posts:

January 2021 Recap

WWW Wednesday: February 3, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 10, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 17, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 24, 2021

January 2021 Recap

Remember at the end of 2020 when we all thought things would be better in 2021? Oh, how naïve we were! January 2021 might as well have been the 13th month of 2020. Anyways, I had a decent reading month. I may have DNF-ed 7 books (yes, 7), but that meant most of the books that I actually managed to finish were pretty good ones. I’ll take it.

Books Read: 10

Adult: 9
YA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous – 3/5 Stars

Shipped by Angie Hockman – 3/5 Stars

The Newlyweds by Arianne Richmonde – 2/5 Stars

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – 3/5 Stars

Favorite Book of the Month:

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn

Books Read in 2021 Overall: 10

Funny Fridays:

January 1

January 8

January 15

January 22

January 29

Other Posts:

Streaming Saturday: Bridgerton

2020 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the first half of 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 6, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 13, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 20, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 27, 2021

Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2021

December 2020 Recap

Can you believe we made it to the end of 2020? There were times this year that I never thought December would come and now it’s just about over! I had a pretty decent month. Christmas was good (I received The Royal We duology by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan and All the Rage by Cara Hunter) and I spent the last week of December off work. I also managed to finally kick that book slump that plagued me the past couple months. I’ve read more books in December than October and November combined.

Books Read: 16

Adult: 14
YA: 2

  Books Reviewed: 0

I was a bad book blogger this month! All the books I read went into my Reviewing the Unreviewed post.

Favorite Book of the Month:

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Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd. It’s a re-read, but I liked it just as much the second time.

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 146

Funny Fridays:

December 4

December 11

December 18

Other Posts:

November 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: December 2, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that would make great Song Titles

WWW Wednesday: December 9, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter 2020-2021 TBR

WWW Wednesday: December 16, 2020

WWW Wednesday: December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas!

2020 End of Year Survey

Reviewing the Unreviewed: December 2020

November 2020 Recap

November was on par with every other month in this dumpster fire of a year known as 2020. Things really seemed to catch up to me this month and I kind of hated everything. I only read 5 books. I only ended up writing around 7k words for NaNoWriMo and lasted 7 days. And I completely changed my story half way through. I spent a lot of time binging Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies and old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I did have a nice Thanksgiving, though. My nieces were extra adorable and I look forward to seeing them again soon for Christmas.

Books Read: 5

Adult: 4
YA: 1

  Books Reviewed: 1

The Mistletoe Trap (Heart in the Game #2) by Cindi Madsen – 3/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 130

Funny Fridays:

November 20

November 27

Other Posts:

October 2020 Recap and some November News

WWW Wednesday: November 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful for this Year

Happy Thanksgiving!

Reviewing the Unreviewed: November 2020

October 2020 Recap and Some November News

My reading slump hit hard in October. I only read 5 books. I even had several days where I didn’t pick up a book at all, which is very odd for me. I did finally pick up a couple of good ones towards the end of the month, though. I also hit my Goodreads goal of 125 books for the year. In life news, we celebrated my youngest niece’s first birthday. Other than that, there wasn’t much about the month that stands out.

It’s my Birthday!

Happy Birthday Wishes for your Son | Proud Parents Celebrating

I’m old. That is all.

Short Hiatus Announcement:

I’m going to take the first couple weeks of November off. My last 2020 ARC is set to publish in mid-November, so I’ll be back to review that. I’m going to spend the next couple weeks focusing on writing for NaNoWriMo instead of reading and want to give myself time away from social media during the aftermath of the election. Whether I end up happy or disappointed with whatever the results are, I’d rather not have to deal with the two sides of the population attacking each other online. Please do your best to be kind and gracious to each other, no matter what side of the political aisle you sit on.

Books Read: 5

Adult: 5

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler.

  Books Reviewed: 4

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell – 2.5/5 Stars

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella – 3/5 Stars

Little Threats by Emily Schultz – 2/5 Stars

Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent – 2/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 125

Funny Fridays:

October 9

October 16

October 23

Other Posts:

Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2020

September 2020 Recap

Streaming Saturday: Teen Wolf

WWW Wednesday: October 7, 2020

WWW Wednesday: October 14, 2020

WWW Wednesday: October 21, 2020

Streaming Saturday: I Still Believe

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2020

September 2020 Recap

I don’t really have much to say about September. It was just another banner month of 2020. I actually didn’t read very much, sometimes going a couple days in a row without reading anything at all, which is super unusual for me. I am enjoying the cooler weather, though. I’m hoping we continue to have a nice fall before winter takes over.

Books Read: 9

Adult: 9

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Yours to Keep (Man of the Year #2) by Lauren Layne

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Switch by Beth O’Leary – 4 Stars

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo – 4 Stars

A Path to Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Karin Stock Burrsma – 4 Stars

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 120

Funny Fridays:

September 4

September 11

Dragonfly Treasure: More stuff to make you laugh ~ WW

September 18

September 25

Other Posts:

August 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: September2, 2020

Streaming Saturday: Making the Cut

WWW Wednesday: September 9, 2020

WWW Wednesday: September 16, 2020

WWW Wednesday: September 23, 2020

WWW Wednesday: September 30, 2020

August 2020 Recap

August wasn’t a great reading month for me. There were multiple book slumps, but I think things are starting to look up. Life-wise, things were a mixed bag. All of our library locations are opened back up now and I’m still working mostly from home, which I love. I did finally get my own office onsite, though, so when I have to go in, it’s much nicer. There was some plumbing issues in my apartment complex for a couple days where we weren’t allowed to use water and a couple of the units on the floors below mine had major leaks and sewer backups. Thankfully, things have been fixed and I’m crossing my fingers nothing else will go wrong.

Books Read: 11

Adult: 9
Young Adult: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

  Books Reviewed: 3

We are all the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin – 3/5 Stars

Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer – 3/5 Stars

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall:

Funny Fridays:

August 7

August 14

August 21

August 28

Other Posts:

July 2020 Recap

Reviewing the Unreviewed: July 2020

WWW Wednesday: August 5, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

WWW Wednesday: August 12, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

WWW Wednesday: August 19, 2020

WWW Wednesday: August 26, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: August 2020

July 2020 Recap

July was a whirlwind. I have gone back to working 40 hours/week again. After so long with a reduced schedule, it’s been exhausting. I am thankful to have the work, though, so I’m going to try not to complain about it (much). I still get to work mostly from home, which I am all for. I also moved into my new apartment in July. Moving is always exhausting and stressful, but it went pretty well, overall. I had some washer/dryer issues, so I decided to buy some new ones. There was some drama with those, so they are being returned and I will be without for awhile. The moral of the story is that I will never, ever shop at Lowe’s again.

Books Read: 9

Adult: 6
New Adult: 1
Young Adult: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Outsider (Kate Burkholder #12) by Linda Castillo and The Crushing Depths (Coastal Guardians #2) by Dani Pettrey

  Books Reviewed: 4

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – 3/5 Stars

The Vacation by T.M. Logan – 4/5 Stars

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell – 3.5/5 Stars

Louisiana Lucky by Julie Pennell – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 100

Funny Fridays:

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

July 31

Streaming Saturday:

Streaming Saturday: The Amazing Race

Streaming Saturday: The Baby-Sitters Club

Other Posts:

WWW Wednesday: July 1, 2020

June 2020 Recap

Happy 4th of July!

Mid-Year Book Freak out Tag

WWW Wednesday: July 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday: July 15, 2020

Books I’ve Read with the Lowest Average Ratings on Goodreads

WWW Wednesday: July 22, 2020

Books I’ve Read with the Highest Average Ratings on Goodreads

WWW Wednesday: July 29, 2020