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!

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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

June 2020 Recap

We are half way through 2020! Give yourselves a round of applause for making it this far. June actually didn’t feel quite as horrible to me as the last couple months. Ignoring the news helps. I’m hoping for an even better July. I am moving again in a few weeks. For those that have been following along at home, you know that I moved into my current place last summer and I have basically hated every second of being here. Moving is a major pain and makes me even more stressed and anxious than usual, but I’m feeling optimistic that this is will be a good step for me. I’m ready to leave this chapter behind me.

Books Read: 11

Adult: 8
Young Adult: 3

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

  Books Reviewed: 6

Cheesy on the Eyes (Slice #5) by Teagan Hunter – 4/5 Stars

The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond – 3.5/5 Stars

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein – 2/5 Stars

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda – 3.5/5 Stars

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia – 2/5 Stars

The Patient by Jasper DeWitt – 2/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 91

Funny Fridays:

June 5

June 12

June 19

June 26

Streaming Saturday:

Streaming Saturday: Selling Sunset

Streaming Saturday: Being Erica

Streaming Saturdays: Sweet Magnolias

Other Posts:

May 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: June 3, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

WWW Wednesday: June 10, 2020

WWW Wednesday: June 17, 2020

7 Year Blogaversary

WWW Wednesday: June 24, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 2020

May 2020 Recap

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So, May was kind of a cluster, huh? Reading and blogging have been a good escape from the ugliness.  I managed to read a decent number of books, despite a couple of book slumps. I also introduced a new feature on my blog, Streaming Saturday, where I’ll be talking about the tv series I’m binging.

Books Read: 14

Adult: 10
New Adult: 1
Young Adult: 3

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The F List by Alessandra Torre

  Books Reviewed: 6

The Brightlands by John Fram – 2.5/5 Stars

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson – 2.5/5 Stars

The F List by Alessandra Torre – 4/5 Stars

Beach Read by Emily Henry – 4/5 Stars

Always a Bridesmaid (Getting Hitched in Dixie #2) by Cindi Madsen – 4/5 Stars

The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 80

Funny Fridays:

May 8

May 15

May 22

May 29

Other Posts:

Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2020

April 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: May 6, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I DNF-ed

WWW Wednesday: May 13, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday: Cute Romances I’ve Read in 2020

WWW Wednesday: May 20, 2020

Streaming Saturday

Memorial Day Reading Recommendation

Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

WWW Wednesday: May 27, 2020

Streaming Saturday: The Stranger

Reviewing the Unreviewed: May 2020

April 2020 Recap

Is it weird I thought April flew by? My introverted self has been living my best life this month. That said, I’m ready for things to start opening back up. There are several things that are opening over the next few weeks, but apparently the Stay at Home Order has been extended until the end of May. I’ve been continuing to work a few hours a week from home and supplementing it with sick leave, but I’m not sure if that’s going to be a sustainable solution for May. There are some functions that are picking back up that could potentially add hours to my week, but I might have to end up taking a layoff instead, which kind of terrifies me. How have you all been doing in regards to work?

Books Read: 20

Adult: 14
New Adult: 4
Young Adult: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Heir Affair (Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan and Beach Read by Emily Henry.

  Books Reviewed: 6

Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6) by Tahereh Mafi – 2/5 Stars

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter – 2.5/5 Stars

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon – 4/5 Stars

The First Date by Zara Stoneley – 3.5/5 Stars

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett – 3.5/5 Stars

Admission by Julie Buxbaum – 2/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 66

Funny Fridays:

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April 3

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April 10

April 17

April 24

Other Posts:

March 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: April 8, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday: Books that Made Me Laugh

WWW Wednesday: April 15, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday: Popular Books I Haven’t Read

WWW Wednesday: April 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that Would Make Good Band Names

Release Blitz: Fallen Crest Campout by Tijan

WWW Wednesday: April 29, 2020

Blog Tour: Fallen Crest Campout by Tijan