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

March 2020 Recap

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So. March. Obviously the world has gone crazy. I’m choosing to enjoy my time working from home. We were supposed to go back to work next week, but we are all anticipating the Governor to extend the Stay at Home Order to fall in line with the Federal guidelines, so we’ll see. After an initial book slump my first week at home, I’ve gotten back in the reading mood and have finished a pretty good number of books.

Books Read: 17

Adult: 10
New Adult: 2
Young Adult: 5

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

  Books Reviewed: 5

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson – 4/5 Stars

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben – 4/5 Stars

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – 2.5/5 Stars

The Office by Andy Greene – 3/5 Stars

He Started It by Samantha Downing – 4/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 46

Funny Fridays:

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March 6

March 20

March 27

Other Posts:

February 2020 Recap

WWW Wednesday: March 11, 2020

My COVID-19 ARC TBR

WWW Wednesday: March 18, 2020

WWW Wednesday: March 25, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: March 2020

February 2020 Recap

So February was kind of the opposite to January for me. I fell off the wagon with all my goals – exercise, counting calories, daily devotionals, writing. It all went downhill for me. I have fallen far behind in responding to blog comments and blog hopping. At work, one of my co-workers found out that her cancer had not only returned but spread very aggressively. She’s going to stop working to focus on her treatment, but if you all can keep her in your prayers, it would be appreciated. The one good thing that happened this month is that my Mom finally got to retire. They threw her such a nice retirement party at work and I’m very happy for her. I also manged to read a decent number of books this month.

Books Read: 14

Adult: 9
New Adult: 1
Young Adult: 4

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Anti Stephbrother by Tijan.

  Books Reviewed: 6

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills – 4/5 Stars

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber – 4/5 Stars

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez – 2/5 Stars

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – 2.5/5 Stars

Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

I Hate You Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount – 2/5 Stars

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 29

Funny Fridays:

February 7

February 14

February 21

Other Posts:

January 2020 Recap

Top 5 Tuesday: Top Books that Weren’t What I Expected

WWW Wednesday: February 5, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Turned my Cold, Black Heart to Mush

WWW Wednesday: February 12, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2020

January 2020 Recap

We are already one month down in 2020 and I don’t know where the time went. January was a decent month for me. I read 16 books, mostly thanks to the Fallen Crest High hole I fell down. I binged the whole series in a matter of weeks and had fun doing it. I also have made a real effort to be a little healthier this year and have tried to commit to using MyFitnessPal and my elliptical on a regular basis. I’m happy to report that I am down 13 pounds! Of course, some of that is because I spent the last week of January sick and barely ate a thing. I only worked 1 day last week and shouldn’t have even done that. I am feeling much better now, though, and am ready to face February.

Books Read: 16

Adult: 3
Young Adult: 13

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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No Way Out by Cara Hunter

  Books Reviewed: 8

No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley #3) – 4/5 Stars

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – 2/5 Stars

One of Us is Next (One of Us is Lying #2) by Karen M. McManus – 4/5 Stars

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

The Other People by C.J. Tudor – 3/5 Stars

Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson – 3.5/5 Stars

The Murder House (DCI Matilda Darke #5) by Michael Wood – 3/5 Stars

Series Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 16

Funny Fridays:

50 Hilarious Memes You'll Relate To If You Love Books

January 10

January 17

"There are two kinds of people: people who use bookmarks, and monsters."

January 24

Other Posts:

2019 Recap

Most Disappointing Reads of 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

WWW Wednesday: January 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday: January 15, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2020

2019 Recap

Happy New Year, bookworms! I’ve been loving everyone’s end of year posts and their fun graphics. I’m not going to get anywhere near involved as most of you have, but I still wanted to come up with some of my basic stats for 2019.

2019 Recap

In 2019 I read 143 books. 5 of those were Re-reads. I DNF-ed 17 books (not included in the 143)!

Adult: 105
New Adult: 4
Young Adult: 34

Ratings 

4.5 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 55
3.5 Stars: 24
3 Stars: 44
2.5 Stars: 6
2 Stars: 10
1 Star: 2

Book Source:

Library: 42
NetGalley:  53
Kindle Unlimited: 31
Own/Borrow/Other: 17

Reviews

I published 61 reviews (plus 5 that are scheduled to post in 2020).

Most Viewed:
(These honestly really surprised me!)

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett


Most Read Author:

Lauren Layne and R.S. Grey – 6 books each

You can check out my whole year in books Here:

Later this week I’ll be sharing my most disappointing books of 2019 and also my favorites.

I hope you are all as ready to say goodbye to 2019 as I am. Bring on 2020!

December 2019 Recap

I hope you all had a good holiday season! I had a lot of fun. A couple weekends before Christmas I got to have an early celebration with my mother, aunt, and both siblings and their families (the first time we’ve had the Canadians home for Christmas in many years). The weekend before Christmas I celebrated with most of my extended family in my aunt and uncle’s new home – a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, which is kind of the picture perfect Christmas location, isn’t it? On Christmas Eve/Day I celebrated with my Mom and we had a very chill, low-key couple of days. I was also off of work the whole week of Christmas, which was so, so nice.

Christmas Book Haul

I received these beautiful Jane Austen books. The pictures do not do them justice. I also received No Way Out by Cara Hunter (I’m saving it to be my first book of 2020), Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters, and Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills.

Books Read: 13

Adult: 10
New Adult: 1

Young Adult: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

  Books Reviewed: 3

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters – 2.5/5 Stars

The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You #2) by Emery Lord – 3/5 Stars

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 3/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 142

Funny Fridays:

25 Funny and Relatable Quotes About Reading Books

December 6

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December 13

December 20

December 27

Other Posts:

November 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: December 4, 2019

WWW Wednesday: December 11, 2019

WWW Wednesday: December 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Kindle Unlimited Books of 2019

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year!

November 2019 Recap

This book slump I have been battling for the past few months really hit me in November. I didn’t get much reading done and most of what I read was just so-so. I also tried my hand again at NaNoWriMo, which took up a lot of prime reading time. I ended up a little over 12,000 words short of the 50,000 goal. My story was really boring and I couldn’t make myself care that much about it. It was good practice, though, and I wrote almost every day. I’m hoping to really zero in on an idea that excites me and start writing more consistently. I also had a really nice Thanksgiving hanging out with two of my nieces.

Books Read: 8

Adult: 5
Young Adult: 3

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

  Books Reviewed: 8

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell – 4/5 Stars

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo – 2/5 Stars

Lake Season (Bluebell Inn Romance #1) by Denise Hunter – 2.5/5 Stars

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – 3.5/5 Stars

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters – 4/5 Stars

Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin – 3/5 Stars

Meet Me on Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) by Nina Bocci – 3/5 Stars

Reputation by Sara Shepherd – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall:

Funny Fridays:

November 8

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November 15

Other Posts:

Hiatus Highlights (and Lowlights)

Happy Thanksgiving

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2019

Reviewing the Unreviewed: November 2019

September 2019 Recap and Hiatus Announcement

In September the library I work for had Elizabeth Vargas come as part of our author/speaker series. I had never heard of her before, but she’s apparently very popular. She talked about her journey of anxiety and addiction (as told in her book, Between Breaths). She was a really good speaker and we had one of the highest turnouts we’ve ever had for this type of event. There was a special reception beforehand that I ended up having to work at because the person who usually plans those was out of town. I mostly stood in the corner checking people in and being awkward, but my boss eventually made me join the party – where I stood farther away from the corner being awkward.

Books Read: 12

Adult: 9
Young Adult: 3

Favorite Books I Read This Month:

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Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters and The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

  Books Reviewed: 6

The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter – 4.5/5 Stars

29 Seconds by T.M. Logan – 2/5 Stars

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay – 4/5 Stars

Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

Where Do I Begin by Elvis Duran – 4/5 Stars

Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 109

Funny Fridays:

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September 6

September 13

September 20

September 27

Other Posts:

August 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: September 11, 2019

WWW Wednesday: September 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: September 2019

Hiatus Announcement

I’ve decided it’s time to take a little break from blogging and social media, so I will be signing out for most of October. I do have two reviews scheduled during that time, but other than that I don’t plan on posting anything. I’m also hoping to stay off of Twitter and Facebook for the month. I will still be on Goodreads, though. I hope you all have a great October full of good reads and Pumpkin Spice everything. See you in November!