May Reading Wrap Up

book stack with mug and plant by window

May seemed to both last forever and simultaneously spring by. It’s a big month in our house as it encompasses my wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. Normally this means a lot of meals out for us, but this year things looked somewhat different. We still celebrated with some special meals but just enjoyed them at home instead.

This month was also excellent for my reading life! Three of the books I read were so good they made my favorites list, which has never happened before. Let’s just drop the mic there and move on to see the books.

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April Reading Wrap Up

In April I read exactly six books, and they were all the books I had planned on reading this month. Although I usually plan out the books I want to read for the next month, it practically never happens! Either library books come available or my mood takes me elsewhere. But this time, I stuck with my plan exactly.

I think my need for structure kicked in this month. Hubby, baby, and I began to find a routine that worked well (which will change again soon, I’m sure), but at the end of each day, I still couldn’t tell you what we all did. In setting a plan and sticking to it, I found that I could deal with the spontaneous better. And that seemed to bleed into my reading as well.

Overall, the books I read in April were excellent! I rated most a four, which means I found them to be very well done and would seriously consider re-reading at some point. Not bad, right?

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March Reading Wrap Up

March Reading Wrap Up

Well, March was certainly an interesting month. These past few weeks have brought quite a few changes to our current state of affairs. I live in an area that’s been hit particularly hard with COVID-19, with schools closing and moving to online learning mid-March and everything else but necessities following suit soon after. So we’ve been social distancing for a few weeks now.

And yet… my day to day life hasn’t changed much. I’ve been working from home since my maternity leave ended, and between working a few hours a day, time spent with baby and hubby, and the other daily things, I would only leave the house a few times a week. Now instead of going out for errands, we go for walks through our neighborhood and hubby arranges one day for the week when he runs out for groceries and other necessities. I have missed getting together with family and friends but at least now we have the technology to see each other virtually! Unfortunately, we do have friends and colleagues that have been personally affected in ways that I hope most people never have to go through, and my prayers are with everyone through this time.

In an effort to not get caught up in the news cycle and avoid spiraling into panic, I prefer to escape into a good book. So my reading went up this month. I completed all the books on my TBR for March, as well as a few additional books. And I wound up enjoying all of them!

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February Reading Wrap Up

February 2020 Wrap UpOh February, where did you go? Time seems to flex between slow motion and supersonic speed these days, with my entire life revolving around a tiny person and his ever changing routines. Some days seem to last forever… and others go by in the blink of an eye. And when the end of the month comes into view, I wonder, what have I actually done this month?

This month, I completed six books, one of which was an audiobook reread of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that I started back in November! As much as I love a good audiobook, I don’t think that format is working for me right now. Short form listening is the best I can do these days. But I did like all of the books I read and found a new favorite!

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January Reading Wrap Up

January 2020 Reading Wrap UpJanuary was a good month of reading for me. I completed five books, which is about average for me now. Some were fairly middling, but I rated three a four out of five, putting my average rating for the month at a 3.6. And two of the four star reads were from my list of books I’m excited to read in 2020! Not bad, right?

Starting this month, I’ve decided to add another section to these wrap ups. This new section will contain links of bookish articles from around the web that I personally enjoyed reading. I hope you like them too!

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9 Books I’m Excited to Read in 2020

9 Books I'm Excited to Read in 2020

Happy 2020! To ring in the new year, today I want to share some of the books I’m excited for in the upcoming months.

This list is VERY heavy on thrillers, a handful of which are from authors I’ve read and loved before. And the remaining thrillers just sound so interesting! There is one contemporary novel and one young adult fantasy to round out the list.

Regardless of genre, I have high hopes for all of these books! Ready to see them?

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December (& 2019) Reading Wrap Up

December 2019 Reading Wrap UpChristmas is my favorite season and I especially savored it this year as it was baby’s first Christmas. Even if he won’t be able to remember it, I really tried to take each moment as it came and enjoy all of the firsts! Much of what I recall from this past month is baby related, but I did read a handful of books that I enjoyed and wanted to mention.

Today I also want to revisit my list of the books I was anticipating most for 2019 to see which I actually read, what worked, and what didn’t.

Click on through to see everything I reviewed, read, and wrote in December, along with a follow up of how my most anticipated books for 2019 worked for me.

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6 Best New Books I Read in 2019

6 Best New Books I Read in 2019

Merry Christmas! (And Happy Holidays to anyone who celebrates any other holiday this season!)

As the year comes to a close, I’m excited to share my favorite books that I read in 2019! Last week I posted a list of the 6 best backlist books I read. But today I’d like to talk about the 6 best new releases I read in 2019.

There is something of a theme in this list, as I read a whole slew of books about books this year and more than one slid easily onto my favorites list. They are all unique, though, with different bookish spins. And rounding out the list are a fantasy and science fiction thriller. Surprisingly, there are no mysteries on this list! What is even real anymore?

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6 Best Backlist Books I Read in 2019

6 Best Backlist Books I Read in 2019

For the past couple years, I’ve shared my top 10 books from the year, whether overall in 2017 or split into backlist and new releases in 2018. Each time I had a handful of five star reads and would have to fill out the list by selecting my favorite four star books. But this year, I decided to keep it just to the books I rated a full five out of five. Because why share anything but the best?

So today I’m sharing the six best backlist books I read in 2019 (not including those that were re-reads). They were all still published fairly recently, the oldest one from 2014. Which possibly speaks to the fact that I read more newer books this year than older ones, and is something I’d like to balance out better for 2020. But that’s a post for another day.

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November Reading Wrap Up

November 2019 Reading Wrap UpHappy Thanksgiving!

November was a bit of a blur for me as a flurry of colds hit our household and just doing the necessary daily chores was all I could think about some days. I am glad that bout of sickness has passed and hoping it doesn’t come our way again this season!

In bookish news, I read a handful of books this month. They were a good mix of backlist books and advance copies I was excited for. I enjoyed them all and more than half got a four out of five rating!

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