December Reading Wrap Up

December 2018 Reading Wrap Up

This is my favorite season of the year (the Christmas season, that is, NOT winter!), and as always, December was a full month of celebrating the holidays with family and friends! Even still, I managed to read 8 books (one of which was a short story), so I’m calling it a win for reading as well. For the most part I stuck with the TBR I set for myself, but one book just didn’t work for me, and I received two advance copies that just demanded to be read immediately. One of my reading goals for 2018 is to finish the series that I started this year but have yet to complete! Someone please hold me accountable.

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November Reading Wrap Up

November 2018 Reading Wrap Up

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading this from the US! I hope you had a wonderful day of food, family, and friends and a great first weekend of the Christmas season. This is officially my favorite season of the year, so please allow me this excitement – my husband and I put up our Christmas tree, village, and outside lights this weekend and it just makes me SO happy!!!

Ahem. Onto the books.

November was a really good month of books and reading for me! I stayed on track with everything I planned on reading even amidst the planning, cooking, and cleaning involved in hosting a Thanksgiving meal and all the Christmas decorating. With two books I rated a five out of five coffee mugs (The Wife Between Us and a re-read of Murder on the Orient Express), and each of them with a rating of at least a three, it’s fair to say I enjoyed all of these books!

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October Reading Wrap Up

October Reading Wrap Up

My October reading was pretty on track with what I expected. I stayed pretty close to my TBR, only pushing back one book to make room for The Dry when my brain started demanding I listen to a new audiobook. Most of the books were good, with all of them rating at least a three, but the standout for me was Stories of Your Life and Others, which I’ve been eagerly anticipating since seeing Arrival.

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September Reading Wrap Up

September Reading Wrap Up

September was a good month for books and reading for me! I wound up receiving two paperback copies of ARCs that I was really excited about (one of which was The Wife Between Us, which I am waiting to post a full review for until it is closer to the publication date), which threw my schedule off a bit, but you know. Books! So you make it work. It was also a great variety for me: a mix of ARCs and back list books, and genres ranging from young adult to adult, and contemporary to suspenseful thrillers.

Without further ado, let’s just get into it!

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August Reading Wrap Up

August Reading Wrap Up

My August reading was somewhat erratic. I had a bit of a book hangover after reading Win, which was made worse by my bemoaning the fact of having to wait for the next book in The Atlantis Grail series to be written. Then I was approved for two additional ARCs that I wanted to read and review earlier rather than later. And finally, I completed an ARC and wrote a review before discovering its publication date was being pushed back! In the end, there were eight books that I reviewed on the blog this month.

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July Reading Wrap Up

July Reading Wrap Up

July was a great month for reading and new releases! I managed to get ahead of my planned out schedule to give myself time to reread Qualify and Compete before starting the newly released Win, which I am super excited for! And everything I read this month I rated at least a three, and actually had two five star reads! *insert mike drop here*

So let’s see the list know, shall we?

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June Reading Wrap Up

June Reading Wrap Up

June was a great reading month for me! My streak of reading an average of two books a week continues, which was easier this month when the craziness that was May came to an end. With a blend of ARCs, backlist books, a book versus movie, and even a little something outside of my regular reading, this was quite the combination of books! To top it off, more than 50% of them were four stars reads for me.

Without further ado, let’s see the list!

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May Reading Wrap Up

May Reading Wrap Up

So my May reading didn’t exactly go as I anticipated. It started out on track, but then one ARC I had came out earlier than I thought it would, and I was surprised by another ARC from an author (not that I’m complaining!), and you know, life. Since I try to prioritize all the advance copies I get as much as possible, a few of my just for fun books got pushed back to June. Then a friend of a friend recommended a book so highly that they lent it to me, and I couldn’t very well put that off until the end of my list!

Without further ado, let’s just get into it!

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April Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap Up

When I first forayed into book blogging back in November of 2015, my original goal was to post a book review twice a month. Ha! That’s so funny to think of now, since in a rapidly accelerating cycle, the more I reviewed, the more and faster I read, which just led to more reviews, and so on. This past month I read and reviewed two books each week!

So, because I love lists and since I’ve seen many other book bloggers doing monthly recaps, I’ve decided to start doing so myself. Let’s just get into it, shall we?

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2016: A Year in Review (and my top 10 favorite books read!)

2016 was a big year for me! Although I started first reviewing books on Goodreads last year and my first book related blog post went up in November 2015, this was my first full year of reviewing books.

Since starting this book blog I’ve learned a few things (about books and myself):

  • NetGalley. Edelweiss. Advanced Reader Copies. I didn’t know these things existed before! Seriously, my mind was blown.
  • It is decidedly more difficult and time consuming to write a coherent review than to simply turn to a friend and say, “You should read this!”
  • In making the effort to post reviews consistently, I’ve not only read nearly double the amount in 2016 than I have in the previous few years, I’m also able to retain more information about each book.
  • My TBR pile has also grown significantly; if it was a physical pile rather than a compilation of lists in Goodreads, I’m pretty sure it would be over 100 feet tall.

Anyway. Because I love lists, and yearly wrap ups of favorites seems to be the thing to do, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 favorite books that I read in 2016. Ironically, this works out to be exactly 10 books that I rated a 5 out of 5, not including rereads. Here they are, in no particular order. (All covers will link to my reviews.)

Qualify, by Vera Nazarian

Compete, by Vera Nazarian

The Perfect Husband, by Lisa Gardner

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott

Swimming Through Clouds, by Rajdeep Paulus

Seeing Through Stones, by Rajdeep Paulus

Soaring Through Stars, by Rajdeep Paulus

Everything You Want Me to Be, by Mindy Mejia

Golden Son, by Pierce Brown

What were your favorite books that you read this year??