I don’t know about you, but I’m something of a seasonal mood reader. Meaning, with every change of season I tend to feel a pull to read a certain type of book. It’s not always the same mood each time winter comes around, though. Some years I crave books in hot locations to feel the warmth. Some winters all I want to read is Harry Potter. Sometimes it’s more genre based. But this year, curling up with a book that takes place in a cold or wintry environment is particularly appealing. There’s just something about getting cozy with a blanket and a coffee while the chill is both outside and in my book that sounds just right this season.
Although each of these books features a chilly atmosphere, they couldn’t be more different. This list contains a variety of genres, from historical fiction to contemporary and gothic mystery to Nordic noir. So hopefully there’s something for you in the mix!
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November passed by in such a blur! My husband and I hosted both a Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving, which involved lots of prep work and cleaning, followed by even more cleaning. And as per our usual tradition, we decorated the house for Christmas in the weekend after Thanksgiving, which makes me a very happy camper!
It’s amazing that I found enough time amidst all the craziness to read nine books. Sometimes people ask me how I manage to read as much as I do and I honestly don’t even know. It’s like sleeping or eating. I don’t know how not to read!
Ready to see the books I read and reviewed this month?
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Ah, fall. When I was younger, I loved the end of summer only because it meant school was starting soon again. Yes, I was that kid. But the change of season that brought cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and back to school clothes and supplies was a fun and exciting change after the lazy days of summer.
This time of year, I typically like to read books that have a certain atmosphere. It might be through a setting that has cool and crisp fall weather, a tone that is slightly eerie, or just a nostalgic mood that reminds me of when I was younger. If any of that sounds like the kind of book you’re looking for this season, you’ve come to the right place!
As usual, most of the books I’ve picked have been previously published to make it easy for readers to find a copy. But I did have to include one newer option that I think is absolutely perfect for this season!
Curious to see my picks?
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August was a fantastic reading month! I was looking forward to all of the books I’d planned to pick up this month and wound up enjoying all of them. After getting ahead on my TBR back in July, it was great to actually read everything I wanted to this month and still have time to pick up other books just for fun. And three books I read this month got a full five out of five from me!
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I love July! Those lazy, hazy days of summer start tantalizing me as the craziness of work and life slows down, and spending a day under the sun with a book is one of my favorite things.
All in all, July was quite the month of reading for me! I took the first week off for vacation and read over five books in that one week alone. Which is exactly what vacations are for, right? Resting, relaxing, and reading! After that, I still completed another five books, making this a record month. And I thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of them, so July is really a win through and through as far as I’m concerned.
Let’s take a look at everything I read and reviewed now, shall we?
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This year is going by so quickly! As the middle of the year passes us by, I wanted to revisit the top five bookish goals I set for myself in 2018.
Although I’ve been actively working on all the goals I set, I haven’t taken the time yet to sit down and evaluate where I’m at. And the six month in mark seemed to be the perfect pause point to do so.
Let’s jump right in!
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Ah, June. It finally started warming up this month to feel like spring around here. Along with that, the craziness of May wound down and I was able to take time for myself and for reading. All in all, a great month!
Although every book I’ve reviewed this month was a review copy, I really enjoyed most of them, giving the majority a four out of five mugs. I also listened to two audiobooks this month just for fun and those reviews will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
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I don’t know about you, but I get excited for summer reading every year! Even when I was younger, I used to bring my school’s summer reading list to Barnes and Noble and proceed to stack them all together instead of picking the two or three that were required.
Summer reading means something different for every reader, though. In the following five selections there are a variety of styles and genres to choose from. Most have been previously published so if you’re a library lover it should be easy to get your hands on them!
Looking for a more comprehensive list of titles to choose from? Check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guides at Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves for even more options!
Ready to see my picks?
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May is always a crazy month in my personal life, with both my wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. There’s also always 17,384 walks, runs, dinners, and other types of fundraisers that I wind up going to. I keep telling my husband to stop being so nice to everyone so they stop inviting us everywhere! He’s an outgoing extrovert who just can’t help himself, though. What’s a wife to do?? Introvert that I am, I schedule in days or nights when I can just be at home and get cozy with a book! So, even amidst all the goings on, I still managed to read quite a few books this month!
I also spent some time this month updating the blog style and graphics. Since first starting this blog, I’ve changed the design a few times, but I think it’s finally at the point where it incorporates all the features I’ve been looking for and will not be changing again anytime soon! This is the first post in the new style, but I’ll be going back and updating older posts to match over the next few weeks. Or maybe months… I hadn’t realized I’ve posted over 200 times so far! What do you think of the new design? Let me know in the comments!
Anyway. I’m ready to talk about the books I read and reviewed this month now, how about you?
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April was a whirlwind! Between starting out with snowstorms, tons of social obligations, and all the reading, it went by in such a blur I can barely even remember what happened. I did enjoy reading a nice variety of genres, from science fiction and fantasy to contemporary. And I’m still working on finishing IT (*insert sigh here*), but I’m so close to completing it and can’t wait to move on.
Let’s see the list now, shall we?