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!
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October was an… interesting reading month. I’m not entirely sure how, but I managed to read 10 books in total, which is a lot more than typical for me. On the other hand, many of them were various degrees of middling. I don’t know if I’m getting pickier the more I read and review, or if it was just a coincidence of timing.
During this month I also started to feel my reading mood change. As much as I love a fast paced thriller, I find myself craving more classics and longer books to immerse myself in. Maybe it’s the change of season, maybe my tastes are changing as I get older, or maybe I just read too many new thrillers all at once and need a break. Regardless of the reason, I’m going to start incorporating more books that are longer or have stood the test of time in my rotation. I do like to read from a wide variety of genres, though, and don’t see that changing anytime soon so you won’t see too much of a change in the blog overall.
Anyway. I’m ready to talk about the books I read and reviewed this month now, how about you?
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My first experience with an audiobook was as a young girl, about ten years old, driving down to Florida for vacation with my dad. The drive from northern New Jersey to southern Florida takes twenty plus hours, so my dad had the brilliant idea to stop and buy an audiobook to entertain us for a good portion of the trip.
We decided on Inca Gold, the twelfth book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series. Compiled of 17 CDs, it came in at about 20 hours long, which was the perfect length. I was decidedly too young for some of the scenes and felt extremely awkward listening to them with a parent, and we glossed past those parts. (Lesson learned!) But the action and adventure elements of the story kept my attention for the entire car ride. And so began my love of audiobooks!
To your brain, listening to a book is pretty much the same as reading it. That being said, they are different experiences. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – the narration can really make or break an audiobook. Great narration helps pull the listener into the story, making it more immersive and sometimes even just a little better than reading the print version of the book.
The audiobooks I’m sharing today are those that I literally did not want to put down. I’d sit in my car for a few extra minutes, spend extra time cleaning, or find other busy work to do to listen just a little longer. Are you ready to see them?
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In September, I took a break from reading review copies and focused on reading books that I already own. I had a backlog of reviews that I scheduled out throughout the month and enjoyed reading simply for the pleasure of it without spending as much time as usual analyzing and writing. It certainly was nice to just read at whatever pace I chose at any given moment! But I am looking forward to get back into a balance of review copies and books of my own choosing, which seems to be my current happy place.
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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!
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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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As exciting as it can be to get on the hype train of newly released books or even get my hands on an advance copy, sometimes I’m just in the mood to discover a book that hasn’t been touted everywhere yet. So today I want to talk about 8 great books that have flown under the radar.
The qualifications I used to pick these were as follows: books published prior to 2018; books that currently have approximately 500 ratings or less on Goodreads; and all were books I read and rated at least a four out of five. I really enjoyed each of these and think they all deserve more attention!
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