2018 Bookish Goals: Mid-Year Update

2018 Bookish Goals: mid-year update

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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8 Great Books That Have Gone Under the Radar

8 great books that have gone under the radar

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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June Reading Wrap Up

June 2018 Reading Wrap UpAh, 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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5 Hot Books to Read This Summer

5 hot books to read this summer

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 atΒ Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves for even more options!

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May Reading Wrap Up

May 2018 Reading Wrap UpMay 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 Reading Recap

April Reading Recap

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?

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Top 10 All-Time Favorite Mysteries

Top 10 all time favorite mysteries

If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you’ll know mystery is one of my favorite genres. Ever since picking up my first Agatha Christie novel some twenty something years ago, the genre had me hooked and keeps me coming back time after time! Although some people think of mysteries as synonymous with detective fiction, I tend to use the classification more loosely to encompass stories that involve getting to the bottom of a puzzle or secret. So, the following list includes a variety of types of mysteries, from the classic whodunit to legal thriller and domestic suspense to psychological thriller.

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March Reading Recap

March Reading Recap

March was a great reading month for me! I read books in a wide variety of genres, from fantasy to contemporary to mystery and more. This month was a bit heavy on review copies for me, but I managed to fit in a few just for fun reads and books I’ve been looking forward to for some time now. Only one five star book this month, but that’s one better than February!

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Spring Reading Recommendations

Seasonal - Spring 2018 Reading Recommendations

Now that February has blown past, it feels like we are on the cusp of spring and I, for one, cannot wait! The hint of warmth in the air, more sunny days, and even the smell of spring is all around, enticing me to come out of my winter hibernation mode. With these changes, I find myself looking to read certain types or genres of books this time of year. Today I have five books in particular to recommend reading this spring.

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February Reading Recap

February Reading Recap

I don’t know about you, but February flew by for me! I’m on a roll with reading plenty, completing nine books again! Although most of them were enjoyable, none of them really stood out among the rest. What did stand out for me was my birthday! February is my birthday month and I always stretch the celebrating out over the entire month to pop some fun back into this otherwise dreary stretch of winter. For that, I’m sad to see February pass but I am looking forward to what the new month may bring!

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