April 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

This month was interesting reading-wise. I wasn’t wanting to read much the first few weeks, then Authorathon and Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon happened. I read most of these books during the latter part of April.

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 3/5
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski 4/5
  • Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye 4/5
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 4/5
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 3/5
  • Play Nice by Gemma Halliday 4/5
  • What It?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (audiobook) 4/5
  • Hurricane Kiss by Deborah Blumenthal 3/5
  • Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale 4/5

During Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon I read:

  • The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry 5/5
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord 4/5
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 2/5
  • The Braeswood Tapestry by Robyn Carr 3/5
  • Amulet Volume 7 by Kazu Kibuishi 4/5

I am currently reading The Summer Before the War. I’m approx 20% into it and I love it so far. I hope everyone had a lovely April. I can’t believe it’s May!


December Reading Wrap-Up and End of Year Stats

When it came to reading, December was a good as the weather. A whole lot of Blah with a nice day thrown in.

I finished:

My Physical TBR

  • New York by Edward Rutherfurd 5/5 (I know, it took me months to finish!)
  • Vortex by Julie Cross 4/5
  • Timestorm by Julie Cross 4/5
  • Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen 3/5

For Review from NetGalley

  • Passenger by Alexandra Braken 4/5
  • Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer 3/5
  • Chloe in India by Kate Darnton 4/5
  • Kidding Around NYC by Suzanne Roche 3/5


  • The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg 3/5
  • Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling 3/5

According to my Goodreads, in 2015 I read 198 books and 60,152 pages! I read a lot of books because I tend to read shorter books. I’d really like to get to some of my larger novels this year. We’ll see how that goes. Have a great weekend, everyone.

My 5 Star Reads of 2015

I don’t just give out 5 star reviews to any good book. 3 stars for a good, solid book. 4 stars for a book I really liked a whole lot. 5 stars require the right book at the right time. They need to hit me in the right spot. Generally they provoke out loud laughter and/or real tears. I’m wowed by the scope of the research or the scope of the imagination required to write such a book. I will remember them months down the road. That is my 5 star read. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran – took me to a side of India I’d never seen.
  2. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – a world like no other.
  3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – people thought the main character was weak, I thought she was realistic. I would have acted the same way.
  4. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley – slow reveals. 🙂
  5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – how come no one saw it?
  6. Timeless by Gail Carriger – great ending to a great series. So clever!
  7. Rook by Sharon Cameron – The Scarlet Pimpernel was my favorite book and musical. All the fun details in this book… I just can’t stand it!
  8. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – my first book in verse. I didn’t know how you could get a story across in verse; I found out and loved it.
  9. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – secrets and power. I love books like this.
  10. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – the only love triangle I can stand reading about. Plus, the world is wonderful.
  11. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett – listened to this on audiobook with my daughter. The narrator is awesome. I nearly went off the road laughing in my car.
  12. New York by Edward Rutherfurd – HISTORY. He puts so much work into his books and it shows.
  13. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt – listened to this on audiobook. so much to talk with daughter about.
  14. The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick – I want to be part of this book club.
  15. Time’s Divide by Rysa Walker – epic time travel.
  16. Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai – I traveled to Vietnam. It was such a wonderful time.

There we are. My best of the best. Not too shabby a list. There are multiple genres represented, and a few were audiobooks. I’m looking forward to what next year brings.

November Reads

My computer needs some work, that’s why I’ve been MIA. I’m going to try and type this on my phone. 


Listen, Slowly by Thanahha Lai 5/5

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick 5/5

Stranded by Jeff Probst 3/5

Trial by Fire by Jeff Probst 3/5

Survivors by Jeff Probst 3/5

Poached by Stuart Gibbs 3/5

Big Game by Stuart Gibbs 4/5

Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle by Bob Pflugfelder 3/5

Seaside by Wylde Scott 4/5

I, Funny by James Patterson 1/5

Books on My Shelf/eReader

Winter by Marissa Meyer 4/5

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 4/5

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter 3/5

Lock In by John Scalzi 4/5
Four Nights With The Duke by Eloisa James 3/5

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich 4/5


The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt 5/5

End result: 1. I’m officially not a fan of James Patterson. 2. The Wednesday Wars is officially the best book my daughter and I have listened to together. So good. 

October Reading Wrap-Up

October was a very stressful month for me. I wasn’t very interested in reading the books I had from the library; I wasn’t too thrilled about the ones I own either. Here’s what I accomplished book wise in October.

Library Books:

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 4/5
  • Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 3/4
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 4/5
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness 3/5

Owned Books:

  • Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen 3/5
  • I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter 3/5
  • The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham 4/5

NetGalley Review Books:

  • Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder 4/5
  • Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig 4/5
  • Science of Parenthood by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel 4/5


  • Savvy by Ingrid Law 4/5
  • Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer 4/5

On to November I go. I have two weeks off in the middle of the month, but a lot of that time is going to be spent preparing for my dance competition. I have a few more lessons than usual, plus some memorizing and worrying to do. I hope everyone had a great October.

September Reading Wrap Up

I rediscovered NetGalley this month and requested and got approval for a lot more books than I thought I would considering my newbie status. This can be a good thing, but in my case, it led to some reading stress.

Library Books

  • Past Perfect by Leila Sales 3/5
  • Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins 3/5
  • Rock Hard by Nalini Singh 2/5
  • Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go… by Diana Rogers 3/5

Review Books

  • Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager 5/5
  • Don’t Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager 4/5
  • The Scam by Janet Evanovich 4/5
  • Deal Breakers by Laura Lee 2/5
  • Things I’ve Said to My Children by Nathan Ripperger 3/5
  • Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder 4/5 *Written review of first three books coming this month
  • Coco and The Little Black Dress by Annemarie van Haeringen 3/5
  • The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart 4/5
  • Time’s Divide by Rysa Walker 5/5
  • Tea Culture: History, Traditions, Celebrations, Recipes & More by Beverly Dubrin 4/5


  • Flush by Carl Hiaason 4/5
  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt 4/5
  • How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell 3/5

Off My Shelves

  • My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten 3/5
  • Air Plants by Zenaida Sengo 4/5

Currently, I have about 6 books started and I’m not interested in any of them. I’m in a very funky mood, so we’ll see what happens in October. Happy reading!

August Reads

I still haven’t finished London by Edward Rutherfurd. I have a lot of excuses, but I’m allowed to read how I want to, so I’m not going to list them. Other than that one irritating leftover, I’m completely floored by the quantity of books I read this month.

Books from the Library:

  • The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson 5/5
  • Time’s Edge by Rysa Walker 4/5
  • The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig 3/5
  • The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick 2/5
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott 2/5

My Books Taking Up Shelf Space:

  • Boxers & Saints (Graphic Novels) by Gene Luen Yang 3/5 for both
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  • Tempest by Julie Cross 3/5

My Daughter’s Books:

  • The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings 3/5
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 3/5

My eBooks:

  • Calamity Jayne and the Trouble with Tandems by Kathleen Bacus 4/5
  • Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell 1/5
  • Down Under with the Hottie by Juli Alexander 3/5
  • Hard to Hold on To by Laura Kaye 4/5
  • Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye 3/5
  • Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye 4/5
  • Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich 4/5


  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

Ok. Most of those are easy reads. It also seems like I was really into series this month. I’m looking forward to whatever comes my way next month.

July Reads

I’ve spent much of the last two weeks of July reading New York by Edward Rutherfurd along with some of the library books below. It’s a big book and it doesn’t help that I have to look up every historical detail. I’m such a nerd. Here’s the list of completed books for the month. 

My Physical TBR

Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan 4/5
Flame (Sky Chasers #3) 4/5
Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell 2/5

Library Books

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 5/5
Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark 3/5
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry 4/5
Armada by Ernest Cline 4/5

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett 5/5
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach 4/5
Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 4/5
Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan 3/5
#booktubathon starts tomorrow. If life goes well, I may participate as well as a booktube watcher can. My TBR is a bit embarrassing. I’ll share if it goes well. 

May Reads

Considering how busy my month has been, I did a good job reading.

Read My Daughter’s TBR

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
My TBR of Physical Books

Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie

Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde
Library Books

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Rook by Sharon Cameron

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Prince Caspian by CS Lewis

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I hope to read a few more of my daughter’s middle grade novels next month. I tend to be a mood reader and classic novels tend to be dreary. Dreary to the point of wanting to change up her school book pile for next year. But that’s a topic for another day. Happy reading, dancing, and tea drinking!