September Reading Wrap-Up

September started well and ended poor. I am currently reading 4 books, none of which is keeping my attention. Hence, I didn’t read the volume of books that I usually do.

I participated in #RYBSAT and #DiverseAThon. During those I read a total of 8 books. They will be the first on the list.

  1. The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky 2/5
  2. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter 5/5
  3. United We Spy by Ally Carter 5/5 (it’s over and I’m sad)
  4. Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest 4/5
  5. srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone 4/5
  6. YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright 3/5
  7. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows 4.5/5
  8. What Milo Saw by Virginia MacGregor 4.5/5
  9. Dubliners by James Joyce 3/5
  10. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 4/5
  11. The Reader by Traci Chee 4/5
  12. Follow Me by Tiffany Snow 3/5

I’m currently over half way through On Beauty by Zadie Smith. It’s going at a snail’s pace. I started Frankenstein a few days ago, and it, too, is not that exciting. Add to that Great Expectations and a few chunky books that I need to read by the end of the year and I’m feeling a bit bogged down. Hopefully I’ll find some lighter reads that will keep me feeling productive next month. Until next time, everyone!

May Reading Wrap Up

I started May feeling pretty slumpy in my reading. It could be that my stress level has been through the roof this month. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder the reverse way of everyone else – it peaks in Spring and Summer. I know I’m weird. Anxiety and depression aside, I read more than I thought I did. Reading is such a relaxing activity and it’s part of my self medication during these months. 😀

  • Itchcraft by Simon Mayo 4/5
  • The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson 4/5
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski 4/5
  • Night Speed by Chris Howard 2/5
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh 4.5/5
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne 4/5 (audiobook with my daughter)
  • A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde 3/5
  • The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell 3/5
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 4/5
  • Love, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey 3/5
  • Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth 5/5

Hopefully I’ll be posting many times this month. There’s a lot going on! Happy reading.

February Reading Wrap-Up

This month I started a lot of books that I still haven’t finished. It also was a library month; all but one book came from the library.

  1. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon 4/5
  2. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 4/5
  3. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean 2/5
  4. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean 3/5
  5. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley 5/5
  6. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer 4/5
  7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 5/5
  8. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (audiobook with daughter) 4/5
  9. The Forgotten Room by Karen White (and two others) 4/5
  10. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 3/5
  11. Good at Games by Jill Mansell 4/5

I read one, lonely owned book this month.

  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson 4/5

I’m in the middle of four books that I’m going to carry over to March. I linked up by Instagram account ( dance_read_homeschool ) for this page somewhere- if anyone is interested. I did post a picture of my March TBR on there. No surprise that I have a ton of library books out with five more on the way. I’d better get reading.


Owlcrate January 2016 *Spoilers*

I’ve subscribed to a few subscription boxes over the past year because of my curiosity. Most of them are book related because I have no willpower. 

January has been all sickness for this family. One after another we’re getting coughs, fevers, aches, sore throats, etc, resulting in cancelled dance lessons, sick days, and doctors appointments. Since I need to be slightly present on my own blog despite not being able to sit upright without vertigo, I’m going to share what arrived in the mail for me today…an Owlcrate! I seem to get mine later than most people, so I doubt this is truly spoiling anything, but, I’m warning those few anyway…the picture of contents is directly underneath this sentence. 

I wasn’t thrilled with the theme this month. I’m not into magic in my books. I bought a 3 month subscription when there was a sale and you can’t skip months. So people with picky reading tastes need to beware. 

The book this month is Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. The synopsis sounds like something I could enjoy. It’s a fantasy rebelling of the lives of the Bronte sisters. The book comes with a letter from the author and a paper doll set. Very cute. 

There are some other goodies in the box, including: white chocolate-mint lip balm by Geek Fire Labs, and two pieces of art by Evie Bookish. The glaringly obvious item of the box is a Funko Pop! Of Harry Potter. I’m going to get a ton of hate for saying this, especially taking into account recent celebrity deaths, but I’m sick to death of Harry Potter. So this item needs to go somewhere else. 

This box wasn’t my cup of tea, but last month was perfect. I’ve been following the contents  of the box for many months. I really love the bookish goodies that come each month, and the books all seem excellent. I’m just a picky lady when it comes to genre. 😉

2016 Series to Marathon Read

In conjunction with my post on my most anticipated releases, I thought I’d list the series I intend to marathon. Many of these have books being released in 2016.

  1. The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski; The Winner’s Kiss release date 3/29/16
  2. The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey; The Last Star release date 5/24/26
  3. Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo; Crooked Kingdom release date 9/22/16
  4. The Mapmakers Trilogy by S. E. Grove; The Crimson Skew release date 7/12/16
  5. Firebird Series by Claudia Gray; third book has no title or release date yet
  6. Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown; Morning Star release date 2/9/16
  7. The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh; The Rose and the Dagger release date 5/3/16
  8. Reconers Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson; Calamity release date 2/16/16

Honorable Mentions: (These I either started and am not up to date, or I don’t know if I’m going to read them this year.)

  • Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch; loved the first book, haven’t read the second yet, the third, Frost Like Night, is due to be released sometime this year
  • Fairyland Series by Catherynne M. Valente; I own the first two. the fifth and final book will be released on 3/1/16. I’m not sure I’ll get to this series this year, but never say never

Noticing now that they are all fantasy. Mostly YA, as well. I’d better go search my shelves for some adult reads. 2016 is starting to get busy all of the sudden. Am I missing any series completions this year that you think I should get to?

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.

Most Anticipated 2016 Releases

I tried to get 16 so I could pretend to be cool. But since I didn’t feel right anticipating books that are part of a series I haven’t read any of yet, I couldn’t make it.

  1. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller release date 2/2/16
  2. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard release date 2/9/16
  3. Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale release date in UK 2/25/16 (I love Book Depository)
  4. Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17) by Laura Childs release date 3/1/16
  5. Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2) by Maggie Hall release date 3/8/16
  6. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn release date 3/29/16
  7. The Long Game (The Fixer #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes release date 6/7/16
  8. Radio Girls: A Novel by Sarah-Jane Stratford release date 6/14/16
  9. The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson release date 8/2/16
  10. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir release date 8/30/16

So far I have 50 books on my 2016 Releases Goodreads shelf. I anticipate that as the year goes by more should be added. The above are the ones I have plans to buy, have already pre-ordered, or have already requested from my library. So you could say there is no way I’m missing them. 🙂 Anything that should be on my list?

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.