December 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

I have been terrible about posting on this blog the past few months. I don’t think I’ve done a wrap up in a few months. Sorry everyone. I plan to be better now that I upgraded my computer and everything seems to be working better. I hope it lasts.

  1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 4/5
  2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 4/5
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg 4/5
  4. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia 2/5
  5. The Birds by Daphne du Maurier 3/5
  6. Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier 2/5
  7. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger 4/5
  8. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger 4/5
  9. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger 4/5
  10. It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis 3/5
  11. Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis 3/5
  12. Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend 4/5
  13. Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue 1/5
  14. Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis 3/5
  15. Lift and Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein 3/5

That’s the run down for the month. I do really hope to keep up with blogging a bit better in 2017, both for dance and reading. Ta ta for now!

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!

March 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

What a busy month it has been! I did a lot of reading on vacation, then I petered out. Most likely this was because I didn’t read anything spectacular. I could really use a fantastic book soon.

  1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I wrote a review of this one for the Back to the Classics 2016 Challenge 2/5
  2. The Girl from Everywhere by Heide Heilig I honestly don’t even remember this one. 3/5
  3. Starflight by Melissa Landers. Another one I don’t remember. 3/5
  4. Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs 3/5
  5. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae 3/5
  6. Driving With the Top Down by Beth Harbison 4/5
  7. Dryland by Sara Jaffe 2/5
  8. Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Isla 1/5
  9. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson 2/5
  10. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy . I liked this one better!!! 3/5
  11. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. 3/5
  12. The Night Charter by Sam Hawken 4/5
  13. The  Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 4/5
  14. Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty 3/5
  15. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor 3/5
  16. The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell 4/5
  17. Summerlost by Ally Condie. Slow start, but worth it. 4/5
  18. A Tyranny of Petticoats by Various. DNF. I still don’t enjoy short stories no matter the author. Sorry.

As I was typing the titles and ratings it was sad. Most of these I only vaguely remember reading. Maybe this is what a reading slump is for me, where I can read a good book and still not enjoy it? I hope April is better. Quality over quantity, right?

 

 

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.

 

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

Audiobooks

  • 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.

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

Audiobook

  • 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.

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
Audiobooks

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!

Summer Reading

You know what they say about plans. I have hopes of reading down my stack of physical books over this year. I have no more room on my shelves, so it’s read or never buy a beautiful book again. Summer is the time of year that I get some larger books read, partially because I don’t have to teach my daughter 4 hours a day. I still have the goal of reading through my daughter’s TBR before assigning them to her, so there are a few of her books on my pile. I have quite a few new release books on hold at the library for when they are released to add to the pile.  Here it is in all its splendor:


This is by no means comprehensive. I own the entire Eragon series and may read them all. I also own two additional Edward Rutherfurd books/tomes. They are massive and require me to be in the right mood.

Do you have massive book plans this summer?