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!

April Reading

I love to read. As an introvert and an only child raised in an era of only two TV channels, I learned quickly that reading is necessary for survival. I’ve always favored fun books with witty dialogue and happy endings. No surprise that I haven’t changed after growing up. I love Chick Lit, Romance, and YA. Historical fiction is another genre I like, but it requires thought. I find myself researching all the history in the book and the people and the list goes on. I enjoy this nearly as much as reading, but, with my schedule the way it is, I can’t indulge in historical fiction or weightier tomes until Little Mop Top finishes school for this year.

Since I got off work early (!) tonight, I decided to look at my book reading for the month. It was interesting to reflect on these books. I might have to continue the trend.

I have goals this year regarding my reading. One I mentioned in another post. I need to read LMT’s books before she does. I can’t assign a book to her that I haven’t read. It’s a bit easier now since she reads middle grade books; I’m not looking forward to a few years from now. She’s already begging to read Moby Dick. Crazy child. My second goal is to read my TBR of physical books. When I started watching booktube videos, I went berserk buying books. I have a nook, a kindle, an iPad, and a library card. There is no need to clog up my bookshelf with books I have no intention of keeping after reading. Those books are now top priority whether I like it or not!


The City of Ember

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Phantom Tollbooth

My TBR Read:

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

This Strange and Familiar Place

Find Me Where The Water Ends

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

From the Library:

The Start of Me and You

Shatter Me

Little Mop Top and I listened to three audiobooks this month. We usually have something going in the car.

Maniac Magee

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Horse and His Boy

I’m currently reading A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley. It’s taking a ridiculously long time to finish because it’s Historical Fiction (see opening paragraph). I love it and wish I could just sit and read for awhile, darn it!