June Reading Wrap-Up

Ladies and Gentlemen, I finished The Three Musketeers! It was a close call, but I cancelled all potential activites and read until I wanted to throw that book into the pool. Other than that deligtful moment of a few hours ago, I read a lot of good books this month.

  • With Malice by Eileen Cook 4/5
  • Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey 4/5
  • The Ring on Her Finger by Elizabeth Bevarly 3/5
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp 3/5
  • Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer 4/5
  • Bridge of Time by Lewis Buzbee 3/5
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey 3/5
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGerry 5/5
  • Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 4/5
  • In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins 4/5
  • Good Girl Gone Plaid by Shelli Stevens 2/5
  • Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels 2/5
  • On Her Own Two Wheels by STacy Xavier 3/5
  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter 4/5
  • In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward 5/5
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 3/5

Two five-star reads this month! That’s huge for me. I have a goal to read up the ebooks I have on my Nook. It’s the first ereader that came out, so it’s OLD as far as electronics go. I can tell my Nook is dying a slow death and I don’t want to replace it. I don’t like reading on backlit screans, so the nook app is not going to work for me. So I’m hoping to read quite a few off the Nook in the next few months. Happy reading, everyone.

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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.

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?

 

 

January Reading Wrap-Up

When you can’t dance, read!

Mount TBR – my own books that I read

  • See How They Run by Ally Carter 5/5
  • Illuminate by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof 3/5
  • Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo 4/5
  • Space Dumplins by Craig Thomson 4/5
  • Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins 4/5
  • Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen 3/5
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey 3/5
  • Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl 4/5
  • Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi 3/5

Back to the Classics 2016 – all these were reviewed on this blog and came from the library

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell 3/5
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 4/5
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells 2/5

Library Books

  • A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean 4/5

NetGalley Reviews

  • Radioactive! by Winifred Conkling 4/5

Although this looks like great reading, I added 9 books to my physical TBR. Basically, I replaced all the books that I read. I’m trying very hard to have a smaller physical book TBR. I care some about my eBooks, but not as much as the books taking up physical space. Next month I would like to read more than I buy. Happy reading, everybody!

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.

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.

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. 

#ReadKidsLit

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

Audiobook

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. 

November TBR – #ReadKidsLit

I don’t normally make TBR’s because I am such a mood reader, but I participated in #ReadKidsLit last year and loved it, so I want to participate again. This is the announcement video by Words of a Reader:

I have a plethora of Middle Grade books to choose from. I read DD’s books before she does (sometimes). I have to read some of them before her since I homeschool her and need to ask appropriate questions. I have a few middle grade books on my NetGalley list to read, as well.

Here’s my tentative TBR:

  • Poached by Stuart Gibbs (for fun)
  • Nick and Tesla series, books 3, 4, 5 (NetGalley)
  • Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai (for homeschool)
  • Seaside by Wylde Scott (NetGalley)
  • Radioactive! by Winifred Conkling (NetGalley)
  • Chloe in India by Kate Darnton (NetGalley)
  • Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson (for fun)

Last year I lasted about two weeks before I had a desire to read some adult books. We’ll see what happens this year. I may change up the TBR some as I really do have a lot of middle grade books to read and enjoy. Maybe others of you will participate as well. Use the hashtag if you do and join in the fun!