August Reading Wrap-Up

This month was all about fun reading. I refuse to beat myself up for not reading the two classics I have started. I ended up reading a lot of the freebies that I downloaded years ago, getting some library books, and catching up on some series.

  1. Innocent in Las Vegas by A. R. Winters 3/5
  2. The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher 3/5
  3. Anything for You by Kristan Higgins 3/5
  4. At Last by Jill Shalvis 3/5
  5. Big Boned by Meg Cabot 4/5
  6. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood 2/5
  7. Once a Soldier (eARC) by Mary Jo Putney 3/5
  8. The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg 4/5
  9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch 4/5
  10. The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell 3/5
  11. Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome by Kathleen Bacus 3/5

Considering how easy the above were to read, this was not a good month for reading. My guess is that all the readathons that I participated in during July burnt me out. I don’t consider this month a failure by any means! Next month I really need to finish Dubliners and Great Expectations. I’m also participating in #RYBSAT, so I’m starting September with a bang!

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.

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?

 

 

Classic Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Goodreads Blurb: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Wow! Now I know where all those movies and tv shows got their idea from. This was the movie Clue on steroids. I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel before, and now that I have, I understand why she is such a well loved author. I couldn’t figure out who did it! You could argue for any of them right up to the end. The writing was fast-paced and not scary. If you’re like me, you tend to shy away from classics because of the long-winded sentences and large words. There is no worry of that here. Pick it up and read it, already! 4/5 stars

Note: If you’re a stickler for political correctness, beware. Take note of what the original title was and pass.

This fulfills one of my requirements for the Back to the Classics 2016 Challenge

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?