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.
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 4/5
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 4/5
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg 4/5
- The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia 2/5
- The Birds by Daphne du Maurier 3/5
- Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier 2/5
- Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger 4/5
- Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger 4/5
- Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger 4/5
- It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis 3/5
- Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis 3/5
- Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend 4/5
- Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue 1/5
- Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis 3/5
- 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!
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.
- The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky 2/5
- Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter 5/5
- United We Spy by Ally Carter 5/5 (it’s over and I’m sad)
- Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest 4/5
- srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone 4/5
- YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright 3/5
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows 4.5/5
- What Milo Saw by Virginia MacGregor 4.5/5
- Dubliners by James Joyce 3/5
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 4/5
- The Reader by Traci Chee 4/5
- 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!
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.
- Innocent in Las Vegas by A. R. Winters 3/5
- The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher 3/5
- Anything for You by Kristan Higgins 3/5
- At Last by Jill Shalvis 3/5
- Big Boned by Meg Cabot 4/5
- The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood 2/5
- Once a Soldier (eARC) by Mary Jo Putney 3/5
- The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg 4/5
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch 4/5
- The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell 3/5
- 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!
This summer is making me crazy. I’m in a funky reading mood. My classics reading challenge has me slumpy and cranky. Work is busy. I need a vacation. But I did manage to read these books this month and I attempted participation in Booktube-a-thon. And I started a Booktube channel!
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 3/5
- Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris 2/5
- An Event to Remember…Or Forget by Melissa Baldwin2/5
- Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman 3/5
- Results May Vary (eARC) by Bethany Chase 4/5
- Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch 4/5
- Stolen Fury by Elizabeth Naughton 3.5/5
- Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson 4/5
- Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson 3/5
- Longbow Girl by Linda Davies 5/5
- Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter 5/5
- Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot 4/5
- Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch 3.5/5
- Dance Diaries: Learning to Ballroom Dance by The Girl With The Tree Tattoo 5/5 🙂
I’m currently reading both Dubliners and Great Expectations. I’ve put them on hold because I really feel like reading light stuff right now. Chick lit, romance, and cozy mystery are my healing words. It helps if they make me laugh out loud. 😀
Over the next few months I’d really love to read some dance books and do a huge review of them all, but we’ll see what time and my brain have in store. If you’re interested in my Booktube channel, I’ll leave a link below. No obligation. I’m still learning how to film, edit, and not feel like an idiot. As always, I hope everyone has a lovely reading month, and a delightful rest of summer.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I wrote a review of this one for the Back to the Classics 2016 Challenge 2/5
- The Girl from Everywhere by Heide Heilig I honestly don’t even remember this one. 3/5
- Starflight by Melissa Landers. Another one I don’t remember. 3/5
- Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs 3/5
- Beyond the Red by Ava Jae 3/5
- Driving With the Top Down by Beth Harbison 4/5
- Dryland by Sara Jaffe 2/5
- Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Isla 1/5
- Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson 2/5
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy . I liked this one better!!! 3/5
- Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. 3/5
- The Night Charter by Sam Hawken 4/5
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 4/5
- Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty 3/5
- Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor 3/5
- The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell 4/5
- Summerlost by Ally Condie. Slow start, but worth it. 4/5
- 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?
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.
- The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon 4/5
- One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 4/5
- No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean 2/5
- Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean 3/5
- Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley 5/5
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer 4/5
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 5/5
- A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (audiobook with daughter) 4/5
- The Forgotten Room by Karen White (and two others) 4/5
- Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 3/5
- 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.