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!

September Reading Wrap-Up

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.

  1. The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky 2/5
  2. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter 5/5
  3. United We Spy by Ally Carter 5/5 (it’s over and I’m sad)
  4. Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest 4/5
  5. srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone 4/5
  6. YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright 3/5
  7. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows 4.5/5
  8. What Milo Saw by Virginia MacGregor 4.5/5
  9. Dubliners by James Joyce 3/5
  10. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 4/5
  11. The Reader by Traci Chee 4/5
  12. 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!

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!

July Reading Wrap-Up

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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0ojdItegJnGzQ3coBxqXg

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.

Subscription Boxes, TBR’s, and (lack of) Money

Last year I jumped onto the subscription box bandwagon. I believe it started from watching booktube videos of all the cute things in the book boxes, then I started following blogs that review boxes, etc. To be honest, I’m more of a watcher than a buyer, but I have tried a few. I thought that I’d give a little rundown on the book boxes I’ve tried. The disclaimer: I bought these boxes with my own money, for my own enjoyment. I am not affiliated with them in any way.

OwlCrate – This box chooses a monthly theme and sends a YA book that relates to that theme. It’s a new release YA. You also get cute bookish items that also relate to the theme. I like this box when the theme is right. I don’t like high fantasy books with all that magic in them. This can be a problem in a YA book box. I’ve bought 4 of these total.

LitCube – Another box based on a theme. It comes with a book, a wearable, and an edible. This book sends both adult and YA books. They tend to be under the radar type books. I prefer this box when it sends adult reads. Again, the YA books tend to be too magical for my taste. This is my favorite theme box. I’m a regular subsciber and have received more than 6 boxes.

The Best Damn Book Box – A theme box with a YA book and fangirly items. I only bought one box from them. Although the items were lovely, the book was #2 in a series I didn’t plan to read. My blood pressure went up a bit here because I don’t believe any book box should send out a second or greater book in a series. I don’t care how popular the series is.

Muse Monthly – I love this box. It’s a book and tea. That’s it. The tea in some way relates to the book. The wonderful thing about this is that you know what the book is ahead of time. If it’s something your not interested in, you don’t have to purchase it. I’ve only gotten 1 box from them, but I will buy another when the time is right.

Book of the Month – Every month you get a choice between 5 adult books. If you don’t like your choices, you can skip that month. If you like more than on book, or you suffer from remorse that you didn’t get a book the month before, you can add it to your order. I don’t know how they do this for so cheap. These are new release books! This subscription is the best bang for your buck, hands down. No frills. Just a book, a note about why that book was chosen, and a bookmark. Who needs all that extra stuff? I’ve been subscribed for many months now. I love it.

Bookly Box – You choose your genre (from picture books all the way to business books), you get a box with a few tea bags, post it notes and a book. You can change genres any time. The great thing about this box is that they donate a book to a community in need for every box sold. So far I’m pleased.

 

All these boxes lead to a giant pile of books. Most of them are still unread because I already had a pile to begin with! Trying to find a balance between keeping up with the new and catching up with the old is becoming increasingly difficult. To add to this, these boxes aren’t cheap. I signed up for more dance lessons and for a dance comp so funds are tighter than usual. I decided to keep Bark Box (already paid for and not talked about here), Book of the Month (already paid for – may use skip option for a few months) and Bookly Box for now. They may need to go sometime, too. The rest I had to cancel and many I won’t get to try out any time soon. I own over 300 unread books, so I think I’m fine. 😀 Do you have any subscription boxes that you love? How is everyone else doing with their TBR?

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?

 

 

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.