July Reading Round-Up

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July is ending with continued stress. My hubby got out of hospital after 6 weeks, was home a week when he spiked fevers throughout this past weekend and ended up in hospital again. With a different infection. I definitely needed fantasy and excellent books this month to escape – and I found many such books.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for July was 23 books, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 6
Historical Fiction/Historical Romance– 2
Romance – 7
Women’s Fiction – 5
Memoir/Non-fiction – 2
Pix books – 0
(Diverse books – (2)

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –14
TBR books –1
E-books – 8
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I only read for 1 category for this challenge, so really need to catch up now.
#15 – Involving social media – The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read 3 for this challenge – slowly catching up
#5 – Character who is a senior – The Authenticity Project by Claire Pooley
#39 -Book used in a celebrity book club – In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
#44 – Recommended by Amazon – Storm and Fury by Jennifer Armentrout

Beyond the Bookends
The theme this month was “About Christmas”. I read 2 books:
Mistletoe and Cocoa Kisses by Stacy Eaton
Tangled in Tinsel by Stacy Eaton

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I used this month was: “Summer”.
Summer in Sorrento by Melissa Hill

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Around or Out of this World”.
Come Away with Me by Karma Brown (Thailand, Italy, Hawaii)
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver (England)
Seeker by Rita Pomade (sea voyage)
Summer in Sorrento by Melissa Hill (Italy)

Blogger’s Bookshelf
The theme was “Book with a map”
Seeker by Rita Pomade
Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Favourite Reads
Here are my top 10 reads:
Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas   (Absolute favourite though!)
Storm and Fury by Jennifer Armentrout
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
Come Away with Me by Karma Brown
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
The Authenticity Project by Claire Pooley
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Looking Ahead to August

I started two YA fantasy series (Hex Hall and Booke of the Hidden) and plan to finish them in August.
I’m taking part in 3 more reading challenges over the summer months. So will continue to work on these challenges.

Here are books read so far for these challenges:
20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge ( here for more info; here for my list/post) none read

2020 Summer Reading Challenge (at The Messy Middle) (Have now read the 7 I needed for challenge but want to do more of the categories)
Young adult novel (fantasy) – Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Book longer than 700 pages – Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
Book with teacher – Menace by Laramie Briscoe
A Novel: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
About a country or culture, you have never visited: Seeker by Rita Pomade
Verb in the Title: Intercepted by Alexa Martin

2020 Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge (here for more info)
#3 – Takes place in dream summer destination: Summer in Sorrento by Melissa Hill (Italy)
#7 – Body of water on cover – Come Away with Me by Karma Brown
#17 – Sunglasses on cover – Intercepted by Alexa Martin
#19 – Classified as “beach read” – The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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June Reading Round-Up

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June turned out to be such a stressful month. To add to the stress of all the covid issues, my husband has now been in the hospital for 3 weeks. He went win because his defib shocked him 4 times, and it took several days to stabilize his heart. But what was needed to save his heart, hurt his transplanted kidney. So now they are trying to save it. But the past week, he has gotten a blood infection and now c.diff. At least I have been finally able to see him the past week. So, my reading has suffered – it has been a challenge to focus on 1 book and so I flit from book to book. Fantasy has been a comfort tho, as have been a couple of rereads.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for May was 25 books, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 9
Historical Romance– 1
Romance – 5
Memoir/Non-fiction – 2
Pix books – 7

Comic book – 1

(Diverse books – (1)

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –12
TBR books –3
E-books – 10
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I only read for 2 categories for this challenge, but have to catch up now.
#2 By trans or nonbinary author – Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
#8 – Upside down image on cover – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox (upside down skateboard!)

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read 2 for this challenge – still need to catch up a bit.
#27 – Comic Book – Heroes (of 9/11) – World’s greatest superhero creators honor the world’s greatest heroes 9/11/2001)
#29 -Award winning novel – Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Beyond the Bookends
The theme this month was “Sports”
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I used this month was: And
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Kind Ella and the Charming Duke by Bridget Barton

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Name or number”.
Kind Ella and the Charming Duke by Bridget Barton

Diversity Reading Challenge
The theme this month was LGBTQ+
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Diversify Your Reading
The theme for June was “Non-Fiction”
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox

Blogger’s Bookshelf

The theme was “author with the same initials as you”

Kind Ella and the Charming Duke by Bridget Barton

Favourite Reads
Here are my top reads:
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes
The Innkeeper series by Ilona Andrews (Clean Sweep, Sweep in Peace, One Fell Sweep)
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Immortal Coil by C.I. Black
The Key series by Nora Roberts (Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, Key of Valor)
Justified by Jay Crownover

 

Looking Ahead to July
I’m taking part in 3 more reading challenges over the summer months.

Here are books read so far for these challenges:

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge ( here for more info; here for my list/post)

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

 

2020 Summer Reading Challenge (at The Messy Middle)

A memoir – Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Won an award – Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Has less than a 100 pages – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox

 

2020 Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge (here for more info)

#5 – LGBTQ+ protagonist – Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

 

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May Reading Round-Up

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Once again it has been a good month for reading – with stress, turning to books has been a godsend.
It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for May was 29 books, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 6
Historical Romance– 5
Romance – 13
Women’s Fiction – 1
Mystery – 1
Memoir/Non-fiction – 1
MG/YA – 1
Sci-Fi – 1
(Diverse books – (2)

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –11
TBR books –4
E-books – 14
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I only read for 2 categories for this challenge, but I am still ahead.
#29 – Bird on the cover – The Witching on the Wall by Constance Barker
Advanced #3 – Character with Vision Impairment – read 2:
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
Nothing but Blue Skies by Christie Ridgway

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read 3 for this challenge – need to catch up a bit.
#7 – Local author – Erin Bow – The Scorpion Rules

#27 – On a form of transportation (ship) – Lord of Temptation by Lorraine Heath
#48 -Character wears glasses – Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I used this month were: Sky and Blue – which were in both titles:
Big Sky Blue by Hildie McQueen
Nothing but Blue Sky by Christie Ridgway

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Author Intro – new authors to me”. There were several this month, mostly ebooks:
Hildie McQueen – Big Sky Blue 
Erin Bow – The Scorpion Rules
Constance Barker – The Witching on the Wall
S. J. McCoy – Like Some Old Country Song
Julia Donner – To Jilt a Corinthian

Diversity Reading Challenge
The theme this month was East Asian/Southeast Asian author
The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh

Diversify Your Reading
The theme for April was “Science Fiction”
Erin Bow – The Scorpion Rules

Favourite Reads
So many this month! Here are my top 11 (all rated 5 on Goodreads) +

3 books by Nora Roberts:
Bed of Roses
Savor the Moment
Happy Ever After

Lord of Temptation by Lorraine Heath

His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare
At Grave’s End by Jeanniene Frost
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
How to Bake a Perfect Wife by Barbara O’Neal
How to Heal a Highland Heart by Julie Johnstone
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Like Some Old Country Song by S. J. McCoy

Looking Ahead to June
I am taking part in 3 more reading challenges over the summer months:
20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge ( here for more info; here for my list/post)
2020 Big Book Summer Reading Challenge (here for more info)
2020 Summer Reading Challenge (here for more info)

 

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April Reading Round-Up

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Once again it has been an excellent month for reading – with stress, turning to books has been a godsend.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for April was 37 books – 7 of them picture books, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 7
Historical Romance– 4
Romance – 13
Women’s Fiction – 3
Historical – 1
Memoir/Non-fiction – 1
YA – 1
Picture books – 7

(Diverse books – (2)

I will continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –18
TBR books –4
E-books – 15
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
#3 – Great first line – Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
#5 – Set in city that hosted Olympics – Paris for One by JoJoMoyes
#26 – Pun in title – Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
#36 – Pink Cover – Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella
#38 – By a journalist – Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
Advanced #8 – Published in 20th century – Born to be Bad by Naomi Horton

52 Books in 52 Weeks
#21 – Written by journalist – Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
#26 – Strong friendship theme – Vision in White by Nora Roberts
#28 – Literary fiction – Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
#30 – Recipes inside – Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Beyond the Bookends
The Theme this month was “bonds of friendship”. I read 2 books:
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I used this month were:
Lost” – The Lost Husband by Katherine Center
My” – Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Classics or Currents
I chose a classic – Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Diversify Your Reading
The theme for April was “YA
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Blogger’s Bookshelf
The theme was “POC
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

Favourite Reads
So many this month! Here are my top 10 (all rated 5 on Goodreads) + 4 by Lorraine Heath I had to fit in!

The Lost Husband by Katherine Center
Magical Midlife Madness by K. F. Breene
The Road Leads Back by Marci Bolden
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
Born to Be Bad by Naomi Horton
Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella
Delicious by Ruth Reichl

4 by Lorraine Heath:
Once More, My Darling Rogue
The Duke and the lady in Red
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress
Lord of Wicked Intentions

Looking Ahead to May
I hope to tackle more on my TBR shelves – time to buckle down and read and pass them on.

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March Reading Round-Up

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Once again it has been an excellent month for reading.
I have been participating in a picture book research study – ReFoReMo so have read many picture books. So, this will really boost my totals!
It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for March was 59 books – 32 of them picture books! with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 7
Historical Romance– 2
Romance – 10
Women’s Fiction – 4
Historical romance – 2
Historical – 1
Non-fiction – 2
Picture books – 32
(Diverse books – (2)
I will continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –45
TBR books –3
E-books – 10
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:
I read quite a few good books this month, but really didn’t check my challenges to see if they fit. It was a month to enjoy reading, what with the stress of social distancing – not worry about checking off challenges.

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
#13 – Same title as movie/TV show, but not related: – What If? By Dani Wyatt
#19 – Set in country that starts with C (Canada) – Forever My Love by Mona Ingram
#32 – Book by WOC – More to Life by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

52 Books in 52 Weeks
#18 – Published in 2020 – Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery
#21 – Set in country never visited (Australia) – Here Comes the Bridesmaid by Avril Tremayne

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I used this month was: “In
The Man I Fell in Love with by Kate Field
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Subgenres
Genre Fantasy: Subgenre: Urban Fantasy: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

Diversify Your Reading
The theme for March was “Self-Help
This wasn’t quite a self-help but offered a unique way to look at life.
The Book of Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Favourite Reads
So many this month! Here are my top 10 (all rated 5 on Goodreads)

Here Comes the Bridesmaid by Avril Tremayne
Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
City of Light and Winter Halo by Keri Arthur
The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center
One by Jewel E. Ann
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath

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February Reading Round-Up

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Once again it has been an excellent month for reading. I decided to reread The Others series by Anne Bishop – loved that series as much this time as last time – maybe more.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for February was 40 books (7 of them picture books!) with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 17
Historical Romance– 0
Romance – 8
Women’s Fiction – 3
Non-fiction – 1
Memoir -1
MG – 1
Picture books – 7
Sci-Fi – 1
Poetry – 1
(Diverse books –(2 )

I will continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads –24
TBR books –2
E-books – 12
Charity reads – 2

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
#9 – Book with map – Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
#12 – Passes Bechdel Test – Joy for Beginners by EricaBauermeister
#20- Title caught your eye – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
#28- Book with robot, cyborg – The Cyborg’s Lady by Alix Nichols
#31 –With gold or silver in title – Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
#34 – Meant to read in 2019- A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
Advanced #10 – Main character in their 20s – Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

52 Books in 52 Weeks
9. Set in space – The Cyborg’s Lady by Alix Nichols
12. A guilty pleasure – The Others series by Anne Bishop
22. Character that frustrates you –The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
25. Title that begins with C – Cold as January by Katie Graykowski
33. Poetry book – I Asked the Wind by Valerie Nifora
34. A book with illustrations – A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory
36. Written in 1sr person POV – Taste by D. S. Murphy
50. Author you previously disliked – The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I used this month was: LOVE
The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
The Way You Love Me by Miranda Liasson

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “SEEING Red” – red in the title or red on cover
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Vampire Deception by Eli Grant

Beyond the Bookends and Diversify Your Reading
The theme at both was A Hot Romance”
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
The Way You Love Me by Miranda Liasson

Favourite Reads
The whole Others series by Anne Bishop, as well as Lake Silence and Wild Country
A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
Joy for Beginners by EricaBauermeister

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
All Fired Up by Lori Foster
A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory

 

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January Reading Round-Up

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We are already finished the first month of 2020. It has been an excellent month for reading. Being sick with a cold helped – I really didn’t feel like doing much else other than reading. Didn’t even get to celebrate my birthday.
It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for January was 48 books (15 of them picture books!) with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 1
Historical Romance– 7
Romance – 15
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 1
Memoir – 0
Picture books – 15
Humour – 0
Mystery – 0

(Diverse books – 3)

I will continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won), an e-book, or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 36
TBR books –0
E-books – 10
Charity reads – 2

Jane Austen Challenge
Last year I created my own challenge to ensure that I read Jane Austen’s books s well as retellings of her books. I did not read all of her books so I hope to do so this year.

I enjoy the retellings and read one this month: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read a lot for this challenge – and many fit other challenges as well. So many good books!

#1 – Book published in 2020 – The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
#10- recommended by favourite blog – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
#11 – anthology – How the Dukes Stole Christmas
#14 – by author with flora or fauna in name – Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
#16- has book on cover – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
#18- with made-up language – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
#21 – published in month of my birthday (Jan.) – The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
#22 – about or by a woman in STEM – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

#27 -features one of 7 deadly sins –Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
#37 – A WESTERN – One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey
#40 – fav. Past prompt – debut novel – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Advanced
#2- 20 or Twenty in the title – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
#6 – by author who’s written over 20 books – Johanna Lindsay (Wildfire in His Arms)
#7- more than 20 letters in title – Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read quite a few books that fit prompts for this challenge.

#1- with letter “W” in the title – Wildfire in His Arms by Johanna Lindsay
#2- A hardcover – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
#4 – set in winter – Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains
#8- orange on the cover – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
#10- a bestseller – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
#13- written by female author (lots of these!) – Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston
#14- book in a series – The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
#15- with romance (lots of those too!) –Writing Mr. Right by Michaela Wright
#17 -by more than 1 author – How the Dukes Stole Christmas
#20- by author with same last initial as yours (L) – One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey
#23 – title begins with A – Almost Jamie by Gina Robinson
#24 – title begins with a B – Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
#31 – featuring royalty – Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
#35- debut book – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
#42 – prompt from past year – pub. In 2018 – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
#45 – cost less than $5 – I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
#46 – by author used in earlier prompt – Robyn Carr – Best of Us

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge
#2 – debut novel – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
#3 – recommended by trusted source – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

#8 – a re-read – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
#10-12 – 3 books by same author: Johanna Lindsey
One Heart to Win; Wildfire in His Arms; Let Love Find You

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I used this month were:
New – Not Another New Year’s by Christine Ridgway
Six – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Winter Wonderland”
I read: Seduction on a Snowy Night  –Anthology by Hunter, Jeffries, Ridley)
Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was omen in the Workplace” – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was “historical fiction”, I read 3 books (and several historical romances, which I am not including)

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

Favourite Reads
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

My top 10 though were:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber

Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

 

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December Reading Round-Up

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Hard to believe we are just hours away from the end of 2019 and the beginning of not only a new year but also a new decade.

I did well with most of my challenges and was able to complete most. I’ve included info on my favourites here.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for December was 38 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 1
Historical Romance– 5
Romance – 10
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 3
Memoir – 1
Picture books – 8
Humour – 1
Mystery – 3
Thriller – 1
(Diverse books – 3)
I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 24
TBR books –5
E-books – 8
Charity reads – 1

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads) Hallelujah! I completed the regular section of the challenge – all 40 books. But I was reading right to the end of the month to complete it. I was short 2 books to complete the Advanced section. Oh well. C’est la vie.
Here the books I read this month to complete this challenge:
#3 – Book by a musician – Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden
#23 – set in Scandinavia – And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
#24- Takes place in one day – The Dinner by Herman Koch
34- Revolves around a puzzle or game – The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I needed 6 books to finish this challenge but I did it! 6 books to finish this challenge but I did it! Yeah!
Here are the books read:
#7- memoir by someone you admire -– Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden
#11- published in year graduated – If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, Why Am I in the Pits? By Erma Bombeck
#19- Gothic fiction –Too Tempting to Resist by Erica Ridley
#23 – True Crime – Newtown by Matthew Lysiak
#33- book about a cult – The Cult Child by Vennie Kocsis
#38 – allegorical book – The Curious Snowflake by James C. Struck

Monthly Key Word Challenge
I chose “Christmas” as the key words this month and read 3 books:
Christmas in Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodie Thomas
A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains
With these last books, I completed this challenge!

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was to read a book you had meant to read all year.
Newtown by Matthew Lysiak
With this last book, I completed this challenge!

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “Sherlock Holmes adaptation”
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
With this last book, I completed this challenge!

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was “Fantasy”:
Dark Descent by Nicole R. Taylor

With this last book, I completed this challenge!

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In December, my connections were:
Kisses, Wild, Wicked, Date
Check here.

Favourite Reads
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.
My top 10 though were:

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Newtown by Matthew Lysiak

Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

No Judgements by Meg Cabot

Refire! Don’t Retire by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz

Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith

Chasing Rainbows by Mona Ingram

Black in White by J.C. Andrijeski

Lisa Kleypas: Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, Devil’s Daughter

 

2020 Resolutions
I have joined the 2020 Bookish Resolutions Challenge and have set my goals for reading for the New Year (check here for my post with links to the challenge):

Reading Goals
• Complete 10 reading challenges this year
• Read 400 books over all – (at least 100 to be pbs and mg novels)
• Read at least 50 books that I already own
• Read 50 non-fiction books, including books on writing and creativity
*Create my own syllabus for reading women authors and some fantasy series

Writing Goals
• Finish at least one writing project a season
• Write 500 words per day
• Enter a writing competition
• Complete a writing course (online or in person)

 

I am linking with the following:

Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

Best of the Bunch(at A Cocoon of Books)

Spread the Love(at As Told by Tina)

 

Happy New Year everyone! May 2020 be filled with awesome reading!

 

November Reading Round-Up

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Hard to believe we are almost at the end of 2019 and Christmas is only weeks away.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month. I was surprised with my reading in a number of ways – I read no fantasy or paranormal and I did not read any books for two of my challenges. I also continued with my love for historical romance and romance this month – almost half of the books I read were from these genres. A feel-good reading month for sure. Guess I needed it.

The total read for November was 28 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy /Paranormal – 0
Historical Romance– 8
Romance – 7
Women’s Fiction -3
Non-fiction – 2
Poetry -1
Time travel -1
Graphic novel – 1
Picture books – 5

(Diverse books – 3)

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 20
TBR books –1
E-books – 6
Charity reads – 1

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads) / 52 Books in 52 Weeks
This was the first month all year that I did not read ANY books for either challenge! Now I will have to push myself in December to finish each challenge. I did some rearranging of books for the prompts and I have 5 books for Popsugar challenge and 7 for 52Books challenge. I am determined to finish both! There are a couple of overlaps so it is doable.

Monthly Key Word Challenge
I chose Have as the key words this month:
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Seasons, Elements and Weather”.  I read:
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “Graphic novel”.
I read White Bird by R.J. Palacio. It so moved me. It should be a mandatory read for everyone, especially young people!

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was poetry. I read To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In November, my connections were:
Wallflowers, Wolf Shifters and Emotions in the Title

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

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My top 10 though were:

2 Books by Tessa Dare:  The Duchess Deal and A Week to Be Wicked
White Bird by R.J. Palacio – A must read about a child during the Holocaust
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth (Check my review here)
Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter
Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones
Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

December Goals
I am determined to complete all my challenges and so will be focused on reading books for these. I also hope to squeeze in some Christmas romances.

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-up(At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Best of the Bunch(at A Cocoon of Books)

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Spread the Love(at As Told by Tina)

Monthly Review

October Reading RoundUp

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Hallowe’en today – time has certainly flown by this month.
It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for October was 27 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy –3
Paranormal – 2
Historical Romance– 14
Romance – 5
Women’s Fiction – 1
YA – 1
Mystery – 1

Diverse books – 2

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 21
TBR books –0e-books – 6
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
As I near the end of books to finish this challenge, I have really slowed down with only 1 this month. I still have 9 books to read to complete this challenge!
17 – Set on a university or college campus – 2 books fit this one:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I was able to cross off only one for this challenge this month. I have 8 books left to read for this challenge.
42 –Family member’s favourite book – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Monthly Key Word Challenge
As the words pertained to Hallowe’en, I chose 3 key words this month:
Wolf: The Artist Cries Wolf by Heather Horrocks
Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballinger
Ghost: Ghost Groom by Jennifer Youngblood
Witch: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Magic and Illusions”: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “LGBTQ”.
I (finally!) read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was YA. I read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In October, my connections were:

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Brides and British Nobility

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballinger
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
Lake Silence and Wild Country by Anne Bishop
By Tessa Dare:
The Governess Game
When a Scot Ties the Knot
Say yes to the Marquess
A Night to Surrender
Any Duchess Will Do

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

November Goals
This month is Non-Fiction November and I plan to read more memoirs and books about writing, as it is also NaNoWriMo month. I need to attack my TBR shelves as well. I also need to read more books for the Popsugar and 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenges.

I am linking with the following:

Spread the Love (at As Told by Tina)

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Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

 

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)