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December 2016 Wrap Up

Time flies, ya know? I just realized it’s already Jan 3rd and I haven’t post a wrap up for December. Having the kids out of school and the husband home for the holidays really throws off my perception of time.

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In December, I read a total of seven books, one being a graphic novel and one being a novellette. I actually stopped reading when I finished The Night Circus on December 29th because I ran out of room on the page I was using to track my reading in my bullet journal. Seriously. Not kidding. I’m that anal. I couldn’t stand the thought of either not recording another book or having to waste an entire new page for just one more book. I need therapy.

So, I read:

  1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. 304 pages.
  2. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory. 556 pages.
  3. Wool by Hugh Howey. 509 pages.
  4. Gilded Cage by Sherry D. Ficklin. 80 pages.
  5. Shift by Hugh Howey. 570 pages.
  6. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2:  Fluff My Life by Skottie Young. 128 pages.
  7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 400 pages.

For seven books, I read a total of 2,547 pages and an average rating of 3.71 stars. That, folks, is a good month of reading. I only had one dud on my list that I wish I could just forget about. If I could, that would be six books with an average rating of 4.16 stars.

My favorite for December is The Night Circus. This was a truly magical book. Very close behind it are Wool, Shift, and I Hate Fairyland. If you’re not reading the I Hate Fairyland graphic novels, you should be. They’re so funny. I love the language, the color palette, and the artwork is wonderful.

I only reviewed one of these books on my blog (linked above), but if you’d like to hear my thoughts on any of the others, you’ve only to ask. 🙂 I hope your December of reading was as great as mine.

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November Reading Wrap-Up

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Saying goodbye to yet another month. November was pretty busy for me. We’re still dealing with the cleanup from my daughter’s car accident. Still a lot of things up in the air where that’s concerned. We also had my step mom down to visit. It was a totally laid back, rest and relax, type of visit but it still left me with little time for anything outside of being a good host. Directly following that, we had Thanksgiving here in the United States. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is the big Ohio State vs. Michigan football game and boy! Was that an exciting game. OSU barely won (for the 5th year in a row) and I was exhausted following the double overtime.

With all of the above, I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done. Frankly, I can’t figure out what to read next and haven’t picked up a book since I finished The Wicked + the Divine graphic novel five days ago. Anyway, here’s a summary of my month in reading:

  1. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 608 pages.
  2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. 384 pages.
  3. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 400 pages.
  4. Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb. 375 pages.
  5. The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal. 400 pages.
  6. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. 144 pages.

That is a total of 2311 pages and an average Goodreads star rating of 3.67. My favorite pick for the month would be Gemina. For books that I’ve already reviewed, I’ve linked back to their original posts. If you’d like to hear my thoughts on any of the books not already reviewed, leave me a comment. I hope you had a fantastic month of reading in November and here’s to an even better December!

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October Reading Wrap-Up

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And a note from real life…

October was quite the month. As I mentioned in a previous post, my oldest daughter was in a car accident. She walked (hopped on crutches, but you know what I mean) away with a minor concussion, sprained ankle, and something else in her foot that we’re still getting checked out. She also had lots of bruises and scrapes from being thrown against the door on impact and the seat belt. The other driver has a broken leg. When the EMS crew, police officers, and ER doctors all saw the accident (or pictures respectively), they were shocked that both my daughter and the other driver weren’t killed in this accident. They were so very lucky. As a result of this accident, my life has been taken over. It’s been full of doctor’s appointments, car buying trips, phone calls to various insurance companies, doctors, etc., and taking my daughter out and about on her errands while she was unable to drive herself. This is why my blog was light on posts the past couple of weeks. I’m going to try and schedule some stuff for November since this is an ongoing thing. I’ve been so busy that I’m behind on EVERYthing in my life. I’m a week late for spring registration. I haven’t kept up with my bullet journal or hand lettering practice. I’m behind on writing book reviews and actual reading. My house is a disaster and the list goes on. I’m hoping that things are finally going to start to slow down and get back to normal, especially with the holidays right around the corner.

Anyway, with Dewey’s Readathon last month, my book totals are actually pretty good. I read a total of 12 books, which is two more than I read in September. To be fair, four of October’s books were graphic novels. But hey, they still count.

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. 268 pages.
  2. The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer. 366 pages.
  3. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. 304 pages.
  4. Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire. 128 pages.
  5. Timekeeper by Tara Sim. 368 pages.
  6. Sepulcher by Kate Mosse. 560 pages.
  7. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 by Skottie Young. 128 pages.
  8. Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson. 128 pages.
  9. Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan. 152 pages.
  10. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. 499 pages.
  11. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. 352 pages.
  12. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria. 384 pages.

This is a total of 3,637 pages and an average rating of 3.58 hearts. My favorite graphic novel, by far, was I Hate Fairyland. My favorite novel for October would be The Mathematician’s Shiva. I’ve linked the books that I’ve reviewed to their original posts. If there’s something on this list that you’d like me to talk about, just leave a comment.

 

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September 2016 Wrap Up

I had a pretty good month with my reading. In September, everybody is back to school and things tend to quiet down quite a bit. At least in my world. I more than doubled the amount of books I read in August. I also started using my bullet journal to track how many pages I read a day and if I get to read at all. It’s a nice visual and it jars me if it’s late in the evening and I haven’t taken the time to relax with a book yet. Anyway…

  1. Extracted (The Lost Imperials, #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin. 310 pages.
  2. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. 350 pages.
  3. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. 144 pages.
  4. Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #1) by Pip Ballentine and Tee Morris. 402 pages.
  5. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills. 320 pages.
  6. A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1) by Sherry Thomas. 336 pages.
  7. The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes, #1) by George Mann. 336 pages.
  8. The Enemy (The Enemy, #1) by Charlie Higson 448 pages.
  9. Dead Man’s Shadow (Mrs. Stonier Mystery Book, #2) by Anne Wlikinson. (dnf)
  10. The Heretic’s Creed by Fiona Buckley. 224 pages. (Review coming)

I read a total of nine books (not counting the one I didn’t finish) and a total of 2870 pages and an average rating (on GR and not including the book I dnf’d) of 3.44 stars. I linked the books that I’ve reviewed already on this blog and the review for The Heretic’s Creed will be posted on Thursday. If there are any books on this list that I didn’t review and that you’d like me to, leave me a comment. I’d be more than happy to write one up.

Like I said, compared to the four books I managed to read in August, I’m pretty happy with the nine I read in September. How’d your September go? Read anything you’d recommend or any duds I should avoid? 😉

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July Wrap Up

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I think I say or think this every month, but I can’t believe July is over already. My youngest daughter starts her junior year of high school in just 15 days. I’m going to miss sleeping in, lol. One of the nice things about back to school, however, is all the tourists will be going home. This is my first experience living somewhere where tourists impact your life. Seriously, they’re like cockroaches. They appear overnight and then they’re EVERYwhere. At a restaurant where, in the off-season you can get a table with no wait, it now takes an hour+ to get a table at lunch time on a Wednesday.  It also takes an addition 45 minutes to drive to said restaurant because the roads are jam packed with people who don’t know where they’re going. Ugh. But, they bring lots of tourist dollars so they’re a necessary evil. 😉

For July, I read a total of five books, four of which I reviewed on the blog.

The fifth was a graphic novel, Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn. Very briefly, I thought this was a weak installment in the series. The advancement of the story line felt strained. As usual, the artwork was amazing. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, and I stand by that, but I didn’t love it as much as the first four volumes.

The other four books I read this month were all for either Net Galley or First to Read. I’m currently reading another Net Galley book, the last one of my shelf, and I have one First to Read book waiting in the wings. The obvious fact that all of my Net Galley and First to Read reading is leaving me with little to no time to read for myself makes me think I need to request books at a slower pace, lol. I used my B&N class action credit last month and of the books I bought, I’ve only read Saga. I have approximately 75 books, physically in my house, on my TBR. EEK!! I need to whittle away at that pile.

How was your July reading? Read anything worth recommending? Did you add to your TBR pile or manage to shorten it by a book or two? Let me know!