January Reading Wrap-Up: 2022

Hello beautiful people! I hope you are having a good day today! I’m going to be enjoying a cozy day indoors while the winter weather continues. I’ll be cuddling up with a warm fire, a comfy blanket, several cups of tea, and a good book.

As for my wrap-up this month, I got off to a very slow start because of reasons, but I managed to read a total of seven books, including one DNF.

The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

I started reading this one in the middle of December as an audiobook and because I was so busy I wasn’t able to finish it until the beginning of January. That being said, I really liked this book. I thought it was a cute and heartwarming romance with a mild mystery thrown into it. If you are looking for something adorable to read over the holidays later this year, I highly recommend it. Four stars!

Once More Upon A Time by Roshani Chokshi

This short fairytale is about a prince and princess who have their love taken away by a witch. I thought it was adorable and full of hope, and random talking badgers. It’s mostly about finding love again when you thought you had lost it. It was originally an Audible original, so you can find it there if you are so inclined. Four Stars.

Servant Mage by Kate Elliott

I reviewed a copy of this one, and I wasn’t thrilled with it. It’s the story of a mage who is, essentially, kidnapped by rebels to free some people trapped in a mine. This novella had a lot of potential, and I really dug the magic system, but it just didn’t live up to that potential for me. Two stars.

A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass

Another book I reviewed this month, and my only DNF. This is the story of three witches who get a letter from their cousin saying she is leaving town and taking one of their partners with her. As you could probably guess, I didn’t like this. You can read the review for my full thoughts. One star.

The In Death Series by J.D. Robb, books 1-3

Massive trigger warnings for this series. Please check online for each book, as they differ.

Naked in Death: The start to the series. Eve Dallas is a dective in future NYC. She ends up being called to investigate the murder of a senator’s grandaughter. Along the way she meets Roarke, an intriguing Multi-billionaire who becomes involved in the case. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this one. Five Stars. Amazon Barnes & Noble Bookshop.org

Glory in Death: Book two in the series. In this one Eve is called on to investigate the death of the District Attorney. Another one I loved. Five stars. Amazon Barnes & Noble Bookshop.org

Immortal in Death: A mysterious and brutal attack claims the life of a world-famous supermodel, and Eve’s best friend is caught in the crossfire. I loved seeing Eve having to balance her duty to the law with her duty to her friend. Five stars. Amazon Barnes & Noble Bookshop.org

On to my favorite part, the stats! As previously mentioned, I read seven books last month, coming in at 1796 pages. Go me!

I foresee a few months of that mysterious piece of the pie being the largest slice. But this month, there were four mysterious books.

That doesn’t seem right somehow. I may have selected the wrong option for this stat here and there.

This is about what I thought, what with so many of the books being novellas.

So it seems that the In Death series is not only a Mystery series, it’s a Romance series too. That’s really going to skew my stats this year.

I don’t think I gave a single two star rating last year, so we are off to a good start this year, I guess.

You can see where I had Covid fog because I read nothing during that period. Go me!

As always, these stats come to you courtesy of The Storygraph. I cannot recommend them enough. For those interested, they have a place under each book for content warnings. So helpful.

How did you do last month?

Monthly Wrap Up-December 2021

Well hello, fellow humans! Did you have a good New Year’s Eve? I did up until I didn’t because our glorious queen Betty White passed away. Like a few generations of folks, I grew up on Betty White. She was one of a kind and will be missed in this house.

But hey, it’s time for our Monthly Wrap-Up! And folks, this will be our last one. I’m going to switch to a weekly wrap-up style, mostly inspired by Biblio Nerd Reflections (if you don’t already follow him, you should, he’s great!). I’m not going to copy his format exactly, but rather be inspired by it. I like the idea of doing a weekly update as opposed to a monthly one. It just makes more sense to me. Kind of.

On to the wrap up!

WWW Wednesday-December 1st: Starting the month off strong with WWW Wednesday.

Monthly Wrap Up-November 2021: So the very next post was the monthly wrap up for November. So long current format!

First Lines Friday-December 3, 2021: I did a book I was surprised I had never read!

All The Books I Read- November 2021: I read 5 books in November. Spoiler alert, December has just as small a number.

TTT- Books I Could Re-Read Forever: This particular week was a freebie, so I did a past topic and had fun doing it!

WWW Wednesday-December 8, 2021: This week’s WWW Wednesday had some familiar faces, er spines, in it.

Black Friday Book Haul: I bought a lot of books on Black Friday thanks to the sales. I’m not ashamed…I’m not.

First Lines Friday- December 10, 2021: This week’s FLF ended up being such a cute read.

A Festive TBR-December 2021: This one was short. Very short. Three books short.

TTT Tuesday-Books On My Winter 2021 To-Read List: Why are these so hard? And also, why do I never stick to them? Oh yeah, mood reader.

WWW Wednesday- December 15, 2021: So this is another one with some repeat offenders on it. I promise I was just busy!

The Christmas Bookshop-A Book Review: I reviewed this cozy Christmas story a few weeks ago. I found myself really enjoying it.

First Lines Friday- December 17, 2021: So this one is a book I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. But when I will get to it remains to be seen.

Absynthe-A Book Review: This was a surprising book for me. I got it through NetGalley (and then from the Hubs for Christmas) and had a grand ole time reading it.

TTT- Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes: This list of ten books is the exact list I gave the Hubs when asking for a Christmas present. Go figure.

Naughty or Nice Book Tag: This was a good one and I had an enjoyable time answering the questions.

First Lines Friday- December 24, 2021: This FLF was a Christmas treat!

Bookish Christmas Book Tag: So this was one I did after Christmas. I just didn’t want that special holiday magic to be over with, I guess.

TTT-Best Books I Read in 2021: I was going to do this post anyway, so I just went ahead and did it on Tuesday!

Worst Books I Read in 2021: Um yeah. I had a few disappointments. I only listed ten though.

End Of The Year Stats 2021: I was happy to give you all of my stats for the end of the year! It’s fun to look back and see the breakdown of how you did.

Reading and Blogging Goals for 2022: I set up a few goals for the year. I hope I accomplish them!

And there you have it! Our final monthly wrap-up. I hope it was fun for you, but for now, I bid you adieu. You know. Until Monday.

Monthly Wrap Up-November 2021

Well hello happy people! How are y’all doing today? I’m doing pretty well. I’ve been running around like crazy trying to get a bunch of things done. Did I procrastinate doing these things before I left town? Yes. Am I considering procrastinating them now? Also yes.

Sigh. I’m such an adult.

Anyway, it’s monthly wrap up time. This was a good month for me. Not reading wise, I’ll get into that in a later post, but other than that, good month.

I was busy getting ready for our trip to see the Hubs’ folks. And then there was the actual trip to see them. I learned how to make a quilt top! That was so much fun. I really have a good with Hubs mom. She is such a wonderful person. Speaking of wonderful people, my mom was at Thanksgiving dinner! It was so much fun to be surrounded by both parts of my family and the food was amazing.

But on to the wrap up! I managed to get 22 posts up last month, which seems impressive, but the week month started on a Monday, so that gave us a few extra days of posting.

I didn’t manage to post that much to Instagram. I hoping to make more of a effort this month. I require nice pictures for the monthly wrap up posts!

On to the Wrap Up!

More New Releases- November 2021: November has a lot of new releases. Heck, a book that I bought when it came out (that wasn’t on this list) has sold out pretty much everywhere. It’s pretty crazy how it’s working out right now. Basically, buy those books when they release!

TTT-Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Hate Reading: This was a fun one to do. I enjoyed all of these books an liked getting to share them with you.

WWW Wednesday-November 3rd: I’m not gonna lie, I struggled with the books in this post. It was a rough start to the month.

All The Books I Read-October 2021: I hit October’s reading out of the park. I read 11 books in October and am pretty pleased by that!

First Lines Fridays-November 5th 2021: Who would have thought that when I started doing First Lines Friday I would enjoy doing it so much? I sure didn’t.

Biggest Book Haul Ever-October 2021: October holds within it that most sacred of days…my birthday. I got a few gift cards, which I used to buy a fair few books. Just a hint, want to make me happy with gifts, buy me gift cards so I can buy books.

TTT-Memorable Things Characters Have Said: A Top Ten Tuesday with my favorite quotes from books! I couldn’t remember who said what, but it was fun remembering the quotes!

WWW Wednesday-November 10th: Another week were I struggled to get through the books on the list. Reading was not my friend this month.

A Turkey Day TBR-November 2021: I had a pretty decent sized TBR this month. The question of whether or not I failed will be answered later.

First Lines Friday-November 12th: This FLF is an anticipated read that I probably won’t get to for a thousand years because that’s just how I roll. It’s sad, I know.

You Feel It Just Below The Ribs-A Book Review: So…yeah. spoiler alert, I didn’t like this book. Read the review to find out why.

TTT-Books to Read if You Love/Loved X: So I totally failed at this one. But I have a few options on this list. Go check it out to see what I recommended.

WWW Wednesday-November 17th: Oh look, another bad reading week. There is a theme to this month, you may have noticed.

Bookish Gift Ideas: With the holidays coming, I thought I would throw out some, well, book themed gift ideas that

First Lines Friday-November 19th: So this particular book I have picked up no less than four times to try and finish. I’m guessing it will live forever on my TBR.

Thanksgiving Book Tag-Part One: I really enjoyed this turkey day tag. T’was a fun, festive post!

TTT-Characters I’d Love An Update On: I really enjoy looking back on characters I love. I will say, fanfiction is a good way to imagine the characters lives after the story ends. Anyway, go see who I picked for this list.

WWW Wednesday-November 24th: Well this post ended up being a lie. I wrote it before I left town for Thanksgiving and just…failed at it. Le sigh.

Thanksgiving Book Tag-Part Two: I was very careful not to make every answer the same between the two Turkey Day tags. It worked, for the most part.

First Lines Friday-November 26th: This FLF was for a book that has sat on my TBR for over two years. I’m embarrassed. Kind of.

Piranesi-A Book Review: So I read this book. I had some thoughts. Not all of them bad. Go see how many stars I gave it.

TTT-Bookish Memories: I feel like I bared a part of my soul here. It was a very fun post to write and brought up a lot of fun memories for me.

And there it is. All of last months post. I love looking back and seeing what I wrote. It’s a fun little habit.

My most read post was All the Books I Read-October 2021, and my most liked post was that same post. It doesn’t always work that way. But sometimes it does.

How was your November?

Monthly Blog Wrap Up-October 2021

Well hello there!

It’s almost time for my re-watch of Gilmore Girls. Which means it’s almost November. That means it’s monthly wrap-up time!

More New Releases-October 2021: I started this month off a little differently with the new releases for the month. This is the second new release of October posts I have written. I hope you go your orders in! Especially because one of the books I mentioned in my original post is headed to a second printing but won’t be available until March! March!

TTT-Bookish Pet Peeves: This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was bookish pet peeves. I liked coming up with this list. The last one on that list is my favorite.

WWW Wednesday-October 6th: This is the week I read Child of Light. There is a review post later on in this post.

Every Book I Read in September 2021: I read ten books in September. What a month. Of course, it was helped along by all the Mercy Thompson books I read. But still. Ten books!

Child of Light-A Book Review: And here is where I reviewed Child of Light by Terry Brooks. Spoiler alert, I didn’t love it.

TTT- Favorite Book Settings: A list of my favorite book settings. There were the obligatory ones, like Middle Earth and Hogwarts, but also some not-so-obvious ones.

WWW Wednesday-October 13th: I was reading two books at once this week. I’m not saying I have a problem, but I have a problem.

Book Haul-September 2021: And this is where I posted my September Book Haul. Just wait until you see October’s!

First Lines Friday-October 17th: This was my first attempt at First Lines Friday. I have seen other bloggers do this and thought I would give it a try.

A Spooky TBR-October 2021: My TBR for the month was filled with spooky books, which is funny because I don’t read spooky books. Usually.

TTT-Online Resources For Book Lovers: I shared my favorite online things for book lovers. But I feel like I left one off. Bookshop.org. It’s a great website that supports local bookstores.

WWW Wednesday-October 20th: I was reading A Cosmology of Monsters at this point. I did not finish that one.

The Ex Hex-A Book Review: Um, I reviewed a book. Twas a good book. Read more about it in my review!

First Lines Friday-October 22, 2021: Another First Lines Friday. I am really enjoying this meme!

Noor-A Book Review: I read Noor by Nnedi Okorafor. I liked it. Check out the full review.

TTT-Halloween Freebie: This mess of a post was all of my favorite Halloween things. It included things from The Addams Family to that 12-foot skeleton.

WWW Wednesday-October 27th: In which I admit to my love of fanfiction. AO3 for the win!

Why Do I DNF?: A post that includes all the reasons I DNF a book. Of course, now that I’ve posted this list, I will for sure think of something else to add to the list.

First Lines Friday-October 29th: I must say, I am loving doing this meme. It’s a lot of fun picking out the books I use for the first lines. Mind you this is only my third post for this meme, but still.

My two most popular posts for the month were WWW Wednesday-October 6th and TTT Tuesday-Online Resources for Book Lovers. It’s always fun to go back and see these things!

I hope you all enjoy this Saturday before Halloween! Happy Spooky Days!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

Howdy do everyone! Are you enjoying Banned Books week? I’m avoiding reading a book that I started, Brandon Sanderson’s The Well of Ascension, by playing massive amounts of Animal Crossing and watching Lucifer.

Nothing wrong with the book, I just have ADHD that reared it’s ugly head this week and focusing on this long of a book seemed like an impossible task, so I just didn’t.

Anyway…on to the wrap up!

WWW Wednesday-Sep 1st: The first post of the month was a little different. It was a WWW Wednesday post! I’m really having fun doing these, you know, when I have books to share.

Every Book I Read (Sorta)-August 2021: I love sharing my monthly reads and stats with you. It makes me happy.

All The Books I Bought In August 2021: Um, I’m not gonna lie, this wasn’t a short list. But it sure was fun purchasing all of them. My pocketbook would disagree with me though.
TTT-Books Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face: I’ve also really been enjoying the TTT Tuesday Meme This was a good list, if I do say so myself.

WWW Wednesday-September 8th: A nice list of what I was reading at the time.

What A Month For New Releases-September 2021: September was a great month for new books. Like, really good.

A Very Ambitious TBR-September 2021: Did I succeed or did I fail? Stay tuned to my “what I read” post in a couple of days to find out.

WWW Wednesday-Sep 15th: What was I reading this week? Click here to find out.

Under The Whispering Door-A Book Review: Did I love it, or did the author’s writing make me want to throw this book across the room? Read the review to learn more. Or, just look at the Instagram photo below.

A Word Of Warning For Holiday Book Shopping: I’m being ominous here, but avoid the shortage and get your pre-orders in now!

TTT-Books On My Fall To Read List: Yes, I made yet another TBR. But this one is for the entire Fall? Let’s see how this mood reader does.

WWW Wednesday-Sep 22nd: The first day of fall has arrived in this WWW Wednesday!

New Releases for October 2021: Due to the potential issues with books this year, I decided to get a jump on the new release lists for the rest of the year, starting with Octobers.

It’s Banned Books Week: I shared with you the book I was reading for Banned Books Week!

November (and December) 2021 New Releases: This post is also due to the potential shortage of books this year, but this time it’s November’s and December’s offerings!

TTT-Books I’d Gladly Throw Into The Ocean: This particular Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, so I picked a previous topic. Boy was it fun picking ten books I would yeet off a boat.

WWW Wednesday-Sep 29th: I’ve enjoyed managing to do these all month, even if I didn’t stick to the “what will I read next” category as often as I’d like.

It’s always fun to look back at the month and see what I’ve accomplished in blogland. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cup of tea to drink and some Animal Crossing to play…again.

Monthly Wrap Up-July 2021

Hello and well met! It’s time for the monthly wrap up, where I wrap up my blog posts for the month into one nice, neat place in case you missed one!

Did you miss one? That’s okay. You can always sign up to follow the blog in the bar to the right of the post! That way you don’t miss anything!

Now that I have begged sufficiently for this month, on to the wrap up!

Every Book I Read-June 2021: June was a great reading month for me. I read 8 titles and completed my TBR. If you count DNF’ing one of the books as completing it.

Every Book I Bought in June 2021: I gave up on the book buying ban in May, and June was no exception. I bought a fair few books in June, and my pocket book was angry with me as a result.

Every New Release I Want-June 2021: I love looking up all the new releases from the internets. A point I seem to make every month when I make this post. I also managed to pick up a few of the new releases this month, which is unusual for me, as I normally buy older releases from, say, book outlet.

Two Week Trip TBR: I went away for a fun (and chaotic) two weeks with my mom and my brother’s kids. I made a TBR to satisfy my reading needs during the long drives while we were gone.

Project Hail Mary: A Book Review: In which I reviewed Andy Weir’s latest offering. Check out my spoiler free review here!

Somewhere New: I’m going on a trip! I’m very excited and I know my fellow travelers are as well! Squee!

Bookish T-Shirts: I went online, out of curiosity, and fell down a rabbit hole of book related t-shirts. I was nice enough to take you with me.

For the Wolf-A Book Review: Well look at that! I achieved my goal of writing two book reviews this month. Go me!

WWW Wednesday-July 28th: I tried my hand at the WWW Wednesday meme. I gotta say, I enjoyed it. I may not be able to do it every week, because I am a mood reader, but we shall see!

And there you have it. A comprehensive list of all the blog posts I put up in July! I hope I inspired you to pick up a book this month!

Monthly Wrap Up-June 2021

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s monthly wrap up time! I love having all the posts I’ve done wrapped up in one place. It’s nice to look back at the work I’ve done.

On to the posts!

Every Book I Read-May 2021: This is the monthly post that goes over every book I read in the previous month. It also includes my reading stats for the month. I love looking at my reading stats. I get them from The Storygraph and I absolutely love that website.

Every Book I Bought-May 2021: This particular monthly post was a doosey. I bought a few books during the month of May. And by a few I mean a lot of books. A lot of books.

Every New Release I Want-June 2021: I do this post every month too. I love plumbing the depths of the internet (*coughs* Amazon *coughs*) to find the newest releases I am most excited about.

A Small TBR: I had stopped doing TBR’s for a while because I am a mood reader. In June I decided to do an LGBTQ+ books TBR for myself. You’ll have to stay tuned to see how I did.

Tips For Planning A Trip to Disney: I decided to share the tips, and the places I learned those tips, in planning my trip to Disney this past April.

Lost in the Never Woods-A Book Review: I read a book! Was it good? Was it bad? Go check out the review for my full thoughts.

My Top 5 So Far in 2021: I decided to do a list of my top five books of the year so far. It’s a good list, if I do say so myself.

And that’s my monthly wrap up! With Bonus Instagram pics!

Monthly Wrap Up-May 2021

It’s monthly wrap up time!

Everything I Read In April 2021: I read one book in April. I talked briefly about it here.

Every Book I Bought In April 2021: I definitely bought more than one book in April.

Every New Book I Want-May 2021: There were a few books I wanted this month.

I Joined the Library!: Um, I joined the library. It was great!

Broken (in the best possible way)-A Book Review: I reviewed Jenny Lawsons excellent memoir. Spoiler alert, I loved it.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World: We went to Disney! Wild Kermit Arms!

The Midnight Library-A Book Review: I reviewed Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library. I loved this too. Go figure.

So that’s every blog post I made in May. I seriously almost wrote down April. It’s because my husband is home due to it being Memorial Day. Yeah. We’ll go with that.

Monthly Wrap Up- February 2021

February is over! Between the brutal cold (that Texas wasn’t set up to handle) and our power going out for a few days, I could do without a repeat. Although I did buy this from Build a Bear! Look at the little Dalek! I am such a nerd! Ain’t it great!

On to the wrap up!

January Book Haul: I started the month off like I usually do, with a book haul. Look at all the pretties I got!

Everything I read in January 2021: Um, yeah. It’s a list. A list of books. A list of books that I read in January!

Feburary 2021 New Releases That I Want: I appear to be pretty good at making my titles tell you exactly what’s in the post.

Book Un-Haul 2021: I selected a few books to remove from my shelves. More room for new books!!!

20 Questions Book Tag: I had a lot of fun doing this book tag. Go give it a read!

And that’s all I have for you from last month. February was a short month anyway, but add on a week lost to the winter storms and zeesh. Less posts.

January 2021 Wrap Up

Well would you look at that. It’s the first wrap up of the new year. How exciting!

This month started off strong right out of the gate because I was doing my year end wrap ups!

My Favorite Reads of 2020: I assembled all my 5 star reads for the year into one convenient post for you to peruse.

2020 Reading Stats: Ever since I discovered The Storygraph I have been obsessed with keep track of my stats for the month. This time I did it for the year!

Everything I Read in December 2020: This month included one of the cutest books I read all year. Plus, more The Storygraph stats!

Skipping the TBR: I confessed to wanting to skip the TBR for now. I’ll keep you updated on that.

Blogging and Reading Goals for 2021: I went over my, well, blogging and reading goals for the year.

Martha and Marley Spoon-a Break Up: We parted ways with our meal delivery service. Spoiler alert, we left Hello Fresh too.

My First Experience with Book Outlet: I decided to try using Book Outlet since I had heard so much about it. It was a pretty good time to be had.

The House in the Cerulean Sea-A Book Review: I reviewed a book. And in a surprise twist to absolutely no one who has read this book, I loved it.

January 2020 New Releases I Want: Here are some of the books that were being released that I wanted.

All Souls Trilogy-A Book Review: I reviewed one of my favorite book trilogies, the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

And there are all the posts I wrote for the month of January. Hope you enjoyed them!