Month in Review: September 2017 (three days late…)

Month in Review

Read this month: 5 Books, 1,950 Pages 

Read this year:  63 Books, 16,120 Pages 

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1)

Looking Back:

First off let me say how sorry I am that this didn’t post on October first.  I was elbow deep in books and dust bunnies cleaning our home library for guests.  Then yesterday I was scraping tar paper off the floor… Today I was able to find a few moments to get this posted and I have not forgotten about the giveaway I promised you all for reaching 1000 followers.  Look for that to go live tomorrow.  Last month wasn’t a great month for reading but it wasn’t awful either.  If most people read five books in a month they would be thrilled but somehow to me, it feels like a failure… Which it totally isn’t.  Two are re-reads, two are audiobooks, and one complete series or at least what is out already.  I really enjoyed the books by Becky Chambers if you were to look into any of the books above those are the top of my recommendation list.

Looking Ahead:

Going to be a hectic first two weeks this October.  Big cleaning project at home and I’m working seven days straight followed by a weekend trip.  So not much reading is likely to be done.  Finishing up three review titles is going to be my only goal.  I already posted about my giveaway which will be super simple most likely just commenting on tomorrow’s blog post.  I hope you all have a great month of reading!

Happy Reading ~Amy

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Month in Review: August 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 4  Books, 1,240 Pages 

Read this year:  58 Books, 14,170 Pages 

Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26) Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5) Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real Artemis

Looking Back:

I only managed to read four books in August….  You might have thought I only read one, though, because three of the books I read are review books that are going to be published later this year. Two in October and one in November.  I was mainly busy with doctor appointments this month and that my husband was laid off for the first week of the month which always interrupts my reading as we work on projects around the house or spend time together.  The books I did read I enjoyed so that is a bonus and none of them were audio books.  It was a rather disappointing month for audio as I ended up DNFing a couple of titles.  I know that I have also been neglecting the blog not posting Monday Morning Check-Ins or Top Ten Tuesdays.  Sorry.

Looking Ahead:

I currently have two books that I’m reading, not something I usually do but I am rereading The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger with my husband.  I am also struggling to get into a book by Nancy Kress.  I have enjoyed everything else I’ve read by her so I hope the book gets better because it is part of a trilogy and I already own the next two books.  I might stop after reading this one and try another series I forgot about at work.  On the audio book front I am enjoying my current listen, finally, and am excited about the next title I have on loan.   I hope to return to normal blogging this month with the exception of Monday’s check-in post as I will be out-of-town.  Top Ten Tuesday should return next week though and hopefully I will be getting more book reviews posted as well.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: July 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 6 Books, 1773 Pages 

Read this year: 54 Books, 14,170 Pages 

Dark Matter Reincarnation Blues Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman

 Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1) Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) Kato (Stone Warriors, #2)

Looking Back:

I did better than I thought I would for a busy month.  Only two audiobooks this month and most of the others are review books. Most of them I enjoyed only one disappointment, Dark Matter, which wasn’t even that bad just didn’t live up to the hype.  The second half of the month petered out and I slacked off with my reading.  I’ve met my “goal” for the year so I’m not too worried.  I wish I could find time to sit down and focus on my current review book which is Andy Weir’s upcoming release.

Looking Ahead:

I have a TON of doctor’s appointments for the month of August and a surprise book talk at work.  I’m going to try to read that one so I can participate and try to finish up my review books.  My favorite author released a book today that I couldn’t get my hands on, will try again this weekend.  I haven’t read the book before yet so I might binge read some Kenyon titles or not.  I’m a mood reader so I’m going to just see where that takes me.  With the health issues I’m dealing with I’m not going to put any conditions or requirements as far as blogging or reading goes this month.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: June 2017

Month in Review

Read this month:  6 Books, 1516 Pages 

Read this year:   49 Books, 12397 Pages 

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) Night's Darkest Embrace Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics Ready Player One Kato (Stone Warriors, #2)

Looking Back:

I’m trying to be optimistic in that I will finish Kato by the time this post goes live.  I have about 100 pages left and a busy day tomorrow (possibly) so I wanted to write this post up before the first while I have time.  Not as awful as I thought the month of June was going to be.  Of course half of the books there are audiobooks but still, I’m going to call the month a win going by how I’m feeling. I just don’t seem to be picking up books and reading like I used to.

Looking Ahead:

Which means I need to get my head out of my ass and start reading.  I have six review books that I need to and want to read.  Reading has been my escape in the past.  I place I turned to to find a small haven of happiness.  I need to find that again.  I want to find that again.  The first week of July might be a wash for reading.  Husband is going to be laid off for factory shut down and that means he will be home all week…. That usually means I don’t get much reading done as we use his time off for projects that need to be done.  Which is fine.  I also have a kitchen floor that is on hold for being refinished and six sheep that still need to be sheared, and a llama that does not like to be touched.  July might be a great month for audiobooks.  I did download a title I DNFed in print.  The narrator is an actor I enjoy so we will see if the title works better being read to me instead of me reading it.  It has happened in the past so my fingers are crossed.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: May 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 15 Books, 1,808 Pages 

Read this year: 43  Books, 10,881 Pages 

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) Black Wings (Black Wings, #1) Talen (Dark Protectors) Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here (The Others #3) Life According to Chickens: An Insider's View of the Language, Manners, and Rules of the Flock Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 Star Trek: Boldly Go #2 Star Trek: Boldly Go #3 Star Trek: Boldly Go #4 Star Trek: Boldly Go #5 Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Looking Back:

Oh my, that is an impressive list of books up there.  One might think that I did nothing but read last month.  Sadly, one would be wrong…  Also, I know that there are two covers missing but they were online short stories that went along with the Black Wings’ book and there were no covers to post here.  I also did not post reviews for each one of the Star Trek comics.  I kind of felt that there wasn’t any point really.  They are only 21-30 pages long and are the continuation of an ongoing story so it wasn’t like my opinion of them was going to change much.  What I wrote for the first comic could be applied to them all.  While I enjoyed them I don’t think I am going to be going out of my way to add more comics to my reading diet.  If I come across one that I find interesting, probably another Star Trek one, then I’ll read it otherwise I’m not going to become a collector.  In all actuality, I think they are overpriced at $4 a pop for a 20 some odd pages of story…  I know the graphics are fun but I don’t find myself focusing on them I just want the dialog.  Two audiobooks listed up there, three short books under 190 pages and a DNF.  So while my month of reading might look impressive it really isn’t.  Put me nine books away from my reading goal for the year, though!

Looking Ahead:

June and July are busy months at the library and at home so I’m not going to try to sweat it if I don’t get a ton of reading done.  It has been nice to get some much put-off projects done to the property so while we are in the mood we will get some work done at home.  I do hope to get some reading done because I do feel this urge that I’m not reading enough.  It just feels like there is something that always needs to be done.  I need to remember that I need to relax too.  Perhaps tomorrow I will be able to sit down and get into my current read which is the end of a series I follow.  It has a great start but when I sit down to read in the evening I find myself too tired and just want to go to sleep.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: April 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 5 Books, 1,909 Pages 

Read this year: 28  Books, 9,073 Pages 

Big Bad Wolf (The Others, #2) Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25) Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2) By Blood The Space Between the Stars

Looking Back:

April was a light reading month for me I guess.  At first, I thought I only had four books for the month and thought that can’t be right.  It wasn’t because I read The Space Between the Stars but it wasn’t recorded right on Goodreads because I didn’t have a review for it yet.  One is written but the book doesn’t come out until June so it is being held per the publisher’s request.  It was a great read so be sure to keep an eye out for that one.  Still, this was a pretty crappy month of reading…  All I can say is that as the weather gets nicer I have more outside chores that need to get done.  We are also in garage sale season and hubby has each weekend planned out for what neighboring towns to hit for eBay merchandise.  I also had the blog tour for Blade Bound this month that made me feel like I had read more somehow even though I finished that book back in February.

Looking Ahead:

Hope to get some more audiobook review in for you all and I started a new (to me) Urban Fantasy series set in Chicago that I’m looking forward to getting into.  I picked up all the books while thrifting one day and if I enjoy them hope to binge read the series. Other than that, not a lot going on.  Stuck at home today and tomorrow as one of our cars is in the shop.  Maybe that will lead to some more reading time.  Maybe not as I need to get some work done…

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: March 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 9 Books, 2,207 Pages 

Read this year: 23  Books, 7,164 Pages 

Bottomland The Flicker Men The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1) Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)

Spock Vs. Q (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #1) Spock Vs Q: The Sequel (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #2) Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel, #1) Aurora: CV-01 (The Frontiers Saga #1)

Looking Back:

Not too bad. Not too bad at all, even if six of the books were audiobooks with two of them only being an hour-long.  I did return to work this month and with trying to reintegrate exercise into my week I’d still say this was a prosperous month of reading.  Especially since I only DNF one book!  The highlight of the month has been my venture into Star Trek fiction.  So far it has gone over pretty well and I’ve enjoyed what I read.  The book I DNF was a Trek book set in the Next Generation Universe so we will have to see if I can find something written by another author that works for me in that series.  The TOS series, however, has been so much fun that I am going to seek out other adventures to read.  Two books that are out of my typical reading taste one was an All Iowa Reads selection and the other a book I picked up at BEA, both highly enjoyable.  Overall a good month of reading.

Looking Ahead:

While I have had fun in the Star Trek universe I am going to take a bit of a break from Science Fiction.  I am going to see if I can continue to get caught up in a few of the series I follow then I might be on the hunt for a new series to get lost in.  I have a few books on my to-read bookcase that are nearly complete and I have been itching to find a new series to enjoy.  Not that I don’t enjoy my current ones it is just that I want something new and exciting to read.  Not sure quite what I’m in the mood for but I’m leaning towards urban fantasy with a smart mouth kick-ass heroine.  Feel free to offer suggestions!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: February 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2,691 Pages 

Read this year: 14  Books, 4,957 Pages 

The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files, #2) Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Agents of Dreamland

 Born of Legend (The League, #9) Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)

Two of the books shown above do not have links to their review because they have not been released yet.

Looking Back:

Seven books, not as many as I had hoped to read during my recovery but still, not too shabby as all of them were print and not audio.  Also, two of them were quite long so page wise I have practically a whole other book length that I managed to read in February.  So basically I went for substance over quaintly.  Have to say I did enjoy most everything I did read last month.  The novella read for review was a bit strange but still worthy of a 3-star review.  Over all I don’t feel ashamed over this month of reading one bit.

Looking Ahead:

I hope to be released to return to work today so March will return to normal reading time wise.  I am going to stick with reading what catches my fancy and work on catching up on some of my series.  I might mix in a few science fiction books as well.  I have recently picked up some Star Trek books and it might be time to start diving into them.  I keep bringing them home I should read one or two already.  After all, most of them aren’t actually that long.  One of my recently acquisitions was the very first Star Trek book I ever read.  Read during my early teen or pre-teen years and was based upon the plot from the original series.  I also happen to pick up that episode at a Flea Market recently and it made me nostalgic for that book so I ordered it.  March might be the perfect time to read that one.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: January 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2,265 Pages 

Read this year: 7 Books, 2,265 Pages 

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man Saturn Run Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)

The Long War (The Long Earth, #2) Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4) Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, #12.5)

Looking Back:

Starting off 2017 nice and strong and only half of the books I read were audio…  Actually I’m starting to get over my feeling like that is cheating. After all I’m able to get stuff done and still get some story time in.  Since I have decided to read based upon my whim most if not all of the books last month were rated 4 or 5 stars.  I think The Long War might have been a 3 star, though, and I DNF the next book in that series as I had simply lost interest in the series.  The first three books pictured above were all delightful surprises in how much I enjoyed them. Well, it’s not like I’m going to hate anything having to do with Leonard Nimoy, but the book was better than I was expecting.  The last week of the month was a bit of a lost week as I had my surgery on the 24th and didn’t push myself into picking up a book while I started recovery.

Looking Ahead:

I have a whole month where I can’t do squat.  I am literally supposed to sit my ass on a couch while my insides recover from major surgery.  If I can stay off YouTube I might get some serious reading done.  I am almost finished with a review book and if I don’t get sleepy I will push through and finish it tonight.  After that I have about 3 or 4 more review books waiting for me with later release dates.  So I might read them this month and you will see their reviews later in the year.  I do have an audio book or two that I have yet to start and a blanket that needs to be finished so expect a couple of those reviews this month as well.  As for challenges this year I have decided to continue to not participate in any.  I like this reading what ever strikes my fancy.  I did sign up for the Goodreads challenge so I can get my little shiny badge but only pledged to read 52 books (one a week).

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month (& Year) in Review: December 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2.426 Pages 

Read this year: 67  Books, 21,451 Pages 

Goodread’s Amy’s Year in Books 

The Golden City (Fourth Realm, #3) The Last Colony (Old Man's War #3) The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2)

 The Dark River (Fourth Realm, #2) Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) The Long Earth (The Long Earth, #1) Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper, #2)

Looking Back – Month:

Okay, so I listened to more books than I actually read last month. Not a big surprise there.  In the beginning of the month I was working on Christmas decorations at work and played a couple of books then.  Then I was diagnosed with cancer while husband had a couple of weeks off so I didn’t get much physical reading done. All of the books I actually read, though, were by John Scalzi as I work through the Old Man War series.  I might have finished the fourth book yesterday if my audio book wasn’t due in seven hours with seven hours left to listen too…  I am quite into this series and have managed to get my hands on all the books so I hope to finish the series this month.  It looks like my taste in stories have changed too.  With the stress and everything I haven’t been in the mood for fluffy romances or vampires.  I hope to return to some of those series eventually but if I need the science fiction to escape right now that’s what I’m going to read.

Looking Back – Year:

Goodreads tells me I read 67 books last year.  Not awful, but still one of my slower years.  What can I say, I just didn’t feel like reading much last year. I still blame my shifting taste in books and the fact that I really need to get bifocals, but those will just have to wait until I recover from my surgery.  I have officially converted and enjoy audiobooks now.  I have even learned that I enjoy listening to them at a slightly faster speed too.  Solves the problem of my mind wandering while the book is read to me.  Available selection is still an issue but it is forcing me to try new things genre wise.

Looking Ahead:

I signed up to read 52 books for the Goodreads reading challenge.  I am only going to commit to reading one book a week but with the upcoming surgery and possibly being off work recovering for six weeks I hope to read much more.  I am going to continue to listen to audiobooks and be selective on my requests over at Net Galley, sticking to only titles that I am really interested in or have a history with the author.  I am going to work on my to-read bookcase in my bedroom and see how many of those titles I can work through.  With current health issues I am facing I’m not going to push it blog wise either.  No new challenges or blog features, I’m going to stick to my Monday Morning Check-In, Top Ten Tuesday, & Month in Review with occasional Bookish Thoughts.  I hope with the increased reading I can bring you more actual book reviews in 2017.  I’m going to focus on reading what I like and not worry about meeting goals or quotas.  In January I hope to finish up the Old Man’s War series and read a couple of review books I have.  After that I’m just going to look at my bookcase and see what I’m in the mood for.  2017 is going to be the year of no pressure.

 

Happy New Year & Happy Reading ~Amy