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

Month in Review: November 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 5  Books, 1305 Pages 

Read this year: 57  Books, 18,151 Pages 

2 B R 0 2 B The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi Lucifer (Vampires in America, #11) How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1)

Looking Back:

Another month where I didn’t get in as much reading as I had hoped to.  Husband had two weeks off this month, one was taken up by searching for a new car and the other was spent trying to get as many products listed on eBay as possible to pay for said car.  Of what I read I enjoyed so perhaps I need to focus on quality instead of quantity.  I have already read enough books to count one per week and that is more than the vast majority of the public reads in a year, so let’s just call it good and try to do better moving forward.

Looking Ahead:

I am going to continue to try to keep an audiobook going all the time.  When it is quiet at work, driving, or working on chores I can still get some reading, or listening, in.  I have three review books to get in for the year.  One non-fiction about politics, a read-now selection that I’m not too excited about but plan to finish, and a book that a publisher gave me for answering a questionnaire.  That last one I’m not too excited about because it isn’t something I would normally pick up or request.  I’m willing to give it the standard 50-page try, though.  I’m not sure what plans I will be making reading wise for the next year.  I think this keeping the pressure off is a bit of a double-edged sword.  I don’t have any deadline motivation or challenge motivation but I tend to enjoy more of what I read.  I might try to make a dent in my to-read bookcase.  There are some complete or almost complete series on there that I could sell on eBay after I read them.  Book sets do remarkably well on the site.  Well, that’s it for the month.  I hope you all have a great holiday season.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: October 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 1,274 Pages 

Read this year:   Books, 16,846 Pages 

Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe Aden (Vampires in America, #7) The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

 The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World The Draco Tavern Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity

Looking Back:

Well I read only two “real” books this month.  If it wasn’t for audio books and three quick reads from Blogging for Books I would have only two books for the month of October.  I blame Fire Touched which just didn’t work for me.  I do enjoy the author but that book was such a struggle for me.  Probably means I’m going to be turned down for her next release that I put in a review request for… I was actually turned down for Fire Touched too (Berkley doesn’t like me, not enough followers).  That’s okay I’ll read them eventually and have no qualms what so ever if I need to give it a less than stellar review.  (sorry, feeling snippy today)  Caught up on the Vampire’s of America series and eagerly awaiting that next release too.  I just haven’t been able to focus.  I blame YouTube.  It is shortening my attention span…

Looking Ahead:

I have passed the reading goal that I signed up for late in the year.  I have officially read at least one book a week for 2016, everything I read in the next two months will be bonus. I’m hoping to get over 60 maybe 70 books read in total.  That will mean I need to stop wasting time on the internet and on books that don’t work for me, even if it is an author I enjoy.  I’m out of review books at the moment and haven’t seen much that interests me so I might take the rest of the year off as far as review books go (of course I will put in requests for favorite authors).  Who know we will see. I would also like to work on reading some of the titles I have piling up in my bedroom.  I am already outgrowing those two cases and continue to bring home cheap books.  The article I posted about yesterday for Monday Morning Check-In has me a little bummed.  I am seriously considering giving up ARCs and working with publisher at all.  I just don’t feel like they like us/me very much.  They want us to promote their books but consider us nothing but pains in their ass.  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe I’ll take 2017 off and only read books I already own.  Give up ARCs completely.  Again we will see.  I would like to think up some sort of gimmick or theme for next year though.  Maybe a year of reading only what is one my TBR list for one year is an idea.  Let me know what you think.  Would it be boring to only read reviews for books that have been out for some time?  Or do you only care about up and coming titles?  What’s hot now. I’m kind of digging this idea of exploring older releases, finding those forgotten gems.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: July 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 4  Books, 1775 Pages 

Read this year: 29  Books, 10,706 Pages 

Lock In (Lock In, #1)   One with You (Crossfire, #5)  A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)  The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)

Looking Back:

Another not great month, but not as bad as I thought it would be.  Read more pages than last month and all of them I really enjoyed.  I have noticed I am reading less but enjoying more, so that is a plus.  I know I say this every month but I truly hope starting here in August I will get back on track for reading.  I have cut some of my social obligations and plan (after tonight) to stay off the internet after 6 pm.  Of the books I read this month I would pick Lock In as my favorite, A Dirty Job as a delightful surprise, The Shadows as most shocking, and One with You as a satisfying ending to a enjoyed series.

Looking Ahead:

I’ve already said how I plan to work in more reading this month.  I am going to also continue to catch up with authors I enjoy and read from my to-read case.  I have two more J.R. Ward books and then I do have one review book again from Blogging for Books.  I also plan to start listening to more audio books as I am going to start helping my husband more with the eBay sales and I can listen to them when I list items. Well I need to go as I have kittens in my living room tonight and I also want to get some reading in today. I’m enjoying this spin-off series from the Blackdagger Brotherhood quite a bit!

 

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: June 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 4 (.5)  Books, 1693 Pages 

Read this year: 25  Books, 8931 Pages 

Awakened (Eternal Guardians, #8)  The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)  The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)  Invision (Chronicles of Nick, #7)  Damian (Stone Warriors, #1)

Looking Back:

Well, I didn’t read much more than last month.  I am counting half of Awakened because I read well past my normal DNF mark.  Halfway through I decided that I’m just not into the series that much anymore and broke up with the author.  If you want to read more reasons why you can click on the book to visit that review.  Otherwise, it was kind of a disappointing month goal wise, not bookwise though because the other four books I did get read were some of the best books I’ve read all year.  I managed to get caught up on all the review books and only have three left to finish and one of those I might give up on.  Along with having a fairly liberal DNF policy I need to take a similar stance on series, just because I start one doesn’t mean I need to finish them if I lose interest.  I think that just adds to reader burn-out.

Looking Ahead:

Alright, I’ve decided to scrap most of my giveaway plans due to lack of interest.  I will eventually find a way to giveaway some of the books I picked up at BEA, but for now life is busy enough.  Maybe this fall, or for my birthday, or the blog’s birthday.  So this month with only one review book that I plan on reading I hope to tackle some of the books on my ever-growing to-read bookcase.  It will be nice to read some of the titles I’ve bought for once. That’s about it, no big plans.  I have the end of the SRP at work, the fair and Fourth next week, two llamas and sheep to shear, a husband off for a week, my birthday and jury duty coming up in July…  Not to mention the garden to keep up with because I plan on not letting most of what we bought go to waste this year.  I do hope to get some reading in there too!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: May 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 4  Books, 1460 Pages 

Read this year: 21  Books, 7238 Pages 

Blood Lust (The Sentinels #3) Under the Surface (Alpha Ops, #4) The Martian Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)

Looking Back:

Yep, I didn’t read much in May at all, which is ironic because I attended BEA only the largest book industry conference in the country.  I actually only read two books this month, two of these were audio books.  Under the Surface does not have its review posted yet because I am waiting until closer to the release date later this month.  Look for some fun posts in regards to that book.  I knew it was going to be a light month as I had a lot of work to do getting ready for BEA, a crazy fun week at BEA and then recovering and catching up after BEA.  I feel a little bad about one book that I’ve put on hold for like a month now and plan to finish it up tonight or by this weekend at the latest.  I am also a little disappointed in that pitiful little 21 after books read this year. I can do better than that. I need to stop letting life get in the way and sit down to read more, or realize that I’m a busier person than I used to be and maybe I won’t be reading 100+ books a year anymore.

Looking Ahead:

I am super excited for June!  Not only do I hope to bring you more reviews, I have some ARCs (that are no longer ARCs…) to catch up on, but I have one BIG name author that I was approved for an ARC for!!!  I almost want to drop everything and read that book, but am trying to hold off as it doesn’t release until the end of June.  There are some other releases earlier in the month that I need to read first.  I also plan to participate in a couple of blog tours this month!  I know some of you don’t care for them, but I though they might be fun to try.  I’ve not done many of them and this was the first time a big publishing house reached out to me and I was invited to participate in another one by the publisher of another author that I adore!  So hell yes I signed up for that one too! I’m going to keep this short as I have about six books that I NEED to read this month.  No TV and I need to learn to turn off the freaking computer earlier in the night and hit the pages.  I am determine to catch up and read everything I need to this month.  I CAN do this!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: March 2016

Month in Review

Read this month: 4  Books, Pages 1,051

Read this year:  11 Books, Pages 4212

The Fold   Wolver's Reward (The Wolvers, #7)   About a Vampire (Argeneau, #22)   Runaway Vampire (Argeneau, #23)

Looking Back:

Well another month has come and gone and I’m still behind in my reading.  I’m thinking this new slower pace is probably going to be the norm.  While I will miss reading and reviewing 10, 11, or more books a month with my new commitments it just isn’t possible.  Guess that means I now have a life… Joking.  Kinda.  It does mean I have more responsibility and a more diverse set of interest, and that’s okay.  I was hoping that things would slow down, but they aren’t and that’s okay too.  Last month I could have read more, probably should have but I ended up DNFing several titles so that probably cut into book count.  If I take that into consideration then I would say I read about as much as I did the last month.  The plus side of DNFing so many titles is the ones that I reviewed are books I actually enjoyed I think all of the ones above have four or more stars. These were some great reads and I actually had trouble moving on from the Lynsay Sands’s world I enjoyed it so much.

Looking Ahead:

Not a lot of big plans in regard to blogging this month.  I have started making plans for BEA (Book Expo of America) trip in May.  I’m supper excited and have so much to work out and do before then.  I will be getting a new smart phone for the trip and several other commitments I have coming up in the next few months so I hope to become more active on Twitter and Instagram.  I am toying with daily (or more often) updates of the BEA trip to my Instagram account because quite frankly I’m never going to be a good Twitter user.  Maybe I can link the two accounts?  Is that possible?  Let me know in the comments you tech savvy followers. Anyway I will share more details about my plans in a series of posts that will probably start near the end of the month.  On the reading front I’m currently catching up on my favorite author’s releases that I’ve missed.  Ms. Kenyon writes some longer stories so it might set me back a bit review wise.  I also have some fun review books that I have agreed to read.  One of them is pretty short and should be waiting for me on the doorstep when I get home, so I might zip through that one this weekend.  I also have a book to read for work, but after the mess of what happen with last year’s read don’t be looking for it to show up on my Goodread’s account or blog.  I’m going to continue with this separation of work and blog that I’ve worked out.   It sucks, but I most likely won’t like the book anyway so you won’t be missing out. Unless you are a fan of the negative reviews and in that case sorry.

Happy April Reading Everyone~Amy

Month in Review: December 2015

Month in Review

Read:6 Books,   Pages 1485

Year to Date:  87 Books, 23,878 Pages

Goal for year: 85 books

Challenges Crossed Off: 57/74

I was going to make this a year in review, but I noticed all the little kiddies are posting a 2015 End of Year Survey hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner.  I’m going to jump all over that bandwagon and write up my own post next.

Looking Back:

Well I made it and managed to “earn” my little shiny badge over at Goodreads (Cheater!).  I also managed to cross off 57 items from the two reading challenges that I participated in.  I am missing 17 books…going to channel my inner Frozen character (haven’t seen the movie) and let it go.  I am proud that I did manage to double the number of books I read from November.  That’s progress right.  I also managed to just squeeze in one more book as I read in the truck yesterday as we did some running around town.  I also kind of slacked off on the blogging last month as many a Monday Check-In did not get posted.  Letting that go too.

Looking Ahead:

For the blog as in life I’m going to use this time of year to take things back to square one and focus on doing what I committed to in the beginning.  I’m going to focus on writing two blog posts each week, book reviews as I finish books, control my review request impulses and Read What I Like.  NO. MORE. CHALLENGES.  I have discovered that it sucks the fun out of reading for me and I’m just not going to do them anymore.  The GoodRead’s challenge pledge is going to be a book a week or 52 if you are mathematically challenged like me.  I am going to work on reading some of the books I already own and cleaning up my TBR pile.  I have also canceled plans for a second blog because quite frankly one is enough.  It might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but with needing to crack down on my weight loss and our Ebay sales I have enough on my plate.  I also need to work on reading other blogs better and responding to comments.

Well I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed the year here at my little blog.  I look forward to starting a new year of reading with you all and hope 2016 is amazing for us all.

One last little thing:  I’m going to start making plans to attend the BEA in Chicago this year.  Anyone else going?  Anyone looking for a roommate? Anyone want to share tips?  More to come on that soon in a Bookish Thoughts post.