Month in Review: June & July 2018

Month in Review

Read these months: 8 Books, 2074 Pages 

Read this year: 49 Books, 10,242 Pages 

June:

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3) Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) House of the Rising Son (Dark Hunter #22.5; The Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #28)

July:

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12) Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.5) Shotgun Lovesongs

 

Looking Back:

Oh. My. God.  I totally forgot to write a month in review for June!  Then I forgot to write one for July yesterday!  Where is my head these days.  I’m so sorry to everyone that enjoys the monthly wrap-up posts.  For June I left on July 1st for vacation and didn’t even think of writing one up before we left.  I could have totally done it on June 30th too.  For July I think since I’ve not been reading as much, which is typical for July for me, then a last-minute doctor’s apt on the 31 followed by work the next day caused it to simply slip my mind.  Anyway as you can see I had a fairly good June and July simply tanked.  I didn’t do a ton of yard work as we haven’t had a lot of rain in July for me to need audiobooks to listen to while I mow lawn.  I did finish up the Charley Davidson series on the lawn mower after a month of no mowing.

Looking Ahead:

I plan to attend a book talk in the Chicago suburbs on the 16th.  Husband has been talked into going with me so it should be a nice day trip.  Once I know what property taxes are there are a few projects I have in the works.  A new chicken coop, cattle panel greenhouse, and getting new glasses.  I know our prop tax is going up and depending on how much that is will dictate what I can accomplish this month.  We also need a new car but going to try to get our current one to last the rest of the year, but who knows it might suddenly die on us and force our hand.  The new glasses might not be able to be pushed off much longer because it is getting more and more difficult to read.  Anyway, I’m sorry for the missing posts and hopefully next month I’m back on track.

Happy Reading ~Amy

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Month in Review: May 2018

Month in Review

Read this month: 3 Books, 1,009 Pages 

Read this year: 41 Books, 10,242 Pages 

A Visit from the Goon Squad Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7) River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)

Looking Back:

Wow, that was a crappy month of reading.  All audiobooks and only one new one to boot.  I’m not going to dwell on it and simply move forward.  Much of this month was taken up by gardening as we moved from winter straight into summer and we needed to play catch-up with yard work.  I have also been distracted by YouTube and playing Sims 3 which isn’t the end of the world either.  Sometimes you simply need to take a break.  I’m 11 books from my goal and I know I will return to reading once these other interests lose their appeal.  Introduced a new weekly post of What I’m Reading Wednesday, which I missed this week because I was busy planning for the summer reading program.  Sorry about that, but I didn’t do much reading anyway…

Looking Ahead:

I hope to get some more reading in.  I am working the polls next week and thought to take some knitting but I might just take a book or two instead.  I might need to buy some new Bluetooth headphones as mine are not working right.  That’s why I didn’t get many audiobooks listened to while working in the yard.  I hate being tethered to my phone because the cord gets in the way.  I’m not making any promises for this month as summer can be busy outside.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: April 2018

Month in Review

Read this month: 8 Books, 2,384 Pages 

Read this year: 38 Books, 9,233 Pages 

CatStronauts: Mission Moon Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5) The Taster Head On (Lock In, #2) Legacies #2: Best Defense Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain

 

Looking Back:

Audiobooks saved my butt this month.  I’m truly surprised that I managed to read eight books this month.  I DNFed a couple of titles but it just felt like I spent so much time not reading this month… I shouldn’t be complaining though.  I only have 15 books to go until I meet my reading goal of the year.  I have to say though, the most exciting part of the reading month was the opportunity to go meet John Scalzi in Iowa City and getting my first edition of Old Man’s War autographed.

Looking Ahead:

I have like five review request books to read.  One of them has passed its release date and one or two of the others releases this month.  I have been itching to work outside and with temps finally warming up I need to get my garden in the ground.  Other than trying to get my reading groove on I don’t have a lot of plans for the month of May.  I have started a new weekly blog post of What I’m Reading Wednesday which is in conjunction with the new dedicated Instagram account for the blog, seen in the sidebar on this page.  Have a great month!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: March 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  9 Books, 3,111 Pages 

Read this year: 30 Books, 9,233 Pages 

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward Blood Fury by J.R. Ward The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

 The Chosen by J.R. Ward The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Looking Back:

Another productive month of reading thanks to audiobooks.  I also managed to get caught up on all of J.R. Ward’s releases and finished the Queen of the Tearling trilogy.  I made significant progress in my reread of the Charley Davidson series and decided to not finish the YA series that Darynda Jones published.  The first book was good but by the second book, I was over teenage drama even the paranormal kind.  So I’m going to skip book two and three.  I made it past the halfway point in my reading challenge on Goodreads.  If I continue at this pace I hope to be back over 100 books read this year.  Yay!

Looking Ahead:

In April I hope to get caught up on another favorite author’s books.  I’m going to cross my fingers and dive into Ms. Kenyon’s series.  I have one or two releases in her League series, at least one in the Dark Hunter world, and two first books in new series she is writing.  I’m a bit worried they won’t work for me but I’ve put them off long enough.  After that, I’m not sure what I’m going to read.  Might look for another series to start.  I have a hold on the new Scalzi book coming out in April so when it comes into the library I will be checking that one out.  I also have a book talk book to read called The Taster which is a historical fiction piece about a woman who tasted the food for Hitler… Not looking forward to that one no matter how many patrons come in and tell me how good it is.

 

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: February 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  10 Books, 3,014Pages 

Read this year: 21  Books, 6,122 Pages 

The Freeze-Frame Revolution Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1) If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin, #2) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4) Wolf UndauntedOnly Human (Themis Files, #3) Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)

Looking Back:

Another great month of reading!  Four of those pictured above are ARC titles that have not yet released so I’ve not posted their review yet.  The Readers of Broken Wheel was a reread for a library book talk and since I just reviewed the title last year I decided to not post an updated review.  Half of the titles are audiobooks which is really helping my numbers this year and my knitting habit!  I’m also enjoying the revisit to series I previously enjoyed.  A couple of disappointments this month with the first two pictured above didn’t work for me.  Didn’t hate them enough to DNF but couldn’t give them more than two stars either.  Somehow I also missed the blog’s birthday!  On February 24th Read What I Like turned four.  Happy anniversary!

Looking Ahead:

I hope to keep up momentum with my reading this month.  I have about three or four audiobooks that I am next in line for at my library.  Hopefully they won’t all become available at the same time.  I have two review books, well one review book and one set of review postcards from Blogging for Books.  I said I was going to give up on the program but still find myself checking in on what they have to offer about once a week. I’m going to finish up two of the Bloodhound Files books and possible try to catch up with JR Ward or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series. If I do go with either of those authors this month my numbers will be down next month as they both write bricks.  I’ve also been toying with a month of Star Trek fiction so we will just have to wait and see what I’m in the mood for.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: January 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  11 Books, 3108 Pages 

Read this year:  11  Books, 3108 Pages 

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs Dead Trees Give No Shelter by Wil Wheaton Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands Dead Eye by Alyssa Day Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Looking Back:

WOW!  What got into me?  I’ve not read 11 books in one month in quite some time!  Granted seven of them are reread and audiobooks but still I’m impressed with myself.  I’ve been doing a lot of knitting recently (apparently, quite a lot) and decided to listen to some audiobooks while I work.  Not finding any new titles that I was interested I decided to revisit some past series I enjoyed.  I also finished three review books, all delightful, and only one short story.  Yep, this was a good month of reading for me.

Looking Ahead:

I hope to keep up the momentum but if I could just finish eight books next month I’m be happy.  It is a shorter month and I do have a couple longer reads that I would like to tackle.  Only two review books, one that I’m half done with and the other is NF.  I might be forced to find some new authors for audiobooks because there is a wait for next books in the series I am reread but that’s okay.  I hope I can find something because it really motivates me to get some knitting done.  I hope to have a few projects to enter in next year’s fair.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month & Year in Review: December 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 6 Books, 1,825 Pages 

Read this year:  78 Books, 20,223 Pages 

Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)  Norse Mythology Twilight (Twilight, #1)

The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Something to Howl About (Alphaville, #0.5)

Looking Back December:

I was sick pretty much all of December.  Came down with bronchitis and a sinus infection around the 8th that held on until Dec 26th where I felt pretty damn good for one day before becoming infected with influenza A.  I was stupid and didn’t think I felt all that bad and went on my Chicago trip to see Wicked and drove home through a snow storm.  The stress of that ended up knocking me on my ass and I ended up with a 103-degree fever and had to venture out in the storm again to go to the Urgent Care clinic 40 miles away for the second time that month.  Sorry, I’ve been longing to bitch about that all day and I’ve given up Facebook for 2018.  In December I once again listened to more books than read because it was too hard to focus on written words.  I’m surprised that I managed to finish six books this month!  Sure two were short but two of those audiobooks were quite long.  Two reread and two review books too.

Looking Back Year:

I managed to read 11 more books than I did last year.  I’m going to call that progress.  I have learned that I simply don’t want to read as much as I think I should.  I need to give up the idea that I am going to read over 100 books a year anymore.  I simply don’t have the time to devote to it and would like to pursue my other interests as well. I still want to run this blog and share my reviews but I’m comfortable with two scheduled weekly posts and reviews as they come. I’m not interested in challenges or pushing to grow fast.  I will go with a popular Iowa movie phrase “If you build it they will come”.  I will continue to produce content I am comfortable with and the audience that is happy with that will find me.  This is a hobby after all.

Looking Ahead:

I’m going to continue with my 52 book challenge on Goodreads.  One book a week is fair and quite frankly far more than the vast majority of Americans read anyway.  I will probably end up reading more because I hit 52 around June and started to slack off quite a bit.  I would love it if I could hit 88 or more books because that would be about the same increase that I saw this year.  I would love to bring you more giveaways when I can but quite frankly I don’t see the participation numbers to make it worth while.  I will be open to hosting blog tours with publishers and if they send me items to giveaway then I will be happy to do that.  I’m going to continue to decline most unsolicited review requests, not that I get that many anymore.  I’m too much of a mood reader and most of the authors contacting me are sending me titles that are nowhere near my reading taste anyway.  I’m still a reader but I’m also an adult and have personal responsibilities.  I also have stress and am finding that the stress kills my interest to read,  I rather veg in front of YouTube while stressed.  I hope this hasn’t chased you all off because I plan on sticking around, just not innovating much.  If you enjoy what I’ve brought you this year than expect pretty much the same for 2018.  I hope I can at least make you smile from time to time… Happy 2018!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: November 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 4 Books, 1390 Pages 

Read this year: 72  Books, 18,398 Pages 

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) The Chemist A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Looking Back:

Wow, I did not read much at all in November.  All of those books above are audiobooks I listened to…  Bad Amy.  I did manage to get some serious work done around the house and have almost finished a blanket I was knitting.  I also managed to DNF quite a few print books too.  Just a busy month and struggling to find something that interests me I guess.

Looking Ahead:

December might be a light month for reading as well.  Husband is going to have tons of time off near the end of the month and we will be going on a trip during the month.  If I can get some audiobooks listened to and two or three books I’ll call it good for the year.  It would be nice if I could make it to 80 books this year so maybe I will push myself a bit.  Husband makes it difficult though as with his time off recently for Thanksgiving and personal vacation I’ve not had a single day where he didn’t want to go do something…  I’ve taken to bringing my book in the car and read while he is driving.  So maybe eight short titles to round out the year.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Month in Review: October 2017

Month in Review

Read this month:  5 Books, 888 Pages 

Read this year:  68 Books, 17,008 Pages 

Pack Intensity (Chronicles of Nick, #8) The Rings of Haven (The Frontiers Saga #2) Relentless (Vampires in America, #11.5) The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)

Looking Back:

I did way better than I thought I had when I sat down to start this monthly review.  I was super busy this month and did not get much reading done in the first half.  Of course, three of these are short books/stories and two are audio but since I met my goal for the year a long time ago I’m going to not sweat not reading much.  I just feel bad when I go a week or two without any reviews to post.  Even though I feel like my reviews are beginning to sound all alike and I need a heavy dose of originality here on the blog.  Not going to worry about that either at this time.  So I’m going to call the month of October a win.

Looking Ahead:

I have four review books to read and two reviews already scheduled for November.  If I can get all of my review books finished up in November and listen to a couple of audiobooks I will call it good.  I did download the first book of the Night Huntress series in audio format, a series I’ve read before but I thought it might be fun to listen to this time.  Basically, I’ve run out of new books that I’m interested in at my library and decided to revisit old favorites and try listening to them instead of rereading.  Might be a great way to make sure I always have something I enjoy audiobook wise.  Well, that’s all I got for October.  Can’t believe the year is almost over!

Happy Reading ~Amy

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