HELLO SEPTEMBER!

Goodbye to August!  What a great month it was, although it flew by too fast.  I only read eleven books, but of those, I had four favorites.

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Genres:

     Thrillers/Mysteries:  7

     Contemporary Fiction:  3

     Historical Fiction:  1

 

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Here are the books I read and reviewed.  Click titles for the reviews.

AUGUST 2020:

1.Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch – (328 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/22/20

2.End of Her, The (e-book), by Shari Lapena – (347 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 8/12/20

3.He Started It (e-book), by Samantha Downing – (400 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 8/24/20

4.His & Hers (e-book), by Alice Feeney – (304 pages) – (thriller) – 4/8/20

5.Home Before Dark (e-book), by Riley Sager – (297 pages)- (thriller) – 8/31/20

6.Imperfect Women (e-book), by Araminta Hall -(287 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 8/15/20

7.Just Between Us (e-book), by Rebecca Drake – (372 pages) – (domestic suspense) – 8/5/20

8.My Pear-Shaped Life, by Carmel Harrington – (367 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/10/20

9.Paris Never Leaves You (e-book), by Ellen Feldman – (347 pages) – (historical fiction) – 8/19/20

10.Switch, The (e-book), by Beth O’Leary – (328 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/28/20

11.Until I Find You (e-book), by Rea Frey – (320 pages) – (thriller) – 8/3/20 – (NG-8/11/20)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2020:    11

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2020:  3,797

BOOKS READ YTD:  97

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How did your August unfold?

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JULY WAS A GOOD READING MONTH…

Another month has flown by, almost literally, as I scarcely blinked before it was over.  But…I read more books this month than any previous ones in the last while.  In fact, the last month in which I read FOURTEEN books was January!  So I guess something went right this month.

I had several books that vied for favorites, so I ended up choosing two fiction books and one nonfiction for that title.

Fiction Books:

 

Nonfiction Book:

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Genres:

     Thrillers:  8

     Contemporary Fiction:  4

     Nonfiction:  2

 

Here are my books, with titles linked to my reviews:

JULY 2020:

1.Dead Letters (e-book), by Caite Dolan-Leach -(332 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/4/20

2.Friends & Strangers (e-book), by J. Courtney Sullivan – (416 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/31/20

3.Girl from Widow Hills, The (e-book), by Megan Miranda – (332 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 7/21/20

4.Half Sister, The (e-book), by Sandie Jones – (304 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/6/20

5.House Guest, The (e-book), by Mark Edwards – (294 pages) – (thriller) – 7/2/20

6.Night Swim, The (e-book), by Megan Goldin – (352 pages) – (thriller) – 7/28/20 (NG-8/4/20)

7.Nomadland (e-book), by Jessica Bruder – (287 pages) – (nonfiction) – 7/15/20

8.Playing Nice (e-book), by JP Delaney – (417 pages) – (domestic suspense) – 7/25/20 – (NG-7/28/20)

9.Request, The (e-book), by David Bell – (403 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 7/26/20

10.Safe Place, The (e-book), by Anna Downes – (342 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 7/24/20

11.Stranger in the Lake (e-book), by Kimberly Belle – (352 pages) – (mystery) – 7/13/20

12.Swap, The (e-book), by Robyn Harding – (315 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 7/10/20

13.Too Much & Never Enough (e-book), by Mary L Trump, Ph.D. – (236 pages) – (nonfiction) – 7/16/20

14.What You Wish For (e-10book), by Katherine Center – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/8/20 – (NG-7/14/20)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN JULY 2020:    14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN JULY 2020: 4,702

BOOKS READ YTD:  86

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How did your July unfold?  Come on by and share.

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GOODBYE TO JUNE!

Another month has sped by, and so many great books were enjoyed.  Here are the two favorites I picked, but the task was challenging.  I loved all of them!

 

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Genres:

     Suspense/thriller/mystery:  8

Contemporary fiction:  2

Literary fiction:  1

Fictionalized biography:  1

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Here are my books.  Click titles to read my thoughts.

JUNE 2020:

1.After Anna (e-book), by Alex Lake – (407 pages) – (thriller) – 6/2/20

2.A Piece of the World (e-book), by Christina Baker Kline – (325 pages) – (fictionalized biography) – 6/5/20

3.A Week at the Shore (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky – (406 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/13/20

4.Closer You Get, The (e-book), by Mary Torjussen – (351 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 6/12/20

5.Flatshare, The, by Beth O’Leary – (325 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/9/20

6.Golden Cage, The (e-book), by Camilla Lackberg – (352 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 6/30/20 – (NG-7/7/20)

7.Guest List, The (e-book), by Lucy Foley – (320 pages) – (thriller) – 6/27/20

8.Pretty Things (e-book), by Janelle Brown (474 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 6/19/20

9.Swan Song (e-book), by Lisa Alther – (240 pages) – (literary fiction) – 6/20/20

10.This Is How I Lied (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf – (336 pages) – (thriller) – 6/10/20

11.Watch Me Disappear (e-book), by Janelle Brown – (176 pages) – (domestic mystery) – 6/6/20

12.You Can’t Catch Me (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie – (327 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 6/22/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN JUNE 2020:    12

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN JUNE 2020: 4039

BOOKS READ YTD:  72

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How did your month unfold?

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GOODBYE TO MAY!

What a great month of books!    It was difficult to pick one favorite, so I chose these two thrillers:

 

 

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Genres:

     Mystery/Thriller – 6

      Contemporary Fiction – 5

      Nonfiction – 1

      Fictionalized Biography – 1

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Here are the books I read; click titles for the reviews…

MAY 2020:

1.A Good Marriage (e-book), by Kimberly McCreight – (387 pages) – (murder mystery) – 5/26/20

2.Big Summer (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/6/20 – (NG-5/5/20)

3.Crime Scene (e-book), by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman – (381 pages) – (mystery) – 5/23/20

4.Dilemma, The (e-book), by B. A. Paris – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/31/20 – (NG-6/30/20)

5.Girl in White Gloves, The, by Kerri Maher – (364 pages) – (fictionalized biography) – 5/9/20

6.Have You Seen Me? (e-book), by Kate White – (384 pages) – (thriller) – 5/8/20

7.Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (402 pages) – (memoir) – 5/16/20 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

8.Last House Guest, The (e-book), by Megan Miranda – (353 pages) – (suspense thriller) -5/22/20

9.Little Secrets (e-book), by Jennifer Hillier – (338 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 5/12/20

10.My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell – (369 pages) – (contemporary/literary fiction) – 5/30/20

11.On Ocean Boulevard (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) 5/2/20 -(NG – 5/19/20)

12.Sea of Lost Girls, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (315 pages) – (thriller) – 5/28/20

13.Sweeney Sisters, The (e-book), by Lian Dolan – (304 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/20/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2020:    13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MAY 2020: 4,717 pages

BOOKS READ YTD:  60

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What did your month look like?

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WRAPPING UP APRIL…

The bells have tolled for April, and it is hard to believe that we have gone through four months of 2020.  Considering all that is going on around us, our bookish moments are treasures to savor.

There were so many really good books, that choosing a favorite was almost impossible.  I ended up choosing these two as my winners this month.  One was literary fiction, and the other was nonfiction:

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Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense:  6

      Literary Fiction:   1

      Nonfiction:  1

      Contemporary Fiction:  3

      Historical Fiction:  2

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Click the titles to read my reviews:

APRIL 2020:

1.Cornelli (e-book), by Johanna Spyri – (146 pages) – (historical fiction) – 4/4/20

2.Cross Her Heart (e-book), by Melinda Leigh – (319 pages) – (murder mystery) – 4/8/20

3.Follow Me (e-book), by Kathleen Barber – (334 pages) – (thriller) – 4/4/20

4.Mrs. (e-book), by Caitlin Macy – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 4/20/20

5.New Girl, The (e-book), by Harriet Walker – (304 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 4/26/20 – (NG-5/19/20)

6.New Husband, The (e-book), by D.J. Palmer – (379 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 4/29/20

7.Operator, The, by Gretchen Berg- (337 pages) – (historical fiction) – 4/1/20

8.Redhead by the Side of the Road (e-book), by Anne Tyler – (192 pages) – (literary fiction) – 4/24/20

9.Safe House (e-book), by Jo Jakeman – (352 pages) – (thriller) – 4/17/20

10.  Sea Glass Cottage, The (e-book), by RaeAnne Thayne – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 4/11/20

11.Separation Anxiety (e-book), by Laura Zigman – (284 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 4/14/20

12.Something She’s Not Telling Us (e-book), by Darcey Bell – (317 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 4/22/20

13.Watergate Girl, The, by Jill Wine-Banks – (238 pages) – (memoir, nonfiction) – 4/6/20 – (Nonfiction Challenge)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2020:    13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN APRIL 2020:  3,938

BOOKS READ YTD:  47

FAVORITE BOOKS IN APRIL 2020:

Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler

The Watergate Girl, by Jill Wine-Banks

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How was your reading month?  Come on by and share.

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GOODBYE TO MARCH!

Another month has flown by!  While I didn’t read a lot of books (just ten!), I did enjoy them.

My Favorite for the Month:

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Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers:  7

     Nonfiction:  1

     Fictionalized Memoir:  1

     Contemporary Fiction:  1

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Here are the books!  Click titles for my reviews.

MARCH 2020:

1.And They Called It Camelot, by Stephanie Marie Thornton – (450 pages) – (fictionalized memoir) – 3/24/20

2.Coconut Layer Cake Murder (e-book), by Joanne Fluke – (352 pages) – (murder mystery) – 3/11/20

3.Eight Perfect Murders (e-book), by Peter Swanson – (288 pages) – (murder mystery) – 3/20/20

4.Heaven Adjacent (e-book), by Catherine Ryan Hyde – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 3/28/20

5.Mssing Sister, The (e-book), by Elle Marr – (294 pages) – (thriller) – 3/21/20 (Amazon freebie)

6.Other Mrs., The (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (361 pages) – (thriller) – 3/18/20

7.Pretty as a Picture (e-book), by Elizabeth Little – (333 pages) – (murder mystery) – 3/14/20

8.Red Lotus, The (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian – (400 pages) – (mystery/suspense) – 3/8/20 – (NG-3/17/20)

9.Wallis In Love, by Andrew Morton – (334 pages) – (nonfiction/biography) – 3/27/20 – (Nonfiction Challenge)

10.When You See Me (e-book), by Lisa Gardner – (382 pages) – (mystery/thriller) – 3/4/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MARCH 2020:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MARCH 2020:  3,514

BOOKS READ YTD:  34

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What did your month look like?  Come on by and share.

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GOODBYE TO FEBRUARY…

Another month bites the dust!  February was short, but there were some great books to devour.

My Favorites:

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Genres:

     Literary Fiction – 1

     Nonfiction – 1

     Contemporary Fiction – 1

     Thrillers/Mystery/ – 7

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Here are the books, linked to my reviews:

FEBRUARY 2020:

1.American Dirt (e-book), by Jeanine Cummins – (377 pages) – (literary fiction) – 2/14/20)

2.Becoming, by Michelle Obama – (421 pages) – (memoir) – 2/14/20 (Nonfiction Challenge)

3..Country Guesthouse, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr – (336 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 2/4/20

4.Dead to Her (e-book), by Sarah Pinborough – (400 pages) – (mystery) – 2/27/20

5.Deep State (e-book), by Chris Hauty – (280 pages) – (political thriller) – 2/8/20

6.Housekeeper, The, by Natalie Barelli – (260 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 2/29/20

7.Losing You, by Nicci French – (322 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 2/9/20

8.Perfect Little Children (e-book), by Sophie Hannah – (327 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 2/20/20

9.Wives, The, by Tarryn Fisher – (320 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 2/22/20

10.You Are Not Alone (e-book), by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen – (352 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 2/17/20 – (NG – 3/3/20)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY 2020:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN FEBRUARY 2020:  3,395

BOOKS READ YTD:  24

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What did your month look like?

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JANUARY WRAP-UP: NOW LET’S CURL UP WITH FEBRUARY BOOKS…

It is time to turn the page on January.  It has been an excellent month, and I am eager to share my books.  I read and reviewed fourteen books, and I even finished one book for my Nonfiction Challenge.

My favorite book of the month:  The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler, a NetGalley ARC that released on January 28.

 

My Genres for the Month:

Mystery/Suspense:  9

Contemporary Fiction:  3

Literary Fiction: 1

Nonfiction:  1

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My Books Read for the Month-Click on Titles for Reviews:

JANUARY 2020:

1.All the Little Liars, by Charlaine Harris – (229 pages) – (mystery) – 1/31/20

2.Daughter, The, by Jane Shemilt – (341 pages) – (suspense/mystery) – 1/17/20

3.Edible Woman, The, by Margaret Atwood – (310 pages) – (literary fiction) – 1/20/20

4.John F. Kennedy, Jr.:  America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. Gillon – (408 pages) – (biography) – 1/26/20 -(Nonfiction Challenge)

5.Kiss the Girls & Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark – (384 pages)- (suspense thriller), 1/2/20 (FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR)

6.Look-Alike, The (e-book), by Erica Spindler (320 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 1/2/20 – (NG – 1/28/20)

7.No Place Like Home, by Rebecca Muddiman – (231 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 1/18/20

8.Normal People (e-book), by Sally Rooney – (268 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/6/20

9.Playground, The (e-book), by Jane Shemilt – (369 pages) – (domestic suspense thriller) – 1/10/20

10.Regretting You (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – (354 pages) – (contemporary fiction) -1/14/20

11.Shelter Mountain (e-book), by Robyn Carr – (395 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/23/20

12.Such a Perfect Wife (e-book), by Kate White – (362 pages) – (murder mystery) – 1/11/20

13.Vanishing, The (e-book, Fogg Lake #1), by Jayne Ann Krentz – (293 pages) – (paranormal suspense) – 1/30/20

14.When I Was You (e-book), by Minka Kent – (281 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 1/25/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2020:    14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN JANUARY 2020:  4,545

BOOKS READ YTD:  14

FAVORITE BOOK IN JANUARY 2020: The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler

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How did you do in January?  What are your February plans?

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GOODBYE TO DECEMBER & HELLO TO JANUARY 2020…

It’s time to look back at the month…and the year. Let’s curl up and take a peek.

Here are three favorites for the month:

 

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Genres:

Nonfiction:  4

Historical Fiction:  2

Contemporary Fiction:  2

Suspense:  1

Literary Fiction:  1

Now for my ten books read.  Click titles for my reviews.

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1.All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio – (291 pages) – (historical fiction) – 12/30/19

2.A Life on the Edge, by Sheila Weller – (358 pages)- (memoir) – 12/5/19

3.Big Lies in a Small Town (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (400 pages) – (historical fiction) – 12/13/19 – (NG – 1/14/20)

4.Confession Club, The (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – (304 pages) – (literary fiction) – 12/9/19

5.Delusions of Grandma, by Carrie Fisher (280 pages) – (fictionalized autobiography) – 12/25/19

6.Empty Nest, The (e-book), by Sue Watson – (290 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 12/28/19

7.Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles Casillo – (317 pages) – (biography) – 12/16/19

8.Meg & Jo, by Virginia Kantra – (371 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/23/19

9.Tell Me Everything (e-book), by Amy Hatvany – (307 pages) – (contemporary fiction) -12/19/19

10.Truth Will Set You Free, The, But Then It Will Piss You Off,  by Gloria Steinem – (161 pages) – (memoir) – 12/9/19

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2019:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN DECEMBER: 3,087

BOOKS READ YTD:  117

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What did your month look like?  How many books did you read during the year?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP

My November reading was less than stellar in numbers, but there were several books to enjoy.

A Favorite:

Genres:

I thought I would be reading more nonfiction, as I have a big stack of them.  But that’s not how November played out.  I suspect there will be a few filtering into each new month, though.

  Nonfiction: 1

     Suspense:  5

     Contemporary Fiction:  1

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Here are my titles.  Click to read the reviews.

NOVEMBER 2019:

1.Family, The, by Louise Jensen – 383 pages – (suspense) – 11/16/19

2.Family Upstairs, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – (338 pages) – (mystery) – 11/24/19

3.If You Only Knew (e-book), by Kristan Higgins- (411 pages) – contemporary fiction) – 11/4/19

4.One Little Secret (e-book), by Cate Holahan – (309 pages) – (murder mystery) – 11/21/19

5.Poison Garden, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner – (207 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/28/19

6.Takes One To Know One (e-book), by Susan Isaacs – (288 pages) – (suspense) – 11/14/19

7.Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie, by Carly Simon – 231 pages ) – (memoir) – 11/27/19

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER 2019:    7

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN OCTOBER: 2,167

BOOKS READ YTD:  107

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