GOODBYE TO APRIL!

It is time to wrap up another month!  Goodbye, April, and Hello May!

Here are my three favorite books for the month:

GENRES:

Contemporary Fiction: 2

Mysteries/Thrillers – 5

Literary Fiction: 3

Nonfiction: 1

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Click Titles for Reviews:

APRIL 2021:

1.A Million Reasons Why (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (354 pages) (contemporary fiction) – 4/7/21

2.Blood Orange (e-book), by Harriet Tyce – (338 pages) – (thriller) – 4/11/21

3.Cleaving, by Julie Powell – (303 pages) – (memoir) – 4/26/21 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

4.Every Vow You Break (e-book), by Peter Swanson – (226 pages) – (thriller) – 4/3/21(

5.Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins – (428 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 4/15/21

6.Perfect Marriage, The (e-book), by Adam Mitzner – (292 pages) – (domestic suspense) – 4/10/21

7.Smash-Up, The (e-book), by Ali Benjamin – (335 pages) – (literary fiction) – 4/24/217

8.That Summer (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (432 pages) – (Literary Fiction) – 4/30/21 – (NetGalley – 5/11/21)

9.Thief of Souls (e-book), by Brian Klingborg – (288 pages) – (mystery) – 4/20/21 – (NetGalley – 5/4/21)

10.Too Good To Be True (e-book), by Carola Lovering – (339 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 4/18/21

11.White Palace, by Glenn Savan – (406 pages) – (literary fiction) – 4/2/21

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BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2021:  11

PAGES READ IN APRIL: 3,741

BOOKS READ YTD:  42

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What did your month look like?

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GOODBYE TO MARCH!

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ANOTHER MONTH IS ENDING.  HERE ARE TWO FAVORITES…AND MY TITLES FOR THE MONTH.

The Good Sister, by Sally Hepworth

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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, by Elle Cosimano

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Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers – 6

     Memoirs – 2

     Contemporary Fiction – 3

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Here are my titles; click to see the reviews:

MARCH 2021:

1.Are We There Yet? (e-book), by Kathleen West – (348 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 3/25/21

2.At the Edge of the Haight (e-book), by Katherine Seligman – (301 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 3/8/21

3.Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (e-book), by Elle Cosimano – (355 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 3/12/21

4.Good Sister, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 3/19/21 – (NG-4/13/21)

5.Guilt by Association, by Marcia Clark – (352 pages) – (legal thriller) – 3/3/21

6.Her Dark Lies (e-book), by J. T. Ellison – (351 pages) – (mystery) – 3/30/21

7.Kamala’s Way, by Dan Morain – (225 pages) – (biography) – 3/15/21 – Nonfiction Reading Challelnge

8.This Is Big, by Marisa Meltzer – (286 pages) – (memoir) – 3/6/21 – Nonfiction Reading Challenge

9.Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, by Joanne Fluke – (352 pages) – (cozy mystery) – 3/9/21

10.Unfaithful (e-book), by Natalie Barelli – (288 pages) – (psychological suspense) – 3/20/21

11.Upstairs House, The (e-book), by Julia Fine – (235 pages) – (psychological suspense) – 3/27/21

BOOKS READ IN MARCH 2021:  11

PAGES READ IN MARCH 2021: 3,413

BOOKS READ YTD:  31

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How did your month unfold?

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BOOKISH NEW YEAR TASKS…

As a New Year begins, one of my tasks is to create the pages on this blog where I can enter titles, links, etc., as the year progresses.  Every year, I have pages for Books Purchased, Books Read, and Review Books Received and Read.

The task was more challenging this year due to my relatively new use of the Block Editor.  But I somehow got through it!  I was exhausted afterwards, though.

Here are the pages I created:

Bookshelves – 2021

 

 

Books Purchased in 2021

 

 

Books Read in 2021

 

Review Books in 2021

 

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What bookish tasks do you complete at the beginning of a New Year?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: YEAR’S END…

It is that time again!  The end of a month…and this month is the final month of the year.

Here are three favorites from December:

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Genres:

     Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:  – 9

     Contemporary Fiction:  2

     Memoir:  1

     Fictionalized Biography:  1

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My Books for the Month:  Click titles for reviews

DECEMBER 2020:

1.Arrangement, The (e-book), by Robyn Harding – (353 pages) – (thriller) – 12/31/20

2.Behind the Red Door (e-book), by Megan Collins – (301 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 12/25/20

3.Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella – (424 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/7/20

4.Clear My Name, by Paula Daly – (293 pages) – (murder mystery) 12/13/20

5.Cruel Winter (e-book, County Cork Mystery), by Sheila Connolly – (298 pages) – (cozy mystery) – 12/22/20

6.Dirt (e-book), by Mary Marantz – (260 pages) – (Memoir) – 12/19/20) – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

7.Girl in the Mirror, The (e-book), by Rose Carlyle – (293 pages) – (thriller) – 12/8/20

8.Goodnight Beautiful (e-book), by Aimee Molloy – (293 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 12/11/20

9.I Was Told It Would Get Easier, by Abbi Waxman – (328 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/4/20

10.Last Wife, The (e-book), by Karen Hamilton – (302 pages) – (thriller) – 12/28/20

11.Lies You Told, The (e-book), by Harriet Tyce – (286 pages) – (psychological mystery) – 12/29/20

12.Open House (e-book), by Katie Sise – (272 pages) – (mystery) – 12/5/20

13.Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld – (417 pages) – (fictionalized biography) – 12/17/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2020:    13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN DECEMBER 2020: 4,120

BOOKS READ YTD: 139

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP

Another month has slipped by.  Here are the books I read and reviewed, and check out my favorites.

FAVORITE READS:

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Genres:

     Thrillers/Mysteries – 7

     Contemporary Fiction – 1

     Nonfiction – 1

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Click on the titles to read my reviews…

NOVEMBER 2020:

1.Don’t Make a Sound, by T. R. Ragan – (285 pages) – (thriller) – 11/21/20

2.Finding Mrs. Ford (e-book), by Deborah Goodrich Royce – (299 pages)  (mystery) – 11/10/20

3.House of Correction (e-book), by Nicci French – (487 pages) – (murder mystery) – 11/6/20

4.I’ll Be Seeing You (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – (224 pages) – (memoir) – 11/24/20

5.Lost and Found Bookshop, The, by Susan Wiggs – (365 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/19/20

6.Next Wife, The (e-book), by Liz Lawler – (329 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/14/20

7.Out of Her Mind (e-book), by T. R. Ragan – (285 pages) – (thriller) – 11/30/20

8.Silent Wife, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – (487 pages) – (thriller) – 11/3/20

9.Take It Back (e-book), by Kia Abdullah – (304 pages) – (legal thriller) – (NG-12/8/20) – 11/27/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER 2020:    9

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN NOVEMBER 2020: 3.065

BOOKS READ YTD: 126

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What did you read and review?  Leave your link in the comments.

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SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP…

How did September fly by so fast?  I didn’t even read that many books:  only nine!  But I did find two favorites:

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Genres:

Mysteries/Thrillers:  5

      Contemporary Fiction:  4

 

Here are my books.  Click the titles to find my reviews.

SEPTEMBER 2020:

1.Don’t Look for Me (e-book), by Wendy Walker – (352 pages) – (thriller) – 9/2/20 – (NG-9/15/20)

2.Final Cut (e-book), by S.J. Watson – (360 pages) – (mystery) – 9/16/20

3.Girls of Summer (e-book), by Nancy Thayer – (305 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/7/20

4.Heart Bones (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – (251 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/4/20

5.Little Disasters (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan – (420 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 9/10/20

6.Monogamy (e-book), by Sue Miller – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/19/20

7.Three Perfect Liars (e-book), by Heidi Perks – (333 pages) – (thriller) – 9/30/20

8.Unfollow Me (e-book), by Charlotte Duckworth – (288 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/12/20

9.When She Was Good (e-book), by Michael Robotham – (349 pages) – (thriller) – 9/26/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER 2020:    9

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN SEPTEMBER 2020: 3,010

BOOKS READ YTD: 106

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How did your month unfold?

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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 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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HELLO, SEPTEMBER! AUGUST MONTHLY WRAP-UP

Welcome to September…and goodbye to August.  What a great month, and it seemed to fly by.  Head on over to Book Date, to link up with others and their wrap-up posts.

My August fell into these genres:

Mystery/Thrillers – 7

Contemporary Fiction – 3

Literary Fiction – 2

Historical Fiction – 1

Nonfiction – 1

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This month, I read 4 books with more than 400 pages.

My two favorites this past month…and it was hard to choose, as there were so many good ones.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the books I read; click titles for my reviews:

AUGUST 2018:

1.All Your Perfects (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/16/18

2.A Noise Downstairs (e-book), by Linwood Barclay – (368 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 8/21/18

3.An Unwanted Guest (e-book), by Shari Lapena – (290 pages) – (murder mystery) – 8/28/18

4.Clock Dance (e-book), by Anne Tyler – (304 pages) – (literary fiction) – 8/7/18

5.Date, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen – (300 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 8/4/18

6.Feared (e-book, Rosato & DiNunzio), by Lisa Scottoline – 400 pages – (legal thriller) – 8/2/18 – (NG-8/14)

7.Growing up Fisher, by Joely Fisher (305 pages) – (memoir) – 8/5/18

8.Lies (e-book), by T. M. Logan – (432 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 8/26/18 – (NG-9/11)

9.Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey – (362 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/10/18 – (NG – 8/21/18)

10.November Road, by Lou Berney – (299 pages) – (historical fiction) – 8/25/18 – (Amazon Vine)

11.Perfect Couple, The (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand – (465 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/14/18

12.Pieces of Her (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – (480 pages) – (mystery) – 8/31/18

13.When the Lights Go Out (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (336 pages) – (mystery) -8/23/18 – (NG-9/4/18)

14.Whistle in the Dark (e-book), by Emma Healey – (330 pages) – (literary fiction) – 8/18/18

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2018:        14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ AUGUST 2018:           4,991

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                 103

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What did your August look like?

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KEEPING TRACK: MY BOOKS PURCHASED & READ

As we reach the end of the month, with more than half the year over, it might be time to look back at my purchases for the year…and evaluate my progress.

I did cut down on spending in some of the months, and I’ve read and reviewed quite a few books from my purchases.  But…overall, here’s how it looks, by month.  To see the overview, click on Books Purchased – 2018.  The books read are linked to the reviews.

 

Books Purchased:                 Books Read & Reviewed:

January:  14                               10

February:  13                             8

March:  9                                      6

April:     6                                       5

May:      7                                       3

June:     9                                       2

July:      10                                    1

Books Purchased in 2018:           68

Books Read & Reviewed from these Purchases:  35

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I’ve read books from other years as well, and a few review books along the way.  So my reading totals are not as light as these numbers reveal.  My total books read for the year so far:

88 books, counting the ones I’ve read so far in July.

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Do you keep track of your purchases?  Do you enjoy taking a look at your progress?  How is your year shaping up so far?

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