A YEAR-END LOOK AT MY READING….

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Hello, Bloggers!  It is time to talk about the past month…and the year.  December was a great month of reading, with a total of seventeen books.  To be fair, though, two were novellas.

Here are some other totals:

167 BOOKS READ IN 2016:

100 of those were purchased books that I read for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge: books I bought between June 2015-December 2016

40 of the books were review books

27 books were a mix of older books that I had purchased

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Take a peek at my December reading; click the titles below to read my reviews.

 

DECEMBER 2016:

1.4th Man, The (e-book, short story), by Lisa Gardner – 44 pages – 12/3/16 – (NetGalley – 1/3/16)

2.Breakfast at Tiffany’s (e-book), by Truman Capote – 178 pages – (literary fiction) – 12/23/16

3.Dollhouse, The (e-book), by Fiona Davis – 289 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 12/16/16

4.Girl Before, The (e-book), by J. P. Delaney – 352 pages – (psychological thriller) – (NetGalley – 1/24/17)

5.In a Dark, Dark Wood (e-book), by Ruth Ware – 337 pages – (thriller) – 12/5/16

6.In Her Wake (e-book), by Amanda Jennings – 320 pages – (psychological thriller) – 12/7/16

7.I See You, by Clare Mackintosh – 374 pages – (thriller) – 12/21/16 – (Amazon Vine)

8.Last Night at the Viper Room (e-book), by Gavin Edwards – 237 pages – (nonfiction) – 12/27/16

9.Little Deaths, by Emma Flint – 292 pages – (mystery) – 12/4/16 – (Amazon Vine)

10.Mothers, The (e-book), by Brit Bennett – 275 pages – (literary fiction) – 12/15/16

11.Premonition, The (e-book, short story, prequel), by Chris Bohjalian – 44 pages – (suspense) – 12/11/16

12.Scandal in Skibbereen (e-book, County Cork #2), by Sheila Connolly – 294 pages – (cozy mystery) – 12/18/16

13.Sleepwalker, The (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian – 304 pages – (suspense thriller) – 12/19/16 – (NetGalley – 1/10/17)

14.Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown – 408 pages – (suspense thriller) – 12/2/16

15.Sweet Lamb of Heaven (e-book), by Lydia Millet – 256 pages – (literary fiction) – 12/13/16

16.Things We Wish Were True, The (e-book), by Marybeth M. Whalen – 278 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/25/16 (Kindle Prime Freebie)

17. When All the Girls Have Gone (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz – 331 pages – (suspense/romantic suspense) – 12/9/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2016:         17

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN DECEMBER 2016:    4,585

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                     167

FAVORITE FICTION:  (Click Cover for My Review)

 

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A CHALLENGE: MAKING LISTS, COUNTING MY NUMBERS…

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Making lists is an ongoing part of my blogging journey.  They begin with pages on this blog, from which I gather information I need for the weeks and months ahead.

Since I will be participating in a new Read the Books You Buy Challenge, starting on January 1, I thought it was imperative that I take a look at the target months and the numbers.

What are the target months?  July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

Let’s take a peek:

July 2016:

10 Books Purchased, 1 Book TBR (Not bad!)

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August 2016:

19 Books Purchased, 4 TBR

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September 2016:

9 Books Purchased, 3 TBR

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October 2016:

13 Books Purchased, 5 TBR

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November 2016:

14 Books Purchased, 6 TBR

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December 2016:

9 Books Purchased, 8 TBR

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Total Purchased for July through December:  86

Total TBR for July through December:  32

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So…32 books to read from 2016.  Not bad.  But guess what the best part is?  2017 is a Clean Slate!  Thanks to last year’s challenge, I feel as if I am in a good place.

What are you planning for the New Year?  Will you be signing up for a challenge or two to whittle the unread books from your stacks?  Good luck, and have fun!

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LET’S CURL UP WITH MY BOOK BUYING/READING

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Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, and because many new books are released on Tuesdays, I have been adding to my Kindle collection as if there were no tomorrow.  And you know what else?  Most of them were not new releases.  I did get one of the new Kindle Prime books…but that was yesterday.

Above, note my little country cupboard which sits in the dining area…those print books are some of the ones left after my various purges.  I do have a few scattered throughout the condo…and some day I will count them.  I’m guessing I still have between 400-500 books.

Here is another cupboard with old favorites:

 

 

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Let’s take a look at this year’s purchases, from May on:

 

MAY 2016:

1.  A Lowcountry Wedding (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

2.  Blue Bath, The (e-book), by Mary Waters-Sayer

3.  Clouds in My Coffee (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

4.  Dear Carolina (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey

5.   Dear Thing (e-book), by Julie Cohen

6.   Flight Patterns (e-book), by Karen White

7.   I Let You Go (e-book), by Claire Mackintosh

8.   Island House, The (e-book), by Nancy Thayer

9.   Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty:  Memoir, by Diane Keaton9

10.  My Husband’s Wives (e-book), by Faith Hogan

11.  Some Women (e-book), by Emily Liebert

12. Two-Family House, The (e-book), by Lynda Cohen Loigman

13. Two If By Sea (e-book), by Jacquelyn Mitchard

14.  Unsinkable:  Memoir, by Debbie Reynolds

15.  Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman

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JUNE 2016:

1.   Confess, by Colleen Hoover

2.  Death at Breakfast (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon

3.  Deep Dark (e-book), by Laura Griffin

4.  Dinner, The (e-book), by Herman Koch

5.  Drinking Closer to Home (e-book), by Jessica Anya Blau

6.   Exit, The (e-book), Helen FitzGerald

7.   Here’s To Us (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

8.   Mystic Summer (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

9.   One True Loves (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10.  Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Wax

11. Sweetbitter (e-book), by Stephanie Danler

12. Vinegar Girl (e-book), by Anne Tyler

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JULY 2016:

1. Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The (e-book), by Amy E. Riechert

2.  Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

3. In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

4.  Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

5.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

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As you can see, I haven’t read that many of them…yet.  If you’ve been following this blog, you also know I’m participating in the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, and have read 40 so far this year.  Some of them are obviously from the last half of 2015, which counts for the challenge.

On the positive side, I have read 22 books I bought from January through April. 

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I’ve also been catching up on review books, and have no unread Vine books on my stacks at this moment.  Of my NetGalley ARCs, I have one to be released in August, and two in October.  So it’s all good.

I also have an author review requested book to complete…soon.

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Out of boredom, I changed the theme here yesterday.  Some of you might recognize the look from my Serendipity and Snow Sparks blogs.

What are you reading, buying, or reviewing lately?

 

 

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READ THE BOOKS YOU BUY CHALLENGE: MID-YEAR CHECK-IN

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Here we are, already halfway through the year, and I’ve been working away at this challenge, hosted by Kathryn, at Book Date.

Here is the link to my page listing all of the books I’ve read and reviewed so far….38 in all.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process….and haven’t actually decided on my percentages.  I’m just reading as many books as I can.

Enjoy!  Come on by and share your own progress.

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: MARCH IS GONE!

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Wow, how did March slip away so quickly?  I have thoroughly enjoyed the books I read this month, and my number is the same as last month.

Three of my books were review books:  2 from NetGalley, and 1 from Amazon Vine.  I am participating in one challenge, Read the Books You Buy, and my total completed so far is 23 books read & reviewed.

I had a nice mix of thrillers, contemporary fiction, and literary fiction.

Click the titles to see my reviews.  Enjoy April!  And check in over at Book Date, to add your post links to the others.

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MARCH 2016:

1. A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber – 339 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/19/16 (Vine)

2.  A Long Time Gone (e-book), by Karen White – 417 pages – (historical fiction) – 3/12/16

3.  Brooklyn (e-book), by Colm Toibin – 262 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/26/16

4.   Duplicate Keys (e-book), by Jane Smiley – 304 pages – (literary mystery) – 3/20/16

5.  Girl in the Red Coat, The (e-book), by Kate Hamer -322 pages – (suspense thriller) – 3/16/16

6.   If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now (e-book), by Claire LaZebnik – 330 pages – (contemporary fiction)  – 3/28/16

7.  Losing Me (e-book), by Sue Margolis -384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/3/2016

8.   Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen – 273 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/18/16 – (NetGalley)

9.   Next Time You See Me, The (e-book), by Holly Goddard Jones – 361 pages – (suspense, psychological thriller) – 3/14/16

10. No One Knows (e-book), by J. T. Ellison – 384 pages – (psychological thriller) – 3/8/16-(NetGalley)

11.  Remember Mia (e-book), by Alexandra Burt – 336 pages – (psychological thriller) – 3/6/16

12. Shadow Year, The (e-book), by Hannah Richell – 416 pages -(historical/contemporary fiction) – 3/4/16

13.  Somewhere Out There (e-book), by Amy Hatvany – 368 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/24/16

14. Under the Influence (e-book), by Joyce Maynard – 336 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/10/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MARCH 2016:     14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MARCH 2016:     4,832

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                       43

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN MARCH 2016:  Miller’s Valley

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