MONTHLY WRAP-UP: WELCOME TO MAY!

Where did April go?  Great books kept me engaged throughout, however.  My top favorites:

 

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Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers:  9

     Contemporary/Historical Fiction: 1

     Literary Fiction:  1

 

Looks like I really immersed myself in thrillers/mysteries this month.  I still read only 11 books, though, just like last month.  Hmm, what’s that about?

Books Read and Reviewed – Click links for my review:

APRIL 2019:

1.All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy Fielding – (358 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/4/19

2.Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson – (320 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/6/19

3.Editor, The (e-book), by Steven Rowley – (300 pages) – (literary fiction) – 4/10/19

4.Girl He Used to Know, The (e-book), by Tracey Garvis Graves – (291 pages) – (contemporary/historical fiction) – 4/27/19

5.My Lovely Wife (e-book), by Samantha Downing – (378)- (domestic thriller) – 4/25/19

6.Never Tell (e-book), by Lisa Gardner – (414 pages) – (murder mystery) – 4/17/19

7.Night Visitors, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (320 pages) – (suspense) – 4/7/19

8.Perfect Girlfriend, The (e-book), by Karen Hamilton – (352 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 4/13/19

9.Someone Knows (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (387 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/29/19

10.Stillhouse Lake (e-book), by Rachel Caine – (302 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/19/19

11.Sunset Beach (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (432 pages) – (suspense) – (NG-5/7/19)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2019:    11

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN APRIL:  3,854

BOOKS READ YTD:   42

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What did your month look like?  Enjoy May!

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FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR: WRAPPING UP…

Here we are, ending the first month of 2019.  I didn’t finish as many books as I would have liked, but they were all great ones.  Click on over to Book Date to link up and visit other bloggers.

The books were so great that I had two top contenders:

 

 

 

 

 

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Genres:

     Contemporary/Historical Fiction:      3

     Suspense/Thrillers –  7

 

JANUARY 2019:

1.By the Book (e-book), by Julia Sonneborn – ( 384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/16/19

2.Family at No. 13, The (e-book), by S. D. Monaghan – (288 pages) – (suspense) 1/24/19

3.Forget You Know Me (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (336 pages) – (suspense) – 1/7/19 – (NG-2/5/19)

4.Liar’s Room, The (e-book), by Simon Lelic – (325 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 1/28/19

5.Red Address Book, The (e-book), by Sofia Lundgren – (304 pages) – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 1/21/19

6.Suspect, The (e-book), by Fiona Barton – (402 pages) – (suspense/mystery) – 1/31/19

7.Those Other Women (e-book), by Nicola Moriarty – (400 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/14/19

8.Verity (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – (333 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 1/25/19

9.Winter Sister, The (e-book), by Megan Collins – (336 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 1/11/19 – (NG-2/5/19)

10.You Don’t Own Me (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke – (288 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 1/1/19- (First Book of the Year)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2019:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN JANUARY 2019: 3,396

BOOKS READ YTD:   10

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FAVORITE 2018 BOOKS: LET’S CURL UP AND READ…

A little over a week ago, I published a list of favorite books for the year…so far.

Now that December is ending, I am ready to proclaim my favorite December read, to add to my list of favorites this year.

There were several contenders, so it was a difficult pick.  In the end, I chose After Nightfall, by A.J. Banner:  my conclusions in my review settled it for me.  “Marissa’s first person narrative kept me following along with great intensity, anxious for answers, sorting through possible scenarios. Even when I thought I finally had them, I suspected that there might be more to the story. I was riveted to the pages, rubbing my eyes with fatigue when I couldn’t stop reading, and in the end, I still wanted more. 5 stars.”

 

This year was one with lots of wonderful books.  I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

Did you have a great reading year?  Have you settled on some favorites?

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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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ANOTHER MONTH BITES THE DUST….MONTHLY WRAP-UP

How did my Bookworm’s Journey fare in May 2018?   I didn’t read quite as many books, but there were some really good ones.  Check over at Book Date, to see what others are sharing.

My Favorite for the Month:

 

My Genres are surprisingly balanced…again.

My Genres:

     Contemporary Fiction:  4

     Mysteries/Thrillers:  4

     Literary Fiction:  3

     Nonfiction:  1

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Here are the books I read and reviewed.  Click titles to check out my reviews.

MAY 2018:

1.Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio – (354 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/21/18 – (Author Review Request)

2.Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/12/18

3.Every Note Played (e-book), by Lisa Genova – (321 pages) – (literary fiction) – 5/17/18)

4.Female Persuasion, The (e-book), by Meg Wolitzer – (464 pages) – (literary fiction) – 5/9/18

5.Garden of Small Beginnings, The (e-book), by Abbi Waxman – (358 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/14/18

6.Gunners, The (e-book), by Rebecca Kauffman – (234 pages) – (literary fiction) 5/30/18

7.How To Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/2/18 – (NG – 5/15/18)

8.I Am I Am I Am (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell (304 pages) – (memoir) – 5/24/18

9.Lying in Wait (e-book), by Liz Nugent – (320 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 5/26/18 – (NG – 6/12/18)

10.New Neighbors, The (e-book), by Simon Lelic – (328 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 5/6/18

11.Other Mother, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (321 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 5/4/18

12.Perfect Mother, The (e-book), by Aimee Molloy – (336 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 5/22/18

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2018:        12

NUMBER OF PAGES READ MAY 2018:               4,044

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                               65

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How did your journey end?  What did you discover about your choices?

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TOP TEN FAVORITES OF 2017….

On my Favorite Books of 2017 page, I had a total of 14 favorites throughout the year.  So weeding out four of them to create my Top Ten List was no easy task.

If you want to see them all, check out this page…

And, drum roll!  Here are the Top Ten: (Click titles for my reviews)….

1.Orphan’s Tale, The, by Pam Jenoff – 342 pages – (historical fiction) – 1/16/17 (Amazon Vine Review)

2.Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens – 384 pages – (suspense thriller) – 2/26/17 (NetGalley – 3/14/17)

3.Night the Lights Went Out, The (e-book), by Karen White – 406 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/13/17

4.Marriage Pact, The (e-book), by Michelle Richmond – 432 pages – (suspense) – 7/17/17 –(NetGalley – 7/25)

5.Good Daughter, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – 528 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/28/17

6.  Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French – 406 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/1/17

7.Stolen Marriage, The (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – 384 pages – (historical fiction) – 9/28/17 – (NetGalley – 10/3)

8.Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell – 424 pages – (mystery) – 10/25/17

9.Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer – 304 pages – (psychological thriller) – 11/15/17 – (NG – 11/21)

10. Wife Between Us, The (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -352 pages – (thriller) – 12/4/17 (NG – 1/9/18)

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What were your favorites?  Come on by and share…

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GOODBYE, DECEMBER…AND 2017!

Another great month has passed, and as always, I am grateful for the truly wonderful books I found on my shelves this month…and this year.

Visit The Book Date to add your link for your month in review.

Genres Read This Month:

     Mysteries/Thrillers – 6

    Contemporary Fiction – 3

    Literary Fiction – 3

    Historical Fiction – 1

 

FAVORITE BOOK OF DECEMBER 2017:

The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2017:        13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN DECEMBER 2017:      4.189

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                          174

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Click my titles to read my reviews…

DECEMBER 2017:

1.A Bella Flora Christmas (e-book, Ten Beach Road Novella), by Wendy Wax – 87 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/3/17

2.A Hundred Small Lessons (e-book), by Ashley Hay – 290 pages – (literary fiction) – 12/15/17

3.A Season to Lie (e-book, Detective Gemma Monroe Novel), by Emily Littlejohn  -290 pages – (mystery) – 12/13/17

4.Cruelest Month, The (e-book, CI Gamache Mystery), by Louise Penny – 318 pages – (mystery) – 12/1/17

5.Dead of Winter (e-book, Lily Dale Mystery), by Wendy Corsi Staub – 288 pages – (mystery) – 12/24/17

6.Fragments of the Lost (e-book), by Megan Miranda – 370 pages – (psychological mystery/YA) – 12/7/17

7.Girls in the Picture, The (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin – 448 pages – (historical fiction) –(NG-1/16/18)

8.Little Broken Things (e-book), by Nicole Baart – 346 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/9/17

9.Lost & Found Sisters (e-book) , by Jill Shalvis – 400 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 12/29/17

10.Snap Judgment (e-book, Samantha Brinkman #3), by Marcia Clark – 448 pages – (mystery/thriller) – 12/19/17

11.These Violent Delights (e-book), by Victoria Namkung – 220 pages – (literary fiction) – 12/23/17

12.Wife Between Us, The (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -352 pages – (thriller) – 12/4/17 (NG – 1/9/18)

13.Wonder Valley (e-book), by Ivy Pochoda – 332 pages – (literary fiction) – 12/22/17

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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LET’S CURL UP & SAY GOODBYE TO OCTOBER….

What a great month!  It flew by too fast, and I didn’t read as many books as I did last month…but there were so many lovely ones.  Click in at Book Date to see what everyone else is doing.  Enjoy November!

My Genres:

Mystery/Psychological Thrillers:  10

Contemporary Fiction:  3

Historical Fiction: 1

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FAVORITE FICTION:  Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

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Click on my titles to read my reviews:

OCTOBER 2017:

1.Cardinal Cabin, by Joanne DeMaio – 249 pages – (contemporary romance) – 10/10/17 -(Author Review Request)

2.Her Last Goodbye (e-book, Book 2 Morgan Dane), by Melinda Leigh – 324 pages – (mystery) – 10/15/17

3.Keep Her Safe (e-book), by Sophie Hannah – 352 pages – (psychological thriller) – 10/19/17

4.Lie to Me (e-book), by J. T. Ellison – 416 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/18/17

5.Little Fires Everywhere (e-book), by Celeste Ng – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/3/17

6.Odd Child Out (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan – 432 pages – (mystery/literary fiction) – 10/24/17

7.Rules of Magic, The (e-book), by Alice Hoffman – 384 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/6/17 – (NetGalley – 10/10)

8.Say You’re Sorry (e-book, Book One Morgan Dane), by Melinda Leigh – 326 pages – (mystery)-10/13/17

9.Sleep Like a Baby (e-book), by Charlaine Harris – 262 pages- (cozy mystery) – 10/21/17

10.Surrogate, The (e-book), by LouiseJensen – 345 pages – (psychological thriller) – 10/29/17

11.Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell – 424 pages – (mystery) – 10/25/17

12.When We Were Worthy (e-book), by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – 260 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/9/17

13.White Bodies (e-book), by Jane Robins – 384 pages – (psychological thriller) – 10/27/17

14.Y is for Yesterday (e-book), by Sue Grafton – 483 pages – (mystery) – 10/31/17

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER 2017:         14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN OCTOBER 2017:    4,993

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                      146

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What did your October look like?

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WRAPPING UP AUGUST!

It’s time to look back at August!  I read more pages this month than the previous ones, but I read one less book than in July.  There were so many books to love…so it was hard to choose favorites. 

Check in at The Book Date, to see what others have read and enjoyed.

Here are my favorites, despite how difficult it was to choose:

Top Favorites:

 

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My Book Genres:

Literary Fiction:  2 books read

Contemporary Fiction:  2 books read

Historical/Contemporary Fiction:  2 books read

Mysteries/Thrillers:  8 books read!

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Click on my titles to see my reviews:

AUGUST 2017:

1.After She Fell (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley – 323 pages – (psychological thriller) – 8/26/17

2.Before We Were Yours (e-book), by Lisa Wingate – 352 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 8/12/17

3.Bookshop on the Corner, The (e-book), by Jenny Colgan – 331 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/3/17

4.Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian – 266 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/7/17

5.Good Daughter, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – 528 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/28/17

6.Here & Gone (e-book), by Haylen Beck – 288 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/18/17

7.Home, by Harlan Coben – 385 pages – (mystery) – 8/30/17

8.Identicals, The (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand – 418 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/17/17

9.Lying Game, The (e-book), by Ruth Ware – 384 pages – (mystery) – 8/24/17

10.Other Girl, The (e-book), by Erica Spindler – 256 pages – (mystery/thriller) – 8/4/17 – (NetGalley – 8/22/17)

11.Secrets She Keeps, The (e-book), by Michael Robotham – 367 pages – (mystery) – 8/15/17

12.Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 400 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 8/21/17

13.Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French – 406 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/1/17

14.Swimming Lessons (e-book), by Claire Fuller – 356 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/8/17

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2017:         14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2017:     5060

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                      117

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Enjoy September!

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GOODBYE TO MAY! A WRAP-UP….

Wow, another wonderful month of immersing myself in great books has ended.  Head on over to Book Date, to link up with others and their wrap-up posts.

I read more this past month than I have in a while.  What did your month look like?

Click on my titles to read the reviews.

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MAY 2017:

1.A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer – 349 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/7/17

2.A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura – 229 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/2/17

3.Breakdown, The (e-book), by B. A. Paris – 336 pages – (mystery) – 5/30/17 – (NetGalley – 6/20/17)

4.#GIRLBOSS (e-book), by Sophia Amoruso – 239 pages – (memoir) – 5/24/17

5.He Said, She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly – 400 pages – (suspense/violence) – 5/19/17 – (NetGalley – 6/6/17)

6.Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy – 230 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/4/17

7.How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope Lively – 229 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/29/17

8.Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins – 386 pages – (mystery) – 5/23/17

9.Night the Lights Went Out, The (e-book), by Karen White – 406 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/13/17

10.Not a Sound (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf – 352 pages – (suspense/murder mystery) – 5/10/17 – (NetGalley – 5/30)

11.Roanoke Girls, The (e-book), by Amy Engel – 274 pages – (family drama/suspense) – 5/1/17

12.Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/20/17 – (Amazon Vine)

13.Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle – 352 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/6/17

14.What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti – 355 pages – (mystery) – 5/9/17 – (Amazon Vine)

15.Widow of Wall Street, The (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/16/17

16.Wildling Sisters, The, by Eve Chase – 320 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 5/27/17 – (Amazon Vine Review)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2017:         16

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MAY 2017:       5,129

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                    73

FAVORITE FICTION:  The Night the Lights Went Out

 

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