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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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 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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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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FAVORITE THINGS…FOR CURLING UP, ETC.

When I think of spots where I like to “curl up and read,” I often focus on the little wicker loveseat above.  That little bench has been with me for many years, and moves around from various spots in each home.

Years ago, it was like a window seat in my foothill home, and cats enjoyed it, too.

Then I added a few pillows for human comfort and moved it to my next home, where it landed near windows or bookshelves (as in the first photo above).

 

For a while, it also had pride of place in my former bedroom.  I loved its coziness.

Now it sits at the foot of my bed in my current residence.

 

My pattern is to cling to my favorite things, especially when they’ve proven to be versatile, like the bench.  I also have tables and other accessories that trail along after me in my various moves.  Below, I used my antique ice cream table as an end table in my previous residence.

Before that, I used it as a sofa table for playing games…See the photo on the left portion of this “back in the past” collage…

 

Now I use it to “hold” my TV in my new place.

 

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I have definitely diverged from my initial focus on the bench seat…LOL.  But my point, apparently, is to show how I hang onto my various favorite things.

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Do you have furniture/accessories/or collections that remain part of your life as you move from place to place?  Or do you like to start over with a “blank canvas” wherever you are?  And what are your favorite “curl up and read” spots?

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GOODBYE TO SEPTEMBER…

 

September brought many hours of great reading, and although I didn’t read that many books, I loved them all.

Here are two favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genres:

     Mystery/Suspense:  3

     Contemporary Fiction:  4

     Memoir:  2

 

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Here are the books I read.  Click the titles for my reviews.

 

SEPTEMBER 2019:

1.California Girls (e-book), by Susan Mallery – (464 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/4/19

2.Favorite Daughter, The (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry – (354 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/14/19

3.Lady in the Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman – (352 pages) – (murder mystery, noir) – 9/12/19

4.Last Widow, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – (434 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 9/8/19

5My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding (e-book),  by Wendy Wax – (367 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/2/19-

6.Nanaville, by Anna Quindlen – (162 pages) – (memoir) – 9/13/19

7.Seven Letters (e-book), by J. P. Monninger – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/18/19 – (NG-10/8)

8.Stranger Inside, The (e-book), by Lisa Unger – (384 pages) – (mystery/suspense) – 9/28/19

9.Without a Doubt (e-book), by Marcia Clark – (512 pages) – (memoir) – 9/22/19

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER 2019:    9

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN SEPTEMBER: 3,381

BOOKS READ YTD:  88

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How did your month unfold?

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