MONTHLY WRAP-UP: SOME FABULOUS READS!

 

Wow!  How could August be over already?  Summer is ending, and it all just flew by.  The good news:  I read more books this month than last.  The not-so-good news: not as many as some previous months.

There were some stunning books on my stack.  Click the titles for my reviews, and tell me about your month.

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AUGUST 2015:

1.  Apple & Rain (e-book), by Sarah Crossan – 329 pages – (coming-of-age fiction) – 8/12/15

2.  At Risk (e-book), by Alice Hoffman – 274 pages – (historical fiction) – 8/8/15

3.  A Window Opens (e-book), by Elisabeth Egan – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/4/15 (NetGalley)

4.  Before the Storm (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – 437 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/31/15

5.   Cold Spring Harbor (e-book), by Richard Yates – 178 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/17/15

6.   Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French – 375 pages – (suspense thriller/mystery) – 8/10/15

7.   In the Unlikely Event (e-book), by Judy Blume – 397 pages – (historical fiction) – 8/30/15

8.  Lost Lake (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen – 294 pages – (fantasy/contemporary fiction) – 8/7/15.

9.   Mistake I Made, The (e-book), by Paula Daly – 368 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/24/15- (NetGalley)

10. My Real Children (e-book), by Jo Walton – 320 pages – (historical fiction) – 8/22/15

11. One Moment, One Morning (e-book), by Sarah Rayner – 416 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/26/15

12.  Summer Girls, The (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe – 380 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/20/15

13.  We Never Asked for Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – 294 – (literary fiction) – 8/15/15 (Amazon Vine)

14.  X (Kinsey Millhone #24) (e-book), by Sue Grafton – 416 pages – (suspense/mystery) – 8/14/15 (NetGalley)

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BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2015:  14

PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2015:   4,862

BOOKS READ YTD:  123

FAVORITE FICTION READ IN AUGUST –  Tied:   The Mistake I Made & The Summer Girls

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HELLO JULY! WRAPPING UP JUNE….

It is that time again!  Can you believe that June is over already?  And while I didn’t reach the number of books read and reviewed as I did in May, it was a month full of wonderful characters, plots, and unforgettable moments.

Check out my titles, linked to my reviews:

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JUNE 2015:

1.    Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran – 368 pages – (coming-of-age story) – June 28, 2015

2.   Before We Met (e-book), by Lucie Whitehouse – 276 pages – (psychological suspense thriller) – June 22, 2015

3.   Bones of You, The (e-book), by Debbie Howells – 320 pages – (psychological suspense) – June 19, 2015

4.   Crash & Burn (e-book), by Lisa Gardner – 399 pages  – (suspense thriller) – June 1, 2015

5.   Crooked Little Lies (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel – 346 pages – (suspense thriller) – June 8, 2015

6.   Cry, The (e-book), by Helen Fitzgerald – 320 pages – (psychological suspense) – June 10, 2015

7.    Eight Hundred Grapes, by Laura Dave – 260 pages – (contemporary fiction) – June 11, 2015

8.    Golden State (e-book), by Stephanie Kegan – 288 pages – (family drama) – June 13, 2015

9.   Monday’s Lie (e-book), by Jamie Mason – 283 pages – (psychological suspense) – June 3, 2015

10.  Neighbors, The (e-book), by Ania Ahlborn – 223 pages – (horror) – June 23, 2015

11.  New Neighbor, The (e-book), by Leah Stewart – 304 pages – (suspense/family drama) – June 26, 2015

12.  Rocks, The, by Peter Nichols – 414 pages – (historical fiction) – June 4, 2015

13. Things You Won’t Say (e-book), by Sarah Pekkanen – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – June 7, 2015

14.  Three Wishes (e-book), by Liane Moriarty – 375 pages – (contemporary fiction) – June 15, 2015

15.   Week at the Lake, A, by Wendy Wax – 349 pages – (contemporary fiction) – June 21, 2015

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BOOKS READ IN JUNE 2015 –   15

PAGES READ IN JUNE 2015 –    4,877

BOOKS READ YTD:    99

FAVORITE FICTION READ:   Tied:  Crash & Burn; The New Neighbor

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

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MAY WAS A WINNING MONTH! – WRAP-UP

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Wow!  May was the best month I’ve had so far in 2015!  Awesome books and lots of them, too.  Check them out…and click on the titles for my reviews.

Seven of these books were from NetGalley; and one  TWO from Vine.

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MAY 2015:

1.    As Night Falls (e-book), by Jenny Milchman – 384 pages – (suspense thriller) – 5/5/15 (NetGalley)

2.    Bittersweet, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore – 381 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/18/15 (Vine)

3.    Black-Eyed Susans (e-book), by Julia Heaberlin – 368 pages – (suspense thriller) – 5/22/15 (NetGalley)

4.    Daughters-in-Law, by Joanna Trollope – 319 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/28/15

5.    Eat the Document (e-book), by Dana Spiotta – 289 pages – (historical fiction) – 5/10/15

6.    Every Fifteen Minutes (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – 432 pages – (suspense thriller) – 5/19/15

7.    Guilt, by Jonathan Kellerman – 378 pages – (mystery) – 5/15/15

8.    Hypnotist’s Love Story, The (e-book) – 414 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/27/15

9.    Lake Season, The (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/25/15 (NetGalley)

10.  Liar, The (e-book), by Nora Roberts – 501 pages – (romantic suspense) – 5/23/15

11.  Life You’ve Imagined, The, by Kristina Riggle – 334 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/8/15

12.  Little Black Lies (e-book), by Sandra Block – 329 pages – (suspense/mental illness) – 5/16/15

13.  Never Tell a Lie (e-book), by Hallie Ephron – 276 pages – (suspense thriller) – 5/2/15

14.  Secrets She Keeps, The (e-book), by Deb Caletti – 352 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 5/12/15 (NetGalley)

15.  Shore, The, by Sara Taylor – 304 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 5/21/15 (Vine)

16. Sound of Glass, The (e-book), by Karen White – 432 pages – (Southern Fiction) – 5/1/15 (NetGalley)

17. Third Wife, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/3/15 (NetGalley)

18.  Those Girls (e-book), by Chevy Stevens – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction/suspense) – 5/7/15 (NetGalley)

19.   Woman Upstairs, The (e-book), by Claire Messud – 301 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/30/15

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BOOKS READ IN MAY 2015 –   19

PAGES READ IN MAY 2015 –    6,914

BOOKS READ YTD:     84

FAVORITE FICTION READ:   Tied:  Black-Eyed Susans & The Sound of Glass

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! REVIEWING OCTOBER — OCT. 31

 

 

October was a cozy month, but I didn’t read as many books as usual.  However, there were several 400 + page books, so that might account for some of it.

In picking favorites this month, I faced a challenge.  There were so many contenders!

Here’s October in Review:

 

OCTOBER 2012:

1.    Afterwards – Rosamund Lupton – 383 pages – (suspense/family drama) – 10/30/12

2.    An Order of Coffee and Tears (e-book) – Brian Spangler – 280 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/23/12

3.   Barbra:  The Way She Is – Christopher Andersen – 412 pages – (nonfiction) – 10/4/12

4.   Blackberry Winter – Sarah Jio – 286 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/19/12

5.   Bodyguard, The (e-book) – Christy Tillery French – 316 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/27/12

6.   Curiosity Killed the Kat (e-book) – Elizabeth Nelson – 122 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/17/12 (Review will be posted on 11/13 during blog tour)

7.   Dangerous Affairs Diana Miller – 361 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/11/12

8.    Dead on Ice – Lauren Carr – 226 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/28/12

9.   Heir, The – Barbara Taylor Bradford – 464 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/14/12

10.  More Than You Know (e-book) – Penny Vincenzi – 608 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/9/12

11. Probable Future, The – Alice Hoffman – 322 pages – (contemporary/historical fiction) – 10/2/12

12. Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan – 321 pages – (literary fiction) – 10/17/12

13. Things That Matter, The – Nate Berkus – 315 pages – (nonfiction) – 10/15/12

14.  Tuesday’s Gone – Nicci French – 448 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/21/12

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TOTAL BOOKS READ THIS MONTH:  14

TOTAL PAGES READ THIS MONTH:  4,864

TOTAL BOOKS READ YTD:                        160

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK:  Blackberry Winter, Sarah Jio

FAVORITE NONFICTION BOOK:  The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

MARCH READING WRAP-UP — APRIL 1

Reading Wrap-Up – March

March has been a good reading month for me.  Not only did I experience a variety of books, but here are my totals:

Books Read:  16

#Pages Read:  5,259

Challenges Progress: YTD

A-Z Mystery – 5 books completed

Awesome Authors – 6/6 (done)

Ireland Reading Challenge – 2/2 (done)

Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge – 2/4

Book Bucket List Challenge – 16/25

e-book Challenge – 8/12 (I started out shooting for 6 books, but changed my goals when I exceeded them)

MARCH 2011 –

1.   Easter Parade, The – Richard Yates – 229 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/14/11

2.    Facets Barbara Delinsky – 409 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/2/11

3.    Found – Jennifer Lauck – 266 pages – (nonfiction/memoir) – 3/31/11

4.    Four Ms. Bradwells, The- Meg Waite Clayton – 313 pages (contemporary fiction) – 3/23/11

5.   Freedom – Jonathan Franzen – 562 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/12/11

6.   How to Save Your Own Life Erica Jong – 313 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/25/11

7.    In Cold Blood – Truman Capote – 343 pages – (nonfiction) – 3/28/11

8.    Now You See Her – Joy Fielding – 357 pages – (suspense) – 3/17/11

9.   Opposite of Me, The – Sarah Pekkanen – 373 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/10/11

10.  Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (e-book) – Beth Hoffman – 320 pages (contemporary/YA fiction) – 3/26/11

11.  These Things Hidden (e-book) – Heather Gudenkauf – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/20/11

12.  Three Weissmanns of Westport, The – Cathleen Schine – 292 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/4/11

13.  Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run – Lucy Adams – 170 pages – (nonfiction) – 3/30/11

14.  Weird Sisters, The – (e-book) – 336 pages – Eleanor Brown -(contemporary fiction) – 3/6/11

15.  Wicked Appetite – 320 pages – Janet Evanovich – (contemporary fiction) – 3/8/11

16.  Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough – 304 pages – Ruth Pennebaker – (contemporary fiction) – 3/16/11

Favorite Fiction Book in March – Tied between The Weird Sisters and These Things Hidden

Favorite Nonfiction – Found

Authors New to Me – 5

Review Books – 4

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So that’s it for this month….now I’m excited to dive into a new one.  What about you?

FEBRUARY READING WRAP-UP — FEB. 28

Reading Journey

It’s that time again…the monthly wrap-up!

For February, here are my stats:

Number of Books Read:            14

Total Pages Read:                 4,036

Genres Read:

Memoirs — 3

Mysteries — 2

Historical Fiction — 3

Contemporary Fiction — 3

Romantic Suspense — 1

Coming of Age — 1

Short Story Collections – 1

What a great month it was…short, sweet, and full of book love.  What was your month like?