One of my jobs is to keep track of my purchases.  My March and April numbers are a little bit better than January and February totals.

In January, I purchased 19 books, while I bought 13 in February.

See for yourself what March and April look like:


MARCH 2017:

1.All Grown Up (e-book), by Jami Attenberg

2.California Dreamin’, by Penelope Bagieu

3.Every Wild Heart (e-book), by Meg Donohue

4.Housekeeper, The (e-book), by Suellen Dainty

5.Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg

6.On Turpentine Lane (e-book), by Elinor Lipman

7.Roanoke Girls, The (e-book), by Amy Engel

8.Secrets You Keep, The (e-book), by Kate White

9.Swimming Lessons (e-book), by Claire Fuller

10.Widower’s Wife, The (e-book), by Cate Holohan

11.Widow’s House, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman


APRIL 2017:

1.All By Myself, Alone (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

2.Any Day Now (e-book), by Robyn Carr

3.Arrangement, The (e-book), by Sarah Dunn

4.Dark Flood Rises, The (e-book), by Margaret Drabble

5.Fallout (e-book), by Sara Paretsky

6.Miss You (e-book), by Kate Eberlen

7.My Life To Live, by Agnes Nixon

8.Night the Lights Went Out, The (e-book), by Karen White

9.Red Hunter, The (e-book), by Lisa Unger

10.Widow of Wall Street, The (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers


Okay, the numbers are not that much better, but I’m moving in the right direction…LOL.  I still suffer from this disorder:




Are you struggling to curb your book buying tendencies?




Today I’m inspired by those who are posting about the books they loved the most, which ones captured their interest more than others…and stats.  Yes, stats.

Like Elizabeth, at Silver’s Reviews, who wrote a wrap-up of what she read this year, and examined her favorite authors and genres.

Of course, I had to take a look at my Read in 2015 page.

I am happy that, in the year 2009 when I created this blog, I started tracking my reading through my pages.

Here’s what I discovered about my activity over the year, in terms of numbers of books read, as well as favorites:

January – 16 – (Favorite Book – Catch Me, by Lisa Gardner)

February – 15 – (Favorite Book – The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, by Diane Chamberlain)

March – 16 – (Favorite Book – Hush Hush, by Laura Lippman)

April – 18 – (Favorite Books: Lacy Eye, by Jessica Treadway, & A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler)

May – 19 – now that number stunned me! (Favorite Books:  Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin, & The Sound of Glass, by Karen White)

June – 15 – (Favorite Books – Crash & Burn, by Lisa Gardner, & The New Neighbor, by Leah Stewart)

July – 10 – this did not surprise me – house guests! – (Favorite Books – Pretty Baby, by Mary Kubica, & The Murderer’s Daughter, by Jonathan Kellerman)

August – 14 – (Favorite Books – The Mistake I Made, by Paula Daly, & The Summer Girls, by Mary Alice Monroe)

September – 12 – (Favorite Book -Pretending to Dance, by Diane Chamberlain)

October – 14 – (Favorite Book – Smoke, by Catherine McKenzie, & Corrupted, by Lisa Scottoline)

November – 11 – (Favorite Book – The Perfect Son, by Barbara Claypole White).


I think it’s interesting that most of my favorites came from authors I have read and enjoyed in the past.  But one favorite came from a new-to-me author:  Lacy Eye, by Jessica Treadway.

What does that tell me?  That I shouldn’t be afraid to try new authors.  Yes, I’ve ranted about those who disappointed me, but then there are those who bring treasures…and become favorite, go-to authors.

What have you discovered about your reading choices, favorite authors, and favorite books?