ADDING ANOTHER BACKLOG BOOK TO MY DEVICE…

It is time for another search of our TBR shelves/piles for those sadly neglected books from the past.  Carole’s Random Life in Books is hosting this event.

Another scroll through the TBR found several discoveries, although I am slowly reading some I found in recent weeks!  Today’s feature is a short little book that I am embarrassed not to have read yet.  And I recently read a new book from the author, so this one should be a perfect selection.

After rereading the description, I know why I selected it.  My kind of read!  So here I go, it is moving up on my stack.

Watch Me Disappear, by Janelle Brown, was downloaded to my TBR on August 18, 2017.  With only 188 pages, I should be able to finish it in one sitting!

Description:  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother leaves her family to piece together her secrets in this propulsive novel for fans of Big Little Lies—from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and the upcoming Pretty Things.

Watch Me Disappear is just as riveting as Gone Girl.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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What are you bringing out of hiding today?  Enjoy!

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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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MONTHLY WRAP-UP

My November reading was less than stellar in numbers, but there were several books to enjoy.

A Favorite:

Genres:

I thought I would be reading more nonfiction, as I have a big stack of them.  But that’s not how November played out.  I suspect there will be a few filtering into each new month, though.

  Nonfiction: 1

     Suspense:  5

     Contemporary Fiction:  1

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Here are my titles.  Click to read the reviews.

NOVEMBER 2019:

1.Family, The, by Louise Jensen – 383 pages – (suspense) – 11/16/19

2.Family Upstairs, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – (338 pages) – (mystery) – 11/24/19

3.If You Only Knew (e-book), by Kristan Higgins- (411 pages) – contemporary fiction) – 11/4/19

4.One Little Secret (e-book), by Cate Holahan – (309 pages) – (murder mystery) – 11/21/19

5.Poison Garden, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner – (207 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/28/19

6.Takes One To Know One (e-book), by Susan Isaacs – (288 pages) – (suspense) – 11/14/19

7.Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie, by Carly Simon – 231 pages ) – (memoir) – 11/27/19

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER 2019:    7

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN OCTOBER: 2,167

BOOKS READ YTD:  107

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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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MONTHLY WRAP-UP

July sped by, and while I didn’t manage a lot of reading, I did read and review ten books.  Here is how things broke down:

 

FAVORITE:

GENRES:

Mysteries/Suspense Thrillers

     3

Contemporary/Historical Fiction

7

 

Click on the titles to read my reviews:

JULY 2019:

1.Because You’re Mine (e-book), by Rea Frey – (400 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 7/14/19 – (NG-8/6/19)

2.Better Sister, The (e-book), by Alafair Burke (336 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/3/19

3.Bookish Life of Nina Hill, The (e-book), by Abbi Waxman – (351 pages) – (contemporary fiction), 7/21/19

4.Escape Room, The (e-book), by Megan Goldin – (352 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 7/13/19 – (NG-8/6/19)

5.Friends We Keep, The (e-book), by Jane Green – (384 pages) – (historical fiction) – 7/6/19

6.Keeping Lucy (e-book), by T. Greenwood – (304 pages) – (historical fiction) – 7/11/19 – (NG-8/6/19)

7.Missing Years, The (e-book), by Lexie Elliott – (382 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/30/19

8.Perfect Wife, The (e-book), by J P Delaney – (432 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 7/9/19 – (NG-8/6/19)

9.Things You Save in a Fire (e-book), by Katherine Center – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/24/19 – (NG-8/13/19)

10.We Are All Good People Here (e-book), by Susan Rebecca White – (304 pages) – (historical fiction) – 7/17/19 – (NG-8/6/19)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN JULY 2019:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN JULY:  3565

BOOKS READ YTD:   67

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How did your month unfold?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: WELCOME TO MARCH!

Another month bites the dust.  February was a good month, with lots of intriguing titles.

FAVORITE FEBRUARY READ:

Genres: 

     Mysteries/Thrillers:  3

    Contemporary Fiction:  6

    Historical Fiction:  1

 

Here are my books, linked to my reviews:

FEBRUARY 2019:

1.Best of Us, The  (e-book), by Robyn Carr – (336 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 2/9/19

2.Daisy Jones & the Six (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid – (368 pages) – (historical fiction) – 2/11/19 – (NG-3/5/19)

3.Don’t Wake Up (e-book), by Liz Lawler – (368 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 2/26/19

4.Late in the Day (e-book), by Tessa Hadley – (277 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 2/18/19

5.Making of Us, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – (403 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 2/15/19 (Library Book)

6.Not Here (e-book), by Genevieve Nocovo – (218 pages) – (contemporary fiction/suspense) – 2/12/19 (Author Review Book)

7.On Turpentine Lane (e-book), by Elinor Lipman – (322 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 2/27/19

8.She Lies in Wait (e-book), by Gytha Lodge  – (368 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 2/23/19

9.Untouchable (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz – (303 pages) – (mystery) – 2/5/19

10.Woman Who Kept Everything, The (e-book), by Jane Gilley – (777 KB) – (contemporary fiction) – 2/2/19

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN  FEBRUARY 2019:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN FEBRUARY:  2,963

BOOKS READ YTD:   20

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How was February for you?

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MY BOOK BUYING DISORDER…

Now that we are nearing the end of February 2019, I decided to look back at last year’s purchases…and how many of those books I’ve read so far.

In 2018, I purchased 109 books,, and have read 78.  I DNFed two books.

So I need to get busy and read a few more.  I won’t even go into my purchases for the previous years, although I whittled those stacks down a bit during my Read the Books You Buy Challenges in 2016 and 2017:   100 books in 2016 and 121 in 2017.

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Ideally, I would purchase only as many books as I could read each month.  Wouldn’t that be great?  But my love of the new books I see every month would interfere with that plan.  So I will just keep plugging away at those TBRs…and also find new books at NetGalley and Vine.  Which reminds me:  I haven’t checked Vine in a while!

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How do you manage your reading/purchasing/reviewing stats?

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GONE NOVEMBER! WELCOME TO DECEMBER…

 

Where did November go?  It flew by so quickly, and the rainy days that have obliterated the sunny ones are a constant reminder of winter, which lies ahead.  Check in at Book Date to link up with other monthly updates.

FAVORITE BOOK: 

GENRES:

     Literary Fiction: 1

     Mysteries/Thrillers: 7

     Contemporary Fiction:  3

 

Click titles to read my reviews:

NOVEMBER 2018:

1.A Spark of Light (e-book), by Jodi Picoult – (356 pages) – (literary fiction) – 11/2/18

2.In Her Bones (e-book), by Kate Moretti – (352 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11-8-18

3.Her Pretty Face (e-book), by Robyn Harding – (352 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 11/11/18

4.Island House, The (e-book), by Nancy Thayer – (280  pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/10/18

5.Liar’s Wife, The (e-book), by Samantha Hayes (372 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/28/18

6.Other Wife, The (e-book), by Michael Robotham – (400 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 11/22/18

7.Three Beths, The (e-book), by Jeff Abbott – (352 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 11/20/18

8.Three Days Missing (e-book), by Kimberly Belle – (352 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 11/13/18

9.Under My Skin (e-book), by Lisa Unger (416 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/26/18

10.We Were Mothers (e-book), by Katie Sise – (311 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/30/18

11.Winter in Paradise (e-book, #1), by Elin Hilderbrand – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/16/18

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER 2018:    11

NUMBER OF PAGES READ NOVEMBER 2018:   3,863

BOOKS READ YTD:   135

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How did your November unfold?

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WRAPPING UP JUNE…

Here we are again…another month has sped by, and it’s time to talk about the books we read and reviewed.  Check in at Book Date to see what others have finished.

I read and reviewed 12 books in June, and I love how diverse they were.

FAVORITE BOOK FOR JUNE

Genres:

      Thrillers & Mysteries/Cozy Mysteries – 5

      Contemporary/Historical Fiction – 5

      Nonfiction – 2

 

Book Sources:

      Author Review Requests/NetGalley Reviews – 3

     Library Books – 3

     My Own Shelves – 6

 

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My Books for the Month:  Click Titles for My Reviews:

JUNE 2018:

1.Bad Stories, by Steve Almond – (272 pages) – (nonfiction) – 6/1/18

2.Before & Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky – (416 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/17/18 – (NG – 6/26/18)

3.Bring Her Home (e-book), by David Bell – (427 pages) – (mystery) – 6/22/18

4.Bring Me Back (e-book), by B. A. Paris – (304 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 6/4/18 – (NG-6/19/18)

5.Educated (e-book), by Tara Westover – (335 pages) – (memoir) – 6/19/18

6.Family Gathering, The (e-book, Sullivan’s Crossing #3), by Robyn Carr – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/27/18- (Library Book)

7.House Swap, The (e-book), by Rebecca Fleet – (294 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 6/15/18

8.Manhattan Beach (e-book), by Jennifer Egan – (449 pages) – (historical fiction) -6/9/18

9.Nothing Forgotten, by Jessica Levine – (317 pages) – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 6/11/18 – (Author Review Request)

10.Raspberry Danish Murder (e-book), by Joanne Fluke – (362 pages) – (cozy mystery) – 6/29/18

11.Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (210 pages ) – (cozy mystery) – 6/2/18 – (NG-6/19/18)

12.Surprise Me (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella – (417 pages) – (contemporary fiction – 6/24/18- (Library Book)

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

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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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