GOODBYE TO MAY…

Goodbye to another month!  May was another one with lots of good books.  So many that it was hard to pick favorites.  However, I did come up with these three:

 

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Genres:

       Contemporary Fiction:    5

        Mysteries/Thrillers:  5

 

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Here are my titles, with links to my reviews:

MAY 2022:

1.Adult Assembly Required (e-book), by Abbi Waxman – (394 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/28/22

2.An Honest Lie (e-book), by Tarryn Fisher – (335 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/7/22

3.Homewreckers, The (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (436 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/13/22

4.Never Coming Home (e-book), by Hannah Mary McKinnon – (330 pages) – (thriller) – 5/30/22

5.Next Thing You Know, The (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (333 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/3/22

6.Patient, The (e-book), by Jane Shemilt – (288 pages) – (thriller) – 5/19/22

7. Reputation (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan – (336 pages) (thriller) – 5/24/22 – (NG – 7/5/22)

8.Road Trip, The (e-book), by Beth O’Leary – (380 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/22/22

9.What Happened to the Bennetts (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (388 pages) – (thriller) – 5/17/22

10. Widow, The (e-book), by K. L. Slater – (320 pages) – (mystery) – 5/31/22

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BOOKS READ IN MAY 2022:  10

PAGES READ IN MAY 2022: 3490 

BOOKS READ YTD:  51

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What did your month look like?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: HELLO, APRIL!

Another month has sped by, and with April comes spring flowers and sunny days.  Hopefully.

I read and reviewed ten books in March, and they included some favorites…and some different genres.

Genres:

     Thrillers – 7

     Contemporary Fiction – 1

     Literary Fiction – 1

     Historical Fiction – 1

 

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BOOKS READ:  – Click Titles to Read Reviews

MARCH 2022:

1.French Braid (e-book), by Anne Tyler – (256 pages) – (literary fiction) – 3/25/22

2.Ghosted (e-book), by Rosie Walsh – (336 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 3/28/22

3.Hour of the Witch (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian – (400 pages) – (historical fiction) – 3/21/22

4.Last Day (e-book), by Luanne Rice – (398 pages) – (murder mystery) – 3/5/22

5.Night Shift, The (e-book), by Alex Finlay – (308 pages) – (thriller) – 3/8/22

6.Nine Lives (e-book), by Peter Swanson – (296 pages) – (murder mystery) – 3/18/22

7.Other Family, The (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub (369 pages) – (murder mystery) – 3/11/22

8.Paris Apartment, The (e-book), by Lucy Foley – (356 pages) – (mystery) – 3/15/22

9.Sunday Girl, The (e-book), by Pip Drysdale – (315 pages) – (thriller) – 3/30/22

10.Younger Wife, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth – (352 pages) – (domestic thriller) – (NG-4/5/22) – 3/24/22

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BOOKS READ IN MARCH 2022:  10

PAGES READ IN MARCH 2022: 3386

BOOKS READ YTD:  31

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What did your month look like?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: WELCOME, FEBRUARY

Welcome to February!  My January was a pretty good month, and I had two favorites out of the ten books I read and reviewed:

 

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Genres:

        Mysteries/Thrillers:  4

        Contemporary Fiction:  4

        Nonfiction:  2

 

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BOOKS READ –  Click Titles to Read Reviews:

JANUARY 2022:

1.Apparently There Were Complaints (e-book), by Sharon Gless – (308 pages) – (memoir) – 1/24/22

2.Find Me (e-book), by Alafair Burke – (289 pages) – (thriller) – 1/21/22

3.Forever Girl, The (e-book), by Jill Shalvis – (368 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/14/22

4.Good Son, The (e-book), by Jacquelyn Mitchard – (349 pages) – (murder mystery) – 1/27/22

5.Lucy (e-book), by Ellen Feldman – (298 pages) – (fictionalized memoir) – 1/11/22

6.My Darling Husband (e-book), by Kimberly Belle – (325 pages) – (domestic thriller)- 1/6/22

7.Reminders of Him (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – (318 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/29/22

8.Same Beach, Next Year (e-book), by Dorothea Benton Frank – (369 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/19/22

9.State of Terror, by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny – (486 pages) – (political thriller) – First Book of the Year – 1/4/22

10.Summer Deal, The (e-book), by Jill Shalvis – (349 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 1/8/22

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BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2022:  10

PAGES READ IN JANUARY 2022: 3,459

BOOKS READ YTD:  10

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: HELLO, DECEMBER…

Another month has slipped by!  Here are my monthly wrap-up stats:

Books Read for the month:  13

Pages Read:  4,873

Books Read YTD:  121

Genres:

      Mysteries/Thrillers: 8

      Contemporary Fiction: 3

     Historical Fiction: 2

 

FAVORITES READ:

 

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Books Read and Reviewed:  Click titles to read review:

NOVEMBER 2021:

1.A Million Little Lies (e-book), by Bette Lee Crosby – (264 pages) – (historical fiction) – 11/21/21

2.Brave Girl, Quiet Girl (e-book), by Catherine Ryan Hyde – (288 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/11/21

3.Collective, The (e-book), by Alison Gaylin – (335 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/25/21

4..Crossroads (e-book), by Jonathan Franzen – (675 pages) – (historical fiction) – 11/5/21

5.Forgive Me (e-book), by Susan Lewis – (387 pages) – (domestic suspense) – 11/16/21

6.Her Perfect Family (e-book), by Teresa Driscoll – (316 pages) – (mystery) – 11/10/21

7.I Know You (e-book), by Claire McGowan -(348 pages) – (murder mystery) – 11/6/21

8.New Wife, The (e-book), by Sue Watson – (315 pages) – (mystery) – 11/27/21

9.Unheard, The (e-book), by Nicci French – (447 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/2/21

10.Watch Her Fall (e-book), by Erin Kelly – (406 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 11/29/21

11.Way We Weren’t, The (e-book), by Phoebe Fox – (366 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/23/21

12.What To Do When Someone Dies (e-book), by Nicci French – (335 pages) – (mystery) – 11/18/21

13.Wonder Test, The (e-book), by Michelle Richmond – (391 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 11/20/21

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What did your month look like?

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MONTHLY WRAP:UP: HELLO, NOVEMBER!

Another great month has ended!  With only two more to go this year, we still have the opportunity to read more and enjoy more.

Here is my month:

     Mystery/Thrillers:  4

     Contemporary Fiction:  3

     Historical Fiction:  2

     Nonfiction:  1

October favorites:

Here are my October books.   Click on the titles to read my reviews.

OCTOBER 2021:

1.All the Colors of Night (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz – (321 pages) – (paranormal mystery) – 10/21/21

2.Always the Last to Know (e-book), by Kristan Higgins – (377 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 10/8/21

3.Beach Club, The (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand – (356 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 10/25/21

4.Dutch House, The (e-book), by Ann Patchett – (337 pages) (historical fiction) – 10/27/21

5.Last Girl Ghosted (e-book), by Lisa Unger – (321 pages) – (thriller) – 10/17/21

6.Last Night in London, The (e-book), by Karen White – (462 pages) – (historical fiction) – 10/14/21

7.Mrs.Saint & the Defectives (e-book), by Julie Lawson Timmer – (324 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 10/23/21

8.Night She Disappeared, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell – (398 pages) – (thriller) – 10/2/21

9.Peril (e-book), by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa – (419 pages) – (Nonfiction) – 10/6/21 – Nonfiction Reading Challenge

10.Stranger Behind You, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (311 pages) – (mystery) – 10/5/21

     BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER:  10

     PAGES READ IN OCTOBER:  3,626

     BOOKS READ YTD:  108

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What did your month look like?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: HELLO, OCTOBER!

FAVORITES FOR SEPTEMBER:

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Genres:

        Mysteries/Thrillers – 6

        Contemporary Fiction:  3

        Nonfiction:  2

       

BOOKS READ & REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER:

Click titles for my reviews

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SEPTEMBER 2021:

1.28 Summers (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand – (418 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/13/21

2.56 Days (e-book), by Catherine Ryan Howard – (307 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/18/21

3.Apples Never Fall (e-book) by Liane Moriarty – (464 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/29/21

4.A Slow Fire Burning (e-book), by Paula Hawkins – (306 pages) – (murder mystery) – 9/7/21

5.Downstairs Neighbor, The, by Helen Cooper – (357 pages)(murder mystery) – 9/10/21

6.Good Son, The, by Christopher Andersen – (325 pages) – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge) – 9/5/21

7.Her Perfect Life (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan – (322 pages) – (mystery) – 9/21/21

8.Maid (e-book), by Stephanie Land – (268 pages) – (memoir) – 9/4/21 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

9.Other Side of the Door, The (e-book), by Nicci French – (370 pages) – (murder mystery) – 9/24/21

10.Rock Paper Scissors (e-book), by Alice Feeney – (291 pages) – (thriller) – 9/15/21

11.Surfside Sisters (e-book), by Nancy Thayer – (304 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 9/2/21

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BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER : 11

BOOKS READ YTD: 98

PAGES READ IN SEPTEMBER: 3,732

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What did your September look like?  Enjoy October.

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP…

Another month has ended, and this one brought some great reads. I actually read and reviewed 14 books this month, and here are two of my favorites: one fiction and one nonfiction.

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Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers – 10

     Contemporary Fiction:  2

     Nonfiction:  2

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Here are my titles and stats.  Click the titles to visit my reviews.

 

AUGUST 2021:

1.Affair, The (e-book), by Amanda Brooke (411 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/11/21

2.All the Best Lies (e-book), by Joanna Schaffhausen – (321 pages) – (murder mystery) – 8/15/21

3..Always Young and Restless, by Melody Thomas Scott – (239 pages) – (memoir) – 8/2/21 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

4.Cul-de-Sac (e-book), by Joy Fielding – (364 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 8/16/21

5.Everything We Keep (e-book), by Kerry Lonsdale – (292 pages) – (mystery) – 8/20/21

6.Gone for Good (e-book), by Joanna Schaffhausen – (292 pages) – (murder mystery) – 8/24/21

7.Guilt Trip, The (e-book), by Sandie Jones – (305 pages) – (thriller) – 8/13/21

8.House Guests, The (e-book), by Emilie Richards – (428 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 8/3/21

9.Lie Beside Me (e-book), by Gytha Lodge – (346 pages) – (murder mystery) – 8/30/21

10.Necklace, The (e-book), by Matt Witten – (296 pages) – (murder mystery) – 8/17/21 – (NG- 9/7/21)

11.Nine Perfect Strangers (e-book), by Liane Moriarty (450 pages) – (thriller) – 8/6/21

12.Not a Happy Family (e-book), by Shari Lapena – (348 pages) – (murder mystery) – 8/4/21

13.Perfect Family, The (e-book), by Robyn Harding – (333 pages) – (thriller) – 8/22/21

14.Reckoning, The (e-book), by Mary Trump – (178 pages) – (nonfiction) – 8/26/21 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

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BOOKS READ IN AUGUST: 14

BOOKS READ YTD: 87

PAGES READ IN AUGUST: 4603

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What did your month look like?

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GOODBYE TO JULY…

Good morning and welcome to August! I am in my new apartment, and in the cupboard above, I have “housed” the TBR physical books on my radar for the upcoming months. I have lots of Kindle books to read, too, but let’s start with the books we can “touch.”

In July, I had many books I loved, but these two favorites stand out:

Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers – 7

     Contemporary Fiction – 2

     Literary Fiction – 1

BOOKS READ IN JULY 2021: 10

BOOKS READ YTD: 73

PAGES READ IN JULY: 3503

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Now for the list of books read and reviewed:  Click titles to see my thoughts on the books.

JULY 2021:

1.Count the Ways (e-book), by Joyce Maynard – (441 pages) – (literary fiction) – 7/26/21

2.Dark Roads (e-book), by Chevy Stevens – (374 pages) – (thriller) – 7/15/21 – (NG-8/3/21)

3.Dream Girl (e-book), by Laura Lippman – (308 pages) (thriller) – 7/2/21

4Fiancee, The (e-book), by Kate White – (354 pages) – (thriller) – 7/8/21

5.Kill All Your Darlings (e-book), by David Bell – (397 pages) – (murder mystery) – 7/17/21

6.Skye Falling (e-book), by Mia McKenzie – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 7/13/21 – (NG-6/22/21)(

7.Stepsisters, The (e-book), by Susan Mallery – (323 pages) – (contemporary fiction) 7/5/21

8.Stranger in the Mirror, The (e-book), by Liv Constantine – (331 pages) – (thriller) – 7/21/21

9.Such a Quiet Place (e-book), by Megan Miranda – (333 pages) – (mystery) – 7/30/21

10.Survive the Night (e-book), by Riley Sager – (322 pages) – (thriller) – 7/11/21

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What did your July look like?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP…

Welcome to my Monthly Wrap-Up, and here are some reading stats:

 

BOOKS READ in JUNE:  12

BOOKS READ YTD:  63

Nonfiction Reading Challenge:  5/6

 

My Two Favorites in June:  Click the book covers to read my reviews:

 

GENRES:

     Mystery/Thrillers:  7

     Contemporary Fiction:  4

     Memoir:  1

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Click the Titles to Read My Reviews:

JUNE 2021:

1.Before She Disappeared (e-book), by Lisa Gardner – (380 pages) – (mystery) – 6/4/21

2.Brat: An 80s Story, by Andrew McCarthy – (217 pages) – (memoir) – 6/12/21 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

3..Break-Up Book Club, The (e-book), by Wendy Wax – (361 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/1/21

4.Midnight Library, The (e-book), by Matt Haig – (299 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/12/21

5.My Lies, Your Lies (e-book), by Susan Lewis – (391 pages) – (mystery) – 6/21/21

6.Newcomer, The (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (442 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/14/21

7.Pack up the Moon (e-book), by Kristan HIggins – (468 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 6/30/21

8.Photographer, The (e-book), by Mary Dixie Carter – (288 pages) – (thriller) – 6/16/21

9.Six Weeks to Live (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie – (378 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 6/19/21

10.Sycamore (e-book), by Bryn Chancellor – (321 pages) – (mystery) – 6/24/21

11.Therapist, The (e-book), by B. A. Paris – (368 pages) – (thriller) – 6/27/21 – NG- 7/13/21

12.You Will Remember Me (e-book), by Hannah Mary McKinnon – (294 pages) – (mystery/thriller) – 6/10/21

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What did your month look like?

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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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