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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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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