It’s been… it’s been a long time. I often read blogs or watch YouTube videos where creators profusely apologize for going on a hiatus. Let’s skip through the long detailed reasons why I stopped blogging. Family deaths. Overwhelming work life. Mounds of homework. It all equaled a lack of reading and no desire to write posts without anything to write about.
At the start of 2020 I had finished organizing my bookshelves once again. As I stood back and admired one of the things that brings me the most joy, I realized my TBR pile far outweighed the books I’ve read. I know, I know. This is common for many book lovers. However, my TBR is so large I wondered if I would ever have a chance to catch up before I die. OK. That’s a bit drastic, but here we are. My brain thinks in drastic ways.
I vowed I would actually read this year. No slumps. No setbacks. No excuses. I know Goodreads is hit or miss on people’s preference lists, but I’ve been enjoying over-using this bad boy to track my reading more so this year than any other. I’ve read too many books so far this year to make individual reviews for every single book. I thought I’d do a big winter wrap up all the way up until today. There are several series I’ve begun, though, that I’m probably going to make separate posts for eventually.
Here’s to hoping I can come back to blogging in a way that doesn’t burn me out like in the past.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling ★★★★★ Educated by Tara Westover ★★★★★ Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson ★★★★★ Lucky Caller by Emma Mills ★★★★★
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (#1) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man (#2) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy (#3) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf (#4) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★
Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary (#5) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy (#6) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Search for Snake Eyes (#7) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception (#8) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★
Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen (#9) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway (#10) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things (#11) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash (#12) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★
Sammy Keyes and the WeddingCrasher (#13) by Wendelin Van Draanen ★★★★★ Coraline by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★ The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller ★★★★★ Illuminae by Amiee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★★
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanen McGuire ★★★★★ Down Among the Stick and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★ Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★ In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket ★★★★★ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling ★★★★★ The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo ★★★★★
I’m off to a decent start for the year. While I have plenty more to talk about, I think I will leave those here for now. I’m excited to connect with book lovers again.
This month I actually read a lot considering how little I had picked up in the past few months. Let’s take a look, shall we?
I don’t have a particularly large reading goal which is fine by me – so reading 6 books so far this year is amazing. Here’s which books they were:
Otherearth by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 4 / 5
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake (My Review) 4.75 / 5
Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson (My Review) 4.25 / 5
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (Letters to the Lost #2) 4.25 / 5
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (Re-Read) 4 / 5
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule 3.75 / 5
Overall I really enjoyed almost every single one of these books. I didn’t stick to my TBR 100% (I read 3 of my 6 so I guess I did ok??) but oh well. I actually had requested several of these books on audio at the library and they finally were available in January so I put other books on hold to make room for these instead.
Other Stats Overall January Rating: 4.1 / 5 Pages Read: 2,417 Genres:
How was everyone else’s month?
What were your favorite reads?
What were your LEAST favorite reads?????
Any thoughts on any of the books I read this month (like, dislike, on a TBR)?
Another fun, late posting for January, but nevertheless here I am! I read 6 books in January – way more than I thought I would with classes and working full-time. While 2 were for school (and 1 of those 2 I genuinely disliked), I did read them in their entirety and as they took a long time to read giving their contents, I am still calling them a win. Let’s begin!
★★★☆☆ To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay
★★☆☆☆ A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition by Jennifer Deane
★★★★★ Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan Short Goodreads Review
I read this book at the VERY end of December and almost into January, so while it doesn’t count for January I LOVED this book SO much I hope more people read it. It’s a historical fiction based on a real person and events in WWII. MUST read.
I read a few great books in January, and while the nonfiction books for my classes weren’t terrible, they were informative and I love learning so I enjoyed that aspect of them. I did have a hard time posting reviews for some books since I got busy and hope that I can get better about posting individual reviews as I continue reading and writing.
Really been looking for people’s reviews on the Red Queen as I have gone back and forth on this. I know I’m late to the game on this book but still want to know thoughts if you have any!
Hello fellow book lovers of the blogging world!
November is upon us! I LOVE it!
I feel like a slacker for a lack of posting for almost an entire month. I was trying to power through the Sookie Stackhouse series and I really didn’t feel like each book by itself was worth a blog post, mostly because I didn’t have much to say per book. Since that’s all I really read last month I decided to just wait until the end of the month and just put them all in one post to save time!