January Wrap Up

January Wrap UPHello,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the New Year, I have to say that the start to the year has been a great one and hope it continues that way. 🙂 I read 15 books this month, thanks to the biannual bibliothon and audiobooks. Out of those 15 books 8 of them were audiobooks.

I have been into audiobooks lately I can read along at a faster speed and listen while doing chores.  I have so many great books I want to read and this is helping me get to them. 🙂 Continue reading “January Wrap Up”

Reading Wrap Up:

Reading Wrap Up:

I do realize that it is the end of the year and I am just now posting a wrap up for August and September. I was debating about whether I should even bother and not sure if anyone really cares or not but I figure might as well since I already took the photos.

August Wrap Up                   

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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  • 5 Stars
  • I love reading celebrity gossip and this book filled that love
  • It was nice to see what goes on behind the scenes like contract relationships and how cut-throat the business is
  • Great writing and interesting characters

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han

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  • 2 Stars
  • I think maybe if I was younger I would have enjoyed it more
  • I thought Belly was very immature and I found her annoying
  • Overall, it was meh

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

  • 5 Stars
  • Listened to the audiobook
  • Mary Kubica is an expert at slowly unraveling a story to reveal a shocking twist that I never see coming

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

  • 1 star
  • Predictable
  • Was bored and ended up skimming the last part of the book just to be done with it

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

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The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

  • 3 stars
  • Couldn’t help but being disappointed by this
  • Parts of the book were boring
  • Enjoyed the perspective of Stoyan Lazarov and wished there was more of them
  • Overall, I was hoping for something similar to The Historian by Kostova and this was not it.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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  • 3.5 Stars
  • Expecting to love this book and am a little disappointed that I didn’t
  • Liked the dual timeline
  • The different POV’s were done well
  • Preferred Eve’s time line best from her time as a spy in WWI

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

  • 2.5 Stars
  • Another case of I think I am just to old to enjoy this book
  • Didn’t connect with main character
  • Felt like the conflict with her ex-boyfriend and ex-bestfriend were resolved to easily
  • I  did cry in the end, even though I didn’t connect with the characters , it is just so sad and I am a cry-baby

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That Night by Chevy Stevens

  • 5 Stars
  • Listened to audiobook
  • Couldn’t stop listening, had to find out what happened that night
  • Makes you think about the justice system
  • A great suspense thriller

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

  • 4 Stars
  • Loved this premise of the two realities, where in one world main character is Katharyn and has a loving husband and is a stay at home mom with three kids and the other she is Kitty a bookstore owner with bestfriend, is single and has a cat
  • Listened to audiobook
  • Loved trying to figure out which reality is real and how it gets revealed in the end.


The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  • 5 Stars
  • Loved the beautiful writing
  • Enjoyed reading about a historical figure I never heard about
  • Powerful and moving story

China Dolls by Lisa See

  • 4.5 Stars
  • Huge fan of Lisa See novels and really enjoyed this one
  • Love the dynamics between the three girls and their complicated friendship
  • Was surprised by the betrayal

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The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

  • 4 Stars
  • Atmospheric and mysterious
  • Didn’t really care for Addison timeline and what happened in her past
  • Couldn’t get enough of Flora’s perspective
  • Felt like there was no consequences to what Addison did in her past

Hope you enjoyed this late August and September reading wrap up. I will be doing a reading wrap for October and November, so look for that post coming soon. My New Years resolution is to be better at this blogging thing. I think I might just do a weekly wrap rather than a monthly wrap up.

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July Wrap Up

July Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my July wrap up, I am so sad that July is over, it went by too fast. It seems like Summer had a late start where I live and then next thing you know it is going to be over. 😥 The other day this guy at work was singing a Christmas song! I don’t even want to think about Christmas yet, it’s too soon.

I finished eight books in July and am well on my way to completing my Goodreads challenge of reading 70 books. I only read three books from my Summer TBR and now have nine books left. I don’t see myself actually completing them all in August but more likely finish in September.

The Girls by Emma Cline                         

July Wrap Up
When I first bought this book up I thought it was going to more psychological but then I found out it is more of a coming of age story and I was slightly disappointed but I do like coming of age stories so, I was like yeah I can get down with that. Turns out I couldn’t and was let down by this book.

2 Stars

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens                 

July Wrap Up
After reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter in June I was in the mood for a thriller and have also been meaning to read another book by Chevy Stevens so, thought I would kill two birds with one stone. ;P I did a review for Those Girls  click the link to know more of my thoughts.

3.5 Stars

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins           

July Wrap Up
I had high expectations for Hawkins new book and I think I might have built it up too much because I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The plot twist at the end I expected I even said I knew it. I do want to do a review for this

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica                   

I didn’t love this one as much as I thought I would because I did love The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This one was a bit slower for me to get into but I did like how it all came together at the end.

3.5 Stars

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge              

July Wrap Up
I finally finished Cruel Beauty it has been on my TBR forever and I tried reading it last year but DNF it. I did understand it  better the second time going in and I liked it ok.

2.5 Stars

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

July Wrap Up
I read this as part of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon for the challenge read a LGBQT+ book. A perfect summer read, I really enjoyed reading Everything Leads to You. A little bit of mystery, great friendship and some romance. I really liked the behind the scenes look at what goes into set design for a movie.

4 Stars

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver               

July Wrap Up
Another book I read for the Bibliothon to complete challenge read a book to movie adaptation. Before I fall was ok but I just felt it was a little long and ended up getting bored with it, I really had to force myself to get through it. I also wasn’t a big fan of the ending.

2 Stars

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain    

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The last book I read for the Bibliothon, read a banned book. I really enjoyed reading about Huck’s adventures. I think this is a great piece of literature about friendship and racism. I will definitely be reading this one again.

4.5 Stars

There you have it all the books I finished in July. What books did you finish in July?

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up

The Summer Biannual Bibliothon wrapped up on Saturday and I have to say I didn’t do as well as I was hoping, I would say it was a fail. I don’t know what it was but I did not want to read last week and didn’t follow my game plan at all. I did finish 3 books though so, not terrible but still not the six like I wanted.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour              

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Everything Leads to You was the first book I picked up to start the Bibliothon and I finished reading it the first day. This book completed the challenge to read a LGBTQ+ book. I was off to a good start and don’t know what happened after.

I enjoyed this book and thought it was cute contemporary read. I found it interesting to get a behind the scenes look at how movies are made.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain                       

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBRAfter finishing Everything Leads to You I picked up Huckleberry Finn and was wanting to finish it also on Sunday but that did not go as planned. I ended up finishing it Saturday. I read this for the read a banned book challenge.

I did enjoy this children’s classic and now I want to pick up the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver                       

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBRI finished this Saturday and then watched the movie to complete the read a book to movie adaptation challenge. I thought this book was okay and I think I liked the movie more. The ending was not satisfying to me.

There you have it the three books that I finished for the week of the Biannual Bibliothon. I did start reading Christine Falls by Benjamin Black but only got 100 pages and some into it. Did anyone also participate in any of the read-a-thons that were going on last week? If you did let me know how you did.

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June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

Welcome to my June Wrap Up 🙂

I can’t believe it is July already! Where does the time go? I feel like every year it just goes by quicker than the previous one. Anybody else feel that way? I am so ready for July mostly because Game of Thrones finally comes out. I am a huge fan of that show and need to know what going to happen. Any ways lets get on with it, in June I read 8 books and I have to say I did a good job with sticking to the books I wanted to read.

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