December Wrap Up + Stats

It may be the 20th of January but I decided that I wanted to put together my December stats and share my wrap up of the month with you. I don’t think I did this for every month last year but it is definitely one of my goals for this year. The majority of what I read last month was Christmas romances but maybe if you see one you like you can add it to your list to read at the end of this year.

Wrap Up

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This is a Nordic crime novel that won the best Swedish Crime Novel award in 2016. It has also been adapted into a Netflix show that I haven’t yet watched. However, I absolutely loved this story and the way Giolito told the story. It is a book where the timeline ebbs and flows which enhanced the suspense of what was going to come to such a high degree. This is a dark story about a girl who is in jail because she is accused of helping her boyfriend kill their fellow classmates in a school shooting. The book does not shy away from the darkness and is an absolute masterpiece of storytelling. The build up to the shooting and the aftermath with the trial taking place are told in such an impactful way that I know I will think about this book for the rest of my life. I also feel like I learned a substantial amount about about Swedish culture, politics and economics which I thought was incredibly fascinating.

Rating: 5/5

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Holiday Romance: All Wrapped Up for the Holidays

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Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak

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Holiday Blog Tour: Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates

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Holiday Blog Tour: Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow

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Holiday Romance: Santa’s on His Way

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I absolutely LOVE Clue so when I saw that this book had recently come out I immediately bought it and read it. I am so happy that this is the first in a series because I loved this book. It is a modernized version of the classic game/movie/books but still keeps the heart of Clue at the center. The only downside to the story was how long it took for things to actually start happening. I can’t find anything online about when the second book is coming but I hope it is sometime this year!

Rating: 4.5/5

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I only read the first few books in the Shopaholic series (well, the first book I have reread a few times) and I forgot just how amazing Becky Bloomwood is. She will forever be one of my favorite characters to ever grace the pages of a book. This book had me laughing out loud, it had me cringing in embarrassment, it had me crying and basically it just gave me everything you could want in a book. Add all the Christmas hijinks to it and this just might be a book that I reread every holiday time. I love the message the story leaves us with as well and it could not have come at a better time for me. This Christmas was a struggle for me because the symptoms of my disease started roughly two weeks before actual Christmas and this book was definitely cathartic to me. I aim to read more of Becky this year and more of Sophie Kinsella in general.

Rating: 5/5

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I won this ebook from the authors Instagram and I’m so happy because this was a great small town holiday romance novella. Although the hero in this book is no longer a solider so that was a little off putting but the romance between the two main characters was very sweet. While it was sweet it also at times felt juvenile because they are in an intimate relationship and yet they never seemed to talk to each other about anything important regarding their relationship. They just never felt as serious as they kept proclaiming they were.

Rating: 4/5

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Blog Tour: Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Kindle Unlimited Readathon Wrap Up

Stats

Author                                                               Pages

Anthology: 2                                                     1-299: 3

Female: 10                                                        300-499: 8

Rating                                                               500+: 1

1*: 0                                                                  Total Pages: 4,240

2*: 0                                                                  137/day

3*: 2

4*: 4

5*: 6

Genre

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime: 2

Romance: 8                                                               Year Published

YA Thriller/Mystery: 1                                             ARC/Publiser sent: 4

Adult Contemporary: 1                                           Older Release: 4

Book Format                                                            2019: 4

Owned ebook: 8

Library ebook: 1

Owned Physical: 2

Library Physical: 1

~Cassie

November Wrap Up + Stats

I’m sorry this coming to you so late. The last two weeks of my life my kids and I had a terrible bout of the flu. If you are a mom or just a caregiver than you know how hard it can be to take care of people when you aren’t feeling well yourself. I actually lost my voice for three days after Thanksgiving which is interesting when you are a mom. My older kids probably enjoyed it (ha!) but it was definitely a challenge with my two year old. Anyways, now that you know all about my life for the past couple of weeks let’s wrap up November. I read 16 books and some of them are my favorite books of the year. It’s safe to say that November was very good to me and I hope that continues on into this month.

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Rating: 5/5

I loved this! I feel like no one talks about how dark this book is. I would say it’s more of a dark twisted tale of Healthcliff’s life and not so much a romance. Is there a romance? Yes, but I don’t feel like it is the point of the story. I do appreciate how absolutely scandalous it must have been in the late 1800’s. In fact it is still pretty scandalous to a lot of people today which is a big reason this book transcends time. Healthcliff and Catherine have a brutal romance and they are both mean, terrible, incredibly cruel characters. I loved the gothic overtones to the story and the whole way the story is laid out was perfection to me.

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ARC Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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Rating: 3/5

I have a review of this coming tomorrow as part of the HQN Holiday Romance blog Tour.

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Rating: 5/5

I don’t want to say too much about this book because it is better to go into it blind. It is one of the best thrillers I have read this year and I highly recommend everyone read it.

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Rating: 5/5

This is a short classic, only 123 pages, but it is amazing. This is one of my favorite classics of all time and I know I will re read this many times in my life and get something new out of it every time. This book reminds me a lot of a humanities philosophy class that I took in college and I found the ideas and themes in this book fascinating.

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Rating: 5/5

Blog Tour: The Princess Plan by Julia London

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Rating: 5/5

This was such a fascinating little story. I don’t know what say about it since it’s so short and I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that it is a travesty that this won the Goodreads best Horror a couple of years ago. There is no horror in this book. It is just a simple story of a man facing the end of his life and trying to right a wrong he felt he made in treating his neighbors poorly.

Buzzwordathon Wrap Up

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Rating: 5/5

Blog Tour: All Fired Up by Lori Foster

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Rating: 5/5

Blog Tour: The Last Affair by Margot Hunt

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Rating: 2/5

The author of this book was kind enough to send me a digital copy of this book to review. Unfortunately this book just didn’t work for me. The premise is good but the author got way to caught up in trying to do too many reveals and twists and many of them didn’t feel authentic to the story. I do plan on trying another book by this author because I really did like the idea behind the this story.

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Rating: 3/5

When this book first started I was immediately hooked but the longer the story went on the more disjointed everything felt. The pacing for the whole book was off and I have no idea how much time went by from the beginning of the book to the end. The chemistry between the two characters was spicy but they never resolved any of the issues surrounding why it took them so long to get together. People rave about The Hating Game by this author so I will definitely be reading that in 2020.

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Rating: 3/5

It took me forever to read this book. I started it in October and I finished it on the last day of November. I had a hard time getting into the story but I do understand why so many people rave about this book. This is definitely a it’s me not you kind of situation. If you enjoy historical fiction then I think you would really enjoy this mystery. I feel like part of the reason I couldn’t get into the story was that I found the stories of the girls at the boarding school so incredibly sad and I was so upset that girls were ever treated this way. It would take a lot out of me to read from their perspectives, especially the more we got into the story. I will for sure be reading more from this author in the future.

Stats

Author                                                               Pages

Male: 4                                                               1-299: 2

Female: 12                                                        300-499: 14

Rating                                                               500+: 0

1*: 0                                                                  Total Pages: 5,113

2*: 1                                                                  170/day

3*: 3

4*: 2

5*: 10

Genre

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense: 6

Romance: 4                                                   Year Published

Classic: 2                                                        2019: 4

YA Mystery: 1                                               ARC: 4

Contemporary: 2                                         Older Release: 8

YA Romance: 1

Book Format

Owned ebook: 8

Library ebook: 1

Owned Physical: 6

Library Physical: 1

~Cassie

 

 

 

 

 

October Wrap Up + Stats

October has come to an end and while I was able to read 14 books (and DNF’d one) I kind of feel let down. I didn’t finish a single book on my VICTOBER TBR which I’m very disappointed by. I will finish Wuthering Heights today but that will of course be in my November wrap up. I also didn’t complete as many books as I wanted on my October TBR as I thought I would be. Part of the reason is that I decided about mid way through October that I really want to knock down all the books I currently have on my Netgalley shelf this year. Most of them haven’t come out yet but there are some that came out during the summer that I still haven’t read or reviewed. I really want to go into the new year with a good system for reading and reviewing ARC’s and I want to be able to start with a blank slate. With all that being said I still read 14 books and most of them were really good.

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This was a let down. It was an ok YA romance but I just wanted more. I never felt the connection between Millie and Flora beyond just friends and Millie thinking Flora was pretty.

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ARC Review: Dreams of 18 by Saffron Kent

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Rating: 4.5/5

This was so good! A terrific crime fiction with dual narrators and also dual timelines. I didn’t like the detective this series is based around too much but I really connected with the kidnapping victim Flora and her story. She is a survivor of a past kidnapping (yes she gets kidnapped AGAIN) and she is dealing with all the horrific things she went through during the year plus that she was taken. This book doesn’t shy away from the darkness that Flora endures so keep that in mind if this sounds intriguing to you.

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Rating: 4/5

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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Rating: 4/5

ARC Review: The Dinner Party by R.J. Parker

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Rating: 3/5

This had much more of the fun trashiness that was missing from the second book. I love how the book ended and I really feel like it went full circle. Logan has annoyed me from the first book but, while he was still irritating, I felt like he was finally more of a fleshed out character There are two more books in this series and I am a little apprehensive of continuing on. I read the synopsis of the fourth book and I was shocked. So if you haven’t read the previous three I highly suggest you don’t sneak a peek at that book!

Spookathon 2019 Wrap Up

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Rating: 2/5

This is a typical Shari Lapena with multiple narrators and a twisty turny ride of a book. Unfortunately this is my least favorite of her books. I didn’t like any of the characters and by the end of the book I didn’t care who killed who or why. Which doesn’t bode well for a thriller.

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Rating: 3/5

Blog Tour Review: Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc #5) by Susan Mallery

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Rating: 2.5/5

Netgalley Review: The Shape of the Night by Tess Gerritsen

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Rating: DNF

I tried for a couple of weeks to read this and I only got to 18%. This book came out in 2006 so it is obviously not written by Agatha Christie and it is a poor imitation of her writing. The publishers should have chosen to modernize Poirot instead of trying to copy the brilliance that is Agatha Christie.

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Rating: 4/5

I have a full review coming up this week for this book but just know that this is one of the best thrillers I have read this year. I had no idea how this book was going to end and I couldn’t wait to find out. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited this book is on there so you should check it out!

Stats

Male Author:  3                              1-299 pages: 4                      Physically own: 4

Female Author: 11                        300-499 pages: 10                Ebook own: 6

500+ pages: 0                       Library ebook: 2

Library physical: 2

1*:  0                      Classic: 1                                                                      ARC: 5

2*:  3                      Thriller/Mystery/ Suspense: 7                               Recently Published: 6

3*:  3                      Romance: 3                                                                  Older Release: 3

4*:  7                      YA Contemporary: 1

5*:  1                      Horror: 1

Paranormal: 1

 

~Cassie

 

 

 

September Wrap Up + Stats

I can’t believe we are already so far into October. I feel like the end of the year always goes by in a blur. So before we get too far into this month I thought I better hurry up and share what I read last month. I read 14 books and DNF’d one. Also, at the end of this post will be my monthly stats.

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This was an enjoyable forbidden romance with a dark hero. I really liked the twists in this book and I loved watching Graham open up more and the journey his character goes through. Definitely a sweet romance that gave me all the feels.

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Netgalley Review: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

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The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

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This was not as good as I remember it being but it was still a fun trashy read. Heaven annoyed me a lot this book because she was naive and judgmental. Obviously terrible stuff happens to her that isn’t her fault but I just liked her a lot more on my previous reads of this book. Although the Lifetime movie of this book is easily way worse than the book.

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Well Met by Jen Deluca

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I really liked the main character, Chloe and her friends but the romance is this book was majorly lacking. The smutty scenes in this book would sometimes happen out of nowhere and there was no build up in those scenes. When things started to get serious between Chloe and her main guy I was honestly shocked because there was no time spent on making the relationship believable or important.

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I loved this! Look for my review next Tuesday.

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I DNF’d this at 31%. I was so disappointed by this book. It is a young adult but it came across like a middle grade. Or at least it would have if we didn’t have the main characters obsessing over each other when they don’t even know each other. I was so annoyed the little bit I read of this.

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This is the sequel to Heaven and I liked this one less than I did the first book in the series. Parts of this were good but for the most part it was blah. The pacing was all over the place and there was a reveal that happened at the end of the book that was pretty disturbing but yet it was normalized and basically pushed under the rug. I do want to continue on with the series just to see how everything ends up but I’m not as into it as I once was.

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This is fantastic! I can’t believe that this is Atkinson’s debut novel because it was so well done. She writes such unique stories and I am on a mission to read everything she has written. If you love character driven stories than she is definitely an author you need to check out.

Contemporary-a-thon Round 5 Wrap Up

Stats

Male Author:  0                               1-299 pages: 5                       Physically own: 3

Female Author: 13                          300-499 pages: 9                   Ebook own: 4

Mx: 1                                                  500+ pages: 0                        Library ebook: 2

Library physical: 5

1*:  0                      Classic: 1                                  ARC: 2

2*:  2                      Thriller: 0                                Recently Published: 3

3*:  4                      Romance: 8                              Older Release: 9

4*:  3                      YA Contemporary: 1

5*:  5                      Middle Grade: 1

Historical: 1

Graphic Novel: 1

General Fiction: 1

 

~Cassie

Second Quarter Book Stats

Oh my gosh y’all. I never thought I would actually complete this post. I have had the most  annoying technical difficulties putting this together. For some reason WordPress kept deleting my pictures??? I’ve never had that happen before. Anyways, I figured it all out and here we are…. only two months late… 🙂

April Books (7 Read)

 

May Books (12 Read)

May Wrap Up

ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Inspection by Josh Malerman

ARC Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

June Books (14 Read)

Smutathon Wrap Up

Buzzwordathon Round 4 Wrap Up

ARC Review: The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

Review: The Seven and a half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Male vs Female Author

Male Vs Female

Male vs Female reads compared first and second quarter

Genre Read

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Genres read first quarter vs second quarter

Pages Read

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First quarter vs second quarter book size (small, regular and big book)

Star Ratings

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How many books I rated each star. First quarter vs second quarter

Book Source

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First quarter vs second quarter on where I got my book from

~Cassie

2019 First Quarter Wrap Up

I thought it would be fun to track my reading quarterly to see if it changes at all with the different seasons. It’s funny to say but it never even crossed my mind to track my reading statistically until booktube. Then I was knee deep in babies and life and I just never took the time to figure it all out. I decided since my youngest (and last baby!) turned 2 in January that now was a good time to start. Before I share my stats I’m going to list all the books I read each month and link to any reviews that I did.

January

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36461454-1 Review (as part of a mini review post)

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38355282 Review

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February

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39873226 Review

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18905474-1 Review (first in a mini review post)

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March

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38244389 Review (part of a mini review post)

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35054011-1 Review to come on April 16 its book birthday 🙂

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40717447 Review (part of a mini review post)

13220420-2 Review (part of a mini review post)

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29496076 Review coming ASAP

Book Stats

Books read: 27/100

      January: 10

      February: 7

March: 10

Author

Male: 7

Female: 20

Genre

YA Romance: 1

Non Fiction: 3

YA Contemporary: 4

Mystery: 3

Adult Romance: 2

Cozy Mystery: 1

YA Mystery: 1

YA Fantasy: 1

Thriller: 7

Horror: 2

Sci Fi: 1

Fantasy: 1

Pages Read

1-300: 7

301-500: 17

500+: 3

Pages Read: 9,897

Star Ratings

1: 2

2: 3

3: 4

4: 11

5: 7

Best Book

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Worst Book

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Book Source

Libby Library App: 10

ARC’s: 4

Library: 4

Physical Own: 5

Kindle Own: 4

There you have it. All my book stats for the first three months of the year. I am the most pleased with how many 500+ pages books I have read so far. Especially since I didn’t read any last year! I am the most disappointed in how little I am reading my physically owned books. I have a five shelf bookcase that holds all my unread books and one of the shelves is double stacked. In three months I only managed to take five books off that bookcase which is pretty terrible. Let’s see if I can do better with that in the next three months.

~Cassie