July Wrap Up + Stats

I meant to have this post up last Saturday but this has been a hectic couple of weeks and I didn’t do myself any favors by not keeping track of my stats last month. But I finally took the time to go through Goodreads and figure them out. July was a good reading month for me and half the books that I read were five stars! As always, all my stats will be below my wrap up.

Wrap Up

Pop Culture Readathon Wrap Up

Blog Tour: The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

Blog Tour: A Reunion of Rivals by Reese Ryan

Blog Tour: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

48 hr BookoplAthon Wrap Up

Blog Tour: Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters

Blog Tour: Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Blog Tour: High Heat by Annabeth Albert

I am still planning to put up full reviews of these this month but I gave both 5 stars. They are both equally stunning in completely different ways.

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Star Rating

Pages Read: 4,103

Pages Per Day: 132

~Cassie

 

Romanceopoly Mid Year Check In

When I decided to participate in Romanceopoly this year I decided that I would start the year with the Sun Pack. This is my first year participating and they (the lovely women who created and run Romanceoploy) decided to make things more interesting this year by adding in two packs of challenge cards. There are numerous ways you can play this game and I decided that I would use one pack for the first part of the year and the other pack for the latter part. Today, I am here to wrap up all the rolls I had for the year and how many I have completed versus how many I still have left to read. I also never shared my July rolls where I am using the Moon pack for the first time so I will share those today as well.

If you want to find out more about Romanceopoly, the rules, grab a printable copy of the board and cards, get book recommendations for the prompts, then click here to go to the official website. Also, if this sounds fun to you then it is definitely not too late to join!

Sun Pack Wrap Up

January

Winter Challenge (Read a book where it has: white, blue, and/or silver cover; has snow on the cover; has a winter word in the title; is a winter holiday read) – No Exit by Taylor Adams (Read)

Fated Folly (read PNR where the h/H is a part of a pack/coven/band/paranormal group- Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (Read)

Passion Place (Read an erotic BDSM romance)- Enthralled by Giana Darling (Read)

The Bar (Read a book set where you live or have lived-it can be city/town/state/country… be as specific as you like!)- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang **This is set in my hometown** (Read)

February

Farmer’s Market (Read a romance where the h/H is a farmer/rancher/cowboy)- Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey (Read)

They Gym (Do some weight lifting… read the longest book on your TBR)- IT by Stephen King (Read)

Library (free choice)- Revelations of a Secret Princess by Annie West (Read)

March

Burger Joint (Read a book on our book boyfriend list)- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Unread)

Killer Crescent (read a thriller where the main character is a detective or PI)- The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup (Unread)

Solider Street (Read a romantic suspense where the h/H is in the military) Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd (Read)

April

Journey’s End (Read a fantasy where the main character is a magic user)- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Read)

Coffee Shop (read a book recommended to you by a friend or on any of our recommendation lists)- The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler **This book is recommend a lot by Abby from crimebythebook blog and Instagram** (Read)

Killer Crescent- His & Hers by Alice Feeny (Unread)

Spring (Read a book where it; has a green or yellow cover; has flowers on the cover; has the word “spring” in the title; where the hero or heroine is a gardener or farmer)- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (Read)

May

Passion Place- Dark Notes by Pam Godwin (Unread)

The Vault (Read a PNR where the author is new to you in this genre)- Wolfsong by TJ Klune (Unread) 

Journey’s End-Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (Read)

June

The Office (Read a non contemporary romance where the couple meet at their place of work)- The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (Read)

BFF’s House (Read a friends to lovers romance)- #Junkie by Cambria Hebert (Unread)

Fang Alley (Read a PNR with a magic user or paranormal creature [not vampire or shifter] h/H)- The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter (Unread)

Total Read:  13

Total Unread: 7

July Picks (Moon Pack)

Action Ave (Read an urban fantasy with a kick ass heroine on the cover) 

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Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…

Campus Corner (Read a new adult where the h/H is a jock)

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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice… even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Past Eaves (Read an historical fiction novel)

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They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London’s most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.

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Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips…Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women…and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

Summer (Read a book where it; has a brightly colored or multicolored cover; has the beach, sand, or the sun on the cover; is a summer holiday read; has a summery word in the cover [sun, summer, heat, beach])

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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

~Cassie

2020 Reading and Blog Goals Update

Way back in January I made a list of book related and blogging goals that I wanted to work on this year. Today I’m going to check in and see how I have been doing with them.

Reading Goals

  1. Read 120 books. I can’t believe I am writing this but I finished my 120th book last week! I never imagined that I would have read so many books HALF WAY through the year. I have never in my life read more than 141 books in a year which I’m going to obviously blow past this year. As excited as I am, I also know that the biggest reason why is because of my health issues and the fact that I am limited on how active I am. Books are also just a great comfort for the dumpster fire that is 2020.
  2. Read more big books. This has been a big fail. I have only read three and two of them weren’t even ones I started this year. This is for sure something I need to be better out this latter half of the year.
  3. Read a variety of genres. This is also another one that I need to make more of an effort with. My top two genres are romance and mystery/thrillers. The first half of the year romance made up 50.5% of my reading!!! Mysteries/thrillers made up 17.1%. Which means only 32.4% of my reading is anything other than my top genres. I hope when it comes time to wrap up my year I have moved this number closer to the 50% line.
  4. Read more plays and poetry. I have read one play and one book of poetry. I do have a couple more books of poetry that I am planning on reading soon. I was recently watching CarolynMarieReads on Youtube and she read a Shakespeare play while listening to it and that seems like something I would enjoy doing.
  5. Read one classic a month. Finally, another goal I’m actually doing good on! Over the past six months I have read 8 classics.
  6. Stick to my TBR’s. Right below this list I will have a break down of how many books I read from each month’s TBR.
  7. Read at least one Kindle Unlimited book a month. I kind of forgot about this one so I haven’t been doing this the past few months. I think I’ve only read five which is just awful. I’m so annoyed at myself!!
  8. Read more Kindle books. I was obviously not anticipating how much I would come to rely on my Kindle. There are many days where reading physical books is uncomfortable or at times painful, so my Kindle has been a great resource. 67.9% of my reading this year has been on my Kindle.

TBR Breakdown

January: 6 books picked. 5 read.

February: 7 books picked. 6 read.

March: 7 books picked. 5 read.

April: 7 books picked. 1 read. 1 DNF.

May: 10 books picked. 5 read.

June: 12 books picked. 7 read. 1 currently reading

Blog Goals

  1. Update my blog consistently. I have been doing a good job of this. I started my blog in 2017 but I didn’t devote consist time to it until 2019. This year I have been updating my blog at least a few days a week and I’m happy that I have kept it a priority.
  2. Review every book that I read. I feel like I do this around 80% of the time. There is room for improvement but I am also happy that the number is so high.
  3. Tweak my website. I was working on this the first few months of the year but it is something that I have stopped completely even thinking about it. I know for sure one thing that I would like to do before the year is over is to add a picture of me so I’m just not a gray circle when I comment on people’s blogs.

~Cassie

 

June Wrap Up + Stats

June is my favorite month of the year but even I have to admit that those 30 days felt like five years. The Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ movements are so incredibly important and just because we have moved into a new month we need to make sure that we are not leaving those causes and people behind. Especially as those communities are still being targeted with hate, bigotry and violence as I am writing this. I hope that we all continue to fight and push back against ignorance and injustice as we encounter it.

Now, let’s talk about some books. June has been my worst reading month in terms of how diverse my genres were. Also, I only read one physical book last month. ONE. PHYSICAL. BOOK. The majority of that is because I, for some goodness knows why reason, signed up for waaaayyy too many blog tours. I have a few this month and a couple in August and I have pretty much stopped signing up for them because while I love reading and helping to promote new releases, I miss reading from my backlist. So, my goal in the second half of this year is to find more of a balance between the two.

Wrap Up

Blog Tour: A Royal Kiss & Tell by Julia London

Blog Tour: Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Truly by Carmel Rhodes

Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

My Brother’s Five Friends is obviously a very smutty book but I was surprised by how much this book connects the characters emotionally. I also appreciated that this book kept the consequences of them all being together realistic. I did find that it was too much insta love for me and I would have liked the build up to their relationship to take longer. I did think the epilogue was super cute and I liked how it all worked out.

Experimental Marine Biology by Susannah Nix

Like You Hurt by Kaydence Snow

Kitty Valentine Dates a Doctor by Jillian Dodd

The Rebel by Kelsey Clayton

Blog Tour: Just Like That by Cole McCade

Last Name by Rebecca Sharp

Blog Tour: No One Saw by Beverly Long

The Guest List was a very disappointing read for me. I love the concept of it but the entire execution just fell flat. I honestly feel like if the author had cut one of the narrators out completely I would have enjoyed this so much more. Which is shocking for me to admit because I love stories with multiple narrators. However, in this book I think it just made the whole story convoluted with all the different characters and different plot lines. There was no real suspense built up because we were too busy dealing with all the drama of these characters and their pasts. Also, there are trigger warnings for this story so please check Goodreads before you pick it up if you think you might need to pass on it.

Blackathon Wrap Up

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Pages Read: 4,430

Average Pages Per Day: 148

Books Read: 16

~Cassie

May Wrap Up + Stats

May was a pretty decent reading month for me. I read 22 books and most of them were four and five star reads! I didn’t follow my TBR that well which led to me to switching it up for June and that has been working really well for me. So hopefully when I come back to do my June wrap up I will actually have completed a monthly TBR. Also, I mentioned in my May TBR that I was going to be donating money to the Vascular Birthmark Foundation based on how many books I read. I did donate half way through the month on Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day (May 15) and I had read nine books by then so I donated $45. I was planning on donating to them again in early June but my husband and I have been donating to Black Lives Matter causes so that has been put on the back burner for now. It is still a cause that is close to my heart so I will be donating the additional $65 later this year.

Wrap Up

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Rating: 5/5

This is my first Lars Kepler that I have read and I loved it. I am a huge fan of Nordic thrillers and this one did not disappoint. The book starts out with a brutal crime and I thought the story was going to be centered around this one crime but it took a left turn and it went in a different, but equally creepy, way. This married author duo do not hold back from the gore and the darkness and I flew through this 565 page book in a little over a day.

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Rating: 5/5

This was just as heart wrenching as I thought it would be. I thought it was particularly upsetting that Wiesel documented more than once the chances he and his family had to avoid the Nazi’s but most people thought the stories being told were exaggerated. Just the agony of knowing that they could have avoided the horrors that were their future is just brutal to think about.

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Rating: 4/5

I used to read a lot more fantasy a few years ago so it felt good to get back into the genre. This is my first adult Schwab book and I was already a fan of her middle grade and this book just cemented to me what a great writer she is. The world building in this book is fascinating and I also really loved all the action. It did take me a little bit to get into this book but once our two heroes met I was hooked.

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Rating: 4/5

Blog Tour: Like You Care by Kaydence Snow

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Rating: 5/5

I am so mad that I waited so long to read this book. This is a fantastically done thriller/mystery and I loved the whole journey the book took us on. I did suspect the twist pretty early on but that just led to me anxiously anticipating the reveal. I hope to read more Feeney before the year is over.

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Rating: 2/5

Well, this is sort of awkward to talk about now. I loved the first few seasons of Vanderpump Rules but that show is problematic as a whole and I lost interest in it. When I saw this book at the library (obviously pre quarantine) I picked it up and I finally got around to reading it last month. Based on my rating you can tell that I didn’t like it and it already feels so dated and it just came out recently.

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Rating: 4.5/5

Blog Tour: This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

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Rating: 3/5

California Dreamin’ by Saffron Kent

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Rating: 5/5

Coach Me by Shanora Williams

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Rating: 4/5

Blog Tour: Forbidden Lust by Karen Booth

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Rating: 3/5

This is an okay YA mystery/thriller. I do like the whole idea of the story being told in fragments. It is a creative idea but unfortunately by the telling the story that way I really struggled with connecting to the characters. The story also ended up going in an unexpected way and so I found that really interesting.

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Rating: 4/5

Blog Tour: The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover

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Rating: 3/5

Blog Tour: Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn

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Rating: 4/5

Blog Tour: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary Mckinnon

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Rating: 3/5

I did like the majority of these stories but I just feel like this isn’t the best translation of the book. I want to eventually read a more comprehensive book that maybe details more of the history of the stories as a whole. I know I mentioned while I was reading this that I want to go to an actual bookstore and flip through the different editions of this book and buy a different one. Also, the story of Aladdin is still stuck in my head because it is of course so different than the movies we have seen. I also am really interested in reading The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh since I have heard people say that it is inspired by The Arabian Nights.

Rating: 5/5 & 4/5

Believathon Wrap Up

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Rating: 4/5

Blog Tour: Claimed by a Steele by Brenda Jackson

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Rating: 3.5/5

Untouch Me by Hayley Faiman

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Rating: 4/5

ARC Review: Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

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Rating: 5/5

Blog Tour: More Than Neighbors by Shannon Stacey

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Rating: 4.5/5

This is a really fun and well crafted thriller. And I know I said that it is fun but it does deal with some pretty heavy topics so please check Goodreads for trigger warnings because there are definitely some that pop up in this story. This is another one where I figured the twist out very early on but I still enjoyed the book. This was close to a perfect thriller except for the ending. The actual ending of the story was great but there was an entire scene at the end that was just a huge info dump and that is one of my bookish pet peeves. Especially this one since all the info that we learned could have been incorporated in the story earlier.

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Total Pages Read: 6,829

Average Pages/Day: 220

~Cassie

April Wrap Up + Stats

While I didn’t follow my April TBR at all I did still manage to read an impressive number of books…21. I was kind of shocked when I was putting this post together that I managed to read so much but I did participate in three readathons so that is definitely the reason I had such a successful month. I’m also really happy that I had TEN five star books. In January I also had ten five star reads but that was because I binge read the entire Hades Hangmen  series but this month was ten different authors that I really enjoyed.

DNF

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I got to the second chapter where the main characters were hooking up for the first time and she is drunk but still is aware enough to realize that she doesn’t want to have sex anymore. And then apologizes for leading him on and everyone else that he tells this story to tells him that she must be unstable. Like wtf??? I know this book was written in 2005 but I still feel like we were aware of women’s rights then and I don’t know why the author chose to do that. Especially because the female character did end up having a breakdown so it came across to me that a woman changing her mind midway through a hookup wasn’t acceptable behavior. Which is total bullshit.

Books Read

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Blog Tour: Seduced by a Steele by Brenda Jackson

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Rating: 5/5

This is a fantastic dystopian novel that I went into thinking was going to be predictable but I never could have guessed the places this story went. I really need to get on reading the sequels because my son said he wasn’t really a fan of how it ended and I want to be able to talk to him about why he thinks that.

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Rating: 5/5

I’ve already written a full review for this book but since it doesn’t come out until July you are going to have to wait awhile to see it. Just know that I really loved this and read it all in one day.

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Truly, Devious #1 by Maureen Johnson

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ARC Review: A Work In Progress by Jackie Paxson

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Netgalley Review: Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough

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Blog Tour: Sunrise On Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr

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Rating: 5/5

I wasn’t sure at all about this book because it started off so slow but once the story got rolling I couldn’t put it down. I have never in my life had a such a physical reaction to a book before which is a huge testament to the author and how real this book felt to me. Even just writing this little wrap up has all those feelings coming back and makes me so upset all over again. This book will stay with me forever and is also something I will have all my kids read when they are teenagers because the themes of this book are so incredibly important.

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Blog Tour: Temper by Chantal Fernando

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Rating: 4/5

This was a very disturbing read. I really love that the author chose to tell Yeong-hye’s story through three different narrators and not Yeong-hye herself. There are definitely strong feminist themes in this horror story which made the story more complex than I was expecting.

Weekend Smutathon Wrap Up

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Rating: 5/5

I’ve already spoken quite a bit about this book so all I’m going to say is that I am amazed (and slightly horrified) at how dark and twisted Stephen King’s mind is.

Romanceopoly Readathon Wrap Up

Stats

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Pages Read 

6,951

224 per day

~Cassie

March Wrap Up + Stats

I’m happy to report that March was a good month for me in regards to actually reading what is on my shelves. I’m sure a large part of that was the Backlist Readathon that I participated in. I did only manage to read four books that were on my February TBR but I’m giving myself a pass since last month was a huge transition for all of us. I also dropped the ball in reviewing the books that I read which I’m more disappointed about since I have been doing pretty well at keeping up. Oh well, April is a new month and I aim to review every book that I read this month.

Wrap Up

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Rating: 4/5

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Blog Tour: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Rating: 4/5

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Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Rating: 5/5

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Enthralled by Giana Darling

Rating: 3/5

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This is so fun and cute and I was swooning over the love story. Then we got to a completely out of left field rape scene that was basically brushed over and I am so mad the author did that. I’m still undecided if I will finish with the series or not.

Rating: 2/5

Backlist Readathon Wrap Up

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Blog Tour: Hers To Tame by Rhenna Morgan

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Blog Tour: Music From Another World by Robin Talley

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I was so in love with the first part of this book and then it took a turn for the worst. It is advertised as a documentary type book which is a lie since that is only a part of the first maybe 50 pages. Then the story tried to lecture the reader about race, racism and inequality from the perspective of the POC characters and it just came across as gross to me.

Rating: 2/5

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I read this book in high school and yet I forgot pretty much everything about this story in the intervening 15 or so years. I absolutely fell in love with this book. The writing was so beautiful, the stories were so compelling and the characters and settings all felt so real to me. I also really love the way this book is formatted and jumps between different characters stories. I already plan on rereading this (probably next year) and reading each person stories in whole before moving onto the next person.

Rating: 5/5

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Aren’t the covers of these books so gorgeous?! I love them all so much and they fit the books so well. Unfortunately this is my least favorite of the Hades Hangmen series (not including the novellas) and I don’t think it brought a lot to the overall story. I was still happy to be back in this world and with these characters so I still really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4/5

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I had this book on my Most Anticipated 2020 list and I’m so bummed that I found it to be just ok. I had a hard time connecting with the narrator because he was a five year old boy. It made all of the events not as traumatic as they would be if we were reading from the mom’s perspective. I also think the author rushed the events of the book since this entire story takes place in like a month.

Rating: 3/5

Stats

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Star Ratings

 

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Total Pages Read: 5,841

Average Pages Per Day: 188

~Cassie

February Wrap Up + Stats

I’m here today to share all my February books and monthly reading stats. I DNF’d two books which is pretty rare for me and almost every book I read was a four star read so it was a bit of an up and down month for me. I also want to say that I hope that you are staying as safe as possible during this global crisis. I sincerely hope that when I sit down to do my March wrap up that this pandemic is behind us.

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Books Read

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Revenge Plan by Linda Kage

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Blog Tour: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Blog Tour: Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally

Contemporary-a-thon Round 6 Wrap Up

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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

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Before He Vanished by Debra Webb

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Thick by Alexa Riley

cover image_Revelations of a Secret Princess by Annie West (Presents)

Blog Tour: Revelations of a Secret Princess by Annie West

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Netgalley Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor

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Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Reading Stats

Pages Read: 4,730

Pages/day: 163

Male v Female

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Star Ratings

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Page Count

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~Cassie

January Wrap Up + Stats

Last month I read a crazy amount of books… 22! I don’t think I have ever read that much in one month before but I credit a lot of that to not being able to do much else at the beginning of the year plus I discovered Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen series. I can tell you that while I’m still reading a lot it has definitely slowed down. We are almost half way through February and I’ve read 6 books, which is still a lot but I’m for sure not going to reach January’s number. I am happy that I am reading less because it means that I am able to be doing more of my day to day life.

I am happy to report that I read all but one of the books (technically I’m reading one right now) on my January TBR and a couple of books from my Magical Readathon tbr. Those books also worked for two of my January Romanceopoly  books.

I will link to any reviews that I did for the books mentioned below. Also be sure to check out all my stats for the month at the end of this post.

Wrap Up

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Netgalley Review: The Reputation by Sara Shepard

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Hades Hangmen by Tillie Cole

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The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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The Perfect Alibi by Philip Margolin

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Blog Tour: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1) by Penelope Douglas

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Blog Tour: Witness Protection Widow by Debra Webb

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Rating: 3/5

I was really excited to read this because it is so highly talked about but I thought the first half of this book was so boring. I did like the second half so I plan on continuing on (slowly) with the series.

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Rating: 5/5

Anna Kendrick is one of my favorite actresses so it was no surprise that I loved this book. I also listened to it as an audiobook which I highly recommend because it added so much to the experience. And we all know that I am not an audiobook person so that is saying something coming from me.  I started this in December and towards the end of the book she talks about how her Grandma’s death effected her which was hard for me so I put it down for about a month. I ended up loving the end of this book the most and I am convinced that Anna and I would be best friends if given the chance.

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Rating: 4/5

I did really enjoy this book but for me it was more a well done survival story than a thriller. I was disappointed while reading it because this book has been so hyped up and I feel like every reveal was obvious. I do highly recommend this book though because it is very much a locked room “mystery” which is my favorite thing to read. Combine that with an intense survival story and you have an exciting read.

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Blog Tour: Third To Die by Allison Brennan

Stats

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Star Ratings

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Year

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~Cassie

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