Category Archives: Monthly Readings

January Books

2018 started out strong, in large part because I wanted to complete Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge before my semester started (which I did). I also managed a decent number of books for PopSugar’s Reading Challenge as well. Every single book read in January related to either reading challenge, and 12 of them were on my Amazon TBR.

Audiobooks Fiction (18) / Nonfiction (3)

             

Novels (10) / Novellas (5) / Nonfiction (2)

        

Graphic Novels (3)

December Books

With 2017 finished, I managed over 400 books, about half of which were audiobooks (which is why I managed 400 books in the first place).

Audiobooks (24)

Most of my audiobooks were not for Amazon TBR. Dad is Fat was hilarious. Jim Gaffigan has a good peg on what it’s like to be a parent. Some Danger Involved was an interesting start to a late Victorian era murder mystery series. I liked it enough that I would read more books, but not so much that I would buy the books. The same goes for Fated, though this was urban fantasy. Rebel Queen was surprisingly good. I liked that the main character was not the rebel queen herself, but was one of her security guards. On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service was surprisingly good, in large part because Queenie wasn’t in it. She is one of the most obnoxious characters, and I hope she does not return as Georgie’s maid. Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them was alright – a YA mystery involving mythical creatures. It would have been a better read than listen as I do not particularly care for the narrator. She is good as part of an ensemble, but not as the sole narrator. I have mixed feelings on God is Disappointed in You. On the one hand, it was a a funny, but accurate interpretation of the Bible. One the other hand, there were parts that were not entertaining and felt like a chore to get through. There were times that God came across as an emotionally/physically abusive spouse.

Novels (9)


Most of the books were read for my Amazon TBR. As for the two books that weren’t TBR related, The Strange Case of Finley Jane was decent – better than The Girl in the Steel Corset; and Eternally Yours was a somewhat disappointing finish to an otherwise good trilogy.

Manga (4)

November Books

I did a whole lot of listening in November. There was much overtime, and I can listen while I work. I also had a run on alien romances and started reading Happy Marriage ?!, both of which are sure fire indicators of extreme school stress. Why do school work when I can read drama and escapism?

Audiobooks Fiction (22) / Nonfiction (3)

My audio reads for the month were split between my Amazon TBR and just because books. I listened to another novel and novella by Jodi Taylor – love St. Mary’s but after my initial binge, need to space them out or I’ll get burned out on the tone/style. I relistened to the first three Magisterium books in anticipation of the fourth book, which I will hopefully be able to listen to in December. I’ve heard complaints that they are a rip-off of Harry Potter, but other than the “magical boarding school and the harbinger of the evil one”, it really is different. The rules of magic are different, and Callum’s relationship to the “evil one” is different as well. Stalking Jack the Ripper turned out better than I was expecting. Audrey was self-sufficient and intelligent. While she bucked the norms of Victorian society, did it in a way that was believable and not as a modern woman plunked down in an earlier age (one of my gripes with this kind of book). I liked it the rules of magic in Holly Black’s Curse Workers trilogy, and the moral tug-of-war Cassel had to deal with. I also liked how it ended, though I would have preferred to have a bit more post-story character information.

Novels (9)


This section screams “Emma is overwhelmed and needs to escape reality.” Quality literature it is not, but it is great for escaping. The Space Pirate Chronicles ended up being less romance and more sci-fi. Interesting sci-fi actually, and I liked that she didn’t pander to the HEA and wrote an ending that made sense within the context of the story. I like Grim because while I was in my alien romance phase two years ago, I wondered what would happen if any of the kidnapped women had children. Grim was the answer. It is not without some serious editing flaws. Serious editing flaws. And Lisa and her daughters are total Mary Sues, but I still like it all the same.

Manga (4)

October Books

You would never know I was back in graduate school given the number of audiobooks I listened to in October. Most of them related to my Amazon TBR list, but not all of them. It’s possible the number is still so high because children’s literature isn’t as taxing as say, a course on library management. We’ll see how I fare next semester.

Audiobooks Fiction (20) / Nonfiction (4)

The books not included in my Amazon list ere the Suzanne Enoch romances (both enjoyable brain candy), and books 2-4 of the Night Huntress series (also enjoyable brain candy). Royally Matched was marginal at best. I must have forgotten that I was ambivalent about the first book as well. I didn’t like the first person “I’m God’s gift to all women” douchy attitude that both Henry and Nicholas display.

Novels (4) / Novellas (3)

 
  

Other than The Westing Game (a read for my class, but one of my childhood favorites), the rest of the books I read were all off my Kindle app. Firelight was an alright take on Beauty and the Beast, but not so interesting that I’ll read the rest of the series. Flash Gold was short, but I liked that it was steampunk set in the Yukon (which is not necessarily the normal setting for this genre). I bought the second book to read, but haven’t started it yet. Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You was entertaining, but weird. A spell broken down into ten tracks with the intention of opening an interdimensional portal. Cowboy from the Future and Love in the Time of Zombies are funky little romances. Both books are rereads, and I’m sure I will read them again in the future.

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I read All’s Faire in Middle School for my class, and while I liked it, I enjoyed Roller Girl more. Don’t get me wrong, All’s Faire is a great book. Jamieson does a wonderful job capturing the realities and conflicted feelings and relationships that are middle school. I just didn’t connect with it as much as I did Roller Girl.

Read Aloud (3)

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September Books

School is back in session! I’m taking a children’s literature course, so any book that isn’t part of my Amazon TBR list is most likely a book for that course (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Maniac Magee, specifically). I read Gauntlet aloud to my eldest, but am going to use it for this class as well. Gauntlet is a a grittier (pun intended), steampunkish, more realized Jumanji, with an intelligent 12-year old girl as the main character. The five non-school, non-Amazon books I read were books two through six of the Rivers of London series. It is an amazingly entertaining series, full of sardonic and snarky understated British humor. The narrator is perfect!

Audiobooks (19)

 

Novels (4)

Read Aloud (1)

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August Books

The quantity of my reading has started to slump off. Summer is ending, and I am going back to grad school to finish the degree that has been languishing for the past two years. I didn’t have the mental space for sitting down and actually reading a book. Almost every book I read was in audio format because it let me do other things at the same time. I also went on a cruise and didn’t pick up a book the entire time (too busy playing trivia games and winning luggage tags and key chains).

Audiobook Fiction (15) / Nonfiction (4)




Novel (2) / Novella (1)

 

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July Books

Audiobooks (20)

Most of these books are from my Amazon TBR list, and will have a separate post. Pears and Perils was a fun, fluffy book – win a vacation via a fast food company’s contest, end up on a tropical island and inadvertently get pulled into a god’s quest to regain his freedom and corporeal self. I finally got around to reading Magician’s Land, and it was a good ending for the trilogy. I must admit that I like these books better than Harry Potter. I’m aware that both series are for completely different demographics, but Magicians has no Hagrid, which is a blessing. Island of the Lost was a fascinating look at two separate groups of men who were shipwrecked on opposite ends of the same island at approximately the same time. It is amazing how different their experiences were, and a lot of that stemmed from how the ship captains reacted and their leadership styles.

Novels (10) / Novellas (1) / Nonfiction (1)

I finished the Court trilogy by Sarah J. Maas, and while ACOTAR and ACOMAF were amazing, ACOWAR was only alright and was by far the weakest of the three books. The story was dragged down by too much talking about doing things and not actually doing them. At the Edge of the Universe was a good read. I love how Hutchinson handles mental illness and the reality his narrators exist in. We live in their reality and have to try to figure out how much of it crosses over into the realities the other characters exist in. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall was another good read. For all that it’s about a girl trying to solve her own murder and save her father, it read fast and fluffy. The writing isn’t perfect, but it was enjoyable.

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Two different graphic memoirs about the Vietnam War, both from differing perspectives. Such a Lovely Little War was from the viewpoint of a child whose father was diplomat for the Republic of Vietnam, and The Best We Could Do was from the viewpoint of a child whose family had to flee after the fall of the republic because her family came under suspicion by the new government.

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