Category Archives: Monthly Readings

January Books

One month down, eleven more to go! I ended up being a bit obsessed with getting as many books read as humanly possible. I could have read more if I hadn’t stayed on the sick train that started in December. Out of the 39 books I read in January, 30 of them were from my Amazon TBR lists. I also managed four Audible TBR books. To counteract this, I ended up adding 105 books to Amazon and 10 books to Audible.

Audiobooks (22)

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Novels (16)

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December Books

I read most of my December books before my round of cold-strep-throat-not-flu began several days before Christmas. I kind of gave up on Amazon TBR#3 (14 books left) and PopSugar (2 books left unread as of 12/31/18), and went mostly for comfort/brain candy books.

Favorites: Three Mages and a Margarita, Cake, Cinderella and the Colonel, MBRC, The Hating Game, Delicious in Dungeon

Audiobooks (16)

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Three Mages and a Margarita sounded like a fun urban fantasy, and it was. There is a bit of romance, but not a lot. The MC has a short temper for nonsense, and has no problem standing up for herself and placing herself in danger for others. I also liked that she’s not “special”. She’s a plain old human (though who knows, this could change at some point in the series). The sequel was fun as well, with a completely different setting/feel to it. Can’t wait for book #3. Cake was surprisingly entertaining. I didn’t have high hopes for it because of Forever My Girl (had to DNF that one – so, so horrible!), and was glad that there wasn’t a shady love triangle involved. I don’t think I’ll read the sequels, but I would read Cake again. The Hating Game was another entertaining romance sans love triangle. I loved the dynamic between Lucy and Joshua, and I enjoyed them as individuals. It was a book I wanted to read again as soon as I finished. I ended up buying the audiobook because I know I will listen to it again.

Novels (10)

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Cinderella and the Colonel is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. She’s a duchess in a conquered country, trying to do right by her people, her step-family (though they don’t like each other), and her lands. A colonel from the conquering army won’t leave her alone, much to her annoyance.  The M.B.R.C. books are so funny. I reread them when I need a bit of light humor in my life. A human teen girl gets swept into the realm of magic hiding beneath the surface of Chicago. I like her because she’s driven, innovative, and doesn’t take crap from any of the mythological creatures she deals with.

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I read the rest of the available volumes of Delicious in Dungeon, and it really is a fun series. Doubly so because Bean likes them as well. It’s humorous and doesn’t take itself too seriously even though the characters have tragic motivations and face some serious obstacles. Monstress is just amazing. I am really excited to see where the story goes, especially as the ending of volume 3 was heart wrenching. Snotgirl – I could never read another volume and be fine with it. Totally not my cup of tea. Didn’t like the character, didn’t like the story.

November Books

The pace of November didn’t slow down, but I was still able to get a lot of books read. I’ve hit a slump with my Amazon TBR #3 with 16 books remaining. I will probably only read 1-3 more books from that list before the end of the year. I need to focus on finishing up PopSugar (5 books left), but it’s up in the air if I’ll finish it.

November Favs: Lost Boy, Old Man’s War, I’ll Meet You There, Delicious in Dungeon, vol 1

Audiobooks Fiction (10) / Nonfiction (7)


Novels (11)

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October Books

October was crazy, and I was home for maybe half of it – between a cruise to Bermuda and a last minute two week long out-of-state training course for my job (yes to a workcation!).

As of today, November 17th, I have 18 books left on my Amazon TBR list #3. I won’t finish it this year, but I should end up with less than 10 books remaining. I’ve been reading for PopSugar again, and I’ve been working on both my Amazon TBR list #2 and Audible TBR.

Fav books from October: Dragon Teeth, The Calculating Stars, Moxie, and Unnatural Creatures

Audiobooks Fiction (10) / Nonfiction (4)


Novels (15)


September Books

I am actually on top of a post for once! September was a busy month as well, though the busy was different than in August – planning Girl Scout meetings and library storytimes/programming, and prepping for a Disney cruise (I take this stuff seriously).

Headway is being made on my Amazon TBR list (list #3, to be exact). I knocked the list down to 53 books! Note, however, that of those 41 books, almost half were DNFs. And somewhere my numbers aren’t adding up between my spreadsheet and bullet journal, so my count is more suggestion than reality.

Fav books from September: Radium Girls, Strange the Dreamer, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and The Wicked Deep.

Audiobooks (19)

Novels (10)

August Books

Here is my laughably late reads for August – which was a busy month full of remodeling a bathroom and getting the kids ready for back to school. Almost all of the books are from my smallest Amazon TBR list (there are now five). There were 128 books on it as of August 1st, and I decided that instead of focusing on finishing PopSugar, I would make it my goal to knock out this entire list before the end of the year. I managed to drop the list down to 94 books (16 of the 34 were DNFs).

At some point I would plan on writing blurbs for at least some of the books, but the ones I liked the best were Carry On (surprising, given my feelings about Fan Girl), Dread Nation, The Lost Book of the Grail, In Other Lands, and Wendy Darling.




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July Books

July was an all-over kind of month. I was in FL for the first week, so only minimal reading was accomplished. Harry Potter was our driving home audiobook – Bug adored it, Bean still doesn’t seem to care about HP one way or the other. I also spent time watching movies. We introduced the kids to the Back to the Future movies, and found that they are still watchable with pretty much zero cringe-worthy moments. All three of the kids loved them, especially Max.

Audiobooks (16)


Novels (10)