December Reading Round-Up & Year-End Recap!

It’s a new year, and here I am still winding down last year! I’m going to do my December Round-Up, followed by a quick re-cap for the year. I honestly don’t know if I’m going to continue doing my reading round-ups. Sometimes it feels like a unnecessary pressure and deadline, and I’m trying to learn to not put added pressure on myself.

That being said, I always like to finish what I start, so here goes!

I only read 5 books in December, but that was all I needed to complete my yearly goal! I made it to 75 by the skin of my teeth, but I’m proud to have accomplished that! December is such a busy month and this year in-particular, the holidays seemed extra busy and stressful.

Below you will find the 5 books I read in December:

As you can see, these were all Christmas related books. I think my favorite was the last I read, and it was also after Christmas. A Cliche Christmas I grabbed at the library, just to finish my quota. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed The Mistletoe Inn a lot. The others were okay as well, but The Fruitcake Murders was the most disappointing read for me. I also noticed a lot of typos in it, so that bothered me.

And, I just realized looking through my list that I failed to complete my Monthly Reading Challenge!  I think I just took for granted that one of my chosen reads was a book published in 2016, and I just realized that I was mistaken! So…I went through an entire year of completing challenges, only to fail at the end? Wow. That makes me feel really bad. But…as it seems to be every year, one of my goals is to realize that I’m not perfect and to accept my flaws, mistakes and failings. So, here you go. Practice for that!

I did make my goal of 75 books and I don’t think that’s anything to downplay. I am proud of that, but I just hate failing!

Anyway…I’m going to cheat a bit on my 2016 recap. Since Goodreads does such a good job of it, I’m going to let them tell you about my year! I did have to screenshot all of these and send them to myself, which in retrospect might have been harder than trying to summarize it myself. Oh well!

I realize I could have cropped those images better, for that I apologize! To anyone who has followed my reading journey this year, thank you! I remain undecided as to how I will document my reading for 2017, but my reading goal remains the same: 75 books. Beyond that, I’m not sure that I will participate in any challenges.

Happy New Year, my bookish friends!!

*Also, I may be back soon with a non-book related post. I’m feeling a deep, profound life goals post coming on…but we’ll see!

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October Reading Round-Up!

I can hardly believe it’s the end of October/beginning of November already! Where has this year gone?

I have had a really good month of reading. I feel as though I read a good amount, but more importantly, I had some really enjoyable reading moments this month! And, isn’t enjoyment and satisfaction in reading the ultimate goal? For me it is.

I am quite excited to announce that I completed 8 books in October! I do believe that’s a record for this year, and it also gives me hope for November and December. As the year draws to a close, I am more aware than ever of my yearly goal and just how far away from it I still am! I currently need to read 18 more books to reach my goal of 75 for the year. That works out to 9 in November and 9 in December. I can do that, right? RIGHT?

Only one book in my October pile was a review book, and that was Newton & Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund. (Read my review HERE) Two of my selections for this month were works of non-fiction. Those being Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and The Power of the Other by Henry Cloud. These two books were completely different subjects, but both were of current interest to me. Perhaps sometime when I’m not busy reading or documenting what I’ve read, I will blog on these subjects. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about specific topics of interest. I often miss that.

One book I read this month was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This one was suggested to me by several sources and I could not ignore the praises I heard regarding it. I can’t say I loved it as much as some others did, but I rather enjoyed it and found it to be refreshingly different, which I always admire. My favorite thing about this book was the theme that family is truly who you choose.

Two others I read this month were on my list because I had heard about them somewhere. These two books: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra and The Woman in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware were really, really good. They were the kind of gripping, page-turning, suspenseful novels that truly capture the heart of why I love reading.

The book I chose for my Monthly Reading Challenge was The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray. I remember browsing the shelves at the library, in search of something that might be interesting, when I was caught by the cover of this book. Conveniently, the challenge for October was to read a book chosen based on it’s cover. Check and check. This one started off unsure for me, but ended up being a very solid mystery, worthy of it’s cover.

My last selection for this month was Unashamed: Rahab by Francine Rivers. This was a book that has been on my shelf and is the second in a series of biblical fiction. I read the first installment a few months ago, and because I had about a day left in the month, and this was a short read, I found it an opportune time to continue the series. As usual, I found this work of biblical fiction to be insighful, bringing more to life, women who I’ve read about many times. It’s always nice to glean a better, more in depth understanding of what some of these biblical women may have been like.

So, 2 months left in 2016, 18 books left in my pile…I can manage that, right? All while fulfilling the hustle and bustle of the season? Absolutely!

Here we go!

January Reading Round-Up!

I’m going to try to end every month (or start every new month, as the case may be!) with just a short overview of what I’ve read throughout the month. I don’t intend to do full reviews on every book I read. I generally save my reviews for those books that I receive from publishers/authors for reviewing purposes. However, I thought it would be a good thing to just recap my reading monthly.

January was a good reading month for me, and an excellent start to the year! My reading goal for 2016 is 75 books, so I’m happy to have gotten off to a good start!

I’ve completed 6 books this month, and they are as follows:

I’m happy to say that I’ve enjoyed each one of these. One of them was on my Christmas reading list and leftover from the end of 2015. (Trading Christmas) Two of them I own, and had been resting on my shelf, waiting to be read for quite some time. (Unveiled & White Picket Fences) One of them was borrowed from a friend. (The Death Cure) One of them was a Goodreads Firstreads win. (Brooklyn on Fire) And, one of them fulfilled the January portion of one of my reading challenges for the year. (Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín) The January challenge was to read a book that has been made into a movie.

It was a good reading month. Stay tuned for the February round-up, where hopefully I have less computer issues!! This should have been posted yesterday!