May Wrap Up and Haul

So, it’s time to talk about May and in general it wasn’t a great month. I know a lot of people who are home more have been reading a ton more and plowing through their TBRs…not so much for me. The mental and emotional toll of 2020 has thrown me into a major reading slump, even though I’m enjoying a lot of what I’m reading. Safe to say this post will be a shorter one, but it is what it is.

I read a total of 18 books in May and most of those were either Kindle Unlimited graphic novels or review books. Review books were really my focus because of course I would like to stay caught up. Of all of them two were physical books, one from my TBR and one physical ARC that was kindly sent to me by Tor.

I had five 3 star books, ten 4 star books and three 5 star books, so I was obviously liking pretty much everything I read.

I only added three books to my TBR this month, so that was also a win. In May I wasn’t doing a ton of shopping and was just in a funk in general (my bank account thanks me) so I just didn’t buy a ton of books.

So that’s it for May! I’m hoping June will be far better and I’ll be able to get back in my groove of reading. What did you read this month? How many books have you bought in lockdown?

Happy reading!

Wrap Up and Haul | April 2020

April was a very interesting month, to be sure. Whether you’re an essential worker, high risk, suddenly without employment or otherwise, it’s been a difficult season. I have been lucky enough to keep my full time job and have been allowed to work from home, which is good since I am part of the high risk population. Even with this my anxiety and depression have been increasing and my ability to focus on things such as reading has been hampered.

That being said imagine my surprise when I ended up reading the most books of the year so far in April! To be fair many of those that were not review books were either graphic novels or novella length so they were relatively quick reads.

In total I read 29 books, 16 of which were review books. The rest were ebooks. Yep, that’s right, I didn’t read any physical books from my TBR. The only physical book I was able to move to my read shelf was Night of the Dragon, which I read as an ARC and had pre-ordered a physical copy.

For star ratings I had five 2 star books, nine 3 star books, eleven 4 star books and four 5 star books. Overall a positive reading month in that respect.

Now onto the books I hauled. Overall not a ton added to the TBR list, but there were some. April is my birthday month, so in lieu of getting together for my birthday my mom paid for a Book Outlet order as well as a Thriftbooks order. In addition to those I did get some books from Amazon and Book of the Month.

There were more books in the Book Outlet order (picture on the left) but they were books I had already read so they went on the read shelf and don’t go into my TBR. The same goes for the Thrift Books order, but that order was another big batch of Nancy Drew books to add to my collection.

So that covers everything! Hopefully May will be a better month mental health wise (I know so many people are suffering right now with similar things) and will lead to me knocking more books off of my TBR!

What did you pick up this month? Happy reading!

March Wrap Up & Haul

March was a difficult month, I’m not going to lie. While I’m not going to go into details as to exactly what I went through, let’s just say my anxiety and stress were maxxed. Still, I managed to read 22 books this month. Twelve were review books (inlcuding one print ARC), 2 were print books on my TBR and eight were on my kindle.

While I didn’t read as many physical books as I would have liked, I’m happy with the amount I read.

As to the number of books I brought in, there ended up being 12. I’ve already read two of them (Love Looks Pretty on You and Night of the Dragon though I read Night of the Dragon in April).

So that was March. It was a hard month for everyone I think, but now we’re moving forward.

No wrap up and haul would be complete without an appearance by Calypso, so here she is supervising my pictures as usual!

Happy reading!

February 2020 Wrap Up

January seemed to go on forever, and February was over in the blink of an eye. It was only two days shorter, but man, it flew by. It was a good reading month, but not a great reading month. I’m always hoping to read more than I do, but so far this year I’ve been slower than usual. Without further ado, let’s get to what I read!

In total I read 19 books. Of those 19 seven were physical or kindle books and 12 were review books. I will be unhauling one of the physical books but the rest have moved to my read shelf.

For ratings it was still a pretty good month. I had six books that were three stars, 10 that were four stars and 3 five star books!

Now if we are going to talk about my challenge to brought in less books than I read, I just barely succeeded this month (keep in mind that the only books I count for this are books I purchase which I have not read at the time of purchase). I read 19 books and brought in 17 books, but I did end up reading two of the books I brought in, so that was good.

I’m hoping to read even more in March and to continue that trend as the year progresses. And of course, we will most likely see more examples of Calypso trying to help with my pictures!

Happy reading!

January Wrap Up and Haul

It’s hard to believe that January is already over, but here we are. It flew by super fast and thought I didn’t get everything I wanted done, I do feel like I made great progress for the start of the year.

In total I read 21 books, 16 of which were review books I had on my list. So, that means that only 5 were non review books with 4 being physical copies that got taken off my TBR shelf and one that was on my kindle. (Sidenote: Don’t Read the Comments was read as an ARC, but I loved it so much I went out and bought myself a physical copy,.)

I’m really happy with my ratings for this month as I didn’t have anything lower than 3 stars. My breakdown was six 3 star books, 13 four stars and two 5 star books.

Now to my haul, this month I brought in 10 physical books that were added to my TBR. This included three from Book of the Month, the rest either came from Amazon or my local bookstore.

I’m trying to fill in my holes in the Krewe of Hunters series from Heather Graham, so that’s why I have a few from that series. I’ve been reading them since the first series that started with Adam Harrison Investigations, but I’ve fallen quite a bit behind.

Overall I’m happy with the way January shaped up, I didn’t bring in a ton of books and I got a decent amount of my review books taken care of. After the slump that was the last three months of last year I am trying to get all caught up.

And again, Calypso couldn’t resist helping me when I was taking pictures for this post!

Happy reading!

2019 Year End Wrap Up

I was very interested in doing the math and figuring out some of my stats for 2019. Thankfully the reading journal I kept really helped me in figuring out these stats, so let’s get into it.

In 2019 I read a total of 301 books. Now, this was amazing, but I need to add a caveat that a large reason I was able to read this many books is because I’m able to listen to audiobooks at work. If I was not able to do this I would not be able to get any where close to this number.

I do have a break down of how many per month, you can definitely see where I had reading slumps:

January: 50
February: 37
March: 20
April: 25
May: 14
June: 28
July: 42
August: 29
September: 13
October: 14
November: 11
December: 18

This year I also kept track how many books I was bringing in, how many were review books/backlist/etc. and how many I unhauled. This was because I had a goal for myself to read more than I brought in as well as tackle some of my backlist titles.

I added 151 physical books to my library this year. This is a large number, but I’m happy that it is about half when compared to how much I read. Of the books I read, 61 of them were physical books that I was able to move off my TBR and four of those I unhauled (not a ton, but it means I really enjoyed most of them).

I read a total of 49 review books this year, mostly from NetGalley and authors that reached out to me. I’m hoping to up my game even more in 2020.

I did the math and overall I read an average of approximately 166 pages per day. I think this is a great number and would like to keep this level or increase it.

All in all I was really happy with the way 2019 worked out and my fingers are crossed that 2020 is just as good or better.

Happy reading!

December 2019: Wrap Up

I cannot believe December (and 2019) is already over, it went by so fast! I know a huge part of that was because of all the planning and prep I had to do for my vacation, and then the vacation itself. While I didn’t get back up to my usual reading pace, I do feel like I broke the slump and that I am getting back on track.

In total I read 18 books this month, including one on my kindle, 3 print books that were on my shelves (though one of them was a book I received for review) and 14 other review books which were either in eArc or audiobook format. While I was stoked to tackle so many review books, I was a little bummed that more print books weren’t taken care of.

For books that I acquired in December, there were a total of 11 – which is awesome for December. December and April tend to be my highest months so having less this December was a win. I got two from Book of the Month, three as Christmas gifts and the rest I purchased for myself mostly with gift cards that I received for Christmas. I also picked up the second Crowns of Croswald book from the author’s website as after reading the first one that I received directly from the author for review, I definitely wanted to pick up the next book in the series.

So that’s about it for December! I’ll be doing a full year wrap up in the next couple days to cover how many books total I read (301!) and how many books I added to my library as well as some other stats, but that’s going to take a little time since I have to organize my data.

Here’s hoping that January and beyond will see me getting even more on track with my reading (begone slump!) and get me back to my happy place. Fingers crossed for 2020 being a good year.

Happy reading!

November 2019 Wrap Up

Contrary to my hopes November ended up being my worst reading month of the year. Some of this could be blamed on how busy I was, or how I was trying and failing to do NaNoWrimo, but really I have just been in a major slump and it has been hitting me hard. I’m eternally hoping that it’s run its course so that I can end the year on a high.

This month I read 11 books total (which still hurts my heart a little) but I did manage to take care of four review books and three books that I had physical copies of. The others were either e-books or audiobooks. I also managed to do blog posts for all but one of them, which will be linked in this post. The last review will be posted in December as part of a blog tour so keep an eye out!

Of all the books, I only had two 3 star books and the rest were all four stars, so overall a good reading month quality wise and really that is what is most important. I don’t want to read a ton of books that I don’t like.

Fingers crossed that December goes well, I do already feel better regarding my headspace for reading, so that’s already an improvement.

The reviews posted of the books I read this month are:
Review: Meant to Be Yours
Review: The Claiming
Review: Summer Frost
Review: Build Yourself a Boat
Review: The Way You Make Me Feel
Review: Ark
Review: Emergency Skin
Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time
Review: You Have Arrived At Your Destination
Review: The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card

Happy reading!

October Haul and Wrap Up

I had such high hopes for October, I really did. I thought I was going to kick the slump to the curb and dive back into all the books, but alas, it was not to be. Part of this was definitely because I was listening to a ton of spooky podcasts rather than listening to audiobooks. Still, it wasn’t my worst reading month of the year, so that’s something. Let’s get into it!

In total I read 14 books this month and seven of them were books that I owned in print (shown to the left). I always like to get some print books off my backlist, so that was a positive aspect off the month. Three of the books I read were copies received from authors or publishers, one was an audiobook I didn’t own and the remaining three were read in e-book form.

I went to one event this past month, being the Felicia Day book tour stop at the Beaverton Powell’s. This was the place where most of the books I acquired during the month came from as I had known I was going to splurge a bit while there. Additionally I did pick up a graphic novel from my local comic store and also got my Book of the Month pick for the month. I only brought in eight books during the month, so once against managed to read more than I brought in (and managed to read two of the books acquired during the month).

On that front I’m not exactly sure how November is going to go. I am attending the Portland Book Festival and plan for it to be probably my only real book buying of the month. I’m hoping I’ll be able to say good riddance to my slump once and for all, but the struggle has been real. Still, I did read some books I really enjoyed this past month, so while I didn’t read a ton, I enjoyed a lot of what I did read. Star wise I had two 2 stars, one 3 star, seven 4 stars and four 5 stars.

We’ll just have to see how November goes, hopefully it will go much better than September or October did, I am hoping to hit my stretch goal of 300 books this year (currently at 272).

Yes, Calypso tried to help again.

Happy reading!

September Wrap Up and Haul

I know I’m a little late in posting this, but I recently decided I wanted to start putting up wrap ups on my blog, not only so I have a record, but also to keep myself accountable. September was my worst reading month of 2019 so far in terms of how many books I read, but I did read a lot of really good books.

This year I had set a goal for myself to read more books each month than I bring in and each much I’ve managed to do that…except September. I’m giving myself a pass on it since I’ve done so well the rest of the year, but yeah.

In the month of September I read 13 books and added 16 physical books to my TBR (though I did read two of the books I brought in). The breakdown for the books I read are as follows:

  • 6 books that I owned in print (pictured at right)
  • 5 eARCs/Review books
  • 2 ebooks

I have posts up for all of the eARCS/review books that I completed, so if you want to know about them I will picture them below.

The two ebooks I read were Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung and Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill, which both got 5 stars from me and were amazing.

Now, onto the books I added to my TBR. I got three books from Book of the Month in September. The rest I either picked up because they were discounted, or they were stress purchases. Hey, it happens.

I’m planning on reading a couple of these in the month of October. As I said I read two in the month of September (Kamisama Kiss 16 and Great Goddesses) and have since finished Tunnel of Bones this month.

As I said, though I didn’t read a ton of books, but those I read were really good. The lowest rating I had was a 3 star, and that was only one book. All of the rest were either 4 or 5 stars.

Here’s hoping that October will be a lot better than September was. Happy reading!

Calypso thinks she’s helping.