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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2021

Total Books Read in October: 2
Total Books Read in 2021: 46

Reading My Favourite Authors

During the month of October, I chose three books from my favorite authors to read. Unfortunately October was a very hectic month for me and I completely dropped the ball on my reading. Out of the three books I picked out, I only got to one of them and I wasn’t able to finish it before the end of the month, so I will be continuing on this TBR for the month of November.

Favourite Authors Read: 0 /3

Additional Books Read:

While I wasn’t able to complete my actual TBR for the month, I did manage to finish two books during the month.

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A Royal Pain
(Her Royal Spyness Mystery 2)
By: Rhys Bowen

Genre: Historical Fiction, Series, Mystery
Rating: 4/5

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The Secrets of Latimer House
By: Jules Wake

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of Jules Wake’s The Secrets of Latimer House, from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 2
Total Number of Fiction: 2
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: .5
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
.5

Currently Reading

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October TBR: Reading My Favourite Authors

Over the summer I made it a point to focus on all of the back-list books I had either been sent for review or had won via giveaways. Afterwards I decided that I would reward myself by spending a month reading books I own by my favourite authors.

Three of those authors include; Nicholas Sparks, Kate Morton and Mitch Albom. Here are the books I will be focusing on during the month of October.

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The Notebook
By: Nicholas Sparks

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The Lake House
By Kate Morton

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The First Phone Call From Heaven
By: Mitch Albom

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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2021

Total Books Read in September: 6
Total Books Read in 2021: 44

Series September Challenge

For the month of September I challenged myself to read books from series that I have in progress. I was able to get to all of the physical books I mentioned in my TBR post. However I wasn’t able to finish A Royal Pain in time.

Series Books Read:

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Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries 11)
By: Meg Cabot

Genre: Series, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5

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The Bookshop on the Shore
(Scottish Bookshop 2)
By: Jenny Colgan

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Series
Rating: 3.5/5

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Fly Away
(Firefly Lane 2)
By: Kristin Hannah

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Series
Rating: 5/5

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Sweet Little Lies
(L.A. Candy 2)
By: Lauren Conrad

Preformed by: Jenna Lamia
Genre: YA Lit, Series
Rating: 3/5

Also Completed:

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Of Mice and Men
By: John Steinbeck
Read by: Gary Sinise

Genre: Classics, Audiobook
Rating: 4/5

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Flight from the Fortress
By: Lyn Cook

Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 6
Total Number of Fiction: 6
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 3
Total Library Books Read: 3

Formats Read

Physical Books: 3
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
2

Currently Reading

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TBR: Series September

I intended to have this posted nearer to the beginning of the month, but technical difficulties put a wrench in that plan. So better late than never. Here are the books that I have been reading and will continue to concentrate on during the month of September.

I am also working my way through The Bookshop on the Shore (Scottish Bookshop 2) by Jenny Colgan.

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Monthly Wrap-up: August 2021

Total Books Read in August: 6
Total Books Read in 2021: 38

Backlist Catch-up TBR: 7 /7

I am happy to have completed all the books in my backlist catch up in the month of August.

Backlist Catch-up Books Read in August:

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The Devoted
(The Bishop’s Family 3)
By: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction, Series
Rating: 4/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Trouble and Strife
By: Johanne Levesque

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 2/5

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The Winter Sister
By: Megan Collins

Genre: Mystery
Rating: 3.5/5
NOTE: I was sent an ebook ARC of The Winter Sister by Megan Collins, from the publisher via Netgalley. I alternated between reading the ebook and listening to the audiobook.

Additional Books Read:

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Alone with the Stars
By: David R. Gillham

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 4/5

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Clap When You Land
By: Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 5/5

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Muddy Bottom
(Palmetto Island 1)
By: Ashley Farley

Genre: Contemporary fiction, novella
Rating: 3/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 6
Total Number of Fiction: 6
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 3
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks:
 2
Audio Books: 
2

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: July 2021

Total Books Read in July: 4
Total Books Read in 2021: 32

Backlist Catch-up TBR: 4/7

Backlist Catch-up TBR Books Read in July:

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The Lake of Dreams
By: Kim Edwards

Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: I won a copy of The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, from Goodreads and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The Lieutenant’s Nurse
By: Sara Ackerman

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of Sara Ackerman’s The Lieutenant’s Nurse, from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Additional Books Read:

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By: Roald Dahl

Genre: Children’s Books, Children’s Fiction, Classics, Chapter Books
Rating: 3/5

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Murder at Blackhead
By: MK Staple

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 1/5

DNF

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All My Love, Detrick
By: Roberta Kagan

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 4
Total Number of Fiction: 4
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 2
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 4
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 3
eBooks:
 0
Audio Books: 
1

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: June 2021

Total Books Read in June: 5
Total Books Read in 2021: 28

I am officially over half way to my goal of reading 52 books in 2021! If I can keep up with the pace I am reading, I believe I will meet my goal, which is so exciting. Did you set any reading goals this year? How are they going?

In a previous post, I shared my current TBR, which was to my backlist books that I have been sent. Below is the progress I made this month:

Backlist Catch-up TBR: 2/7

Backlist Catch-up TBR Books Read in June:

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Inheriting Edith
By: Zoe Fishman

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Note: I won a copy of Inheriting Edith from Goodreads and plan to share my honest review in a future post.

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
By: Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 4/5
NOTE: I won a copy of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite from Goodreads and plan to share my honest review in a future post.

Additional Books Read:

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Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
By: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooklyn Allen

Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5

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For the Love of Friends
By: Sara Goodman Confino

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of For the Love of Friends by Sara Goodman Confino, from the publisher, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Vanishing Half
By: Britt Bennett

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 4/5

DNF

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Cut and Run
By: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker

Narrated by: Meg Ryan, et. Al.
Genre: Audiobook, Comedy
Reason for DNF: The concept of a comedic presentation about organ harvesters, was interesting, however I found it rushed and wasn’t invested enough to keep track of the characters.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 3
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 4
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks:
 2
Audio Books: 
1

Currently Reading

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Note: I have been trying to use my Instagram more for book posts, so the following is one I shared a couple of weeks ago. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you can find me at this link: Melissa Lee Spurrell (@melissaleesredhousereviews) • Instagram photos and videos

Additional Note: I can never tell if I’m correctly inserting IG photos onto my blog posts. If you are seeing this, could you comment below if you are able to see the image. Thank you! Happy reading.

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Monthly Wrap-up: March 2021

Total Books Read in March: 5
Total Books Read in 2021: 12

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The Perfect Couple
By: Elin Hilderbrand

Read by: Erin Bennett
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Mystery, Romance
Rating: 4/5

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Catla and the Vikings
By: Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Rating: 3/5

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Abduction!
By: Peg Kehret

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: This book was listed as middle grade because of the age of the children involved. but it wasn’t written that way. Therefore I have decided to just list the genre as mystery/thriller.

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The Mystery at Lilac Inn
(Nancy Drew, 4)
By: Carolyn Keene
Read by: Laura Linney

Genre: Mystery, Middle Grade, YA Lit
Rating: 2.5/5

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
By: Dawnie Walton

Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 3

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks:
 2
Audio Books: 
3

Currently Reading

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Top 10 Tuesday: Amusing Book Titles

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Today’s topic we are sharing for Top 10 Tuesday is Funny Book Titles, which I have adapted to Amusing Book Titles.

I love a title with a pun. It might not give me those laugh out loud feelings, but they definitely put a smile on my face and attract me towards the book.

  • One series that comes to mind when I think of clever title names is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I especially like how the “Between the Numbers” novels are a play on words with the last name of the main character.
  • Another series that has some very amusing titles is The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison. Here are some of my favourites:
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On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, 2) by Louise Rennison
  • In the same vein or genre as the Georgia Nicolson books are the Mates, Dates series by Cathy Hopkins.
  • The next book is amusing in that it sounds very unlikely, which only added to its appeal.
  • Next is a title that I found amusing simply because I can (or could at the time I read it) totally relate.
  • And finally I had to include this last book because Betty White is amazing! Enough said haha.