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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2019

In my last post, I mentioned how I was in quite a bad reading slump over the summer. Well this past month I feel as if I’ve finally came out of that rut and I’m enjoying reading once again. Hopefully I will be able to keep up a good momentum for the month of October. Here is my reading progress..

Total Books Read in September: 3
Total Books Read in 2019: 28

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
By: Deborah Moggach
Narrated by: Nina Wadia

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 3/5

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A Slight Trick of the Mind
By: Mitch Cullin

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5

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Winter at the Beach (Moonlight Harbor,2)
By: Sheila Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5

The Stats

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

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 0
2019 TBR Jar Challenge:
1

October TBR

From My TBR Jar

I am quite behind with my TBR Jar selections. I have yet to read August and Septembers books, so those will be my priority.

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October TBR Jar

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Sent for Review

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Monthly Wrap-up: June 2019

Total Books Read in June: 2
Total Books Read in 2019: 22

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Snow Fence Road
By: Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of Snow Fence Road by the author Phyllis Edgerly Ring, in exchange for an honest review.

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At the Mountain’s Edge
By: Genevieve Graham

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of At the Mountain’s Edge by Genevieve Graham, from the publisher via Net Galley 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: 2
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 0
Total Library Books Read: 0

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 1
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 0

July TBR

From My TBR Jar

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Once again I didn’t finish either of my TBR Jar picks during the month of June so I am quite behind.

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Monthly Wrap-up: May 2019

Total Books Read in May: 4
Total Books Read in 2019: 20

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Welcome to Moonlight Harbor
(Moonlight Harbor, #1)

By: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5

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Birds of a Feather
(Maisie Dobbs, #2)

By: Jacqueline Winspear
Genre: Audiobook, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 5/5

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Serious Moonlight
By: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, YA Lit
Rating: 5/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett, from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Bungalow Mystery
(Nancy Drew, #3)

By: Carolyn Keene
Read By: Laura Linney
Genre: Mystery, Series, Middle Grade, Classics
Rating: 4/5

DNF

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I struggled to get into this book and at 200 pages in, I decided not to read any further. This was really disappointing for me as the previous book I read by Maeve Binchy I absolutely loved. Perhaps I went into Tara Road with my expectations set too high.

The Stats

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

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 1
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 0

June TBR

From My TBR Jar

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Because I DNF’d my TBR Jar selection for the month of May, I will be aiming to read 2 books from my shelf this month.

Sent for Review

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Monthly Wrap-up: March 2019

Total Books Read in March: 4

Total Book Read in 2019: 12

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First and Then
By: Emma Mills
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3/5

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The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #2)
By: Sarah Sundin

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #2) by Sarah Sundin, from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for a honest review.

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The Gilded Years
By: Karin Tanabe
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5
NOTE: The Gilded Years was my TBR Jar Pick for February.

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To the Farthest Shores
By: Elizabeth Camden
Read By: Angela Brazil
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Audio Book, Library Book, Libby App
Rating: 5/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 4
Total Number of Fiction: 4
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 2

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 1
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

April TBR

From My TBR Jar

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Sent for Review

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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2019

Total Books Read in January: 5

Total Books Read in 2019: 5

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The World’s Best Jokes for Kids Volume II: Every Single One Illustrated
By: Swerling & Lazar

Genre: Childrens, Humor
Rating: 3/5

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Murder at the Flamingo (A Van Buren and Deluca Mystery, #1)
By: Rachel McMillan

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of Murder at the Flamingo from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Years Before “Anne”
By: Francis W.P. Bolger

Genre: Non-fiction, Biography
Rating: 3.5/5
Quick Thoughts: I enjoyed this book about the early career of Lucy Maud Montgomery, more than I anticipated.

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Everything, Everything
By: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA Lit
Rating: 4/5

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Murder in the City of Liberty
(Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery, #2)

By: Rachel McMillan

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of Murder in the City of Liberty from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 2
Total Books Sent for Review: 2
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 1

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 2
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 1

February TBR

From my TBR Jar:

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Sent for Review:

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Monthly Wrap-up: November 2019

Total Books Read in November: 4

Total Books Read in 2018: 33
The Enigma

The Enigma by T.C. Badcock
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2) by Dani Pettrey 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Suspense 
My Rating: 4/5

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The Shoe Box (A Christmas Story) by Francine Rivers 
Genre: Christian Fiction, Audio Book
My Rating: 4/5

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The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction
My Rating: 5/5

The Stats


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

Formats Read


Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Currently Reading

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December TBR

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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2018

Total Books Read in October: 5
Total Books Read in 2018: 29

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 
Genre: Contemporary, Literary Fiction
My Rating: 2.5/5

 

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mystery, #1) by Rhys Bowen
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
My Rating: 3.5/5

 

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol 
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5/5

Toward the Sunrise (Until the Dawn 0.5) by Elizabeth Camden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 2.5/5
Quick Thoughts: Toward the Sunrise was a quick novella introducing some of the characters in Elizabeth Camden’s Until the Dawn series. I enjoyed the historical setting as well as the brief parts set in New York City. The romance was just alright, but I found the main character to be entitled and overly bold. I have yet to decide if I will continue on with this series.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 3

 

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 4
Audio Books: 0

 

Currently Reading

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2018

Total Books Read in September: 4
Total Books Read in 2018: 24

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1) by Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Rita Barrington
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
My Rating: 4/5

 

The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens 
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 2/5
Quick Thoughts: Peter Behrens The Law of Dreams follows an orphaned boy during the Irish potato famine, as he forges a new life for himself. Many historical fiction novels I’ve read doesn’t delve far into why immigrants leave them homelands. However this book did and for that I found it interesting. Unfortunately I struggled with some of the disturbing content and found it quite long. I didn’t feel as if I got to know our main character as well as the people he came across on his journey.

 

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 3.5/5

 

Deadly Voyage: R.M.S. Titanic, Jamie Laidlaw, April 14, 1912 by High Brewster
Genre: Middle-grade, Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

 

Currently Reading

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: August 2018

Total Books Read in August: 3
Total Books Read in 2018: 20

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom, #3)
By: Elizabeth Ludwig
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
My Rating: 3/5
Quick thoughts: Tide and Tempest was an interesting end to the Edge of Freedom series. I enjoyed the time period, New York city setting and being reunited with characters from the previous two novels. However this wasn’t my favourite book in the trilogy as I didn’t find the main characters to be as interesting as others. I also felt that the end was rushed. I would still recommend Elizabeth Ludwig’s novels to fans of Christian historical fiction.

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
By: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 3/5

 

An Amish Kitchen
By: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Long
Narrated by: Heather Henderson
Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

 

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Currently Reading

 

September TBR

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: July 2018

Total Books Read in July: 3
Total Books Read in 2018: 17


Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith
Genre: Middle Grade, Poetry
Rating: 4/5


A High-End Finish (A Fixer-Upper Mystery, #1) by Kate Carlisle
Gene: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Series
Rating: 2.5/5


The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4/5

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

Formats Read
Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

Currently Reading