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Monthly Wrap-up: June 2018

Total Books Read in June: 3
Total Books Read in 2018: 14

 

Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 5/5

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5/5

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1) by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary, Humor
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: This was a re-read. 

 

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: 3
Total Library Books Read: 0

 

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

 

Currently Reading

July TBR

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: May 2018

Look at me, getting my wrap-up posted on time, haha. After a late start to Spring, we are definitely getting much warmer temperatures. Normally I’d use this as an excuse to hibernate, but lately I’ve been a bit more active.

Charlie is now 13 months old and is become more and more mobile each day. He sure keeps us on our toes.

Once again I read 2 books this past month and made good progress on another one. I am happy to say that I read my first 5 star book of 2018. I can’t believe it took me so long. Hopefully there will be more to come..

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Total Books Read in May: 2
Total Books Read in 2018: 11

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Genre: YA Lit, Contemporary
Rating: 5/5
Note: I was sent an ARC of Save the Date by Morgan Matson, from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. 

More than 50% by Hilda Chaulk Murray
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: 3/5

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

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Monthly Wrap-up: April 2018

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I am a couple of days late getting my April wrap-up posted because of technical difficulties. First of all, the power cord for my laptop bit the dust a couple of weeks ago. And second my internet has been very finicky lately. Thankfully I was able to buy a new cord and my connection seems to be working at the moment.

April was a busy month. We had family visiting from out east, there were several birthdays and I have starting working more hours. We also had some pretty crazy weather and still had snow on the ground until about a week ago.

Charlie turned 1 on the 19th. I can’t even fathom how fast the past year went. I’m now a mommy to a toddler! We had a double birthday party for him and my dad (who was celebrating his 60th). It was a wonderful day.

Unfortunately April was also a month of tragedy in my country; first with the Humboldt Bronco’s bus crash and then the van attack in Toronto. I’d like to send my condolences to all those who are involved.

April Wrap-up

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis 
Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
Note: I was sent a copy of The Road Home by Beverly Lewis by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. 

Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA Lit
Rating: 4/5

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: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: March 2018

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Hello and welcome to my monthly wrap-up for the month of March.

I turned 31 years old on the first of the month. Unfortunately the flu went through my house and we had to post-pone my birthday celebration. Once we were all feeling better, we had a nice family dinner. My favourite part was receiving my first birthday card that said “Mom”.

Charlie turned 11 months old on the 19th. He is doing great and learning so much everyday. His current favourites include; monkeys, ABC Kids TV videos on Youtube and trying to copy everything his Pop does. This morning he will have his first visit from the Easter Bunny, along with a turkey dinner with family.

You may recall that several weeks ago, I posted a 21 Day Anxiety Challenge. Well the flu interrupted my progress, but I have completed some of the tasks, just not in the order listed on the image I shared. My progress with the challenge includes:

  • Spend 20 Minutes Outside. I’ve been going out on walks several times a week.
  • Get hydrated. I’ve been taking a water bottle where ever I go, that I sip on throughout the day.
  • Take a long bubble bath. Nothing calms me down like a relaxing bath, paired with a good book.
  • Snuggle with an animal. My cat Nova starts off his day with cuddles every morning.

I really hope to do some meditation and yoga during the month of April.

I’ve started to use my Instagram more during the month of March. If you would like to follow me click the link below:

https://www.instagram.com/melissaleesredhousereviews/

Books Completed

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Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
♥♥.5       2.5/5
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction

Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris
♥♥    2/5
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Note: I was sent a copy of Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris, from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Meeting Place (Song of Acadia, #1) by Janette Oke & T. Davis Bunn
♥♥♥♥         4/5
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

The Stats

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

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2018: 7

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Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

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Monthly Wrap-up: February 2018

I’m a little late posting this wrap-up because cold and flu season is just sweeping through my house at the moment. First Charlie had a cold and was teething at the same time. So this made for one unhappy baby. He finally kicked that then got hit with a stomach bug. Thankfully he seems to be feeling more like his happy, cheeky self again.

I seem to be having trouble with my images in the past couple of posts I’ve made. I’ve tried to save them on my Google account, then add them through there, but the link up option hasn’t been working. Instead I was copying the image link from my Google albums then pasting them into my posts. It looked like it worked at first, but once they were published I noticed the link was broken. Its getting kind of frustrating to be honest. WordPress is still new to me, so I’m slowly figuring it all out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Books Completed


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
♥♥♥♥       4/5
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Series

 

Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
♥♥♥     3/5
Genre: Non-fiction, Humor, Autobiography, Audio book

 


Summer at Sunset (Summer, #2) by Beth Labonte
♥♥♥.5          3.5/5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Series
Note: I was sent a copy of Summer at Sunset (Summer, #2) by Beth Labonte from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio books: 1

Total Books Read in 2018: 4

2011 Reading Catch-up Challenge Update:
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Books Completed: 4/15

Currently Reading


Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks


Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris

 

Wishing you all a wonderful March.

Happy reading.

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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2018

January was a pretty busy month for me. I’ve started to slowly get back into working again. Although I didn’t make an specific New Year resolutions, I’m trying my best to make better decisions and to take better care of myself. Its hard to do when you have a little one. Even harder when you are a single parent. But I’m trying my best.

Charlie has learned and grown so much since Christmas. He is now over 9 months old, with two teeth and two more coming through. He never ceases to amaze me or melt my heart.

As you will see from my monthly wrap-up below, I only completed 1 book in January. However I’m actually pretty please with the amount of reading I’ve fit in this month. I’ve been slowly re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as an eBook by Beth Labonte.

I came to realize that in the past year I put a lot of pressure on myself to finish a book by the end of the month. I’m trying a new approach to this. I’m just going with the flow. I’ll get it finished when I can. And if that so happens to be a few days into a new month, then that is ok. I know this will change up my monthly wrap-up totals, but allow me to take my time and enjoy the stories I’m reading more.

Books Completed

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham
♥♥.5      2.5/5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Audio Book

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 0
Audio Books: 1

Total Books Read in 2018: 1

Currently Reading

February TBR


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2017 Challenge Wrap-up

I started 2017 knowing that I wouldn’t have a record breaking reading year, but wanted to participate in some challenges anyway. Although I didn’t make regular updates with the hots blogs, I’d like to share my progress.

2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge: 28/45


Objective: To read Audiobooks.
Books Read:3/5


Objective: To read books with a release date prior to 2017
Books Read: 21


Objective: To read as many eBooks as possible.
Books Read: 16/10


Objective: To read books from my own shelves.
Books Read: 11/12

 

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2017 Recap: In the Stars

Check out the books I read, reviewed and rated in 2017.

January

Books Completed: 2

5 Stars

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

3.5 Stars
Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mystery. #1) by Judy Penz Sheluk 

February

Books Completed: 3

4 Stars

 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware

3 Stars
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan 

March

Books Completed: 2

4 Stars

The Empress Holds the Key (Jack Rogan Mysteries, #1) by Gabriel Farago

3 Stars
A Vote for Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #22) by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, 

April

Books Completed: 1

3.5 Stars

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

May

Books Completed: 2

3.5 Stars

No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, #1) by Elizabeth Ludwig

1.5 Stars
The Littlest Cowboy (The Texas Brands #1) by Maggie Shayne

June

Books Completed: 2

3.5 Stars

If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

3 Stars
The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott 

July

Books Completed: 3

5 Stars

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas 

4 Stars
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
The Day the  Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

August

Books Completed: 4

4 Stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by JK Rowling
The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6.5) by Louise Penny

3 Stars
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Franchoise Enguehard
The Luxe (Luxe, #1) by Anna Godbersen 

September

Books Completed: 1

3 Stars

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

 

October

Books Completed: 3

4 Stars

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

 

2.5 Stars
Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman

Not Rated
Newfie, Come Home! by David Belisle

November

Books Completed: 3

4 Stars

Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte

 

3.5 Stars
The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods,#1) by Serena B. Miller
The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas 

December

Books Completed: 2

4 Stars

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah

 

3 Stars
Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum #12.5) by Janet Evanovich 

Wrap-ups

2017 End of the Year Book Survey

The End of the Year Book Survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

2017 Reading Stats

Number of Books Read: 28
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre I Read the Most From: Contemporary fiction

Best in Books

    1. Best books I read in 2017: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    2. A book I was excited about and thought I was going to love more but, didn’t: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas
    3. The most surprising (in a good way) book I read: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas 
    4. A book I pushed the most people to read: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
    5. The best series I read in 2017: Harry Potter by JK Rowling (re-reads)
    6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017: Jamie Ford

    7. Best book from a genre I don’t normally read: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    8. The most action packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: Harry Potter (#3,#4) by JK Rowling, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
    9. Name a book read in 2017 that I would most likely re-read next year? I have too many books in my TBR to re-read any of these books again so soon.
    10. Favourite cover of a book read in 2017: Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    11. Most memorable character of 2017: Solomon (Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley)
    12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 
    13. Most thought provoking/life changing book read in 2017: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    14. A book I can’t believe I waited until 2017 to read: No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, #1) by Elizabeth Ludwig

    1. Favourite passage/quote from a book I read this year:
       “The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.”
      ― Jamie FordHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    2. The shortest and longest books read in 2017: Shortest Book: Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte. Longest Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.
    1. The book that shocked me the most: The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo
    2. OTP of the Year: Lauren and Jamie from Up, Then Down: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    3. Favourite non-romantic relationship of 2017: Solomon and Clark from Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    4. Favourite book read in 2017 from an author I’ve read previously: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    5. The best book I read in 2017 that I read solely based on a recommendation or peer pressure: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan
    6. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2017: None this year.
    7. Best 2017 debut I read: The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo
    8. Best world building/ most vivid setting I read in 2017: West Virginia, Myrtle Beach, Logan Kentucky (The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas)
    9. A book that put a smile on my face/ was the most fun to read: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    10. A book that made me cry in 2017: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin
    11. Hidden gem of the year: Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    12. A book that crushed my soul: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin.

  1. The most unique book I read in 2017: Newfie, Come Home by David Belisle 
  2. The book that made me the most mad: The Littlest Cowboy (The Texas Brands, #1) by Maggie Shayne 

Looking Ahead 

  1. One book I didn’t get to in 2017, but will be my number one priority in 2018: Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) by Janet Evanovich
  2. A book I am most anticipating in 2018: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling
  3. 2018 debut I am most anticipating: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
  4. Series ending/ a sequel I am most anticipating in 2018: Continuing the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
  5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in my reading/blogging life in 2018: I would like to listen to more audio books and be more consistent with my blog posts.
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Monthly Wrap-up: December 2017

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Here we are at the beginning of another year. 2017 was quite a whirlwind for me. Full of many ups and downs. But more importantly it blessed me with a beautiful son. This Christmas was by far one of the most memorable for me and my family. Charles has brought so much joy to our lives.

The past few weeks have been full of wonderful Christmas festivities and time spent with family. Of course it also included some reading..

Books Completed

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 27

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I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2018.

 

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