What You Wish For By Katherine Center Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance Rating: 5/5 Note: I was sent a copy of What You Wish For by Katherine Center, from the publisher via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.
Another month has gone by and we are still social distancing. We had a very quiet and sparse Easter this year. It was the first holiday we spent at home. Instead of turkey, I did a small roast for the three of us.The Easter Bunny left some treats and an egg hunt for my son Charlie. April is also the month in which my family has many birthdays to celebrate; both my parents, my niece and several cousins. Charlie celebrated his birthday in April too. My little guy is now 3 years old!
I didn’t feel as motivated to read this past month, as I did in March. I read my first ever graphic novel, which I borrowed from my local library in eBook format. I also read a short story. Both of these I have included in my monthly total.
Total Books Read in April: 5 Total Books Read in 2020: 23
What do you say about a month that has brought about so much fear, sadness and unease? I’m not sad to see March end as the pass of time will hopefully bring us closer to better days. Here in Ontario Canada, our government is tightening its reins, in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19. We have been “Social Distancing” for over 2 weeks now. As someone with serious heart problems, I have been taking the warnings very seriously. Unfortunately many people still aren’t listening and so the number of cases continue to grow. Its hard on everyone, especially children. It breaks my heart that families are being kept apart. My son is so upset that he cannot see his Nanny and Poppy and he is too young to really understand why. However it is important that we all do our part.
I’d like to send a shout out to all the front line medical and retail workers for all they are doing to fight this deadly outbreak. We will be forever grateful.
I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy.
As you will see by my total of books, I made great progress on my reading challenge for the year. This is due in part to the two reading challenges I participated in. Charlie and I read some of these books together, along with MANY MANY more of his current favourites, haha.
Total Books Read in March: 9 Total Books Read in 2020: 18
This past month I participated in Middle Grade March. It is a genre I don’t read a lot of, but I really enjoyed participating and am looking forward to joining again next time. What made this read-a-thon special to me was that some of the books I shared with my son Charlie. He especially enjoyed listening to the audiobook Viva Durant.
NOTE: I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Rating: 3/5 Prompts Covered: A book set in another country (England), Book to screen adaptation, Mystery book, a book with illustrations.
I hope that you all had a wonderful February. I was happy to have participated in my second read-a-thon for the year. (I’m hoping to participate in one a month, if possible). It was my first time joining the Contemporary-a-thon and I managed to complete some of the prompts. You can see my wrap-up here.
Total Books Read in February: 5 Total Books Read in 2020: 9
Crashing the A-List By: Summer Heacock Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance NOTE: I was sent a copy of Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock, from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Total Number of Books Read: 5 Total Number of Fiction: 4 Total Number of Non-Fiction: 1 Total Books Sent for Review: 0 Total Books Read from My Shelves: 3 Total Library Books Read: 2
Physical Books: 3 eBooks: 1 Audio Books: 1
March is Mystery Madness Month. I’m not signing up for any groups or a read-a-thon for this theme, in particular. However I do hope to read some books from the mystery genre over the next 4 weeks.
Another genre I am hoping to read from is middle grade fiction. So, I have decided to participate in the Middle Grade March Read-a-thon. This is a month long challenge, that is hosted on YouTube by Life Between Words and Books And Jams. I will make a separate post announcing my intentions soon.
From February 10 until the 16, I participated in the Contemporary-a-thon. This is the first time I participated in this read-a-thon and quite enjoyed connecting with the other participants. I even found several new bloggers to follow. My overall goal was to complete at least 1 book during the week long event. I picked 3 books to chose from. My TBR included:
I completed The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary during the read-a-thon and I also made great progress on Snowfall and Secrets by Kimberly Loth.
1. Read a contemporary book with green on the cover. (See plant and green door) 2. Read a contemporary book from a new to you author. 3. Read a diverse contemporary. (Although we don’t learn exactly what background Leon is, it is mentioned that he is multicultural.) 6. Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover. 7. Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community. (Beloved by Heather: Bookables.)
I am looking forward to participating in the Contemporary-a-thon, again next year.
Did you do this read-a-thon? If so how did you do?
NOTE: I apologize that the formatting for this post is off. I was having technical difficulties, but wanted to get my wrap up posted anyway.
Every year I try to take a set approach to my reading. For example in 2019, I focused on reading at least 1 new release and 1 book from my TBR Jar each month. Unfortunately because I was so strict with keeping to those goals, I missed out on reading a lot of books that had caught my eye. I also found myself stuck reading some books that I wasn’t as interested in, because I wanted to get through them. So for 2020, I decided to throw the schedule out the window and read what I want. I plan to pick up books as they interest me and if I find them lagging, then I will DNF it. As you can see from my wrap-up below, it is going well so far. Here is my reading progress for the first month of the year.
Total Books Read in January: 4 Total Books Read in 2020: 4
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 book borrowed from my mom)
Welcome to my 2019 Year in Review, where I will look back on my reading progress and the posts I’ve made over the past 12 months. But first I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who followed my blog. I really appreciate your support, whether you left me a comment or just popped on to read a post. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and wishing you a very happy new year.
Reflecting on My Blogging in 2019
I took a bit of a different approach to my posts, this past year, as I have had less time and found myself dealing with major writers block. I was becoming very frustrated by my lack of content ideas and I even considered giving it all up. I felt so stuck and uninspired. However I talked myself into pushing through and decided on focusing on making a minimum of 1 post a week. This took a lot of the self-inflicted stress off my shoulders and in time I began to enjoy blogging again. This allowed me to be more consistent and then add additional posts as they came to my mind.
Reflecting on my Reading by Month
As you can see from my chart below, I started off the year well, reading 4 books per month. This is a pace I hoped to keep up, unfortunately that didn’t happen. Over the summer my reading slowed down, due in part to some books that I was less than interested in. I should have given those books up and moved on, but I did struggle through as long as I could. This put me in such a reading slump. Thankfully for the last few months of 2019 I got back on track and averaged 3 books per month.
Reflecting on Audiobooks
I listened to more audiobooks this year, especially since I signed up for Audible. It has introduced me to books that I wouldn’t have heard about otherwise.
Total Audiobooks listened to in 2019: 9
Reflecting on Total of Books Read
My Goodreads goal for the year was to read 40 books. At the time I thought that this was a reasonable number. Unfortunately I couldn’t predict how things would go, nor did I expect to have such sluggish summer. Although I didn’t quite make my goal, I did come close reading 37 books.
Reflecting on Formats Read
One of my main goals for 2019 was to make a dent on the books I owned. Many of these have been sitting on my shelves for years. After totaling up the different formats read, I was surprised by how many eBooks I read throughout the year. I thought that my physical books read would have been much higher.
Reflecting on the Sources of Books Read
This chart shows better the amount of books I read from my own shelves. I am also pleased by the amount of library books I read. We are big fans of our local library and I love being able to support them as much as I can.