Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-up: May 2020

Total Books Read in May: 6
Total Books Read in 2020: 2
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Titanic: The Long Night
By Diane Hoh

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5

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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.

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My Lost Family
By: Danny Ben-Moshe & Dasha Lisitsina

Genre: Non-fiction, Audiobook, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

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Nights in Rodanthe
By: Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance, Contemporary fiction
Rating: 4/5

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An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train, 0.5)
By: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5

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The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy, 3)
By Sarah Sundin

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Rating: 5/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin, from the publisher, via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 6
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 1
Total Books Sent for Review: 2
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 4
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks:
2
Audio Books:
3

Currently Reading

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June TBR

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Bout of Books 28 Read-a-thon Fail

Grab button for Bout of Books

The Bout of Books Read-a-thon ran from May 11-17. This is my wrap-up of my reading progress.

Total Books Read: 1

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My Lost Family
By: Danny Ben-Moshe and Dasha Lisitsina

Genre: Non-fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 5/5

Challenges

Day 1: Introduce yourself in 6 words.

Boy Mom, Cat Mom, Book Lover

….and unfortunately that is as far as I got. I had high hopes that I would make some great reading progress during this read-a-thon. Unfortunately life got in the way.

I did make decent progress on Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks, but wasn’t able to get to An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train, 0.5) by Jody Hedlund.

I’m hoping for better luck in the next round of the Bout of Books Read-a-thon.

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Monthly Wrap-up: April 2020

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

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Bundle of Trouble (Maternal Instincts Mystery, 1)
By: Diana Orgain

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Series
Rating: 2.5/5

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The Beatles in Comics!
By: Michels Mabel and Various Artists

Genre: Graphic Novel, Biography, Non-fiction
Rating: 2.5/5

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The Heiresses
By: Sara Shepard

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Rating: 3/5

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The Engagement Party
By: Kimberly Freeman

Genre: Historical Fiction, short story, ebook
Rating: 2.5/5

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The Unexpected Everything
By: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary fiction, YA Lit, Audiobook, Audible
Rating: 4/5

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks:
3
Audio Books:
1

Currently Reading

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May TBR

Bout of Books 28 begins on May 11. I’m going to sort through my collection for books to read during this week long challenge.

My possible read-a-thon TBR includes:

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And that’s all for this wrap-up. Wishing you all a safe and healthy May.

NOTE: Please excuse the unaligned images. Once again I am having trouble formatting my post. Has anyone else had this issue with WordPress?

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Monthly Wrap-up: March 2020

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

Check out my Charlie’s Corner wrap up for more information on the middle grade fiction, I read in March.

Total Middle Grade Read: 5

The following books are those I read for March Mystery Madness.

Total Mysteries Read: 3

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Death of a Rhinestone Cowboy
By: Jenna Brown

Rating: 3/5

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Decked (Regan Reilly Mystery, 1)
By: Carol Higgins Clark

Rating: 3/5

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The Mystery of the Blue Train
(Hercule Poirot, 6)
By: Agatha Christie

Rating: 3/5

Additional Book Read:

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The Number of Love
(The Codebreakers, 1)
By: Roseanna M. White

Rating: 3.5/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White, from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 9
Total Number of Fiction: 9
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 3
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 6
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 6
eBooks:
2
Audio Books:
1

Currently Reading

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April TBR

As of this time, I don’t know of any read-a-thons to participate in, but if I do see any that catch my interest, I will make a post about it.

2 of the books I hope to read in April include:

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Charlie's Corner: Middle Grade March 2020 Wrap-up

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share baby/children’s product and book reviews.

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.

Middle Grade March is hosted on YouTube by Life Between Words and Books and Jams. The prompts for the month included:

  • Books set in another country.
  • Book to screen adaptations.
  • Mystery books.
  • Books with illustrations.
  • Books about stories

My Middle Grade March Wrap-up

Total Books Read: 5

1. A Study in Scarlet (The Sherlock Holmes Children’s Collection 1) by Stephanie Baudet

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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.

2. Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons by: Ashli St. Armant
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin

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Rating: 5/5
Prompts Covered: A book set in another country (USA), Mystery book.

3. The Canary Caper (A to Z Mysteries, 3) by Ron Roy

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Rating: 3/5
Prompts Covered: A book set in another country (USA), Mystery book, A book with illustrations.

4. The Deadly Dungeon (A to Z Mysteries, 4) by Ron Roy

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Rating: 2/5
Prompts Covered: A book set in another country (USA), Mystery book, A book with illustrations.

5. The Empty Envelope (A to Z Mysteries, 5) by Ron Roy

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Rating: 3/5
Prompts Covered: A book set in another country (USA), Mystery book, A book with illustrations.

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Monthly Wrap-up: February 2020

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

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The Book of Gutsy Women
By: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: 4/5

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The Victory Garden
By: Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: Saaskia Marleveld

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook, Audible
Rating: 3/5

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The Flatshare
By: Beth O’Leary

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5

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Snowfall and Secrets (Omega Mu Alpha Brothers 1)
By Kimberly Loth

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 2.5/5

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Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Confessions of a Shopaholic 2)
By: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Contemporary fiction, Romance, Series
Rating: 3/5

DNF

Crashing the A-List

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.

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Tinaca Jones
By: Matt Boren
Narrated by: Retta

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Audiobook, Audible Original
Note: Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get into the plot of this audiobook and decided to move on.

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 3
eBooks:
1
Audio Books:
1

Currently Reading

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March TBR

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.

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A Better Late than Never Contemporary-a-thon Wrap-up

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:

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Tinaca Jones by Matt Boren
Crashing the A List by Summer Heacock

Unfortunately I decided to DNF Tinaca Jones and Crashing the A List, as I couldn’t get into their plots. So I decided to pick up:

Snowfall and Secrets (Omega Mu Alpha Brothers, 1) by Kimberly Loth

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Books Completed: 1

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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.

Prompts Covered

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?

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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2020

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

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Then Came You (A Bradford Sisters Romance 0.5)
By: Becky Wade

Genre: Novella, Christian Fiction, Romance
Rating: 1/5

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The Mother-In-Law
By: Sally Hepworth

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 3.5/5

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Daisy Jones & the Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook, Audible
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: 3
Total Library Books Read: (1 book borrowed from my mom)

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Currently Reading

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2019 in Review

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.

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Monthly Wrap-up: December 2019

Total Books Read in November: 3
Total Books Read in 2019: 37

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Someone We Know by
Shari Lapena

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4/5

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Philomena: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search
By: Martin Sixsmith

Narrated by: John Curless
Genre: Nonfiction, Audiobook
Rating: 3.5/5

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Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, 2.5)
By: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Challenge Update

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

January TBR

I haven’t decided what my TBR for January will be as I’m hoping to pick up whenever books interest me.

Currently Reading

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