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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

Currently Reading

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

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Tis the season for yearly wrap-up posts. I will likely mention the following books in upcoming posts, but I really wanted to participate in this weeks TTT. As it is only early in December, there may be more books that I would add to this list.

Without further delay here are my favourite books that I have read so far in 2017. (In chronological order)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

 A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware 


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford


The Empress Holds the Key by Gabriel Farago


The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen


The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by JK Rowling


The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo


Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte

 

If you participated in this weeks TTT, please leave me your link below. 

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Monthly Wrap-up: November 2017

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November started off well here, but ended with a cold that hit my whole family. However it didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit that is starting to build. I got a good start on my Christmas shopping, which is surprising. The Christmas lights are up and we’ve been watching some fun movies and festive television shows. Those cheesy Hallmark movies are such a guilty pleasure of mine.

One thing that has always kicked off the festive season (for me) is watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade on television. This year I was able to share that tradition with my son Charles. Sure he didn’t understand what we were watching, nor did he really pay much attention to what was on, but it was nice all the same. The holidays this year are going to be so special as it will be his first Christmas.

I’m satisfied with my reading progress this month and the quality of the books I read was good. Being sick sucks, but it allowed me to spend some more time reading. I finally finished reading The Measure of Katie Calloway, which I’ve slowly been making progress with on Kindle for PC, for quite a while now.

Books Completed

  • Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Novella
  • The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
  • The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas 
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW

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: 2
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 3
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 25 

Currently Reading

December TBR

I hope you all had a wonderful November and happy reading!

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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2017

October 2017

Do you ever think back and try to remember what you did over the past month, but draw a blank? That is what seems to happen to me whenever I sit down to put together my monthly wrap-ups.

Here is what I do remember off the top of my head (ha).

Baby Charlie is now 6 months old. This is such a fun age, because he is becoming more and more interactive. His personality is starting to shine and he is such a happy baby.

Yesterday he celebrated his first Halloween. Kicking it off with a party with some local Moms and their babies. He dressed up as a cute puppy dog. To check out the costume I bought him click here to be directed to the Party City website.

Mom life is keeping my quite busy and I’m having trouble prioritizing my time to blog. Hopefully this is something I will get better at over time.

On to the books..

I am pleased with my reading progress during the month of October, however I didn’t absolutely love the books I read. All of the books I read were sent to me for review.

Books Completed

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  •  The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo 
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW
  • Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
    ♥♥.5 2.5/5
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW
  • Newfie Come Home by David Belisle 
    Rating TBD
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Satire
    SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats

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

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

Total Books Read in 2017: 23

November TBR

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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2017

I have been dealing with a lot of problems with my internet and laptop this month, so I’m just going to do a quick wrap-up before it boots me offline again.

Books Completed:

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♥♥♥ 3/5
The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Holiday Story
SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats

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

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

Total Books Read in 2017: 20

Currently Reading

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