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Monthly Wrap-up: June 2021

Total Books Read in June: 5
Total Books Read in 2021: 28

I am officially over half way to my goal of reading 52 books in 2021! If I can keep up with the pace I am reading, I believe I will meet my goal, which is so exciting. Did you set any reading goals this year? How are they going?

In a previous post, I shared my current TBR, which was to my backlist books that I have been sent. Below is the progress I made this month:

Backlist Catch-up TBR: 2/7

Backlist Catch-up TBR Books Read in June:

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Inheriting Edith
By: Zoe Fishman

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Note: I won a copy of Inheriting Edith from Goodreads and plan to share my honest review in a future post.

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
By: Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 4/5
NOTE: I won a copy of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite from Goodreads and plan to share my honest review in a future post.

Additional Books Read:

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Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
By: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooklyn Allen

Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5

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For the Love of Friends
By: Sara Goodman Confino

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of For the Love of Friends by Sara Goodman Confino, from the publisher, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Vanishing Half
By: Britt Bennett

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 4/5

DNF

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Cut and Run
By: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker

Narrated by: Meg Ryan, et. Al.
Genre: Audiobook, Comedy
Reason for DNF: The concept of a comedic presentation about organ harvesters, was interesting, however I found it rushed and wasn’t invested enough to keep track of the characters.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 3
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 4
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks:
 2
Audio Books: 
1

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: May 2021

Total Books Read in May: 7
Total Books Read in 2021: 23

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Tinaca Jones
By: Matt Boren
Narrated by: Retta

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Audiobook, Short Story
Rating: 2/5

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The New Elizabeth
(Sweet Valley High, 63)
By: Francine Pascal & Kate William

Genre: YA Lit, Middle Grade, Series
Rating: 3/5

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100 Ways to Motivate Yourself
By: Steve Chandler
Narrated by: Steve Chandler

Genre: Self Help, Non-fiction
Rating: 3/5

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Anna’s Crossing
(Amish Beginnings, 1)
By: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

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Secrets of the Lighthouse
By: Santa Montefiore

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5

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American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
By: Karen Harper
Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon

Genre: Historical Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 4/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 7
Total Number of Fiction: 6
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 1
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 5
Total Library Books Read: 2

Formats Read

Physical Books: 3
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
3

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: March 2021

Total Books Read in March: 5
Total Books Read in 2021: 12

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The Perfect Couple
By: Elin Hilderbrand

Read by: Erin Bennett
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Mystery, Romance
Rating: 4/5

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Catla and the Vikings
By: Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Rating: 3/5

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Abduction!
By: Peg Kehret

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: This book was listed as middle grade because of the age of the children involved. but it wasn’t written that way. Therefore I have decided to just list the genre as mystery/thriller.

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The Mystery at Lilac Inn
(Nancy Drew, 4)
By: Carolyn Keene
Read by: Laura Linney

Genre: Mystery, Middle Grade, YA Lit
Rating: 2.5/5

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
By: Dawnie Walton

Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4/5
NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 3

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks:
 2
Audio Books: 
3

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: February 2021

Total Books Read in February: 3
Total Books Read in 2021: 7

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Verity
By: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Rating: 5/5

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Buried Deep
By: Margot Hunt

Genre: Audio book, Short Story, Mystery
Rating: 5/5

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After You
By: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Series
Rating: 3.5/5

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: 3
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
1

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2021

Total Books Read in January: 4
Total Books Read in 2021: 4

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We Came Here to Shine
By: Susie Orman Schnall

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of Susie Orman Schnall’s We Came Here to Shine, from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Cheerleaders
By: Kara Thomas

Genre: YA Lit, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 4/5

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Double-Dare O’Toole
By: Constance C. Greene

Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 2/5

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64th Man
By: Bryan Tucker

Genre: Audiobook, Audible Original, Humor, Sports fiction
Rating: 3/5

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: 3
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
1

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: December 2020

I hope you all had a great holiday season and sending you best wishes for the New Year! Here is my final monthly wrap-up for the year 2020.

Total Books Read in December: 2
Total Books Read in 2020: 42

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The Ghost of Christmas Eve: A Christmas Romance
By: Vanessa Kittle

Genre: ??? I don’t even know.
Rating: 1/5
Quick Thoughts: I’m not sure how this could be classified as a romance. It wasn’t. Would not recommend.

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On the Come Up
By: Angie Thomas

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

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks:
 1
Audio Books: 
0

Currently Reading

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2020 Wrap-up: Goal Check-in

As I wrap up my posts for the year 2020, I decided to look back on my goals for the past twelve months and see how much progress I made.

At the end of 2019, I posted the following image of the books I was looking forward to reading.

Here is how I did:

Number of books read in 2020: 5/10

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin
Conviction by Denise Mina
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

How did you do with your reading goals for 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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2020 Wrap-up: Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2021

I have yet to decide if I will have a more structured approach to my TBR this year, but because I did well (unintentionally) with the books I included on my list for 2020, I decided to go ahead and post one for 2021.

Here are the books I’m interested in reading over the next twelve months.

Waiting for Summer’s Return (Heart of the Prairie, 1) by Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Winter’s Tale: The Wreck of the Florizel by Cassie Brown
A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness 2) by Rhys Bowen
Trouble and Strife by Johanne Levesque
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

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2020 Wrap-up: Cover Love

Although some of these books weren’t necessarily my top books that I read in 2020 but they did make it to one of my favourites posts due in part to their awesome covers.

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I thought this was a good depiction of the main character Daisy Jones.

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This cover screams autumn. And what a beautiful view.

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The cover photo for this book shows women fighting fires after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is a perfect image to introduce a book about courageous women.

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What better way to represent Nashville and country music than with an image of a rhinestone cowboy boot?

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I love a book set in a ship and this cover was done beautifully.

Which of these covers do you like the most? Do you have a favourite cover from the books you read in 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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2020 Wrap-up: Best of the Best

The following are my favourite books that I read over the past twelve months.

Honorable Mentions: The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton , Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

What was your favourite books of the year? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned? Leave me a message in the comments.