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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2019

Total Books Read in January: 5

Total Books Read in 2019: 5

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The World’s Best Jokes for Kids Volume II: Every Single One Illustrated
By: Swerling & Lazar

Genre: Childrens, Humor
Rating: 3/5

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Murder at the Flamingo (A Van Buren and Deluca Mystery, #1)
By: Rachel McMillan

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of Murder at the Flamingo from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Years Before “Anne”
By: Francis W.P. Bolger

Genre: Non-fiction, Biography
Rating: 3.5/5
Quick Thoughts: I enjoyed this book about the early career of Lucy Maud Montgomery, more than I anticipated.

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Everything, Everything
By: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA Lit
Rating: 4/5

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Murder in the City of Liberty
(Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery, #2)

By: Rachel McMillan

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
Rating: 3/5
Note: I was sent a copy of Murder in the City of Liberty from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 2
Total Books Sent for Review: 2
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 1

Challenge Update

2019 New Release Challenge: 2
2019 TBR Jar Challenge: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 1

February TBR

From my TBR Jar:

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Sent for Review:

Currently Reading

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Monthly Wrap-up: December 2018

Total Books Read in December: 8

Total Books Read in 2018: 41

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A Christmas Cracker by Trisha Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5

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A Lancaster County Christmas (Lancaster County Secrets) by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

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Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel (Stephanie Plum, #8.5) by Janet Evanovich
Genre: Audio Book, Mystery, Contemporary
Rating: 1/5

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Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) by Sara Shepard
Genre: YA Lit, Mystery
Rating: 3/5
Quick Thoughts: Pretty Little Liars was a quick young adult novel that wasn’t exactly as suspenseful as I anticipated. Although I enjoyed it well enough, I found some parts to be somewhat lame. Still Sara Shepard set the stage for a mystery I am interested in uncovering.

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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1) by Louise Rennison
Genre: Young Adult Lit
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: This was a re-read.

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The World’s Best Jokes for Kids Volume I: Every Single One Illustrated
By: Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar

Genre: Childrens, Humour
Rating: 3/5
NOTE: Sent for review.

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The Tea House on Mulberry Street
By: Sharon Owens

Read by: Caroline Winterson
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Audio book
Rating: 3/5

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Summer Baby: A Novella (The Summer Series, Book 3)
By: Beth Labonte

Genre: Novella, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5

The Stats


Total Number of Books Read: 8
Total Number of Fiction: 7
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 1
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 3  
Total Library Books Read: 3

Formats Read


Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 3
Audio Books: 2 

January TBR

From my TBR Jar:

Follow me on Instagram @melissaleesredhousereviews to see the video I posted where I chose my January TBR jar book.

The Years Before Anne: The Early Career of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Author of Anne of Green Gables

I also plan to read:

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I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and wishing you a very happy new year.

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Monthly Wrap-up: November 2019

Total Books Read in November: 4

Total Books Read in 2018: 33
The Enigma

The Enigma by T.C. Badcock
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2) by Dani Pettrey 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Suspense 
My Rating: 4/5

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The Shoe Box (A Christmas Story) by Francine Rivers 
Genre: Christian Fiction, Audio Book
My Rating: 4/5

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The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction
My 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: 2 
Total Library Books Read: 2

Formats Read


Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Currently Reading

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December TBR

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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2018

Total Books Read in October: 5
Total Books Read in 2018: 29

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 
Genre: Contemporary, Literary Fiction
My Rating: 2.5/5

 

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mystery, #1) by Rhys Bowen
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
My Rating: 3.5/5

 

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol 
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5/5

Toward the Sunrise (Until the Dawn 0.5) by Elizabeth Camden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 2.5/5
Quick Thoughts: Toward the Sunrise was a quick novella introducing some of the characters in Elizabeth Camden’s Until the Dawn series. I enjoyed the historical setting as well as the brief parts set in New York City. The romance was just alright, but I found the main character to be entitled and overly bold. I have yet to decide if I will continue on with this series.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 3

 

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 4
Audio Books: 0

 

Currently Reading

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2018

Total Books Read in September: 4
Total Books Read in 2018: 24

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1) by Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Rita Barrington
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
My Rating: 4/5

 

The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens 
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 2/5
Quick Thoughts: Peter Behrens The Law of Dreams follows an orphaned boy during the Irish potato famine, as he forges a new life for himself. Many historical fiction novels I’ve read doesn’t delve far into why immigrants leave them homelands. However this book did and for that I found it interesting. Unfortunately I struggled with some of the disturbing content and found it quite long. I didn’t feel as if I got to know our main character as well as the people he came across on his journey.

 

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 3.5/5

 

Deadly Voyage: R.M.S. Titanic, Jamie Laidlaw, April 14, 1912 by High Brewster
Genre: Middle-grade, Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

 

Currently Reading

 

October TBR

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Monthly Wrap-up: August 2018

Total Books Read in August: 3
Total Books Read in 2018: 20

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom, #3)
By: Elizabeth Ludwig
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
My Rating: 3/5
Quick thoughts: Tide and Tempest was an interesting end to the Edge of Freedom series. I enjoyed the time period, New York city setting and being reunited with characters from the previous two novels. However this wasn’t my favourite book in the trilogy as I didn’t find the main characters to be as interesting as others. I also felt that the end was rushed. I would still recommend Elizabeth Ludwig’s novels to fans of Christian historical fiction.

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
By: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 3/5

 

An Amish Kitchen
By: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Long
Narrated by: Heather Henderson
Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

 

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: 2
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

Currently Reading

 

September 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

 

Currently Reading

 

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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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