Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

March 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

Another month is over and a new one begins…I didn’t do to bad in reading for March. I have been a lot of audiobooks because I decided to get back into cross stitching and it is nice to listen to a book while I am stitching.

March 2021 Books Read Wrap Up

I read 5 books this month, compare to February I did better at reading. Below are the books that I read this month.

The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis: I started this book at the end of February and finished it in March. It is a historical fiction/mystery where it has the three famous Bronte sisters solving crimes before they became legendary writers. This is the first book in the series and the sisters become involve in case of a missing wife and trying to figure out what happen to her. They also struggle with how women at the time were perceived by society on how they should be at home instead of trying to solving mystery. I enjoyed the book, you could tell the author did a lot of research on the sisters and intertwine a lot of it into the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: This is a YA Mystery, it follows three young adults who are cousins and they are requested to come work at their grandma’s resort who they have never met since their parents were disown before they were born for a reason that they didn’t know why. I enjoyed the book, I thought it was fast paced story and it has a lot of twist and turns that kept you wondering what is going and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. This was the first time I read the author books and I am definitely going to read her other books. Rating: 💚💚💚💚

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Middle Grade Paranormal series, I read this book for TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Group Read, we are reading each book in the series each month. The story follows Cassidy Blake who after an accident, she can see/feel ghosts and she has a best friend Jacob who is a ghost. Her parents are paranormal investigators who start a new reality tv show about hunting and investigating paranormal activity in famous places over the summer. Their first investigation is in Edinburgh, Scotland, this is where Cassidy finds out more about her gift and how she can use it. I don’t usually read middle grade books, but I pleasantly surprised how much I like this book. It was fast paced and kept you reading to find out what was going to happen to Cassidy and it has a spooky feeling to it that draws in. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: The book is based on the murders of Osage Indian Nation members back in 1920s. I read the book for TBR and Beyond Group Read and this is the only second non-fiction true crime that I have ever read. The book is based on the crimes committed against the Osage people and how the FBI after so many years finally solved the murders. I have really mix feelings about this book, I thought it was good and very informative. The author did his research and spoke to the Osage people to get the facts correct and not just going by the FBI reports. My mix feelings about the story is how hateful and privileged white people were and they didn’t think it was wronged that these crimes were being done against the Osage indigenous people. Unfortunately, crimes against indigenous people are still happening today and until actions are done to keep them safe, it will continue to happen. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another TBR and Beyond Group Read, this series is being read part of the Swoon group reads in the TBR and Beyond and we started with the first book in series FBAA. I didn’t know what to expect about this book and wasn’t expecting to like it. I was curious about it cause I was seeing a lot of people mentioning about it and I wanted to see what it was all about. I really really liked this book….it has vampires in it (I am a sucker (lol) for anything that has vampires in it). It does have some romance in it which didn’t bother me and didn’t distract from the story. The beginning was slow at first but it did build up throughout the book, the worldbuilding was done really good and the story itself was done nicely. I have to stay my favorite character as of right now is Hawke and I am interested to see what happens in the next two book in the series. We are reading the second one in April. Rating:❤❤❤❤❤

These are all of the books that I read in March…not bad…glad that I was able to read more than I thought I would. Hoping that I can keep the paced going in April.

Book Haul

Here are the books that I got in March.

Hope everyone had a good March in reading! Did you read anything of the books that I read in March? Which books did you read and which one was your favorite for the month? Did you get any books this month?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

February 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

The month of February is over…month is short and gone by fast. I was hoping to read more this month but I had allowed my mood to cause me to not want to really read much.

February 2021 Wrap Up

I only read 2 books this month and still not in the mood to read to many fantasy books.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: I loved this book…I was part of book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours in February. You can find my complete review here. This is the only fantasy book I read this month. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce: They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams–their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte. The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she’d given up, what was taken from her, how she’d suffered, surely they’d understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That’s all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive. This was good book…I couldn’t put it down and the ending wasn’t what I expected to be. Rating: 💚💚💚💚💚

This is what I read this month…hoping March will be better.

Book Haul

Here are the books I got in February.

What books did you read this month and which ones were your favorite reads? Brought any books this month?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

January 2021 – End of Month Reading & Book Haul

Happy Belated New Year! I am back from taking a break before the New Year, I was going to post a wrap up for 2020 and 2021 goals but my grandmother passed the week of Christmas and I needed to take a break. But I am back and hoping to be more active with my blog this year compare to last year. I decided not to really setup many reading goals or blog goals for 2021 because I never met them but I am going to try to read 100 books this year for Goodreads challenge, I did go over the 50 books goal in 2020. I am hoping to at least get to 100 books and so far I am doing pretty good with reading.

January 2021 End of Month Reading

I read 5 books in January 2021, which is pretty good and if I can at least keep reading at least five books each month, I think I will be able to meet my 100 reading goal.

One by One by Ruth Ware: This book was for TBR and Beyond Book Club December group discussion that I was the lead for it. I was hoping that I would like this book because I do enjoy reading mystery/thriller books but I really didn’t like it. I would have DNF if I was leading the discussion for the group. I ended up staying up until 1:00 am just to get it finished because if I had put the book down, I wouldn’t have pick it back up. I know a lot of people enjoy her books but I don’t think her writing style is for me. Rating: 💙💙

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson: The book is the 3rd book in the Truly Devious series and I really loved this book and series. I was introduce to the series by one of Admin/friend in TBR and Beyond Book Club (Samm) and the series doesn’t disappoint. If you enjoy YA Mystery books, then I would recommend picking up this series. It delivers on the mystery and the way Stevie (main character) solves both crimes in two different time period. I am looking forward to the next book in the series called The Box in the Woods coming out 25 May 2021. Rating: 💚💚💚💚💚

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco: I finally decided to pick up the last book in Stalking Jack the Ripper series that follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell trying to solve crimes. The series is YA historical fiction and each book introduces true crime serial killers at that time in history. I was sad to see the series ended because I really do love Audrey Rose and Thomas and reading about their adventure. I hope that Kerri would some day revisit Audrey Rose and Thomas or gives us a book with Thomas’ sister and her lover (I think that would be an interesting book). Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco: Other another Kerri’s book, this is her new series which is YA Historical Fiction about twin witches and the Princes of Hell. This book is for TBR & Beyond Book Club January Group Read. I really loved this book…I couldn’t put it down if it wasn’t for work I would have had read it in one sitting. The book starts out slow but it does pick up and it keeps going and guessing on who killed Emilia’s sister and the other witches. We get introduce to some of the Princes of Hell and Wrath is the one that Emilia summons to find out who murdered her sister.

You can see the chemistry between Emilia and Wrath even though both of them fight it tooth and nail. The other Princes were intriguing too but Wrath definitely keeps staying in your mind the whole time you are reading the book even when he is not in the scene.

Overall, I loved this first book in the series and I can’t wait for the second one, Kingdom of the Cursed comes out later this year. I need to know what happened with Emilia and Wrath. Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado: I will be posting my review which is part of Hear Our Voices blog tour next week – come back to find out what I thought about the book.

So, those are the books I read in January. Notice that I only had one YA Fantasy book that I read, that is due to be being a little burn out with YA Fantasy books and I am trying to read more mystery/thriller and books with supernatural beings in them.

Book Haul

Here are the books I got in January.

What books did you read this month and which ones were your favorite reads? Brought any books this month?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up

October 2020 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hi Everyone! It is the end of October….definitely went too fast but I am happy about 2020 ending because it has been a shitty year. Let’s hope that 2021 is better and we can get back to normal lives. I am pretty proud of myself, I have read a lot this month compare to the other months, I am hoping that means my reading slump is over for now. I read 9 books this month between blog tours and TBR and Beyond Book Club’s game this month.

Horrid by Katrina Leno: After the death of Jane’s father, her mother and Jane move from California to Maine to live in her late grandmother’s dilapidated old house. It is where Jane’s mom grew up. The history behind the house and a lot of dealing with grief in the present and past. This book was perfect TBR and Beyond group read for October, it was creepy without all of the goriness of a horror book. I enjoyed the book, it was perfect for October with the fall and Halloweenish environment. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending, I was looking for more to end of it. If you are looking for a mixture of horror, mystery/thriller and paranormal book then this would be perfect. Rating: 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by various authors: Will post detail review for each story later. It was a nice book of short stories to do with vampires and I like some of stories and other ones left me with wanting more information about the story. Rating: 🧛‍♀️🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♂️

The Haunting of Beatrix Greene: Vol. 1 by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons, and Vicky Alvear Shecter: Received the eARC from NetGalley for this book and I really loved this book. It had all of the elements of a horror book, the book is set Victorian England with Beatrix Greene posing as spiritual medium. She meets James Walker, who is going around disapproving psychics and mediums. When he offers her a job to go Ashbury Manor to see if it is haunted or not, she couldn’t pass it up with the amount money he was offering her. James has a dark secret which only a true medium can uncover. This book was definitely creepy and kept you on your toes at every corner. I hope we get a Vol. 2 of this book. Rating: 🔮🔮🔮🔮🔮 https://www.serialbox.com/serials/the-haunting-of-beatrix-greene

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe: Find my review post here. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan: Find my review post here. Rating: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙

Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore: Find my review post here. Rating: ❄❄❄❄

The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman: Find my review post here. Rating: 💜💜💜💜1/2

Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Find my review post here. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz: Find my review post here. Rating: 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷

I did enjoy this months books…next month I am hoping to top my read count (hopefully).

My October book haul was lot this month but some were gifts from book gift exchange that I belong too and some were from box subscriptions. I am looking forward to read these.

How did you all end your October month? Did you have a good month of reading? What book did you get this month that you were looking forward to getting in?

Be safe and if you haven’t do so, go vote.

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September 2020 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello!!!! October is here….can’t believe how quickly this year is going…hoping that 2021 will be better and we will be able to get back to normal. Looking back I haven’t done a Wrap Up and Book Hauls post since February. This year has been a struggle for me mentally so I have only been doing blog tour posts. But I am back, I know I haven’t been the only struggle over the past months and I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe. To get through half of this year, I tried to read more, watch my favorite TV shows, and I brought a Switch to play Animal Crossing: New Horizon.

Wrap Up

Here are the books I read in September, I only got to read five books but that was my goal for this month. The month of September is really busy at work and I was surprised I even read five books.

I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara – True Crime story based on The Golden State killer. I read this part of TBR & Beyond Club Group Read and it was good. I also watched the docu-series on HBO Max. It was interesting to read her process on searching for the killer and the way she gave us some personal information in the book to help with the intensity of the book. I was sad that she didn’t get a chance to finished her book and see what happen later on when they finally caught him. Rate: 💜💜💜💜💜

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I enjoy all of Holly Black’s faerie books and I definitely like this one. It was whimsical and nice story, I enjoyed Hazel, Ben and especially Jack. He is such an adorable character and really felt bad for him. It was a nice and after reading some dark ones this month, it was nice to end it with this one. Rate: 💜💜💜💜

Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black – Part of blog tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. You can find my review here. Rate: 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬

A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan – Part of blog tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. You can find my review here. Rate: 👸👸👸👸

Sisters of the Moon by Alexandrea Weis – Part of blog tour hosted by Good Choice Reading. You can find my review here. Rate: 🌑🌑🌑🌑🌑

Those are all of the reads I did for September…not a bad month for me.

Book Hauls

Have I mention that I have a book addictions especially when I have so many books to read on my shelf. I can’t help myself…here are the books that I got in September.

I am looking forward to reading some of these in October.

How did you do on your reading for September? Did you buy anything new to read?

Book Hauls, Monthly TBR, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

January 2020 Wrap Up and February TBR

Hello! A little late in posting my monthly wrap up and TBR so I decided to do both in one blog post. My reading in January started out great, I read 6 books but I got burned out with reading so many fantasy books that I needed to take a break. My intention was to read a different genre to finish out strong in January but the last two weeks of the month I decided to watch Netflix series. Sometime you need to take a break from reading so much so that you won’t get into a reading slump.

Here are the books that I read in January and short reviews for each one.

Lie To Me by Kaitlin Ward – The book was good and it was nice to see the main character figuring out her sexuality. Representation of mental illness and depression was addressed in the book. The only thing I wish there was more on mystery/thriller portion of the story play out better and less concentration on the romance between Amelia and Liam. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – I enjoy the book, it had magic, adventure and some spooky moments in it but the only thing I did not enjoy is the pace and the predictable behind the twist in the book which I figure out in the middle of the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes – I love any stories about Alice in Wonderland so I was really excited that a friend suggested for me to pick Queen of Hearts up. I found the series on Book Outlet which I couldn’t resist in getting. I found the retelling to be good and I thought it focus on the political aspect of Wonderland more than other retelling I have read. The book does focus on the darkness and brutality of Wonderland. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the book was that it was really slow and it took awhile to get interesting but other than that I really liked it and planning to read the rest of the series. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I decided for 2020 to complete reading the Shadowhunter series this year. I am working on the Infernal Devices series and I really like this series so far. I enjoy the The Mortal Instrument series, I didn’t know about the order of reading the Shadowhunter series per Cassandra Clare but hasn’t made a big difference for me. When Jem and Tessa was introduce in TMI series, I was hoping we would get separate series about them. I really like this first book of the series, getting to read about how Jem, Tessa, and Will met and how Tessa find out who truly is and her struggle on accepting it. It was refreshing to see the development of the relationship and friendship were in the book. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – This was good start to fantasy series and debut novel for Amelie. I enjoy learning about the different affinities and how they use them. The world building was done well and the writing style was good. The two different POV between the two characters were nice to read and getting their background on how they came to be in the present time. It took me awhile to get the book finished because I was burning out on fantasy at the time and I need a break before I gave up on the book. I am glad that I did take a break from reading it because I came back with refresh brain and was able to enjoy the book more. I looking forward to next book in the series. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and more authors – I used the audiobook for the book and I like that the book had different narrators which was nice to have. I was excited to read about Simon to see him go through the academy to become shadowhunter and slowly regaining his memories of his friends. My favorite characters from the Mortal Instruments series are Simon and Magnus so I was happy to have book concrerating on Simon. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

For the challenges I was participating in January, I was able to get four books read for the TBR and Beyond Menagerie Boardgame.

My January book haul…

My January reading month was pretty good and hoping I have a better February month.

My February TBR…I am hoping to read 7 books this month because I know I won’t be able to get them all read.

How was everyone reading in January? What did you buy in January? What is on your February TBR?

JoAnne

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Wrap Up – December 2019

December Wrap Up…this month was a lot better than the previous ones. I actually got a lot of reading done during the couple of days I was off for the holiday. I ended up reading 10 books which was due that I was trying to reach my Goodreads goal of 60 books but I didn’t make it but I did better than my 2018 goal.

December Book Haul

I am pretty proud about my reading month, hopefully I continue with upping my monthly reading goals in 2020.

How was your December month of reading? Did you get anything exciting books?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up

Wrap Up – November 2019

November Wrap Up…it didn’t goes as I had plan! I had a bad case of reading slump for the last couple of months so this month I only read three books. Two were re-read.

Hoping to get a lot more reading done in December. I am not sure I will reach my Goodreads goal of 60 books but we will see.

I didn’t buy as many books this month which is a good thing. Here are my book haul for the month.

How was everyone reading in November? What did you purchase to this month?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up and Book Haul – October 2019

Monthly wrap up for October 2019…I read the following books which I am happy that I got six books read this month more than Sept.

Rating:

The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman 💜💜💜💜💜 (Check out Blog Tour Review post)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 💜💜💜💜💜

Hex Life 💜💜💜💜

Forgotten by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast 💜💜💜💜💜 (Check out Blog Tour Review post)

The Merciless by Danielle Vega 💜💜💜💜💜

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 💜💜💜💜💜

Will be posting the other books review this weekend.

Here are the books that I brought this month…I thought I only got six this month but turn out it was a little more…lol!

Let see how I do for November…working on getting my TBR together. How was your October month? Did you get all of the books on your TBR done?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up

May Wrap Up and Book Haul

My reading for May was not the best. I only read two books. The books were for TBR and Beyond Book Club middle grade group read.

I haven’t read a middle grade since Harry Potter books, I was looking forward to start reading middle grade again and see if I still enjoy reading them. We read as a group Nevermoor series from Jessica Townsend.

I gave them both 💜💜💜💜💜 rating because they were really refreshing to read and writing was done perfectly. I will be posting my reviews for both them this weekend.

These are the books I read in May but hoping to get myself back on track for June (finger crossed).

My lack of reading for May didn’t stop from getting books!

My book haul this month was small. Majority of the books were pre-ordered so technically I didn’t buy them in May but I received them during the month.

May Book Haul:

I have already started reading We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.

How was your reading in May? What did you read? Did you buy any books?