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November Reading Wrap Up

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Total books read this month: 8

My lowest total for a month for a very long time. However it most likely fits into my new mindset of reading slower and not rushing a book.

Authors Come From

USA: 6
Ireland: 1
New Zealand 1

New to me authors:

Nan Rossiter
Betty Smith
Denise Hunter

Reading Challenge Update:

I haven’t moved ahead in the challenges and at this point that’s okay.  Challenges will mostly be a non happening for me in 2020. I think I have reached my fill! Maybe one or two though next year!  I am a goal oriented person but sometimes I think its good not to reach a goal and admit it!

Top Book for November

The Things I Should Have Told You. From Irish author Carmel Harrington. Another 5 star read from this author who now just can’t write fast enough for this reader. A grandad who dies leaves letters for his son and wife and two children to read and he organises so that they take a trip through Europe guided by his letters. The family has various issues and this trip is about to shake them up – in a good way.

I loved this book, the family – the journey – Pops and his letters. I read every word – no skimming. Its warm, funny, emotional and real. I am not a “let’s take a trip” kind of person but this was so inspiring. I loved the map at the beginning.

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Looking forward to reading in December

This review re- issue written by Emilie Richards book Runaway, the first of a romantic suspense trilogy set in New Orleans. Will be published in January. I love when favourite authors get the rights back to their books and it gives me an opportunity to explore books I never knew of to read. This involves a librarian who is searching for her missing sister.

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And a new book coming out by Robyn Carr

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Incoming Books for November

Purchased

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Linking up with Nicole and Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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October Month Wrap Up

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Total books read this month: 15

Authors Come From:

Canada: 2
USA: 9
Australia 2
England 1

New to me authors:

Marjan Kamali
Katherine Reay
Charlie Lovatt

Reading Challenge Update:

This month I completed my Goodreads Challenge.

I am on track with the library challenge and I may or may not make the audiobook challenge.

Reading Club Update:

I read The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovatt as part of the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club. I read it as a slow read for the month and have to say while I got a little lost in places it was a really good read.

I read At The Mountain’s Edge by Genevieve Graham for the Emilie Richards Reading Challenge – this month it was a book set in Canada.

I read The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell as part of the Hachette Australia Books with Heart Facebook group book club.

Top Book for October

Set in a bookshop. This was one I was really happy I had bought and that there is the possibility of one day picking it up and rereading it. Most of my reads this month were 3 and 4 star reads, I think this was my only 5 star read.  Thanks to Katherine P for her review that led me to it.

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Looking forward to reading in November

I don’t have any specific books I am looking forward to in November but I am looking forward to choosing some off my own shelf!

Main Reading Goals for November…

Complete the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge

Incoming Books for October

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books from Audible

Joining up with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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Looking Back at September Reading

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Total books read this month: 13

Authors come from:

USA.  8
England 3
Canada 1
New Zealand 1

New to me authors:

Hazel Prior
Deanna Raybourn
Ashley Farley

Top Book for September

I had some great reads this month, I think about 3 or 4 merited 5 stars from me. However the one I am going to choose is one that I read because I read a review  and decided I’d pick it up. It was just had a delightful point of difference and so I am naming it my book of September.

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The Recipe Box was an outstanding read.

Archangel’s War had a lot of war! but I still loved it.

A Curious Beginning I read because it was the September  book for the Modern Mrs Darcy book club. I can see why the series has its happy reading fans.

 

Looking forward to reading in October

A few of the ones in the plan to read and that I look forward to. Of course there will be others, but that will be what appeals as the month goes by, but very happy to be reading these three. They are all three authors who I can rely on for a book I’ll enjoy.

Incoming Books for September

Purchased

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Library Books

I am improving at getting books from the library rather than buying them. Although out of these I wouldn’t mind my own copy of Ellie and the Harp Maker and The Recipe Box.

From NetGalley

Audio Books Purchased

I am still listening to this one, but I can tell I will want to read/listen to the whole series.

Linking up with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

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August Month in Review

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It’s hard to believe August is finished. This year is speeding on. We all say that! Right!
August is my birthday month and this year one with a big zero, I had family around and we had a lovely celebration. A great niece who turns 7 at the end of the year made of with the seven candle, I was left with the zero candle!

Total books read this month: 13

USA: 10

Ireland: 1

England: 2

New to me authors:

Kerry Winfrey
Carla Neggers ( I think she is, she feels familiar but I can’t find anywhere that I have read a book by her)

Top Book for August

I liked most of the books I read but I have to say Under Currents was the one that caught my book love this month.

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Looking forward to reading in September

I have some review books to read, I’ll read some from the library and some from my own shelf. While I am not sure if I’ll get to read this one in September I do need to put in a pre-order for it. I am thinking I’ll put it at the top of the pile! Publishes about 24th of September.

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Incoming Books for August….

Purchased

 

Library Books

From NetGalley

Audio Books

One from Audible towards the end of August. The Shell Seekers took me about 4 weeks of listening!

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Linking up with Nicole and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

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July Reading Round Up

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Total books read this month: 14

New to me authors:

Balli Kur Jaswal
Mary Beth Keane
Linda Holmes
Robert Hillman
Meg Mitchell Moore
Kate Quinn

Authors Come From:

USA: 9
Singapore: 1
New Zealand: 1
England: 2
Australia: 1

Reading Challenge Update:

Four books towards my library challenge completed this month.

Three audiobooks marked off.

Top Books for July

Well I need three! All different but all five star reads from me.

 

Looking forward to reading in August

Some of what I have planned.

Main Reading Goals for August…

  • include some library books in my reading
  • make a dent in some of the books I’ve bought this year
  • No review books allowed!
  • Give up on Lonesome Dove, I never picked it up in July, will put it aside for now – maybe forever.

Incoming Books for July

Purchased

I am buying all the Kindle books available of Lucilla Andrews – a nostalgic author whose books are out of print but they are publishing them on Kindle and I want them all!

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

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Won

I had a little win on Instagram – Thank you Hachette Australia.

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Audio Books Purchased from Audible

Linking up with Nicole at Feed my Fiction Addiction

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Reading in June Digest

Total books read this month: 12

New to me authors:

Teri Wilson
Chanel Cleeton
Camille Pagán.
Dani Shapiro
Alyson Richman
Emma Hannigan

Where the authors come from

USA: 8
Canada : 2
Australia: 1
Ireland:1

Reading Challenge Update:

I am breaking even for the audiobook challenge as mid year arrives. In the library one I am behind but this month saw me return to using the library more which is good! Half of the books I read this month came from the library.

Reading Club Update:

I read The Gown for the Modern Mrs Darcy book club. It was a really good historical/contemporary dual timeline book. Oh my, the exquisite work that went into the wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth. The interview with Jennifer Robson by Anne Bogel just so added to my appreciation of the story.

Outside Reading Highlights

I had to buy a new computer. My last one crashed. I might see if I can get it fixed as a back up. We’ll see.

I finished a bookshelf quilt which I was delighted to see completed. A post about that later.

Top Book for June…

Well at least eight out of the twelve could be this, they were all so good. However the last is always fresher and this is the one I choose. My first read of Irish author Emma Hannigan. Unfortunately she passed away last year, but I do have a back list I can read.

This book was about being real, the delights of friendship and being there for each other as challenges are faced.

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Looking forward to reading in July …

These two for sure, I have quite a few I want to get to but these will certainly be on the reading agenda for July.

Main Reading Goals for July…

  • continue to read some library books
  • pick up Lonesome Dove again. I made it too P.189 and then fell off the wagon.
  • Pick up as few review books as possible!

Incoming Books for June….

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased

Linking with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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Reading In May Look Back

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For some reason May was a very good month for reading, most likely this is the most in a month I’ll read this year! Also as books began to publish I hit that button for quite a bit of book buying.

Total books read this month:  18

Where Authors Come From:

USA: 9
Britain: 7
Australian: 1
Canadian: 1

New to me authors:

Joanna Glen
Julie Bauxbaum
Holly Goldberg Sloan/Meg Wolitzer
Uzma Jalaluddin
Penelope Fitzgerald

Reading Challenge Update:

At least I got my library challenge rolling again and have read two books from the library.

Reading Club Update:

Oh my I really loved Tell Me Three Things from the Modern Mrs Darcy book club and now want to read more books by Julie Bauxbaum.

Outside Reading Highlights

I finally ordered new curtains for the house. I have been wanting to do this for years and finally gave myself the push and did it. Hope I love them when they are installed.

Top Books for May

Looking forward to reading in June

Main Reading Goal for May was

Start reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry  – Yes started reading! My sub goal around this has been to read a little every day. It’s 858 pages long, small print and heavy to hold. I see it as a long term book I aim to finish in September.  I am on Page 161.

Reading goal for June

  • advance the reading of Lonesome Dove by reading a little each day.
  • read  a couple of library books.

Incoming Books for May

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books

I decided to make use of the sale at Audible and bought five audiobooks, plus one with a credit.

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Linking up with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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Reading in April

Total books read this month:  10

New to me authors:

Thea Harrison
Eva Jordan
Liz Byrski

Breaking it Down

Audiobooks   1
Review   4
From the TBR shelves  5

8 of them are contemporary fiction. 1 is historical fiction and 1 is fantasy/paranormal.

Reading Challenge Update:

We are at the one third mark in the year. I am keeping up with the audiobook and Modern Mrs Darcy challenge, but the library challenge is behind and I didn’t even read one library book this month.  Just keeping abreast of the audiobook challenge.

Top Book for April

This one was about older women, a book club where there was real discussion about real books. It was thought provoking and I grew to love the characters.

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Looking forward to reading in May

Main Reading Goal for May

Last month I wanted to pick a big book to read. Well I did the minimum and have earmarked Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. For May each week I want to read some of it.

Incoming Books from April

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss or Author

Audio Books Purchased

Linking with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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Month in Review – March Reading

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Total books read this month:  11

New to me authors:

Elizabeth Von Arnim
Phaedra Patrick
Tracey Garvis Graves

Authors From

Australia  2
USA  5
Canada 1
Ireland 1
England 2

Reading Challenge Update:

I think I am doing quite well, 8 out of 30 audiobooks is a good place to be. I have the Modern Mrs Darcy challenge well in hand, I was good with library books but slipped up on a few because they needed to be returned before I made space to read them.

Reading Club Update:

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer was the book for Books With Heart

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim was the MMD book club read

Top Books for March…

This ended up more difficult to choose than I thought as I most of the books  really spoke to me this month.  By a small margin these are my top loves!

Looking forward to reading in April …

A Look Back at Goals for March

Well I didn’t complete all my goals for March. I had 7 books to read for review – I read 4. I’ll read the other 3 sometime later.

I did read the online book club books I was going to read.

I was going to start an ongoing long book ( I have two to choose from) but didn’t do that.

Main Reading Goal for April…

So one main goal – choose which long book I am going to read and put in some time each week reading it!

Incoming Books for March….

Purchased

Library Books

I did get a few but they went back unread!

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

 

Audio Books

Purchased from Audible

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Linking up with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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February Reading in Review

So February turned out to be a better month than I expected reading wise – a short month but I still read a good number. And The Moon Sister was over 20 hours long!

Total books read this month: 15

New to me authors:

Karen Harper
Fiona Lowe  *
Anne Youngson
Sandi Docker
Eithne Shortall
Esther Campion *
Meredith Appleyard

*Authors I’d read again

Reading Club Update:

I read Meet Me at the Museum which is a Modern Mrs Darcy book club read for February. It is an epistolary novel and I liked it. The discussion of the book brought out more about the book for me and hearing Anne Youngson being interviewed was an added bonus.

I read The House of Second Chances I read for the Books with Heart Facebook group. Really enjoyed it.

I didn’t read the Rachel Johns’ book club book because it was a DNF for me and didn’t want to give any more time to it.

Top Book for February

I had two books I gave five stars and they are both keepers

Looking forward to reading in March

These are two books I have for review I’ll read in March. I have never read either of these two authors, but if its a library or books well I am hopeful!

Main Reading Goals for March

  • read the 7 books I have for review
  • keep up and read for book clubs online I belong to
  • start a long ongoing book that I’ll read over a few months – haven’t decided which one yet.

Incoming Books for February…

Books Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased

I am linking up with Nicole and Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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