I don’t have any big “must read” publishing books for January that I know about. I am planning to get started on my goal of five books off my actual print shelf per month. One book I do have in mind is a memoir that published in 2021. A very interesting story of a woman and family who started a big quilting business in Missouri. I learned so much about quilting from her via her videos. And well… I might have bought quite a bit of fabric from her shop online!!
There are always good reasons to choose a book we want to read. This time it’s because…
I take part in Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction‘s monthly link up for the round up for the month of what we have read. Attached to that is a giveaway and she let me know I’d won a recent month. Very exciting… winning a book hasn’t happened for a long time.
So the choice was anything off Nicole’s Goodreads shelf that she hasn’t read. Because it’s her way of reading the book the winner picks, it makes her read it. She even says the winner and herself could do a joint review of the book. I am still considering that.
As I looked through her list I could see we had some points of intersection. And eventually after a bit of indecision, I settled on an author I haven’t read but have heard a lot about.
So an author I haven’t read, plus it is fantasy and I rather like a fantasy book every so often, not too often, but now and again. It is also in the YA range and I don’t mind that now and again.
Finally I looked at the reviews. Out of the people I follow on Goodreads
Fifty readers had given it Five stars.
Then a large number of four stars and some three stars. And horror eight 3 stars and even a one star.
Hmm I thought, some readers didn’t like it but it will be interesting to compare when I’ve read it. Do I agree? However final decision was made on the count that of the readers I respect like Kimberley, Freda, Shelleyrae, Kathy, Berls and Bev all liked it. A couple of others who I respect had marked it lower and so they will be reviews I look at more closely after I read the book.
So decision made and Nicole is kindly going to send me the UK version of the book. You can see it on the left. The USA cover is on the right.
Roisin Meaney. Irish Author. And yes I would read another book by her.
Top Books for November.
My two 5 star books. One a print book and one an audiobook. January LaVoy bumped up Legacy to a five star read for me as the narrator.
Cottage by the Sea – Think this one might be my favourite Debbie Macomber book. Sad beginning, wonderful characters and loved the found family aspect and everything working out for the best. Perfect comfort read.
Looking forward to reading in December.
A review book – the final instalment of the Devlin and Falco series, due out on 14th of December.
Review of Reading Goals for November
I did read almost two kindle books after every one print book, however I only got two from my own Kindle shelf. I would have liked more, but that’s the way. With three Kindle review books – it added up to five.
Three audiobooks completed this month. Three print books – one from the library and two from my own shelf.
Main Reading Goals for December.
Read some Christmas books! I have acquired quite a few recently!
The month just seemed to stretch and I got lots of books read – for me.
New to me authors:
Top Book for October
I am picking this one because it just had that point of difference and the magic of story.
A Book that Surprised me.
It took me a little while to worm myself inside this book and family, but once there I was in there rooting for this immigrant family. And while it was about immigrant experience it was really universal and applicable to us all.
Looking forward to reading in November
This one just arrived and no doubt I’ll find space somewhere to read it in November.
Review of Reading Goals September
I wanted to concentrate on actual books on my bookshelf and I picked five that I highlighted in a post and I read them all. As well as a few others. Nine of the sixteen I read came off my actual shelf. I was especially happy to finally pick up and read the first two Sue Barton books and I hope to read more at some point. I have about six of them.
I also worked out how to remember where I picked up a book recommendation by noting it on Goodreads. I know not everyone uses Goodreads but I prefer it to noting something in a notebook and while it is a little clumsy the way you note on Goodreads where you picked up the recommendation it works and its how I’ll go from now on.
So as I write this post I am reading Cottage by the Sea and I know I picked up on this book from the podcast Currently Reading and it was Meredith who mentioned it. And… I am really enjoying it.
Main Reading Goals for November
*Books on Kindle – This month I want to focus on Kindle books, pick five I want to read and maybe a few more as well.
I have had this book sitting on my shelf for awhile now, and kept putting it off because well when a husband and wife are really happy and then she gets terminally ill. Not really calling to me. Yet once I was reading it I was sucked in, in spite of its more serious subject. Still so well written and the characters were great.
Book that I least liked.
It was a second chance romance, but well, it just didn’t hit the mark with me.
Looking forward to reading in October
Review of Reading Goal for September
My main goal was to read up my Netgalley review books and catch up on them. I didn’t have that many but I had fallen behind. I caught up and so now I can relax a bit about them. Only 4 I think in the queue.
Libby App at the library. Our library has now switched to this app and it is a lot friendlier. I tried it out and listened to Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer. Not her best book but still good enough.
I cut back my Audible Credits to one a month and I will see how that goes. I still have 8 in hand and some books not listened to.
Main Reading Goal for October
Read some of the more recently acquired books sitting on my print TBR shelf. So a sort of 2:1 ratio. Two print books from my TBR or the library and then one Kindle, be that mine or Netgalley.
Very hard to decide! I think I’ll just note that I really liked The Guncle and will be reading more by Steven Rowley. Told with great compassion and love.
I Was Reminded…
I really enjoy a good historical romance. They are such fun. The Lisa Kleypas book was delightful, and The Grand Sophy on audiobook was so entertaining. Light and fluffy sure, but made me laugh and that’s always a good thing.
Looking forward to reading in September from my bookshelf
I do have a load I’d like to read but as you’ll see for my goal for September other books come first.
Review of Reading Goals for August
My goal was just to read what I really wanted. So I only read books that I knew I didn’t have to review and I sunk into books I felt like reading as I chose the next book.
Main Reading Goals for September
Well now, I need to gain ground a little and read the review books I ignored in August and then the ones I had on my calendar for September as well.
Our library has now decided to change to the Libby app, so I want to explore that for library audio books to see if improved over last one. Plus I usually get two credits per month at Audible, I have 8 in hand and may just need to cut back to 1 credit a month. I have a heap in my library to listen to as well.
Read two and maybe three books from the library. Well that was the plan but a whole lot have suddenly been dropped with my name on them. I’ll see what I can get through, I won’t pick them up till the weekend, which will give me a little time.
Read one from my TBR Kindle that is off a list of one author whose books I want to read through.
Read two in total (includes the one mentioned in #1, from my TBR shelf and three from my review shelf.
Nine of the books I read above could qualify for this. I am going to choose the one that most surprised me as being enjoyable and different.
Looking forward to reading in June
Review of Reading Goals 2021
GR Challenge: 18 books ahead of my challenge of 100 for the year.
Enjoyment v Should: Just about every one of the books this month was totally enjoyment based.
Recommendations: I know Mary from Bookfan recommended Debra Webb and now I am going to want to read all the books in this series!
TBR/Library portion. Two books from library. One from print TBR shelf.
Any buying…. Oh dear – yes! Well I think I’ll just keep buying. It often takes a long time for the library to order and obtain it and sometimes I am not so keen on waiting.
Main Reading Goal for May
Read one of the books I mentioned in my Friday Post Sorting My TBR: April – Stay or Go I read The Possibilities, a somewhat different book about a mother coming to terms with grief. I liked it but didn’t love it.
Pick five books on the read section of my bookshelf to put in the bag for the book fair. I did pick out five or maybe even six and put them in the bag to go to the book fair!