December Book Haul

Hello Friends! Here are the 15 books I brought in for the month of December. I received a few for tours that I am apart of this month so those should all be read soon!

What books did you get this month that you are excited about?

Book Boxes

  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin – BOTM
  • A Fire Endless by Rebecca Ross – BOTM – 4 Stars
  • All The Dangerous Things by Stay Willingham – BOTM
  • A Lust For Blood by K.C. Smith – Unplugged book box

Bought For Myself/Thrift

  • Well Traveled by Jen Deluca – bought for myself
  • What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

Books From Publishers/PR

  • The Light Pirate by Lilly Brooks-Dalton – gifted by Grand Central Publishing
  • Pining For You by Lydia Michaels – gifted by Valentine PR
  • Shipwrecked by Olivia Dade – gifted by Avon
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – gifted by Bibliolifestyle PR and William Marrow Books
  • The Club by – gifted by Bibliolifestyle PR and Harper Perennial
  • Weyward by Emilia Hart – Arc from work

Gifted

  • The Last Invitation by Darby Kane – from my hubby
  • Birds of Ireland by – gifted by my sister
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – gifted by my Sister-in-law

January (Maybe) TBR

Hi Friends! I am a little late with my January TBR but I finally finished it! I’m not sure how much reading I can get done in a month now with my new job but in December I read 13 books so I hope thats what I can stay on trend with. This month I really have to prioritize my arc’s as well as blog and instagram tours that I am apart of. It seems I overbooked this month back in November before I started working, oops! Anyways, hopefully the next few months won’t be as hectic as this one! What are some of your January reading plans?

January Arc’s To Read

  • The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa – 1/10/23
  • Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen – 1/10/23
  • The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre by Natasha Lester – 1/10/23
  • The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao – 1/17/23
  • Make A Wish by Helena Hunting – 1/24/23
  • The Second You’re Single by Cara Tanamachi – 1/31/23

For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s buzzword is “life ” and “death”

  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – Would be a backlist title for me
  • Death In The Family by Tess Wegert – Also would be a backlist title.
  • Glory in Death by J.D. Robb – Another backlist title for me and book 2 in a series I would like to continue in.
  • A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander – A short cozy mystery that I have on my Kindle.

Other Reads

All four of these books I have blog tours with Bibliolifestyle PR, so thank you to them and the publishers for my gifted copies!!

  • Ms. Demeanor by Elinor Lipman – I have a blog tour for this towards the end of the month so I need to get to it.
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – I have a blog tour for this towards the end of the month so I need to get to it.
  • The Club by Ellery Lord – I have a blog tour for this towards the end of the month so I need to get to it.
  • The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis – I have a blog tour for this towards the end of the month so I need to get to it.

Again these are all books that I would like to read soon but I know I probably won’t get to most of these. What are you reading this month? Are you participating in any fun reading challenges?

Let’s Talk Bookish – January 6th

Friday’s are for The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme which is a weekly meme created by Rukky@EternityBooks and is now hosted by Aria @Booknookbits.

Todays topic is: 2023 Reading & Blogging Goals (Aria)

I actually just posted my 2023 reading goal yesterday and you can read my full post here. Essentially I am keeping it pretty close to last years. I would like to read 125 books, get my netgalley up to 80%, read at least 30 of my backlist titles and participate in the monthly buzzword challenge. I met all these last except for my netgalley so I am really going to try and hit that one this year.

As for my blogging goals I haven’t really thought about them except that I would like to keep doing what I already am. I love my posts that I do weekly and monthly they are always so fun to do. I have thought about maybe changing up my reading round ups but nor sure as they work pretty well for me right now. I would like to see about adding some more graphics and things like that to my blog but need to carve out some time to try and teach myself, so who knows if that will ever get done!

Hello 2023!!!

What are some of your reading or blogging goals for 2023?

2023 Reading Goals

Hello Friends! I am here to day with my reading goals for 2023. I am going to keep them fairly simple again this year as I am now working and we also have a fair bit traveling this year. Plus all my kids activities also take up time, so here are my goals for 2023. They are pretty much the same as last years but I upped my backlist a little because my shelves need to be downsized.

Goodreads Goal – 125 books

I would like to make my backlist books a priority this year so my goal is 30. Backlist for me is anything on my shelf prior to 1/1/2023.

I would like to get my netgalley to 80%. I am currently at 71%

Kayla from Books and Lala is doing a buzzword challenge for every month next year. My goal is to read 1 book each month that fits that month’s word or theme. The buzzword can be in the title or on the cover.

  • January – “Life” and “Death”
  • February – Verbs
  • March – “Secret”
  • April – Emotions
  • May – Flavors/seasonings/herbs
  • June – “Other”
  • July – Weather related words
  • August – Body Parts
  • September – Game related words (player, maze, cards, win, first)
  • October – “Magic” and other related words
  • November – “Good”
  • December – Sound related words

What are some of your goals for next year?

WWW Wednesday – 1/4

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen – started this ARC and I am about 12% in, not sure how I feel yet.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Player Next Door by K.A. Tucker – 2.5 Stars
  • The Villa by Rachel Hawkins – 3.5 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham – My December Book of the Month that I would like to get to before it publishes next week.
  • The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao – I have the ARC of this one and it comes out on the 17th of this month.

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Tuesday:

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is: Top 5 anticipated reads for Jan-Mar 2023.

  • Just The Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica – 1/10 – Thriller
  • Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews – 1/17 – Urban Fantasy – Novella
  • Do I Know You by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka – 1/24 – Contemporary Romance
  • A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn – 3/7 – Mystery
  • Conquer The Kingdom by Jennifer Estep – 3/7 – Fantasy

What are some books you are looking forward to in the first part of the year?

December Reading Stats

Hello Friends, here is my December stats! I read 13 books which was my lowest reading month this year but seeing as how I started working I am pretty happy with it. My favorite book of the month was Half A Soul, I loved the mix of fantasy and historical romance which are two of my favorite genres.

What was your favorite book this month?

Books I read in December

  • Total Books – 13
  • Physical Books – 1 Book
  • E-Books – 12 Books
  • Audio – 0 Books
  • ARC’s – 2 Books
  • Library – 2 Books
  • Kindle Unlimited – 2 Books
  • Backlist – 1 Book
  • DNF’s – 0 Books
  • Re-Reads – 0 Books
  • Pages Read – 4,613

Genres

  • Contemporary Romance – 8 Books
  • Fantasy – 3 Book
  • Mystery/Thriller – 2 Books

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Year Book Was Published

  • 2018 – 1 Book
  • 2020 – 2 Books
  • 2021 – 3 Book
  • 2022 – 6 Books
  • 2023 – 1 Book

Star Ratings

  • 2.5 Stars – 2 Book
  • 3 Stars – 3 Books
  • 3.5 Stars – 2 Books
  • 4 Stars – 4 Books
  • 5 Stars – 2 Books

2.5 Stars

3 Stars

3.5 Stars

4 Stars

5 Stars

ReCap on my May Challenges

  • For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s word was numbers and I read Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger.
  • Goodreads Goal241/100
  • Backlist Books – 26/25

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

January New Releases

Hi Friends! Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great 2022! Here are some January releases that I am excited for!!

  • The Villa by Rachel Hawkins – 1/2 – Thriller
  • Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen – 1/10 – Contemporary Romance
  • All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham – 1/10 – Thriller
  • The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre by Natasha Lester – 1/10 – Historical Fiction
  • Just The Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica – 1/10 – Thriller
  • How To Sell A Haunted House by Grady Hendricks – 1/17 – Horror
  • The Drift by C.J. Tudor – 1/19 or 1/31 – Thriller
  • Make A Wish by Helena Hunting – 1/24 – Contemporary Romance
  • Do I Know You by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka – 1/24 – Contemporary Romance
  • The BackUp Plan by Jill Shalvis – 1/24 – Contemporary Romance
  • Finaly Donavon Jumps The Gun by Elle Cosimano – 1/31 – Mystery

Top 5 Tuesday: December 27th 2022

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is: Top 5 books of 2022

  • Running Wild by K.A. Tucker
  • Crowbones by Anne Bishop
  • Everything For You by Chloe Liese
  • The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
  • Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater

What are some of your favorite books from this year?

Let’s Talk Bookish – December 30th

Friday’s are for The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme which is a weekly meme created by Rukky@EternityBooks and is now hosted by Aria @Booknookbits.

Todays topic is: 2022 Reading & Blogging Reflections

 How many books did you read in 2022? I am still getting all my 2022 stats together but I think I am around 240-250 books for the year.

Did you meet your reading goals? I only set 3 goals for myself this year and I met 2 of 3. The third goal was a long shot which was to get my netgalley to 80% and I am about 72%.

What were some of your favorites? I have quite a few but the ones that stick out are Running Wild by K.A. Tucker, Crowbones by Anne Bishop and a space opera series by T.A. White.

What were your least favorite books you read this year? Dial A for Aunties, Murder of Mr. Wickham, Reckless Girls and Crazy Stupid Bromance.

How did you feel about your blogging in 2022? I was happy for the most part, I had some depression around the middle of the year and that slowed mu blogging down. Also starting a new job this month has put the brakes on my blogging but I am hoping to be better in 2023.

What are your favorite posts you wrote in 2022? I love my books coming out for each month, my round ups and of course the weekly memes I do!

Happy 2022!!!