My Month in Books: April


Hey, everyone!

My first recap in forever! Lol. I know I’ve said this before but I’m so glad I’m back reading and blogging again. The whole time I was concentrating on fitness and health, there was always this part of me that was missing. I knew what it was but I just couldn’t find the time. I am slowly learning how to use my time wisely and have gone back to listening to audiobooks.

I was 12 books in the hole with my Goodreads Reading Challenge at the beginning of April. I’ve long since made up for this deficit and is now only about 5 books behind – all thanks to the 19 books I read this past month. It’s such an unbelievable feeling to finally gain some strides with blogging and reading!

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I absolutely loved Obsidio. I’m so sad it’s over but it was one of the few Sci-Fi series that I was able to follow. I’m not typically a fan of space odysseys just because I found that I can’t easily conjure what’s happening as I read but The Illuminae Files series is quite different. Not simplistic by any means, but it was just written in such a way that my brain found easy to digest.

These are all my 4 stars reads for April.

The only drawback to trying to read as many books as I can is that I’m incapable of writing the reviews as I finished the books. Also, because I’m trying to diversify content on my blog, I’m not able to post them consecutively. So it might be awhile until you see me posts reviews on these books.  Sadly, it’s the beginning of the wedding season for my family so our weekends are pretty much booked solid. I’m going to have to make use of my weeknights to get writing and blog-hopping.

The Rest of What I’ve Read this Month.

Bonfire review | The Thief was frustrating. I hated the beginning and was only mildly pacified with the ending. (Review to come). | Hooking Up was so unremarkable, I can barely recall what it was about now.

That’s it for my recap. I’m looking forward to everything that’s about to happen in May. I hope you’ll have a great month as well. Happy reading!

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Life Lately


Hey, all!

Am I glad to be writing a post again! It’s been soooo long. I’m sorry for the disappearing act once again. The Spring cleaning that I’ve started a couple of weeks back turned into little projects that kept me away from my blogging duties. But I’m back now and hoping to sustain this little burst of momentum that will keep me on track for the next few months. Lol. At some point, I’ll try and share with you what I’ve been doing on my break. But for now, I have an April recap of sorts.

April By the Numbers

All in all, I read 18 books in April and a good amount of romance novels. I started the Dark Carpathia series by Christine Feehan but after the first book, I don’t know if I should continue. Maybe I’ll give it another go and then make my decision from there. I read the Wedding Belles series by Lauren Layne. And have only managed to read one non-fiction for the month (Alter Egos by Mark Landler). I finally read a book that’s been on my wishlist since the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, The Improbability of Love started out great and petered out into a huge disappointment. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett was ho-hum awesome. Easily my favourite read of the month. Here’s the rest of the list:

  • Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham 4/5 stars
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 5/5 Stars
  • The Chosen by JR Ward 4/5 Stars
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 1/5 Stars
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston 3/5 Stars
  • The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild 3/5 Stars
  • Alter Egos by Mark Landler 3/5 Stars
  • Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward 4/5 Stars
  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett 5/5 Stars
  • The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winaker 5 /5 Stars
  • Mr. President by Katy Evans 3/5 Stars
  • Commander in Chief by Katy Evans 3/5 Stars
  • Time Was by Nora Roberts 3/5 Stars
  • Times Change by Nora Roberts 3/5 Stars
  • To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne 3/5 Stars
  • Dark Prince by Christine Feehan 3/5 Stars
  • For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne 3/5 Stars
  • To Love and To Cherish by Lauren Layne 3/5 Stars

A barrage of 3-star-ratings, as you can see. I did have a couple of 5-star-reads, though, so that more than makes up for what would otherwise have been an unremarkable reading month.

That’s been my April. How was yours?

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Life Lately


A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong | Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakes | Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham


Hello, lovely readers!

Oh, dear. It’s the last day of 2016, folks! I can’t say I’m going to miss it. It’s been such a brutal stretch for everyone, to be honest so I’m sure you’ll forgive me when I say, good riddance. Besides the fact that the world is probably going to hell in a handbasket, the health scare that pops went through really tops the shit-flavoured cake I’ve been force-fed this past month. But I’m happy to announce that he’s doing well. He’s at home taking it easy and recuperating well. If I haven’t thanked you yet, please know that your kind words, prayers and well wishes are all very much appreciated.

I’ve decided to flounce out of blogging over the last couple of weeks because I figure y’all would be busy during the Holidays anyway. So I didn’t do much but read as much as I can. I reached my Goodreads reading goal way ahead of time and have managed to go over and above my target. However, I wasn’t able to beat the number I posted last year. But that’s okay. At least I made it! How did you do?

Books For Review (above)

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me a copy of A Darkness Absolute. Last year’s City of the Lost was one of my favourites, so I was really happy when they sent me a copy of the sequel. I can’t wait to see what Casey and Sheriff Daulton get up to this time around.

I also got a couple of books from Simon & Schuster Canada which I’m so excited about. I’ve already read Close Enough to Touch (so good!), and looking forward to reading a new historical romance from Genevieve Graham. I have been eyeing her books for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to them. Thanks so much for sending me these books, dear publishers! These were sent to me at the beginning of the month which I haven’t shared until now.

Last Haul of the Year


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler | Blood Vow by J.R. Ward | Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer | Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge


I’ve already read Between the World and Me which I will talk about briefly on my Top Reads of 2016 post (going up tomorrow). I picked it up last week and have read it twice just because. I also picked up Another Day in the Death of America which, if you’ll remember was included in my Christmas wish list. Well, no one really gave me books for Christmas so I had to buy it myself. That’s okay. I posted the list late so none of my family members knew which books I wanted. That’s all on me.

December Reads

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m feeling low, I tend to seek out books that give me comfort. More often, that’s Sandra Brown. And since I’ve more or less polished off most of her backlist, this month, I sought Romance instead. So I gluttoned myself with Lauren Layne and Sawyer Bennett. And they did the trick. I read 17 books this month and most of them romance novels.

Thanks for the wonderful year, everyone! It’s been tough for all of us but amidst all our disagreements and dramas, I know we’ll stick to each other no matter what. I will make myself scarce in the social media (except Instagram) so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see my shadow on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy New Year and please be kind to one another most especially to yourself. <3

 

 

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Life Lately

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Sigh.

With the unfortunate news of the FBI Director’s attempt to influence the American election, the changes Book Expo is about to implement, and the rumors that HarperCollins will only be sending physical ARCs to Booktubers and Bookstagrammers, this past weekend can only be summed up in one word: it sucked. Now, before I get people riled up, I don’t care all that much about BEA ridding of the book blogger con altogether, nor do I care about the ARCs that I wasn’t getting from HarperCollins in the first place. I only care that the book bloggers’ role in the publishing industry is being marginalized and underappreciated – disrespected, even.

Some of us have been doing this for years. It’s become a responsibility and a job most of do not get paid for. We do our part to keep the hype machine running. So the exclusion stings. Last week, Jenny of Supernatural Snark decided to leave the book reviewing blogosphere, and I’m not gonna lie, after the weekend spent feeling sorry for myself, and questioning whether or not it’s even worth the effort anymore, I’ve been contemplating on following her footsteps. It’s not because of the ARCs, never that. After all, HarperCollins don’t even know I exist and I certainly didn’t start blogging because of them. It’s just…it really hurts to feel rejected.

I think it stings more because the last time I attended BEA, there was a panel on the popularity of book tubers who basically said readers would rather watch book tubers than read blog posts. And this past weekend, it hurts to come to terms with the fact that a publishing house such as HarperCollins in one way or another gives that claim some credence.

But we are a resilient, forgiving bunch, aren’t we? We are also not revengeful. We’re not going to quit buying their books just because we want them to feel the same sting of rejection. At the end of the day, we need to recognize our reasons for blogging in the first place. If you’re like me, I use my blog as an outlet. I have things to get off my chest which just happens to be feelings – good or bad – over a book. If my opinions helped someone decide to buy, borrow, skip a book, then my job here is done. And that’s all I have to say about that.

OCTOBER

I’ve had a slow month but I’m about 7 books away to reaching my Goodreads goal of 150 books for the year. November, I think is going to get even slower. I feel like I need to reevaluate this book blogging thing. I’ve been feeling uninspired lately, anyway. I want to find a steady ground so I can decide what I want to do once and for all. I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading, but I feel exhausted and burned out. I’ll keep y’all posted.

BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER

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I hope you’ll have the best of November, dear readers.

How was your October?

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September: A Month of Indulgence

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According to Environment Canada (our weather channel), Fall will be in full swing next week; meaning, low temps, rain, and blustery wind. Goodie. But I don’t really mind Fall. It used to be my favourite season but since my football team has been sucking lately, I can’t summon enough enthusiasm for the changing season. I wish they’d figure out which personality would show up and none of this really good and really awful see-saw they’ve been doing for the last three seasons. My heart simply can’t take it. Sigh.

Anyway, September has come and gone. There are less than three months before Christmas and I’m freaking out just a little bit. My job is a temporary position that ends in April. I’m not really looking forward to going out there again to pound the pavement but I suppose I have no choice. I know I have a bit of time yet, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t know why. I think it’s because as the year draws nearer to a close, the more I’ve been stressing out over it. Then again, I may just be borrowing trouble.

So, September. Gosh, what a month! I’ve been sick for the better part of last week and have not yet fully recovered. I went back to work just because I missed so much time already and even though my company pays for sick leave, I didn’t want to take advantage. My ears are still plugged and I still have bouts of coughing fits so needless to say, my quasi-fitness regiment has stalled as well.

The good news is I read 26 books for the month and well on my way to reaching my Goodreads reading goal way ahead of time. The bad news is I doubt I’m going to be able to write a review for all the books that I’ve read.

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Not in the picture is The Swan Riders because I technically didn’t finish the book. So I only read 25 and 1 DNF. I blame this surge in the tally to my appetite for romance in September. When I was bedridden for almost a week, all I wanted to read was Romance books. So you can say most of the books I read this month were pure indulgence.  I unearthed my Kindle and downloaded a whole bunch of books. I enjoyed The Royals by Erin Watt and the collaborative (unrelated) series by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Three books, three different flavours. Loved every minute of it!

This is it for now, ladies and gents. I hope to write a few short reviews for these books sometime this month. I have a massive Fall TBR that I will share with you this week, as well new releases that I’m dying to read! I hope you’ll all have a spooky October filled with books that will scare the pants out of you!

What was your favourite read in September?

 

 

 

 

 

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On the Night Table [28]: Giving Up and Giving In

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I suck. Like, seriously. I suck. Lol. Can you believe I had another photo session with Stand-Off and After the Red Rain again this weekend? It had me thinking about how these posts can sometimes be counter-productive. For the most part, it gives me a much needed motivation for the week. It also acts as a reminder for those review books that I’d planned to read, but didn’t get to. But other times, it also reminds me how un-fun it is to schedule my reads. So yeah, it works and it doesn’t.

August was a complete fail for my On the Night Table posts. There were several books that I didn’t get to because I got distracted by other books. Hopefully, September will be a better month.

Speaking of August, here are the books I read this past month:

  • The Closer You Come [The Original Heartbreakers, #1] by Gena Showalter
  • The One You Want [The Original Heartbreakers, #0.5] by Gena Showalter
  • The Hotter You Burn [The Original Heartbreakers, #2] by Gena Showalter
  • I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
  • Death and the Girl Next Door [Darklight, #1] by Darynda Jones
  • Long Change by Don Gillmor
  • Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
  • Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff
  • Amplified by Tara Kelly
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Friction by Sandra Brown
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
  • The Alibi by Sandra Brown
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Standoff by Sandra Brown
  • Chasing River [Burying Water, #3] by KA Tucker

It’d been a pretty fantastic month, otherwise. I hit my Goodreads goal; I’ve got some posts lined up, and I’m motivated to try and beat my 2014 Goodreads Challenge total of 188. I think I’m on pace, anyway.

Most Coveted Books in September:

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How was your August?

 

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