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January Wrap-Up

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Well, January wasn’t quite as good a reading month as I wanted but I was still able to get through 8 books:

  1. In God We Trust
  2. Throne of Glass
  3. Death in the Clouds (part of my Agatha Christie 2017 project)
  4. One Fell Sweep
  5. A Murder is Announced (another Christie)
  6. Dorothy Must Die
  7. Wuthering Heights (January Classic)
  8. Life is Short

Unfinished: Cards on the Table, Royal Assassin, Firefight, Lord of Chaos and HP #1 Illustrated.

My favorite read of the month was Wuthering Heights.  Deciding to go back and reread some classics that I had really forgotten was one of the best goals I made for this year.

Honorable Mention: One Fell Sweep.  I am a fangirl of Ilona Andrews and this is now my #2 favorite book in that library; just behind Magic Bites.

How did January go for you?

February TBR

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I haven’t written my January wrap up yet but as you can see from the stack above, I didn’t quite hit my goals.  So, here’s what I’m hoping to read in February.

January Carry Over:

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

…assuming I will finish Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie today – fingers crossed

 

February TBR:

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway (my classic of the month)

They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

 

Bedside Pile of Shame (aka ‘currently reading’ for months):

Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan (I really hit the wall with this one and need to just focus for a few hours and finally finish it)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (Illustrated) by JK Rowling

 

What are you reading this month?

January 2017 TBR

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January is usually a strong reading month for me so I’m looking forward to many great books.  Here is my list of hopefuls:

  • A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
  • Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
  • Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
  • Life is Short by Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (this is way outside of my normal reading preferences but my Mama read it and enjoyed so gave it to me)
  • One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  • Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

What is on your TBR list for January?

2016 Year-In-Review

Check out my Year In Books On Goodreads!

103 books

35914 pages

The longest book I read was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson at 1008 pages and it was probably also my favorite book of the year.  (Maybe my favorite book ever but it will need to stand the test of time before I’m willing to say that confidently.)

I also spent a good portion of the year working my way through part of Agatha Christie’s catalog. In 2016, I read 25 (of the bazillion) and primarily focused on the Poirot and Marple series.  I also listened to two Poirot audiobooks and found them unexpectedly enjoyable.

While my page count and books read are actually down from previous years, I’m pretty happy with my year in reading overall.  I did a better job of choosing what to read and when.  So, I count that as success.

Lastly, 2016 was the year I finally got my built in bookshelves that I’ve always wanted.  My fellow readers will understand that bookshelves are always a work in progress.  But, here are a few current pictures to show my babies.

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December 2016 Month-In-Review

December was a pretty good reading month for me.  I finished both of the books that I carried over from November (Once Broken Faith and The Fires of Heaven).  Of the 10 books on my TBR list, I finished 9  – only leaving Lord of Chaos unfinished at the 20% mark.  In addition, I read two other short stories.  Dreams and Slumber is part of the Toby Daye series.  And, the Christmas short sent out by Craig Johnson – Eleven/Twenty-Nine.  I didn’t review that one but found it to be an enjoyable if not special read.

My favorite book of the month is an oldie but a goodie.  A Christmas Carol captures the spirit of the season (pun intended).  I haven’t yet written a full review but plan to re-read this each Christmas to remind myself to stop and take time to enjoy the people around me.  5/5 stars for this classic Charles Dickens.

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How did your reading go in December?

Dear 2017

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Dear 2017,

I don’t ask for much but there are a few things I’d like to see this year.

First, please be more gentle than your older sister, 2016.  Losing so many of our icons was hard on us.  We need our artists to help make the world a better (and more lovely) place.

Second, take care of my friends and family.  Each year I realize more of their importance to me.  They also make the world a better place.

Lastly, give me the time and freedom to read.  Here’s what I’m hoping:

  • Read at least 100 books.
  • Finish the Wheel of Time series (I’ve read through book 6 to date).
  • Continue to work my way through the Agatha Christie library.  If I read 2 Poirot and 1 Marple each month I should finish both of those series by the end of the year.
  • Read at least one classic each month.

Your friend (I hope),

Mary

P.S. If you could see fit to ensure I have plenty of tea on hand that would be great too.

November 2016 Reading Wrap-Up

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I didn’t quite hit my reading goal for November but I’m okay with that.  When I decided to track my goals and results more closely, I had to make a deal with myself – missing a goal was no reason for self recrimination.  Instead I should look at it as an opportunity to do something different.

Going into the month, I planned to read 10 books with 8 chosen ahead of time.  Of those 8, I finished 6:

In addition, I finished:

  • Eeny Meeny by MJ Arlidge
  • Charlie the Choo Choo by Beryl Evans
  • Full of Briars by Seanan McGuire (not reviewed – this is a short story in the Toby Daye world that was a fun look at one of the secondary characters.  4/5 stars.)

Last night, I was making notes on my reading results.  One of the things I always ask myself is “what was my favorite book this month?”  It was a tough decision this time.  In the end, I chose Jade Dragon Mountain.  I didn’t rate it the highest and there were things that weren’t perfect with the reading experience.  But, what I loved was that it was different from my normal book selections and that kept me interested.

How did your reading go in November?  Any new favorites?