Book Club Mini-Reviews

The awesome thing about book clubs is that they sometimes help you to read books that you wouldn’t pick up otherwise. These are a couple of those books and were ones that I ended up LOVING.

mini-reviews

Where the Crawdads Sing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I knew nothing about this book going into it, and was pleasantly surprised by the plot. The setting is such an amazing part of this book. You really get a great feel for the Carolina marshland. Kya was a really compelling character for me–I just wanted all the good things for her and it killed me every time someone was cruel to her for no reason. My main takeaway from this book is that we all just need to be kind to other people. There are many people in this world who are terrible and mean, but then there are others who are just GOOD. It honestly made me want to go out of my way to be nice to someone. 4/5

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesA Gentleman in Moscow

I had literally no desire to read this book before book club and I was surprised by how enjoyable I found it. It’s so different from the books I usually read. The pacing is slow–I would describe it as being a really gentle book. It unfolds incredibly leisurely and I felt like it gave me the opportunity to become really invested in the characters. There were times when I felt like the book was a little wordy and I had a hard time keeping track of some of the characters, but overall, I found this book to be so enjoyable. 4/5

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My Least Favorite Books from 2019

Least Favorite Reads 2019

I feel like I had a pretty good reading year last year, but there were still some books that I didn’t particularly care for. Note: This list doesn’t include books that I decided to DNF.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict – I read this for a book club and really did not enjoy it. I didn’t find the main character to be strong or compelling and it made me really hate Einstein.

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson – I wanted this book to be more about the sister relationship, but instead I felt like we were given two half-baked romances. And the pacing was NOT good.

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau – I’ve liked some of Charbonneau’s other series’, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I thought Andreus was such a dummy and it felt like this entire book was just a set up for the series.

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook – This entire plot was just so far-fetched and the main character was incredibly annoying.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I finally read this classic and I didn’t care for it. I didn’t like Mr. Rochester and didn’t really connect with Jane either.

In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund – I’ve really liked some of Peterfreund’s other books! But this one was not a compelling mystery and I didn’t really like any of the characters.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – I just didn’t get this book? Like, I literally didn’t really understand what was happening–I had to look the plot up on Wikipedia afterwards.

What were some of your least favorite reads from 2019?

 

Reading Stats for 2019

Reading Stats 2019

This is the first year that I’ve really kept a reading log. I’ve done a journal basically ever since I started blogging to keep track of notes, ratings, etc. For my new log I just used a few basic categories: Title, Author, Date Finished, # Pages, Genre, Type (physical vs eBook), Source, Rating, Position in Series, Continue Series?

I liked having some basic reading categories and then the series categories were really helpful for me as well. I have a hard time remembering sometimes if I really want to continue on with a series so I’m hoping this will help in the future.

But now…graphs!

Format

I’m actually really happy with the number of physical books that I read compared to eBooks. I think in the past I’ve read probably 90% eBooks. I’m also surprised by how many audio books I read this year! I didn’t realize it was that many.

Source

I’m so happy with the number of library books I read this year! I think I typically do read a lot of eBooks from the library, but I know a TON of these were physical books that I checked out as well.

Genre

I still read mostly YA Fiction (not surprising) but I’m happy that I’ve started branching out into Adult fiction as well. I’m thinking this year I need to try to increase that nonfiction number too.

Per Month

I’m kind of amazed by how much I read this summer. March was the month I discovered the LumberJanes series, so a lot of those books are those graphic novels. June and December were both moving months so that explains why those numbers are a little lower.

Ratings

Let me tell you, it didn’t FEEL like I had this many 4 star books, but I guess I did? If I had to guess, I would have guessed that most of my reads were 3 or 3.5 stars. Apparently I read better books than I remembered.

So there you go! Making these graphs was really interesting for me and I’m definitely going to keep this same reading log this year as well. I’d also like to give a shout out to my husband who made these graphs for me! Best husband ever.

Did you keep a log of reading stats for 2019? If so, link your post in the comments!

Reading Goals for 2020

New year, same reader! My reading goals for last year were such a success that I decided to do it again! I tried to get a good mix of classics, rereads, and new books similar to last year.

Reading Goals for 2020

So there you have it! What are your reading goals for 2020? If you’ve already posted about it, link it up in the comments!

2019 Reading Goals: A Recap

Wow. 2019 has been a YEAR, hasn’t it? Our family moved not once but TWICE to a different state (Utah to California and back to Utah) and are now settling into our new home in Utah Valley. Luckily, I think we’re done moving for a while. But let’s get to the point of this post, shall we?

2019 Reading Goals

Here’s a link to my original post for those interested, but here were my reading goals for 2019:

I’m happy to report that I pretty much accomplished all of these! I didn’t read quite as many Neil Gaiman books as I’d hoped (besides Stardust, I only ended up reading Coraline and some of his picture books with my son). But all the rest I DEFINITELY accomplished! I’d been meaning to reread Harry Potter for a while and am so glad that I finally did it. My husband and I ended up rewatching all of the movies too as I finished reading the books! It ended up being a really fun thing. I absolutely ADORED The Book Thief and V.E. Schwab’s books. Jane Eyre…not so much for me, but I’m glad I read it.

How did you do with your 2019 reading goals? I’ll be posting my 2020 reading goals soon, so stay tuned!

Tis the Season | December TBR

December is always hit or miss, right? Maybe I won’t be able to read much because of the holidays, traveling, etc. But then again, maybe with the holidays I’ll be able to pawn my baby off on family members and get some serious reading done without interruptions? Wishful thinking I’m sure.

As you might be able to tell, December is also my last ditch effort to complete my year long reading goals. I’ve done alright so far, but still have a few things to check off the list…

What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

California Winter | November Wrap-Up & TBR Update

This month hasn’t been great blogging wise (you might have noticed) but it’s been pretty good reading wise! I was able to snag some library copies of a couple of my anticipated November releases, so that was awesome. It always feels like I’m slogging through a book that’s taking me too much time, so then I’m surprised when I see how much I’ve actually read in a month.

monthly tbr

Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 12
Books currently reading: 
3

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 383
TBR at the beginning of November =305
Books added to TBR = 2
Books read/deleted from TBR = 7
Total on TBR now = 300

How did your reading go this month?