Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020

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DNFs

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Total pages: 5,109
Total books: 14 full + 2 partial
Average rating: 3.28 stars

  • BEST ADULT: Definitely Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. I’d give it six stars if I could.
  • BEST YA: Definitely Heartstopper. I need the second volume immediately.

Monthly Motif is a reading challenge hosted by girlxoxo.

February’s theme was seeing red, or, more specifically, “a book with the word ‘red’ in the title or a book with a red-ish cover.” I didn’t expect to struggle with this one, but nothing I really wanted to read in February had a red cover! Eventually, I found How Music Got Free, which worked.

I finished a total of 14 books in February, for a total of 30 so far in 2020!

What’s in a Name is hosted by Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook.

I didn’t cross off any new prompts in February, but I did get another book for “a given/first name.”

The Audiobook Challenge is hosted by Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer.

I set a goal of listening to 50 audiobooks in 2020, and I listened to 11 in February. At 25 total so far this year, I’m already halfway to my goal!

(The 🎧 on my page count shows all my audiobook listens.)


How did February go for you? Are you doing any reading challenges? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2020

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DNFs

none in January!

Total pages: 5,715
Total books: 16 full + 1 partial
Average rating: 3.27 stars

  • BEST ADULT: It has to be Stiff by Mary Roach. This book was funny and informative!
  • BEST YA: It was a tough decision, but I think Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson is the winner. I read most of this book in one sitting because I had to know how everything would end.
  • BEST MG: In December it was Small Spaces, and in January it’s Dead Voices, both by Katherine Arden. I love this series.

2020’s reading challenges are off to a great start!

Monthly Motif is a reading challenge hosted by girlxoxo.

January’s theme was winter wonderland, or, more specifically, “a book set in a truly wonderful place – somewhere you’ve always thought was beautiful, somewhere with a wonderfully rich culture, a snowy setting, or maybe even a magical realm.” I think a lot of books I read could qualify for this, but the first one I used toward the prompt was:

I finished a total of 16 books in January, putting me off to a great start!

What’s in a Name is hosted by Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook.

I crossed off three of the six prompts in January:

The Audiobook Challenge is hosted by Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer.

I set a goal of listening to 50 audiobooks in 2020, and I listened to 14 in January. If I can keep listening at this rate, I’ll have no problem completing this challenge!

(The 🎧 on my page count shows all my audiobook listens.)


How did January go for you? Are you doing any reading challenges? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

I’m trying something different for 2020 and, instead of doing a bunch of separate posts about the previous month, I’m just doing one big one!

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DNFs

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Total pages: 5,898
Total books: 15 full + 3 partial + 4 DNFs
Average rating: 3.06 stars

Fun fact! In 2019 as a whole, I read 47,140 pages!

  • BEST OF THE MONTH: 100%, without a doubt, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty. This was the exact right mix of funny and informative and I loved it.
  • BEST YA: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy! I read a bunch of Julie Murphy at the end of 2019 and I loved everything, but Dumplin‘ was definitely my favorite.
  • BEST MG: I’m not into spooky stuff, but Small Spaces by Katherine Arden was just the right amount of spooky for me! (Which makes sense, I guess, since it’s middle grade.) This was so much better than I’d expected.

I’m happy to share that I finished all of my reading challenges with plenty of time to spare!

Monthly Motif is a reading challenge hosted by girlxoxo.

December’s theme was last chance, meaning finally getting to any books that you’ve been putting off for one reason or another. I decided to just go with it and see what library holds came in. I ended up reading:

I finished a total of 17 booksΒ in December, bringing me to a total of 177 books in 2019.

Popsugar hosts a reading challenge every year.
You can find out more information on their website.

I made the executive decision to forgo one of the Popsugar prompts (a reread of a favorite book) because I don’t like rereading things and I’m an adult, so I can do what I want. I did cross off all of the other prompts, though.

I used the Gilmore Girls book list for help with that prompt, because I legitimately had no idea. I hardly ever watch things.

Romanceopoly is a reading challenge hosted by
Under the Covers and Peace Love Books.

I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but I did it. All of the romanceopoly prompts are checked off! In December, I checked off:

I also made the decision not to do the photo challenges with this one.

I think this will be the last Killing the TBR update for a while since I’m going to pause this challenge for the foreseeable future, but I did finish Make Me Bad and The Boyfriend App, both of which I’ve had for a while.


How did December go for you? Did you meet all of your goals? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: November 2019

Better late (in the day) than never, here are the best books I read in November!

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!


Have you read any of these books? What was the best book you read in November? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: October 2019

October was a pretty good reading month! For the first time in… a while… I read more than fifteen books!

Sadie by Courtney Summers
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

Choosing my favorite adult book was actually a little bit of a challenge! It was a close tie between this one, Sourdough, and My Sister, the Serial Killer, but ultimately this one won.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
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Goodreads | my review


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in October? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: September 2019

I’m so happy that I had so many books to choose from for September’s favorites! This was my best reading month so far this year and I ended up having six books that I rated either four or five stars.


The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer
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Goodreads | my review is coming soon!

Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley
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Goodreads | my review


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in September? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: August 2019

You know, August wasn’t the best month for me. It’s pretty hard to pick a favorite, but since I only read YA in August, at least I only have to narrow it down in one category.


The Backstagers, Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV
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Goodreads | my review is coming soon!


Have you read The Backstagers? What was the best book you read in August? Let’s talk in the comments!

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