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December 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

A quick, and a little early, wrap up for what I read for the month of December. It was a crazy month with running the kids around and holiday shenanigans, but what else is new around here?!

I read three books this month.
I listened to five books this month.

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 58/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 62/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 108/75
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 15/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 19/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 6/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 4/6

I gave every single one of these four stars on Goodreads, except Tempted (which I gave 2.5 rounded up to 3 stars). I enjoyed all these reads and recommend them to anyone who likes these genres *thriller, mystery and erotica*

I read 962 pages. I listened to books for 38.37 hours.

November 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

I honestly cannot believe I am writing up my November wrap up. It seems like this month went by so quickly. I know I didn’t read a whole lot thanks to a Disney vacation, a busy life and family visiting for the holidays… so it is what it is.
I did read two books this month.
I listened to four books this month.

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 54/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 56/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 99/75
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 15/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 19/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 6/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 4/6

I was given a copy of Widow Falls by Kiersten Modglin personally and I saved it to read in October. It was a weird book with a creepy vibe and I totally enjoyed it!

I signed up for Audible and listened to book 3 of The Aurora Cycle series Aurora’s End, which dropped on November 9. I listened to the first two book in the series so this was the only way I could listen to this one AND listen on release day. I gave this entire series five stars!

I listened to The Boy From The Woods, my first Harlan Coben book (he’s from New Jersey!) I was sucked into this story after two chapters and it was a wild ride. The next book in the series, The Match, comes out at the beginning of next year. Can’t wait to get my hands on that one!

I was approved for The Santa Suit this past summer, and ended up saving it for November for the HoHoHoRAT challenge. Super cute read for this time of year!

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard is a book I own thanks to BOTM. But, I love me some audiobooks so I found this one on Hoopla (thanks OCL!). The narrator’s Irish accent is actually rather good – it’s not hard to understand at all, which sometimes happens with Irish accents. I really enjoyed this book and totally recommend it to people who love a good thriller!

I found this free erotic book called Looking For It by Allyson Lindt on Bookbub dot com. Since it was free I decided to try out the ménage troupe, and found out that the two men in the story are boyfriends and ehhhhh I didn’t care for that part. I gave this shorter story (only 114 pages) three stars on Goodreads but 2.5 on my Google sheet tracker.

I read 464 pages. I listened to books for 41.17 hours.

October 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

I honestly cannot believe I am writing up my October wrap up. With school in full swing and getting ready to go on a vacation, then goooooooing on that vacation, it seemed like I didn’t read a lot. Turns out I did!

I did read/listen to eight books this month

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 50/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 55/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 95/75
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 13/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 18/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 6/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

I stuck with the spooky thriller/ horror theme this month. I also stuck with the family theme too, amIright? LOL!!! All of these books got a 3 or 4 star rating from me, except for The Guilty Sister and The Survivors (which I rated one star). It was a successful month in my opinion.

I read 560 pages. I listened to books for 62.63 hours.

September 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

September is over, and this year is going by so fast! I survived four weeks of school already, which is a shocker! I did get a lot of reading done as the month went on, but stalled out the last few days of the month. Thank godness for audiobooks though, because that’s how I read a ton this month.

I did read/listen to thirteen books this month (four were literally 12 pages long though)!

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 44/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 51/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 84/75
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 13/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 14/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 6/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6
Smutember 2021 – Tiktok ~ 7/5

I finished up the Michael Bennett series in September. You can read my review of it here.

I read dark erotic romances books for the challenge going around Booktok. Four were 12 pages long so do they really count? Shrug. I started the Black series which was decent, then I started the King series, which was also decent. I lost my mojo for smutty books so I let the challenge go….

I read 1,193 pages. I listened to books for 24.36 hours.

August 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

My August reading seemed to start off slow, picked up in the middle, and then became real slow towards the end. I did go on a mini vacation, as well as very busy on the weekends with my family, and then I had a birthday on the 29th, so I’m pretty sure all that contributed to it.

I did read/listen to ten books this month!

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 40/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 49/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 74/75
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 11/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 13/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 6/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

With trying to stick with the BOTM catch up, I went deep into my stack and pulled out Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear. It was available to listen to from my library so I went that route with it. And it was just an okay story. It kept my interest but I wasn’t fully invested into what was going on.

I was given the ARC of The Cottage by Lisa Stone via Netgalley. It was a weird read, and I will have my review posted up on the blog on publication day in November. I did give it a very generous three stars on Goodreads, but I probably should of made it two stars. Oh well I’m leaving it.

Another BOTM book that I did the audio of! I’ve been hearing great things about The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, and wanted to prioritize it to the top of my pile. And it was a great read/listen for me. Yes, a little bit of the story seemed to be far fetched and left field-ish, but overall I was hooked in and wanted to see how the whole story turned out. Four stars on Goodreads!

Netgalley had approved me for The Shadows by Alex North around the same time I chose it for a BOTM read. So I listened to it. And what a let down! I did not like this book at all!

On Instagram I saw that Unmarked by Renee Rose was free to get off of Amazon so I went ahead and pretty much bought it because of the cover and quick synopsis I saw on the Gram. It was a novella about two wolves who are out looking for their mate, who is the same person. They share a mate in the type of wolf pack they are in. Now, I am normally not into paranormal romances but this one was steamy as hell, wooooooooooooaaah! Four stars!

Fable of Happiness Book 2 by Pepper Winters was just a continuation of the first book, which ended in a cliffhanger. I was along for the ride by then. But this story is getting on my nerves. I understand that there are only two characters in the story so you are literally reading their inner monologue for 95% of the time, but OMG it was so annoying with the incessant repeating of the same thing over and over again. Half the time the characters aren’t even in the same room… what the hell kind of story is this?! I gave this one a generous three stars of Goodreads.

Netgalley approved me for The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones on audiobook. I am enjoying listening to this one, but the story seems a little slow to me. At around the 40% mark nothing too wild has happened. You can feel the build up though and I like that. Sometimes slow burns annoy me, but this one has kept my interest.

Book three in the Hearts series, Untamed by M. O’Keefe, I read to wrap up the trilogy that I enjoyed. It was fine, it wrapped up everything with a nice bow and everyone got their HEA… I gave it three stars on Goodreads because it was a nice quick read.

Keeping up with the BOTM stack I have, I borrowed the audiobook of The Damage from my library and listened. This was a heavy book, and the end was perfect! Four stars!

I did a quick listen of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie thanks to Scribd. It was a reread and I still enjoyed it very much. Five stars again!

Some of the stats are off because I said I was physically reading a book while I was actually doing the audiobook of a book I own (And Then There Were None for example).

I read 1,788 pages. I listened to books for 38.2 hours.

July 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

July started off weird, as far as my reading goes… between the holiday and coming home from vacation. I was doing a Netgalley challenge in June and wanted to keep up with it for July… but it didn’t seem to be working out. I just felt all over the place with my reading the first two weeks of July. Then I remembered that Book of The Month has a yearly challenge and I went on a BOTM binge!

I did read/listen to twelve books this month!

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 34/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 46/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 64/70
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 11/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 11/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 5/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

Thanks to Hidden Gems Books for allowing me to read The Ice Prince by Edwina Darke. It is a retelling of Cinderella, which normally isn’t my thing, but I did like the book.

And thanks to BookSirens for allowing me to read The Rose and The Claw by Nancy O’Toole. Funny, as this one is also a retelling, but of Beauty and the Beast. And it was a totally different take on it, which made me enjoy the book all the more.

Bullseye is book 9 in the Michael Bennett series, which I am making my way through. I liked this book, but the end seemed a bit off to me. Like it was too easy all of a sudden. I marked it 3 stars on Goodreads but 3.5 stars on my Google spreadsheet.

Pretty Little Wife was a book I wasn’t expecting to like and ended up really liking. I also listened to the audiobook thanks to my library. Four star read!

Too Good To Be True was a great read. I listened to the audio version on Scribd and I like how each characters point of view was read by a different narrator. I gave it four stars on Goodreads because it only took me a few days to listen to the whole thing (as my kids kept interrupting me!). The story just sucked me in!

I am on the fence about Survive The Night. I liked the concept of the story and the unreliable MC. I like how it was written (in a movie script style). But it just fell flat for me. The killer was obvious, and the twists weren’t all that twisty.

I’ve been wanting to read Daughter of The Pirate King series, as Tricia Levenseller has become an author I want to read all of her books (because I loved The Shadows Between Us). Plus, a pirate read in the summer just seems fitting. And these books did not disappoint. They were both such quick reads for me, the story just flowed and the characters were great. Four star reads on both!

The Chestnut Man was such a heavy book, and I was here for it! The audiobook was fifteen hours long and I didn’t want to stop listening. I enjoyed the story as a whole, and Peter Noble did an EXCELLENT job of pronouncing the Scandinavian names. Four stars!

I dipped my toe back into the dark romance category… jk, I threw myself back into it, because Fable of Happiness was such a dark erotic read, I wasn’t ready, lol. The writing was good but the story was kinda ehhhh if you sit there and break down all the stupidity of Gemma, but I read the 300 pages in two days, so I guess I did like it overall. Also, this one was another Beauty and The Beast retelling (I believe). I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

Kiersten Modglin was on Instagram asking her fans if they wanted a complimentary e-copy of her new book Our Little Secret. I have been wanted to read one of her books, as I’ve been hearing such great things about her work, so when an opportunity presents itself I take it. She sent me a copy and man oh man was it a page turner! I will have my official review posted the week of release, like she has requested.

I read 2,041 pages. I listened to books for 53.52 hours.

June 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

June was a good month. Hectic, as far as life goes (end of the school year, my last day of work (I’m a lunch lady so like teachers, I get the summer off), my daughters birthday, family from out of state showing up for my daughters middle school graduation and going on a small vacation). I did get a lot of reading time in at the beginning of the month, then with everything going on in the middle two weeks of June I just had no time to myself to listen or read. I did read/listen to ten books this month though!

Lets see what I read/listen…

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 29/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 40/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 52/70
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 10/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 11/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 5/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

I read Untethered in one night. I stayed up until 3:30am (on a school night, yikes!) because I could not put this book down. And normally step siblings falling in love isn’t my thing. But this one was hot and steamy! It’s the first in the St. Jude Rules series and I plan to read the next one whenever it publishes. This is the review I posted on my blog.

I have been making steady progress through the entire Michael Bennett series (thanks to my library having all the books on audio through Libby). I am now starting to come around to the new narrator (which was changed up at book six) Note: I am still on the fence about the romance aspect of the series, as of now. I think I know how it’s gonna go but it’ll probably be in Patterson fashion to twist it up and I’ll be wrong, ha!

The Therapist was a good read. My review will be posted on the blog come publish date (July 13, 2021).

My review of No Bad Deed – Three stars

My review of They Did Bad Things – Three Stars

My review of More Than Words – Four Stars

An Ambush of Widows was such a great read! My review will be posted on the blog come publish date (July 7, 2021).

Libra is the 7th novella in the Zodiac Queen series. I blew this one (I read 156 pages in like two hours) and it was alright. I am not sure how much longer the author can keep the story going it isn’t as erotic as most erotic reads are. But I want to know what happens to Novalee and Sebastian (or will it be Liam, lol).

*I was supposed to read Five Little Pigs for the Read Christie 2021 Challenge. It did not happen. I will be reading it in July along with The Murder at the Vicarage*

I read 1,082 pages. I listened to books for 54.89 hours.

May 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

I thought April was such a crazy month, but I was wrong! This month has wiped me out with complete exhaustion! Again, my work schedule changed, and my husband’s work schedule has him working super late into the night, so the parenting responsibilities have been solely on me! Then I sort of got into a reading slump… like I wanted to read but couldn’t find something to capture my attention. I worked myself out of it, which is a plus. I ended up reading/listening (honestly, mostly listening) to TWELVE books this month! My best month of 2021!

Lets see what I read/listen…

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 23/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 35/40
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 42/70
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 7/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 5/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 5/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

I received Stolen Hearts in my Dangerous Romance subscription box last month. The book was so freakin’ good that I got myself the second book in the series called Broken Hearts. That ending had me reeling! The next book comes out in August and it’s not soon enough!

I decided that I was going to listen to the entire Michael Bennett series (thanks to my library having all the books on audio through Libby). Book two was pretty decent. Book three I liked very much. The fourth and fifth book I definitely couldn’t put down. Book six had a new narrator (MEGA BOOOOOOOOO!) but I still plan to finish this series before this year is over. Note: I am still on the fence about the romance aspect of the series as of now. I think I know how it’s gonna go but it’ll probably be in Patterson fashion to twist it up and I’ll be wrong, ha!

I was on a romance novel kick and read the entire series of Starcrossed Lovers this month (Heartless, Soulless & Relentless). It was such a dark romance, and I was here for it. I’ve been dipping my toe into the genre and it hasn’t been as scary as I thought it would be, lol. If you are into feuding families with damaged main characters and lots of sex, this series is for you!

I read A Pocket Full of Rye for the ReadChristie2021 challenge. It’s my first Miss Marple read and I thought it was just okay. It was a light mystery and it was what I needed after this heavy month of books. I don’t think I’d read all of them but this book was a nice change of pace for this month.

I read Last by Garnet Christie thanks to BookSirens. It was such a great Enemies To Lovers erotic romance… my first time reading ETL. I read the book in three days I didn’t want to put it down.

I read 2,016 pages. I listened to books for 35.67 hours.

April 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

April was such a crazy month for me! My work schedule became more hectic because the dynamics of school had changed. The kids schedules started to get busy with spring after school activities so that makes my schedule nuts, too. I just felt like I had no time for actually sitting with a book and reading. I mostly did listening to books this time month. I read/listen to six books this month!

Lets see what I read/listen…

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 18/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 27/40
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 30/50
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 4/5
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 4/5
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 4/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

We3 was an erotica MFF book I found on Netgalley. 1st To Die is a book I own, and I was gonna read the whole series (to get caught up) but ended up nixing that plan right now so I could get caught up on the Michael Bennett’s series… the first book being Step On A Crack. Final Girls, The Shadows Between Us, All The Tides of Fate and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd were all blogged about previously.

I read 547 pages. I listened to books for 45.87 hours.

March 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

March SEEMED like it was a very slower reading month for me, with no real reason. I was reading (whether physical, electronic, or listening) a book every day of the week (except for one or two Saturdays). It ended up being more productive than it felt, which is nice I read seven books this month!

Let’s see what I read…

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 13/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 21/40
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 23/50
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 3/5
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 3/5
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 3/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6
March Madness Reading ChallengeLibrary 7/3 (March 1 – March 31)

I heard about Dance of Thieves awhile back, but hadn’t gotten around to it. While browsing my library’s audiobooks it was available to borrow right then and there. So I did. It was a good book. I liked the story plot, and the two main characters weren’t annoying in their love for each other (which is a plus). There is another book in the series and I plan to listen to it soon. I gave this three stars on Goodreads.

Virgo is book six in a book series (it’s a bunch of novella’s). I am all in when it comes to this erotica series. I cannot wait for the next books to come out (two more scheduled for this year… Libra and Scorpio). Gemma James is a great writer and if you’re into steamy erotic reads, get to these!

Perfect. was a book I received for free through BookSirens. It was an awful read and I hate giving one star reviews on websites, but it could not be helped. The main characters were a huge problem, the story was so predictable, and it was under the category “erotica” yet the sex scenes were like two paragraphs long.

His True Queen was the second book in the Smoke & Mirrors duology. I gave it two stars on Goodreads, saying “** spoiler alert ** I liked the first book enough to finish out the duology. But this one was painful to get through. I was skipping parts left and right. I didn’t like how Josh spoke to Adeline at times. Yes, you’re American but no respect for the Queen at all irked me. I saw the plot twist (why and how Adeline breaks it off with Josh after seeing him in bed with another woman) a mile away. I said to myself ‘they drugged him’… like 40% of nonsense later we find out that is true. I didn’t guess the ending twist but it was also kinda dumb. I like JEM and will read more of her books, but this one didn’t sit well with me. #beinghonest “

I listened to Vow of Thieves, to finish the duology. It was decent and it got two stars on Goodreads from me (like book one did). The ending seemed almost predictable… and the very ending was way longer than it needed to be.

Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot #9) is the March book I read for the Read Christie 2021 challenge. I am usually a “I have to read a book series in order” type of person… but it seems like that isn’t the case with these Hercule Poirot books. I liked this one much better than the other two books I read for this challenge. This one had me constantly on my toes as to ‘who dunnit’, which is a plus. I liked the ending, also!

I was approved for The Midnight Bargain on Edelweiss awhile back. I just haven’t gotten around to it till now (I’m terrible with reading ARC books and I don’t know why!), which kills me since this was SUCH a good book! I’m super shocked at how much I’m liked this one! The characters were a little flat but I wanted to keep going on with the story. I listened to the audiobook from my library (for when I couldn’t sit and read) and it very well done. A definite recommend to those who like YA fantasy romance novels! #lgbtqauthor #POCauthor #canadianauthor #indiepublished

I read 1,182 pages. I listened to books for 43.13 hours.