March 2017 Wrap-Up

Six books for the month of March. This seems small but is sort of astounding to me, given that we had a brand new baby at the beginning of the month, and then said baby spent a week in the NICU. All but two of these books were audio book listens because of previously listed reasons. March was also the second month in a row full of Maggie Stiefvater books! No regrets, she is amazing.

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-25 at 3.58.58 PMI absolutely adored the Raven Cycle Series, which featured one of the best audio narrations I’ve ever listened to. Will Patton truly brought this series to life in a way that I’m certain I wouldn’t have been able to on my own. The Raven King is the final installment of the series and brought a perfect conclusion to these characters I’ve become so attached to. You should definitely check these out if you haven’t yet!

 

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Another highlight from this month was Jenny Lawson’s, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. This was my second of Lawson’s books, and if possible is even funnier than the first. I brought it with me to the hospital and legitimately laughed through my contractions. I cannot recommend her books highly enough.

 

 

 

The whole line up…

 

We Were Liars – 4 crowns

The Raven King – 5 crowns

Shiver – 4 crowns

Linger – 3 crowns

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – 5 crowns

Forever – 3 crowns

 

2016 Wrap-Up

2016 was an excellent year of reading! I finished a total of 61 books in a combination of mostly print, some audio, and (for the first time ever) a few eBooks.

Print books: 39

Audio books: 18

eBooks: 4 (this of course does not count the mass quantities of fan fiction I read on my phone. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Books written by female authors: 34

Books written by people of color: 2

New authors discovered: 33

ARCs: 5

 

LGBT Fiction: 5

 

 

Some breakdowns:

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Clearly I need to try and get more non-fiction reads in for 2017.

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I read an overwhelming majority of YA and Scifi. Honestly, that’s not likely to change for 2017. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Rather than leave a bad review, I normally just don’t finish a book if I don’t like it. I think  honest reviews are important, but writing a negative review is still really hard for me. Not sure if that will ever change.

Favorite New Authors:

I was lucky to discover a lot of really great new authors this year, mostly thanks to Litsy and Bookstagram. My favorites were definitely Hugh Howey, Sarah J Maas, V.E. Schwab, Neal Stephenson, Cassandra Clare, Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufman.

Favorite Book of 2016: 

My all time favorite for the year was definitely A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, followed closely by Wool by Hugh Howey.

Most Fun Read: 

The most fun I’ve had reading a book this year, and for several years previous would definitely be, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple.

Best Audio Books: 

Audio books changed my life this year as far as reading goes. I’ve got a full time job,  four young children, and a house to take care of. I started listening to podcasts, which led into audio books while driving and doing chores. Not only have those things become a hell of a lot more enjoyable, but I’ve been able to read more than ever. I’ve found that I enjoy audio books more when there is a cast of voice actors, but can still enjoy a singular narrator when they can convincingly play multiple characters well.

Top 10 Books of 2016: 

 

Most Anticipated Reads of 2017: 

There are so many incredible books coming out in 2017 that I cannot wait to get my hands on. I’ve also discovered a lot of older stuff thanks to Litsy, Bookstagram & the All the Books! podcast (which I highly recommend). I’ll be finishing several series that I began this year, and starting a few new ones as well.

December Wrap-Up

I read 6 books this month, bringing my total for the year to 60 books! I know the month isn’t over, and I could probably get one more in, but I like the idea of finishing on an even number. December was a month full of really great books, and even better books were gifted to me for Christmas!

I’ll have a year in review post up within the next few days as well, but here’s what I read in the final month of this truly craptastic year.

Edit: I ended up finishing another book unexpectedly, so it looks like I’ll finish the year with 61 books read in total.

A Darker Shade of Magic – 5 crowns

A Gathering of Shadows – 5 crowns

If I Was Your Girl – 5 crowns

The Circle – 4 crowns

Notorious RBG – 5 crowns

The Underground Railroad – 5 crowns

What Alice Forgot – 5 crowns