October 2019 Reading Wrap Up

October 31, 2019

October 2019 Reading Wrap Up

October Reading Wrap Up 2019

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October was a satisfying reading month. I read a total of nine books, and I am happy to report that several were memorable. Find all my October reads listed below in order of Star Rating and preference. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (even though I gave This Tender Land a full five stars).

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

5 Stars. Well written (literary fiction quality), poignant, heartbreaking, and memorable. My full review here.


The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

4.5 Stars. Emotional and heartwarming. My full review here.


Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

4.5 Stars. Well written YA historical fiction. My full review here.


The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

4 Stars. (ARC) The feelings and experiences of a heart transplant patient. My full review here.

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September Reading Wrap Up

September 30, 2019

September Reading Wrap Up

\September Reading Wrap Up

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September was a mixed result reading month. Three DNFs had me spinning my wheels and took time away from the number of books I wanted to read. I read a total of six books, and I am happy to report that one of those was a five-star read. Find all my September reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me (this month brought me one of these). One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is The Dearly Beloved; in fact, it will likely be my best read of the year.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


 The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

5+ Stars. Thought-provoking and memorable complicated family drama. My full review here.


Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

5 Stars. Page-turning historical fiction. My full review here.


The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

4.5 Stars. A harrowing, heartfelt, and inspirational WW11 tale of survival, courage, loss, hope, and faith. Goodreads review here.


If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais

4.5 Stars. For fans of Hum if You Don’t Know the Words. My full review here.

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August Reading Wrap Up

August 31, 2019

August Reading Wrap Up

August Reading Wrap Up

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 August was a productive reading month with fourteen total reads, and I am happy to report one five-star read and several four-star reads. Unfortunately, I also read four that were not my cup of tea. Find all my August reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me (this month brought me four of these!). One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

Most of my time this month was devoted to reading and I’m behind on writing reviews, so all of these have star ratings but not all have reviews.

My favorite read of the month is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson

5+ Stars. Thought-provoking and unforgettable historical fiction. I love memorable characters! My full review here.


The Huntress by Kate Quinn

4 Stars. Page-turning historical fiction with a generous serving of mystery, intrigue, suspense, and romance. My full review here.


A Better Man by Louise Penny

4 Stars. For fans of the Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series. My full review here.


The Vanished Bride (ARC) by Bella Ellis

4 Stars. An imagined story of the Bronte Sisters before they became famous authors (mystery, historical fiction). Not yet reviewed.


The Curious Charms of Authur Pepper
by Phaedra Patrick

4 Stars. Charming, poignant, character-driven, heartfelt, and quiet. Harold Fry meets Ove. Beautiful ending. Not yet reviewed.


Meet Me in Monaco
by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

4 Stars. Romantic historical fiction. Goodreads review.


With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

4 Stars. Contemporary YA fiction (diverse read). Not yet reviewed.


Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

4 Stars. A mystery including cultural diversity. My full review here.


The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

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July Reading Wrap Up

July 31, 2019

July Reading Wrap Up

July Reading Wrap Up

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July was a productive reading month and I am happy to report several four-star reads. Find all my July reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is Hum if You Don’t Know the Words.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

4 Stars. Thought-provoking historical fiction. I love diverse reads! Brief Goodreads Review.


The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters
by Balli Kaur Jaswal

4 Stars. Engaging, zany, and light women’s fiction with some thoughtful themes. A great choice to take on vacation in August! Full review here.


The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander

4 Stars. For fans of Russian history. Brief Goodreads Review.


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
by Rachel Joyce

4 Stars. A companion read to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (5 Stars). Full Review Here.


What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

4 Stars Romantic time travel. Not yet reviewed.

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June Reading Wrap Up

June 30, 2019

June Reading Wrap Up

June Reading Wrap Up

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June was a productive reading month and I am especially excited to report one five star reads and four four-star reads. Find all my June reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite read of the month is Resistance Women.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


One More Day by Mitch Albom

5 Stars. Poignant, reflective, and heartfelt contemporary fiction. I love Mitch Albom! Not yet reviewed.


Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

4.5 Stars. (wavered between 4 and 5 stars on this one) Ordinary women choose to risk their lives in support of the resistance (WW11). Full review here.


The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

4 Stars. This was a slow start for me….after 60% I settled in and started enjoying the read.  Full review here.


Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

4 Stars. A lovely story from the author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Goodreads review here.


The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman

4 Stars For the love of teaching, middle-grade literature, and poignant stories. (By the author of The Lost Wife) Full review here.

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May Reading Wrap Up

May 31, 2019

May Reading Wrap Up

May Reading Wrap Up

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May was a great reading month and I am especially excited to report a few five- and four-star reads. Find all my May reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

5 Stars. WW11. A poignant and memorable story in free verse (YA).  Full review here.


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

5 Stars. Contemporary Fiction. Powerfully told from an “own voices” perspective (YA). Review coming soon.


The River by Peter Heller

5 Stars. Wilderness survival/suspense/thriller. Review coming soon.


The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads). Historical Fiction/Korean island of Jeju. Full review here.


The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads).  For fans of Eleanor Oliphant. A heartfelt and memorable read. Review coming soon.

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April Reading Wrap Up

April 29, 2019

April Reading Wrap Up

April Reading Wrap Up

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April was a great reading month and I am especially excited to report a few five- and four-star reads. Find all my April reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads received mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me.

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.


Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (ARC)

5 Stars. Family drama (mental health/alcoholism). ARC: Pub Date: 5/28. In contention for the best read of the year. Full review coming soon.


The Gown by Jennifer Robson

5 Stars. Historical Fiction. Loved the friendship theme. Full review here.


Brown Girl Dreaming (MG) by Jacqueline Woodson

5 Stars. Memoir: Diverse read/own voices. Free Verse. Full review here.


The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister (ARC)

4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads). ARC: Pub Date: 5/21. Coming of Age. Full review coming soon.


A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

4.5 Stars. Historical Fiction. A heartfelt and memorable read.  Full review here.


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March Reading Wrap Up

March 31, 2019

March Reading Wrap Up

March Reading Wrap Up

I read ten books in March and abandoned one. Titles are listed in order of my star ratings. Although I didn’t have any full five star reads, it was still a good reading month.

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March Reads

Beantown Girls by Jane Healey
Genre: WW11 Historical Fiction
4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars on Goodreads)
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February Reading Wrap Up

February 28, 2019

February Reading Wrap Up

February Wrap Up

What did you read in February?

I finished seven books in February and started two more.

Listed in order of Star Ratings, see my seven February Reads below (links to reviews are included):

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Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Genre: Historical Fiction
5 Stars *favorite of the month*
ARC: Pub Date: April 9, 2019
Full Review Here.


In Pieces by Sally Field

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
5 Stars
Full Review Here.


Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Genre: Non Fiction, U.S. Presidents, Biographical
4 Stars
Full Review Here.


We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels

Genre: Historical Fiction
4 Stars
(ARC)
Goodreads Review Here.


Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
4 Stars
Goodreads Review Here.


The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
3.5 Stars
Goodreads Review Here.


The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Genre: Mystery, Family Drama
3 Stars
Goodreads Review Here.



Let’s Discuss!

Did we share any reads in February? Do you see any favorites? What was your best February read?



Looking Ahead:

Come back tomorrow (Friday) for a review of The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio.

The Beautiful Strangers



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January Reading Wrap Up

January 31, 2019

January Reading Wrap Up

january reading wrap up

What is the best book you read this month?

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In January, I finished eight books, abandoned two, and I started two that I will finish in February.

My January reads are listed below in order of my Star Rating (titles are Amazon affiliate links):


Learning to See by Elise Hooper

Genre: Historical Fiction, Biographical
4.5 Stars
Full Review Here


The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction
4 Stars

Goodreads Review Here
ARC: Available March 5, 2019


Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Genre: Women’s Fiction
4 Stars

Full Review Here


Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (#ownvoices)
3.5 Stars

Goodreads Review Here


Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller

Genre: Women’s Fiction
3.5 Stars

Brief Review Here


Glory Road by Lauren K Denton

Genre: Southern Women’s Fiction
3.5 Stars

Goodreads Review Here
ARC: Available March 19, 2019


Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Genre: Historical Fiction
3.5 Stars

Goodreads Review Here


The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Genre: Classic, Women’s Fiction
3 Stars
Brief Review Here



Share your best January read in comments!