December Bookspin List
I am going with almost exclusively physical books this month. There are two exceptions- one is a series buddy read available through Kindle Unlimited, and the other is the next in a series of which I have physical books that are later in the series. Well of Ascension is listed twice because it is a chunkster. Trying to clear my shelves to make some room! ❤️📚
Wrap up for the #NovelNovember Readathon:
✅ I finished Mistborn
👍🏻 I read for 15.5 hours, so I got really close to my goal.
✅ I finished A Dark Mind
My hourly goal was based on how long I thought it would take me to finish both of these books. I overestimated by 30 minutes, so I‘m considering that goal met. ✅
Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 and for helping me finish two books this week!
This book was more disturbing than the last one in the Lizzy Gardner series. A Dark Mind is certainly a fitting title. Lizzy and her FBI agent boyfriend are searching for the Lovebird killer, a serial killer who focuses on couples deeply in love. He turns his attention toward Lizzy once he knows she‘s looking for him. Dark, twisted and disturbing, but also compelling - I couldn‘t stop reading until I reached the conclusion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
My oldest son‘s girlfriend is an avid reader. (I am so excited by this!) She loaned me this book because it is one of her most favorite. This epic fantasy took some time to develop, but once the world building is completed, it really takes off. The story and the characters draw you in and the novel becomes unputdownable. I raced to the heart pounding conclusion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
✅First goal completed for #novelnovember ❤️📚
#novelnovember #read #sundaymorningvibes
I must focus today and really dig into this book. I wanted to finish it by the end of the day today, but I am only 40% through. According to my Bookly app, it will take 10 hours of reading time to finish and I don‘t think that‘s going to happen today. The story is really moving now, and I am enjoying it. I‘ll enjoy it even more if I can immerse myself in it today. ❤️📚
Participating in this #readathon that starts tomorrow. I have a goal to finish my current read, Mistborn, by the end of the day on the 14th but with 443 pages to go, and a busy day tomorrow at the Cross Country State Championship, I‘m not sure that‘s going to happen.
📚 Finish Mistborn
📚 Read the next in the #LizzyGardner series - A Dark Mind
📚 Read a total of 16 hours
#novelnovember #lizzygardnerseriesread #trragan
Got the crockpot going with dinner, the morning chores are finished, the house is quiet (for now)…it‘s time to sit down with this book. ❤️📚 It took a bit to get into, with the intricate world building (which isn‘t normally my thing), but I‘m about 100 pages in now so I‘m starting to get it and become more invested in the characters.
I hope all of my Litsy friends have a great Saturday!
My two oldest sons‘ GFs are readers!! (I am so excited by this!) We have shared book recommendations, and my oldest son‘s GF (a 24 year old grad student studying nursing at Johns Hopkins) recently gave me her very well loved copy of one of her most favorite books to read. I‘m excited to dive in and see why it‘s one of her favorite books. ❤️📚
I don‘t usually post my “Reading Report” from Bookly, because so often I don‘t meet my goal. But, thanks to Dewey‘s Readathon, I exceeded my goal for October! My goal is always one hour a day, so for October that would be 31 hours of reading. And I finished 5 books, which is the most I‘ve finished in a month on 2021! ❤️📚
This is novel is more of a mystery wrapped in family drama than a thriller. Billie has disappeared and is assumed dead. Her husband Jonathan, and her daughter Olive, are left to pick up the pieces and try to move on. Olive begins having visions of her mom, and Jonathan discovers that maybe he didn‘t know his wife. Good story with imperfect flawed characters that kept me turning the pages because I needed to know what happened. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5
@Andrew65 is hosting a 20in4 Readathon this weekend! Super flexible! Choose Thursday - Sunday, or Friday - Monday, or all 5 days! Read 20 hours or 20 chapters…you make your own goals. Tag Andrew65 and use the #20in4 hashtag in your TBR, goals and progress posts. ❤️📚 #readathon #halloween
Starting this one next. It‘s my #bookspin for October. Hoping to finish by Sunday. I realized during the Readathon this weekend, that I enjoy books more that I immerse myself into and finish faster - meaning I spend more time reading in a shorter time frame, rather than dragging it out. I am hoping that realization helps me prioritize reading over other free time pursuits (like social media or mindless games on my phone). ❤️📚
Until about halfway through this book was a “so-so” for me. But, the second half was gripping and the ending utterly satisfying. The characters are so flawed that they are unlikeable. Then you get to know them better and you realize that they are just human, dealing with the lives they‘ve been dealt. This book is about flawed families, marriages and friendships…in the end aren‘t we all flawed? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This was my #doublespin for October.
#deweys24readathon done! Total time read: 13 hours 24 mins. I fell short of my goal of 14 hours by a little, but I read more than my usual average of 12 hours, so I‘m satisfied. Audiobooks helped with reading more this time. I exceeded my goal of 600 pages by a little, and met my goal of finishing one book. I got about 3/4 through another as well. Now….off for a nap before family comes over for football! ❤️📚 #deweyoct #deweysreadathon #readathon
I hardly ever have caffeine this late in the day, but I make myself tea every #readathon to help me stay awake past my bedtime. (My dog has commandeered my blanket, and made himself quite comfortable.) #deweysreadathon #deweyoct #deweys24hourreadathon
Progress so far: 7 hours 18 mins of total reading time and 396 pages read. I‘m facing more distraction than normal at this point in the evening. Using AirPods & ambient noise to try to overcome.
Strong pick! This is the second in the Lizzy Gardner series, and it‘s better than the first book. Lizzy has a lot on her plate, and needs to get to the bottom of two different missing persons cases. I really enjoyed the plot in one of those cases - it was pretty original. This was an excellent follow up to the first book. I am enjoying my time with Lizzy and crew, and can‘t wait for the next in the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Switched things up again and took a walk while listening to the tagged audiobook. Got in a mile and a half before it started to drizzle. Saw some neighbors engaged in something nefarious. 😂 My neighborhood is all decked out for Halloween. ❤️📚 #deweyoct #deweysreadathon #readathon #deweys24hourreadathon
Such a wonderful story about Major Pettigrew and this small place he calls home. The widowed Major deals with a family death, an arrogant grown child, and a budding new relationship with the woman who owns the local shop, who also happens to be an “outsider.” Will he figure it all out in time to have his second chance? A delightful read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚
Getting prepped for the #deweysreadathon tomorrow! I made a bullet journal for the first time! My TBR pile is ready to go with #bookspin books for this month and a series buddy read on my kindle (T R Reagan‘s Dead Weight). I‘ve downloaded the two physical book‘s audiobooks from the library so I can switch back and forth, and actually get some walking in during the readathon. Who else is participating? #deweys24hourreadathon #readathon #deweys
Much of what Candace Owens has to say here struck a chord with me. I appreciate that she backs up her history & statistics with references at the end. The book loses a couple of stars because of her use of absolutes when discussing groups and by degrading all liberals. Not *all* of one group acts, thinks or feels the same (which is her own point regarding black conservatives), and I don‘t think we get anywhere by degrading other people. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
Been busy lately. Lots of activities for the kids, which is AWESOME… So I am reading while the de-sparkle processes on my hair. 😉 #nomoregray
This chapter is speaking to me - On Excuses. I try to teach my kids this - there‘s a solution to every problem. Instead of coming to me with a problem and an excuse, let‘s figure out the solution. No one gets ahead by making excuses. Hard work is the common denominator for successful people.
Read this for #lizzygardnerseriesread #trragan
Lizzy Gardner was abducted as a teenager, and ended up being the one who got away. The serial killer, who feeds off of his victims fears, is back and he‘s not done with her. This was fast paced and brutal. I‘m not totally sold though, and I can‘t quite put my finger on why. I wanted a little more. (More below.) I‘m going to keep reading the series to see where these characters go from here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Does anyone else hate it when that message pops up? It‘s time to refill my coffee cup anyway.
I‘m just over 50% through this book and I‘m not quite sold. The author has at least twice done a relatively big reveal and then jumped the story ahead a couple of hours, leaving me hanging as to the reaction to the character learning this information and the outcome of the conversation. (Big reveal covered for those reading the book.)
Frankie is a seasoned detective who thinks that there‘s more to the apparent suicide of a local college student. Told from different points of view, and from varying points in time - “Before” and “After” - the story moves very quickly. There probably could have been some additional character development, but the plot itself is entertaining. A quick read. Not my favorite from Tess Gerritsen.
This was my #bookspin for September! @TheAromaofBooks
✈️ Key West, Wales, Bar Harbor
🥰 Sitting on my porch with coffee and a book.
📖 The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
🚌 My two youngest kids started school in person today (high school Freshman and Junior). Praying they can remain in person; they really need it. ❤️
Wanna play? Consider yourself tagged!
When one of the neighbors of a bucolic neighborhood in Yellow Springs and her two children go missing after a night of fun, the other neighbors are left with more questions than answers. Rather than a fast paced thriller, this is more of a slow suspenseful burn. Even if the reader can see it coming, you still have to keep reading to find out what happens. Female friendships, marriage and family are at the center of this story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5
It is an absolutely gorgeous day today! I finished what work I needed to do and took myself to my favorite reading spot. I love having the birds and bugs as my audio background when I read. ❤️📚☀️
I am quite curious as to where this story is going. Hoping to finish today.
Here is my #bookspin list for September! @TheAromaofBooks
I was almost late again this month! Thankfully I remembered just before heading to bed, much to my dogs‘ chagrin. My boy doesn‘t mind as much and settled back down on the couch, but my sweet little girl has been pacing while I put the list together. 😂 This time of night she requires snuggles, especially after the severe weather we had today from the remnants of Ida. ❤️
This is a good beach/summer read. Light, fun, quick, a little sexy. It‘s rom com with a mystery twist. The twist is a little jarring, but I was invested in the story enough that I was able to overlook the more contrived nature of the mystery. Includes some commentary on social media and how people fake it a bit (or sometimes a lot) online. I give it 3.5 stars that I rounded up to 4 in my app because it did give me some feels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚