Reading Update: October 2018

Books

I’ve completed most of my reading goals this year! Still working on a few challenges, but I should be able to finish them over the next couple of months. I was pretty good about not requesting ARCs this month, but I did end up buying a bunch of books at a local book fair. It’s hard to pass up good deals on books, but I have no idea when I’ll get to read them.

October Weekly Wrap-Ups

For a more detailed look at the books I’m reading, check out my weekly wrap-ups every Friday.

Week 1 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 5)
Week 2 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 12)
Week 3 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 19)
Week 4 – Weekly Wrap-Up (October 26)

Monthly Update

The breakdown for my October reading is 12 physical books, 11 ebooks, and 17 audiobooks. My ratings and reviews for all of them can be found on Goodreads. Some of my favorite reads in October were Sadie, Dreamfall, Our House, and Final Girls.

Sadie by Courtney SummersDreamfall by Amy PlumOur House by Louise CandlishFinal Girls by Riley Sager

Reading Challenges

My current reading status, as of 10/31/18.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (250/250) Completed in June
A-Z Challenge (26/26) Completed in May
Color Challenge (15/15) Completed in October
Genre Bingo Challenge (24/24) Completed in June
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (12/12) Completed in July
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (50/50) Completed in October
Read Harder (24/24) Completed in July
Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge:
Season 5 books (25/25) Completed in June
Season 6 books (25/25) Completed in August
Season 7 books (22/25) in progress
A Year in the Life books (13/20) in progress
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (51/100) in progress
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (46/100) in progress

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS STATS

Netgalley
Books Approved: 100
Books Reviewed: 89
Feedback Ratio: 89%

Edelweiss
Books Approved: 10
Books Reviewed: 5
Feedback Ratio: 50%

Reading Update: September 2018

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September Weekly Wrap-Ups

For a more detailed look at the books I’m reading, check out my weekly wrap-ups every Friday.

Week 1 – Weekly Wrap-Up (September 7)
Week 2 – Weekly Wrap-Up (September 14)
Week 3 – Weekly Wrap-Up (September 21)
Week 4 – Weekly Wrap-Up (September 28)

Monthly Update

The breakdown for my September reading is 19 physical books, 15 ebooks, and 32 audiobooks. My ratings and reviews for all of them can be found on Goodreads. Some of my favorite reads in September were The Wife, Water for Elephants, Blood of My Blood, and The Last Time I Lied.

The Wife by Alafair BurkeWater for Elephants by Sara GruenBlood of My Blood by Barry LygaThe Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Reading Challenges

My current reading status, as of 9/30/18, is shown in italics.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (250/250) Completed in June
A-Z Challenge (26/26) Completed in May
Color Challenge (14/15) in progress
Genre Bingo Challenge (24/24) Completed in June
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (12/12) Completed in July
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (44/50) in progress
Read Harder (24/24) Completed in July
Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge:
Season 5 books (25/25) Completed in June
Season 6 books (25/25) Completed in August
Season 7 books (21/25) in progress
A Year in the Life books (13/20) in progress
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (49/100) in progress
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (43/100) in progress

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS STATS

As of this month (September), I have been on Netgalley for one year. I rarely used it when I first signed up, but now I’m on there all the time looking for new books. In my first year using Netgalley, I reviewed 86 books. My goal is to have 100 books reviewed by the end of the year, and it looks like that goal will be met. I signed up for Edelweiss a couple of months ago, and haven’t started using it much. Hopefully, I get the hang of it soon and start reviewing more books from there.

Netgalley
Books Approved: 99
Books Reviewed: 86
Feedback Ratio: 87%

Edelweiss
Books Approved: 7
Books Reviewed: 4
Feedback Ratio: 57%

Reading Update: August 2018

Books and Coffee

I have met most of my reading goals for this year. I read a lot more over the summer than I had planned on reading. I have some new personal reading goals I want to achieve, but, first, I want to finish what I’ve started. So, that means I’m trying to be a little more focused on what I’m reading to check off some of the reading goals I’ve set for myself.

Weekly Wrap-Ups

This month I started doing a weekly update about the books on my radar. For a more detailed look at the books I’m reading, check out my weekly wrap-ups every Friday.

Week 1 – no weekly wrap-up posted
Week 2 – Weekly Wrap-Up (August 10)
Week 3 – Weekly Wrap-Up (August 17)
Week 4 – Weekly Wrap-Up (August 24)
Week 5 – Weekly Wrap-Up (August 31)

Monthly Update

The breakdown for my August reading is 17 physical books, 18 ebooks, and 21 audiobooks. My ratings and reviews for all 56 books can be found on Goodreads. Some of my favorites read in August were Circe, An Unwanted Guest, Where the Crawdads Sing, and Jane Doe.

Circe by Madeline MillerAn Unwanted Guest by Shari LapenaWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensJane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Reading Challenges

This month, I finished reading the books from season 6 of the Gilmore Girls and read more books for the Color and Popsugar reading challenges. My current reading status, as of 8/31/18, is shown in italics.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (250/250) Completed in June
A-Z Challenge (26/26) Completed in May
Color Challenge (9/15)
Genre Bingo Challenge (24/24) Completed in June
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (12/12) Completed in July
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (36/50)
Read Harder (24/24) Completed in July
Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge:
Season 5 books (25/25) – Completed in June
Season 6 books (25/25) – Completed in August
Season 7 books (19/25)
A Year in the Life books (12/20)
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (49/100)
Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (41/100)

Reading Update: July 2018

Books and Coffee

I’m continuing to make a lot of headway toward my personal reading goals. I’ve also updated my to-read list on Goodreads and rearranged my home library to make it easier to find books I want to read. For personal reading goals, I finished reading books for the Modern Mrs. Darcy and Read Harder reading challenges. I really want to focus on reading books I already own, both physical and ebooks. However, at the same time, I also want to increase my number of books reviewed for Netgalley and authors/publishers. It’s quite the dilemma.

The breakdown for July reading – 19 physical books, 14 ebooks, 14 audiobooks, and 1 graphic novel. Further breaking down the list: 11 were physical books from the library, 14 were audiobooks from OverDrive, 12 were ARCs from Netgalley and authors/publishers, and 11 were owned (8 physical, 3 ebooks). My ratings and reviews for all 48 books listed below can be found on Goodreads.

July Books

physical books
1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
2. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
3. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
4. Parasite by Mira Grant
5. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
7. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
8. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
9. House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke
10. The Best American Essays 2001 by Kathleen Norris (Editor)
11. Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
12. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
13. Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson
14. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
15. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
16. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
17. Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
18. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
19. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

ebooks
1. Berries and Birthdays by Leena Clover
2. Double Blind by Iris Johansen
3. Skitter by Ezekiel Boone
4. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
5. Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine
6. Believe Me by J.P. Delaney
7. Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
8. Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey
9. Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney
10. Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
11. Molloy by Samuel Beckett
12. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
13. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
14. She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

audiobooks
1. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
2. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
4. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
5. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
6. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
7. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
9. I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga
10. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
11. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
12. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
13. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
14. C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces by C. S. Lewis

graphic novels
1. Echo: The Complete Edition by Terry Moore

Reading Challenges

Status as of 7/31/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in July.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (250/250) Completed in June

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (26/50)
True crime – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
A book set in the decade you were born – Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

A-Z Challenge (26/26) Completed in May

Color Challenge (0/15)

Genre Bingo Challenge (24/24) Completed in June

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (12/12) Completed in July
A book nominated for an award in 2018 – We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Read Harder (24/24) Completed in July
A western – House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke
An Oprah Book Club selection – She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author – Enclave by Ann Aguirre
A book of genre fiction in translation – The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
A book with a cover you hate – Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
An essay anthology – The Best American Essays 2001 by Kathleen Norris (Editor)
An assigned book you hated (or never finished) – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
Season 5 books (25/25) – Completed in June
Season 6 books (23/25) – It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton, Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins, Molloy by Samuel Beckett, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Season 7 books (16/25) – The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
A Year in the Life books (12/20)

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (49/100)

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (40/100)
Parasite by Mira Grant

Reading Update: June 2018

Books on bookshelf

It seems like I’ve been reading nonstop lately. For personal reading goals, I finished reading the books from season 5 of Gilmore Girls and the genre bingo reading challenge.

The breakdown for June reading – 29 physical books, 12 ebooks, and 10 audiobooks. My ratings and reviews for all 46 books listed below can be found on Goodreads.

June Books

physical books
1. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
2. The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin
3. French Twist by James Patterson
4. Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
5. The People vs Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Seeders by A. J. Colucci
7. Lights Out by James Patterson
8. Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke
9. The Kiss by James Patterson
10. The Lost by James Patterson
11. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
12. Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou
13. The Loch by Steve Alten
14. Home by Nnedi Okorafor
15. The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
16. Sunburn by Laura Lippman
17. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
18. The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
19. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
20. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
21. The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
22. Social Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship by Barrington Moore, Jr.
23. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
24. The Odyssey by Homer
25. Still Lives by Maria Hummel
26. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
27. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
28. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle
29. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

ebooks
1. Murder Most Fermented by Christine E. Blum
2. Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott
3. Lies by T. M. Logan
4. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
5. The Neighbor by Joseph Souza
6. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
7. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
8. The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman
9. The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
10. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni
11. A Smidge of Crazy by Barbara Venkataraman
12. Cupcakes and Celebrities by Leena Clover

audiobooks
1. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
2. Carrie by Stephen King
3. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
4. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
5. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
6. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
7. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
8. I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
9. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
10. The Husband List by Janet Evanovich

Reading Challenges

Status as of 6/30/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in June.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (250/250) Completed in June

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (23/50)
A book with an animal in the title – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
A book with characters who are twins – The Neighbor by Joseph Souza
A book tied to your ancestry – The Loch by Steve Alten

A-Z Challenge (26/26) Completed in May

Color Challenge (0/15)

Genre Bingo Challenge (24/24) Completed in June
Tragedy – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Chick-Lit – Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
Epic/High Fantasy – Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Historical Romance – The Husband List by Janet Evanovich
Paranormal Romance – by City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (10/12)
A banned book – Carrie by Stephen King

Read Harder (17/24)
A book about nature – Seeders by A. J. Colucci
A book of colonial or postcolonial literature – The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A book of social science – Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
Season 5 books (25/25) – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer, Social Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship by Barrington Moore, Jr., The Odyssey by Homer, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Season 6 books (17/25)
Season 7 books (15/25)
A Year in the Life books (12/20)

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (49/100)
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (39/100)
Seeders by A. J. Colucci
The Loch by Steve Alten
The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman
The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni

Reading Update: May 2018

Books on bookshelf

I normally slow down my reading this time of year, and that seems to be the case once again. I did read some books, and, admittedly, my slow reading months still contain a lot of books. For personal reading goals, I did manage to finish reading the alphabet series by Sue Grafton, finished the A-Z reading challenge, and I caught up on a lot of books from Netgalley. In fact, for the first time ever, I have a feedback ratio over 80% on Netgalley. That is the recommended ratio, but I usually request books at such a frequency, that my ratio usually stays in the 70s. So, I was pretty happy about that achievement.

The breakdown for May reading – 12 physical books, 14 ebooks, 11 audiobooks, and 3 graphic novels. My ratings and reviews for all 40 books listed below can be found on Goodreads.

May Books

physical books
1. Feed by Mira Grant
2. The Troop by Nick Cutter
3. I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
4. Vox by Christina Dalcher
5. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
6. Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed by Lance Carbuncle
7. The Christmas Mystery by James Patterson
8. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
9. The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
10. Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
11. Unlucky by Jana Deleon
12. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

ebooks
1. Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig
2. French Kiss by James Patterson
3. The Glory of Green by Judy Christie
4. Downtown Green by Judy Christie
5. Strangers and Strawberries by Leena Clover
6. Killer Heels by Traci Tyne Hilton
7. Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge
8. Better Off Read by Nora Page
9. The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins
10. Read and Gone by Allison Brook
11. Criminal Company by Traci Tyne Hilton
12. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
13. Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron
14. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

audiobooks
1. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
2. Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
3. U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
4. Shelter by Jung Yun
5. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
6. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
7. X by Sue Grafton
8. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
9. Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
10. Rising Strong by Brené Brown
11. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

graphic novels
1. Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones
2. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
3. Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Reading Challenges

Status as of 5/31/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in May.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (240/250)

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (20/50)
A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift – I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett

A-Z Challenge (26/26)
I – I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
J – Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
X – X by Sue Grafton
Z – The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Color Challenge (0/15)

Genre Bingo Challenge (19/24)
YA Fantasy – Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Historical – The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins
Family Saga – Shelter by Jung Yun

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (9/12)
A book recommended by someone with great taste – Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
A book that’s more than 500 pages – Feed by Mira Grant
A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own – I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett

Read Harder (14/24)
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – Better Off Read by Nora Page

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (46/100)
I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed by Lance Carbuncle
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (35/100)
Feed by Mira Grant
The Troop by Nick Cutter

Reading Update: April 2018

Books & Coffee

April was a busy reading month. I read both physical and ebooks, plus listened to some audiobooks. I continued to make headway toward my 2018 reading goals, and am on schedule to finish two or three reading challenge in the next month.

The breakdown for April reading – 26 physical books, 23 ebooks, 11 audiobooks, and 15 graphic novels. Reviews for all 75 books can be found on Goodreads.

April Books

physical books
1. 16th Seduction by James Patterson
2. Bullseye by James Patterson
3. Haunted by James Patterson
4. R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
5. The Girl from Blind River by Gale Massey
6. Flight Season by Marie Marquardt
7. Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
8. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
9. The Dolls by James Patterson
10. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
11. S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
12. The Store by James Patterson
13. Murder Games by James Patterson
14. 113 Minutes by James Patterson
15. Private Royals by James Patterson
16. Let’s Play Make Believe by James Patterson
17. The Women’s War by James Patterson
18. Killer Chef by James Patterson
19. Filthy Rich by James Patterson
20. Malicious by James Patterson
21. Heist by James Patterson
22. Count to Ten by James Patterson
23. The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
24. Woman of God by James Patterson
25. Never Never by James Patterson
26. Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton

ebooks
27. Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake
28. Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman
29. The Trial by James Patterson
30. Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
31. When the Dragon Roars by Nesly Clerge
32. Chase by James Patterson
33. Come and Get Us by James Patterson
34. Private: Gold by James Patterson
35. The Black Book by James Patterson
36. When the Phoenix Rises by Nesly Clerge
37. Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
38. Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver
39. Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman
40. Savannah Sleuth by Alan Chaput
41. Rally Round Green by Judy Christie
42. Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver
43. Murder at the Mansion by Janet Finsilver
44. Ethics by Baruch Spinoza
45. Threshold by Caitlín R. Kiernan
46. Fiction Can Be Murder by Betsy Clark
47. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyer
48. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
49. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

audiobooks
50. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
51. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
52. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
53. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
54. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
55. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
56. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
57. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
58. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
59. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
60. Detective Cross by James Patterson

graphic novels
61. V is for Vendetta by Alan Moore
62. Paper Girls, Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughn
63. Paper Girls, Vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughn
64. Wytches, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
65. Fables, Vol 1 by Bill Willingham
66. Afterlife with Archie, Vol 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
67. See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
68. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
69. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
70. Unshelved, Vol 1: Unshelved by Bill Barnes
71. Unshelved, Vol 2: What Would Dewey Do? by Bill Barnes
72. Lumberjanes, Vol 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson
73. Lumberjanes, Vol 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson
74. Giant Days, Vol 1 by John Allison
75. Giant Days, Vol 3 by John Allison

Reading Challenges

Status as of 4/30/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in April.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge (200/250)

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge (19/50)
The next book in a series you started – 16th Seduction by James Patterson
A book involving a heist – Heist by James Patterson
A novel based on a real person – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
A book about a villain or antihero – Let’s Play Make-Believe by James Patterson
A book about death or grief – Flight Season by Marie Marquardt
A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Murder Games by James Patterson
A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – When the Dragon Roars by Nesly Clerge
A book by two authors – Haunted by James Patterson and James O. Born
A book mentioned in another book – Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
A book that involves a bookstore or a library – Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title – Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke

A-Z Challenge (22/26)
R – R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
U – Unshelved by Bill Barnes
V – V is for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Color Challenge (0/15)

Genre Bingo Challenge (16/24)
Science Nonfiction – A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Humor – Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (6/12)
A book in translation – Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection – Quirky Essays for Quirky People by Barbara Venkataraman
A book by a favorite author – The Black Book by James Patterson

Read Harder (13/24)
A book of true crime – Filthy Rich by James Patterson
A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
A comic written and illustrated by the same person – See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) – Private Gold by James Patterson
A children’s classic published before 1980 – Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
A celebrity memoir – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author – When the Phoenix Rises by Nesly Clerge

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
Season 5 books (20/25) – Ethics by Baruch Spinoza, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Season 6 books (17/25)
Season 7 books (15/25) – R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton, S is for Silence by Sue Grafton, The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyer
A Year in the Life books (12/20)

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books (41/100)
See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters (33/100)
Wytches, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
Threshold by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Reading Update: March 2018

Library books

I continued to read a lot in March. My book list for March included both physical and ebooks, plus plenty of audiobooks. I made some headway toward my 2018 reading goals, and hope to finish at least one reading challenge before summer. Really, I would like to finish three reading challenges before summer.

For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

March Books:

physical books:
1. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
2. My Lai 4 by Seymour Hersh
3. Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
4. Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
6. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
7. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
8. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
9. He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt
10. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
11. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
12. Candy for Christmas by Joanne Fluke
13. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
14. The Pearl by John Steinbeck

ebooks:
15. Lords of St. Thomas by Jackson Ellis
16. The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery
17. Spoiled Rotten Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton
18. Killer Honeymoon by Traci Tyne Hilton
19. Gone to Green by Judy Christie
20. Killer Calling by Taci Tyne Hilton
21. Yesterday’s News by R. G. Belsky
22. Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley
23. The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
24. Annabel by Lauren Oliver
25. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
26. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
27. Hana by Lauren Oliver
28. Raven by Lauren Oliver
29. The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
30. When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge
31. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
32. Soldier On by J. D. Wynne

audiobooks:
33. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
34. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
35. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
36. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
37. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
38. Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
39. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
40. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
41. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
42. The Girls by Emma Cline
43. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
44. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
45. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
46. Dubliners by James Joyce
47. After You by Jojo Moyes

graphic novels:
48. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North
49. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North
50. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by
51. Goldie Vance, Volume 1 by Hope Larson
52. Goldie Vance, Volume 2 by Hope Larson
53. Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
54. Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
55. Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim by Shannon Watters
56. Lumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird’s-Eye View by Shannon Watters
57. March: Book One by John Lewis
58. March: Book Two by John Lewis
59. March: Book Three by John Lews
60. The Ghost, The Owl by Franco
61. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
62. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Reading Challenges:
Status as of 3/31/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in March.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge125/250

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge8/50
A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
A book set in a country that fascinates you – Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
A childhood classic you’ve never read – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

A-Z Challenge19/26
A – Anansi Boys by Neil Gailman
B – Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley
C – Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
D – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
E – The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery
F – The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
G – The Girls by Emma Cline
H – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
K – Killer Calling by Taci Tyne Hilton
L – The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
M – M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
N – The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
O – O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Q – The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
S – Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
T – Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
W – The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Y – Yesterday’s News by R. G. Belsky

Color Challenge0/15

Genre Bingo Challenge14/24
Short stories or novella – The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Graphic Novel – Blankets by Craig Thompson

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge3/12
A classic you’ve been meaning to read – Dubliners by James Joyce
A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction – Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling

Read Harder5/24
A book published posthumously – A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A comic written or illustrated by a person of color – March: Book One by John Lewis
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image – Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: Season 5 – 18/25, Season 6 – 17/25, Season 7 – 12/25, A Year in the Life – 12/20
Season 5 books – My Lai 4 by Seymour Hersh, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt, The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Season 6 books – Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling, The New Way Things Work by David Macauley

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books38/100
Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters31/100

Reading Update: February 2018

Books & Coffee

I read a lot more in February than I did in January. In addition to reading books, I also continued to listen to audiobooks. I’m mainly reading ebooks, because I’ve been getting books from Netgalley, Kindle Unlimited, and Overdrive. I have a lot of books waiting to be read on my Kindle, and hope to catch up on those over the next couple of months. I read a few books toward my 2018 reading goals, but hope to read more books toward reading challenges in March.

For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

February Books:

physical books:
1. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
4. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
6. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
8. Daisy Miller and Other Stories by Henry James

ebooks:
9. Stranger by Ursula Archer and Arno Strobel
10. Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
11. Murder on the Rocks by Shawn Reilly Simmons
12. The Girlfriend by Sarah J. Naughton
13. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
14. Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
15. The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman
16. Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman
17. Engaged in Danger by Barbara Venkataraman
18. Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt
19. I Know My Name by C. J. Cooke
20. Jeopardy in Juy by Barbara Venkataraman
21. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
22. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
23. Birding Is y Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco
24. This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
25. Bright New Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton
26. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
27. Health, Wealth, and Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton

audiobooks:
28. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
29. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
30. Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
31. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
32. Paradise Lost by John Milton
33. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
34. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
35. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
36. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
37. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
38. Wildwood by Colin Meloy
39. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
40. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
41. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Reading Challenges:
Status as of 2/28/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in February.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge63/250

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge3/50
A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – Daisy Miller and Other Stories

A-Z Challenge1/26
P – Paradise Lost

Color Challenge0/15

Genre Bingo Challenge12/24
Magical Realism – Eva Luna
Dystopian – Delirium
Science Fiction – Ender’s Game
Urban Fantasy – Neverwhere
Coming of Age – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Historical Nonfiction – Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Literary Fiction – Housekeeping
Adventure – Treasure Island
Self-help – The Little Book of Hygge

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge1/12

Read Harder2/24
A one-sitting book – This is How it Ends

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: Season 5 – 14/25, Season 6 – 15/25, Season 7 – 12/25, A Year in the Life – 12/20
Season 5 books – Daisy Miller, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Season 7 books – Eva Luna, Paradise Lost

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books36/100

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters31/100
The Grin of the Dark
The Historian

February Mini-Challenge – Library Lovers Day 7/5
This was a challenge from Feb 7 – Feb 28 to read books from the library. My goal was 5 books, I read 7.
– physical books: Eva Luna and Ender’s Game
– ebook: The Historian
– audiobooks: The Good Girl, Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem

Reading Update: January 2018

January 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

I hadn’t planned on having much time for reading in January, so I decided to start listening to more audiobooks. This worked, as I was able to listen to books on my “want to read” list without having to sit and read the book. I started listening to audiobooks last year, and I plan on listening to even more of them this year. I’m a fan of OverDrive, and there are plenty of audiobooks available in the app to keep me busy for a long time. Other than audiobooks, I read ebooks. I got a new Kindle for Christmas, so with the combination of ebooks from Netgalley and Kindle Unlimited, my ebook selection was larger than usual.

For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

January Books:

1. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
2. Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott
3. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
4. Misconceptions by Blu Daniels
5. Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble
6. Her Best Friend by Sarah Wray
7. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
8. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
9. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
10. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
11. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
12. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
13. Dark Corner by Brandon Massey
14. H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton
15. Better Dead by Pamela Kopfler
16. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
17. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
18. Dirty Little Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton
19. J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
20. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
21. Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds
22. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton

I didn’t read many books toward my 2018 reading goals this month, but Misconceptions was on Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books and Dark Corner was on Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters.