Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020. Listed below are ten books I’m looking forward to reading this year.

1. Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough (February 11, 2020)
2. The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (February 18, 2020)
3. Follow Me by Kathleen Barber (February 25, 2020)
4. You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (March 3, 2020)
5. Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty (March 10, 2020)
6. Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth (March 10, 2020)
7. Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone (March 24, 2020)
8. Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald (April 1, 2020)
9. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (April 21, 2020)
10. He Started It by Samantha Downing (April 28, 2020)

Dead to Her by Sarah PinboroughThe Other Mrs. by Mary KubicaFollow Me by Kathleen Barber
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah PekkanenRevolver Road by Christi DaughertyUnfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
Problem Child by Victoria Helen StoneBehind Every Lie by Christina McDonaldLittle Secrets by Jennifer HillierHe Started It by Samantha Downing


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 3)

Weekly Wrap-Up


Happy New Year!

I slowed down on my reading and blogging the last couple of months, but I’m ready to start the year with some good reads.


BOOKS READ

• How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann (eARC)

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann


CURRENTLY READING

• Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (print)
• All the Devils by Barry Eisler (audio)

Rules of Civility by Amor TowlesAll the Devils by Barry Eisler


ADDED TO MY TBR

• When I Was You by Minka Kent
• Last Day by Luanne Rice
• He Started It by Samantha Downing

When I Was You by Minka KentLast Day by Luanne RiceHe Started It by Samantha Downing


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
Book Review: I Choose You by Gayle Curtis
December 2019 Recap
2019 Year in Review
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Mysteries & Thrillers in 2019
Reading Challenge: PopSugar 2020
Reading Challenge: Genre Bingo 2020
Reading Goals for 2020
January 2020 TBR
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 3)


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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January 2020 TBR

Happy New Year!

Welcome to my first monthly TBR! This year I’m going to try and post monthly TBRs to keep up with my reading lists.

My TBR for this month in primarily ARCs and books on Kindle Unlimited. I’m also hoping to read a few books for reading challenges. I’m trying not to request/accept as many ARCs as I did last year, but I still have a fair amount to get through in the next few months. As for KU, I signed up again. I’m planning to only keep a subscription for a few months, then cancel it and focus on other books… like owned books.



How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond FleischmannA Good Man by Ani KatzBitter Falls by Rachel CaineThe Look-Alike by Erica SpindlerThe Other People by C.J. TudorThe Truants by Kate WeinbergAll the Devils by Barry EislerDark Pattern by Andrew MayneRaven Lane by Amber CowieRegretting You by Colleen HooverThe Other Wife by Claire McGowan



ARCs

• How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann
• A Good Man by Ani Katz
• Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
• The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler
• The Other People by C.J. Tudor
• The Truants by Kate Weinberg


Kindle Unlimited

• All the Devils by Barry Eisler
• Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne
• Raven Lane by Amber Cowie
• Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
• The Other Wife by Claire McGowan



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Reading Goals for 2020

Yearly Goals

Happy New Year!
New year. New reading goals.

1. Participate in reading challenges.
I’m planning on two yearly reading challenges. In the past, I’ve only done yearly challenges, but this year I want to incorporate more monthly or other short-term reading challenges.
· PopSugar
· Genre Bingo

2. Read more books that I own.
I have this goal every year, yet I continue to buy more and more books. Anyway, I normally don’t have a number goal to work toward, but this year I set one. I want to read at least 50 books that I own.

3. Catch up on book series.
I want to catch up on ongoing series and completed series.

Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a year of good books and success with your reading goals. Happy reading!

Reading Challenge: Genre Bingo 2020

Reading Challenge

This challenge was listed in a Goodreads group that I participate in. The goal is to read books to make as many “bingos” as you want. This challenge has 25 prompts (genres), and I hope to complete all of them. Below is the list of prompts. I will update this list as I work on the challenge.

Genre Bingo 2020

STATS
0/25

PROMPTS
1. Biography –
2. Historical Fiction –
3. Paranormal –
4. Graphic Novel –
5. Historical Nonfiction –
6. Young Adult –
7. Self-help –
8. Chick-lit –
9. Adventure –
10. Coming of Age –
11. Young Adult Fantasy –
12. Magical Realism –
13. Any Book –
14. Satire –
15. Dystopian –
16. Science Fiction –
17. Horroor –
18. Travel –
19. Suspense –
20. Humor –
21. Literary Fiction –
22. General Nonfiction –
23. Family Saga –
24. Tragedy –
25. Science Nonfiction –

Reading Challenge: PopSugar 2020

Reading Challenge

I’ve been doing the PopSugar reading challenge for several years now, and it’s one of my favorite challenges. This year, the challenge has 40 standard prompts and 10 advanced prompts. My goal is to complete all 50 prompts. Below is the list of prompts. I will update this list as I work on the challenge.

STATS
0/50

PROMPTS
1. A book that’s published in 2020 –
2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author –
3. A book with a great first line –
4. A book about a book club –
5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics –
6. A bildungsroman –
7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed –
8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover –
9. A book with a map –
10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club –
11. An anthology –
12. A book that passes the Bechdel test –
13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it –
14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name –
15. A book published the month of your birthday –
16. A book about or by a woman in STEM –
17. A book that won an award in 2019 –
18. A book on a subject you know nothing about –
19. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics –
20. A book with a pun in the title –
21. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins –
22. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character –
23. A book with a bird on the cover –
24. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader –
25. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title –
26. A book by a WOC –
27. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads –
28. A book you meant to read in 2019 –
29. A book about or involving social media –
30. A book that has a book on the cover –
31. A medical thriller –
32. A book with a made-up language –
33. A book set in a country beginning with “C” –
34. A book you picked because the title caught your attention –
35. A book with a three-word title –
36. A book with a pink cover –
37. A western –
38. A book by or about a journalist –
39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week –
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge –

ADVANCED
41. A book written by an author in their 20s –
42. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title –
43. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) –
44. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics –
45. A book set in the 1920s –
46. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books –
47. A book with more than 20 letters in its title –
48. A book published in the 20th century –
49. A book from a series with more than 20 books –
50. A book with a main character in their 20s –

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Mysteries & Thrillers in 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Favorite Books I Read In 2019. Listed below are my top 10 mysteries and thriller read in 2019.

1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

2. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

3. The Passengers by John Marrs

The Passengers by John Marrs

4. Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

Because You're Mine by Rea Frey

5. The Sleepover by Carol Wyer

The Sleepover by Carol Wyer

6. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

7. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

8. Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

9. Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

10. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


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2019 Year in Review

2019 Reading Wrap-Up

I had a fantastic bookish year! I met my reading goals for the year and read a lot of great books. The breakdown of my reading stats is below.


YEARLY GOALS

1. Read more books that I own.
I read some books that I own, but not as many as I had hoped. Still, I made some headway reading the books on my shelves at home.

2. Read 350 books this year.
I exceeded my goal this year.

3. Participate in reading challenges.
My goal was 9 reading challenges, which was a lot. I completed all of them, but it was definitely a challenge.

4. Finish more book series.
I didn’t track this goal very well. Based on my notes, I completed 9 series and caught up on 21 series.

5. Post 5 days a week on the blog.
I managed to hit this goal for most of the year, but I didn’t attempt to post daily in November and December.


READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads – 412/350 for the year
Audiobook – 50/50 completed in July
Colors – 18/18 completed in June
Genre Bingo – 24/24 completed in July
Library Love – 60/60 completed in October
Modern Mrs. Darcy – 10/10 completed in May
Netgalley & Edelweiss – 50/50 completed in July
Popsugar – 50/50 completed in September
Read Harder – 24/24 completed in October


NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS

Netgalley
Books Reviewed in 2019: 64
Books Reviewed All Time: 163
Book Approved All Time: 175
Feedback Ratio: 93%

Edelweiss
Books Reviewed in 2019: 28
Books Reviewed All Time: 37
Books Approved All Time: 52
Feedback Ratio: 71%


STATS

· adult books: 369
· young adult books: 43
· middle grade books: 56
· children’s books: 120
· graphic novels: 39
· novellas: 18

For the stats below, I’m only looking at the 412 books that fell under the adult and young adult categories.

I read a lot this year… most months I read at least 30 books. My biggest reading months were September and October. My slowest reading months were November and December.

I primarily read fiction: 96% fiction and 4% nonfiction. I read 396 fiction books, and I favored adult novels (353 books) over young adult novels (43 books). For adult fiction, I heavily favored mysteries and thrillers (237 books). Other adult genres I read included sci-fi and fantasy (32 books), romance (22 books), horror (19 books), and contemporary (18 books). For young adult fiction, I favored sci-fi and fantasy (27 books). I read 16 nonfiction books. Of those, most were biographies and memoirs (9 books).

I tried to catch up on some series reading in 2019, and did pretty well with it. I read 192 books that were part of a series.

I also tried to read more debut novels. Some novels were new releases and some were debut novels by authors I had read before. I read 53 debut books.

As for book format, I read 225 books (print and digital) and listened to 187 books.

Chart of the format of book read

I mostly read books between 300-399 pages in length. I didn’t read too many long novels, but I did get some checked off my reading list.

Chart of page length of book read

Most books I read were published after 2000. Of the 372 books published after 2000, 160 of those were published in 2019. Clearly, I focused on reading new releases.

Chart of publication years of book read

My greatest sources for books were OverDrive, Netgalley/Edelweiss, Kindle, and the library.

Chart of sources of book read


That wraps up my reading stats for 2019. My reading goals for 2020 will be posted tomorrow, January 1.

December 2019 Recap

Monthly Recap


TOP 5 DECEMBER READS

1. The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer

The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer

2. Rescued by David Rosenfelt

Rescued by David Rosenfelt

3. Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

4. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

5. Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci

Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci


STATS

BOOKS READ
· print – 0
· digital – 7
· audio – 14

READING CHALLENGES
Completed all of my reading challenges for the year!
· Goodreads
· Audiobook
· Colors
· Genre Bingo
· Library Love
· Modern Mrs. Darcy
· Netgalley & Edelweiss
· Popsugar
· Read Harder


ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEWS
· Enforcing the Paw by Diane Kelly
· Paw of the Jungle by Diane Kelly
· The Last Affair by Margot Hunt
· Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra
· Reputation by Sara Shepard
· In the Dark by Loreth Anne White
· Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay
· Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
· The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
· Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci
· The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer
· Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
· I Choose You by Gayle Curtis

WEEKLY WRAP-UPS
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Nov 30 – Dec 6)
·
Weekly Wrap-Up (Dec 7 – Dec 13)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Dec 14 – Dec 20)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Dec 21 – Dec 27)


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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Book Review: I Choose You by Gayle Curtis

I Choose You by Gayle Curtis


BOOK INFO

Title: I Choose You
Author: Gayle Curtis
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: January 1, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 2.00 / Community 3.33


BOOK BLURB

When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have?

Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered.

Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulated innocent victims into taking their own lives. Could it be that ‘the Watcher’ has returned for another round of the same sadistic game? Why now? And why are Elise and Nathaniel being targeted again?

When Elise’s family falls under suspicion, her world crashes down around her. Is there anyone she can trust, or is her whole life built on lies?

Only one thing is clear: someone left their cruel game unfinished all those years ago. This time the Watcher intends to win – once and for all.



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MY REVIEW

Nathaniel and Elise Munroe are a married couple with kids. Their teen daughter goes missing and is found murdered. This leads into an investigation that looks at their family and friends.

Nathaniel and Elise met at a suicide support group. They shared something in common… both of their mothers were killed by the “Suicide Watcher,” a serial killer that manipulates victims into killing themselves. The “Watcher” plays a part in the current events unfolding in the Munroes lives.

This book has a lot happening. There are a lot of characters and various storylines. Also, multiple timelines and points of view are used. For me, too much was happening and it didn’t flow well. The parts concerning the “Watcher” were intriguing, but otherwise it was a fairly chaotic read. On the plus side, there is so much happening, it’s hard to guess who the killer is.


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