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May 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Hey there my fellow bookworms! I cannot believe that we are already starting a new month, but I am excited to see how much reading I will accomplish during the month of June. May actually started off with me not reading a single book, I was honestly just not in the mood. Thankfully, about halfway through I was able to pick up and finish not only one, but six books! It was a pretty even split between cozy mysteries and other genres. So lets dive into my monthly reading wrap up!

  1. Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander: This Bakeshop Mystery series has been such a fun read. Not only are the characters likeable, but the little town of Ashland Oregon is sure to make you want to visit. It is a small town filled with Shakespearean stores, restaurants, theaters, and of course Torte the local coffee shop/bakery.Being that it is a cozy mystery, you are sure to find yourself joining our sleuth Jules as she cracks the next murder case. In this particular book a new burger shop is moving in, but one morning Jules walks in to find the owner dead. Will she crack down on who the killer is before the cops do?
  2. Tulips and Trouble by London Lovett: This is the fifth book in the Port Danby cozy mystery series. This series has sparked my love for reading again. It is not hard to fall in love with this series because the characters become your best friends. You can picture yourself walking down the streets greeting each of the residents as if you too are a part of the story. Another thing I love is how Lovett is able to capture a murder mystery in its entirety, but still keep it a “cozy.” I never feel as though I am missing information or suspenseful elements.
  3. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster: I recently picked up this Puffin Classic and boy am I glad I did so. I have been wanting to dive into classics more and I feel like this was the perfect one for that. This book follows our main character Jerusha also known as Judy. Jerusha received the opportunity to attend college for free under the circumstances that she would write letters to the trustee who has paid her way. Although she was only asked to write about her progress throughout her schooling, Judy would write every week about anything that was happening. Being that she was an orphan, she felt that writing to this stranger was the closest she would get to family. Little did she know the relationship would turn into something much more.
  4. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: I have seen this book all over bookstagram and I decided to listen to the audiobook which I am glad that I did. I feel like I may have not been able to get the full experience by reading a physical book. The audio painted such a great picture of each character and because of that you were able to get the full experience the author was wanting you to have. I believe it is such an important book to read because it does touch on racial issues that people face everyday due to the color of their skin. It something that we should read so that we can educate ourselves more to support one another more effectively.
  5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon: This book was one of my favorite reads for the month of May! I am so mad at myself that it has taken me so long to read it because I truly enjoyed it that much. This story follows a girl by the name of Madeline and she has been sick her entire life which has prevented her from ever leaving her house. However, a boy named Ollie moves into the house next door with his family and Maddy will do anything to meet him. It takes them awhile to meet in person due to her illness, but once they do they want each other more. She wants the freedom to do as she will and so she will push her limits and go on a trip of a lifetime.
  6. Dahlias and Death by London Lovett: The sixth installment of the Port Danby series is by far my favorite book so far. Relationships are now fully developed and we have been able to get some answers to questions that have formed since the beginning. Particularly why there is so much tension between Detective Briggs and Dash. To me being able to finally have some answers has really helped paint a better picture and it opens up the opportunity for the relationship between our sleuth Lacey “Pink” and James Briggs to truly begin forming. So excited to dive into book seven!

Well there you have it, my May reading wrap up! What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Nicole

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April Wrap-Up

Happy Saturday friends! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by…how is it almost mid May!? Last month was such a great reading month for me and I thought it was time to share my April wrap-up. I read a total of 12 books! Out of the twelve that I read, four of them were children’s books and one was a middle grade novel that I had the opportunity to read via Netgalley. Being that I am a nanny, I love to be able to read up and coming children’s books that I will hopefully be able to purchase for my kiddos later on. The others were romance and YA fantasy/horror.

  1. The Girls of Firefly Cabin by Cynthia Ellingsen
  2. Livi Grace by Jennifer Lynch
  3. Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
  4. Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias
  5. Jocelyns Box of Socks by Kristen L. Jackson
  6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  7. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
  8. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  9. War of the Roses by Iris Moreland
  10. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  11. This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
  12. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

I am so thankful to have had a great reading month and hope that May will turn out to have the same outcome! I will be traveling to New Mexico the end of the month and I am planning to get a lot of reading done on the plane and while I am at the airport during my layover.

What are some of your go to genres while flying or road tripping? Let me know down in the comments!

Xoxo,

Nicole

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February 2019 Wrap Up

Happy Thursday friends! Can you believe we are already done with February? I mean where does time go? This was a pretty good reading month for me, but fell flat the last full week of the month being that I was sick. I was able to complete seven books which puts me right on track for my yearly goal!

 

Mistletoe and Mayhem: I started this in January and was able to finish it within the first week of the February. I absolutely adore London Lovett’s novels so this was a fun read for me!

A Girl Like Her: This was the Dragons and Tea Book Club February read. This was way better than I thought it would be and was so smitten by the romance in this novel.

Forever Winter: This was a classic Alexa Riley book and was filled with some steamy romance.

The Girl He Used to Know: This was hands down my favorite read of the month! This ARC was provided via St.Martins Press. This novel was everything and left me in tears. Everyone needs to read this! My review can be found here.

Truth or Beard: I listened to the audio version of this book and loved it! I always enjoy Penny Reid’s writing and this did not disappoint. My Review can be found here.

Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #1- Stacey and the Missing Ring: This was just a fun nostalgic read!

Waisted: I received the eARC of this novel via Netgalley and Atria Books. I wanted to love this book so much, but it fell flat for me. My review can be found here.

What books did you read this month?

 

xoxo,

Nicole

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

Hey friends! Can you believe we are already done with January? It was a very good reading month for me. Last year was a rough year for reading so I was pleased to start off the year with reading 6 books.

 

The Wicker King: This was my first read of 2019 and the January pick for the Dragons & Tea book club This book is filled with so many emotions! It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you frustrated, and every other emotion that is out there.It follows two friends who love each other so much, but tend to depend on one another too much due to the lack of parental guidance. Jack deals with hallucinations and August sinks deeper and deeper as Jack explains the things he sees during his hallucinations. August gets sucked in so much, he joins jack in burning a down a building which leads them into spending time an asylum. 

The Legend of the Golden Raven: This is the companion novella to The Wicker King. I truly enjoyed reading this because it follows Jacks perspective of the story, but I wanted so much more. I wanted it to a go a little deeper into what exactly was going through his mind beyond what we read during the previous novel. I also wished it gave more background into Jacks relationship with his parents.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes: I was provided the eARC of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel follows three different women as they work through their stages of grief. I believe Ruth Hogan painted a beautiful picture of grief. However, as much I wanted to love this book, it lost my attention more than I would have liked. 

Seven Places Without YouSeven Places Without You is a graphic novel following a young woman named Elena who is going through a transitional phase in her relationship with her boyfriend Jorge. The only thing she can do is move out and start a life of her own. I really enjoyed this graphic novel.

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop: This was my favorite book I read during the month of January! It follows a woman named Rosie who is going through a divorce all while embarking on a journey of living a nomadic life. It was a fun read and you can find my review here: Rosies I was provided the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. This is  set to release March 03,2019.

Mistletoe and Murder: I began reading this in January, but am still reading it. I always enjoy reading London Lovett’s books! Will write more in a future post!

 

Well there you have it, my January wrap up! How many books did you read last month?