Reading Update: November

Reading Update: November

Howdy friends! Another month, another update. I can’t believe how fast I have to write these things. I swear I just wrote one for October!! And of course, I accomplished absolutely none of the reading that I outlined. Nailed it.

Okay, but really.

I had my vacation at the end of October, solely to take a week of relaxing, sleeping, and of course, reading. But you know what I did?? I saw a total of SEVEN MOVIES. I read like, two books. And one of them I was already half done with. Very bad productivity on this vacation I tell you.

Actually, that’s a lie. I applied for my passport, we got a new apartment, I went to a wedding, went to a Halloween party, spent time with family, cleaned our whole apartment, knit a scarf…I just didn’t read. My bad.

I’ve read a string of horror novels lately and I think I’m ready to turn back to some romance. I’ve got 15 books awaiting my review on NetGalley that I would kill to start getting though! It’s hard when you have so many new books on your shelf you want to get to, but NetGalley is a commitment I like to keep track of, to ensure the future of my reading new books on demand. I think I’ll focus my attention there in November, after I finish my current read: Devolution by Max Brooks.

So what’s on my NetGalley dashboard right now?

  • One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
  • Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper (yes, still)
  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (I can feel your judgment through the screen)
  • Love at First Spite by Anna E Collins (I legitimately don’t even remember requesting this book but I must have wanted it?)
  • On Location by Sarah Smith (and I absolutely loved Simmer Down!! Why have I not picked this up yet??)
  • and oh my gosh, so many more. I’m drowning.

So that’s the plan. Buckle down, knock those out of the park. We’ll see how that goes when we have another move, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas on the horizon…but I’m hopeful! The holidays have been always been a strong time for my reading, probably because I usually have tons of time off.

I have to say, audiobooks have been my savior lately. I will read in any format: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook, I don’t care. Any way to absorb the words is just fine with me, as long as it keeps me reading. Obviously I love to have physical copies to build out my collection, but if it takes someone reading Cujo to me in the car for fourteen hours, I’ll do whatever it takes. Lately I’ve been in the car quite a lot for work, so I’m really grateful for the voices and stories that fill my drive time. The only reason I’m caught up on reviews is thanks to Libby and my local library (shoutout to Oscar Foss Memorial Library!!).

Looking back at the last month, I actually had quite a few stand-out favorite books! I really enjoyed The Love Hypothesis. It was a break out five star romance I wasn’t expecting, and I’ll be looking for Hazelwood’s next book. Velvet Was the Night was just crazy good (review will hit Tuesday! Sneak peek!). I really enjoy Moreno-Garcia’s writing, and her stories stick with me quite a bit. And of course, The Return! My review last week was just me raving about Rachel Harrison. I’ve already lent my copy to a friend. Same with Velvet Was the Night. I feel like I’ve hit a treasure trove of good books lately, and I hope I can keep it going through the end of the year!

As we head into the holiday season, I just want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and happy holidays, and a happy new year. All the good things for you and yours. Thank you for reading with me. 🙂

Reading Update: October

Reading Update: October

Hello again friends! Time for another update on my world with books.

I really feel like my reading picked up this past month, after my slow start and (oops) lack of update one particular Tuesday. I pulled a lot out the second half and crushed some books on my TBR, like Mind Your Business. The end of September also found me pulling an all-nighter, which I RARELY do, in order to finish The Love Hypothesis. I haven’t been that sucked into a good book in a long while. Then, of course, I paid the price by literally feeling like someone had beat me up every morning that week when I got out of bed, even after sleeping for eleven hours. Yes, you read that correctly. Eleven. Hours. A night.

As much as I love to stay up and read, staying up and reading does not love me back. I will *not* be attempting any more all nighters this month.

I’m guessing some of you have seen my Goodreads updates…I set a widget on the side of the site to show you what I’m currently reading, which for weeks on end has been Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam. Literally cannot get through this book. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. Hopefully you’ll be reading that review very soon, so I can put that sucker behind me!

This month saw me visiting so many bookstores and buying soooo many books. Which is not bright, because I’m literally out of shelf space. I keep my books in wooden crates, stacked up to look like shelves, so that I can just buy additional crates when I need to add on. I bought two more crates this month and I’ve still got books piled up everywhere. It’s a mess, send help. I’m a book addict on the road to recovery. Just kidding, I’m on the road to the bookstore.

Anyways!

Tons of new books. As you saw last week, I visited Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith and got Velvet Was the Night, The Love Hypothesis, Houseplants for All, and The Very Nice Box. I also went to Barnes & Noble in Manchester earlier in the month (I have a soft spot for their Manchester location…it’s kind of interesting to see the differences in inventory between there and my usual haunts!). I grabbed The Return by Rachel Harrison and A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin. THEN, because apparently I didn’t get enough books in September, I went to Gibson’s with my sister and picked up Devolution by Max Brooks, My Houseplant Changed My Life by David Domoney, The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food by Joseph Tychonievich, and lastly, The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. WHICH, let me tell you, was a very strange coincidence, and I’m now going to tell you about it against your will. (By the way, that brings the new book count for a SINGLE MONTH to ten, and oh my god my wallet is crying from the other room right now).

So, The Book of Accidents. I’ve seen that bad boy all over the interwebs lately. Had no idea what it was about other than it kind of gave me The Little Stranger vibes? Anyways, my sister Kendall and I are strolling around Gibson’s, and I pick up Wendig’s book because it looks creepy and they have it on their display. Reading through the jacket. Main character’s name is Nathan. Shortens to Nate…okay. Keep reading. Other main character’s name is Maddie?? Now, I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned it, but my boyfriend’s name is Nate. My own name is Maddison, often shortened to Maddie. These main characters are a couple. Not totally unusual similarity, as we have very common names, but super strange that of all the books there, I picked up that one! And naturally my sister is like, well you can’t not take that home now. So here we are.

Yeah, that was so long winded and if you’re still reading this at this point, I’m honestly amazed.

Last month I tried to provide a little road map of the books I might read in the coming month, and I read absolutely none of those! Go me! I’m not sure why I bother to pick titles I might get to when we know full well my TBR is 60 books long and inevitably I’m still going to read something completely different at will.

Still, my radar this month looks something like this:

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food by Joseph Tychonievich

The Return by Rachel Harrison

and maybe: •Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper…because it came highly recommended and I really, really want to read my advance reader’s copy, but I am a distracted reader. I’m that meme of the guy with the pretty girl on his arm checking out the other girl, but with books.

ALSO! I have a vacation coming up! The whole last week of October is mine for the reading. I hope I can absolutely crush my TBR that week, since I also plan to visit bookstores…and we see how that went last month.

I hope you have a fantastic October, friends! I also used to ponder how to sign off, but friends starts to feel more and more appropriate with every post I write. Enjoy the fall and all it has to offer. Savor the spooky season, and pumpkin spice lattes. And of course, read a good book. ❤

Reading Update: September

Reading Update: September

Hello friends! May I present to you: my very first reading update.

It occurred to me, late last month as I stared at the ceiling at 12am, that I needed a way to communicate to everyone who reads this blog consistently when my life was so insane that keeping up with it was getting difficult. Obviously I don’t make money off this venture, I keep it up for the fun of the community… as well as the free books I feel very privileged to be reading ahead of the rest of the world. Seriously, it’s like the best perk. I’ll write a thousand reviews for free books, people.

Anyways, this past month saw me moving into my boyfriend and I’s first apartment (woohoo!), which was great except I didn’t have much time to read! Usually I’m a couple weeks ahead on my reviews, but suddenly I was finding myself down to the wire for time to get reviews together for the following Tuesday. I contemplated if I would be screwing up my streak of consistency too much if I just put up a note:

“Really tired. Didn’t read. Check back next week.”

Having to schedule time to read really sucks the fun out of it, don’t you think?

For free books, friends. For free books.

I’d also like to use these reading updates to give you little previews of my reading plans moving forward. On my radar in the coming weeks is Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake, an LGBTQ+ romance I found on NetGalley that sounds way too cute to pass up; Hook Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey, the second in the series she just started this summer (also a NetGalley win!) (see my first review here) (shamelessly using parentheses like three times in a row here); and In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead, the book I demanded the library order that has now sat on my shelf until nearly its due date. We’ll see where else my reading takes me this month – lord knows there’s plenty on my TBR.

And of course, Halloween is coming. I know for many, it’s like, lightyears down the road, but I live for Halloween and I’ve basically been celebrating since July. I was that one girl pulling up to the drive thru asking when pumpkin spice was coming when it was like, 90 degrees out. And because I love Halloween so much, it tends to affect my reading habits as well. As we get even closer to spooky season, you’ll for sure see me pulling out some witchy books to review. On my radar as picks for this year is Spellcrafting by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Yoga for Witches by Sarah Robinson, and Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper. Stay tuned!

I want to know what you’re reading this month!! Tell me the books you’re finally getting around to, or the ones you’ve been waiting for for months. Can’t wait to hear your recommendations!

Have a great week (and month) friends!