Posts Categorized: Monthly Rundown

Monthly Rundown: November 2017

December 7, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 7 Comments

Books Read = 8

Woo-hoo! One more than last month! Eight isn’t a ton but it’s progress, at least.

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Other Reads

Unreviewed:

Review Pending:

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35397049Best of the Month: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman ★★★★
This is one Gaiman that I’ve always wanted to read but had just never got around to it. I loved it. I also loved realizing just how many fantasy novels clearly got the inspiration from this.

Least Favorite: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert ★★★35121240
I really loved the beginning of this one but it kind of lost me near the end. I’m still not sure how to put my dislike into words. YA just hasn’t been my thing as of late so I’m sure others will adoe it.

34466968Biggest Surprise: The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman ★★★★
This was a surprise mainly because of the surprise of its release. Sometimes you never know you need a book until you’ve got it in your hands. 🙂

Biggest Disappointment: The Boy on the Bridge (The Hungry Plague #2) by M.R. Carey ★★★32785092
The Girl with All the Gifts was one of my favorites when I read it way back in 2014. This was also a surprise sequel release but one that I definitely could have done without.

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Monthly Rundown: (Ominous) October 2017

November 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 7

Oh, well, could be better, could be worse. I started off the month actually on a bit of a roll, finally getting out of my… oh… 4-month hiatus. But then I got a second job. And a new TV that I can watch netflix on! Who can guess what my free time is now spent on? But 7 isn’t bad especially when you look at my 0 in July. Oops. At least I managed a couple reviews too. 🙂

Posted Reviews

*I did a mini-review for Give a Girl a Knife in my Top Ten Tuesday post.

Other Reads

A few of these I still plan on reviewing considering they’re review books but I’m slacking.

Unreviewed:

Review Pending:

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Ominous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan StroudBest of the Month: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud ★★★★★
I’m incredibly hard to please when it comes to ending a series in a satisfactory manner. It’s not that I never want series’ to end, it just needs to be done right! I have loved this series so much from the very beginning and I was so nervous about reading the finale but I had nothing to worry about: it was perfection.

Least Favorite: The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford ★★
This was one I was extremely excited to get to in October. It sounded like the perfect kind of creepy but it really wasn’t and the ending was just bizarre.

Biggest Surprise: Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen ★★★★
Still navigating the waters of Foodie Non-Fiction and this one sounded like it could be a different take on the typically told world of a chef tale. It was. It also made me realize the vast limitations of my own cooking skills. 🙂

Biggest Disappointment: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King ★★
I’m a huge King fan and even though I keep saying that his newer works just aren’t as good as his oldies, I still keep reading them. I get what the duo was trying to do in terms of gender stereotypes, but they just didn’t quite succeed.

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Monthly Rundown: May 2017

June 3, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

hahaha 18 accomplished once again!!! But just barely. There may have been a string of graphic novels read one weekend but eh, still counts. I didn’t realize how positively horrible I did at review writing though… 2? Ouch. So lots of reading, not a lot of writing. It happens.

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Unreviewed Reads

A few of the other reads from May that I don’t plan on reviewing. The rest of the 18 should have reviews in June. We’ll see how that goes. haha

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Best of the Month: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl ★★★★★
I love my foodie fiction novels but I had yet to pick up Ruth Reichl. This was an absolute delight and reminded me much of Nora Ephron’s glorious writing style. Just with more food. I purchased Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table this week and hope it’s just as good.

Least Favorite: Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker ★★
I had heard some massively great things about this one and I splurged on the audible version and just could not get into the story at all. I really loved the less than typical main character but this one just didn’t do it for me for some reason.

Biggest Surprise: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain ★★★★
I am only just now delving into the glories of Foodie Non-Fiction. Read my first Reichl this month and my first Bourdain. It was a good month.

Biggest Disappointment: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ★★★½Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Uggghhhhh I hate listing this but it’s true. I was disappointed. It wasn’t the worst but it definitely failed to live up to my (admittedly enormous) expectations. It is what it is.

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Monthly Rundown: April 2017

May 4, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 10 Comments

Books Read = 18

18 again! Three months in a row, woo-hoo. I’ve been listening to a ton of audiobooks (8 out of 18 this month) and went on a bit of a fairytale binge following my re-read of A Court of Thorns and Roses. That series was just as good on audio — and even better the second time around.

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Unreviewed Reads

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11419680Best of the Month: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
I had been holding off on reading this one for ages and after recently discovering my undying love for Steve West’s narration, I bought the audible version and oh man… I loved this so much.

Least Favorite: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison ★★29981261
Oh man. This book. This started off so intriguing and I loved the similarities to The Collector but that ending was positively infuriating.

49011Biggest Surprise: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter ★★★★
I’d been wanting to read something of Angela Carter’s for ages and I was on a massive fairytale kick so I started this one spontaneously. I need everything else of hers, immediately.

Biggest Disappointment: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly ★★Short & Sweet (Beauty & the Beast Retellings) – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hunted, Lost in a Book
I had so much hope for this one! It sounded so cute! But it just didn’t work for me at all.

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Monthly Rundown: March 2017

April 6, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

So I didn’t make the hoped-for 19 books read (I read 17 in January, 18 in February… was aiming for 19 in March just to be funny.) This month also consisted of a lot of poetry collections and a few graphic novels but damn guys, this was a rough month work-wise. I worked 54 hours the week of the 20th and 68 hours the week of the 27th. Suffice it to say, by this past weekend, I was a straight-up zombie. I slept 13 hours when I got home Friday night. So all in all, I’m surprised I got anything done really.

But enough whining and onto the books! I posted reviews for 8 books and had a DNF post for pretty much 3 of the biggest anticipated releases of the year. Suffice it to say, I was not impressed. I still have yet to get back to my review books (shame) and I just recently started a Kindle Unlimited trial so I’m trying to focus on making that worthwhile… so I’ve definitely got my hands full for April!

Posted Reviews

DNFs

Unreviewed Reads

I’ve gotten super lazy with my review writing. Having so little free time I’ve only wanted to spend my time actually reading. These books didn’t get reviewed this month and it may or may not get done in the future. lol

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26025989Best of the Month: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher ★★★★
I don’t think I ever intended on reading this but I was intrigued by the concept of her reading the last story she’d ever tell on audio. It was beautiful and moving and now I want to read everything else she wrote in her life.

Least Favorite: Dawn of Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum ★★10733556
My expectations weren’t crazy high for this one so it’s not a massive disappointment but I thought it would be fun. It was weird, extremely gross, and … how exactly is a zombie capable of writing haiku again? lol

25657772Biggest Surprise: Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn ★★★★
I’d been trying to decide on what my very first Julia Quinn book would be for years now and I finally took the plunge. This one was super adorable and I can’t wait to read more of her works.

Biggest Disappointment: Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1) by Marissa Meyer ★★★29772863
There wasn’t anything terribly wrong with this one but I didn’t much care for the artwork and the characterization for everyone was weirdly off. The plot itself was actually very intriguing though (plus, I love Iko) and I’ll pick up the next one for that reason alone.

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Monthly Rundown: February 2017

March 2, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 5 Comments

Books Read = 18

I felt like I got a bit lazy in February (and I started headed towards a mild slump that I managed to shrug off, thankfully) but I still managed to beat my books read from the prior month (17 in January!) so that was awesome. I super let my review books gather dust but I’m hoping I can do some catch-up in March.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

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40084Best of the Month: I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron ★★★★★
I read and adored Heartburn last year and my wonderful mum sent me this one and I Remember Nothing. I picked this one up when nothing else sounded good and it was the perfect balm to the slump I was heading towards.
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Least Favorite: Erotic Poems by E.E. Cummings ★★
hahahaha This one was so bad. I mean honestly, that’s all I can say about this one. Bad poems. Even worse doodles.

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Biggest Surprise(s): Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng ★★★★½
I picked this up way back when the Ford Audiobook Club was still a thing (so like 3 years ago) and it sat unread for ages. I was convinced this family drama wasn’t something I would ever enjoy but boy was I wrong.

Short & Sweet – Everything I Never Told You, Big Little Lies

Biggest Disappointment: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★½
Liane Moriarty is a name that has been tossed around for years with much love attached to it. I finally decided to pick this one up after enjoying the premise of the first episode of the new show. I definitely enjoy the show more and I’m not super sure I’ll be trying anymore by Moriarty.

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Monthly Rundown: January 2017

February 2, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 8 Comments

Books Read = 17

First month of a new year and I’m feeling like it was a productive month. I managed to post 7 reviews for ARCs (sure 3 were DNFs but it counts!), I finished my Harry Potter re-read that I started back in October, and I read a surprising amount of poetry. It was a fairly middle of the road sort of month where I didn’t love anything but I didn’t loathe anything either. Hoping I can find some to really love in February. 🙂

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

Much thanks to Dani for Late Wife and Here, BulletLate Wife was sooo beautiful and I’m really going to have to find more of Emerson’s work.

The following are a few reads from the month that I won’t likely review:

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Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s DictionaryBest of the Month: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan ★★★★★

Last month my best of was also a re-read. I only list this one instead of Dark Matter which likely came in second as best of the month because I actually loved this even more than my first read which doesn’t happen often.
Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

Least Favorite: The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici ★★★
The Book of Mirrors was definitely my least favorite. This one is being compared to Night Film and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter but I just do not see it. Don’t compare a book to another big name title just for interest. Never works out.

Short & Sweet – The Book of Mirrors, The Atomic Weight of Love, Rosemary & Rue

Biggest Surprise(s): Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire ★★★
You ever read a book and think it’s boring, mediocre, and you’re not quite sure what the fuss is about? Do you ever down the road try to re-read it and end up with vastly different results? That’s what happened with Rosemary and Rue for me.

Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s Dictionary

Biggest Disappointment: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ★★★½
This one wasn’t terrible but after I lurved The Wrath and the Dawn, I just had some crazy high hopes that just didn’t pan out for me in this follow-up.

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Monthly Rundown: December 2016

January 5, 2017 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 8 Comments

Books Read = 17

Awww… my last rundown for 2016! I can’t believe it’s a new year already. But good riddance, I say.

Posted Reviews

I had kind of a crazy/amazing month in terms of posted reviews for two reasons: 1. I’ve started up a new DNFs in review post called “Life’s Too Short” so those count towards my totals and 2. I’ve dug up an old post style I used to do called Short & Sweet where my reviews are vastly shorter than my typical style. I knew my totals were going to be larger than normal but ddaaaamnnn… I wasn’t expecting 15. lol

Unreviewed Reads

And because of my new Short & Sweet reviews, that doesn’t leave much reason NOT to review. These four were the only ones I read last month that didn’t get anything written about them.

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87957Best of the Month: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham ★★★★★
It was a re-read but it still counts because I enjoyed it just as much this time around as I did the first.
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Least Favorite: I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid ★★
There was so much outrage surrounding the ending to this that I had to pick it up out of sheer curiosity. Everyone was right. The ending sucks.

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Biggest Surprise(s): Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1) by Kristen Ashley ★★★★
I bought this on a complete whim for $0.99 and honestly wasn’t expecting to dive into it immediately. This one is very long but well worth it if you enjoy fantasy romance.

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Biggest Disappointment: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins ★★½
I’ve been a huge fan of Hopkins for many, many years and this one was not nearly as good as her past stories.

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Monthly Rundown: November 2016

December 1, 2016 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 6 Comments

Books Read = 18

I can’t believe November is over. This year has been going crazy slow yet fast at the same time. After Thanksgiving, I took a week off from work just so I could sit at home and be my laziest self possible. I got a fair amount of reading (and listening) done so I consider it a success.

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Unreviewed Reads

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Book Review – The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally ThorneBest of the Month: The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne ★★★★★

This one was an unbelievable amount of fun. I rarely delve into contemporary romance but this one was a real treat and came at a time when I needed something fun.
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Least Favorite: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout ★★
I checked this one out from the library on a whim having seen this authors name around before. Just wasn’t my thing.

Release Day Feature + #Giveaway! Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Biggest Surprise(s): Heartless by Marissa Meyer ★★★★
After being left less than impressed with Winter, I was a bit hesitant to get my hopes up over this one. Pleasantly surprised to say the least.

Book Tour Review – The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen


Biggest Disappointment: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen ★★½

I had high hopes for this one for a while but kept pushing it off because of all the hype about it. Deciding to finally do a binge read of the entire trilogy now that all installments are out but after the first book I’m rethinking things.

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Monthly Rundown: October 2016

November 3, 2016 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 1 Comment

Book Read = 15

October was all about the horror (and an impromptu Harry Potter re-read). I had a plan for the month and while it wasn’t a 100% success, I’m still pleased with the books I was able to find the time to read. Although I was mega-slacking when it came to actually posting reviews. Oh well, it is what it is.

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Unreviewed Reads

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6589753Best of the Month: The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker ★★★★½
I read The Thief of Always earlier this year and loved it, knowing I wanted to read more of his works. This one popped up on sale yesterday for Kindle and I ended up reading it on Halloween (ending Ominous October with a bang) and WOW. Intense, gruesome, and definitely terrifying.32426

Least Favorite: Icebound by Dean Koontz ★★★
This one wasn’t terrible, but considering this one my first Dean Koontz I was expecting something far better. Maybe it just wasn’t the best one to read first.. I’ll still be giving him another shot sometime in the future.

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Biggest Surprise(s): 
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel ★★★★ and Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn ★★★★
Both of these were titles I knew little to nothing about going into them. Both left me extremely impressed (and massively creeped out) and seeking out the authors other works.

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Biggest Disappointment: 
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics ★★
I have some hang-ups when it comes to YA horror but I decided to still give this one a shot. Suffice it to say it just didn’t pan out well for me and wasn’t nearly as creepy as I had hoped.

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