Posts Categorized: Monthly Rundown

Monthly Rundown: April 2018

May 4, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 5 Comments

Books Read = 12

Huzzah! Better than the 9 from last month. And I even had three 5-star reads! I rarely give 5-star reads because I’m a super stingy mofo. πŸ™‚

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Best of the Month:Β Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuireΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on this series (goal is to be caught up before the 12th installment releases in September!) and this was the first 5 star installment. I adore this series and can’t wait to see where McGuire goes with this.

Least Favorite: The Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason MatthewsΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½
I tore through this trilogy and it was admittedly tons of fun… but the final installment was a bit of a letdown in terms of series enders.

Biggest Surprise:Β What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth CatteΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I had Hillbilly Elegy on my TBR for AGES and I kept mentally beating myself up about not having read it yet. I finally started it. It pissed me off so bad I DNF’d at 3%.Β  Forget Hillybilly Elegy. This is the book you need to read.

Biggest Disappointment:Β High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie MoningΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½
Honestly, I had such a great reading month that this one is the closest that would qualify under “disappointment” but it really wasn’t. It was good ol’ Fever fun, featuring Dani O’Malley, and there was, of course, a cliffhanger and of course more books to anticipate. It’s fine. I still love the series… not nearly as much as I used to but I still love it.

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Monthly Rundown: March 2018

April 5, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 9

Sure did. NINE?! The hell did I even do last month? Well, I worked my ass off and was so tired that I was going home and relaxing, not having the brain power to do anything but. I did manage to post a single review this month so I guess the month wasn’t a complete loss.

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Audiobook Review Ҁ“ Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews

Unreviewed Reads

Best of the Month: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick RiordanΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I took a very long break from reading any Riordan for no particular reason but The Hidden Oracle was so very enjoyable. I immediately read the second installment and I’m already dying for the third. Ties into the original Percy series nicely.

Least Favorite: You & Me & Why We Are in Love by Aurelia AlcaΓ―sΒ β˜…
This bizarre poetry collection was so, so bad.Β “Pamela has found a very young lover. He could be her son. She doesn’t love him – she adores him.” I mean… seriously?

Biggest Surprise: Eligible by Curtis SittenfeldΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I’ve had this one for ages but IΒ had to read the original P&P first… I finally got around to that last year. And this one was all sorts of fun and loved seeing how the classic was translated intoΒ a modern tale.

Biggest Disappointment: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…
Now hear me out: I enjoyed this, I did, but it didn’t resonate with me as it did with most other readers. (My bestie loved it.) This isn’t super my genre though so I was taking a chance on it as it was. I loved the movie though for what it’s worth.

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Monthly Rundown: January 2018

February 10, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 14 Comments

Books Read = 18

Whoops. Posting my month in review after the new month is almost halfway over.Β πŸ˜‚Β Anyways! The first month of the new year was a success in some ways. I didn’t get much reviewing done but I decided to focus solely on reading instead. I knocked out three review books (six in total really, if we’re counting DNFs — those mini-reviews are still to come) andΒ finally got back into the Toby Daye series reading 3-5. I’m on a bit of an urban fantasy roll but February has shown a bit of a focus on mysteries. We’ll see if that continues. πŸ™‚

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36119984Best of the Month:Β Lady Killer 2 by JoΓ«lle JonesΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I remember stumbling upon the first installment of this at the library and not expecting a whole lot but it was such enormous fun. The second installment only gets better.

Least Favorite: Through This House (October Daye #4.5) by Seanan McGuireΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…34110508
This was only a short story but it was definitely my least “installment” of the Toby series to date. I’m just glad there wasn’t an entire novel centered around this storyline.

35506547Biggest Surprise: Long Way Down by Jason ReynoldsΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I’d been hearing all the raves about this book and I’m always intrigued by anything verse so I gave it a whirl. Wow. What an incredible story.

Biggest Disappointment: Sourdough by Robin SloanΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…33916024
This still ended up being a decent read but the start of this was so incredibly interesting and fun but the second half of this story was a completely different sort and I was ultimately pretty disappointed.

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Monthly Rundown: December 2017

January 4, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 11

I consider this a raging success considering I worked 65 hour weeks the entire month. I posted a TON of reviews because I had a bit of a backlog going and I was determined not to enter the year with those still hanging over me. I usually do book cover collages for these posts but fuck that, there’s too many.Β πŸ˜‚

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Best of the Month: How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan TropperΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
I read and lovedΒ This is Where I Leave You but I had yet to pick up anything else by this author. I ended up reading two this month. I constantly love the dark humor and sarcastic nature of his characters and can’t wait to pick up the rest of his stuff.

Least Favorite: Getting Rid Of Bradley by Jennifer CrusieΒ β˜…β˜…33734
I signed up for the Audible Romance Package and was running out of ideas so decided to try some old Crusie stories. I absolutely adored Agnes and the Hitman but I have honestly yet to find anything else of hers that I love… I’ve read three others and they’ve all been meh. Bet Me is next and I’ve been told it’s a good one.

Biggest Surprise: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins ReidΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½
I read an ARC of Forever, Interrupted way back in 2013 and it managed to rub me the wrong way so badly that I wasn’t even super willing to give the author another shot. Thanks to the Audible Romance Package, I decided to chance it. I listened to three of hers this month and while one was meh, the other two were enough to have me forgetting our rough start.

Biggest Disappointment: Opposite House: Poems by Claudia EmersonΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…
I’m not huge on poetry, but I’m always willing to give it a shot. Late Wife totally changed poetry for me and I wanted anything and everything of Emerson’s, although her works are a bit hard to find. I purchased a copy of this one and it was nothing like Late Wife. Still beautiful, but not nearly what I was hoping for.

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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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35397049Best of the Month: Neverwhere by Neil GaimanΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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 AlbertΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…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 HoffmanΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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. πŸ™‚

Biggest Disappointment: The Boy on the Bridge (The Hungry Plague #2) by M.R. Carey β˜…β˜…β˜…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. πŸ™‚

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*I did a mini-review forΒ Give a Girl a KnifeΒ 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.

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Ominous October – The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan StroudBest of the Month: The Empty Grave by Jonathan StroudΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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 β˜…β˜…
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:Β Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy ThielenΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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. πŸ™‚

Biggest Disappointment: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen KingΒ β˜…β˜…
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 ReichlΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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 purchasedΒ Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the TableΒ this week and hope it’s just as good.

Least Favorite:Β Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell BakerΒ β˜…β˜…
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:Β Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony BourdainΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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 β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½Book 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!Β 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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11419680Best of the Month:Β The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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 β˜…β˜…29981261
Oh man. This book. This started off so intriguing and I loved the similarities toΒ The CollectorΒ but that ending was positively infuriating.

49011Biggest Surprise:Β The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela CarterΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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 β˜…β˜…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 IΒ 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!

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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 booksΒ 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:Β The Princess Diarist by Carrie FisherΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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:Β Dawn of Zombie Haiku by Ryan MecumΒ β˜…β˜…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:Β Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia QuinnΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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:Β Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1) by Marissa MeyerΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…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.

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40084Best of the Month: I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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:Β Erotic Poems by E.E. CummingsΒ β˜…β˜…
hahahahaΒ 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 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½
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 β˜…β˜…Β½
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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