{What I Read} November 2016 – January 2017

Instead of doing a monthly recap, I started these quarterly ones. Here’s what I’ve read the past few months!

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What I Read


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The one that blew my mind: Illuminae

The one that pleasantly surprised me: Close Enough to Touch

The one I couldn’t put down: The Hating Game

The one that was a most anticipated release: Bad Mommy

The one Stephen King says is worth reading (and he was right): Final Girls

The one that I think everyone needs to read: From Sand and Ash

The one with my favorite cover: The Perfect Stranger

Not a bad couple of months of reading! My favorites were definitely Illuminae, The Hating Game, The Perfect Stranger, & From Sand and Ash. Add those to your TBR!


WHAT’s ahead

Some books I’m looking forward to reading soon…

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{What I Read} August – October 2016

It’s been awhile since I did a monthly recap, but I decided it would be easier to do a quarterly recap instead. Here are some of the great books I’ve read in the past few months.

P.S. Thank you Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog for the format idea! I hope you don’t mind that I stole some of it for my post. FRIENDS is my favorite show of all time, and I love that part of your posts (assuming that’s where the idea came from). 😉


What I Read


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The one that blew my mind: Dark Matter

The one that pleasantly surprised me: Fractured

The one I couldn’t put down: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

The one that was on my TBR the longest: The Night Circus

The one that introduced a new favorite author: Results May Vary


Goodreads challenge



WHAT’s ahead

Some books I’m looking forward to…

Also assuming Tarryn Fisher finally releases Bad Mommy within the next few months.

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The holidays are on the way, so I plan on reading a few Christmas themed books before the end of the year!

{Monthly Recap} – May

What a month!

I read 7 books in May, and every one of them was fantastic. How often does that happen?! Not very, so I’m really happy to have had so many great reads this month. I even found 3 new authors to love! I ran in 3 races in May, one being my first 10K. And I beat my PR this past weekend in my second 5K of the month. My daughter ‘graduated’ preschool and is officially a kindergartner. I celebrated the 2 year mark of my life changing weight loss journey. And the sun finally decided to come out and, dare I say, stay out?! May was incredible!

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Books I Read

Once Upon a Wine – 5 Stars

The Summer Games – 4 Stars

The Woman in Cabin 10 – 4.5 Stars

It Ends with Us – 5 Stars

The Bird and the Sword – 5 Stars

Eeny Meeny – 3.5 Stars

Undecided – 5 Stars

 Favorite Book of the Month

It Ends with Us – 5 Stars *FAVORITE BOOK OF THE 2016*

Books Read in May: 7

Books Read in 2016: 36



The Obsession

Too Late

Tell Me Three Things

Once Upon a Wine

Things I’m looking forward to in June

My daughter has her first dance recital this weekend! Tonight is her dress rehearsal, and she’s so excited. After the recital we take a break from dance until September, with the exception of a 3-day camp in July.

We start summer hours at work this Friday, and I love that we have this awesome perk. If the weather cooperates, Sunnie and I will be spending the afternoon in my mother-in-law’s pool.

I plan to sign up for at least one 5K this month, and maybe another 10K. I haven’t looked out at the schedule to decide which ones yet. Now that the busyness of May is dying down, I will start to look ahead for the rest of the summer.

And there are SO MANY good books coming out in June! All of these are on my TBR, to hopefully read this summer. With the exception of One True Loves, which I’ve already read, and I recommend you buy immediately and read asap!!! It’s fantastic. I’m really excited for the new Emily Giffin book, and I’m currently reading the new Kristin Harmel book and enjoying it.

June Releases

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 What are you looking forward to in June?

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{Monthly Recap} – April

Hello, spring – finally!

The weather has finally broken, and although it’s only in the 60’s this weekend, I’ll take that over the 30’s any day. April wasn’t an impressive reading month in terms of numbers, but I read a few fantastic books, including a surprise free book from CoHo. I ran in my 4th 5K of the year, and did okay despite the shockingly hot temps that day. Overall, not a bad month!

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Books I Read

Far Gone – 3 Stars

I Let You Go – 3 Stars

Tell Me Three Things – 5 Stars

Too Late – 5 Stars

The Obsession – 5 Stars

I’m Thinking of Ending Things – 3 Stars

 Favorite Book of the Month

Tell Me Three Things – 5 Stars

Books Read in April: 6

Books Read in 2016: 29



Shadow Fall

Things I’m looking forward to in May

My blogging declined a bit last month. I didn’t feel like doing any reviews or other fun posts. I get in these slumps a few times a year, it is what it is. I’m hoping to catch up on reviews and get some blogging mojo back in May.

I’m turning 35 this week, and for the first time in my life I’m embracing my birthday. I used to really hate celebrating, would prefer to just ignore it all together. And this year I’m actually feeling good about it. I feel healthier and happier turning 35 than I have in my entire life, and that’s definitely something to celebrate.

Other things I’m looking forward to this month – running in my first 10k next weekend. Running a 5k the next weekend with my best friend (her first race). Running in another Ohio Challenge Series race on Memorial Day. Definitely the most races in one month I’ve ever run. But I’m up for the challenge!

There aren’t a ton of new releases in May that I’m interested in, which is better for my out-of-control TBR list. I did pre-order R.S. Grey’s new book. She’s become one of my favorite NA authors. I’ve recently started following Jasinda Wilder on Instagram. Although I’ve yet to read any of her books, she’s very inspiring, and I’m interested in her book about weight loss and running.

may Releases

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 What are you looking forward to in May?

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{Monthly Recap} – March

Losing steam

I read some great books this month, but I found myself getting distracted and not able to focus on my reading as well I have been. I knew months like this would happen. I don’t put any pressure on myself to read a certain number of books or it just takes the fun out of reading for me. And my obsession with romantic suspense and Laura Griffin continues! Plus I found a new favorite NA author in R.S. Grey. Overall, a good month for me in the book world.

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Books I Read

Whisper of Warning – 5 Stars

Shadow Fall – 4 Stars

No One Knows – 2 Stars

Friction – 4 Stars

The Allure of Dean Harper – 5 Stars

 Favorite Book of the Month

Whisper of Warning – 5 Stars

Books Read in March: 5

Books Read in 2016: 23



Whisper of Warning

The Allure of Dean Harper


No One Knows

At the Edge

Edge of Surrender

Other Noteworthy Posts

Are you in the mood for Romantic Suspense? {Top Ten Tuesday}

Spring TBR {Top Ten Tuesday}

Latest & Greatest {Top Ten Tuesday}

Things I’m looking forward to in april

There are some new releases that I’m really excited about in April, One with You topping that list. That is one of my favorite series of all time, and I can’t wait to read it. I’m actually really excited for all 3 of these books. Plus I was approved for several ARC’s recently that I’m super excited to read. I think the next few months are going to be great ones for reading!

April Releases

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 What are you looking forward to in April?

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