2019 Bookish goals

Hello there friends!
Once again I’ve been missing in action on our dear site. Taylor has been running this ship while I spend my days drowning in work on this huge project, and well…for a while I was completely miserable during my first trimester because I’m expecting! Yep, May 2019 I’ll have a whole little human bean thing to take care of for the next 18 years (minimum). My husband and I are super excited and now that I’m mid-2nd trimester and feeling like a human again, I’m ready to start 2019 dedicated to blogging about all the wonderful books I read.

This year I read 71 books. I plan on making my goal 75 books for 2019 and sharing my opinions about them with all of you. I know it’ll be a challenge with being a new mom. But hell, I’m willing to try it. Thank you to all of you for sticking with me and I’m excited to write about all these adventures I’ll take in 2019.

And with that, please recommend some books my way. I’d love to incorporate them into my TBRs for 2019.

Have a great, healthy and happy new year everyone!

Taylor’s April Wrap Up | 2017

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I didn’t read as much in April as I had planned and the most of the books I did read didn’t really make their way to my favorites list. But hey, you win some, you lose some. I did read two books that I really loved so it wasn’t a complete loss.

13 books

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz – 3/5 stars

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – 0.5/5 stars

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – 2.5/5 stars

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul – 5/5 stars

The Seventh Sun by Kent Lester – 4/5 stars

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis – 3/5 stars

Jesus Speaks by Steven K. Scott – 4/5 stars

The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley – 4/5 stars

That Summer by Sarah Dessen – 3/5 stars

The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson – 3/5 stars

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 4/5 stars

Pandora by Victoria Turnbull – 5/5 stars

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks – 4/5 stars

Favorites of April

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May TBR

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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February Wrap Up & March TBR

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So this month has come and gone quite quickly but with it came an extra day! Yay for a leap year! We got an extra day of reading this month! But that didn’t really help me out much. I only read 5 books and I have a nice list for my March TBR…hopefully I’ll get a good chunk of reading done next month because I decided to take a break from derby.

But here we go! Here’s what I read in the Month of Feb!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Our February Read Along Book!)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Splintered by A.G. Howard (DNF)

And I think I have a slightly ambitious TBR but I did read 5 books this month which is a bit more than I usually read.

March TBR
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Our Read Along Book for March!)
Fallout by Gwenda Bond
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Claire
City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
The Wolf in The White Van by John Darinelle

What do you guys plan on reading this month?

Also if you’re interested in joining our read along of The Shadow Queen please do so! Use #bibliomonthlyreads for your social media posts and please note we’re giving away a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses!

Taylor’s February Wrap Up & March TBR

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Hi everyone!

I started out the month really well, I read quite a few books. But in second week of February, I was hit with a slump and I hardly read anything. I’m still stuck in the slump but I’m going to try my best to get out of it in March.

February Wrap Up

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – 5/5 stars

Consent by Nancy Ohlin – 0.5/5 stars

Undeniable by Liz Bankes – 4/5 stars

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern – 2.5/5 stars

Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno – 5/5 stars

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – 5/5 stars

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald – 4/5 stars

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler – 3/5 stars

Lali of The Lill: Two by Adi Mandal – 3/5 stars

Hinges Book Two: Paper Tigers by Meredith McClaren – 5/5 stars

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – 4/5 stars

Our Last Time by Cristy Marie Poplin – 5/5 stars

Because of You by RaShelle Workman – 3.5/5 stars

Favorite of February

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March TBR

The New Guy by Amy Spalding

Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

Take the Leap by Derek Ryans

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Our March readalong)

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Taylor’s January Wrap Up & Febuary TBR

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Hi everyone! I can’t believe the month is over already!

Anyway, I did really well with my reading for the first 2 weeks of the month but I think I was in a slump or I just burned myself out because I did awful the last 2 weeks. I read 8 books in the first two weeks of the month and but I really had to push myself to get through a couple of books.

13 books

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor – 3/5 stars

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – 5/5 stars

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes – 1/5 stars

The Dragon, the Thief, and the Princess by Gillian Bradshaw – 3/5 stars

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – 4/5 stars

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke – 5/5 stars

Stray by Elissa Sussman – 4/5 stars

Mystical by Michael Weekly – 3/5 stars

Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott – 4/5 stars

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – 4/5 stars

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen – 4/5 stars

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen – 5/5 stars

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars

Favorites of the month

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Febuary TBR

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Our Febuary readalong!)

Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Our Last Time by Cristy Marie Poplin

Gabriel and The Swallows by Esther Dalseno

Because of You by RaShelle Workman

Lali of The Lill: Two by Adi Mandal

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

What did you read this month? What are you planning to read next month? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post!

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Stephanie’s December Wrap Up and January TBR

First off I want to say how thankful I am for everyone who has followed us throughout 2015. I’m extremely thankful for all of you.  It’s been such a great year reading and writing about the books I’ve been reading and loving each word of the way.  And I should take the time to thank the amazing writers of all these books. AND the authors who sent us books to read for them and review. We couldn’t thank you all enough for this great year.  And with that, here is my December 2015 Wrap up and January 2016 TBR

In December I read a total of 3 books and 1 graphic novel:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – 5/5
The Selection by Keira Cass – 3/5
Ms Marvel Vol. 4 : Last Days by G. Willow Wilson – 5/5

Favorite Read of the Month:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

January TBR:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Show Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
Don’t Forget To Breathe by Catherina Constantine

What are you guys planning to start the new year with? Any new reading goals you’re trying to achieve?

Taylor’s December Wrap Up & January TBR

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For a great deal of December, I was stuck in a reading slump that I didn’t realize that I was in until I was out of it. I didn’t get much reading done for the first 3 weeks of the month but I got a ton of reading done from the 22-31.

13 books

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – 4/5 stars

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – 1/5 stars

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – 4/5 stars

Storm Front by D.L. Robinson – 4/5 stars

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young – 3/5 stars

Winter by Marissa Meyer – 5/5 stars

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 5/5 stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 3/5 stars

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – 4/5 stars

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti – 3/5 stars

Night Fox by Tia Giacalone – 5/5 stars

Teagan of Tomorrow by Jaime Lee Mann – 4/5 stars

Favorite of December

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January TBR

Stray by Elissa Sussman

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I’d seen this book around a lot but I was never really in a hurry to read it. Until one day I randomly started the TV show and it pretty much changed my life. The only other times I felt this way about a book was Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Seriously, that’s how much I love Outlander.
I love the concept of this series and the writing is amazing. And the characters. Oh my gosh, the characters! Claire is so awesome and she’s so tough. I could go on and on about how much I love Claire.
Jamie is… there are no words for Jamie. He’s everything amazing.
This whole book is just a wild ride. Even though it’s massive (like 900 pages), it didn’t feel like it took me forever to read it. I was so glued to the pages the entire time.
Overall, my love for Outlander and it’s characters are beyond words. I can’t even begin to express my feelings. I love everything about this book and I can’t wait to start the next book.

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November Wrap Up and December TBR

November was an alright month for me, nothing too bad but nothing too exciting either. I’m 2 books behind on my goal for 60 books this month, which is semi upsetting but I did take down 5.25 books this month! 7 left to reach my goal. So fingers crossed people! Here’s what I read in November

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee – 3/5 Stars

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – 2/5 Stars

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider – 3/5 Stars

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – 4/5 Stars

The Martian by Andy Weir – 5/5 Stars

(some of) Armada by Ernest Cline

And here’s what I hope to read in December

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (THIS IS OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH!)

Armada by Ernest Cline

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Grey

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

I’m super excited for all of these reads! I hope this is how my month goes and I get to my challenge goal for the year! Have any of you read any of these titles? What are you guys reading this month?

Taylor’s November Wrap Up & December TBR

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I read so many great books in November and I found a lot of new favorites! I’m super excited about most of the books I read in November and I can’t wait to find new great reads in December.

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New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson – 4.5/5 stars

Don’t Forget To Breathe by Cathrina Constantine – 4/5 stars

NYV: PUNK by K.D. McQuain -3.5/5 stars

New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson – 5/5 stars

The Rose Society by Marie Lu – 5/5 stars

News of the World by Paulette Jiles -3.5/5 stars

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – 5/5 stars

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes – 5/5 stars

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – 4/5 stars

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary – 4/5 stars

Right Kind of Mistake by Rebecca Thomas – 3/5 stars

Elora of Stone by Jaime Lee Mann -3.5/5 stars

Inconceivable by Tegan Wren – 5/5 stars

The Worlds Traveler by M.L. Roble – 3.5 stars

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 5/5 stars

Forgetting August by J.L. Berg – 4/5 stars

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom – 5/5 stars

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl – 4/5 stars

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall – 3/5 stars

Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey – 3/5 stars

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – 4.5/5 stars

Favorites of November

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December TBR

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Our Book of the Month for December!)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Link by Summer Wier

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

What books did you read in November? What do you plan on reading in December? Comment below or link me to your wrap up post!

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