Category Archives: Month in Review

A Month in Review: July 2014

 

Wow! I can’t believe it’s August already. Where did the summer go!? In just a few weeks, my boys will be going back to school and we’ll be back to our insanely busy schedule.  I need to get going on my reading!  First, let’s look back on what happened on the blog in July.

Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 12

Pick of the month: Why do I even bother? When was the last time I picked just one book? So this month, I won’t even narrow it down to my top two or three. They were all excellent!

Special Events

What books am I looking forward to in August?

Summer Book Preview: August 2014, Part I
Summer Book Preview: August 2014, Part II

SubscriberBonus

You may remember my post mentioning I wanted to do something to give back to my subscribers: hosting a monthly giveaway of all the print books reviewed that month. Well, here is your opportunity!

Now, many of the copies I review are electronic and unfortunately there is no way for me to share those titles. So, following are the print copies the selected winner will receive:

How do you enter to win? Simply fill out the form below. You must be a subscriber of this blog in order to win (I will check before selecting the winner).  I don’t care if you’ve been a subscriber for years or if you just signed up. The winner will be contacted next Friday, August 8. Since I am paying for the shipping, open to US & Canadian residents only. Good luck!

A Month in Review: June 2014


Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 11

Top picks of the month:

This is one of those months that I cannot possibly narrow it down to just one favorite, so I won’t :).

My favorites this month are:The Fever by Megan Abbott, A Long Time Gone by Karen White, The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker, Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson & Suspicion by Joseph Finder.

Special Events

 

TSS: A Month in Review: May 2014


Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 10

Picks of the month: The Secret Life of Violet Grant, The Three, and The Book of You

Miscellaneous Posts:

Looking for something to read in June? I list my favorite upcoming releases:

 

I spent most of last week in Book Expo America. I had a really excellent time, meeting some of my favorite authors and reuniting with great friends.  I came back home with so much, including a sprained ankle. I didn’t let that stop me from having a wonderful time. Stay tuned…I’ll do a wrap-up once the BEA-fog fades!

How was your reading month? What were your favorite reads?

 

A Month in Review: April 2014


Books Reviewed

Total books read: 12

Pick of the month:

Audiobook: Code Zero
Thriller: Blood Always Tells
General Fiction: Be Safe I Love You

Special Events

I kicked off Femme Fatale with an interview with Kate Rhodes:

I participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! Check out my stats & progress here:

There are so many great books coming out in May, it took me three posts to write about them all:

 

How was your April in reading? What were your favorites?

TSS: A Month in Review: March 2014


Books Reviewed

Total books read: 10

Pick of the month: 

I’m actually making it a conscious effort not to pick more than two favorites each month. Let’s see how long I can life up to this challenge!  So, because of the lasting impact these books had, my favorite books of the month are The Bear by Claire Cameron and Above by Isla Morley. Two very different books, both very impactful!

Most popular post of the month (based on comments):

Most visited post of the month: 

Special posts: 

Out in the Blogisphere:

Where else have I been blogging this month? Two different locations in March:

Whew! What a busy month! How was your reading month? What were your favorite books read?

A Month in Review: February 2014


Books Reviewed

Total books read: 9

Pick up the month:  Why do I even bother?  Rarely can I ever narrow it down to just one book. Instead….my top 5!

The Troop by Nick Cutter-it’s hard to scare this girl and this book succeeded to do so!

The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene-This book succeeded at completely surprising me. This is one of the books I will be recommending to EVERYONE!

Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck-Truly stellar historical fiction about a sexy and sassy woman who is largely unknown (Ok, to me at least).

Snowblind by Christopher Golden- Another horror that takes me back to my days of reading good, old-fashioned classic horror.

The Martian by Anthony Weir-This book is getting a lot of attention and it is so worth it. Don’t compare it to Gravity for it is so, so much more.

Check out my reviews above of these titles to learn more about why this books stood out for me.

Special Events

Spring Book Preview: March 2014, Part I
Spring Book Preview: March 2014, Part II
Book Club Discussion: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

 

There you have it! How was your reading month? What books stood out to you?

A Month in Review: January 2014


Books Reviewed

Total books read: 9

Favorites:

While January was a pretty slow reading/reviewing month due to all the traveling I’ve been doing, the books I have read are pretty outstanding. Looking over the list of books I’ve read, only one stands out as less than enjoyable…and I think many of you know which book THAT was!

Special Posts

Winter Book Preview: February 2014, Part I
Winter Book Preview: February 2014, Part II
Book Club Discussion: Favorite Books of 2013

How was your reading month? What did you read that was truly outstanding?

TSS: A Month in Review: August 2013

Wow, where did August go!?  I swear just yesterday I was writing up a post for July!  In a few days, my boys start back up at school and (hopefully) the fall weather will soon be upon us!

Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 10

Pick of the month: While I read SO MANY tremendous books this month, my vote for my favorite is a given: Night Film by Marisha Pessi

Misc. Posts

Bookish Ramblings: How Setting Influences Your Reading Experience
Fall Preview: October 2013
Fall Preview: September 2013

Upcoming Events!

Gearing Up For Murder, Monsters & Mayhem: 2013!
Operation: Scare Me!
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VIII

A Month in Review: July 2013 Edition


Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 12

Picks of the month:
*Heavy sigh* This is always the most difficult decision I face each month. Never can I pick simply one book, but a short list instead. So here you go:

Favorite genre-crossing books:
The Big Reap
Countdown City

Favorite audio book:
World War Z

Book that I can’t seem to get out of my head:
Tampa

Special Events

For the past several months, I have been an active contributor to Bloggers Recommend, a monthly newsletter that has two goals:

  1. Provide a place for readers to learn about some of the best upcoming books every month.
  2. Highlight the recommendation power of both the blogger community and individual bloggers themselves.

In addition to submitting recommendations of books I’ve adored, I’m also responsible for community outreach, basically working with libraries and independent bookstores create their own tailored version of the Bloggers Recommend newsletter.  Interested in learning more? Contact me at jenn@bloggers-recommend.com.

Following are some of my most recent recommendations:

Love and Lament by John Milliken Thompson
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I really do encourage you to sign up for this newsletter, not just because I’m a contributor and founding member, but because of the wealth of book recommendations it contains. Each month, I discover several books that I promptly add to my must-read list, and in the month of August, you have a great incentive to subscribe!

I’m excited to announce that I have one copy  THREE COPIES of the long-awaited novel by Donna Tartt, Goldfinch to give away, thanks to the generous people at Little, Brown, and Company!   To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to Bloggers Recommend.  Come back and tell me you’ve subscribed in the comments below. Make sure you add the email address you subscribed under to your comment in the email address field. Don’t worry, this isn’t visible to others.  At the end of August, I will randomly select an individual winner three individuals who will receive an ARC of Goldfinch prior to publication! I will verify the subscription so simply commenting that you have subscribed won’t work :) Find out about more chances to win over at Bloggers Recommend!

Ok, now that all that business is aside, what was your favorite book read in July? With fall just around the corner, what books are you looking forward to?

A Month in Review: June 2013


Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 11

*picks of the month

Special Events

Upcoming Events!

While October is still several months away, I’ve already begun planning for my October horror/thriller feature: Murder, Monsters & Mayhem, affectionately known as Mx3. For the next several months, I will be researching thriller and horror titles to feature. I welcome any recommendations you may have!