Category Archives: Month in Review

A Month in Review: September 2014

Books Reviewed


* Picks of the month

See which October books I’m exited about!

Upcoming Events!

My annual Halloween feature, Murder, Monsters & Mayhem kicks off tomorrow! There is still time to sign up. Just click on the image above to join in!


So, what was your favorite book read in September? Or, are you like me and can’t narrow it down to just one? Share!

TSS: A Month in Review: August 2014

Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 7

Crazy busy month for me means less reading and reviewing.  That makes my pick of the month relatively easy: Conversion by Katherine Howe.

Special Events
Fall Book Preview: September, 2014, Part I
Fall Book Preview: September, 2014, Part II

Fall Book Preview: September, 2014, Part III
Guest Post Stacey Graham, Author of Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls & Other Creepy Collectibles
Booktopia Asheville #BooktopiaAVL


Upcoming Events!

Now that September is hear, October is right around the corner. October brings my month-long-celebration of all things horror and thriller: Murder, Monsters & Mayhem (Mx3). I have a fun & creative contest planned.


Along the same lines of Mx3 is Carl’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII look forward to participating in this each year! It runs Sept. 1-Oct. 31 each year and it’s the perfect way for me to prepare for my own Halloween feature! Not familiar? Here’s the gist:

Dark Fantasy.

Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.



I’ll be participating in the Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.

As well as:


Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, likeDark Shadows or Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film.


I can’t wait!


How about you? What was your favorite book of the month? Have anything spooktacular planned for Halloween?

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


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


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