Category Archives: Month in Review

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

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:

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

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!

A Month in Review: May 2013

Whew, I’m still recovering from BEA but just had to post about the books I read in May. What a whirlwind of a month!
Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 17

Pick of the month: You all know I can never pick just one, right? This month, I’m limiting it to my top three favorite books. Each of these books really stand out as truly outstanding reads:


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

A Month in Review: April 2013

Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 10

Picks of the month: 

My audiobook pick of the month is easy: Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry. My pick for print book was a bit more challenging. I picked the book that continues to resound within me, a book I have recommended countless times this month: The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope.

Special Events

Last weekend I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon and had a blast!

Kobo Aura HD: Product Review

Current Giveaways

Stolen by Daniel Palmer (giveaway ends Friday, May 10)

Upcoming Events!


May is Zombie Awareness Month (for reals!). Each Sunday, I will be featuring a zombie title I have particularly enjoyed. Stay tuned!

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


A Month in Review: March 2013

Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 12

Picks of the month:
The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns
The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
Evil in All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson

What about you? What were your favorite reads this month?

A Month in Review: February 2013

Books Reviewed

Total books reviewed: 12

*Pick(s) of the month: February was such a pretty stellar reading month for me. Out of the 12 books reviewed, there were only a few I found to be “meh” or less than exciting. Looking forward to another great reading month!

Special Events

Earlier this month, I hosted The Big Game’s On Superbowl Read-a-thon! I had a lot of fun; I hope those who participated did as well!

Upcoming Events!

Next Friday I’ll be celebrating my five year blogging anniversary! Would it be wrong to create a book registry of sorts so I can get gifts!? Kidding! (Mostly!)


How about you? What were your favorite books of February?