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2022: April Wrap–Up

Happy Saturday, bookworms! How’s you’re weekend going?

April reading was different. I read books from my tbr and those not on it that were just for fun. Page lengths were on the shorter side but still made for an eventful reading month.

From my tbr, I read 7 books, soon to be 8 as I finish up one more read today. I didn’t get to read any backlisted titles, but I did get to read library books, so I’m still a happy bookworm.

Reviews Posted

I posted 6 reviews in April, all wonderful four or five star reads!

The Fastest Way to Fall | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That Cowboy of Mine | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Perfectly Designed | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dear Librarian | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Blended | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Falling Short | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

"Falling Short" by Ernesto Cisneros (cover)
Image via Goodreads

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros was my favorite April read largely due to the beautiful friendship between the main characters, Issac and Marco. The story as a whole was enjoyable and easily a five-star read. This is a middle grade story to add to your tbrs!


I hope everyone had a great reading month! May is looking to be bookishly wonderful as well 💜

What were some of your memorable April reads? What book are you most looking forward to reading next month?


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
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2022: March Happenings!

 

March Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Going Home…And By Home I Mean The Library…

You’re not going to believe this, but I haven’t checked out a library book in over a year. Gasp! What?! Say it ain’t so!

Not through lack of trying. I mostly didn’t have time or I was reading ebooks galore. The least I did was go in to finally get a library card for my area.

But the long awaited return is here! I’m going back to my home away from home. I don’t know what day it’ll be, but I’m gonna go to the library and check out some books.

Less And More…

I’m keeping my TBR low this month so that I have time for other things I need to do. First, I want to finish up my current read, Summer Nights with a Cowboy. Then, move on to the 4 books I have planned for March:

  • The Becoming by Nora Roberts
  • The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
  • The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober
  • Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble (arc)


What books are you going to read this month?


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2021 Wrap-Up + The Book, Cover, and Author of the Year

Happy Friday & Happy New Year’s Eve!

Whew! We did it. We made it to the end of 2021. I am forever grateful to books for getting me through this challenging year. I had a lot of great and profound reading experiences throughout the year. Good times I’ll remember fondly. Plus, the blog has grown and achieved a few new milestones, which I’m very happy about.

Without further delay, here’s my 2021 wrap-up along with my top favorite reads of 2021 and the cover/author/book of the year.

2021: Goodreads Reading Challenge

As of this post I’ve read 132 books (maybe 133 if I can finish this final read – A Dragon for Christmas by Zoe Chant – before the ball drops).

Screenshot of completed Goodreads Reading Challenge widget of 132 books of 100 goal for 2021.

December Reviews Posted

I posted 26 reviews this month of mostly 4-star reads. All in all, a good month for books.

Getting His Game Back  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wife by Wednesday  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Enough  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Good Egg  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Cool Bean  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sunny Makes A Splash  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Only Mostly Devastated  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Introvert Doodles  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strictly No Elephants  | ⭐⭐⭐
The Suite Spot  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Falling for Zeke  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Welcome to the Ballroom (Volume 1)  | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Gratitude is My Superpower  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Red: A Crayon’s Story  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Garden We Share  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
House of Beating Wings (excerpt)  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am (Not) Scared  | ⭐⭐⭐
We Are (Not) Friends |  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Awakened  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Damaged Goods  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon’s Breath  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve Loved You Since Forever  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodnight Moon  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wildfire Griffin  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Systems Red  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Restart  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite December Reads

My favorite December reads were Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, The Suite Spot by Trish Doller, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

Favorite Blog Posts I Wrote

Below are posts I wrote from the past year that I had a lot of fun making and sharing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Purple, Gold, and/or Green Book Covers (Happy Mardi Gras!)
Book to Movie Adaptations I’d Love To See
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had
Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers
Outfits On Book Covers I Want In My Closet
My Favorite Book Mentors
Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top 12 Favorite Reads of 2021

My top 12 favorite reads of 2021 were Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis, Set to Music by Negeen Papehn, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, Float Plan by Trish Doller, The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison, Brothersong by TJ Klune, Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein, Spy x Family (volume 1) by Tatsuya Endo, Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas, Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, and Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert.

I highly recommend all of these 5-star titles!

Honorable Mentions:
Bloodsworn  ●  Unplugged  ●  Drawn Together

Covers of the Year

I chose Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, and Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen. for Cover of the Year. These stunning, beautiful covers took my breath away. I would gladly have these as wall art decor in my house.

Authors of the Year

For this category, I chose authors whose works I especially enjoyed and really want to read more from.

B.B. Alston  ●  TJ Klune  ●  Whitney D. Grandison

Nalini Singh  ●  Trish Doller  ●  Danielle L. Jensen

Courtney Ellis  ●  Annabeth Albert  ●  Chad Lucas

Book of the Year

This was probably the toughest choice I had to make this year but I chose two books that really wowed me, left a huge impression on me that still lingers, and brought me to tears. Book of the Year went to Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune and At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis!

Final Thoughts – Farewell 2021

While 2021 was a good reading year for me, it’s also put into perspective what I want for myself and this blog going forward. I’ve been slowly making changes in all aspects of my life and 2022 will see the beginning of those wishes implemented. But more on that in an upcoming January Happenings post.

I want to thank you all for reading, commenting, and liking my posts. I am so happy to be in this space, blogging and gushing and reminiscing about all things books. You are the best!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend and a happy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

Christina


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Bookish Things I Do When I Can’t Sleep

A bed with pillows, a closed book, and glasses on it that says "Bookish Things I Do When I Can't Sleep" in teal text outlined in white.

Sleep and I kind of have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. On those nights, if I can’t get back to sleep right away, I’ll find something to do to occupy my time until I start feeling ready again to go back to sleep. More often than not I’ll engage in bookish activities.

One bookish thing I do when I can’t sleep is (of course) read whatever I’m currently reading. It helps make progress, especially if I’m behind.

I’m a list maker by nature, so I’ll ponder bookish thoughts of future TBRs I want to. I love to plan and it’s fun to think about upcoming reads I’m excited for.

Speaking of planning ahead, if an idea strikes, I’ll try to come up with blog post ideas or work on drafts of posts.

Can’t sleep? Behind in writing reviews? Now is as good of a time as any to get those done!

And, finally, when I can’t sleep, I do what I do best: look up new books to read and add to my never-ending tbr.

So when sleep eludes me I try to make the most of my time and get things done. Or, you know, just lay there and hope to get back to sleep soon.


What do you do when you can’t sleep? What’s your routine for a good night’s sleep?


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April Wrap-Up

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

What was your favorite read last month?

Hello! I hope everyone had a good reading month. Mine was pretty good. I did get distracted a lot by reading books not on my April TBR, which means I didn’t really accomplish any of my bookish/blog goals. Sadness but I can only try my best again for May.

Here’s what I did get to post reviews for:

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Reviews Posted

Cowboy Dragon by Terry Bolryder | ⭐⭐⭐
Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A BIG Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Unplugged by Gordon Korman | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Home to Me by Catherine Bybee | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

***reviewed only on Goodreads***

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Prince of Darkness by Donna Grant | ⭐⭐⭐
The Specialist by Anna Hackett | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was an interesting mix of reads but the majority were really enjoyable.

 

My Favorite Reads

I had several favorite reads I really loved: The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (deep and realistic), Gilded Serpent (devastation and so many feels), Unplugged (an awesome camp mystery), Drawn Together (a beautiful story between a boy and his grandfather), and Home to Me (sweet and heartbreaking).

 

Currently Reading

I’m currently reading two books at once: Roar by Cora Carmack and Wolf Kissed by Heather Renee.

So far, Roar has my full attention as Rora (MC) tries to find her place in the world as the new heir while still maintaining her secret.

Wolf Kissed was recommended in an author’s newsletter. It’s been going good. I’m as intrigued as other characters in the book by the mysterious mark on Cait (MC) and what it could mean for both her, Roman (alpha), and all of wolf kind.

 

Library Hauls

One good thing that happened this month was the library reopening fully. Here are the books I checked out:

In the left picture, I read everything but When You Trap A Tiger, which I decided to read another time. The pictures book on the right I plan to read this weekend.

 

Book Mail & Spontaneous Book Hauls

I welcomed several new books to my Kindle and physical shelves:

Ignite by Sara B. Larson
An Incurable Case of Love (vol. 7) by Maki Enjoji
Call It Magic by Janet Chapman

 

One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
Cathedral of Bones by A. J. Steiger

Out of all of these, I’m most looking forward to reading IgniteOne Jar of Magic, and An Incurable Case of Love (vol. 7).

Ignite is the second book of the Defy trilogy. The story so far has been fantastical, leaving me wanting more. I wonder how book 2 will test Alex, a woman disguised as a man and member of the prince’s elite guard, especially as her body becomes harder to conceal. Not only that but she is in a love triangle that I am highly invested in.

One Jar of Magic has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like a sweet, unique middle grade fantasy story.

I’m excited but sad to read the final volume of An Incurable Case of Love. It’s been an up and down series but on the whole enjoyable. My hope is that Sakura and Tendo end up together, happy and secure in their relationship.

 

One Year Later

The end of April marks a little over a year Lance has been gone. I miss his adorkable self and wish he was still here. I think him and Kobe would have been the best of friends and brothers.

My time with Lance was a blessing. I hope he’s happy wherever he is over that rainbow bridge, running, playing, barking, and eating to his heart’s content.

 

Marvelous Musical Moments

I’d like to end this post with a musical moment I didn’t know I needed in my life. You may have seen this already. I recently found this gem on Instagram.

Below is an a Capella Hamilton cover sung in a sea shanty style and I am in love with it! Enjoy!

The Show Shanties | Hamilton Medley | Sea Shanty Style | Musical Theatre | West End | A Capella |

Source: JP Talent & Events


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February Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, Bookworm!

What was your favorite read of February?

We’re already into the third month of 2021 if you can believe it. I started off the year strong but tanked halfway through February. It was busy and kind of stressful, which is why this wrap-up is going up today instead last Sunday. I didn’t get to read as much as I’d planned, but what I did get to was amazing. I’m hoping to get back on track this March.

Let’s briefly look back on February.

Reviews Posted

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Brothersong by TJ Klune | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Shane W. Evans | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Boss by Abigail Owen | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Illustrated by Oge Mora | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Reed, Illustrated by Nneka Myers | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bread for Words: A Frederick Douglass Story by Shana Keller, Illustrated by Kayla Stark | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Snapped by Alexa Martin | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

*reviewed on Goodreads only ⇓⇓⇓ *

Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 10) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 11) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Favorite Read: Amari and the Night Brothers

Bookshelf Tour

I didn’t realize until I started writing this post that I never got to share my new bookshelf setup like I’d mention in January’s wrap-up. I’d rearranged a lot of furniture and books and this was the result:

SHELF  1:  Pic 1: favorites ● Pic 2: faeries feature ● Pic 3: a mix of romances and fantasy ● Pic 4: middle grade, young adult fiction, and fairytale retellings

 

SHELF  2:  My main shelf reorganized. Right-side column of small paperbacks. Third Row to eventually be all going down the right side. The third row favorite romances and other random favorites

 

SHELF  3:   Pic 1: unread books ● Pic 2: my manga collection ● Pic 3: vampire books + unrelated books

More Paintings

The one on the left was inspired by the Green Creek series by TJ Klune. I made that one after finishing Brothersong, the last book of that series. The right one I wanted to do a silhouette of a wolf howling because wolves are one of my favorite animals.


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First Name Acronym Book Recommendations

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Hello! My name is Christina and I love books. Being an avid reader is not just a hobby but a lifestyle. Today I though I’d recommend some books based on the letters of my first name. I tend to struggle with acronyms but it’s a fun challenge I welcome.

C

Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein (review)

Book 2 of the Angels of Elysium series. Celestial was one of my top anticipated 2021 releases and sequel that exceeded my expectations. A thrilling  fantasy romance story with a complex, character-driven plot. Celeste is such a strong main character – fierce, determined, and all heart.

 

H

Heartsong by TJ Klune (review)

Book 3 of the Green Creek series is Robbie and Kelly’s story. There are surprises at every turn, loads of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, and a dash of Klune’s one of a kind humor.

 

R

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (review)

A sort of enemies to lovers story that lived up to its hype. Alex and Henry are so cute together. This story was so beautifully told and I didn’t want it to ever end.

 

I

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson (review)

A middle grade graphic novel to love about two very different girls whose stories are woven together with all the chaos and drama of middle school life. I was wowed by the illustrations and how the author blended text and art together. The entire series is great.

 

S

Skyhunter by Marie Lu (review)

A sci-fi/fantasy dystopian that I instantly loved and was one of my favorite reads of 2020. Talin is a complex main character, loyal and witty. This story is terrifying, devastating, but full of so much hope it’s almost palpable as the last free nation stands against an unwavering conqueror. A brilliant story, all in all.

 

T

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (review)

This fake dating romance was a joy to read! Dani and Zaf felt like real people with real problems. I felt like I could relate to both. I was completely invested in everything that was happening.

 

I

If I Had You by Lynn Kurland (learn more)

This lovely historical romance follows the eldest de Piaget son, Robin of Artane, as he and Anne of Fenwyck, a ward of his household who he’s known for a long time, reconnect after so many years apart. There’s conflict with their relationship and an unknown danger towards them. It’s a sweet romance and one of my favorite books by Kurland.

 

N

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (review)

A surprisingly good read with a villain as the main character. The art style was really good and brought the story to life. I laughed a lot throughout.

 

A

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (learn more)

I will always recommend any of Pierce’s books. Alanna defies gender norms and expectations to secretly become a knight. I was hooked by this story and I loved all the characters.

 

What books would you recommend based on the letters of your first name?


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January Wrap-Up

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

How was your first reading month of 2021?

Mine went fairly well. I was able to stick to two of my bookish resolutions: 1) read more for the enjoyment and not for the numbers, and 2) write more reasonable/doable/realistic tbr lists. I got through all four books on my tbr and additional reads.

Here are my reviews posted in January:

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strong, Silent Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Booked for Christmas: A Short Story by Lily Menon | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins, Illustrated by Eric Velásquez | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pizza and Taco: Best Party Ever! by Stephen Shaskan | ⭐⭐⭐
Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

*reviewed on Goodreads only ⇓⇓⇓ *

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 14 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Yona of the Dawn Vol. 15 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Yona of the Dawn Vol. 16 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Incurable Case of Love Vol. 4 | ⭐⭐⭐
An Incurable Case of Love Vol. 5 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Incurable Case of Love Vol. 6 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Royal Tutor Vol. 13 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Royal Tutor Vol. 14 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A bazillion gold stars to my hands-down favorite reads of January: Celestial, Bloodsworn, and Feel the Fire 💛💛💛

Here is my January/Christmas book haul:

With all these new books I’ve had to rearranged my bookshelves. I hope to be able to share another bookshelf tour soon.

I’ve been painting this past month and it’s been really fun and relaxing:

Top Left: inspired by one of my favorite video games, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Bottom Left: inspired by another fun video game, Kingdom Hearts. Right: inspired by one of my favorite anime of all time, Haikyuu. I used pencil and acrylic paints on 8 x 10 cotton canvas.

Here are some great posts by other book bloggers you might like:

THE UNOFFICIAL RANKING OF TOP QUEER VILLAINS: A GUEST POST BY BE DAZZLED AUTHOR RYAN LA SALA | LGBTQ Reads

I loved everything about this guest post by Ryan La Sala. It was so rather eye-opening and super funny. 😂

Bookish Memes / Let’s Talk Bookish! | Marley @ Dragon on a Book

This is a really great discussion post on book memes and tags and their pros and cons.

BEST AUDIOBOOKS I’VE LISTENED TO | Laura @ thebookcorps

I’m not much of an audiobook person in part because of my attention span but I’m going to keep Laura’s list in mind for future possible audiobook reads, such as of TJ Klune’s books.

ARC Review: Fable by Adrienne Young | Karen @ Twisted In Pages

I’ve been seeing this book makes its way through the book community recently. I wasn’t sure about this book because of hype but Karen’s review convinced to want to give this book a try.

Favorite Historical Romance Reads of 2020 | Julie @ One Book More

If historical romance novels are your thing, then this list is a good one to check out for the recommendations and the lovely covers.

Sunday Smiles | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book

I missed a good chunk of the Inauguration so I had no clue about this Bernie Sanders meme until my friend showed me. Kim picked out some great ones that will make you smile wide. 😆

My 5-year blogiversary was Friday, January 22. I meant to do a special post but didn’t have time for. So I’ll just say a huge thank you to everyone for reading my posts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 😊💙

That’s all for today and for January. Who knows what reading adventures await in February, but I’m excited nonetheless.

Have a great day!

Christina

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Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions/Hopes for 2021 (bookish or not!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Do you have any bookish or non-bookish resolutions for 2021?

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about resolutions. After the turbulence of 2020, I think we all have some sort of resolution to make the new year and future better for ourselves and others.

My list is all bookish resolutions; mostly things I want to do more of:

1) Read more for the enjoyment and not for the numbers. To expand on something from my January Happenings post, I have so many books I want to get through and high goals I want to meet that sometimes I forget about the reading journey. I’m going to try be more relaxed with my tbrs.

2) Read more books by Black authors. I don’t read enough of these and 2020 was a great year with a lot of recommendations of books by black authors and/or with black main characters.

3) Read more books from my bookshelf than buy. This is a work in progress as I’ve already bough (with birthday/Christmas gift cards!) about 8 books.

4) Post/Share about books I read long ago that I really loved. There are books I don’t talk about much or not enough about that I think others may be interested in. But mostly, I just want to gush and fangirl more about books.

5) Re-read some of my favorite books. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous item. There are several books I want to re-read that I did not get to last year, so I’m making a point to for this year, especially books by Tamora Pierce.

6) Read more Middle Grade. I barely read any middle grade last year. I’ve added more really great-sounding ones since then to my tbr that I would like to read.

7) Write more reasonable/doable/realistic tbr lists. I tend to put more books on my monthly tbr lists than I have time for. I need to be more mindful when it comes to those.

8) Read more indie authors. Over the past couple of months I’ve added a lot of books by (as far as I could tell) indie authors. I’m thinking of doing a month (either next month or after) of just indie titles.

9) Read more LGBTQ+ books. I had so many planned reads that I never got to last year so I’m making a point to do so this year, especially underrepresented identities.

10) Find and read more fantasy standalone novels. This resolution stems from my love of all things Sorcery of Thorns. Standalones that are fantasy seem to be a rarity, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.


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2020 Wrap-Up

Happy New Year’s Eve, Bookworms!!!

It’s the last day of 2020! I think we can all cheer to that.

December was a pretty hectic month but successful in the end. I completed my 25 Days of Book Reviews – this was year two of this blog series. It’s a difficult challenge but I like it and it helps make a small dent in my abundant tbr. You can view the books I reviewed and rated this year here.

In the last week of the year I squeezed in 2 more reads, so I read 21 books and posted 26 reviews and added 62 books this month.

My favorite December reads were:

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Awakening by Nora Roberts | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams | review tba

I accomplished a few blog milestones this year. I posted my 300th book review and my 1000th blog post. And I completed my Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge.

As you might have seen this past week, I’ve been spotlight my favorite books in certain genres and categories (links below): Best of 2020:

Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Contemporary Romance
First Book of A Series & Standalone Novel
Main Characters & Couples
2020 Releases
Author of the Year, Book Series of the Year, Cover of the Year, Book of the Year

Because I was posting mostly book reviews this month I wanted to share reviews by other book bloggers that I liked:

2020 has been a year of unprecedented firsts. We have lost many, we are still losing many. It’s painful to see millions continue to suffer because of greed, hatred, and racism. Injustice time and time again. Profits over people. Me before We. Silence.

I think all of us coming together as a community of book bloggers and delighting in all things books has helped us to stay strong in the face of so much despair and uncertainty. And we have so many great books being published in 2021 to look forward to. I am thankful to have you all.

Most importantly, I am incredibly thankful for all our frontline workers who have been working tirelessly every day to keep our world going.

For our frontline workers, let’s continue to wear a mask, socially distance, wash our hands, listen to facts and science, and be kind to one another.

Wishing you all the best in 2021!

Christina