Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Reading Stats

I got this end of the Year reading stats from Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner


Number Of Books You Read: 291
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Cozy Mysteries
 Best In Books 
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)
Thief of  Corinth by Tessa Afshar

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
 Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
In a good way- The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Santa Fe Mourning by Amanda Allen  
 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Best Series Ender- An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
 Shannon McNear
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
 Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen
 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
 Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason
 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
 The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
 The Lacemarker by Laura Frantz
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
 Barclay Pearce
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
 Rose in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillian
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
 Most Thought Provoking- The Librarians Guide to Homelessness by Ryan J Dowd   (had to read for work)

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 
 Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
“One’s true friends are revealed in a calamity such as this.” The Lacemarker by Laura Frantz
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest book- Because I Love you by Max Lucado
Longest book- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
 Rose McNeil and Oliver Thorne
 from Rose In Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillian
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
 Cat and Shanua from Slay in Character by Lynn Cahoon
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
 The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
 The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson  
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
 Thomas Bledsoe from The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
 Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Hearts of Iron by Ashley Poston

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
 A toss up between Mutts and Mistletoe by Natalie Cox and The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
 Called to Protect by Lynette Eason
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
 Nickolas Claus: Ghosts of Christmas Past by Kelly Creagh
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
 Don’t Forget me by Victoria Stevens
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
 The Reader’s Advisory Handbook by Jessica E. Moyer (had to read for work)
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

  Your bookish/blogging Life 
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

 Christmas Past, Present and Future 

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?
 Being apart of Tessa Afshar's street team for the release of Thief of Corinth 
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?
Being able to be part of a few blog tours this year.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding time to read and blog while balancing work life with a personal life.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
My normal goodreads goal.
 Looking Ahead 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?
 Room for Cream: A Maya Davis novel by Erynn Mangum 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz 

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
 Don't have one 
 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
 Code of Valor by Lynnette Eason 
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
 Do more book related post that aren't always book reviews. 
6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Top Reads of 2018

The Lacemaker
I've yet to read a book of hers that I haven't loved. 

On the Bookshelf, Edition 4 | January 2018 | Finding Wonderland | Where Stories Begin
This book reminded me of the TV show Blood Blues. 
An Hour Unspent (Shadows Over England #3)
This was my favorite of the series. I just love Barclay 

Rose in Three Quarter Time
The Heroines favorite drink is also my favorite drink. This book gave me my new favorite OTP
Swell Time for a Swing Dance (A Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., 1940s Homefront Mystery)
Gave me Nancy Drew feels 
Olivia Twist: A dark past, a glittering future, and the world between them (Blink)
Loved this retelling of Oliver Twist 
Then There Was You
She's fast becoming a favorite author of mine
Thief of Corinth
No Matter when I read her books, its always the right time. 
A Refuge Assured
This is the first historical fiction that I've read about what happened to survivors of the French Revolution 

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5)

My first book by this author, but it will not be  my last.  This book was a new twist on Colonial Frontier Novels. Looking at a different ethnic group that followed the Wilderness trail to Kentucky.

A Few favorite Novellas I've read this year Where Trains Collide  I love Amber's sweet stories

Title: October Kiss: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Author: Kristen Ethridge Such a sweet story as well as  a Hallmark movie

Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and Meows: Yes, Carol...It's Christmas! Blog Tour: Meet Norwegian Forest Cats Dancer & Blitzen Loved this retelling of A Christmas Carol

Nickolas Claus: Ghosts of Christmas Past Loved Kelly's twist in this Christmas story

Friday, December 28, 2018

Reading this week

Finished last two weeks
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Mutts and Mistletoe by Natalie Cox
Nickolas Claus: Ghosts of Christmas Past by Kelly Creagh
The Librarians and the Pot of Gold by Greg Cox
The Novel Art of Murder by V.M. Burns
Alabama Spitfire by Bethany Hegedus
 Who I am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher
 Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
 The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Slay in Character by Lynn Cahoon
A Moment in Crime by Amanda Allen

Non-fiction reading


Audio on the Way to Work

Getting ready to read
The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
All Made Up by Kara Isaac
Room for Cream by Erynn Mangum
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz
A Moment in Crime by Amanda Allen


Devotional reading
When God Calls the Heart at Christmas by Brian Bird

Did not Finish

Reviews Posted this week

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Review of Death and Daisies

Maureen's Musings: Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2) by A...Title: Death and Daisies

Author: Amanda Flower

Series: A Magic Garden Mystery book 2
Chapters: 37 plus epilogue

Pages: 307

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Rating: 4 stars

Death and Daisies is the second A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower. Fiona Knox is settling to live in Duncreigan Scotland preparing to open her Flower Shop The Climbing Rose when her sister   Isla shows up on her doorstep.   To make matters worse the body of the parish minster is found washed up on the beach. It's no secret that he didn't like Fiona.  Fiona is bound and determined to prove no only that she didn't kill the minster but find his killer, but to make her flower shop a success. And to find out what's going on with her younger sister. It's not going to be easy.
I enjoyed this book more than the first, probably because as the second book it flows faster because the setting and the characters are already established.  Fiona is an easy character to relate to.  I can relate to the whole being 9 to 10 years older than your younger sister who's just finished college, because I'm 9 years older than my sister who just finished college this year and she like Isla doesn't really know what she wants to do with life.  The village and the villagers are how I picture a small village in Scotland being like. But I have to say that I didn't see that twist at the end coming.  
This book is great for cozy mystery fans as well as fans of book series set in Scotland.  I look forward to the next book in this series as well as more books by this author. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Review of A Scandal in Scarlet

A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany ~ Kittling: BooksTitle: A Scandal in Scarlet

Author: Vicki Delany

Series: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop book 4


Genre: cozy mystery

Rating: 3.5 stars

A Scandal in Scarlet is the fourth book in the A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series by Vicki Delany. Gemma Doyle has promised herself and her police detective boyfriend that she will quit getting involved in trying to solve mysteries.  But when she is the one to find the West London Museum in flames while out walking her dog violet one evening, and with following events, she finds herself in the middle of another mystery.  
This is a fast paced cozy mystery with a Sherlock Holmes like Detective in Gemma Doyle. whose brain works almost like Sherlock Holmes.  I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first books in the series but it was still an enjoyable read.  Fans of Sherlock Holmes, cozy mysteries about bookshops will enjoy this one.  And even though I didn't love it I still look forward to new books in this series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review of The Christmas Star

Review: The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere. A feel-good story that emphasizes the heart of the Christmastime season. The Genre Minx Book Reviews.Title:  The Christmas Star

Author: Donna VanLiere

Series: Christmas Hope book 9
Chapters: 39

Pages: 226

Genre: Christmas

Rating: 4 stars

The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere is the ninth book in the Christmas Hope series. It is a sweet Christmas romance with a seven-year-old matchmaker named Bella.  She takes it upon herself to match up Gabe the maintenance man with Amy a volunteer at Glory's Place.  But Amy just so happens to be Gabe's ex-wife and they didn't end on a good note.  Can these two forgive the past and look to the future to give a seven-year-old the gift she wants for Christmas.
I enjoyed this Halllmark Channel movie like book, that would actually make a great Christmas movie.  Donna VanLiere has become along with Debbie Macomber my go to for sweet Christmas Romances.  The books are short sweet reads that pack a punch but in a good way.  And I always look forward to them every year. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Review of 'Twas The Knife Before Christmas

 Title: ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas

Author: Jacqueline Frost

Series: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery book 2
Chapters: 25

Pages: 309

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Christmas

Rating: 4 stars

‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas is the second book in the A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series by Jacqueline Frost we are back in Mistletoe Maine for another Christmas season with Holly White and the rest of Mistletoe. When Holly finds herself involved in another murder. This time it’s not Holly or her dad as the prime suspect instead it’s her best friend Caroline as the prime suspect. Holly is determined to clear her friends name and find the real murderer even if the town's sheriff doesn't want her involved. 
‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas combines two of my favorite book genres into one book; Christmas stories and cozy mysteries. It was neat getting to return to town in Maine for the Christmas season. As well as seeing lovable characters again.  This is a sweet cozy Christmas mystery that is just perfect to read with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter's night.  I loved the character in the book that Caroline thought was Santa Claus though to Holly he's just the guy that her parents hired to build the inn.  Even if none of his employees are over 5 feet is Holly going to entertain the possibility that Christopher is indeed Santa Claus.  

Though I read this towards the beginning of November I recommend you read it in December. This book is perfect for those reads who love cozy mysteries and Christmas.  I hope that next year's Christmas season bring a new book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Winter TBR (December, January, February)

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Mutts and Mistletoe by Natalie Cox
Nickolas Claus: Ghosts of Christmas Past by Kelly Creagh
Hearts of Iron by Ashley Poston
A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz
The Liberians and the Pot of Gold by Greg Cox
Room for Cream by Erynn Mangum
All Made up by Kara Isaac
Code of Valor by Lynette Eason