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January 2020 Wrapup

Yall, this was NOT my month. I said I wanted to read 15 books a month. Well. I only got to 9. I was in a super huge slump for a majority of the month and I’m not sure why.

Anyway, I’ll tell you what books I read, my monthly stats, and how my Goodreads goal is looking!

EBOOKS READ

  1. Grey by EL James – 3 stars. Not my favorite. Took me almost a week to read.
  2. The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros – 3.5 stars. Much better than Grey, but not my favorite book of the month.
  3. Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith – 5 stars. Favorite book of the month and maybe top 5 of the year?! Yes, it was THAT GOOD.
  4. Idol Thoughts by JS Lee – 4 stars. Cute, fun reverse harem featuring a K-Pop group. Great slump buster!
  5. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 4 stars. Had some great twists. The middle of the book had me so surprised.

AUDIOBOOKS READ

  1. I’m a Therapist and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper – 3.5 stars. I thought these were real stories. They were not. Ending got kind of weird.
  2. Call Me God by Jim Clemente – 4 stars. Great book about the DC Sniper and how the FBI profiled them.
  3. Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes – 4 stars. Great follow up to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark about the Golden State Killer.
  4. Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen – 4 Stars. It made me want to take up being an at-home detective! But really, he is doing great work.

Now for some stats!

First off, my Goodreads goal. 9/165. I’m 4 books behind schedule. I already have a plan for next month and I’m hoping to hit it!

I read 1697 pages and did 14 hours, 32 minutes of listening! My average rating was 3.88 stars.
I read three nonfic, two contemporary, two erotica, one horror, and one thriller. There were seven adult books and two YA. I only read one ARC this month. One of my books was #ownvoices!

What does your monthly wrap up look like? Did you read any of these books! Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, fantasy, mystery, Sci-Fi, ya

January 2020 Book Haul!

Happy Thursday guys! This year I started using a couple reading tracker spreadsheets to track my books read. I also started using a Book Blogging spreadsheet. It has a tab dedicated to book hauls. I made a point to log every book I bought, and whew. I did not realize what a habit I had!

So in January alone, I bought 27 books for a total of $134.74. I did not realize I spent that much! And those are just books for ME! We also bought our DM the Critical Role graphic novel and I bought my kid some books.

I mostly bought ebooks. I only bought two physical and 6 audios. So lets jump in to what I bought!

EBOOKS

  1. When I Was You by Minka Kent
  2. Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman
  3. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  4. The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros
  5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  6. The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
  7. You Too? by Janet Gurtler *preorder*
  8. The Sisterhood by AJ Grainger
  9. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller *preorder*
  10. The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern
  11. By Your Side by Kasie West
  12. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  13. Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith *preorder*
  14. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  15. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
  16. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  17. Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman
  18. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  19. When Stars are Bright by Amber R. Duell

So for ebooks – three were preorders, and I got preorder incentives for Don’t Read the Comments and The Shadows Between Us! Thirteen were on sale for $2.99 or less. I bought 5 full price. I’ve also already read three of the ones I bought – Center of the Universe, Don’t Read the Comments, and The Wives.

AUDIOBOOKS

  1. Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen
  2. Evil Has a Name by Jim Clemente
  3. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
  4. Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright
  5. Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents
  6. The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

Three of these I got with audible credits and the other three I got from the past daily deals sale! I’ve already finished Chase Darkness With Me and Evil has a name. I’m currently listening to Human Errors. I have found this month that I really love non-fic audios – especially true crime!

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  1. Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

These two I bought last weekend at Books-A-Million. I don’t really read physicals, but I want to get back into them! I have already read Language of Thorns, but I’ve been wanting my own copy! The artwork on the sides of the stories is amazing. I got Grave Mercy because I’ve been into female assassins lately and I’m always looking for inspo for my dnd character!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are your January hauls looking like? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, Humor, Memoir, three star book

Modern Romance Review

  • Title: Modern Romance
  • Author: Aziz Ansari
  • Publisher: Penguin Press
  • Publish Date: June 16, 2015
  • Book Form: Audiobook
  • Pages: 279
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Humor
  • Dates Read: Dec 3- Dec 5
  • Rating: ★★★.5

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

… For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

– Goodreads

Modern Romance was a club read over in Book Battle this month. I was so excited this was chosen because I had been wanting to read it. Plus I love nonfic books narrated by celebrity authors, so this was perfect for me! (Those are really the only audiobooks I can get into.)

This book was not what I expected. Part of that is on me. I didn’t read the synopsis. I saw a comedian wrote a book called Modern Romance and I just assumed it was going to be funny story after funny story of his dating life. While that is part of it, it is mostly a book about his investigation into ‘modern romance’ and what makes finding that special someone so hard these days.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It was interesting. I loved seeing how technology played a part in how people date now. One part that really resonated with me was how people are so quick to leave during the ‘companionship’ stage of love. That stage where the fire is gone. Maybe you have kids, a 9-5, car note, mortgage, and more stress than ever before. Instead of leaning to your partner and trying to make it work, we look for the next best thing to get us out of our slumps. I’ve seen it happen time and time again, and it’s nice to see some science behind that!

This book really makes you look at your love life during today’s time to see what you could improve on. A few times I was like, ‘ouch. I did that while dating.’ So sorry to all my exes. I was probably a terrible girlfriend rofl.

So, Modern Love got 3.5 stars from me. I couldn’t get over my disappointment over this book not being what I expected. And like, it isn’t a bad book! It was interesting. If you read the print book there’s graphs and stuff. It just wasn’t what I wanted and the disappointment is all on me.

Until next time…

adult, Five Star Book, Humor, Memoir

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Review

  • Title: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
  • Author: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
  • Book Form: Audio
  • Pages: 269
  • Publisher: Dutton
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Memoir
  • Rating: ★★★★★


At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle, all telling the smoldering tale that has fascinated Hollywood for over a decade. 

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they’re still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they’ve learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they’ve completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally’s and Offerman’s fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life

– Goodreads

Okay guys. This book!!! I was so in love. I’ve been a huge Nick Offerman fan for a while now so I loved learning about his real life. I’ve never seen Will and Grace (I know, shame) but Megan was so funny and instantly pulled me in. I listened to the audio, which I fully recommend. It’s so funny to hear their back and forth banter and plethora of sex jokes.

This is a book about, well, the greatest love story ever told. It takes you from when Nick met Megan, their dating, their wedding, and how they manage to stay in love when other Hollywood couples fail.

I love learning the things they do to stay connected with one another. They take you through this journey in such a funny way. I just loved learning about them.

One downside to the audio was you couldn’t see the section of pictures that comes with the print book. Obviously. But never fear! Nick and Meagan hilariously describe the pictures to you. Sure, it’s not the same as looking at them, but it gave me a good laugh.

If you are a fan of Parks and Rec or Will and Grace, you should read this book. Or listen, that’s probably even better. It shows the love these two still have for one another. They are great #relationshipgoals

Until next time…

ARC, contemporary, fantasy, graphic novel, Sci-Fi, ya

May Plan

WOW! May already. This year is flying by with Book Battle! Here are my 15 planned reads for next month! Not including the random audios I will find on scribd.

As you can see, a lot of Jay Kristoff this month, since he is coming to chat with Book Battle May 21! Also a lot of space, since our theme is Space: The New Frontier!

Sadie is the only audio I know I am going to read. I’m also tempted to get Aurora Rising in audio, but we will see. There’s also eight ARCs listed! I hope I can stick to my TBR this month! I’m excited about it!

Also, notice the nurse book! Nurse’s Week is May 6-12 so Kahla included a nurse prompt for me! I’m super excited about it, too!

Until next time…