Mid Year Stats 2019

Last year, I decided to do some stats to see what I was reading and it was so interesting that I decided to do the same thing this year. So far I’ve been more organized about it so tallying everything up has been a lot easier. Here’s the stats of what I’ve been reading so far this year:


56/85 Book Goal (66%)


22 Adult
17 Young Adult
5 Middle Grade
12 Children’s


12 Contemporary
8 Fantasy
7 Graphic Novel
6.5 True Crime
6 Picture Book
5 Nonfiction
3 Classic
2 Horror
2 Thriller
2 Sci-Fi/Dystopian
1 Mystery
1 Historical
0 Action/Adventure


7 Bought
2 Gifted
32 Library/Overdrive
20 Already Owned
1 Giveaway/ARC
21 Audiobook
20 eBook


Out of the 30 Books I owned, I Kept 23 and Unhauled 7.

Star Ratings

I DNFed one book at 50%
1 Two
3 Two.Five
7 Three
8 Three.Five
17 Four
10 Four.Five
9 Five


2 Books about Ballet



So far I’m really happy with the variety of books I’ve been reading. How is your reading year going?





Books in May 2019


13 Total

Favorite: White Zombie Apocalypse (5)
Least Liked: Essential Berlin (2)
Graphic Novel: The Giver (4.5)
Childhood: Chrysanthemum (4)
New Kids: Madeline (3.5)
True Crime Book Club: Lost Girls (3.5)
Classic: Beauty and the Beast (3)

The Perfect Plan (2.5) was decent and I enjoyed Torn Away (4), Discover Paris (4), Shiny Broken Pieces (4), The Girl on the Train (3.5), and Anna and the French Kiss (4).



My favorite read for May was White Trash Zombie Apocalypse. It was so fun!



Madeline was the perfect New Kids read for the month
since I went to Paris at the end of it. I liked it.



I just had to re-read an old favorite since it was set in Paris. While I no longer consider it a current favorite, it was still good and will always hold a special place in my heart.



My True Crime Book Club pick.
Very sad case that did a good job humanizing the victims that many chose to overlook.



I read these for my upcoming trip. The Berlin one wasn’t great (outdated)
but the Paris one ended up being good.



My graphic novel for the month. A fun way to experience one of my favorite books.



I won this in a giveaway and was disappointed by the marketing of this as a thriller when it was really more of a dark family drama with thriller elements. It was okay.



My childhood read. I didn’t remember much about it at all but it was cute.



While I prefer Disney’s changes, I am glad I read the source material.
The Minalima interactive edition was also beautiful.


How was your reading month? What did you read in May?



2019 has been an interesting year so I thought I would give an update since I’ve only been posting my book pictures lately. Here are a few updates on my writing and plans for the blog:


1. I am aiming to be published, either traditionally or self, by 2020.

2. I am aiming to have a main website for author purposes by 2020.

3. I haven’t decided what I will do with this blog. It will probably have a new domain name in which I just post updates and my book pictures for the month, along with occasional reading and writing goals.

4. I finally finished my NaNoWriMo book from 2018, Not My House. It ended up being more of a novella around 26K. I just finished it at the end of last month. It is undecided on whether I will keep it a novella or attempt to expand it into a novel.

5. I will probably only be posting monthly book pictures and occasional updates to the blog from now on. Life is busy between work, reading, and writing. Plus I will need more time to begin to develop my website.

6. If you still follow my blog, thank you so much! I hope you will continue to hang on for the ride I’m developing. I appreciate you! ❤


Books in April 2019

14 total

New Favorites: That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger (5 ); Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson (4.5); A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold (4.5).

Buddy Read: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold (4.5)

Peter’s Book Club/True Crime: Columbine by Dave Cullen (reread) 4.5

Childhood: Marshmallow by Clare Turlay-Newberry (4)

New Kids: The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci (4)

Graphic Novel: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen (4.5)

I enjoyed everything else I read. The Secret of the Indian (3.5), One Piece: Tears (4.5), Animorphs: The Exposed (4), Here Comes Peter Cottontail (3), The Past and Other Things That Should Be Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson (3), I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (3) and The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (3) were all good.

April was a great reading month!


My favorite book for April. It deals with the aftermath of a school shooting and a rumor similar to what happened at Columbine.


Another of my favorites, also a very important read. Highly recommend the audio (narrated by the author herself)


I read this for a buddy read alongside Dave Cullen’s Columbine. It was heartbreaking. Recommend the audio, which Sue Klebold somehow manages to narrate. Another of my favorites based on her writing.


My graphic novel for the month. Sarah Andersen is relatable as always!


My new kid’s read had an interesting story, a good message,
and beautiful illustrations


I re-read this for my true crime book club. Bumped the rating down half a star for inaccuracies (though I don’t think they were done on purpose. It’s a ton of evidence to sort through!). Still thought the writing was amazing and made me tear up/cry just like it did last time. Audio is decent.


My childhood book. Perfect for Easter.
Adorable story with cute charcoal illustrations


How was your reading month? What did you read for April?


Books in March 2019

10 Books

New Favorites: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden & Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Both 5 )

Least Liked: Irish Fairy & Folk Tales by various (2.5 )

Graphic Novel: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (5 )

True Crime/Peter’s Book Club: A Serial Killer’s Daughter by Kerri Rawson (3 )

Childhood: The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks (3 )

New Kids: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (4 )

Nonfiction: The Indie Author Guide by April L. Hamilton (3.5)

I also read and enjoyed Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens (4.5 ) and Cursed With Power by Lindsey Richardson (3.5 ).


March was a pretty good reading month! I also participated in the readathon called Read O Rama, where I completed five books in a week.


My top favorite for the month. Great ending to the trilogy!


I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan but decided to read this one because it’s by one of my husband’s favorite authors. It’s now my favorite Sci-Fi (not Dystopian) read of all time!


My childhood read. Didn’t remember anything about this one. 3


My new kid’s read. Technically a juvenile graphic novel. Very cute. 4


My True Crime/Peter’s Book Club pick. It was interesting

but it didn’t blow me away. 3


Sadly my least liked book. I come from Irish lineage so thought it would be interesting. Beautiful cover and a couple of stories were enjoyable but overall wasn’t really for me. 2.5


My nonfiction read. Very informative, though won’t know how helpful it is until I actually get started. I still plan to query agents but I’m determined to be published by 2020. 3.5


Overall, I had a good reading month! How about you? What did you read in March?




Books in February 2019

8.5 Books

New Favorites: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (5) & The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden ( 5).
Least Liked/True Crime/Peter’s Book Club: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (DNFed after 50%).
Childhood: The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (5)
New Kids: Love is My Favorite Thing by Emma Chichester Clark (4)
Graphic Novel: Soppy by Phillippa Rice (4)

I also enjoyed Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and Bird Box by Josh Malerman. All 4 reads.

February was a great reading month!


My top favorite for the month. Even better than the first! Adore Solovey!


Also loved Dumplin’, which had a great adaptation as well.



My new kid’s read. I didn’t like it as much as the one I read last year by the same author but it was still enjoyable!



Not at all impressed with our True Crime book read for Peter’s Book Club. DNFed halfway.



My graphic novel pick was adorable and reminded me of my relationship with my husband so much. I just wish there had been more!



My childhood read for the month. I loved it just as much as I remember!




I had a great reading month! What about you? What did you read in February?


Books in January 2019

9 Books

Favorites: The Bear and the Nightingale (4.75), The Stranger Beside Me (4.5), Wonder (4.5 ), and The BFG (4.5 ).

Least Liked: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (3 )

True Crime/Peter’s Book Club: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Nonfiction: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (5 but so short I didn’t count it as a favorite)
Crafty: Creative Lettering and Beyond (3.5)
Childhood: Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (3.5)
New Kids: The BFG by Roald Dahl
Graphic Novel: The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (3.5)

I enjoyed everything I read but was disappointed in Murder on the Orient Express.


My top favorite for the month. Loved the writing, characters, & story. Very atmospheric! Highly recommend audiobook with this one for the Russian terms.


Also loved Wonder, which was inspiring and made me cry. Highly recommend, especially for children.


My new kid’s read. I wish I had read this when I was younger. As someone who has struggled with speech issues all my life, I was able to relate to the BFG so much.


I read this for Peter’s Book Club/my true crime read. This was my paternal grandfather’s favorite and I can see why. It was engaging, intriguing, and at times very difficult to read. But I’m glad I finally did!


My graphic novel pick for the month. With a new year upon us and the launch of her series on Netflix (which I loved), I thought this would be a good one to get into. I liked it about as much as her other book. Definitely prefer her in show format because she is such a delight!


My childhood read. I vaguely remember reading this when I was much younger, though they were broken up into different books. I enjoyed it but I do think I prefer the movies and cartoons more.


My nonfiction pick. Short but powerful. Great beginning on feminism.


I had a great reading month! What about you? What did you read in January? And do you like the addition of stars along with the titles?