Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming

Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming


Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming


I apologize for been quite lazy with my weekly recap updates. November, as well as December has been hectic so far. I can’t understand how such an innocent and happy month can turn on a dime and bury me in errants, and extra work hours. There is just not enough time for reading, friends and family as well as taking time to enjoy the season. Thanksgiving is barely over, and from there on out the time flies until New Year.

My reading time has diminished, I can maybe finish two books a week – that is extremely low for me. And honestly I hate it. Reading makes me happy. It takes the stress and annoyance and magical turns me into a very content and happy person. So, not having the time to read drives me nuts.

I still hope I have more time for reading after the holidays. But at this point, I’m not even sure about that. And just the thought is depressing.


My year 2017 in Books!

I love this graphic. Seeing the numbers is eye opening. And comparing it to last year is depressing. I finished 303 books last year.

Still, Goodreads is such a big part of my reading life. I track my books faithfully, and the GR challenge is still the only one I participate in. I have started others before but within a few month the challenge is left behind.

2017 was a strange year for me.

I changed jobs and suddenly had barely time to read anymore. My challenge at the beginning of the year was 300, midyear I realized that that was just not possible anymore so with a heavy heart I adjusted it to 250. Which was a perfect, because I just reached the goal a few weeks ago.

It’s ridiculous to have such strong feelings about finishing this challenge. But that’s just reality. January 1st I’ll be placing a new challenge. I’m really thinking of dialing down the books to 200 for 2018. But even knowing I’ll have less time, I’m really looking forward to the new year.

Look at all these beauties just waiting to be read.



NetGalley News

I have 13 titles on my NetGalley shelf, and shame on me, I have 5 books that have been waiting a very long time for me to get to them. I’m planning on reading a few over my break. Others like Roomies, Down by Contact and Deep Freeze I already read just haven’t gotten around to review them yet.

Infraction, Moonlight over Manhattan, Promise not to Tell and Artemis are on my to do list.

But what I’m really looking forward to are Burn Bright and Lake Silence – these two books are burning holes into my kindle. It’s hard not to pick them up immediately. Almost cruel. 😀

Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming

Recommended blog posts …

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Best Books of November

Highly anticipated books on our Winter TBR



Books I need to review …

Today and tomorrow will be all about writing reviews. I have some catching up to do.

I usually write reviews right after finishing a book. It’s easier for me to keep the stories straight and have a fresh perspective. I hope I can produce reviews that sound like I know what I’m talking about. 😀

Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming

Books we read …

THE V CARD – Lauren Blakely, Lili Valente


Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Absinthe by Winter Renshaw

Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) – Nora Roberts

Man Hands (Man Hands #1) – Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby

Origin (Robert Langdon #5) – Dan Brown

Cyanide (Surface Rust, #1) – Ella Fields

Autoboyography – Christina Lauren



Thank you so reading my weekly recap!!

I appreciate every single one of you and I’m looking forward to next week.


A HUGE thank you to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer , Stacking The Shelves by Team Tynga’s Reviews, and Mailbox Monday.


Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming


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43 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – Holidays are coming

  1. You feel bad about 13 on your shelf, then I should crawl in a hole, because I have more than that waiting to be read on NG and EW. A lot are titles for next year, but there are quite a few that slipped through the cracks this year. I vow to be better in 2018. I have already resisted pushing the request button for any Jan/Feb releases, because I have a ton of releases for those months. (It was so hard) I just read Taxonomy this week, and I loved it! It was a wonderful journey, very painful at times, but tied up nicely. Can’t wait to read your review for Roomies. I really want to read that!

    1. First of all, I adore your comments. They are always incredibly insightful. 😊

      I think it’s me feeling bad about requesting books and not finishing them by the due date. I became a bit more selective over the last few months, mainly because I had to concede that I just can’t read as many books as before. So, I’m only requesting books that will be hits no matter what. If that means I have only a handful books on my January tbr – that’s fine with me. More time to reread favorites.

      I’m glad to hear you loved Taxonomy. I loved the cover and blurb and hope the book will be equally fascinating. Thanks for the heads up.

      Roomies was everything the reviews have promised so far. I didn’t LOVE it as much as Autoboyography, but it was a wonderful story that was incredibly well researched. The backstory and research that went into that book was exceptional. I think that stood out for me the most – the amount of research the authors underwent. I had the same feeling reading Autoboyography. I love a well researched book – it makes me think I learned something.🤣

      1. Yes! The thing that made me love Autoboygraphy so much was the way they dealt with the church. They were respectful and I really learned a lot of LDS — good and bad. I really appreciated that.

        1. Exactly!!!!!!! I had the feeling I learned something about a topic I would have never researched myself. It was pretty incredible.;-)

  2. I know I need to sit down and tackle my NetGalley shelf. You aren’t alone!
    I can related to working and making time to read as well!
    Can’t wait to read your review for One of Us is Lying!

    1. I’m glad I’m not alone. On top of that regular folks won’t understand where I’m coming from. So, being a part of this community makes me really happy. And having people that get me and are in similar situations makes everything feel not so bad.;-)

  3. I always look forward to coming over to your site!!! Especially when I am looking for some new contemporary or new adult books to try out!! I am sorry to hear that 2017 was such a tough year for you. I feel ya though, this year had many ups and downs, more downs than ups, and didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to. Not even sure I will complete my goodreads challenge. I will probably not participate in any challenges except for GR, it tends to stress me out too much and I just want to enjoy reading to its fullest in 2018.

    Good luck tackling all of these books.

    1. That is an amazing compliment.:D Thank you so much!!!!

      I think coming from working part-time for so long to full-time has taking it’s toll. I’m such a huge bookworm, don’t even watch TV anymore, so if anything messes with my reading time I’ll become a big grump. I just need a little more time to get used to the idea of not being able to read as many books as I want. 🙁

      For me GR is the only challenge as well. I have no qualms to adjust it if needed, and for me it’s honestly just a way to keep track of how many books I read each year. I can’t abide stress, so adding more to my life is not going to happen, challenge or not. 😀

      Thank you, and to you as well. Happy reading!!!

  4. Same here, Corina. This month has gone so fast. I can’t believe it’s almost new year. Reading has been a struggle with Christmas events at church and buying gifts, etc. I hope you find some time to read this week, my friend. Your new books look awesome. Happy reading you two. 😁❤️

  5. Wow, over 300? The most I’ve ever read in a year is slightly over 100. You must read very fast, that is impressive 🙂 but there’s nothing bad in slowing down, you know – reading is not for numbers, but for enjoyment. That’s why I think I’m lowering my goal next year, and I don’t care what anyone else’s numbers are 🙂
    Anyway, have a great week 🙂

    1. Hi Evelina, not really fast, just read whenever I have a spare minute. In the car or walking I listen to audiobooks, I read on my phone standing in line, and I read at work – oops!! Let’s not tell my employer that. 😀

      The problem is I don’t want to slow down. I would read for a living if I could. It’s just that the job I took brought a lot of hours with it – and I just need to get used to it. Not sure if that ever happens, but I’ll try my best. 😀

      Thank you, you too!! And happy reading!

      1. Lol haha that’s nice… my work wouldn’t allow me to read, cause I have to pay 100% attention to it and I bill by the hour 🙂 oh lol yes, we would probably all read for a living if we were paid for it 😃 I guess there are someone people who get to do that… maybe editors, publishers, agents… don’t know 🙂

  6. I like the Goodreads graphic for the year in books. It’s pretty cool to see everything we have read in a year. I won’t even discuss my NetGalley shelf. LOL

    Have a great week!

    1. Me too Chrissy!!! I would have loved to see most read tropes or authors as well. A statistic about all the books we read in one year.

      haha – don’t worry, we’ll forget there is even something called a NetGalley shelf. 😀

      you too and happy reading!

  7. I have 16 books on my OLDER THAN 3 MONTHS category on Netgalley! I have 20 on my current shelf! I am holding out before doing my year end for goodreads because I will probably finish a few more books before the end of the year!

    1. That’s a good idea. This time of year usually allows me to read a good amount of books. So we’ll see what my actually number will be.

      I’m feeling better hearing that I’m not the only one with a NetGalley shelf that’s overflowing. 😀

  8. I can totally relate to the busy schedule and the lack of reading time. That’s been my life for the last 3 weeks or so and it’s been really tough. I haven’t read *at all.* But the worst of it at the office seems to be over and I am so looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule. Hopefully the same goes for you! I’m amazed that you read 250 books this year, even with the change in jobs and less reading time. That’s fantastic! So many good books to look forward to in 2018. I’m nervous about Lake Silence but very much looking forward to it. And The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon is one I am very excited for!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. I couldn’t deal with the *at all* – I would get all grumpy. 😀

      Not sure if I should be pleased about the 250 books. I changed jobs mid year, and had the summer off as well, so that allowed me to read, whereas next year that won’t happening at all. We’ll see how much reading I’ll really get done. I’m not joking when I say that if I can’t read I’ll get all grumpy, so reading time will have to be planned in, I might just have to be happy with a book or two a week. – sigh

      OMG I was so sad that Anne Bishop ended the one story arc just to start a new one. I had the feeling I could have read many more books about Meg and Simon. I’ll have to re-listen to the audiobooks, the narrators did a fabulous job, especially with the howling – lol.

      When I read the blurb of The Smallest Part I thought wow – it’s going to be special. I love when authors write unique stories, and her books have been especially unique and different. I’m pretty excited too.

  9. You had an excellent year is reading. I could do that pre-Royals, but now 250-275 is max. Your NetGalley is honestly not bad. I have 13 books, but none release until after February so I am on track and still at 98% I hope this week is a good one, with time to read. I too NEED to read to relax!

    1. I’m at 87%, so it’s not so bad. I hope I’ll get a few more done before New Year’s. Me too!!! I really hope the break over the holidays will give me the needed time to chill and read. Let’s see how it looks in a week. 😀

  10. Congrats on meeting your goal! Changing jobs can definitely impact reading time, unfortunately. And I agree- from Thanksgiving to New Years seems to fly by way too fast.

    Patricia Briggs’ new one looks good, and so does Lake Silence (love that cover)!

    I hope you enjoy One Of Us Is Lying! I liked that one.

    1. Hi Greg, I really enjoyed One Of Us Is Lying – it reminded me of an old fashioned mystery. I would love to read a few more like that. Which I will, whenever I’m getting Murder on the Orient Express.:D

      Patricia Briggs and Lake Silence are going to be highlights of my year. How interesting that they are being released within a week I think.

      I honestly would love to read for a living, it’s a bitter pill to swallow that I have to go to work – lol.

  11. You should still be very proud of yourself. You’ve read 252 books (and until the year ends, I’m sure you’ll read more) and you shouldn’t feel down about it. That’s a great number! Life gets chaotic and some times you just have to slow down, and that’s okay.

    Wishing you a great week. 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

    1. Thank you so much Tânia!!!! I love reading books and if I could I would read for a living. Sometimes I think I’m addicted to reading. 😀 So, having to work as many hours as I do, and with blogging and all, the time for reading has quite diminished. I just need to get used to it I guess.

      Happy reading and have a great sunday!!

    1. December is one crazy month. It barely starts and is halfway over. Reaching 100 is an amazon feat!! I would love to read for a living – ever day, non-stop. 😀

    1. Thank you so much:D I hope 2018 will be a great book year as well.

      What graphic memoir did you pick, it sounds like something I might like to take a look at.

  12. Looks like a busy time. Congrats on your GR Challenge. I had to down size my GR challenge a couple of years ago.
    You do have some beauties waiting! Happy Reading!

  13. WHOA! I’m in awe!! I tried to set and reach a goal of 100 books but it’s just not happening. I came closer when I set a small goal and didn’t stress over it. I think next year my goal will be 12 and go from there lol!!! I’m so excited for new books by Erin Watt and Emma Chase!!

    1. lol – 12 books? Thats a good goal to have, it can only get more from thereon. Erin Watt and Emma Chase are highly anticipated books – just the wait as always 😀

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