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March 2018 Monthly Round-Up

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March 2018 Monthly Round-Up

 

March…I’m done with you! I’m so done with surprise snow storms and kids being home from school. I was writing a book review the other week while my kids were literally hanging their heads over both my shoulders asking me repeatedly when I was going to be done.

But, March did bring some great reading…quantity and quality! I almost made it through without a single DNF, but tacked on two at the very last minute.

I read 9 books this month, two of which were audio. My audiobook listening fell off in February, so I’m glad to get my normal 2 audiobooks per month in this time around! Bonus, I had a very clear favorite book of the month (my second 5 star book of the year)!

Winners

Losers

DNF’s

Best-Selling Book (via my affiliate links)

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (my review) – my top-selling book of 2017 still going strong!

Announcements

  • Check out My Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018!
  • Personalized Book Recommendations and the Superstars Facebook Group are coming soon!
    Later in April, you’ll be able to get personalized book recommendations (I did a free trial for this last Spring) and access to our Superstars Facebook Group by supporting the blog on Patreon. More info to come…

March Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality 

March 2018

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 64% (still above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 78%

2018 Year-to-Date (through March)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 54% (still above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 81%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

April Releases I’m Excited About

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (April 3)
Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley (April 3)
You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (April 24)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in March
March 2018 Books to Read (and Skip)
My Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018

Book of the Month March 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)
Page Turner Books

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

I’m making up for last month‘s light list with a super hefty one today!

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February 2018 Monthly Round-Up

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February 2018 monthly round-up


Can you believe I got my Monthly Round-Up done by the end of the month?! I sure can’t…there’s a first for everything!

I didn’t read quite as many books this month (7 compared to 9 last month) and it was harder to pick a clear-cut winner (but I forced myself to!). I also didn’t finish a single audiobook this month (my current audiobook is 12 hours long and I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately).

On the personal front, I’ve been playing lots of tennis. It’s been fun and frustrating all at the same time (I’m super rusty and get really nervous during matches!). I’ve substituted some of my running with tennis and reducing the repeated pounding of regular running has been a good thing for my back and hip issues. And, turns out tennis can be quite a cardio workout!

Winners

Losers

DNF’s

Announcements

  • Leave a note in the comments section or email me at sarahsbookshelves@gmail.com to participate in my new “Readers Recommend” feature!
    I’m starting a new feature where regular blog readers (i.e. those of you who do not have your own book blogs) share some of their best book recommendations (again, thanks to the Reader Survey for this idea!) and I’d love your participation! All you have to do is answer a few book related questions via email. Email me or leave a note in the comments if you’re interested in participating!

February Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality (Jan-Feb 2018 Cumulative)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 52% (still above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 87%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

March Releases I’m Excited About

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (March 6)
Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead (March 13)
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (March 20)
Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen (March 20)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in February
February 2018 Books to Read (and Skip)

12 Unconventional Love Stories for Readers Who Don’t Like Romance
Book of the Month February 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)
Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Love Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine?

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

I’m sorry for the light list this month…I honestly forgot to keep track of my favorite posts until the end of the month. I promise you’ll get a better list next month!

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January 2018 Monthly Round-Up

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January 2018 Monthly Round-Up


It was a rocky month on the personal front, which definitely impacted my reading. I still read 9 books, but only thanks to some super short ones! It was also a big month for backlist and audiobooks. But, I’m thrilled with my reading quality (see below for details) so far in 2018…I improved my “successful books” percentage from last year and DNF’d mostly the right books.

Winners

Losers

DNF’s

Announcements

  • I’m going to leave the Sarah’s Book Shelves Reader Survey open until the end of this week, so get your responses in if you want them included in my summary blog post (coming once I can compile all the data, hopefully by the end of the month).
  • January Book of the Month Club selections are due today! As always, I have commentary on all the selections.

January Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 53% (improved from my 43% 2017 success rate!) 
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 89% (yay!)

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

February Releases I’m Excited About

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (February 6)
All the Castles Burned by Michael Nye (February 13)
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu (February 13)
Sunburn by Laura Lippman (February 20)
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (February 27)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in January
Book of the Month Club January 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Eight 2017 Books I Missed
What I’m Reading Now (1/8/18) and a Quick Catch-Up

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)
Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2018

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

  • Amen to Brianna Wiest at Thought Catalog for reminding us that “self-care is “making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” Perfectly timed reminder as we kick off a new year.
  • Brianna from Pages Unbound Reviews shared her predictions for 2018 book blogging…one of which is more audiobook reviews, which I’ll be implementing here.
  • Check out these actual steps in Julie’s from Julz Reads‘ actual house that she actually painted herself. Astounding.
  • Looking to add more nonfiction to your reading life? Check out Katie at Doing Dewey‘s Beginner’s Guide to Nonfiction
  • I’m admittedly terrible about reading the classics, but this list of 25 Must-Read Classics for Women from Modern Mrs. Darcy made me want to change that. 
  • I’m always a sucker for those “books you can read in one sitting” lists…and doubly so when they come from a recommendation source I trust! Here’s Amy at Read a Latte‘s version.
  • Most Anticipated Books of 2018 lists: The Millions, Bustle, Novel Visits (debuts), Read a Latte (thrillers)

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November 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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November 2017 Monthly Round-Ups

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November Reading / Life

Choose the best Book of the Month Club selection for you every time!

What’s Coming in December

  • Free Range Reading – Every year, I reserve December to read whatever the heck I want! I’m hoping to knock out some backlist books that have been on my TBR forever, possibly re-read an old favorite, and start some 2018 releases.
  • No Book Reviews – but, I’ll still be talking about the books I’m reading in my Monday What I’m Reading Now posts and on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Year End Wrap-Up Posts – such as Best Books of 2017 lists, year-end reading and blog stats, and general reflection on 2017.
  • A Look Ahead to 2018 – an overview of some exciting new things happening around here next year!

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Book of the Month

Forty Autumnsby Nina Willner (October 4, 2016)
Nonfiction, 416 Pages
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PS – last year’s Best Book of November was Before the Wind by Jim Lynch (my review)!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

My favorite book of last month (yay!!):
The Heart’s Invisible Furiesby John Boyne (my review)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in November
The Best Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers 2017
Book of the Month Club November 2017 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Nonfiction November 2017: Fiction / Nonfiction Book Pairings

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Best Books of 2017 So Far
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)

Top November Instagram Post (follow me @sarahsbookshelves)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️It’s a 5 star Alcohol & Advil pairing…possibly the first 100% 5 star one I’ve ever done! The Heart’s Invisible Furies will slay every emotion you have…you’ll laugh and cry and everything in between. And, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will fix you right up afterwards…it reads easy, but the story has lots of depth. You’ll probably start out hating Evelyn, but don’t be sure you’ll end up there. Also – you have no idea how truly perfect a pairing this is until you’ve read both books. LINK TO MY REVIEWS IN BIO.⠀ _⠀ ⠀ How do you recover from a book that absolutely slays you?⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Alcohol & Advil is my feature where I pair a book likely to cause a “reading hangover” (i.e. the alcohol) with a recovery book (i.e. the Advil)! For me, the “alcohol” is usually a book that I either absolutely loved or one that punched me in the gut in an emotionally depleting way…and, in this case, it’s the former.⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ @johnboyne @hogarthbooks @tjenkinsreid @atriabooks @bookofthemonth #bookstagram #amreading #bookworm #instabooks #bookblogger #booklover #booklovers #booksofinstagram #bookgram #bookblogger #bookaddict #bookaddiction #fiction #bookofthemonth #bookofthemonthclub #BOTM #heartsinvisiblefuries #sevenhusbandsofevelynhugo

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October 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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October 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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October Reading / Life

Choose the best Book of the Month Club selection for you every time!

…by using this easy template to find your personal, go-to Book of the Month Club judge!

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Book of the Month

No contest…

The Heart’s Invisible Furiesby John Boyne (August 22, 2017)
Fiction, 582 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon

PS – last year’s Best Books of October were Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (my review) and The Mothers by Brit Bennett (my review), both of which were among my Top 3 Books of 2016

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

It’s a three-way tie between…
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (my review)

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott (my review)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (my review)

November Release I’m Excited About

The Senator’s Children by Nickolas Montemarano (November 7)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in October
Book of the Month Club October 2017 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?
6 Book Titles I Love…and 5 I Hate
Backlist Beauties: The Best Backlist Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Best Books of 2017 So Far
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)

October Instagram Post (follow me @sarahsbookshelves)

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

  • Rikki and Michaela at The Ardent Biblio put together two super helpful posts for book bloggers trying to figure out Instagram (me!) this month: Taking Pictures of Books and Welcome to #Bookstagram / Decoding the Community. I’ll tell you that I already feel more confident with my book photography (although I have a long way to go), which you’ll see more of this month.
  • I added a bunch of books from Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s list of Fall Nonfiction to my TBR (The Power of Moments, How to Think, The Last Castle, and Dear Fahrenheit 451).
  • Susie at Novel Visits perfectly summed up my Fall reading with her post called The Booklover’s Curse.
  • In non-bookish news, I loved Carrie Gillespie‘s post about skipping wedding traditions. My husband and I skipped a number of them (most of the ones in Carrie’s post) and I wish I’d skipped even more (cutting the cake…awkward)!
  • Well, it wasn’t even Halloween before I saw my first Best Books of 2017 List. Thanks for jumping the gun, Publisher’s Weekly! Also, can’t say I loved this list.

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September 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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September 2017 Monthly Round-Up


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September Reading / Life

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Book of the Month

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall (September 19, 2017)
Fiction, 448 Pages
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PS – last year’s Best Books of September were Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (my review) and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

For the second straight month…
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (my review)

And, a backlist favorite…
The Mothers by Brit Bennett (my review)

October Releases I’m Excited About

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit (October 3)*
The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst (October 17)

*I’ve already read it and really liked it!

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in September
10 Hyped Books I Wish I Hadn’t Finished
Book of the Month Club September 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?

Was 2017 the Summer of Overhyped Books?

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations

Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)
Best Books of 2017 So Far

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

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August 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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August 2017 Monthly Round-Up

 

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August Reading / Life

  • And, the summer of slumpiness continues through August. My reading this month was extremely unfocused…mostly due to moving. I read less (9 books) and with less concentration than I have all year. A couple super short books are the only reason I even hit 9.
  • Lots of library holds came in this month: The HeirsThe Hate U Give, and Exit West. And, other than the hands-down winner this month (Emma in the Night, my review), most of my relative successes came from the library!
  • Ann Patchett’s memoir on writing, The Getaway Car, was only 45 pages, but it was outstanding. I’m not an aspiring writer (as in writing an actual book rather than a blog), but much of her advice can be applied to work in general. And, I love her grounded take on things.
  • My audiobooks were hit and miss: I didn’t really connect with Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B (but, possibly could during a period of grief), but Kate Fagan’s What Made Maddy Run was eye-opening. It’s a must-read for parents, especially parents of young athletes.
  • Finally, I read two very confusing ARCs (advance reader copies): I adored parts of Young Jane Young (my review) and The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, but borderline inexplicable editorial choices tarnished both books for me.
  • We can’t forget the DNF’s: two super hyped debut novels (Stay With Me and My Absolute Darling), and South Pole Station.
  • Check out my commentary on the September Book of the Month Club selections…I’ve read 2.5 of this month’s selections and have to say it’s a great month to join! I’m also working on a new addition to my monthly Book of the Month Club feature…another tool to help you pick the Book of the Month Club selection that you’re most likely to enjoy!
  • Finally, I’m continuing to share my small, but highly selective library for my new, built-in bookshelves on Instagram. So far, I’ve acquired 4 books for a total of $2.00 – pretty thrifty! Follow me at @sarahsbookshelves to see what books make the cut!

Best Book of the Month

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (August 8, 2017), My Review
Fiction – Mystery/Thriller, 320 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon

PS – last year’s Best Book of August was Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch (my review)! 

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

By a landslide…
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (my review)

September Releases I’m Excited About

Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 5)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (September 12)*
The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson (September 12)
The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille (September 19)
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall (September 19)

*I’ve already read it and it’s awesome!

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in August
My Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2017

Eight Campus Novels That Will Make You Want To Go Back To School…Or Not
Book of the Month Club August 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations

Best Books of 2017 So Far
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

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July 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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July 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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July Reading / Life

  • July has continued my summer of slumpiness. I seriously think I DNF’d the same number of books I actually read this month.
  • I also didn’t read as much (9 books) as in the previous few months…mostly because we’re moving in a couple weeks and I’ve been a bit frazzled preparing for that. Our move is actually happening in August, so you might see a quieter blog next month.
  • July seemed to be a month of crime books…some winners (QuicksandAmerican Fire) and some not (See What I Have Done). While we’re on the topic of fire, Celeste Ng’s hotly anticipated Little Fires Everywhere (out 9/12) is smokin’ GOOD!
  • I expected to love Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine…but, it appears I’m one of the only ones who didn’t love it.
  • Shadow of the Lions was a solid 4 star boarding school mystery…it’s out on 8/1, so keep your eyes peeled!
  • And to round out my nonfiction, I read and listened to a couple solid choices: Double Bind: Women on AmbitionWho Thought This Was a Good Idea? (audiobook), and I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends (audiobook). Yes, this last one is, in fact, Bachelor winner Courtney Robertson’s behind-the-scenes tell-all. I should probably be embarrassed about including it here…but it was a fun, juicy listen for this Bachelor fan!
  • Check out my commentary on the August Book of the Month Club selections…though I’m not jumping for joy over this month’s choices. On the bright side, I’m working on a new addition to my monthly Book of the Month Club feature…another tool to help you pick the Book of the Month Club selection that you’re most likely to enjoy!
  • Finally, I’m putting together a small, but highly selective library for my new, built-in bookshelves and will be tracking my progress over on Instagram. Follow me at @sarahsbookshelves to see what books make the cut!

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Book of the Month

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito (March 7, 2017)
Fiction, 512 Pages
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PS – last year’s Best Book of July was Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (my review)!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

It’s a tie between…
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito (my review)
Final Girls by Riley Sager (how is this possible?! I didn’t even like it and didn’t review it!)
Beartown by Fredrik Bachman (my review)

August Releases I’m Excited About

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (August 1)
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (August 22)
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (August 22)
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (August 29)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in July
Best Books of 2017 So Far
Book of the Month Club July 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?
17 Awesome Podcasts I’ve Been Listening to Lately (Bookish and Non)

Overall Posts
Best Books of 2017 So Far
Book Club Recommendations

Page Turner Books

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

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June 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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June 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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June Reading / Life

  • After an amazing month of reading in May (with 3 favorite books of the month), June was definitely slumpy for me in quality and quantity. I read 10 books, but a few of them were only around 200 pages long, so I feel like I sort of cheated.
  • I also had 4 DNF’s…which always makes a slump seem slumpier.
  • Both my favorite books of the month involved astute commentary about marriage…one fiction (Standard Deviation) and one non (Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake). And, a third book about marriage (Small Hours) didn’t measure up.
  • Anna Quindlen brought me twice the love this month with One True Thing.
  • I read two thrillers this month (shocking for me!)…one winner (Since We Fell) and one loser (Final Girls).
  • A couple slim July releases (What We Lose and Goodbye, Vitamin) definitely helped my June book count! Too bad only one was a winner.
  • And, The Skies Belong to Us (somewhat interesting at times, but I kept zoning out) and My Year of Running Dangerously (sweet and engaging story about a father and daughter training for a marathon together) rounded out my audiobooks.
  • My free trial of my personalized book recommendation service ended on Father’s Day and fulfilled 75 recommendation requests! I couldn’t have been happier with how many people participated and am getting the feedback survey results in now. Once I analyze the survey results and think through next steps, I’ll share everything I learned in a blog post. Many thanks to everyone who participated!
  • Look for my commentary on the July Book of the Month Club selections on Saturday. Sneak peek: I’ve already read two of the selections and, unlike last month, am really excited about this month’s picks!

Best Books of the Month

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (April 24, 2012)
Nonfiction – Memoir, 182 Pages
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Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (May 23, 2017)
Fiction, 336 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon 

PS – last year’s Best Book of June was Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe (my review)!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (my review), which continues to take this category month after month.

July Releases I’m Excited About

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong (July 11)
American Fire by Monica Hesse (July 11)
Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy (July 11)
Careers for Women by Joanna Scott (July 25)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in June
Best Books of 2017 So Far
3 More Books That Are Perfect for Summer Reading: Beartown, Since We Fell, Standard Deviation
Book of the Month Club June 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?

Overall Posts
2017 Summer Reading Guide
Book Club Recommendations

Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

And, next month I need to be better about keeping track of posts I love…big fail for me this month!

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May 2017 Monthly Round-Up

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May 2017 Monthly Round-Up


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May Reading / Life

  • After reading 14 books in April, I’m back to a more normal-for-me reading level with 9 books in May. Not one of them was a real dud and I truly couldn’t decide between the 3 (yes, I realize this is totally ridiculous!) books that are my favorites of the month!
  • Three of those were massive winners with two 5 star sports novels (Trophy Son and Beartown) and a 4.5 star gorgeously written, gritty love story (White Fur).
  • Do Not Become Alarmed and Rabbit Cake made perfect additions to my 2017 Summer Reading Guide!
  • The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano – Lesnevich (my review) and One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel were both solid 4 star reads.
  • My audiobooks were decent: Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes and Spark by John Ratey.
  • My free trial of my personalized book recommendation service will be ending on Father’s Day, so it’s time to get in any last minute requests. And, I’ve got you covered for Father’s Day gift recommendations!
  • Today is the last day to choose your June Book of the Month Club selection(s). Check out all the details and my commentary on which selection I’d choose here!
  • I graduated to 1x/week of physical therapy for my lower back (down from 2x/week), so I’m now able to fit Barre class back in! I went to my first one today since the injury and, man, am I out of Barre shape. Bring on the soreness…

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Books of the Month

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt (May 30, 2017), My Review
Fiction – Sports, 288 Pages
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Beartown by Fredrick Backman (April 25, 2017)
Fiction – Sports, 432 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon

White Fur by Jardine Libaire (May 30, 2017)
Fiction, 320 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon

PS – last year’s Best Book of May was Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (my review)…one of my Best Books of 2016!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (My Review)
Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan (Spoiler Discussion)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (My Review)

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (My Review)
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (My Review)
White Fur by Jardine Libaire

June Releases I’m Excited About

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (June 6)
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (June 6)
Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash (June 6)
Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses (June 13)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in May
2017 Summer Reading Guide
My Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2017
Ten Read-Alikes I’m Dying to See

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: On Appreciating, Yet Not Loving a Book

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

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