November Wrap-Up

Here we are, at the end of November!

I read seven books this month. Three were physical copies of books, while the other four were e-reads. Two of these books were NetGalley reads.

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received Ruthless Gods through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this sequel to Wicked Saints! The pacing was much better than the first book, and more pieces to the pantheon story were added delightfully. And the blood was plentiful! Ruthless Gods will be released on April 2020.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received Lock Every Door through a Book of the Month selection in July. Being a former resident of the Big Apple, I really appreciated the New York City nostalgia! The story did move a bit slowly than I would have liked, but it thankfully picked up momentum, with a really good twist!

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Walters

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a complimentary copy of Deadly Deceit from Revell Books as part of their blogger group. I found this to be a nicely tense yet feel-good read. I enjoyed the small town environment while figuring out a murder!


Home for Christmas by Catherine Lanigan

Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a complimentary copy of Home for Christmas as part of Prism Book Tours. I was excited to read a fun, romantic read set around the holiday season. It was a ‘second chance romance’ story that melted my heart!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Becoming was purchased through Kindle. It was a memoir with a strong female at the forefront. I loved how Michelle told her story of achievements stet by step. She is a First Lady that truly had disadvantaged women and children at the top of her priority list.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received A Dog’s Purpose at Barnes & Noble. I LOVED this book! It was such an emotional and feel-good read. I’m such a dog person, so this story touched my heart!

Knot on Your Life (Yarn Retreat Mystery #7) by Betty Hechtman

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received Knot on Your Life through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a mystery novel filled with colorful characters and a continuous storyline. It was easy for me to follow along with Casey and her latest murder mystery, and having yearn crafting in the book was an added treat!

August Reading Wrap-Up

When August began, I had a huge goal. I was going to read FOUR books for the month! Sure, I needed to plan for a major life event, but I didn’t care! I WOULD get to those books!

Well…it’s the end of August…and I didn’t get to my goal. I only read half of the books I wanted this month. They’re as follows:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I adore Historical Fiction novels, and I heard rave reviews about the Outlander series from many of my friends. It’s a huge read (over 800 pages), but I wanted to take it on.

Outlander is set in Scotland, between the 1940s and 18th century. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a woman who finds herself trapped between two different time periods, and swept away by two starkly different men!

There’s so many steamy moments in this story, combined with the rich historical content between the Scottish clans and British ‘lobsterbacks’ as they entwine themselves in war. I may read the next installment in this series in the near future, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in the series!

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

I read ‘Color Me In‘ as part of a partnership with Random House, Netgalley, and Sazon Book Tours. That’s right, I took part part in my very first Blog Tour! I will always be grateful for this opportunity, and to review such a wonderful book.

Color Me In‘ by Natasha Diaz tells the story of Neveah Levitz, a teenager from an interracial family going through divorce. She and her mother move to Harlem, her mother’s childhood home, and Neveah is struggles with her identity as she navigates the issues of race and class through her community.

I enjoyed ‘Color Me In‘ since this is spoken in a voice that all readers need to absorb. There are many in Neveah’s position who struggle to find her sense of self, after living a seemingly flawless life. She learns to seek outward in order to find herself within.

So that’s it!

I hope to read more books next month, especially with the arrivals of two stories that I’m eagerly anticipating!

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February 28, 2019: My Feb. Wrap-Up

I’m happy to say that read four books this month! While it’s one book short from January, I’m reading more than I did a year earlier, and I’m very happy about that!

One of the books was categorized as adult, the rest were YA. One of these novels was a NetGalley ARC.

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

I gave this story 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book! It’s an underwater tale centering around a mermaid on a quest to save her brother poisoned from an oil spill. She meets a merman while on her adventure , with a hidden agenda of his own. I enjoyed Sonia Faruqi’s description of her underwater world, and the merpeople community’s way of life. I can wait to see what Faruqi writes next!

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Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay

I gave Ever Alice 3 1/2 stars. This book is an ARC I received from NetGalley. The format for this novel was a bit frustrating to read, but I managed to complete reading it in a couple days. I loved that it was a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, set in the 19th century. There were a couple of gory scenes in this story that made this book quite interesting. I also loved reading about Alice’s return to Wonderland.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I gave this novel 4 stars. I heard many mixed reviews about this story, but I really liked this final installment of the Grisha trilogy. It follows Alina on her quest for third amplifier while Ravka is on the brink of sheer chaos. It was fulfilling to follow Alina and her crew through foreign lands, all while avoiding the Darkling and his minions.

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

I gave this book 5 stars. This story was a modern day retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I truly loved how Alice is a fighter in this version, battling Nightmares while journeying through a Wonderland dangerous at night. The ending brings on quite a surprise. I’m very much looking forward to the second book of this world, which comes out in September!

I wanted Six of Crows to be my fifth novel, but I’m at the halfway point in the story. It’s just getting interesting!

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December 31, 2018: Goodbye 2018

Well, today marks the last day of 2018! Lots of events took place this year:

  • I went to do OT for my hand injury back in April. My left hand still feels a little sore, but it’s a lot better than how it felt in the beginning of the year.
  • Andy and I officially began planning for our wedding! Our special day will take place in eight months. I have my wedding dress, but there’s still lots to do.
  • I rekindled my passion for reading. I always have my love for reading, but I truly used it as an escape these last couple months.
  • I lost my dear friend and colleague in poetry therapy, Johanna. Life moves on as usual, yet I miss turning to her for advice and good laughs.
  • I turned 40 this year! Such a special milestone. I got to celebrate the special day with my good friends from college. It was a wonderful time.

My goals for 2019?

  • Making sure my wedding runs smoothly.
  • Finding a profession that I can truly enjoy. I love working with children, but I feel like I’m ready for a new challenge.
  • Making sure that Andy and I live through 2019 in good health and blessings. We have so much to celebrate this year.

I really enjoyed posting here throughout 2018. At the beginning of the year I set a goal to post every day on both blogs: Woven From Words and Poetic Threading (my Blogspot poetry site). I’m happy to report that it’s been achieved! For those that cared to read my daily entries, thank you. I definitely plan to continue blogging throughout 2019. Maybe not daily, but in a consistant basis. I can’t wait to share more with you.

Happy New Year!