November Wrap Up

Hey guys, can’t believe I’m already wrapping up November! Time for the final push before a new year and I’m starting to work on my Best Of lists for 2018. I’ll be sharing those over the holidays as I’m not planning to read much around that time, instead I’m gonna be spending time with my kids over their break!

I did manage 19 books in November, not my best but I don’t think it was my worst either. How was your month?

Dancing With the Sun: Inspired, Poignant and Emotional

Just After Midnight: Tender, Uplifting and Moving.

Who I Am: Menacing, Dark and Intricate

Good Samaritans: Edgy, Provocative and Twisted.

Christmas Spirit: Festive, Hopeful and Heartwarming.

The Night Visitor: Creepy, Immersive and Unnerving.

The Favorite Daughter: Addictive, Dramatic and Sinister.

The Lingering: Atmospheric, Gripping and Creepy.

Coco Pinchard: Funny, Cute and Happy.

Her Last Move: Shocking, Intricate and Intense.

My Favorite Half Night Stand: Saucy, Funny and Cute.

The Girl He Used to Know: Unique, Emotional and Compassionate.

For Once In My Life: Delightful, Inspiring and Positive.

Tony’s Wife: Engaging, Nostalgic and Endearing.

A Thousand Doors: Innovative, Unique and Clever.

The Night Olivia Fell: Emotionally-charged, Gripping and Authentic

Sins as Scarlet: Intoxicating, Smooth and Sophisticated.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars: Insightful, Extraordinary and Enchanting.

Dear Santa: Whimsical, Cheery and Bright.

October Wrap Up

Another wrap up and it feels like I just posted my September one?! I love this time of year, the lead up to the holidays is a bit magical but I know that means life will be insanely busy for the next few months too.

So I managed 22 books this month, I’m happy with that and feel like this will be the new norm for me going forward. How was your month?

The Dream Daughter: Breathtaking, Exquisite and Poignant.

The Lies We Told: Devious, Stunning and Captivating.

You Were Always Mine: Compelling, Vulnerable and Multifaceted.

The Night In Question: Taut, Pacey and Engrossing.

The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove: Enchanting, Festive and Adorable

Under My Skin: Wild, Unnerving and Unreliable

Our Little Lies: Dark, Devious and Impressive

The Stranger Game: Unusual, Smart and Deep.

The Amendement: Unusual, Amusing and Effortless.

In Harms Way: Smooth, Intriguing and Unexpected.

For Better and Worse: Binge-worthy, Addictive and Quick.

The Perfect Liar: Sophisticated, Deceptive and Unpredictable.

Fatal Promise: Meticulous, Nuanced and Gripping.

Lies Between Us: Deft, Complex and Tricky.

Evergreen Tidings From The Baumgartners: Humorous, Quirky and Sincere.

Trap: Exhilarating, Intense and Compelling.

The Girl They Left Behind: Emotional, Engrossing and Heartbreaking.

The Man She Married: Funny, Sweet and Quirky

Daughters of the Lake: Eerie, Atmospheric and Mesmerizing.

November Road was hard to sum up but I liked it!

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane: Adorable, Charming and Effortless.

River Bodies: Subtle, Layered and Engrossing.

September Wrap Up

Hello fall! I couldn’t be happier that a new season has started, how do you feel about fall? I read 17 books which is super low for me, but honestly I don’t even care anymore lol. I still love blogging and reading but slowing down has been so nice and I’m probably going to continue to do so. I actually read about five more books but I either just reviewed on Goodreads or haven’t put reviews up yet. Again, I can’t muster the energy to care. I feel like the quality of the books I’ve been reading has been phenomenal and I think it’s because I’ve been SO much pickier lately. I’ve DNF more books than ever and I quit feeling guilty about it. Anyway, there’s my monthly update, how was your September?!

Josh and Hazel: Spicy, Adorable and Endearing.

Cross Her Heart: Fluid, Devious and Disturbing.

Daisy Jones and the Six: Epic, Innovative and Moving.

Tear Me Apart: Engrossing, Sharp and Compelling.

The Last: Haunting, Unnerving and Creepy.

The Christmas Sisters: Enchanting, Cozy and Sweet.

The After Wife: Evocative, Moving and Beautiful.

Rapid Falls: I forgot a three word sum up for this one but I loved it!!

A Spark of Light: Profound, Emotional and Incredible.

The Night Before: Compulsive, Fast and Clever.

The Girl In His Eyes: Harrowing, Dark and Disturbing.

When the Lights Go Out: This was such a different read and my feelings are all over the place so no three word sum up.

After He Died: Apparently I forgot a three word wrap up?! I’m slacking but I really liked this one!

Season of Wonder: Magical, Sweet and Heartfelt.

The Birthday: Meticulous, Solid and Engaging.

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die: Exhilarating, Dark and Smart.

What Have You Done: Twisty, Gripping and Suspenseful.

August Wrap Up

Another month in the books (haha pun totally intended) and I’m super pleased with my reading month. I’ve slowed down a bit with my reading, I’m no longer really posting on the weekends for the most part and this has helped me have more balance in my personal life tremendously. I may not be reading quite as many books as I have in the past (I’m at 20 instead of 30 this month) but I am taking more time to leisurely read instead of always feeling like I’m reading to a deadline. I did read a couple of additional titles this month but pub day is super far off so I’m trying to wait on sharing my thoughts until a little later. Overall I really enjoyed almost all of the books I did read in August and am super excited about my September TBR as well!

How was your month? Any must reads?

You Were Made For This: I was really confused by my feelings on this one.

An Anonymous Girl: Obsessive, Cunning and Riveting.

Good Luck With That: Vulnerable, Emotional and Relevant.

Leave No Trace: Atmospheric, Intense and Multifaceted.

Rush: Charming, Topical and Fun.

Big Woods: Quick, Engrossing and Deft

The Bucket List: Provocative, Empowering and Honest.

Not Her Daughter: Evocative, New and Gripping.

The Cast: Meaningful, Honest and Tender.

Do No Harm: Unsettling, Obsessive and Compulsive.

Before Her Eyes: Gripping, Dark and Intense.

Hey Ladies!: Silly, Outlandish and Wild.

The Waiting Room: Sharp, Twisty and Complex.

Sweet Little Lies: Assured, Cunning and Authentic.

Winter in Paradise: Escapist, Picturesque and Lush.

The Proposal: Cute, Sweet and Charming.

Trust Me: Original, Tricky and Complex.

Truth and Lies: Gripping, Relentless and Clever.

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House: Warm, Sweet and Fun.

Lies: Gripping, Propulsive and Tense.

July Wrap Up

Another month totally flew by and with my kids starting school next week it really feels like the start of a new season. Even though summer isn’t really quite over yet! I had a decent month, 24 books included in this wrap up but I read a few more on my vacation the past few weeks, just haven’t had a chance to write reviews yet. I enjoyed the majority of what I read in July, links below to my full review if you’re interested.

How was your month? Discover any must reads?!

Everything We Give: Emotional, Bittersweet and Surprising.

Safe Houses: Gripping, Tense and Smart.

The Fifth to Die: Bold, Dark and Engrossing.

When We Found Home: Heartwarming, Engaging and Relatable.

Jane Doe: Crafty, Interesting and Vengeful.

Hangman: Clever, Dark and Sardonic.

The Subway Girls: Charming, Sweet and Inspiring.

The Other Woman: Addictive, Wicked and Entertaining.

How to Keep a Secret: Bittersweet, Complicated and Heartfelt.

The Season of Silver Linings: Delightful, Hopeful and Light.

Playing With Matches: Fresh, Easy and Entertaining.

Between You and Me: Thought-provoking, Skilled and Deep.

Ghosted: Current, Unique and Surprising.

Her Pretty Face: Compulsive, Fluid and Engaging.

Those Other Women: Gossipy, Sassy and Amusing.

Give Me Your Hand was one I struggled with unfortunately.

All These Beautiful Strangers: Manipulative, Dramatic and Polished.

Believe Me: I struggled with this one, I think it’s definitely a polarizing read.

Smothered: Humorous, Light and Outrageous.

Pieces of Her: Intricate, Dangerous and Multifaceted.

Bad: Sexy, Outrageous and Fast.

Our House: Original, Secretive and Engaging.

The Masterpiece: Dazzling, Captivating and Impassioned.

She Was the Quiet One: Simmering, Enthralling and Intelligent.

June Wrap Up

How is it July already you guys?! Insanity! June was a much better reading month for me than May so I’m happy with my number of 26 books read. I even snuck in a couple extras but my reviews will be up soon. I’ll be vacationing for a good portion of this month and while I’ll have a couple of posts scheduled things may be quiet for a few weeks, so heads up.

How was your month? Any must read recommendations? I read SO many amazing books this month that I can’t even begin to pick my faves.

When the Waters Recede: Controlled, Gritty and Solid.

The Real Michael Swann: Timely, Gripping and Suspenseful.

Dreams of Falling: Captivating, Moving and Charming.

California Summer: Romantic, Enchanting and Sweet.

Red Alert: Explosive, Interesting and Exciting.

Boardwalk Summer: Mesmerizing, Fascinating and Gorgeous.

The Lost Family: Evocative, Sweeping and Vulnerable.

Not So Perfect Mother: Funny, Relatable and Entertaining.

The Word is Murder: Ingenious, Crafty and Creative.

The Banker’s Wife: Slick, Sophisticated and Twisty.

Tell Me Lies: Twisted, Dark and Obsessive.

Jar of Hearts: Intricate, Exciting and Gripping.

Heaven Adjacent: Heartfelt, Enlightening and Perceptive.

The Thinnest Air was a fun read but I had some minor issues.

Campaign Widows: Juicy, Light and Breezy.

Providence: Unique, Complex and Captivating.

Three Days Missing: Exhilarating, Pacey and Twisty.

The Cottages on Silver Beach: Sweet, Comforting and Warm.

Girls Night Out: Dramatic, Entertaining and Addictive.

The Completionist was a book that left me feeling super conflicted.

All We Ever Wanted: Relevant, Thoughtful and Absorbing.

Before and Again: Evocative, Deep and Moving.

Find You In the Dark: Subtle, Original and Fluid.

Somebody’s Daughter: Shocking, Compulsive and Quick.

The Last Time I Lied: Eerie, Intricate and Deceptive.

In the Vines: Rich, Immersive and Menacing.

April Wrap Up

I honestly can’t even believe another month has passed you guys! Sometimes it feels like life is just one big blur, a frenzy of shuttling kids around town, trying to spend quality time with my husband and then squeezing in some much needed reading time. Phew, I’m tired! Anyway, April was great for me, I read 29 books and overall I loved most of them. My quick thoughts on each book are below as well as links to my full review if you’re interested. And I would love to know how your month was as well!

Digging In: Witty, wise and affecting.

The Good Liar: Unexpected, Tight and Riveting

The New Neighbors was one I struggled with.

Abel’s Revenge: Menacing, Different and Gritty.

The Wildflowers: Dramatic, grand and eloquent

Too Close to Breathe: Authentic, Dark and Solid.

The Other Mother: Unnerving, Atmospheric and Polished.

The Man on the Middle Floor: Unique, Thought-Provoking and Discomfiting.

Keeper: Unflinching, Intelligent and Dark.

A Breath After Drowning: Controlled, Fresh and Intriguing.

Deadly Secrets: Gripping, Pacey and Multifaceted.

Somebody’s Daughter: Timely, Touching and Fluid.

The Husband Hour: Moving, Insightful and Heartfelt.

The Key to Death’s Door: Menacing, Horrifying and Gripping.

Our Little Secret: Subtle, Manipulative and Smart.

The Elizas: I had some issues with this one unfortunately.

Baby Teeth: Controversial, Twisted and Wicked.

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm: Warm, Sweet and Happy.

Then She Was Gone: Intriguing, Spellbinding and Addictive.

The Favorite Sister: Biting, Dramatic and Edgy.

Go Ask Ali: Sarcastic, Feisty and Witty.

Our Kind of Cruelty: Slick, Seductive and Twisted.

Bachelor Nation was a fun read for fans of the show.

The Perfect Mother: Devious, Misleading and Clever.

The Family Gathering: Authentic, Charming and Heartwarming.

One Way or Another: Encouraging, Delightful and Positive.

Everybody Needs a Bridge: Thoughtful, Emotive and Engaging.

Every Single Secret: Unsettling, Surprising and Absorbing.

The Way of Beauty: Moving, Tender and Compassionate.

October Wrap Up 

We’ll Always Have Christmas was the ideal holiday read.

If There’s No Tomorrow was a powerful read.

The Deep Dark Descending was a fantastic atmospheric mystery.

I love Slater and The Mistake was a great psychological thriller.

My first TBT pick of the month was Until You’re Mine. I really liked this one!

Fifty Years of Fear is a highly unique read.

The Welcome Home Diner was women’s fiction with depth, it tackled several current issues.

Annie’s Christmas by the Sea was a really lovely and fun read.

Delaney is a great start to a new series, I really love Mullen’s style.

The Blackbird Season was a slow burning eerie read.

Snare was a highly original and tense read.

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances was a gorgeous and hilarious read.

Christmas at Butterfly Cove is the third and final book in an adorable series.

Her Last Secret was a character driven psychological thriller.

Seven Days of Us was a mixed bag for me.

If You Knew My Sister was a psychological thriller that was heavy on the psych aspect and low on thrills.

Under the Knife was an intense medical thriller.

The Little Village Christmas was a lovely read.

The Truth About Thea was a memorable psychological thriller.

Her Last Day was an exciting and fast paced thriller.

Silent Lies was a twisty thriller I loved it!

No-One Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day was a hilarious read.

The Memory Watcher was an addictive, entertaining psychological thriller.

The Lost Child was another fabulous read in a great series.

The Bitches of Suburbia was a sardonic read, like a cozy mystery with bite.

I adored Hilderbrand and Winter Solstice was the perfect ending to a wonderful series.

Murder Game was the conclusion to a fantastic series.
27 books total for October, not my best month but I’ll take it! Life is insanely busy and just keeps getter busier so we’ll see how it goes from here on out…

My favorite read this month was actually a TBT pick, The Memory Watcher but I also loved The Truth About Thea

How was your October?! Feel free to link me to your own wrap up. 

February Wrap Up 

In the Shadow of Lakecrest  was a gothic historical fiction that I enjoyed.

Pretty Little World was a really fascinating read about a communal family. 

No Safe Home was a solid crime read.

Cross the Line was another great addition to this series.

Distress Signals was a fantastic psychological thriller.

The Lost Woman was a really interesting and intelligent thriller.

Don’t Look Behind You was the second book in a great series!

The Boy Inside was a sad look at a young mans journey in and out of prison.

Forever is the Worst Long Time was a very emotional and touching read. 

Friend Zone was a cute NA romance.

Lucidity was a unique thriller.

Revenge was a high brow, smut filled, deliciously fun book! 

The Devil Crept In was a terrifying and awesome read.

My Not So Perfect Life was an easy and light read.

Sealskin was a gorgeous story, a must read. 

Robbing the Dead was a great start to a new crime series. 

Blink was a fantastic psychological thriller. 

Parker was a sexy and fun read. 

I See You was an excellent psychological thriller. 

The Abattoir of Dreams blew me away, loved it! 

On Second Thought was a really fantastic story about two sisters.

The Promise was an electrifying thriller.

Winterscroft was a creepy supernatural thriller. 

Cursed was a really good Nordic Noir novel. 

Secrets We Keep was a gorgeous story about family secrets. 

Old Friends and New Enemies was the second book in a series I really like. 

Bad Little Girl was a really good psychological thriller.

I had another fantastic reading month, a book a day, can’t complain about that! I decided to start picking one standout book each month in the hopes that when I have to pick my top reads for the year it’ll be easier. It was tough to choose just one, I read some really awesome books this month, I know I had several five star picks! But the book that has stayed with me the most is….

The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury! It was such a genre bending and emotional read, I just loved it. My review is linked above if you missed it. 

How was your month? Link me to your own wrap up if you have one. 

January Wrap Up 

I started out a new month and a new year with a great read about the power of family secrets. 

This really didn’t work for me.

LOVED this one, such an exciting read.

I really liked this police procedural/thriller.

I was on the blog tour for this one and liked the domestic suspense.

This was an outstanding debut.

This was a hilariously fun read.

I loved this debut, highly recommended. 

This was a dark YA novel and I really liked it.

I loved Jill’s debut novel! 

This was a dark and twisty one that I liked. 

This was a high octane thriller with a fantastic protagonist. 

This was an interesting take on a crime novel with a CSI as the protagonist. 

This was a really good historical fiction/mystery.

This was a simply stunning read.

This one was a fantastic start to a new series. 

This was a chilling, atmospheric read.

I loved this one. 

Another one from Jonasson that was fabulous.

I liked this one, it was unique and engaging. 

I loved this one. 

This one was just alright for me, I was left wanting more. 

This one was ok for me, not my favorite from this series. 

This one was awesome with an amazing twist! 

I loved this one.

This was a different type of read with uncomfortable subject matter. 

This was another stunner by Gardner.

Kind of a disappointing end to the month with this one. 

Overall 28 books, I actually listened to two more just haven’t reviewed them yet so I won’t count them, and read one more but it’ll be my first review for February. 
Great start to the new year, definitely read some really great books and my favorite was Sirens. 

Still doing good with my reading goals, here’s some highlights.

Tackle review requests: 

Still plugging away, I’m not caught up but making progress so that’s a win in my book!

Highlight more indie authors: 

Haven’t done much of this but still want to. 


Been good here except I keep getting invited to view titles so that doesn’t help! 🙈😱

Personal TBR: 

I read Between You and Me which was a personal one so on track there.

Piggy bank:

Doing awesome with this! 

Discussion Posts: 

Big fat fail here. Whoops.

Goodreads Goal: 

9 percent so that’s fine with me.


Yep, done this at least twice so far.

Say No: 

Yes, I’ve turned down several review requests. It’s hard but I did it!

TBC Challenge: 

Two books out of twenty. 

I feel good about my progress thus far, just need to shape up in a couple of areas. 

How was your month? Any must reads I may have missed?