February was definitely a reading-heavy month where I read a variety of great books! There really isn’t anything better that snuggling up with a cup of coffee, a blanket and a good book on a cold winter day. So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at what I read during the month of February!
Artemis by Andy Weir
And just like that, the first month of 2018 is nearly behind us! If the first month is any indication of my reading pace this year, I think I’ll have a pretty successful reading-year! I’ve definitely picked up quite a few books lately that I’m super eager to read so I think I will have no problem continuing to make reading a priority in my life. I think my plan for this year will be to try to hit 320,000 words per month (equivalent of 4 average sized books). I use words as my measurement because I found when I was going just by number of books, I strayed away from reading longer books as it was preventing me from meeting my goals. Last year my goal was 240,000 words per month (3 average sized books). I decided at the last minute, as I was writing this to bump up my goal. So, let’s see what kind of start I’m off to…
Origin by Dan Brown
2017 has come and gone and it’s time to not only look at what I read in December (spoiler alert: I only read one book) and recap the year! I thought it would be fun to list some of my favourite books from what I read in 2017!
Paris, He Said by Christine Sneed
November ended up being more of a reading month than I anticipated it would be. My book-wormy-ness took over and I had my nose in a book quite often last month. I think this had to do with how sick I was all month and how I wasn’t up for much else. I managed to finish four books in November so I think I should still remain ahead of my goal for the year! Let’s take a look at what I wrote…
Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It’s not that she’s judgemental, or fussy, or difficult – she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We’re not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg – of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it – and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she’s ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places. Source
After reading A Man Called Ove a couple of months ago I knew I had to pick up another Fredrik Backman novel. Britt Marie Was Here was very similar in style and I really quite enjoyed it. In fact, I may even call it the female version of A Man Called Ove.
October was definitely a very light reading month. I only managed to finish one book! I did actually read half of another one but I didn’t actually finish it (yet) so I’m not going to count it here. Hopefully I didn’t put myself behind again in my reading goal, but nonetheless, I gotta step it up and read more in November. I really love reading I just need to set aside the time to just disconnect from the world and enjoy a good book.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Hi guys! I think September might have be the month where I caught up on my reading goal, or perhaps even surpassed it! I’m writing this intro before actually checking the stats but I’m pretty sure I made it this month. While I didn’t read a ton throughout the whole month, I think spending the long weekend at the cottage and the pile of books I read there did the trick! I gotta pick up my reading at home game though because the fall/winter seasons at home are going to take me off track again. So, let’s check out what I read this past month!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads Source
This book suggestion came from Polished and Inspired and I’m glad she suggested it! I really enjoyed Big Little Lies and then also enjoyed binging the HBO series shortly thereafter!
Word Count: 158,720 Continue reading
Hi guys! I’m sitting in disbelief as I realize today is the first day of September. I do enjoy the fall, however, living in Northwestern Ontario, the fall is also a reminder of what is next. The dreaded and always way too long winter season. But, at least we usually get another blast of “summer” weather in September so even though it looks chilly outside today, I’m optimistic for a few more nice weekends. August was another reading-heavy month as I’ve spent a lot of time reading in the sunshine. I read four great books this month so lets check them out!
This month I’ve decided to quote their synopsis from the Chapters/Indigo website as I’m always worried I’ll spoil something and really, they summarize it way better than I can. Summaries were never my strong point.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue takes the reader back to 1850s Ireland, where a village is baffled by Anna O’Donnell’s fast. The little girl appears to be thriving after months without food, and the story of this “wonder” has reached fever pitch. Tourists flock to the O’Donnell family’s cabin, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale, who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. Source
Written by the same author as The Room, which I thoroughly enjoyed last summer, I was quite intrigued by how different this book sounded in comparison. Well I do admit it was a slow read a the start, by the end I couldn’t put this book down and highly recommend it.
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Hi guys! I can’t believe I’m writing about what I read in July already, I feel like I just did my post for June! I did do quite a bit of reading last month as I normally do read a lot when I’m out at the lake. I’m slowly but surely closing in on catching up on where I should be at with my goal. So.. let’s look at what I read in July!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Written by the same author as The Girl on the Train, Into the Water has a similar pace/reading experience. If you enjoy the psychological suspense genre then I think you would enjoy this book. I don’t want to say much about it as I’m always so worried I’m going to spoil this kind of book. It certainly kept me guessing as I read it!
Word Count: 109,120 Continue reading
Hi guys! June was another month where I only managed to finish one book, however, I have to say, it was a pretty fantastic one! Despite that I can say that we are midway through July and attempting to catch up on my reading goal seems a bit more attainable. The nicer weather means weekends at the cottage which means reading on the deck with minimal distraction. A book worm’s paradise!
Let’s dive into the only book I finished in June…
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Hi guys! I decided to reformat Love of Reading this year and then I just kind of fell off the reading AND blogging train for a little bit. I was still reading a bit but just not nearly as much as I had intended. So, before this ends up being a massive post, let’s get caught up on what I read from February to May and see where I am with my reading goal. Did I fall behind? Did I somehow stay on track? Let’s find out…
My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I really love Sophie Kinsella books, they are always such a light and humorous read but I think this may be one of my favourites. My (Not So) Perfect Life really hits the nail on the head with regards to the world we are currently living in. The perfect Instagram feed vs. what reality looks like and the struggle to present a picture perfect life.
Word Count: 138,880 Continue reading