End of the Month Update – JULY 2017

I realized I never did an end of the month update for July. It’s very late, but here’s a condensed version.

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Personal Life

July was a crazy month for me as I began training for a new job. I’m now in my 2nd week in my new position and loving it. 🙂 I still work for Ann Arbor District Library, but now I work in acquisitions and cataloging instead of on the desk. I love it. 🙂 Cataloging is what I concentrated on in library school so this job is right up my alley.

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Books Read and Reviewed

While I read 13 books in July, I only reviewed 5. I plan to write mini reviews for another 6 of those at some point in the semi-near future. Those 6 are all part of one series so rather than try to write full reviews for each one, I plan to just write mini reviews for them with a general overlook at the series.

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Site Metrics

Even though I had fewer reviews and fewer posts in general during the month of July, I still had two more visitors than June, plus lots of likes and comments. I’ll take it! I’m gaining more followers and I appreciate you all hanging in there while I pulled my hair out and went a bit crazy in July!

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Looking Ahead to August

Yes, I know, we’re well into August. Here’s what’s on the agenda for the month.



I finished this book over the first weekend of August and you can read my review here. It was a lot of fun and a great summer read. I’m looking forward to the next one(s) in the series!




I’m currently in a buddy-read of this book with Jay from this-is-my-truth-now. It’s a great book and I’m enjoying it immensely! When we’re finished reading/talking about it, I’ll post a review.




This is the first of two books that I’ve been asked to read by the authors themselves (and/or their publicists). I’m looking forward to it as it looks like something different from what I normally read!




This is other book that I’ve been asked to read by the author/publicist. This is also something different from what I normally read and sounds quite interesting!



Outside of those 4 that I know I’ll be reading, there are some blog tours that I’ll be hosting spotlights and guest posts for. I’ve also promised a friend that I’d read through the first three chapters of his novel and give feedback. We’ll just have to wait and see what else I end up posting about this month!

What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?

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100th Post

Today’s post is the 100th post I’ve written on my blog. I’m really proud of how it’s coming along and how I’ve started gathering a following!

When I started this blog in April, I was pretty new to blogging and knew next to nothing. All I knew is that I wanted to have a central place to gather all the book reviews I was writing. I’m a part of two authors’ review crews, plus belonging to a Facebook group for reviewing and being a member of NetGalley. I still post my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and occasionally on Google Play, but now they can all be found in one place, here on my blog, as well.  Since starting this blog, I have also joined Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours coordinated by Lori over at Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Line of carrot-nosed snowmen dressed alternately in red and green.

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Upcoming Reviews – Take 2

This is just to give you some idea of what should be coming up in the future for the blog. Right now, I’m on a good roll of reading my backlog, so I’m hoping it won’t take me too long to catch up.

There’s still a variety of subjects/topics/genres and they’re roughly in the order I plan to read them, tho’ not in a perfect order.  Some of these items are still on the list from the spring, but I’m starting to finally get back on track. I still have quite a distance to go before I’m “caught up”, but I’m getting there.

  1. Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
  2. Root Beer Candy & Other Miracles by Shari Green
  3. Brightwood by Tania Unsworth
  4. The Doorway and the Deep by K.E. Ormsbee
  5. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
  6. Wish by Barbara O’Connor
  7. The Edge of the Empire by Bronwen Riley
  8. 100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen
  9. Discovering Big Cat Country by Eric Dinerstein
  10. The Jefferson Highway by Lyell D. Henry, Jr.
  11. The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees by Robert Penn
  12. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  13. The Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection – 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman
  14. The Constitution of the United States of America: Rearranged & Edited for Ease of Reading by Henry Bain