Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 Wrap-Up

January 2016

It is really hard for me to believe that the first month of 2016 is already coming to an end.  It has been a great month for me in terms of reading and blogging.  I thought I would sum up this month as I get ready for February!


Books Read 

Reviews Posted
(click on cover to go to my review)
http://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-my-name-is-lucy-barton-by.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-radiant-road-by-katherine.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-breaking-wild-by-diane-les.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-dream-beings-by-aaron-j-french.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-coach-maddie-and-marine-by.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-drifter-by-nicholas-petrie.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/audiobook-review-dragonfly-in-amber-by.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-for-seven-nights-only-by-sarah.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/audiobook-review-mare-by-mary-gaitskill.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/irresistibly-yours-by-lauren-layne.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/audiobook-review-beneath-these-scars-by.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-quality-of-silence-by-rosamund.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-bound-to-darkness-by-lara-adrian.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-three-promises-by-lily-everett.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2016/01/review-you-by-caroline-kepnes.html

Blogger Thoughts
  • I had fewer promotional posts during the month of January than I have had in a very long time. I like only posting about books that I am actually planning to read.  There is a lot less pressure to get things done on a certain day and I really feel like the blog reflect my tastes a lot better.
  • I have made a real effort to visit other blogs, comment, and really just be a part of the larger book blogger community.  I don't know that I will be able to visit tons of blogs every day but I am determined to at least try.  I really have appreciated all of the wonderful people that have commented on my blog and I have enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts.  
  • I did play around with the layout of my blog just a bit this month.  Who knows how long I will leave it alone before I make more changes.
  • I started participating in some of the memes popular in the blogging community.  I have really enjoyed my Stacking the Shelves and Waiting on Wednesday posts and plan to continue posting these. 
  • One thing that I really need to work on is writing my reviews as soon as I finish a book.  I sometimes wait an entire month or more before writing out my thoughts.  I currently have 7 reviews that I need to write.  I am going to make an effort to do better with this.
Outside of the Blog
  • My oldest daughter turned 21 earlier this month and my mom, my sister, and I took her to the casino for an afternoon.  We had a lot of fun but I am still wondering how I could possibly be the mother of a 21 year old.
  • My youngest daughter was busy as usual.  She plays the trombone and is fairly good at it.  She made the local All Suburban Honor Band as a freshman which is a pretty big accomplishment.  We enjoyed her concert earlier this month and are looking forward to her pit performance during the school's musical next month.  She is also working hard training for her first half marathon.  
  • The puppies have been a handful.  Stella is now almost 7 months old and is fairly well behaved except when she gets really excited.  Molly is 3 months old and I think she is finally pretty much housebroken.  Those two wrestle with each other about 23 out of 24 hours every day and are wearing me and my husband out.  My senior dog, Cookie, just wishes they would go away.
  • I pretty much have been doing the same things that I usually do.  I go to work everyday and try to squeeze reading and blogging time in around all of the other stuff that has to get done for my family.  
Up Next

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #5


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I added quite a few books once again this week.  I am trying to use restraint when it comes to requesting books for review right now but I am not having a lot of luck.  I love to read but I just can't seem to stop looking for new books to add.   I was able to grab a whole lot of reading material for under $1 this week.

NetGalley


With Malice by Eileen Cook
Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

I couldn't resist Fowl Language since I love these cartoons that I have seen all over the internet.  I requested The Girls in the Garden quite a while ago and just had my request approved.  It looks like a good read.  With Malice sounds pretty amazing - I couldn't help it.  I had to click on that one.

Edelweiss


The Fireman by Joe Hill

I am still a little shocked that I was actually approved for The Fireman.  I am really looking forward to this one.

Kindle Freebies


Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer (Kindle First pick)
Black Falcon's Lady by Kimberly Cates
Gather the Stars by Kimberly Cates

I don't even try to use any self control when it comes to freebies.  I grab any and all that sound like something I might possibly want to read some day. 

Paid Books

The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

I have had the first book in this series sitting on my kindle for a long time.  When I saw this book on sale for $0.99, I had to grab it.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!
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