Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018 - Monthly Wrap Up

February 2018

I can't believe that we have already made it to March!  Time really does seem to move a little faster every year.  February has proven to be a rather calm month which was very welcome.  My daughter went to Chicago with her Jazz Ensemble from school this month which gave me and my husband a weekend with just the two of us and our 3 dogs.  The Olympics seemed to be on in my house nearly every day but it was background noise for me more than anything else.

I am pretty happy with how the month on the blog turned out.  I do have a backlog of books that need to be reviewed but I am sure that there will be some spots opening up on the blog soon.  I have been consistently posting 6 days a week so far this year.  I have thought about posting every day but really do like to have at least one day a week off.  I have been able to keep up with returning all comments made on the blog.  I would love to get around to other blogs a bit more but it is really an issue of time most days.

I am linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Reviews Posted 
(not necessarily read in February)


Reading Stats
Books Read: 16 total
Audiobooks: 6
Digital Books: 9
Print Books: 1
Re-Reads: 2

Book Source for Books Read in February
NetGalley: 5
Edelweiss: 4
Direct from Publisher: 3
 Purchased/Free: 3
Borrowed: 1

Challenges
Goodreads: 34/100
Blogger Shame: 2 read towards the challenge this month

End of the Month NetGalley Stats
Feedback Ratio: 78%
475 Approved | 369 Feedback Sent

Favorites of the Month

I was pretty generous with 5 stars this month with 4 books that earned 5 stars!

Up Next

How was your month? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for March?

46 comments:

  1. You're making good progress on your Goodreads Challenge! I think I need to double my efforts this month as I took a few too many days off reading in February and ran out of time on my Puppy Love Challenge!

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    1. I should finish the Goodreads challenge pretty early this year. I like picking a no stress number.

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  2. good progress! I think you are going pretty strong this year hehe

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  3. Wow great progress! That's awesome that you and your husband had a weekend to yourself. Sounds nice and relaxing. Hope March is wonderful!

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    1. We don't get a lot of time with just the two of us and we did enjoy the quiet house.

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  4. The Olympics were on in my house constantly, too. I’m glad you got a lot of blogging done. I always feel like I’m struggling to keep up with mine. Have a great March!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I am always rushing around at the last minute and have a huge backlog. It is a constant struggle.

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  5. Yay for a calm month. That s always nice. Looks like a great reading month too in number of books and quality with those 5 star reads. Hope you have a great March!

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  6. Wow, what a great reading month. You seem to be on quite the roll. Glad this month was fairly quiet - quiet is always good. I'm super interested in Mind of a Killer. Anxious to hear your thoughts!

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    1. This is about an average number of books for me as long as we are not too busy. Audiobooks really add a lot to my numbers.

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  7. Yay for a quiet month that gave you couple time and great reading time. LOL, the review queue just never goes away. ;) Neat that you had four five-stars this month and are doing great on your challenges.

    Have a great March, Carole!

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    1. I need to spend some time writing out the reviews for books that I have finished. I don't know why I always let myself get behind.

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  8. Looks like your doing pretty good! I am really interested in Mind of a Killer!!!

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    1. I requested Mind of a Killer as soon as I saw it on NetGalley. I hope it is as good as it sounds.

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  9. I blog ahead about 2 months so I have more time to return comments. Time is an issue for me as well.

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    1. Anytime I blog ahead I seem to get lazy and use up all of my finished posts and then am right back where I started. I return all comments but I don't always have time to visit blogs that haven't left a comment.

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  10. You’ve had a great reading and blogging month from the looks of it. A quiet weekend with the husband sounds amazing! Tell me what it is like. Lol..

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  11. I just downloaded Runaway Groom. I hope to listen to it soon. It sounds fun, and Layne is always good for me.

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    1. I hope you like Runaway Groom as much as I did, Sam. I think that it was a book that fit my mood perfectly when I read it.

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  12. Definitely want to read Hello Stranger!! Here is my wrapup:
    https://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/02/my-february-wrap-up-post.html

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    1. There is a giveaway of Hello Stranger on this blog that you might want to check out, Joann!

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  13. You had a good month. Your to read next pile looks marvelous!

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    1. I do have some books coming up that I am really excited about reading.

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  14. Same here with Olympics. By the second week we had it on mostly in the background, but it did enable us to see a few things we might have missed.

    I liked This Fallen Prey, and sometimes I Lie looks like a good one!

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    1. It is true that I did catch some parts of the games that I would have missed just by having it one. This Fallen Prey was a great book and I am hopeful that I will enjoy Sometimes I Lie.

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  15. I feel like the older I get, the faster time seems to go by! Especially after having kids! I try to remind myself to enjoy each and every day, because it's only going to happen once. I want to make the most of it!

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I was just telling my husband that each day is a gift and we need to try to enjoy all of them. Time does not slow down.

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  16. I have a huuuge backlog of books to be reviewed and I just don't know how you do it! You read so much and get the reviews posted too. Mostly I read a lot and barely find them time to post a single review a week, let alone keep up with blog commenting and non-review posts too. I didn't really watch any of the Olympics. Even if it was just background noise, it must have been nice to catch some of it!

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    1. I have a lot of reviews to write though. I listen to audiobooks at work which really does add to my numbers. It can be really hard keeping up during busy weeks.

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  17. 16 books! Wow, that's amazing for a short month :) Well done Carole!
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks, Megan. It was a short month but a quiet one which makes a big difference.

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  18. Oh you are reading Lake Silence I see in the sidebar! I can't wait for it to arrive here next week. :D Looks like you had a pretty great reading month!

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    1. I am about halfway done with Lake Silence and am really enjoying it so far.

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  19. I also watched the Olympics a lot, but sadly, not every day. I really like the Olympics, so it's a shame I didn't have too much time to devote to it! And I hear you about returning comments. It does take up A LOT of time. I don't even know how you manage to post 6 times a week and do the comments!

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    1. I honestly wouldn't watch the Olympics. I don't turn on the TV when I am the only one home but my family does enjoy the games. I am able to return comments to everyone who visits this blog but it is really hard to be able to do any more than that.

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  20. It sounds like you had a wonderful February, Carole. I am glad you and your husband got to have a little alone time. I know how rare that can be when you have kids! I fell way behind in February in terms of posting to my blog. I just couldn't keep up. I blame work mostly, but I know it wasn't just that. I hope you have a great March!

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    1. It can be so hard to juggle everything at times. Sometimes a break from the blog is just the thing.

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  21. What a nice reading month you had. And a calm month?! Those make me happy. lol Glad yall enjoyed it :)

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  22. Finding four 5 star reads last month is awesome. I hope your March books are ones you love too.

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    1. I think I was pretty generous with the stars in February :)

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