Wednesday, January 2, 2019

December 2018 Monthly Wrap Up

December 2018

It is hard to believe that we are already in January.  Where does the time go?  December was busy at times and mostly nice.  It was cold as you would expect it to be in St. Louis at this time of year but there were a few days that felt almost fall-like.  There were school performances and family get-togethers for the holiday.  My highlight of the month was the 4 1/2 day break that I had from work for the Christmas holiday.  It was wonderful to be able to stay home with my dogs and a good book for an extended period of time.

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

Reviews Posted 
(not necessarily read in December)




Reading Stats
Books Read: 13 total
Audiobooks: 6
Digital Books: 5
Print Books: 2
Re-Reads: 1

Book Source for Books Read in December
NetGalley: 7
Edelweiss: 2
Kindle Unlimited/Prime Reading: 1
Direct from Publisher/Author/Publicist: 3
Library: 2
Purchased/Freebie: 2
*some books may fit into more than one category

Challenges
Goodreads: 187/100
Blogger Shame: 5 read towards the challenge in December / 23 total for the year

End of the Month NetGalley Stats
Feedback Ratio: 81%
524 Approved | 426 Feedback Sent

End of the Month Edelweiss Stats
11 books to review  | 81 downloaded

Favorite of the Month

Up Next

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

36 comments:

  1. I don't think I have had 4.5 days in a row off from work since I stopped teaching. Nice. I see you will be reading the new Shalvis. I am jealous. I am falling behind on the series, because my library is not getting them fast enough. I hope it's good.

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    1. Well, I did include my weekend as part of those days but it was just nice to have a longer stretch of time without a lot of responsibilities. Can you request that your library purchase the Shalvis books? That might speed them up!

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  2. I've got all my posts for my challenges up and running! Now I can concentrate on book reviews and blogging ahead on my regular posts!

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  3. 4.5 days off would be awesome. I’m glad you enjoyed them and got a lot of reading done. Have a great January!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It was great, AJ! I did read some but I spent a lot of time writing reviews and getting caught up with comments.

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  4. I am glad your 4.5 days off were well spent. It is great when you can the time from work to relax and rejuvenate.

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  5. I love your variety of December books! Glad to see a Jeff Abbott in the mix. His books are fun.

    I'm not a book blogger, so I don't have and book-blogging goals, but I have a reading goal. My January reading goal is 3 horror novels (I'm reading White Death by Christine Morgan right now), and one non-fiction. I am totally clueless as to what non-fiction to read. Perhaps something will fall in my lap!

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    1. This was my first Jeff Abbott book and I really liked it. Those are great reading goals, Priscilla!

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  6. Hope January is a great month! Filled with great reads!

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  7. Love the wrap up. Great job. I have read the Kelly Armstrong book. Hope you enjoy it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I am really excited about the new Armstrong book!

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  8. Glad you had a nice break! I'm so excited for Watcher in the Woods- I've become a big fan of that series!

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    1. Thanks, Greg! I can't wait to get started with Watcher in the Woods.

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  9. Yes, the days off sound wonderful. I am spoiled in that I get many days consecutively, but I know my husband barely knows what to do with himself when he gets more than two days off in a row and he's not sick. :)
    Nice stack of books you were able to shift off the review and personal pile. I enjoyed getting your reviews and put two of those on my wish list. :)

    Have a great January, Carole!

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    1. I hate leaving the house so I am always excited to get a longer break from work. My husband does like to get out and about but I am a homebody.

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  10. Time for reading is always good. I'll be getting back into some reading this month.

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    1. I need a certain amount of reading time or I get crabby!

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  11. Its always good to have a nice break but I can't believe that we are into January either. We have been getting a ton of snow lately, and I am loving it. Hope you read some great books this year.

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  12. Oh some great books. I'm listening to Winter of the Witch and hope to start Watcher in the Woods soon. I still hope to get the Jill Shalvis but also on audio. I enjoyed The Three Beths and Inseverable and Nightchaser. I'm glad for your time off. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  13. Awesome wrap-up! I can't wait to see what you think of Watcher in the Woods!

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  14. You're doing great with all your ARCs, Carole! I'm at 80% on Netgalley, and it seems I never get above that ratio.

    I have Watcher in the Woods on deck, too and I can't wait!

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    1. It is so hard to move that NetGalley percentage up after you reach a certain number of books. I have to read something like 6 books without adding any to move up a percentage point. I really want to move above 90% before the end of 2019!

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  15. Looks like you had a nice December, and days off work are always great. I do have some goals for the year - and month - which I hope to share this week. Happy New Year!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  16. Glad you had a good December. I had a few days of relaxing with a book and the dog too. Here's to a great 2019.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  17. Yay for being able to read 13 books in this month and that December could be relaxing for you with a nice holiday. I hope you have a wonderful January <3

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  18. I had a couple of long weekends because of the way the holidays fell this past year, which was nice. It made up for my not being able to take any vacation time. It sounds like you had a busy but really nice December,and got lots of good reading in! Have a great January, Carole!

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