Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Post and January Recap


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This week I thought I would use the Sunday post to recap the month of January.

I have done a lot this month. I started off the year with Bout of Books, a week long read-a-thon. That was so much fun. You can see my recap here.

This month was a really good month for me, reading wise. I read a total of 22 novels and 3 comics. Woah!

I had some great discussion posts. Looking at these, I am surprised I only did two discussion posts this month. So including more of those will be a goal for February. But there is something to be said for quality over quantity. These discussions were good ones.

To Rate or not to Rate?

How Necessary are Negative Reviews?

I received the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award from Lisa at Captivated Reader. And I discussed my TBR pile in this TBR tag.

Hands down, the award for cutest post of the month (and probably the year) is this one of my dog. Yes, she loves to read just as much as I do!

There were a couple great Top Ten Lists.

2014 Releases I meant to read but didn't get to

Movies I Have Seen Without Reading The Book

I have written a whopping total of 17 reviews this month.

The most popular review was for You: A Novel by Carolina Kepnes. I'm glad that one was so popular because that is one of my favorite books this year!

Here are a few other reviews of my favorite books this month:

All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Vivian Apple at the end of the world by Katie Coyle

Goodreads Stats for the month of January



    


         


     


  

Looks like I am getting better at picking out books that I like. I read a lot of great books this month! As you can see, there were only four out of twenty-five books that received low reviews. 

Challenge Updates:

New To You Challenge: 11/48 . . . I am doing a lot better on picking authors I have never read before.
TBR Pile Challenge: 1/14
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: 4 out of 24 tasks completed
Banned Book Challenge: 1/15

Next month on the blog:

More discussions
    Audiobooks: Yay or Nay?
    Comic Book Reading
    What does it mean to be well read?
    And more . . . 

reviews for Above Us Only Sky, Positively Beautiful, I'll Meet You There, Find Me, The Walls Around Us, and more!

How was your January?


39 comments :

  1. Ooh it looks like you had an excellent month! Congrats on reading 22 books (or 25 counting the comics) ! That's fantastic. I think I managed something similar like 21 books? Go us :D

    Here's to a lovely February! <33

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    1. Thanks Melanie. Great job to you also!!

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  2. Wow you read a lot of books. I checked my stats earlier and only read 9! That is the least I have read in a long time but I read a few that I wasn't really into and they just slowed me down. I'm hoping Feb is a better month!

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    1. Trish, 9 is still a great number! Happy reading for February!

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  3. Omg so many books!!!
    I DFN Seeker, I just couldn't -.-
    I LOVED I'll give you the sun!! So intense, I read it last year! And I'm currently reading The walls around us, so we'll see :3
    Ps. i hadn't seen you were from Naples!!

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    1. Frannie, I am not from Naples but I am temporarily living here with my husband. It is an awesome place to spend the next three to five years!! I am surprised I was able to finish Seeker. Ugh, it was so bad! The Walls Around Us was such a good book. I hope you enjoy that one too. :)

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    2. Well, at least you got till the ending! xD I just couldn't :/
      Good luck for your next three to five years in Naples ;)

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  4. I loved All The Bright Places so much. When I DNF :/ I just couldn't get into it! Happy Reading.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Megan! All the bright places was just so heartbreaking. I was sobbing at 2am when I finally finished it. Ha

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  5. Love the pictures of your doggy so cute!

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    1. Thanks Alisa! She is pretty adorable.

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  6. Fantastic start to the year and yes You rocked. I listened to it, and my review posts this week or next. I am so excited about the second book! Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks Kimba. When I heard there was a sequel to You, I may have done a happy dance. Man, maybe I should listen to it too. I bet it's even more creepy.

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  7. Oh man that is A LOT of books this month!!!! Great job!!! Here is my weekly recap!! http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/sunday-post1

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  8. Great reading month! It looks like you have some interesting discussion posts mixed in and that's a great goal for February! I've thought about doing more discussion posts but it never quite happens. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Katherine! I try to aim for at least one discussion post per week, but somehow I always get distracted. Ha

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  9. Great month, Cyn. I'm looking forward to reading You by Caroline Kepnes. So much interesting feedbacks regarding that book! I know it's going to be one of those either I'll truly love it, or hate it. Either way, I'm dying to read it.

    Have a fantastic February!

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    1. Thanks Joyous Reads! I really hope you enjoy You. It was such a great book. But with the subject matter, I don't think there is very much of a gray area. Ha

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  10. 25 books?!? HOW?!? Great job! I loved All the Bright Places. Darker YA contemporaries aren't quite my thing, but I can't deny that All the Bright Places was so well written.

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    1. Thanks Ana! I don't know what it is, but I love the books that make me sob my eyes out. Ha. I understand why some wouldn't like it as much, but I'm glad you could appreciate the writing. It was so beautiful.

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  11. Whew awesome month! Hope Feb is even better for ya :)

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    1. Thanks Anna! I hope February is a great month for you as well.

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  12. oh wow! I'm in awe! That's a bunch of books read and reviewed! Kudos to you!

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    1. Thanks Stacy! It was a great month. :)

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  13. You are starting off the new year with a bang. I think I've read around 20 books and reviewed them too. I need to update my reading challenges to know for sure.
    Have fun with this month!

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/01/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-95-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. Thanks Laura! Sounds like you started off the new year with a bang as well. Hope you have a great February!

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  14. I had a slow month reading. A bit of a slump and some longer books. Plus some research posts. My post today: http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/2015/02/superbowl-sunday.html

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    1. Steph, I hope you get over your slump soon! But any books read is a great month.

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  15. Great month - Cynthia. Hope your Feb reads are just as good.

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  16. Oh I never told you I read All the Bright Places because of you and I cried my eyes out! Such a wonderful book and worth the buy.
    You dog is seriously the cutest. My dogs would probably lick, eat, or urinate on my books if I left them alone with them.
    I seriously want to do discussion posts but I'm really bad at them and I have so much reviews to write! You read even more them me - I'm impressed! And did so many reviews. I look forward to reading more in February. Have a fabulous day!

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    1. Adriana, I am so glad that I could push you towards that book and that you enjoyed it! It was such a beautiful book. Ha, my dog is relatively well trained and she was supervised around my books. I have a feeling if I left her alone with the books she would use them as a chew toy. Maybe. :) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great February!

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  17. What an energetic start of year ! Congrats on all the work done - and your dog is so cute :) Have a great week !

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    1. Thanks so much Red Iza! I do think my dog is pretty adorable, but I may be biased. :)

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  18. WOAH you've had an epic reading and reviewing month Cynthia! So glad to hear you loved YOU, I'm waiting to pick it up very soon because I know I'll love it.

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    1. Thanks Jeann! Oh I hope you love YOU as much as I did! It was so good. Happy reading.

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  19. 17 reviews!? Wow! That will probably be what I will achieve in the next three months ha ha! Good for you :)

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    1. Ha, Claudia. Yeah I read and reviewed a LOT in January. Probably won't be as many next month.

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