October 31, 2015

Month in Review

Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others' posts.

Total books read this month: 17 plus 2 novellas

Audio Books Read:
The Precious One  Maria de los Santos
Memory in Death  J. D. Robb

Ebooks Read
After You    Jojo Moyes
All I Want   Jill Shalvis
Home For Christmas  Lily Everett
Hot Toy    Jennifer Crusie  (Novella)
The Whispers   Lisa Unger   (Novella)
The Good Neighbor    Amy Sue Nathan
Heartsong Cottage   Emily March
Smoke Catherine McKenzie
Along the Infinite Sea   Beatriz Williams
Incapable   Ainslie Paton

Paperbacks Read
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower   Jennifer McQuiston
Every Crooked Nanny Mary Kay Andrews aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck
An Absolute Scandal  Penny Vincenzi
Cleopatra's Shadows   Emily Holleman
Catching Fireflies Sherryl Woods. #9 Sweet Magnolias
Where'd You Go Bernadette   Maria Semple
Stars of Fortune   Nora Roberts

Genres Read
Women's Fiction (5)  Contemporary Romance (5) Historical Romance (1) Cozy Mystery (1) Romantic Suspense (3) Historical Fiction (2)

Settings Where I Read.
London,(2) England.  Idaho, Virginia, Georgia, USA. Australia. Egypt.
Some of settings lost track of. Busy month!

New to me authors.
Marisa de los Santos
Lisa Unger
Amy Sue Nathan
Catherine McKenzie
Jennifer McQuiston
Emily Holleman
Maria Semple

So that's almost 40% of my reading this month new to me authors!

Reading Challenges Completed this month.
Some challenges are not going to be finished by end of year, but never mind. These two yes!

Full House Reading Challenge 2015
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2015

Top Books for October

Just about every book was a great read but if I had to choose, I think these two would squeak in.

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Incoming Books.

Paperback Books Purchased:
Bed and Breakfast Quilts (2nd hand)  Mimi Dietrich  $25. 89 U.S. and $25 of that was shipping!!
The Lake House  Kate Morton  $25 NZ

E Books Purchased:
Switchback  Catherine Anderson  $4.84 U.S.
The Whispers.  Lisa Unger.  $1.33 U.S.
The Man I Love Suanne Laqueur  $2.99 U.S.

Library Books: 
Catching Fireflies                    Sherryl Woods
Where'd You Go Bernadette   Maria Semple
Clean                                        Katherine Ashenburg
The Christimas Feeling            Debbie Macomber/Sherryl Woods/Robyn Carr

Books coming from NetGalley 
Anything For You   Kristan Higgins
Some Kind of Wonderful  Sarah Morgan
The Things We Keep Sally Hepworth
Smoke Catherine McKenzie
The Two Family House Cohen Loigman
The Friends We Keep   Susan Mallery
Hidden Away   Jenny Marts
Rustler's Moon  Jodi Thomas

From Hachette NZ
Cleopatra's Shadows Emily Holleman
Stars of Fortune  Nora Roberts

Audio Books Bought
Secret of Everything   Barbara O'Neal

The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behaviour. Jennifer McQuiston - out November 24th

Book Spending  

$52 U.S. which is $77 NZ.  I also spent about $70 NZ at the fund raising Book Fair but not really counting that as I see it as contribution to the great causes!!


So how did your reading month pan out?


  1. You did awesome! I really enjoyed Smoke and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Happy November!

    1. So did I Freda. So many good books for us to read.

  2. Well done on your reading this month. That is cool that 40% of your books were new authors. Hopefully they are authors you will want to read again!

    1. I know surprising as I am a bit of a tried and true reader but since started blogging I have branched out quite a bit. All these are authors I'd read again which is great.

  3. What a great month of reading! I really enjoyed your review of Cleopatra's Shadow, I'm going through a ancient Egypt phase in my reading right now and will have to keep that one in mind.

  4. What a great pile of books read and waiting. Not sure where I would start in November.

  5. You had a great month! Both in reading and buying and working out! Yeah!

  6. Looks like a great month of reading for you! I'm in the middle of moving this weekend. I just popped in to link up! I won't have the internet after tomorrow for a few days, so won't be commenting much. Have a great month!

  7. You did great this month in reading. This is a fun and interesting way to look back on books read.

  8. Whoa, $25 is a hefty shipping charge! There have been a few times (okay, several times) that I've bought books from the UK because I couldn't wait for the US edition to come out. They were totally worth it!

    Happy Halloween! ♥♥

    1. Thanks Diana. I know $25 disgusting. Should really have checked it out more and would probably have found book with better postage somewhere else. Next time I will!

  9. Awesome reading month! I read Smoke... and want to read Every Crooked Nanny. Enjoy November!

  10. I'm currently reading Along the Infinite Sea and am really enjoying it. I'm going to see her this Wednesday night and I can't wait!!! Lisa Unger is a favorite of mine...I just love of books - she's a must-read for me!!!

  11. Congratulations on meeting your challenges. I'm glad you enjoyed Along The Infinite Sea. It looks like you had a great month!

  12. Great job this month! I'm jealous of your reading stats!! And I'm determined to read more than 4 measly books this month. I have Heartsong Cottage on deck for one of my holiday reads. I hope it puts me in the holiday spirit - I'm not ready for all the holiday stuff yet!

  13. Glad to hear you enjoyed so many of your reads this month. And it's always great to discover new authors. Hope you have a great November!

  14. Sounds like you had a really good month of reading. It's awesome to check out new authors, so good job with that too. I've had a book by Catherine McKenzie for a long time now but STILL need to read it. Sometimes I read books I buy much later than other books. hah All her titles look great though.


  15. Wow, I was right! You DO read a lot of books! 19 in one month - that's amazing! I usually manage 5-8 each month and that includes audios.

    Looks like you had a great reading month - it's always fun to discover new authors. Looks like you also juggle a lot of reading challenges! So much fun!

    Hope November is just as good a reading month for you!


    Book By Book

  16. Wow! Congrats on meeting the Full House RC & Alphabet RC, these two have proven to be a challenge for me. I've had the opportunity to read a lot of books from new authors too, some I've fallen in love with, others I've recommended to close friends.

    Wishing you a wonderful November Kathryn!

  17. Yay for the new to yous! I've read a couple from McQuiston and really enjoyed them :)

  18. Wow, 17 books in one month! That's about double my best month ever! You're lucky to have so much reading time - looks like you enjoyed some good ones last month. I only read 5 last month...but they were all very good, so I'm happy!

    Hope you're enjoying your November books now -


    Book By Book


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