Amanda’s February Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! This month I read a ton of library books, so we shall see which format of books I read the most this month!

Physical Books
How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan
Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Echoes Between Us by Kate McGarry
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

eBooks
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Audiobooks
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

What books did you read in February? Leave a comment and let me know how you did this month!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hi, lovelies! As I do on all the months that I read graphic novels, here is my wrap up and mini-reviews for those that I read in the month of February.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I’ve heard so many good things about this beast of a graphic novel. I bought it a few months ago knowing I’d read it eventually. Well, the latest round of Tome Topple was in February and I wanted something quick to read so I thought this one was a perfect choice. I really enjoyed this. I haven’t read many science fiction graphic novels. I loved the characters and the fact that it was such a diverse cast. The found family was strong in this story and I totally wanted to be a part of it. I thought the world-building was done well. We got to see a few different places and they were all beautiful. I will definitely be reading more by Tillie Walden (especially since I already own a few of her other novels.)

This was the only graphic novel I managed to pick up this month (thanks to Tome Topple!) I’ve been working my way through some library books, so hopefully, I’ll read some more of my collection next month.

Did you read any graphic novels this month?

Amanda’s January Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Today we’re here for my first wrap up of the year! As you all saw in the 2020 goals post, I wanted to make a point to read more physical books and fewer ebooks. Not that there’s anything wrong with any format of reading, I just personally don’t get to enjoy reading physically as much as I used to and I want to try to be better about that. Let’s see how I did!

Physical Books
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
Daring to Dream by Nora Roberts
Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada
Spellhacker by M.K. England
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

eBooks
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Reason Number One by Briston Brooks
Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts
No Place Like Here by Christina June
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Audiobooks
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
The Beholder by Anna Bright
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

 

January DNF’s
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Warcross by Marie Lu
Matched by Allie Condie

I managed to succeed in reading mostly physical books this month and that’s something I hope to continue for the rest of the year. I’ve also started visiting my library again recently. So, hopefully, that helps too! Did you read any new favorite books in January? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2019 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Hi, lovelies! I have to say thank you to my wonderful husband for this post because I could not for the life of me figure out how to make all these graphs and charts in excel and he helped me (and actually made quite a few of them.) So, I love the yearly stats posts because it’s so much fun to see what people read and how they read it. I’ve made quite a few charts and graphs, but I will be talking about each one below the graphic.

Monthly 2020

Let’s start with my monthly breakdown. Here I’ve laid out how many books I  read each month. I think it’s interesting to see the differences in each month. I can tell you that I read so many books in August because of the Magical Readathon that happens each August. December surprised me because I didn’t think I’d read so much. But I was trying to finish a  few series before the end of the year. What was your best/worst reading month of 2019?

Ratings 2020

Next, let’s talk star ratings. Before GoodReads, I didn’t care about rating books, but now that I actually use it to track what I’ve read and what I want to read I thought it would be interesting to track how many books I liked or didn’t. I would say I had a great reading year because more than half of the books I read were either four or five stars. I had an overall average of 4.03 which I think is great! Which star rating did you give out the most?

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Last year, I  saw this chart on a few other yearly wrap up posts and I had only recently gotten into listening to audiobooks. So, I was already excited to see what mine would look like for 2019. I’m not surprised at all to see that I read mostly eBooks. That’s actually a reading goal of mine for 2020 is to try to read more physical books. Physical books are my preferred format. I’m hoping to only read eBooks at night before bed, instead of whenever time allows. Which format did you read the most of this year?

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Another interesting statistic I  was excited to see was the comparison of how many books I was reading from the library and how many I was reading that was from my physical collection. I mostly read books I owned, but I did borrow a few from the library, from friends, and used my Kindle Unlimited subscription. In 2020, I’d like to keep this close to the same because I have around 200 unread physical books that I already own and I want to focus on getting those read. Did you read books from the library or books you own?

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Toward the end of 2018, I signed up for NetGalley. I try really hard not to go wild requesting ARCs and only request ones by authors I already know of or books I’ve heard about already. I think this chart shows that I was pretty successful in that goal. I know the numbers aren’t shown, but the grey slice is only around 30 books. I’m really happy about that and plan to keep it right around the same in 2020. Did you read any ARCs in 2019?

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I thought it would be really interesting to see the difference in the publication years of all the books I read in 2019. This is a good way to see how many new releases I read compared to backlist books. It’s clear in this graph that I read mostly newer releases. This is interesting to me and makes it clear that in 2020 I should aim to focus on the backlist books that I already own, rather than getting caught up with all the new releases that I’m looking forward too. Did you read more new releases or backlist books?

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Next, we have page numbers. I love seeing the visuals of the books I read last year. This shows me that I read mostly shorter books with a few longer ones mixed in there too. These results were not unexpected as I read a fair bit of contemporary and romance books in 2019.

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I also kept track of whether each  book I read was a part of a series or a standalone (and then a few short story collections that didn’t really fit either). This chart was a bit surprising to me because I could have sworn that I read way more standalones than I did series. Though, I am happy about this because I’m trying to finish all of the series that I’m in the middle of. That’s another goal of mine for 2020, to finish all the completely published series that I am still in the middle of.

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The genre comparison is the one I was the most excited to see. After making my stats post for 2018, I made a goal in 2019 to attempt to read more genres. I didn’t want to only read contemporary and fantasy. I think I did better compared to last year but will continue to try to purposefully read more varying genres. What genre did you read the most in 2019?

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While making the genre chart, I wanted to see the difference in age ranges. I knew I’d read mostly YA but I wanted to see what the numbers looked like visually. I’m pretty happy with these results. I’m planning to make a point to read more books outside of YA and I think my other goals (reading backlist books and the books I already own) will align with this as well. Did you read mostly books for one age range?

So! These are all of the visuals I made for my 2019 reading statistics. I had a ton of fun making this post, even though it was honestly a huge pain in the butt to get all the graphics into this post. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.

Did you make a  2019 wrap up like this one? How was 2019 for you and your reading goals? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on readinng lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s End of Yearathon Wrap Up

Helllo, lovelies! I had so much fun hosting this readathon with Vicky again this year. I managed to find a new favorite series and continued two series I already knew I loved. I’m happy with what I read!

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Prompts:

Read a 2019 release

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Read a book with a red cover

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Read a book from a series you haven’t finished

The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Read a book under 300 pages

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

Read a book released before 2019

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Read a diverse book

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I managed to read three of the six books on my original TBR which is better than most of the lists I make, hah! What books did you read in the final days of the year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Thirty-One: December Wrap Up

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For the final day of Blogmas, dear lovelies I give to theeee (I hope everyone’s singing along with me) a wrap up of the books I read this monthhhh! I read lots of good stuff this month, so I’m just going to get right into it.

Physical Books
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands
The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
The Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
The Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo
The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

eBooks
The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Hungry for You by Lynsay Sands
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Soldier by Julie Kagawa
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands
Legion by Julie Kagawa
Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
Sovereign Sacrifice by Elise Kova
The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
Inferno by Julie Kagawa

These are all the books I read in December. I managed to read some that will be finding themselves on my favorites of 2019 lists next month. What did you read in December? Any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Thirty: Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hello, lovelies! I’ve been in a bit of a graphic novel slump. I think I just have too many options, too many series I’ve read the first of and bought more of the series, but haven’t picked up. So, I’m really glad I managed to finally pick up more graphic novels this month.

The Wicked + The Divine Volume Two: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I love this series. There’s something about it that just captivates me. I love the concept of the Gods reincarnating (sort of). This volume  was full of mystery and the main character, Laura, trying to find out who killed Luci. I really missed Luci and her absense kind of made this volume not as good as the first. I still ended up really enjoying it though. The huge twist at the end had me dying for the next book. I liked that we got to see more of the other gods and we got a bit more than just Laura’s perspective. I’m excited to continue with the series.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

I bought this graphic novel after seeing Scott Westerfeld speak at the DC National Book Festival. The way he talked about how images and art inspired him and changed the way he wrote stories really made me want to check this one out. I’m glad I did. The art was interesting and unique. The color difference between the regular world scenes and the panels inside the “spill zone” was beautiful. I think it was also interesting the way the different speech bubbles meant different things. We see Addie (the main character) talking, but we also get thought bubbles from her younger sister who hasn’t spoken since coming out of the spill zone the night everything happened, and speech bubbles from another character I won’t name so it doesn’t give anything away. I also thought the story itself was well done. It was compelling and mysterious. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. There wasn’t much resolution, but thankfully I have the second book too so I’ll just start that next. There was something supernatural about the story and I think that was really creative and definitely kept me interested.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

After finishing the first volume, I had to immediately pick up the second and get the rest of the story. I really loved how things connected and then were wrapped up. I think Westerfeld told an excellent story. The art was stunning. I loved the contrast between the regular world and then the spill zone and then how they were merged toward the end of the story. My only complaint would be that sometimes the shifts between scenes and characters were a bit sudden and jarring. I still really enjoyed it and these might just make a favorites list when I work on those in the coming month.

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

This graphic novel made me nostalgic for when I was introduced the the video game. I used to play it with a neighbor of mine that turned into a close friend. It made me miss her. But aside from that, I didn’t love this. The time travel bits were really confusing at first. I did like that they included actual art from the game. But overall, I’m definitely going to stick with the game.

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson (also several other guest artists)

This, so far, is probably my least favorite of this series. Though we actually get some back story on the gods and the people they were before being awoken as gods, which I thought was interesting. This was kind of all over the place. The two characters I liked the most are not longer in the story. Plot wise, things are getting wild. I think the mystery and suspense is done really well. The reader knows more than some of the characters, but were still not given all the information. I thought the inclusion of guest artists was interesting and made each of the gods featured more unique. Overall, while it was my least favorite I still really enjoyed it.

Did you read  any graphic novels in December? Have you read any of these ones? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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