The First Six Months of 2015

We are half-way through the calender year.  To celebrate that here is a fun rundown, of my stats thus far.

Number of Books Read

Number of Books Bought

Number of Books from Library

Fiction/Non-Fiction Ratio
33 Fiction/2 Non-Fiction

Male/Female Authors
10 Male/25 Female


Biggest turn-around in opinion
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Oldest book read 
A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott (1877)

Newest book read
The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft (May 15, 2015)

Shortest title
Desent by Tim Johnston

Longest title:
The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley

Books in translation

Most books by one author
tie 2 from Alan Bradley & Nele Neuhaus

Place names in book titles
 The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Animals in book titles
The Bat by Jo Nesbo

Colors in book titles
A Study in Scarlet, The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse, Snow White Must Die,The Silver Swan

Strange things that happened in the books I read:
A Woman is found dead in a chimney, a second woman is posessed by her witch ansestor, a third woman gives birth to the devil's baby.  A fourth, turns psychic and loses her "sight", a fifth girl made out of snow comes to life

Month in Review: June 2015

Books Reviewed:
  1.  The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  2. The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco
  3. The Travels of Daniel Ascher  by

 Books Read But Not Reviewed:
  1.  Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
  2. The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
  3. The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft
Movies Reviewed:
  1.  Still Alice
  2. Now Voyager
  3. Far From the Madding Crowd 
  4. Love & Mercy 
  5. Serena
Strange Things that happened in the books I read
A clown is murdered, a brother and sister do it, a Queen sets her niece on fire

Favorite Book of June:
Snow White Must Die, it was a fast read and kept my mind racing a stay up all night read.

A Disappointing Read:
The Bat, a book with potential but with a slow storyline was a bit of a let down.

Most Surprising:
The Silver Swan, it had a heist plot which I was not expecting at all

* Do you write a monthly wrap-up post?  How did you do this month?  Share with me and/or visit The Book Date who has a monthly link-up for exactly that.

Movie Review In A Tweet: Serena

Director: Susanne Bier
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Adapted From: novel of the same name by Ron Rash
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Rating: R for some violence and sexuality

As most of America is mired in the Depression, George Pemberton and his wife, Serena, build a booming timber business together. But the family legacy becomes a knotty issue after Serena learns that she's barren -- and George has an illegitimate son.

This movie was soooo slow.  It could have had a decent plot but they dragged any development out so I just didn't care.  That is the last time I rent a movie just because it has Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in it.

Weekly Update: 6/28/15

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 


It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR

Last Week Off the Blog

  • My boyfried visited this weekand and went to Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo
  • My ENTIRE family spent Saturday in Milwaukee, walking around town and eating dinner at a local German restaurant.

Last Week On The Blog:

      This Week On The Blog:

      • Movie Review: Serena
      • Monthly Wrap-Up
      • Mid-Year Review
      • TBR Thursday

      Currently Reading:


      *all book covers are linked to Goodreads

      Write on Review-a-Thon 6/26 - 6/27

      Write On Review-a-Thon

      I'm usually pretty good at staying on top of writing and prepping reviews but as of late I've gotten a bit behind. Therefore, when I saw The Book Vixen was hosting her Write On review-a-thon this weekend I thought it would be a great opportunity to play catch-up.

      Right now, I have two reviews to write and would like to prep a few as well.

      Reviews to write:
      • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
      • The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

       Reviews to prep:
      • Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
      • The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft