Category: Monthly Wrap-up

October Monthly Wrap Up

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October Books Read

I don’t want to jinx myself but I’m finding that I want to read more. Now if only I can get back to where I was before the pandemic. But I’m afraid, listening to the scientists, that we are in this for a very long time if people would listen and not be complacent.

My review for To Tell The Truth by Gilly Macmillan was posted on October 13th, which can be seen HERE.
My review for The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle was posted on October 20th, which can be seen HERE.

My review for Eye For Eye by J.K. Franko will be posted in November/December p
My review for The Trial Of Joe Harlan Junior by J.K. Franko will be posted in November/December as I am in the process of reading the Trilogy

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September Monthly Wrap Up

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September Books Read

Another bad month for reading!!!! At this rate, I will never meet my GR Challenge. Maybe next year! However, I know why. I definitely am enjoying reading again, unlike in March, April, May when my focus was nil due to virus. But the past couple of months we have been super busy at Partners In Crime Tours organizing a lot of tours for authors because they are unable to do in-person marketing. Stop by and see our current and upcoming tours. If a title looks like one you think you would like to review, complete the form or email me.

I purchased a Bookly subscription thinking that it would help me put in more reading time, or should I say guilt me into reading since I bought the app!? It helps a little but I just can’t seem to find extra hours in a day to sit down and read plus complete my PICT tasks and household chores. And I am also realizing that age is creeping up on me because if I do sit down to read at the end of the day, I fall asleep, which never happened to me before. I just wish Amazon sold those extra hours ūüôā

My review for Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker was posted on September 15th, which can be seen HERE.

My review for What If? by Fran Lewis, will be posted on October 28th

My review for The Third Mrs. Durst by Anne Aguirre was posted on September 29th, which can be seen HERE.

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August Monthly Wrap Up

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August Books Read

I still haven’t gotten my reading mojo back and I’m getting very frustrated about it. It seems I just can’t get past reading just 4 books each month.

I know part of the reason is that Gina, Wendy, and I are super busy with Partners In Crime Tours. Since authors are unable to do in-person marketing, they are choosing to go the route of VBTs. We have had many great titles, past, current, and upcoming. Many are still in our queue and haven’t been announced yet. If you are interested in joining us, please stop by and check things out!! We are always looking for tour hosts that post either on a blog, Facebook, and/or Instagram.

My review for EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker was posted on August 18th, which can be seen HERE.
My review for THE FIRST TO LIE by Hank Phillippi Ryan was posted on August 25th, which can be seen HERE.

My review for THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Kiersten Modglin was posted on August 27th, which can be seen HERE.
My review for THE NIGHT SWIM by Megan Goldin will be posted in the coming days.

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July Monthly Wrap Up

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July Books Read


I had a better month than I have had since March. Even though I read 4 books, I’m still not happy that I am not reading as much as I used to before COVID-19 changed our lives. And according to GR, I am behind by 5 books to make my 2020 goal. I’m thinking that the reason I did better is due to the summer heat. I’m a summer person and there is nothing that I enjoy more than sitting on my float in the pool and read. No distractions like my phone and/or the television. I’m hoping that we will have pool weather every day in August so maybe I will have a few hours of interrupted reading time.

My review for THE GOLDEN GIRL by Dana Perry was posted on July 8th, which can be seen HERE.
My review for HURRY HOME by Roz Nay was posted on July 21st, which can be seen HERE.

My review for A MILLION LITTLE LIES by Bette Lee Crosby was posted on May 28th, which can be seen HERE.
My review for SISTERS by Fran Lewis will be posted in August

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June| Monthly Wrap Up

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June Books Read

Another bad month for reading. I’m so frustrated because I don’t know if I’m in a slump or still unable to focus. I know part of the problem is that we are so busy with tours due to the virus. Authors are unable to do in-person signings so they are booking virtual tours. If interested to see the titles we are touring at Partners In Crime, check out the titles HERE.

My review for THE WIFE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH will be posted on July 20th

My review for THE MENU will be posted on June 30th, which can be seenHERE.

Monthly Wrap Up | May

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May Books Read

Another bad month for reading. As I mentioned last month, I really thought that because my husband and I are still taking precautions and only leaving the house for a trip to the grocery store and/or pharmacy, I would be devouring books, but again that wasn’t the case for this month.

What I am hoping for, going forward, is that June will be a much better month. My husband opened our pool and I love either sitting by and/or in the pool reading. I’m thinking that this way I will be away from my phone, constantly checking my feed, or not having the TV on tuned in to a 24/7 news channel.

Wish me luck!!!

My review was posted on May 19th, which can be seen HERE.

My review will be posted on June 24th

April | Monthly Wrap Up

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April Books Read

April was not a good month of reading for me. The reason: COVID-19. When our Governor shut down the state, except for essential employees and signed an executive order to stay-at-home, I thought, GREAT!!!! I will breeze through books that I am so backlogged with. However, that didn’t happen. Instead, it caused me to read less. I just couldn’t stay focused. After reading a few pages, I would stop and check my feed for any updates not only for RI, but for both states that my sons live in since it seemed that things were changing minute to minute.

How did you do with reading this month? Did COVID-19 hinder your reading like it did mine?

I did accomplish one task that needed to be done and that was to organize my office, aka my reading room. I had books everywhere and was running out of storage options. A few months back, I added a 2nd bookcase but that filled quickly and another bookcase was not in the budget at this time. So I purchased 2 under the desk carts and they soon were over capacity and the books were now piling up on my desk.

I follow quite a few book sites on Facebook and someone posted an image of how adding a 2×4 on the shelf could double your storage. My husband needed a project, at least that’s what I thought he needed, and put him to work. Not only did he cut the dividers, but he also covered them with shelf paper that looked like wood.

And the finished product!!! I still have some shelves that aren’t completely filled. But I’m sure once this health crisis is over and publishers will be shipping again, I will have space for them. And the carts under my desk are empty and waiting for new books.

March Wrap Up

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March Books Read

I hope everyone is safe and healthy during this crisis!!

When the COVID-19 virus was announced, I self-isolated due to underlying health issues, since my gut said this was not good. I also thought that being homebound this would give me a chance to read many books since I am so backlogged. But NOT!!!!! My concentration and focus is almost nil since I keep scrolling through my feed to check for any updates because it changes from minute to minute. Plus the fact, that I’m not only checking my state but the states where my sons reside. My anxiety is through the roof since one son is considered essential and has to go to the office and we have 2 relatives that are living in congregant facilities.