Books to Read in October

Despite the scorching temps this previous week (and those expected next week), I spent the last few days engaging in one of my favorite "back to school" activities: Decorating for Fall and Halloween. Tomorrow is October 1st and with October comes all things pumpkin spice (apple spice if you're a pumpkin spice hater) and spooky stories. In celebration of this harvest month, my books to read in October list consists solely of thrillers and mysteries. In the past few months, I've tried to shake up my TBR list with different genres, but not this month. October is for thrillers only...by far my favorite genre. Check them out below: (As always, blurbs are from Goodreads and in italics.) The Institute by Stephen King In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black…

Books to read in September

Books to Read in September

You guys, I can't believe that summer is OVER. September is here and we are officially in the back to school mode. (sniff, sniff) Don't get me wrong...I love September. I'm pretty sure that once I retire from the school system, it'll be my favorite month. The weather is perfect and fall is in the air. I don't need to wear circulation-strangling shorts anymore, nor do I need to worry about the humidity making me look like a chia pet. The one thing that's great about summer (besides the beach) is that I can read so much. Once the school year starts up, my reading time is next to nothing. So imagine my distress when I got word that almost ALL the books I had on hold for this summer came in at once...the weekend before school started. It goes without saying that my books to read in September list…

books to read in August

Books to Read in August

They say that the first step to getting over a problem is to admit you have one. So here goes: "Hi, my name is Heather and I buy too many books." I bet a lot of you can relate to this problem, right? Well, I looked at the stack of books that I've purchased over the last few months and haven't read yet, and decided that my books to read in August list could only include books from that pile. Summer is a great time for reading for me as I had no trouble finishing my books to read in July list. I know that even if I don't finish all the books in my pile by the end of the summer, if I make my books to read in August list from it, I'll at least make a dent in it. So I can, you know, buy more books.…

5 great summer books

5 Great Summer Books

It's the end of July, the middle of summer. Even if you're not off from work all summer, most people take a week or so in the summer for a vacation. And what better way to spend a summer vacation than reading? Don't know what to read? You're in luck! I've put together 5 great summer books for you. When I first decided to write a blog post about great summer books, I asked for suggestions from my own readers. And between their great summer books suggestions and my own great summer book suggestions...well, the list had approximately four hundred and ninety-seven books on it. How could I possibly choose a few great summer reads from four hundred and ninety-seven books? Instead of trying to pick from those, I decided that my list of great summer reads would either A. Be set in summer, or B. Have the word summer…

books to read in July

Books to Read in July

OMG guys! July is here!!!!! I'm so excited about all the reading I will get done. I KNOW I will finish my books to read in July list with no problem. In addition to any other Books to Read from previous months...ahem...May. For my Books to Read in July list, I've chosen books from authors that I have LOVED in the past year. It was actually really hard to narrow it down to just five books, but like I said, I'm sure I will be reading much more this month. You know, with all my free time and all that. My kids are now self sufficient...after YEARS of hearing "Mommy I'm bored" or "He/she hit me/kicked me/touched me/looked at me sideways" and my all time favorite, "Mommy, I'm HUNGRY". Oh, who am I kidding? I still hear that last one. I think the kids think I'm running a diner. See…

favorite books of spring 2019

My Favorite Books of Spring 2019

Friday is the first day of summer! (And the last day of school for us.) I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Summer is my favorite. It's so relaxing. I get so much reading and writing done in the summer (and there is no homework to nag about every day, either). To kick off our summer, let me tell you about my favorite books of spring 2019. Most of these were 4.5 stars. For some reason, I haven't really read a solid five star book in quite some time, but let me assure you, my favorite books of spring 2019 have been fabulous must-reads. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman are assistants to the CEOs of a publishing company. They share an office. They play games all day. And they hate each other. With a chance at a promotion…

books to read in June

Books to Read in June

I have a confession to make...I didn't finish all the books on my Books to Read in May list. In fact, I only read one of the five books. I put way too many books on my library reserve list and they ALL came in at the same time. So of course, I had to read those first, right. Anyway, for my Books to Read in June, I'm going to have to finish my May list AND a whole list of books to read in June. That'll be NINE books. How am I going to read all of those books in one month??? I'll Have to Cheat A Little on My Books to Read in June Translation: Audiobooks. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's not reading in the traditional sense, but it's the only way I'm going to get through a massive amount of books in the month of June. Plus, we…

books to read in May

Books to Read in May

I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am that May is here! There are only 30 some-odd days of school left, which not only means that reading season is upon me, that's only 30 some-odd days I have to get my teenager out of bed for school. Believe me, that's cause for some major celebration. She is the worst at getting up in the morning. Speaking of my favorite daughter, I stopped in her room the other day (to drag her butt out of bed for school...shocking) and I noticed a plethora of books lining her bookshelves that she's purchased over the last few months. Most of them, she has not even read. That's book neglect! Since I didn't want these poor books to be neglected, I decided that my books to read in May would be from my teenager's YA collection. (Immediately after I absconded with…

my review of every day

My Review of “Every Day”

So last week I read the book Every Day, by David Levithan. Ah...what a relief to read a book for pleasure.  Lately, I've been reading self-help books (my Books to Read in April challenge was ALL self-help) and while they've been good reads and have entertained me somewhat, I miss fiction. I love fiction above all else. So anyway, this was probably the first time (at least that I can remember) that I read a book AFTER I saw the movie. Last weekend I took a break from writing and blogging and scraping puke off the back of the toilet bowl lid, and just sat and watched a movie. I have not done that for quite some time.  I have a really difficult time choosing movies and I usually end up watching the same five movies over and over and over...(13 Going on 30, The Notebook, How to Lose a…

books to read in April 2019

Books to Read in April 2019

Yes! It's April! (Or it will be next week, anyway...) I'm so excited to share my books to read in April list with you guys! April means flowers are blooming and spring is straggling to its feet. It means warmer days and longer nights. And spring cleaning! Is there anything better than spring cleaning? Okay, maybe spring cleaning isn't the best (unless you're Marie Kondo), but spring is a great time to start anew...new wardrobe, clean environment, and a better you. Last Year, I Did a "Better Me" Project on My Blog in April I set precepts every day to follow on my quest to be a "better me". April seemed like the perfect time to be reborn, so to speak. So in keeping with that idea.... My Theme for Books to Read in April is...Self-Help Books I hear you groaning from over there. Believe me, I get it. Until…