JUNE 2022 READING WRAP UP

Another month and another couple memoirs, thrillers, a romance, a contemporary, and a poetry collection. The stand out favorite, without a doubt and as expected, is Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake, which was a solid 4 star mystery-thriller. Pleasantly surprised by It Ends With Us, much better than the last few Colleen Hoover’s I’ve read, and by All Adults Here by Emma Straub. It goes without saying that Know My Name was exceptional, my heart still hurts, Chanel is a force

GENERAL STATS

Total: 7 books
Pages: 2,320

Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 3

Audiobooks: 3
Physical books: 4

Borrowed books: 3
→ Library savings $64.98
Personal collection: 4

2022 TBR: 2
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 1
Debut Work: 2

STORYGRAPH STATS
JUNE READS
JULY TBR

In July I hope to read The Layover, which looks and sounds like the perfect summer romance. The state of the world is crap, so maybe it’s time I read The Handmaid’s Tale because I’m seeing a lot of refences to it lately. For the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of bookish and book related words, I want to pick up Rock Paper Scissors and The Paper Palace. Lastly, hoping to throw in squeeze in The Song of Achilles and Fates and Furies from by 2022 TBR

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR // SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

Half way into the year and I’ve read over half of my 2022 TBR!

Officially half way through 2022 and I’ve read 16 of the books of my 2022 TBR, making my completion percentage 53.33%. In my first quarter update, I predicted my completion percentage would be between 60-70% at this point, yeah no. But I’m on track to finish by the end of the year, so it’s all good. Of the 5 I read this quarter, there was one 5 star, two 4 stars, one 3 star, and one non-fiction I will not give a star rating.

My predictions for what I’ll have finished by end of Q3:

1 | The It Girl by Ruth Ware

2 | Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

3 | Upgrade by Blake Crouch

4 | In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

5 | Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

6 | The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

7 | Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

What book should I pick up next?

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR – FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 TBR – INTRODUCTION linked here
Goodreads 2022 Bookshelf linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here
READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here

MAY 2022 READING WRAP UP

Definitely a variety this month: two thrillers, one fantasy, one romance, three memoirs (technically), and one nonfiction. The stand out favorite of the month was Behind Her Eyes, a super hyped thriller by Sarah Pinborough, followed by Book Lovers, The Cartographers, and Local Woman Missing

GENERAL STATS

Total: 8 books
Pages: 2,546

Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 4

Audiobooks: 6
Physical books: 2

Borrowed books: 3
→ Library savings $69.99
Personal collection: 5

2022 TBR: 2
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 1
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 3
Debut Work: 2

STORYGRAPH STATS

MAY READS
JUNE TBR

In June I hope to read recently released Yerba Buena as I have an ARC copy I won in a Goodreads giveaway and in celebration of Pride month. For the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of “All” I want to pick up All Adults Here and All the Light We Cannot See, and maybe, just maybe, I can squeeze in The Song of Achilles, Fates and Furies, and Know My Name from by 2022 TBR before the end of Q2

Until next time, Meryn


APRIL 2022 READING WRAP UP

Three romances in one month, who is she?? Unfortunately, I didn’t really like any of them – but thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin and Goodreads for my ARC copy of A Brush With Love I won in a Goodreads giveaway! I passed it along to a friend who I think will enjoy it more than I did

The stand out favorite of the month was Memphis, a stunning debut by Tara M. Stringfellow, followed by A Little Hope and The Golden Couple with honorable mention for Big Little Lies

GENERAL STATS

Total: 7 books
Pages: 2,353

Fiction: 7
Nonfiction: 0

Audiobooks: 5
Physical books: 2

Borrowed books: 3
→ Library savings $27.00
Personal collection: 4

2022 TBR: 1
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 2
Debut Work: 4

STORYGRAPH STATS
APRIL READS
MAY TBR

In May I hope to finish A Million Little Pieces I started in April, hope to read 2 books for the #buzzwordreadathon prompt of directions including Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, and in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I plan to read The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd and Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Until next time, Meryn


MARCH 2022 READING WRAP UP

General stats

Total: 9 books
Pages: 3,079

Fiction: 7
Nonfiction: 2

Audiobooks: 4
Physical books: 5

Borrowed books: 6
→ Library savings $155.89
Personal collection: 3

2022 TBR: 5
2022 Release: 4
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 4
Debut Work: 3

Storygraph Stats
MARCH READS
APRIL TBR

Until next time, Meryn


FEBRUARY 2022 READING WRAP UP

General stats

Total: 8 books
Pages: 2,760

Fiction: 6
Nonfiction: 2

Audiobooks: 4
Physical books: 4

Borrowed books: 5
→ Library savings $115.98
Personal collection: 3

2022 TBR: 2
2022 Release: 0
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 2
Debut Work: 1

Storygraph Stats
FEBRUARY READS
MARCH TBR

Until next time, Meryn


JANUARY 2022 READING WRAP UP

General stats

Total: 13 books
Pages: 2,298

Fiction: 8
Nonfiction: 5

Audiobooks: 5
Physical books: 8

Borrowed books: 9
→ Library savings $178.97
Personal collection: 4

2022 TBR: 4
2022 Release: 3
Book of the Month: 2
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 3
Debut Work: 4

Genre Goals

☐ 5 books about antiracism
What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri
☐ 4 classics
☐ 3 translated works
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator)
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
☐ 2 comedy/humor
☐ 1 poetry collection
Counting Descent by Clint Smith

Storygraph Stats
January Reads
February TBR

Until next time, Meryn


2022 TBR – INTRODUCTION

The 30 books, new and backlist titles, I hope to read throughout 2022

I can’t be sure what possessed me to make a 30 book TBR at the end of 2020 to guide my reading in 2021, but I’m so glad I did! Of the 30 books selected for 2021, I read 25 of them and four became 5 star favorites (2021 TBR recap linked here)

When it came time to start brainstorming for my 30 book, 2022 TBR, I knew I wanted more structure when it came to my selection process and created 5 themes with 6 titles in each category. This list is definitely heavy on new and recently released books, with 75% or more having been released in the past 3 years. While there is an obvious emphasis on thrillers and mysteries, there is also science fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, a critically acclaimed memoir, a work place romance, and a short story collection

2022 Thrillers

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

2022 Releases

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

2021 Releases

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Crosby

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read That Yet

The Secret History by Donna Tart

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Crosby

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Personal Recommendations + Creator Favorites

Know My Name by Chanel Miller
(recommended by Kaitlin)

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
(favorite of Kayla of BooksandLala)

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
(recommended by Kylie)

The Push by Ashley Audrain
(favorite of Gabby of gabbyreads)

Fate and Furies by Lauren Groff
(recommended by Leeann)

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
(favorite of Abby of Crime By The Book)

Until tomorrow, Meryn


READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here
Goodreads 2022 Bookshelf linked here

2021 TBR // FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION

Toggle the bar below back and forth to see the progress i made throughout 2021!

Back in 2020 when I made this list of books to read in 2021, I didn’t really expect to read them all, so to read 25 of the 30 is a huge success. That brings my completion up to 83% from 53% at the end of Q3

Looking at this grouping of books just brings me so much joy. Of the 25 I read, four were 5 star reads, and twelve were 4 star reads. The only true flop in the bunch was The Devil and the Dark Water because I DNF’d it twice. Of the 5 books I didn’t read, this is the one I’d be the least likely to pick up in 2022

I definitely still want to read The Sandman as a have a physical copy on my bookshelf – maybe I’ll pick that up in September or October in prep for spooky season. I keep hesitating on starting American Dirt and Nine Perfect Strangers because I feel like I’ve seen more negative reviews than positive reviews at this point for them both, for different reasons. That leaves The Happiness Project, which I started reading and annotating years ago, but for some reason, that makes me really not want to pick it up again. In my head, I need a fresh, new, clean copy to read, silly I know

I spent about two months perfecting my 30 book, 2022 TBR that I am so excited to share and start in 2022. Again, it has a mix of booktok, booktube, and bookstagram recommendations, throwback titles, and new releases of 2022 – blogpost to come soon!

Until tomorrow, Meryn


Original blogpost READING GOALS + TBR LIST // 2021 linked here
FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here
Goodreads 2021 Bookshelf linked here

BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP // VOLUME 2 ISSUE 17

A review and rating of the last 5 books I read and a look into my TBR list for books to come

Vicious
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publication Date: September 2013
Genre: fantasy, science fiction
Method: personal paperback

This is the story of two college friends who force upon themselves superpowers, but don’t become superheroes, unlike classic comic books storylines. Instead, villians with vicious intents.

I will admit, I was nervous going into this given how mehh I felt about VE Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. But this story? Incredible. Deliciously wicked, genius, and seamless from start to end – this was near perfection.

This was fun to read, probably the most fun I’ve had reading in the past 6 months. I was intrigued and invested right from the start. Personally, I’m not one for superhero movies, tv shoes, comic books, etc. But this was fantastic. A story all about villians is definitely something I can sink my teeth into. As a reader, I like cheering for the bad guys, and this book perfectly lends itself to that. My only complaint is that I lost interest in the last quarter or so. I loved the initial set up and the character backgrounds but when we got into the meat of the combat and violence near the conclusion of the book, I just lost interest, thus the 4 star rating.

Atomic Habits
Author: James Clear
Publication Date: October 2018
Genre: nonfiction, self help, personal development
Method: personal hardback

Finally a self-help, productivity book that left me feeling like I actually learned something. So much of what the author James Clear shares feels practical. I know going into 2022 that I can and will implement what I’ve learned in this book to improve my habits to achieve my goals.

In addition to the actual instructional and educational tips and tricks about productivity and habit formation, I really enjoyed the real life examples and historical references shared to drive home whatever point Clear was making. More than once I found myself discussing something in the book with Kyle. The section about climate, crops, and agriculture was fascinating! Definitely would recommend to others.

Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date: March 2019
Genre: historical fiction
Method: audiobook via TPL

If you will recall, I wasn’t a huge fan of this story the first time I read the ebook back in April of 2020, when my journey back into reading first began. Honestly I didn’t understand the massive and extreme hype, gave it 3 stars.

Since then, I’ve continued to only heard people ranting and raving about this story, literally everyone, everywhere – Bookstagram, Booktube, Book Tok, and even in my personal circle of book friends. Once I found out the audiobook had an entire cast of voice actors, I was re-intrigued. So when the year was winding down and I had time for one last audiobook, the time had come.

And oh my god, could I have been more wrong. The magic in the story lies inside the audiobook. For me, this story was so much more incredibly engaging and enjoyable via audio. I found the humorous moments to be more obvious and funny, especially when band members would misremember an event or details, something that I think I totally missed reading the physical book.

The TV adaptation produced by Amazon CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH

Vengeful
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publication Date: September 2018
Genre: fantasy, science fiction
Method: hardcover borrowed from TPL

I didn’t know this story could get better, but with the introduction of the deliciously evil Marcella Riggins and the added layer of evil and vengeance she brings to the story, top tier excellence. Which is very surprising for me because the reveal of her connection to the mob wasn’t followed by personal dread and annoyance, as is the same reveal in a mystery or thriller story.

I think the mafia/mob angle works for me in this story, where it doesn’t in thrillers, is two fold: firstly because she’s a woman, uh hello badass, and secondly, because it actually becomes an integral part of the story (and gives context to Marcella’s backstory). There’s two mystery-thrillers I read in 2021 that once the reveal of a characters involvement in the mafia/mob happened, immediately no, I lost all interest. It’s just cheap and lazy to me.

What I love about this duology as a whole is how many different timelines, plot points, and characters with their own unique, personal missions and reason for seeking revenge. There’s just a lot going on, all the time, and I love that in this story. Similar to Vicious, I like following the trail of clues V. E. Schwab is making me chase after. And don’t get me started on Eli’s back story, the emotional roller coaster VES had me on? The audacity. Thank you.

Now how many more years until Victorious is published?

What’s up next on my TBR

Until next time, Meryn