Friday, February 1, 2019

Read-at-Home Mom Report: January 2019

This month, I made an effort to read more slowly, and to avoid reading books just to inflate my Goodreads count. As a result, I had more time to actually post reviews, and I'm pleased to say that I have already published a review of every book I read in January. I read 27 books in all, and I'm starting February with just a couple of books in progress. I may need to consider reducing my Goodreads goal (currently set at 400) if I continue to read at this more leisurely pace, but I like the way things went this month, so I won't have a problem doing that if it becomes necessary.

Books Read


The Reed of God
by Caryll Houselander
Format: Paperback
Genre: Religious/Catholic
Source: Inter-library loan
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


All that Remains

by Patricia Cornwell
Format: Audiobook (read by C.J. Critt)
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Source: Public library (RB Digital app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Lakeshore Christmas
by Susan Wiggs
Format: Paperback
Genre: Holiday; Romance
Source: Personal collection
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


Tart of Darkness

by Denise Swanson
Format: Audiobook (read by Melissa Moran)
Genre: Cozy mystery
Source: Public library (Hoopla app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


The Friendship War

by Andrew Clements
Format: Digital ARC
Genre: School story (middle grade)
Source: NetGalley
Review:  On the blog (⭐⭐⭐)


Hitting the Books

by Jenn McKinlay
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Cozy mystery
Source: Birthday gift from my mom
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


A Fool and His Honey

by Charlaine Harris
Format: Audiobook (read by Therese Plummer)
Genre: Cozy mystery
Source: Public library (RB Digital app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


Jip: His Story

by Katherine Paterson
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Historical fiction (middle grade)
Source: Personal collection
Review: On the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Last Scene Alive
by Charlaine Harris
Format: Audiobook (read by Therese Plummer)
Genre: Cozy mystery
Source: Public library (RB Digital app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


Interior Castle

by St. Teresa of Avila
Format: Ebook/Librivox audiobook
Genre: Religious/Catholic
Source: Personal digital collection
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


The Library Book

by Susan Orlean
Format: Ebook
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Public library (Cloud Library app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life

by Kendra Tierney
Format: Paperback
Genre: Religious/Catholic
Source: Christmas gift
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Cruel and Unusual

by Patricia Cornwell
Format: Paperback/Audiobook
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Source: Personal collection
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Book Girl

by Sarah Clarkson
Format: Paperback
Genre: Nonfiction/Christian
Source: Christmas gift from my sister
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


I Saw Three Ships

by Elizabeth Goudge, illustrated by Margot Tomes
Format: Digitized hardcover
Genre: Christmas
Source: Open Library
Review: On the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


The Body Farm

by Patricia Cornwell
Format: Paperback/audiobook (read by C.J. Critt)
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Source: Personal collection
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


We Alcotts

by Aileen Fisher & Olive Rabe
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Personal Collection
Review: On the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Haunting on Heliotrope Lane

by Carolyn Keene
Format: Audiobook (read by Jorjeana Marie)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Public library (Hoopla app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


The Gun Also Rises

by Sherry Harris
Format: Digital ARC
Genre: Cozy mystery
Source: NetGalley
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

by J.K. Rowling
Format: Hardcover (U.K. Edition)
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Personal collection
Review: See my #YearOfHarryPotter posts (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Bones Are Forever

by Kathy Reichs
Format: Paperback/audiobook (read by Barbara Rosenblat)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Personal collection
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐)


Puddin'
by Julie Murphy
Format: Ebook
Genre: Realistic fiction (YA)
Source: Public library (Libby app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Picture Books (with links to Goodreads reviews):

Blog Posts Published

Read-a-Thons Completed

This month, I participated in Bout of Books (January 7-13), for which I finished 5 books, and Winter's Respite, which ran the whole month, so all the books I read during the month counted.

Challenge Progress

I've made a lot of progress on my alphabet challenges, but that will slow down some as I start to read multiple books whose titles and authors start with letters I've already checked off. I don't expect to do this well with challenges every month! 
  • Alphabet Soup: 13 of 26 read
  • Alphabet Soup Author Edition: 11 of 26 read
  • #CathLit: 3 of 19 read
  • Cloak and Dagger: 9 of 55 read
  • Craving for Cozies: 5 of 51 read 
  • Library Love: 7 of 60 read
  • Mount TBR: 10 of 36 read
  • RMFAO Audiobooks: 8 of 25 read 
  • Goodreads goal: 27 of 400 read  
I'll be linking up this post with Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the January 2019 Wrap-Up Round-Up and with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for this coming week's edition of It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

9 comments:

  1. Tart of Darkness and the Friendship War both sound good. My weekly update

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  2. What a great variety of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  3. Wow- you're a huge reader! I'm glad The Library Book worked so well for you- I liked it but didnt love it. I think that's because I listened on audio. Good luck on 400!

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  4. I am so happy to hear you've found a rhythm you're happy with, even if it means possibly lowering your numeric reading goal. I have to say, I was thrilled to see Hello, Lighthouse named the Caldecott Medal Winner. Loved that book and almost bought it for my mom, last year. I really enjoyed reading your review of The Library Book. I'm hoping to read that one by this summer. Thanks for all the shares, Katie!

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  5. Fun to read about The Library Book. I liked it very much. I'll look for The Friendship War by Clements, a just-right book for my older granddaughter.

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  6. I've been hearing great things about The Library Book! I'm going to check if my library has the audiobook.

    I hope your February reading is great!

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  7. I've been reading so many positive things about The Library Book - I will have to find it soonest! :) Have a great reading week.

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  8. You read an exceptional number of books and with such a variety too. I'm hoping to read The Library Book this year too.

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  9. You read (and reviewed) a whole lot of books in January!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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