March 2020 Wrap Up

March is finally over! This was a tough month for everyone as life completely changed with COVID-19 and social distancing/quarantine/shelter in place, but I still managed to read 12 books with all that going on.

PHYSICAL BOOKS

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ☆☆☆☆
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson ☆☆☆☆☆
The Shadows by Alex North [ARC] ☆☆☆☆
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver ☆☆☆.5

EBOOKS

Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples ☆☆☆☆.5

AUDIOBOOKS

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆☆☆
Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray ☆☆☆☆
Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston ☆☆☆
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski ☆☆☆☆
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams ☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 75 books: 34/75 (16 books ahead of schedule!)

Explore more genres: I had a decent mix of genres this month, but it was all my favorites. Lydia Bird was the only book that was different for me. Nothing wrong with comfort reads at a time like this!

Buy fewer books: I got my preorder of Crescent City and I ordered a few books at the end of March to prepare for another month of isolation. Whoops.

Finish more series: Nope. Started more series.

Reread more: No rereads this month. Lots of new releases.

Read at least two classics: Not yet

Read one graphic novel each month: Saga, Vol. 2


I didn’t make amazing progress on my goals in March, but I did read a lot. I only read one more book in March than I did in January in February, BUT Crescent City was 800 pages, so I think that should count for more. In April, I’m predicting more physical books as I finally adjust my schedule to shelter-in-place life, but fewer audiobooks because I normally listen to those in the car during my commute to work. Maybe I’ll finally read one of those classics!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in March?

February 2020 Wrap Up

We made it through another month! Here’s all the books I read in February.

PHYSICAL BOOKS

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup ☆☆☆☆
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples ☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg ☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams ☆☆☆☆
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing ☆☆☆☆
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ☆☆1/2
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord ☆☆☆☆☆
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ☆☆☆☆
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski ☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 75 books: 22/75 (10 books ahead of schedule!)

Explore more genres: I read my first physical contemporary romance book, first Nordic noir, first ebook in awhile, lots of new authors

Buy fewer books: I broke my book buying ban this month. I got my first BOTM add-on since October, bought two books for myself, and bought one Kindle book. But I avoided the Book Outlet sale!

Finish more series: I finished The Winner’s Trilogy!

Reread more: I reread ACOMAF

Read at least two classics: Not yet

Read one graphic novel each month: Saga


I read more than I realized this month because I got through so many audiobooks. I didn’t read as many physical books as I usually do, but two of them were 500+ pages. I actually read the same number of books in February as I did in January, so I am on track to exceed my reading goal for 2020!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in February?

January 2020 Wrap Up

I can’t believe January is at an end! On the one hand, January has been forever long. On the other hand, I started this blog one month ago on January 1, and I feel like I haven’t had nearly enough time to figure everything out! I can’t believe it’s already time to post my first monthly wrap up on my blog!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson ☆☆☆☆☆
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher ☆☆1/2
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett ☆☆☆☆1/2
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi ☆☆☆1/2
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James ☆☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ☆☆☆☆
Renegades by Marissa Meyer ☆☆☆☆☆
Frankly in Love by David Yoon ☆☆1/2
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ☆☆☆☆☆
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ☆☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 75 books: 11/75 (5 books ahead of schedule!)

Explore more genres: Nothing new, but I definitely read a mix of genres and continued to explore contemporary romance!

Buy fewer books: The only new book I got was my one BOTM pick!

Finish more series: I reread Renegades so I could finish the series, but I didn’t make any other progress and actually started some new series.

Reread more: I reread two books, Renegades and ACOTAR.

Read at least two classics: Not yet, but I’ve got all year!

Read one graphic novel each month: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)


Overall, I’d say I had a really great start to the year. I read a lot of books, and most of them were 4 or 5 star reads! I am also pleased with the progress I’ve made toward reaching my reading goals for the year. There’s still a lot of 2020 left ahead of us, but if January was any indication, it’s going to be a great year!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in January?

2020 Reading Goals

Hello, everyone! I’m Caroline! For my first post, I want to share my reading goals for the new year. I’ve thought a lot about what I accomplished in 2019, and how I want to keep growing in 2020!

Read 75 Books

It’s so difficult for me to choose a number of books to read that is challenging but still attainable. In the past few years, I’ve had some really great reading years (90 books in 2017!) and some not so great (25 books in 2018). Based on this, my 2019 goal was to read 30 books to help me rediscover my love of reading without the pressure to read a ton. Well, I ended up finishing 75 books in 2019, so I know I can do it again in 2020. I would love to read 100 books this year, but I don’t need to put that kind of pressure on myself by making that my official goal.

Explore More Genres

My favorite genres are YA fantasy and thrillers, with a sprinkling of sci-fi, and my 2019 reading reflects those preferences because my goal was to fall back in love with reading. Toward the end of the year, I started branching out a bit. I read a couple horror and paranormal books around Halloween. I discovered the joys of the contemporary romance genres. I used to love poetry, but I haven’t read any in awhile. Of course I’ll be reading lots of fantasy and thrillers this year, but I’m going to mix it up and stop judging books by their genre.

Buy Fewer Books

My shelf situation is out of control. I got 16 new books in December alone (most of those were gifts, but still). I need to read what I own before I buy more books, and make sure I’m only buying books I will love. I’m not giving up my BOTM subscription, but I’m avoiding add-ons. I can take advantage of my local library when I really want to read a book I don’t already own. I know I will buy some new releases by favorite authors and books in series I’m reading, but for the most part I will shop my own shelves.

Finish More Series

In 2019, I started a lot more series than I finished. I discovered so many amazing new worlds, but got very little closure. I recently made a list of all my series in progress, and it’s ridiculous. I’m planning a future blog post to share the series I want to finish in 2020, but I don’t think I can make it through ALL my unfinished series in a year. What I do know is that I don’t need to start any new series until I finish what I’ve started.

Reread More

It’s so easy to get caught up in new releases and the overwhelming number of unread books out there that we neglect our old favorites. This is a mistake. Those are the books that made us fall in love with reading in the first place, and why we keep on reading. I’ve worried that rereading an old book will take time away from reading something new. Oh, well. My favorite books are a part of me, and it’s important to make time to revisit my favorite characters and worlds. Audiobooks are a great compromise to make time for old books while still keeping up with the new, but I want to make time for a few physical rereads this year too.

Read At Least 2 Classics

I did not read any classics in 2019. In fact, the last time I read a classic was 2017. I don’t think that readers have to read a lot of classics to be “good readers,” but I’m also an English teacher, so I feel like it’s time. Classics tend to be slower reads for me, but I think one every six months is manageable.

Read 1 Graphic Novel Each Month

I started teaching a Comic Book elective this year, but I am far from an expert on the subject matter. Since graphic novels are quick reads, it shouldn’t be too hard to fit in one each month.

Grow My Blog & Bookstagram

Starting this blog is the first step to reaching one of my biggest goals for the year! I’ve wanted to start a blog for YEARS but I never could decide if I wanted to start a crafting blog or a beauty & fashion blog or a TV & film blog or WHAT. But last year bookstagram reminded me that my #1 love always has been and always will be books, and starting a blog felt like the next step. Instagram has been a great creative outlet, but I need a writing outlet too.

This blog is still a work in progress. It is not yet everything I want it to be. I don’t even know everything I want it to be. But that’s okay. It is DAY ONE. I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out, and I’m so happy you are here on this journey with me!

What are your reading goals for 2020? Let me know in the comments!