Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 books I've read in 2015 (so far..)

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and theBookish.


Normally I don’t make more than 1 post in a day, but it just so happened that the end of June fell on a Tuesday and I liked this week’s top 10 topic. So here is my second posting for the day.

Images from Goodreads

What are the favourite books you’ve read so far this year? Leave me a message in the comments. If you participated in Top 10 Tuesday, leave me your links so I can check them out.

Monthly Wrap-up: June 2015

Month in review is a monthly meme which was created by Kathryn at Book Date.


Summer is here folks! My least favourite season because it means humidity and that means my elephant friend (I call him Peanut) returns to his favourite place to sit: my chest. Blah. Those days suck. Am I ever thankful for AC. Hopefully it won’t be a sweltering muggy summer. Fingers crossed.
What did I get up to in June? For some reason whenever I sit down to write my monthly wrap-ups I draw a complete blank on the past few weeks.. Does this happen to anyone else? As I mentioned in a previous post, I was laid up with back pain for a few weeks, so that kept me from going out much. Thankfully it has been feeling much better. 

On Friday night I went to see the country music group Montgomery Gentry in concert. What a fun show they put off! 

And for the last (but certainly not least) of my personal updates: On June 29th I celebrated 5 years healthy after years of heart problems. So many wonderful things have happened in my life since then and I am so thankful for all my friends and family for their support. 

Now onto the books: 

Books Completed in June:


The List:

Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood (Rating: 4/5)
Summer at Sea by Beth Labonte (Rating: 5/5)
The Last Summer (Of You and Me) by Ann Brashares (Rating: 2.5/5)
Farmers Market by Wendel Messer (Rating: 3.5/5) REVIEW TO COME
The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder (Rating: 4/5 ) REVIEW TO COME

The Stats:

Favourite Book of the Month: Summer at Sea by Beth Labonte
Favourite Setting: The cruise ship in Summer at Sea
Favourite Character: Jeremy from The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder
Longest Book Read: Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood and The Last Summer (Of You and Me) by Ann Brashares
Shortest Book Read: The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder
Total Number of Pages Read: 1244
Total Number of Fiction Books Read: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction Books Read: 0

Challenge Updates:

2015 A-Z Challenge: 11/26
2015 eBook Challenge: 16/25
2015 Historical Fiction Challenge: 8/10
Millionaire Challenge: 10,169

Currently Reading:


July TBR:

How many books did you complete in the month of June? Hope you all enjoyed your reading.
Here’s to July.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book Haul #3: (June 2015)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews

A few weeks ago I went out for dinner with my family and there just happened to be this nice farmers market set up in the middle of a parking lot. There were all kinds of yummy things for sale: fresh veggies, fruits, cookies, cupcakes and sticky buns. Thankfully we had dinner first or we would have spoiled our appetites. As we walked around I came across a man selling belts and a few books. Strange combination, I know. Well it turns out that he is an author. After selecting a book that interested me, we chatted for a few minutes about his books and I told him that I was a blogger and I would review the book after I read it. Pleased to hear this, he gave me a copy of his newest release and told me about his experiences with other farmers markets in our area. 

Here are the two books I picked up that day:

The Conquest of Canada by Wendel Messer, is a historical fiction novel set in the early 1600’s. It follows the struggles of the colonists who came to Canada. 

Farmers Market by Wendel Messer is a mystery in similar style of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It is centered around the death of a man connected to a cottage country farmers market organization. I am almost finished reading this one and hope to get a review up soon. 

Mr. Messer was also kind enough to sign both copies for me.Its nice to be able to support local authors. 

I am proud of myself this month. I only brought home 2 books. I know that in July I will bring home more because I am going away on vacation and hope to get some books that are local to the places I will be visiting. 

How did you do this month? Did you bring in many books or were you able to resist?
Happy reading!