June 2017

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in June 2017 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer
  2. Ella’s Triple Pleasure by Anna Lores
  3. The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff
  4. Fallen Star Dust by Morgan Straughan Comnick
  5. Bush Redemption by Dave Wright
  6. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  7. Gossamer (Chronicles of Eledon Book 3) by Joni Parker
  8. For Love and Fear by L.D. Carson
  9. Deathly Unloved by Annee Cooper
  10. Modern Slavery and the Gods of Consumption by Ofer Even
  11. Missing by Adiva Geffen
  12. The Watcher by Eli Carros
  13. 2036 The Proof by Zvi Speiser
  14. Rahab and Joshua – A Biblical Love Story by Rivka Gonen
  15. The Secret of Being Together by Amos Tsur & Tsafy Tsur
  16. Courage and Grace by Yoseph Komen
  17. The Aeon Star by Lauren T. Hart
  18. Your Crossroads. Your Choice. by EJ Apicello
  19. Final Girls by Riley Sager
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May 2017

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in May 2017 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories by Bernard Ditchik
  2. A Daughter’s Curse by C.J. Davidson
  3. Jaeth’s Eye (The Agartes Epilogues #1) by K.S. Villoso
  4. The Brain Show by Zeev Nitsan
  5. From the Nile to Jordan by Ada Aharoni
  6. A Blue-Eyed Asset by Dana Arama
  7. Blood on the Ground by Paul Usiskin
  8. Operation Child Soldier by Jaci Wheeler
  9. Thin Air by Yotam Jacobson
  10. No Medals Today by Shlomi Tal
  11. Blood Moon by Nancy Gray
  12. Aina’s Breath (The Agartes Epilogues #2) by K.S. Villoso
  13. Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
  14. Drakon Book 1: The Sieve by C.A. Caskabel
  15. Sweet Tales: The Adventures of Brittany and Lace by Laurie Hyman
  16. Domme Experience by Simone Freier
  17. The Kingdom by Amir Or
  18. Married to the Mossad by Shalva Hessel
  19. Riversnow by Tess Thompson
  20. I Love you My Child, I’m Abandoning You by Ariela Palacz
  21. Double Interest by Odeda Yaari
  22. The Hand: The Mirror of the Soul by Talma Brill
  23. Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  24. Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J.C. Andrijeski
  25. No Rest for the Wicked by Krystal Jane Ruin
  26. Sapphire’s Flight (The Agartes Epilogues #3) by K.S. Villoso
  27. List of 10: The True Story of Serial Killer Joseph Naso by C.L. Swinney
  28. Dreamwalkers by Tiaan Lubbe
  29. City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff
  30. Feeble Connections by Meghana Sarathy
  31. Drakon Book 2: Uncarved by C.A. Caskabel
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April 2017

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in March 2017 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Laura Monster Crusher by Wesley King
  2. Survivor of the Clan by Jennifer Ott
  3. Halayda by Sarah Delena White
  4. Spoonful Chronicles by Eden Ghulam
  5. Redfern by G.D. Tinnams
  6. Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images by Shavonda Robinson
  7. The Women Who Love Rome by London Tracy
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March 2017

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in March 2017 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Tribulations by Faith Hunter
  2. Lalin Bonheur by Margaret O. Howard
  3. Are You There, Krishna? by Rachel Khona
  4. No Quarter: Wenches (Volume 1) by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor
  5. The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
  6. Legacy by Hannah Fielding
  7. Pork Pies by Judy Nichols
  8. Venus and Lysander by Yoshiyuki Ly
  9. Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs
  10. International Business Language by Tami Lancut Leibovitz
  11. Thirty Shades of Happiness by Haim Ben Hai
  12. Raking Light from Ashes by Relli Robinson
  13. The Big Jump by Shmuel Cohavy
  14. In The Prison of Our Grief by S.E. Amadis
  15. Blood Rain by Nancy Gray
  16. Someone to Stay by B.M. Sandy
  17. Vision: Seeing is Achieving by Allan Sealy
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February 2017

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in February 2017 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Stormy Waters by Miron Ben Ari
  2. Uscolia: Learning Without Teaching by Gabriel Lanyi
  3. Take Me To The Start by J.R. Kavit
  4. Fool Me Twice by Philippa Jane Keyworth
  5. A Random Traveler by Leo Getz
  6. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  7. Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla by D.C. Triana
  8. Place to Belong by Claire Boston
  9. Confrontation with Evil by Steven A. LaChance
  10. Zoysana’s Choice by Gordon A. Long
  11. Emerge Beyond Circles by John Geers
  12. The Journey to Magmatic by Ya’akov Halevy
  13. How To Catch Your Mate by Michael Goldenberg
  14. Survival: Hijacking Into Freedom by M. Ben Yanay
  15. The Weight of Happiness by Ayelet Kalter
  16. The Visitor by Brent Ayscough
  17. The Fat Man’s Monologue by Aliza Galkin-Smith
  18. When Blood Reigns by Barbara Custer
  19. Multiple-Victims Murder by Arnon Edelstein
  20. Millionaire Training by Tami Yaari
  21. Those Who Are Left by Josh Stricklin
  22. Happy Friday Life by Karen L.K. Picard
  23. In The Line of Fire by Teofil Tobias Reiss
  24. A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko
  25. Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid by Dina C. Tate
  26. A Dog’s Luck by Liora Barash Morgenstern
  27. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  28. Ernie and the Evils of Insurance by Brent Ayscough
  29. Trials by Faith Hunter
  30. K My Name is Kendra by Kamichi Jackson
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January 2017

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in January 2017 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
  2. Sweet by Lisa Hahn
  3. To See a Jaguar by E. Etinger
  4. Cubicle to Cuba by Heidi Siefkas
  5. Murder at Midnight by John Ukah
  6. Eidolons by Harrison Fountain
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A reading reflection

Today I wanted to reflect on my reading habits ever since I started my blog, I Heart Reading, and how (and if) they changed since I started reviewing. I started my blog in November 2010 but only actively started blogging about books in 2011.

In 2011, I read and reviewed 89 books on my blog. Back then, I didn’t review every book I read, so it’s likely I read at least 100 books that year.

In 2012, I kept track of the books I read, and the ones I actually ended up reviewing. I read 136 books, and reviewed most of them (if I counted correctly from my list, I ended up not reviewing 25 of them, for various reasons, totalling my reviewed books for that year on 111). So, I reviewed 22 books more than the year before.

In 2013, I only kept track of the books I reviewed, but I vowed to review every book I read. I may have missed one or two, but the count is mostly correct. That year, I reviewed 210 books, an extraordinary 99 more than the year before, almost doubling my count from 2012.

In 2014, I read and reviewed 289 books. Amazing. That’s almost one book a day. And add to that, I also introduced mini-reviews: short reviews of books I’d read during the past years that I still had galleys from (or had stored on Netgalley) but I had never gotten around to reviewing. My Netgalley review ratio was at about 10%, but I had read most of the books I’d received, so I vowed to bring that up to a healthy 80% ratio through mini-reviews. 56 mini-reviews later (and each mini-review post counts 3 reviews, totalling 168 individual mini-reviews) I had caught up and had raised my review ratio to about 80%. These were mostly reviews for books I’d read earlier, so not that year, but still, 2014 was one of my best reading years ever.

In 2015, my review count went slightly down, to 218 – still an amazing amount of books. But 2015 was a busy, challenging year for me, with having to move, finishing my university degree, and other adjustments I had to make. I kept on with the mini-reviews this year, writing 11 mini-review posts consisting of 3 mini-reviews each, totalling 33.

And now, 2016 is coming to its end. This year, I read and reviewed 199 books on my blog. Not my best year, I admit that, but still, pretty good, isn’t it? It’s less than in 2013, 2014 and 2015, yes, but it’s not that far apart, and it kept me sane, and I can balance it with my other activities. On top of that, I also wrote 34 mini-review posts, consisting of 3 mini-reviews each, totalling 102 mini-reviews.

Having these numbers here is a good eye-opener. Since I started blogging, I doubled the amount of books I read in a year (one year even tripling it, but that’s bordering on crazy), and now I average about 200 books a year. That’s a good number. I hope to keep that up for the years to come. But reading is still a hobby for me. If I get bored, or it’s no longer fun, then the number will go down, and I’ll just read less. If it keeps me entertained, then I’ll read more.

Either way, for 2017, I’m not really setting any reading goals. If possible, I want to read about 200 books, but one or more less won’t hurt me. I would like to meet my reading challenges goals (I read about 5 challenges every year I participate in), and I would like to read more books of my own choosing, books I bought myself or specifically requested.

Here’s to 2017. May it be a good year for blogging, writing, reading, and love and happiness.

 

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