#AMonthOfFaves: My Reading Year

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Hello and welcome to day 1 of #AMonthOfFaves! Hope all of ya’ll have digested the Thanksgiving dinners and are ready to welcome December with big open arms πŸ™‚ Give a big wave to co-host, Andi @ Estella’s Revenge and creator of #AMonthOfFaves Tanya @ GirlXOXO.

Today’s topic:

Tue. | Dec. 1 – #AMonthofFaves {My Reading Year} – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least)


For my stats, I just headed over to Goodreads (I know there are people who really get into their stats- and well, I’m into them- but I feel like I need at least another 6 hours in the day to keep track of my stats- as well as another pair of hands!) So.. Goodreads is my stat keeper!


Books Read:

111 (as I write this blog post- however I’m in the middle of DISCRETION by Allison Leotta- and will finish it soon!)

14 5 star books

65 4 star books

31 3 star books

1 2 star book

Pages Read: 37,885

Longest Book: Before I read BEST LAID PLANS, the longest book I’d read in 2015 was Stacey Ballis’s RECIPE FOR DISASTER. But Allison Brennan’s BEST LAID PLANS knocked that out of longest place!


My fave genre: Women’s fiction- but mystery/suspense really worked for me this year.

Hardcover/Paperback/E-book/Audio: I really kind of forget what I read the most of because a lot of my reading was done in ARC-so that is paperback. For personal reading- I was equally split- I read some in HC, PB, and E-book. I know for a fact that I listened to 2 audiobooks this year- one being EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES (narrated by the dreamy voiced George Newbern) and the other being BEST LAID PLANS (and I forget who narrated it- but I listened to all 13 CD’s so I must have liked her voice!)


Fave book of the year? Gosh, I haven’t officially called it- but the one that gave me a book hangover of the most massive degree is a top contender. I’m also leaning toward one about 2 steel magnolias.

Other likes:


Months I read the most: Summer. I was tearing it up in the reading department over the summer.

Month I read the least: March was a hard month. Stomach flu happened and it derailed close to a week of reading plans.


Some sad bookish news for 2015:

Beatriz Williams finished her Schuyler sisters series 😦

We gotΒ  closer to the end of the alphabet for Sue Grafton- only 2 letters left. I’ll be a sad girl when Z is released into the wild.

Finally Joanne Fluke let her character Hannah Swensen pick her love- and she picked wrong. Way to go Joanne- readers who have invested much time in a series really love it when you send in a ringer for the big moments. Yuck.

And Kristan Higgins Blue Heron series comes to an end with ANYTHING FOR YOU (out end of December!)



Now that I’ve shared how my reading year is going- tell me all about yours! Link up your blog post below, take to social media (don’t forget to use the hashtag #amonthoffaves) and let us all know.

And *ahem* My Goodreads reading goal is 130- at current writing, I’m 19 books away from meeting my goal. So, you know-if you want to share some encouragement for me- just go right on ahead!


Link up here:



Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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47 thoughts on “#AMonthOfFaves: My Reading Year

  1. Loved Where They Found Her as well! And am sad to see Williams’ series end…I have the final book waiting for me on my Kindle. I’m kind of saving it until I need a recovery book…hers are so great for that!
    I’ll be joining up with A Month of Faves tomorrow!

    • Where They Found Her was really good! Did you read her first book, Reconstructing Amelia? (I’m sure we’ve discussed that!) YESSSSSSSS! Save Beatriz’s book for a treat- smart lady πŸ™‚ And you just join in #AMonthOfFaves when you can!

    • Yay for almost being to your goal! *congrats!* Thanks- I try to up my goal a little every year- but this year (while I think I’ll make it and I have read a lot) was a lot harder. Too many outside commitments demanding time and attention!

  2. Oh, my gosh, Tamara; you’ve had a GREAT reading year! I know that 19 more is a tall order, especially this time of year, but I think you can definitely knock out some more before January. πŸ˜‰ I’ve still got Along the Infinite Sea to read before the end of the year; I’m looking forward to it. Thanks so much for co-hosting this great event; I look forward to participating more!

  3. Katie says:

    Sounds like it was a good year for you! Loved the section with Sad Bookish News – I know it really is heartbreaking, but including that is different from most summaries I’ve read!

    • The first one of Grafton? I realllllllllllly enjoy her books so I’m a bit biased- and I originally read the first one about 10 years ago (I do a re-read of the letters every couple of years, tho!) Anyway that is my longwinded way of saying YESSSSSSS!

    • The first one of Grafton? I realllllllllllly enjoy her books so I’m a bit biased- and I originally read the first one about 10 years ago (I do a re-read of the letters every couple of years, tho!) Anyway that is my longwinded way of saying YESSSSSSS!

  4. ondbookshelf says:

    You and I are almost book for book with reading, I think I’m at 115 books as of today. My goal was way lower than that, so I’m planning to up it some for next year. I have the last two of Williams books to get to, but I will be doing that soon because, as you say **jazz hands**, I’ll be meeting her at the end of Jan.!! I am SO excited, I hope I don’t scare her when I tote out all of her books to be signed πŸ™‚

  5. Keep going T! You’ve got this!
    I read your comment somewhere about reading a Karin Slaughter book for 1st time this year ~ which one?!? I read Coptown last year and loved her.
    Good luck meeting your goal ~ I can recommend a few picture books if you need a couple to hit 130 πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you!!!!!!!! I needed to hear that!
      It was Pretty Girls- and it was dark. Twisted. Brutal. But SO good.
      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ If it gets tough, I’ll pull out my old Babysitters Club books to meet my goal, lol!

  6. Wow T, you are doing great and I think you will exceed your goal without a doubt! I am trying to keep up with all the wonderful books on my lists, some reviews to get done, reading three at a time and still feeling like I have a long way to go. I loved meeting Beatriz Williams, and am savoring Along the Infinite Sea,and The Tiny Little Thing…she is amazing. Hope to see her again in Jan for the Forgotten Room and to meet Karen White. Loved so many you mentioned, Girl on a Train was my favorite mystery, and Secrets of Lake Road but others came close by Sandra Block – Girl Without A Name and Little Black Lies. Am finishing Two from Isaac’s House, by Normandie Ward Fisher and that is a great book. Essie’s Roses was fabulous. and of course my very favorite was The Perfect Son, by Barbara Claypole White. I have gone on too long…but am loving all my books! And there are more!

    • Thank you!!!!! I just adore Beatriz Williams (and her books!) And you will LOVE Karen White. Met her 2 times and she is just too charming.
      I LOVE me some Sandra Block! I did not love The Secrets of Lake Road (and I was really disappointed that I did not LOVE it since I had a good feeling!)

      And I’m the only one in the world who hasn’t read Girl on a Train (but I have it on my Kindle to read at some point!)

      • Oh yay! Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one πŸ™‚

        I kinda think I had too high expectations about The Secrets of Lake Road. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t GOODDDDDD! (to me)

  7. 17 books before the end of the year is totally doable. You can do it! *\o/*

    You’re the second person who said March was her slowest reading month. Shame on March!

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