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August Wrap Up

August was unexpectedly busy with work and planning for the academic school year. It took a toll on my mental health and, honestly my reading time. I use my books as a coping tool for the busy and crazy life I live, but when things get too overwhelming, I make do with what I can.

While my results are not as impressive as July, I definitely had some good listens.

  1. Books Complete by Format
  2. Genre Breakdown
  3. Books by Ratings

Books Complete by Format

In August, I finished 10 books: 0 were physical reads, 9 were audiobooks, and 1 was an eBooks.

Genre Breakdown

There was not a lot of variety in my genre selection this month. I was in a mental health place that was not great and because of that my book selection for the most part was simple. I stuck with romance and fantasy. The fiction books were from book club and a buddy read. Those two books were a struggle, but they made it on the list.

Books by Ratings

There is not much to the book ratings this month. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of high ratings. There were some books I gave a blind chance to and others I was hoping for the best, with mixed reviews.

Last but certainly not least, the Best and the Worst of the month. This one is super easy for me to identify and should come as no surprise based on my reviews.

The Best
The Worst

August was a rough one for me personally, but hopefully September will be better.

What did your August look like? What were your best and worst reads/listens?

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July Wrap Up

July consisted of traveling, heat waves, and a lot of reading. It was the first time in a long time that I felt carefree and escaped to new places. I have not read/listened to this many books in a while, but I hope August will be another delight!

One of my favorite this is charts, so let’s see July’s breakdown.

  1. Books Complete by Format
  2. Genre Breakdown
  3. Books by Ratings

Books Complete by Format

In July, I finished 22 books: 5 were physical reads, 10 were audiobooks, and 7 were eBooks.

Genre Breakdown

If you haven’t figured it out by now, romance is kind of my go to genre, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy other genres. Honestly I am trying to push myself more to avoid only reading romance in a month. Let’s see how I did.

While 47% of my books were romance, I did read/listen to books from 8 additional genres, with my second highest genre being Manga at 14%. I did not complete any sci-fi books this month, but I did start one.

Books by Ratings

As I mentioned in my ratings post, I recently changed how I look at books. The goal being more objective with a hint of subjective. I will say that there were a lot less 5 stars than I was use to.

I wish more review/rating websites offered the half star because sometimes a book is in between. For myself, I read 2 books that I would classify as in-between (3.5 stars). Otherwise, the majority of my books were 4-star ratings.

Overall, not too shabby!

Last but certainly not least, the Best and the Worst of the month. This one is super easy for me to identify and should come as no surprise based on my reviews.

The Best
The Worst

Overall I am really happy with what I accomplished this month. Hopefully, I will have one more month of freedom before the crazy of school starts in September.

What did your July look like? What were your best and worst?

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January 2022 Reads

A new year, a new set of books….

**I will work on updating and creating blog posts for each of these books. In the meantime, here is the basic information. Please remember that I used an older rating system when I originally read these books. I will update the ratings to the newest system in each review.**

YA Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Fiction/Romance, Audiobook/Physical Book

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Romance, Physical Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Physical Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Historical Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fiction, Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Historical Fiction, Ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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February 2022 Reads

February – Black History Month and the Month of Love… While I didn’t read anything that fits into those categories, I wish I did. That is my goal for next year.

**I will work on updating and creating blog posts for each of these books. In the meantime, here is the basic information. Please remember that I used an older rating system when I originally read these books. I will update the ratings to the newest system in each review.**

Manga, Ebook

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Historical Fiction (mythology inspired), Audiobook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
YA Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Romance, Physical book

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Physical book

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Romance, Physical Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Sci-Fi, Physical Read

Rating: 1 out of 5.
YA Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Historical Fiction (Mythology Inspired), Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Manga, ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Physical Book

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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March 2022 Reads

In March, I was introduced to many new authors and characters but also returned to some old comforts. I am starting to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. I have not been disappointed… yet…

**I will work on updating and creating blog posts for each of these books. In the meantime, here is the basic information. Please remember that I used an older rating system when I originally read these books. I will update the ratings to the newest system in each review.**

Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fiction, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Manga, Ebook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Manga, Ebook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
YA Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
YA Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Historical Fiction, Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Fiction/Mystery/Thriller, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Mystery/Thriller, Audiobook

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Historical Fiction, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Historical Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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April 2022 Reads

April was when my mental health took a turn for the worse. I was not motivated to do anything but needed an escape from reality. The Brotherhood Series was exactly what I needed.

**I will work on updating and creating blog posts for each of these books. In the meantime, here is the basic information. Please remember that I used an older rating system when I originally read these books. I will update the ratings to the newest system in each review.**

Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Manga, EBook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Literary Fiction, Audiobook

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+, Physical Read

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mystery/Thriller, Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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May 2022 Reads

May was a bit crazy. I was busy teaching, traveling, and trying not to get overwhelmed. Because of all those factors, I listened to ALOT of audiobooks this month. The only books I read were ebook graphic novels because they did not require a lot of thought.

**I will work on updating and creating blog posts for each of these books. In the meantime, here is the basic information. Please remember that I used an older rating system when I originally read these books. I will update the ratings to the newest system in each review.**

Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Mystery/Thriller, Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A Court of Mist and Fury, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA+, Physical Read

Rating: 4 out of 5.
YA graphic novel, LGBTQIA+, Ebook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
YA graphic novel, LGBTQIA+, Ebook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
YA graphic novel, LGBTQIA+, Ebook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
YA graphic novel, LGBTQIA+, Ebook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Fantasy, Audiobook

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Historical Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Kaikeyi, audiobook

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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