Tuesday, April 21, 2020


In December, I thought a lot about what my Goodreads goal would be for 2020. I decided on 500 books, which would be roughly a book and a half a day. For this quarter, however, I am at just about three books a day. As it is mid-April at the time of this blog post, I was considering raising my goal. Due to life being uncertain I thought I would wait until the end of June to see if I keep up this pace.

One thing that I do each month is to participate in certain challenges. This has opened me up to reading genres I normally have no interest in. Also, I am a series fanatic and focus on quite a few series each month. In this quarter I have been able to complete a few longer series, namely the Leslie Meier Lucy Stone and the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan series. I am still reading the J. D. Robb In Death series.

Other thank the terrific J. D. Robb books, the standout books in January would definitely be You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, the tear-jerker A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins and Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten


Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire, #1) by Jaci Burton Ignite on Contact (Brotherhood by Fire, #2) by Jaci Burton Hillary's Back! (DI Hillary Greene, #18) by Faith Martin Hillary's Final Case (DI Hillary Greene, #17) by Faith Martin Jace (Kings of Country, #1) by Sasha Summers Stalemate (Eve Duncan, #7) by Iris Johansen Cowboy Firefighter Heat (Smokin' Hot Cowboys, #6) by Kim Redford Witness Protection Widow (Winchester, Tennessee #5) by Debra Webb Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally Revolver Road (Harper McClain, #3) by Christi Daugherty Invitation Only Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #26) by Leslie Meier Silver Anniversary Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #25) by Leslie Meier Turkey Trot Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #24) by Leslie Meier Eggnog Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #23.5) by Leslie Meier British Manor Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #23) by Leslie Meier Candy Corn Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #22) by Leslie Meier Divided in Death (In Death, #18) by J.D. Robb Unforgiven (Loveless, Texas #2) by Jay Crownover Justified (Loveless, Texas #1) by Jay Crownover Cold Nose, Warm Heart (Fur Haven Dog Park, #1) by Mara Wells The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo Whiteout (Survival Instincts, #1) by Adriana Anders The Tuscan Girl Completely gripping WW2 historical fiction by Angela Petch When We Were Brave by Suzanne Kelman A Hope For Emily by Kate Hewitt The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon #1) by Mimi Matthews A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon, #2) by Mimi Matthews The Winter Companion (Parish Orphans of Devon, #4) by Mimi Matthews Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6) by Janna MacGregor About an Earl by Diana Lloyd Dead Wrong (DC Maggie Jamieson #2) by Noelle Holten Big Jack (In Death, #17.5) by J.D. Robb The Forgotten Girls by Lizzie Page A Million Dreams An absolutely heartbreaking page turner by Dani Atkins The Dilemma by B.A. ParisThe Wives by Tarryn Fisher French Pastry Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #21) by Leslie Meier You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1) by Cleo Coyle Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, #4) by Ilona Andrews Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1) by Kevin Kwan The Orphan's Daughter by Sandy Taylor Imitation in Death (In Death, #17) by J.D. Robb The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Portrait in Death (In Death, #16) by J.D. Robb The Billionaire in Boots (Princes of Texas, #3) by Julia London The Devil in the Saddle (Princes of Texas, #2) by Julia London The Charmer in Chaps (Princes of Texas, #1) by Julia London Purity in Death (In Death, #15) by J.D. Robb

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My favorite February reads would be Quicksand by Iris Johansen, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, the outstanding Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, of course the several J. D. Robb In Death books I was able to read, A Dog's Hope by Casey Wilson, the incredibly touching books by Patricia Davids, An Amish Wife for Christmas, Shelter From the Storm and The Amish Teacher's Dilemma. Photos of You by Tammy Robinson was excellent, although I cried the whole way through. The two Karin Slaughter books were amazing, Last Breath and The Good Daughter.


Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8) by Iris Johansen The Lilac House (Lake Summers, #1) by Barbara Josselsohn The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne Promised by Leah Garriott Summer on Moonlight Bay / Then There Was You by Hope Ramsay The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan Whisper Network by Chandler Baker Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4) by Jasmine Guillory The Good Daughter (Good Daughter, #1) by Karin Slaughter Last Breath (Good Daughter, #0.5) by Karin Slaughter Little Girls Sleeping (Detective Katie Scott, #1) by Jennifer Chase Her Last Whisper (Detective Katie Scott #2) by Jennifer Chase Flowers on Her Grave by Jennifer Chase Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer The Road to Delano by John DeSimone His Unexpected Amish Twins (Unexpected Amish Blessings #1) by Rachel J. Good Photos of You by Tammy Robinson The Girl You Gave Away by Jess Ryder Thin Ice (Alaska Wild Mysteries #1) by Paige Shelton Well Met (Well Met, #1) by Jen DeLuca The Highland Rogue (Lords of the Highlands, #7) by Amy Jarecki The Darkness We Hide (The Undertaker's Daughter, #3) by Debra Webb Revelations of a Secret Princess (Harlequin Presents) by Annie West An Amish Wife for Christmas (North Country Amish #1) by Patricia Davids Shelter from the Storm (North Country Amish #2) by Patricia Davids The Amish Teacher's Dilemma (North Country Amish #3) by Patricia Davids Eternity in Death (In Death #25.5) by J.D. Robb Before He Vanished by Debra Webb Innocent in Death (In Death, #24) by J.D. Robb Starting Over at Blueberry Creek (Sweetwater Springs Book 4) / Sealed with a Kiss by Annie Rains The Somerset Girls A Novel by Lori Foster The Secret Admirer (Detective Natalie Ward #6) by Carol Wyer The Girl I Thought I Knew by Kelly Heard Head Over Paws (Rescue Me, #5) by Debbie Burns The Man I Loved Before by Anna Mansell Born in Death (In Death, #23) by J.D. Robb Some Days Are Dark by Miranda Smith A Dog's Hope by Casey Wilson Our Last Letter by Liz Trenow Haunted in Death (In Death, #22.5) by J.D. Robb The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson Memory in Death (In Death, #22) by J.D. Robb Origin in Death (In Death, #21) by J.D. Robb Survivor In Death (In Death, #20) by J.D. Robb The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren Visions in Death (In Death, #19) by J.D. Robb The Measure of a Man A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Night of the Scoundrel (The Devils of Dover, #3.5) by Kelly Bowen Cherry Slice by Jennifer Stone To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han Becoming by Michelle Obama The Break Up by Tilly Tennant An American Marriage by Tayari Jones The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls, #2) by Joanna Shupe Shall We Dance? (Dance With Me #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray Almost Just Friends (Wildstone, #4) by Jill Shalvis Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Forever Strong (True Heroes, #6) by Piper J. Drake The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3) by Caitlin Crews

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For March all of the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan books were top-notch. Also I loved The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren, Fearless Girl by Emma Tallon, Aurora Rising by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, the eerie The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor, more wonderful J. D. Robb In Death books, and the re-read of Sandra Brown's Mirror Image. That one was especially great because it was a buddy read and we discussed it by reading it in three parts and then analyzing it before moving on to the next part.


Mirror Image by Sandra Brown Flight Risk by Cara C. Putman Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer Double Blind (Kendra Michaels, #6) by Iris Johansen Hindsight (Kendra Michaels, #7) by Iris Johansen The Naked Eye (Kendra Michaels, #3) by Iris Johansen Night Watch (Kendra Michaels, #4) by Iris Johansen Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels, #5) by Iris Johansen Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels, #2) by Iris Johansen Duke Darcy's Castle (Dare to Defy, #3) by Syrie James Close Your Eyes (Kendra Michaels, #1) by Iris Johansen Vendetta (Catherine Ling, #5) by Iris Johansen Your Next Breath (Catherine Ling, #4) by Iris Johansen Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling, #3) by Iris Johansen What Doesn't Kill You (Catherine Ling, #2) by Iris Johansen Smokescreen (Eve Duncan, #25) by Iris Johansen Dark Tribute (Eve Duncan, #24) by Iris Johansen Shattered Mirror (Eve Duncan, #23) by Iris Johansen Mind Game (Eve Duncan, #22) by Iris JohansenShadow Play (Eve Duncan, #19) by Iris Johansen Hide Away (Eve Duncan, #20) by Iris Johansen Night and Day (Eve Duncan, #21) by Iris Johansen Silencing Eve (Eve Duncan, #18) by Iris Johansen Hunting Eve (Eve Duncan, #17) by Iris JohansenTaking Eve (Eve Duncan, #16) by Iris Johansen Sleep No More (Eve Duncan, #15) by Iris Johansen Bonnie (Eve Duncan, #14; Eve, Quinn and Bonnie #3) by Iris Johansen Quinn by Iris Johansen Eve (Eve Duncan, #12; Eve, Quinn & Bonnie, #1) by Iris Johansen Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1) by Iris Johansen Eight Days To Live (Eve Duncan, #10) by Iris Johansen Don't Breathe a Word (Texas Justice, #2) by Christie Craig A Simple Wedding by Leigh Duncan Daughters of Wild Rose Bay (Sandy Cove, #4) by Susanne O'Leary Ritual in Death (In Death, #27.5) by J.D. Robb Salvation in Death (In Death, #27) by J.D. Robb Strangers in Death (In Death, #26) by J.D. Robb Buried Deep by Susan Wilkins Creation in Death (In Death, #25) by J.D. Robb The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor The Last Tourist (Milo Weaver #4) by Olen Steinhauer A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice, #1) by Toni Anderson Hers to Tame (NOLA Knights, #2) by Rhenna Morgan A Very English Murder (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #1) by Verity Bright Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark Santa Cruise A Holiday Mystery at Sea (Regan Reilly Mysteries, #12) by Mary Higgins ClarkHis to Defend A Mafia Romance by Rhenna Morgan The Murder of Patience Brooke (Charles Dickens Investigations #1) by J.C. Briggs Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Fearless Girl by Emma Tallon With Kisses From Cécile by Anne Armistead The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren Mackenzie's Mountain (Mackenzie Family, #1) by Linda Howard Blood Game (Eve Duncan, #9) by Iris Johansen The First Wife by Jill Childs One Of Us Is Lying by Shalini Boland

So, to wrap it up, here are my first quarter numbers:

January # of books read: 50
January # of pages read: 17,562

February # of books read: 60
February # of pages read: 19,680

March # of books read: 60
March # of pages read: 21,411

So have you read any of these books? Do you have any reads that really stand out?


  1. You astound me and I know you are also doing puzzles as well

  2. I wish I had your reading stamina, especially because we enjoy so many of the same genres.

  3. I'd never have a TBR list if I could read that many books each month. Your are amazing.

  4. OMG 500 a year? That is awesome. I can only envy you!

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  5. Wow! Aren't you worried about running out of books one day?

  6. O wow, you've read an enormous amount of books already, nice!!