Blogmas #1: December TBR List and Goals (October and November Recap)

 

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Todays the first day of Blogmas! 

I am so excited that December is finally here! If you’re wondering what #blogmas is all about, check out my earlier post (here).

Recap of October and November

My last update, I had a goal that stated:

 PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward.

Well, I hit some hiccups along the way… October and November were a crazy mess!  I am not one to beat around the bush or be subtle so I to just come out and keep it real. For one, I wasn’t feeling well.  For those that don’t know, I struggle with chronic pain and illnesses.  The winter here in Minnesota really does a number on me.  The cold weather adds insult to injury. On top of that my body decided it would be a good time to get a severe infection and need to have an emergency surgery the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!  So, on top of my regular struggles, I am now healing from that surgery. BUT, I’m the mend.  Needless to say, I am hoping and praying December will be a bit easier.

Life is like a roller coaster.  It has its ups and downs,

but it’s your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.

Reading Recap

Books Read in October

Her Last Move by John Marrs

The Spy Who Was Left Behind by Michael Pullara

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Case of the Golden State Killer by Michael Morfor and Michael Ferguson

Painless by Marty Thornley

Books Read in November

Gazelle In The Shadows by Michelle Peach

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Pigeon – Blood Red by Ed Duncan(review coming soon)

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (review coming soon)

Decembers TBR List

I always have so many more books on my list for reading in a month than I know I can get through…but I guess that’s half the fun!  There are SO many good books!

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

The Strange Curse of Breda by Steven Arnett

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

*I really would like to get to The Outsider by Stephen King but it will have to wait January.

Goals for The Bibliovert in December

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  1. Blogmas: I have 24 planned posts for December and 2 book reviews that I need to prepare. So this will be a good challenge for me.  At the time of prepping this particular post, I actually only have 2 posts completed and scheduled.  I am feeling the crunch. Procrastination at it’s finest!  (Are you a procrastinator?  I try so hard not to be, but it always just seems to work out that way. Maybe that will be a goal for January… less procrastination)
  2. Spend more time on The Bibliovert Instagram account
  3. Relax, listen to music, enjoy the holiday season and be present.
  4. *Reminder* Persistence over Perfection

 

HERE’S TO EACH OF YOU CRUSHING IT IN DECEMBER!

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO SEND A BIG THANK YOU TO THE OTHER BLOGGERS AND READERS THAT HAVE STOPPED BY MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE INTERNET. THE MESSAGES, THE LIKES, AND SHARES HERE ON THE BLOG AND MY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS HAVE MEANT THE WORLD TO ME.

Thank You! ❤

Book Review: Her Last Move by John Marrs

Her Last MoveAuthor: John Marrs

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 8, 2018)

Publication Date: November 8, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ISBN: 9781503948020

Buy it here: Amazon  Amazon UK

 Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Blurb

“Whatever you do, don’t read this in the dark, or on your own…” —Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

“One of the most exciting, original thriller writers out there. I never miss one of his books.” —Simon Kernick

She’s chasing a killer. He’s watching her every move.

He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.

Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career—and she knows that it will make or break her. But she can’t catch the culprit alone. Together with facial recognition expert Joe Russell, she strives to get a lead on the elusive murderer, who is always one step ahead of them.

Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?

My Thoughts

I had a really hard time deciding what to rate this book. Personally,  I found it hard to stay engaged with it and I came to the conclusion one of the reasons was the constant spinning between the 3 main characters, Becca, Joe, and the killer. Each had their own way of seeing the situation. Each having their own internal struggles that shaped their decisions and the scope of the storyline. It just got to be a bit much for me.

Otherwise, it was enjoyable to read and I’m sure many people will enjoy it more than I did. It read at a good pace. The characters were well developed. The book had a good storyline, yet the ending was a bit predictable with the foreshadowing that was in the book.

Overall, a good read. I didn’t love it & I didn’t dislike it. I would still recommend this book; it just wasn’t a favorite of mine.

Quote

“They need to know they’re not untouchable.”

Rating

3-stars

About the Author

authorUntil recently, I worked as a freelance journalist based in London, England, and spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film, and music for national newspapers and magazines.

I wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.

My debut novel The Wronged Sons, was released in 2013 and in May 2015, I released my second book, Welcome To Wherever You Are.

In May 2017 came my third book, The One. It was chosen as the book of the month for BBC Radio 2’s Book Club.

The Wronged Sons was re-edited and re-released in July 2017 under a new title, When You Disappeared.

My fourth book, The Good Samaritan, was released in November 2017 and became a Number One hit world-wide

Thanks to my brilliant readers, I am now working full-time as a writer. My next book, Her Last Move, is released on November 8, 2018.  And book six is set to hit shelves in May 2019.

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I want to thank NetGalley and John Marrs for allowing me the opportunity to read and review Her Last Move!

 

October Is Here | Goals and TBRs

Hello October

Where has the year gone?  The days just seem to fly by and before you know it we are in  October!  Someone needs to invent a contraption to slow time down. My goodness!

What fun plans do you have for October?

Goals for this month:

  1. Focus on a minimum of 2 blog posts a week.
  2. Continue to grow my social media accounts (increase by 6%)
  3. Read more and clean up my NetGalley shelf
  4. *REMEMBER* PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION (There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward)

Octobers TBRs:

Her Last Move

 

Her Last Move

by John Marrs

 

The Spy who was left behind

 

The Spy Who Was Left Behind

by Michael Pullara

 

An Anonymous Girl

 

An Anonymous Girl

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

 

The Case of the Golden State KIller

 

The Case Of The Golden State Killer

by Michael Morford and Michael Ferguson

 

Painless

 

Painless

by Marty Thornley

 

I’m excited to see what this month brings. 

What books are on your TBR list for this month?