Inky Monthly Wrap-up (December 2019)

Welcome to my December 2019 Wrap-up! A Monthly Wrap-up is exactly what it sounds like, a summary of the month. I’ll be recapping books I read, purchased/borrowed, posts of the month, a little bit of what’s going on outside the blog.

I can’t believe it’s the end of 2019 and another decade has passed. 2019 had plenty of happy memories and sad memories, this month alone was filled with both.

The holidays were busy and enjoyable since both my children were here on Christmas day. My daughter and grand fur baby Bean have moved out and she has been so busy with work, we haven’t seen her much. My son was on leave from Air Force tech school, he recently received his EMT Certification. He’s back in Texas, soon to start nursing modules. After tech school he has orders to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. It was wonderful having them both here together.

I didn’t read as many books as usual. I’m excited that I actually read more books than purchased this month, and year! I’m also very excited about one of my purchases; Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward. Blood Kiss is the first book in the Black Dagger Legacy, a spin-off series of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. For some reason I had a terrible time tracking down the first book in that series, and of course I wanted a hardcover edition. I finally broke down and bought a used copy. I can now say that Blood Kiss is the most expensive book I ever bought, and second being Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs.

Down below I have added totals that I’ve kept track throughout the year of books and pages read. I’ve been keeping all book stuff in an Excel file; I’m slowly working away from using Goodreads. Over the past few years I’ve haven’t been happy with the way it tracks audiobooks and when I use the app the book formats are an issue for me. So far, I’m happy using Excel and it works for me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year! Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020!

Reading Stats:

Total Books Read: 10
eBooks/Print Books: 10
Pages Read: 4396
Audiobooks: 0

Borrowed: 0
From My Shelves: 10
Gifted: 0

Longest Book: 592 pages; The Italian by T.L. Swan
Shortest Book: 326 pages; Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Total Books Read/Listened to Since January 2019: 190

2019 Year in Review:

Total Books Read: 190
eBooks/Print Books: 149
Pages Read: 54,440
Audiobooks: 41
Books Purchased: 176

Books/Audiobooks Read/Listened:

Atonement by Ian McEwan
Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

The Lineup by Meghan Quinn
The Italian by T.L. Swan

Favorite Read this Month:

Blossom in Winter by Melanie Martins
(Blossom in Winter #1)

Petra, a seventeen-year-old Dutch-American and the only heir of finance tycoon Roy Van Gatt, has always had her life rigorously planned and supervised by her strict father. From her internship at his hedge fund firm on Wall Street to her degree in economics at Columbia University, Petra is all set for a bright future in finance.

But everything falls apart when she develops a dangerous relationship with her father’s business partner and utmost confidant, Alexander Van Dieren. A Dutch nobleman, known as an unrepentant heartbreaker, twenty-three years her senior, and who is, above all else, her beloved godfather.

A twisted obsession for some, unconditional love for others, but one thing is sure: it’s a relationship that might cost them everything...

Inky Impressions Bookish Thoughts:

Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas
The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani
Atonement by Ian McEwan

Books Purchased:

Hardcover: 2
Paperback: 1
Kindle: 5
Total Purchased: 8

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer

The Italian by T.L. Swan
Landon & Shay: Part Two (L&S Duet #2) by Brittainy C. Cherry
The Lineup by Meghan Quinn
The Younger Man by Karina Halle
Blossom in Winter (Blossom in Winter #1) by Melanie Martins

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  1. It is wonderful that you had both kids home for Christmas! Bean is such a cutie! I must say that I am quite jealous that you have a copy of Iron Kissed!! I was just trying to convince my husband that I really need a copy but they are just so expensive. You had some amazing numbers for 2019. I hope you have a wonderful 2020!

    1. When both children lived it at home it was always a struggle to plan something together, they we're always so busy. I'm glad they both made it for Christmas. We miss our little Bean, she is wonderful to have in the house.

      A few years ago, my children asked what I wanted for Mother's Day... of course I said Iron Kissed! I didn't expect them to purchase it because of the cost, but they went split it down the middle and I was surprised when it arrived. It is a used library edition and I was pleasantly surprised on what great condition it was in. I have since taken off the library binding.

      Don't give up Carole, hopefully you'll find an edition one day. I'll keep an eye out when I visit used thrift and used books stores. :)