Friday, January 31, 2020

Month in Review: January 2020

It's a new year so we're making some changes to our Month in Review.
This post will include links to everything we've posted on the blog but everything else will be in separate posts. We've included those links here in their old spots while we all adjust to the change.

Starting this month we're doing a separate post for Book Hauls and new Kindle books.
You can find it here.

What we read is now in our monthly Reading Challenge Recap.
Find that post here.

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2019 Wrap Up

We Love Lists

Scavenge the Stars  by Tara Sim
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

January Wrap Up

We're also doing a separate post for our most anticipated books, TV and movies.
Look for that tomorrow.


Watch for these upcoming reviews!

Stormsong by C.L. Polk
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Thursday, January 30, 2020

January Reading Challenge Recap

Last year we killed it when it came to our reading challenges. We're hoping to have a repeat year here at the Goldilox blog. We've signed up for some awesome challenges and we have clean slates for ones we participated in last year. We're going to try something different and do a monthly reading challenge recap at the end of the month to keep you all updated on our progress. Wish us luck! This is how we did in January (aka the Month Gretl Killed It at BTB Bingo!).


I completed 8 squares on my Romanceopoly board this month! I usually roll three times for each month and had to roll two extra times. I'm off to a great start, though it helped that most of my January ARCs fit my prompts. That doesn't always work out so well. I'm hoping that I'll have some cushion for when one of those slumpy months comes up later.

✔️Courtship Row - Historical with Wallflower MC
My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid
✔️Farmer’s Market - MC is farmer/rancher/cowboy
Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballenger
✔️Action Avenue - Urban Fantasy with a dark cover
Don’t Tempt Me by Jackie May
✔️The Office - Non-contemporary where the couple meet at their workplace
Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton
✔️BFF’s House - Friends to Lovers romance/ Best Friend’s Sibling
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
(I think the Moon prompt fits a little better for this book, but both are accurate.)
✔️Passion Place - Erotic BDSM romance
Tamed by Rebekah Weatherspoon
✔️Library - Free Choice
Malfunction by Nina Croft
✔️Winter - White, blue, silver or snow on the cover
Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Coming Up:
➖Rainbow Row - F/F romance
➖City Lane - The Sun prompt is to read a book from the UF rec list and I’ve read almost all of them so I may do the Moon prompt, UF published in the last 5 years
➖Library - Free Choice
➖Amour Avenue - Contemporary Age Gap Romance

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I was originally going to try to complete my Romanceopoly board using just the Moon pack but I was scrolling through the hashtag on Instagram and noticed that several people were switching back and forth between the two. I think I'm going to do this for some of the challenges but I'm going to try to use the Moon pack for the majority of the squares. I did start with the first square (I was entertaining the thought of reading the squares in order for a bit) and then rolled from there.

✔️Sleuth Street (Moon)- Mystery with an Amateur Sleuth MC
Loose Ends by Morgan Brice
✔️The Bar (Moon)- Read a Book Where You and the Author Share at Least One Initial
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
✔️Winter (Moon)- Read a Book with Snow on the Cover
Stormsong by C.L. Polk
✔️Courtship Row (Moon)- Historical Where the H/H is a Spy or Soldier
Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian
✔️The Office (Moon)- Read a Romance Where the Couple Meet at their Place of Work
The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren

Coming Up:
➖Farmer's Market- Read a Romance Where the H/H is a Chef or Works in the Food Industry, Owns a Bakery/Restaurant/Food Establishment
➖Library- Free Choice
➖Post Office- Read an Epistolary Romance

Beat the Backlist


My goal is to read 50% backlist this year. For January I read 9 backlist out 15 total books so I'm on track.

I’m also playing Beat the Backlist Bingo and filled 9 squares this month:

Author who writes in multiple genres - Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer
Main character with a disability- My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid
Set in a place you want to visit - Unexplored by Anna Hackett
Book with less than 200 pages - Her Insatiable Scot by Melissa Blue
Author with a middle initial - Crimson Sin by Trina M Lee
Author you’ve read 5+ books from - Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Main Character has a pet - Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon
One Word Title - Tamed by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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I'm doing pretty good at reading backlist books but not so good with filling in my Bingo card. I ended up filling 3 squares.

Beat the Backlist Bingo
Indie Book- Loose Ends by Morgan Brice
Book by International (To You) Author- Witchmark by C.L. Polk
Author You Want to Meet- Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian

Non-Bingo Backlist Books
Finder Deluxe Edition: Target in Sight, Vol. 1 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: Caught in a Cage, Vol. 2 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: On One Wing, Vol. 3 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: In Captivity, Vol. 4 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: Naked Truth, Vol. 5 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: You're My Desire, Vol. 6 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: Longing For You, Vol. 7 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: Secret Vow, Vol. 8 by Ayano Yamane
Finder Deluxe Edition: Beating of My Heart, Vol. 9 by Ayano Yamane
Our Dining Table by Mita Ori

Library Love Challenge

My goal for the year is 36 books for Overdrive Junkie level.

This month I read:
Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer
Unexplored by Anna Hackett
Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Tamed by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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My goal for the year is 12 Books I Own for the Safety level but I'm going to aim to hit the First Down (25-36) level. I would love to achieve the Field Goal (37-48) level but that might be a tad too ambitious.

This month I read:
Loose Ends by Morgan Brice (also counted for the monthly challenge prompt Published in 2019)
Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian

How did you all do with your reading challenges in January?


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Big Book Haul Post: January 2020

For the last few years we've been posting our book haul pics as part of our Month in Review posts. We've decided to try something different for 2020 and give them their own post. That will give us room to include all the digital books we've added to our collections as well. (Those usually outnumber the paper ones anyway.) Let us know what you think.

Check out our January Book Hauls!


Physical book haul

Added to My Kindle
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


While You Were Spying by Stina Lindenblatt
An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale
Bears Behaving Badly by Mary Janice Davidson
Malfunction by Nina Croft
In Search of Truth by Sharon Wray

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Caffeinated Magic: Supernatural Barista Academy
Legally Undead by Margo Bond Collins
Break Out by Nina Croft
Amber Vial by Frost Kay
The Red King by Jenn Stark

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Dead of Night by Emily Goodwin
Marked by Elizabeth Naughton
Eternity Embraced by Larissa ione
Major Arcana by Margo Bond Collins
The Lunatics: Vol. 1 by Navessa Allen

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Physical Book Haul

Added to My Kindle
Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War #3) by K.B. Wagers
Black Amber by Phyllis A. Whitney
The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1) by Janna MacGregor
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim
Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles #5) by Ilona Andrews
Static Ruin (The Voidwitch Saga #3) by Corey J. White
The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare
Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera

Stormsong (The Kingston Cycle #2) by C.L. Polk
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells
Bonds of Brass (The Bloodright Trilogy #1)
The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren
A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG #1) by K.B. Wagers

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
 When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson

 Ice Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge #1) by Emma Jameson

What books did you add to your shelves this last month?


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