Month in Review: January 2012

Month in Review features the monthly wrap-up of news on I Heart Reading. This includes book reviews, author interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and giveaway winners, book tour stops, reading challenges progress and anything else that happened that month. Since I keep a more detailed record of my reading challenge progress on I Heart Reading Challenges, this feature will only offer a brief overview of challenge progress. I feature this meme on the last day of every month.

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January was quite the busy month. Not only did I take on the role of book publicist for InkSpell Publishing, I also received the wonderful news that my debut novel, Mirror, Mirror will be published in October 2012. To celebrate this and to keep track of my writing journey, I opened a writing blog called Erratic, where I blog about writing, publishing, book promotion and more. Additionally, I also completely revamped Enchanted Book Promotions and actively began organizing book tours again. On top of that, I also purchased a domain name for my book review blog, which is now proudly hosted on I Heart Reading.

I received 51 books for review in January. You can see a complete list of these books on I Heart Yearly Reads, my reading log where I keep track of books I received, read and reviewed on a monthly basis. You can also visit I Heart Reading’s Facebook Page to see all the covers of these books and their synopsis. Alternatively, you can also see the covers on my Google+ Page.

I reviewed 23 books in January. The links below link to the respective reviews.

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  2. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  3. Ghost Island by Bonnie Hearn Hill
  4. Blood Rights (House of Comarré #1) by Kristen Painter
  5. In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
  6. The Secret of Lucianne Dove by Roberta L. Smith
  7. Chapel Playhouse by Roberta L. Smith
  8. On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
  9. The Hunting of The Bubblenuff by Joshua Goldfond
  10. Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel
  11. Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel
  12. Shadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel
  13. Dark Flame (The Immortals #4) by Alyson Noel
  14. Night Star (The Immortals #5) by Alyson Noel
  15. Everlasting (The Immortals #6) by Alyson Noel
  16. Entanglements by P.R. Mason
  17. The Princes of The Golden Cage (The Prince Amir Series #1) by Nathalie Mallet
  18. The King’s Daughters (The Prince Amir Series #2) by Nathalie Mallet
  19. Death In The Traveling City (The Prince Amir Series #3) by Nathalie Mallet
  20. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  21. The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna
  22. Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen
  23. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

You can also see this list on I Heart Yearly Reads, my reading log where I keep track of the books I received, read and reviewed on a monthly basis.

I also hosted 7 giveaways on the blog. Winners will be announced in the next post.

Additionally, I hosted a theme week for The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel, complete with book reviews, giveaway, themed memes and more.

I interviewed 2 authors.

I also wrote an article about free and paid web hosting, the benefits and downsides of both.

If you want to see my progress on my reading challenges, you can read the Challenge Summary for January 2012.

Monthly Round-Up Post: May and June

In May, I reviewed twelve books.

  1. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni – 3.5/5 stars
  2. The Poisoned House by Michael Ford – 3.5/5 stars
  3. My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond – 4.5/5 stars
  4. These Hellish Happenings by Jennifer Rainey – 4.5/5 stars
  5. Rook (Allie’s War Book One) by J.C. Andrijeski – 4/5 stars
  6. Seven Sorcerers by Caro King – 4.5/5 stars
  7. The Alchemist’s Daughter by Katharine McMahon – 3.5/5 stars
  8. Die For Me by Amy Plum – 4.5/5 stars
  9. Endlessly by C.V. Hunt – 3.5/5 stars
  10. Random Magic by Sascha Soren – 4/5 stars
  11. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickle – 4/5 stars
  12. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – 4.5/5 stars

In June, I read and reviewed twelve books.

  1. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson – 5/5 stars
  2. Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury – 4/5 stars
  3. The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird – 4/5 stars
  4. Quest of the Demon by M.L. Sawyer – 4/5 stars
  5. Camelot Lost by Jessica Bonito – 5/5 stars
  6. The Truth about Dating, Love and Just Being Friends by Chad Eastham – 4/5 stars
  7. Possession by Elana Johnson – 4.5/5 stars
  8. The Keening by A. LaFaye – 4/5 stars
  9. Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy #1) by Garth Nix – 4/5 stars
  10. Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy #2) by Garth Nix – 4.5/5 stars
  11. Abhorsen (The Abhorsen Trilogy #3) by Garth Nix – 5/5 stars
  12. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – 5/5 stars

Monthly Round-Up Post April


I read and reviewed 14 books this month. That’s a new record for me!

  1. In The Storm by Karen Metcalf – 4/5 stars
  2. Catching an Evil Tail by Mary Abshire – 4/5 stars
  3. This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin – 5/5 stars
  4. Rabbits in the Garden by Jessica McHugh – 5/5 stars
  5. Glimmer by Vivi Anna – 2/5 stars
  6. Bella Maura by Dawn Dyson – 4.5/5 stars
  7. The Banishing by Fiona Dodwell – 4/5 stars
  8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – 5/5 stars
  9. Winter’s Passage by Julie Kagawa – 3/5 stars
  10. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa – 4/5 stars
  11. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa – 5/5 stars
  12. My Frankenstein by Michael Lee –  4/5 stars
  13. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis – 4/5 stars
  14. Spirit by Graham Masterton – 4.5/5 stars

I also hosted 4 author interviews during the month of April.

  1. Author Interview with Karen Metcalf
  2. Author Interview with Mary Abshire
  3. Author Interview with Fiona Dodwell
  4. Author Interview with Michael Lee

Two guest bloggers were featured on my blog.

  1. Guest Post from Raven Corrin Carluk
  2. Guest Post from Lynda M. Martin

I hosted three contests this month. The Iron Fey contest is already closed – and winners will be announced tomorrow, along with winners from the other contests – but for the other contests, you can sign up till tonight, midnight.

  1. Giveaway: Iron Fey Week
  2. Giveaway: All Hallow’s Blood and Saint Valentine’s Clash
  3. Giveaway: In The Storm

Monthly Round-Up Post: March


This month, I hosted interviews with two authors.

I read and reviewed a total of 10 books this month.

  1. Polyxena: A Story of Troy by H. Allenger – 4.5/5 stars
  2. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith – 2/5 stars
  3. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and The Reunion by L.J. Smith – 3/5 stars
  4. The Vampire Diaries: Nightfall by L.J. Smith – 3/5 stars
  5. The Vampire Diaries: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith – 3/5 stars
  6. Mojo by Kris Sedersten – 4/5 stars
  7. Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull – 4/5 stars
  8. Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan – 4/5 stars
  9. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell – 4.5/5 stars
  10. The Poison Of A Smile by Steven Jensen – 5/5 stars

February 2011 Round-Up Post


Reviews and Author Interviews

In February 2011, I read and reviewed 9 books.

  1. Fallen by Lauren Kate – 4/5
  2. Possession is Nine Tenths: Ardeur by Danielle Gavan – 4/5
  3. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur – 3/5
  4. Dead Man’s Eye by Shaun Jeffrey – 3/5
  5. Claiming The Evil Dead by Mary Abshire – 3,5/5
  6. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – 4,5/5
  7. Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams – 4,5/5
  8. Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale by Donna Burgess – 4/5
  9. Behind Green Glass by Amanda Von Hoffmann – 4/5

I hosted 2 Author Interviews:

  1. Author Interview with Alayna Williams – Author of Rogue Oracle
  2. Author Interview with Donna Burgess – Author of Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale

Statistics for February

The most popular posts were:

  1. Waiting on Wednesday (5) – 34 comments
  2. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (7) – 30 comments
  3. Teaser Tuesdays (7) – 30 comments
  4. Mailbox Monday (5) – 28 comments
  5. Mailbox Monday (7) – 19 comments

The highest number of unique visitors was on February 22nd (229) and on February 21st (225). The total number of hits in February was 66640 and the number of pages visited is 16683. I now have a total of 60 GFC followers.