Books Read in February 2019!

In between writing I managed to read eleven books which I reviewed on Goodreads and Amazon. Each month I will share the books I’ve read in a post per month. My goal for this year on Goodreads is to read 95 books. Last year I read 112 books. I did not want to push myself as much this year due to my publishing goal of five books in 2019.

As in my own multi-genre writing I enjoy reading in different genres. These books cover a wide range of genres by talented authors. I recommend all these books to my readers.

Here are my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads:

ELLIS Andrew Joyce

The Raven Witch of Corfu Episode 1 Effrosyni Moschoudi

Ayn Rand’s “Character Loops” Mark Tier

This book was not on Amazon but is available on Goodreads where I put my review reason why I don’t have a cover of it to feature here. Here is my full review.

A Helpful Guide to Character Loops!

I received this book and chose to review it without any compensation.

This is an insightful guide for writers on the act of developing characters and looping them into a story. The author shares his expertise and that of other authors’ on creating characters, names, traits, visual, and emotional tags by examples throughout the book. 

I have drawn some much needed knowledge from this resource that will hopefully help me in my future books.

House of the Hanging Jade Amy M. Reade

Go! Hold On 2! Peter Darley

Jackson: A Novel Max Byrd

The Neighbor Lisa Gardner

(Because there were so many reviews I couldn’t find mine on Amazon to embed the link, I had to post it below from Goodreads. This books is that good!)

I have read books by Lisa Jackson before and have never been disappointed. She is a talented writer and creator of suspenseful mystery thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Neighbor was an exceptional read! I couldn’t put it down reading late into  two  nights until I finished it. There were so many twists and turns, suspects, and secrets that finally were revealed. 

It was gripping, shocking, spine-tingling but oh so exciting and enjoyable. I only wish that I wrote this  book.

I highly recommend anything written by this incredibly talented author. I look forward to reading more in this detective series.

The Joy of the Gospel Evangelii Gaudium

Queen Esther’s Big Secret: A Purim Story

Killing Kind Gregg Dunnett

One Night of Grace Terry O’Dell

This was a novella which I received as a gift from the author. It is not listed on Amazon or Goodreads. You can only receive it directly from the author. It was a quick enjoyable read.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will check out these wonderful books. Please come back next month for more books I have read and my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Please show some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back.


Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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11 Responses to Books Read in February 2019!

  1. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve got the first part of my February reviews coming up on Monday. You’ve got a very diverse selection here, Janice. Lisa Jackson is always exceptional and I have been meaning to check out The House of Hanging Jade. I also have a book on Pope Francis I purchased and have yet to read. You read a LOT, LOL!

    • jjspina says:

      Yes, I love to read when I can’t write review away from home or at bedtime. I learn a lot from other authors’ books. Thank you for stopping by. 🤗

  2. macalder02 says:

    A good number and a very literary challenge on your part. Always better to know in advance what one wants to read and you give that opportunity. Good for your work.

  3. Lovely books and reviews, Janice.

  4. A good collection of books and reviews, Janice!

  5. Lovely books and reviews!

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