2016 Read My Books: October Update

2016 Read My Books

It’s almost the end of October already and that means it’s time to link up your progress!  On the one hand I can’t believe October is over already but that also means we’re getting closer to two of my favorite holidays and my birthday!

If you are participating in this challenge, you must link up a progress report in order to get another entry into the end-of-year giveaway!  You don’t have to make an entire post just for the challenge, just include a line for how many books counted towards the challenge in your monthly recap post.  If you don’t do a monthly recap post on your blog, feel free to send out a tweet with your progress and link up using the direct URL to that tweet.  You could also post a photo to Instagram and link up using the direct URL to that photo!  Don’t forget the challenge hashtag – #2016readmybooks

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

29618100All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden #9)

Published October 4th 2016 by Minotaur Books

240 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery.

Review: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was book 9 in a series that I had yet to read.  I loved Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series so I wanted to read this one as well.  I ended up buying used copies of books 1-8 and reading them over the last two months to prepare for this 9th installment.  I can definitely see why Aurora Teagarden is a fan favorite.  I really enjoyed reading the series and I think this book was one of the best in the series.  The book picks up almost right after the events in book 8.  Roe’s little brother, Phillip, comes back into the picture which was a nice change after not seeing him since the early part of the series.  It also seems as if Roe is about to get her happy ending finally.  But of course, in Lawrenceton, GA,  that doesn’t last for long.  One thing that I really liked about this book was that Harris brought in some current issues like bullying and the problem of how it should be handled without making the problem even worse.  The other thing I really liked was that I really had no guesses as to what happened to the kids.  There’s nothing worse than reading a mystery when you already have a good idea of what the ending will be, in my opinion.  When it got towards the end and the truth was revealed I was definitely shocked!  I would recommend this series to anyone who loves mystery novels or anyone looking for a quick read with lovable characters.

4 Stars


WWW Wednesday – October 26, 2016

www-wednesdayWWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

www1026-1I have actually had an amazing reading week!  As I was putting together this post I was shocked at how many books I read since last Wednesday.  I’ve been on another big audio re-read kick lately and lucky for me my library has had some titles I’ve been able to check out.  I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I can only listen to an audiobook if I have already read the book in print first.  I’ve tried listening to books I haven’t read but I just can’t keep focused on the audio and end up missing a lot. I also finished reading the print copies of books 5-8 of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries so I could read my arc of the 9th book, which I started this morning.

www1026-20I also had a couple of DNFs from my Halloween TBR.  Nightfall felt really juvenile and not what I expected at all.  The main characters were overly naive, I just couldn’t stand to continue the book.  I started reading The Exorcist on Saturday morning for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon but I couldn’t get into it.  The opening is really dull and the sentences felt very fragmented and incomplete.  I thought about giving it a chance until the action really starts but decided I didn’t want to waste any more time on it.

www1026-2Currently I am reading the arc of All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris which is book 9 in the series I mentioned above.  So far it is pretty good and I’m really interested to see what happens.  I am also doing an audio re-read of I Hunt Killers by Jasper Dent.  I really enjoyed reading this book in print and the narrator is doing a great job.

www1026-3My next audio re-read will be An Ember in the Ashes which I have borrowed from the library.  I will also be reading some more arcs that I have received through NetGalley and Edelweiss.  I’m looking forward to reading these three.  I want to get some of these arcs out of the way before I start reading some of the recent releases I’ve been looking forward to.

What have you been reading lately?

The Sunshine Blogger Award


Hey everyone! I was tagged by Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you so much Kourtni for nominating me!


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Kourtni’s Questions

If you could have a conversation with any book character, who would you choose?

I would love to have a conversation with Claire Fraser from the Outlander series because she has had such a crazy, full life filled with tons of adventures. She traveled through time, more than once, and chose to live in the past with the love of her life.  I bet she has tons of stories to tell.

What’s the most amount of books you’ve ever bought at one time?

A lot! But only because once a year my town has an annual book sale and the last day of the sale is a $5 bag sale.  So here’s a look at what I got at this year’s sale…

Have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

Yeah, kind of.  A couple years ago I dressed up as Sookie Stackhouse.  Technically she was a book character first but I wore clothes that were from the TV show based on the books, True Blood.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?

Neither, unless you give me a java chip frapp from Starbucks.  I’m not a fan of hot beverages in general but I can’t stand the taste of tea or straight coffee.Image result for java chip frappuccino

Do you schedule your posts in advance or just post them as you write them?

I do both actually.  When I have a good number of book reviews, I usually schedule those in advance to space them out and have posts on days when I’m not doing a weekly meme or other type of post.  I also schedule blog tour posts in advance so I know they get posted when they are supposed to and I won’t forget.  Otherwise, posts like Top Ten Tuesdays and WWW Wednesdays I usually post them as I write them.

What’s your favorite way to track your reading? Goodreads? On your blog? Some other way?

I love Goodreads and have been using it since 2011.  But I also keep a reading log in a composition notebook.  I started using it in 2010.  I also recently created a bullet journal and made a section in that to keep track of stats like male/female author, pub year, genre, etc.


Do you subscribe to any author newsletters? If so, which ones?

Yes, a few.  Sarah J. Maas, Evelyn Skye, Susan Dennard, Lauren Bird Horowitz.  There might be a few others but I’m not sure.

Do you prefer to give or receive book recommendations?

I love giving book recommendations!  I don’t mind receiving them but I already have more than enough to read without adding to the list haha.

What’s your opinion on spoilers? Do you love them or hate them?

I absolutely HATE them.  I get so angry when I come across a spoiler for a book or show I watch.  We don’t have cable (just Netflix, Hulu, and Prime) so I almost always have to be an entire season behind everyone.  It makes it really hard to navigate Twitter during The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones seasons!

What’s your favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?

Without a doubt, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!  I was lucky enough to read it as an arc so I knew immediately that I needed to preorder it.  I also got the special limited Goldsboro edition because I couldn’t just buy one copy.

What’s a recent blog post that you’re proud of?

I actually really enjoyed writing and posting my blog tour post for Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz!  I got some great comments on the post of people interested in reading the book which doesn’t happen very often when I post reviews.

I tag the following people for this award with the same questions!

My Favorite Book Bloggers

20160831_162152Hey guys!  Today I have a post full of some great recommendations for my fellow book lovers!  Originally I was going to have this be a top 10 list but as I was making the list, I knew it would be too hard to pare down to 10 so instead I have 11 book bloggers to feature today!  I asked each of them to provide a few book recommendations.  So if you are have been looking for some book bloggers to follow or some books to check out, look no further than this post right here! Check out the blogs and books below!

Blog names link to the blogs and book titles link to the book’s Goodreads page.

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Ashley and I have a lot of books in common!  She is also the first and only blogger I have met in person.  She and I met up in California for Lauren Bird Horowitz’s Shattered Blue book tour!  We had a lot of fun!  Check out her blog for fun updates, book reviews, and more!


Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition

Tricia is such an amazing person and has become one of my really good friends this year!  Tricia participates in a lot of blog tours and book blitzes so be sure to head over to check out her blog for great reviews, cover reveals, and more!


Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie

Brandie has been one of my blogger buddies almost ever since I started blogging a little over two years ago.  She has introduced me to so many great books, including the great Colleen Hoover!  Check out her blog for weekly features like Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday, as well as reviews and fun updates.


Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

I always have a fun time chatting with Deanna on Twitter about various things, including books of course.  I always end up adding books to my never ending TBR after reading her blog posts!  Check out her blog for reviews, blog tours, and more!


Claire @ Art and Soul 

Not only does Claire have great taste in books, but she is also a fantastic baker! Every time I see her pictures of a new bake, I have to stop myself from drooling a little😉  Check out Claire’s blog for reviews, weekly features, and delectable recipes to try out!


Haley @ I Lay Reading

I’ve been following Haley’s blog for awhile now.  She reads and reviews from a large variety of genres so her blog is great for people who like to change it up.  Plus her rating system with the book dragons is one of my favorites!  For more great recommendations from Haley, check out her Must Reads page on her blog!


Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Yvo is another blog that I’ve been following from the beginning of my blogging career.  We share many books in common and I also love adding books she is reading to my TBR because if she liked them, it’s a safe bet that I will like them too!  Check out Yvo’s blog for weekly features, reviews, book tags, and more!


Nicole @ Away In Neverland

Nicole and I have a LOT of books in common!  Outlander, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, Game of Thrones, etc. So many! I love her posts on her blog and Instagram. Check out her blog for reviews, weekly features, and topic discussions like spoilers.


Kelsey @ Darcy’s Book Blog

Another blogger I share a lot of books in common is Kelsey! I also love checking out her blog and Instagram for new books to add to my TBR.  Check out her blog for cover reveals, reviews, and more!


Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Alicia is another blogger I have followed for a long time.  Our main shared love is all things Jane Austen.  This month she has an awesome month long celebration of Halloween going on her blog!


Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage

I’ve only been following Cassidy for a few months but we seem to have a lot of books in common as well!  Check out her blog for reviews complete with fantastic GIFs, weekly features, and more!


Do you have any book blogs and/or books to recommend?  Leave them in the comments!🙂