October 2019 TBR

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Okay, well it’s almost Halloween so I’m allowing myself to celebrate all month long! October is one of my favorite months of the year because the weather is finally feeling like fall, the leaves are turning, and I love filling my month with Halloweeny movies and books. I’m continuing on with the #hdbfallbingo reading challenge so I have another month full of thrillers, mysteries, and horror reads. I am pretty excited about all of the books that I have chosen for my TBR this month. And of course I’m also leaving myself open to add other books as well since I am a mood reader.

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These books will all fulfill a square on my bingo card which makes me happy because I’m finally going to start getting some bingos with these reads.

  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  • Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The Whisper Man by Alex North
  • Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

I’m also going to be adding a couple of books from my Kindle and hopefully find some good audiobooks as well.  From my Kindle I’m adding:

  • Pines by Blake Crouch
  • Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

What books are you planning to read this month? Do you like to theme your reads based on upcoming holidays or seasons?

Month in Review: September 2019

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Oops! It’s been a full month since my last post. This past month has been pretty crazy though so I didn’t have a whole lot of extra time. I had a lot going on in my personal life between family, friends, work, and things going on at our house. I read a lot of books on audio this month because I didn’t have a lot of time to read physical books. I have been participating in a fall book bingo hosted by Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile on her Instagram so everything I’ve read in the past month has been to complete squares for the bingo. I am SO close to getting my first bingo. I am also now only 2 books away from completing my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year! YAY!

  • September 2019 Books Read: 17
  • 2019 Books Read: 98
  • September 2019 Pages Read: 8,512
  • 2019 Pages Read: 41,113

Books Read:

  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (audio re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • Sanctum by Madeleine Roux (audiobook)
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (audio re-read)
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
  • The Walking Dead vol. 1 (graphic novel)
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (audio re-read)
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (audio re-read)
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • The Stand by Stephen King (audiobook)

Favorite Book Read:

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Least Favorite Book Read:

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I had a pretty big book haul this month… OOPS! There were some great sales and Darkdawn came out so of course I ended up with quite a few editions of that ordered. Here is everything that I got.

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**Of course after I took the photo and was putting the books away I realized that I had actually gotten Pumpkinheads at the end of August, not in September. Oh well!**

  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
  • The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  • Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
    • US signed hardcover
    • UK Goldsboro limited signed edition – starlight sprayed edges
    • UK Illumicrate signed edition – yellow sprayed edges
    • UK trade paperback
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  • The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
  • Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag
  • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
  • Folly by Laurie R. King

What books did you read this month?

Month In Review: August 2019

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Another month come and gone in the blink of an eye. But September is bringing my favorite season along with it so I’m okay with that! I am so ready for fall. I had another great month of reading in August. I would say the only real dud is that I started to listen to a book I’ve been waiting for so long to read because of it’s length and I ended up not liking it at all so I just stopped listening to it and pulled the three books in that series off my shelf to offload. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is something I really thought I would enjoy because I love high fantasy and really enjoyed his Mistborn trilogy… but I just could not get into this one. I was bored to tears. But like I said, that was the only dud of the month and I decided not to even count it as a DNF because I probably didn’t get that far into the book since it is 1000+ pages even though I listened to it for over 2 hours. So without further ado… my stats for the month.

  • August 2019 Books Read: 16
  • 2019 Books Read: 81
  • August 2019 Pages Read: 6,629
  • 2019 Pages Read: 32,601

Books Read:

  • Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker (eARC)
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher (audio)
  • The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser (audio)
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (audio)
  • Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Monstress vol 1: Awakening
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (re-read)
  • Marvel 1602
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (re-read)
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (audio)
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

Favorite Book Read: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Least Favorite Book Read: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury


What books did you read in August?

Bout of Books 26 – Day 1

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Day 1 of Bout of Books is here! I’m so excited for this week of reading. I started preparing yesterday by making sure my two reading spots were clean and ready to go for reading time after work today. As I was doing so, I became curious about how other people like to read, if they have a special place in their home or if they prefer reading outside or in a coffee shop or library. So since my two spots were freshly tidied I thought I would share the two spots in my house that I do the majority of my reading.

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The first spot is in my home library. I love to cozy up in this chair with a candle, a book, and a kitty or two. Nika looks like she is also excited for some quality reading time this week! In the cart next to my chair I have my candle and TBR all set to go. It’s a loose TBR so if I end up not feeling like reading any of those books during the week, I’m going to choose something new from my shelves. The one exception is my re-read of Nevernight. That will continue 100%. I will have a close-up of the TBR stack a little farther down in this post.

The second spot is in the living room. These couches are so comfortable and so are the pillows, especially the buffalo plaid ones. I also have a candle ready for this spot and my iPad to do some Goodreads updates. I anticipate spending most of the reading week down in my library but wanted to have this spot ready to go if I needed a little change.

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Here is what I have for my loose TBR. I’m already in the middle of Nevernight re-read so I want to finish that one up before I choose any other book to read. I will be reading The Outsider as a buddy read with my friend Laura so this one will be probably read in small chunks. I wanted to read at least one graphic novel over the week so I chose two for my TBR to have some options.

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Monstress: Awakening
  • Marvel’s 1602

Today’s challenge is to introduce yourself in 6 words so here goes…

Sassenach, introvert, Ravenclaw, goofy, animal lover.


Where do you like to read? How would you introduce yourself in 6 words? What are you reading this week?

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

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The Fairmile #1

Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by Atria Books

480 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands —the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

It is dangerous for a woman to be different.

Review: I absolutely love Philippa Gregory’s Plantagenet and Tudors series so I was really excited to get the opportunity to read an advance copy of her new book. Besides the Tudors, I love witches and history from the time of the witch trials both in Europe and America. Alinor is a midwife in a very small village in the tidelands of England. Everyone knows everyone and everybody knows everybody else’s business. Alinor is very careful to make sure to correct people who ask for potions or charms. She is just a midwife, not a witch. She comes from a long line of women in this line of work and so far they haven’t had any issues with being put on trial for being a witch. Her husband has been MIA for months. She and her children, Alys and Rob, are living in poverty on the edge of her brother’s tenancy where he runs the ferry for the island that they live on. If I’m being perfectly honest, this was a really slow moving book. And I often found myself thinking that it felt a little repetitive as well. Alinor meets a priest and they end up falling for each other despite him being a Catholic priest in a time where Catholics had to hide their beliefs. Things with this man do not go quite as well as she had hoped. His actions in the last part of this book made me really dislike him. Alys was such a bratty teenager. She didn’t care about anything besides getting the money she needed to marry a local farmer’s son. And she does some things that she has to know will put her mother in an incredibly bad situation. Really, the only character in this book I didn’t end up disliking by the end of the book was Alinor’s son Rob, mostly because he was too young to be anything other than a good boy. I was a little surprised about the ending. It seemed pretty abrupt and unfinished. I’m hoping that since this is the first book of a new series that there will be more continued in book 2. Overall, I guess I was a little disappointed with it but it managed to hold my interest for about 60-65% of the time.

3 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.