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?

Bout of Books 26 Sign-Up!

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Next week is Bout of Books time again! This is my favorite readathon. I love being able to have an excuse to read all week long. The last round I only participated unofficially because I had been battling a reading slump but I’m 100% back in the reading game so I’m really looking forward to this one. If you haven’t participated or heard about Bout of Books and are wondering about it… check out this info from the Bout of Books blog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This round I’m only setting two goals for myself just to keep things a little more flexible. I want to read as much as I can but I know that things tend to come up so I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment lol. I don’t really have a TBR set at this point. Me being a mood reader I probably won’t make one at all or I will wait until day one of the readathon to post one.

Bout of Books 26 Goals:

  • Read at least one novel and one graphic novel.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every night in addition to my lunch hour at work.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Do you enjoy readathons?

 

Month In Review: July 2019

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I know I probably say this every month but how is July over already?! This year has been going by so much faster than previous years… or at least it feels that way. I had a really great reading month though so at least there is that to show for it. I listened to a lot of audiobooks at work of dramatized classics that I’ve been wanting to read again. I re-discovered my love for Jane Eyre. Thandie Newton narrated the audio for that one and she did a fantastic job. I also read some review copies, all of which were great.

  • July 2019 Books Read: 14
  • 2019 Books Read: 65
  • July 2019 Pages Read: 5,999
  • 2019 Pages Read: 25,972

Books Read In July

  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  • Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
  • Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir
  • Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  • Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir
  • The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Bulletproof by Maci Bookout
  • F*ck Marriage by Tarryn Fisher

I also had a pretty good book haul. Awhile back I had ordered a used copy of Belleweather by Susanna Kearsley from ThriftBooks that was supposed to be in good condition but it arrived and was completely water damaged and covered in library stickers. So I knew I would not be keeping that copy. I went to Half Price Books a couple of weeks ago with a friend and found a near perfect copy for only $7.99 so I’m really happy to finally have a good copy for my collection. I also ended up getting two Kristin Hannah books on two different occasions. I loved her book The Great Alone and knew I needed to read more of her books so when I saw these at Target, I couldn’t resist. Barnes & Noble was having a Stephen King sale the same day as Amazon Prime Day so I ended up getting three of his books. They were buy two, get the third free.

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  • On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • Belleweather by Susanna Kearsley
  • True Colors by Kristin Hannah
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

How was your month of July? Read any new favorites or have any books to recommend?

The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley

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William Chance & Lynn Roseworth #2

Published July 23, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed novel that grabbed fans of X-Files and Stranger Things, Jeremy Finley returns with another thriller full of aliens and government cover-ups.

For most of his life, William Chance has been the living proof that his grandmother and her fellow researchers into missing people were right all along about the terror from the stars. Now, he’s avoiding the limelight and hiding out from everyone, including his family. He knows he can avoid everything, except for the nightmares: fires, storms, disease and violence – he dreams of it all.

When he’s suddenly exposed, he finds that the media, government operatives and renegade true believers are desperate to find him, but he has another mission. Joined by a girl with terrifying abilities, he begins a desperate journey across the United States to find the others who share his dreams to stop what could be the final days of the world.

Jeremy Finley’s debut The Darkest Time of Night was called “outstanding” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a June 2018 SIBA Okra Selection. Now, he continues the story of Lynn and William, fifteen years later in a new fast-paced novel full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.

Review: This is the sequel to The Darkest Time of Night so if you haven’t read that one yet there will be some spoilers ahead for you. If you haven’t read The Darkest Time of Night yet, I highly recommend it if you enjoy Stranger Things and The X-Files. I’ve always had a hard time seeing when people compare a book to other popular things but after reading these two books, I can 100% see where they came up with this mashup. The Dark Above picks up 15 years after the events from The Darkest Time of Night. William is gone again, but this time by his own choice. After many years of being in the media spotlight after reuniting with his family, he has had enough and wants to be on his own. He believes that by doing so he is also keeping his family safe because there is still that thing inside him that the aliens left behind. Lynn, William’s grandmother who was also abducted when she was young wants desperately to find him. But she’s not the only one. The story quickly picks up and the action begins to build. More pieces of the puzzle are revealed as William is on the run from the Sky Surveillance Agency AKA the SSA. He finally comes to know what it means being the conduit.

I really love this author’s style of writing. I am completely drawn into the story and feel like I am right there in the action, feeling the winds of the hurricanes and the heat of the fires. I love how the characters are written and their stories are intertwined to create this epic story. I absolutely love Roxy’s character and how spunky she is. I really like that William envisions her as a voice within his head, like a conscience and he hears her saying things that sound exactly like something she would say to him in the situations he finds himself in. There were a few new characters that I fell in love with too. Quincy was such a great character and I really enjoyed his humor and the lightness he was able to add to such awful situations. Lily was such a darling character. I wanted to scoop her up and give her a big hug. I love how things ended in this book. It felt like the perfect way to end things.

If you’re looking for a good mystery/thriller with some science fiction thrown in, look no further. Grab copies of The Darkest Time of Night and The Dark Above today!

4 Stars

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