Happy September! Autumn is my absolute favorite season and living in Minnesota I always feel like our fall is cut short by winter. So to extend the season I have decided that this year I will be celebrating fall and spooky season during September AND October. I love reading books that really fit the mood of the season so I have put together a rather large TBR for this year. I am a mood reader so this is mostly so that I have a large variety of books to choose from. I have gone through my entire library and selected books that I feel fit the vibe I’m looking for during spooky season and filled one of my book carts with those books so that when the time comes it will make it easier for me to choose a book rather than leaving them on the shelves intermixed with all of my other books.
And of course I had to decorate the cart as well! On the cart I have put 42 books from several different genres. There are vampires, witches, zombies, ghosts, serial killers, and more! I am SO excited to read as many of these in those two months that I can.
The Sandman vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning
28 Days Later: The Aftermath
30 Days of Night: Red Snow
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Book of Night by Holly Black
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The Dark Half by Stephen King
Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Slewfoot by Brom
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Companion by Katie Alender
Supermarket by Bobby Hall
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Elevation by Stephen King
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck
Folly by Laurie R. King
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Blaze by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair
The Last Seance by Agatha Christie
Dracula by Bram Stoker
When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Turn of the Screw & In the Cage by Henry James
I also plan to choose my audiobooks that I listen to during work to fit the mood as well. I’m not sure what those will be yet but I’m guessing there will be some Stephen King in the mix. In addition to those, I have a few ARCs that will be read and reviewed throughout spooky season:
The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Daphne by Josh Malerman
The Prisoner by B.A. Paris
Little Eve by Catriona Ward
The Luminaries by Susan Dennard
I am super excited to get started with these reads to fully embrace fall and spooky season this year. I would even be fine with this all extending into November as well 🙂
How early do you start celebrating fall and spooky season? Do you plan to read spooky season themed books during fall?
Happy spring! It is hard to believe that it is already April 2021 but I’m definitely not complaining. I don’t know about you guys but I am so ready for spring. This has been one of the easiest winters for me in quite awhile but it’s still my least favorite season. Since I am still working from home, I didn’t have to drive to or from work in any snowstorms and am so grateful to have had at least one winter off from that. But enough about that… Today I am presenting to you my April 2021 TBR in all its singular glory. That’s right, folks, there is indeed only ONE book on my TBR this month. And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke! 🙂
War and Peace is a mighty tome that I have been wanting to read for many years now and I decided that this would finally be the year that I would make it happen. I spent the past few months consuming books in the attempt to get a good start on my Goodreads reading challenge before I would have to devote a lot of time to reading this Russian classic. Clocking in at 1,440 pages, I knew that I would need to block off at least a few weeks, if not more. A couple of weeks ago I sat down with my copy and in addition to relaxing the spine a bit to prevent the dreaded broken spine, I also leafed through and tabbed off the volumes and parts of the novel in an effort to come up with a loose schedule for reading it. There are 4 volumes plus an epilogue and within those are 17 parts total. I figure that if I can read one part every couple of days, I will need just a little over a month to complete the entire book. Once I start reading it I will be able to better gauge how quickly I can read it or how slowly I want to take it. From what I’ve gathered doing research on this book, this is not one to rush through.
When I first decided to read War and Peace this year, I wanted to do a little research on the different translations to find the right one for me. This article from Tolstoy Therapy really helped me start to narrow down the translation I wanted to read. I already owned a used copy of the Aylmer and Louise Maude translation but after finding a blog post by The Ardent Biblio where the author included a single line from three of the more popular translations, I decided that it was not the translation for me. I ended up choosing the Anthony Briggs translation which just seems to flow a little better for me. If you are wanting to read this book, I highly recommend doing some research to decide which translation will fit better for you. What works for me may not work for you or the next person.
I am really excited to get started on this book and I am hoping to do a few updates here on the blog and Instagram as I read.
Are you a fan of reading the classics? What’s the biggest book you have ever read?
Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since my last post. What can I say, 2020 was a doozy. My hope this year is to be more active here but at the same time still keep things low key and as stress free as possible. This is supposed to be fun 🙂
My first post for 2021 is a reading challenge that I have been seeing around both in the blogging world and on Instagram. It seems like the perfect way to knock off some books that have been sitting on my TBR list for far too long as well as books I acquired last year that I had fully intended on reading in 2020. My full reading goal for the year is 75 books so this will be only a fraction of what I hope to read this year. This challenge is pretty self-explanatory… to choose 21 books that you want to read in 2021.
I feel like this is a pretty good mix of genres so I should be able to fit all of my moods whenever they strike. What books are you hoping to read this year that you haven’t gotten around to in years past?
Happy October everyone! I absolutely love this time of year. Everything about fall is fantastic to me. One of my favorite things to do is to pick out some spooky and thrilling books to read all month long. I’m not so great at following through with my TBRs but I am most successful with my Halloween TBRs. I think I’ve picked some really great books, including a couple I don’t have in hand yet.
It’s that time again! Bout of Books week is coming up tomorrow! Bout of Books is a super low-key readathon where you have an entire week to read as much as you want to. I’ve lost count of how many Bout of Books that I have participated in officially and unofficially. Many of the past ones I have some conflicts that won’t allow me to fully take advantage of this week of reading and this round is no exception but I am still going to give it a go and read as much as I can, while I can. This coming weekend we are heading down to visit my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. I am SO excited for it so I probably won’t get much reading in on Friday through Sunday but I don’t care at all because I’ve been waiting so long to finally get the time to go down for a visit.
The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges are completely optional. For Bout of Books 29 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I did put together a loose TBR for the week but am not fully committing myself to read these books and only these books. If my mood changes, then I will choose something else.
Until I Met You by Tari Faris (ARC from Revell Books)
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
I don’t really have any goals for this week beyond trying to read at least a little bit everyday even if it’s just 10 minutes before bed. I’m really looking forward to reading more this week though so I’m sure I’ll be able to read at least one book from start to finish.