The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Ah, Gilmore Girls.  How I love those caffeinated, speed talking, pop culture aficionados.  And I really love the plethora of books that are mentioned throughout the show.  I got this idea to see how many of the books I’ve read off of the intimidating list from It’s Novel To Me (you can find that post here!) and of course, from the fabulous show itself.

Here are the 339 books mentioned throughout the show and those that have a strikethrough are the books I’ve read!

1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan

10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James

11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

13. Atonement by Ian McEwan

14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

16. Babe by Dick King-Smith

17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

21. Beloved by Toni Morrison

22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

23. The Bhagava Gita

24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy

25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali

29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner

30. Candide by Voltaire

31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

32. Carrie by Stephen King

33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

37. Christine by Stephen King

38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty

42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

52. Cujo by Stephen King

53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown

58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

61. Deenie by Judy Blume

62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed Americaby Erik Larson

63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

64. The Divine Comedy by Dante

65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

66. Don Quixote by Cervantes

67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

73. Eloise by Kay Thompson

74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

75. Emma by Jane Austen

76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

79. Ethics by Spinoza

80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

83. Extravagance by Gary Krist

84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald

94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner

104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom

112. The Graduate by Charles Webb

113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

116. The Group by Mary McCarthy

117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

125. Henry V by William Shakespeare

126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland

135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg

136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

137. The Iliad by Homer

138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres

139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

140. Inferno by Dante

141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence

154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal

155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

169. The Love Story by Erich Segal

170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies

173. Marathon Man by William Goldman

174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

206. Night by Elie Wiesel

207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell

210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

212. Old School by Tobias Wolff

213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster

218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

219. Othello by Shakespeare

220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

237. Property by Valerie Martin

238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

240. Quattrocento by James Mckean

241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner

262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

270. Selected Hotels of Europe

271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

275. Sexus by Henry Miller

276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

277. Shane by Jack Shaefer

278. The Shining by Stephen King

279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

282. Small Island by Andrea Levy

283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers

285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

289. Songbook by Nick Hornby

290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

297. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

298. Stuart Little by E. B. White

299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

306. Time and Again by Jack Finney

307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

312. The Trial by Franz Kafka

313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

316. Ulysses by James Joyce

317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

319. Unless by Carol Shields

320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

I’ve read a total of 55/339 which is kind of terrible, but oh well, that means I have a ton of book recommendations right?!

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How many of these books have you read?  And which ones are your favorites?



Book Review || I Let You Go


**This review contains minor spoilers in the trigger warning at the end of the review.**

Title: I Let You Go

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Publication Date: November 2014

Version: Physical Book

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Rating: 3/5 Stars

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street …

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

This is my second Clare Mackintosh novel I’ve read this year and my least favorite of the two (the other being I See You).  While I See You gripped me immediately with the ominous atmosphere and creepy plot, I Let You Go didn’t have the same effect and even felt pretty slow at points.

The first part of the book dragged for me and it felt more like a contemporary book as it explored the relationships among the main characters, which would have been great if it were a contemporary, but besides the characters mentioning how sad the unsolved case was, there wasn’t a lot to tie in the actual mystery/thriller aspect to the story.

I felt like very few surprises happened after the big twist, which I thought was very, very cleverly done and did take me completely by surprise.  However, after that, I was expecting more twists and turns and there just weren’t many.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the twist was definitely my favorite part because I have never seen it done before and I didn’t see it coming at all, but this is definitely a slower-paced thriller that reads at times like a contemporary.

**Trigger warning and minor spoilers (related to trigger warning) below**:

There are some very heavy topic explored in this book including physical abuse, domestic violence, and rape.

Book Review||A Court Of Wings And Ruin **Contains Spoilers!!**

Before I even get started, this review IS SPOILERY AS HECK SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET, LOOK AWAY!!!  


Now, onto the review.


Title: A Court Of Wings And Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: May 2017

Version: Audiobook

Genre: NA, Fantasy

Rating: 3.5ish/5 Stars

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

**Spoilers Below**

Ah, ACOWAR, where to start?  Well, for starters, I have been putting off reading this book since it came out in May because it’s pretty long and I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings about the series as a whole.  But, here we are 22ish hours of audiobook later!

As far as the rating, I gave ACOTAR (#1) a 3 star rating (which is probably way too generous, but it was entertaining dang it), ACOMAF (#2) a 4 star rating, and this one a 3.5 star rating, so #2 in the series is still my favorite.

Neat, now let’s get into the actual book.  First, I thought the plot, especially for the finale to the Feyre/Rhys storyline was seriously lacking.  It was lacking in action and it felt like it took actually forever to get to the main points and instead had a ton of fillers in it that didn’t add to the plot.

Even the ending battle scenes were super tame and not the epic action-packed, heart-wrenching moments I was seriously hoping for.  I may be twisted for saying this, but I also kind of squint at authors who refuse to kill any of their characters off when it makes sense for characters to die, like in super epic, world-shattering battles like at the end of the book.  And I know, Rhys and Amren technically “die”, but the are obviously brought back to life because of reasons and the cauldron and magic and love.

And I know I know, Feyre’s dad dies, but he is present in all of two minutes of the entire series, so not a tear was shed during that part.  Am I heartless?  It’s possible.  But I still wanted to feel some sadness over the repercussions of such a monumental battle at the end and I just didn’t.

I also actually rolled my eyes at some parts between Feyre and Rhys.  It was all good and fine in the second book when they had sexual tension up to their eyeballs, but hearing them tell each other how beautiful they are and reading sex scenes that have gotten even more uncomfortable in this book so many times was just not my favorite.

Enough of the complaining because I did give this book 3.5 stars which means I definitely enjoyed it, I swear!  There is just something about Maas’ writing that I can’t help but enjoy and her world building and creativity is pretty amazing.  Also, I want about 10 books of Nesta just being her badass self and being so over everyone and everything around her.  I am ready, SJM, I am so ready.



Readathon by Zoe Halloween Edition TBR

I am so excited because this Saturday, I’m participating in my second ever Read-A-Thon!  This one is the readathonbyzoe (from readbyzoe) and her video announcement can be found on booktube here!  I really enjoy watching readbyzoe’s videos and she announces when she does her 24 hour read-a-thons so anyone can participate, so you totally should too!

The reading will take place this Saturday October 14th from 12am until 11:59 pm your time depending on your time zone and I will be joining Zoe in reading spooky books.

I have 2 1/2ish books in particular I am planning on reading for the readathonbyzoe and who knows if I’ll even get to finish one of these, but no matter!  Here is my (possibly ambitious) tbr:

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: I definitely won’t be able to finish all of Irving’s stories, but I do want to read this spooky tale this Saturday!

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson:  I think this is going to be the next book on my TBR because it’s short and sounds really, really creepy.

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola: This book will be if somehow I miraculously finish the other two stories I plan on reading and need something dark and gothic.

That’s it!  My short and sweet TBR for the 24 hour readathonbyzoe this Saturday!  I hope some of you join in on all the reading this weekend!

*Evil cackle*


Not Even Mid-October Book Haul, AKA I have No Self-Control

Okay, so I have no self-control when it comes to buying books.  My TBR pile grows and I just keep adding to it, but there are so many amazing books out there and there are so many places where I live that sell super discounted books that I am justifying all of this.

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Here are the 15 books I have in this haul:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: A classic that will be perfect for around Christmas. And I’ve never actually read this book, so it’s time to do that.

The Stranger by Albert Camus: All I know about this book is that a man gets caught up in a murder in Algeria and that for such a small book, this novel has very mixed reviews, so I’m excited to see how I feel about it after I read it!

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: I love Kahlil Gibran’s poetry, so I’m glad to have a collection of his poems.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: I’ve read I See You by Mackintosh, but have heard that this book, about a woman whose son is killed in a car accident.  I’ve heard there are a ton of twists and this book is an excellent thriller.

The House Of Forgetting by Bejamin Alire Sáenz: I absolutely love Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe, so I was super happy to find this book at my library book sale.  Also, I had no idea that Sáenz wrote a psychological thriller about a girl who has been kidnapped, so I’m interested to see how this book turns out.

Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: It’s kind of hard to explain what this book is about, but it sounds like a great mix of fantasy and satire and I’ve heart nothing but excellent things about it.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: I’ve heard this series compared to A Series Of Unfortunate Events, which I love, so this book about a secret society for gifted children, complete with top secret missions.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: This is a book where the synopsis and reviews don’t quite match up on Goodreads.  It’s about a girl, Roza, who disappears, and a boy who tries to find out what happened to her.  I think.  And maybe some magical realism?  I guess I’ll have to read and find out.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow And Other Stories by Washington Irving: Another classic story I have yet to read and is absolutely perfect for this time of year.  Also, I wish my cover looked like the one pictured because it is awesome!

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson: The short but creepy book about a possibly murderous family who live in isolation from the surrounding village.  I have yet to read a Shirley Jackson, so I’m excited to get to this one.

Thérèse Raquin by Émilie Zola: A gothic story with an adulterous marriage and motivation for murder.  Sounds like my cup of tea.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin: I recently read this one and it’s about a women, who as a teenager, was found almost dead in a field of black-eyed susans.  Years later, she questions everything she thinks she knows about the crime as the man accused sits on death row.

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: The blurb is pretty vague, but I think this book is about vampires?  I’ve heard great things and it’s Stephen King, so it’s bound to be scary.

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I read Tiger Lily by Anderson not too long ago and loved her writing style, so I’m excited to get to this book about a town where girls keep going missing.

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine: This book sounds so good and I can’t wait to read it.  It’s about a woman who moves to her ancestors’ estate in Scotland and finds human remains.

Those are the books I’ve bought since my last book haul.  The title was originally Mid-October Book Haul because that sounds better than “Only Eight Days Into October Book Haul”, but I am kidding myself.  It’s not mid-month yet and I am already a book hauling fiend.

Have you read any of these and if so, what did you think?  Thanks for reading!

Book Review || The Room By The Lake


Title: The Room By The Lake

Author: Emma Dibdin

Publication Date: August 2017

Version: Physical Book

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

When Caitlin moved from London to New York, she thought she had left her problems behind: her alcoholic father, her dead mother, the pressure to succeed. But now, down to her last dollar in a foreign city, she is desperately lonely.

Then she meets Jake. Handsome, smart, slightly damaged Jake. He lives off-grid, in a lakeside commune whose members practise regular exercise and frequent group therapy. Before long, Caitlin has settled into her idyllic new home.

It looks like she has found the fresh start she longed for. But, as the commune tightens its grip on her freedom and her sanity, Caitlin realizes too late that she might become lost forever…

I don’t know if I’ve had really high expectations with thrillers recently, but I have to say, the last couple of thriller/mystery/suspense novels I’ve read I thought I would love a lot more.  That’s not to say they’ve been necessarily bad, but just that I thought I’d be giving out a ton of 4/5 star reviews this month, which leads me to The Room By The Lake.

This was definitely not a bad book.  3.5 stars means I liked it pretty well, but did have some issues with it.  The plot intrigued me from the get go and I think the book was cleverly written and paced.  It starts out as a bit slower with the plot as we meet and learn about our main character, Caitlin, and her new boyfriend, Jake.  However, as the book progresses, the suspense builds as well as a sense of foreboding and dread that are present throughout the entire story.

The atmosphere is perfectly creepy and the reader just knows something bad is going to happen and that Jake’s “family” may not be as perfect as they seem.  While there aren’t a lot of typical “twists” in the story, the writing kept me on my toes the whole time and even during the slower parts, the underlying tension made the story move along.

There are parts of this story that maybe aren’t the most believable and there are parts where I questioned the characters’ choices in certain situations, but I do think that Dibdin did a good job of creating situations that are realistic as I saw how Caitlin got wrapped up in life at the commune.

I don’t think this book will be for all thriller/suspense lovers, but if the plot sounds interesting to you and you don’t mind slower paced thrillers, then definitely check this book out.


Book Review || Shallow Graves


Title: These Shallow Graves

Author: Kali Wallace

Publication Date: January 2016

Version: Physical Book

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars


Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

I picked this book up after reading the synopsis and being super intrigued, knowing nothing about else about it.  And it started off so, so strong.  It really did.  We have the main character, Breezy, who wakes up after being dead for a year now knowing what the heck is going on.  We find out as the story progresses that she is kind of a badass and is one of the main reasons why I gave this book a 2.5.

Sadly, after the beginning, the book went downhill for me.  All of the other characters we meet felt incredibly flat and the story went in a completely different direction than I first thought.  The whole middle part of the story completely dragged and ideas and questions are introduced that are never explained, which gives a sense of incomplete world building.

The whole book feels like there needs to be a sequel or like it’s setting up for further world building, which is a shame that it doesn’t feel like it could stand on its own.  If there is a sequel in the works, I probably wouldn’t pick it up and per Goodreads, as of last year, the author wrote that it is meant to be a standalone.

I did really like Breezy as a character and I liked the diverse characters and the themes that run through the book, which can be very heavy, but are handled really well.  However, the overall story just didn’t do it for me.