November Wrap Up

November wasn’t the best ever reading/blogging/bookish month for me.  Partly because this time is busy and partly because after discovering BTS, I’ve been on a music binge.

I mean, look at them.

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LOOK AT THEM.

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(And if you’re late to BTS like me, their music is wonderful and I highly recommend.  You should go watch them immediately.)

Anyway, let’s get to the seven books I read during the month of November.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: I can’t believe I never read this book when I was younger, but I decided to finally give it a go!  I think I would have enjoyed it more as an elementary or middle schooler, but I still appreciated the humor and Rick Riordan’s writing.  I gave it 3/5 stars.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: This graphic novel follows three different characters whose stories intertwine.  The art is incredible and the story packs a big punch.  I loved it and gave it 4.5/5 stars.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This book was the biggest disappointment for me this month.  I read it for my book club and was expecting it to be a new favorite.  While I liked the plot and moral questions it raised, something just didn’t connect with me and the audiobook particularly fell flat.  I gave it 2/5 stars.

The Fireman by Joe Hill: This book started out so strong (a mysterious disease that sets the infected on fire), but tried to be too many things and was just weird.  Also, I really was not a fan of the audiobook narrator.  I DNFed this one.

From Here To Eternity by Caitlin Doughty: I’ve never read a book quite like this one, which is definitely a good thing.  Doughty presents some really great ideas on death and for a topic so scary and heavy, she does a great job talking about it in a super non scary way.  I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

Wolf By Wolf  by Ryan Graudin: This may be another case of I really didn’t like the audiobook version and may have like the physical book better.  The idea was great (an alternate history story involving a shape-shifter on a mission to kill Hitler), but the questionable accents and pacing threw me off.  I gave it 2/5 stars.

Warcross by Marie Lu: This book surprised the socks off of me.  I really enjoyed it.  My full review can be found here and I gave it 4/5 stars.

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Most Anticipated 2018 Releases Part 1

I was going through my ever growing TBR list and realized how many amazing sounding books are coming out in 2018.  So without further ado, here are the books I’m looking forward to reading the most in the first part of next year:

 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.  This is in the world of fae and follows a girl who is sent to the high court to live after her parents are murdered.  As she tries to fit in, she is involved in the politics and dangers of the high faeries.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’m excited to see what it’s about!  Set to release January 2, 2018.

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor.  A mystery about a group of friends who find a body as kids and 30 years later, start receiving messages alluding to what happened in their childhood.  They don’t believe it’s connected until one of the friends is murdered.  Bring on the suspense!  Set to release January 9, 2018.

Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire.  This is the third and possibly final?? book in the Wayward Children triology (?).  I have absolutely loved everything I’ve read by McGuire, so I am so stoked for this.  Set to release January 9, 2018.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.  Jane Sinner is expelled from high school and signs up for a reality t.v. show called House of Orange (basically Big Brother).  I’m sold.  Set to release January 9, 2018.

Reign Of The Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.  Necromancers, Zombieish creatures (Shades), and a dangerous world full of souls called the Deadlands.  It sounds awesome.  Set to release January 23, 2018.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.  This book follows Alice as she tries to find her missing mother after her grandmother, who wrote a book of fairytales, dies.  The only thing is, Alice isn’t so sure if the fairytales are make believe.  This book has been so hyped since readers were first getting advanced copies of it.  I can’t wait to read it myself!  Set to release January 30, 2018.

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.  Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered over and over again at a ball as the day repeats itself.  Only Aiden can solve her murder, but the problem is every day he wakes in the body of a different party guest.  This sounds so great and I am so ready.  Set to release February 8, 2018.

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard.  This book is about a woman who falls in love with a serial killer.  As she’s finally moving on, her ex behind bars wants to make a confession to her as a new copycat killer is on the loose.  Set to release February 27, 2018.

I Stop Somewhere by T. E. Carter.  This book follows a freshman in high school, Ellie, after she is assaulted and tackles rape culture.  It sounds like a very powerful book and I can’t wait to read it.  Set to release February 27, 2017.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.  I’m just going to post the synopsis since it’s so short.  My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:  1. I’m in a coma.  2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.  3. Sometimes I lie.  Sounds like a book I don’t want to know too much about before diving right in.  Set to release March 13, 2018.

In Her Skin by Kim Savage.  This follows sixteen-year-old Jo as she slips into the life of a missing girl, taking on her identity.  After the welcome she receives after being “missing”, Jo realizes that everything isn’t as it seems.  This book is giving me The Likeness by Tana French vibes, so that’s kind of amazing.  Set to release March 27, 2018.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton.  A (completely accurate or course) retelling of Jane Eyre.  These ladies know how to write a perfectly witty and totally *nonfictional* retelling.  Set to release June 26, 2018 aka on my birthday.  Happy birthday to me!

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl.  This book has a heck of a synopsis that I’ll link here.  I’m super intrigued, especially since this is Pessl’s first book since the very interesting Night Film.  Set to release in June 2018.

 

 

 

October Wrap-Up

October is one of my top twelve favorite reading months!

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(I even rolled my eyes writing that.)

Why?

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And because it’s the perfect month to read creepy, scary horror/thriller/suspense/mystery books!

I read ten books in the month of October and most of them fit into one of the above categories.  Here they are:

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: My full review is here and while this wasn’t a favorite, it’s a thriller with a great twist.  I gave it 3/5 Stars.

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: I read this for the 24 hour read-a-thon hosted by ReadbyZoe (read-a-thon TBR with a link to Zoe’s video is here.)  This is a classic horror story and was a quick, creepy read.  I gave it 3/5 Stars.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson:  Another classic about a strange family with plenty of secrets living in isolation from the town below.  I gave it 3.5/5 Stars.

The Room By The Lake by Emma Dibdin: I haven’t heard a ton of people who have read this book, which is a shame because it is a fast paced, well written thriller.  My full review can be found here.  3.5/5 Stars

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace: I picked this up because the premise sounded so great, but I was really disappointed.  It’s about a girl who wakes up after a year of being dead.  Sadly, the premise was the best part and everything else fell a little flat.  Full review is here. 2.5/5 Stars

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin: If you like slower paced, character driven mystery/thrillers, try this one.  I enjoyed it overall and gave it 3.5/5 Stars.

All three audiobooks I listened to this month weren’t so much in the thriller/mystery genre, but they are all from my library’s audiobook app, so I couldn’t be too picky.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: This book has been very well received, but for many reasons, I was not the biggest fan.  If you decide to pick this up, there will be a trigger warning at the end of this post that contains spoilers, but I feel is important to know before going into this book.  2/5 Stars.

A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas: I don’t want to give too much away, but I definitely liked A Court Of Mist And Fury the most out of the trilogy.  Full review *containing spoilers* is here 3.5/5 Stars.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Another super popular book I just couldn’t get into.  I made it to the 75/80% mark before admitting to myself I wasn’t enjoying the book and putting it down.  2/5 Stars.

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Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: This book was the best I read this month by far.  I don’t want to say too much because I have a full review coming, but it is super creepy and amazing.  4.5/5 Stars.

Those are the ten books I’ve read this month.  I may take a small break from all of the dark, scary, thrillerish books for November…or maybe I’ll just pretend it’s Halloween all year round?

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TRIGGER WARNING CONTAINING SPOILERS FOR IT ENDS WITH US:
Abuse, domestic violence, and rape

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?

 

Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

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Ah, Fall.  One of my absolute favorite times of year.  In honor of this gorgeous season, here is a lovely tag about fallish books.  Thank you so much to Alex @ Whimsy Pages for tagging me and definitely give her lovely blog a visit!

Let’s jump right into it!


CRUNCHING LEAVES: THE WORLD IS FULL OF COLOR – CHOOSE A BOOK THAT HAS REDS/ORANGES/YELLOWS ON THE COVER

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The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Sounds creepy and perfect for fall!  Unfortunately, this book doesn’t come out until next year, but it’s on my TBR and it definitely puts me in the mood for all things spooky this fall.


COZY SWEATER: IT’S FINALLY COLD ENOUGH TO WEAR WARM COZY CLOTHING – WHAT BOOK GIVES YOU THE WARM FUZZIES?

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My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

The relationship between Elsa and her Granny is so perfect and reminds me of my cherished memories of my own Grandma.  This book absolutely gives me all of the warm and fuzzies.


FALL STORM: THE WIND IS HOWLING AND THE RAIN IS POUNDING – CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OR GENRE THAT YOU LIKE TO READ ON A STORMY DAY.

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Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

And really, suspense/thriller/mystery are my favorite to read on a dark and stormy day.  If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend going into it not knowing anything because that makes all of the twists and turns that more exciting!


COOL CRISP AIR: WHAT’S THE COOLEST CHARACTER YOU’D WANT TO TRADE PLACES WITH?

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Alex answered the exact same thing, but obviously, my number one girl, Hermione Granger.


HOT APPLE CIDER: WHAT UNDER HYPED BOOK DO YOU WANT TO SEE BECOME THE NEXT BIGGEST, HOTTEST THING?

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The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters

My full review of this incredible book can be found here and I need this book to be more hyped because it is AWESOME.


COAT, SCARVES, AND MITTENS: THE WEATHER HAS TURNED COLD AND IT’S TIME TO COVER UP – WHAT’S THE MOST EMBARRASSING BOOK COVER YOU OWN THAT YOU LIKE TO KEEP HIDDEN IN PUBLIC?

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When A Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

All of Tessa Dare’s covers are this amazing.  Which is why I read them all on my Kindle.


PUMPKIN SPICE: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FALL TIME COMFORTS FOOD/FOODS?

Soup, bread, apple pie, and coffeecoffeecoffee!


I officially challenge anyone who would like to complete this cozy, fallish book tag to do it.  Consider yourself tagged!

Thanks for reading!

 

September Wrap-Up

Welcome to my September wrap-up, aka how many times I say “spooky” in one post.  (Hint:  it’s a lot.)

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Today is the last day of September, which means tomorrow begins my favorite reading month.  Bring on the spooky, creepy, ghoulish books all. month. long. (Though now I think about it, all of the books I read this month had a spooky element.)

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I’m so very slowly getting back into my regular reading schedule, so this month wasn’t my best reading month, but I’ll take it if it means leaving the slump way, way behind!  Here are the 8 books I read in the month of September:

 

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The Sirens by Joseph Knox

Set in a sprawling, twilight northern city, Sirens introduces Aidan Waits, a disgraced young detective caught stealing drugs from evidence and subsequently blackmailed into going undercover. When an MP’s daughter runs away from home, Waits is sent to track her down and finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of drugs, blackmail and deception.

Uncovering the motives of those involved, he’s thrown forwards through politicians, police and drug lords – towards a conclusion and a truth he really doesn’t want to know.

I gave this one a 2/5 stars and my full review can be found here.

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Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

I gave this 3/5 stars and my full review is here.

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Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

I gave this a 3/5 stars.  It isn’t my favorite Stephen King novel I’ve read, but it’s his first and perfect for this time of year.

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

That is a super long Goodreads synopsis!  I gave this a 2/5 stars and had a lot of feelings about it which can be found here.

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The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

I absolutely adored this book and gave it a 4.5/5 stars.  My gushing review can be found here.

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Alone by Cyn Balog

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

I gave this book a 3/5 stars and my full review is here.

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. Ronald Dahl has done it again! Winner of the 1983 Whitbread Award, the judges’ decision was unanimous: “funny, wise, deliciously disgusting, a real book for children. From the first paragraph to the last, we felt we were in the hands of a master”.

4.5/5 stars.  A fantastic story that all ages will appreciate.

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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.  Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.  But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

2/5 stars.  I was so excited it for this one and was pretty disappointed.  To make myself feel a little better, I’m indulging in another spooky gif.

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Happy spooky reading!