October Wrap Up

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October was an excellent reading month for me!! Especially compared to last month when I was only able to read 3 books. In October I finished 8 books and a total of 3,147 pages. I’m very happy with that! Now I’m only 11 books away from reaching my goal of reading 100 books in 2015!


Books Read in October

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DNF (Did Not Finish)

The Accident Season

I was only able to read the first 100 pages of this book before I had to give up. The book was just strange and not very exciting. I just couldn’t push myself to finish the book. I’m just glad that I borrowed this book from the library instead of buying it!


How did your reading go in the month of October? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post. I’d love to see what you read!

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Friday Finds #15

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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Not pictured:

  • Untitled (Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Untitled (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I haven’t participated in this meme for a couple of months now so I really wanted to take part again!


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 496

Synopsis: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks) But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Pre-order: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


Why I’m Excited

Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors and definitely one of my favorites in the contemporary genre. I read all three of her books – Since You’ve Been Gone, Second Chance Summer, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – and loved all of them! That being said, I’m dying for another book from her! I wish it was coming a little sooner than May (*cough* like tomorrow) but I guess I’ll have to be patient.

Also, can we discuss the cover?? I love it!! It’s so vibrant and full of life. I love all the dogs on it and also that there’s an ice cream truck in the back. I have a lot of fond memories from my childhood that involve getting cold, yummy treats from an ice cream truck! Also, I really love the typography. Whoever designs Morgan’s book covers is brilliant!


What’s one book you absolutely can’t wait for? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Waiting on Wednesday post!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #13

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between!


Between Monday, October 19th and now, I’ve completed the following books:

Last 3 reads (50)

  • The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles #2) – 4.5 stars
  • Alive by Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy #1) – 3.5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #1) – 5 stars

I’m extremely happy with what I was able to read this week. 3 books might not seem like much but it’s actually all I read in the entire month of September. So reading that amount in a week is a huge success for me.

What I want to read next:

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There are so many books I want to read right now, but I narrowed it down to these three. I have The Accident Season and Shadow and Bone out from the library so I would like to read them both before they’re due back. I’m really excited to finally start the Grisha trilogy! As for The Serpent’s Shadow, I would love to finish up the Kane Chronicles very soon. I need to know how it ends!


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments or link me to your “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” post!

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Cover Characteristic | Eyes

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Cover Characteristic is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week, they post a different characteristic and you have to choose 5 of your favorite covers that feature that characteristic. This week’s characteristic is eye(s). The following list is in no particular order.


1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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4. The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien

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5. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

172 Hours on the Moon

I find this last one really creepy but very cool at the same time!


What are some of your favorite covers with eyes on them? Comment down below or link me to your own Cover Characteristic post!

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Stacking The Shelves #9

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you share the books you’ve added to your shelves recently. This can include books that you’ve bought, borrowed, or received as gifts/for review, whether they be physical books or eBooks.


Bought

The Kane Chronicles

A couple weeks ago I checked out all three of these books from the library and have since read 2 out of the 3 and really, really liked them. So I decided to go ahead and purchase the books to add to my gradually growing Rick Riordan collection. I bought the beautiful hardcover box set for 45% off on Amazon! It was an amazing deal that I couldn’t pass up. I’m looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy really soon!

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Six of Crows has been getting so much hype lately which makes me want to check it out for myself. I decided to buy it because I saw how beautifully made it was (those black page edges!!) and because I thought it was something I’d really enjoy. I plan on reading Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy first though since this book takes place in the same world. I’m super pumped to experience the Grisha world! As for Illuminae, I’ve been anticipating this book for quite some time now and I knew it was a book I had to own. Simple as that!


What books have you added to your shelves recently? Which book are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Stacking The Shelves post!

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Friday Finds #14

Friday Finds
Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are some books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads recently!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Wishes I Hope the Book Genie Will Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me“. This prompt seems like a lot of fun, but it’s definitely going to be hard only picking ten things! Let’s get started!


Dear Book Genie, Please Grant Me…

1. Unlimited book shopping funds

When you want all the books, you need a lot of money. Unlimited funds for my book buying habit would be wonderful! I’d love to be able to walk into Barnes & Noble and buy any book(s) I want without having to worry about the cost.

2. My own personal library

Since there is no room in my house for a library, I would need a magical addition or a new house. In this new addition or home, I’d love to have a huge room filled with bookshelves (especially ones with ladders!) and super comfy chairs. Ideally, these bookshelves would be perfectly organized to my tastes and never need to be dusted!

3. The ability to read books and get paid for it

Having to read books all day sounds like the perfect job for me! It would be so awesome if this was a real thing. It would also be neat if I got paid based off how many books I read. To make it even more interesting, there could be goals I had to reach. Say I made a goal to read 100 books in a year. If I surpassed the goal, I’d get a bonus. However, if I didn’t reach the goal, I would get a lower paycheck. That would definitely keep me motivated!

4. More books written by J.K. Rowling that take place in the Harry Potter world

I would DIE if this one came true. Harry Potter is one of my favorite book series and I would absolutely love if there was a spin-off series taking place in the same world featuring some (or all) of my favorite characters from the original series!

5. The ability to step into my favorite book worlds

It would be so neat to visit some of my favorite book settings! I would like to add in that anything bad that happens while I’m in these worlds cannot harm me. Fantasy and dystopian books in particular have a lot of dangerous things and people in them and I really wouldn’t like it if I got hurt!

6. Free admission, transportation, etc for book events

I’ve never been to a book event before and I would absolutely love to go! It would be so much fun to meet my favorite authors and get books signed by them. Also, I’d really like to meet other book lovers and discuss bookish things with them!

7. The standard that all books should have beautiful covers

I know we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but let’s be real – we all do it from time to time. I think that all covers should be beautiful (in their own way). No more bad book covers please!

8. Book-to-movie adaptations that are all spot on

There are numerous book-to-movie adaptions out there. While some are bad, some alright, and some are great, they don’t have everything that the book had. I understand that some things need to be cut due to time restraints, but I personally wouldn’t mind a longer movie if it included everything from the book!

9. The ability to meet all of my favorite fictional characters

This would be really cool! I would love to be face to face with all the characters I’ve loved over the years. I probably wouldn’t be able to from coherent sentences in front of them though, especially my book boyfriends.

10. The ability to make everyone else’s bookish wishes come true

After being incredibly selfish, I wanted to use my last wish for non-selfish reasons! I hope everyone’s bookish wishes come true 🙂


If you could ask the book genie for one bookish wish, what would you ask for? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post!

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The Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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I was tagged quite awhile ago by Dimple at enthrallingdimple to do this challenge and I’m finally getting around to it! What you have to do is pick out a few books that are typically well known and that you know little to nothing about and guess what they’re about based on their title and cover alone. After that, you read the actual synopsis and see how accurate your guess was. This seems like a lot of fun! Let’s get started.


1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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My Guess:

Quick note: I did briefly read the synopsis for this book, but it was awhile ago and I remember nothing about it. My guess for what this book is about is that there are six main characters in the novel who all have some supernatural abilities. Maybe even the ability to transform themselves into crows (or other things)?

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Comments:

I was right about the book having six people! (But that was pretty obvious..) It does seem like at least one of the characters has some sort of magical ability so I was right about that! This book sounds really intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it one day.


2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

My Guess:

The Darkest Part of the Forest sounds like a book that takes place in a very creepy setting. Maybe it’s a horror story about something taking place in the forest? The butterfly, however, makes it seem like everything isn’t all dark and scary. Maybe it’s a story that can be perceived as scary but has beauty to it as well?

Goodreads Synopsis:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Comments:

Well, I was right about the creep factor in the book. However, even though it sounds creepy, it isn’t a horror book. I completely missed the mark with my guess!


3. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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My Guess:

Based off the cover, it looks like the book is about a pair of supernatural parents that are preparing to participate in some sort of battle. Since they don’t look like they’re the same sort of creature, maybe they’re fighting against people who don’t think they should be together?

Goodreads Synopsis:

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Comments:

This synopsis isn’t very long and doesn’t give tons of detail. However, my guess was really close to the actual plot! This was definitely the closest I got out of all three of my guesses!


4. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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My Guess:

Based on the cover, it looks like the book is about a spirit or ghost named Anna who comes back to haunt a house – maybe the house she died/was murdered in? My guess is that this book is definitely a horror book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Comments:

Well, it looks like there’s a lot more to the plot than a ghost haunting a house – even though I did get that part right. I was also right about this book being categorized as horror. The plot definitely sounds creepy!


To spread the fun I challenge the following people:


This challenge was a lot of fun! I was surprised that some of guesses were very close to the actual plot. If you’ve done this challenge, leave the link to your post in the comments. I would love to see how you all did!

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WWW Wednesday #4

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words (previously hosted by Should Be Reading) where you answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Red Pyramid

I’m more than halfway finished with The Red Pyramid and I’m really liking it! I’m enjoying learning more about Egyptian mythology since my knowledge of it beforehand was pretty much nonexistent. Just like all of Rick’s books, this book is full of fun and adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends!

Recently Finished

Last 3 reads (46)

The Copper Gauntlet (the second book in the Magisterium series) seemed really short and didn’t have a lot going on. I still enjoyed reading it but I wasn’t able to give it a high rating. The Rest of Us Just Live Here was a book I’ve been anticipating since earlier on this year. Unfortunately, I hyped it up in my head too much and wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was still good, but definitely not as good as his other books that I’ve read. Everything, Everything was a book that I quickly read in one day. I loved the different illustrations throughout the book as well as the story itself. There was a twist towards the end that I wasn’t expecting, which made the book even better!

Reading Next

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Since I’m enjoying the first book in the Kane Chronicles so much, I’m very much looking forward to continuing on with the next two books in the series! After that, I want to read Rick’s new book The Sword of Summer. It looks like I’m having a Rick Riordan marathon this month!


What are you currently reading and what do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments or link me to your WWW Wednesday post!

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