October Book Haul

I received 8 books during the month of October! Three were sent from publishers (2 physical ARCs, 1 eARC), and the rest I purchased from various excursions between my area and New York City.

Books from Publishers:

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Waters
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

I was so thrilled when I received these two books! Deadly Deceit is part of a blog tour I’m participating in, while We Ride Upon Sticks came to me after making a request to the publisher (Thank you so much to Pantheon/Penguin Random House for sending me this copy)! I’m looking forward to reading about this Historical Fiction book about this female hockey team touched by magic!

NetGalley ARC:

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

The Silvered Serpents is the anticipated sequel to The Gilded Wolves. I enjoyed reading the first installment greatly, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC from NetGalley! The Silvered Serpents comes out in February 2020!

Purchases:

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

These two stories were purchased at Barnes & Noble. My husband and I enjoy books about dogs, so I can’t wait to read these books!

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

I picked up Not Her Daughter during a recent excursion to The Strand in New York City. I enjoy Rea Frey’s Instagram content, as she regularly documents her adventures as a writer and Home School parent.

OwlCrate:

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Crier’s War by Nina Varela

I received these two books as part of the OwlCrate subscription service. It’s so thrilling to receive two stories this month!

Those are my new books for October! I can’t wait to explore them!

The Reader Problems Book Tag

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

Today I’m working on the Reader Problems Book Tag. I came across this tag from Stephen Writes‘s page.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?
Hmm…usually I choose stories based on where my emotions lead me. Unless it’s a book that’s been released recently, then I approach that one first!

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
I do my best to plug my way through it, unless I absolutely can’t tolerate the content.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?
Sure, I just dive right in through audiobooks in the evening.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
I appreciate a book regardless of how the cover looks.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
I turn to a close friend, who won’t judge my reading preferences lol

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I grab tissues out of my purse and run!

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?
No, I’ll read the sequel to have my mind refreshed. It will be like a new story!

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
I’ll be honest with them. I’ve had too many instances of people ‘borrowing’ forever, never again!

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
Yikes, this happened to me a few months ago! Since I was working a job that consumed nearly all of my time while enduring my slump, I threw my focus on that. This lasted for about a month, then the reading slump faded.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?
I try to stick with 1-2 books a week. I also make requests in the library.

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?
It depends…some books are weeks, other books are months. I have so many to love!

That’s all of the questions!

Six For Sunday: November 3

I’m participating in Six For Sunday, a fun prompt run by A Little But A Lot. This week’s theme is Books with Snow/Ice in the title! Here is what I found:

Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Fire and Ice (Warriors #2) by Erin Hunter

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

I hope everyone is having a fun weekend!

Sunday Sentence: November 3

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘When I asked him why he was doing it, he looked up from the pine plank he had been painting and said, “Because I need one thing in my life I can control” ‘.

Source: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager.

November 2019 TBR

I can’t believe that October (and Halloween) is now behind us!

November brings many exciting events: NaNoWriMo (good luck to everyone participating!), and Thanksgiving (gathering with family towards the end of the month. The month also brings forth some new and exciting reads for me to enjoy!

Here is my November TBR pile:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming is my local library’s Book Club selection for November. I can’t wait to finally read this amazing book!

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Waters

I received a complimentary copy of Deadly Deceit through Revell Books as part of their blogging tour this month. Although I haven’t read the first book, I’m still looking forward to the adventure!

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

I’m reading A Dog’s Purpose as part of a buddy read with my husband. Since we both love animals (especially dogs), it should be an amazing read!

The Buried: An Archeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler
I purchased The Buried through Book of the Month a few months ago. Since it’s now ‘Non-Fiction November’, I decided to give this story a go!

Friday Reads: November 1

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!

Today I’m sharing what I’m reading this week. I’m currently reading two books: one Book of the Month purchase, and one Netgalley eARC. One is a Thriller, while the other is a YA Fantasy.

I pulled all the Synopsis sections from Goodreads!

Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan
Synopsis:
Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.
As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.
In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

Ruthless Gods is the second book in Emily A. Duncan’s Something Dark and Holy trilogy. I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So far I’m enjoying the direction this book has taken. The first book was wrapped up into the romantic dynamic between two of the main characters, and while there’s still romance this installment, the story has taken a devious, darker turn that involve the gods’ role. I’m hopeful to finish reading the book this weekend.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Synopsis:
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

I purchased Lock Every Door through Book of the Month back in July. I’m about a third of the way into the novel, and the momentum is beginning to kick in. The first few chapters were a bit slow, but I guess it was needed to introduce Jules’s situation and her awe at the splendor of the building she’s living in, the Bartholomew.
This story also alternates between Jules’s present time, and the days leading up to her predicament. Which, now that the tension is building, is pretty absorbing!
The the NYC references also pull at my heart. I love a story that reminds me of my old home!

I hope you all are reading some great titles! Feel free to share the stories you’re tackling today.

October Wrap Up/Blogtober Day 31

I’m taking part in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge!

This month I finished reading four books: two YA Fantasies, one Contemporary Romance, and one Historical Fiction novel. While I wish I got the chance to read more, I’m happy about the ones I completed!

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney

I rated this story 4/5 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Dream So Dark! It was a great sequel to A Blade So Black, as it follows Alice’s adventures through Wonderland’s nightmarish world. It left me wondering what will be covered next! You can catch my review of A Dream So Dark HERE!

Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

I gave Jerusalem Maiden 4/5 Stars. This was a very powerful read, as it follows Esther Kaminsky’s religious journey throughout her life. She struggles with getting in touch with her passions while honoring God and the commandments. You can view my review for Jerusalem Maiden HERE.

Keeping Her Close from Carol Ross

I reviewed Keeping Her Close for Prism Book Tours, in which I received a complimentary copy from the author. I found this story to be quite a warm, feel-good story centered around trust. If you would like to check out my review, you can find it HERE.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

I gave Wicked Saints 4/5 Stars. I found this to be quite an interesting read that involved lots of esoteric discussion between two of the central characters. There was also an entertaining romance! My full review can be found HERE!

And that’s it! I began reading two other stories this month, which I will talk about more tomorrow.

I hope everyone enjoys their Halloween!

WWW Wednesday: October 30

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

This is the follow-up to Wicked Saints. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy! I’ll have my thoughts on this story soon!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

A thriller set in NYC’s Upper West Side! I’m about 50 pages in, and so far I’m liking it!

Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross

I received a complimentary copy of Keeping Her Close as part of Prism Book Tours. I very much enjoyed reading this story!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I’m finally giving myself a chance to read Becoming! This is the November book club selection for my local library. Michelle Obama still remains an influential figure in today’s world!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

Favorite Book of October /Blogtober Day 30

I’m taking part in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge!

I would say that my favorite book read this month was A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney. It’s the follow up tale to A Blade So Black. I love fairy tale re-tellings, but Alice in Wonderland stories are my favorite! You can check out my review for the story HERE!

What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Halloween Plans/Blogtober Day 29

I’m taking part in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I try to take part in doing a spooky activity every year.

Andy and I love travelling to the pumpkin patch and find some to decorate, and we did just that over the weekend! We found three adorable pumpkins that we’ll certainly decorate before Thursday.

Our adorable pumpkins with our adorable Halloween Peanuts Gang figures!

We also enjoy checking out a show during Halloween weekend, but unfortunately that didn’t pan out for us this year. Next Halloween will definitely be one to check out a show!

Of course, ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ will definitely be watched!

I hope everyone has spooky plans for Halloween!