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!

Two New NetGalley Reads

This month I received two digital ARCs through NetGalley. I’m very much looking forward to reading them!

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
This is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves. I really loved the diverse range of characters in Chokshi’s book, and the issues of racism and colorism were clearly addressed. Severin and his crew find themselves in Russia in The Silvered Serpents, and some surprising revelations await them!

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
This is Emily A. Duncan’s sequel to Wicked Saints. I’m thrilled to continue the story with a re-imagined and magical Eastern European world. The monster romance is equally intriguing!

I hope all of you are having a stress-free Thursday!

Demonic Characters/Blogtober Day 24

I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge!

When we read stories during October, many of us usually choose books with darker plot lines and demonic characters. Here are some of my favorite characters that lean toward the demonic:

Malachiasz (Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan)

Raven In Red (City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab)

Randall Flagg (The Stand by Stephen King)

Nikalaos (Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton)

Peter Mellor (Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenmore)

Wednesday (American Gods by Neil Gaiman)

Feel free to share your favorite demonic characters!

Favorite Reading Drinks/Blogtober Day 17

Everyone loves having some treats or a hearty drink when reading stories/listening to audiobooks. Here are some drinks that I can’t do without when reading:

  1. Coffee– I absolutely cannot go a day without coffee! A hot cup of coffee feels heavenly in my hands at any hour!
  2. Tea–I only drink tea during those moments needed to soothe my throat, but I also enjoy this beverage while browsing a favorite read!
  3. Hard Cider–I enjoy drinking Angry Orchard cider. It’s light, and just right for when I read stories!

What are some beverages you enjoy while reading?

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Library Blogtober Challenge.

TBR Update/Blogtober Day 10

Well, the first 10 day of October have flown by, and I finished one book in my TBR pile! I gave myself 6 stories to read, and I still have high hopes to complete that task!

I finished reading ‘A Dream So Dark’, and I loved it! It was quite an amazing book, and I can’t wait for Part 3!

I began reading Jerusalem Maiden last night. This story is historical fiction, set at the end of the Ottoman Empire (1911). I’ve read the first 50 pages, and I received quite a bit of information about Esther’s character, and her family culture. I’m wondering what my book group will discuss about this story next week!

I’m well aware that Spookathon is in two weeks, and I may take part in that as well…I just need to make a dent in this TBR pile. We’ll see if that happens lol…

How is your reading challenge/TBR pile progress coming along? Hopefully you’re making the most of it!

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge.

Blogtober Day 3/Autumn To-Do List

Every time Autumn rolls around, I have a few ‘must-do’s’ to accomplish. It’s such a magical time of year, and I love taking advantage of the seasonal change!

Here’s a quick list of what I do during this time of year:

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

October (and Autumn in general) means that it’s time to hit up a pumpkin patch to seek out those special gourds to decorate!

Watch ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

I watch this special every single year! Now that I have the DVD, there’s really no excuse to miss it…even though I almost did last year! Some exhaustion from long work days kick in!

Visit a Haunted House

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I connect with one of my good friends from college to take part in this chilling activity! Schafer Farms has its Farm of Horrors attraction which lasts until November 2nd. People have the opportunity to enjoy a haunted hayride, a scary corn maze, and the usual haunted house with its freaky cast of characters!

Decorate!

From a Bed Bath and Beyond outing a couple weeks ago!

The change of the seasons means that it’s time for everything pumpkin and leaf crafting (with the occasional animal decorations)!

Note: All of the Snoopy/Peanuts Gang figures featured in this post were purchased from Hallmark. I love bringing them with me wherever I go!

What are the things on your “Must-Do’ list for Autumn? Feel free to share in the comments! Many thanks to The Library Looter and Anniek for inspiring this blog post!

My NetGalley ARCs for This Week

I’m very excited to receive some ARCs from NetGalley this week!

NetGalley is a service where you receive Advance Reader Copies for your eReader (Nook, Kindle, etc.), in exchange for honest reviews. I received two books this week:

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Length: 583 pages
Release Date: December 10, 2019

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Release Date: September 24, 2019

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

TBR Book Tag

I discovered this book tag through ‘Feed the Crime‘s blog.

How do you keep track of your TBR list?

I mainly keep track of my TBR list through keeping a mental checklist of what I would currently love to read. I also have most of them listed on Goodreads, but I don’t focus on that too much.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

My TBR is mainly print books. I have some on my Kindle also, but not many.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Since this month I’m participating in Asian Readathon, I’m focusing on books that stick to that format. Aside from that, I’m mainly a mood reader.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest.

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One day I’ll read this!

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

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A book on your TBR list strictly because of it’s beautiful cover.

I don’t follow this, I purchase them because I’m interested in reading them.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

A book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. A co-worker gave me a copy during last year’s Secret Santa.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

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Color Me In by Natasha Diaz. Thank you NetGalley!

A book on your TBR everyone has read but you.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I love this author!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

I have 32 on my TBR shelf. But I have more than that lol

‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ by Erin A. Craig/A Review

‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ by Erin A. Craig is an adaptation of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale ‘The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces’ (also known as ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’). This story is due for release on August 6, 2019. I received an ARC of this novel through Net Galley, and the synopsis intrigued me: a wealthy Duke enduring the mysterious loss of a daughter year after year. I never read the fairy tale before taking on this story, but I decided to read the story based on the paranormal aspect.

‘House of Salt of Sorrows’ is set in Salann, an island territory in the world of Arcannia. Each territory follows its own deity based on the climate of the area (the residents of Salann worship Pontus, a god akin to Poseidon. The story follows the perspective of Annaleigh, who is now second in line to her father’s inheritance, due to the eldest daughters suffering tragic, unexplainable deaths. Annaleigh sets out to solve the mystery of her sisters’ deaths, and encounters disturbing elements of paranormal occurrences along the way. Her youngest sister endures quite descriptive images of paranormal activity, yet Annaleigh doesn’t acknowledge these signs until she is in the throes of her journey. She finds herself racing to discover the origin of her family’s dilemma before any further losses take place.

I loved how descriptive the death and violence were in the book. I enjoy reading books with tragic elements, and I was pleasantly surprised that I read this inside a YA novel. I love a good tale with mystery and paranormal elements.

‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ is a very good story, and I am thankful to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for giving me an eARC!

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My TBR list for January

Now that 2019 is underway, I want to share my TBR list for the remainder of January. While I know that half of the month is now gone, I would still love to share what I want to take on after I finish ‘Shadow and Bone’. Since it appears that we’re going to be snowed in this weekend, I’ll have plenty of time to enjoy my books!

I only have two books listed in my TBR pile for this month:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

This is book #2 in the Grisha trilogy. Since these books are going to be adapted into a series on Netflix, I wanted to read the books to have an idea of what the characters were all about. From what I understand, only the first book of the trilogy is going to be adapted, but I still want to read all three books anyway.

  The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi 

‘The Oyster Thief’ is an underwater tale that centers around a valuable ocean ecosystem. I placed a request for this book at my local library earlier this month, as they didn’t have the novel available. I’m looking forward to receiving the notification that the Faruqi’s book is finally in.

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