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text 2018-10-19 13:24
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Like Other Girls - Claire Hennessy

This book is infuriating! The protagonist is a bitch and I can't understand her motivations, the pacing is off, the writing isn't great, the characterisation is bad etc. Regardless, I feel I have to continue to get to the part where it mirrors what I plan to write. I really wish I could dnf, but I can't. Agghhh!

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text 2018-10-18 18:35
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Like Other Girls - Claire Hennessy

Okay, here I go again. I've just discovered this book, written by a fellow Irish writer, tackling the same issue I'll be in my novel. It's a tricky theme, so I need to see how other authors handle it. I hope I get Lethal White finished and that elusive bingo!

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review 2018-10-04 14:48
Hero of the Month! (DC Super Hero Girls) (Pictureback(R)) - Mona Miller,Random House
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

For an introduction to the characters in the DC Super Hero Girls show, this is actually a pretty entertaining book. The book tells about the Hero of the Month award, which students at Super Hero High can earn for being helpful or doing good deeds. Then it goes through some of the past winners such as Katana, Bumblebee, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl. There is a brief blurb about each student as well as place of origin, powers, and specialty. 

There are also tons of cool pictures throughout the book. This definitely makes me want to watch the show. The movies have been on My List on Netflix since they were first added. Maybe I'll finally get to them this weekend.
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text 2018-09-30 17:45
September Re-Cap
 All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother - Danielle Teller
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn
Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman
City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong
A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls - Clara Emily Carpenter
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake
FantasticLand - Mike Bockoven
Contagion - Erin Bowman



I read a total of fourteen books towards Halloween Bingo, a decent month worth of books.  No Bingo's yet, but I'm close to having a few.  Only one book that I didn't like...and that was Burying the Honeysuckle Girls.  One freaky AF book...that one is Any Man, although, Fantasticland could probably fit into that category as well.  I also loved the first book in what I think will be a duology, with Contagion.  I'm still finding myself listening more than reading, it seems to be my new normal now. 




(Audiobook) All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Finish Date:  09/04



(Audiobook) Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Finish Date:  09/05



(Audiobook) Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Finish Date:  09/07



(Audiobook) City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Finish Date:  09/09



(Kindle eBook) A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Finish Date:  09/09



(Audiobook) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Finish Date:  09/12



(Audiobook) Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  09/14



(Audiobook) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Finish Date:  09/17



(Audiobook) Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  09/18



(Audiobook) Contagion by Erin Bowman

Finish Date:  09/20



(Kindle eBook) The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  09/23



(Audiobook) In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  09/24



(Audiobook) Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  09/26



(Audiobook) A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Finish Date:  09/28



14 Books Total, 12 of them Audiobooks and 2 Kindle eBooks.  A Total of 4,897 pages (including Audio).


Since I tend to pick books based on there covers...my pick for the best cover of the month goes to...


...it's actually a tie between Sea Witch and Contagion. 






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review 2018-09-26 08:59
The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes

While reading this book, I began to imagine a conversation that goes something like this:


A whole bunch of authors: “We like to try to confuse readers by making our stories bounce back and forth between three or four different time periods.”


Lauren Beukes: *indelicate snort* “Bitches, that’s nothing. Hold my beer.”


Which isn’t to say that I think Beukes drinks beer and calls other authors bitches, but you never know. I hear some of these literary conventions are pretty wild.


I don’t really know how to feel about this one. I enjoyed it, but like Moxyland, it feels like an amalgam of other books. It’s sort of like Slade House meets Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A supernatural catalyst in the form of a house. Lots of gruesome murders and a sole survivor hunting for the killer. Broken people and awkward, awkward romance. It all works together surprisingly well, but the shifts through time are quite disorienting at first, and the little vignettes of the victims’ life stories almost make the book feel like a short story collection.


Also, third person present tense. I don’t like it, but in my past experience with Beukes’s books I thought she wrote it so well I hardly noticed it was my least favorite narrative style. I noticed this time, and boy was it annoying. Overall, the book was just okay.


I think after three of her books, I can safely conclude that I love Beukes’s story concepts more than I love her actual stories, and I need to either manage my expectations or stop reading her stuff.


I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Modern Masters of Horror square.


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