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text 2017-11-03 15:12
Books I Read This Month (October 2017)

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Couple days behind my monthly books read post. I read 25 books this month. Two of the books were DNFs. I have read 324 books out of my goal of 337 books and I am at 96 percent completion. 


5 stars

 

Between Sisters by Cathy KellyAlpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)Iron Kissed by Patricia BriggsFuriously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Miss Marple 3-Book Collection 1 by Agatha ChristieTales of the Peculiar by Ransom RiggsA Murder Is Announced by Agatha ChristieA Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

 

 

4 stars

 

 

Hangsaman by Shirley JacksonThe Cruelest Month by Louise PennyWhispers Under Ground by Ben AaronovitchA Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

The Little Stranger by Sarah WatersBetter Off Wed by Laura Durham

 

 

3 stars

 

It Started with Paris by Cathy KellyBury Your Dead by Louise Penny

 

2 stars

 

Wild Seed by Octavia E. ButlerWith Malice by Eileen CookThe Secret Woman by Victoria Holt

 

1 star

 

Stinger77 Shadow Street by Dean KoontzInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

 

DNF

 

Interior Darkness by Peter StraubWoman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

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text 2017-11-02 03:30
October Books

 I read 31 books for October. 13 were audio books and 7 were graphic novels. More than half of my books were for Halloween Bingo, so I had quite a few mysteries this month. It was a pretty great reading month with no books that I disliked and quite a few that I loved. I'm hoping that continues.

 

 

5 Stars

Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis - Paula Lavigne,Mark Schlabach  Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon Krakauer  A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  

 

4.5 Stars

Dear Martin - Nic Stone The Names They Gave Us - Emery Lord  Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris  

 

4 Stars

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgertons Prequel - Julia Quinn  The Lovely Reckless - Kami Garcia  The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova  Nailbiter Volume 4: Blood Lust - Joshua Williamson  A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 - Yoshitoki Oima,Steven LeCroy  The Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jana Oliver  The Way I Used to Be - Amber Smith  You Will Know Me - Megan Abbott  Nailbiter Volume 5: Bound by Blood - Joshua Williamson  Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners) - Libba Bray  Archie, Vol. 4 - Mark Waid,Pete Woods  Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris  When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon  A Line in the Dark - Malinda Lo  

 

3.5 Stars

Genuine Fraud - E. Lockhart  Razorhurst - Justine Larbalestier  Sif: Journey Into Mystery - The Complete Collection - Kelly Sue Deconnick,Kathryn Immonen,Ryan Stegman,Valerio Schiti,Pepe Larraz  Dark Star - Bethany Frenette  The Girl I Used to Be - April Henry  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Chelsea Sedoti  Daughters unto Devils - Amy Lukavics  

 

3 Stars

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray She and Her Cat - Tsubasa Yamaguchi,Makoto Shinkai Nailbiter Volume 6: The Bloody Truth - Joshua Williamson  

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review 2017-11-01 20:25
Bitten / Kelley Armstrong
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

 

I read this for the “Werewolves” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.

I keep reminding myself that this is a first book in a series and that I often like later books better, once the author has found their groove. I’m fence sitting with a 3 star rating on this one because I’ve got some issues with it, but I found it interesting enough to finish it, and not just for the sake of my Bingo game!

Elena, the main character, drove me crazy. She should actually be a cat of some kind, because no matter where she was, she thought she wanted to be somewhere else. If she was in Toronto, she was thinking she’d be happier in Stonehaven. Then she’s pissed off when she gets summoned to Stonehaven and wants to be back in Toronto. She’s supposedly trying to build an ordinary life for herself with Philip in Toronto, but pretty much immediately is having sex with Clayton when she returns to the werewolf fold. Rinse and repeat the pattern above—whichever man she’s currently with, she wants the other one.

Philip, although we see very little of him (and never from his point of view), haunts the background of most of the book. He’s an unusually patient man, who spent months trying to get to know Elena and who seems to have been stealthily sneaking more ties into their relationship as time passes. What he finds attractive is somewhat of a mystery—he is sleeping with a woman who sneaks out in the middle of the night regularly and doesn’t explain why. She’s slim, of course, from all that nocturnal wolf running and starving herself so as not to display her amazing werewolf appetite, but she admits that she hates clothes shopping and doesn’t concentrate too much on her appearance. She’s secretive, understandably to those of us in the know, but not the slightest bit creative about her excuses for her behaviour and Philip doesn’t seem to have the wherewithal to interrogate her in the way I think a normal lover would.

In the foreground is Clay, who doesn’t care about people at all, just werewolves. He liked Elena, so he made sure to bite her in order to trap her in his world. He’s not the alpha (that would be Jeremy) but he’s still an overbearing a-hole who only listens to Elena when he wants to. Mind you, he has some reasons for that, since she seems to lie to herself quite regularly about what she truly wants and what is realistic for a woman in her situation.

So the ending of this volume was no surprise to me—there was only one way things could resolve, it was just a matter of the path that Armstrong took me on to get there. I know that a lot of my GR friends who like urban fantasy love this series, so I am going to persevere for a book or two more to see if I can get into it. After all, I would love to support a Canadian writer and to read fantasy set in my own country.

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text 2017-11-01 12:05
October 2017 Round-up and Book-Haul

 

Hello everyone,

holy smokes I can't believe we hit November. This year went by way to fast. I already completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 50 books so YAY. Any books now are just icing on the cake. While I might have read less books I still read more pages then some previous years,it seems like the books I'm reading are getting bigger and bigger lol. We still have two months of this to go and I think once I'm caught up again with ARC I will just read books I already have had on my TBR here, or least I'm hoping to.

So I will not set any goal for November or even December.

 

Here are some books to look forward to in November according to goodreads.

The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare, Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Haven by Mary Lindsey are coming out on November 7th.

Some November,21 releases are Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper and The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz.

Darker by E.L. James, The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost and Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan will be released on November 28th.

 

We will have a new giveaway going up sometime mid November which will go through December and ends January 1 

I better add my book-haul, before it gets any bigger than it already is. 

Here is finally my book haul for September that I didn't get to post yet. September was a really good month, I found so many good bargains and I got some great new books as gifts from my loving husband.

So here are my print copies for September.

The Mark by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

The Rogue Hunter, Vampires are Forever, The Accidental Vampire, Love Bites, Tall, Dark & Hungry, Vampire, Interrupted and Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Penguin Random House sent me Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Thank you!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo , And I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight , Dreams of Gods & Monsters and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

Books 8-16 of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard.

I also received a ARC from the publisher for Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur..

And I finally was able to buy the paperback for Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas for my Throne of Glass collection

 

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For E-copies I only had one and that was the most awesome and thrilling The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones that I got from the publisher via Netgallley. Thank you !


Now to my October Book Haul.

I didn't have nearly as much as in September and quite the few were e-copies from Netgalley. First here are my print copies.

Gallery Books sent me a copy of By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. Thank you. I also got Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi as print copies.

For E-copies I got Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass. To review from the publishers via Netgalley I received Haven by Mary Lindsey, This Heart of Mine by C.C Hunter and Nailed It by Cindi Madsen . Again a huge thank you to the publishers.

 

Okay now to the books I read this month, you can find the buy links in the reviews that are linked

I wish you all a great November and to those who live in the US have a Happy Thanksgiving .


 White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch.

5 ★


Nailed It by Cindi Madsen

I’m Ivy Clarke. Bartender, best friend, and disbeliever in love. And now I’m in over my head, trying to flip a house all by myself. Thanks, HGTV. I’m not too proud to admit I need some help. Too bad the only one who can help me is the same man I want to throw out this house’s second-story window. Jackson Gamble and I can’t be in the same room together for more than a minute without devolving into a sparring match. Except for that one time… But enough about that. Jackson’s looking for forever, and I don’t believe in love, remember? Get in. Renovate. Get out. Keep my heart firmly in tact. Because it’s much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart.

Full of humor and dripping with delicious tension, Nailed It proves that every heart can be ready for a little rehabilitation, if only you’re willing to open it up

4 ★


Expect Me by Lacey Black

Travis Stevens struggles to move on and forget about the one amazing night he spent tangled up in the sheets with a beautiful woman who disappeared just before dawn. Now she’s just a memory that he can’t ignore. But what do you do when the woman invades your thoughts day and night?

Josselyn McCray spent one perfect night wrapped up in the strong arms of a handsome stranger before running out in the early morning light. Now she’s out of money and luck and forced to make some life-altering decisions about her future. A future that is going to involve the man she hasn’t been able to forget.

Brought together by one night of passion, Travis and Josselyn are now linked forever. Will Travis and Josselyn be torn apart by demanding responsibilities and the stresses of getting to know each other? Or will they overcome the odds and find their way to happily ever after?

One thing is certain: life isn’t always what you expect.

4 ★


And I Darken by Kiersten White

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

4 ★


Protect Me by Lacey Black

Nate Stevens loves three things: Work, Family, Women. In that order. Having absolutely no desire to follow in three of his siblings’ footsteps by settling down, Nate lives for his work as a firefighter. That’s why his chance meeting with Lia leaves him unsettled like never before. There’s just something about the beautifully shy and reserved woman that he can’t walk away from.

Run. Hide. Keep moving. That’s exactly what Lia Walker has done for the last nine months. Escaping from her past, Lia continues to move from place to place before finding herself in the small town of Rivers Edge, Missouri. Following a chance encounter with her new boss’ brother, Nate, which leaves Lia feeling confused and vulnerable for the first time in months, Lia has to make a decision: to run or to stay.

When pasts are finally exposed, Nate and Lia find themselves at a crossroads. Nate will do anything to protect Lia from her past, but the question remains: Will Lia let him? When Lia’s past finally catches up with her, will running be the only way to protect the ones they love most in this world?

4 ½ ★

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/october-round-book-haul
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text 2017-10-31 15:04
Halloween Bingo 2017 | That's a Wrap! And Penni's Red-Eyed Laser Grid!
 
Halloween Bingo 2017



I didn't feel like posting my table in this wrap up, but it can be found at my Halloween Bingo 2017 summary page linked directly above this intro paragraph.  All books have been read and all squares have been called, so all I decided to do was simply show visuals of each square on my personalized card, in order of each row going across left to right.

All of my Bingo books read have been reviewed, whether short or full, and the book covers link to them.

In addition, I have also added a few books that I read in October that I decided to sort into fitting categories as well.  These books may or may not have been reviewed yet.

If I had to reward some random categories for my Halloween Bingo books:

  • The Favorite One:  Black Rose by Nora Roberts
  • The Disappointing One:  Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens
  • The Best Discussions:  The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Most Unexpected... Expectations Met:  Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley
  • The Guilty Pleasure Love:  Jaxson by Alisa Woods
  • The Sleep Inducing One:  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The Most Memorable:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


This year's Halloween Bingo was extremely fun, but unfortunately my choice in books wasn't exactly the best.  Last year, there was A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, both of which were exceptionally wonderful books.  This year, I had trouble figuring out which book was my favorite, if only because none of them really stood out exceptionally.

Black Rose was a great book, as were the rest of the In the Garden trilogy, but I can't say that it was one of those "OMG!  This book is so awesome!" kind of feels that I'd had with The Graveyard Book or A Curious Beginning.

In contrast, I DID get to read more books of my own favorite genre, so my enjoyability was still quite high.  I'm actually quite surprised at how many Romantic Suspense novels I was able to insert into this year's Halloween Bingo game, and that is definitely thanks to the new twist in this game that lets us choose square categories more to our liking.


Finally, I wanted to give a really big shout out to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for another wonderfully created Booklikes game!  Halloween Bingo was so much fun last year, and this year the changes were even better!  I'm so glad that I started following the reading challenges that Moonlight and Obsidian have been putting together, because they have brought another layer of fun to my reading life.

Along with all the interactions between all of the players in this BL community, the games we have played have always been extremely satisfying and a wonderful way to knock out books on the TBR!

I definitely look forward to what these two lovely ladies, or anyone else for the matter, have in store for the next reading challenge/game!

 

 

Completed Marked Card:

 

 

 


Called Square:  Green Square Border
Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni
Called and Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box
Bingos:  Multiple Red Eyes Penni in Green Boxes with Orange Laser Eyes Across the Board

 

 

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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/10/halloween-bingo-2017-thats-wrap-and.html
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