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text 2017-10-30 00:51
Books I Read in October 2017
The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wan
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward
Brazen - Katherine Longshore
The Longest Memory - Fred D'Aguiar
The Tragedy of Brady Sims (Vintage Contemporaries) - Ernest J. Gaines
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

I read 6 books in October and am pleasantly surprised. I thought I'd only read 2 or 3. Has that ever happened to you? My highly anticipated read was The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Earnest J. Gaines. It was also my biggest disappointment. I was not wowed by it and the interest I had for the build up in this short novellla wasn't and was what I thought it would be. The other shocker was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I connected with only one of the characters (the son Jojo) and the story was a bit of multiple stories I'd read before. I didn't enjoy Salvage the Bones by her either. I think I stopped 75% through. I don't think her style of writing is for me. However, she is well regarded, loved and accoladed. 


The Nightingale and The Longest Memory were the "show stoppers" this month. These stories gutted me. Oh, the pain I felt. These two books I would highly recommend to anyone. It doesn't matter if you pick them up today, next month or years from now. Put them on your tbr or wishlist and read them! You won't regret it, I promise. I'm clearing out my YA shelves and have donated hundreds to date. This last purge I decided to keep some series that I started and loved, but didn't finish. Brazen (Royal Circle) is one of those I decided to keep. I had already read Guilt and Tarnish and enjoyed them. Brazen didn't disappoint. I do love historical fiction. Longshore wrote these in a style I could enjoy as well as her intended audience. 




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text 2016-11-01 15:28
Halloween Bingo wrap-up, October reads and aftermath
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo,Walter J. Cobb
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
The House of the Seven Gables - Robert S. Levine,Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The British Table: A New Look at the Traditional Cooking of England, Scotland, and Wales - Colman Andrews,Christopher Hirsheimer
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
The Museum of Things Left Behind - Seni Glaister

I finished 7 books in October, 5 for Bingo and 2 Netgalley selections. I made Blackout on Bingo, yay!


I enjoyed the Halloween Bingo very much. That's sayng something because I don't usually do challenges. I can't deal with the stress of my own obsessive nature and I'm not the world's fastest reader.


However, this one was of special interest since I've been in a Horror book phase and I love Halloween! Would I do it again? Quite probably next year. Will I do other Bingos or challenges? Mmmm.... maybe. Certainly not right away.


I enjoyed choosing the books to fill the squares, but the one downside is I'm a random reader and I felt constricted by my own commitment to read all the books I chose. I also felt a little guilty about neglecting Netgalley books.


On the up side, I read 6 Classics, most of which I've wanted to read for ages:


The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Dracula by Bram Stoker


I learned that not all books with young protagonists suck:


Bloodfire by Helen Harper

Demoniac Dance by Jaq D. Hawkins

Willa Wicked by A.M. Hudson


The bottom one was a bit young for me, but I really enjoyed the other two. I also learned that I really don't like Cozy Mystery but I can enjoy a Mystery like Thorneyhold by Mary Stewart.


I read a couple of 'fun' books:


Goblin Tales by Jim Hines

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night by Snoopy


and enjoyed some lesser known author Horror:


Hell Bound by Andrew P. Weston

Letters to the Damned by Austin Crawley


Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves


A few of the reads didn't strike me enough to mention and I might have DNF'd them if they weren't for the challenge, but it gave me some discipline to go ahead and get through them.


Over all it was great fun and I thank the organizers once again for making it so fun! I even won a prize. :D

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text 2014-10-31 19:37
October Round Up
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Olivia - Ian Falconer
No, David! - David Shannon
Can We Save the Tiger? - Martin Jenkins,Vicky White
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature - Joyce Sidman,Beth Krommes
Wild Born - Brandon Mull
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives - Steven Levy
Yankee Doodle - Steven Kellogg
Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow - Kristiana Gregory
Time Enough for Drums - Ann Rinaldi

So, I have been horribly inactive on here lately because life has just gotten the best of me this month. I'll be posting a personal update later to get into the reasons for that, but long story short - the only reading I've had time for has been for school. And I haven't had time to post reviews for those books (again, because I have NO TIME). So I will be posting reviews later today because, for once, I actually have a bit of free time today to interact with all of you! 


One of the many good sides about going to grad school for a degree in library science is that, even though you have no life and have to read a lot, you have to read a lot of really good books. You also have to read a lot of scholarly articles, but seriously, I read picture books like every day - so fun! So these 10 books aren't even all of the books I've been reading, but they're the main ones that I have been assigned for school, so I chose to highlight them for this month's wrap up. 


Of these books, I think I'd have to say that my favorite was either Olivia or Yankee Doodle. I would consider both to be classic children's books - I actually read Yankee Doodle frequently with my mom when I was a kid, along with many of Steven Kellogg's other works. He's the best! As for Olivia, that book didn't come out until after I'd moved on from picture books to chapter books, but I think Olivia is ADORABLE and she's totally one of my favorite children's book characters now. 


My least favorite book was probably In the Plex. It's about Google and it's actually pretty interesting, especially if you're into techie things, but, well, I'm not, plus I had to write a paper on the book so that kind of turned me off from it a bit. But I've definitely read far worse!


Overall, I had a pretty good selection of books this month! I do wish that I had more time for fun reading - I didn't finish a single book that I selected on my own this month, which is super depressing  - but I have to say that if I have to be reading books that others choose for me, these ones have been pretty darn good. 


What books have you read this month? Have you read any of my selections? 

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text 2014-10-31 15:16
October Reads & November TBR
Before I Go To Sleep - S. J. Watson
The Guardian - Nicholas Sparks
Foreplay - Sophie Jordan
Ignite - Lily Paradis
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

Hi all! :)




I cannot believe October is over :( My favorite month - I'm so sad!! I'm even sadder that I didn't read as much as I was hoping to! So far this marks for my worst reading month at only 5 books :/ (At this rate I don't think I can make it to 100 books by the end of the year (16 more to go)) I don't know what is up with my reading lately, I'm all over the place! I feel like I've been DNF'ing more books and just really unsure of what I want to read! I reallllly hope November's reading month is FANTASTIC! But on to the books I read in October....


October Reads


1. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (3.5/5 stars)

- I started this in September and all in all I liked it - thought it was a good well written story that kept you wanting to know what was going on but I wasn't blown away. (click for my review mash up including this book here)


2. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks (5/5 stars)

- I was in a reading slump and turned to my favorite author and reread one of his! I haven't read The Guardian in a long time and glad I picked it up for this month - I love the romance in this one and the thriller aspect!! It was a good read for October :) (also in my review mash up here)


3. Foreplay by Sophie Jordan (3.5/5 stars)

- Someone recommended this book to me and I'm glad I picked it up. I'm really getting into NA - and this one was just a cute read although awkward at times! (My NA review duo including this one here)


4. Ignite by Lily Paradis (3.5/5 stars)

- I've been seeing this book everywhere and am really glad I picked it up! It was a really good read with a great family dynamic and romance <33 (My NA review duo including this one here)


5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (4.5/5 stars)

- I have been wanting to read this since it came out in April and glad I finally got my hands on it! I loved it, it was a great YA romantic contemporary - loved the growth in the characters, the music, the friendship, and of course the cute romance! (See mini review here)


And THAT'S IT :(




Currently Reading:


1. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

- I really enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood I read last month and while nothing is wrong with this book, at this time I'm just going to put it down for a later date. It's due tomorrow at the library and I'm just not in the mood for it so I don't want to force myself!


2. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

- I was reading this for a buddy read but we both failed. I got to 125 pages (it was a bit of a struggle I might add) and I'm so BORED with the book! I can't be bothered to pick it up.... :/ E. on here mentioned that it starts picking up at this point, but I don't know - I haven't picked it up in weeks and just don't have any urge to. Still debating because I wanted to read one of his books each year and if I do decide to DNF it, I'm going to just get rid of it.


3. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

- Third month it's on the list! I read 2 chapters this month WOOP WOOP. I hope I can finish it by the end of the year!


Favorite read: The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks :) Favorite new read - Open Road Summer by Emery Lord!


Least favorite read: 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King




November TBR


I have no idea what I want to read except one book. I think since I've been in a weird reading funk lately that I shouldn't pick much anyway and just roll with the month.


1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

- I've been wanting to read this for so long now it's getting ridiculous so I made it a goal to finally read it this year so I should get started on it! Don't know how long it will take me to read!


So that's all that I'm going to have on my TBR it will be a surprise what I read! (for you and me) I may pick a book out of my TBR jar and would like to get 3 read from my TBR Bookshelf - we'll see!




Hope you had a better reading month than me and here's to November!! Hope you all have a fun Halloween! I don't have any plans :/


Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite and least favorite reads of October?


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review 2014-10-30 20:37
Book Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

Summary: Open Road Summer is about a girl named Reagan who is riding along with her best friend Dee - Lilah Montgomery who is on tour as a country singer. Rumors spread about the Dee regarding her past boyfriend and to distract the gossip - they bring in a good natured country singer to stand in as a fake boyfriend. However, Matt has his eye on someone else...


" I think it's the BRAVEST thing in the world - to run straight at LOVE even knowing how BADLY you could get hurt "


Review: I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, ever since it came out in April of this year. It sounded right up my ally - a cute romantic contemporary involving a sort of road trip and music and it definitely was!! I really enjoyed this story about friendship and love. I love that it reminded me of one of my favorite shows, Nashville. Reagan was really relate-able and I thought Matt Finch was adorable and there were so many cute moments in this book! I love country boys!! I loved all the growth that all the characters showed and it was just a really fun and good read! I definitely recommend to those that like romantic contemporary like I do :)  I'm glad I finally read it and am looking forward to future books by this author!!





Have you read Open Road Summer? What did you think of it?

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