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text 2018-10-30 10:09
October wrap-up
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Hippie - Paulo Coelho
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow
The Amulet Thief - Luanne Bennett
The Second Sister (Amendyr Book 1) - Rae D. Magdon
The Moor - John Haysom
The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
Dark Ride - P.G. Kassel

Well, 9 books for the month isn't bad. I accepted a week ago that I just haven't been able to read fast enough to expect to finish any more, even though I have several still in progress. Maybe saving my longer books for the second month of Bingo wasn't the best strategy. Oh well, it's been enjoyable anyway.

 

Of the above list, I would happily recommend any of the first 4 (yes, even the zombie book). The others were mostly decent reads. The only disappointment was The Amulet Thief. I had high hopes for that one but found it boring.

 

So not a bad month over all. I haven't managed Bingo blackout. I will finish my Bingo books in progress. There are 6 of them and 3 of those are Netgalley reads. I also have 6 more Netgalley books not yet started. Guess what I'll be doing for November!

 

Only one of my Bingo books never got started, the Mary Shelley. From what I've heard it's a bit slow, but I want to read it anyway. Whether I do it soon or save it for next year is yet to be seen. My priority for the moment is shifting to Netgalley commitments.

 

I also want to have a blitz of my samples. I may not get to it in November with so many Netgalley books but I'd like to just take some time to sit and read them, keeping in mind that many never take more than a couple of pages to reject. Whether I do any holiday reads this year may depend on how far I get with both samples and Netgalley. I'd like to start the new year with a clear samples folder, though I find it easy to slip in short books. I'll let my mood take me where it will.

 

Bingo has been fun. I expect to get one more from tomorrow's call, but that's it for me. Next year I'll make sure I don't lumber myself with any bricks!

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text 2017-11-01 00:40
October 2017 Wrap-Up
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
Mary Reilly - Valerie Martin
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell
First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe's First Nation-state - Freddy Silva
Lava Storm In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories) (Volume 1) - Paul D. Scavitto,Sharon Willett,Stephanie Baskerville,Robert Tozer,Shae Hamrick,Christian W. Freed,Rebecca Lacy,Douglas G. Clarke,Mike Boggia,Sylvia Stein,Gail Harkins,Glenda Reynolds,Lynette White,Randy Dutton,Joyce Shaughnessy,Amos Andrew Parker,Laura S
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2) - Richard Gleaves
Vampire - In the Beginning - Charmain Marie Mitchell
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

12 books for me this month! More than double my average. Add The thin Man and Turn of the Screw to the above pictured books.

 

Thanks to Bingo. Now time to get back to other things I do besides reading every spare minute, though it's been fun.

 

No samples again, but clearing that folder again will resume soon. I have 5 Netgalley books to clear and then I'll settle into keeping at least 1 A-list book going while working through the Bingo folder where I have a load of back-ups for some of the squares. I might even read something besides Horror soon.

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text 2014-11-04 22:21
October Wrap Up!

I am a little late with my wrap-up this month, but I read so many great books that I needed to share.  I love Halloween, so I did a lot of Halloween reading including thriller, horror and fairy tale re-tellings! I also managed to read 20 books this month, that's a lot. Here's the run down:

 

Goddess Born by Kari Edgren: Paranormal historical fiction, review

 

The Furies by Mark Alpert: Witches with a genetic abnormality, more of an action thriller, review.

 

The Girl who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg: A fairy tale of a girl who wants to get her parents to return from the land of the dead, review.

 

When Fully Fused by Shari J. Ryan:  The third book in the Schasm series, a great conclusion to the psychological thriller set, review.  

 

Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton: YA paranormal set near Halloween with hauntings and plenty of ghosts, review.

 

More, The Guardians and Twelve by T.M. Franklin:  All three books in the More series, paranormal super-powers and fighting evil, reviews.

 

The Wastewater Gardener by Mark Nelson:   Non-fiction, part memoir, part how-to garden with your wastewater, review.

 

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth: Part fairy-tale retelling, part historical fiction on how the story of Rapunzel came to be, review. 

 

Maidens in the Night by Mark Morey: A little bit of a Jack the Ripper tale, but mostly about the struggle of women in that time period, review.

 

Visions of Teaoga by Jim Remsen: Middle Grade historical fiction about the treaties between the settlers and the Native Americans at the New York/Pennsylvania border, review.

 

Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: Paranormal mermaid story with female warriors, review

 

Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey: A dark, historical mystery set in Bel Epoque Paris, review.

 

The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner: Third book in the Tudor Conspiracy series, a historical mystery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, review.

 

School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino: Young adult fantasy about the first female grim reaper in a million years, review.

 

Chronicle of Steele: Raven Episode 4 by Pauline Creeden: Last installment in the Chronicles of Steele series, a great ending to the steampunk adventures, review.

 

Naliyah by Shauna Kelley: Fantasy romance with a new twist on vampires, review.

 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with many twists and turns, review.

 

Into the Blind by Helen Rena: Young adult fantasy with a dystopian edge and a fairy-tale feel, review.

 

Favorite Books of the month: Bitter Greens, Goddess Born, Naliyah, Ice Massacre.

Not-so-Good books this month: Maidens in the Night and The Furies

Overall, a great month with a ton of reading done!

Have you read any of these or are you planning on reading any of these?

 

Upcoming in November:

Snow White Red Handed

The Ripper's Wife

Tag

Roan Rose

Arcana

 

Happy Reading! 

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text 2014-11-02 02:31
October Wrap Up

This month was quite successful for reading.  I managed to read 5 books, which now puts me two books a head of schedule!  A read an assortment of books this month,  I don't think any of them were similar in any way, I mean except for the two books that were part of a series. The year is winding down, and I'm trying to get all of my last minute-- if you can even call it that-- reading done.

READ: Saturday 11th

Opal- Jennifer L. Armentrout {4/5 Stars}

~It took me a while to finish this novel.  I began it was back in August, because I had binge read the first two books, back to back and everything.  I was trying to finish the first four before the fifth and final book was released mid August.  But having read the first two books back to back was like Luxen overload, even though I do love the books.  So I put the book down for two months before I decided to pick it back up.  It wasn't as good as the first book, but, in my opinion, it was better than the second book.  More action, and less Blake. *Cringe*

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

 

READ: Tuesday 14th

Origin- Jennifer L. Armentrout {5/5 Stars}

~This book, for me, rivals with Obsidian for the top position.  This novel was such a step up from the last two novels! This book was just so amazing, and I loved how many new concepts, and terms were introduced.  And how so many things that weren't explained to us about the Luxen world are being revealed.  This book had a lot of world building along with the significant changes some characters underwent.  I wasn't sure about the book at first, because it does have a change in setting, but it did not disappoint despite the setting change.

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

 

READ: Friday 17th

Dirty Little Secrets- C.J. Omololu {5/5 Stars}

~This was a reread for me.  I read it three years ago at about this time of the year.  I obviously remember the huge parts of the novel like the ending, but I couldn't remember much else.  But I still held it up as one of my favorite books, and I had no idea why.  So I decided that it was only appropriate to reread the book in celebration of making it this far in my reading and high school and such. I loved it just as much the second time around!  I'm glad that I took the time to reread it!

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu Book Review

 

READ: Wednesday 22nd

Allure- Lacey Weatherford {3/5 Stars}

~When I went into this novel, obviously, I didn't have high expectations.  It's a romance novel.  I just wanted something to take my find off of the stress of mid semester reports cards.  It did take my mind off of things while I was reading it, but I was slightly disappointed.  The pacing of the novel could have been a lot better, and so could the ending.  I feel like the climax of the story was completely left out... But if you want something that isn't very mentally stimulating, and is just a fluffy, have fun novel, I would recommend this to you.

Allure by Lacey Weatherford Book Review

 

READ: Saturday 25th

Hide and Seek- Sara Shepard {3/5 Stars}

~I don't exactly know why it took me so long to read this novel... I read maybe 130 pages back in March or something, and was enjoying the mystery and just easiness that Sara Shepard books are known for, and for some reason I put down the book... Didn't pick it up again for six or seven months... So I picked it back up last weekend and read it in maybe a sitting, and did enjoy it.  This wasn't my favorite in the Lying Series, but I did like it, as I like all of Sara Shepard's books.  I would highly recommend the Lying Game series.  In my opinion it's even better than the Pretty Little Liars Series!

(I just realized that this is the only book I don't have a full review on...)

 

That's my October Wrap Up, my November TBR will hopefully be up soon!

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