Friday Reads | The Beginning of the End

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This is the beginning of the end of the year. There are just a few years left in the year and I want to finish off the year strong. I have been blowing through books this month in multiple different formats. Audiobooks have become a big part of my reading lately and if I wasn’t out of audiobook requests from the library I would be starting Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry, which is the 2nd book in her Thunder Road series! I started By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell last night and I could not put it down. I feel like there has been a huge increase in the carnival/circus themed books lately and I thought I should get on the bandwagon. I am about 50 pages in and getting a total Pinocchio vibe, which is awesome. I have also been reading The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. I feel very much the same way about this one as I did with Milk and Honey by Kaur. There are poems that I really connect with and resonate with emotionally and there are others that are just meh. I am hoping to finish both of these books this weekend! And if I do finish these 2 this week that will make 8 books read in November !

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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#OTSPSecretSister| November Package

In case you aren’t aware of what #otspsecretsister is:
The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

This is my second round participating in the #otspsecretsister project. The first time I did the pen pal tier and really enjoyed it! There is nothing better than receiving mail! This round I am participating in the top tier. This is the third package I received and it was packed full of books! Thanks so much to my secret sister for this awesome “Adulting” themed package

Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph. D- I have never heard of this book before but I am so intrigued by it, I am all about strong, fierce and powerful women!

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak- This is another new one to me, but it sounds like a fun Holiday family drama.

Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Anderson – This is an extremely relatable comic! I highly enjoyed it! The red on the cover is felty and its so great!

I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano – I am so glad I get to add this to my growing collection of cat related books!

♣ A #Snarky Adult Coloring Book- This coloring book is too perfect and I want each page framed and hung up on my wall!

♣ Chicken Poop Chapstick- This is just too funny.

♣ Chocolates!

♣ Box of Boogers- gummy candies!

♣ An envelope with by secret sister’s identity

Is anyone else participating in this round of #otspsecretsister ! 

The House Cup Reading Challenge | Wrap-Up

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by Lauren of Live # Read Ya, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs. 

 

You can check out my TBR and what I plan to read over the course of this reading challenge. (I have not really been sticking to this TBR)

Main Challenge

1st Year: Yesternight by Cat Winters
2nd Year: The Uninvited by Cat Winters
3rd Year: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
4th Year: Haven by Mary Lindsey
5th Year: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
6th Year: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
7th Year:

Well I did not do as well as I wanted to but still got a lot of reading done!

Points: 120

How did you do with the read-a-thon?

Haven by Mary Lindsey | Fancast

Haven by Mary Lindsey has a cast full of characters each with their own quirks and qualities that I thought it would fun to create a fancast. I know some of these actors are a little bit too old and some don’t exactly meet the physical descriptions of what is in the book, but they are either what came to mind for me when thinking of the characters and their personalities. I would love to see who Mary Lindsey would cast in the leading roles. Check out my review!

 

Have you read Haven yet? Who would you cast? 

Friday Reads | Wrapping Up A Read-a-thon

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This weekend is the last in the House Cup Reading Challenge and I want to try and fit in as much reading as I can. I just finished listening to Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy which I listened to within 24 hours! I am still currently reading Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. I am really enjoying it and think the western YA is quite unique. I am about half way done with it and really hoping I can finish reading it this weekend! As for what I will pick up after I finish that is still unknown to me. I am in one of those weird reading moods when I want to read everything. I might do a chapter of a few and see what really calls to me, but I have a long list of books I want to get to really soon! Sometimes its hard wanting to read all of the books!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Haven by Mary Lindsey | Book Review

HAVEN BY MARY LINDSEY

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Publication Date: Nov. 7th 2017

“We all hold a monster inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
― Mary Lindsey, Haven

Synopsis:
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Goodreads | Amazon 

 *I would like to thank Entangled Publishing greatly for the amazing package they sent me and for the opportunity to read this book!*

A small town, an outsider and a secret that could get one killed.

This unique dark paranormal read brought to light a gender role reversal spin to the Beauty and the Beast story. I am not quite sure if this book had any inspiration from the B&B story, but there were some parallels and loosely based similarities. I was completely blown away with this story and quickly flew through it! It was layered with an air of mystery and full of secrets, some of which could be deadly.

I think Lindsey did an amazing job with the character development. All of the characters had unique personalities and really added to the overall story. With the introduction of some paranormal elements, I felt like the world building and fleshing out the overall aspects of what was going on in this town were just quickly covered. I wanted more explanation and to learn more about the background and history of what was taking place in New Wurzburg. It was definitely driven by wanting to know the fate of the characters.

Although most times I am not such a huge fan of romance and try to stay away from it, with the dark secrets and weird occurrences in this little creepy town it happened to work well for me. The relationship between Rain and Freddie was one I was rooting for from the beginning. Coming from a rough past, I wanted to see it all work out for Rain, but that is easier said then done. Freddie was the perfect female lead. She was feisty and strongly independent! Freddie did not let herself get placed into the confounds of the role of a female and proved that she is quite a badass. She has quickly become one of my female crushes and on my list of kickass fictional females. The rest of the cast of characters added to the overall story and had each of their own unique qualities that contributed to the feel and creepiness that carried the book. I had a deep love for Petra and her quirkiness!

I enjoyed the paranormal elements of this book a lot and really enjoyed what Lindsey created with these two groups that live in this town. The different abilities and powers were so intriguing and the kookiness and quirks of the characters was a lot of fun. I definitely loved the horror movie feel even though this is not a horror novel. It reminded me of the beginning of those horror movies when the characters role into this small town on the way to their destination because they needed gas or got lost. They soon find the town is strange and has a secret that everyone is in on but you. That was very much how it was when Rain rolled into New Wurzburg, the outsider to a town with its own things to hide!

The almost 400 page book just seemed to go way too fast. I felt like a lot more could have been fleshed out and explanation on certain aspects done. The end of the book finished too quickly for my liking. I had about 70 pages left and there was still so much that need to be solved and figured out. Lindsey tied up the lose ends and answered the questions I had while ending the book with a real ending, but it was too fast. Other than that the rest of the pacing was pretty well done.

Overall I absolutely adored this story and need more. It has quickly moved up on my list of favorite books. It was much more than I expected from it. The mythology was unique and it added classic aspects with new and fun modern aspects. It had hints of older stories like Beauty and the Beast and Twilight, but the story was completely its own. It was filled with fun and quirky characters in a small and interesting town. It also had some pretty awesome quote worthy moments! I highly recommend this read if you enjoy paranormal elements, mystery or romance. It has a little bit of everything!

October Young Adult PageHabit | Book Subscription Box

 Each month, PageHabit partner with a different organization around the world and support their efforts in spreading literacy throughout their community. Our donation helps support building schools, public libraries, and community centers to ensure that every child has access to books.- The month of October was The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster – I have not heard much about this book before it arrived in my package, but I am really intrigued! I am so excited to read this with the authors annotated notes throughout!

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale- This is also another book I have never heard of before but a fantasy horror novel seems right up my alley!

Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado- a short story published partnered with PageHabit. I am excited to see what this is about.

♦ Albert Einstein bookmark- “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the way to the Library”

♦ Pumpkin Keychain- this little keychain plays creepy music and lights up!

♦ Cute Fox Coaster- This is so adorable and absolutely perfect addition to my growing fox collection. Plus coasters are much needed in my apartment.

♦ Dinosaur Tea Infuser- I have been wanting a tea infuser for awhile now so I am excited to have this!

 

Have you read either of these books? Do you get PageHabit boxes?

The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 3 Update

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by Lauren of Live # Read Ya, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs. 

 

You can check out my TBR and what I plan to read over the course of this reading challenge. (I have not really been sticking to this TBR)

Main Challenge

1st Year: Yesternight by Cat Winters
2nd Year: The Uninvited by Cat Winters
3rd Year: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
4th Year: Haven by Mary Lindsey
5th Year:
6th Year:
7th Year:

Bonus Challenge

Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world :
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain:
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers:

Points: 80 

Let me know if you are going to join and what house you are repping!

#OTSPSecretSister| October Package

In case you aren’t aware of what #otspsecretsister is:
The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

This is my second round participating in the #otspsecretsister project. The first time I did the pen pal tier and really enjoyed it! There is nothing better than receiving mail! This round I am participating in the top tier. This is the third package I received and it was packed full of books! Thanks so much to my secret sister for all of these books!

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak- I own this kindle book but really wanted the physical copy. I still have not read it and I am ashamed. It is my plan to read it this winter!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater- I have read the first 2 books in this series awhile ago. I loved them and the characters. I really need to finish this series. I need some refreshers on what happened in the first 2 before I dive into this one.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray- I do not know much about this book but have heard different people talk about it. It seems like it will be like Lord of the Flies.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson- I am always looking for nonfiction books and have had this one recommended to me by some friends so I am interested to pick it up and give it a read!

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey- I have been looking into getting into more science fiction and have heard some good things about this Space Opera! I am excited to read it and then be able to see the tv show!

♣ Twix- They are one of my favorite candies! I probably ate too many yesterday so I have hidden the bag from myself. I should probably take them to work and leave them in my office so I wont eat them all at home.

♣ Black Spider Decoration- The kittens loved this and stole it right out of the box as I was opening it! It also matches my black cat halloween decorations.

Is anyone else participating in this round of #otspsecretsister ! 

Friday Reads | Life Interferences and Fall Reading

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I do not know what has been up with me lately, but I haven’t read much this past week. I want to read a lot this weekend. I am not sure if that is going to happen because I have a lot of things to do and need to get myself back to the gym because I have not had time to go all week. I started Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. I received this book soon after it was published and I do not know why I have waited so long to pick it up. Besides having a  gorgeous cover, the fact that it is a western young adult novel has me so intrigued. It is also on my list of books I wanted to read this fall!  I also started listening to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I am not too sure on the details of what this is about, but I have heard good things about it and I am trying to incorporate more adult fiction into my reading. I have found that it is so much easier for me to listen to contemporary and historical fiction novels because there is not as much going on. I attempted to start listening to The Bone Witch by Ren Chupeco, but there was just too much going on that I was not totally focused. Well I am hoping to get lots of reading done this weekend, along with laundry, cleaning and making it to the gym! Wish me luck!

What are you reading this weekend?