Triwizard Tournament Readathon Wrap-up

Ok, I know I said I’ll be more consistent with my posting now since my life had calmed down. Well, I lied! It’s still as hectic as ever, but I do want to keep posting on my regular days. I’m not going to promise that I’ll be posting three times a week, but I will try to at least do once a week.

Anyways, as the title says, this is the wrap-up that I participated in last week, called the Triwizard Tournament Readathon hosted by Chapter Charms. Although I didn’t really have a great reading week compared to the past few weeks,  I think I still did fairly well. I was able to read the two books on my TBR.

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I love this book. I admit the first few chapters I was bit hesitant with it because it did start out a bit slow. However, when the first few murders happened it was all uphill from there. I really enjoyed the way the murder happened and how it was all integrated with the magic how. I’m not a fan of the whole vendetta reasoning, but it was still an enjoyable read altogether. I was afraid that Maniscalco was going to do the whole love triangle ordeal, but I’m so glad she didn’t. I can’t wait to read the last installment in this series and I’m hoping to grab it before the year is over.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I’ve read this book before and enjoyed it. It’s not my most favorite in the series but I really want to check out the graphics in this adaptation. I like enough to check out the others. I love the art from this graphic novel and I feel that it’s perfect for the story.

So that’s all my wrap-up for this readathon, as I’ve said before this is technically a three-part readathon so the next one will be next week.

Triwizard Tournament Readathon

Sorry, I’ve was away last week, but I’ve been so very busy and just didn’t have the time to post anything. I’m back now and hopefully, I can divide my time equally for everything that’s on my plate.

This month I really wanted to try my hand on another readathon before the year is over. I was going to just participate in one more readathon for 2019, but when I saw this I knew that I just had to join.

From the title, it’s pretty easy to speculate that this readathon Harry Potter inspired. So I definitely wanted to try my hand on it. Funny enough but this readathon technically goes until December and I think it’s perfect for me. The readathon obviously has something to do with the Triwizard Tournament that Harry Potter and the others have to partake in during Harry’s fourth year in Hogwarts. Similar to the book, this readathon is split into three different readathons that will go on until mid-December. I won’t go into details on the other ‘tasks’ but will focus on this first one. If you want to find out more about it, here’s the link to the readathon.

Triwizard Tournament Readathon hosted by Chapter Charms

So since my birthday is in December, I’m representing Hogwarts. The first task will run from November 11 to 17 and it will revolve around the first task from the tournament.

So if you’ve read the book or watched the movie, you know that the first task is to attain the dragons egg, which is being guarded by obviously a dragon. The first challenge is to read a specific book that’s assigned to each dragon that is connected to your school. The second challenge is to pick one or more ‘method’ in defeating the dragon. Each method has a specific topic that the book will need to meet.

So since I’m in Hogwarts, I will have to defeat the Common Welsh Green: which is said to have started the Great Fire of London, therefore, read I must read a Historical book. For this one, I picked Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco.

Escaping from Houdini

In order to defeat my dragon, I will be racing past him to retrieve the egg, by reading a graphic novel. I’ve been meaning to check the graphic novel of the Percy Jackson series and I think this is the best time to pick up The Sea of Monster by Rick Riordan.

sea of monster

So that’s it for me. I’m really excited to be participating in this readathon and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to complete it all the way through.

 

 

October Wrap-up and November TBR

October was really good for me in terms of my reading. I read a total of 18 books and I was able to read all my books from my TBR. To be honest, the majority of books I read are Agatha Christie novels, but no regrets! I’m binge reading her Hercule Poirot novels and loving every minute of it. I only have a few books left and the way I’m going through them I most likely will finish them by the end of this year. After, I’m most likely going to read her Miss Marple series next. Anyways, enough of that and let’s get on with my wrap-up.

So here are the books I read for October, I’m actually surprised that I read so much this month, I guess it helped that I read some books on audio. I wrote a review for some of these books and most likely will write for those that I haven’t yet. I’m going to create a cumulative review for the christie novels I’ve read and maybe will create a top 10 when I finished the rest of the Poirot novels.

The highlight of my month would have to be Undying, I admit in the beginning the story bored me a bit. but eventually it started to grow on me and I eventually started loving it. It’s not as good as their Starbound trilogy, but it’s still as good. I’m going to write a series review for the duology. Another novel that I really enjoyed was Sadie, this was a different read for me and I highly recommend this for anyone, especially the audio format. My biggest disappointment would have to be Layover. I had such high hopes for it but in the end, it fell short of my expectations. I guess its partly my fault because I was expecting the story to go a different route from where it went, and so my reading experience was already ruined with a different plot in my head.

All in all, think I had an amazing reading month and hope that November will be just generous.

NOVEMBER TBR

As usual, I’m not going to post too many books in my TBR.but I know that I will be reading more Agatha Christie. Also these books:

I want to try to finish one more series before the end of the year and start new before 2020. I’ve had Truthwitch in my TBR for a while now, but never gotten around to reading it. I’ve been reading a lot of mystery books lately and I really need to balance it out with a fantasy or two.

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Disclaimer: Please note that this book touch on sensitive topics such as sexual abuse, violence and murder

Review: I’ve heard about this book last year from Books and Lala, she raved about it in  her favorites of 2018 and since then I’ve been wanting to read it. I’ve been pushing it month and month, but October is definitely the perfect month to pick it up. To be honest, although I’m a fan of Lala’s recommendations, I was still hesitant to pick this up because I haven’t really read a book that was formatted like a podcast. However, I’m really glad that I picked it up because it was such an amazing read. I definitely would recommend the audiobook for this, the narrators did such a great job in conveying the emotions of both characters and the way the ‘podcast’ was created sounded like an actual podcast that it was very immersive.

I’m a fan of the two main characters, Sadie and West. Sadie and her story had me at the edge of my seat the whole time and tears in my eyes.  I loved every minute of it. I think I especially love the voice narrator that they used. Her voice conveyed so much feelings in the way she told Sadie’s story that I felt that I was beside her during her whole road trip. I don’t usually read books that discuss child abuse, but this one took me by surprise and I was already too far into the book to stop. I do think that Summers handled the topic in a respectable way. I enjoyed Sadie as a character as well, I thought that she was one tough cookie, and I love characters like that. Although she does have a ‘condition’ she didn’t let that stop her from getting what she needed and wanted. As for West, I think the voice actor did an amazing job as well. The only problem is I really thought that West was a teen as well, that really did threw me off. Anyways, loved the part of his story too, it gave us insight to the effects of what happens to a family after tragedy occurred. I wanted the outcome to be different, but at the same time it’s very difficult to create an alternate ending.

As I said before, the podcast format was something different for me. I haven’t really listened to an actual podcast before, but after this, I was a bit more curious. I don’t mind listening/reading a book similar to this format. This was definitely a good read and those who do pick it up should try the audio version. Although I did choose to read this in October, its one of those books that could be read anytime of the year.

 

Book Date Monday 2019 #10

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Ok, so there are only a few more days before October is finished and there are a couple more books I want to finish before the month is over.

LAST WEEK:

Yes, I’m still in my Agatha Christie phase and It doesn’t seem to be diminishing. I have a feeling that this is going to go until 2020. Also, I was able to read and finish Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, I’m torn by it and I’m most likely going to write a review for it.

THIS WEEK: 

This is one of my TBR for this month and I really want to get to it. I’m hoping that I’ll have the nerve to pick it up, read it and finish it before the month is over.

NEXT WEEK:

I’m going to be writing a TBR for November and I’m really not sure what I’ll be reading for next month.

Anyways, that’s it for this Book Date Monday!

 

Spookathon 2019 Wrap-up

I know I still have a few more house to October 20, but I’m pretty certain I’m not going to read any more books since I’ve been pretty busy this weekend.

Anyways, I have to say that I had a pretty successful readathon, I was able to read all three books from my TBR, plus a bit more.

Here are the books I read for the Spookathon:

I’ve actually done a full review on City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Since I did do a full review on it, I’ll just touch base on it. It was a good read and I would definitely read the next book. However, I didn’t find the wold building as fascinating  as her adult fantasy novel, A Darker Shad of Magic.

I’m going to review all three Agatha Christie books at the same time since I really have the same thoughts on all three of them. I’m actually really enjoying reading all of the Poirot mystery so far and I’m practically finished with it. Most likely I’ll try my hand on Miss Marple next. Out of the three books I actually prefer One, Two, Buckle my Shoe because it was a lot more cleverly done. I’m not saying the other two are not good, I just prefer the characters in the latter. I’m not really a fan of Death in the Clouds, only because I find that the ending is a bit bittersweet. It’s an interesting read, but a bit on the heart breaking side. As for Evil Under the Sun, it was an ok read. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t see the short movie a few years back on Netflix. That being said its no new news that I’m a big fan of Christie’s novels and reading them all this year is making even more of a big fan.

As for the thriller portion of this readathon I decided to read Layover by David Bell. To be honest, this is solely a cover buy for me. The first time I saw the cover, it just drew me in. I’m a fan of airports, I find it to be so calming and yet chaotic at the same time. I definitely wanted to read this book and thought Spookathon was the perfect time to do so. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the book. There really wasn’t much of a mystery once the book started and to be honest it wasn’t thrilling either. You basically know what happened in the beginning and the author just prolonged the inevitable. I found that the book had potential, but it just wasn’t carried the way I thought it would be. This was actually the first book of Bell’s that I read and I’m not sure if I will be picking up more of his mystery novels.

So even if I didn’t read a ton of thriller’s this readathon, I at least was able to accomplish what I set myself for. I’m also happy that I got to finish all the challenges. If you’re thinking what book I chose for the 5th challenge, it would Layover as well. I hardly read books that I don’t check their ratings on Goodreads. Usually I check the rating, read the synopsis and check reviews of other readers to see their thoughts and opinions, but with this one, I just picked it up and read it. So there your go. This is my Spookathon Wrap-up for 2019.

TBR Challenge 2019: Paranormal

city of ghostsCity of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Rating: 3.5/5

Why? I’m currently participating in a readathon right now and this is one from my TBR. I was very surprised that this book works so well for the theme this month, plus its actually great read for Hallowe’en.

Review: I’ve read another of Schwab’s books, A Darker Shade of Magic, and really enjoyed it. Therefore, when this was released I definitely wanted to try it out. Not only does it deal with ghosts, I feel that it’s light enough that I don’t need to keep my light on for the night or give me nightmares.  After reading it, I was surprised that I didn’t enjoy it as much as her other novel, but I didn’t hate it. I guess at this point I don’t really want to make up my decision because I think that the novel is well written, but I wasn’t that happy with her world-building.

When I read A Darker Shade of Magic, I remember that Schwab created this fantastical world of different kinds of London and even if they were the same country, they were all done so uniquely. I feel that she was able to create these worlds so perfectly in my head and each one was vividly created through her words that I can picture it in my head. Unfortunately, City of Ghosts lacked this world-building for me. I understand that this book was set in present-day London, but I did want more establishment of the Veil. It seemed that we were entrusted into this new world and wasn’t really given much of a description of things. That being said, there really wasn’t much else that I can complain about.

This book is your typical protagonist who can see ghosts, similar to Sixth Sense, but minus the creepy ghosts. The ghosts present in this book are more docile and just wants to move on. I enjoyed the main character, Cassidy even her best friend, Jacob were both likable. I enjoyed the concept of the novel, where Cassidy and her parents travel the world to investigate haunted places. It allows the readers to see different cultures and their beliefs on ghosts. I’m not really sure if Schwab did any research on some of the folktales that were present in the novel, but it was interesting to read some of them.

All in all the book was decent. I wish that she would work more on the world-building, but other than that it was a good read. I’m most likely going to continue on with the series. So that’s something. I’m really not sure how long this series will be but for now, I know that one more book is out, then another will be released next year.