Book Date Monday 2018 #2

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I haven’t been doing much reading these past few days because I’ve been addicted to this game on my phone and I’ve been focusing on that more than my reading.

Currently Reading:

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I’m currently participating in a readathon called Series Crackdown, if you want to learn more about it, please check out my post linked here. The series I’m going to try to finish within this month is the Magnus Chase trilogy.

Upcoming Reads:

I doubt that I’ll get to this by the end of the book, but I really want to try to get to them.

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So that’s it for me this week. I haven’t really been doing much reading and my vacation at the end of the month is not going to help. I already figured out that my reading with be light this month though.

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Top 5: Mystery Hidden Gems

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I was planning on doing my wrap-up and TBR but I really wanted to do this Top 5 this week.

As most of you know, I’m a mystery fan, so here are the 5 hidden gems in this particular genre. I’m going to include varieties of sub-genres since I do read a lot from these sub-genre.

YA Thriller

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Jasper Dent: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This is definitely one of my favorite YA thrillers written to date. I love all of the three books in the trilogy, but I especially enjoyed the first book, obviously. Anyways, this book doesn’t get enough recognition for its brilliance and uniqueness. I hope more people would actually pick it up an read the books. Definitely a book that needs to be checked out!

‘Adult’ Thriller

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

On the midst of the movie releases of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, I feel that there was a boom on book thrillers in general. There were thrillers being release left and right almost every month. Mind you I’m not complaining, I love the variety of choices, the problem is there were some books that did slip through the cracks because of popular thrillers. I feel that Mackintosh’s book was one of those thrillers that slipped out. I don’t really see a lot of people talking about this novel, but its a really creepy read, especially when your on the train yourself. Just thinking about it gives me the chills and that ending! ACK!

Cozy Mystery

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Novel Idea: Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington

There are a lot of cozies out there with many readers who love this sub-genre. This is actually a pretty new series, since there are only 5 books, so far, written by the author. I’m not really hearing much about series, but I really love the setting of this quaint town. I wasn’t a fan of the protagonist on the first book, but as the series progress, she eventually grew on me. I kept reading the books because of the different minor characters and their unique quirks to them. I’m still awaiting for the 6th book and I can’t wait to pick it up when it is released.

Historical Fiction 

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The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S Lee

This is a YA novel, but I wanted to recommend it because it’s actually a good read. I’m not a fan of historical fiction with just Mystery elements in it, but when done right I tend to get through them fast. The Agency series is one of those books that are enjoyable.

Classic

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Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Yes, I know Agatha Christie is a popular author, but I feel that those who are not actual mystery readers only know Christie’s And Then There were None or Murder on the Orient Express. The thing is she has a lot of really good books and I think The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is just as good as the other two books mentioned, but it doesn’t get as much hype as the others.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Date #14

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I took a few days off from posting on my blog because it’s been such a hectic few days. Also my posts has been all over the place because the holiday is very close at hand, plus this time of the year is when my family have their birthdays, so I try to post something when I’m free. For sure at the beginning of the year my posting of Monday, Wednesday and Friday will commence.

Anyways, for a quick update I decided to do the Book Date Monday created by Book Date.

Last Week I Finished:

Monsters of Men is one of those books that has been on my TBR for quite awhile and every year it’s been on top of my pile, but this year, finally, I was able to pick it up and finish it. It was a good ending for the trilogy, but that ending! Ness always kills me with his choices. Anyways, it was still a really good read for me.

Currently Reading:

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Technically I should be reading a 500+ novel, but I’m really not up to the challenge. Monsters of Men kinda gave me a book hangover, but hopefully it won’t carry over to the next month.

Upcoming Reads:

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I was planning on reading this book this month, but it didn’t happen and now I’m pushing it for December. I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be doing since I will be on vacation at the beginning of the month and its the Christmas holidays so I’ll be pretty busy. I’ve almost reached my Goodreads goal for this year, so I want to at least be able to read a few more books just to be able to feel accomplished for the year!

Top 5 Genre Benders

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This week’s topic is really interesting. Usually my books are easy to categorize, since I do read a majority of mystery and thriller novels, those books are really not that difficult to place in specific genres. This week I’m listing my Top 5 books that are genre benders, meaning books that I had a particularly difficult time placing in a specific genre.

I’m going to try to stay clear of sci-fi/fantasy novels, since I know that those two genre’s have a very thin line of differences.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Yes, I know I said I will stay clear of science-fiction and fantasy, but this book really blur the lines between the two genre. Usually when you read a sci-fi/fantasy novel there is a clear winner of the genre, but with this book its a bit tougher to pick which one it would be placed in.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Not really a novel, but still a genre bender. One of my favourite graphic novels to date. I’m not really much of a graphic novel, but I love this one and there really isn’t a clear definition what genre this book would land on. Action adventure? Science-Fiction? Fantasy? Fiction? who knows, don’t really care cause its an amazing series.

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Another amazing read for me, and another head scratcher. This novel is about a girl, Deanna, who has locked herself in an apartment because she fear the dark thoughts that dwell in her head. In order to survive, she uses the internet to her advantage. So does this book land in mystery? thriller? erotic? all three? Either way, its still a great read!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’m adding this book because the cover is very deceiving. Before picking this book up I always thought it was a horror novel, but I was really surprised that it’s not. I should have paid more attention to the reviews, and really should have kept in mind the saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Still, I was bamboozled!

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Another amazing read, still haven’t finished the series, but definitely a must check-out book. Also a book that’s a bit of a genre bender. The story includes mystery and action in one, with zombies in a dystopian backdrop! What more can you ask for, definitely a must check-out novel, but also a novel that defies common genre selection.

 

 

 

 

Book Date #13

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It’s been a couple of weeks now since I did a Book Date Monday, and since it’s technically still Monday here in Toronto, might as well post this. FYI, this meme is not created by me, but rather by The Book Date.

Last Week I Finished:

Since it’s still October, I’m still reading a lot of mystery/thriller/paranormal books. I recently just finished reading Jackaby and absolutely loved it. Also, got a quick read out of Fierce Kingdom, but more on those book in my wrap-up.

Currently Reading:

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Since I really enjoyed Jackaby, and there’s technically still one more day in October, I’m trying to get to this book before the month is over.

Upcoming Reads:

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I’m going to be participating on a readathon starting on November 5, but I’m trying to see if I can squeeze this book in between. Hopefully, I’ll be able to because I really want to read it!

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That’s it for me for this week’s Book Date Monday. Stay Tuned for my Wrap-up and TBR in a couple of days!

Top 5 Wednesday: Non-Horror Books that Scared Me

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I wasn’t sure if I was going to this Top 5 today since I’ve been so busy this week, but its just too good of a topic to pass.

Anyways, the title is pretty much self explanatory, so here is my Top 5 Non-horror books that scared me. I will also be excluding mystery/thriller or paranormal novels, since those books tend to send chills down some people’s spines.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meghan Spooner

I really love this science fiction trilogy and it’s one of my most recommended trilogy. Technically this book is more of a Sci-fi/Romance, but in one part of the book, the story took on a creepy turn. It’s actually one of those events when you think more about it, you’re just “WTF?!?!”, but as I was reading it, it just gave me the creeps.

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Alive by Scott Sigler

It seems like my list will consist of Sci-fi novels. This book was actually creepy in so many levels. The fact that the majority of this novel is set in a long tunnel with nothing else around the characters, sounds a bit boring, but the creepy factor is not so much as the tunnel, its the anticipation of who they would meet in the tunnel. Afterwards, all throughout the novel, there were so many uncertain events that the group needed to face in order to survive.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Science Fiction again, but this book was really good. This is such a popular book and there really isn’t anything scary about the story, except for one scene, the one with the friend in the air-tight room. That scene not only cut me deep, but it also scared me out afterwards.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This trilogy didn’t actually scare me, but the way the book was marketed, you would think its horror so technically my ‘horror’ is more of the anticipation that something horrible was going to happen on the next chapter, and so on. So by the end of the book, I realize it wasn’t horror.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book is definitely not a horror novel, but with the stories and the graphics, it can pass for one. This book is is an amazing read and although it does give a sense of foreboding, it tells a beautiful story of letting go. Definitely a must read.

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That’s it for me for this week’s Top 5.

 

 

 

Superstitious Book Tag (Original)

Yes, it’s definitely safe for you to do this tag! No superstitious elements link to this tag!

So I’ve been perusing other blogs and booktubers on possible tags that I can do. I’m off from work and in need to do something with my time. Since there really isn’t a lot of tags that centered on Halloween, I thought I’ll create my first ever tag. A lot of people are ver superstitious and most of the time they are linked to something evil or bad. Here are 5 common superstitious that people believe in.

1. Walking past a graveyard: Name a book that you enjoyed because of the setting.

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In the Shadow of Blakbirds by Cat Winters – I super recent read, but I really enjoyed how the author used her choice of setting to create a sinister environment for her protagonist.

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Another creepy book that played with my mind, psychologically. I can never use the airport bathrooms without remembering this book!

2. Crossing paths with a black cat: Name your favorite Halloween monster and show any books that features these monsters. (ie. Frankenstein’s Monster, mummy, zombies, etc.)

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It by Stephen King – Clowns are not really monsters, but I’m terrified of them, and since It just came out in theaters again, I’m pretty sure there are new generation of children/teens that has been scared by this not so pleasant clown. The book is good though, even though it’s massive.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I know this book is not creepy at all, but it does still feature zombies, and its a good read, so I’m adding it!

3. Walking under the ladder: Name some of your favorite ghost novels (yes, walking under the ladder superstition has something to do with ghosts)

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – Although I’m not a fan of the second book in the duology, the first book definitely gave me the chills. A good read for this month!

4. The wrong side of the bed: Name a book that is set in a dystopian world, but still gave you the creep-vibes (Egyptian times people believed that you must wake up on the right side of the bed, if you wake up on the left side, which they associate with death and destruction, they will be have a bad day)

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – An amazing series. Yes, I know I’m not done yet, but still so wonderfully written and the world building! Don’t get me started!

5. Friday the 13th: Name your favorite scary/creepy short story.

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Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by Different Authors – Not all stories are a hit, but definitely spine-chilling!

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So that’s it for my first ever book tag! Hope you enjoyed it and I tag everyone or anyone who wants to do it!

For more superstition facts check out the article written by Mitch Horowitz on 13 Superstitions that still scare the Bejesus out of us. 

Thanks ^_^