Book Date Monday #6

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This week was a pretty successful week. I was able to finish two books for the readathon I participated in. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll keep reading this month.

Last Week

As previously stated, I participated in the Read-EH-thon from July 1-8 and I think I did pretty well.

This Week

Fifth to Die

I definitely need to finish this book by this week and have a review up before July 10. I’m cutting it a bit close, I’m pretty sure my review will be late, but its just been a really bad reading months for me. This book was given to me as an ARC by the publishers and I want to get to it.

Next Week

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I’m not trying to be overly ambitious, but I do want to be able to get this book read by the end of this month. I’ve been dying to pick it up, but like I said, not the best year for me in terms of reading.

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A Short Note

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Hi all. Sorry but my page will be taking a short break. I have a family emergency that will not allow me much free time, therefore, my postings will be halted. Due to the fact that it’s a family thing, I won’t go into details. Hopefully things will return back to normal, but time can only tell.

For now, Happy Reading to all!

A Quick Update

After my travels I usually post a few pictures of my vacation and I totally forgot to post some of Cuba. So here they are…plus you know, a quick update. Enjoy!

My family and I stayed in Varadero and it was amazing. The beach was beautiful (yes, I forgot to take a picture of it), the people are so friendly and Havana was wonderful! My family and I definitely had a wonderful time! That chicken and rice platter, was heavenly, just fyi.

Anyways, since I got back from my vacation I’ve been reading anything at all. I’ve tried to pick up a few books, but I just wasn’t interested in them. I’m not really in a slump, but I’ve been addicted to playing this game on my phone and has occupied 90% of my free time. The other 10% is household chores, a must or else we won’t have food to eat or clean clothes to wear.

I’m already 7 books behind my Goodreads reading challenge, but I’m not going to lower it just yet. I’m still aiming for 60 books and hopefully I’ll be able to catch up in the next few months. I’m not planning on picking up any books for the remainder of March and I’ll start fresh in April. I’ll still be trying to post on my regular schedules, but there won’t be any book reviews in awhile, since I have no recent books to review.

I’ll have a Spring TBR coming soon and Readathons I’m thinking of participating in April. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to manage my two addiction for next month and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to read something.

 

Winter Book Haul

Spring is literally around the corner and so  think it’s time I do my winter book haul. So for those who doesn’t really know I only create quarterly book hauls, usually at the end of each season, because I don’t really buy a lot of book. I mean it’s still a lot, but not enough for me to actually do a book haul each month. I read a lot of books from my overdrive app,  might have to wait awhile for it, but it does save me a lot of money.

Let’s get on with the haul.

 

Those are the books that I have accumulated in the last three months. I’m excited for some and the others, not so much. I’m not really sure when I’ll be getting to read these books, but at least I know I have them in my collection.

Oh, and sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been busy with this game on my phone lately and it’s been draining me of my time and energy. I seriously haven’t picked up a book for three weeks now and I’m not sure if March will be a successful reading month. Hopefully by April I would be more inclined to pick up a book.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Time: Books I NEED to Read in 2018

I’m a major procrastinator and it’s a big problem when you’re a reader because I tend to buy books I want to read, but end up putting them off until It’s been sitting on my shelf for years.

These are the 10 books I really NEED to read in 2018. I’ve had these books for more than three years and I feel like if I don’t get to these this year, then I most likely will unhaul them. Since I don’t want to unhaul them, then I NEED to read them.

I got this idea from Books and Lala with her Closet unhaul last year. I don’t really buy a lot of books each month so I’m trying to do just the books I’ve owned the longest and instead of monthly, I’m doing it for the year. I can’t do her massive monthly TBR and actually stick to it.

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I actually own all three books in the Trilogy and I was planning on reading all three in 2017, but like I said, I procrastinated and never got around to it. It’s been in many of my TBR last year.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

I’ve actually been putting this off reading because the books are huge, but since the third novel came out last year, I’ve been wanting to get back into this creepy world of the Roaring 20’s.

Shadow of Bone by Leigh Bardugoshadow and bone

I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t picked up a single Bardugo book and I want to remedy that this year. I’m a bit hesitant to get into this book, but I heard nothing but great things about the trilogy. I also definitely want to get to her other books, Six of Crows.

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

I know nothing about this book and it really was an impulse buy. I read the back and I was hooked, plus the cover is so drool worthy. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten a chance to pick it up and actually see what the book is all about.

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I think this is the oldest book I own as of right now that I haven’t read. To be honest, I’m really not sure if I want to even pick this up. I bought this book during my ‘teen spies’ phase and I feel like I’ve already passed that stage. The only think that’s really keeping me from unhauling this book is the author. I’ve hear nothing but good things about Robin Benway’s books and I want to try her writing and since I have this book it’s the best way for me to check her out.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I don’t want to read this book, but I have all three books. So I feel like I’m stuck to read it. Which is the reason why I’m not picking it up. I’m annoyed that I need to read it, but I don’t want to. I feel like I’m whining and it’s not very flattering, it’s just I haven’t been in a contemporary mood in a while now and I want to be able to put these books as read on my shelves! ARGH!

More Than This by Patrick Ness more than this

I’m a fan of Ness’ books. I’ve read all of his Knife of Never letting go Trilogy and his Monster Calls. This is one of those books that I really wanted to read a few years ago but my want to it is starting to dwindle. I love how he writes, I’m just not sure if this book is for me. I’ve heard mixed reviews for it and that’s really not helping my want to pick it up. I will probably try to read it this year, give it 100pages and if I don’t want to continue I’ll most likely unhaul it. Sorry!

Oracles of Delphi by Victoria Laurie

This is a chunk of a middle grade book. It has 500+ pages which is quite a lot for a middle grade novel and for that reason I’m hesitant to pick it up, but it’s been on my shelf forever. The fact that I totally forgot that I own this book, until I cleaned out my book shelf, just goes to show you how long I’ve own it. So definitely a must in 2018.

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Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This trilogy recently wrapped up last year and that is how I found out I’ve owned this book for awhile now. Since the last book is finally out, I might as well pick it up. I’ve heard good things about it and other not so good things about it. I’m intrigued at which side of the fence I’ll fall in.

Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

I lied when I said AKA was my longest book unread, because that award should go to Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I’ve owned this book when I was still unmarried and living with my parents and I’ve been married for a couple of years now, so this definitely should be read this year. I’ve tried starting it when I bought it and I remember the beginning to be very dense. So I’m really reluctant.

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That’s it. These are the books that I definitely need to read this year, or off to the Thrift Store it goes. So basically, ideally I have to read one book a month and I wave two months of free time. Since January is half way done, I basically have 1 free month.