Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!

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Sorry I’m a bit late, but at least better late than never. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and will have a safe New Year. My Christmas was amazing and was able to spend my time with the people I love, and I hope all of you was able to spend their time the way they wanted to.

 

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Fall Book Haul

Today is technically the first day of Winter, and so here is my Fall Book Haul. This season I went a little bit crazy on my book buying because it was Black Friday and Book Outlet was an additional 30% off! Plus, Chapters also had great deals.

Anyways, here are the books I bought:

Wow! 20 books in total. I actually didn’t know I bought so many books this couple of months. I think I need to lay off buying more books, but I might have one more book haul to do at the beginning of the year for my Christmas haul IF I get any books. I don’t usually get books for Christmas because my family are not certain which books I own.

I think overall I pretty happy with all the books I bought. I may have bought 20 in total, but I did an unhaul a few weeks ago and I got read of more than 30 books. So in reality, it evens out. Right ?!?!? Plus, I read some of these books already and I’m quite happy with it.

Anyways, let me know if you own any of these books and if any of them are your favorites.

Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

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October is the month to read all things scary and all things that goes bump in the night, but scary books must have one main thing, a scary setting, without the ominous feeling that the backdrop offers, the story tend to fall flat.

Here are 5 of my top favorite creepy settings. Great topic Sam! I will also include some great book recommendations that feature the particular setting

Woods/Forest:
The woods/forest can either be an enchanting scenery or and ominous location, but for sure nothing is scarier than the woods/forest at night. The unexplored usually will give you the goosebumps and the chill down your spine Especially if someone or something is lurking behind its shadows.

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll are great examples of the dark and creepy woods and things that hide within its surroundings.

My Review of Through the Woods

Historical Events:
Yes, some historical events are not a laughing matter and should be handled with care, but there are some authors that use historical events to create an environment that will give you nightmares. While being respectful of the injured, they are still able to create a world that is only seen in your nightmares.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscolca are two very recent reads for me, but they are perfect examples of authors using historical events to their advantage. While one takes Worlds War I and the Spanish Inlfuenza into a paranormal twist, the latter give the infamous Jack the Ripper a new face.

My Review on In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Asylums:
I have a thing about asylums. I know mental health should be taken seriously, but those few years that asylums were open and experimenting on people is just a setting that needs to be used by authors.

The Asylum Trilogy by Madeleine Laroux is one of the few books that I’ve read that is set in an asylum. Yes, I wasn’t a fan of either the first or third book, but the chills that the second book gave me was almost worth the read. Plus the pictures will send you over the edge. Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island is a much better read that will leave you in shock by the end of the book, the movie was also pretty good.

My Review on Asylum.

Moon/Space:
Space and the Moon is also another one of those setting that is creepy because its the unknown. Very few has been out there and the majority of space has not yet been explored by humans. So of course we are not 100% sure that we are alone in this vast galaxy, definitely a very good setting for creepy books.

Most books I have read set on the moon is Science Fiction or Fantasy, but 172 Hours on the Moon is a book that everyone should read. Although I’m not a fan of the characters, the environment that Johan Harstad created is – everything. It’s been two years since I read this book, but it still gives me the creeps when I think about it.

My Review on 172 Hours on the Moon

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Deserted Island/Rain:
‘One dark, Rainy night..’ Yes, it’s cliche, but rain and the dark is very effective in creating a creepy setting and it’s even more powerful when this ‘dark and rainy night’ is happening in a deserted island. Like I keep saying all throughout this post, its really more of the unknown that gives you the chills, and making the environment stormy is even more of a hazard to the protagonist(s).

Ten by Gretchen McNeil is not one of my favorite books, but the use of the creepy setting is definitely a plus on this book. Not so much deserted, but rather isolated, ten teens are stranded on the island with an impending storm, and a killer amidst them. This book definitely gave me some spine chilling moments. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is also another great example of taking the environment and giving it a creepy twist. Although this book is not set in a deserted island, the main chill factor is the weather and a forest (which is my first point ^^). A recent read for me, its thrilling and will psychologically mess you up as you read it.

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So that’s it for me this week on my Top 5! Hope you guys enjoyed it and comment down below on some of your favorite creepy settings. Also, give me recommendations for more scary/thriller books. Although I’m a scaredy cat, I enjoy getting zero sleep as I lay in my bed having an internal battle with my imagination!

Book Date #12

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It’s been awhile since I did a Book Date Monday, only because I haven’t been reading much. This month I’m slowly getting a bit better and I actually have something to put on this week’s Book Date Monday.

Last Week I Finished:

I was able to finish these two books last week and I really surprised myself. Anyways, both books are great reads and I totally recommend both books. Warcross is getting a lot of buzz in the Book Community because of the author, but it’s actually one hype that I’m glad I got on.

Currently Reading:

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I found myself without a book today, so I had to grab something from Overdrive that I can read quick. Since Laura Levine’s Jaine Austen is my go-to series, I decided to check if Overdrive had it and just my luck, they do!

Upcoming Reads:

I’m really in a mystery mood so I might pick up either one of these books. I don’t know if I’m leaning more to thriller or detective.

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So that’s it for my Book Date Monday this week, hopefully, I’ll do better than last time keeping track of my reading.

Tome Topple Readathon Wrap-up

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This isn’t much of a Wrap-up since I totally bombed this readathon, and when I say “bomb” I don’t mean it in a good way. I am seriously appalled at myself for not even picking up a single book for this readathon, just like the last one. ARGH! I love entering this readathon, since I was present during the first one ever, I really want to continue with the it. Unfortunately, I haven’t done a lot of reading lately and this affected my wrap up!

Anyways, I think for the whole of August I’ll be taking a little break from reading, or at least continue my break and start again in September, hopefully rejuvenated and in need to binge read.

Book Date #10

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Last Week I Finished:

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I have finally started and finished this book! I’m super proud of myself since everyone, and their mother, has already read and finished the WHOLE series. Anyways, I’m just glad that I finally got around to picking it up. I actually enjoyed it, I wasn’t as blown away as everyone, but I did enjoy it a lot more than Throne of Glass. I definitely enjoyed Feyre more than Celaena.

Currently Read:

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After reading high fantasy, I had a hankering for a good mystery. Since I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware last year, I thought it was fitting for me to grab her latest book. I’m really not that far into the story, so I have no thoughts on it yet.

Upcoming Read:

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I’ve been mood reading lately, so I haven’t really decided what I want to read after The Woman in Cabin 10. If I have enough time this month I might pick up Power Play. If I get into August then I will probably pick-up a different book. I’m also thinking about entering Tome Topple next month, but I’ll have to see.

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So that’s for this week, I know I’ve been slacking on my post lately, but I will try to be more pro-active in August. Summer has been such a lazy type of month!

 

June Wrap-up and July TBR

It if officially the full month of summer and Canada is still feeling a bit cold. Weird, but it is Canada. Anyways, this month is not any better for me in terms of my reading. I’m actually barely reading any books and have been feeling very sluggish when picking up a book. I keep thinking every month I’ll be better in the next month, but by the end I realize that I haven’t picked up a different book in days.

Last month I gave myself three books in my TBR and I was able to read two of those books. Yes, this is what I mean when I say, I’ve been procrastinating on my TBR! Besides those two books I have on my TBR, I read four other books, which equaled to 3 books and 3 graphic novels.

My favorite read this month is The Fourth Monkey by J.D Barker. I actually really enjoyed this ARC that I receive and I’m looking forward to read more of Barkers books. I also really enjoyed Wires and Nerve, I wasn’t a fan of the first book of The Lunar Chronicles, but by the end of the quadrilogy I was hooked. Of course I had to check this graphic novel out because Iko is actually one of my favorite characters!

JULY TBR

I’m going to be ambitious for this month and go wild with my TBR. I really want to get out of this funk because I want to read more books. I don’t really add the graphic novels I’ve been reading in my personal Reading Challenge, so even though on Goodreads I’m on track, personally, I’m not. So need to get crackin’!

Here is my TBR for July:

Now looking at the books I added, this TBR really does look like an ambitious pile. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to get to read these books. The Lost Hero book I want to read is actually the graphic novel, but I prefer this cover instead.

12 Month Challenge: Female POV

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So that’s it for my wrap-up and TBR. I’m anxious to get to these books.