Autumn Book Tag

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Autumn is definitely my favorite season, so of course I have to do a Fall/Autumn book tag.

I first saw this tag on Bookables‘ channel and I thought it would be fun to do it, but the original creator is Morgan from loveandwrite. I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do it. So let’s begin!

1. What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

Definitely the weather. I’m more of a cold person than sunny. I prefer Fall and Winter rather than Spring and Summer. I also really enjoy wearing sweaters and jeans, than tanks and shorts, so that’s another point for the Fall season.

2. What book on your shelves that reminds you of going back school/your school day?

I would have to pick any books that I’ve read in school. So Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, anything Shakespeare. I’m not sure about other schools in different countries, but here in Canada we start our Shakespearean class by 3rd grade.

3. Find a book on your shelf which has something Autumn related on the cover.

These three books are very ‘Autumn’ for me. Not because of the content, but just the covers. Look at it! It’s so pretty!

4. What is your favorite horror/Halloween story?

I’ve just recently started reading Thriller novels, but nothing has really shaken me to my core yet. The one graphic novel that I have read that really haunts me to this day is Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I read this two years ago and loved it. A must read for those who loves to be scared!

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5. What is your favorite Horror Film?

I am one of the biggest scaredy cat that I know, so you would think I don’t watch horror movies. WRONG! I’ve watched almost every scary movie out there from The Exorcist to Insidious. I’m a sucker for sleepless nights and fits of bad dreams. Anyways, from all the movies that I have watched, I would have to give the award to The Exorcist. To this day I still get nightmares from that movie’s depiction of little girls becoming possessed by the devil. Mind you I’m not a hardcore watcher, I stick to mainly American films, I don’t think I have the psychological stamina to watch Japanese Horror Films.

6. Which book release are you most looking forward to?

I just posted my Fall Release 2017, and those are the main books I’m really looking forward to. If I have to narrow it down to two, it would have to be Origin by Dan Brown and Before the Devil Breaks you by Libba Bray

7. Which film release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?

I’m not much of a new release movie type of goer, unless I really want to watch the movie. I guess I would have to say Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I know it’s already out, but I still haven’t seen it, so I’ll count it.

8. Show three books that you are hoping to read this season.

Ooooo…I posted my ‘Books I want to Read this Fall‘ a few days ago and you should definitely check it out!  However, here are my top three books:

As you can tell I’m really excited for Dan Brown’s new book!

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Anyways, that’s it for me on this book tag and hope you enjoyed it! Like I said, if you want to do the tag, then TAG!

 

 

 

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SERIES SUNDAY: The Lunar Chronicles

I know it’s been awhile since I made a Series Sunday, but here’s a special one for those who hasn’t read this series yet. s

A wonderful re-telling of four classic fairy tales from our childhood. Cinder is a well known mechanic that is known all over New Beijing, the only problem is she’s a cyborg. When Prince Kai of the Commonwealth in search of the infamous mechanic, he wasn’t expecting Cinder, but as the two get to know each other, both of their world changes.

The synopsis that I gave to you made the series sound very love story-ish, but really its not. I may have not been a fan of the Lunar Chronicles from the beginning, but by the end of the series, I was totally in love everything about it.

REASON FOR READING THE SERIES:

  • THE BOOKS: That’s really a broad reason, but let me explain. These four books center four different protagonists, therefore, each book is different, but at the same time they are similar. Since the main story arc is centered on Cinder and her journey, we get a lot of her background story and her plight from earth. At the same time, Meyer is still able to create three other different protagonist that is just as well developed and beloved as Cinder.
  • SCARLET: Yes, Scarlet was the deal breaker for me. If you didn’t enjoy Cinder as much as everyone, at least try your hand with Scarlet. Cinder, definitely is not my favorite book in the series, but I became hooked with Scarlet.
  • WORLD BUILDING: I may not be a fan of Cinder, but the one reason that I picked up the second book is because of Meyer’s world building. I love everything in New Beijing and I think she description of things, people or anything is so vivid and I really love that in books, especially fantasy novels.
  • RELATIONSHIPS: I love books that has good relationships, that’s well developed and thought out. I also love books that have relationships that shows that the two people in the relationship can exists without each other. The main part of these books a lot of these couples are actually separate from each other, but that does not deter their feelings for each other and it doesn’t make them less of a person.
  • EQUALITY: I’m adding a 5th reason because this is an important point as well. Usually books with strong female characters, the male characters tend to be forgotten or not as well written. I think Meyer does a really good job in creating both her female and male characters. All four couples are well created and equally created.

RECOMMENDED FOR:

Reader’s who enjoy…

  • Fantasy/Science Fiction Novels
  • Very well developed characters
  • Strong Female Characters with equally strong Male Characters
  • Royalty novels

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR:

Reader’s who doesn’t enjoy…

  • Fairy tale re-tellings
  • Ending all tied-up with a pretty bow
  • Fantasy/Science Fiction

BOOK REVIEWS: Scarlet, Cress, Winter

 

TBR Challenge #9: Historical

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 4/5

Why? This month’s theme/topic is Historical and since I’m already on my Halloween Mood, I decided to pick this book up. Set during the 1800’s this book definitely has a historical aspect, and the bonus is that it’s actually centered on the famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

Review: I’m a fan of Ripper stories and I know that I shouldn’t be so fascinated, but anything mysterious gives me such a thrill! I really haven’t read a book that I fully enjoyed that is set around Jack the Ripper, but then again I really haven’t read a lot of them.

If I have to rate this book in terms of using the Ripper story, I would probably give it a 1 out of 5. I wasn’t at all thrilled how Maniscalco use the Ripper story in this book and I would have wished that she incorporated it in a different way. That being said, I still really enjoyed the protagonist and the overall setting of the book.

I don’t usually pick up Victorian era novels and when I do, it usually incorporates the mystery/thriller/paranormal genre within it. So Stalking Jack the Ripper is definitely up my alley. I’m actually really surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did, because I’ve been in a reading slump for such a long time, but I think this book snapped me out of it. I especially enjoyed the heroine, Audrey Rose. I love how modern her thinking and personality is. Yes, her type is very much a common thin these days, but in the Victorian Era, her qualities is usually something unseen. I also enjoy Thomas, he may have the sarcastic, devil-may-care attitude, but I appreciate his openness to Audrey’s passion. I’m really excited to see how they deal with their next adventure in Hunting Price Dracula.

As for Maniscalco’s writing, I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen worse. She kept me entertained all throughout the book, but there were still some down times. Since this is her debut novel, I’ll hold of any comments until I read her other book. I’m not saying she’s a bad writer, I’m just not overly enthralled by her writing.

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.

Fall Release 2017

Fall is my favorite season and this year it seems like all the authors came together and decided to release all these wonderful books during this particular season.

Although I’m in a really bad reading slump, this doesn’t really stop me from wanting to ‘buy all the books!’. Anyways, here are some of the new release occurring between the September – November months.

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September 12: War Cross by Marie Lu

When I first saw this book, I was starstruck by the cover. So instantly I was in love, but after reading the synopsis, I was even more sucked in. This book reminded me of a cross between Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and one of the book from my favorite series, The Reality Bug by D.J. MacHale. I enjoyed the first book of Marie Lu, Legend, but wasn’t a fan of the succeeding two books. That being said, I’m still really excited for this book!

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September 19: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

I recently read Chasing Jack the Ripper and I actually enjoyed it. So when I found out that this book is coming out, it definitely caught my attention. I want to read more about Audrey and Thomas’s adventures in Romania.

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September 26: There’s Someone Inside your House

A couple of years ago I read Stephanie Perkins’ YA Contemporary Romance, Anna and the French Kiss, and I highly enjoyed it. When I found out that she’s coming out with a thriller I was really interested in it. The fact that the genre is totally different from each other, I want to see how her writing will be in this latest release.

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October 3: Origin by Dan Brown

I think, I’m most excited about this release than the others. I know I practically said ‘I’m Excited’ for a lot of these books, but this one is hands down for me. I’ve read all of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books and I’m totally hooked with them. This is actually one of those rare occasion that I actually read the book as soon as it comes out.

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October 3: Before the Devil Breaks you by Libba Bray

Another book that will be released on October 3 is the third book in Libba Bray’s popular series, The Diviners. Although these books are all so daunting to look at, I still can’t help by feel excited for them. I love the first book and even if I haven’t read the second book, I know I will love that and this as well.

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November 7: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I wasn’t a fan of the whole entire Lunar Chronicle series, but at the end of Winter I was definitely hooked with Meyer’s writing. I’m a bit hesitant to get into the Renegades, but at the same time I’m excited to see how this new series will be.

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That’s it for my Fall Release. Let me know if I should be looking at other books to be excited about. I know that my bank account will suffer this season!

Top 5: Books to Read without the Synopsis

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Usually I’m very diligent in researching the books I read. I try to read the back of the book, reviews of other bloggers and even watch reviews of Booktubers, but when it comes to some books, its better to turn a blind eye on these things.

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, we are challenged to list 5 books that would be better to read without the help of reading the synopsis at the back or side panel.

Here is my list of books, I went into with little knowledge and loved!

I tried to include books from an assortment genres to give varieties to different book lovers. These books are definitely worth looking into and try to keep an open mind when picking it up.

 

Books I want to Read this Fall

A few months ago I posted “Books I want to read this Spring” and I totally bombed that tentative TBR and when I say bombed, I don’t mean I read all the books, I mean I totally failed. Since right after I posted that thread, I went through a really bad reading slump, which I’m currently still under. So, therefore, I have only read two books of those 10 I listed.

Anyways, I still want to create post because I want to list down the books I want to try to get through this fall season and even though September is technically not fully ‘Fall’, I always associate this month to Fall.

Here are the books I really want to get to by the end of Fall:

So these three books were also in my Spring list, but never got around to it. I really want to start Six of Crows this year and I’m trying to push this up on my TBR list. I also want to get a Trilogy finished this year, and that would be the Darkest Minds Trilogy. Since I was able to finish the second book a few months ago, I’m keeping my finger’s crossed for the last book.

I’ve been on a thriller kick for the months that I have been reading and I really want to get through these books.  Yes, Stalking Jack the Ripper, is technically YA, but it’s within the mystery genre.

There are also a few books being release in Fall, that I’m really excited about, but stayed tuned for my Most Anticipated Fall/Winter Release to be posted. Here is a sneak peak.

Yes, I know, I’m just adding fuel to an already burning TBR, but I can’t help it. I know I’m bogged down with all my unread books, but look at the beautiful covers! Plus, I can’t say no to Dan Brown and his Robert Langdon! Meyer and Lu are not my favorite authors, in fact, one I rated low on their last book and the other, I wasn’t a fan of the main protagonist, but Lu’s book just looks way too intriguing and promising. As for Meyer’s I want to see if she can start out this series with a bang, just like the last book of The Lunar Chronicles.

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That’s it for now and I’m wishing that Fall will be kinder to my reading mood, than Spring and Fall.