November Wrap-up and December TBR

DECEMBER is finally here! YAY!!! This year flew by so fast and it’s been a busy year. Anyways, this month wasn’t such a great reading month for me and I’m pretty sure December will also be a bad reading month. November I participated in Tome Topple and I’ll be wrapping that readathon on this post as well.

Last month I only put two books in my TBR and I read zero of those two books. It’s not that I didn’t want to read them, but I didn’t get a chance to pick them up before Tome Topple.

These are the books/graphic novels I read, outside of Tome Topple:

I read these three books during Tome Topple, but towards the end of the readathon. After reading the one tome I picked up I had a major book hangover, and I needed something light and fun to read. I really enjoyed Lumberjanes, which is really not a big surprise since I love this series! I also enjoyed Case File 13: Zombie Kid and In Real Life, so overall it was a pretty good reading month.

Tome Topple Wrap-up:

Every Tome Topple I add this book on my TBR and every year I decide to not pick it up. This round of Tome Topple I decided not to include this particular book because I wanted to change it up, but alas, I actually picked it up and read it. The one book I read for this readathon is:

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Yes, I can finally take this book out of my TBR. Its been awhile since I read The Ask and the Answer, but the minute I started reading this book everything came back to me. I really love this trilogy, although all three are massive reads, the world is amazing. I wasn’t as invested in this story as much as the fist and the second, but I’m just really glad I got it out of my system. The ending was a killer for me.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not going to create a TBR for this month because (1) It’s the Holidays and I’m usually busy close to Christmas, (2) I’m going on Holiday for a few days mid-December. I don’t usually read when I’m out of the country, and (3) I have a lot of year-end things to finish and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

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Anyways, that’s it for me on my wrap-up. I’m not really sure if this will be my last wrap up for the year or I might do my December wrap-up closer to the end of December, we’ll see.

Also, next week I will be on holiday, therefore, I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be writing, let’s go with the flow.

 

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Tome Topple Round 5 TBR

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Tome Topple Readathon is now here and since I totally screwed over on the last one, I really want to try to read some books for this fifth round.

Tome Topple will be starting today, November 17th to the end of the month, November 30. I totally thought it was starting tomorrow and missed creating this post on Wednesday. Anyways, as usual there are challenges for this readathon and its basically the same as the last time.

  1. Read more than one tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (over 500 pages can be bind-ups/omnibus)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult Tome

As usual I’m going to try to do all the challenges, except the Buddy read. I don’t usual buddy read since I don’t want to drag someone down with my erratic reading patterns.

Also, like last time there will also be Instagram challenges that can be found on Sam’s Instagram account @thoughtsontomes. I’ll try to do some of these IG challenges, but no promises.

Anyways, here are my potential Tomes for this round of Tome Topple (and baby groot)

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is the second book of the Illuminae files. I read the first book during the first Tome Topple and really enjoyed it. I’ve been trying to read this second one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up this time.

Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie

I have no clue what this book is about. I was cleaning out my bookshelf, getting rid of some books I didn’t want, and found this book. I believe it’s middle grade, I’m just really surprised that it’s this massive!

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab

Another second book in a trilogy. I really want to try to get to this book because this trilogy is already finished and I want to see how Schwab ends the story. This is my one and only ‘adult’ novel that is over 500.

Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

This is another one of those books that I found on my bookshelf. I’m not entirely sure what this book is about but I think it’s similar to Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, but I’m not 100% sure on that, I could totally be wrong so please don’t get mad.

I don’t really have a graphic novel to include on this TBR, because (1)I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels (2) it’s difficult to find one that’s over 500 pages.

Anyways, that’s it for me on my TBR. I’m crossing my fingers that everything will work out fine. I hope, hope that I will at least read one of these books.

 

Books Before 2018

A few more weeks and it’s 2018! I feel like I want to cram as many books as I can before the year is over, but I know that won’t be realistic. There were a lot of series I wanted to start in 2017 and there were a lot of books I wanted to read this year, unfortunately, other books got in the way and I just lost track of time. I also had a really bad reading slump over the summer and that did a number on my reading goal.

Anyways, to keep my head straight, here are the top 10 books that I really want to get to before the year is over.

I want to try to finish at least two or three series before the year is up since I haven’t really finished a lot of series this year, in fact, now that I think about it, I actually haven’t finished a series this year!

I also want to try to read some other books that have been on my TBR for awhile and I’m just itching to read it.

If I have time, after all these potential reads, and other books that might get in the way, I would also want to try to get these done.

This is a very ambitious list, but hey, I’ll still keep my fingers crossed and see how the year will end for me!

Borrowathon TBR

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I’m a little late in posting my Borrowathon TBR. The weekend was super busy for me and I just didn’t have the time to create my TBR and didn’t really have a set of books until last night.

If you don’t know what the Borrowathon is, its a readathon created by Riley @RMFICKFACK. This readathon encourage readers to to use their public library, since the only books you can read are books that you BORROW, hence the name. In truth you may use any type of books, not necessarily from the library as long as you borrowed it from somewhere or someone. This is the third round of this readathon, it started on November 5 and will last until November 12.

Here are the challenges for this round of Borrowathon:

  1. Give an author a second chance
  2. Start a new to you series
  3. Read a book with 5 or more words on the title
  4. Read a 2017 Release
  5. Read a book you found in a #LibraryHaul
  6. Read a book that features a library

There are more information on hosts, reading sprints, etc. on their twitter account, so head on over there and follow them.

Anyways, here are the books I borrowed from Overdrive and so these are the books I’m most likely going to be reading this week. These are technically not my first choices, but none of the books I borrowed came in for the readathon.

I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to finish all these books, but I’m hoping to at least get to half of them!

October Wrap-up and November TBR

November is upon us and its almost Christmas!!! Yikes, I can already feel the holiday rush. Anyways, this month was pretty successful for me in terms of reading. I was able to finish eight books in October and I’m pretty darn proud of myself.

I read three of the five books that I listed on my TBR for October, two from my TBR during Spookathon and the rest are books that I just felt like reading. Here are the books I read.

I actually didn’t realize that I read eight books in October and I’m really shocked. This month’s highlight will have to be In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I bought this book years ago and I was really surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I also really enjoyed Jackaby, so much that I went so far as to pick-up the second book. Although it didn’t impress me as much as the first, I still highly enjoyed it. No that I’m looking at my wrap-up, October was a really great month, nothing really to complain about in terms of the books I read, except for Shutter by Courtney Alameda. I wasn’t really impressed by it and high expectation of it because it has an interesting concept.

NOVEMBER TBR

I had such a great reading month in October and I hope that it would last until the end of this year. I don’t really have a set of books that I want to read by the end of this year, I just want to be able to accomplish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books (yes, I had to lower it down because of my awful reading slump in the summer). As for the other challenges, I never did keep up with them except for my TBR Challenge. More on that in December though, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’m also going to be participating on a few readathon this month, but I will be posting a separate TBR for those.

Here are the tentative books I want to read in November:

I’ve been put off reading Magnus Chase, but its time since the last book has been released and I think this month should be the month I pick it up. I know I only have two books in this TBR, but like I said I will be participating in a few other readathons and will create separate TBR for those.

So That’s it for me this month and check back next month if I was able to accomplish my TBR. Also watch for my other TBR for this month!

 

Spookathon TBR

It’s that time of the year again, the annual Spokathon Readathon is happening from October 16-22, hosted by Books and Lala, Paige’s Page and Bookerly. Of course, I have to participate because, not only do I love mystery/thriller/horror books, I really enjoy readathons as well!

Just like last year, this year there are challenges that the hosts has created to make the the readathon a little bit more fun.

  1. Read a thriller
  2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  3. Read a book base on a childhood fear
  4. Read a book with an orange cover
  5. Read a book that has a spooky setting

The hosts are very chill in their challenges, so you can double up on them.

I will try to be reading three books that will incorporate all 5 challenges. I’m not 100% sure I will be able to read all three, but hey, anything can happen.

dark-matterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

CHALLENGES: Book with a spooky word in the title, book with an orange cover

the childThe Child by Fiona Barton

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell.

CHALLENGES: Read a Thriller

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

CHALLENGES: Bookbase on a childhood fear, book with a spooky setting

If I have time, I do want to get my hands on the book that the three hosts will be reading for Spookathon.

stranger in the house.jpg A Stranger in the House Shari Lapena

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

September Wrap-up and October TBR

ACK! Best month of the year for reading is finally upon us! I’m a mystery fanatic and therefore, I think October is the best month to read these kinds of books. Yes, I technically read mystery/thriller any time of the month, but October just gives you all the chill and vibes for these books!

Anyways, in September I was able to read 5 book. Not my best, but considering I had one book in my wrap-up last month, I’ll call this month a success. Here are the books I read:

The best read for me in September would have to go to Scythe. Warcross comes very close, but I prefer the ending of the former than the latter. I’m not surprise that I would enjoy Shusterman’s book since one of my favorite book is Unwind, which is another one of his books. I am surprised that I like Warcross, only because Lu’s Legend trilogy wasn’t a success for me. I won’t pass judgement just yet, since I really did enjoy Legend, but the other two was a disappointment. I’ll have to wait until I get my hands on the sequel to make any real decisions. Overall, I had a good reading month. There really wasn’t a specific book that I didn’t enjoy. They were mediocre, but an entertaining read nevertheless.

OCTOBER TBR

As I have said at the beginning of this post, October is definitely the best reading month. I’m not really 100% sure what books I’ll be reading since I’ve been buying ton loads of thrillers lately. What I do know is that I will be participating in this year’s Spookathon again, hosted by Lala, Paige and Shannon. I participated last year and enjoyed it a lot and I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy this year’s as well. Here is a tentative TBR that I might be able to do for this month.

These books may or may not also be in my Spookathon TBR.

 

So that’s it for me this month and keeping my fingers crossed for this month. I’m really in a reading mood now, but live is pretty busy the last few months of the year.