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November Wrap Up

I managed to read 9 books this month….9! that’s crazyness! I have also been continuing on with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and nearly finished season 6. I am team Sheldon Cooper and I find myself singing ‘Soft Kitty’ at work.

I read: 3,334 pages

The Handmaid's Tale

I finished this book at the start of November and it was okay, but I had so many questions all the way through which weren’t really answered. I rated this 3/5 stars

Boy 23

This is one of my #beatthebacklist books, I found this ok but I was getting bored and also annoyed with the word ‘Squizz’. This is YA science Fiction/alternate world. RTC – I rated this 3/5 stars

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I reread..yes you read that right..I reread Illuminae and I enjoyed it for the second time and I picked up some new stuff that I possibly missed the first time. I rated this 4/5 stars.

Lucky

‘Lucky’ is from the writer of ‘The Lovely Bones’, However this is a memoir of When Alice was in college and was raped. This is intensely graphic. I was shocked and wincing and I am not a person usually effected by these things…so be warned if you are going to read this. This covers the rape and the case and her life afterwards and how she tries to come to terms with the ordeal. I rated this 4/5 stars.

No Shame

This is the sequel to No Virgin – this covers the trial and aftermath of the rape of Stacey Woods. This was ok but to be honest I thought that the two books could have easily have been one. RTC I rated this 3/5 stars.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)

I read Maus and loved it, this is the first graphic novel that I have read that is about a survivor from Auschwitz, It was so interesting even though it is told through Mice. The only thing that I struggled with in this book was the relationship between Art and his father. I rated this 4.5/5 stars

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)

I needed something easy-going and romantic and this hit the spot in my reading needs. It was cute, it had a sexy love interest who was perfect, the characters were flawed. The is by Jennifer L Armentrout and I am going to be continuing with the companion/series as I just need more. I rated this 4/5 stars.

The List

Another #beatthebacklist read for me. I didn’t really like this, there were too many characters and was just about this stupid list that plays with girls self-esteem. RTC I rated this 2/5 stars.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I finally read Gemina – at first I wasn’t so keen I thought Illuminae should have been a standalone and then it got really good and I was loving it. The ending got me a little confused(not hard) but still enjoyable. I rated this 4/5 stars.

 

Currently reading:

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)RebeccaGhosts of Christmas Past

 

So that’s my 9 books. What did you read? Did we read any the same? Have you read any of these books?

 

Thanks for reading

 

 

bookhaul

November Book Haul

I managed to get a small selection of books this month – which I am really pleased about. I managed to receive a couple and only one is brought brand new, so here we go.

Click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads.

Here We Are Now

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

I got this from Hodder via Bookbridgr…. thanks guys:) will hopefully be reading this soon.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A present contains a monstrous secret.
An uninvited guest haunts a Christmas party.
A shadow slips across the floor by firelight.
A festive entertainment ends in darkness and screams.

Who knows what haunts the night at the dark point of the year? This collection of seasonal chillers looks beneath Christmas cheer to a world of ghosts and horrors, mixing terrifying modern fiction with classic stories by masters of the macabre. From Neil Gaiman and M. R. James to Muriel Spark and E. Nesbit, there are stories here to make the hardiest soul quail – so find a comfy chair, lock the door, ignore the cold breath on your neck and get ready to welcome in the real spirits of Christmas.

I also received this book from John Murray via Bookbridgr – this was a surprise as I didn’t think I would get it and I thought it was another book that I had won.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Confess

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

This was 99p in the charity shop and I couldn’t say no. I haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book as of yet but I think it’s going to be one that I get sucked in to.

The Mayfly (Charlie Priest #1)

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

I received this book as a freebie when I signed up to readers first, whilst it doesn’t have many ratings the ones it has received have been good – so I will read this when I am in the mood for a mystery/thriller.

 

That’s all the books that I accrued in November not to bad for me I think. I have not being buying many books as I am trying to read the ones on my shelf. Have you read any of these? What books did you get?

TBR

Books I want to read by the end of 2017 and where I have been!

Hello everyone, I am here I am still alive. I know I haven’t posted in quite a few weeks now, I haven’t forgotten you and I have still been reading, it’s just I have been ill. So I had flu for 2 weeks, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t watch TV or read as my eyes hurt and I was also really dizzy….it was the longest 2 weeks of my life.  I am currently feeling great *fingers crossed* I haven’t felt this great for months.

I hit my Goodreads target of 75 books last week, however I still want to get some books finished this year once and for all – you have probably seen these books in a few of my TBR’s but I need to do this and at least hit 82 books as that will be the same as last year.

Please click on the cover of the books to be directed to Goodreads.

 

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)

I am sure everyone knows about this book, it’s been on a few of my TBR’s and I want to read it to complete the series, however I am not the biggest fan of Alina and Mal…. I am only in it for the Darkling and Nickolai.

 

Truly Madly Guilty

Another book that has been on and off the TBR’s,I have only read on other of Liane Moriarty’s book which was the Husband’s secret and that was years ago and I enjoyed it.

Rebecca

I want to read this so much but at the moment I am in a romance mood – just some light easy going-feel good writing –  I just want to be in the right frame of mind when I read this book as I want to love it.

 

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Oh I need to get back in to the world of Percy Jackson, I read the first book in this series some months back and really enjoyed it, so can’t wait to see what other adventures he gets up to.

The Hate U Give

I must be the only person who hasn’t read this book yet and all I have heard is good things…I was waiting for the hype to die down a bit but I want to get this read before 2018.

So there is my 5 books that I would like to read before the end of 2017. I think this is manageable. Do you have a list of books to read before 2018, what are they?

Thanks for reading

wrap up

October Wrap Up

So I did a lot better in October than September I managed to read 7 books except I didn’t give any 5 stars 😐but I have managed to read a few books that have been on my TBR for a while. I am doing this post on my phone so it’s probably not going to be great.

I finished this one off earlier in the month, I thought this was definitely an improvement from her first book and I like all the quirks but it didn’t really hold my attention..review to come..rated 🌟🌟🌟

I had high expectations from this book and was unfortunately let down. I can’t understand all the hype surrounding this book. It was ok and I rated this 🌟🌟🌟 (don’t hate me)

Coraline was on my top 5 books to read this fall and I enjoyed it. It is very dark for a children’s book. I rated this 🌟🌟🌟.5

If you have followed me for sometime you will know that I adore Sarah Cross an’s books as they are so heart wrenching, thought provoking yet very relevant. However this is not as goods as it’s predecessors and very short…review to come..I rated 🌟🌟🌟

This was another on my winter TBR. I had seen a few people talk about it and the blurb interested me. However I found this somewhat disappointing. It was very slow and not holding my attention. The writing was good but just not my cup of tea. I rated this 🌟 🌟

This a book off of my #beatthebacklist and it’s under the genre of thriller, accept I found it to be confusing and not that thrilling. Review to come. …I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟

The last book that I read in October and the best was this creepy anthology. The stories are all inspired from other stories or films or both. This is one of the best short story collections that I have read and gave it a solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I recommend this as a Halloween read.

What I have been watching:

My partner introduced me to TBBT (I know I am seriously late to this party) I am surprised I got as much read as I did as I have been binge watching this and nearly on season 4. Sheldon is my favourite character but I can’t decide who is in second place.

So I have managed to binge watch a load of TBBT and get 6 books read..which is pretty impressive for me.

How did you do in October? Have you read any of these books?

Thanks for reading

bookhaul

October Book Haul

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So I might have done a bit of book buying in October but I have been fairly good recently and not gone crazy like other times. I think I bought 10 things and only 2 of them are brand new.

Girl, Interrupted

“Searing . . . captures an exquisite range of self-awareness between madness and insight.”

First published in 1994. Reprinted and a bestseller in 2000 (due to movie based on the book).

In the late 1960s, the author spent nearly two years on the ward for teenage girls at McLean Hospital, a renowned psychiatric facility. Her memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perceptions, while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.

I have wanted to read this book after I watched the move with Angelina Jolie, I want to see how it compares.

The Road

A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

Amsterdam

On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly’s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain’s most successful modern composer, and Vernon is editor of the newspaper The Judge. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers, too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister.

In the days that follow Molly’s funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with consequences that neither could have foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits, and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A sharp contemporary morality tale, cleverly disguised as a comic novel, Amsterdam is “as sheerly enjoyable a book as one is likely to pick up this year”

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his career as a jock, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for homecoming king, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met— achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

Together, Ezra and Cassidy discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings, and a poodle that might just be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby. But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: If one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

The Serpent King

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia, neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending- one that will rock his life to the core.

Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate StrangersMind the Gap, Volume 2: Wish You Were Here

Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful – and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn’t remember any of this.

Mind the Gap, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist.

Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive but her entire life as well.

Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle’s life isn’t the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life.

Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent.

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)

IT BEGAN WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…

It

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

I don’t think I did too bad on this haul – most of the books were on my TBR pile anyways so……yeah. What did you buy in October? Did you get any of the same as me.

 

Thanks for reading