Halloween Read-A-Thon

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I’m so excited to have found a group of people to do this with! As I wrote in my beginning of the month post, I was already planning to spend most of the month with Halloween-type books. This just makes it so much more fun! Many thanks to Lauren at Wonderless Reviews for putting it all together and making the gorgeous graphics available. Pretty much the rest of my month is going to be filled with spookiness and indulging my sense of the paranormal. 😀 😀 😀 I can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading.

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My pick: Stalking Jack the Ripper. This cover gives me a slight chill every time I look at it (there’s not actually blood pictured…but I keep thinking I see blood on the knife…), though from what I hear it’s not all THAT creepy of a book! I intend to find out.

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My pick: Dracula. I’m listening to this version from Audible, with different narrators for each person. So, sort of dramatized, but not exactly. I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far, but I keep getting annoyed at the way the women just accept being second-class citizens.

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My pick: Something Wicked This Way Comes. I don’t know a whole lot about this book, to be honest, but it sounds creepy AF. Lory at Emerald City Book Review posted about it a little while back and I put it on my list!

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My pick: The Werewolf of Paris. I’m trying to read some of the original supernatural stories this year, stories that started or shaped our modern day ideas of vampires, werewolves, etc. Obviously the legends of these types of creatures have been around much longer than even these books, but I thought this and Dracula were both good starts.

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My pick: Treat – Throne of Glass. I still have so many other books to read I have to mix it up a little or I will NEVER get through my pile of library books!

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My pick: The Architect of Song. While not specifically relating to Halloween, it does have a good deal to do with ghosts and again, sounds creepy AF. I am SO EXCITED to read this one!!

Fingers crossed I will get to all of these! Are you reading anything special for Halloween or autumn in general?

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Stacks for July

I have so many delicious books waiting for me, and a long weekend to enjoy them in! I highly doubt I will get them ALL read, but this is a nice start to July nonetheless. One of these I meant to read in June, but life (i.e., other books) happened. I didn’t even manage to get them all in the picture! And of course, there are also the e-books I’m hoping to read.

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Starting from the bottom:

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed – Yes, I know. This book has been getting rave reviews pretty much ever since it came out…I stayed away because while I love travel/hiking memoirs, I heard there was a high percentage of drugs/sex in it. I keep seeing it though, and some of my favorite reviewers/bloggers have given it high praise so I decided I’d give it a shot.

The Secret Place, by Tana French – the most recently published of Tana’s books, because I saved it until the publication of the next one (already pre-ordered) seemed somewhat close enough. Ish.

A Killing in the Hills, by Julia Keller – I read a description of this book somewhere recently, and not only does it seem right up my alley as far as the mystery and intrigue, but it’s set in West Virginia. My family’s old homestead in the WV hills is the most beloved place of my childhood memories, so I really just can’t resist.

Jackaby, by William RitterAdventures of a Book Junkie posted about the 3rd of this series coming out soon, and it intrigued me enough to go find the original. New author, new series for me.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas – there was so much hype about this book, which I wrote off as too much high school type fangirling…and then The Book Geek wrote a glowing post on the second book of the series, which obviously means I have to read the first because you can’t start with the second.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a., J.K. Rowling) – I’ve never read any of Rowling’s other books outside of Harry Potter. I didn’t want my image of her as a writer tarnished, as of course I still read reviews on them and they were less-than-stellar. However, a friend convinced me to bite on the procedural/mystery series she has going. So again, giving it a shot!

The Vanishing Throne, by Elizabeth May – this is the sequel to The Falconer, one of my favorite books from last year and that surprised me quite a bit. Granted, I am not a frequent flier when it comes to book about the fae or fantasy. However,  I loved The Falconer enough to immediately pre-order the sequel, and it arrived this week!

First Lord’s Fury, by Jim Butcher – the last in Butcher’s Codex Alera series, that I’ve been putting off forever because I’m scared to see how the series ends. But it’s long past time for me to find out!

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My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand (and company) – as previously mentioned in the OwlCrate review. I’m anticipating a rollicking good story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Hopefully I’m not disappointed!

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The Graces, by Laure Eve – my attention was first caught by this cover and then by the description, and I’ve been lucky enough to get an early review copy! Squee! It’s a storyline that could be really good or extremely trite…fingers crossed. This one was also from Adventures of a Book Junkie’s post…hmmm. I sense a theme.

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Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler – a retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, which is one of my favorite Bard plays. Again, this could be really good or really bad, and again, fingers crossed. I was also lucky to get a review copy of this one, but it is still on it’s way here so I’m only hoping to get it here some time in July.

I know that some of these won’t get read, and that some books WILL be read that are not on this list, but goals are good things to have. 😉

Books and More Books

This year, I’m really rediscovering my love not only of books (never doubted that one) but of writing. More on that later, but in the meantime it’s long overdue an update on my Reading Challenges for 2016! I just updated the “Books to Read 2016” page, which is my list of owned-but-never-read books that I am attempting to finish this year. I’m very bad at staying focused, so while I have read a total of 45 books for the year, I’m only at 15/45 from that list. Yikes! Need to work on that. But, while I do have reading goals, I am trying to follow the advice of my new mug and read what I love!

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Lovely mug courtesy of the Bookworm Boutique. Besides the shop, she has a beautiful Instagram @bookwormboutique and a book review blog.

Squirrel! Anyway, back to the reading challenges…

The challenge I wrote about doing with some friends is still going strong! Out of 50 categories (my original goal was 12, I’ve since raised it to 36) I’m at 26. Some of them are kind of stretches for me, but it’s fun. We’re not making the list public at this point, but it’s kind of like the PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge.

I’m going to get back into doing book reviews. For the above challenge, in order to be able to officially list a book we had to write at least a brief review of it on GoodReads, and writing those has motivated me to write more detailed ones. I’ll be posting them here, and on GoodReads, and some on LibraryThing. I’ve been pretty lucky to be selected for a few ARCs from the Early Reviewers group this year, and it seems to be a fun, easy way to score a free book. And since free books don’t feel like failing at my book-buying ban…score! Besides the ER group, I’m expecting my first book from Blogging for Books soon (soon being a relative term  – overseas media mail shipping takes almost 6 weeks, usually) and can’t wait to get on reviewing from them too!