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February 2018 WRAP UP!

So this month wasn’t nearly as good as the last, but I was in school the entire time, so I didn’t have nearly as much time. Regardless, I still did really well considering my time constraints.

During the month I read 7 books! Out of those there were –

0 –  ⭐

1 –  ⭐ ⭐

2 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

4 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

0 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 

  • Average Rating : 3.43  ⭐
  • Total Page Count  – 2,376 pages
  • 2 (and 1/2) books were read during the Thrillerathon Readathon.
  • physical book / 4 e-books / 2 audiobooks
  • review copies
  • female authors 

GENRE BREAKDOWN –

  • 4 Thrillers
  • 2 Cozy Mysteries
  • 1 Horror

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Thrillerathon Readathon WRAP UP!

So for my February readathon, I found the perfect one for me! A thriller readathon!

This was a week-long readathon that took place from 2 / 17 to 2 / 24 and it was created by Harriet Rose.

  • Read a thriller you’re most anticipating.
  • Read a thriller that’s been on your TBR the longest.
  • Read a thriller you’ve most recently added to your TBR.
  • Read a thriller with the best cover.
  • Revisit a thriller book or author.

 

I read 3 (really 2.5) books during the readathon. Out of those, there were :

0 –  ⭐

0 –  ⭐ ⭐

1 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

2 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

0 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • In total, I read 1,106 pages!

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Down the TBR Hole #1

So this is something new I’m going to try. I got the idea from Regina @ BookishinBed who does this every week (which is a big feat)!  I won’t be doing it every week, but I’ll try to go through my TBR every once in a while.

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Scone Cold Killer – Lena Gregory || Book REVIEW

**DISCLAIMER – I was sent this book in return for an honest review. This did not affect my review.**

So we all know I LOVE Cozy Mysteries, so when I got the opportunity to read this brand new series, I was so excited! It seemed like all the elements that I love out of cozies (new business, cute animals, love stories etc.) so was it everything I hoped? Let’s find out!

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For Florida diner owner Gia Morelli, there’s no such thing as too much breakfast—unless it kills you . . .

When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she follows her best friend to a small town in Central Florida, where she braves snakes, bears, and giant spiders to open a cheery little diner called the All-Day Breakfast Café. Owning a restaurant has been her lifelong dream, but it turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. As the suspect du jour, Gia will have to scramble fast to prove her innocence before a killer orders another cup of murder . . .

GENRE – Cozy Mystery

LENGTH – 194 pages

PUBLISHER – Lyrical Underground

PUBLICATION DATE – 1 / 23 / 18

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January 2018 WRAP UP!

January was one of the best reading months I’ve EVER had! I’m SO excited to share all of these books with y’all! This is going to be a long one, so let’s just get right into it!

In this month I read 13 books! Out of those, there were :

1 –  ⭐

2 –  ⭐ ⭐

2 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

5 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

3 –  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Monthly Average – 3.53  ⭐
  • In total, I read 3,973 (+ Obscura) pages.
  •  3 books were read during 24 in 48 Readathon.
  • 6 physical books/ 3 e-books/ 4 audiobooks
  •  1 review copy
  • 8 male authors / 5 female authors

Genre Breakdown –

  • 3 Science Fictions
  • 4 Thrillers
  • 1 Fantasy
  • 1 Mystery
  • 4 Horrors

 

Carrie – Stephen King {REREAD} // REVIEW

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Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

GENRE – Horror

LENGTH – 253 pages

PUBLISHER – Doubleday

PUBLICATION DATE – 5 / 17 / 1974

RATING – 5 / 5  ⭐ !

  • Favorite Part – The look into the whole town’s thoughts! It was such a realistic take on a natural disaster (with a supernatural twist).
  • Least Favorite Part – None!

 

‘Salem’s Lot – Stephen King // REVIEW

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Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

GENRE – Horror

LENGTH – 439 pages

PUBLISHER – Doubleday

PUBLICATION DATE – 10  / 17 / 1975

RATING – 4.3 / 5 ⭐ !

  • Favorite Part – The return to the classic (scary) vampires!
  • Least Favorite Part – The beginning was VERY slow and the ending left me wanting more.

 

 

Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer // REVIEW

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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

GENRE – Sci-Fi

LENGTH – 195 pages

PUBLISHER – Farrar, Straus and Giroux

PUBLICATION DATE – 2 / 4 / 2014

RATING – 4.5 / 5  ⭐ !

  •  Favorite Part – The tone of this book is so ominous and creepy. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
  • Least Favorite Part – I didn’t really care about the characters and the ending was a little lackluster for me.

 

The Shining – Stephen King {REREAD} // REVIEW

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Danny is only five years old, but he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of an old hotel, his visions grow out of control. Cut off by blizzards, the hotel seems to develop an evil force, and who are the mysterious guests in the supposedly empty hotel?

GENRE – Horror

LENGTH – 447 pages

PUBLISHER – Doubleday

PUBLICATION DATE – 1 / 28 / 1977

RATING – 5 / 5 ⭐!

  • Favorite Part – I loved how even when the characters are doing bad things, they were still sympathetic.
  • Least Favorite Part – None!

 

The Girl in the Red Coat – Kate Hamer // REVIEW

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She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost.

Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift…

While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.

GENRE – Mystery

LENGTH – 384 pages

PUBLISHER – Faber & Faber

PUBLICATION DATE – 1 / 13 / 15

RATING – 2 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part  – The premise was good and I enjoyed the mother’s side of the story.
  • Least Favorite Part – The daughter’s side of the story was stupid and the magical realism element was stupid. The tone was ALL over the place too.

 

You – Caroline Kepnes

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

GENRE – Thriller

LENGTH – 422 pages

PUBLISHER – Atria/Emily Bestler Books

PUBLICATION DATE – 9 / 25 / 2014

RATING – 4.2 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – I was so invested in this story. Somehow I was rooting for an actual stalker throughout this book.
  • Least Favorite Part – This book just felt overlong to me. I kept looking at how many pages I had left and was annoyed because it just kept going and going.

 

Night Shift – Stephen King // REVIEW

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Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories “Children of the Corn,” “The Lawnmower Man,” “Graveyard Shift,” “The Mangler,” and “Sometimes They Come Back”-which were all made into hit horror films.

“Unbearable suspense.” (Dallas Morning News)

From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.

GENRE – Horror

LENGTH – 336 pages

PUBLISHER – Doubleday

PUBLICATION DATE – 2 / 1978

RATING – 3.7 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Stories – Graveyard Shift, The Mangler, The Boogeyman, The Lawnmower Man
  • Least Favorite Stories – Jerusalem’s Lot, Battleground, Trucks, Children of the Corn, Last Rung on the Ladder

 

Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris

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GENRE – Thriller

LENGTH – 293 pages

PUBLISHER – St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE – 2 / 11 / 16

RATING –  2.7 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – I liked the ending, it had an interesting twist.
  • Least Favorite Part – I hated all the characters and their actions, except two. They made such poor decisions and their dialogue wasn’t at all realistic.

 

The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor

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In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

GENRE – Mystery

LENGTH – 280 pages

PUBLISHER – Crown Publishing Group

PUBLICATION DATE – 1 / 9 / 2018

RATING – 4.3 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – The twists and turns were CRAZY I audibly gasped so many times throughout this book.
  • Least Favorite Part – There were some similarities to some Stephen King books that were really distracting to me.

 

Nemesis – Brendan Reichs

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GENRE – Science Fiction

LENGTH – 443 pages

PUBLISHER – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

PUBLICATION DATE – 3 / 21 / 17

RATING – 1.6 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – The beginning had me interested.
  • Least Favorite Part – Too many to count! Just go read my Goodreads review.

 

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

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Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

GENRE – Fantasy

LENGTH – 173 pages

PUBLISHER – Tor

PUBLICATION DATE – 4 / 5 / 16

RATING – 5 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – I thought the world building was fantastic, the characters were so realistic, and the mystery was fun too!!
  • Least Favorite Part – None!

 

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

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Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

GENRE – Thriller

LENGTH – 308 pages

PUBLISHER – Pamela Dorman Books

PUBLICATION DATE  – 7 / 14 / 2016

RATING – 3.5 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – The mystery had me on the edge of my seat! I was so excited to know what the heck was going on. I cared about some of the characters as well.
  • Least Favorite Part – The pacing was a little off, especially in the middle. Also, the ending was STUPID!

 

Obscura – Joe Hart

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In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

GENRE – Science – Fiction

PUBLISHER – Thomas & Mercer

PUBLICATION DATE – 5 / 8 / 2018

RATING – 4.3 / 5 ⭐

  • Favorite Part – The tone was amazing. It was so ominous and I never felt like the main characters were safe.
  • Least Favorite Part – I had trouble keeping up with the characters and was often confused because of this.

 


 

And that’s my wrap up for January! I’m so proud of what I accomplished!

What was your favorite read of the month? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!

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MOST ANTICIPATED 2018 MYSTERIES {PART 2 OF 2}

Ok 2018 is a GREAT year for horrors, thrillers, and mysteries so I’m going to list off some of the books I’m MOST excited for. This is Part 2 of a two-part post. So if you missed Part 1 you can see it here!

This post will cover the upcoming Mysteries and Cozy Mysteries!

Again, even though this post was split in two, it’s very long! So get comfy and enjoy!

 

**LINKS ON THE COVERS**

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MOST ANTICIPATED 2018 HORROR AND THRILLERS! {PART 1 OF 2}

Ok, 2018 is a GREAT year for horrors, thrillers, and mysteries so I’m going to list off some of the books I’m MOST excited for. This is going to the Part 1 of a two-part post! In this post I will be covering the upcoming Horrors and Thrillers, in the second I will cover all the Mysteries.

Even though I split this post in half, Part 1 is still VERY long! So get comfy and enjoy!

 

** LINKS ON THE COVERS**

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Night Shift – Stephen King || Book REVIEW

This is the first SK short story collection I’ve ever read and one of the only short story collections I’ve read. I was nervous because I didn’t really know what to expect. Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!

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Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories “Children of the Corn,” “The Lawnmower Man,” “Graveyard Shift,” “The Mangler,” and “Sometimes They Come Back”-which were all made into hit horror films.

“Unbearable suspense.” (Dallas Morning News)

From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – R (intense scenes, sex, gore, language)

LENGTH – 326 pages

PUBLISHED – 2 / 1978 by Doubleday

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