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QUARTERLY WRAP UP (April – June 2017) !

April through June were GREAT reading months for me and I can’t wait to share my favorites and least favorites of these past 3 months!

Stats –

In April – June I read 18 books! Out of those there were :

0  – ★

2 – ★★

8 – ★★★

5 – ★★★★

3 – ★★★★★

  • Average Rating – 3.5 stars

 

  • 13 books I read were physical copies / 5 books I read were E-books
  • I owned 9 of the physical books I read / 4 were library copies

 

  • 10 books were Horror
  • 4 books were Mystery / Thrillers
  • 2 books were Lit-Fic
  • 1 book was Contemporary Romance
  • 1 book was Fantasy

 

  • Altogether I read 6,460 pages! 

Overview :

(reviews are linked in titles)

April ( 4 books ) –

May ( 7 books ) –

June ( 7 books ) –


Favorites :

Note (1) : My favorites have nothing to do with rating, just how much I enjoyed reading them.

Note (2) : I am not including IT – Stephen King because it was a reread.

4020595. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes / It was so beautiful and real! I couldn’t believe how accurate it was to human nature.

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4. We Came Back – Patrick Lacey / I thought this was a really fun and inventive horror story. I had a great time reading this!

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3. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson / Again, this was so fun! I was invested in the romance and the friendship. The characters were real and the love interest was dreamy.

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2. Night Film – Marisha Pessl / I thought this book was so unique and interesting. The mystery kept me on my toes and the mixed media kept my attention. Also, the ending was really satisfying.

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1. Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar / This book was such a great story about what happens when a normal person gets an abnormal amount of power given to them. Seriously, this book was genius and I loved it so much!


Least Favorites :

Note : My least favorites have nothing to do with rating, just how much I enjoyed reading them.

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3. A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman / I was honestly so disappointed by this book. It wasn’t “bad” by any means, but I just expected so much more from it.

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2. Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz / This book was just silly. There were so many ridiculous plot twists and it was just not scary. Maybe exorcism books just aren’t for me, but I struggled through this one.

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1. Becoming – Glenn Rolfe / Don’t even get me started on this book! Not only was it apparently not edited at all (errors everywhere!) but the story, characters, and ESPECIALLY the ending was so poorly done. On top of all of this, it was just a rip off of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If this hadn’t been my book club pick of the month, I would have DNF’d it.


All in all, I had a great 2nd quarter! What’s you favorite book you read in the last 3 months? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!

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June Wrap Up!

Stats –

In June, I read 7 books! Out of those books there were –

0 –  ★

0 –  ★ ★

5 –  ★ ★ ★

1 –  ★ ★ ★ ★

1 –  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Monthly Avg. Rating – 3.42 stars

 

  • 6 books I read in physical copies / 1 was an E-Book
  • 2 physical books were library copies / 4 I owned
  • I read 0 books for review.
  • I read 1 book for the Gore and More book club.

 

  • Altogether I read 2,126 pages!

 

  • 3 books were Horror Novels
  • 1 book was a Thriller
  • 1 book was a YA Contemporary Romance
  • 1 book was a Cozy Mystery

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch // REVIEW

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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….. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 3 / 17

Rating – 3.25 Alternate Dimensions out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The premise was cool.
  • Least Favorite Part – SO MANY PLOT HOLES!

 

Cat Got Your Diamonds – Julie Chase (No Review)

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Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true–until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.

Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?… – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 12 / 17

Rating – 3.5 Designer Pet Clothes out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – I am a SUCKER for Cozy Mysteries and will follow the genre wherever it goes.
  • Least Favorite Part – The writing was pretty awkward.

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson // REVIEW

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 17 / 17

Rating – 4 Long Overdue Sequels out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story was small and the characters were real.
  • Least Favorite Part – The liar revealed plot line.

Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll // REVIEW

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HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything…. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 20 / 17

Rating – 3.5 Seashell Frames out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – I enjoyed the satire of the upperclass lifestyle.
  • Least Favorite Part – I thought it should not be marketed as a thriller, because it was never really “thrilling”.

 

We Are Always Watching – Hunter Shea // REVIEW

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They’ve watched over the house for generations…

The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options.

Grandpa Abraham is a drunk bastard and the living embodiment of the long neglected farmhouse. He claims the place is haunted. Ghosts roam the hall at night and their muffled cries fill the silence of warm, summer nights.

On the ceiling above West’s bed are the words WE SEE YOU. In a house plagued by death and mysterious visitations, West realizes something beyond the fiction of his favorite horror books has to be faced.

Dark secrets are buried deep, and there are Guardians who want to keep it that way. No matter where they go or what they do, West and his family know one thing… they are always watching. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 22 / 17

Rating – 3.8 Guardians out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The homages to horror and the climax.
  • Least Favorite Part – It was SO SLOW! (Seriously nothing happened until 75% into the book).

 

Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar // REVIEW

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat… — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 23 / 17

Rating – 5 Button Boxes out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story was just genius.
  • Least Favorite Part – None! 5 out of 5!

 

A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman // REVIEW

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Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.

It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.

It’s got two stories.

It’s got a garden.

And the front door is open.

It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.

For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:

Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 25 / 17

Rating – 3.2 Teenage Relationships out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The idea was really good.
  • Least Favorite Part – The characters were awful and the ending made NO sense.

 

And that was it for the month of June! I think I did really well! What was your favorite book of the month? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!

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MAY WRAP UP!

May was the best reading month that I have had since I was in MIDDLE SCHOOL! Seriously I’m so proud of myself.

Stats –

  • I read 7 (!!) books this month! Out of those books there were –

0 – ★

0 – ★★

2 – ★★★

3 – ★★★★

2 – ★★★★★

  • Monthly Avg. Rating – 4 stars

 

  • 5 books I read in physical copies / 2 were E-Books
  • 2 physical books were library copies / 3 I owned.
  • I read 1 book for review.
  • I read 1 book for the Gore and More Book Club.

 

  • Altogether I read 2,726 (+ Devil’s Call because it doesn’t have a page count).

 

  • 3 books were adult Horror novels.
  • 1 book was an adult Mystery.
  • 2 books were Lit Fic.
  • 1 book was a Historical Fantasy.

 

Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone – Stefan Kiesbye // REVIEW

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The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm.

Finished Reading – 5 / 2 / 17

Rating – 3.4 Creepy Kids out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The creepy tone and the writing!
  • Least Favorite Part – The lack of an overarching narrative.

 

The Vegetarian – Han Kang // REVIEW

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Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams invasive images of blood and brutality torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.

Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.

Finished Reading – 5 / 9 / 17

Rating – 4.1 Painted Bodies out of 5!

  • Favorite Part  – A great ode to mental illness and it was deeply unsettling!
  • Least Favorite Part – I didn’t care about characters.

Devil’s Call – J. Danielle Dorn // REVIEW

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On a dark night in the winter of 1859, three men entered the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unfortunately for them, his wife, Li Lian, hails from a long line of women gifted in the dark arts–the witches of the McPherson clan.
This diary, written to the child she carries, records her quest from the Nebraska Territory to Louisiana to the frozen shore of Lake Superior, to bring justice to the monsters responsible for shooting her husband in the back. Our long-rifled witch will stop at nothing​–​and risk everything​–​in her showdown with evil.

Finished Reading – 5 / 17 / 17

Rating – 3.4 Witches out of 5!

  • Favorite Part  – Loved the witches and their lore.
  • Least Favorite Part – I had a hard time following the story.

 

Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

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With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?

Finished Reading – 5 / 17 / 17

Rating – 5 Genius Rats out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story and characters were so genuine and heartbreaking.
  • Least Favorite Part – NOTHING 5/5 STARS

 

Night Film – Marisha Pessl

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Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.

The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.

ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?

Finished  – 5 / 25 / 17

Rating  – 4.8 Cordova Films out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – How easily the real world intertwined with the fiction of this book.
  • Least Favorite Part – The tone was not as dark as I hoped.

 

We Came Back – Patrick Lacey // REVIEW

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Growing up dead.

Melvin Brown sees things that aren’t there. Monsters with tentacles and razor-sharp teeth. Ever the social outcast, he is bullied to the point of suicide. And his hatred of those who did him wrong does not die with him.

One decade after Melvin’s death, something strange is happening to Lynnwood High School’s smartest and most popular students. They begin to act out and spend time at the former high school, now abandoned and said to be haunted. And their numbers grow at an alarming rate.

Is this just a passing fad or are the rumors true? Does Lynnwood really have a teenage cult on their hands?

Finished  – 5 / 28 / 17

Rating  –  4.1 Cameras out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The realistic characters and story line!
  • Least Favorite Part – The writing was very average.

 

IT – Stephen King

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Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Finished  – 5 / 31 / 17

Rating – 5 Pennywise the Clowns out of 5!

  • Favorite Part  – EVERYTHING THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!
  • Least Favorite Part – NOTHING THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!

 

And that was it for the month of May! I think I did really well! What was your favorite book of the month? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!

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April Wrap Up

April Wrap Up!

So April was THE month of horror for me! I literally ONLY read horror and LOVED every minute of it!

Stats –

  • I read 4 books in this month. Out of those 4 there were –

0 – ★

2 – ★★

1 – ★★★

1 – ★★★★

0 – ★★★★★

  • Altogether I read 1,352 pages.
  • All four books were in the horror genre, and adult.

 

Exorcist Falls – Johnathan Janz // REVIEW

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Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled.

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn that a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet Sixteen killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil.

But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 5, 2017

Rating – 2.8 PLOT TWISTS OUT OF 5

  • Favorite part – The premise! It was a really good idea!
  • Least favorite part – SO MANY PLOT TWISTS!!

 

Song Of Susannah – Stephen King // REVIEW

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The next-to-last novel in Stephen King’s seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is at once a book of revelation, a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower, and a fast-paced story of double-barreled suspense. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 10, 2017

Rating – 4 SKöLDPADDA OUT OF 5!

  • Favorite part – The tie ins to the other books! Everything is tying together!!
  • Least favorite part – It didn’t really stand alone as it’s own novel.

 

Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill // REVIEW

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Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 17, 2017

Rating – 3.25 ODD COLLECTIONS OUT OF 5!!

  • Favorite part – The design of the ghost! So creepy!!
  • Least favorite part – The ending was pretty underwhelming.

 

Becoming – Glenn Rolfe // REVIEW

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Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth….
A change has come today.After Michele Cote’s best friend disappears, no one believes her story about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.

When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.

You can’t destroy what you don’t understand. For the small town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse.

Becoming is the next horrifying novel from author, Glenn Rolfe. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 26, 2017

Rating – 2 TENTACLE MONSTERS OUT OF 5!

  • Favorite part – The monster design was pretty creepy.
  • Least favorite part – THE ENDING WAS SO BAD!!

 

And that’s it for this month! What was your favorite read? I think mine was Song of Susannah!

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My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2016 and the 1 Worst!

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So I have officially finished my Goodreads reading challenge of 25 books (YAY) and now I feel it is time to say what my favorites and least favorite were. I am only doing my 5 favorites because I don’t feel I read enough to talk about 10 favorites and I definitely don’t feel like I have read enough to pick 5 books I didn’t like, but there is one (one and a half?) book(s) that I hated enough to just shove it into this post! Also, my rating don’t really matter to this list because it is just which books I had the most fun reading this year. So without further ado, my 5 favorites (in no particular order) and 1 least favorite book of 2016! ((Links to blog posts in the titles)


 

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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Rating – 3.5/5

I rated this rather low, but it made me laugh so hard throughout the entire thing, and now that I look at my review, I think I should have rated it a little higher. Regardless I had the best time reading this and I think anyone would enjoy reading it!

 

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The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Rating – 4.25/5

It’s no secret that I love works about mental illness and this was no exception. The Bell Jar really touched me on a deeper level. I couldn’t put it down, and read it in a day. If you like books like The Catcher in the Rye, this is definitely for you!

 

 

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Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

Rating – 5/5

I picked up Christie for the first time EVER this year and have loved all three of her books I read this year. I gave Murder on the Orient the SLIGHT edge over Endless Night (see the review HERE) because I was more entertained throughout the entire book. No offense Endless Night. You were so close.

 

 

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Rating – 9.5/10 ( I had a different rating system then)

This was the surprise of the year for sure. I had the book on my Amazon wishlist forever, when my sister picked up for me. She said she loved it and I was like a book about rabbits? Please. Then I read it and LOVED it! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover y’all!

 

 

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 A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

Rating – 10/10 (again, different system)

Are you even surprised this is on my list? I cried in this book harder than I have ever have from reading before, and thinking about it still makes me sad. I was so impacted by this, and I say ANYONE should read it!

Also see my trailer reaction for the A Monster Calls movie HERE

 


My least favorite book of the year was:

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Funhouse – Dean Koontz 

This was my first EVER review on my blog, and I specifically made this blog so I could rant about it. I hated it so much because it had SO MUCH potential. I also tried to pick up another Koontz novel this year, Twilight Eyes, and couldn’t even get through it. In fact, it was my only DNF of the year. So maybe Koontz just isn’t for me.

 

 


That is all! What is your favorite and least read of your year? I would love to know! Thanks for an amazing year! And lets hope for an even better year for 2017!

 

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Winter Break TBR

With school on hiatus, I can finally catch up on my reading again. I literally only read one book for class this whole semester, so I am still working toward my goal of reading 25 books before the end of the year (5 to go!!!).  I hope to finish my goal, and start my 2017 goal during this break, although I don’t know what it is yet. So without further ado, my projected TBR for my winter holidays.


Currently Reading – The Dark Tower: Wolves of Calla – Stephen King Image result for wolves of calla

Could you even be surprised I broke my reading slump with Stephen King? I’m about 38% through this book according to my beloved Kindle, and I’m loving it! Another great step for the series!

 

 

Image result for harry potter and the sorcerer's stone bookHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Oh yes, I am going to do a long over due reread of the Harry Potter series. You may be surprised to know that I have only read the whole series ONCE! Blasphemy am I right?

 

 

 

The Cat Who Turned On and Off – Lilian Jackson BraunImage result for the cat who turned on and off

The third book in the mystery series about a journalist and his very intelligent cat .

 

 

 

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My favorite guilty pleasure of 2016! Can’t wait to explore this series some more!

 

 

 

Endless Night -Agatha Christie 

Image result for the hobbit bookThe Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Making an attempt at picking up the most famous fantasy epic of all time. Wish me luck!

 

 

 


And that’s all I’ve got so far. I’m trying not to overwhelm myself with an ambitious TBR this season. I have a problem where I am reading TOO MANY SERIES right now!  If you have any suggestions for stand alone books that I may like, I would love to hear them!

What is your TBR this season? I’d love to know!


 

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May Wrap Up / Exciting Things In June

May Wrap Up

At first I thought this wrap up was going to be embarrassing, but I happened to catch up towards the end of the month.

 During April I:

  • Read 2 books
  • Listened to a book
  • Watched 5 movies
  • Reached a milestone!

Books

The books I read were The Road – Cormac McCarthy (rated 6.5/10) and Watership Down – Richard Adams (rated 9.5/10). In terms of the books I read they were really polar opposites. The Road was dark, and actually disappointed me. Watership Down was a light, fun read and it really surprised me how much I loved it.

The book I listened to was The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger (a review is coming soon). It was the first audio book I have listened to in awhile, and I really liked the experience. I also liked the book more than I expected to.

Favorite book I read this month – Watership Down – Richard Adams. It might even be my favorite book I have read so far this year.

Movies

I watched a TON of movies this month, but was never particularly inspired to write reviews over any of them.

I watched RENT for the the first time, and loved it! I would rate it 9/10! Another musical I watched (because I love musicals) was Across The Universe, a musical based around The Beatles’ music. I like this movie, and the critics loved it, but it a little to stylized for my taste. I would rate it 7.75/10

I introduced my friends to a classic horror movie, The Exorcist. I loved this movie already, I would rate it 8/10 because it is a little slow.

I had a movie night with my mom a while back and watched  The Intern, the new movie starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. It was cute, but sometimes became really silly. I wish it would have been more consistent, so I would rate it a 6/10.

Finally, I saw Captain America: Civil War, and LOVED it. I decided not to review it, because I had to wait a long time to see it, so anyone interested in a review would have seen it long before me. I do have another post planned about this, coming out soon. Regardless, this movie was everything I wanted it to be and more, I would rate it a 9.5/10

100 Followers!

This month I hit 100 followers! That is 100 people more than I expected and I am so excited and grateful for every single one of y’all.

 

Exciting Things In June

 

Books I am Excited About:

  • I am currently reading Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh. It seems like a difficult read, but I am excited to read it, for the experience.
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness. I have heard nothing but good things about this book, so I am excited to pick this up.
  • Eragon – Christopher Paolini. I plan to start this series this month.

Movies I am Excited About:

  • X-Men Apocalypse – May 27, PG-13: I haven’t seen this yet, but I will soon. I am so excited!
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – June 3, R: If you don’t know what this is, it is The Lonely Island’s latest movie. It seems to be making fun of Justin Bieber’s documentary Never Say Never (which I loved when I was 13). I looks HILARIOUS!
  • The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Experiment– June 10, R – The Conjuring was SO good, so of course I want to see the second.

 

 

What are you excited for in June? I would love to know! Thanks for reading!

Posted in Reviews, Wrap Ups/TBR

My Summer TBR

download (1)So my school is ending VERY soon, and that means SUMMER! You know what summer means? Reading. Lots and lots of reading! So I thought it would be fun to lay out everything I want to read by next August.

Civil War – Mark Millar (Author) / Steve McNiven (Illustrator)

Ok so I plan on reading this as soon as I get home from school so that I  can read this before I see the movie. I do have to wait a little while to see it, because my dad (who I see all the superhero movies with) is out of town for awhile. So I’ve got some time to read this, but not too much.

Wytches Vol. 1 – Scott Snyder (Author) // Jock (Illustrator)

This has been on my TBR since March, as you know. I am so looking forward to reading this, but I just haven’t had the time to start it. I am hoping to get to it very soon.

The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini

(Eragon, Eldest, Brisignr, Inheritance)

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Ok, so I know I literally JUST trashed on Eragon in my Book Sacrifice Tag (check it out),  but I mentioned that I didn’t like this book to one of my friends and he was honestly offended. I figured, if he liked it so much, I might as well give it another chance (because the last time I tried was like in middle school). So wish my luck on that.

Twilight Eyes – Dean Koontz

Admittedly, I’m not actually super excited about this book. I only bought it because I wanted to give Koontz another chance, since the first (and only) book I’ve read of his infuriated me. I looked it up, and apparently this is his best work, so we will see.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

So as you most know, I bought myself this book in March. Since then I have been wanting to read it, but I just haven’t been in the mood. Hopefully soon I’ll be inclined to pick it up.

(Be prepared A LOT of Stephen King is coming up)

The Shining – Stephen King

This is another that you all already know. I desperately want to reread this book, so that I can read Dr. Sleep and fully understand it. The only reason I haven’t already read this, is because I feel like this will REALLY be a time commitment. It is only 464 pages, but as anyone who have read King’s books know, sometimes his books start rather slow and are hard to get in to. Regardless, I will get to it eventually.

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

So this book is, obviously, next. I tried to read this once, and really enjoyed, but felt I wasn’t getting the most out of it because I couldn’t remember anything that happened in The Shining. So, I’m going to read this after reading The Shining.

Dark Towers IV: Wizard and Glass – Stephen King

Of course, the next Dark Towers book. I am rather worried about reading two series at the same time, but I refuse to put off the Dark Towers while I try to read the Inheritance series.

Dark Towers V: Wolves of the Calla – Stephen King (?)

The question mark is because I don’t want to spend the entire summer reading Stephen King. The next three books will be maybes, but I own them, and will read them eventually.

The Regulators – Richard Bachman (Stephen King) ((?))

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I got this book in March to add to my Stephen King, first edition covers, and the reason I want to read this book so bad, is because I THINK it ties in with another book I recently got my hands on…

Desperation – Stephen King (?)

…and it is this one.

LOOK AT THIS

Stephen King is SO COOL Y’ALL!

The next few books are some that I don’t have my hands on yet, but I really want to read them, so if I did, then it would be on my TBR.

It Gets Worse – Shane Dawson

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays

Fun fact: I love Shane Dawson, and I want to support him. He is so funny, and I have heard this book gets pretty deep.

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy – Sue Klebold

I have talked about this book SO MUCH recently. Basically it is a nonfiction by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. It sounds super interesting.

Monkey Mind : A Memoir of Anxiety – Daniel Smith

Again, I’ve talked about this a ton and the title pretty much says it all.

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Night – Travis Langley

Are you seeing pattern here? I have talked about this at least 3 times since I’ve started this blog.

A Sarah Dessen book –

I used to LOVE Sarah Dessen, and I’ve just really been in the mood for her again, so I’ll probably pick something of hers up soon. I would appreciate some recommendations, so what are your favorite Dessen books?

 A Colleen Hoover book –

I have never read her, but her books sound like something I would really like. Again, give me some recommendations, pretty please.

A Rainbow Rowell book –

This is the same situation as Colleen Hoover. So AGAIN, recommendations?

 

 

And that’s about it. This is a long post, so if you made it to the end, thanks for going on this journey with me. Please give me some recommendations (even if it’s not Dessen, Hoover, or Rowell).

 

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April Wrap Up / Exciting Things About May

Reading back on my “Things Excited for April” post, I found myself pretty upset that I didn’t get more reading done. Because I don’t have THAT much to wrap up, I decided just to put the two posts together.

April Wrap Up

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During April I :

  • read 2 books
  • watched 2 TV series
  • watched 5 movies

Books

The books I read were ,Desert Exile; The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family (rated 6.5/10) and The Dark Tower III : The Waste Lands (rated 7.5/10). Both were interesting and entertaining reads, but I do wish I would have gotten more reading done.

Favorite book I read this month – The Dark Tower III : The Waste Lands

T.V.

The two TV series I watched this month were, Documentary Now (rated 8.5/10) and Portlandia (which I didn’t review on my blog, but LOVED). These series both star Fred Armisen, so if he isn’t your cup of tea, I wouldn’t recommend these. Seriously though, I loved both of these so much.

Favorite show I watched this month – Definitely Portlandia. Seriously go watch it right now.

Movies

The five movies I watched were, Water Horse (rated 7/10), Circle (rated 8/10), We Need to Talk About Kevin (rated 9.5/10) (all included in my Movie Night Reviews post), Hush (rated 8.5/10), and The Taking of Deborah Logan (7.5/10). This was a month FULL of thrillers and horror films. I obviously really liked all the movies I have seen this month, and lucky for y’all, they are ALL on Netflix, so check them out!

Favorite movie I watched this month – We Need to Talk About Kevin. This movie is SO good. It is deeply unsettling, but in a really good way.

 

Things I’m Excited About in May

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Movies I’m Excited About :

It’s May, and you know what that means? SUMMER MOVIE SEASON! It also means that I will actually have time to go see these movies in the theaters.

  • Captain America : Civil War – May 6. PG-13: Okay who is even surprised this is on here? I love superhero movies (and am wanting to get more into the comics at some point), and I can’t even hide it. Most of our favorite heroes are gonna be in this movie (including Spiderman!) so how could I even stay away?
  • X-Men Apocalypse – May 27 : Again with the heroes? I’m not even sorry. I would venture to say that X-Men : Days of Future Past is one of the best superhero films I have ever seen, and I can’t wait for this one either.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27. PG : I know that the first Tim Burton Alice movie wasn’t super well liked, but I honestly liked it a lot. I really didn’t expect this to ever come out, but I am glad it is. I also love the source material.

Books I’m Excited About :

Ok so I know I had this HUGE list of things I planned on reading in April, and I literally read one of the books on that list. So most of my list is going to be the same, with a couple differences.

  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy; I’m currently reading this book, and am enjoying it. I’d say I’m about 25% the way through it.
  • The Shining – Stephen King; I still desperately want to read this. I just haven’t found time/wasn’t really in the mood to commit to a (somewhat) large book.
  •   Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs; Again, desperately want to read this, but just haven’t found the time.
  • Wytches – Scott Snyder; Honestly, I think this is the next thing I’m going to pick up, because I really need a change. I’m not really in a reading slump, but I just want to do something a little different.

Again there a few books that I really want but don’t own yet:

  • A Mothers Reckoning – Sue Klebold
  • Batman and Psychology – Travis Langley
  • Game of Thrones series (maybe I’m still thinking this through)

T.V. I’m Excited About:

  • The only thing I can think of that I really want to watch is Gravity Falls. I watched it some when I was younger, but I’m very interested in the underlying conspiracies that happen in this series.

I’m hoping that I will have more time to read during summer, because school was just draining me this last semester. I really hope I can make it to 25 books by the end of the year. If I don’t get there I’m gonna be pretty sad, so I really need to step up my game.

Thanks for reading and I hope you had a fulfilling April and are excited for May!

Posted in Wrap Ups/TBR

Things I’m Excited About For April

I am really excited for April! It is definitely going to be a crazy busy month, but it is also nearing the summer (which means no school!). I’m going to talk about movies coming out in April that I want to see, books I am excited to read, and maybe some other random things.

Movies I’m Excited About (links to trailers in the title) :

  • The Jungle Book (live action) – April 25, PG ; I am SO excited about this movie! If you haven’t seen this trailer, I implore you to watch it RIGHT now! The visuals look amazing and the cast is star studded. SO SO SO EXCITED!
  • Hardcore Henry – April 8th, R ; This movie is interesting to me. If you have seen the trailer, you know that it is completely shot in the first person. I am not sure that I will see this in theaters, because I’m a poor college student and I’m afraid this first person POV might give me motion sickness. Warning, this movie will probably be very gory and vulgar.

Books I’m Excited About :

  • The Waste Lands (The Dark Towers III) – Stephen King; I am about 75% done with this books and spoiler alert I love it! This review will hopefully be up in the next week.
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams; Now I don’t know much about this book, honestly, but I got it for Christmas and I have been meaning to read it ever since. It is hopefully the next thing I will be reading and reviewing. Also bunnies.
  • The Shining – Stephen King; Now I have definitely read this book before, but I was much younger then and I feel like I really missed out on the intricacies of this story. On top of that, Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining) came out awhile back, but when I tried to read it, I felt like I didn’t have the proper knowledge of The Shining to continue Doctor Sleep.
  •   Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs; I have heard great things about this book, and am pretty excited to read it, before the movie comes out.
  • Wytches – Scott Snyder; This is a graphic novel that I found out about on The Deckled Edge youtube channel (check him out hes a great booktuber).

There are a few books that I really want, but don’t quite own yet, but I wanted to include here. Due to the fact that I don’t own and have little knowledge of these, its is simply going to be a list.

  • Asylum – Madeline Roux
  • A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen
  • A Mothers Reckoning – Sue Klebold
  • Batman and Psychology – Travis Langley
  • Vegetarian – Han Kang
  • The Girl in the Red Coat – Kate Gamer

Other Things I’m Excited About:

  • School to end! I can’t wait to not be stressed for ~3 months.