Spookathon 2018 TBR!

Hello again! For Blogmas day 5 I will be posting my Spookathon TBR. Yes, I am currently participating in Books in the Freezer readathon, but as soon as that ends the Spookathon begins the following day. I will also be participating in Witchathon later this month. Enough babbling, the Spookathon is a thriller/horror based readathon hosted by BooksandLala, Bookerly and Peter Likes Books, all found on Youtube.

Onto the challenges!

1. Read the Group Book.

Toil and Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe.

toil and trouble

This isn’t technically a challenge, but since I plan on reading 6, maybe 7, books during the week I am counting it. This is a short story anthology all about witches, and one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Not really much else to say, but I am absolutely PUMPED for this.

2. Read a Thriller.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl.

night film

I already started this last month, but I have only read 100 of the 600 pages. I am loving it so far, so it physically hurts pushing this off even longer. It is about the daughter of a prominent horror movie director committing suicide, but a journalist takes up the case, thinking there is more to it than just that. Terrible description, but this gets rave reviews, so I recommend checking it out.

Goodreads Synopsis:

On a damp October night, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror film director Stanislaus Cordova–a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

3. A Book with Purple on the cover.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma.

the walls around us

I am actually not completely sure if this is purple, but I am counting it nonetheless. That being said, I also don’t know what it is about, but it survived my large unhaul, so I must be really interested in it. That is all on this one.

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

4. A Book Set During a Different Time Period.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

haunting hill house

I am 100% assuming this is set during a different time period, so don’t lynch me if it isn’t. I have tried reading this a couple of times, but never really gave it more than a few pages, but now that Netflix is releasing a movie based on it I better get it read. Classics aren’t typically my thing (I hated Sleepy Hollow, spoiler for my Books in a Freezer wrap up), but I do think I could really enjoy this.

Goodreads Synopsis:

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. 

5. A Book with a Spooky Word in the Title.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

The graveyard book

This is the oldest book on my shelf. I got this when I was a child and never ended up reading it, so now, 10 years later, it is time. Once again, I have no idea what it is about (Wow, seeing a trend here?), but I know Gaiman is a well-known and loved author, so I do believe I will enjoy this.

Goodreads Synopsis:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

6. A Book with Pictures.

Deathnote, Volume 2 by Takeshi Obata.

deathnite volume 2

The first volume of this, or bind up of volumes really, was pretty mediocre to me, but I decided I would give it one more shot before I gave up completely. It wasn’t TERRIBLE, more so disappointing. I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this is about, but it follows a boy who finds the Deathnote, a notebook in which whoever name is written in it will die. Also, it may have been a cop-out to read a manga for this challenge, but I don’t know.

For my seventh book I will be rereading either whatever Miss Peregrines book I am on during this week, the illustrated Percy Jackson, or A Monster Calls. All of which have pictures, so I guess I’m not cheating with that last challenge!


Let me know if you are participating in the Spookathon!

9 Spooky Book Recommendations!

It is that time of year, leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground, everything is flavored pumpkin spice, and it is finally acceptable to wear sweaters every day. The best part about fall is cozying up and reading a spooky book, so I will be recommending just those today! I tried to find a wide range of “spooky” reads, so hopefully everyone will find something within this post!

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

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This is the only book on this list that doesn’t have any type of paranormal element, but something about it screams fall. I read this in the winter season and felt it would have been even better during the fall. There are a lot of trigger warnings going into this book such as rape and animal cruelty, but if you give this book a chance you won’t be disappointed.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.

slasher girls and monster boys

I have read many short story collections centered on horror, but this is BY FAR the best one. With any anthology, there will be some stories you don’t care for, but the vast majority of the stories in this book were thrilling and captivating. This has some paranormal stories, monster stories, and even some that revolve around contemporary settings. Each story also has an inspiration, so it was interesting trying to guess those while reading. A reread is needed for this one, but I do remember enough about this to tell you I loved it.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.

The Wicked Deep

Let me start by saying this is THE MOST atmospheric book I have EVER read. The setting and atmosphere were by far the best part, and the reason this received 5 stars. That isn’t to say I didn’t love the rest, but those aspects amazed me. This is a recommendation for those who enjoy witchy reads, or even just liked Hocus Pocus to be honest. The plot is strong and the characters, especially the Swan Sisters, are intriguing and keep you wanting more. It is amazing.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin.

the call

Another good setting. This book follows Irish mythology, and to be completely honest I don’t remember much other than loving it. It’s been a few years since I read it, so a reread is in order, but I do remember it was spooky and kept me involved. Sorry this recommendation is a mess, jut trust me and check it out.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call?

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

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This is the only book that I rated below 4 stars, giving it a 3. I contemplated adding it to this recommendations post because I didn’t LOVE it, but I know a lot of others have really enjoyed it, so maybe I will help somebody out in finding this. There are some really creepy parts in this since most of this book takes part completely during night. It gave me Where the Wild Things Are vibes.

Goodreads Synopsis:

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.

theres someone insode your house

I lied, there isn’t any paranormal aspect in this one either. Slasher is easily my favorite horror movie genre, so I was pumped for this and it didn’t disappoint. If you enjoyed Scream, I would check this out. It wasn’t necessarily scary at any point, but it definitely makes a good fall read since it takes time around Fall and teenagers get murdered, so yeah… read it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor.

the chalk man

This is very similar to It due to the fact it follows two timelines, one follows children while the other follows the same children as adults. This is another one that didn’t really scare me, but there were some creepy points. I was on edge the whole time, and I really wanted to know what was going to happen. This just feels like a fall read.

Goodreads Synopsis:

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you. 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James.

the broken girls

I believe this is the only thriller I have ever given a 5 star rating, so there’s that. Although this is a thriller, there are some paranormal aspects that thoroughly creeped me out. This follows two timelines, one following a group of girls who attended the school, and the other following a journalist trying to find out the true story behind the murder of her sister. This is amazing and spooky and captivating and great. Read it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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You all know I love this series, and you all probably know what it is about. Just read them.


Let me know about some of your favorite spooky reads to read during the fall season!

5-Star TBR Predictions!

Welcome to Blogtober Day 3! A trend I have been seeing a lot more lately is people posting videos and blogs listing off their 5-Star TBR predictions, so I thought it would be fun to try! I first saw this over on BooksandLala’s channel which you can find here!

I will not be including any sequels.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

the seven

This is one of the books on this list that I have absolutely no doubt in my mind I will love. I have added this to so many monthly TBRs, but haven’t found a good enough time to start it. It isn’t necessarily my type of book, but I have yet to see someone give it anything less than 5 stars, so I have high hopes. I will definitely be getting to this before 2019.

Synopsis:

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir.

the book of essie

Confession: I am reality TV trash, like hardcore. I will watch anything that is considered trashy, so I am always interested when it comes to books being about reality shows, but this is the first to TRULY intrigue me. The synopsis sounds so interesting, and I do think it has the potential to be an important read. I read the first chapter back in July, and I really enjoyed it, so let’s see how I feel when I finish it!

Synopsis:

Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks,a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media–through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell–Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager.

the last time i lied

Let me start this one by saying I believe both The Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied will be 5 star reads, but I only own this one so it is what I decided to go with. Riley Sager is my perfect author. Her stories are both right up my alley, having to do with the slasher drama, playing with popular tropes. I heard mostly good things about this one, so hopefully I feel the same way.

Synopsis:

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

dark places

I have absolutely no idea what this is about, and the reason I believe it will be 5 stars is completely because of the author. I have only read Sharp Objects, which I gave 4 stars, but my only complaint was the writing wasn’t *perfect*, which I do think will be different in this one… so yes, this is a shot in the dark, but I do think I will be giving this 5 stars.

Synopsis:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

Throne of glass

This is the other book on this list I am pretty positive will receive 5 stars from me. Everyone knows what this book is, and everyone has read it… except me. I LOVE the Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I know this is a lot of people’s favorite series, so I am pretty confident I will feel the same way. Sorry for the repetitiveness…

Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Year One by Nora Roberts.

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Apocalyptic have and will always be my favorite, and this has just that. I love character driven stories, and this seems to be just that, so I am pumped! From what I got from the synopsis there are magical elements along with the apocalypse, so that will be new and interesting. I have never read Nora Roberts, but she seems to write a lot of different types of novels.

Synopsis:

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed–and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river–or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

scythe

A book about grim reapers in training? Sign me up. This sounds SO interesting to me, and based on what I heard it is as amazing as it sounds. I haven’t read anything by Shusterman, so this would be a good introduction into his work. This has all of the makings of a 5-star read, it better be executed well!

Synopsis:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

heartless

As I have stated many and many times before, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite novels ever. It is so unique, and I feel everyone should read it at least once. This is a retelling based on The Queen of Hearts and how she got to where she is in Alice. Pair that with Marissa Meyer, one of my favorite authors, there is no way I won’t love this. I plan on reading this really soon.

Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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I honestly have no idea what this is about, and I don’t really have a reason as to why I believe I will be giving this 5 stars, but I just do. The reason I originally bought this was because of the covers, but I read the synopsis at some point and liked it, so yes. Hopeful 5 star read!

Synopsis:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

This Savage Song

This spot could literally go to any Victoria Schwab book. I have literally no excuses as to why i haven’t read any of Victoria’s novels. I absolutely ADORE her as a person, and every one of her books sounds perfect for me, but I just haven’t picked any up. I actually did start this at some point in 2016, but I didn’t ever get past page 75 for some reason. Regardless, 2019 will be the year of Schwab.

Synopsis:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


These are 10 books that are on my shelves that I believe will be 5 star reads. Whenever I read all 10 I will post an update blog, so keep an eye out for that! As always, thank you for reading!

Scream Site by Justina Ireland// Review

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Scream Site by Justina Ireland. 

Release Date: August 1st, 2018.

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Thriller.

My Format: E-ARC provided by Netgalley/Hardcover.

Purchase on Amazon!


Goodreads Summary:

Sabrina Sebastian’s goal in life is to be an investigative reporter. For her first big story, she researches a popular website called Scream Site, where people post scary videos and compete for the most “screams.” While Sabrina’s friends and her sister, Faith, talk nonstop about the creepy viral videos, Sabrina just hopes that covering this trend will get her the internship she’s wishing for. But as she digs into the truth behind the website, she begins to suspect that these aren’t only aspiring actors and videographers at work. Some clips seem a little too real. And when Faith goes missing, Sabrina must race against time to save her sister from becoming the next video “star.”


My Thoughts:

I received this months ago from Netgalley, but hadn’t been able to read it until now. The thing that drew me to it was 100% the cover, and the synopsis completely captivated me. That being said, the execution was way below par. I didn’t care for ANY of the characters, I felt the setting wasn’t fully fleshed out and felt boring, and the plot wasn’t fully taken advantage of.

Pros:

The Idea: Like I said, the synopsis was absolutely captivating and made me want to read this immediately. One of my favorite tropes is amateur “detectives” sleuthing around a case, so the idea of a high school freshmen investigating a horror site really intrigued me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t executed in a way that I enjoyed.

My Enjoyment: This is a weird one, but I did enjoy this book. It wasn’t like I had to force myself through it, it just wasn’t a *great* read.

Cons:

The Characters: I really didn’t like ANY of the characters in this. Let’s start off by talking about Sabrina. I felt that she had pretty much no development, something all of the characters within this book suffered from. She was really annoying and made some pretty dumb decisions. Evelyn’s character also bugged me. She is described as some daredevil bad ass, but she refused to do anything thrilling. I just felt like most of the characters had flaws that definitely outweighed their positive traits.

The Setting: Creepy amusement park/carnival stories are some of my favorite, so I was pretty pumped to see this featured one… then it was barely used. A missed opportunity if you ask me. The town in this felt like every other one, and had no unique qualities.

The Execution: As stated above, I loved the plot synopsis for this, it being the reason I requested this ARC in the first place, but it just didn’t work out for me. I felt like the author had every opportunity to make this story thrilling, but didn’t go for it AT ALL. Although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the most interesting thing to read. She took a great plot and didn’t turn it into what it could have been.

The Mystery: This is a mystery/thriller, but I wasn’t spooked once during the whole thing. I’m pretty sure this is considered middle grade, but even then I don’t see how this could pass off as a thriller/horror. The clues were ridiculous and obvious for the most part, so I don’t see how everyone but Sabrina shrugged them off. They were so obvious… Also, how hard is it to investigate Funland? Like… it was already known that it was a popular filming location, so just, like… look into it maybe. I don’t know.

The Ending: This is the biggest con for me, personally. I was ready for the big pay off to this lackluster story, and when the ending finally came along I WAS LIVID. I was actually VERY confused because I couldn’t see how that was the actual ending, it was laughable. I don’t know, I may be alone on this but I felt the ending was ridiculous.

Side note: The synopsis states that Sabrina is trying to find her sister, but that doesn’t happen until 85% through the book. Just something to know before going into this.

My Rating: 12/5 Stars.

I have heard some of Justina Ireland’s other books are MUCH better than this, so I will definitely give her another chance.


I have decided to add a new element to my reviews, that being recommending a similar read that I enjoyed.

Recommendation Based on Scream Site-

Party Games by R.L. Stine.

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This is a middle grade thriller that I actually enjoyed. It follows a group of friends who go to a party on a secluded island only to be killed off in the style of popular board games.


Thank you for reading my review of Scream Site by Justina Ireland, and day 2 of Blogtober!

September 2018 Wrap-Up!

The best month has begun, and one of my least favorites has ended. For October I am thinking about participating in Blogtober in which I post a different blog post every day, not necessarily all related to October. It would be very low stress, so we will see. Also yes, the first post is past midnight on the second, back off. Onto my September wrap-up!

As always I will be talking about the 8 things I read in September going in order of least favorite to favorite. Spoiler, I found a new all time favorite this month.

9. Haikyu!!, Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate.

haikyu vol 1

This is exactly what it looks like, a manga series about a high school volleyball team. You don’t have to like sports to enjoy this. Onto my review! This bored me SO MUCH. I know it is a very loved series, so I thought I would give it a chance and I was very disappointed. I really disliked all of the characters, and the plot just didn’t work for me. Very juvenile. Read for Contemporaryathon.

My Rating: 2/5 Stars.

8. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.

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I was very excited to read a B.A. Paris book, so going into this I was stoked. It follows a woman who takes a road home that is surrounded by woods. While driving in heavy rain, she comes across a woman parked on the side of the road. The next day, that woman is found murdered. I thought this was going to be spooky and thrilling, but it was the opposite. One of my least favorite tropes is the main characters in thrillers having any type of memory loss, as I feel it is a cop-out, and this was literally ONLY that. The main character forgets something on pretty much every page, and I started going a bit insane. That being said, I loved the reveal in the end, and it did bring this up from the possible 1 star review it was about to receive. Read for Contemporaryathon.

My Rating: 2.25/5 Stars.

7. Scarlet Witch, Volume 1: Witches’ Road by James Robinson and others.

scarlet witch vol 1

Wanda (Scarlet Witch) is my FAVORITE Avenger, so I knew I needed to read this series. That being said, this first volume was just ok. I really enjoyed the character of Wanda and her ghost-assistant? Agatha, although I am not completely aware of the story there since I am new to Marvel comics. The story itself was interested, completely revolved around different mythologies and creatures around the world. It was very random, but enjoyable. The overall storyline seemed to revolve around the Emerald Warlock, but that seemed pretty minimal in this volume.

My Rating: 3/5 Stars.

6. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.

This is where it ends

This was a reread. I actually enjoyed this even less the second time around. I have a full review from my initial review. Most of the points I made still hold up, I was just more critical when reviewing it. Read for contemporaryathon.

Review.

My Rating: 3/5 Stars.


The next 5 books I REALLY enjoyed.

5. George by Alex Gino.

George Alex Gino

A little back story on this one, I was supposed to read this for my children’s literature class last fall but I didn’t… anyways! This was amazing. It is an important story about a trans gender girl named George. It follows her trying to get the role of Charlotte in her school play. Just read it, it’s so cute and important. Give it to your kids. Read for Contemporaryathon.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

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Look at me knocking off a hyped book! My favorite part of this book was definitely the atmosphere. it was very dark and gritty. There was an uneasy darkness throughout the whole novel, and the fact that Alina was the Sun Summoner really juxtaposed that. The story itself was ok, but I loved the characters, specifically Genya and the Darklings mom.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.

3. The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour.

the disenchantments

i was 100% ready to DNF this book around page 80, but I am so glad I didn’t. This was amazing, I listened on audio which I highly suggest. This follows a boy whose plans after graduation fall through when his best friend reveals he isn’t going to europe with him, and has instead decided to attend college. He still has to go on his bands awkward tour with her over the summer. What a messy summary, moving on. My favorite part was DEFINITELY the characters. I loved all four of the main characters, although Bev did annoy me for the first half of this book. Even the side characters met along the way were great. The backdrop of a road trip really worked for the story as well. It was a journey of self discovery for the characters, and I loved it. Read for Contemporaryathon.

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars.

2. Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson.

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This was a last-minute addition to my Contemporaryathon TBR, and I am glad I added it. It follows the numerous perspectives of a school shooting, mostly taking place before or after, with only a couple of parts being during. Each perspective is told by a different character written by a different author. They range from a childhood neighbor, the best friend of the shooter, someone who had a crush on the shooter, all the way to the literal gun that was used. Not much else to say, just check it out!

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.

Now, one of my new favorite books of all time….

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

ill give you the sun

This was absolutely amazing. I am still speechless, almost a month after reading it. It made me laugh, It made me cry (Bawl, actually.). Full review to come.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars. (5,000/5 Stars)


I think I had a pretty decent reading month in September, and I am hoping to have an even better one in October! Tomorrow’s post will most likely be a review of one of these books, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you for reading, make sure to get spooky this season! 😉

Books in the Freezer/First half of October TBR!

October is my favorite month, so I have a LOT of reading plans. Books in the Freezer is an actual podcast which I just found out about due to this readathon. You can find their website here.

The Books in the Freezer Readathon is just a horror readathon with 5 challenges, but I will be reading closer to 9 books during the first two weeks of the month. Let’s go over the challenges first!

1. A Horror Book by a Female Author.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

frostbite

I read The Vampire Academy YEARS ago and really enjoyed it, so I don’t really know why I never continued the series. It follows an academy of vampires and half-vampires, that’s pretty much it. This one sounds to be even better than the first, so I can’t wait to dive in and finally continue this damn series.

2. A Horror Short Story Collection.

Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving.

sleepy hollow

I have been wanting to read more classics, but they just aren’t my thing. This is a pretty short collection, so I think it would be a good place to get back into classics. I know about the story of Sleepy Hollow, but that is it when it comes to this collection.

3. A Book with a POC/LGBT Character or Author.

Scream Site by Justina Ireland.

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Justina Ireland is a POC, but I am not completely sure about the characters in this book. I got an e-arc for this MONTHS ago, but never got to it because I stopped reading and blogging for a while, but it’s time. It follows a young girl researching a website where people post creepy videos… that’s all I really know. I prefer going into horror/thriller novels blind, so I am excited for this!

4. Read a Book that has an Adaptation.

Salems’ Lot by Stephen King.

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This is the next book up in my Stephen King reading. I actually started this a couple of months ago but never picked it up. I know its one of his slowest novels, but it also seems to be a favorite, so I am excited.

5. A Book Mentioned on the Book in the Freezer Podcast.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega.

the merciless

As stated above, I just found out about this podcast so I haven’t had a chance to listen. I found this on their website, but I do plan on listening very soon! I have owned this novel for a while, and all I know is it is about an exorcism. I love the cover, which is literally why I bought it. Oops.

Other Books I Want to Read-

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen.

nyxia unleashed

I read the first one in this series last year and it was EASILY one of my favorites of the year, so when I received an ARC of this I was stoked…. then I never read it. It’s time to finally read this sequel as it is one of my most anticipated of the year. Nyxia followed a group of Teens competing to mine a substance called Nyxia and all the drama that comes with it. That is an absolutely terrible description, but trust me IT IS GOOD.

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake.

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This is MY MOST ANTICIPATED READ OF THE YEAR. The Three Dark Crowns Series follows three sisters competing for the crown of their island. The second book, One Dark Throne, is one of my all time favorite books so you all should read it, please and thank you.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

Library of Souls

It is common knowledge on my blog that the Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children series is my all time favorite, so why I haven’t read the conclusion is beyond me. I have been pushing it off because I didn’t want it to end, but now that Ransom is releasing another trilogy following this one I have to pick it up.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen.

how to fracture

I just recently received an E-ARC of this, and I am very excited to get to it. It is a collection of twisted fairy tales. It comes out November 5th, that’s pretty much all I know as of now.

Magical Girl Apocalypse, Volume 8 by Kentaro Sato.

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Magical Girl Apocalypse is a series I have been thoroughly enjoying, so I may as well continue it. It has been getting pretty confusing, but the last volume did clear up some questions so I hope this one is easier to read.


There’s my Books in the Freezer/beginning of October TBR. The reason it isn’t for the whole month is because I will be participating in 2 more readathons, whose TBRs will be released later in the month. What spooky reads do you have lined up this October?

Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up!

2018 has been a decent reading year for me so far, but this summer wasn’t the greatest. I have read 18 things between the months of June and August. I usually read more because I am not in school during those months, but this is the first time I worked full-time, so a lot of my time was spent at work. I will be going in order of when I read each book instead of my rating.

~June~

Carrie by Stephen King.

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To preface, I am currently reading every Stephen King book in publication order, then watching ALL adaptations that go with it. I will be doing a series on my blog about King and each of his books/adaptations. That being said, I am currently only reading Salems’ Lot… I do plan on reading a book a month, but I need to kick myself into doing so. I probably should start talking about this book, huh? I enjoyed this as what it was, but I was already pretty aware of what happened within these pages. It was very middle of the road, you will have to wait for a more in-depth review!

Rating: 3/5 Stars.

Magical Girl Apocalypse, Volume 7 by Kentaro Sato.

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Magical Girl Apocalypse is 100% my “guilty pleasure” series. It follows an apocalypse in which doll-like girls with magical powers start massacring everyone. The last few volumes have been slacking, but this finally picked back up, answering questions that I have had since volume 1. I do highly suggest you try this series if you are a manga reader.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

year of yes

I have been trying to read more memoirs/non-fiction, so when I pulled this out of my TBR jar I was psyched. I am a HUGE fan of Grey’s Anatomy (I am only on season 5, slowly making my way through!), so I was very interested when I heard about this book. After reading this, I have realized I relate to Shonda on SO many levels. We react similarly in stressful situations, we have very similar views, everything. It definitely spoke to my introverted heart. If you watch any of her shows, give it a shot.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.

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Let me start by saying listen to the audio-book, it is amazing. This follows a girl named Aru Shah who is prone to lying. While in her family museum she is dared by fellow classmates to light a lamp following one of her lies, so she does. Then time stops… literally? May not be the best description I’ve ever said, but trust me, it’s good. This is also the first book in Rick Riordans imprint in which fellow authors write stories based on their own cultures mythology, Roshani writing about Hindu mythology. I loved the characters in this book, and am very excited to meet the rest of the characters that will play an important role in this stories journey. Review to come.

Deadman Wonderland, Volume 7 by Jinsei Kataoka.

deadman wonderland volume 7

I am starting to realize this series isn’t doing it for me anymore. To be honest, I don’t completely remember anything about this volume, but I wrote in my Goodreads review I like the ending, so there’s that.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

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This was amazing, and may just have become my favorite series. Rhysand is one of my favorite characters of all time, and he is all that really matters… Just kidding, I love a lot of the characters, but anyways. I really enjoy how far Feyre has come since the first book, and liked meeting all of the new characters in the Night Court. I will probably be writing a more cohesive review, so ignore this rambly mess.

Review: 5/5 Stars.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy.

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The Perfect mother was definitely an interesting read, following a mommy group who goes out one night, only for one of the mothers to return home with their baby missing. The best part of this novel was definitely the characters, which I usually don’t care about in thrillers. I enjoyed all 3 of the main characters a lot, but every other character was generic and boring, but the main 3 were great. The mystery aspect was pretty weak, with a lackluster ending and reveal. This was a decent read with strong points and weak ones, I will definitely give Aimee’s future works a read.

Rating: 3/5 Stars.

I Have Lost my Way by Gayle Forman.

I have lost my way

This book made me very conflicted when it comes to enjoyment. For a book that is heavily focused on its characters, I didn’t really care for any of them until the very end. The last quarter of this book was the only portion that I really cared about, even making me tear up a bit, but that wasn’t enough to save the first 75%.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars.

~July~

Suicide Squad, volume 4: Discipline and Punishment by Ales Kot.

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I really enjoy the characters in Suicide Squad, but the story is just becoming increasingly confusing. Also, I don’t really remember what happened in this… I do remember Cheetah made her entrance, though. Queen.

Rating: 2/5 Stars.

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger.

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This is one of those books that after sitting on for a while, I realized I enjoyed it more than I previously thought. It follows a group of people filming the first episode for their exploration/conspiracy based tv show. They find a rumored cave in the Grand Canyon and decide to explore, that’s when shit goes down. This gave me Annihilation vibes and I LOVED IT! It is a pretty slow burn book, but that added to my enjoyment. There is a religious aspect to this book, but it isn’t in a bible thumping way, but strictly used for story purposes. This had some amazing characters that I grew to love, my favorite being Molly.  This definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, and would be an AMAZING movie. Please make it happen.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.

Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake.

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This is a bind up of 2 novellas in the Three Dark Crowns Series, and I highly recommend you check out my Goodreads review for a more in-depth look at each of them and my thoughts. I enjoyed both stories, giving the Young Queens 4 stars and The Oracle Queen 5.

My Goodreads Review!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

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This was y most anticipated book release of the spring/summer season, and let me tell you, it was disappointing. It’s about a girl named Charlie and her family. All of her siblings are coming home for her oldest sisters wedding, and issues arise. My biggest issue with this read was that literally every problem that could possibly happen happened. It was funny for a little bit, but it just began to become old and repetitive, taking away from the family aspect of the story. I didn’t like the characters, especially Charlie. She seemed young for her age, which isn’t necessarily a problem, but /i kept having to remind myself she was going off to college. Mike and the mother irked me as well, but I will talk about that more in my full review. This is the first Matson book I don’t think I will be revisiting in the future.

Rating: 2/5 Stars.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.

The Wicked Deep

I absolutely adored this witchy read. The writing was beautiful, the characters were rootable, and the setting was haunting and mysterious. The setting was definitely my favorite part. The story of the three sisters was an interesting foundation for the story, and although I did call a lot of the “plot twists”, it didn’t matter because everything else was so good. Just read it.

Rating: 5/5 Stars.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon.

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This was a very cute read! The first half had me absolutely captivated, but there did come a part in which I wasn’t completely there. Twinkle was pretty unlikable for half of this book, but overall I did enjoy her, and liked that it was told in her letters to female filmmakers. I enjoyed the Maddie and Twinkle best friend dynamic because best friends growing apart is a very real thing, so I enjoyed that. Sahil was amazing, but I did think Neil was going to be a bigger part. I’m not upset he wasn’t, though.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

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A story about a mother trying to protect her sin from an active shooter in a zoo. Sounds interesting enough? Wrong. This was pretty boring. It wasn’t completely bad, the scenario was very real in today’s climate, but that’s the only real positive. I didn’t like Joan, the main character and mother. I felt she made very selfish decisions, and although I know she was trying to protect her son, it just put me off. Overall, it was very disappointing and forgettable.

Rating: 2/5 Stars.

~August~

Danganronpa, Volume 1 by Takashi Tsukimi.

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I have played *most* of the first game, so I decided to read the mangas up to the point I am in the game as a refresher before continuing. This felt very rushed, but I understand they have so much to put into it. Great plot, Amazing characters.

Rating: 3/5 Stars.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

the darkest minds

I watched the movie when I only read half of this book, but there were some pretty major differences, so I didn’t feel like it negatively affected my reading. The ending was the same, though. I love all 4 of the main characters, but I felt especially drawn to Zu. My issue was the pacing. I felt the beginning was very interesting, but after she left the camp I wasn’t as interested. The middle bored me, but I was drawn back in by the end. I heard the other books are better, so I am excited to continue.

Rating: 3.25/5 Stars.

The One by Kiera Cass.

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The Selection Series as a whole is a solid 4 star series. That’s like the best way to explain it. This one was no different from the first two, addictive and fun. America never truly got on my nerves like most people say, so I have always enjoyed her character. The story wrapped up well, and I am happy. The ending did have me a bit shook, you know the scene I am saying, but it was pretty good.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.


There it is, my last three months of reading in one review. I only had 2 books that really made me go WOW, but I do think I enjoyed the majority of my summer reads. Let me know how your summer reading went!

ContemporaryAThon 2018 TBR!

So… I disappeared… again. I’m trying my best, but I really would like to get back into blogging, so here we go!

Today I will be talking about my TBR for the ContemporaryAThon! It’s a fun readathon in which you only read Contemporary, hosted by Pages and Pens, MyReadingisOdd, and ChelseaDolling Reads over on Youtube! Without further ado, my TBR! (Yes, I am aware how late this is).

1. A Book with Orange on the Cover.

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris.

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This past year I have been getting more into Thrillers, and B. A. Paris is a prominent thriller author I haven’t read yet, so I am pretty pumped for this. All I know about this is that it follows a main characters who sees a woman sitting in her broken down car one night, and I believe that same lady ends up dead the next day. I’m not completely sure, but I am sure it will be good!

2. A Dark/Spooky Contemporary.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

the vegetarian

This book has been on so many TBRs, but this is the week I read it… I hope. I honestly forgot what it’s about, but going into it blind seems like the best option anyways.

3. A Diverse Contemporary.

George by Alex Gino.

George Alex Gino

I was supposed to read this for a Children’s Literature class last year, but I’m a bad person and didn’t. All I know is that this follows a transgender boy, which is enough to make me excited about reading this. This is middle grade, which makes my heart happy as well.

4. A Book with a Non-Traditional Format.

Haikyu!!, Volume 1 by Haruichi Urudate.

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This follows a volleyball team… literally all I know. I’m not the biggest fan of sports, but I am hoping I will enjoy this.

5. A Book with your Initials on the Cover.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.

this is where it ends

My initials are JRK, which are all found in the authors name. This is a reread, mostly because it was the only book I could find with all of my initials in it that is contemporaryathon, but I have been wanting to reread this anyways. This takes place over 52 minutes in which a school shooting occurs. Trigger warning for school shootings, death, rape, etc. I actually already read this today, so I will give my thoughts upon rereading it in my wrap up. My initial read I gave it 4 stars.

6. A Book by a New-to-you Author.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.

the disenchantments

Nina LaCour is an author I have been wanting to read forever, so why not just do it! This follows a group of friends with the goal to graduate and hit the road with their band… then everything falls apart? Once again, I’m not really sure. See a trend here? Regardless, I am excited.

7. A 5-Star Prediction.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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Another book that has been on so many TBRs. This book has taken the book community by storm recently, and I have yet to hear a bad thing. It’s about Evelyn Hugo, a former celebrity, telling the story of her life. Although it sounds simple, it has touched so many and I am hoping I will love it like everyone else.


Sorry this is a literal mess, it is midnight and I just wanted this posted before the first day ended. Anyways, If you are participating let me know what you are reading down below, I promise to get back to regular posting, and not have such messy posts…. probably.

Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018 TBR!

The time has come for one of my favorite readathons, The Biannual Bibliothon! It starts tomorrow and goes through July 20th, but let’s jump into my TBR!

I plan on reading 6 books during this readathon, instead of my usual goal of 7. I decided to go easy on myself.

1. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.

The Wicked Deep

This is the book that is covering two challenges, those being the group read and the most recent book I bought. From what I know, this follows three witches who return to a town every year after they were drowned. They take over the body of three “weak” hearted girls, and use them to lure boys to their death. All I know is I am getting major Hocus Pocus vibes, and I AM FEELING IT. I could also use this for a book I think will receive 5 stars, but the first two challenges is enough. Also… THAT COVER.

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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This books covers the challenge “Read from someone elses TBR”. A ridiculous amount of people are reading this, so I’m not even going to list them all. This follows Evelyn telling her life story to a writer. That’s it, yet it has received so many good reviews. I don’t think I have heard a negative thing at all. I am VERY excited.

3. The Last Time I Lied/Fierce Kingdom/The Book of Essie.

This is for the Try a Chapter challenge. I decided to choose my three books I got from Book of the Month for July. We will see what I decide later!

4. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins.

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This book covers the challenge “A book that has been on your shelf for over a year”. I have had this since its release, which I believe was in 2016. It is a short story collection full of summer romances. I have started it before, but I only read the first 3. Not much else to say.

5. Rules of the Game by James Frey.

rules of the game

This book fits the challenge “A predicted 5 star read”. I have rated both the previous books 5 stars, so I hope this one follows suit since it is the finale. The endgame series follows the 12 lines of the world, fighting to the death for their line’s survival. Sorry for the cryptic description, it gets way deeper than that but I don’t want to spoil anything.

6. From twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon.

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This book covers “An own voices novel that is different from yourself”. This follows an Indian American main character (I believe). That is all I know about this, so I am excited to go in blind!


There it is, my Biannual Bibliothon TBR! I am very excited to dive into all of these books! Let me know if you are participating!

July 2018 TBR/O.W.L.S Readathon!

Back in April I wanted to partake in a readathon based on the Harry Potter Series, but I failed miserably. Now that the N.E.W.T.S Readathon is happening in August, I decided to retry this in July! This is not my complete TBR since I will be participating in the Biannual Bibliothon, but here are most of the books I plan on reading in July!

1. Ancient Runes- A Book with a Symbol on the Cover.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

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This may be a bit of a cheat, but i am counting the arrows as symbols. Ever since reading Simon vs I have wanted to read more of Becky, so now is as good a time as any. This follows a girl who has loads on unrequited crushes… I think? Regardless, I want to read it!

2. Arithmacy- A Book with a Number on the Cover or in the Title.

The One by Kiera Cass.

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I had a few choices for this challenge, but I ended on this one. I decided to make this month a series catch up, so I am reading a lot of sequels/companions. The Selection series is a guilty pleasure series for me, and I am hoping I enjoy the ending to the original trilogy. I forgot his name, but I am TEAM PRINCE DUDE.

3. Astronomy- Read a Science Fiction Book.

Rules of the Game by James Frey.

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The Endgame trilogy is one of my all time favorite series, and I am VERY nervous for the ending, but it is time I finish this damn series. Plus I have another novella collection to read after, so all is not lost. People like to say this is a rip off of The Hunger Games, but I personally enjoy this series more.

4. Care of Magical Creatures- Read a Book with a Magical Creature.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

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The second book in my Stephen King reading. I will be posting my Carrie review sometime this month, but Salem’s Lot in my July book. All I know is this contains vampires, something I don’t usually vibe with. We will see!

5. Charms- Read a Fantasy Novel.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

Library of Souls

AHHHH, the conclusion to my all time favorite series. Now that Ransom is releasing more books in the world, I feel it is finally time to knock this one out. I am most excited to read this book.

6. DADA- A Book with a Secret Society or Club.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

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This series follows a world in which no one dies from natural causes, but a group of people called Scythes have to kill them at random instead. I’m not completely sure if the Scythes are a secret group the main population don’t know about, but I am going to assume so and count this for this challenge! This is also one of 3 TBR Jar Picks for July.

7. Divination- A Book Featuring a Prophecy.

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Another one of my favorite series of all time. Three Dark Crowns follows three sisters who have to battle for the crown. There are all kinds of things in it, and I believe a prophecy is one of them, so fuck it I am counting this. Sorry, but I may be cheating a lot in this…. oops.

8. Herbology- A Book with a Nature Related Word in the Title.

Whichwood by Taherah Mafi.

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I surprisingly don’t have many books with nature related words in the title, but Wood is good enough. I’m not sure what this novel is about, but I really enjoyed Whichwood so I will happily give this a shot.

9. History of Magic- Read a Historical Fiction.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard.

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My second TBR Jar pick for July. I actually DNF’ed this book about a year ago thinking I would give it another shot, but never picked it up again. All I remember is I was bored reading it… It is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, and not technically a retelling, but it’s based on a historical story so it’s gonna be counted. If I can;’g get into it, it will be added to my unhaul pile.

10. Muggle Studies- Read a Non-Fiction Book.

The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan.

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I have been trying to get more into non-fiction, so this challenge is perfect. This book talks about the science and origins behind famous creatures we all know and love. That’s it!

11. Potions- Read a Book with Alchemy.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

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I have literally no unread books that fit in this category, and I HAVE to read Harry Potter in a Harry Potter readathon. Enough said.

12. Transfiguration- Read a Book with Shape-Shifting.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

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I lied in Library of souls. This is what I am most excited to read. After reading ACOMAF this became my favorite series of all time, and I am absolutely pumped to continue this story.


There you have it, all of the books I will be reading for the O.W.L.S readathon. Look out for my Biannual Bibliothon TBR in a couple of weeks, but until then, bye!