Friday, September 22, 2017

20 Books I Plan to Read This Fall

Happy First Day of Fall, Y'all!!

Fall has *finally* arrived, and with it comes a MASSIVE list of books that I *really* want to read!

If you didn't already know, Fall is my most favorite season ever. When I think of Fall, I think of warm drinks and cooler weather, hoodies and sweatpants, and most importantly, curling up with a blanket and a good book. I LOVE Fall!

(Unfortunately it still feels like Summer here in the South, but I'm hoping that changes soon!)

Earlier this year I made it a priority to start reading books that I own, but haven't yet read. I've been enjoying doing this so very much, and I've decided to keep doing it with my Fall TBR! On this list are some books that I've been meaning to read for too long, and am finally going to try to get to them. (Hopefully!) Some of these books are creepy and scary, which are perfect for Halloween, and some are just books that I really want to read RIGHT NOW. So here it is, my Fall TBR!

(This list does not include my list of upcoming Fall releases. You can check out that list HERE!)

Now that's it's officially Fall, that means that Halloween is Right Around The Corner!! I'm still debating on if I want to have an official Halloween TBR, but I did want to add some creepy books to my Fall TBR. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena sounds wonderfully creepy, and so does In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. I'm super excited to get started on both of these books!

I have both All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda on my list to read, hopefully, before Halloween, because they both sound super creepy as well!

I've actually been meaning to read One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus for a while now, but it sounds like a good mystery to have on my TBR for this fall!

I've read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake before, but it's definitely a spooky read that anyone should have on their Fall/Halloween TBR! I can't wait to read it again.

I have been meaning to get to Into the Water by Paula Hawkins all Summer, but haven't yet had a chance to start it, so I'm going to try my best to tackle it this Fall as well!

I'm also hoping to read Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, as I've never read the book, OR seen the movie! (Which I'm watching with my fellow book club ladies next month!)

Speaking of book club picks, my book club and I are reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie in November, and I'm SO EXCITED to get started on it! I actually plan to listen to the audiobook, which is narrated by the amazing Dan Stevens. Swoon! I'm excited to see the new movie for this as well, and the old movie too!

I've been meaning to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for way too long now, and since I hear that it's a great book to read around this time of year, it's definitely on my list to get to soon!

I've had both The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen on my TBR for waaaaaaay too long, and I'm determined to read them both before the year is up! I'm really looking forward to curling up this fall with both of these books. I hear great things about them!

I have this craving to read The Martian by Andy Weir this Fall for some reason, maybe because it was Fall the first time I read the book way back in 2015, or maybe it's just because Artemis by Andy is coming out soon, and I really just want to read them both!

And, yes... I will be watching The Martian movie again, because it's awesome. ;)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab is yet another book that has been on my TBR for waaaaay too long. I keep meaning to read it, especially since I hear SO many good things about the book, so I'm hoping to *finally* read it this Fall!

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter just recently popped up on my radar, but it sounds insanely awesome, and I'm pretty excited to check it out as well!

Everyone and their mama is talking about Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which I have not yet had the pleasure to read, but I am Super curious to do so. The movie previews look pretty awesome as well. ;)

I'm also just finishing up the last of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and next I plan to tackle The Red Pyramid and the rest of the Kane Chronicles series next! There are only three books in this series, and I'm hoping to read them all this Fall!

And I totally plan to re-read Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes this Fall, especially with the news of Still Me, the third book in the series, releasing in January!! I'm totally setting myself up for heartbreak by re-reading these books, but I want the stories fresh in my mind before starting the new book!!

Now that I've shared my list, I'm going to go hyperventilate into a paper bag to calm down. Haha! There are SO many books that I want to read before the year is over, and with only 100 days left in the year, I'd better get to it!!

Do you have a Fall TBR??
What books are you planning to read this fall?

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #291 - Artemis by Andy Weir
by Andy Weir
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Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780553448122

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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first. (Goodreads)
I have been waiting to read this book for what seems like forever,
and now I have an eArc of it, AND I'M SO EXCITED!!
I loved The Martian so much, and I'm super excited for this new book,
which is set on the MOON! Yeah!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Thoughts: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Jane, Unlimited
by Kristin Cashore
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Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780803741492
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy/Own

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Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Jane, Unlimited is much anticipated, long awaited new release by Kristin Cashore, and boy was it worth the wait! I read Kristin's first book, Graceling, in the Graceling Realms series many, many years ago, and really enjoyed the book. I haven't had a chance to finish that series, (even though I own all the books), but I was super excited to read something new by her. Jane, Unlimited was definitely an interesting read!

This book was full of so many interesting and mysterious characters, including the main character, Jane, who seems to be the most ordinary person in the bunch. It was interesting to follow Jane through the story, and I seriously love her obsession with umbrella making. I like that the secondary characters were peculiar and mysterious, and that I never knew what to expect next from them. 

The storyline for the book was a little interesting. I didn't really catch on to the format of the book at first, and when I started a new 'section' of the book, I wondered why it seemed to be the same story, just told differently. (I'm not sure if I'm explaining this very well.) Basically this book is like a 'choose your own ending' book. We get the first half of the story in the beginning, then throughout the book, we get 'alternate' endings, and you can basically choose which you like the best. I don't think I've ever read a book like that before, and it was definitely interesting. Reminded me a bit of the movie Clue!

Overall; Jane, Unlimited was an interesting and unique read by the super talented Kristin Cashore! It was well worth the wait, and having read the book, I now want to make the time to finally finish Kristin's Graceling Realms series, which I'm hoping that I can get to soon!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

September 19: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Fall is definitely my most favorite time of year. There's just something about the cool weather, warm blankets and drinks, and, of course, a good book! I have a LOT of books that I want to read this Fall, and here are just a few of them!

1. Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson is probably one of my most anticipated reads for this Fall!! I'm trying to work through my September TBR as quickly as I can so that I can re-read Walk on Earth a Stranger and Like a River Glorious so that the story will be fresh in my mind when I start Into the Bright Unknown!!

2. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin is yet another most anticipated read for this fall! I'm currently working my way through rereading the Mara Dyer series, and I can't wait to get started on Noah Shaw!

3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is a book that I'm sure is on EVERYONE'S TBR this Fall! I have my copy pre-ordered, and I can't wait to get started on it when it finally arrives!

4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stievfater is another book that I'm sure will be featured a lot today! I'm a bit behind on my reading of Maggie's books, but I'm  hoping that I can get to this one pretty quickly.

5. Fragments of the Lost is just ONE of the books that I have by Megan Miranda on my TBR for this fall! (I have two others on my *official* Fall TBR list, which I'll be sharing later this week.) I can't wait to read them all!!

6. Renegades by Marissa Meyer is definitely on my list to read this month! A copy arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago and I'm very curious to check it out, especially considering that this will only be the second book that I've read by Marissa.

7. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco sounds like it will be the perfect Halloween Read! I actually read Stalking Jack the Ripper right before Halloween last year, so it would be super cool to read this one this year as well!

8. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao has been sitting on my shelf for a bit now, and I'm finally excited to have it on my TBR for next month! It sounds really, really interesting, and I can't wait to check it out!

9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo has been out for a while, but it's definitely on my list to read this Fall, especially since I *just* finished Shadow and Bone, and am dying to see what's going to happen next. I must get to this book soon!

10. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo... see above. *grin*

There are seriously so many great books coming out this Fall! I've already had the pleasure to read some other books that were originally on my TBR, but I still have SO many more to read, and I'm excited to get to them all. Hopefully!

Check back later this week, as I'll be sharing my more of the books on my official Fall TBR!!

What's on your TBR for this Fall??

Monday, September 18, 2017

My Thoughts: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone
(The Grisha Trilogy #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
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Publication Date: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 358
ISBN: 9780805094596
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I first read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo way back in 2012 when the book was first released, but I never finished the rest of the books in the series, which is something that I really wanted to do this year. So when Lori and I were thinking of a book to kick off our very first Readalong /Book Club (#AlltheBooksReadalong) pick on Instagram, Shadow and Bone was one of the first books to come to mind. Since I read the book so long ago, and didn't remember much about it, it sounded like an absolutely perfect choice. And it was!!

I'm so glad that I decided to re-read this book before finishing up the rest of the books in the series, as I didn't remember much of anything about it. I kept waiting SOMETHING in the story to be familiar from reading it before, but it didn't really, which was surprising. (Thought it shouldn't be... I've read a couple hundred books since I first read this one. Ha!) This book was a really great read. I enjoyed the storyline and the awesome characters as well. When I turned the last page and closed the book, I wanted nothing more than to start Siege and Storm, the second book in the series, right away. Unfortunately I have other books that must be read at the moment, but I will definitely be working the second and third books into my TBR for the next few months.

Overall; If you haven't already checked out Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, I highly recommend that you do so! I tried to pace myself while reading the book, and I ended up flying through it instead, it was that good. I can see now why others rave about it, and I can't wait to get started on the second book to see what's going to happen next for Alina on her journey.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week in Review • Week 37

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

I took a little break from my Week in Review posts last week,
mostly because I didn't have much to post about,
and because I just needed a bit of a break.
But, I'm back this week, and I DO have things to update!
So basically, this is an update for the first two weeks of September. :)

The first week of September I only finished one book, but it was a really good one! There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins was a really creepy read, and will make a great addition to your Halloween TBR. I'll be sharing my thoughts for the book on the blog soon!

I also finished my re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, AND I actually made it through the end of the book without bawling like a baby, (as I did last year when I first read it,) but... barely. Gah, that ending really gets me. I'm super excited to start Order of the Phoenix next month!!

I also finished Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo earlier this week, which was the September #AlltheBooksReadalong pick for this month, and I enjoyed the book SO much. I originally read the book way back when it was first released, but couldn't remember anything about it. Now that I've reread it, I'm DYING to start Siege and Storm, the next book in the series. I'm hoping to work it on to my TBR for next month!!

I totally should have read a LOT more books over the past two weeks, but I thought I was in a bit of reading slump, struggling to get through a book I was reading. Once I set it aside, I flew through the two other books I had been reading in no time. Don't you hate it when that happens?! I'm hoping to get back on track, because I'm WAY behind! (What's new, right?!)

Believe it or not, I actually had time to watch two movies this week! The family and I rewatched Guardians of the Galaxy, which is always a fun time, and we FINALLY watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I enjoyed as well. Groot/Baby Groot will always be my favorite. :)

I'm hoping to have time this coming week to get caught up on some of the TV Shows that I wanted to watch last year, but didn't stay caught up on, since Fall TV is right around the corner!

I spent some time earlier this week drafting out my TBR's for the rest of the year, and I'm SO excited to get started on them! I have two separate Fall TBR's, one for upcoming releases I want to read, and another for books that I just *really* want to read already. :) I also have a possibly Halloween TBR, though I'm not sure if I will have time for it or not, and I'm working on my Winter TBR as well! There are SO many books that I just really want to read already, and I'm finally making the time to do it. Let's hoping I can keep up!!

That's all for me this week friends, so...
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