Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week in Review • Week 41

Good Sunday Morning, Bookworms!!

We've made it through the second week of October,
can you believe it?

This month, and my TBR, is seriously kicking my butt,
and I'm barely keeping up.

But, I do have a few things to update for this week!

This week I read two books from my Fall TBR list. The first book was In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, which I really enjoyed, and the second book was Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

I also finished my re-read of Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson, and have also started reading Into the Bright Unknown, which was just released earlier this week!

I completely forgot to add last week that I *finally* watched Wonder Woman, and it was Awesome! Definitely on my list of most favorite movies. We also watched Spider-man: Homecoming this week as well, and I liked it too!

I'm seriously behind on my 31 Days of Halloween movie watch, so that's been pretty disappointing. There are just not enough hours in the day!

So, our Fall Break did not go at all as planned, though that seems to be how it always works for us. Ha! The kiddos are actually looking forward to going back to school on Monday, so I guess it's been a pretty boring week for them, especially as they have been helping to take care of their sister who had her wisdom teeth removed this week, and whose recovery is not going as well as we had hoped. Here's hoping for a better week next week!

(I feel like I say that EVERY week. Can I just have a good week, please!?)

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My Thoughts: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One Of Us Is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
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Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 361
ISBN: 9781524714680
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery
Source: Library Book

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A New York Times bestseller

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I've had One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus on my reading list for a while now, but never seemed to have the time to read it. I was determined to read it this fall, as it seriously sounded like the perfect murder mystery novel! I'm really glad that I added it to my Fall TBR, as it was a great read to kick off October!

The story is told through the four main characters viewpoints; Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper. (I always love this, as I feel we get SO much more information having so many different points of view.) I really liked each of these characters, especially since they were all so different and unique in their own ways. They worked really well together to figure out what happened, and I loved the bond that they formed over the course of the book. (And, funnily enough, I pictured them all as the characters from the show Riverdale, so that was fun!)

I really enjoyed the murder mystery storyline of the book. I've been reading a lot of them lately, as they are the perfect books to read around Halloween time, and this one was great. It was a little predictable in some areas, though that's probably because I've read a lot mysteries lately, (AND because I'm pretty much naturally suspicious of everything), but there were a few twists that kept me guessing as well. It was also a really quick read! Whenever I sat down with the book, I flew through the pages. SO good.

Overall; I enjoyed reading One of Us is Lying, even more than I actually expected to. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Karen in the future, as I will definitely want to check out whatever she comes up with next!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week in Review • Week 40

Good Sunday Morning, Bookworms!
I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.
I'm not at all ready for mine to end,
BUT... It's Fall Break, so at least I have the upcoming week off. ;)

Here's what I've been up to this week:

This week I finished two books, and both books were from my Fall TBR!! The first book was A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena, and the second was One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I really enjoyed reading both books, as they were great murder mysteries to kick off my Fall reading list.

Also, I totally pictured the kids from Riverdale as the characters while reading One of Us is Lying!

This week I got started on my 31 Days of Halloween Movies list, and I'm already behind. Haha! We did watch Hocus Pocus, because it's the best movie to kick off October, and we watched Beetlejuice as well!! These movies really never get old, and I can't wait to watch the rest of the movies on my list!
It's officially Fall Break for my kiddos, thank goodness, and I'm SO looking forward to having the week off. Er, or at least not having to wake up super early for a whole week. :) I'm planning on getting ALL kinds of reading done this week, but with the kids home, I doubt I'm going to accomplish much. But... maybe I can get to work on that Halloween Movie List at least!


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

Monday, October 2, 2017

My Thoughts: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades
(The Heroes of Olympus #4)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 597
ISBN: 9781423146728
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The House of Hades is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and I can't believe I've already finished reading it. Scratch that, I can't believe that I'm almost finished with the whole series! I've been trying to space out my reads of this series, but they always seem to go by way too quickly. (Which I shouldn't complain about, because at least I'm not having to wait a year or more for a new release.) Instant gratification is awesome when you're reading a book series. Right??

Ahem, as I was saying... I actually finished The House of Hades a few weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to sit down to write out my thoughts until now. I really enjoyed the book, which I totally expected, as I've enjoyed the whole series so far. The characters are so great, and they all work so well together. You'd think that it would get confusing having so many characters and different narrators throughout the story, but it doesn't, and it just works really well. These characters have grown so much over the course of the series, and I just really love them all.

The setting for the book was interesting. Part of it was set in the Underworld, which sounds completely horrible, and I was really worried about Percy and Annabeth there for a while. I didn't like that the characters were split up so much in this story, so I'm hoping they'll be staying together again in the next book, which I'm super excited to get started on. I'm hoping to start it asap, as I really want to know what's going to happen next, while also not wanting the series to end at all. Sigh. Bookworm problems, right??

Overall; The House of Hades was a great addition to the Heroes of Olympus series, and I'm super excited to get started on The Blood of Olympus right away. I still have SO many questions, and I'm hoping to finally get some answers in this final book in the series.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

My October 2017 TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!

Happy October, Bookworms!!

October has finally arrived, and that makes me SO happy!
In case you didn't already know, it's one of my most favorite months of the year.
Mostly because October is when it finally (usually) starts to feel
like Fall here in the South.
(Hopefully it will hurry, because it's too hot here!)

I have a pretty massive TBR for October,
because it includes both my Oct TBR AND part of my Fall TBR.
I'm hoping to actually read most of these books. :)

In October I'm planning to continue my re-read of the Harry Potter series with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm also re-reading Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson and The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin!

I'm also planning to start a re-read of The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater this month as well! I read the series way back when, but never had a chance to read The Raven King. I found all of the audiobooks on Hoopla, and I'm super excited to get back into the story, and, hopefully finish it this time!

I'll also be reading The Blood of Olympus, the last book in the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I'm going to be so sad to see this series end, but I'm also excited to move on to the next series by Rick.

I hadn't originally intended to read Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo , but I enjoyed Shadow and Bone so much, I really must continue with the series!

 Ally by Anna Banks and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao are two review books that I'm excited to start this month.

*Anna Dressed in Blood* by Kendare Blake is our October pick for #AlltheBooksReadalong! If you're on Instagram, feel free to join us!

I also have the above e-ARC's to read as well!

Ringer by Lauren Oliver
Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
Can't Let Go by Gena Showalter

And the above books are part of my Fall TBR!

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

AND... I a few audiobooks as well.
(Are you starting to feel as overwhelmed as I am??)

Umberland by Wendy Spinale
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson *
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater *
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

Can we now please talk about new releases??
I have these three books pre-ordered, and I can't wait for them to arrive!!

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Wow, so this does not look as intimidating in my spreadsheet as it does in this post. Haha! If you made it this far, you're really awesome! Wish my luck that I will actually get through most of the books that I want to read. I know I'm going to need it!

Now tell me, what books are on YOUR October TBR??
And, what book(s) are you MOST excited to read??

Week in Review • Week 39

Happy Sunday morning, Bookworms!
And HAPPY OCTOBER to you as well!!

It's always weird when my week in review post falls 
around the same time as my end/beginning of the month posts.
But, I decided to post this anyways, because it's about more than just books.

Here's what I've been up to this week...

So this week I managed to read four books. That's right, FOUR! It's been a while since that has happened. :)  The first book I read was One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, which is the second book in the Three Dark Crowns series. I thought this series was a duology, but there's actually going to be two more books in the series, so I'm super stocked for those! I also read Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, and I'm hoping to have my thoughts up for it soon!

I also finished The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, both of which are re-reads for me. I'm planning on finishing my rereads of both series this month so that I can start The Becoming of Noah Shaw and Into the Bright Unknown asap! :)

I also had a chance to watch two movies this week as well. The first was Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which was really, really good. Colin Firth. Channing Tatum. Mark Strong. Drooooool. I can't wait to watch it again, even though I'm a little pissed off at the movie as well.

I also watched An Affair to Remember with my fellow book club ladies. This was my first time ever seeing the movie, though I've seen the remake before so I knew what to expect, but I enjoyed it as well.

So, this week was a pretty good week! Not only did I get to watch a few movies, but I also reached my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal of 100 books! I can't believe I met my goal so early in the year, so what did I do? I raised it. lol! Which will probably happen a few more times this year, as I still have SO many books I want to read this year. :)

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