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October 2014 Roundup

Round-UpOctober was a busy month and NaNoWriMo, November promises to be even busier. Considering that I put myself on a book buying ban last month, my reading still ended up being pretty decent with only a few minor disappointments. I hope that you can say the same. Without further ado…

  1. Every Day by David Levithan – 5 Hearts
  2. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix – 4 Hearts
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 5 Hearts
  4. Festive in Death (In Death #39) by J.D. Robb – 4 Hearts
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 3 Hearts
  6. Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie – 3 Hearts
  7. Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie – 3 Hearts
  8. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie – 3 Hearts
  9. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger – 4 Hearts
  10. Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger – 4 Hearts
  11. The Murder of Adam & Eve by William Dietrich – 3 Hearts
  12. Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz – Did not finish – Broken Heart
  13. Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail Carriger – 4 Hearts

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Including item #12, my read books for October had an average rating of 3.46 Hearts. Not including item #12 they had an average rating of 3.75 Hearts. Again, not too shabby. My favorite book of the month is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan of Rainbow Rowell. I just have one more book of hers to read before I’ll have read them all. She needs to write faster. Do you have any favorite writers that you feel that way about them? That they need to write and publish faster?

My least enjoyed book of the month was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I enjoyed her writing style but not the story. In case you were wondering, I don’t include Frozen because the reason I didn’t read it was because the formatting for the eBook was frightful. It also needed some major editing. I mean, names and the beginning of sentences weren’t capitalized. I couldn’t read it like that. It was an ARC, so nothing was really lost on my part.

How was your October reading? How did it compare to September?

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What I’m Reading: October 26, 2014

I had this post typed and ready to go except for inserting images and editing and Chrome crashed and I lost the whole thing. WordPress needs to have a periodic auto-save feature like Blogger has. Grrrrr!

Weekly What I'm Reading

I had a fantastic week of reading. I finished Gail Carriger’s Etiquette and Espionage and started and finished book two, Curtsies and Conspiracies. I loved them both. I wrote a review for both books over on my Goodreads account and may or may not expound on those reviews here on the blog.


The Book of Life

Also this week, I made a trip to the library. I visit various libraries in the area pretty regularly for school, but I haven’t actually checked out a book in about four years. This has to make me the worst Library and Information Science student ever. With my self-imposed book buying ban, the library is the only option I have for new books until the New Year. I’m really happy with my trip though. Out of the four books I checked out, I started with The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Usually, I would never borrow the third book in a trilogy when I have already read the first two. However, I have the first two as eBooks so borrowing the third was no big deal. I’m on page 100 and so far, it’s been a slow go. Lots of chit chat with little actually going on. I’m patiently waiting for it to pick up.

The Murder of Adam and Eve

I also started a new eBook last night. It’s The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich. I’m already familiar with his other works having read quite a few of them over the years. I’m definitely a fan and was really excited when I saw this YA novel as a “read now” on Net Galley. I just started it last night (late last night) and I’m already 20% into it. It was hard to put down and make myself go to sleep. Has anyone read this? There is only one review on Goodreads and I’m curious why it hasn’t gotten more. What about the cover? There’s something about it that I find striking. Maybe the colors?

This week, I anticipate finishing both of these books and have no idea which library book I want to read next. What do you suggest?

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan. This would be my first Ian McEwan novel. I really like the sound of the synopsis.

2. VIII by H.M. Castor. I’m am very intrigued by this book. I’ve read lots of books, fiction and non fiction, about Henry VIII but none that are in the YA genre too. I’m very excited to see how this book was written and compare it to other novels I’ve already read.

3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Like I said in my review of We Were Liars, I admire Lockhart’s writing style so in order to give her storytelling another chance, I picked this book up. Also, it was the only Lockhart the library had at the time. Go ahead and suggest one.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Title:  We Were Liars

Author:  E. Lockhart

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Pages:  227

Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Mystery

Setting:  Beechwood Island, Massachusetts, USA

Blurb: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

From Me:  This was my first E. Lockhart novel. The story follows Cadence and her cousins through their privileged experiences of growing up in a well-to-do family. There’s also a bit of the typical teenage romance mixed in as well. The story is told in the first person from Cadence’s point of view. Something has happened in this idyllic world of privilege, but in typical, unreliable first person fashion, Cadence can’t remember what it is. We are taken along through this journey of remembrance and discovery.

Lockhart has beautiful prose and a gift for imagery. However, she needs to ease up a bit on the obvious plot twist(s). I am a reader who usually remains in the dark about a story’s mystery until the big reveal. In this instance, Lockhart emphasized certain details too much and I could see the twist coming a mile away. Now, that’s all I’m going to say before give away too much. 😉

Overall, I have a positive opinion of this book simply because I really appreciate the level of skill in Lockhart’s writing. I liked this book well enough, despite feeling like I was deliberately misled, that I picked up another of her books at the library to read. I withhold my final opinion of Lockhart until I read more of her work.

3 Hearts

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What I’m Reading This Week: October 12, 2014

Weekly What I'm Reading

My husband is on an out-of-town business trip this week. Getting him ready for that and then getting him to the airport kind of took over things. This is the why behind the lack of posts and why this post in particular is late this week. Anyway, on to the show.

So, last week, I said how I was going to be reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Festive in Death by J.D. Robb, and we were liars by E. Lockhart. I’m happy to say that I finished all of that reading last week as planned. Reading we were liars was actually the result of a buddy read with Bookswithchai on Instagram. This was my first buddy read and it was fun. I’d love to do it again.

I’m not going to be doing a review of Festive in Death here on my blog. If you’d like to read my thoughts on the book, you can do so on my Goodreads account. Reviews for Fangirl and we were liars will be forthcoming.

This week I’m reading the Matched series by Ally Condie and probably by Therese Anne Fowler this week. has been on my TBR shelf for months. I love the time period and I really enjoyed A Paris Wife so I don’t know why I’ve let this novel collect dust for so long. If anyone wants to do a buddy read with Z, let me know.

What are you reading this week? Please share your current read with me in the comments. I’d love to read them and get new ideas for additions to my TBR!!

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Short and Sweet

You ever wonder where that idiom comes from? Short and sweet. Why do those two things go together?

Anyway, I uploaded my first booktube video last night. I don’t want anyone to watch it. It’s awful. It took me hours and hours to get through it and it still ended up being awful. I have gigantic hangups about being in front of a camera. This is the only reason why I didn’t take the video down is because that would just feed into my neuroses.

Secondly, I started my first buddy read today. I have no idea what the “rules” for doing a buddy read are, so I’m letting my buddy lead the way. We chose to read We Were LIars by E. Lockhart basically because it was on both of our TBRs and we both already owned a copy. I’ll keep you all posted with how this goes.

I was also tagged in my first Instagram tag yesterday. It was the #shamefulbookishconfessions tag.

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My 1st tag! Thanks @patriciacrowther78 Here goes and I hope I don’t get too many hates. 😉 1. I can’t stand Stephenie Meyer. I think her writing stinks. 2. I’ve never read any John Green and don’t have any plans to do so. 3. I’ve read all the 50 Shades books. I also thought they were fun. 4. I’ve also read 50 Shades of Alice in Wonderland. Heheh 5. I judge people who don’t like to read. 6. I hated The Lovely Bones & regret reading it. 7. I am not one of the people who think trilogies have been overdone. 8. I don’t like Stephen King as a person and I gave all of his books away and won’t read another. That’s all I can think of. Don’t judge me too harshly. #shamefulbookconfessions #booknerdigan #bookworm #books #reading

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Lastly, I had a very brief Twitter interaction with author Gail Carriger yesterday. I totally squealed and I had to show it to everyone including you guys!! 

 

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What I’m Reading this Week: October 5, 2014

Weekly What I'm Reading

This is a combo post of what I read last week and what I plan on reading this coming week.

As I stated last week, I was determined to finish David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks and I did and you can read my review here:  My review of The Bone Clocks. Briefly I’ll tell you that I liked this book…for the most part.

I’m still reading The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney. I’m sorry to say that it’s a slow go on this book but I am still reserving giving an opinion because I’m not far enough into the book to have one.

Trying to get into the spirit of Halloween, I read Grady Hendix’s Horrorstor. I’m definitely going to be writing a full review of this book this week, so no spoilers on that here.

Last of my “read” pile is Every Day by David Levithan. This was my first David Levithan novel and I read it all in one day if that’s any indication of how much I liked it. Not only did I love the story for itself, but I loved that it took me out of my comfort zone. More on that in a full review to come.

Book pile

This week, I plan on reading more of The Spider and the Stone. I really need to make a concerted effort to get into the meat of this book. I also started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I plan on starting Festive in Death by J.D. Robb and/or we were liars by E. Lockhart. Like I said in my TBR Pressures post, I don’t like to commit myself too heavily on what I plan on reading. I usually let my mood decide what I am going to pluck off of my bookshelves at the time I’m looking for something to read. That being said, I’ve really been looking forward to both of the above books so it’s a pretty good bet that I’ll read one or the other or both this week.

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Banning Myself from Buying Books

I’m putting this out there because I told myself on Monday that I wasn’t going to buy any more books for “a while”. Then I went to Target on Tuesday and bought these beauties:

Books

They were, between the two of them, 50% off, so technically, I only bought one book. Do NOT argue with my math logic. 20+30=50 end of story. Tuesday evening when we got home, I told my husband that I was, again, going on a self-imposed book-buying-ban. Like the first time I said this, I didn’t specify a length of time. Today, we went to Barnes & Noble. ::cough:: I went in to buy one certain book which was the second Saga graphic novel. One book. I came out with this teeny, tiny, practically nothing, mini book haul:

Book Haul
Isn’t that cup so pretty?? On the inside it says, “Take a sip, turn a page”. I bought it today at Starbucks.

This brings my TBR shelf of books that I actually own up to 80 and a total of 141 (61 of them I don’t actually own) books that I want to read. I need to get this in hand, at least a little bit. I’d like to whittle my TBR shelf of owned books down to at least 50. I read a total of 11 books in September, so I think this is a realistic goal. As for the “need to buy” shelf, I don’t worry about that so much. I use that Goodreads shelf as a way of keeping track of books that sound good that I see on other people’s blogs, booktubes, and review articles. A virtual shelf of books isn’t a bad thing to have.

I am, for the record, announcing “out loud” my self-imposed book buying ban for three months. This doesn’t include books that I might/will buy as gifts for other people or books that I get from other people. This block of time will encompass Christmas and I know I’ll get at least one book as a gift. On January 1, 2015, I can resume buying books. Sound fair? Oh gosh. This is giving me anxiety just thinking about it. I hope I can do it. I’m going to need help, lol.

OH!!! Did you happen to notice what’s missing from that stack of books????? The second Saga! Lmao!!