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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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What I’m Reading: October 19, 2014

Weekly What I'm Reading

I really deviated from what I posted last week. WHICH IS WHY I don’t commit myself to a weekly TBR. I read what I feel like reading or else it becomes something other than fun.

Anyway, I said that I was going to start reading Z by Therese Anne Fowler but I nixed that in favor of starting Gail Carriger’s YA series, Finishing School. Book #1 is Etiquette & Espionage. I am so far, loving this book. It is so much fun and the way that Carriger immerses the reader in a steampunk world is fabulous. The reason for the switch was because Netgalley sent me a notification about book #2, Curtsies & Conspiracies being available to the first 500 as a “read now” so I jumped on it and got it! Woo!! I have book #1 from Netgalley as well, but I had bought a hard copy of the book several months ago. I figured I had better get to reading them so that I can do reviews for both books. Plus, having read the first three Parasol Protectorate books, I knew I’d love these YA and I do!

Ally Condie MatchedI did finish reading the entire Matched trilogy by Ally Condie last week. I definitely enjoyed reading all three books. I loved the dystopian world that Condie created and I really loved her protagonist, Cassia. I especially liked how the third book was told from three different points of view. I know that some readers don’t having the perspective changed, but I really feel it gives a book more depth when you get to see the story from several points of view. Also, first person pov is unreliable. When you have two other 1st person povs to back up the other, the reader can more easily see what is fact and be able to interpret the emotions of the characters based on how the other characters interpret the same events. Know what I mean? I also love these covers, lol. I definitely want to read more of Ally Condie’s work.

To conclude, my plan for this week is to finish the 1st Finishing School book and start/finish the second. After that, I’m going to say that I’ll finally get to Z but we shall see.

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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!!