Posted in Reading

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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Posted in Book Review

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Horrostor by Grady Hendrix

Title:  Horrorstor

Author:  Grady Hendrix

Publisher:  Quirk Books

Pages:  240

Genre:  Fiction, horror

Setting:  The Orsk store in Ohio.

Blurb:  Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio (It actually takes place in a Cleveland suburb.). Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds. Clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!

From Me:  This was a fantastic book. First, foremost, and most importantly:  This is a book of which you should read a print copy. It does not translate to eBook or audio format. The book is printed to look exactly like an Ikea catalog, right down to the dimensions. It has pages throughout the book that are made to look like they actually come from the Orsk/Ikea catalog. Half the experience of reading this book is holding it in your hand. Trust me on this.

To continue…

This is a story about five Orsk (Ikea knockoff) employees who spend the night in the store to see if they can solve the mystery of the strange happenings that have been taking place. The morning crew often opens the store up to broken and/or vandalized merchandise with no clues as to how it’s happening. The store manager assumes that someone must be breaking in at night, so he chooses a couple of employees to take a night shift with him so that they can catch the culprits.

As a huge fan of Ikea, it’s hard for me to imagine one ever coming off as creepy. Hendrix, however, has made it so that I will never look at an Ikea the same way again. This book is clever and while there is some predictability, it’s highly entertaining from beginning to end. I’ll admit, it didn’t creep me out as much as I’d hoped that it would, what with this being October and all, but there were a few tense moments. I’ve read/watched other reviews for this book and there were some readers who were totally creeped out by Horrorstor so maybe I’m just jaded.

This is a perfect book to read this time of year and I highly recommend it.

4 Hearts

Posted in Weekly Reading

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.

Posted in Book Haul

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!!