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 Weekly Reading

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!!

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!!