Spookathon 2018 is Over 😢

aka the time I changed my TBR on day 2 of a readathon…

 

Wrap Up

 

I read 4 books this time around…except, only 2 of them were on my original TBR. I had every intention of sticking to my list too you know…but…I was weak.

 

Meddling Kids

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Underwhelming after all of the hype. When this book came out, there wasn’t a place on the internet that wasn’t talking about it. In fact, it even made it to the Goodreads Best Thriller category…but, it didn’t do it for me. It had the weirdness for sure but beyond that…I wasn’t really sure what I was reading. I was expecting to fall in love with it the way that I loved Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang…but alas, none of the characters held me.

I would recommend if: your type of mystery/thriller requires you to suspend reality and you don’t mind not falling in love with the characters.

 

 

Sleepy Hollow

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Not what I was expecting. It wasn’t horrible but I also didn’t feel like it added to my tv show experience. Meh.

I would recommend if: You’re looking for something that’s akin to a fever dream, then this is the book for you.

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus

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The first part was wonderful and nostalgic and all that I had hoped for. The second half was just okay. None of the characters in the second half make much sense, at least not where their reactions are concerned. Aside from that, the ending was a bit up in the air for me.

I would recommend if: Nostalgia is your thing and you don’t mind watching some new characters ruin all of Max, Dani and Allison’s hard work.

 

 

iZombie

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This felt like watching the TV show and yet it didn’t. Definitely interested in continuing this one. There were a lot of new elements that the show doesn’t have, which made it just different enough to be entertaining.

I would recommend if: Zombies and the paranormal are your thing.

 

 


That’s right. Not one 5-star read for this entire thing. I’m so sad. I also didn’t even start 11/22/63 and completely removed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies altogether, but I consider this year a success.

 

How has your week of reading been?

 

Dee ^_^

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Spookathon 2018 TBR

TBR Main

If you haven’t heard of this challenge before (um, welcome to the book world, it’s nice to meet you) this readathon is based around spooky/halloweeny books, with one main challenge: read a thriller. There are always a few other challenges which aren’t compulsory, but usually easy to complete (and doubling up is fine).

OCT 15 – 21

Challenges:

1. Read a thriller

Any and all of the books on this TBR counts

 

2. Read a book with purple on the cover

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1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

As someone that grew up with Scooby-Doo, how can I pass this one up?

 

3. Read a book not set in our time period

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Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

The 60s definitely counts! I won’t hear otherwise.

 

 

4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

I enjoyed the original, and zombies can only improve it. Right?

 

5. Read a book with pictures

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Since Ichabod Crane woke in present day Sleepy Hollow, New York after dying on the battlefield in the Revolutionary war, he and police lieutenant Abbie Mills have come to expect that evil always finds its way into the town of Sleepy Hollow. But they will learn that sometimes, it’s already there, waiting to be unlocked and unleashed on the souls unlucky enough to find it. Items as harmless as a music box or grandfather clock can be used as weapons in the ongoing war to bring about the apocalypse. Abbie and Crane will have to rely on each other if they are both to make it out alive.

I used to follow this tv show once upon a time. Maybe this might bring me back to it.

 

Group read (optional):

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A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

It’s intriguing…but I’m not sure my schedule can take it.

 


Are you planning to participate? What would your TBR be?

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

Spookathon Wrap-Up

Up until 8pm last night, I was sure that I wouldn’t have completed all five challenges. But, I managed it???

 

 successssss

And I only made one change to my original TBR (which is a miracle in and of itself).

 

Thriller

 

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero Continue reading “Spookathon Wrap-Up”

Queen of the Books

AKA the time I conquered reading.

 

 

All hail, cuz I done goooood. Well, as long as you don’t count the flop that was my attempt at the Fairy-a-Thon. If I’m being honest, I completely forgot about the challenges for this one. I read so many books, and gave out so many 5 stars! Are you jealous?


 

Username: Evie by Joe Sugg [Graphic Novel] – 2 stars. The premise was so good, and the hype was real. Unfortunately, the execution doesn’t match. On the brightside the artwork was gorgeous.

 

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 2 stars. Ugh. Nope. I’m not sure if this is a series that I will be continuing. I dislike these characters. I really do.

 

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – 3 stars. This didn’t hit me in the feels like Twilight did, but the ending redeemed it for me. As much as I would miss Nessie, I appreciate that Edythe gave Beau the choice that Edward never would have given Bella in book 1. Jessamine and Archie are my new Twilight OTP, hands down.

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – 3 stars. I wanted to love this one because JOHN GREEN, but it was average and I wasn’t in love with any of the characters. The story was fine, but mere curiousity kept me going and now I want to try David Levithan as a solo author.

 

 

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. This one is very Stephenie. An almost insta-love relationship, heavy on vivid descriptions and a false sense of security. I grew to love the romance and the action but it was a bit slow, hence the uncertain rating.

 
Superfail by Max Brunner [Graphic Novel] – 4 stars. Oh how cute can one book be??? I loved it. LOVED IT! We tag along as a group of defective superheroes attempt to save the world from The Man with No Name, and what ensues is a series of mishaps that are just to adorable to ignore. Release date: October 17, 2017. Get this one!

 

Caraval by Stephenie Garber – 4 stars. The ending saved this one for me, otherwise this would have been a 2.5 star read. I didn’t much care for the characters or their story, but I did like the idea of the game itself. However, the little teaser that the end left me with has me intrigued to read the next book. Hopefully it stops at book 2, otherwise this one would be equally drawn out and possibly bordering on painful.

 

With Malice by Eileen Cook – 5 stars. Now I need more Eileen Cook in my life. I loved the writing and the mystery of the whole thing and I felt so sorry for our main character. To have such extensive memory loss must be terrifying, made only worse by the fact that you’re being accused of killing your best friend. Horrifying.

 

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch – 5 stars. OMG! I can’t wait for you all to read this one. I’ll do a full review closer to the release date (Jan. 11, 2018). Stay tuned

 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars. How I missed the Lunar Chronicles and that wonderful universe. My only qualm with this book was the lack of Iko. My three favorite of the short stories were: After Sunshine Passes By (poor Cress), The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New. The little glimpses into my favorite character’s past and that one beautiful look at their future, was everything that I expected to get from this collection.

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini – 5 stars. Be prepared to have your heart hurt and your blood pressure raise because this one touches some nerves. A beautiful story of two women who deserve happiness and peace, but instead get saddled with abuse while living in war torn Afghanistan. This one hurts guys, but it’s so worth it.

 

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In progress: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (10% complete), Mask of Shadows (9% complete).


BOOKS READ: 11

PAGES READ: 4150 plus 35 pages of Mask of Shadows and about 13 pages of Juniper Lemon = 4198

 

What have you read for the month? Tell me, tell me!

 

Dee ^_^

 

I love books!!!

AKA my July TBR

JULY 2017 TBR

 

After what can only be considered a too long hiatus from readathons and challenges, I have decided to enter the fray once more. The challenge? There’s two. The first one is:

THE BOOK LOVER’S CHALLENGE”

It is hosted by one of the Goodreads groups I’m in (YA Buddy Reader’s Corner), and every month they have challenges and read-a-longs. But it’s been a while since I’ve participated in anything the group had to offer. It’s time to stop avoiding, ignore the performance anxiety, and JUST DO IT.

 

The challenges (July 1st – 31st):

COVER LOVE – Read a book with a cover that you l♡ve

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (any of the books on my TBR list really)

 

AUTHOR LOVE – Read a book by an author that you l♡ve

Will Grayson, Will  by John Green (too many to choose from!!!)

 

GENRE LOVE – Read a book from a genre that you l♡ve

With Malice by Eileen Cook (basically any YA book could fit here)

 

FREEBIE LOVE – Read a book you got for free! (can be kindle freebies, review copies etc.)

I haven’t decided on which book I’ll use for this category just yet.

 

RECOMMENDATION LOVE – Read a book that was recommended to you by a friend, or read one of your friend’s favourite books.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

 

BIG BOOKS LOVE – Read a BIG book! (over 500 pages)

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

 

CHARACTER LOVE – Read a book with a character you l♡ve

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, any HP book.

 

Dee Dee’s July-2017-challenge

The Winner's Curse
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stars Above
With Malice
The Chemist
Will Grayson, Will Grayson



Dee Dee’s favorite books »

 

 

Challenge two (July 1st – 31st):

“Fairy-A-Thon”

A Classic Fairy Tale, A book that Disney dramatized, A book you read as a child –

Cinderella

 

A book that’s set in the summer – With Malice*, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

 

A book with blue or green on the cover – Stars Above, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Hellig

 

A book to only read outside – A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

 

Fairy-a-thon-2017

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stars Above
With Malice
Cinderella



Dee Dee’s favorite books »

 

*I’m not 100% sure about this one, but since it’s a school trip I figure a good chunk of it will be remembering what happened during that summer abroad.