Spookathon 2018 TBR

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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 ^_^

 

 

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June Wishlist – The six things I hope to accomplish this month.

New Phone!

The one I’m currently using was always meant to be temporary, and it seems to be at it’s end.

I’m working towards this one though. Hopefully before the month ends…

 

Read Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

I don’t know how I managed to leave this off of my ‘most anticipated’ but…it definitely is. I reaaaaally wanna get to this one.

 

Finish three of my current reads

It by Stephen King – This one is long overdue.

The Last Time I Liked by Riley Sager – I don’t know why this one is taking me so long…

Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian – This one is almost certain. But I’m still putting it on here just in case.

 

Officially start Bullet Journalling

 

I’ve been dabbling in the world of BuJo, but I want to do it right.

 

Career/Self Improvement

Get some insight on how to better perform my role in this new position.

 



 

UPDATE: I bit the bullet and adjstead my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I reduced it to 40.

 

What is your June looking like?

WWW Wednesday

Oh, hello. It is I! A non-Wednesday poster, posting on a Wednesday. But I figured that I owed you all a post this week since I haven’t posted in a while.

 

This one I found when I was looking up typical Wednesday bookish topics and it seems pretty popular. And simple enough to join in on, you only have to answer three questions.

 

Here goes nothing.

 


 

What are you currently reading –

 

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I’ve only just started the third book in the Small Town series (what started as a trilogy is now promised to be, at the least, a quartet. The author recently announced book four.)

In this one, we’ve found out who our killer is, and now our MCs are trying to piece their lives back together. I want to see how Edwards does this one.

 

What did you finish reading recently –

 

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Believe it or not…I finished book two only last night. After speeding through the first bits of it on the first day that I picked it up, I put it down and didn’t pick it up again for a while. Then I flew through the end like nobody’s business. As with the first one, there were the typical sins of a first-time author, self-publishing, which led to an air of predictability. But, I could overlook those because I got my satisfactory retribution. I just wish someone would knock Alice on the head a couple of times though.

 

 

 

 

What do you think you will be reading next –

 

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This one has been on my TBR for a long time, but, I’m making it a priority. It’s a retelling so it HAS to be a priority for me. Cuz, duh!

 


What are you reading on this wonderful Wednesday?

Dee ^_^

It’s Christmas!!

aka I’ve waited until December to do this, feel proud of me.

 

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Full disclosure, in my country we start Christmas early af, so waiting this long to spring this on you was the biggest exercise of self-control ever. Like there is a “100 days of Christmas” countdown! It’s serious! Also, since we don’t have ‘Thanksgiving’ it’s the biggest celebration we have at this time of the year.

 


 

So now that that’s settled, let’s get on with the actual tbr… it’s a short one. Ain’t no Trinbagonian getting reading time in the middle of cleaning and cooking for the season.

 

Continue reading “It’s Christmas!!”

Spoopy Book October

Maybe-TBR.

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Before I get into what I want to read/might read, I just want to say thank you for your patience. Real life is hard, so thank you for sticking with me through it all. Things haven’t gotten back to normal yet, but they’re close enough.

Aside from my Spookathon TBR (coming later), I’m hoping to get to a few ‘spooky’, ‘paranormal’, ‘magical’ books this month.

Continue reading “Spoopy Book October”

Future Favorites Fri- Monday?

aka the time I could see ‘THE FUTURE’

 

I can see the future

 

I saw booksandlala doing this and thought I’d jump on that bandwagon. Th little list is for me to guess which books I’m most likely to rate 5 stars after reading.

Here’s hoping they don’t disappoint…

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

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Let’s face it, when have I ever hated a Silvera book? WHEN?! Also, I’ve spoken about this book so many times I don’t think I need to add the synopsis again, right?

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

*no cover available just yet.

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

Again, when haven’t I loved an Albertalli?

 

 

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

 

Look at that gorgeous cover. Just…look…at…it. The subject matter seems hard but so important and I want it to be everything it promises to be: beautiful and painful.

 

 

 

 

Black Mirror Vol 1 by Charlie Brooker

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From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.

 

This TV show is haunting and I fricken love it! Here’s hoping this lives up to the hype.

 

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

The subject matter is powerful, and those usually resonate with me. All the reviews have been raving as well so…


 

 

Have you read any of these? Did you love/hate them?

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

September TBR

AKA the shocking return of the TBR!

 

 

 

This September is going to be dedicated to series reading. Two of these are going to be re-reads for me, because I never finished the series. If I’m to finish them, then I need a refresher, or this might be the moment when I decide that it’s not worth it. I’m also trying to take it easy this month. These past two months have been intense reading wise and I need to do some real life things.

 

Re-reads:

Blur by Kristen Middleton

Initial rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: There ARE creatures lurking in the dead of night… Seventeen year old Nikki and her twin brother, Nathan, move to the small town of Shore Lake to start over after their mother is brutally attacked. When a missing teenager washes up on shore during their first night at the cabin and there are whispers of vampires in Shore Lake, Nikki begins to realize that there are things roaming in the darkness that are far more sinister than what they left behind in the big city.

 

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Initial rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

 

 

New series:

 

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm

When I read the first book, I was hooooooked, and fell in love with the Darkling (I REGRET NOTHING) and here we are.

 

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm

This series is definitely a slow burn, but once it’s hooked you there is no escape. You’ve been warned.

 

 

Their Fractured Light and the novella This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Goodreads: Their Fractured Light & This Night So Dark

This isn’t a showstopper series, or even a slow burn. The world won’t encapsulate you. Instead, your curiousity is the thing that will win out on this one. I NEED to see the antagonist foiled.

 

ALSO!!!

 

I decided that I’m going to do at least one Stephen King per month until I’ve read them all (or I overload). This month’s pick is The Mist.

Synopsis: It’s a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist…creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project—the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you’re forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?

 

Disclaimer: I didn’t get this when I first saw the movie, so I’m hoping this book brings clarity (lol, as if King does clarity).

 

What are your planned reads for September?

 

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



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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



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*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.