TBR

October TBR | 2017

TBR

This months TBR is going to be dedicated to finishing up books I am in the middle of. Lucky for me some of them are spooky and wonderfully themes for October. I don’t know about you, but October is my favorite month of the year. I love the creepy vibe and the fact I have an excuse to put skeletons and skulls all over the place. I love that there is a chill in the air that makes holding a nice hot apple cider, tea, or coffee in your hands one of the best feelings in the world.

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki

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I am currently 28% through this book. I am very much enjoying the story.

From the courtrooms to the battlefields to the alleyways of Paris, with cameos from infamous figures in French history, the Patakis have crafted an epic, action-packed novel of the French Revolution as it has never been seen before. Three years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris is enlivened with the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy has been dismantled and a new nation, for the people, is rising up in its place. Jean-Luc, a young optimistic lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their son to Paris, inspired by a sense of duty to contribute to the new order. André, the son of a former nobleman, flees his privileged past to fight in the unified French Army with his roguish brother. Sophie, a beautiful young aristocratic widow and niece of a powerful, vindictive uncle, embarks on her own fight for independence.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

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I went to the bookstore yesterday and picked up this read. It caught my eye right away and when I read the blurb I knew I needed to read it. I am already 22% through this book and I plan on finish it first.

A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.

When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital, after a brief stay in New York. In setting up his household he took Tobias Lear, his celebrated secretary, and nine slaves, including Ona Judge, about which little has been written. As he grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn’t get his arms around: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Rather than comply, Washington decided to circumvent the law. Every six months he sent the slaves back down south just as the clock was about to expire.

Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself one clear and pleasant spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs.

At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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I am currently 43% through this  book.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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I am currently 30% through this books. I have a feeling it is going to be one of my favorite King novels when I am done.

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.


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Hauls

Unboxing | Page Habit June 2017

Book Haul

Today I am going to share with you my first Page Habit box. If you do not know about Page Habit it is a monthly subscription from the creators of Quarterly.co. For a long time they had seasonal boxes, but now they also offer monthly boxes. Another thing I think is really interesting is that they have a few to choose from depending on your genre preference.

Current Box’s:

While I do enjoy reading all of these genres I decided to subscribe to the historical fiction box. Mainly because I have been craving those types of books the most lately. For more information you can go to their website here: pagehabit.com.

 

I have to say I enjoy the simplicity of the box it ships in. It tells you what it is, but it is not obnoxious. Also, bonus points for putting the label on the bottom of the box so I could share this without having to blur anything.

When I opened the book the first thing I saw was a note from this months author which is a very nice touch. Also another great thing is that throughout the book there is annotations from the author themselves. Also, another thing I enjoy about this book subscription box is that with every box that is purchased and shipped out they donate to an organization that aids children literacy.

This month they focused on literacy in South Sudan. I loved that they added the informational card. Not only does it show where the donation is going, but it also puts things into perspective. I am lucky enough to live in a place that gives me an education and have access to books. Some people sadly are not that lucky.

In this box I received:

  • A lovely bookmark
  • Informational card on South Sudan
  • Field Notes notebook with blank pages
  • A reading light
  • Note from the author
  • A book

This months book is…

Where the Light Falls by Allison and Owen Pataki

Set in Revolutionary Paris, a rich and sweeping novel about courage, duty, sacrifice, and love by the bestselling author of Sisi, Allison Pataki, and her brother, Owen Pataki.

From the courtrooms to the battlefields to the alleyways of Paris, with cameos from infamous figures in French history, the Patakis have crafted an epic, action-packed novel of the French Revolution as it has never been seen before. Three years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris is enlivened with the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy has been dismantled and a new nation, for the people, is rising up in its place. Jean-Luc, a young optimistic lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their son to Paris, inspired by a sense of duty to contribute to the new order. André, the son of a former nobleman, flees his privileged past to fight in the unified French Army with his roguish brother. Sophie, a beautiful young aristocratic widow and niece of a powerful, vindictive uncle, embarks on her own fight for independence.

Underneath the glimmer of hope and freedom, chaos threatens to undo all the progress of the revolution and the lives of these compatriots become inextricably linked. As the demand for justice breeds instability, creates enemies out of compatriots, and fuels a constant thirst for blood in the streets, Jean-Luc, Andre, and Sophie are forced to question the sacrifices made for the revolution. Liberty proves a fragile, fleeting ideal, and survival seems less and less likely—both for these unforgettable individuals, and indeed for the new nation itself.

-via goodreads

I don’t know about you, but this book sounds like it is going to be a great read. The French Revolution is one of those moments in history where everyone was watching. I have sat in many classrooms hearing about the major people and events of this revolution, but to see it from this perspective should be interesting.


 

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