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Christmas at Hogwarts | TBR

 

So, this past year they have been very many different Hogwarts themed readathons boasted by bookroast on youtube. There have been the OWLS, NEWTS, and a few extra credit ones as well. Now it is time for Christmas at Hogwarts and our goal is to make it to the Christmas Feast. If you want a lot of details about the readathon I suggest looking at her video, which you can find here.

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  • December 17th- December 26th
  • Follow the foot prints to the feast
  • Complete 6 challenges that are connected by footprints.

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  • This will honestly depend on where I am with my books on Monday. I am currently reading a few books so this one I can’t quite say just yet.

Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins – a book you think will be humorous

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks

Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine – a read that should only take you a day/evening

  • Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles, I have had this since bookcon 2018 and it is about time I read this small anthology!

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Attend a Yule Ball – book you’ve been preparing yourself for

  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I picked this book up when I was on vacation where the House of the Seven Gables is, even though that is technically fake. It was inspired by a house then it was turned I into the house. It was all rather weird honestly. But, I have been putting this off because I hated The Scarlet Letter and this is by the same author. I am hoping I like this one more.

The House of the Seven Gables

Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library – read a banned book

  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson, I am really looking forward to reading  more of Shirley Jackson’s books.  I have really fallen in love with her writing over the past year and I thought this would be a good way to end the year.

The Lottery and Other Stories

Attend the Christmas Feast – watch a Harry Potter movie

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I have been meaning to watch this movie again. For some reason this is the movie I always stop right before when I rewatch the movies.

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December TBR | 2018

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Hello and welcome to my December TBR… the last TBR of the year. I cannot believe I am typing those words. But, here we are none the less. This month I am not focusing on numbers to meeting goals or anything like that. I just want to read some books I have been wanting to get to and I have been putting off because they are slow burners or larger in size. So I am excited for these end of the year reads.

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Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Lisey's Story

This is the oldest book I have on my owned TBR. I am slowly trying to get through my backlist of books so I can get my TBR to only a few months behind instead of a year. I started reading this when I did the #Blogoween | Try A Chapter October 2018 and I really enjoyed the first chapter so I am looking forward to reading it this month.

Down There on a Visit by Christopher Isherwood

Down There on a Visit

I have wanted to read more Christopher Isherwood book for some time, but I have not given myself the chance. So I decided that I want to read not only this book. but the next book on the list as well. This book is like four stories in one and it is semi autographical because the author puts four characters that are meant to be him, but not quite.

A Meeting by the River by Christopher Isherwood

A Meeting by the River

Like I said about the above book I have been wanting to read more of his works. So this one of a two brothers at odds. Once is living two lives and the other can’t seem to decide how he feels about the whole thing because he says two different thing. So I am curious to see how this family comes to terms or does not. Divider

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Let’s Talk | TBR Jar Experiment

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So I know a lot of us book lovers have a huge owned TBR or TBR list and some of us in this community use a TBR jar. In the past I have made one or two of them, but I never really stuck with them for one reason of another. It might have been because I had so many incoming books I didn’t keep up with adding them, I am not really sure. Either way I always failed even though I have even posted a DIY for one a year or maybe even longer. You can see that DIY here: DIY | TBR JAR.

So for the month of October I decided that I would try the famious TBR jar once again and really commit myself to the process. So I went to the thrift store and picked up a small TBR jar and wrote down every book I owned that I still needed to read.

As you can see from the picture above my little jar was VERY full. I might have needed to get a larger one or I need to hurry up and get reading. Now, once I wrote down all the titles It was time to pick my next book.

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So this was the first book I picked out of the jar I picked a very recent addition to my TBR, Salem’s Witch House. I read it pretty quickly and I am glad I picked it up sooner rather than later. If you want to see what I thought in detail about this book you can read my post: A Week in Review | October 1st -October 6th. I will say I did not like it as much as I thought I would, but it was just not what I thought it was. It really stinks when a description was a bit misleading.

The next book I picked was a book my aunt lent to me and wanted to hear my opinion on. I was very happy to picked this book because I did not want to put it off since she is interested in hearing my opinion. I will say that this book was a wild ride and it was truly all over the place. If you want to know what I thought in a lot of detail you can read my post: A Week in Review | October 7th -October 13th.

When I picked this from the jar I was so happy and excited to pick this book. Mainly because I needed to read it for the BN book club and I did not think about that when I started this experiment. Sadly, I ended up loosing this book and needing to pick up another book.

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Reflection

So, upon having used this method for a few weeks. I can say it has its pros and cons. The first thing I liked about this was how easy it was to just pick a book and read. There was no staring at the bookshelf and being overwhelmed by choices. This happens to be from time to time and I can see that it really did cut down on that. The second pro is the fact that it really does show you how many unread books you own. Even though I have 2 book shelves that are pact with books, I mainly just see that I am lucky enough to have those books. I don’t see how many I truly have left unread because they are all spread out. This really forces you to see a visual representation that cannot be ignored and is more meaningful, at least to me, than just seeing a number.

Now, while there are some pretty serious pros to having and using a TBR jar, there are some cons as well. The first you can mainly see in my last pick. I was planning on taking part in the book club, but if I did not pick it there was no way I could have. So having books with a deadline would not work well with this format. Another con would be not really being able to pick what you are in the mood for. While this kind of helps in some situation when you are not in a specific mood, if you want to read a thriller and you picked a nonfiction or a general fiction book you would not be very thrilled. Being a mood reader, this was something I was really afraid of.

Overall I really think a TBR jar has its place in a bookworms life, especially for a mood reader like me. Sometimes I have no idea what I want to read and this could help me. Moving forward I plan on only using my TBR jar for when I am stuck on what to read next. I also think it would be fun to pick a book from the jar once a month just to get me to read some of the books I have been putting off.

I made the decision to kind of mix Books and Lala’s Closet unhaul series and My Reading is Odd TBR jar. Both of these youtubers are amazing and you should check them out ASAP! Anyway, I think I will be pulling a book per month, My Reading is Odd normally pulls more than this, but I don’t want to overwhelmed myself too much.  Now, if I do not read that book in that month off it goes from my shelves, kinda like Lala did in her series.

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Hauls

Book Haul |September & October 2018

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So I have been a bit slow with sharing what books I have been adding to my TBR and collection. So I thought it was time to do a bit of a haul. When I looked back I realized that I have not done one since about August. So I am combining the months of September and October. Over this time I have added some YA, non-fiction, thrillers, and historical fictions into my life. Without more of a delay, here are the books.

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Novels

In the Hurricane’s Eye by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

This was my Book of the Month pick for October, Nonfiction is not a category that is always present in the picks so I as soon as I saw it I picked on it right away and added it to my box. Yorktown has been a famous battle for many years and I hear it mentioned a lot, but I sadly cannot say I know what happened there in any great detail. I do know that it was something that was thought to be impossible and for that amount of coordination to happen during that time period was unheard of, sadly they did not have GPS or cell phones. I am excited to finally learn more detailed about this miraculous battle.

“Here is the story of the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown. It sets Washington against his traitorous nemesis Benedict Arnold and places him in impossible situations and constant acrimonious negotiation with his French allies, along with his young protégé, the Marquis de Lafayette and his energetic general Nathanael Greene. In a narrative that moves from the ship-crowded waters off Newport, Rhode Island, to a wooded hillside near North Carolina’s Guilford Courthouse, to the Dutch storehouses on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius, Philbrick narrates the pivotal naval battle that brought the end of America’s long, elusive path to independence. It was an improbable triumph made possible by Washington’s brilliant strategy, leadership, and revolutionary use of sea power.” – goodreads.com

The Silence of Girls by Pat Barker

The Silence of the Girls

This was my Book of the Month pick for September. I was very interesting in this retelling, historical fiction if you will, of the impact of war on women. Throughout history women have been impacts by the wars and political upheaval. These women were were caught in the middle or right in the center of it. I thought it would be an interesting view point, in addition, I am interested in Greek myths and also history. While this is not a nonfiction read, it does pull from history and I am curious to see how she depicts how women were affected.

“The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman: Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war–the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead–all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives–and it is nothing short of magnificent.” –goodreads.com

Into a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

I was so surprised when I was able to find this at the used bookstore by me. This was the last Ruth Ware book that I needed to read to be able to officially say that I have read every one that has been published. She really is one of my favorite authors and she does deliver a thriller. This one was very interesting since she made it feel more like a play than her other works, like we were watching one unfold. I love this.

“Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.” –goodreads.com

The Dark Tower I : The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

The main reason why  I ended up picking up this book was because I found it at a used bookstore and I thought for the price of $3 it was worth a try. I was very skeptical about it, but I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I really thought it was going to be more like a western, but it really wasn’t. I am really glad I gave it a try and I think in the future I will be getting this series from the library.

“A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.” –goodreads.com

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

So, I picked up this book mainly because I wanted to take part in the BN book club that happens quarterly. I really enjoy going to those discussions and hearing all the different view points, that are respectful. I have read about 150 pages of this book and I really was enjoying it. I thought the style was interesting and it was well executed. Sadly, I ended up loosing the book! Since then I have placed a hold at my local library and I hope to have my hands on it soon.

“The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.” –goodreads.com

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This month I finally decided to pick up A Very Large Expanse of Sea for a few reasons. The first being when I watched the interview of Mafi talking about this book I could feel her passion about its message very clearly in her words. I could also see that she put some of herself in the characters and I loved that as well. The second part being that I really have been wanting to hear a story like this and I am very happy to have it.

“It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.” –goodreads.com

 

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by King, Furth, David, Lee and Isanove

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

I will admit, I mainly picked this up to compare it to the novel. I thought it would be something interesting to do on top of reading a graphic novel. As of late I have finished my more “fluffy” less intense reads on my shelf. So I wanted to add a few more to my shelves. I came across this at a discounted rate so I am very pleased.

“‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ With those words, millions of readers were introduced to Stephen King’s Roland ‘ an implacable gunslinger in search of the enigmatic Dark Tower, powering his way through a dangerous land filled with ancient technology and deadly magic. Now, in a comic book personally overseen by King himself, Roland’s past is revealed! Sumptuously drawn by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove, adapted by long-time Stephen King expert, Robin Furth (author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance), and scripted by New York Times Bestseller Peter David, this series delves in depth into Roland’s origins ‘ the perfect introduction to this incredibly realized world; while long-time fans will thrill to adventures merely hinted at in the novels. Be there for the very beginning of a modern classic of fantasy literature!” –goodreads.com

The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by King, Furth, David, Lee and Isanove

The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home

Would you believe me if I said that I also got Vol. 2 on discount as well. I really had a lot of luck with finding discounted books this past two months and I could not be more excited about it. I figured while I have not read Vol. 1 yet, in case I did it was better to get it now.

“The second collection of the best-selling comic-book series, inspired by Stephen King’s epic The Dark Tower! Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado. And the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are now in pursuit of Roland and his ka-tet Cuthbert and Alain. The friends are forced to flee into the desert with the deadly posse in hot pursuit….and Roland is in a coma! Don’t miss the next chapter in the saga of the Gunslinger whose quest for the Dark Tower will shake the foundation of reality itself!” –goodreads.com

The Dark Tower: Treachery by King, Furth, David, Lee and Isanove

The Dark Tower: Treachery

Surprise! I found Vol. 3 on discount as well, for all three I paid less than the original price. I would call that a win. Once again I am taking a huge shot on this and I am curious to see how they relate to the novel series or if they follow the story line at all. I do know that I am happy to take the chance on these graphic novels.

“The ka-tet of Roland, Alain, and Cuthbert have returned safely to their home in Gilead. But all is not well. Roland has kept the evil Maerlyn’s Grapefruit and has become obsessed with peering into its pinkish depths despite the deadly toll it’s taken on his health. And what the young gunslinger sees brings him the darkest of nightmares. Meanwhile, Roland’s father has led a posse in search of those who threatened his son’s life in Hambry – John Farson and the Big Coffin Hunters. And in this encounter, Stephen Deschain’s life may be forfeit.” –goodreads.com

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Gazelle in the Shadows by Michelle Peach

Gazelle in the Shadows

I was approached by the authors publicist to get a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I accepted this book because I was interested in the thriller aspect that is given in the description.  I am happy to tell you that I just finished this book and I will be posting a review in the near future.

“In the mid 90s, Elizabeth Booth is a young British college student studying Arabic at Durham University. With some travel and work already under her belt, she excels at her studies and is sent to Damascus to immerse herself in the language. Taken aback by the generosity and kindness of the people there, she easy slips into a life in the ancient city. She has friends, her studies, and even a handsome boyfriend. But things aren’t always what they seem. Soon, in a world where mistrust and disloyalty are commonplace, Elizabeth finds herself navigating a web of lies, betrayals, and even murder involving MI6, deadly terrorist factions, and the shadowy Syrian secret police.” –goodreads.com

Caleb’s Window by John J. Siefring

Caleb's Window

This book I am really excited about sharing with you. I was approached by the author to read and give an honest review his book. I accepted this because the story seemed like a wonderful coming of age story, but also the story of a family taking changes. I am about halfway thought this book currently and as soon as I am finished I will have a review up for all of you.

“Born in the village of Easkey, Ireland just before World War II, Cara Brannan dreams of becoming a nurse and starting a new life in America. Her mother, an Irish suffragette, encourages Cara to set goals and be fiercely independent. She moves to Dublin and begins nurses training at Saint John’s Hospital, forging friendships and encountering obstacles as a young single woman. Then she meets Aiden Whyte. Like-minded, Cara and Aiden join forces, marry, and journey to the States as newlyweds.

Welcoming their son Caleb into the world, Cara embraces motherhood. As a new mother and nurse in New York City, she struggles, facing class conflict, gender and career barriers, as well as loneliness. Cara endures because of her strength of character, compassion, and an irrepressible joy of life.

As Caleb comes of age, it’s his turn to carve out a place for himself during the late 1960s—a time of turbulence, protest, and incredible change. He finds New York to be a challenge but filled with opportunity.

Caleb’s Window will quietly move into your heart and mind, remaining long after you turn the final page.” –goodreads.com

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Wrap Up

Weeks in Review | October 21st – November 3rd

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So, I must apologies for kind of falling off the planet, but sadly my computer broke and I had no other device to go to to write up my daily posts. I would like to say that I am very proud of myself for sticking with #blogoween for 22 days, that is something I have never done and I am amazed that I was able to stick with it for that long of a time frame.

Since I was not spending so much time on the internet, I did some reading and did a few things I have been putting off for some time. So, a blessing in disguise I would say. So, with all the updating and the explanations out of the way, here are the books I ended up reading in the second half of October and the first few days of November.

Books I Finished

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

So I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. It was interesting and thankfully it held off on the love interest. I am going to be holding off on reading the next book in the series though. I am letting a few people I trust read it first to tell me if a love interest is going to be part of the main plot or a big part of the story. I truly hope it is not because I really enjoyed the version of our world that was created by the author. It is different from what I have read in the past and it is refreshing.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

I can finally say I have read every single Ruth Ware books published to date. I cannot say that for most authors, but she truly is one of my favorites. I really loved the atmosphere of this book and how twisted it truly was. While I was able to guess the ending in a way, it did not unfold like I thought it would, if that makes sense. Her writing is remarkable and I highly suggest checking her out if you like thrillers or thinking about trying out the genre.

 

A Delusion of Satan by Frances Hill

A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials

I absolute hated this book and I am so upset by it. The writing had so much of the authors opinion in it and it could be very misleading if this is the only book you have read on the Salem Witch Trials. I also did not like how the end note were set up. In the back of the book it lists the chapters then what sources were used. That is not how end notes work. Which sources was used for which topic? This makes it very hard to go back and read the authors sources to compare and do your  own research. There are so many better books on this topic that I recommend. I really wanted to like this book, I had such high hopes. I read a view by Jon, and I have to say I agree with him on a lot of his points and I wish I could have explained myself as clearly.

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

So this one is going to be kinda hard to explain. I lost this book, I have no idea where it went and I have no idea where it could have been left. I searched every room in my house, my car, and a few of my friends houses that I bought it to. I still cannot locate it. I ended up putting it on hold from my library so I could finish it. Due to this I was unable to go to the BN Book Club meeting, which was a bit of a bummer. What I did read of it I was enjoying very much so. The style of story telling was a very good choice in my eyes and I am curious to see where it goes. I hope I don’t have to wait to long to get it from the library.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I have to say I am very surprised by this book. I normally do not like books like this, that follow a fiction movie star around and learn about their lives. To me that was normally boring and had no points, why do I want to learn about a made up celebrity. I barely even read biography about people I do admire, regrettably. Well, this book changed my opinion. The way this book it set up it is really so much more than learning about Evelyn Hugo and I really admire and love that. I am currently sitting at 50% complete and I know I am going to be finishing this book very soon after writing this blog post.

 

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Searching for the Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man

Searching for the Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World

Next I am going to picking up this non-fiction account of a man who is trying to find the true source of the famed Amazon women warriors that have been mentioned n some very historical texts. I have been interested in this topic since I was a young girl and it was funnily right after reading a collection of some old Wonder Woman comics. I wanted to find out more about these strong women and for some reason in my mind she was one of them. Anyway, I cannot wait to read this and hear about his findings.

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Books Added

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This month I finally decided to pick up A Very Large Expanse of Sea for a few reasons. The first being when I watched the interview of Mafi talking about this book I could feel her passion about its message very clearly in her words. I could also see that she put some of herself in the characters and I loved that as well. The second part being that I really have been wanting to hear a story like this and I am very happy to have it.

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November TBR | Non-Fiction November 2018

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I have been really looking forward to the month of November for some time thanks to Amy over at Tomes with Tea telling me she is only reading non-fiction in November. Well, if you know me you know I love reading non-fiction. It is one of my top genres to read, it seems more so since leaving university. Since hearing about this I have actually had to hold myself back from reading some of these books because I wanted to save them for this months theme of sorts. Here are the non-fiction books I will be reading this month. Divider

In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

So this non-fiction focuses on US history during the American Revolution. I have previously learned about the events at Yorktown, but I just feel like I don’t really know enough if that makes any sense. Anyway, I picked it right away as soon as I saw it was a BOTM pick because I know that for this victory to have happened a lot of things needed to line up.

A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Frances Hill and Karen Armstrong

A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials

A Delusion of Satan is a non-fiction account of the Salem Witch Trails this is not the first book I have picked up on the trials. In fact one of my favorite books, The Witches, is on this topic. But, when I went to Salem this summer I picked up this book and as soon as I read the first few pages in the cute little bookstore next to the hotel I knew I needed it. Also, can I just say that the cover is very striking.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

So another one of my all time favorite books is Little Women and I was happy enough to visit the house in MA where it was written this summer. It was like a dream come true and you can really see the similarities in the book to the house it was written in. Anyway, when I was there I was in the shop and saw this book. It just came out the month I was there and the woman who worked there said she just read it and loved it. So I was sold right away. This book talked about the Alcott family and how the story of Little Women has impacted not only the author, but others as well. It is an interesting aspect of the book to write about.

Searching for the Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man

Searching for the Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World

So this book I happened to find browsing my local bookstore one day. I happened to go through the world history section and this caught my attention. I was always interesting in the Amazons. There are one of the few strong women groups that are talked about in history. As the quote goes “For most of history anonymous was a woman” I wish I knew who said this, but it is very true.

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

So this is not the first time this book has been on my TBR, but I really want to read this since reading the first book she has written. This one is less on a memoir and more about death and how other cultures around the world have their own views and customs when dealing with death. I am curious to see how other cultures view death.

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Wrap Up

A Week in Review | October 14th -October 20th

a week in review

This ween in October, I started a few books, but I didn’t really finish any and that is alright with me. I have a lot going on and I had a lot of late nights working on projects and such so getting any reading is wonderful.

Books I Finished

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact

I just wanted to update you from last week on this book. I was not enjoy it at all and I really did not like some aspects of this book in its use of slut shaming even if it was not “serious” I just didn’t think it did anything to further the plot and there were better ways a high school age individual could have been immature and worded things. I DNF’ed this and unhauled it.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Currently I am about 75% way through this book and I am still enjoying it. I am curious to see what happen to the two main characters and how the story ends. I was thinking about this when I started reading the book, but more so now. I really hope a love interest doesn’t become the main focus of this book or it will honestly most likely ruin it for me. I think that is one of the main reasons why I stoped reading so much YA, if I wanted romance I would read a romance novel.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

So I have about 2 more days to finish this book and I am only about 70 some odd pages in to this. I am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would originally. I am really glad that Hank decided to write an adult book because I feel like if it was YA the story would have been a lot different and I really like how the characters are in their early twenties and have graduated college or university. I always love reading about people in this age group.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

So my library audiobook became available for this book and I was so excited I could not wait to jump in a read it. So I have been listening to it every change I have gotten since. I am really loving the atmosphere of this book and the cast of characters. As I am reading this I feel like I am just waiting for the shoe to drop and find out what actually happened in the dark, dark wood. I can’t wait to finish this, but I will also be sad to see this book end. Ruth Ware is one of my favorite authors and I will have no more unread books of hers.

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NEXT BOOK

I just want to focus on finishing the books I have started at this point in the month honestly. lol.

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Wrap Up

A Week in Review | October 1st -October 6th

a week in review

October has been off to an amazing start. First there has been blogoween, which has been a blast. Them it is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and I can now light a bunch of autumn smelling candles and not get laughed at for burning apple scented things in the middle of the summer. Also, my reading this week has done very well. I read more than I thought I would and I started a book I have been wanting to read for the past few months and I have been saving it for October. Without more of a delay, here is my reading week.

Books I Finished

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

I absolutely adored this Stephen King novel. It was the perfect mixture of the real world and the monsters and paranormal beasts that I look for in one of his books. Not only was the monster interesting and I liked how it was pulled from myths and such, but the characters felt real. I really enjoyed seeing a lot of another character I never thought I would see again. I nearly yelled in joy when that happened. Now, I will say that there is a very, very graphic crime that happens that is really appalling. So if that kind of stuff gets to you it might not be the read for you.

Salem’s Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity by John Goff

Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

So I was super excited to read this book, I ended up being disappointed. The book was more of a history of who lived in the house and what stores it had been and less about the role it had during the Salem witch trials. While it was interesting I found the name it be a tad bit misleading so it left be just feeling like I missed out on something. If you know nothing about the history of the house and such, this would be a good read for you.

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

I just picked this up and happened to put it on hold as an audiobook at my library and it became available within a day or so. I ended up flying through this novel very quickly since it was under 300 pages, nearly unheard of when dealing with a King novel. I will admit that I am intrigued by this series when I thought I would have absolutely no interest in it. It is very different from what I thought it would be, but I was also not totally in love with it as well. Over all this was an okay read, there really was no horror it was more of a slow burning science fiction. You can easily see that this is a set up book for the series. I found myself enjoying the characters and worlds created here.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

I was so excited to read this since I read The Red Pony and reread Of Mice of Men this year. I really enjoy John Steinbeck’s writing style, it just seems to flow. This is one of the bigger novels of his that I have read and I really enjoyed this novel that spanned multiple generations. I can see why my uncle says it is his favorite book and that I needed to read it.

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by by Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove, Stephen King

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

So, right after reading the novel I decided to read the graphic novel adaptation. I guess you would call it an adaptation? If I am wrong please let me know. Anyway, I really liked that the graphic novel is a bit different, well has a different story to tell completely. But, at the same times it isn’t. It is really hard to explain in this little blurb, I think I might just do an entire post comparing them. Any who, I really enjoyed this and it bought the world visually more to life for me and I can picture what happened in the book even more vividly than I could before.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I finally started to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Apart from The Haunting of Hill House, which I LOVE, this is the second most talked about book of Jacksons. So I am very happy to have started this. So far I am really enjoying the feel of this book and I am excited to see where it goes.

Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

So my aunt gave me this book with no explanation other than saying she wanted to know what I thought about it. So far I think this book is all over the place and VERY stream on consciousness. It is a very weird book, but I am curious to see where it goes because I think it honestly can go in any where.

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NEXT BOOK

To Be Determined, I honestly have no idea what I am in the mood to read right now.

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TBR

October TBR | 2018

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Welcome to a month full of blog posts from yours truly. I am going to be starting off this month already ignoring the prompts, don’t worry most days I will be following those. Today I am starting with my October TBR. It would not be my blog if I did not share my TBR for the month and then end up for the most part ignoring it. Anyway, here are the books I am hoping to get to this month.

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

I have had this book on my TBR for the last few months and I recently talked to my Uncle about all the books I need to read and he needs to read. I happened to bright this one up and he said it was one of his favorites. So of course I need to now read it ASAP. I also got him to read the Shining next and possibly Doctor Sleep after words.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

This month I know I need to read Hank Green’s book. I have taken part in the BN bookclub the last two books that they have had and I really enjoyed the conversations that have sprung up from them. So I am picking this up even though it is not something I normally would. I am curious to see if I end up liking it or not. I am also curious to see if those who are older than I am think about the youtube aspect.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

This month my I am buddy reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman with Jenna, Reg, and Amy. I would not have picked this up if it was not for Reg picking it as our book this month, but I am really intrigued to see if I end up liking it. I will say I find the description interesting and all, but I have not been in the mood for YA in such a long time. I read The Sun is Also a Star in September to see if I am in more of a mood, but I thought it was only okay. But, I have high hopes for this one because it is not a contemporary.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I feel like it would not be a reading month without a Shirley Jackson novel. This month I am going to try to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I think this one is going to be a bit more twisted and eerie than Hangsaman was last month.

Salem’s Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity by John Goff

Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

This past Summer I went on vacation and stopped in Salem, M.A. to get some of the history of the town and see the sites I have read about a bunch of times over the years. While there I picked up a few books, I mean it would not be a booklovers weekend without getting a few books as keepsakes right? Anyway, this is one of the books I picked up. I have heard about this house before, but I did not get a chance to visit it so I wanted to read a book dedicated just to it. I will say outright, that the name of the house is VERY misleading. Witches never lived here. Anyway, I am excited to experience the town again.

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Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter September 2018

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Hello everyone, as of late I have been getting more and more uninterested in the books on my TBR. I am not sure if it is because I am more excited about the new edition to my shelf, my tastes are changing once again, or I wasn’t actually as  interested as I once thought. So, because I want me TBR to be filled with books I am actually excited about I want to do another Try a Chapter where I read the first chapter of a few books and decide if I want to keep them on my TBR or unhaul them. I hope you enjoy!

Previous Posts: Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018Try a Chapter | August 2017, and Try a Chapter | June 2017.

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The Books

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

The Honey Farm

  • goodreads rating: 3.23
  • pages: 328
  • genre: Fiction/Thriller

Outcome: I previously tried to pick up this book for the original OWLs readathon back in April. I only made it to page 24 before I changed it out for another book. I didn’t unhaul this book at the time because I just thought it was a slow read because I was in such a rush to read… if that makes any sense. Anyway, after giving this book another try I am still not totally thrilled. So I am going to be unhauling this book.

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

  • goodreads rating: 3.79
  • pages: 376
  • genre: Fantasy/Fiction

Outcome: This is a story that is dedicated to the evil step-mother in Cinderella. I have always loved the story of cinderella. Mainly due to the Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella movie from 1997, that cast was just amazing. Anyway, I picked up this book because I thought it would be interesting to have another option of the evil step mother. Well, as it turns out I am not as interested as I thought. So I am going to unhaul this book.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man

  • goodreads rating: 4.02
  • pages: 214
  • genre: Fiction/Contemporary

Outcome: While I really wanted to like this book, the first 15 pages I found to be a bit dull. I don’t know, I just was not feeling it too much. It pains me because the description has so much promise and the cover is beautiful. Anyway, I am going to unhaul this book.

The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

The Dutch Wife

  • goodreads rating: 3.8
  • pages: 384
  • genre: Historical Fiction

Outcome: While I do love historical fiction and I do enjoy hearing different views and the possible different experiences individuals had during the war. I was not to thrilled with this one. There was no real build and then wham big things happened without real explanation. I didn’t like being thrown into it like that and not really knowing more about the backgrounds of the characters. I am deciding to unhaul this book.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory

  • goodreads rating: 3.92
  • pages: 416
  • genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Outcome: I originally picked this book up because it was on sale on Amazon and I heard from a few people that this an emotional and powerful read. For these types of book, I have a hard time picking them up mainly because I read as an escape and why would I want to escape into an emotional roller coaster? Even with this I picked the book up, but it has been months and I have had no thought about it since. Since reading the first chapter I can say the writing is well, but I don’t think this book is something I will read any time soon even though it is interesting. So I am going to unhaul this novel.

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

  • goodreads rating: 3.71
  • pages: 318
  • genre: Fiction/Classic

Outcome: I got this book from my aunt, she said she wanted to know my thoughts about it and she did not share  hers. I feel like this is an experiment on me for some reason. Anyway, I decided to throw this book in her because I wanted to make the decision now if I was ever going to read it or let it turn to dust on my shelf. Well, I have to admit that this novel is just all over the place. It is overly descriptive, yet talks in circles and all over the place at once. Because of this I am going to keep it because I am very intrigued. What is this book?!

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What do you think about unhauling books?

What is your TBR currently?

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