Hello my fellow Bookworms!
Today is Day 7 of #blogtober. So far for me it’s going pretty well. I’ve been getting some great feedback and some new followers which is always a plus. I’m so glad I get to share my love for books with you all, and I enjoy reading your blogs as well.
This week I received a few goodies (books) via my kindle reader and in the mail. I haven’t begun reading any of them yet because I’ve been trying to get through my October TBRs. I’ve finished 3 books on my list this week. All three of them were 5 stars and would recommend them to everyone. Just click on my book reviews and you can read my thoughts on them this past week.
I started reading Vicious by V.E. Schwabs, and I must say that I am hooked already. I can’t wait to finish it so I can read Vengeful. I have read so many great reviews on the book that I am anxious to get to it, but I don’t want to rush through Vicious and miss anything.
The town I live in has the cute bookstore that opened up a while ago but I haven’t stopped in there yet. I’ve always headed straight to Barnes and Noble, or just ordered my books online, but since my son is off from school tomorrow I’m going to take him with me to check it out. I heard great things about it and according to what I’ve heard the owner is very nice and will get anything you request in for you. Barnes and Nobles is a distance for me so being able to have access to the books I want will be heaven. Who knows maybe there is an awesome book club there I haven’t discovered yet!
My son and I also started and new book called The Babysitters Guide to Monster Hunting. I love having this connection with him. I’ve been reading to him since he was in the womb, and to see his love for books blossoming over the years just warms my heart. He is definitely his Momma’s boy! I’m thinking of incorporating a section on my blog for joint reviews on the books we read together. I think that would be a nice addition to my blog and something else we can enjoy doing together.
I hope that this week will be as amazing with my reads as this past week. One can only hope that every book they read is 5 stars.
Until next time…
Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤️
Hello my fellow Bookworms!
It is time for another update for you all! I must say this week flew by me. I feel like I accomplished very little this week, so this post will be very short. I can say that on a whim I did meet another bookworm which was awesome. We had a terrible rain storm where I live. I was on one of our towns Facebook page showing my mother in-law pictures of all the flooding that happened around us and I noticed a post of someone asking for help with Microsoft Outlook.
Something told me to answer the post seeing how no one else did. The woman worked for a local law office and was having issues retrieving emails. To make a long story short, I went to the office to help her and we got to talking and realized that she was a lover of books as myself. I got to fix her computer issue and go into a awesome discussion of some of our favorite authors and books. I also made a 100 bucks which was another great bonus!
Let’s see here: I also am really late in finding out Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will be coming out with a TV series next year. I don’t understand how I missed the news for that seeing as I absolutely LOVE her and her books. I mean I am re-reading the entire series. I am also thinking of throwing in the Mayfair Witches series as well because come on who doesn’t love the Mayfair Witches!
I can’t wait to start #BookBlogtober! I saw the idea on @Jenniely blog page and thought it was a great way to really get my feet wet. Since I am trying something like this for the first time, I will be using her list which can be found at https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/138606539/posts/3371. I already updated my @goodreads currently reading list to include all of my October TBR. I am hoping to get most of those done this month if I don’t get too distracted with other things. My September list went down the drain. I only was able to read three books out of the whole list, which I am EXTREMELY disappointed about. But things happen and you just need to keep it moving.
Anyway that pretty much wraps up this update. Told you it would be short. Until next time…
Peace, Love and Read On! ❤
Hello my fellow Bookworms!
I feel like life has been so hectic lately and the result is I have fallen so behind in my September Reads. It really upsets me that I haven’t been able to get everything I wanted to accomplish done. But I will try to finish the book I am currently reading and maybe one more before the week is up.
I start school this week, which is exciting! I am one of those rare individuals who actually loves school. I love learning new things or even freshening up on things I haven’t used in a long while. I actually can’t wait to see what my first assignments are and getting to do real academic research! This is going to be really interesting and will definitely let you all know how things are going.
This past week I finished Frankenstein. I totally forgot how pissed Dr. Frankenstein makes me feel. I totally sympathize with his monster during the entire book. He is like a child only a few years old. Of course he will seek revenge from a person who created him then was completely disgusted by him before he could even understand anything. The fact that all he wanted was a companion because he was lonely in a world that would not accept him and mistreated him was understandable. I felt so utterly compassionate towards the monster throughout the book. I did feel bad for Frankenstein, for all he has lost but again it was all his fault.
I am about 90% done with Interview with the Vampire. When I first read this book I absolutely HATED Lestat. After reading so many of the books in the series that hatred subsided to dislike. Re-reading this book brought back all those feelings. Lestat is a terrible creature. I understand that he is a vampire urghhhh…. You really love Louis throughout the book but you also understand that even after so many years as a vampire he is very much still human. He is weak by vampire standards but his human nature is beautiful. The way he views the world and describes everything so passionately, you just fall in love with him. And it doesn’t help that as I am reading I am picturing Brad Pitt! This is such a great book.
My 7 year old and I have begun brainstorming our children short stories. I will definitely keep you updated on that. I am very excited to be embarking on this journey with him. I am hoping that our books will elicit joy in the children who will read them. I also begun journaling again which I haven’t done in so long but there will be another post on that and the reasons why I have anxiety when it comes to journaling.
I have some really excited posts coming up this week for you all so please bare with me while I get myself together.
Until next time….
Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤
Hello my fellow bookworms!
Last week was a bit busy being the first full week of school. The amount of paperwork they send home for you to sign is CRAZY! The everyday life as a mom of cleaning up, making sure your child bathes, and helping out with homework. Not to mention you have to spend quality time with your significant other. Not sure how I find the time to even pick up a book and read. I’m also going to be starting a new job and going for my bachelors degree. Went through all the interviews and filled out all the paperwork. It was all very exhausting! But lets get on with everything!
I’ve heard so many good things about each of these books (Shades of Magic Trilogy, Warm Up, Vicious, and Brave) and cannot wait until I crack them all open. Especially the Shades of Magic Trilogy. I’m so excited that I may rethink some of my reading choices for the month and just replace some with those three.
So these 7 books already came out and am looking forward to picking them up in the very near future. The completely captured my attention when reading the synopsis so I thought I would share it with you all:
- Time Convert by Deborah Harkness: On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.
A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.
- Escape From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
- Katerina by James Frey: A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the explosive new novel by America’s most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018.
At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive, dazzling, breathtaking style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination.
- The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman: A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…
Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.
In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.
But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.
- Lies by T.M. Logan: WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.
And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.
But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.
When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.
And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .
- Below the Tree Line by Susan Oleksiw: Felicity O’Brien hopes the warning shot fired from her porch is enough to scare off the intruder who’s been snooping around her family’s Massachusetts farm. Days later, when two young women are found dead nearby, Felicity can’t figure out how the deaths are related, and even her inherited healing touch isn’t enough to ease the community’s pain over the tragic loss.
Felicity does know that somebody wants something bad enough to kill for it, but all she has is the neglected property her parents passed down to her. Joining forces with her friend Jeremy Colson, Felicity tries to uncover the truth and save herself and her land from those who are capable of unthinkable harm.
- The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkin: In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar.
Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs.
Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.
At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.
Well that is the end of my update. Really want to try and get these out on Sunday’s instead of Monday.
Until next time…
Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤
Hello my fellow readers,
It has been too long since I posted anything and even longer since I updated my reading lists. I have a nice long list of books that I have reviews coming soon for but my first blog back I decided needed to be my BACK TO SCHOOL READING LIST. Been in such a major funk for almost 2 YEARS!!! I don’t think I have ever had such a terribly long reading funk in my 31 years, but I am back baby! For the past couple of weeks I have been going through my Goodreads page trying to play catch up on everything I have read and am trying to read, as well as doing my mommy duties and preparing my baby for 2nd grade (which has totally had me emotional on how fast he is growing up on me). But without further ado here is my list of books that I will be reading this September:
I thought what a great way to start of back to school month with a classic. I absolutely love the universal monsters and Frankenstein is by far one of my favorite. I haven’t read this in over 10 years so I think its time for me to dust of my copy and open that bad boy up!
Now these books are by far my all time FAVORITE vampire series EVER!!!! I must admit though I am way behind and haven’t read the last 7 books in this series. I did of course read the crossover Mayfair Witches’ series which were also AMAZING. I though what better way to finish off the series then by reintroducing myself with all of the beautiful characters from the start. Plus I want to write a complete review and can only do it justice by finishing them all off.
And last but not least I really want to read Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”, “Dark Places”, and “Sharp Objects.” I have heard so much about this author and these books that I thought they would be a great new read for me coming out of this dark funk of mine. I can not wait to crack these bad boys open and let you all know my thoughts on them.
SO….. those are my Back to School reads for this month. I am also taking suggestions on any new YA series that you all think is a must read. Will keep you all updated on my progress and will be posting reviews on each book as I go. Until then….
Peace, Love, and Read On ❤