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The ABC Challenge (B)

I saw this challenge over on A Book. A Thought. I liked the idea of going through my shelves and thinking about some of the books that stick out in my mind. I have fun going through my shelves and picking out books. I found some that I want to reread soon.

Memorable Titles that Start with “B”

Beneath the Sugar SkySeanan McGuire – This was probably my favorite of this series so far. It was a fun, twisting story that I felt connected me best to the characters.

Blind Faith – Ben Eaton – I bought this when I was in London years ago. I remember it being about following a government without thinking for yourself. I need to read it again now and see how it relates to our time.

Because You Love to Hate MeVarious Authors- This was an interesting short story collection. It told stories from villain’s POV. Victoria Schwab has one about death that is just fantastic.

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak – This is a classic and it is as good as the reviews have said. It heart-breaking but in the best way possible.

Books Starting with “B” on my TBR

What are your opinions on some of these books? Any that you love?

Vengeful – V.E. Schwab – Review

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Being an EO sounds great in theory. You get awesome powers and can do anything that you want. But you have to die in the process. You have to experience you breath stopping, your heart beat going silent. You wake up and then have to live with those memories. What if your death is caused by someone else? How do you live day to day with that memory in your head? What if revenge is all that you want and need? Can you be stopped? Should you be stopped?

(This is a review for a second book in a series. There will may be spoilers from the first book.)

 

 

What I Loved_-4

I have been waiting for this book since it was announced. I love V.E. Schwab, she is one of my favorite authors. I liked the first one because of how it concentrates on anti-heroes. Victor and Eli are not good people, they destroy what is around them and enjoy watching the world burn. Yet you are drawn to them, you understand them. I was curious how their story could and would continue.

This book picks up five years after Vicious. We see the results of Sydney bringing Victor back from the dead. We learn that bringing people back from the dead doesn’t always goes as planned. I enjoyed Victor’s journey throughout this book. He is desperate to find a way to save himself. As he dies over and over again he looks for anyone who can save him.

It was interesting because Victor is still his selfish self. His first concern is about how to save himself. He wants to live and he wants to survive. Though there is this small piece of him that really cares about Sydney. This is his saving grace. We see him trying to find a way to save himself without harming her.

I like how Schwab is able to make us care about these characters even though they are not good people. All of them kill at one point or another. They destroy lives yet I wanted them all to win. She does a great job and giving us a sympathetic side to them, giving us something to latch onto and relate to. Victor wants to keep Sydney safe. He wants her to not turn into him.

The new characters Marcella and June are two people who have been broken down and are now standing on their own two feet. Marcella was treated like a side piece. She was nothing but a figure to admire and use. After she rises again she takes her power back. She is no longer weak but a strong woman you can’t fight or deny. She is easy to relate to.

Once we see how she was treated, especially at a certain party scene you want her to win. You want her to kill and destroy those who hurt her. You want her to show that she can be just as strong as any of the men. I didn’t despise her. She was a woman wronged and she found a way to make things right for herself.

I loved June, she is my new favorite character. June is mysterious and I want to know everything there is to know about her. She has a past were don’t quite know. She was killed, but we don’t know how. She is a shape shifter who refuses to use her real face. I want to know why? I want to know what destroy her self image. I need to know why she is hiding.

Even though she is hiding though she still is strong. She is able to stand on her own two feet and she doesn’t let anyone tell her who she is. She can be anyone and she can take on any form. She is hiding but she is also showing the world who she can be. I want a whole book about her.

What I was just okay with
I had this same issue with Vicious, the end was quite quick. I felt like the book was setting up this huge fight. There were so many players and we saw them setting up so many elements. But the end fight was done quite quickly. I pictured a sort of cinematic fight, with all the people going after one another. In the end we got a quick fight with a definite end. I just wanted a bit more.

What I Wished was Different_
There was nothing that threw me out of the book. I loved the characters. I was impressed how much I felt connected to these despicable people. I thought the plot kept things moving.

I have this book five stars because I adored the characters so much. The end fight left me wanting more but the end it self left room for more and I hope to see these characters again.
Five Star

Copy of What I was just okay with
“Eyes were fickle. Minds were weak.” – pg. 57

“But there was, it turned out, a crucial difference between destroying things and destroying people.” (pg. 132)

“‘What does normal look like?'” (pg. 165)

“Men ahead of their time were always, by definition, outside of it.” (pg. 215)

“How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?” (pg. 266)

“People can see an awful lot, and believe none of it.” (pg. 275)

“Every end may be a new beginning, but every beginning had to end.” (pg. 460)

Down the TBR Hole #10

I am close to a month since the last one of these. I am almost done with my current book but not sure when I will have time to get the review out. So I figured I would do another addition of this one in the meantime.

This was originally created by Lost in a Story .
It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next time!

Dress Codes for Small Town – Courtney C. Stevens – A book exploring sexual fluidity while also questioning how to understand what you want despite the labels laid on you? Yes, please.
Decision: Keep

The Bookseller  – Cynthia Swanson – I love the idea of not knowing what reality is real.
Decision: Keep

Love is the Higher Law – David Levithan – I do love David Levithan’s books. This one seems super emotional so it will be one I have to be in the mood for, but I do want to get to it eventually.
Decision: Keep

Of Breakable Things – A. Lynden Rolland – I like the idea of choosing to stay in the spirit world instead of coming back to life.
Decision: Keep

The Lantern’s Ember – Colleen Houck – Love the idea of a deal with the devil and a defiant woman who won’t listen.
Decision: Keep


The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly – Whispering books. I am in.
Decision: Keep

If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan – Wow, this seems intense. Two women in love in a country that could end in their death if found out. A decision to change sexes to be together? I am extremely interested.
Decision:Keep

Nothing is Strange – Mike Russell – It seems alright but nothing really pulls me in.
Decision: Remove 

The Culling – Steven dos Santos – Sounds a lot like the Hunger Games
Decision: Remove 

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy – Nova Jacobs– A mystery that is kind of vague and generic sounding but there is also something pulling me in. I’ll leave it on for now.
Decision: Keep 

Keep – 8
Remove – 2

Didn’t do the best job clearing anything out this time but I was reminded of some books that I want to move up my list!

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley – Shaun David Hutchinson- Review

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Andrew should be dead. He was supposed to die in the accident that took his parents and little sister. He now hides in the hospital where they died. He is intent on evading Death, who is after him. That is until the night a boy his age comes through the door. Now he must save Rusty. But how do you save someone else when you have no idea how to save yourself?

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
The characters in this story were compelling. Andrew was interesting because he acted beyond his age. He was able to take care of himself in the hospital. He was smart and clever enough to hide from the authorities. He wasn’t afraid of being alone. He showed wisdom beyond his age.

Normally this would throw me off. I would wonder how a child could manage all this, even a teenager. But it is well established that this kid has been through a trauma that allows him to grow up fast. We see that what happened to his family threw him into a whole new world. One where he had to learn to sink or swim.

I also really liked Rusty. This wasn’t his story per se but it felt like his story as much as Andrew’s. We learn what happened to him and why. The details that Andrew gets give us a clear picture of what is going on.

I also really liked that Rusty connected to Andrew so quickly. He saw a kindred spirit in this lost boy. Both of them were lost kids who needed someone to understand them. They saw that in each other and connected over it.

The addition of the comic Andrew was working on was great. I really liked being able to see and read the comic. I think something would have been lost without that addition. I don’t think just describing it would have been able to give the whole picture. With the periodic looks at the comic I felt the connection to the story as a whole. I liked the mix of these types of story telling to give one full story.

What I was just okay with
I felt like there were some stories missing. Each of the characters had a tale of their own and you got hints of them from everyone but never the full story of anyone. I wanted to know more about all of them. There was definitely something missing from Father Mike’s story as well as Aimee’s story.

I found myself anticipating what was coming for them and was disappointed when we didn’t learn what was going on. I could discern most of it but I didn’t want to guess at it. I wanted to know that these people all had problems just like Andrew. I think each of them revealing their secrets would have helped Andrew grow and find his way.

What I Wished was Different_
I adore Shaun David Hutchinson’s other books. I know this was written before those and you can see him finding his way as a writer. While this book is great it is very heavy handed with its message.

You didn’t have to guess at the message even a little bit. There was no room for interpretation in the message. It was plain and written out over and over again for you. I am used to his much more subtle way of telling you something in his later books.

I think that if I read this book first before the other ones I wouldn’t have had an issue with this way of telling the message of the story. But I know what he can do and am glad to see how he grew as a writer. You can see he found his groove with We are the ants and it is great to see.

 

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads. While I enjoyed it it was missing the punch that his later books have.

Copy of What I was just okay with

“It begins there because it’s important to know that a superhero with no past began as a man with no future.” (pg. 8)

“Maybe hell is seeing the lost loved painted over the faces of the strangers we meet.” (pg. 58)

“Maybe our beliefs decide our fate after death.” (pg. 99)

“No one unravels all of life’s many mysteries. They grow older and become better liars.” (pg. 123)

 

September Wrap Up

September was an odd month for me. This is the last month that I had a bunch of things planned for the weekends. I had a wedding out of state, a clambake, work events and just random things. This weekend was supposed to be the busiest of them all with a visit from a friend but decisions were made that changed those plans.

I didn’t write nearly has many posts as I would have liked to mostly because I was so busy. But I did find myself writing more after work and realizing that I am not as tired anymore which is nice.

As for reading I hit my Goodreads goal this month! I have officially surpassed my 40 book goal! I have three months left this year and I am curious to see how far I go above that total before 2019 hits!

I also went on a bit of a book buying spree. Initially I ordered from Amazon, but after they yet again lost a package, I decided to go with ordering from Target. October will be a another buying binge because I know of a handful of books coming out that I cannot wait to read.

Books I read:


Enter the Enchanted (Everworld #3) – K.A. Applegate – I am really enjoying this reread.

Circe – Madeline Miller – This was a such a great book. Love the look at a character I knew next to nothing about. I bought Song of Achilles and I cannot wait to read it!

Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manual Miranda, Jeremey McCarter – This gave me a whole new appreciation of this musical.

Aaru: Halls of Hel (The Aaru Cycle #2) – David Meredith – I was sent this for a review and it was interesting. Good look at the dark side of a utopian tech society.

Posts for this month:

Obsidio – The Illuminae Files #3 – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review
Enter the Enchanted (Everworld #3) – K.A. Applegate
Circe – Madeline Miller – Review
The Great American Read List
Down the TBR hole #9
The ABC Challenge (A)
Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manual Miranda and Jeremey McCarter
The Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag (Take 2)
Aaru -Hall of Hel – David Meredith – Review

Books I bought:

Shows I watched:

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I started watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. This is the oddest show to me because everyone is just so nice and quiet and pleasant to each other. I am used to competition shows with yelling and disasters and dragging everything out. Instead this is just calm and fun to watch!

October will be a  fun month for TV for me because just about all my shows are back. I am particularly interested to see what Walking Dead does with Rick’s last episodes. Going to end up as whole different show hopefully.

What was your September like? Favorite book of this month?

The ABC Book Challenge (A)

I saw this challenge over on A Book. A Thought. I liked the idea of going through my shelves and thinking about some of the books that stick out in my mind. I also like the idea of going through my TBR and looking at books from this angle.

I will periodically update this, not weekly, but once in a while. I like being able to add this ongoing posts in-between reviews. I like the idea of having different things to break up what I post.

For A I chose books that began with a word that started with A, not just A itself. I saw a few I loved that started as “A…” but I am going to use those for when the letter of the main word comes up.

(I will link to the review if I have done a review for the mentioned book )

                  Memorable Titles That Start With “A”

At the Edge of the Universe – Shaun David Hutchinson – I have sung Hutchinson’s praises so many times before. This one is my second favorite of his books. It is a unique look at what happens when you realize you are not the center of the universe and start living with the outside world.

Ash and Quill – Rachel Caine – The third book in the Great Library series. I love this series and the way it explores what happens when knowledge is controlled by a select few.

Alice Takes Back Wonderland – David D. Hammons – A reimagining of Alice and Wonderland. It was fun and full of imagination. It does justice to the source material while taking you on an even more fantastic journey.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz – A poignant coming of age story. I was swept away and cannot wait or the sequel!

Books starting with “A” on my TBR

(I am not going to go into detail about the ones on my TBR list. I will be doing that in my “Down my TBR Hole” posts)


Have you read any of these books? Which are your favorite books that start with “A”?

Down the TBR Hole #9

It has been about a month since I’ve done one of these posts so I decided to jump back into my TBR shelf and see what can come off. This is a handy thing to do since I have a tendency to continuously add to this list, so taking off some is not a bad thing!

This was originally created by Lost in a Story and seems like a good way to go through some of my TBR on Goodreads and see what is there and what I can get rid of or push me to start reading. 
Links will be  on the titles for the books Goodreads page. (I am going to do ten for this round of this tag).

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next time!

Current TBR: 252


The Children’s Home – Charles Lambert
The summary tells me very little. It also barely has 2 stars on Goodreads which is a bit disconcerting. I don’t find myself wanting to run out and get this one, so it’ll go for now.
Decision: Remove

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster (Book #1) – Sarah Noffke
I like the idea of someone realizing that having too much power has corrupted them. I am curious how this one explores the idea of someone understanding they are a monster and fixing that side of them.
Decision: Keep

Soul’s Asylum: The Parasite Lives – Derek E. Pearson
Holy crap there are at least 4 plot lines in the summary alone. Aliens, telepaths, an epidemic and a murder mystery. I am already too overwhelmed.
Decision: Remove

How to Suppress Women’s Writing – Joanna Russ
Exploring the the barriers that are in place for women and minorities in the art world? I am all for that.
Decision: Keep 

Envious – Katie Keller-Nieman
Sound alright but nothing new or exciting.
Decision: Remove 


Riders (Riders #1) – Veronica Rossi
Someone dies and becomes one of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Yes, please!
Decision: Keep

Figment (Insanity #2) – Cameron Jace
Why do I have the second in a series on my list without the first? I mean I like the idea of Alice in our world but I’m gonna have to read the first book then decide if I go onto the second.
Decision: Remove

Time on Her Hands (The Lineage 3) – Melissa Jarvis
Again somehow ended up adding the third book in a series. I have to stop doing that!
Decision: Remove

The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) – Daniel O’Malley
A mystery with a number of elements, sounds interesting.
Decision: Keep

Breeder (Arrow’s Flight #1) – Casey Hays
Not sure I like the idea of someone being forced to breed and then fighting that, especially since the summary sounds like there is a lot of harsh punishments involved.
Decision: Remove

Kept: 4
Removed: 6
Current TBR – 243 (Again found a few books that I have read and thought were on my “Read” list but somehow weren’t. This is a good exercise for finding the glitches on the shelf too)

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on what I decided to keep versus get rid of?

The Great American Read List

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So I caught the PBS opening special about The Great American Read. The idea is to do a few themed episodes showcasing the 100 top voted books in the country. They chose the books through a voting system and now they are looking to narrow it down to the top book in America.

I found it interesting that I didn’t know a handful of these books. I also have only read a handful as well. I thought it would be interesting to think about the books I think should win.

I love this idea, having people go through a list and vote on the book that speaks most to them. Books change our lives in so many different ways. They can wake you up, they can break your heart and help you find a new way to grow. They can be the thing that changes your way of thinking. Books open so many paths.

After going through this list I have an idea of the top three books I think should win this. The first being Harry Potter of course. I have gone on and one about my love and adoration for this series. I have done numerous posts about the way this series has shaped my life. I would love to see this series win.

Second I would chose The Giver. This book is my second favorite book of all time. It is unique and fascinating. A world where there is no pain, no emotion, no memories. Watching the main character wake up, watching the world around him become something more is fascinating. It is short but it is powerful. For a world that is forgetting what it means to be human this is an important book.

Last I would pick The Outsiders. I remember this being one of those books that just hit me square in the chest when I read it. It was one of the first books where I saw male friends becoming family. You saw the emotional side of these friends and these guys, something you rarely see. I loved the intense emotion of this book.

On another note there are two books on this list I think should not have even made it on here. The first being Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the series, more out of curiosity than anything. While I didn’t hate it, it definitely does not deserve to be considered a “great read.” It has zero substance and perpetuates a lot of negative things.

Second I do not see why Twilight is on here. I read that series, I loved it at one time. It is a fun read. It is perfect to escape into and help boost the YA genre. But it doesn’t hold any real substance or life changing aspect to it.

I thought it would be interesting and fun to talk about these books. Out of the list which have you read? Which do you think deserve to win this race? (I have starred the books I have read).

I am going to leave the link to their website if you want to learn more or vote.

The Great American Read Book List:

* 1984 George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

A Separate Peace John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

* Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery

Another Country James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

* Beloved Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya

* The Book Thief Markus Zusak

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz

* The Call of the Wild Jack London

* Catch-22 Joseph Heller

*The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

* Charlotte’s Web E.B. White

*The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis

The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel

The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah

The Color Purple Alice Walker

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas6

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon

*The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos

Dune Frank Herbert

*Fifty Shades of Grey (series) E.L. James

Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews

Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov

*Frankenstein Mary Shelley

*A Game of Thrones (series) George R.R. Martin

Ghost Jason Reynolds

Gilead Marilynne Robinson

*The Giver Lois Lowry

The Godfather Mario Puzo

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

*Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

*The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift

*The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

* Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling

*Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen

*Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

*The Help Kathryn Stockett

*The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

*The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy

The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead

*Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan

Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry

Looking for Alaska John Green

*The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

The Martian Andy Weir

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders Dave Hunt

Moby-Dick Herman Melville

The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon

*The Outsiders S.E. Hinton

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan

The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett

*Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

*Ready Player One Ernest Cline

Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

*The Shack William P. Young

Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut

*The Stand Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

Swan Song Robert R. McCammon

Tales of the City (series) Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti

*To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

*The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

Watchers Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

* Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls

*White Teeth Zadie Smith

Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

 

 

I Spy Book Challenge

I saw this over on Kat Impossible awhile back and it looked fun. I needed a fun tag to do while I finish up my book so I figured I would give this a shot. It was originally created by Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books.

Rules: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!

( I really did try to do it in five minutes but failed. It took me about 10, mostly because my shelves are all spread out over my apartment so going between them took time!)


1. Food – Seventh Plague by Jams Rollins – There is a bee on the cover and they make honey which can be food. (I might have stretched that one a bit!)
2. Transportation – The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson – Remembered this book from when I was a teen, loved it then. Need to reread it.
3. Weapon – Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – Knife on cover, pretty simple
4. Animal – Littlest Uninvited One by Charles Tazewell- Didn’t even have to think about this one.
5. Number  – Three Days to Never by Tim Powers


6. Something You Read – Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – The cover is made to look like a book cover on a book cover!
7. Body of Water – Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – Saw the word water and went with it.
8. Product of Fire- Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
9. Royalty – The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming  (I bought this book because it mentioned Ohio and anything about my state interests me).
10. Architecture  – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – The castle is on it. (I had a rough time with this one, it ate a lot of my time.)


11. Clothing Item – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Kell’s coat is a prominent element of the cover and the book!
12. Family member – The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater  – Those boys are all brothers so I went with it.
13. Time of Day – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
14. Music – This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – Double on this one, song in the title plus an instrument on the cover!
15. Paranormal being – A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin


16. Occupation – The Book Jumper Mechthild Glaser – It is their job to jump into books.
17. Season – Winter by Marissa Meyer
18. Color – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera- I may have used a lot of interpretation for this one but the cover is full of color so I am counting it.
19. Celestial Body – The Timeships by Stephen Baxter – Time hopping space ships!
20. Something that grows – Lord the Flies by William Golding – Has plants on the cover. Another tough one for some reason.

This was fun though I may have done a little more interpreting than intended but still fun. I tag anyone who is in the mood to challenge themselves!

July Wrap Up

This month started out at a normal pace and then somehow sped up at lightening speed. The last two weeks flew by and I have no idea why. I didn’t have much going on. In any case I ended up reading 4 books this month. I am still 9 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge. As long as I stay ahead of schedule I am happy.

I was pretty good about book buying this month, only bought two. I am trying really hard to save money for the books that are coming out over the next few months and not fall into a book buying hole. I have plenty on my shelves right now.

As for writing that was kind of on pause for the month. Again I am not sure why but I wasn’t very motivated. I felt busier and more tired then I was. I did manage to write a short story that I am proud of. I am currently typing it up then going to edit it. I plan on spending some of August going through an outline of a novel I want to work on. Though August isn’t going to have a lot of extra time available so we shall see.

Books I read:


Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly – This was fascinating and prompted me to want o read more about little known historical figures.

Darkest Warrior – Gena Showalter – This was not my favorite. I don’t quite understand some of the choices made. I finished it because I do enjoy the series and hope the rest of the series is better.

Smoke and Iron  – Rachel Caine – I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It set up a lot and I can’t wait to see how the whole series ends.

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman – I loved this. I learned so much about these myths and I also am eager to reread a series I loved from when I was a teenager to see how things compare.

Posts Written;
Running with Lions – Julian Winters – Review
Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire – Review
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly – Review
Hogwarts Tag 
The Darkest Warrior – Gena Showalter – Review
Down the TBR Hole #7 
Book Blogger Insider Tag
Top 7 Harry Potter Characters  (I am just now seeing that this post is a mess for some reason. I will be fixing it so the it doesn’t look so all over the place.)
Smoke and Iron – Rachel Caine – Review
Book Blogger Memory Challenge 

Note about posts: I have caught up on my back log of reviews which means I will be doing some other type of posts, such as tags and about writing, more frequently. I am always reading I just am not the fastest reader so I will have to balance things a bit.

Books Bought:

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I only bought two books this month and that is because the special 20th anniversary edition Harry Potter books with cool covers came out. I can’t afford to buy the entire series so I bought my two favorites, Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince.

Currently Reading:

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I haven’t reread any of the books in a little while. I love the way this one looks at Voldemort’s history. I wanted a comfortable and welcoming read for a bit.

Movies Seen:

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Went to see Incredibles 2 with my dad and brothers. It was my dad’s first movie in like 15 years. It was really good. Had an interesting message about technology and screens and was just fun. I highly enjoyed it.

Favorite thing of the month:

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In a small town in my city there is a Harry Potter festival. They have done it for 3 years and this year was the best year yet. I bought way too many things but had a lot of fun as always. Best way to end the month!

What was your month of July like? What were some of your favorite books you read? Favorite movies? Favorite moments of July?

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