October Reading Wrap up!!

I had a much better reading month! I never read all that I want to. But I also broke my mini reading slump and actually read more books then I thought I would. I also listened to two audibooks and I am super excited to see what I read next month!

Stats:

3 audiobooks and 7 physical books!

  1. Dragon watch ( 4 stars)
  2. Arlo Finch and the valley of fire (4 stars)
  3. Who thought this was a good idea (4 stars)  (audiobook) 
  4. The Reader (3.5 stars)
  5. This will only hurt a little (5 stars) (audiobook) 
  6. The devoring grey (arc review) (4.75)
  7. Four dead queens (arc review (3.75)
  8. Unclaimed baggage (3.5 stars)
  9. Six of crows  (3.5 stars)
  10. My Plain Jane (4.75 stars)

Highs

1. My Plain Jane

2. The Devouring Grey

3.  Dragon Watch

Lows:

  1. The reader

Let me know what you read this month in the comments!!

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This will only hurt a little (audiobook) review!!

This will only hurt a little  by Busy Phlipps

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Published by  Touchstone on October 16, 2018

Genres: non-fiction, celebrity

Pages: 320

Format: audiobook

Source:  personally bought

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little.

In this stunningly candid memoir, Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.

But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of Freaks and Geeks). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Geeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creek castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men–themed hallucination, and more.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram and now to the page, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”

My Thoughts:

I really loved this audio book so much. I really love reading books by actors about their experience in the lime light. I found this book to be such a fast pace read and just was really touched by the honesty and how real this story came across. Busy did a really good job at making her life a open book for both the good, the bad and the ugly. I highly rec listening to this book because It made the story even more impactful. It did deal with harder issues so some trigger warnings but overall a great listen!

What I am reading monday!!!

So i am feeling much better about my reading this week and hope to tackle many books!

What I finished reading!

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This was such a prefect halloween read! I really enjoyed this retelling so much. I really loved all the POV characters. It had some pacing issues! But i really loved this book!

What I am currently reading!

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I am is excited to dive into this thriller from one of my favorite authors!! I can’t wait to read more!

What I am reading next!

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This is one of my shorter reads of the month and i former owl crate book and I hope I love it!

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I am super excited to read this book next!

Let me know what you are reading today!

later book lovers!

The Reader: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Reader  by Traci Chee

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 13, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 44

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

My Thoughts:

I actually really enjoyed the world building in this novel. I did at points drag but I think that is largely because of the massive world. I did really loved the various setting we were in and also how many POV we did have. Sometimes i got a tad confused on who was who but it was interesting read. I def grew invested to most of the main characters and overall was excited about the novel. I wish I felt a little bit more invested to the the characters but I am excited for book 2!

 

Who Thought this was a good idea (Political book) (Non-Spoiler review)!!

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

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Published by  Twelve on March 21, 2017

Genres: Bio, Political, Self Help

Pages: 257

Format:  Audibook

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this…

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and long before his run for president. From the then-senator’s early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears, and lots of briefing binders.

But for every historic occasion-meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks, or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm-there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day. Like the time she learned the hard way that there aren’t nearly enough bathrooms at the Vatican.

Full of hilarious, never-before-told stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is an intimate portrait of a president, a book about how to get stuff done, and the story of how one woman challenged, again and again, what a “White House official” is supposed to look like. Here Alyssa shares the strategies that made her successful in politics and beyond, including the importance of confidence, the value of not being a jerk, and why ultimately everything comes down to hard work (and always carrying a spare tampon).

Told in a smart, original voice and topped off with a couple of really good cat stories, WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is a promising debut from a savvy political star.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook and found this book to be such a informative read not only about life and job hunting and being a women in any field. I also thought that is covered such a unique take on a white house roll, that I never read before. I really loved both learning about her role in the WH and also how she got where she was. This was such a fun read and so informative. I hope to read more political reads in the future!

 

Contagion: Non-Spoiler Review

Contagion by Erin Bowman

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Published by  HarperTeen on July 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Jonathan Maberry, and horror films like 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, this pulse-pounding, hair-raising, utterly terrifying novel is the first in a duology from the critically acclaimed author of the Taken trilogy.

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project—including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

My Thoughts:

I found this to be fun fast pace science fiction adventure. I really the various POV that we got, but I felt like that sometimes some of the POV were a tad confusing at the start of the novel. I really liked the mystery and science fiction aspect of this novel. I found all the characters various backgrounds to be interesting. I felt that the plot had some predictable elements towards the middle but overall it was fast pace read. I thought the ending was shocking but also a tad rushed. I will def be checking out book 2.

 

Arc Tbr: Slayer!!!

So this book was def the highlight of my con experience!! I am massive buffy fan and am super curious about this book. If i had my way, I would read this tonight. It sounds so awesome! Here is a summary for you all!!

Cover Reveal!!

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Summary!!

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 8, 2019)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2019
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Author Information

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken trilogy, the Paranormalcy trilogy, Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Slayer, and many other novels. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California. Visit her at http://www.kierstenwhite.com.

Let me know buffy fans, if you are excited/nervous about this book, I am super excited!

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Waiting for Wenesday: Girl of Paper and Fire!!

So this book was one of the highlights of my book con experience!! And I really can’t wait to read it!

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Summary!!!

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Author Information:

Natasha Ngan is a writer and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.

She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French.

She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES and THE MEMORY KEEPERS are out now from Hot Key Books, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE will be published in November 2018 by Little Brown.

TTT: Villains The good, the bad and the creepy!!

So here was a fun list to create, Here are some of the villains that always come to mind when I chat books 🙂 Let me know some of your favorites in the comments!!!

1.Creepy Villian: Levanna (Cinder series)

2. Favorite: Alastor (The dreadful tale of prosper readding)

3. Best: Voldmort (Harry pottter)

4. Worst: Umbridge (Harry potter)

5.  Scary: The Darkling ( Shadow and Bone)

So tell me in your comments what villains grab your VOTES!!!

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Let me know what viallian hold your heart in the comments!!

 

What I am reading Monday!!

I actually made so much more reading progress this week and finally caught up on my pre comic con books and get to start new things yay!! So lets review and look towards the future!

What I finished reading!!

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I actually really enjoyed this book. I thought it was the prefect mix between stranger things and darkest minds… but more strangers things!! I really enjoyed this book! I will do my non-spoiler thoughts closer to when it comes out in april but I really enjoyed this book!

What I am currently reading!

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I am really loving the pace of this book. I also am growing to love the characters. It is super hard to put down! I can’t wait to read more soon!

What I want to read next!

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this is another mystery/ thriller that is high on my list to read soon!

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This is another super delayed BEA book pick! I am super excited to start reading it!

 

Let me know in the comments what you reading this week!

Later book lovers!