Books in November & December 2019

Apologies for the delays on these. I’m going to do a short version this time around.

 

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Books in November 2019

9 Total

New Favorites: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway & White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowlings
Graphic Novel: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
New Kids: The Key to the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
Childhood: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Classic: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

 

Ratings:

*11/23/63 by Stephen King — 3.5
*Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol–3.5
*Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar–5 (reread)
*The Key to the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks–3.5
*Far from the Tree by Robin Benway–5
*Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier–4
*The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin–5
*White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland–5
*Darkest Hour by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)–5

 

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Books in December 2019

Total: 8

Favorite: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Graphic Novel: The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
Childhood: The Sweet Scent of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry
New Kids: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
True Crime Book Club: The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber
Nonfiction: The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi


Ratings:

* The Nine Lives of Christmas by Shelia Roberts –3.5
* NOS4A2 by Joe Hill–4
* The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats–3.5
* The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi–3
* The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber–2.5
* Starsight by Brandon Sanderson–4.5
* The Sweet Scent of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry–3.5
* The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg–3

 

 

What did you read during November and December of 2019?

 

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2020 Changes

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts. I know I’m behind on posting the book pictures from November and December. The last half of 2019 felt like a mental suckerpunch. I still plan on posting those pictures, but I will not be posting any new ones starting in 2020. I will be posting reviews and the stack of books I read on my instagram @ceruleananimation if you are interested in following me there.

 

I am sad to say that I have grown too busy, and perhaps, lost the passion for blogging. It no longer brings me joy. I don’t love WordPress’ new interface, either. Often I find myself behind even though I don’t post all that much anymore. I’m not sure that is fair to my readers or to myself. This blog will remain up and occasionally I may even post, but I have other plans in mind for 2020.

 

2020 is a year of changes. One of my top goals is to finish my final re-write/edit of The Birthday Bash. Years of querying has sucked the passion for writing from me and I have been working hard to find it again over the last couple of years. For NaNoWriMo 2019, which I know I neglected to post about, I wrote some of a fun V.C. Andrews inspired murder mystery and remembered why I loved writing in the first place. It’s about creating something, using my imagination to pretend just like I did when I was little. Writing what I did of that story brought me joy I hadn’t experienced in a while.

 

This year’s goal is to self publish The Birthday Bash. I no longer care if I become a bestselling author–at this point, I would just be happy to have readers, to hold my book in print, or read it on my phone. To save myself further stress and loss of joy concerning writing, I am focusing on writing for myself, and those who want to read what I write.

 

Even if nothing comes from self publishing The Birthday Bash, I love the story and will be happy it’s out there to share with the world. There is a deep need inside of me to re-ignite my passion for writing and this is the best plan I can think of. I will also be creating a new author website and will post about it once it is ready.

 

If you are still here with me, I am happy to have you and I thank you for all of your support. I will try to post recent updates on my Facebook page, J.N Cahill, and you can also find me on Twitter @JNCahill1, if you want to keep up with my most recent news. I am hoping to have The Birthday Bash published this early Fall, but I will not stress if it ends up needing more time. This story deserves the best send off that I can give it.

 

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Books in October 2019

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Books in October

11.5 Total (counting Night Film as half)

 

Favorite: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Least Liked: Night Film by Marisha Pessl & Gruesome Facts by Igloo Books
Classic: The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Peter’s True Crime Book Club: My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
Childhood: The Bunnicula Collection by James Howe
New Kids: Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich by Alex Rex
Graphic Novel: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll


Ratings:

Monster by Walter Dean Myers–3
The October Country by Ray Bradbury–4
The Bunnicula Collection by James Howe–4
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness–4.5
His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler–3.5
Night Film by Marisha Pessl– DNFed at 50%
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix–3.5
My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams–3
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll–3
The Outsider by Stephen King–4
Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich by Alex Rex–4
Gruesome Facts by Igloo Books–2

 

 

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My favorite book for October was A Monster Calls. It broke me because it deals with grief and made me think of my cat, Midnight, who passed away in August, but it’s probably exactly what I needed at the time. 4.5

 

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My graphic novel pick for the month. The stories were disappointing but the horrific yet stunning art was fantastic. 3

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My childhood read for the month. I’m not sure which ones I read aside from the first but decided to go ahead and read the other two in this collection. They were great fun. The cat and dog humor was spot on and those white vegetables have always stuck with me. 4
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New kid’s read. This was hilarious (reminded me of The Stinky Cheese Man book I loved as a kid) and had excellent art. Perfect for your kiddos next Halloween! 4

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The pick for Peter’s True Crime Book Club. I’d recommend the audio, as the author narrates. It was fascinating but a bit on the repetitive side, which got a little annoying. There’s apparently two movie deals for each girl in the works. This case blew my mind. 3

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My classic. Ray Bradbury’s beautiful writing + Autumn stories made a wonderful combination. 4

What did you read in October? What was your favorite?

Books in September 2019

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Books in September

13 Total

 

Favorites: Shark Lady, Through the Water Curtain and Other Tales From Around the World & Salt to the Sea.

Childhood: The Mystery of the Cupboard

New Kids: Shark Lady

Graphic Novel: Wires and Nerves #2: Going Rogue

Nonfiction: Walking in Daniel’s Shoes

 

Ratings:

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowling–4

Midnight Whispers by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)-4.5

The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks–3.5

Through the Water Curtain and Other Tales from Around the World by Cornelia Funke–4.5

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware–3

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers–4

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys-4.5

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli–4.25

Wires and Nerve #2: Going Rogue by Marissa Meyer–3

Shave the Whales by Scott Adams–3.5

Walking in Daniel’s Shoes by Tom Mauser–4

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager–4

Shark Lady by Jess Keating–5

 

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My favorites for the month
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My new kids read, as well as one of my favorites for the month

 

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My childhood read for the month

 

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My graphic novel for the month

 

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My nonfiction pick.

 

What did you read in September? What was your favorite?

 

 

 

Books in August 2019

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Books in August
14 Total
* one was an ebook so it is not pictured here (American Predator).

Favorites: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Vol 2 by Kanata Konami, & American Predator by Maureen Callahan

Least Liked: The Real Simple Guide to Organizing by Real Simple Editors


Peter’s True Crime Book Club: American Predator by Maureen Callahan

Childhood: First Day at School by Jane Carruth

New Kids: Holes by Louis Sachar

Graphic Novel: The Complete Chi’s Seet Home Vol 2 by Kanata Konami

August was a great reading month! I enjoyed most everything, even the experience of my least liked book.


Ratings by Read Date:

The Au Pair by Emma Rous: 4.5
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kawn: 4
Real Simple Guide to Organizing: 2.5
First Day at School by Jane Carruth: 4
Chippy’s Favorite Toys by Jane Carruth: 3.5
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton: 5
The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Vol 2 by Kanata Konami: 5
Holes by Louis Sachar: 4.5
Goosebumps: Ghost Camp by R.L. Stine: 4
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick: 4
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: 4
Animorphs: The Sickness by K.A. Applegate (Melinda Metz): 4
American Predator by Maureen Callahan: 5
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: 4

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My favorite book of the month and for the year (so far).

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My graphic novel for the month.

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My new kid’s read of the month. Wish I’d read this as a kid!

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My childhood read.

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My True Crime ebook, which was excellent.

What did you read in August? What was your favorite?

Books in July 2019

Apologies for the delay. Life has not been kind to me lately. But here are all of the books I read in July!

 

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Nine total.

Favorites: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid & The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Childhood: Tiggy and the Giant Wave by Jane Carruth

New Kids: The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Graphic Novel: This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Mini Book Club: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Peter’s Book Club (True Crime): Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

I liked everything this month (3 and above). My Lovely Wife (4), Emma in the Night (4), China Rich Girlfriend (3.5), and Animorphs: The Experiment (3).

 

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What did you read in July? What was your favorite?

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Results

 

Hey guys, apologies for the lack of updates. July ended up being a crazy sort of month.

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Here are my final stats:

Word Count Goal: 10,000 words.

Word Count Total: 10,782 words.

 

I was hoping to get a lot more done but I am happy that I accomplished my initial goal despite everything that was going on. I’m hoping to finish this edit of The Birthday Bash by September at the latest.

 

So how did you do?