Books in November 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In November, I read seven.

 

New Favorites: Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga; Sister’s Fate (Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Classic: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Least Liked: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

I also enjoyed Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts, Knee-High Lies by Dawn Ford, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling.

 

 

My new favorite reads for November.

 

My classic read for the month.


 

My Harry Potter read for the month. The book is beautifully illustrated and the screenplay itself is well written. It made me want to re-watch the movie (which I plan to do soon)

 

 

I got this book for review and it ended up being pretty good.

 

Here’s some fun pictures of what my animals like to do when I take my pics. I plan to make a post in the future on how my book pics are done so consider it a sneak peek!

 

 

 

 

So what did you read in November and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

 

jnc

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November Writing & Reading Goals Check (December Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my classic book
✓ Write So Much Rage for NaNoWriMo
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay
Read Sister’s Fate
✓ Read Rage Within
✓ Read The Dead House
✓ Read Knee-High Lies for review
✓ Read Game

Do Book Pics

 

November ended up being pretty busy so I’m astounded that I managed all of my goals. Hopefully I do as well for December!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR DECEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Alice Through the Looking Glass for my classic book
✓ Write Christmas themed short story or prompts
✓ Read This Is Our Story
✓ Read Blood of my Blood
✓ Read Raging Star
✓ Read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
✓ Read Afterparty
Do Book Pics

 

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for November? If so, how did they go?

 

Books in October 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In October, I read ten.

 

New Favorites: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King; There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Least Liked: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine

I enjoyed everything else that I read this month. I read three Goosebumps books (Phantom in the Auditorium, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, & Ghost Beach) for the Goosebumps-along and while I have read them all before, I liked this even more this time around.

I also re-read I Hunt Killers and liked it even more than before. Dracula is my favorite classic for the year so far. Pretty Little Liars: Vicious was fun and wrapped up the series well (finally).

Hotel Ruby was super disappointing. I almost DNFed it but it started getting more interesting halfway. I ended up getting pretty annoyed with it because it had such promise but poor execution and characters. I finally read the Rabbit in Red book that came in my Horror Block ages ago (RIP Horror Block) and I really enjoyed it. If you like horror movies and Ready Player One, you will probably enjoy it as well.

 

 

My new favorite read for October. I shared this on Twitter and look what happened!

Another favorite.

 

My classic read for the month. My favorite for the year so far.

 

My favorite re-read.

 

 

Sadly I didn’t get to any Harry Potter related reads this month but can hopefully do two for November or December. I did finish a Harry Potter themed cookbook but as I’ve only completed one recipe, I didn’t want to review it until I tried a few more. I will probably add that one at the end of the year.

 

 

So what did you read in October and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017? How’s your progress going?

jnc

October Writing & Reading Goals Check (November Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR OCTOBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dracula for my classic book
✓ Work on The Birthday Bash edit/re-write
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts screenplay
✓ Read Vicious (PLL)
✓ Read Hotel Ruby
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rage Within or Rooms
✓ Participate in #Goosebumps-along
✓ Participate in #Spookathon
Do Book Pics

 

October ended up being pretty hectic so I’m proud of the goals I managed to get accomplished. I am disappointed that I didn’t get a Harry Potter read in but I guess I’ll just have to do two next month or for December!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my classic book
✓ Write So Much Rage for NaNoWriMo
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay
✓ Read Sister’s Fate
✓ Read Rage Within
✓ Read The Dead House
✓ Read Knee-High Lies for review
✓ Read Game
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for October? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

Spook-A-Thon 2017 Results

Last week I participated in Spook-a-thon, a week-long readathon featuring spooky books. It was a pretty busy week for me due to work and being out of town over the weekend, but I’m still happy with my results for my first readathon. It’s more than I typically read so that is always good.

Here’s a reminder of my original TBR

 

DAY 1: MON, OCT 16

For my first day, I read 170 pages of Vicious by Sara Shepard. Nerds were my snack of choice throughout the readathon.

 

DAY 2: TUES, OCT 17

On the second day, I read another 168 pages of Vicious and finished the book for my Read A Thriller challenge. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. With it, I finally finished the Pretty Little Liars series. The conclusion was satisfying. Will be interesting to see how the show ends (I’m on season 5 of that).

I also started Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine and read the first two chapters (twelve pages). So I read a total of 180 pages for Day 2.

 

DAY 3: WEDS, OCT 18

I read 107 pages of Goosebumps: Ghost Beach and completed it for my Childhood Fear challenge. I rated it 5 stars. I also completed this for my third book for Goosebumpsalong.

 

 I also started I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and read 40 pages of it. So I read 147 pages total.

DAY 4: THURS, OCT 19

I read 80 pages of I Hunt Killers, putting me at a third of the way through.

DAY 5: FRI, OCT 20

This was my husband’s birthday and we had plans to go to a haunted theme park attraction right after I got off work so I only read 49 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 6: SAT, OCT 21

My in-laws and husband took me to our State Fair and we went by train so I got some reading done on it. Read 175 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 7: SUN, OCT 22

I read 17 pages of I Hunt Killers and finished it for my Spooky Word in the Title Challenge! Hunt, Killers. It was a re-read for me but I ended up liking it even better this time around so I rated it 4.5 stars.
I felt super unmotivated to read by this point (wanted to catch up on American Horror Story) but I started Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young and read the first chapter (23 pages). So I read a total of 40 pages.

Overall, I finished 3 Books, completed 3 Challenges, and read 841 pages!

 

I’m happy with my results for my first readathon and can’t wait to attempt another one. If you did Spook-a-thon, how did you do?

 

jnc

 

 

My Spook-A-Thon 2017 TBR

This year I have decided to join Spook-a-thon, a read-a-thon that lasts a week. This will be my first time doing a week long read-a-thon and I am excited to see how much I can read in a week. There is still time to plan so if this sounds fun to you, here is the announcement video!

Spook-a-thon 2017 is being held from October 16th–22nd. There are five challenges that you can attempt and also a photo challenge on Instagram. I have decided to attempt all five challenges.

My TBR:

1. Read A Thriller: Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16?) by Sara Shepard. I was planning to read this anyway so this it perfect. I am so happy to finally be about done with this series. The books are fun but there are seriously way too many books!

2. Read A Book With A Spooky Word in The Title: I’m going to re-read I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga so I can finish the trilogy this year.

3. Read A Book That Deals With A Childhood Fear: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine. I’m also reading this for Richard’s Goosebumps-a-long! I used to live in a house that I am pretty sure had some kind of ghost activity in it and the idea of ghosts used to freak me out as a kid.

4. Read A Book With A Spooky Setting: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young is supposed to take place in a haunted hotel so that seems pretty spooky to me. Someone once compared my book, Evil in the Walls, to this so I am intrigued to read it. Haunted hotels are usually a win for me.

5. Read A Book With Orange On The Cover: Dracula by Bram Stoker. I planned to read this for my classic anyway and maybe it’s hard to tell from this picture, but the front cover has some yellow-orange on it.

 

So there’s my Spook-a-thon TBR! I am excited for my first read-a-thon. Halloween is my favorite and I celebrate all month long so I am here for the spooky reads! If you are participating, what are you planning to read?

 

jnc

Books in September 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In September, I read eight.

 

New Favorites: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz & Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood.

Classic: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Everything I read this month was enjoyable. I also loved Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. I had a great reading month. I also read two review books, Ban This Book, and Cold Summer by Gwen Cole.

 

 

My new favorites for September.

 

 

 

My classic read for the month.

 

A great addition to the magical world of Harry Potter.

 

I got Cold Summer by Gwen Cole for review and really enjoyed it.

 

 

Wires and Nerve was a great addition to the Lunar Chronicles.
It was a lovely graphic novel as well.

 

 

So what did you read in September and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

jnc