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?

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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?

 

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Books in September 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In September, I read eleven!

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My birthday is September and the birth stone is sapphire, which is my favorite gemstone and color so I thought it would be fun to do blue books for this month.

 


Favorite: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Classic: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Least Liked: I Know It’s Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

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I really enjoyed the 4th One Piece manga, both Animorphs books, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Gilt Hollow. Into the Wild, The Raft, Don’t Stay Up Late, and I Know It’s Over were okay, but probably not books I’d ever read again.

 

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My favorite read for September 2016.

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My classic read for September 2016.

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Review book for September.

What did you read in September and what were your favorites?

 

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Books in July 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In July, I read nine books.

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Favorite: End of Watch by Stephen King
Classic: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Least Liked: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

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Everything else was good as well. I really liked Caravel, Scarlet, The Witches and Pretty Little Secrets.

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My favorite read for July 2016.

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My classic read for July 2016.

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I was also lucky enough to receive this ARC. It was pretty good!

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What did you read in July and what were your favorites?

 

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Book Review–The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena (Goosebumps #38) by R.L. Stine

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This is the 97th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena (Goosebumps #38) by R.L. Stine
Published 1995 by Scholastic

 

FORGET FROSTY!

Jordan Blake and his sister, Nicole, are sick of the hot weather in Pasadena. Just once they’d like to have a real winter. A real winter with real snow.

And then it happens. The Blakes are off to Alaska! Seems that Mr. Blake has been asked to photograph a mysterious snow creature there.

Poor Jordan and Nicole. They just wanted to see snow. But now they’re being chased by a monstrous creature. A big furry-faced creature…known as the Abominable Snowman!

 

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Not one of my favorites, but still a fun winter-themed read. I thought the snowball twist was a nice touch.

 

 

3stars

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review–A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

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This is the 69th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
  Published July 2nd 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

 

Oh, what fools these actors be!

it was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

At first, Claire laughs at Jake’s talk of ghosts and curses. He’s been too busy crushing on her best friend, Delia, or making out with that slut, Annalee, to notice that she’s practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know anyway? This is her big chance to be a star!

But then, Claire runs into a creepy little man named Benny Puckerman, and gets her hands on a real love potion! Unfortunately, the course of true love never did run smooth…

Get ready for laughter to turn into screams as the Grandmaster of Horror, R.L. Stine, takes on the Master of Theater in this modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

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When I first saw this book, I was hours away from meeting R.L. Stine, whose books and writing I fell in love with when I was in fourth grade. I almost considered buying it because it looked interesting, and I pretty much love most of Stine’s work. Now I’m very glad that I didn’t. It makes me sad, though, because the author is a really sweet guy and I’ve never read anything that disappointed me as much. Even Dangerous Girls and Red Rain, which I didn’t care a whole lot for, didn’t disappoint me like this.

I appreciated that the characters were more modern. However, I didn’t like or could connect with a single one of them. Some even annoyed me, including the main character. I just didn’t care enough about this characters and whether they lived or died.

The premise itself was interesting in the beginning but ended up being way too predictable. Especially the Puck thing. It was a little amusing that Claire couldn’t remember his role in the story despite having read the play a year before. I haven’t read it in years yet I still remember his role.

I was also shocked by the slut shaming in this book. If you’re reading this, R.L. Stine, please, please, please don’t do this again. It was the most disappointing at all. A single comment would have been fine, but it seemed that several were made and I honestly couldn’t tell if this was supposed to be a character trait, the author’s opinion, or just an attempt to make things more modern–and that’s the problem.

This was a quick read, as most of his books are, but I just couldn’t get into it at all. I finished it, but would definitely never buy or re-read.

 

 

1star

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: The Haunted Mask II by R.L. Stine

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

 

A few weeks ago, I recommended Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. I also recommend the second book, The Haunted Mask II.  In a way, I kind of enjoyed it more than the original. If you liked the first, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too.

 

Intrigued?

 

Just call him prune face!
Steve Boswell will never forget Carly Beth’s Halloween mask. It was so gross. So terrifying.
But this year Steve wants to have the scariest costume on the block. So he gets a mask from the same store where Carly Beth got hers. It looks like a creepy old man. With stringy hair. A wrinkled face. And spiders crawling out of the ears!
Steve’s definitely got the scariest mask around. Too bad he’s starting to feel so old. And so tired. And so evil . . . .

 

 

 

 

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