Wrap Up | September + October

Hey Everyone!

I originally was going to do a separate wrap up for each month but I have two main reasons why I didn’t.

  1. I didn’t read many books in September. School has been really hectic meaning that I haven’t been able to read as much as i hoped. I didn’t read many books either this month, having only actually read three books besides listening to four audio-books which I don’t count completely since I didn’t actually read them. I will however include them in this post.
  2. By the time I had began writing my post for September, it was already halfway through the month which in my opinion is wayyyyy to late. It was then that I decided that I would do things a little different this month.

So, those are the reasons why things will be a little different. I was thinking about doing something similar since I doubt i will be reading any books next month due to exams but I know I will have a huge book haul since it is my 18th birthday in November and Christmas is of course in December. It would probably be best to have them separate. I will give you a heads up that I doubt I will have a wrap up in November though.

Okay, so I’m rambling which is something I do best. I’m going to stop rambling and get onto what you all want which is my September and October wrap up, so without further a due, lets get onto that!


Books Read in September:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Rating: 4.5 stars

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Rating: 5/5 stars

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – Rating: 5/5 stars

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Rating: 5/5 stars

While I didn’t read many books during the month of September, all the books I read were amazing so overall, it was better reading month if I had read twenty three star reads.

Now, onto the books which I read in October…

Books Read in October:

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín – Rating: 4/5 stars

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Rating: 3/5 stars

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull by A.M. Albaugh – Rating: 3/5 stars

So, I read quite a few more books than I did in September. I did however listen to 4 audio-books which is why I was able to read this many books last month. I didn’t have a lot of time to read last month so thankfully I was able to listen to audio-books to instead.


So, that is my September/ October wrap up. I will hopefully have my September and October book haul up soon.

Before I finish this post I do want to talk about my posting schedule for November. I finish school on the 4th of November and my first exam is on the 14th of November. My last exam is on the 22nd of November. Since my last exam is close to the end of the month, I’m not sure if I will be posting at all during the month of November. These exams are really important since they count towards my university entrance score for next year. I’ve never been that great at school but this year I am going into these exams on really good results so it is something which is really important to me. So, if I don’t post at all this month, please stick along with me because I will be back in December and I will be posting quite regularly then.

Thank you all so much for reading this post. I hope you all have a wonderful day, week and month. I shall talk to you all when I post next.

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Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull REVIEW + Author Interview and Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.


Title: Grim Nora and The Secret of the Skull. 30297677

Author: A.M. Albaugh

Synopsis:

When Nora Youngblood’s father dies on her sixteenth birthday, it’s the end of everything she ever knew. But a new journey begins with a skull-shaped pocket watch – the last gift from her father, a professor of archaeology. Where did this mysterious trinket come from, and why would a warlock named Kabos now be hunting her for it?

Nora, now an orphan, finds protection under a wizard named Malachi, his handsome apprentice, Aidan, and a brother she never knew she had. As she learns the truth about her family’s mysterious past, Nora seeks to uncover the secret of the skull, which leads to both a powerful and dangerous weapon. With the fate of the skull in her hands, she’s lured into the hidden world of Dubhgail to combat the treacherous Kabos – who has kidnapped her brother. Can she sacrifice herself to save her brother and her friends?

In this fantasy novel, a teenage girl discovers her magical heritage and soon finds herself facing the might of an evil warlock in another world.

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Book Recommendations | Halloween

Hey Everyone!

Today I thought since it is Halloween, I would share some recommendations for you all. I am not a huge reader of thrillers or horror books so this list won’t be super long but I thought I would still share with you all some recommendations for Halloween. If you have any recommendations, feel free to comment below because I am always looking for new books to read (even though my tbr pile is huge).

So, without further a due, lets get onto the recommendations!


1. The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

This book without a doubt is one of the most gruesome and horrific books that I have ever 28600081read. There are points throughout the book when you feel like you have to put the book down because it is getting so gruesome but at the same time you have to know what’s going to happen next. I read this book in only two hours so I definitely recommend this for a quick but gruesome Halloween read.

Synopsis:

Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call?


2. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

28691932This book isn’t classified as a thriller or anything like that but when I was reading the book, it definitely gave me a vibe which reminded me off Halloween. This book was once again a super quick read, mainly because once you got through the the first maybe 50 or so pages, you were hooked. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!

Synopsis:

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.


3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

I don’t remember much about this book (I need to re-read it), mainly because i read it 12998980back when I was 13 but I do remember really enjoying this book. Just by judging by the cover and synopsis, you can tell that this book could be considered Halloween type books because it involves a monster. While this book can be considered a Halloween book, it is also quite moving and I may have shed a tear or two. 

Synopsis:

The monster showed up just after midnight. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild.


4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schawb

26074170 I read this book quite recently and I absolutely loved it! The reason that I chose to include this book on the list is because it has monsters in it.

I will say that I found it difficult to get into this book but after the first one hundred pages, I was hooked! This book is definitely a great book and is one of my favourites from this year 🙂

Synopsis:

There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?


5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

For me personally, this book is the type of book which sticks with you. I read this book a 12232938couple of years ago but it has continued to stay with me for the past few years and it comes into my thoughts on a regular basis. This book is dark and disturbing but if that is something that you like to read then this book is for you. This book doesn’t have to be read around now but since it has a disturbing feel to it, I thought that I would include it on the list.

Synopsis:

On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (“like the fish”) is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer–the man she knew as her neighbour, Mr. Harvey.

 


So, that are all my recommendations for Halloween. If you have read any of these books, please comment below and we can talk about them!

Also, please comment below if you like this type of post. I’m thinking about making a series of posts similar to this post with heaps of different recommendations.

Thank you all so much for reading this. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I shall talk to you all on my next post 🙂

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Waiting On Wednesday #19

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Timekeeper 25760792

Author: Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Publication Date: 8th of November 2016

Synopsis:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

 


What books are you anticipating this week?

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hey Everyone!

I found this tag on Thrice Read and since my life is really busy and I have very little time to post, I thought it would be the perfect post to do. Since this is called the Rapid Fire Book Tag, all my answers are going to be short and sweet.

So, without further a do, lets get onto the questions!


E-book or Physical book?

Definitly physical books.

Paperback or Hardback?

I love hardbacks! I’m one of those peolpe who find them way easier to read, plus they look gorgoeus.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I love online book shopping. My favourite thing is when you come home from a long, tiring day and there’s a package waiting for you at home.

Trilogies or Series?

I prefer series. I love the journey that you can take over a number of books. Sommetimes a trilogy is way too short.

Heroes or Villains?

Both. I love heros like most people but some villains are really fasinating.

A Book You Want Everyone To Read?

Akarnae by Lynette Noni. I was going to say any Sarah J. Maas books but Akarnae is really underrated and I just want evryone to read it!

Recommend an Underrated Author?

Once again, my answer is going to be Lynette Noni. She is such an increbile author and it makes me sad to think about how underrated she is.

The Last Book You Finished?

I just finished my re-read of The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I’m almost finished The Son of Neptune.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I don’t tend to use weird things as bookmarks. I have a container full of bookmarks at home so I never begin a book with a bookmark. I also have bookmarks in my bag when I leave my house and bookmarks in my locker at school. I am always prepared.

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes 🙂

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Fantasy, Sci-fi and mystery. I would say young adult but when I say my favourite genres, I combine both young adult and adult books within a genre if that makes sense.

Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I have been trying to borrow more books from libraries recently but instead I have been left with a list of books that I enjoyed so much that I really want to buy them. I’m going to stick with buying from now on.

Character or Plot?

A bit of both. I can’t enjoy a book if the plot is horrible but the characters are great and I can’t enjoy a book if the plot is great but I don’t like the characters.

Long or Short Books?

Long!

Name The First Three Books You Think Of

A Court of Misty and Fury

Son of Neptune (I am currently listening to the audiobook)

Crown of Midnight.

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

I do prefer books that will make me laugh but in all honesty, I am a sucker for books that will make me cry.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Definitely fictional worlds. The reason why I love reading is because I am able to escape this world. Contemporaries are too close to home so I tend to avoid them.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I used to hate them but recently I began listening to the Hero’s of Olympus series and I am really enjoying it! I am still undecided on whether I fully love them but I do want to continue listening to them so I will say yes at this current moment.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by it’s Cover?

I definitely do. If I am at a bookstore, I only really look at the covers or spines that stand out to me. Book covers are made to make an impression on us before we read the book so of course it is normal to judge a book by it’s cover. I’m not ashamed to say that I do. I don’t however buy books based on their cover but it will influence whether I look at the book or not.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

I prefer book to movie. While they may not include everything, I feel like tv shows stray from the plot of the book to create more seasons for the tv show.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Fault in our Stars. I don’t like the movie but I was able to watch the entire thing, unlike the book which I dnfed.

Series or Standalone’s?

I really enjoy series. I find it difficult to enjoy standalones since so usually so much will happen in the book and the character development isn’t as good as those in series since there isn’t as much time to do so. I’m sure there are some amazing standalone books with great character development but I just prefer series.


I tag the following blogs:

  1. Emily @ The Bookish Lounge
  2. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books
  3. Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo
  4. Rhiannon @ Fire to the Poppies

Sorry I tagged you and you’ve already done this tag. You can just ignore it. If I didn’t tag you but you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!


Thank you so much for reaing this post. I apoligise that I havent been posting as much lately. I have very little time to spend on here, let alone write a post. I am hoping that in the coming week, I will have a special review, giveaway and author interview up.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I shall talk to you all on my next post.

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Waiting on Wednesday #18

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Scythe28954189

Author: Neal Shusterman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 22nd of November 2016

Synopsis:

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.


What books are you anticipating this week?

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