I’m now going to post my tbrs on Tuesday and my weekly check-ins on Friday. I hope to stick to the schedule but with my scattered mind we’ll see. Here’s what I’m working on!
ITS FINALLY HERE!!! My library copy of Babel has come in! I hope to start reading it tonight!
I’m in a fantasy heavy mood, and I’m also reading some classics off the banned book lists, and some old fantasy and sci-fi books that I missed out on. My reading is all over the place as I attempt to cram in all I can before the end of the year.
I have a few things to tackle such as Banned Books, Newberry Awards, Women Authors, Goodreads Nominees, and Read Your Own Bookshelf. I hope to get through these and I’m at 15 books for the month already! I’m crossing my fingers that I can keep up the momentum into the new year and start off strong. Are you reading any of these? Let me know in the comments!
Another current reads where I talk about what I’ve read so far this month. And I’m impressed with myself, I managed twelve (and a half!) books already! ☺️👏 Now granted I’m not anywhere near my Netgalley goal. I’ve read four Netgalley books (I’m working on the forth as we speak!) and I haven’t increased my percentage at all. But it’s still early. Let’s talk about what I’ve read!
I hate to say it. But I dnf’d this book and series. It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t like the plot and I just gave it up. This was my second attempt and I’m calling it quits. Sorry for all the fans out there but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. 2 ⭐.
Immediately after that I read this and y’all. The hype is worth it! This was beautiful and five gorgeous ⭐! I highly recommend it especially for the Halloween season!
Then a few Netgalley books were read, a really cute graphic novel that I gave five stars to, and also a short story by Madeline Miller that I sadly gave two point five stars. I’m not going to be reading Circe or Song of Achilles any time soon. Sorry!
I started a few things that aren’t on my kindle because I’m trying to power through and get them finished before the end of the year. Here’s what I’m working on:
Tigana is one that I’m eager for. Next year I plan on catching up with all of Guy Gavrial Kay and I have heard so many good things about his books.
Mask of Mirrors I have book two as a Netgalley Arc so I want to crush both of them this month. Considering their epic page count? I hope to be successful.
The Cloud Roads is by a top ten favorite author of mine. As I’ve caught up with Murderbot aside from the last book, I’m going to her fantasy series next!
The City We Became is a NK Jemesin masterpiece…or so trusted friends have said. I’m leery but excited at the same time.
I have a stack waiting for after I finish the ones above. These are shorter so hopefully I can finish them faster!
And that’s what I’ve been working on! What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!
For fans of Jennifer McMahon and Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes a haunting and atmospheric new novel from debut author Katrina Monroe.
If you can hear the call of the water, It’s already far too late.
They say Cape Disappointment is haunted. That’s why tourists used to flock there in droves. They’d visit the rocky shoreline under the old lighthouse’s watchful eye and fish shells from the water as they pretended to spot dark shapes in the surf. Now the tourists are long gone, and when Meredith Strand and her young daughter return to Meredith’s childhood home after an acrimonious split from her wife, the Cape seems more haunted by regret than any malevolent force.
But her mother, suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s, is convinced the ghost stories are real. Not only is there something in the water, but it’s watching them. Waiting for them. Reaching out to Meredith’s daughter the way it has to every woman in their line for generations-and if Meredith isn’t careful, all three women, bound by blood and heartbreak, will be lost one by one to the ocean’s mournful call.
Part modern gothic, part ghost story, They Drown Our Daughters explores the depths of motherhood, identity, and the lengths a woman will go to hold on to both.
It’s queer, it’s Gothic horror, and it’s said fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia should like this. So why didn’t I? 🤷
I actually read this ages ago, back during the summer and forgot to post a review. Whoops. Let’s see if I can scrabble a brief background on what I read, what I liked about this and why it didn’t work for me!
A curse, a haunting, and a queer girl in search for answers. All that sounds good, right? But for some reason I just wasn’t drawn into the story! I felt no connection with any of these characters, and it felt like other authors have done this and made a better job of it. It had all the creepy elements, but I wasn’t captivated. Probably 15 year old me would have adored this but adult me is just “meh, it’s okay” and I’m sorry but that’s just how I feel about it. The writing was good and showed promise. The plot was decent and showed vague interest. But overall? This was another solid 3 star read for me. Maybe her next book will work better for me.
A thrilling new suspense novel from the bestselling author of The Perfect Murder that fans of Jayne Ann Krentz and Laura Griffin won’t want to miss! A cold case is heating up, and with another body turning up, one woman is hot on the trail of a killer…with the help of the rancher who hired her to deliver justice.
When Kade Logan said goodbye to his estranged wife eight years ago, he never thought it would be the last time he saw her alive. Now her car has been hauled out of a nearby lake and Kade is determined to track down the man who murdered her. Enter Eleanor Bowman, a talented private investigator who’s about to stir up a hornet’s nest on his Colorado ranch.
With old scandals still buzzing about his late wife’s many affairs and new violence erupting, Kade is faced with the discovery of another beautiful woman’s body. Are the two killings linked? Who is the man who seduced, then murdered both victims? Ellie believes they are dangerously close to the truth.
From corporate Denver high-rises to posh Vail mansions, Kade and Ellie sense the killer is closing in again, and this time Ellie is the target. Kade must risk everything to save the woman he’s coming to love—before she becomes the next one to die . . .
I tried to reach my usual fifty percent mark before dnf’ing but I just wasn’t enthused about this book. It wasn’t for me. Maybe another by Kat Martin might be, as some of her books I have enjoyed in the past.
This is a first in a series, and a murder mystery featuring a private detection agency helping Kade Logan track down who killed his ex wife. It was slow to pick up and I didn’t feel connected with the story at all, and it felt a little like an off episode of CSI maybe. A woman at the private detective agency, Ellie, goes undercover and tries to figure out who did the murder of his ex wife. Overall the writing wasn’t bad, but I just wasn’t interested. I’m granting this a solid 3 stars.
I’m participating in Netgalley November, and I have a vague tbr in mind. I’m not doing the photos and challenges and all that, I’m just reading and plowing through as many arcs as I can, whilst uploading my reviews too. I’m two books in already so that’s a good start!
My dream is to get my feedback ratio from 14% to 45%. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I can see those numbers steadily rise (apart from those I’ve been approved for lol). I’d really love getting back to 80% but unless I work hard on it, it’s not going to happen. So. This month I’m working on making it my goal to read, read, read. No social media. No games. I’m holding myself accountable and I will get this goal met. Or die trying. Too dramatic? Maybe but I’m tired of those numbers staring at me in the face.
Just Finished Reading:
I finished this yesterday. In that I dnf’d because I was not by 40% of the book. RTC soon. (Also sorry about the cover size that’s the only one I could find!)
I’m about ten percent of the way through this. It’s starting off strong and most books published by Angry Robot I adore so why I haven’t read this yet I don’t know. Plus this cover feels just right with snow just around the corner! Inspired by Slavic Folklore? Yes please, sign me up!
These are the ten I hope to get to read this coming week. I’m hoping for a book a day, maybe two if I’m lucky. I’ve tried picking ones I’m truly interested in and hopefully I will manage to make a dent in my large tbr.
I’m a little late posting this, but here I am still close enough to the start of the month to count! I have a hefty batch of books that I’d like to get to, but we’ll see how it goes! Anyway. Here’s my ambitious as usual list!
80 is ambitious. Hugely ambitious but I’m nothing if not optimistic and bored, lol. Are any of these books that I should prioritize? Let me know in the comments!
I’m posting this a couple of days early mostly to get back on track with my schedule for posting. I’ve a few exciting things to post and share with you all. I’m looking forward to it, but first let me say. This month was a slam dunk in terms of reading! I read so much! Let’s show what the best books of October are!
October’s Best Books:
October started off rocky with a few dnf’s and low rated novels, but then I saw a trailer for The Wonder by Emma Donoghue and had to read the book immediately. It did not disappoint! It was the first five star read of the month and it was followed by a few small picture books (I got them on my kindle, as I didn’t realize until reading them they were picture books oops!), a graphic novel called Garlic and the Vampire that was utterly adorable, followed by The Tide Singer which was children’s fiction but excellent for the spooky season. Spectacle came shortly after that and it was very gripping and the cliffhanger is making me desperately want book two. Finally we end the month on a high note. I finally read Six Crimson Cranes and oh my god! The writing! The characters! The representation! It was so good I immediately put a special edition of the book on my wishlist and I plan to buy it asap! It was worth six stars, it was easily the best thing I read all month!!! I can’t wait for the second book and luckily I have an arc for it!
I’m looking forward to November and hoping to breach 30 books. I very much want that 50 books in a month goal matched! I’m crossing my fingers but as the holidays are fast approaching I’m unsure of exactly how much I have time for reading. I hope everyone has a good wrap up for October and let me know your thoughts about the coming month and how you think your reading will go.
I just saw it on Twitter and wanted to share a huge anticipated release. I read a book ages ago and adored it. She’s one of my favorite authors and just did a cover drop. Ta-da!
After the ending of the Iron Widow I can guess that it’ll pick up where it left off. I’m hoping that it’ll dive right into the action and that this won’t be another cliffhanger! But even if it is, as soon as I get a copy, I’m dropping everything and reading it immediately! Who’s with me?
Have you read Iron Widow yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear your theories about what happens in the next book.
Next month is Netgalley November and let me tell you. It’s been ages since I did reviews of any kind for Netgalley.
My dream is to get my feedback ratio up to at least 45%. But considering the sheer volume of unread books I would need to put in some serious effort.
That’s not including the 300 backlog books I just never got to! I have been approved for so many things so often and I also am auto approved for four different publishers, that I am overwhelmed at the sheer amount of books in my tbr. So many good ones too! My kindle is stuffed to the brim! Here’s a few that I’m dying to get to:
And many more. These are the top ones on my kindle Netgalley tbr. I seriously need to focus hard on these and more next month. I’m hoping to get through at least ten the first week. I can usually handle that fairly easily. The top ones I plan to read are:
These are top of my list! I can’t wait to dive into them, though a couple are quite big. I’m especially looking forward to reading T Kingfisher at last and I really want to get to The Wolf Den as I heard nothing but good things!
This is just a potential tbr, but the five books selected are definitely being read next month! What are all of you reading for November? Let me know in the comments!
I’m skipping the September wrap up and I also am skipping the week long readathon. Blogging lately has been a challenge and I apologize for missing posts. I have a few ideas saved but I’m just not in the blogging mood. Instead I have great news.
MY READING SLUMP IS GONE!!!!!!
Now I’m cautious about my tbr for October. I’m heavily a mood reader at this point and I’m attempting to knock out books that have been on my tbr backlist for ages. I have split things into categories and I hope it makes this post easier to read.
Most Likely To Read:
Extras I Might Get To:
Those are all my hopefuls with a few I’m definitely getting to this month! Its currently October 9th and I have only read 4 books (my lowest amount for a while) and I’m hoping today that I can cram in a few more books. I have a large amount that I very much want to get to, as usual. I hope everyone has an enjoyable reading month and happy holidays!