#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – October

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 13th October to 9am on Sunday 14th October in your time zone. My focus for this round is to finish off the books I have started so far this month so that I can have a clean slate and be ready for Spookathon next week. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

Spookathon TBR

1. Read a thriller: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris“Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.”

2. Read a book with purple on the cover: Goosebumps: The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb“Gabe just got lost – in a pyramid. One minute, his crazy cousin Sari was right ahead of him in the pyramid tunnel. The next minute, she’d disappeared. But Gabe isn’t alone. Someone else is in the pyramid, too. Someone. Or some thing. Gabe doesn’t believe in the curse of the mummy’s tomb. But that doesn’t mean that the curse isn’t real. Does it?”

3. Read a book not set in this time period: Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks At Midnight“Jodie usually loves to spend time at her grandparents’ farm. But this summer things seem all wrong. Her grandparents look worn out. The crops are doing badly. And worst of all, she’s sharing the fields with twelve evil-looking scarecrows. Scarecrows that seem to be coming alive…”

4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title: The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates“She’s always watching… When Guy finds the deeds to a house in his mother’s attic, it seems like an incredible stroke of luck. Sure, the building hasn’t been inhabited in forty years and vines strangle the age-stained walls, but Guy is convinced he can clean it up and sell it. He’d be crazy to turn down free money. Right? The house is hours from any other habitation, and Guy can’t get phone reception in the old building. He decides to camp there while he does repairs. Surely nothing too bad can happen in the space of a week. But there’s a reason no one lives in Rookward House, and the dilapidated rooms aren’t as empty as they seem… A deranged woman tormented a family in Rookward forty years before. Now her ghost clings to the building like rot. She’s bitter, obsessive, and jealous… and once Guy has moved into her house, she has no intention of ever letting him leave.”

5. Read a book with pictures: Goosebumps: Download And Die #2“Mitra’s new creepy phone is causing a rift between her and her friends—they just don’t believe it’s behind all the recent… disturbances. Is it too late to do a hard reset on her life?!”

October TBR

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty“Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own. Since then the ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ has brought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, especially for the island’s annual celebration. But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?”

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison“Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees… and a collection of precious “butterflies”–young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens. When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself. As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…”

The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll“Brett and Kelly Courtney are the shining jewels in a New York-based reality TV show called Goal Diggers. One of the most popular shows on American national television, its fiercely competitive cast of five self-made women are defined by their success, beauty and ruthless drive to reach the top by whatever means necessary. The Courtney sisters’ rivalry goes skin deep despite the blossoming business they have built together that helps disadvantaged women in Morocco. Harbouring bitter jealousies and dark secrets about their manufactured screen lives they’re joined by three other hyper-competitive women who all have their own agendas. And the latest season promises sparks to fly in the quest for even higher ratings. Vicious backstabbing, scathing social media attacks and finely-tuned scripting draw in the viewing public every week, all orchestrated by the show’s omnipotent producers. But even they don’t know that season 4 will end in murder…”

Out Of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni – “Danny ‘Madman’ Maddox isn’t supposed to make Skylar Haze’s heart beat out of rhythm. At least not anymore. She hasn’t seen that boyish face, always covered in a five o’clock shadow, dimpled smile and teasing hazel eyes since the day he left to go on tour with her brother Joey’s band. Now with a major record label backing them the band is in need of a bit of help, and when Joey asks Skylar to be the band’s photographer, she can’t help but say yes. Of course, Joey doesn’t know about that forbidden kiss. The one Skylar hopes Danny’s forgotten. But can she? One smile and she finds herself slipping again. But he’s the drummer, and he’s beaten her heart before. And she won’t let it happen again.”

Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger – RealEricThorn – No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow. Snowflake734 – Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But SnapChat… That’s safer, right? Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart has finally left her house–only to trade one hiding place for another. But she can only stay out of sight for so long before she’s forced to face the deadly consequences of the past.”

September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 8
September TBR Books Read: 3
Total Pages Read: 2,236
Total Hours Listened: 17 hours 15 minutes

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott – 4/5 – This was another slow-burning, character-driven book with tension that felt palpable. For me, the mark of a good thriller is something that has a few twists and turns that I can’t anticipate and this book managed to surprise me a number of times. I’m starting to really like the moody and atmospheric feel that Megan Abbott’s books seem to have and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – 4/5 – I’ll say straight up that this book had some supernatural elements to it, and if I did not know that was involved I think this would have been a disappointing read for me. Thankfully I knew something like that was potentially going to happen and I ended up really enjoying it. This book had a twist ending that I absolutely did not see coming, which was a lot of fun.

Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – 3/5 – This was my audiobook for the month, and came highly recommended from a co-worker who has similar (spooky) taste to me. I enjoyed this, but not as much as I expected. I think this would translate well to film and be something that I would love to watch. This book had really great representation across the board which I think that will be appreciated by a lot of readers. As a side note, can we please put an end to non-Australian narrators attempting Australian accents? Thanks in advance.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 4/5 – This book was so. much. fun. I had seen it hyped up around the internet a lot, so I am glad that it lived up to my expectations. I adored the main characters, the dialogue was believable (and funny), and the build-up of romantic tension was excellent. Basically, I could not put this book down, it was a real page-turner and I felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen. I highly recommend this if you’re in the mood for a fun romantic comedy.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas – 3/5 – This book had so much promise. All of the cheerleaders in Sunnybrook have died? Things may not be as they seem? Sign me up! Unfortunately, this ended up being a middle of the road thriller for me and overall was just a bit… boring?

Beartown by Fredrick Backman – 5/5 – It took me a while to pick this up and get stuck into it, but when I did I ended up reading the whole thing over the course of a weekend. This was a great book. I went into it blind, all I really knew was that it involved hockey and was set in an isolated town. There were some great explorations on thought-provoking topics (TW: Rape), and had really well fleshed out characters who I felt helped to carry the heavier elements of the story. I was happy to see this book has been optioned for a TV series, I think it will translate really well to the screen.

September Book Haul

With Malice by Eileen Cook“When Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast, the last six weeks of her life are a complete blank. All she has been told is that she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy and had to be jetted home to receive intensive care. Care that involves a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident… wasn’t just an accident. With no memory of what happened or what she did, can Jill prove her innocence? And can she really be sure that she isn’t the one to blame?”

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas“There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. First there was the car accident–two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know his reasons. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they’d lost. That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school… Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all. There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.”

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter“Andrea Oliver knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s always lived in the small town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Then one day, a trip to the mall explodes into a shocking act of violence and Andy suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Hours later, Laura is in hospital, her face splashed over the newspapers. But the danger has only just begun. Now, Andy must go on a desperate race to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past. Unless she can, there may be no future for either of them…”