October Reading Wrap-Up

Total Books Read: 4
October TBR Books Read: 3
Spookathon TBR Books Read: 2
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,149
Total Hours Listened: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

The Silent Invasion by James Bradley – 3/5 – This was my library book for the month, and to be honest it put me into a bit of a reading slump. I think I need to accept the fact that I just don’t really like science fiction novels. This was the first book in a trilogy, but I don’t think I will continue with the series.

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell – 4/5 – This book ranks in the top five of my favourite classics, and even though it was published in 1949 the story still holds up to this day. In fact it feels a little bit too real reading it in 2017.

Love Murder by Saul Black – 4/5 – I was fairly confident going into this book that I would enjoy it, because I loved The Killing Lessons which was the first book in the series. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. This was the second book I read for Spookathon, and a real page turner that I managed to power through in two days. Just an FYI – you don’t need to read book one to understand or enjoy book two.

End Of The Innocence by Alessandra Torre – 3/5 – This had been sitting on my kindle for a while, and I knew that I was going to be trying to finish more books off this month than usual (thanks to the Spookathon), so I put this on my TBR knowing it would be a quick and easy read. I really love Alessandra Torre’s books, they are a liiiiittle bit trashy but I love them all the same.

September Empties (P50P Pt 8)

28: Woodwick Candle in Campfire Marshmallow – This is one of those candles that crackles as it burns, and it was so lovely to light this on cold winter nights. I wasn’t a massive fan of this scent however, so I probably won’t be repurchasing this. I am happy to have another candle off the shelf and to see that my stash is slowly being whittled down.

29: Head & Shoulders Shampoo – This is Sebastian’s favourite shampoo, so we go through bottles fairly regularly. I don’t have much to say about this other than it does what it’s supposed to do, and that’s all I can really ask of it.

30: Head & Shoulders Conditioner – I don’t normally buy this to use with the shampoo, but the two came in a set so I figured we might as well give it a go. I don’t remember feeling anything in particular towards this (good or bad), so I assume it did the job well enough. I won’t be repurchasing it though, I’ll stick to the shampoo only from now on.

31: Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion – This was the never-ending bottle of lotion, and as much as I love this product I’m so glad to have finally finished it up. Lucky for me (groan) I think I have another couple of bottles of this stashed away in my cupboard from my Bath & Body Works hoarding days.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser – I haven’t included this in the tally this time around because I repurchased this prior to the bottle running out. If you’ve read any of my posts about skincare before you would know that this is my all-time favourite cleanser. I will keep repurchasing it until it is discontinued.

Spookathon TBR

It’s nearly time for Spookathon, and I have my TBR all planned out and ready to go. I was lucky (or sneaky) enough to be able to cover a couple of the challenges with one book, which means by TBR is reasonably short. Which is a good thing for me because life is kind of hectic at the moment and I don’t have a lot of spare time to read. Which seems to be the story of my life at the moment. Here are the books I picked for the challenges this year –

#1 A Thriller: Love Murder by Saul Black – I really loved ‘The Killing Lessons’ by Saul Black, so when I found out there was a sequel I knew I had to pick it up.

#2 A Book With A Spooky Word In The Title: Skitter by Ezekiel Boone – The thought of things skittering around is enough to spook me out, so I think this book fits the challenge perfectly.

#3 A Book Based On A Childhood Fear: Skitter by Ezekiel Boone – You may have noticed that I managed to fit this book into three of the categories. It fits quite nicely into this category, because I watched Arachnophobia as a kid, and it scarred me for life.

#4 A Book With Orange On The Cover: Skitter by Ezekiel Boone – Pretty self explanatory. If I get enough time I have a Nightmare Hall book that I could also slot in for this challenge.

#5 A Book With A Spooky Setting: 1984 by George Orwell – I’m interested to re-read this now that we live in a time where “Big Brother” is not too far outside the realm of possibility.

September Reading Wrap-Up

Total Books Read: 6
July TBR Books Read: 3
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,679

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – 4/5 – I became an instant fan of Karin Slaughter after reading Pretty Girls last year, so when I saw she had a new release coming out in 2017 I was really excited to pick it up. I managed to snag the first reserve at my local library, and it was number one on my list of books to read in September. I’m happy to say that even though my expectations were extremely high, I was not let down. I don’t like to go into too much detail when it comes to thrillers, but after reading this I’m confident in saying Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando – 2/5 – I bought this book last year with the intent of it being one of my summer reads for 2016. That never happened, so I picked it this month to try and get it off my TBR shelf. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, which was an important factor that I think would have made this book more interesting for me. The book is written from the perspective of a handful of characters, and the writing style used for one in particular really irritated me. This was a bit of a nothing book for me, it wasn’t particularly memorable and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Nothing by Annie Barrows – 3/5 – This was my kindle/Netgalley read for the month, and I went into it expecting a bit of lighthearted contemporary fun. Which is exactly what I got, so I was happy about that. Thinking back on this book, nothing really happens, and there is no sort of lesson or ‘point’ to the story, but I liked that about it. It was nice to dip into the mind of a teenager for a short while.

Sweet Valley University #2 – Love, Lies, and Jessica Wakefield – 4/5
Sweet Valley High #71 – Starring Jessica! – 4/5
Sweet Valley High #82 – Kidnapped by the Cult! – 4/5

October TBR

The Silent Invasion by James BradleyIt’s 2027 and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence. When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.

Across The Universe by Beth RevisAmy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away. Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone. Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she’ll let him. But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide…

End Of The Innocence by Alessandra TorreHe thought I owned him. He thought he loved me, that I was enough. But this animal, this sex god who could drive me crazy and steal my heart in the same breath, he would never fully be mine. It was impossible. No one ever owned a God… One year. I have one year to find out more about this man I am marrying. More about his family. More about our sex, and all of the dirty, delicious places it will take me. I thought I’d spend this year making a decision. I never thought the decision would be taken from me, snatched right from my naive little hands.

Nineteen Eighty Four by George OrwellHidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.