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.

August Reading Wrap-Up

Total Books Read: 7
July TBR Books Read: 4
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,611
Total Hours Listened: 9 hours 13 minutes

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy – 3/5 – This was a Netgally ARC, and the first book I read in August. This was a decent thriller, but thinking back on it now I have to admit it wasn’t exactly memorable. I can barely remember what happened in the story (besides the part where the families were on a cruise ship – which was minimal), but it was a quick read and it was enjoyable enough at the time.

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone – 4/5 – I bought this book last year with the intent of reading it for Spookathon, but I never got around to it and to be honest I hadn’t really been interested in reading it until now. I went into it (mostly) blind, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. If you’re not afraid of spiders and are in the mood for something fast-paced and a bit spooky, this is worth checking out.

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly – 4/5 – This was my library book for the month, and although I enjoyed it I’ll admit that it took me a couple of goes to get into the story. Once I was able to get into the story and connect with the characters I couldn’t put it down. This was a great thriller, and did a good job of keeping me guessing until the end.

The Fever by Megan Abbott – 3/5 – This was my audiobook for the month, and like the previous book this took me a few tries to get into. The first half of the book felt completely different to the second, and not in a good way. The cover sucked me in, what can I say.

Sweet Valley University #1 – College Girls – 5/5
Sweet Valley High #48 – Slam Book Fever – 4/5
Nightmare Hall #2 – The Roommate – 1/5

September TBR

Nothing by Annie BurrowsNothing ever happens to Charlotte and Frankie. Their lives are nothing like the lives of the girls they read about in their YA novels. They don’t have flowing red hair and hot romantic encounters never happen—let alone meeting a true soul mate. They just go to high school and live at home with their parents, who are pretty normal, all things considered. But when Charlotte decides to write down everything that happens during their sophomore year to prove that nothing happens and there is no plot or character development in real life, she’s surprised to find that being fifteen isn’t as boring as she thought. It’s weird, heartbreaking, silly, and complicated. And maybe, just perfect.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind. Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever…

The Leaving by Tara AltebrandoEleven years ago, six five-year-olds went missing without a trace. After all this time, the people left behind have moved on, or tried to. Until today. Now five of those kids are back. They’re sixteen, and they are… fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mother she barely recognises, and doesn’t really know who she’s supposed to be, either. But she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, but they can’t recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back and everyone wants answers.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen KingA cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again. Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.