November TBR

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 Leftovers by Tom Perrotta“What if — whoosh, right now, with no explanation — a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down? That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened — not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children. Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.”

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton“It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…”

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre – “The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six-foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. I tried to stay away. I couldn’t. Then, the team started losing. Women started dying. And everything in my perfect world broke apart.”

October Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 7
October TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 1,260
Total Hours Listened: 44 hours 15 minutes

Out Of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni – 2/5 – This is not a book I would normally have picked up for myself, but it was one of the EmojiAThon challenge books for the latest round, so I decided to give it a go. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not the target demographic for this book. However, if I was to look beyond the cheesy dialogue and general cringe factor of the romance I would say it was mostly enjoyable.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison – 3/5 – This was a really interesting book, and I think if it had been a little bit longer and more fleshed out it would have received a higher rating from me. The concept was really good, and the world was really fascinating to me but it all just fell a bit short. I really did not like the main character which can sometimes be a good thing, but this time it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I would still recommend picking this up if it sounds like an interesting story to you. It was a quick and enjoyable thriller. (note: I have since found out this is the first book in a series, which makes sense, and I will be picking up the next book in the series sometime soon)

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin– 4/5 – I am quite far behind in my #ReadYourFaceOff Game of Thrones read-along reading, so I’m glad to be finally finished with the second book in the series. I’m not going to meet the deadline for the third book, but I’m hoping I can catch up in November. This was another excellent book, but I felt it lagging in parts and it wasn’t as exciting as the first so my rating dropped slightly.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King – 4/5 – I picked this book up earlier in the year because I knew at some point I would want to read it. After watching the trailer for the new film and with Halloween around the corner, I decided now was a great time to cross it off my TBR list. The only negative with this book was how much the story seemed to drag before the climax, and I think because of that the ending felt quite rushed. Having said that, I think this has to be one of King’s creepiest works and I am excited for the new film adaptation.

#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.”