October Book Reviews: Lady Sherlock, Milk and Honey, and Into the Water


I expected October to be a good reading month for me, and I was so excited to get through some of the books on my Fall TBR (more on that later), but it ended up being a bit of a struggle. Still, I managed to read 3 books, 2 novels and 1 poetry collection. I also started listening to Dracula on audiobook around Halloween, but I’m still working on that.

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Thursday’s Top 4: Books That Haunted Me


Thursday’s Top 4 is a meme hosted by Ally from Ally Writes Things. This week’s topic is perfect for Halloween, Books that Haunted You. As much as I love thrillers, and some horror books, I feel like I never get that freaked out. That may be because I don’t read that many that I know are going to scare me… Still, here are a few books that most surprised me with how much they haunted me.

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The Friday 56: Into the Water


The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! I’m currently reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.

intothewaterii.jpgTitle: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Status: 30%
Genre: Mystery, Thriller (Adult)

People can survive the fall, but that doesn’t mean they will.

This has been a creepier book than I expected. It is written in several points of view and I love all of the information that I’m getting for this mystery. So far, I am liking the plot and atmosphere more than The Girl on the Train.

WWW Wednesday #17

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

To participate in this, you just have to answer these three questions:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. I’ve been waiting for this to be available from the library since it was released, and I’m glad that I’m finally able to read it! It’s on my Fall TBR and I’ve been loving thrillers lately. Read More »

September Book Reviews: Blood & Beauty and The Devil of Nanking


It is the middle of October and I’m finally posting my September book reviews. I’ve been falling asleep within about 20 minutes of reading and that has been the bulk of my reading time. Thankfully I have been on a break for the last week, which has been extremely nice, and I’m refreshed enough to try to post more regularly again.

In September, I read 2 books, one of which I finished early the morning of October 1. I’m going to include it here since I read it for the last couple of weeks of September.

Blood & Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant / 2013 / Random House / ★★★★★

It’s no secret that I adore reading historical fiction (and watching historical shows), and the family in this book is one of my all-time favorites to research. There’s something about the Borgia family that intrigues me and I’m always interested in finding out more about them. This was a wonderfully researched and written book. While reading it, I could tell that Sarah Dunant had done extensive research on the time and place of the book, as well as the people involved. It had events from several different points of view, not just members of the Borgia family, and that kept my interest while I was reading it since I do already know quite a bit about them. I loved finding out more about Caterina Sforza and I’d love to research her more since reading this book. My favorite part of the book was experiencing the transformation of Cesare Borgia from reluctant cardinal to condottiero, leader of a military connected to the Papal States. This is a huge part of his story, as well as the shows I’ve watched about the Borgias, but reading about it was great. Dunant also did a wonderful with Lucrezia and writing about her life as the daughter and sister of two powerful men, and her discovery of who her family was to other people. The follow-up to this book, In the Name of the Family, is high on my list of books to read. I believe that it focuses more on Machiavelli and his relationship with the family, so I’m excited to read it. Read More »

The Friday 56: The Devil of Nanking


The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! I’m currently reading The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder.

thedevilofnankingTitle: The Devil of Nanking
Author: Mo Hayder
Status: page 153/359
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Historical Fiction (Adult)

The only place the view of the city was interrupted was where Marylin – the blank reverse of her, girders, engineered and supported with metal struts – creaked and rattled back and forth through the night, blocking our view completely every ten seconds or so.

This is an intriguing book in so many different ways. Not only is there one mystery, but there are several, and I want to know all the answers now! I’ve read two of Mo Hayder’s books before, Birdman and The Treatment, and I have to say that so far this book hasn’t been as disturbing as those. However, I feel like things may get there…