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…


Thursday’s Top 4: Books You Immediately Had to Read


Thursday’s Top 4 is a meme hosted by Ally from Ally Writes Things. This week, the topic is Books You Immediately Had to Read. Ally does a great job with this and I love participating.

When I finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I immediately went to the store and bought the boxset of the three books! I was so into this series as I read it. It ended up disappointing me some at the end, but I did go see all the movies, and I don’t do that often. Read More »

Tag: Real Neat Blog Award


I was nominated by Ally from Ally Writes Things for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you! She included 7  wonderful questions to answer. I love doing posts like this because they’re a great way to get to know a blogger.

  1. What book would you give 10 year-old you?I have never read any of the Harry Potter books, so I would give 10 year old me the first Harry Potter book! I see how important it is to a lot of people and, although I’ve seen the first movie as an adult, I love that a book series has meant that much to so many. It could have been interesting to be part of that world as a child to adult. And I do have the first book on my TBR since my grandmother loved the books.
  2. What’s your favourite quote and why??I did a post about quotes last month and, since then, I’m still trying to gather up all of my favorites. From that post, I’m still partial to this one from Shirley Jackson: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.”
  3. If you could only listen to three artists/bands for the rest of your life, who would they be??As someone whose music taste hasn’t changed that much over the years (I still listen to a lot of music I listened to in high school and college), this isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Brand New, Eisley, and Fall Out Boy. (Okay, it was a bit hard to decide on just 3!)
  4. Do you have any pets? If not, do you want any?No, I don’t have any right now. I grew up with pets, mostly cats, and I would love to have a cat or a dog.
  5. Have you ever cosplayed (pictures???)I’ve never cosplayed for an event other than Halloween. Last year I made a Queen of Hearts costume and I dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast several times as a child. My dream is the Pink Power Ranger!
  6. If you could punch any author, dead or alive, who would it be?Hmm, interesting question, and something I’ve never thought about before. I would punch Conan Arthur Doyle in the arm as a friendly thing for writing Sherlock. I’m not violent! I just love Sherlock.
  7. Is there anything weird or abnormal about your body?Ooh. Nothing too out of the ordinary. I have small feet, so I can wear (large) kid shoes. That’s about it.

My questions:

  1. If you could rewrite one book, what would it be? Why?
  2. Do you like going to book events?
  3. Are there any popular authors you haven’t read that you want to read?
  4. Why did you start a blog?
  5. What are you currently reading?
  6. Where do you want to travel to the most?
  7. Which of your favorite characters would you most like to meet?

I’m not going to nominate anyone this time, but if you find my questions interesting at all, feel free to answer them!

Thank you, Ally! I love these questions.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Throwback Freebie, and I chose from their list of examples. I’m doing 10 books I loved when I began blogging. It can be fun to go back and see how your tastes and reading style has changed. I started blogging in 2014 and these are my 4 and 5 star books from that time.

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Destiny by P.T. Michelle
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
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