January TBR

Happy January! 2018 is going to be a great reading year and I’m so excited for my January TBR. The first two books are for fun and the last two are books that I have to read for school. Now I will be posting a different TBR for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon  later this week, I just haven’t come to a firm TBR yet to include it in this one. So here is my January TBR!

To Kill a QueenTo Kill a Queen: An Elizabethan Girl’s Diary 1583-1586 by Valerie Wilding

Plot: This is the diary of 12-year-old Kitty Lumsden, the daughter of Bloody Tower diarist, Tilly Middleton, who now lives with her family near the Thames, not far from her old Tower home. The drama is set against the historical backdrop of the Babington plot to end Elizabeth’s life and put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne. But far from being innocent bystanders, the Lumsden family becomes intricately involved in a mass of secrets and spies…

 

 

RoarRoar by Cora Carmack

Plot: In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

 

Klee WyckKlee Wyck by Emily Carr

Plot: “Klee Wyck” (1941) is a memoir by Canadian artist Emily Carr. Through short sketches, the artist tells of her experiences among First Nations people and cultures on British Columbia’s west coast. The book won the 1941 Governor General’s Award. The original, unpublished title for the book was “Stories in Cedar”. Carr instead chose “Klee Wyck”, a nickname given to her by the First Nations people of Ucluelet. It means ‘Laughing One’.

 

 

 

Generals Die in BedGenerals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison

Plot: As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the bestselling novel Generals Die in Bed becomes more relevant than ever. Originally published in 1930, the landmark novel was one of the first to shatter the world’s illusion that war is a glorious endeavour. Instead, this chilling first-hand account brought readers face to face with the brutal, ugly realities of life in the trenches. Often compared to All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms, Generals Die in Bed was described by the New York Times as “a burning, breathing, historic document.” With veterans of WWI no longer here to tell their tales, this book stands as a lasting monument to the horror of war.

 

What books are on your TBR?

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Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads! This weeks topic is 2018 Reading Resolutions.

  1. Read for half an hour to an hour before bed each night. I love reading before bed as I find it helps me wind down for the night. I also have no distractions around so it is a great time for me to get a lot of reading done and I hope it can help me increase the books I read this year.
  2. Read diversely. I actually spoke about this in the 2018 Reading Goals post from Monday. I’ll leave a link here as it talks about certain diverse reads that I want to get to this year.
  3. Read more books from the library. I love my local library and I really want to support it. I used to go to the library all the time and I would really like to get back into going there instead of spending tons of money on books.
  4. Try new genres such as horror, classics and non-fiction. I tried my first horror book last year by reading The Shining by Stephen King and I really enjoyed it! So after reading that one I am definitely wanting to try more horror including more Stephen King. I also want to get into reading more classics such as the Bronte sisters and Charles Dickens, as well as non-fiction, specifically history books.
  5. Read more new releases. I don’t usually read new releases because I don’t like how expensive hard covers are and I usually wait to buy a book when it comes out in soft cover. However, this year I would like to read more recent books that are being talked about in the book community and I can do this without spending the money by using the library which actually helps with my third resolution!

What are some of your 2018 Reading Resolutions?

2018 Reading Goals

Happy 2018! To start off the New year, here are some of my personal reading goals for 2018.

Number of Books I Want To Read: 40

Top Series I Want To Finish:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
  • Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Rosemary Beach by Abbi Glines

Top Series I Want To Start:

  • The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Witchlands by Susan Dennard
  • Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

 

Diverse Reads:

This goal is something that I would really like to focus on this year. I haven’t read many diverse reads in the past and I really want to change that, so these are some of the ones I really want to pick up!

  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

 

What are some of your reading goals in 2018?

Anticipated 2018 Releases

2018 is right around the corner and I’m so excited since I cannot wait for these amazing books to come out! Here is my list of my most anticipated releases of 2018!

everlessEverless by Sara Holland

Expected publication: January 2, 2018

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) by Marie Lu

Expected publication: January 2, 2018

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

the hazel woodThe Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Expected publication: January 30, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

tempests and slaughterTempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Expected publication: February 6, 2018

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

leah on the offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Expected publication: April 24, 2018

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

save the dateSave the Date by Morgan Matson

Expected publication: June 5, 2018

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.
There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.
Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

plain jane

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2) by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

Expected publication: June 26, 2018

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

newbirdSea Witch by Sarah Henning

Expected publication: July 31, 2018

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
~~~~~~~~~~
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

catwoman

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Expected publication: August 7, 2018

Sizzling with action and suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author SARAH J. MAAS delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle who will steal readers’ hearts in a new, highly anticipated YA blockbuster: CATWOMAN!
When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
In this third DC Icons book–following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker–Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

queen of air and darknessQueen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3) by Cassandra Clare

Expected publication: December 4, 2018

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Which of these books are you excited for and what other books are you anticipating?

 

Book Series That I Haven’t Finished

Hello lovely readers! Here I have a list of book series (including one trilogy) that I have not finished that I plan on finishing. This list is in no particular order so let’s get into it!

PLLPretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Ugh this series! The only books that I have to still read are Pretty Little Secrets #4.5 and the final book in the series Vicious #16. This series was really good for the first 4 to maybe 6 books but OMG it just dragged on and on. The only reason that I am still reading this series is because I want to know how she finally ends them!!! Books 13-15 definitely picked up the pace of the series but I still feel the length of the series was unnecessary. Also, Ali’s Pretty Little Lies #0.5 was actually a really good, riveting book and addition to the series. I read all of these books over a year ago and almost all of them honestly blur together so I can’t get into a lot of details, however I am still planning on reading the last two books I need to complete this series since I need to know how it ends! As annoying as this series is, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys drama and a little bit of mystery. It is definitely a series with its flaws and can become quite annoying, however I believe that if you are okay with it being an 18 book series then give it a try! I am also a fan of the TV show, which dragged on too, and it was actually the TV show that got me into the books even though they end up not being that similar.

lightning thiefPercy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I am so sad that I have not finished this series! I read the first two books a few years ago and I have no idea why I never picked up the third book right after. The only reason I have not finished this series yet is because I need to go back and reread the first two (which I am currently doing) so that I can remember everything. These books were such an awesome part of my childhood and I can’t wait to revisit them as well as move on and read the rest of Rick Riordan’s series!

 

 

kissed by an angelKissed by an Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler

Okay so this situation is a little bit like the Pretty Little Liars series. I read the first, original, trilogy years ago. Then Elizabeth Chandler decided to continue the series with 3 more books and I was so excited since I really enjoyed the first 3! However, I read the fourth book and I was disappointed. It wasn’t a bad read per say but I found that the book was so unnecessary. The continuation of the story did not meet my expectations based on how much I loved the first 3 and I felt the story just wasn’t needed. Since reading the fourth book I just haven’t had the ambition to finish the series with the last two books. I know I definitely will since once again I want to see how she ends up finishing the series, I’m just disappointed that I’m not enjoying these as much as I did with the first 3. I would definitely recommend the first 3 books since they were so interesting and unique in my opinion. Then you can chose if you want to keep going with the series or not since the way the original 3 ends makes sense and is complete. It does hint that it could continue but I would be satisfied to stop.

fallen too far

Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines

OMG YES I am definitely finishing this series! I love Abbi Glines so much and I fly through her books which is why I am taking my time with this series since I don’t want it to end!!! I would recommend this series to anyone who loves contemporaries, romance and a fun light read! I actually have an entire post about my love for Abbi Glines’ books, specifically her Sea Breeze series, if you want to refer to that! Heres the link Abbi Glines

 

 

my blood approvesMy Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

So, I found this series on the kobo website a few years ago on sale for like $2 a book so I thought why not right? I’d never heard of this series before or Amanda Hocking but I am so happy that I bought these books! These books are full of just pure vampire fun and goodness! Sure they came after Twilight and during the really popular vampire phase but I enjoyed them so much! There are some flaws throughout the books, but they were such a quick fun read that if you wanted an easy vampire read I would recommend this series! When I read these books there were only 4 books in the series and Amanda Hocking had not quite decided if she would write a fifth book or not so she released her ideas that way you knew how it would end without having a fifth book just in case (if that makes sense). I remember reading it and really hoping she would eventually publish the fifth book and a few years later she did! The last book, Swear, is the one I have not yet read but I fully intend to reread this series and finally finish it since I was so excited for the last book to come out!

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Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke

Honestly, the only reason I have not finished this trilogy yet is because I am not ready for it to end. I remember the ending of the second book and being like, “umm did that seriously just happen” and crying because I was so sad. Before I finally pick this up I want to reread the first two books since I don’t remember any specific details, only the main plot points, and I am hoping that I love it as much now as I did when I first picked them up years ago.

 

the fire within

The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d’Lacey

This series is a struggle for me. All I can remember is finding the first book really dull and lacking any action and entertainment. I can’t even remember if I read the second book or not? However, I have read on Goodreads that the series does get better and I do own almost all of the books so I am willing to give this series a second try and hopefully I will find it more enjoyable.

 

 

the agency

The Agency by Y.S. Lee

I picked this book up because I was part of the Red Maple book club at my school which was created by the Ontario Library Association. I am so happy that I was a part of this club because I loved this book! It was amazing and I remember finishing it and I couldn’t wait for the next book to come out. I have read 2/4 books in this series and I think part of the reason I stopped reading them was the same as the reason for Inkworld; I don’t want it to end! I will definitely be continuing with this series and hopefully soon!

 

Which of these series have you read and what series do you still need to finish?

 

November Wrap Up

Hello everyone! I can’t believe that November is over, I feel like that month just flew by. I had a great reading month and I loved everything that I read which was awesome. I hope that it continues into another great reading month for December!

the shining

 

The first book that I finished this month was The Shining by Stephen King. I loved this book! It was my first Stephen King novel and I can happily say that I will be picking up more of his in the future. The only reason I honestly picked this book up was because of the FRIENDS episode where Joey puts The Shining in the freezer because it scares him and then he gets Rachel to read it while he reads Little Women. I am so thankful for that episode otherwise I probably never would have picked this up. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

 

 

murder on the orient express

 

Next I picked up Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I also loved this book! I didn’t expect the format of The Facts, The Evidence and then Sitting Back to Think, however I really enjoyed it. I found breaking the book up like that while still having it read like a story (if that makes sense) really helped me think the whole mystery through and had me feeling like I was playing detective which I always enjoy when reading a mystery. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

 

they both die at the end

 

Then I picked up They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Uhhhhh this book really hit me with the feels, however I didn’t bawl my eyes out like I thought I would. Instead the book left me shocked and speechless. I still can’t stop thinking about it. It was a powerful read and I’m so happy that I finally picked it up. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

 

 

 

the goldfinch

 

I did read a little bit of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt however I think that the best way for me to read this is with the audiobook as well as the hard copy so I have put it down again until I can get the audiobook from my library. I’m not picking it up because it’s not good or anything, I just think that I need to have someone read it to me sometimes since it is such a huge book and also an emotional one that I am struggling to read it at the pace that I usually read at.

 

 

13 Reasons Why

 

Next I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book was extremely powerful and had me on an emotional roller coaster the whole time. I have not watched the tv show yet which I think helped since I didn’t know what to expect from all of the characters. As well I have heard that there are some differences between the two so I am really happy that I waited and read this first. I can understand how other people may not like the book and I respect those opinions. I, however, feel that this is a really important book with a strong message and I am glad that I took the time to give it a read. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

 

lightning thiefThe final book that I read this month was The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan. This was a reread for me. I read this book years ago and I really enjoyed it but I never continued with the series after book 2 for no reason whatsoever. So now I’m finally coming back and rereading them since I don’t remember everything and then I’ll be able to finish the series and keep going with the rest of his other series! I’m kind of shocked to say that I think I enjoyed this book more now than I did when I was younger if that is even possible. I love the storyline, the characters and all of the mythology you learn throughout the book! I can’t wait to keep going with the series. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

What did you end up reading last month?

December TBR

Happy December! It is finally Christmas time!!! Yes, I am one of those people that gets extremely excited for Christmas and already has there car radio set for the Christmas music station. To continue with my Christmas spirit, most of the books on this month’s TBR have something to do with Christmas! Here they are…

 

pretty little secretsPretty Little Secrets: A Pretty Little Liars Collection by Sara Shepard.

Plot: Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about…

Fat snowflakes fall onto manicured lawns, quilted stockings hang over marble fireplaces, and everyone is at peace, especially Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer. Now that Alison’s murderer is in jail and A is dead, they can finally relax. Little do they know there’s a new A in town…

Rule number one of being an effective stalker: Get to know your prey. So I watch these liars day and night, keeping an eye on the trouble they get into, the messes they make, and the secrets they keep. Hanna’s desperate for a very personal session with her gym trainer. Emily is number one on Santa’s naughty list. Aria’s old flame from Iceland is about to land her in hot water. And Spencer’s resorting to some backhanded tactics to get what she wants.

What happens on holiday break stays on holiday break – right? But guess what. I saw. And now I’m telling.
-A

Taking place between UNBELIEVABLE and WICKED, Pretty Little Secrets is a very special Pretty Little Liars tale revealing the liars’ never-before-seen misadventures over their junior-year winter break.

 

dash and lilyDash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, and David Levithan.

Plot: “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

 

when santa fell to earthWhen Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke.

Plot: Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts – causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighbourhood, he’s not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determined to put an end to children’s wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, only Santa stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!

 

sea of monsters

 

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan.

Plot: The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.
In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

 

I am so excited about this month’s TBR! Let me know in the comments what’s on your December TBR?

Review: The Funny Thing Is by Ellen DeGeneres

ellen degeneres

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 28, 2003

Genre: Humour, Autobiography/Memoir

Rating: 1/5 Stars  one star

Plot:

An indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read—or wants to fool people into thinking they do—The Funny Thing Is… is sure to make you laugh.

Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point…And I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this book.

After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy to use and very funny. Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is… contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche and offers innovative features including:

-More than 50,000 simple, short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs.
-Thousands of observations on everyday life — from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer, and Eminem.
-All twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

Review:

I love Ellen! I watch her show all the time and I find her to be one of the funniest people on television. Unfortunately I did not like her book. This book was not funny, not enjoyable and overall, not for me. I listened to the audiobook, which in my opinion is the best way to read this book since then you get to listen to Ellen herself. However listening to Ellen was the only part of this book that I liked. Everything was so random and I spent most of my time confused. Her stories didn’t make sense and I didn’t find any of them funny. At the beginning of the book she spends the whole introduction talking about how she doesn’t know how to write a book as well as how she doesn’t want to write one. I picked up this book because I was sure that it could give me a good laugh, sadly I didn’t laugh once.

I know that she has come out with another book, Seriously… I’m Kidding, and I will still give that one a try. Hopefully it will be more enjoyable than this one. Unfortunately I would not recommend this book to anyone.

November TBR

Hello everyone! Here is my November TBR! I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done this month. I have already started two of these books and I’m hoping this will be the month to finish them. Let’s get started!

the shining

 

The Shining by Stephen King (finish last 200 pages)

Plot: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

 

murder on the orient express

 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Plot: “The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

the goldfinch

 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (finish last 500 pages)

Plot: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

they both die at the end

 

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Plot: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

 

I am so excited about this TBR, especially They Both Die at the End,  and I’m hoping that I can get to all of them!

Let me know in the comments what you plan on reading this month!

October Wrap Up

Happy November! I hope everyone had a spooky Halloween and got lots of treats! I like Halloween but Christmas is my favourite time of year and I am so excited for the decorating and music to begin!

October was a pretty solid reading month. I was able to read 3 3/4 books and I say 3/4 since I am sooo close to finishing The Shining. I hope to finish it within the next few days! My ratings for this month were a little all over the place so I really hope that November can be a great reading month with awesome books!

The first book I read was Clementine by Sara Pennypacker which was a children’s/middle grade novel. It was a super cute book for kids and was a great distraction from The Shining before bed. I would recommend this to little kids and families, especially if they have siblings.

The next book I read was The Funny Thing Is by Ellen DeGeneres. I listened to this one on audiobook and I was really disappointed. I will go more into detail in a review, however this was not a funny read and it was overall not enjoyable. I really wanted to love this since I love Ellen but I struggled through it.

The final book that I finished last month was Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. I LOVED this book. I also listened to this one on audiobook and it was amazing. Anna Kendrick is extremely entertaining and I would highly recommend her audiobook! I already want to listen to it again!

That’s it for the books I finished in October, hopefully I can read more than this in November! What did you read last month?