Recap|| October.

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BOOOOOOOOOOOO! 😛 Happy Halloween!

I can’t believe October is already over! I feel like it just started, but it was a pretty busy month for me. Some good things and some not so good things. As far as reading goes though, this month was one of my better reading months even though I was pretty busy with life. Last month I only read 3 books, but this month I managed to read 4 books and listen to 6 audiobooks! I didn’t read a whole lot of books from my Halloween themed TBR like I had hoped, but like I mentioned, it was a busy month for me and I was still battling a slight reading slump.

Onto my recap! You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. *sadly I majorly slacked on reviews this month*

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of October.

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a monster calls by patrick ness – 5 out of 5 stars. – REVIEW.
I am so glad that I finally read A Monster Calls. It was such an amazing book and it had me crying quite a bit. The story was so beautifully written and the illustrations that went along with it made the reading experience even better. I can’t wait to see the movie! Feel free to check out my review for more.

dark matter by blake crouch – 5 out of 5 stars.  – REVIEW.
Seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read. The writing itself was so good. The story itself is really relatable and a main character that you will love and continue to root for. It’s so fast paced and action packed. It was so hard to put down. It definitely lived up to all the hype. Feel free to check out my review for more.

sanctum by madeleine roux – 4 out of 5 stars.
I read Asylum last October and decided to read Sanctum this October. It was really good and it was cool being back into this world. I was a bit disappointed with the pictures in the book, because I was hoping for a lot more creepy pictures like Asylum had. I still enjoyed the book though and can’t wait to pick up the third one.

lily and the octopus by steven rowley – 4 out of 5 stars.
This was one of the saddest books I ever read and I kept trying to put myself into the main character’s shoes with my own dog and just couldn’t do it. It made reading it even harder, because I kept thinking about my dog. I cried A LOT! I don’t think there was a time where I didn’t have tears in my eyes. The story was really good and I enjoyed it so much even when it was sad the majority of the time.

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Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of October.

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nightmare city by andrew klavan – 2 out of 5 stars.
I wasn’t really sure what was happening, eventually it came together and it wasn’t that great. The suspense was annoying and it wasn’t that exciting.

i am not a serial killer by dan wells- 3 out of 5 stars.
I was thinking I Am Not A Serial Killer would be similar to I Hunt Killers (one of my favorite books and I am sure you guys seen me talk about it a lot), but it took a completely unexpected turn and got weird lol. I still liked it, but it wasn’t awesome or what I expected.

christine by stephen king – 5 out of 5 stars.
I’ve never read a Stephen King book before, but I decided to give a couple of his books a try this month to get into the Halloween spirit and theme I was trying to go for with my TBR. I ended up LOVING Christine so much. It was the perfect amount of creepy and the story itself was so good.

acceleration by graham mcnamee – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’m not really entirely sure what to say about Acceleration. I liked it and it was pretty enjoyable. It didn’t blow me away though.

carrie by stephen king – 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
I was kind of disappointed with Carrie, because I loved Christine so much. I think I had my hopes set way too high. I still really enjoyed this book though and it definitely had some creepy aspects to it.

the outsiders by s.e. hinton – 4 out of 5 stars.
I read The Outsiders when I was in school and I liked it then. I honestly completely forgot everything that happened in the book, so I decided to do an audiobook reread. It was so good! I am sad I forgot everything when I read it years back, but it did feel like I was reading it for the first time again and I loved it. I teared up quite a bit and it had me laughing at times too.

What books did you read this month? Feel free to link me to your wrap up/recap posts!

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I was Harry Potter for a couple Halloween parties.
On the second picture that’s my older sister.
She was a cat, so I said she could be my house pet cat. 😛

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And just because it’s Halloween, here are some orange and white books.
I am also wearing my Hocus Pocus shirt today!
I can’t wait to go home and watch the movie tonight.

In case you missed it:
Book Haul| October
Monthly Subscriptions.

I hope you have an awesome Halloween or if you don’t celebrate then I hope you have a good day!

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Book Haul|| October.

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Hey!

I’m so sad that October is almost over. It’s one of my favorite months! On a happy note though, I got some books that I am really stoked about! I’ve been trying to be a little pickier when it comes to buying books and it’s starting to work out better for me. I ended up getting several books this month, but books that I am very happy about and can’t wait to read.

Last year I went book buying crazy and bought anything and everything and what has that done for me? It gave me an OVERWHELMING amount of books on my physical shelves and my Kindle shelf. Some books I don’t even know if I really even want to read. At the time I got them because they sounded interesting and I’m like “BOOOOOOOKS” and now I’m like “WHAT IS THIS AND WHY DO I HAVE IT?”.

I decided to do some math yesterday and with my physical books and e-books combined, 70% of those books are UNREAD! That’s an insane number! So now I am being picky about what I buy from now and I need to get that 70% waaaaaay down. Anyway, enough of my rambling. Onto my October book haul!

Amazon/Target:

Replica by Lauren Oliver
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Replica was one of my preorders for the year and it’s finally here! I can’t wait to dive into it. I read Asylum last year and loved it, so I decided to order Sanctum to read this year and it was really good! I seen that Holding Up the Universe was getting a lot of good reviews, so I seen a signed copy at Target and decided to buy it. It sounds like it’ll be a good read.

Doctor Who Dot-to-Doc by Price Stern Sloan (linked to Amazon)
Where to Eat Pizza 
by Daniel Young (linked to Amazon)
After the End by Amy Plum

I had to order the Dot-to-Doc book! It’s dot-to-dots, but Doctor Who! I haven’t had the chance to do any yet, but I know it’s going to be fun! Each one has over a thousand dots! I want to get a ruler before I start. My older sister bought me this Where to Eat Pizza book. It tells you the best places to eat pizza around the world! This book is REALLY important. Pizza is life and I am stoked to have it, lol. My friend Shelbie from Book Shelbs sent me After the End. I read it and loved it, so I am glad I own my own copy now!


Goodwill:

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Slated By Teri Terry
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I found these two books at Goodwill. I’ve read Shiver and really enjoyed it, so I figured for a $1 why not own it. I have Slated on my Goodreads TBR, so it was cool finding it at Goodwill.


Book Outlet:

It wouldn’t be a proper book haul without a couple Book Outlet orders, lol. I’ve been trying to be good this month and not get so many books, but I did get several.

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Half Lost by Sally Green
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Now that I have Half Lost and The Winner’s Kiss, I can start binge reading these series! I started A Thousand Pieces of You, but didn’t get far into it. I seen Ten Thousand Skies Above You and had to get it, because pretty cover! 😛

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The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

I am so glad I found these two on Book Outlet. I’ve been really wanting to get my hands on them, so at about $5 each that’s pretty awesome. I’ve been trying to hold off on getting books until they show up on Book Oulet.

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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

I ordered the Jane Steele book last month, but there was so many complications with the book being delivered to me. I finally got it after like a month of the mail being screwed up and them having to send me a new book. I’ve been slowly collecting the Falling Kingdoms series as Book Outlet gets them and I finally got my hands on Frozen Tides. I love this series so much. I am now just missing book one. I may break down and buy it on Amazon if Book Outlet doesn’t get the hardcover by December when the 5th book is released.


E-Books:

Once again I have been pretty good on the e-book front. I haven’t gotten a ton this month, which is a good thing considering I have so many to read already.

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Sabriel by Garth Nix
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes


ARCs/Review Books:

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Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

The Novl sent me an ARC of Love and First Sight. I am so stoked to read this one! It sounds like it’s going to be really good and it’s one of the books that I am really stoked about.

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The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

The author for The Ugly Teapot sent me a copy of his book to read and review, which I plan to read in November. It sounds SO good and I can’t wait to dive in! Goodreads description below.

“Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .”

Last, but not least, I got these really cute bookmarks from HappyHelloArt.

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Stranger Things! I binged the first season in a day and completely fell in love with it and I couldn’t not resist buying these bookmarks when I seen them. Eleven even has a waffle! YES!

What books did you get this month? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Monthly Subscriptions.
Tag|| Netgalley.

I’ll have my October wrap up posted on Monday! 😀 I hope you have a great day!

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Friday Finds #59.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list
 whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


HEY!

I updated my blog a lot this week and I am pretty happy about that. I have been in this huge blogging slump along with my reading slump. I’m glad I had one good week though! I even finally finished Sanctum this week. I felt like I was reading that book forever since I’ve been slumping it’s taken me quite awhile to get through it. It was really good though!

Anyway! Here are the books that I added to my Goodread TBR shelf in the last few weeks. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Katie Strohm
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun
Ashwood by CJ Malarsky
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

They all sound really good and I am digging all of the book covers for these books! Never judge a book by it’s cover, but these are pretty awesome so it’s hard not to. 😛

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

When I get off work today I have to go home and decorate some cookies and cupcakes that I made last night for my engagement party, pack a bag and then heading to the fiance’s parents’ house for the night. My older sister and my cousin have been planning the party and getting decorations, but I wanted to make all the desserts. Honestly, I started regretting it the moment I tried making the cookies, lol. I was having bad anxiety about it, because everything was turning out wrong and not how I envisioned it to be. Hopefully decorating everything will go a little better. So stoked for my party tomorrow!

In case you  missed it;
Monthly Subscriptions.
Tag|| Netgalley.
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Monthly Subscriptions|| October.

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Hey! 😀

I am back to share a couple of the subscription boxes/envelopes I got this month. I’m actively subscribed to the Craftedvan Read Happy Plan and from time to time when I see a box theme that I think I’ll love, then I will purchase that.

Craftedvan Read Happy Plan:

Craftedvan makes and sells magnetic bookmarks on Etsy and they came up with a new subscription service called the Read Happy Plan and every month you get a set of bookmarks and an art print.

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I got a really spooky vibe from this month’s Craftedvan package! I am loving all of these bookmarks. It was the first time they tried googly eyes on a bookmark, which was so cool! Look how cute the little googly eyed monsters are! I think my favorite would definitely been the bath reading a book though. This is my favorite one so far!


Appraising Pages: The Hocus Pocus Box:

Appraising Pages does the monthly subscription box called The Bookish Box, but sometimes they’ll have a fandom one-time themed box. They are the ones that I received my Supernatural box from in the past. This month they were selling a Hocus Pocus box. It’s one of my favorite Halloween movies, so I knew I had to have it!

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Winifred Pin from Jar of Buttons
Candle from Cherry Pit Crafts
T-Shirt
“it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus” from Appraising Pages
Bracelet with words from the song Sarah sings from Authored Adornments
Travel Mug“oh look, another glorious morning. makes me sick” from Drop and Give Me Nerdy

The bracelet is definitely one of my favorite things in this box. I love the glass bubble bracelets. I am so stoked about both of these subscription boxes that I got this month! I am really glad that I continued to stick with Craftedvan and that I jumped on the opportunity to get the Hocus Pocus box. I think I would have regretted it if I didn’t get these two!

Next month I’ll have another Craftedvan package to share and I decided to get OwlCrate‘s Wonderland themed box, because I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. I am pretty sure I already know what the book will be, but it’ll have an exclusive book cover just for OwlCrate and I’m stoked to see what that cover will look like!

In case you missed it;
Tag|| Netgalley.
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Tag|| Netgalley.

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Hello!

I seen the Netgalley book tag over on Yvo’s blog It’s All About Books and I decided to do it as well. It looks like a lot of fun and I use and love Netgalley! 😛

Rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!

Questions:

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

So many authors! Here are several (it’s too hard to choose one) that I will automatically read anything they write without question: Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent series), Veronica Roth (Divergent series), Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series), Lauren Bird Horowitz (the Light trilogy), Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms series), Leigh Bardguo (The Grisha trilogy), Colleen Hoover (Ugly Love), and Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet In Heaven).


Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

I tend to go for the books that I think (or know) are going to be really popular or if it’s an author that I love. I don’t always love hyped books a lot of the time, so I want to read them before they get even more hyped so I request them as early as I can in hopes that I don’t fall victim to the hype and end up hating the book. If a cover jumps out at me, then I will read the description and if I like it I’ll request that way as well.


Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I don’t always review every single book I read. If it’s a popular book, then I’ll review it. If it’s a new release, then I’ll review it. I tend to not review older books that have been out for over a couple years. I have reviewed them before, but if I choose not to do a review on a book I read then that’s typically the reasoning behind that decision. I try to review all the books I read though.

As far as Netgalley goes though, I review every single book I request over there or if I am sent ARCs (or already published books) from authors/publishers then I always review those as well. My actual feedback ratio on Netgalley is 100%!


Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Hmmm…I am not creative at all, so this is a tough question. As far as my reading goes for this year…I think I would probably earn a badge for being in the most reading slumps and for not blogging as much this year. So I guess I create those badges, LOL. Maybe it’ll boost my spirits and get me back on track! I am Queen of the Reading/Blogging Slumps. I have five actual badges on Netgalley.


Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

This is a tough question, because there are a ton of books that I am dying to read! I think I’ll break the rule and mention the top three books that I am dying to read!

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I want them all! I am dying to read them and the book covers are so amazing. I need to own them as soon as possible. 😛


2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

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I think that last ARC that I reviewed was Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. It wasn’t what I expected and ended up not liking it as much as I had hoped. You can check out my review over here. The last book that I reviewed that wasn’t an ARC was Dark Matter, which I loved more than words could ever explain. You can check out my review over here.


I Tag:

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie
Kayla @ Booked Solid

And anyone else that would like to do this tag. It was a pretty fun tag! Feel free to link me to your posts if you decide you want to take part in this tag, so I can see your answers too!

In case you missed it;
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.

Hey!

I have hardly posted anything this month and I’m sadly not getting through my Halloween themed TBR like I had hoped either. 😩 It’s been a busy month for me and kind of a crazy one too, especially the stress factor of it all. This weekend I’m supposed to be having a Halloween themed engagement party and hopefully that’ll be fun. I get to make all the dessert for the party, which I am stoked about. I just hope they turn out okay! I figured I would do another picture post update since I haven’t really been updating my blog much this month. I hope you enjoy!

I mentioned my engagement party that’s this weekend and I got some wedding gifts early! I thought I would share them, because I love them so much! The fiance’s parents got us this armadillo lamp and this stag head wall decor. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! You have no idea. I had them on my registry and I am so glad I got them. My cousin/bestie got one of my engagement pictures blown up and framed for us, which is so awesome. It’s one of my favorite pictures we took.

Celebrated the fiance’s 3oth birthday earlier this month. I surprised him with things the entire weekend. On Friday I gave him some birthday presents, Saturday we had pizza, and then Sunday I decorated our bedroom door with balloons and banners.

Sunsets will forever be my thing. I am obsessed with taking pictures of them and I’m sure I have said that a million times on here, lol. Here are a few I’ve taken recently.

The furbabies! I tried to get a “Fallish” picture of Dax, but he wouldn’t really sit for the picture. The only reason why I have any of the cats is because they like to get in my way when I take pictures for my bookstagram, LOL.

More furbaby pictures, because I love these guys so much. ColbyJack and October playing with a treat toy. Dax and October laying together.

Trying to get back into the gym. I don’t have that much longer to lose some pounds and shape up before my wedding. I feel like time is flying. My wedding is in FIVE months and I feel like I’m drowning in things to do. To relax and take away some of the stress, I picked up coloring again. My cousin got me some new adult coloring books.

I am currently reading Sanctum, which is the second book in the Asylum series. I really enjoyed Asylum and Sanctum is pretty good as well. It’s taking me awhile to get through it though, because I feel like I haven’t fully gotten out of this lame reading slump I’ve been in for months. I did also decide to take a break from this to read Dark Matter since it was going to be returned to the library in a few days.

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So I was taking a picture for my bookstagram and I was using these books, because I needed books with maps. Well after taking off my book sleeves, I discovered that my A Court of Mist and Fury book is missing the title and stuff on the spine! WTF!? LOL. I’m a bit annoyed by that, but it’s also kind of funny. Anyone else have any problems like this with their book or any books? Someone told me they seen some people have issues with the Six of Crows book where it was printed upside down or only half printed.

Below are some pictures I took for my bookstagram and for the photo a day challenge that I am doing. Feel free to add my on Instagram! foreverbookish_ (bookstagram) & heyyitsashley (personal account). I’ll tell you the theme for the pictures below.

Green Books & Sock Sunday

Rainbow Books & Fall Colored Books

Fairytale Book & Book + Coffee

I ordered the Hocus Pocus box from Appraising Pages and I finally got it. Everything is perfect! I’ll be doing an unboxing on my bookstagram in a couple of days. I’ll also do a post at some point this week with what’s inside too. The Novl sent me an ARC of Love and First Sight and I am so stoked! It’s a book that I really really want to read!

In case you  missed it;
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.
Thoughts|| A Monster Calls.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| Dark Matter.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
5 out of 5 stars.

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

Goodreads Description: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.


I’ve read Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy and I loved it so much. When I heard about Dark Matter, I knew I had to read it. It’s been getting a lot of hype and attention since it came out and this time I actually agree with all the hype!

Dark  Matter was INTENSE! There was non-stop action going on and it was so fast paced. It was hard to put down and each page had something crazy happening. It never slowed down for me, which I loved. There were a lot of scientific aspects to this story, but Crouch did a really good job with explaining things. I love his writing style and how easy it is to read his books, especially this one.

I loved Jason’s character and I was rooting for him the entire time. It was so hard not to fall in love with him and his story. I went through all the emotions with him and I felt really connected to him and the story. I honestly believe this book is so relatable on so many levels. I’m sure there is countless times where we wonder “what if I did things this way” “what if I said no instead of yes” “what if I said yes instead of no” “what if, what if, what if”.

This book tackles that very question and it’s done so amazingly well that you want to believe it’s true and that itself is a SCARY thing and you’ll see how scary after you read this book! After reading this book, you’ll also learn to appreciate the life choices that you made, because in the blink of an eye you can lose everything and you may not ever get it back.

Overall, this book was amazing. I loved every single thing about it. There’s so much going on and a lot of it is so crazy! I found myself countless times having to stop reading, because I wasn’t sure I could handle anymore of the craziness (in a good way, it was so good). It’s hard to put down. It’s fast paced. Awesome main character that you will love and root for. It’s so well written and I applaud Crouch for writing another amazing book! I highly recommend this book to everyone.

“Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together.”

Have you read Dark Matter? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan to?

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyred

Thoughts|| A Monster Calls.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
5 out of 5 stars.

“You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

Goodreads Description: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.


I am not sure how well this post will come out, because it’s kind of hard to explain how I felt about A Monster Calls. I could give the generic response of “I loved this book so much”, but I think this book deserves a lot more than. I’m not sure I can put my thoughts into proper words, but I’ll try.

A Monster Calls was so hard to read. It was one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I found myself tearing up and crying quite a bit. It tore my heart into a million pieces. I felt connected to Conor instantly and you can’t read this book without feeling all of the things that he felt. Or being so protective of him and getting angry and mad at the world and his reality. He had to deal with a lot and he’s only just a kid.

I had the hardcover copy of the book that has the illustrations and I really enjoyed them. It was cool to get to see the story come to life in another way. I like to visualize things in my head, but I don’t know if I would have captured the monster and other scenes in the book as well as those illustrations did. I thought they were perfect for the story.

I had a love/hate for the monster. I wanted him to fix the world for Conor and when Conor got angry at him, I found myself getting angry at him too. I liked the stories that he told Conor and I found myself sticking tabs on almost everything that came out of the monster’s mouth, lol.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved Conor, I loved the monster. I loved the message behind it all. Even though it was such a sad story, it was an amazing one. It is one that I know I will remember for years and years. I know that this post does not do justice to how great this book is, so I highly recommend reading it. I would also recommend reading the illustrated version, because it makes it even better.

“Stories are important. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”

Have you read A Monster Calls? If so, what did you think?

I hope you have a great Monday!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #31.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. :)

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


HEY!

I am pretty busy today, but I wanted to get a post up on my blog today. I want to try to be better about posting in my blog again. It’s been crazy busy for me lately and the on-going reading slump I have been in made it so hard to blog! Anyway, onto my post! Here is what I have been reading (and listening to) so far this week!

Currently Reading:

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sadly, I am not as far into A Monster Calls as I would have liked. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and actually read it with no interruptions. I’m about 60 pages in and it’s pretty interesting so far though. Maren (The Worn Bookmark) sent me an audiobook copy of Pride & Prejudice and I am currently listening to it. I’m not far into it yet since I started it at the end of the work day. I am really excited to listen to it though since I’ve really been wanting to read this book.


Recently Finished:

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Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Both of these books were so strange. Nightmare City I wasn’t really sure what was happening, eventually it came together and it wasn’t that great. The suspense was annoying and it wasn’t that exciting. I Am Not A Serial Killer was a bit better than Nightmare City. I was thinking it would be similar to I Hunt Killers (one of my favorite books and I am sure you guys seen me talk about it a lot), but it took a completely unexpected turn and got weird lol. I still liked it, but it wasn’t mind-blowing awesome. It was a 3 star for me and Nightmare City was a 2 star.


Reading Next:

I am not entirely sure what I am going to read next. I did make a Halloween themed TBR, which you can check out over here! I know it’ll be something off that list of spooky books! Which one do you think I should read next from my Halloweenie TBR?

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it:
Book Haul|| September.
Recap|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

Halloweenie TBR.

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HEY! 

It’s no surprise that I LOVE Halloween. Last year I made a Halloween themed TBR with some spooky books on it to read. I wanted to do that again this year. I decided to go with ten books for my October TBR. I wanted to give myself a lot of options just in case I’m not into some and I’ll still have plenty of others to choose from. There’s a good chance that I probably won’t read every single one, but it would be nice if I did! I may also find some spooky audiobooks to listen to this month as well. Here is my October Halloweenie TBR!

Physical Books:

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

I have been wanting to read The Merciless, Blood and Salt, and A Monster Calls for so long now. I have been putting it off, so I could read them in October. Pretty stoked to finally dive into them! I actually made A Monster Calls the first book that I read this month and I’m a little over 30 pages into it.

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The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler
Beyond by Graham McNamee
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Last year I read some of the stories in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys and this year I am going to read some more of the stories. I really enjoyed the ones that I read and can’t wait to read some others. I will probably read them randomly to get a break from reading full books or if I feel myself getting into a slump. I read Asylum last year as well and decided to get the sequel to read this year.

E-Books:

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The Outside by Laura Bickle
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I read The Hallowed Ones for my Halloweenie TBR last year, so I decided to put the sequel The Outside on my TBR this year. I loved that book and I am excited to see what happens next! I really want to finally finish the Miss Peregrine’s series. I had this on my TBR last year, but I ended up not reading it. Hopefully this year I finally will. I went to see the Miss Peregrine’s movie on Saturday and I loved it! 😀

At least 5-6 of these books are books that will be able to go toward my Read My Books challenge this month as well, so that is exciting! I have been pretty much slacking with that challenge. I’m trying to read 30 older books that I’ve had for a year or longer for that challenge.

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Do you plan to read any spooky Halloweenie type books this month? What is on your October TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts!

In case you missed it:
Recap|| September.
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Recap|| September.

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September was the worst reading (and blogging) month I’ve had in a really long time. I am quite disappointed in the fact that I didn’t read a lot of books or listen to any audiobooks. I have been in this on-going reading slump and I just have not been in the mood to read a ton of books, sadly. Not reading also really affected my blogging as well. I was also pretty busy in September with other things going on in my life, so my mind has been preoccupied with other things. I still managed to read a few books, so I guess a few is better than none! I will also say that the books that I did read I enjoyed, so that is a plus too.

Keep reading to to see the books that I read in September. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of September.

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attachments by rainbow rowell – 3.5 STARS OUT OF 5.
I really enjoyed Attachments. It wasn’t Rowell’s best book, but it was still good and it was really cute. I liked the characters and it was pretty easy to read. There were a few boring parts, but over all it was good and I am glad I finally read it. It was the only older book on my shelves that I read this month for my Read My Books challenge.

point of retreat by colleen hoover – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
CoHo…no disappointment there. I don’t think she has ever disappointed me yet. This was the sequel to the Slammed series. I really enjoyed this one and I loved getting to get back into the store and enjoy the characters again. I flew through this book in about a day. It was hard to put down and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I did enjoy Slammed a little more than the sequel though.

a bitter pill to swallow by tiffany gholar – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I was sent a ebook copy of A Bitter Pill to Swallow from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story. It deals with mental illness and I really think that this is an important book to read. I can’t really say why, because then it gives away the story! You can check out my review for more about my thoughts on the book. It’s spoiler free and linked above.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I am currently reading and didn’t get around to finishing in the month of September.

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lily and the octopus by steven rowley

I am halfway through Lily and the Octopus. I really like this book, but it’s also really depressing! I might put the second half of this book on hold until November, because I want to read spooky/Halloweenie type books in October and this one is so depressing and not what I want to be reading right now. I do plan to finish this book though, because I really like it and I want to see what happens with Lily, Ted, and the Octopus.

What books did you read this month? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I have completed my Halloweenie TBR list and I will be posting which books I am going to read this month on my blog on Monday! If you check out my bookstagram, then you will get to check out my list a couple days early! I will be posting it over there later today for my monthly bookish photo a day challenge.

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Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ – book Instagram account

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September.
Monthly Subscriptions.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray