Book Tag|| Christmas Book Blogger.

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Hey!

I was tagged by Alexandra from Whimsy Pages to do the Christmas book blogger tag. I love Christmas and knew I had to do this tag too. Continuing reading to see questions and my answers. 🙂

What Is Your Favorite Christmas Scene In A Book?

I haven’t really read many Christmassy books, so I am going to go with Christmas at Hogwarts as my favorite Christmas scene in a book.


Do You Have Any Christmas Book Traditions?

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I don’t really have any Christmas book traditions. Maybe I’ll start a new one? I did read Home Alone 2: Lost in New York children’s book this month, so maybe I’ll make it a point to read it every single year before I watch the movie. It’s one of my favorite movies.


Do You Prefer To Get Presents Of Book Vouchers Or Books?

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. They both result in new books, so it’s a win either way haha. It’s rare that anyone buys me books for Christmas, which is sad! I want all the books!


Do You Give Books As Presents?

I don’t give books as presents often. I have a few times, but that’s pretty rare too. My family isn’t that big into reading. I did buy three books for my younger sister this year though. She actually requested them, which was a first.


What Bookish Item Is On Your Christmas Wishlist?

I am in real need for  a new Kindle, because mine doesn’t hold a charge for very long anymore and I’ve had it for four years now. So I have a white Kindle with a back light (mine doesn’t have one) on my Christmas wishlist. I already exchanged gifts with my family and sadly didn’t get it. Always next year! 😛


What 3 Books Would You Love Santa To Have In His Sack For You?

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I would love from Santa to bring me Prince Charming (Rachel Hawkins), On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong), and Dragon Pearl (Yoon Ha Lee).


Fake Christmas Tree Or Real Christmas Tree?

I’ve always wanted a real tree, but we always end up getting a fake tree. They are so much easier and in the long run, cheaper because you get to use the same one every year instead of spending money to get a real one each year.


What’s Your Favorite Thing About Christmas?

My favorite thing about Christmas is buying gifts for my family and friends, because I love picking things out for them and seeing their faces when they open their gifts.


What Christmas Book Would You Recommend?

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I haven’t really read many Christmas books, so this is a tough one. I really liked Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and the sequel as well. They were fun Christmas books.


What Dish On Your Christmas Menu Are You Most Looking Forward To?

I have no idea, haha. All of it? 😛 I really liked deviled eggs too, so I guess I am looking forward to those every year.


When Do You Open Your Christmas Presents?

We usually open them on Christmas morning (December 25th). This year we are spending Christmas with the husband’s family, which is exciting.


What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song?

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I love all the Christmas songs, haha. One of my favorites would have to be from the Hanson Christmas album Snowed In, lol. The song is called Merry Christmas Baby.


Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

I am forever dreaming of a white Christmas, but this is Florida and it doesn’t snow here. So I guess I will just keep dreaming.

I tag anyone that wants to do this! I would love to see your answers, so feel free to link me to your posts so I can check them out. 🙂 And I will leave you with a picture I took this weekend. My family and I went to this Christmas event in Celebration (town in Florida). It was fun seeing all the decorations and watching some bands play Christmas songs.

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #84.

I hope you have a great day!

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Friday Finds #84.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves recently. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


Hey!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this post. I am going to just jump right into it. I have six books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Goodreads Description: Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.


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Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

Goodreads Description: Pony just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Tired from all the attention he got at his old school after coming out as transgender, he’s looking for a fresh start at Hillcrest High. But it’s hard to live your best life when the threat of exposure lurks down every hallway and in every bathroom. Georgia is beginning to think there’s more to life than cheerleading. She plans on keeping a low profile until graduation…which is why she promised herself that dating was officially a no-go this year. Then, on the very first day of school, the new guy and the cheerleader lock eyes. How is Pony supposed to stay stealth when he wants to get close to a girl like Georgia? How is Georgia supposed to keep her promise when sparks start flying with a boy like Pony?


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Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch, Kristen Simmons

Goodreads Description: Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources. Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn’t been seen in centuries. When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior. But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.


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What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Goodreads Description: Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it? There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash. He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…Except who she really is. Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash. That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue. Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels. If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.


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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Goodreads Description: Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power: 1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself. No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it. But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?


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Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

Goodreads Description: Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new–the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he’s never really dated before. Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes. Kai Sheridan didn’t expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there’s more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he’s awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this “relationship” will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on them. 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 recently.

I will end this post with pictures of my furbabies, because they are so cute and I can’t help myself. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (Twitter: whoa_itsashley & Instagram: heyyitsashley) then you may have already seen these.

The Girls: Leaf & October.

The Boys: ColbyJack & Dax.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #67.
Book Haul|| November.
Wrap Up|| November.

I hope you have a great day!

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WWW Wednesday #67.

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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?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

This month is actually off to a really great start and I am only ONE book away from completely my Godoreads challenge! I am going to jump right into my WWW Wednesday post for today. This is what I’ve been reading so far this month and what I will hopefully be reading next.

Currently Reading:

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I wanted a Christmas vibe book, so I finally decided to pick up my copy of The Afterlife of Holly Chase. It’s an A Christmas Carol retelling and I am stoked! I’m not that far into it, but so far it’s interesting. I haven’t actually started Lord of Shadows yet, but I plan to start the audiobook today while I work.


Recently Finished:

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Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle
For Every One by Jason Reynolds
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I’ve finished quite a few books over the first 10 days of December! Two audiobooks and two books that I read myself. The audiobooks were Puddin’ and Lady Midnight. I really enjoyed both books. I was on the fence about even reading Lady Midnight, because I have a love/hate for the Mortal Instruments series (first four books were great and then the series went downhill for me). BUT my library had the Lady Midnight audiobook available so I decided to just give it a chance and I actually really liked it. The books that I read myself were For Everyone and Any Boy But You, both were great; especially Any Boy But You. I flew through it in two days and had so much fun reading it. I flew through For Everyone in thirty minutes though because it was short book written in verse, so it was a quick read. Here’s one of my favorite pages from For Everyone:

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“All of us out here,
slumped over wearing
weird fake
broken smiles,
trying to avoid the truth:
that we all got road rage.”

I related to this so much, especially lately.


Reading Next:

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Husband Material by Emily Belden
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

I am not really sure what I am going to read next, honestly. I have a December release ARC (Husband Material) that I need to read and a few January ones (Lucky Caller being one of them), so I may give those a chance or I might see if I can find another Christmas book that I can read before the month ends. I think I have a couple other Christmassy books on my Kindle. We shall see what happens!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

Life has been so weird and so difficult and I got some pretty bad news last week, so I’ve been down even more than I already have been. I’ve been working on some 2020 posts and 2019 recap post though and I can’t wait to share those. I even upgraded my blog, so I could get some more photo storage so be on the look out for more picture/travel posts again! I miss doing those so much, so I am glad I was able to get some extra photo storage space until I can figure out a more permanent solution. I’m hoping 2020 I’ll be more active here. More about that toward the end of the month though.

And now I will leave you with a picture of my cat Leaf in a sweater, because she looks ridiculously cute in it and I have to share it EVERYWHERE. 😛 I originally bought the sweater for my dog, but it ended up being too small for him so I had to let Leaf try it on. She’s the only cat of my three that would ever let me get close enough to do this, haha. She had no idea what to do, so she kind of just sat there until I took it off her. She was not a fan.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| November.
Wrap Up|| November.
Mini Review|| Regretting You.

I hope you have a great day!

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Book Haul|| November.

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Hey!

I am going to just jump right into my November book haul. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I actually need to update these pages soon, it’s been a few months. Here are the books that I got in November.

Books I Bought:

9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
Dry by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

9 from the Nine Worlds was only $8 on Amazon, so I decided to get it. I really love the Magnus Chase series so far (still need to read the third book), so I am stoked to have this short story that goes along with the trilogy. There’s this outlet store by my house that’s called “Ollie’s Outlet” and they have a really big book selection that always sells books for cheap. I got For Everyone, Dry, and I Am Still Alive for $1.99-2.99 each.

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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Had to edit this post, because I completely forgot about The Queen of Nothing, oops! I preordered the Barnes & Noble black edition since my other books in the series are also the B&N editions. Sharing the Goodreads cover since I forgot all about it and didn’t photograph it.


Netgalley:

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Followers by Megan Angelo

I thought Followers sounded really good when I read the description on Netgalley, so I decided to request it. It’ll be released in January so hopefully I get to it soon. I really love the colors of the book cover.


E-Books:

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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Friended by Kilby Blades
The Hive by Barry Lyga, Morgan Baden

And of course the e-books! There were a few that I’ve been waiting to go on sale that I am super stoked about like Recursion, The Hive, We Hunt the Flame, and Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. I thought Friended sounded good and it was free, so why not?

What new books did you get in November? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

In case you  missed it;
Wrap Up|| November.
Mini Review|| Regretting You.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| November.

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Hey!

November was such a difficult month for me as far as life/mental health. I struggled quite a bit and I even ended the month of November on a bad note as well, because I ended up getting really sick as well. So I am now battling a pretty bad cold, ugh. It was such a hard month, but I did get to read and listen to some pretty great books so that was nice. I’m only three books away from completing my Goodreads challenge, so I am stoked! 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of November.

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Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness – 5 out of 5 stars
Frankly in Love by David Yoon – 4 out of 5 stars
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – 4 out of 5 stars
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover – 4 out of 5 stars – Review

I flew through Over the Top and it was such an amazing book. I love Jonathan Van Ness and it was great getting a glimpse into his life and struggles and how amazing he turned out through everything he has gone through. Frankly in Love and The Unhoneymooners were both such great reads. I really enjoyed them and had fun reading them. I was so excited to be approved for Regretting You. I really liked it, but I did feel like something was missing from it. You can check out my mini review linked above.


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

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe – 5 out of 5 stars
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – 5 out of 5 stars
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen – 3 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved both The Librarian of Auschwitz and Autoboyography. I have been wanting to read both of these for such a long time, so I am happy that I finally checked them out and they were so amazing. The Wife Between Us was a good book, but it didn’t blow me away. Some things were a little predictable, but it was still a decent read.

What books did you read in November? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I’ll have my November book haul posted soon. I actually had it all written out, but when I went to go post it…I guess WordPress didn’t save it, ugh. So now I have to redo it. Today is pretty busy with work because it’s Cyber Monday, but I plan to catch up with your recent posts tomorrow. And now I leave you with a picture I took at Islands of Adventure a couple weekends ago. The Hogwarts castle has a light show every night during the holidays and we were able to finally check it out. It was pretty epic and this is one of the pictures that I took of the castle. I’m pretty obsessed with how great it turned out.

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I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Mini Review|| Regretting You.

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body. With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara. While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.


I received an ARC of Regretting You from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on December 10th.

I really enjoy reading Colleen Hoover’s books, so I was excited when I was approved for Regretting You on Netgalley. I don’t want to go into a huge elaborate review, because I don’t want to risk spoiling anything. I always find it better to go into Colleen Hoover’s books with as little knowledge as possible. I really liked the story and Colleen did not disappoint. She always has a way of sucking you in and making it so hard to put down her books and that’s exactly what happened with this one. There were so many feels and emotions experienced throughout the story by both the characters and myself. I really connected with them and I was so sad for them. It was a really heartbreaking story, but it had quite a few happy moments as well. There were a couple things that prevented me from giving it five stars though. It’s hard to explain without spoiling it, but I just felt like something was missing. I wanted to know more about what exactly happened, like when, how, why, but that wasn’t really explored or explained much. I felt unsatisfied with that. Overall though, I really enjoyed Regretting You and would highly recommend checking it out.


I still need to blog hop and catch up with guys! Soon, I promise. I’ve seriously been doing so bad mentally over the last couple weeks and it’s been making it so hard to want to sit in front of my computer aside from having to for work. I wrote a little post about it last week, which I’ll link below. I feel like it’s just gotten so much worse, sigh. I have a four day weekend this week though, so hopefully I’ll be able to find some time. We’ll be leaving tomorrow or Thursday morning to go have Thanksgiving with my family and I am really looking forward to that. I feel like I need a break from my routine life so badly, so maybe this little visit will help me. November book haul and wrap up coming soon.

In case you missed it;
Random|| Life & Reading Update.
Mini Review|| The Wives.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Life & Reading Update.

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Hey!

It’s been almost two weeks since my last update. I’ve been in a blogging slump, honestly. I’ve also been stuck in my head a little bit. So I’ve been trying to distract myself with reading, TV, games on my iPad, or recently the new Pokémon Sword game on Nintendo Switch. This year has been so weird for me and it’s kind of hard to explain. I guess maybe because there has been so many changes this year. A big one having moved four hours away from my family and not seeing them every single day.

I also feel like my anxiety has gotten so much worse too, which really sucks. I can’t really even tell people about it, because then I just get told I’m making a big deal or I need to “grow up” and to “stop being scared of the world”. 🙄 If it was that easy, then I would have stopped being this way a long time ago. It’s hard and it sucks. I feel lost and not very supported in my real life (outside of the blogging world). Dealing with things on your own is hard sometimes. Not having someone to talk to is hard sometimes. That’s why I get stuck in my head sometimes.

I don’t know if any of this made sense and I’m sorry if it didn’t. This has just been a really weird year for me and most of the time I just can’t put it into words. A lot of great things happened too, but I think my mental health took a hit this year. I’ve never experienced most of these feelings before or if I have, never as bad. It’s new and has been an adjustment, I guess. So I that’s why I’ve been distant around here and also in my real life. It’s been all about distracting myself this year, because if I don’t then I just constantly think about everything that bothers me and it makes me sad.

I decorated my house for Christmas, which I love. Here’s a couple pictures of the outside. Just did a couple touches of Christmas outside. I think we might put up some Christmas lights on our house. I really want to go all out Clark Griswold style, but I doubt that happens LOL. We also put up the Christmas tree too. I haven’t been able to take a good picture of it yet.


And here is a quick little reading update of what I read recently and what I may read next.

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I recently finished reading Autoboyography and The Unhoneymooners both by Christina Lauren. By the way, I just realized that Christina Lauren is TWO PEOPLE! Anyway, I really enjoyed both of these books so much. I need to read more from Christina Lauren.

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I think in my last reading update I said I was going to read Regretting You next, but I ended up reading The Unhoneymooners instead since it was a library book that was going to be returned soon. SOOO, I may be picking up Regretting You today. I am supposed to be getting my copy of The Queen of Nothing (I got the black Barnes & Noble edition) today or tomorrow, so I may also be picking that one up soon too. I’m actually scared to read The Queen of Nothing, because I really thought The Wicked King wasn’t that great. I guess we’ll see what happens!

Well, that’s all for this post. I just wanted to give a quick update on why I haven’t been around too much. I try to hop on to catch up with you guys at least once a week, so I will at some point this week. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| The Wives.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Mini Review|| The Wives.

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Imagine that your husband has two other wives. You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself. But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives. You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever. Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life? And who is his mysterious third wife?


I received an ARC of The Wives from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on December 30th.

I’m still sort of new to Tarryn Fisher’s books as The Wives was only my third book of hers that I read. Of what I read of hers, she’s so good at writing some pretty twisted books. I was so excited to read The Wives and honestly, it did not disappoint! I knew it was going to be pretty crazy just by the book description and as I continued through the story, it got weirder and crazier as I turned the pages. I flew through the book in a little over a day. I couldn’t put it down! I did think that the beginning was a lot better than the second half, but I still really enjoyed. There were quite a few things I didn’t see coming and I was definitely left shook at times. I decided to go the mini review route for this one, because I don’t want to give away a lot or risk spoilers. This is one of those books that it’s best to go into it not really having too much information. I had so much fun reading The Wives and I can’t wait to pick up Tarryn’s other books.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday#66.
Wrap Up|| October.
Book Haul|| October.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday#66.

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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?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

I am going to just jump right into my WWW Wednesday post for today. This is what I’ve been reading this past week and what I will hopefully be reading next.

Currently Reading:

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

I started Frankly in Love a couple days ago and I’m about 35% into it. So far I am really enjoying it. There has been quite a few laugh out loud moments so far and I am excited to see what happens. I am starting to audiobook today The Librarian of Auschwitz. I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile now, so I am excited to finally be starting it today.


Recently Finished:

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Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

I flew through Over the Top in pretty much a day and a half. It was so hard to put down. I love the Queer Eye guys (show) and it was so great getting a closer look into Jonathan Van Ness’ life. He’s such an amazing person and went through so many things in his life. I am really glad he’s the person he is today even through all the horrible things he went through and had struggled with throughout his life.


Reading Next:

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

I am so stoked to read Regretting You next. I am a big Colleen Hoover fan, so I can’t wait to dive into this one and get my review up right after.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In my previous entry I mentioned going to my friend’s Halloween party, it ended up being a lot of fun. I dressed up as a ghost, but it was a super simple costume. I just wore a poncho that had a ghost face on it, lol. I liked it though. I haven’t done a picture update in awhile and I really want to do one. I think I may do one at the end of the month with all my best pictures/moments from the rest of the year since my last update. So hopefully that post will be coming at some point in December. Maybe I can finally figure something out for next year with my blog and the lack of photo space I have now. That’s what’s been preventing me from doing anymore of my picture updates. I’m at 87% photo storage used, ughh.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| October.
Book Haul|| October.

I hope you have a great day!

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Wrap Up|| October.

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Happy Halloween!

Remember last month read I only read one book??? Well…this month I read EIGHT! WHAT?! I had a pretty amazing reading month even though toward the end of the month I got burned out on my Halloweenie TBR and read a few books that weren’t on the list. I am so glad that I made up for that pretty crappy September month of reading, haha. I am going to jump right into the books that I read this month. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of October.

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell – 4 out of 5 stars
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker – 4 out of 5 stars
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – 4 out of 5 stars

Imaginary Friend was so amazing and I had so much fun reading it. So many feels too! I could not put it down. I flew through Pumpkinheads and Mooncakes in the same day. They are both graphic novels and they were both so good. I loved the illustrations in them both. Perfect for the season. I REALLY liked City of Ghosts so much. I flew through this one in just two days! It was so good and hard to put down. I can’t wait to read the sequel. Hopefully I get my hands on it ASAP!

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Inspection by Josh Malerman – 3 out of 5 stars
welcome to ghost town by Gretchen Gomez – 3 out of 5 stars
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 4 out of 5 stars – Review to come.
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4 out of 5 stars.

Inspection was pretty good, but at times it was slow. I wanted to know what was happening so bad, but it felt like it took so long to get there. It was interesting though. I liked the poems in welcome to ghost town and some of them were so powerful. I flew through The Wives in pretty much a day and a half. I could not put it down! I’ll have a review coming soon. Evidence of the Affair was told in all letters, which I loved. It was so hard to put down and because it was only a little over 100 pages, I flew through it. It was SO GOOD! I wish it wasn’t a short story, I wanted more!

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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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Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz – 3 out of 5 stars

I was looking for something creepy to listen to during the month of October and decided to go with Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. I think what made this creepy was the fact that it’s a true story about plastic surgeon Thomas Dent Mutter. It was such a good book and I really enjoyed it. “A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities”

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Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of October, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

I was really hoping to get through Beyond the Black Door this month, but that ended up not happening. Because I started to feel burned out from all the Halloween vibe books I was reading, I ended up putting it down to read a few other books that I didn’t include on my Halloweenie TBR. I’m hoping to pick it back up at some point in November, so I can get a review posted for it. So far what I have read is pretty good though.

What books did you read in October? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

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I can’t believe it’s already Halloween! Do you have any fun plans for the day/night? The hubby and I are going to my friend’s Halloween party tonight. Hopefully that ends up being a good time!

I will leave you with a couple pictures I took at Islands of Adventure over the weekend. Since we have annual passes and only live an hour away, we are able to go to Universal whenever we want. We decided to spend a few hours at Islands of Adventure and finally check out Hagrid’s new ride, which was a really amazing rollercoaster! It was so much fun. Left picture is of the rooftops in Hogsmeade and the right picture is part of the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride. I can’t wait to check out Islands of Adventure again in November and December, because they have a lot of cool holiday events happening. They already started decorating the park with Christmas decorations and I can’t wait to see what Harry Potter World looks like decorated for Christmas!

I hope to catch up with your posts and comments over the weekend. I’ll have a lot of down time this weekend, so it will be the perfect time to catch up with you guys and get some reading done. I am off to go make vampire donuts for my friend’s party tonight!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| October.
Five 5-Star Reads Perfect for October.

I hope you have a great day!

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Book Haul|| October.

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Hey!

I somehow managed to do really good with not buying a ton of books this month, which I am both proud of and kind of sad about because there are so many books that I want to buy. While I didn’t buy a lot of books this month, I did get sent quite a few from a publisher that I am really excited about. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I actually need to update these pages soon, it’s been a couple months. But anyway, onto my haul. Here are the books that I got in October.

Books I Bought:

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Mooncakes by Suzanna Walker
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York by Kim Smith

I bought Mooncakes, because I thought it would be a perfect read for October and it was! I’ve also been trying to get into more graphic novels. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a children’s book, but I had to have it because it’s my favorite Christmas movie. I can’t wait to read it in December and then watch the movie.

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Books from Publishers:

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Lucky Caller by Emma Mills (January)
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff (January)
Little Universes by Heather Demetrios (April)

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In the Shadow of the Sun by Em Castellan (February)
The Silence of Bones by June Hur (April)
Defy the Sun by Jessika Fleck (Sequel – March)
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (Graphic Novel – March)

I received a box of Winter ARCs from Fierce Reads, which I was so stoked for! I am excited to read them all, but I am especially excited for Emma Mills’ new book (Lucky Caller), Shani Petroff’s new book (Finding Mr. Better-Than-You), and Little Universes. I put the release months of these books next to the title.

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E-Books:

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Mine by Courtney Cole
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Flintstones Vol. 1 by Mark Russell
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones
Scream All Night by Derek Milman
welcome to ghost town by Gretchen Gomez

I took it pretty easy on the e-books this month. I think I’ve been getting a lot pickier when buying e-books, because the majority of them I buy when they are on sale and then forget all about them. So easy to forget them when you don’t see them after buying, lol. I actually got the volume one graphic novel of The Flintstones for free. Amazon gave me a free graphic novel credit, so I decided to just choose that. I liked The Flintstones TV show growing up, so why not? Haha. I really liked Derek Milman’s book Swipe Right for Murder, so I decided to get Scream All Night when I seen it on sale.

What new books did you get in October? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I will hopefully have my October wrap up posted at some point tomorrow. I am hoping to finish one more book before I get it up.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #65.
Five 5-Star Reads Perfect for October.

I hope you have a great day!

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WWW Wednesday #65.

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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?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


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It’s been a little over a month since my last WWW post, so I decided to make one today. I haven’t really been blogging so much this month, but I have been reading! October has been a better month than I had last month, that’s for sure. Since it’s almost the end of the month, which means my monthly wrap up will be coming soon, I won’t list every single book I read since my last update so I can save it for that post haha. Here is what I’ve been reading this past week though and what I will hopefully be reading next.

Currently Reading:

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Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland
Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

I actually just started Beyond the Black Door today, so I am only about ten pages into it. It seems interesting though and I’m really excited about it. It’s almost 400 pages, so I don’t know if I’ll actually have it finished before the end of October but I am really hoping. I am listening to the audiobook of Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. That full title is a mouthful, haha. I’m about 70% into it and it’s actually pretty interesting.


Recently Finished:

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Inspection by Josh Malerman

I just finished Inspection today and while I did like it, it didn’t blow me away. It was still really good, but it was a slow burn at times. I wanted to know what was happening so bad and it felt like it took so long to get there. It was still pretty interesting though and I’m glad I read it.


Reading Next:

I’m actually not entirely sure what I will read next, because I don’t think that I will be done with my current read by the end of the month. I do have a Halloween TBR that you can check out linked at the end of this post. I have some books listed there that I would read next *if* I get Beyond the Black Door finished. I started to create a November TBR, which consists of 3 or 4 ARCs so maybe one of those.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

October wrap up and October book haul will be coming soon as I mentioned earlier. I’m glad I actually been reading more this month. I was so disappointed that I didn’t read as much last month. I will end this post with a few pictures that I took at a little pumpkin patch. My friend, her nephew, my hubby, and I went Pokemon Hunting for community day and stumbled upon a little pumpkin patch at a church. It was so random and I was so stoked about it. We were walking around the lake catching Pokemon and I see all these pumpkins from afar and I’m like “OMGGGGG” haha.

So many pumpkins in all shapes, colors, and sizes. I was in pumpkin heaven. We (well mostly me, haha) looking at all the pumpkins. They practically had to drag me away. 😛

In case you missed it;
Five 5-Star Reads Perfect for October.
Mini Review|| Imaginary Friend.
Halloweenie TBR.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Five 5-Star Reads Perfect for October.

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Hey!

I love reading scary, creepy, spooky books in October. I thought it would be fun to share five books that I gave five stars to that are perfect for the Halloween/spooky season.

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

My thoughts: Imaginary Friend was INSANE, but so good! It was crazy and it kept me on the edge of my seat on every 700+ page! It was weird and it was creepy.  It had all the feels too. You can check out my mini review linked at the end of this post.

Goodreads Description: Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend. Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.


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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

My thoughts: Not Even Bones was so dark and creepy. I was sucked in right from the beginning. It was also so fast-paced which was perfect. I still need to read the sequel!

Goodreads Description: Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far. But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again. Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.


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The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

My thoughts: The Hollow Girl is a dark emotional journey with a strong family bond. It was so good and I loved every minute of it. There are some pretty gory things mentioned as well, perfect for the season.

Goodreads Description: Five boys attacked her. Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh. Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers. She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.


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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

My thoughts: I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle back in 2014 and I remember loving it so much. It was such a strange and depressing story, but it was so good. I really want to reread it soon and watch the Netflix movie.

Goodreads Description: My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead…


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Psycho by Robert Bloch

My thoughts: Psycho is one of my favorite books of all-time since I read it back in 2014. It’s so creepy and terrifying, but so so good. I actually listened to the audiobook last month and I had a lot of fun rereading it. I really want to finish watching the TV Bates Motel that was created based off this book. I don’t know why I stopped!

Goodreads Description: Norman Bates loves his Mother. She has been dead for the past twenty years, or so people think. Norman knows better though. He has lived with Mother ever since leaving the hospital in the old house up on the hill above the Bates motel. One night Norman spies on a beautiful woman that checks into the hotel as she undresses. Norman can’t help but spy on her. Mother is there though. She is there to protect Norman from his filthy thoughts. She is there to protect him with her butcher knife.

What are some books that you think are perfect to read this time of the year? Have you read any of the ones that I loved?

I will hopefully catch up with all your posts and comments at some point this weekend. I haven’t really had the time to during the week this week.

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| Imaginary Friend.
Halloweenie TBR.
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyhalloween

 

 

 

Mini Review|| Imaginary Friend.

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
5 out of 5 stars

“We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.”

Goodreads Description: Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend. Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.


I received an ARC of Imaginary Friend from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published on October 1st.

I am not entirely sure how to start this review or how great this review will end up being, because I have no idea what I even read. I say that in the best way possible though, because Imaginary Friend was INSANE, but so good! It was crazy and it kept me on the edge of my seat on every 700+ page! It was weird and it was creepy. I had dreams about this book multiple times throughout reading it. I had no idea what was happening or what the outcome would be and it drove me crazy, haha. I was trying to figure out what was going to happen next and I just couldn’t. I was constantly surprised and hit with so many feels. I shed a lot of tears while reading this story as well as every other feeling you can imagine. The love between Christopher and his mom was everything. I don’t want to say a whole lot, because I don’t want to spoil even the smallest thing. I would highly recommend picking up Imaginary Friend. I know I will be thinking about this book for a really long time.

“A nightmare is nothing but a dream gone sick.”

In case you missed it;
Halloweenie TBR.
Book Haul|| September.
Wrap Up|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyhalloween

Halloweenie TBR.

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BOOOOOO!

Happy October! It’s my favorite month of the year! I love all things Halloween, Fall, and Spooky. So much that I named one of my cats October. 😛 Here she is:

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When I found her I knew that had to be her name, because she makes me think of Halloween with her orange and black coloring. She also has some pretty amazing green eyes and they definitely give off a spooky vibe.

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Anyway, I always make this big Halloween themed TBR every year whether I get around to reading them or not; it’s fun to create them! I think last year I read 5 out of the 10 books that I chose, because I had some ARCs that I had to read at the time so I had to share some of my time with them as well. 😛 I do have some ARCs I need to read, but luckily a couple of them fit into my Halloweenie TBR. I don’t know if I will get to all or most of these books, but here is what my TBR looks like this year!

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Inspection by Josh Malerman
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (ARC)
Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland (ARC)
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker

These first six books are books that I definitely want to try to read in October. Two of them are ARCs and I’m excited that they fit into the Halloween/spooky vibe for my TBR. I am currently reading Imaginary Friend now. I wanted to get a head start on it by picking it up at the end of September, because it’s 700+ pages and I wanted to make sure I read it so I can do my review and also have plenty of time to try to fit in these other books throughout the month. I’m halfway through it now and it’s so good! The author of Inspection wrote Bird Box, so I am stoked to read his new book. I’ve been seeing Mooncakes around and it looked perfect for the season, it doesn’t get released until later this month but I have my copy on pre-order. Super stoked for Pumpkinheads!

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The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
The Outcast Hours by Mahvesh Murad +more
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux
Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux

These six books are books that I hope to read if I have time after reading the others. I am really excited about finally reading the Asylum novellas (if I get to them). I read the main books in the series and really liked them, but just never read the novella books for some reason. I read Girl from the Well last year (I think or could be year before) and really enjoyed it, so hopefully I will finally pick up the sequel! The others sound perfect for this month as well.

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It would be amazing if I got through all twelve books, but we shall see because there are a few Halloween movies that I love to watch in October as well. I need to share my time between spooky reads and my favorite Halloween movies. So what are the movies, you say?

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Halloweentown
Hocus Pocus
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
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I make it a point to watch these four movies every single October. I don’t think there has been a year where I have missed watching any of them since I was a kid! I am so excited to watch them all again this year. 😛

Have you read any of the books on my October TBR? What do you plan to read in October? Do you have any favorite Halloween/spooky movies that you liked to watch during October? Let me know and feel free to link me to your TBR posts if you have one!

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I went through some of your posts yesterday and hope to read & comment more of them in the next day or two. I will also reply to comments soon too. September was a crazy month, but hopefully October will be a lot better. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September.
Wrap Up|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Book Haul|| September.

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Hey!

I am going to just jump right into my September book haul. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. Here are the books that I got in September.

Books I Bought:

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Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Frankly in Love by David Yoon

These first three were pre-orders that I have been waiting on and I am so stoked they are finally here! It was a nice surprise when I opened Gideon the Ninth to find that the edges were sprayed black! I had no idea they would be, so that was cool! Frankly in Love has blue sprayed edges, which is cool too. As for Permanent Record, it has a plastic dust jacket, which I actually hate. It’s like the type of cover that Illuminae has. I wasn’t really expecting that since Choi’s book Emergency Contact has a normal cover dust jacket like most books do. Oh well, lol. I am really excited to read them.

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Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

I had to get Over the Top, because I love Jonathan Van Ness. I read the first chapter of the book and I can’t wait to read more. It’ll have to wait though since I already have a planned TBR for October. I got Dance of Thieves from Books-A-Million for super cheap, I think it was like $4.99? I can’t really remember the exact amount, but it was in their bargain section, so I was stoked about it.


Netgalley:

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

I seen Regretting You up on Netgalley over the weekend and decided to request it. I was approved the next day and was so pretty happy about it. I can’t wait to read it. I’ll probably read it in November.


E-Books:

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
Everything You Are by Kerry Anne King

I actually didn’t go too crazy with e-book deals again, so that’s nice. The first three are books that I’ve been wanting to read and the second two were books that I thought sounded interesting and they were free with Amazon First Reads. We Sold Our Souls is another sneak peak at what is on my Halloweenie TBR. Earlier today I posted my September wrap up (linked below) and shared another book that made the list in that post. 😛

What new books did you get in September? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I’ll have my Halloween themed TBR posted tomorrow. I am really excited to share it with you guys, because I love Halloween and it was fun coming up with a list of spooky reads that I hope to read next month.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| September.

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Hey!

September was absolutely not my best reading month this year and probably my worst reading month over the last 3.5 years, lol. I had some things happening at home that kind of prevented me from getting reading done and then it also put me into a pretty big reading slump. I tried to read and listen to multiple books, but nothing was really clicking for me. In September I only read one book and listened to three audiobooks. So so sad, especially because I don’t count audiobooks toward my monthly reading challenge. 😦 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of September.

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Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
Overall, I thought Swipe Right for Murder was a really good story even though it was completely different than I originally thought. I had a lot of fun reading it and it kept me guessing and questioning what was really happening. Feel free to check out my review for more.


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

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – 2 out of 5 stars
I’m not really sure how I feel about Miracle Creek. It was interesting, but I also found myself mostly bored with it. I also didn’t like the way some things were said about the children and thought it was weird and insensitive. I also had a hard time really connecting with the characters and the story.

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson – 3 out of 5 stars
A Nearly Normal Family was a pretty good book. There were a couple times where I had no idea what was going on, which I liked. Overall, it didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it.

Psycho by Robert Bloch – 5 out of 5 stars
Psycho was a reread for me. I read the book many years ago and decided I would do an audiobook reread. It was just as great as I remember it to be. This is one of my favorite books of all time.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of September, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Around October 1st I will be posting my Halloweenie TBR and here is a sneak peak at one of the books that made the list, Imaginary Friend. I decided to start it before October though, because I believe it’s released October 1st and also because it’s 700+ pages and I want to make sure I make the most out of my Halloween themed TBR. With this one being so long, I needed a head start so I can make sure I finish it at a decent time and have time to read a bunch of the other spooky books on my list. I am not halfway through it and it’s so good and so creepy!

What books did you read in September? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I know I usually have my book haul post up before my wrap up, but I just haven’t taken the pictures for that post yet. I’ll probably take them today, so I can post it tomorrow or later today. So you can be on the look out for my September book haul soon. I will also be posting my Halloween themed TBR like I mentioned above. I am really excited about that one, because I picked some hopefully great books for the season. No “in case you missed it” links today, because I was horrible at blogging this month; so I will end this post here.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Swipe Right for Murder.

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Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman
3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: On the run from the FBI. Targeted by a murderous cult. Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media. Irritated texts from his best friend. Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train. Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority. Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him. He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself.


I received an ARC of Swipe Right for Murder from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published on August 6th.

I must have forgotten what what Swipe Right for Murder was about by time I got around to reading it, because it ended up being completely different than I originally thought it was going to be? But now reading the description again after finishing the book, I see that it was exactly what the description says haha. 😛 I think that’s part of why I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars. I was expecting something totally different, but totally my fault since I didn’t read the description again before starting the book, lol.

With that being said, I still really enjoyed Swipe Right for Murder. I had a lot of fun reading it and it was a pretty interesting story. There were quite a few twists involved and a couple that I didn’t see coming. I really liked the main character, Aidan and I really felt for him and was rooting for him the entire way through. He is dealing with so many things in his life and then he’s thrown into this crazy situation. He doesn’t know who to trust and I honestly had no idea who to trust either. I was just as confused and frustrated as Aidan was throughout the book.

I don’t want to talk about too much, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers and it’s hard to do with thriller books; at least for me, haha. Overall though, I thought Swipe Right for Murder was a really good story even though it was completely different than I originally thought. Totally my fault with that though, lol. I had a lot of fun reading it and it kept me guessing and questioning what was really happening. It also has a lot of LGBT themes and I felt like it was relevant and relatable. I would definitely recommend picking this one up. Don’t let my three star rating fool you, because it really was a good book.


I have been pretty MIA the last couple weeks on the blog, but life has just been so weird again and I’m not really feeling myself. I don’t think I ever got back to my normal self since my post in April about everything, honestly. I’ve also been in this HUGE reading slump, which sucks. It’s day 19 of September and I’ve only read one book (this book I’m reviewing now). I’ve tried to listen to numerous audiobooks, but none have captured my attention and I end up not even continuing with them. Hopefully I get out of this reading slump before October, because I’ve already created my Halloween themed TBR (which I will post October 1st) that I’m excited about. Fingers crossed! I’ll hopefully find some time this weekend to catch up with your posts and reply to comments. 🙂

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #64.

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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?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

It’s been a pretty crazy and somewhat stressful September so far. I didn’t really have time for much reading, so I’ve been stuck on the same books all month. I am going to just jump right with the books that I’ve been reading so far this month and that I hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman
Ghosting by Edith Pattou

I don’t usually pick up multiple books at a time, but I did this time around. I’m reading Swipe Right for Murder, which is pretty interesting, but turning out to be something different that I originally thought. I will have a review up once I get around to finishing it. I’m also reading Ghosting, because it sounded good. I also picked it up because it’s written in verse and I usually fly through those types of books. My Kindle Unlimited subscription ends next month, so I wanted to read it before it does since I got it through there. I have been focusing more on Swipe Right for Murder though, so hopefully I finish it soon so that I can finish Ghosting.


Recently Finished:

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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I didn’t actually finish Gods of Jade and Shadow. I decided to mark it as DNF about 50% through it. I wasn’t into it and found myself really bored. I was listening to the audiobook. I haven’t actually finished a book since my August wrap up, sadly. There has been things happening in my life and I just haven’t been up to reading or really have the time to read for long periods of time. I even went the first seven days of the month not reading a single thing. I finally started to pick up my books again over the weekend.


Reading Next:

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Someday by David Levithan
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

I’m thinking I may read Someday next, because I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long now. I loved Every Day when I read it a few years ago. I got the audiobooks of Normal People and Miracle Creek from my library, so I will probably be listening to those next. I’ve been on hold for awhile, so I am stoked I finally got them. I do have some ARCs I need to read as well, so honestly my “reading next” is up in the air.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| August.
Book Haul|| August.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| August.

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Hey!

I don’t have a whole lot to say about August, so I am going to just jump right into my August wrap up post of the books that I read throughout the month. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of August.

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis – 5 out of 5 stars
Heroine was such an amazing book as well as so heartbreaking. It’s such an important book too, because of the opiod crisis.

How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I had a fun reading How to Hack a Heartbreak. It’s so relateable too. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – 5 out of 5 stars
I finally read Scythe and it lived up to the hype! I loved it so much and I loved that there was so many things going on so it made it so much fun to read. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Gmorning, Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda – 4 out of 5 stars
Gmorning, Gnight was a really great read. It’s a book with inspirational little passages and illustrations. I really enjoyed them and I can see myself flipping through this book quite a bit, especially if I need a little pick me up.

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked The Weight of Water. It’s told in verse, which I really enjoyed about it. It was a pretty sad story, but I was rooting for Kasienka and wanted nothing but the best for her.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of August, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

There are some ARCs that I didn’t get the chance to read in August, so I will be starting September off with those. I did get about 15% into Swipe Right for Murder before the month ended. So far it’s pretty interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

What books did you read in August? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

Things are a little bit crazy at home right now and we have a lot going on, but I am still hoping to find some time to catch up with your entries and reply to comments this week.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| August.
Friday Finds #83.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| August.

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Hey!

Somehow I ended up buying a lot of books this month, which has been a little strange for me this year. I’ve been trying to be very careful with how much money I spend on books and how many books I buy over the last couple years. I think it’s been steady at maybe 1-3 books that I buy a month this year, but somehow I ended up with EIGHT books this month! Deals…I can’t pass up good deals on books. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I finally updated all lists earlier this month, but these below won’t be included until the next update. All book titles below are linked to Goodreads.

Books I Bought:

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

I’ve been wanting  Patron Saints of Nothing and Hot Dog Girl for awhile now and seen them super cheap on Amazon this month, so I decided to get copies of those. I needed Thunderhead, because I read Scythe this month and wanted the sequel ASAP! I can’t wait to read it. Hopefully I’ll be picking it up soon.

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I want to own all of Alice Oseman’s books, so I got Radio Silence this month. I think I am only missing one book of hers that I’ll eventually get. I told myself not until I read Solitaire and Radio Silence first, lol. I’ve liked most of Rainbow’s books that I’ve read, so I had Pumpkinheads on pre-order and I’m looking forward to reading it. It will be a good addition to my Halloweenie TBR in October too. I read an ARC on Netgalley of Spin the Dawn and liked it so much. I seen it was only $8 on Amazon, so I decided to get a copy and now I can go pre-order that sequel! 😛

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I got A Court of Wings and Ruin solely because it was only $1.99 at this outlet store I went to. I really didn’t like the sequel in the series (I think I gave it two stars, I’m still angry about it) so I have no idea if/when I’ll pick it up but for some reason I didn’t want to pass up $1.99. I love wasting money, clearly. *rolling eyes at myself* I also got Once Upon A River at that same outlet store for $3.99 and I’ve been wanting to read it, so at least that was a win.


E-Books:

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Friday Finds #83.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves recently. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


Hey!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this type of post. I am going to just jump right into it. I have five books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Goodreads Description: Ryan La Sala’s debut fantasy is an #OwnVoices story following Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an attack robs him of his memories. As Kane searches for who he was, he uncovers a war for the creative rights to reality itself, each battle played out in an imagined world turned real: a reverie. Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters, and one wrong step could twist the entire thing into a lethal, labyrinthine nightmare. Unraveling them is dangerous work, but it’s what Kane and The Others do. Or did, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories. But now Kane is back, and solving the mystery of his betrayal is the only way to unite his team and defeat reality’s latest threat: Poesy, a sorceress bent on harvesting the reveries for their pure, imaginative power. But what use might a drag queen sorceress have with a menagerie of stolen reveries? And should Kane, a boy with no love for a team that betrayed him, fight to stop her, or defect to aid her?


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Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Goodreads Description: Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life. Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Goodreads Description: When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…


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Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

Goodreads Description: Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting? Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs? Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.


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Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

Goodreads Description: Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica. A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?

 

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on them. 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 recently.

In case you missed it;
Mini Review||How to Hack a Heartbreak.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| July.

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Hey!

I had a pretty great reading month in July. It was A LOT better than I had last month, that’s for sure. I was stuck in the house most of the month due to rain almost 24/7 in July, so I had nothing else to really do. I think I only read three books last month? This month I was able to read six books and listen to two audiobooks. Here are the books that I read and listened to in July. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of July.

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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Soul of the Sword and I was really happy with everything that happened. It’s a lot darker than the first book (Shadow of the Fox). The twist at the end was amazing. I’m impatiently waiting for that third book, UGHH. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I was hoping to really love the Wilder Girls, because it has so much hype and just sounded like a really great story. I sadly did not love it as much as everyone else did. While at times it was hard to put down and had the creep factor, it just didn’t blow me away and it felt like it ended unresolved. I didn’t see anything about a sequel, so the ending just felt unfinished. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 4 out of 5 stars
The Silent Patient was a really great story. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, but the story itself was really great. It definitely left me shocked and surprised.

Heartstopper Volume 2 – Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
AHHHHHH, my heart. I loved Heartstopper Volume 2 so much. I love Nick and Charlie and I am dying for more. I flew through it in a single day and couldn’t stop smiling.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
I had so much fun reading Spin the Dawn. I loved the magic and the adventure. There’s two parts to the story and both parts were so great. There’s a competition and then a journey. It’s said to be like Mulan & Project Runaway, which is great comparisons. I can’t wait for the sequel. Feel free to check out my review for more.

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve had love, and you for a while now and I am glad that I finally read it. I liked the poems that Gretchen wrote in love, and you. They were heartbreaking and uplifting. I did have a hard time personally connecting to them, which is why my star rating is only a three. The poems themselves though were really great and I would recommend reading.


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

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5 out of 5 stars.
I LOVE With the Fire on High. I listened to the audiobook and it was so great. I am glad I chose to go this route when picking up the book. I loved the story and the characters. I loved the family aspect of it and all the FOOOOD. 😛 This book was everything, honestly. I highly recommend it.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – 2 out of 5 stars.
I sadly did not love Leah on the Offbeat as much as I hoped I would. I honestly didn’t like Leah that much. She was a lot of the time whiny, annoying, and mean, which is sad because I liked her in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Maybe that’s because this book is all Leah, you get more of her than you do in Simon Vs. She made it hard to want to continue the book at times. It was nice catching up with all the other characters from Simon vs. though.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of July, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway (reading next)

I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile now, so I finally decided to pickup my copy. I’m only a few chapters into it so far, but I am excited to read it. I also didn’t get a chance to finish one of my July ARCs this months, so I will be reading that one next (How to Hack a Heartbreak), so I can get it reviewed as soon as possible before moving onto my August ARCs.

What books did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

In case you  missed it;
Book Haul|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Spin the Dawn.

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
4 out of 5 stars

“Seize the wind. Don’t become the kite that never flies.”

Goodreads Description: Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job. Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise. And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


I received an ARC of Spin the Dawn from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was released on July 9th.

When I seen that Spin the Dawn was a mix between Project Runaway and Mulan, I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible! I had so much fun reading Spin the Dawn. There are basically two different parts to this story, which I really liked. You have the competition and then the journey that Maia goes on to get the materials to make the dresses. I really enjoyed both parts of the story, but felt like the actual second part was overall the best. Maia gets to go on a crazy adventure and see different parts of the world that she never has before. There are quite a few obstacles along the way, but it made the story interesting and on the edge of my seat at times. I really enjoyed the world building and the descriptions of the different places that Maia had to travel; it made it really easy to envision them.

I loved Maia’s character so much. At the start she seemed a bit unsure of things, but continued to grow throughout the story as she experienced and learned more of the world. I really liked how much she loves her family and what she’s willing to go through for them. Edan was a fun character and I liked the relationship development between him and Maia. It did seem odd and a bit insta-love at times though. There are some characters that I hope we learn more about in the sequel, like the Emperor and Lady Sarnai. Even more about Edan would be great as well. I feel like not enough was written about them or what they went through in the past leading up to the events in this book. I think a lot of the focus was on Maia and her development, so I am hoping the sequel tells more about other key characters in the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed Spin the Dawn. I loved the magic, the adventure, and I had a lot of fun reading it. The ending was perfect and has left me wanting more!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Review|| Wilder Girls.
Friday Finds #82.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

 

Book Haul|| July.

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Hey!

It’s been about a week and a half since I last updated. I’m still in a weird head space and even more so this month. I think it has to do with how crappy the weather has been. It’s been raining every single day this month, so our plans usually get cancelled which always sucks. I’ve been pretty much stuck in the house almost 24/7 for a month. It hasn’t been good on me mentally…at least I don’t think it has. I’m just so “blah” about everything these days, which has kind of hurts me with blogging and stuff. I was able to go do things this past weekend when the hubby’s parents visited for the weekend, so that was nice. 🙂

Anyway, I am rambling! I’m posting my July book haul today. It’s a week early for posting my haul, but I don’t think I will be getting anymore books this month. I don’t have any on order or plans to buy any others this month, so why not post now?

Books I Bought:

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Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller
Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman

When I came across Destroy All Monsters, I really loved the sound of it and it said “and Patrick Ness”…so I basically had to get it. I love Patrick Ness, so if Destroy All Monsters is similar to his books I had to check it out. I had to on pre-order and it was finally released earlier this month. Heartstopper Vol 2 was released this month as well and I had to have it. I loved the first book and I REALLY loved volume two. I read it in a single day. I am dying for the next volume.


Books from Publishers:

A Dream So Dark (sequel) by L.L. McKinney
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (Netgalley)

I am really stoked that I was sent a copy of A Dream So Dark. I didn’t get the chance to read my ARC of the first book (A Blade So Black), so I am planning to read them both in September and doing a review for both. I love an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I am also so happy that I was sent an ARC of The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, because it sounds so amazing and I am really looking forward to reading that one in August and getting my review up. I’ve read a couple Tarryn Fisher books and enjoyed them. I also own quite a few others of hers that I need to read. I was happy to see that I was approved for her new book The Wives on Netgalley, because it sounds so good. Maybe it’ll also give me the push to finally read her other books that I own.


E-Books:

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Ravensong (sequel) by TJ Klune
The Outcast Hours by Mahvesh Murad & other authors

I was really stoked to see Foolish Hearts go on sale, so I had to pick that one up. Ravensong is the sequel to Wolfsong. I’ve seen a lot of good things about Wolfsong and since I already owned the first book in e-book, I decided to just get the sequel as well since it was on sale. I hope to read the series soon. I’m not a huge anthology fan, but I’ve seen mixed reviews about The Outcast Hours and wanted to check it out for myself since it was on sale for only 99 cents. I think I may save it for an October read.

What new books did you get in July? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I’ll catch up with all of your posts and comments soon. Maybe I’ll do some blog hopping today and tomorrow to catch up with you guys. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Wilder Girls.
Friday Finds #82.
Review|| Soul of the Sword {sequel}.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack