Fangirl Favourites Friday: Those Crazy GILMORE GIRLS


Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears… 

I meant to write this post last Friday, but, alas, I was sick in bed. So, I’m a bit late. HOWEVER, that does not make this any less exciting! 

Last Monday (the 19th) was the best Monday of all the Mondays in all the world. So, I worked Monday (that is not the exciting thing). On my way home, I was listening to CBC and their election coverage. I continued to follow it when I got home, and also started browsing the internet, and… and… and… I CAN’T EVEN. I thought it was a dream at first… Netflix. Netflix is going to be making FOUR NEW 90 MINUTE EPISODES. Of GILMORE GIRLS. That’s right guys, GILMORE GIRLS.


I mean, I know that you have probably all heard this by now. But my excitement HAS NOT WANED! The cherry on the top was that the Liberals won the election and the Jays won their game! Canada was on point that night!

So, I thought it was only appropriate to devote a Fangirl Favourites to my ALL TIME favourite show… Gilmore Girls.


I can remember the first episode that I ever watched (I think. I’m like, 80% sure). It was 2003, I was 12, and I was at my friends house. She liked the show, so we watched it. The episode was The Lorelai’s First Day at Yale, and, as the name implies, it was the episode where Rory moves to Yale! I fell in love. 

These were the days before streaming video was much of a thing, so I didn’t really have the option of catching up on all the episodes. I did, however, watch a ton of reruns on the Women’s Network though. Every night at six, baby. Like clockwork. 

There are so many things that I was drawn to. But mostly… it was Lorelai and Rory. So funny, beautiful, smart, witty. Just strong, independent ladies talkin’ real fast. And at the age that I was, they had a big impact on me. If they thought something was cool, it was my new favourite thing. If they wore something neat, I wanted something similar immediately. Eventually I grew out of the imitation stage, but Lorelai and Rory remained role models for me. 

Everything on that show is just so carefully and lovingly crafted. You can tell how much work and love was put into it. And I am immensely grateful.

There are SO MANY amazing lines and references in this show. It’s just riddled with awesome. 

Favourites

Favourite character: Lorelai

Honourable mention: EVERYONE, but especially Paris and Kirk. And also Sookie. And Michel.

Favourite Lorelai ship: Lorelai and Luke (OBVS)

Least Favourite Lorelai ship: Lorelai and Christopher. TOXIC. JUST TOXIC.

Favourite Rory ship: Rory and Jess (although I really wished RORY AND NAKED GUY HAPPENED. STUPID LOGAN)

Least Favourite Rory ship: Rory and Logan. There was a short period of time where this was okay. Then Logan was just basically a huge douche that helped send Rory on a downward spiral. Those frigging Huntzbergers. 

All time favourite ship: Sookie and Jackson. Because… They are hysterical!

Favourite Episode: The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale. For sentimental reasons. And because it’s great! 

Second Favourite Episode: Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist. This is the spring break episode from season four. This one just kills me. Paris is hysterical! She tries so hard. Oh my gosh. Thinking about it makes me want to watch it. Also, The Shins are in it.

These are also both my most watched episodes.

Season four is both my favourite and most watched season

Favourite Quote: SO MANY. ALL OF THEM. EVERYTHING LORELAI EVER SAID. Also, probably…

 Coffee. Love it with a passion.

 Rory and books. She gets it. 
How to respond when people ask you about the future

How to insult people
Everyone gets a little crazy around their crush sometimes.
When Nick Offerman was Jackson’s creepy brother, Beau. Good times.

Don’t mess with Luke.
Preach, girl!

Oh Emily. 

Luke and Lorelai because <3

Since I watched that episode in 2003, Gilmore Girls has been my favourite TV show. I can relate anything in life that happens to me back to something that happened at some point in one episode or another. These characters, these places, they hold a very special place in my heart. I’m OVER THE MOON that they are making new episodes. Thank you so much Netflix!

If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls, I’m not sure that we can be friends. However, all seven seasons are on Netflix, so I suppose there is hope for you yet.

Is Gilmore Girls one of your favourite shows too? How happy are you about the new episodes? What are your Gilmore Girls favourites? Do you have a favourite/special Gilmore Girls memory? Please share in the comments below! 😀 


Dystopian Action, Excitement, and Romance! │ Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Hardcover/eBook, 400 pages
Published November 3rd, 2015 by Entangled Teen

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Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Each person on their seventeenth birthday makes their way to FuMA, or, The Future Memory Agency.
Here they gather and await their future memory. 
 
This is a sort of vision sent back in time to them from their future selves. It functions to show people who they are meant to be, and help them become that person. It also works as a reference—for future employers, future mates, etc.
At FuMA, you’re hooked up to machines. These machines help deliver your future memory to you, and then record it. The recording, in the form of a microchip, is implanted in your wrist. Anyone can scan it and view your memory.
However, in Callie’s case… her future memory shows her committing a crime—murder. She must run to save herself…and her sister. But FuMA has other plans…
 
It had been a while since I had read a dystopian, and I was pumped to get back into the genre! It can be so fun and exciting. I was really looking forward to picking this one up.
 
I know in the Hunger Games/Divergent craze a lot of people got burnt out on dystopians. It seemed like there might not be a ton of new stuff to bring to the table. And while I’m not sure that Forget Tomorrow brings anything particularly new, it is incredibly fun. 
 
I flew through Forget Tomorrow, loving every minute. It’s exciting, action-packed, and swoon-worthy! To me it felt like the perfect blend of Divergent and Delirium. I loved the characters, pacing, and the romance.
 

If you are a fan of those books and/or enjoy a good YA dystopian, I’d definitely recommend giving this one a go! I loved it! I cannot wait for the next one.

Here’s the book trailer!

 

 

Will you be picking up Forget Tomorrow? Do you have any other YA dystopians that you would recommend? I’m really in the mood for another!

Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life”

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 

Fiction, Literary
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published March 10th, 2015 by Doubleday
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From the publisher:

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

This was one of those books that I just kept hearing about. Tons of bloggers that I follow were reading it and obsessing over it. It was in my face at the book store. It was long listed (then shortlisted) for the Man Booker Prize.

So, eventually I bought it. It was a pretty expensive/ginormous hardcover. But I bought it anyway. I didn’t want to wait for it at my library. 

When I got it, I started reading it right away. And… I was pretty much hooked immediately. For the most part, the writing is fluid and honest—beautiful without being particularly ornate. The characters are fully fleshed out and three dimensional. I loved reading about their lives (although when it wasn’t about Jude, I was wishing for it to be about Jude. Even though most everything did, in some way, tie back to him). 

After a while, though, I did find reading from JB and Malcolm’s perspectives a bit tedious. Their narratives were not really necessary or ever developed more than what happens in the first couple hundred pages. 

That being said, Willem and Jude are amazing characters and I loved reading about them, and through them.

While I seemed to fly through the first 600 pages or so, I ended up feeling like the last 100/150 pages were unnecessary and kind of a chore to get through. There was a certain event around that point that just didn’t do it for me. It felt like too much, and like it was pure and simple manipulation of the reader’s emotions—and it didn’t really serve any purpose. It pulled me out of the story. It made me stop and think about the author’s choice here. And then I was thinking about the author and how this was someone’s creation and not a thing on its own. It just totally took me out of the story and made the last 100 pages hard to get through. 

On reflection, there are more than a few things that I find improbable, but I really didn’t care when I was reading it. The thoughts crossed my mind, but they weren’t solid enough to draw my attention away (except the things near the end).

This book also reminded me of the naturalists—ex. Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Where it feels like there is a set outcome that is inevitable, and there is nothing you can do about it, and it’s kind of hopeless. That’s the kind of feel A Little Life had for me at times. 

And while A Little Life, and Tess, are beautifully explored tales, there is something in them that leaves me wanting. I’m a Christian, and an optimist. There’s just something about the bleakness that unsettles me. But, it does fill me with compassion. Yet… that naturalist philosophy just gets me. No matter what, there’s hope, people! 

Overall, I did have a few problems with the book, but for the most part I loved it. I was drawn in immediately (and almost inexplicably, because really, nothing is actually happening), and punched in the gut. Multiple times. This book explores a lot of worthwhile topics in an honest, real, and often bleak way.

I recommend this book for readers of literary fiction, general fiction, and those who like an emotional read. If you live for a good character-driven read, definitely give this one a go.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual abuse, child abuse, self harm, and suicidal thoughts. Also some language.

How Do You TBR?

Readers are as different from one another as the books we read. We all have our own preferences and way of doing things. As I explore the book community more, I see more and more of these differences and have come to appreciate them!

When it comes to the TBR, it seems that everyone has a different way of doing things. Some readers are dedicated to making their TBR pile zero. Some readers don’t care. Some readers consider their TBR to be the books on their Goodreads shelf. Other readers have a literal TBR pile. Or shelf. Some have both! 

Personally, I have a TBR that there is no way I am ever going to get through. To me, it’s books that I would like to someday read. But, honestly, there are just far too many of them for that to even be possible. But that doesn’t stop me! I will keep adding books to my “to-read” shelf on goodreads, I will keep bringing home stacks of books from the library and the bookstore. I will keep having good intentions. That’s just how I roll. 

I am comforted being surrounded by so many books. I love knowing that whatever mood strikes, there should be something within reach that will satisfy me. YA fantasy? Loads! Something a little paranormal? Sure! Dip the toes into the literary? Definitely! A classic? You betcha! 

If we’re being honest, I’d say I currently own somewhere in the neighbourhood of two hundred books that I haven’t read. And I still come home with more. I’m trying to curb my book buying—but not for any need to lower my TBR. It’s because books can be expensive, yo! And I’m running out of space! 

Every now and then I’ll go through my books and weed out any that have overstayed their welcome and I’m probably not going to read. Those I donate to either my library or a used bookstore. But every book that I keep on my shelf, I fully plan on reading. Someday. Probably.

(Side note, does anyone have advice about  getting rid of ARCs? Is it okay to give them to charity shops? I don’t want to recycle them, don’t have anyone to pass them off to, and don’t have the money to ship them to anyone. I just sort of hold on to them…) 

I think that everyone has their own way of doing things—and that’s okay. More than okay—awesome!  If you have the funds and the space, I say go crazy! Have a physical TBR of THOUSANDS! That’s what I would do. If you want to read all the books you own before you buy any new ones, power to ya! If you’re somewhere in the middle, neato!

SO—how do YOU TBR? Do you have a special TBR shelf and/or pile? Do you have an Amazon wishlist and/or a (giant) to-read shelf on Goodreads? 



Why “The Masked Truth” Didn’t Work For Me

The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Young Adult Mystery Thriller 
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Published October 13th, 2015 by Doubleday Canada


Note: I received an ARC of this book at BEA. This in no way influences my opinion. 

From the publisher:

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with ‘issues.’ But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

Right away after reading the synopsis, I was a little hesitant going into this book. I wasn’t sure if it sounded good or hokey. So, obviously, I took to Goodreads. You know, as you do. There (at this point) aren’t that many rating up yet, but there were more than a hundred, and the average was 4.16. This gave me a bit of reassurance going in. 

First off we meet the main character Riley. She’s suffering from PTSD in the aftermath of bloody home invasion. At the urging of her mother, she’s in therapy (unsurprisingly). However, her counsellor and her mother are also insisting that it would be good for her to attend an overnight group therapy session (is that even a thing?). 
So, she’s packed a bag and her mother takes her to the old warehouse-turned-office-building they will be staying in. It’s still undergoing some construction so it’s not up to code yet. Also, it has no windows. And very few exits. 
 
Let’s pause for a minute, shall we? What the what? How would a building without windows even be allowed to be built? What if there was a fire? Why would this being the chosen location? Why on earth would parents agree to have their children stay there? Why would there only be two counsellor’s present? The list goes on. But I digress. 
 
Anyway, so there’s Riley, some other randos, and then there’s Max. He’s the handsome, snarky, British boy with stuff to hide. 
 
The narration changes back and forth between Max and Riley, which I actually really enjoyed. For Riley, it was first person, but for Max it was third person. This also was pretty great, but I can’t tell you why for spoilery reasons. 
 
So, they are in a group therapy session when things turn into a hostage situation. Three armed dudes in alien masks bust in and things get cray. But… They also get a little tedious and a tad ridiculous. For like 50% of the book it’s kids running around in a building with no windows. At first it was exciting and I was like, Okay, so, it might be a little weird but kind of exciting though maybe? But no… It stopped being exciting. 
 
I also found the conclusion implausible, not to mention a tad ridiculous and convoluted. 
I’m sad because I really wanted to like this book. I love Kelley Armstrong, particularly the Cainsville series. Love it. This was my first of her Young Adult books and it has made me hesitant to pick up her others. Maybe because this wasn’t paranormal? I don’t know. I just… really didn’t like it.
HOWEVER, I did enjoy the writing and the main characters. Well, Max. I really liked Max. He’s a fun, sarcastic, and quirky character and has a unique perspective that was really interesting to read from. And, for that reason, I soldiered through the book. For the most part though, I didn’t connect with the other characters. Riley was okay but a little annoying, and all the secondary characters felt pretty flat. 
 

I’m not sure that I can really recommend this book personally… But there seem to be a lot of good reviews on Goodreads. If the synopsis interests you and you’re into YA mystery thrillers, check it out and let me know what you think! 

It’s Monday! Whatcha Reading? │ October 19th


It’s Monday October 19th! This is pretty exciting. For a couple of reasons. If you’re Canadian, it’s  federal election day! If you haven’t already, make sure you VOTE! Also, it’s my brother’s birthday. So, there’s going to be cake. YAY! 

My last Monday post was about two weeks ago, and since then some exciting things have happened. Mostly book related things. YAY FOR NEW RELEASES! Also, I got my hair cut. It’s pretty great, if I do say so myself 😉 

But enough of that! Let’s get to the books!

Since my last post, I finished off A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (review to come) and A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd.

I then picked up Through The Woods by Emily Carroll, a spooky short story collection with stunning artwork! Loved it! Keeping up with the graphic novel groove, I picked up volumes 1 and 2 of Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire. I decided to try this post-apocalyptic series on the recommendation of LindseyRey on BookTube. I really enjoyed them and can’t wait to continue on! I’d definitely recommend! 


From there I read an eARC of Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn. This is a YA dystopian that comes out in November and I loved it! Can’t wait to share my review with you! Also, Pintip will be doing a guest post and I’m really excited about it! 😀 I had such a book hangover. To get out of it, I decided to read something a little scary—since it’s Halloween season and whatnot. I picked up The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong. I got an ARC of this one at BEA and thought it was the perfect time to read it (it was released on the 13th). Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed by this one though. Review to come! 


I am currently reading Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares by Tom Delonge (of Blink-182 fame!!!!) and Suzanne Young, Sweet Tooth Vol. 3: Animal Armies by Jeff Lemire, and Slasher Girls & Monster Boys! So far I am really enjoying all three.

It’s Monday, what are YOU reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Are any of these on your TBR? 


Murder & Mayhem on the Cusp of WWI—A Fine Summer’s Day TLC Book Tour

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A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd
Mystery
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 29th, 2015 by William Morrow
Paperbacks (Originally published in January 2015
 
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my participation in this book tour. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
 
From the publisher:
 
On a fine summer’s day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman’s wife. To the north, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander named Hamish MacLeod—asks his own sweetheart to marry him.
Back in England, a son grieves for his mother, dredging up a dark injustice that will trigger a series of murders that Rutledge must solve. The victims are all upstanding and well-liked. The local police have their suspicions about the culprits and are less than cooperative with the London detective.  
As clouds of war gather on the horizon, Rutledge digs deeper, finding similarities and patterns between the murders. With every moment at stake, he sets out to right a terrible wrong—an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honour and truth.

This is the second book in the Inspector Rutledge series that I have read. The first one I read was Hunting Shadows, the book that preceded this one. I really enjoyed Hunting Shadows and thus had high expectations for A Fine Summer’s Day. Unfortunately, however, it did not deliver.

It is unclear to me if this is because I just didn’t like the story, or because this is sort of a prequel, and I haven’t read the whole series. Perhaps if I had I would have had more understanding and insight. Perhaps what happened would have held more meaning. 

At this point you might be wondering why I have read two books so far along in the series without reading the previous ones. I have read books sixteen and seventeen in the series. I was under the impression that they can easily be read as stand-alones. For the most part this is true; the storylines are episodic, not a continuation of the previous book. What continues on is the the characters. However, the tagline to A Fine Summer’s Day is “Where it all began…” So i’m guessing that I would have gotten more out of this book if I read all the books? 

That being said, let’s get back to it, shall we? 

I didn’t really like this book. I felt that the pacing was too slow for my liking, and that the characters weren’t fully developed. I didn’t particularly care for any of them! And in this story, Rutledge is travelling all over England, so the sense of place isn’t nearly as strong as it was in Hunting Shadows—and that had been one of my favourite things about that book. 

However, again, I can see that long time readers of the series would have more of an appreciation for this throwback to the earlier days of Rutledge’s career. Perhaps it led to more explanation about who he is presently—I don’t really know. 

What I do know is that Hunting Shadows was incredibly atmospheric and Rutledge then was a character with depth. In A Fine Summer’s Day, Rutledge is two dimensional, and so are the other people in his life. This was particularly disappointing because I’m more of a character reader.

Furthermore, the mystery felt pretty sub-par. I wasn’t interested in it. I didn’t really care about the outcome, and a lot about it seemed implausible and unlikely. A lot of it was just too convenient for my liking. Or something. This made the book pretty hard for me to get through. 

Don’t get me wrong, though. This book isn’t horrible—this can be attested by all the other reviews on this tour! It just wasn’t for me. And I did find some good things about it.

The time period it’s set in is really interesting, and was explored nicely. It takes place on the cusp of the first world war in England. This led to some really interesting discussions and actions among the characters. The authors did a good job exploring the attitudes surrounding the war. 

Even though I didn’t particularly care for this book, it has not deterred me from the rest of the series! I’m still definitely going to dive into the earlier books in the series! Hopefully they are more like Hunting Shadows than this one. 

 

 

Storyline C-
Structure/Execution B-
Characters C
Writing B+
Conclusion C
Enjoyment C-

 

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Have you read the other books in this series? Do you think I would have enjoyed it more if I had too? Do you ever read series out of order? Why/why not?

About The Author

Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.Visit their website at Charlestodd.com and like CharlesToddNovels on Facebook.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, September 29th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, September 29th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Wednesday, September 30th: Back Porchervations
Wednesday, September 30th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, October 1st: Luxury Reading
Friday, October 2nd: Dwell in Possibility
Monday, October 5th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Wednesday, October 7th: Lavish Bookshelf
Thursday, October 8th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Friday, October 9th: Laura’s Reviews
Monday, October 12th: Reading to Distraction
Wednesday, October 14th: Queen of All She Reads
Wednesday, October 14th: FictionZeal
Thursday, October 15th: Fuelled by Fiction

Thrilling and Chilling Bargain Picks

Fall is upon us and Halloween is fast approaching. It’s the season of trick or treating, thrills and chills, the creepy and spooky. You know, all that good stuff! If you want to add some spooky books to your October TBR, check out these reads for hella cheap! These are books are either ones I love, by authors I love, or ones I’m likely adding to my own BookOulet cart!

The Classics

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, first published in 1886, became an instant classic, a Gothic horror originating in a feverish nightmare whose hallucinatory setting in the back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence.” Ooooh, spooky! 
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein pioneered the deeply explored battle between monster and man. Follow three narratives in this ageless tale that navigates fear, fixation, love and desire, while finding an anchor in humanity.” I read this one in high school and absolutely loved it. I think it’s about time for a reread. And this edition is stunning! 
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Before The Vampire Diaries, before True Blood, before Twilight… There was Dracula! And I’m pretty sure he wasn’t that sexy. A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling spectre who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful.” 

Mystery Thrillers

Waking up in a ransacked cabin with no recollection of her identity and overhearing two men who are preparing to kill her, Cady is accidentally saved by haphazard companion Ty and endures a harrowing cat-and-mouse chase for survival.” 
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
“Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this ‘ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews)’ with a twist that defies the imagination.”
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.”
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.”
Always Watching by Chevy Stevens
“When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Dr. Nadine Lavoie gently coaxes her story out of her – and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?”

Supernatural and Spooky

Innocence by Dean Koontz
“He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance – and nothing less than destiny – has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.”
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving, unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at Sara Laughs, the Maine summerhouse that seems to be calling to him. Reluctantly returning to the lakeside getaway, Mike finds a small town in the soulless grip of a powerful millionaire, a single mother fighting to keep her three-year-old daughter, and a miasma of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors at his remote cabin.”
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
“In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David Ullman must track the demon that has captured his daughter and discover its name. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever.”
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
It was a horror movie that turned into real horror—three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. When shooting starts, the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents—could history be repeating itself?”

Four Summoner’s Tales by Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, and Jonathan Maberry
Four bestselling authors. One hellraising premise. . . What if the dead could be summoned from their graves – for a price?”
I am Legend by Richard Matheson 
“Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every man, woman, and child in the world has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood. Now available in an Orb Books paperback edition, this classic novel is universally regarded as one of the most frightening and influential vampire novels ever written.”


The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
“Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire.”

Supernatural but not too Spooky

Hexed by Michelle Krys
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indigo Blackwood is about to uncover the many dark truths about her life – and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.”
Jackaby by William Ritter
“Doctor Who meets Sherlock in a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.”
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion 
R is a young man with an existential crisis – he is a zombie. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.”
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbours, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including – perhaps – their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.”
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
Lady Lilith Montgomery is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch. But then she meets Bram, a talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves. To tell him will risk everything.”
What books are on your Halloween TBR?

Beth Recommends Read-a-likes! Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I missed last week’s because I was hosting a book tour! So, this week I am cheating a bit and doing last week’s topic 🙂   Thus, here are ten read-a-likes! If you like you like this popular book, you might like this one!

1) If you enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and want to read another character-driven story about female friendship, check out The Invisibles by Celilia Galante. It’s like when the sisterhood grows up! I loved both of these.

 

2) If you like Jodi Picoult, particularly My Sister’s Keeper, you should try Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf! Both of these books use changing perspectives to tell compelling and moving stories about family. If you’re interested, you can also check out my post with more Jodi Picoult readalikes!

 

3) I know that We Were Liars is a polarizing book, but if you liked it, or at least can see some of the good things about it, you should read Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne! They are both suspenseful and atmospheric YA novels!
4) If you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (book or movie) you’ll likely enjoy Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King (it’s awesome btw). These are both lyrical and darkly funny stories. In them the main characters both deal with a lot of stuff and it sends them off on the wrong path. Both of these stories are dark but quirky and great.

5) If you enjoy a good YA contemporary, I bet Sarah Dessen is on your favourites list! If not, you’re crazy! Anyway, if you enjoyed her book Just Listen, I recommend giving Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens a shot. They are both about girls who, on the surface, have it all. But really, they are suffering inwardly from something serious and secret that happened to them. They are both fast paced, character driven, and emotional reads!

6) If you enjoyed The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and enjoy stories set in WWII, you might enjoy Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. While Sarah’s Key is not YA, it does share some thematic elements with The Book Thief! They are both lyrical and moving character driven stories set in the uncertainty of the second world war. If you pick up either of these, don’t forget your tissues!

7) If you like The Fault In Our Stars, you should check out All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. (Well, you should check it out even if you didn’t like tfios) These are emotionally intense books that are both character driven and issue driven. They are about a couple o’ kids trying to beat the odds.

8) If you enjoyed the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella and also enjoy YA, you should give the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison a try! They are both British and absolutely hilarious. I love the main characters in these books. In some ways, Becky Bloomwood seems like a grown-up version of Georgia Nicholson to me!

9) If you liked Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (or just YA mysteries in general) you should check out The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman. These books are both intricately plotted mysteries revolving around sisters and disappearances. I don’t often hear much about Warman’s books. They should definitely get more attention! Here’s a short review of her book Between.

10) These are two of my favourite books about family of late. They’re awesome! While Diamond Head is different from A Spool of Blue Thread, I think that if you liked one you will enjoy the other. They are both character driven family sagas that seem to always come back to the family home. They each chronicle three generations, and often revolve around family resentments and secrets. They are both so frigging wonderful.

There you have! Here are ten read-a-likes!

Do you agree or disagree with any of my pairings? If you try any of these books, let me know! Did you do this topic? Leave your link! 


It’s the first Monday in October! Whatcha Reading?


Guys! It’s fall! Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween, Thanksgiving. Just a great season. I love curling up with warm blanket, a steamy cup of coffee, and a good book. I’m going to be using this Monday post to wrap up my September reading and give a bit of a TBR (even though I’m horrible at them)!

As far as reading goes, September was not the best month for me. I read four books, as compared with the nine I read in August. And I’m not in school, so I can’t use that as an excuse :PBut other than the numbers, it doesn’t feel like it was a bad reading month. I’ve decided that since I’ve already reached my Goodreads goal of 75 books in 2015, I’m going to do my best to not think about the numbers. It’s not a competition, y’all! So in light of this, I’m challenging myself to read more big books. Like, the ones that I have been avoiding because they take longer to read.

But, without further ado, let’s get into it!


September Reads


The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
I read this book for a TLC book tour and really enjoyed it! Check out my full review

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
This book is truly amazing. I loved it and had such a book hangover when I was finished. I did a full review that you can read here.

Orphan #8 By Kim van Alkemade 
This book is a historical fiction with a really interesting premise. However, it wasn’t exactly what I had expected—which I found both good and bad. (3.5/5)

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers 
This was another book for a tour. I did enjoy it, but not quite as much as I felt I should have. Check out my full review and enter the giveaway (ends 10/8/2015)!

My favourite read of the month was definitely I Crawl Through It by A.S. King. This is going to be on my top reads of 2015 list and probably even my all time favs list!


Current Reads

Right now I’m in the middle of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I started it about a week and a half ago, and I have to say it’s amazing. But it’s still going to take me a little while to finish. 

I’ve also began my next tour book alongside A Little Life. It is A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd, just released in paperback. I’m about 50 pages in and enjoying it so far. I’ve read one other Charles Todd novel, Hunting Shadows and you can read my review here!


October TBR

Now onto the TBR portion of the evening. Well, morning. Or, whenever it is that you’re reading this. The funny thing is that the last Top Ten Tuesday I did was about my fall TBR. And this one looks nothing like that one! Again, I’m generally a TBR failure, but let’s see!

This October I obviously want to read some spooky things. But probably not all spooky things because I’ve been really feeling litfic atm. Anyway, here are some of the things that I am thinking about picking up this month.

Ghostly by Audrey Niffenegger
This is a collection of ghost stories and it sounds amazing! It’s got some Poe, some Wharton, some Gaiman, and, of course, some Niffenegger! The only problem is that there are only two copies available at my library and I’m 8th in line. So… I might not get it until November. Who knows. I also might break down and buy it so I can read it during Halloween season. WHO KNOWS. 

Through The Woods by Emily Carroll
I’ve had this graphic short story collection on my shelf forever but have yet to get around to reading it. It’s supposed to be very eery, so what better time to read it amirite?! 

Obviously, if you’re looking for something spooky you have to include the master of horror himself:
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
I’ve wanted to read this one since I started watching the show Haven. I know that technically the show is based on King’s novella The Colorado Kid, but The Tommyknockers also takes place in Haven, Maine and the main character is one of the first troubled people they help on the show. The only drawback would be that this book is over 700 pages, so it would end up taking up most of the month probably. Or…
The Shining by Stephen King
This one is a classic. I didn’t actually particularly care for the movie, but the book is always better, isn’t it? Also, it’s shorter. So, who knows at this point.

I also want to check out…
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
This is another one that has been languishing on my shelf. I’m planning on buddy reading this one with a friend of mine. However, I don’t know if we’ll be getting to it this month or next! It just depends when his hold comes in from the library! 

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis 
This books is up for the Giller Prize, and I’ve heard nothing but great things! I’m really intrigued. 

So there you have it—my September reads, my current reads, and my October/Fall TBR! 

It’s Monday, what are you reading? What did you read in September? What are you planning on reading this month? Anything you think I should bump to the top of my TBR?