My TOME TOPPLE TBR | November 2018

Happy Monday everyone! As promised, I’m coming at you with my TBR plans for the Tome Topple Readathon hosted by the gorgeous Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.

This readathon starts at midnight on Friday, November 16th and ends at midnight on Thursday, November 29th. I don’t like a lot of rules so fortunately this one only has one: to read something over 500 pages. We can work with that.

There are a few challenges that are just for fun however:

  1. Read more than one tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

Now, I have about five days off during this time and usually we go up to Maine and hang out with my family for the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s generally a pretty quiet weekend so I suspect I will be able to get a decent amount of reading done.

I’m going to share with you five books that I’ve put on my TBR for this but realistically I’ll only get to two…and maybe finish one. I’m sharing five just because I want options to pick from depending on my mood during those two weeks.

Here are the pile of books I plan to pull from:

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon(928p.) – This one is a big maybe for me. I read Outlander a couple of years ago at the urging of a friend. I ended up really enjoying that book so I, of course, went out and picked up the next four books in the series. I’ve read the second and third book and thoroughly disliked both. Snoozeville. I really hate starting a series and not seeing it through but I’m just not totally sold that it’s worth continuing. This would complete the challenge of reading a tome in a series.

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (513p.) – I’ve actually already started this as a buddy read but am really struggling to get into it. It’s a slow burn and I think I may be in a Stephen King hangover after reading the monster that is “It”. I just set this one aside to pick up something different so I was thinking I could easily finish this for this readathon.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (544p.) – I just posted about this book on my list of top ten books I want to get to so clearly this book needs to be read! More than likely this will be the main novel I pick up but if I can get through this one and Lisey’s story then that would be winning.

I added two graphic novels to my pile as well, both copies are from the library and not something I own:

Blankets by Craig Thompson (592p.) – This is sort of a ‘coming of age’ story based on the authors childhood. It deals with young love, the emotional highs and lows of being young, dysfunctional families, losing your religion…and your innocence. It’s not something I would pick at first glance but with great reviews, and limited choices of LARGE graphic novels, here it sits on the list.

From Hell by Alan Moore (576p.) – Now this one is more up my alley, although I’m not sure yet how I feel about the black and white artwork and small confined blurbs of text, but I do love just about anything involving the Ripper killings. If you haven’t seen the movie which features Johnny Depp then let me tell you that this book is about Alan Moore’s take on the Ripper killings. His version makes the killings the epicenter of a conspiracy involving the British Establishment which includes the Freemasons and The Royal Family.

And there you have it! Most of the challenges I’ll be able to complete with the exception of the buddy read (unless any of you want to buddy read one of these with me).

I am so pumped for this readathon and looking forward to some down time to settle in and read. If you’re looking for more details including a list of the co-hosts, make sure you check out Sam’s announcement video linked up above or visit the Goodreads group page.

Are you planning on joining the Tome Topple? What’s the largest book you’ve ever read?

Happy Reading!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday | Backlist TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I am in a state of disbelief that it’s now November and we’re gearing up for holidays and year end. Does anyone else feel that way? Today I’m jumping on the Top Ten Tuesday train and today’s topic is “Backlist Books I Want to Read”.

I recently rearranged the bookshelf in my living room to only include the books I own that I have yet to read and let me just say, there are many. However, today I’m just going to include the top ten that I’d like to get to first!

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)

 

John Dies at the End by David Wong I received this book for Christmas last year and guess what, I STILL have not read it!

I haven’t watched the movie either so I think I’d actually like to read this before the year is through and will add it to my December TBR.

Genre: Horror

 

 


The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden, #1)

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre which I’ve seen so much buzz about between Bookstagram, Goodreads and Booktube.

This apparently is considered an ‘erotic’ thriller so just a forewarning. The lead character is a woman who won’t leave her apartment for fear of giving into her desire to kill. She also works in the sex trade online via video cam…sexy.

Genre: Thriller

 


Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard

I read the first book last year and enjoyed it so I bought the last two in the trilogy but just haven’t picked them up yet!

Genre: Young Adult

 

 

 


 
The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. I went to an author event for this book when it first came out and even had Paul sign my copy!

For whatever reason I still haven’t gotten to this book so it’s time!

Genre: Horror

 

 

 

 


The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath & The Down by Renee Ahdieh  

I actually only picked this up very recently at my library book sale but it sounds so good and the reviews on it are amazing. I like to switch up my reading from time to time and enjoy a good Fantasy novel.

Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 


The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang is another fantasy novel that I purchased when it first came out. At the time I was really in the mood to read a good fantasy novel, I was just coming off the high of re-reading the Kingkiller books by Patrick Rothfuss and wanted to keep it going.

For whatever reason I still didn’t pick it up after I ordered it so I definitely want to get to this one soon. Especially since book two is slated for spring of next year!

Genre: Fantasy

 

 


Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter I picked up over the summer for four dollars. I love her books and this one of course got great reviews!

I want to read the Will Trent and Grant County books but have been working on her stand alone’s first.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

 

 

 


Heresy (Giordano Bruno, #1)

Heresy by S.J. Parris is book one of the Giordano Bruno series and is a Historical Thriller which I really love! This has been on my bookshelf for quite some time actually so I’m ready to dive into this series. My plan is to read the first five books in the beginning of the new year because book 6 comes out in May 2019!

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

 


The Fifth Petal

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is a perfectly witchy read that takes place in Salem, MA which I live not far from. I recently discovered that this is actually the third book in a trilogy (though not sure if she’ll add more) so naturally I need to read the first two books first.

Genre: Fiction

 

 

 


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab which has quite the cult following! I’ve been eyeing the Villains trilogy but figured I should finish this one first!

Genre: Fantasy

 

 

 

 

So there you have it! My top ten books currently on my TBR Shelf at home. Any of these that you think I should read first? Have you read any of these?

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday – 10/24/18

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This book meme is hosted by Taking On A World of Words.

To participate you just answer three simple questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 


 

 

Dead Leaves: 9 Tales from the Witching SeasonI am currently reading Dead Leaves by Kealan Patrick Burke and it is an anthology of eight short seasonal stories. Perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.

I’ve really come to enjoy short stories, especially between some of my longer novels and after reading Blanky by Burke, I knew he was going to be an author that I would follow and continue to read

I started this over the weekend and just have a couple of stories left which I’ll probably finish on the train home tonight.

I’m also STILL currently reading IT by Stephen King. I’m finally on Part 4 and I do believe that once I finish this book it just might be my biggest reading accomplishment ever! This thing is a beast! I started to follow along with the audio as well so that I can listen at work or when I’m walking from the train to the office. I do enjoy the book but I’m just starting to get that feeling of wanting to be done so I can move onto the next great book.

I’ll write reviews here on both when I’m done.

 recently finished reading Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology by Christopher Golden and Stench by AB Morgan.

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream ARC I received from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I’m working on a seperate post for so be on the lookout. It’s a collection of short stories of Christmas themed horror and it was just released yesterday! Just in time to get you into the holiday mood!

Stench by AB Morgan was another ARC from NetGalley that I finally had to the pull the plug on. I don’t DNF books very often, I really hate to do that, especially when I was given the opportunity to read in exchange for a review. However I had been trying to read that book for months and I kept putting it down to read other things. Life is to short to read books that you don’t enjoy and even though it wasn’t for me, it’s definitely the right pick for someone else. The book starts off interesting: a man finds a dead woman under the floorboards of his house. However it quickly shifts to a woman named Anna who speaks to her dead husband. She thinks she’s working as an investigative reporter to take down some local baddies with her ‘husband’ following close behind, whispering over her shoulder. I find it important to also mention that ghost husband is a dick.

The Elementals As for what I’ll be reading next, I’m going to squeeze in one more for October and read The Elementals by Michael McDowell because it’s been on my kindle for forever and I was supposed to read it with a group and fell behind.

This is a story of an old family house, filling with sand, that is left empty…except for the vicious horror which is shaping nightmares from the nothingness that hangs in the dark, fetid air.

After the family matriarch dies, family comes back to visit their old summer homes. From here the story gets haunted and weird and I’m looking forward to something spooky for Halloween!

 

What are you currently reading? Have you ever not finished a book? Let’s chat below in the comments!

WWW Wednesday – 10/17/18

img_1384-0Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday! This book meme is hosted by Taking On A World of Words and I discovered it through Jenna’s blog at Jenna Bookish.

To participate you just answer three simple questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 


An Anonymous GirlI am currently reading An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen which is an  ARC that I was given by the publisher through BookishFirst.com.

It’s a gripping novel of psychological suspense and obsession. I’m really loving it!

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

A young woman blindly shows up for a psychological study conducted by a mysterious Dr. Shields. She thinks all she has to do is answer some questions, collect her money and leave…but nothing is ever that simple.

I’m also currently reading IT by Stephen King as a buddy read on Instagram. This book needs no summary as we all know what this one is about. Creepy clown, deep routed fears, and a  little town called Derry. Follow #ITbuddyread on Instagram for all the awesome posts and discussions!

I’ll write reviews here on both when I’m done.

 recently finished reading Wytches, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, The Lies We Told by Camilla Way (review here) and The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton (review here).

Wytches is a graphic novel that has been on my shelf for some time. It’s a much darker and much more horrifying take on the witches that we have come to know. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place and I enjoyed it a lot! This was published in 2014 and so far I haven’t seen anything about a second volume but I am all for it if there is!

As for what I’ll be reading next, I’m still whittling away at my NetGalley list so that has yet to be determined. I think I’ll read Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard which is scheduled to be released on December 18th and I’ve already seen some awesome reviews flying around for it!

The Witch ElmMy pre-order for Tana French’s new book, Witch Elm is also here so that is a pretty strong contender!

It’s about a man name Toby who is out celebrating with some friends when he happens upon two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead.

While struggling to recover from his injuries and accepting the fact that he may never be the same, he escapes to his family’s old home to care for a dying uncle.

A skull is found in the trunk of an old tree in the garden which opens up Toby’s family to investigation, and soon means his past comes back to haunt him along with the realization that it may not be what he always believed it to be.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books that I’ve mentioned? Let’s chat below in the comments!