Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days of Spooky Books

Welcome to 31 Days of Spooky Books


In honor of my favorite holiday and one of my favorite genres of books I will be sharing one book a day that I have either read, want to read, or will read this year in October. Be sure to come back every day and see my favorite Halloween reads and leave recommendations in the comments for me. I'm always open to adding spooky books to my TBR list. :)

Day 1
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by
Washington Irving


I've been meaning to read this for the past two Halloweens. I SHOULD be starting this book today but I'll be so busy this month that I might not get to it right away.



Disney made a short little cartoon for 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' back in the 40's or something. I found the ending on youtube so you can take a look and tell me if you remember it. I watched it all the time as a kid but that was in the 90's so I understand if some people haven't seen it before. I watched it every Halloween.
Here it is! 




Also, as a fan of *most* Tim Burton movies, I really enjoyed his 1999 adaptation starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. 



I've also seen a preview for the newer television series but haven't actually seen any episodes so I don't know how far it strays (or whether it's faithful) to the classic.


All I know is that I'm excited to finally read 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' this year and cross it off my to-read list! 

What 'spooky' books do you plan on reading in October?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September is for Sequels Wrap-Up



The September is for Sequels is hosted by Lisa Loves Literature.

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MY GOALS

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Week 1 Quick Recap

Total Books Read/Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 521

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Week 2   Quick Recap

Total Books Read/Finished: 2
Total Pages Read: 841

Week 3  Quick Recap

Total Books Read/Finished: 3
Total Pages Read: 1215


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WEEK 4 PROGRESS

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Pages Read: 254

The Infinite Sea

Pages Read: 300

SEQUELS FINISHED:






Total Books Finished: 4
Total Pages Read: 1760

Monday, September 29, 2014

Falling For Autumn Read-a-thon Wrap Up






Challenges:

*Read at least 4 books
(Scarlet, The Ifs, The Giver, Tuesdays at the Castle)
* Read 150 pages a day
(mostly a fail)
* Read a book with an autumnal colored cover
(red, orange, brown, gold)

(The Giver might count)
*Read a book with a male protagonist
(The Ifs, The Giver)
* Read the first or last book in a series
(The Giver & Tuesdays at the Castle)

Pages Read:

Day 1: 
146 (almost!)
Day 2: 
141 (almost, again!)
Day 3: 
180
Day 4:
158
Day 5:
70 
Day 6 & Day 7:
45

Total Pages Read: 740

Books Finished:



Books With Progress Made:


Did you participate in this read-a-thon?
How did you do?

Anticipating October 2014 - New Releases



October 2014
New Releases

{Covers link to Goodreads}

MOST ANTICIPATED



Most Anticipated Spooky Reads




Piques My Interest

    

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What October releases are you looking forward to? 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Blogger Hop (Sept 26 - Oct 2)


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question is: 

How do you think reading will be in 100 years time? Will there be any printed books left? How about ereaders? What will they look like?

My Answer:
Well this is certainly a fun question!

I do think there will be printed books left but the majority of them might be in museums or belong to private collectors.

Ereaders will probably be extremely advanced from what they are today. e-reading might be as simple as downloading a book into your brain or whatever small gadget you implant into you hand for easy access without the risk of dropping it, losing it, or having it stolen. Our whole lives will probably revolve around this device, much like the smart phone of today. Who knows if we'll advance that much without destroying the planet and ourselves, though? 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #35


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TYNGA'S REVIEWS that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review.

{Covers link to Goodreads}

Borrowed from library



The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
(The 5th Wave #2)


AMAZON FREEBIES
I always add a link to Amazon so you all can grab these freebies as well but if it's striked out it's no longer free.



The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
(I feel like I just made out like a bandit finding this for free!)
|Amazon|



Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard


The Awakening by Kate Chopin
(This is a classic that I've read before but I wanted to share with you all since I've never seen it free before!)
|Amazon|


The Hunted One by Meg Collett
|Amazon|


The Order of Ascalon by Daniel J. Franks
|Amazon|



Into the Darkest Fire by Juliana Haygert
|Amazon|



Storm (The Elemental Series #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
|Amazon|

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Did you miss last week's Stacking the Shelves?
Go see if last week's Amazon Freebies are still available! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review: The Ifs by J.D. Pooker


The Ifs 
by
J.D. Pooker 


Genre:
Middle Grade
Fantasy

Published:
April 22nd 2013 by Little Devil Books

Source:
for review
Pages:
148

My Rating:
3.5 stars

SYNOPSIS:

Landon and Broden are brothers. Sometimes they get along. Well, sometimes they don't. But when they find out who's behind the weird happenings in their house, they are called to battle.

Battle? Whoa. Not just one of their fun play-battles iether, but a real battle in the forest with the most unusual creatures and the wildest of animals. 

Can the brothers pull together when they need each other most?

MY THOUGHTS:

I was given an e-book copy for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Broden and his older brother Landon don't always get along and are constantly starting fights with each other. But like almost all siblings, they will have each other's backs when the going gets tough. When weird things start happening, they discover the existence of 'Ifs'. Soon after, they are asked to help the 'Ifs' and the brothers join forces to help the good 'Ifs' and defeat the bad. 

A great story with fantasy elements that all young children will love! I've seen this book categorized as and for 'middle-grade' readers but I think it's actually geared towards a much younger audience. Nonetheless, I do believe any young children looking for an adventurous and imaginative story will love 'The Ifs'. 

I'd definitely suggest 'The Ifs' to any children with younger or older brothers and/or sisters. This fun story has a lot of life-lessons revolving siblings including sibling rivalry, jealousy, and getting along. Landon and Broden seem to enjoy bickering and fighting but they still love and care for each other.