Hey bookish friends! I haven’t done a top 10 Tuesday in a little bit here. I just wasn’t feeling any of the topics and didn’t want to force it! Does that happen to anyone else? I really need to feel a spark with the prompt in order to do it… otherwise I feel like a fake 😂
So for this prompt I had somewhat of a difficult time! I have read a lot of books but I see now that I don’t read a lot from the same authors… which I need to change! So what I’ve done here is included some of the authors I’ve read series by and then added a few authors that I have really enjoyed and have their other books on my tbr!
This week the topic for Top 10 Tuesday is…….. Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By!
Soooooo lets do it!!
James Dashner is at the top of my list because I have read 2 series by him and LOVED them both! (The Maze Runner & The Mortality Doctrine) – read 6 books in totalby James Dashner
Of course I had to include Suzanne Collins on this list! I have read all 4 of The Hunger Games books so I would say she is pretty close to the top of my list! – read4 books in total by Suzanne Collins
If you have been following me for any extended period of time you would probably know that I LOVE the Charlotte Holmes series. I literally will talk about it to anyone who cares and will always tell people to read it… seriously, read it people!!!
She has also written Hello Girls which is on my tbr and I see she has a new duology in the works!!! So please go check her out shes great! – read 4 books in total by Brittany Cavallaro
I love this lady!!! She has fab writing and I just love her style of books. I have read 2 different standalone books (Terraformer & The Lanterns Ember. Both of this books were 5 star reads for me!!
She has written a couple series that I want to check out as well!! – read2 books in total by Colleen Houck
I read the Twilight series which automatically gets Stephanie Meyer on this list! I know she has written other books since then but I haven’t checked those ones out. However, I may have to jump on the bandwagon and read her newest Twilight book when it comes out haha. – read 4 books in total by Stephanie Meyer
I fell in love with Veronica Roth when Divergent came out. Loved it! It changed me as a reader. I would say Divergent was the turning point for me that really made me love reading!
So, I read the Divergent series and most recently I read Chosen Ones which I understand is the first of a series. I really want to read Carve the Mark – not sure why I never got to it but its on my tbr! – read 5 books in total by Veronica Roth
I read the Gone series by Michael Grant a super long time ago! It was probably the longest series I have actually read haha. He has some other books as well that Id like to check out at some point! – read 6 books in total by Michael Grant
So for the remainder of the authors – I have only read 1 book by them but I LOVED the book I read and have added their other books to my tbr 😊
I read The Book of Lost Names a month or two ago and I loved it so much. Her writing was so amazing and the story was beautiful! I added The Room on Rue Amelie, The Winemakers Wife, The Sweetness of Forgetting, and When We Meet Again!!
I read The Little Bookshop of Love Stories and oh my goodness, that book just made my heart happy! I immediately needed to check out her other book and added The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, Its a Wonderful Night, and The Little Village Carousel by the Sea!!!
My first Ruth Ware book was The Turn of the Key. It was a total fluke that I came across her. I saw The Turn of the Key on a table at the bookstore that was a staff’s pick of the month. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. Ended up loving it and discovering Ruth Ware has tons of awesome books!!
I’ve added The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Lying Game to my tbr!!
Do you tend to read a lot of books by one author? Who is your favourite author right now??
Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. – Simon & Schuster
Title: The Paris Library
Author: Janet Skeslien Charles
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Historical fiction
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Pub date: February 2, 2021
Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books and the Dewey Decimal System, which makes order out of chaos. She soon has it all – a handsome police officer beau, an English best friend, a beloved twin, and a job at the American Library in Paris, a thriving community of students, writers, diplomats, and book lovers. Yet when war is declared, there’s also a war on words.
Montana, 1983. Widowed and alone, Odile suffers the solitary confinement of small-town life. Though most adults are cowed by her, the neighbor girl will not let her be. Lily, a lonely teenager yearning to break free of Froid is obsessed by the older French woman who lives next door and wants to know her secrets.
As the two become friends, Odile sees herself in Lily – the same love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. The Paris Library’s dual narratives explore the relationships that make us who we are – family and friends, first loves and favorite authors – in the fairy tale setting of the City of Light. It also explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, and what happens when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.
The Paris Library was an outstanding book. I fell in love with every piece of it! I loved the characters, the setting, the drama, and all the love.
First off, the book is interesting because it not only shifts between characters but it also shifts between time. Some chapters are in WWII Paris and some are in 1980’s Montana. I loved it! The story was serious and kind of sad at times but there was sprinkled in humor too!
Odile is the main character. She is a strong young woman who works in the American Library in Paris. I enjoyed her absolute love for books and the library. Lily, is a young girl living in Montana next door to Odile as an old woman. Lily experiences loss and Odile ends up being the person that helps her through it. I really enjoyed the characters and how different but similar they were. I liked how the author flipped back and forth and intertwined the stories so it all fit together like a beautiful masterpiece.
When I put the book down I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It opened my eyes to things I’ve done and things I’ve overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel that if a story makes you reflect so deeply it must be an amazing book written by an outstanding author. That is what this book was. It was amazing, heartfelt, full of despair and hope, eye opening, and thoughtful. I loved this book with all my heart as I knew I would when I read the synopsis originally. Odile and her friends are the type of people I wish I knew and aspire to be. This story reminded me that not everyone is as they seem and that people change and grow throughout their lives.
The setting of the American Library is the best. It felt like home and it was a home to the characters in the book. I loved that part. Every time the library is mentioned or Odile was working there it just felt so whimsical and full of wonder. It’s a place I would love to see. Something from a dream.
I have always been interested in history which is a reason I was excited for this book! I found the writing to be so good that when the first bombs were dropped and I was reading about the peoples fear and uncertainty, I too felt that way. My heart rate increased, I was holding onto every word, I could not stop reading. This story opened my eyes to the struggles of war. How people had to do things they didn’t want to or thought were wrong just so they could survive. How people turned on each other. How there was so much hidden racism and discrimination! Odile is such a hero throughout the book. Living during that time is unfathomable. Unreal.
Finally, this story is full of love and loss. Odile suffered much loss throughout her life and Lily is lucky to have such a role model. Lily suffered loss as well and in the end it was very heartwarming that they were able to help each other and have such a great relationship! I sure enjoyed the romance and true love expressed in this book. It filled my heart many times. This story is worth the read. It is really something special that I thoroughly enjoyed!
** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!
Do you like historical fiction? Chat with me in the comments!
Five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons–and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice. – Goodreads
Title: Chosen Ones
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: eARC from Netgalley
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.
Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
Chosen Ones gave me all sorts of feelings from good to bad to mixed and confused. I will start by saying that I enjoyed this book but I also feel a little let down 🤷🏼♀️ here is why:
The first like 200 pages is slow. It was SAD as all heck you guys. It drags. I was bored and honestly didn’t want to read it. Just a warning as well – some of the topics discussed during the first half of the book are tough. There is trauma, PTSD, flashbacks, drug use, addiction, death… some dark things! Which is a big reason to why I said the first half is sad. I felt there was nothing positive happening and just bad after bad thing was happening.
BUT after 200 pages this book is fantastic! Its fast paced, full of mystery and adventure, has magic and zombies and alternate dimensions!!
I really liked the characters! Sloane is a fabulous character full of flaws which make her so special and relatable. I especially enjoy Mox! He was tall, dark, and mysterious! I’d say as soon as he came in I was like ‘oooooo here we go this the story I want to know’ haha.
I was torn between giving this book a 3 or 4 star rating. I felt 3 star was fitting because how slow it was and how it took me a bit to get into it. However, once it got going I actually loved the story and felt that it was well written and enjoyable…. so giving it 3 overall felt wrong. So, I gave it 4 stars because of how it picked up. That being said, if you don’t like a slow start to a book then maybe this isn’t for you! You might not agree with my 4 star rating.
However, if you like a interesting fantasy with magic, war, the undead, plot twists, and a touch of cute romance then I think you will enjoy this!
Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! I have been seeing a lot of book rec posts on here and also booktube. I always love seeing what people recommend based on other books. It opens up my eyes to SO many other fantastic reads and also makes me think about how books are linked or why someone may like a book based on another book if they don’t seem to have a lot in common. I just love how people think and how people link things in their brains. It is is always such a great way to pass time and get a lot of new books to add to my TBR that is never ever going to end!
I decided to start this series (I guess I will call it a series because I plan on doing these a few times a month… but any-who…). I decided to start with Truly Devious because I really enjoyed that book and I’ve seen it pop up around the internet. I have to say I’ve only read the first book of the series but I do have the second one (Vanishing Stair) on my bookshelf. I have yet to purchase the last book in the series but I will be doing that as soon as I start the second book.
A little bit of a tangent but I used to always get the WHOLE series right from the start. Like if I knew I was interested in a book that was part of a series I would just grab them all. I did this for the Gone series. Its like 6 or 7 books lol I bought them all. Luckily I enjoyed the books or else I wold have had a lot of unread books on my shelf. I tend to only buy the first book of the series now. But I find that I normally finish a series regardless of how much I really enjoy the first book…. I just need the closure 😂
So anyways, back to the post you came here for…. I am going to recommend 5 books you might like, if you liked Truly Devious!
Truly Devious – some themes/ vibes I got from the book that I will be using as links to the other book recs:
Dual time periods
Set at a boarding school
Sherlock style mystery
MC is a true crime expert
Kids end up solving a mystery for the adults
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
I will start this one off by saying I may be a little bias because I LOVE THIS BOOK AND SERIES. It is fantastic and if you have been around my blog/ IG for any time at all you will know I talk about this book any chance I can get… sorry (but I’m not really).
Why you might like this book:
It follows two characters who are decedents from Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
This is a Sherlock retelling
The main characters end up solving a murder mystery that happens at the boarding school they are at (another one of those kids save the day style stories)
There is a lot of blackmail, multiple generations involved, and power families with lots of secrets!
Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey
This book is set in 1834 and follows a female main character who desperately wants to be part of a group called “Bow Street Runners” which is a very elite group of detectives in London! Of course, this is looked down upon because she is a lady and during that time there is no way a lady would be a detective. HOWEVER, she ends up being involved in a mystery and gets to prove herself.
Why you might like this book:
It is set in the Victornia Era London which is so famous for detective mysteries
The female main character goes againist the statuts-quo
This is a murder mystery
A deep twisted family secret
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
If you are like me, you enjoy a good cozy mystery. This story is about a town full of bookstores. All the bookstores are different genres and the main character opens up her own mystery bookstore. There is a suspicious death of another bookstores owner and it seems to be linked back to the main character!
Why you might like this book:
Amateur sleuth – the main character has to solve the mystery to clear her name (very similar to Truly Devious)
Book about a town full of bookstores (whats not to like about that)
Town secrets that make it hard to trust anyone
Bookish cozy mystery
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This is a paranormal story following a main character who comes from a family full of psychics. The main character meets a group of boys that she is supposed to stay away from BUT obviously she doesn’t! She goes on this quest with them to solve some sort of magically mystery and starts to unravel a lot of secrets and also finds out things about herself and her powers in the meantime. There is so much more about this book but I would be here all day to explain it!
Why you might like this book:
Mysterious private school boys
A quest to solve a mystery + a murder is discovered which is quite a shock
The main character is stubborn and does what she is not supposed to do
Magic, secrets, paranormal
This one is less like Truly Devious but I feel like the mystery solving aspect is still there and with the added magic and prophecies, it takes this on a darker turn.
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
This story is super interesting!! This is about a bookseller who writes up a list of the most perfect, unsolvable murders from the books hes read which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders.” He later becomes a suspect of a series of murders that are exactly like the ones from the list. Oh no!
Why you might like this book:
The main character is framed and has to do some mystery solving to clear their name
Ultimate mystery story as the author ties in iconic mysteries to the book
Suspenseful – the killer seems to know so much about the main character that no one can be trusted!
What do you think? Would you read any of these books? Have you read any of them?
I know these lists can be a bit subjective, so let me know if you have any book rec’s that are similar to Truly Devious!
If you are like me, you have a huge spot in your heart for Robert Munsch. I spent SO much of my childhood reading his books. They are actual masterpieces and I actually came across my little collection of his books not long ago while cleaning mt house.
I sat down and I read of them (The Paper Bag Princess to be exact) and YOU GUYS I loved it like I was a child again. I don’t know what it is about his books but they honestly appeal to everyone at any age. Little Deanna as a child loved the humor in the books and the funny pictures and just found comfort in them. Older Deanna as an adult sees just HOW funny some of the books are and the hilarious situations that parents honestly deal with and I see them as an outlet for teaching and learning.
So, I wanted to share a few of my TOP favs because lets be real…. I love them all. So I’m narrowing it down to just a few (maybe?? so sorry)!
Honestly hilarious. A little kid who just wants to be different in her class so she decides to wear a ponytail but everyone copies her. She keeps trying to be different by changing her hair and it just becomes so outrageous 😂
Basically this is about parents who are just a mess and bring an alligator home from the hospital instead of their baby and everything that would come from that LOL
Just a little boy who keeps his family up all night with his singing! The story is extra funny because it shows the parents frustrations increasingly getting worse throughout the book!
This one just depicted my childhood and going to the store with my parents hahaha. The child puts every sugary bad for you treat into the cart during the whole shopping trip. Dad says no over and over to the point where he just told the child “stand here and don’t move” lol I feel that.
If I remember this one correctly – this is about a girl who loves to get outside and dirty in the mud. Then a mud puddle starts to follow her and she works on trying to defeat the mean mud puddle lol
FINALLY MY ALL TIME FAV ROBERT MUNSCH BOOK……
The Paper Bag Princess
This one is so funny but also a really good story for children to learn from. Princess Elizabeth is supposed to marry Prince Ronald but that is ruined when a dragon kidnaps the Prince and destroys the castle and everything in it. Elizabeth is left wearing only a paper bag. Elizabeth then goes on an adventure to save the prince but when she does he is not happy with her appearance. Elizabeth doesn’t take that type of attitude from Roland. Elizabeth is awesome.
Have any of you read these books? What do you think of them? Lets chat in the comments.
FINALLY one of my most favorite months is here. Why is it one of my fav months you ask? Well, here in British Columbia, June is the first month that you can pretty much depend on the weather being nice. May has been okay for weather, but June… I have some good feelings!
June is also a great month for book releases! Again, similar to last month, a couple books I was looking forward to coming out got pushed to later in the year or even next year, I’m assuming due to COVID. So unfortunate! But, there are still so many great books coming out and I’ve only listed 10 of them. Just a little peek into the books I’m wanting to read or to discover.
So here we go…. June 2020 releases 😊
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .
For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?
Pub date: June 9, 2020
The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.
But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.
As the fallout starts, it’s clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn’t as perfect as it appears.
Pub date: June 16, 2020
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.
Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?
As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?
Pub date: June 9, 2020
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.
After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…
As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.
As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.
Pub date: June 9, 2020
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.
When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?
Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.
Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?
Pub date: June 23, 2020
The Second Home by Christina Clancy
After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.
Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.
Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family–and in the process, they’ll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together.
Pub date: June 2, 2020
The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.
All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.
With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.
Pub date: June 16, 2020
Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso
When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.
But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.
Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.
Pub date: June 2, 2020
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.
But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.
Pub date: June 2, 2020
Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross
After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.
Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.
Pub date: June 23, 2020
Any books on the list you are excited for?? Did I miss any big ones that should have been on my list? Chat with me in the comments
I discovered BookOutlet like not even a year ago! I saw it on bookstagram one day and looked it up…. WOW I was missing out you guys! I immediately threw down my credit card and started mass buying everything because HOW CAN YOU TURN DOWN a book for like $4.00?!?!?! It was outrageous. I felt like I was unstoppable. I just found the best ever book website. Then, I sort of lost interest because well I bought like 12 books and then when they arrived I was like ‘Oh shoot… Now I have so many books and the desire to BUY MORE’ – I am a sucker for book buying, what can I say.
So, I have been pretty good recently. I haven’t bought any large amount of books since Christmas (which was done via gift card). I think I bought like 2 books from a used book store for cheap, so really, I’m pretty impressed with myself. However, that does not stop my wandering eyes from looking… from adding to my wish list… from just putting them in the cart and SEEING how much it would theoretically cost 😂 Guys – I’m pretty sure this is what people call an ‘addiction’ like what the heck is my problem LOL.
Anyways, I know I’m not the only one out there with this huge issue. I have seen many of you write similar posts about your struggle to not buy books. I see people going on “book buying bans” and to honest I should do that too but like I said, I’ve been good lately. Maybe soon I will deserve a reward in the form of more books 😈 My boyfriend already thinks I have a problem so he would not agree with me on that one!!
So here I am – Just a lonely little book blogger who wants to shower herself in new books and guess what???? I can’t, I shouldn’t, I won’t. So instead I am going to share with you a few books I have on my BookOutlet wish list so you can see what I’m dealing with!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne ($7.69)
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzzane Young ($7.09)
A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison ($3.73)
Anatomy of a Murderer by Tim Floreen ($3.73)
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather ($4.07)
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson ($9.25)
Well, that is like a third of my wishlist. I will save the rest for another day 🙂
What books are on your wish list? Any of these ones? Have you read any of these ones? Should I buy them? Chat with me in the comments!!
This weeks prompt is: Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…
I decided to do 10 books I got because of the cover! This is the typical judging the book by its cover. All of these books I pretty much decided 100% based on the cover that it would be something I want to read!
The Lanterns Ember by Colleen Houck
The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Byrne
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
The Lions Den by St. John Katherine
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
I am such a visual person when it comes to picking books! I really have to think the cover is nice or interesting for me to pick it up 🤷♀️ I usually wont pick up a book if the cover is not appealing to me! Cant help it!
Any books you’ve picked based on the cover?? Chat with me 🙂
Goodreads is currently celebrating the best mysteries and thrillers! I read through a lot of their articles and looked at the book recs. I thought one article in particular was interesting! They broke it down into the different mystery/thriller tropes that are popular like amnesia, the locked room, etc.
I found that really only one of their listed tropes was one I really enjoy – the inheritance trope. I love a good mystery or thriller about a mystery family member leaving a large inheritance to the character. The character always finds out something crazy about the family member and starts to piece together a mystery that goes back generations! Love those ones! I find I like those tropes in scary movies as well.
However, I feel like I like so many others that the goodreads article didn’t mention which got me thinking about it. What do I like? I started looking though all my books and seeing which ones I liked vs. didn’t like and WHY!
So this is what I came up with + some recommendations 😊
Sherlock Retelling Mystery
So these may be the all time favorite types of mysteries. I love a good mystery and I just really gravitate towards Sherlock style mysteries. I think maybe this is because I like the fast paced, kind of eccentric detective. I love how Sherlock does deductions about everything and is so genius when it comes to solving mysteries!! The books below are all retellings and have so many of those amazing Sherlock aspects to them 🔎
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)by Maureen Johnson
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas
I LOVE historical fiction so it would only make sense that I really like mysteries that are set in some time in history! When it comes to these types of mysteries I find myself reading more women led stories. I really enjoy the mysteries that are in history where women take the lead (when they maybe shouldn’t be) an go against the status quo. These books I listed do exactly that! They are such fun mysteries that focus on a historical period and the women are the main characters! 💃🏻
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwall #1) by Deanna Raybourn
A Spy in the House (Agency #1) by Y.S Lee
I feel like a lot of people like cozy mysteries but wont admit it haha. I love these style of mysteries. They are light and fun but always have a really interesting, different mystery. I recently watched a booktube video about tropes and cozy mysteries were mentioned. I liked what was said about not having to have murder and gore to be a good mystery. While a lot of cozy mysteries are total murder mysteries they are not super descriptive or completely focused on murder. I always like to have a cozy mystery to read! (Also – if the mystery has some kind of paranormal or magic aspect to it, it’s even better!) 👻
Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat mystery #1) by Jennifer Chow
Witch is When it All Began (A Witch P.I mystery #1) by Adele Abbott
Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse mystery #1) by E.J. Copperman
As I mentioned above, this trope was in the goodreads article. I totally agree that this is a popular theme for mystery books and movies. I do love these and always find these ones to be more spooky for some reason. I like to solve the mystery with the character and I find these types of mysteries to be so much more complicated! They always keep me on my toes which is a big reason I enjoy these ones so much!! 💰
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
What do you like in a mystery? Do you like lighter ones or do you go for the super detailed, gory murder mystery? Have you read any of the books I posted about?
For the first time ever, technology has been turned — back on its creators. – Goodreads
Title: The Dark Continent
Author: Scott Reardon
Publisher: Aspen Press
Genre: Fiction, Horror
Format: eARC from Netgalley
On an oil rig off the coast of Alaska, fifteen test subjects, all of them death-row inmates, have joined a gruesome experiment with unprecedented implications. Government researchers are attempting to enhance the human body, but they change the men into something else instead. Led by a mysterious figure who evokes Colonel Kurtz and Satan from Paradise Lost, the subjects escape and bring the United States to its knees.
Only two men can stop them, Tom Reese and Karl Lyons. Tom and Karl will have to cross an America on the brink of collapse. And at the end they’ll experience the horror of the dark continent.
When I finished this book I put it down and felt a weird sense of relief because the book was over (I was really struggling to push through) and also a feeling of connecting to one of the characters (Tom). I felt overall that I did not connect with any of the characters, but for some reason, Tom left a lingering effect on my feelings. He was different in a good way. He made the book bearable for me.
The story line was super interesting. I really liked the idea of the story. It was totally James Bond-esque. I enjoyed the action in the story – my only complaint was that… It was like READING James Bond movie… It was like putting all the action and craziness of a high paced action movie into words. All those scenes in a movie that set the stage and use no words but viewers know whats going on… yeah, the book was missing that part. It was just going through all the action parts quickly without much in between. It was hard to read because of that. It was too much!
I feel like the characters were okay but really just okay. There were 3 main groups of characters. First, there is Karl and Tom. They are the main focus of the book. Karl is some government undercover worker guy (not too sure his title). He is likable and I found I hoped for the best when it came to Karl. Tom is just a super normal guy with super human abilities. Tom was tested on by the government and was basically made into this super human. A lot of bad stuff happens to Tom throughout the book and all the while he is just trying to normal and not evil like they want him to be. I think that is why I liked him so much.
Second, there is Dr. Azamor. She is a psychiatrist that is essentially made to work with all the crazy “subjects” who are death row inmates made into super human creatures/soldiers. I enjoyed Dr. Azamor. She is pretty normal and has realistic reactions and thoughts to everything going on. She made the entire first half of the book for me. I wish there was more about her in the second half. She kind of just drop off the face of the Earth and I don’t know what happened to her. Sad 😦
Finally, the “subjects.” As mentioned above these are death row inmates who are not invincible super humans. They are mean, scary, cruel, horrible beings. If being horrible criminals isn’t enough, they are now almost unstoppable and have so much rage and desire to destroy the world, it is just terrifying. As expected, the subjects escape where they are being held and then basically ruin the world on their rampage. About 75% of the book focuses on this terror and it has really gruesome moments. It was hard to read at times. It was also kind of sad. Like I said before, the book was like action all the time without much else. So the horror did not really stop from start to finish. It was a lot to read.
Overall writing and readability of the book – it was okay. The writing was decent. I didn’t mind it at all. It was easy enough to read and understand. The chapters were quite short, like most of them were 3 to 4 pages. Only a few long chapters. I liked that! The chapters also flipped between characters which slowed the story down a little bit. I did find that there were some parts that dragged on and others that went by so quickly that if you missed a word or accidentally skipped a line you were lost. I did not like that aspect of it.
I just feel mixed on this. I feel like there were parts that I enjoyed and felt were well done but then there were so many parts that were too fast paced and not detailed enough/ too detailed. I also found out that this is the second book in a series, however, everyone said the series does not need to be read in order. I agree with that as there was really nothing being referenced so that’s not a problem!
** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.