Top Ten: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was started on The Broke And The Bookish, it is a weekly meme with a predefined topic that book bloggers around the world participate in. It’s been a while since I participated in this. There are a lot of books coming out this fall that I really can’t wait for. It was fun creating this list for you guys as well as seeing what books you added. So let’s dive on in!

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Show Review: Sweeney Todd

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Well guys I’m in bit of a reading slump. I also have been slacking on posting at least 4 times a week so I decided I was going to do something different today. I’m going to review a show I went to the other day. I was very lucky and ended up winning the lottery for Sweeney Todd. Tickets were only $39 with no extra fees. I was very impressed! My friend and I also ended up getting amazing seats. So we were very happy.  Now let’s talk about the experience. Continue reading “Show Review: Sweeney Todd”

Down The TBR Hole #6

WebHey guys! I decided I would start doing Down The TBR Hole which was created by the lovely Lost In A Story. I can’t believe this is my 6th week. I still have a long way to go with cleaning up my TBR list. I can’t wait to see how many it takes to get to the end. So let’s do this!

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I  will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR. Continue reading “Down The TBR Hole #6”

Waiting On Wednesday | Hunting Prince Dracula

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.


Hunting Prince DraculaHunting Prince Dracula By Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical, Horror
Pages: 448 pages
Published: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Plot: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.


Why I Need This Book:

Well I just finished Stalking Jack The Ripper and I loved it. I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book and I am dying to get my hands on it. I thankfully pre-ordered it but Tuesday can’t come quick enough. I can’t wait to read this and see who the third book is going to be dealing with.


Have any of you guys gotten a chance to read this early? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Update

Hey guys I just wanted to give you a quick update. I’ll be away starting today, August 21st until August 31. I will be out of the country on vacation. I won’t have a computer with me so I won’t really have time to check my blog. I just wanted to let you guys know so you don’t think I’m ignoring you. I will do my best to check when I have some down time. I just know I’ll be pretty busy for these next 2 weeks. I know I have a bunch of posts I was tagged in but I’ll make sure to do those when I get home. I’ll miss you guys and can’t wait to hear from you all when I come back!!

100 Posts

I am overjoyed by all the love and support you guys have been giving me lately. I have hit another milestone on my blog. Yesterday I hit 100 posts. If you told me that a year ago I wouldn’t have believed you. So I decided I would take the time to write a post about my blogging experience. Basically talk about my thoughts before I started my blog and my thoughts now that I’ve been blogging for over a year now. Let’s dive in! Continue reading “100 Posts”

July Book Haul

Hey guys! I haven’t done a Book Haul post in so long. I have to say I ended up getting a lot more books in July than I expected to. So I decided it would be fun to share them with you. I bought a couple of them, some I won from giveaways, a couple I got just to write a review about them, and two from Nocturnal Reader’s Box. So I have to say July ended up being a good month for me. So let’s hear about all the books I got. Continue reading “July Book Haul”

Arc Review: The Breakdown

The BreakdownThe Breakdown By B.A. Paris

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 328 pages
Published: July 18th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her… Continue reading “Arc Review: The Breakdown”

When I Am Through With You Blog Tour

when i am through with you bookABOUT THE BOOK:

When I Am Through with You
by Stephanie Kuehn
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Links:

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32957193-when-i-am-through-with-you
Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/When-I-Am-Through-You/dp/1101994738/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=DV7W6Y71Q40PMRG40X76
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iBooks- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/when-i-am-through-with-you/id1173742804?mt=11

Synopsis:

“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

When I am through with you authorABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with many wonderful bookstores. When I was fifteen, my very first job was working in one of those bookstores. It’s where I would go after school, and I’d read everything that I could. Back then, some of the books that had the greatest impact on my life were young adult novels, and now, as an adult, I’ve found my own passion in writing for teens.

Other passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. When I’m not writing or reading (or studying for graduate school), I’m usually out-side running or playing with my family. I currently live in Northern California with my husband, three kids, and our menagerie of pets. Life is loud, joyous, and filled with animal hair.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, my last name is pronounced keen. I know! I don’t get it either.

Links:
Website- http://stephaniekuehn.com
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762535.Stephanie_Kuehn
Twitter- https://twitter.com/stephkuehn
Pinterest- https://www.pinterest.com/stephkuehn/
Tumblr- http://stephaniekuehn.tumblr.com

ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY:

• 3 copies of WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU by Stephanie Kuehn will go to 3 winners
• 1 winner will receive a copy of WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU & THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn
• 4 winners total
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July Wrap-Up

Hey guys!! It’s time for another Monthly Wrap-Up. I usually try to post these the first of the month but I have been slacking this week with posts so I do apologize for that. I do hope this weekend on Sunday I sit myself on the computer to schedule some posts for the next coming weeks. The next couple weeks will be extremely busy for me so I do apologize for my absence this month. Also make sure to check out my giveaway which is going on until August 18th.  Alright now let’s get to the books I’ve read in July.


Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever By Kaira Rouda

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 384 pages
Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Graydon House
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.


A List Of CagesA List of Cages By Robin Roe

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.


The Trees Crept InAnd The Trees Crept In By Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: A spine-chilling psychological thriller from stunning YA talent and author of THE DEAD HOUSE, Dawn Kurtagich.

When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .


This is Our StoryThis is Our Story By Ashley Elston

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.


Girl in SnowGirl in Snow By Danya Kukafka

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.


Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 387 pages
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Hograth
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.


BonfireBonfire By Krysten Ritter 

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: November 9th 2017
Publisher: Hutchinson
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?


Overall I would say July was a good month! Have you guys read any of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts on them if you have.