Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Five Books I Am Thankful For

Top 5 Wednesday Five Books I Am Thankful For

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

This week's prompt:

November 22nd: Books You're Thankful For --For whatever reason, big or small.

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi is an absolutely adorable graphic novel. I loved the artwork so much, and the storyline was so intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two!

Let's jump in!

Monday, November 20, 2017

[Short Story Review] Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

Short Story Review of Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka is a quick and action-packed short story about a man chasing his inner demons.

I would recommend this one to readers that enjoy fast-reads that totally suck you in, even though you aren't totally sure what is going on until the very end.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Book Drives!


The Holiday Season is upon us!

I know, I know. I can't believe it either... I love the holidays but I really wasn't ready to let Fall go. In New Hampshire, we seemed to go straight from Summer weather to Winter weather, with only a handful of days that truly felt like Fall...

But I digress.

I'm writing today to bring awareness to an annual event that I really love; Holiday Book Drives!

Friday, November 17, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] November 17th - 23rd


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks:

If you had an author-only Thankgsgiving party, who would you invite?


Thursday, November 16, 2017

[Book Review] Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

Book Review of Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

I won a copy of Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski from Monica at Newbery and Beyond during Armchair Book Expo this year. It took me a while, but I am so happy that I finally got around to reading this! I absolutely loved this book!

Sapient is an action-packed medical thriller about a mother who takes a major risk, her son, and two lab animals.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Books I Want My Future Teen To Read

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Books I Want My Future Teen To Read

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

For this prompt, I have picked books that I wish I had read when I was a teenager. These are also all books that I think could spark great discussions.

Let's dive in!

Monday, November 13, 2017

[Audiobook Review] Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Audiobook Review of Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones


Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is a story about a teenage girl that enjoys sleuthing. When she comes across the body of a girl in a park, she is determined to figure out what happened.

While this book was a miss for me, the overall storyline did spook me a bit!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Interview with Tony Moyle

Interview with Tony Moyle

I am so thrilled to post this interview today! Major thanks to Tony Moyle for giving me the opportunity to host this!

Who is Tony Moyle?
Writer, Agnostic, Frightened of Tequila, long time beard wearer and never bored of the weird and wonderful.


Let's jump into the interview!

Friday, November 10, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] November 10th - 16th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:

What is your favorite part of blogging? Is there a least favorite part of blogging?

[Book Review] Eagle of The Empire by Martin Ferguson

Book Review of Eagle of The Empire by Martin Ferguson

Eagle of The Empire by Martin Ferguson was such a fun read! I was totally captivated the entire time I was reading and I really struggled to put it down. This is one of those books that made me sad toward the end simply because I didn't want it to end!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

[Book Review] Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson

Book Review of Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson image

Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson is an old fashioned murder mystery where everyone in town is a suspect.

While a very slow-burn, this book drew me right in! While a bit repetitive, I still couldn't wait for the reveal to learn what had happened!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang

Graphic Novel Review of In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang

My fiancé is a huge gamer. I LOVE watching him play games that have awesome storylines. Unfortunately, a lot of the games he plays are high-action and the camera movements make me really sick... I play a few side-scroller games, like old school Mario. I also love the TellTale games! But I don't play very many video games... However, I'm a total sucker for books about video games!

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang is an amazing graphic novel about gaming and how it crosses over into the real world. Filled with elements of family dynamics and teenage struggles, poverty and company politics, and even bullying, I thought that each topic was handled really well.

If you enjoy content about video games, I highly recommend this one!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Horror PageHabit Unboxing

PageHabit Unboxing

I've wanted to subscribe to a monthly box for a long time now. I've watched many unboxings on Youtube and scrolled through many blog unboxings to see which company I think would be best for me.

One that seemed to stay at the top of my list was PageHabit.

What is PageHabit?  
PageHabit is a subscription that offers monthly or quarterly boxes where you pick your genre. The box features a new book release along with sticky-note written annotations from the author and some bookish goodies. Further, with every box purchased, a donation is made to support children's literacy!

When I got an email from PageHabit, informing me that a spot had opened up for me when another person who had entered the 365 Days of Books Giveaway didn't claim their prize, I just couldn't pass it up! I immediately jumped over to their website and ordered the Horror box. 

Please note- my unboxing includes the extras that I won with this giveaway: ONE bonus hardcover book and ONE additional quirky bookish good.

Now, let's get into the unboxing!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

[Book Tag] The Graphic Novel Tag

The Graphic Novel Book Tag

The Graphic Novel Tag, created by Harriett Rosie, is one that I have been meaning to do for ages! I'm so glad I finally got around to it!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

[Wrap-Up] October 2017

[Wrap-Up] October 2017

Phew, what a month! I had a bit of a health scare, but things are finally turning around. We're still not totally sure what was going on... but it felt like I was about to have an asthma attack constantly. At the worst, I was getting winded after taking only a few steps. I had lots of blood work done and even had a chest x-ray, before winding up on a pill regiment. The pills were incredibly rough; they made me so sick so I was so happy to finish them!

So through all of that, I didn't get to all of my spooky reads, but I still did quite a bit of reading!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

[Book Review] Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Book Review Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is an absolutely heartbreaking story about hardship and unfairness. However, it is also a beautiful story about family and love.

The first two chapters set the story. In one chapter we meet Effia, who marries a white man. In the second chapter we meet Esi, who is enslaved and taken to America. Though they never had the chance to meet, Effia and Esi learn that they had a sister out there in the world. The novel then follows the children of these two women through many generations. With each chapter, we see how slavery affected each of them.

This book had been on my TBR for quite a while, so when it was picked for our second book club read, I was so excited.

Of course, I had heard quite a bit of hype around this book, so I treaded carefully when I began reading. I am very happy to say that this book surpasses that hype.

Note: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

Monday, October 30, 2017

3 November Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

November Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

Phew, November sure snuck up on me! I'm so excited for the holiday season, but I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to October... 

At least I have these three books to look forward to!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

[Book Event] Meeting Joe Hill

Meeting Joe Hill

On a unusually warm and blustery day in October that was threatening rain, my friend Amber and I headed to Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire to attend a book talk. The presenter? Mr. Joe Hill.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know how often I rave about Joe Hill. I've been meaning to do a few re-reads so I can write up reviews of the books I had read before starting this blog. So stay tuned for that!

I had been looking forward to this talk for months, and it was even more incredible than I could have imagined!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

[FLYTIP] Improving Your Bookish Photos


Welcome to another FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, October 28th is:

Open Topic || Discuss anything bloggish or bookish from a creative point of view.


So I have decided to discuss a few ways to improve your bookish photos. Let's jump in!

Friday, October 27, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] October 27th - November 2nd

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer asks:

Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

[Book Review] In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Book Review of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood is an awesome page-turning psychological suspense novel!

I almost didn't give this one a try. I had heard numerous people rave about it, but I was so hesitant because I didn't enjoy The Woman in Cabin 10 at all.

Thankfully, I was surprised by this book! While it still had some of the irritating elements of the first book from Ruth Ware that I had read, I really enjoyed this one!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag

The Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag

When I saw Lii of Girl Hearts Books post this book tag, I immediately wanted to dive in! This was such a fun tag, I highly recommend taking part!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[Book Review] Girl of Glass by Megan O'Russell

Book Review of Girl of Glass by Megan O'Russell

Girl of Glass by Megan O'Russell is an intense story about a girl trying to find her place in a chaotic dystopian world. And I know, the word "dystopian" may make you want to tune this one out. It almost got me too, but just let me say one more thing; this book had a lovely unique premise that I really enjoyed!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

BEWARE, there will be very slight spoilers below!


Monday, October 23, 2017

[Book Review] Switched by R.L. Stine

Switched by R.L. Stine book review

Switched by R.L. Stine is a very intense story about two teenage girls. I found it a bit overly dramatic, but totally captivating! I just love R.L. Stine's work!

This is a book that would be great for a readathon! I read it in about an hour.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

[Comic Review] Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1

Comic Review of Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1

When I first heard that this cross over was going to be released, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! But when I found out that it was digital only, it slipped deep down into my TBR list... Unfortunately this one didn't live up to my expectations. However, I think the series as a whole has potential!

[Book Review] Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

Book Review of Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri is a wonderfully humorous book about a boy and his dog that go back in time to a taco party to grab a taco to plant a taco tree.

Before jumping into this book, I definitely recommend checking out the first (click here to read my review of Dragons Love Tacos).


Saturday, October 21, 2017

[Book Review] Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

Book Review of Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair is a story that takes place once the world has begun to level out after the zombie uprising.

Zombie novels can be tricky. In my reading experience, I have seen a number of authors handle it really well, while others totally tanked... In this case, I think the author put a fun twist on the zombie! I absolutely loved the first half of the book, but unfortunately, I didn't really care for the second half.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 


Friday, October 20, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] October 20th - 26th

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer asks:

Off the book topic - What is your favorite scary movie?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

[Book Review] When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn book image

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn is a suspenseful story about a group of high schoolers that take a camping trip that will change them forever.

This is a story that really makes you think both as you are reading, and long after turning the last page.

Stephanie Kuehn is definitely an author that I will be keeping an eye on. I cannot wait to read more of her work!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] 5 Books That Feature Zombies

Top 5 Wednesday, 5 Books That Feature Zombies

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

This week's prompt:

October 18th: [paranormal creature of your choice]
--Here is the previously mentioned paranormal creature topic. This topic will revolve around one type of paranormal creature of your choice. So books featuring vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae, zombies, etc.

So of course I picked Zombies!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's prompt is: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books.

Does a character eat something you'd love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don't read foody books.

Let's dive in!


Monday, October 16, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Wytches Vol 1

Wytches Vol 1 by Scott Snyder book photo

Wytches Volume 1 is an absolutely stunning and wonderfully written graphic novel about a family and the darkness that won't leave them alone.

I loved every second of this read. If you're into darker, spooky, graphic novels, you're going to love this!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

[Book Review] Little Monsters by Kara Thomas


I absolutely loved The Darkest Corners, so when I saw that Kara Thomas had a new book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! This book did not disappoint.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas is an awesome young adult mystery/thriller with dark elements of deception, manipulation, distrust, and jealousy, but also upbeat elements of love and family.

Kara Thomas is such a skilled writer when it comes to YA Suspense and Mystery! I cannot wait to see what she does next!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

[FLYTIP] Make Your Mark: My Favorite Bookmarks


Welcome to another FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, October 14th is:

Bookmarks aren't just for saving your place in a book. They are artistic expressions. Share your expression with 5-10 bookmarks.

Friday, October 13, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] October 13th - 19th

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm asks:

Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Fall Book Covers

Top 10 Tuesday Ten Fall Book Covers

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

To me, a fall book cover can either totally scream fall when you look at it, or it can be one of three colors; orange, yellow or maroon. :)

Monday, October 9, 2017

[Comic Review] Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Sarah Andersen Big Happy Mushy Lump book image

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen is a wonderful collection of adorable and incredibly relatable comics. 

I flew right though this book and felt incredibly sad when I reached the end. I hope to see more from Sarah soon!

(Shout out to Heather of Heather's Reading Hideaway and her fiancé for putting this on my radar!)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] October 6th - 12th

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer asks:

Bram Stoker's Dracula and Marry Shelley's Frankenstein are both considered classics. Have you ever read either of them? 

Friday, October 6, 2017

[Book Review] We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a fantastically addictive read, but also a terribly sad story about a young girl and a summer that changed everything!

To put it best, "There’s not even a Scrabble word for how bad I’m feeling right now…" but not in a negative way! This book just really hit hard, even though this was my second read through!

I read this for the first time with a friend, knowing absolutely nothing about it when I dove in. I highly recommend doing the same if you can!

When this book was picked for our first book club read, I was so excited to read it again! When I got home from our meeting, I immediately went to Amazon and ordered myself a copy.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

3 October Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read


Whoops! I'm a bit late to the game here for this post. Better a bit late than never, right? :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] September 29th - October 5th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:
Have you ever slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

[Book Review] Aaru by David Meredith

Aaru by David Meredith book cover

When I saw one of my favorite book bloggers, Lauren of Always Me, review this book, I immediately wanted to give it a go!

Click here to check out Laurens review.

Luckily, soon after I had commented on her blog, the author reached out and offered me an honest review exchange. Needless to say, I in as soon as I could!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

[Wrap-Up] September 2017

Wrap-Up for September 2017

Phew! September flew right by! I didn't get nearly as much reading done as I had planned... I actually returned two books to the library before I had even cracked them open!

But oh well, I still had one heck of a reading month!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

[Book Review] The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide by Dana LaRue


The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide by Dana LaRue is a hilarious and incredibly helpful book that can help ease you into wedding planning mode!

I picked this up a few months after our engagement, but before we started really getting into the weeds of wedding planning. If you can, I highly recommend picking this up soon after getting engaged, before you let the stress of wedding planning kick in.

However, if you've already hit the wall of stress, you have to go get this book right away! Trust me. It really helped me! How? I'll explain in a minute.

Let's dive in!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

[FLYTIP] My Favorite Maps Within Books


Welcome to another FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, September 30th is a guest prompt from Lili @ Utopia State of Mind.

The prompt: Care for Cartography || What are 5-10 of your favorite maps within books? 

Friday, September 29, 2017

[Book Review] Soul Siphon by T.L. Branson


Soul Siphon by T.L. Branson is a short story that is inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

While short, this story is action packed and very well written! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more releases from this author!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

[Bookish Discussion] 16 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

16 Books That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype, a Bookish Discussion

A while back, I posted "7 Books That Lived Up To The Hype" and got a great response! So are we ready for a more negative twist?

Don't get me wrong, I totally understand that a reasonable level of book hype is necessary in order to boost the sales of a particular book. And there is nothing better than hearing everyone absolutely rave about a book, picking it up, and also loving it!

But far too often, I have let myself be influenced by the hype only to be totally let down. In many instances, I have closed a book and immediately thought about how off-base the hype and marketing for the book was...

Please proceed with caution and remember these are simply books that I personally didn't think lived up to the hype. I won't be sharing exactly what I thought about each, but feel free to ask in the comments section below if you'd like to hear why I didn't like any of the following books.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

[Book Review] The Razvak Hunter by Arel B. Grant


The Razvak Hunter by Arel B. Grant is a refreshingly unique fantasy novel featuring magic, fantastical creatures, and absolutely wonderful characters.

I'm so happy that this is the first book in the Razvak Series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.