Monday, December 31, 2018

[Book Review] The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Book Review of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly was a tale about loss and how that can steal the childlike innocence and rush a boy into adulthood.

At first I wasn't sure what to think about this book, as I went into it totally unaware. But it soon won me over.

Let's dive in!

[Book Tag] End of the Year Book Survey (2018)

End of the Year Book Survey (2018)

I have to admit that I totally surprised myself with the number of books I was able to read this year!

And of course I am thrilled to be participating in the End Of The Year Book Survey again this year. If you'd like to check out my previous posts, feel free- 2016, 2017.

Let's dive in to my 2018 survey!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

[List] Best Books That I Read In 2018

List of the Best Books I Read In 2018

2018 was a great year for reading for me! I was so convinced that it was going to be a bad year for reading with how much I had going on, but I read a total of fifty-seven (updated 12/31) five star reads!

I think one thing that really helped was me finally being okay with DNFing. This has definitely helped me to move on from books that aren't a hit with me so I can focus on books that I love.

Let's dive into my list!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

3 January Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

3 January Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

2019 is gearing up to be an amazing year of book releases, beginning with three books that I cannot wait to get my hands on in January!

Let's dive in!

Friday, December 28, 2018

My Second Year Blogiversary!

My Second Year Blogiversary

Phew, this totally snuck up on me... I almost missed out on celebrating my second blogiversary!

In honor of today, I decided to put together another fun little post similar to my 1 Year Blogiversary.

So let's dive in!

[Book Blogger Hop] Books I Received For Christmas


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 Book Blogger Hop question, Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer asked:

Did you get any books for Christmas? If so, name the titles. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

[Book Review] My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Book Review of My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite was quite a rollercoaster ride of suspense filled with twists and turns that I did not see coming! The story was centered around two sisters, one who has a habit of killing her boyfriends, and the other that would help clean up the mess. Things between the two are already strained, but things really take a turn when the murderous sister starts seeing the man that the other sister is interested in.

After hearing a ton of hype about this book, I couldn't wait to dive in! When I started reading, I was immediately draw in. The book took a bit of a turn that I wasn't expecting, but I didn't put it down until I had finished it.

Let's dive in to my review!

My Bookish Christmas Haul- 2018

Bookish Christmas Haul for 2018

While we all said that we were going to cut back this year... I am yet again absolutely blown away by the generosity of my friends and family.

Let's dive in to the haul!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

[Book Review] NOS4A2 by Joe Hill


NOS4A2 by Joe Hill is a very chilling read about strained family dynamics, but for better or for worse, how love always wins in the end.

For those that don't know, NOS4A2 is the license plate version of "Nosferatu," the German word for vampire. So as I'm sure you can assume, this book is also about a vampire... of sorts.

Let's dive in!

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Naughty or Nice Book Tag

The Naughty or Nice Book Tag

I originally saw this tag on Confessions of a Serial Reader! I haven't been tagged (as far as I am aware of), but I just couldn't wait to dive in! This is such a fun tag originally created by Jenniely.

Here are the rules:

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link the original creator, Jenniely
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!
  • If you’ve not been tagged, go ahead and do it anyway!

Let's dive in!

Discussion of the Film Adaptation of Bird Box


Bird Box is quickly becoming my top re-read. Not only have I read the book more than once, I have also listened to the audiobook a couple of times. Each time, I focus in on a new detail that I had missed the first time around. This story is just so interesting to me!

So of course, when I heard that the book was going to have a film adaptation, I could not wait to watch. I had a countdown going and everything! The release fell on a very busy weekend for me, but I dove in just as soon as we were able to make the time.

I'm so excited to say that this film adaptation did not disappoint!

NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW. 

If you missed it, feel free to check out my review for the Bird Box audiobook.

Let's dive in!

Friday, December 21, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Book Club Holiday Exchanges


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 Book Blogger Hop question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asked:

Does your book club have a book exchange for the holidays or any other time during the year? If you don't belong to a book club, do you think that would be something fun to do?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

[Audiobook Review] Christmas Eve, 1914 by Charles Olivier

audiobook review of Christmas Eve, 1914 by Charles Olivier

Christmas Eve, 1914 by Charles Olivier was an incredibly powerful listen about the WWI Christmas truce... What an absolutely amazing story! It was equally heartbreaking and uplifting.

My review for this one is going to be very quick. This is one that you really need to just give a listen yourself.

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

[Audiobook Review] Jingle Bell Pop by John Seabrook, narrated by Erin Moon


Jingle Bell Pop by John Seabrook, narrated by Erin Moon, was an absolute joy to listen to during the holiday season! I'm so happy that I snagged this audiobook on Audible!

If you love Christmas music and have the chance to give this a listen, I highly recommend it!

Let's dive in!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

[Book Photo Sunday] #shelfiesunday


Book Photo Sundays is hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog. The purpose is simply to give readers the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves, and other bookish things and share with a like-minded crowd. The hashtag for the overall event is #bookphotosundays.

On this week's edition of Book Photo Sundays, I'm showing off some books that I have stacked up on my desk for just one part of my many TBR stacks... 

Let's dive in!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

[Book Review] The Stark Divide by J. Scott Coatsworth

Book review of The Stark Divide by J. Scott Coatsworth

The Stark Divide by J. Scott Coatsworth was a wonderfully written space adventure filled with suspense! I fell in love with the characters immediately and could not wait to see what was going to happen next.

When I logged on to Goodreads to mark this as finished, I was thrilled to see that it was labeled as book number one! I NEED to get my hands on a copy of The Rising Tide soon! I cannot wait to see where this story goes next!

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

Let's dive in!

Friday, December 14, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Listening To Music While Writing Reviews


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 asked:
Do you listen to music while you are writing your blog posts? If so, what genre of music do you listen to? 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

[Bookish Blog Hop] Books That Would Make Great Christmas Movies


I don't care that 99% of all Hallmark movies follow the same plot... You bet I'll be watching any new one that I see pop up on Netflix! 

I am just a total sucker for holiday themed books and movies... I can't help it! It's so wonderful to kick back and enjoy the holiday season with some lighter content. However, as a horror lover, I am also drawn to the darker holiday themed books and films! 

I'm so excited to be hosting this stop on the Holiday edition of the Bookish Blog Hop to help fill your TBR's with some great holiday themed reads! 

To learn more about this event or to join in the next hop, check out the Bookish Blog Hop Facebook group.

Now, let's dive in to the hop!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

[Book Review] Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Book Review of Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom was an awesome tale of revenge and true wickedness, but also personal belief, friendship, loyalty, and family.

I was expecting this book to be wicked dark and focused only on terror. However, the horror and gore elements were rather light (in my opinion of course!).

There were a few scenes that made me cringe, and there were elements that may put this one firmly into the horror section for others; abuse, murder, torture, alcoholism, corrupt cops, gore, violence, and even one troubling scene with some meth addicts. In my opinion though, all of this happened so briefly! The main portion of the book focused more on loyalty and belief.

While this book may not have been at all what I was expecting, I still absolutely loved it!

Let's dive in!

Monday, December 10, 2018

[Book Review] Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

Book Review of Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost was a wonderfully atmospheric Christmas murder mystery!

This was a book that I really struggled to put down! I was do drawn into the story. I just couldn't wait to see what would happen next, if the killer would be caught, and of course, if that slow burning romance would blossom!

Let's dive in!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

[Book Photo Sunday] White Book Spines


Book Photo Sundays is hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog. The purpose is simply to give readers the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves, and other bookish things and share with a like-minded crowd. The hashtag for the overall event is #bookphotosundays.

On this week's edition of Book Photo Sundays, I'm showing off some of my books with white spines.

Let's dive in!

Friday, December 7, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Blogs I Follow


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 asked:

Do you tend to visit the same blogs each week but also try to look for new blogs?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

[Book Review] Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology edited by Christopher Golden


Hark! the Herald Angels Scream was an interesting collection of holiday themed stories. There were a handful of tales that I really enjoyed, but others weren't such a hit for me.

But that cover design... How awesome is the old school horror feel?! I'm obsessed with this cover.

Let's dive in!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bookish Gift Ideas Under $15


Let's face it, the holidays are an expensive time. All the food, drinks, celebrations, decorations, donations, the gifts, and the most dreaded item... the electricity bill.

Things around the holidays can get out of hand pretty quickly. Especially if you're on a tight budget.

To help with your shopping this year, I've put together a quick list of things that may be of interest to those on a budget, but just can't help themselves when it comes to gift giving.

Let's dive in!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

[Book Photo Sunday] December TBR


Book Photo Sundays is hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog. The purpose is simply to give readers the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves, and other bookish things and share with a like-minded crowd. The hashtag for the overall event is #bookphotosundays.

On this week's edition of Book Photo Sundays, I'm showing off some books that I am hoping to read this month!

Let's dive in!

[Book Review] Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters

Book Review of Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters

Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters was an awesome read set in a dystopian aftermath that was filled with action, devastation, and a whole lot of heart!

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

Let's dive in!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

[Wrap-Up] November 2018

Wrap-Up for November 2018

Oh, November. This was a rather difficult month. 

I continued having some drama with updating my name, but I truly believe I'm nearing the end now! And I finally closed out my TD Bank account, which I was so thrilled to complete, especially after my horrible customer service experience at one of the local branches! I went to a different branch to close the account and the staff at that location was absolutely lovely!

I had a tricky time trying to vote thanks to the name change and bad information that was given to me from the staff there. Luckily in the long run it was just frustrating rather than an actual problem, so I am grateful for that. I got my ballot completed in the end and all but one person that I voted for made it into office, so of course I was so thrilled to see the results! 



And sadly, we lost one of the greats. RIP Stan Lee. <3


Without further delay, let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!

Friday, November 30, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] First Edition Wishes


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 asked:

If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be? 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

3 December Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

3 December Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I'm so excited about these three releases! 

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

[Book Review] Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 by Kevin J. Kennedy

Short Story Review of Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 by Kevin J. Kennedy

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 was an awesomely dark collection of short stories.

When Kevin J. Kennedy sent me a copy of Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2,  I was so antsy to dive in! I just couldn't wait for Thanksgiving to come and go so I could read this one.

On November 23rd (the day after the US Thanksgiving), I turned on my Kindle and started the first tale...

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

Let's dive in!

Monday, November 26, 2018

[Book Review] The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Book Review of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is a tale that occurs in two timelines that are woven together so wonderfully. I was so impressed by all the smaller details that went into this storyline and how it all built up to that ending!

This is a book that I already cannot wait to read again!

Full disclosure: I was gifted an ARC of this book from a fellow blogging friend, Chris Wolak of WildMooBooks (thanks again, Chris!!). Any quotes I have pulled out in my review below may no longer be accurate, unfortunately I was not yet able to compare it to the final version.

Let's dive in!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

[Book Photo Sunday] Books I'm Thankful For


Book Photo Sundays is hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog. The purpose is simply to give readers the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves, and other bookish things and share with a like-minded crowd. The hashtag for the overall event is #bookphotosundays.

On this week's edition of Book Photo Sundays, I'm showing off some books that I am thankful for!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

[Audible Original Review] Evil Has A Name

Audible Original Review of Evil Has A Name

Evil Has A Name is a very well put together series about the monster that has become known as The Golden State Killer.

I had previously read I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara and was chilled to the bone with the case. When I first heard about this being released as a Audible Original, I couldn't wait to give it a listen because I wanted to learn more about the investigation and all of the work that went into it.

Let's dive in!

Friday, November 23, 2018

4 Brilliant Dedication Pages

4 Brilliant Dedication Pages

I always read the dedication page. I just love seeing how creative authors can be when putting this together!

Where it is the season of being thankful, I have decided to put together this little post of photos of four really awesome pages that I have seen recently.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bookish Heirloom


Every year, the Metcalf clan gets together for "Birthday Breakfast." This is an event that one of Alex's family members, Gail, organizes to treat everyone to breakfast rather than giving out birthday gifts throughout the year.

It's always a lot of fun to get together and enjoy great food. But this year was extra special!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

[Book Review] A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup


A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup is an absolute treat to read while sitting with a great cup of tea! A must-read for any tea lover!

I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. So thanks again to Nicole from Bloomsbury for sending a copy my way!


The book's introduction begins with:

You’re holding this book because you love tea. 
Perhaps you can’t begin your morning without 
a cup of English Breakfast. You may have a favorite 
mug. You might carry that mug to work, along with 
an assortment of teabags. 

I was already wicked excited to dive into this book, but from that passage, I knew I'd be in for a treat!

Let's dive in!

Monday, November 19, 2018

[Book Review] Elevation by Stephen King

Book Review of Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation by Stephen King wasn't what I was expecting from a book categorized as horror.

But simply thinking about the plot afterward... now that was truly terrifying!

Let's dive in!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

[Book Photo Sunday] Bookish Sock Sunday


Book Photo Sundays is hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog. The purpose is simply to give readers the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves, and other bookish things and share with a like-minded crowd. The hashtag for the overall event is #bookphotosundays.

On this week's edition of Book Photo Sundays, I'm showing off a pair of my favorite bookish socks!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

[Book Review] The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion

Book Review of The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion

The Cabin in the Woods is one of my all time favorite movies. When I first watched it, I was expecting a true horror film, but I was so happy to learn that it was a wonderful mashup of horror comedy!

So when I saw a copy of The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion at my local Goodwill, I was ecstatic! Of course I snatched it up immediately and went directly to the register.

This was absolutely everything I was hoping it would be.

Let's dive in to my review!

Friday, November 16, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Taking Notes While Reading


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 asked:

Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read? 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Spider-Man, Spider-Man! by Marvel Press Book Group

Children's Book Review of Spider-Man, Spider-Man! by Marvel Press Book Group

Spider-Man, Spider-Man! by Marvel Press Book Group is such a beautifully illustrated and fun read along that comes with a CD of two songs that you can use to read along with or simply have some great background music!

This is another book that I bought as a gift and read first to make sure I was passing along a good story! It was indeed a fun little story!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

[Book Review] Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review of Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a dark, brutal, and action-packed read about vampires in Mexico City that I could not put down.

It has been a very long time since I read a book about vampires that I enjoyed. I picked this one up after reading a review from Deanna of Deanna Reads Books (click here to read her review of Certain Dark Things!). I was so happy when my copy arrived! I began reading and right from the first page, I totally sucked in.

So heads up, once you sink your teeth into this one, you won't want to let up. (Ha! Sorry, I just had to.)

Let's dive in to my review!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Top 10 Tuesday] Bookish Items I’d Like To Own One Day

Top 10 Tuesday- Bookish Items I’d Like To Own One Day

Hey Top 10 Tuesday crew!

My goodness. I thought my last break from this hop was long... It's certainly been a while this time! I hope you're all doing well.

With the holidays quickly approaching, I just couldn't resist this prompt!

Many of the items that made my list are things that I am waiting on purchasing for when Alex and I have a house rather than our current living situation. I cannot wait to move and decorate a new space!

Let's dive into my list!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Bookish Platform Feature: BookThinkers App

Bookish Platform Feature: BookThinkers App

Back in December of 2017, I wrote up a post about the BookThinkers website. Today, I'm so excited to share the big news; BOOKTHINKERS NOW HAS AN APP!

Check out how good it looks among my other bookish apps:


Let's dive in!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

[Book Photo Sunday] November TBR Shelfie


I'm so excited to be taking part in a new-to-me weekly meme! Why it took me so long to participate, I can't say... It's such a perfect meme for me!

Book Photo Sundays is hosted by Ronyell of Rabbit Ears Book Blog. The purpose is simply to give readers the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves, and other bookish things and share with a like-minded crowd. The hashtag for the overall event is #bookphotosundays.

Let's dive in!

Friday, November 9, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Book Subscription Boxes


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 asked:

Do you subscribe to any book subscription boxes?