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October Book Haul

Happy Saturday! And for those observing in the US, Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all those who have served and are currently serving our country. We are so thankful for your service..

So woah. It’s November! I thought things would slow down once my kids were back in school. Nope! πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ If you saw my Story, we’re getting new windows installed in our house and it’s a bit loud and bananas here so what better time to update? πŸ˜†

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These are some of the books I treated myself to in October (my birthday month) and I’m excited for these. Even more awesome? I’ve already finished reading Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (Review to come soon). I’m currently buddy reading Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor with Renee @bookishblissandbeauty. We are loving this series (the first book is Akata Witch)! You all need to put this series on your TBR. I’m currently also reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao and I’m intrigued! I’ll be buddy reading Sleeping Beauties with Victoria @zoetzure after we’re done with IT by Stephen King (we are loving IT!). I’m going to be starting Hunting Prince Dracula and Turtles All the Way Down soon too.

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I’m so excited that I’m actually making progress on books that I bought recently. This hardly ever happens! Do you guys know what I’m talking about? How long does it take you to start a book you bought recently? What was the last book you bought that you read right away? I think I’m going to make it a reading goal for 2018 to read new books within the week I get them (bc let’s be real, Christmas is coming up and I’m not going to set myself up for failure bc I’ll be buying books for myself.πŸ˜‚)

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Happy Halloween!

Oh! Hey! Hi! Happy Halloween! I hope you all had a great time! If you don’t celebrate Halloween, I hope Tuesday was awesome..

Checking in, but if I’m honest, I’m pretty pleased with how this shot turned out but I’ve had it for weeks and realized it would be great for Halloween. Featured here is the illustrated version of Prisoner of Azkaban and the SDCC exclusive Funko for Ocammy. It’s such a gorgeous piece and I realized how similar ocammy is to the illustrations of the hippogyrffs in this book. Occamy is looking on, curious to see a family resemblance.

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I’ll update more soon. Rest assured things are going well. Just busy! Also, I’ve been reading too. I can’t wait to share.

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What Halloween candy can you not refuse? If you don’t participate in Trick or Treat, what’s your favorite candy? I love Kit Kats! .

How are you?

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Happy Friday!Β 

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week! It’s family movie night and we’re watching A Nightmare Before Christmas! Tomorrow we’ll be off to the hardware store again for another craft activity–clay pot monsters to go with the Frankenpumpkins they made last week!.

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes and shoutouts! (My birthday was Tuesday.) I’ve been celebrating all week. I’ve got so much to share–two book signings (one was actually on my birthday) and my birthday book haul!

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What have you been up to? What’s your favorite cookie?

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October TBR

My TBR is pretty fluid but I do stay on track for the most part thanks to my reading tracker. And audiobooks–I’ve been able to finish so many books this way! (I’d give you a percentage on my completion rate before and after I started listening to audiobooks, but I’m not going to even pretend that I can math right now. Or ever. But it’s a lot.).

And just so you know, in case you can’t already tell, I will read almost anything (nonfiction is still a struggle for me). YA is my favorite but I also love fantasy (middle grade, YA, and Adult).

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But in the last two months I’ve branched out into two genres that I haven’t tried–Political thriller and Stephen King. I picked up the Mitch Trapp series by Vince Flynn and so far I’m really enjoying it. And yes, I think Stephen King is his own genre. I’m reading Revival (for the #grimdragon Read Along), IT (buddy read with @zoetzure) and The Drawing of Three (bc I want to know what’s going to happen to Roland). The only writing convention his books conform to is his own distinct style of storytelling and his flawed characters that you can’t help cheering for. You really can’t put King in one genre which is really quite brilliant. (Clearly, I’m still in the honeymoon stage of discovering a new to me author. Let’s see what happens when the gang returns to Derry or Roland gets to the Dark Tower or what’s Reverend Jacob’s sermon going to be before he leaves.)

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How do you pick your TBR? Have you tried any new to you authors lately that surprised you?

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Pre-birthday celebration with my sister today–lunch and a book signing! Have a great day!

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Book Challenge: These characters have a lot to learn!

In the hopes of making her into a proper lady, her mother enrolls Sophronia Temminnick at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Girls of Quality. There she learns about proper etiquette in dress and dance but soon Sophronia learns her Finishing school’s lessons also cover topics in weapons, deceit, death, and espionage. Instead of feeling unsettled by these revelations, Sophronia feels she has finally found a place she fits in and actually has a knack for the deadly arts.

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Why did it take me so long to read this series? It has all the things I like–Why did it take me so long to read this series? It has all the things I like–Victorian era steampunk setting, paranormal creatures living among people, sassy and smart heroines, sharp stabby weapons, and tea (I could not get through one of these books without at least making a cup of tea)–Etiquette and Espionage: Finishing School Book the First by Gail Carriger @gailcarriger was such an entertaining read!

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The first book was so much fun–like when Harry first gets to Hogwart’s if Hogwarts had lessons in the language of handkerchief messages and using a grappling hook to swing from one balcony on to the next on a dirigible. Sophronia is also a very likable, smart character who you can’t help rooting for. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a story and character that turns class and female roles in society over on its head. 

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What’s a book or series that you put off but finally read? Do you have any steampunk recommendations?

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! Yesterday I went hunting for NYCC Exclusive Funkos and found two out of four that I wanted! Today, one of the libraries near me is having a used book sale. I’m hoping to find some Stephen King and Vince Flynn books and any others that catch my fancy. πŸ˜‰

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For #grimdragon World Teacher’s Day: These characters have a lot to learn! A little late but Sophronia and the other ladies of quality in the first book have a lot to learn before they are considered “finished”. 

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For #octladylibrary Black and Orange

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Book Challenge: Darkly humorousΒ 

For #grimdragon They’re all gonna laugh at you! Darkly humorous books! When our hosts for #grimdragon Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad rave about a book, take note of it for future reference. When they rave about a book and post about it several times, that means get off your arse and read it which is what happened with Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames @thebookofeames. Holly and Corey have never led me astray so I was excited to read this one!.

If you like epic fantasy quests, you’ll enjoy this. If you like bands made up of likable, imperfect characters you will enjoy this. If you like richly detailed, unique world building, you will enjoy this. But what you will love is how these old, retired band of friends (bands of mercenaries are treated like rock stars in this story) get back together to save the daughter of one of the band members against impossible odds–one being they’re old (in comparison to the other bands) and the other being in order to save her, they have to go to a place that would give Mordor a run for its money. Despite all these issues, there is sardonic humor on nearly every page and also conveyed through the main character Clay Cooper–a member of the band who had a fierce reputation as being one of the deadliest mercenaries of all time but when the band broke up, he became a sentry guard and started a family. Needless to say, because of this attitude, Clay’s observations during the quest are both endearing and humorous at the same time.

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This was one of my favorite reads this year! What are some darkly humorous books you enjoyed? What are some of your favorites this year?

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A virus has infiltrated our house. I thought I escaped it but I’ve been fighting off a sore throat and the urge to just bury myself under blankets and sleep. If mom goes down, this whole ship will sink!

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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

So it’s been like five minutes since I’ve talked about Rick Riordan which I need to rectify now!.

Not only are his stories funny, but they are so diverse and inclusive. As a former teacher and parent of a child with a learning disability, Rick Riordan wrote his books so that every kid could find themselves in the story. 

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I’ll have to admit, I’m a big Percy Jackson fan, and when the series ended, I was so sad! Then I heard he was going to write more books, but when I heard Percy wasn’t going to be in all of them, I admit, I wanted to punch a cloud. Percy must be in all the books!

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But, since it’s Rick Riordan and he pretty much owns my soul, I gave his other books a chance. I’m so glad that I did! Even though Percy is not in all of them (sad face), he still wrote compelling characters that I grew to love like Piper, Jason, Leo, Hazel, and Frank; or Magnus, Samirah, Hearthstone, Blitzen, and Alex; or Apollo, Meg, Will, and Nico. And they were all connected to Percy in some way so it made it a little easier to accept those stories.

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So, I was really reluctant to try the Kane Chronicles because it was new characters and new beliefs and mythology (Percy is based in Greek mythology and the Kane Chronicles is based in Egyptian). But since we’re all caught up with Rick’s other books (I’ve been reading them with my kids for a year now), we decided to start the Kane Chronicles (while we waited for Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead which comes out tomorrow!).

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And I am not too proud to admit that I’m sorry to have taken so long to start this series! We just finished The Red Pyramid and I loved Sadie and Carter and their story was trademark Rick Riordan full of humor, adventure, and of course dealings and battles with gods! We’ve already started Throne of Fire and we can tell it’s going to be another great story!

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If you’re not sure where to start, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the first series. If The Lightening Thief has been on your TBR, what are you waiting for?! Any other Rick Riordan fans out there? πŸ™‹πŸ½ Who else is excited for Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead?

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It’s really October, isn’t it? My mind has not fully accepted this fact! πŸ™…πŸ½

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