October 2017 Wrap-Up!

October is officially over! I hope everyone had a very spooky but safe Halloween. If you don’t celebrate Halloween, I hope you had a happy and safe Tuesday! I’m here to bring you my October wrap up. It’s just going to be a short post so sorry about that. It’s crazy to me that I’ve been blogging for about a month now. Thank you everyone that has followed along with me. I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a little bit I just haven’t had the time to do anything let alone blog. I have still been reading though so no worries!

We Are the Ants by Josh Hutchinson

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4.25-4.5/5 Stars

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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

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4.25/5 Stars

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Hit the Ground Running by Alison Hughes

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2/5 Stars

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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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3.5-4/5 Stars

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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3-3.5/5 Stars

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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4/5 Stars

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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3/5 Stars

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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4/5 Stars

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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2.5/5 Stars

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Let me know if the comments what you think of these books if you’ve read them. You could also let me know if any of these are on your TBR! Remember to be respectful and happy reading!

Book Review of Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Children end up going through doors, rabbit holes and anything they can go through to end up in magical worlds. When they come back to the real world most of them try to figure out how they can get back to their fantasy worlds they loved so much. They are then taken to Miss West’s school for Wayward Children where they are supposed to be helped. This is where Nancy, our main protagonist ends up. When tragedy starts to take over, Nancy has to figure out what is going on.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
This story is the prequel to Every Heart a Doorway. It is the story of the characters Jack and Jill from the first book. They are twins of a couple that were very orderly but decided to have children for attention. They ended up raising them to their standards, one being the perfect little girl and one having to play the role of a little boy. At twelve years old the two of them walked down the staircase into a world that involved a lot of death and many choices that changed how they grew up. When they turned 17 they finally made their way back home.

Rating: Image result for 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis | My Goodreads Review

Review:
Okay, don’t kill me, but I am not the biggest fan of these books. Every Heart a Doorway was definitely the better half but it wasn’t my favorite read of this year.
What threw me off a little bit was that Down Among the Sticks and Bones was a prequel not a sequel. I don’t have anything against prequels, but to be honest I’m not a fan of them. I haven’t read enough books to make a good argument here but based off of movies I’ve watched it never works. They always end up being boring and I lose interest. That is what happened with this one.

The writing:
The reason I was so hooked in the first book was mainly because of the writing. McGuire knows how to use her words. The descriptive words and some of the dialogue was very witty which I enjoy. I found a few quotes from Every Heart a Doorway that just rang so true and you can bet that I wrote them down to treasure. The prequel had the same sort of writing but somehow it wasn’t a redeemable factor for me.

Characters:
The characters in Down Among the Sticks and Bones were very bland. There was no character building and they just didn’t have enough personality to allow me to connect with them. I’m not a twin so I couldn’t tell you if the relationship between Jack and Jill was spot on. Not that there was much of a relationship between the two in this novel. It was hard for me to distinguish which one McGuire was talking about at any given point in the book. I had to make sure I was paying attention when they mentioned names.
Jack was one of my favorite characters in Every Heart a Doorway so it took me by surprise that she annoyed me in Down Among the Sticks and Bones. In Every Heart a Doorway she was the most relatable character because she never messed around. She was very witty and real. She was very dull and boring in Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

Another point to make about Jack was that in the prequel she was considered a lesbian. Which doesn’t bother me at all, it actually makes me happy to see that. The issue was that McGuire kind of threw you into the relationship she had with Alexis and then pulled you out because of an unfortunate event a few pages later. I guess she didn’t need to dwell on the relationship because that is not the point of the story. I think it’s just my preference to have a little more romance in a novel. I just think romance can either make or break a book and in this case it may have helped a little more.

In Every Heart a Doorway our main protagonist, Nancy, was said to be Asexual. McGuire mentioned it quite a bit and the characters even discussed it throughout the novel, and I really enjoyed it. It’s something that isn’t talked about a lot and I’m glad that it was included. I wasn’t expecting it so it was a nice surprise.

There was also a transgender character in Every Heart a Doorway named Kade. He was also one of my favorites because he was smart and helped when he could.

World:
The world was discussed in the books but not in as much detail as I would have liked. They never explained much about what all the different types of worlds meant such as (high logic, high nonsense, the moors etc …) I was definitely confused in the beginning as to what everything meant and at the end I still didn’t quite understand the different worlds. The prequel also didn’t help me because it was all down in the moors. The world had potential to be great and take a greater part in the story but it just didn’t.

Overall:
I will end up reading the third book, Beneath the Sugar Sky. It does take us back to the Every Heart a Doorway, but the children are being introduced to the real world again. I hope that it has the same characters because I do want to know more about them since I haven’t learned much in the first two books. However, since I checked these two books from the library I would probably only purchase Every Heart a Doorway. I know it would look good to have both of them on my shelves, Down Among the Sticks and Bones would just collect dust. In the end I was just not impressed.

 

Let me know what you thought of these books. I’d like to read your opinions. Remember, be respectful and happy reading.

WWW Wednesday! 10-25-17

This is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

Go check out their blog!

All you do is answer:
What are you currently reading?

What have you recently finished?

What do you plan on reading next?

Currently reading:

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan Mcguire. I’m enjoying it so far but not as much as the first one. At the moment I’m only 69 pages in so maybe it gets better.

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Recently finished:

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire. I loved this book and I didn’t realize just how creepy it could be. It was definitely a perfect read for October. Also, can we just talk about the cover of this book? It’s beautiful.

There will be a review about both of them when I am finished with Down Among the Sticks and Bones. It would only make sense to review them together.

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Reading next:

His Dark Materials trilogy. So, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. I have never read them before so I figured it’s never to late to start. Right? Let me know if you enjoyed these books! I also snatched up the audio books for the first two from my library’s overdrive.

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Let me know what you think of all these books. I’d like to see you all post a WWW Wednesday so I can keep up with what everyone is reading. Remember, be respectful and happy reading!

The Candy Book Tag!

I don’t know who created this tag but if you do know who did please let me know.

I wasn’t tagged but it’s almost Halloween and I figured this would be fun to do!

Apples – Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Do not hate me. I’m sure it was all because I didn’t quite understand it/didn’t like the way it was written. I’m going to have to say Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Congratulations to him for winning the Man Booker Prize! I’m sure he really deserved it, the book just wasn’t for me.

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Milk Chocolate – This is a book you’d recommend to absolutely EVERYONE.

I would actually recommend two books. I know The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my favorites which is one I recommend but The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini are two that everyone should read. They just deal with struggles during different time periods. They are both terribly sad to read but so engaging. Please try to pick up these if you haven’t already.

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lack Jellybeans – Why do these exist??

I read the Twilight series in middle school and I thought they were gross then and I would probably think they are still gross. I read the first 2 1/2 and I wanted to hit my head against the wall. I just don’t think this was a good series.

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Chocolate Kisses – Awww this novel had the best romance.

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Dare I explain why? Read it and you will figure it out. It’s ADORABLE. Don’t deny it. I loved this book.

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Gummy Spiders – Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I don’t have a lot of experience in reading scary stories. The only thriller/scary novel I read was And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

Every Heart a Doorway was another one that also was a little creepy at the end. I wasn’t expecting it but it was.

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Jumbo Lollipop – This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This book probably took me 2 months to read. There is a lot to this book and the writing is a lot so to speak. I had to listen to the audio book while I read along in order to finish the book.

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Cotton Candy – Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.

Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. I can’t remember when this came out but I was definitely younger when I read this. I continued on with the series but never ended up finishing it because it wasn’t my favorite.

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That’s it for the candy tag. I had a lot of fun because I had to really think about what I’ve read in the past. I’m not tagging anyone because I encourage anyone to participate. Just have fun with it!

Let me know what you think of my answers. Also, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Be respectful and happy reading!

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone! So on October 21st I participated in Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon. The link takes you to the website that explains when they have the read-a-thons and everything else that goes along with it. I didn’t end up sticking to my TBR just because I knew I wouldn’t finish most of those books.

I started reading Without Merit by Colleen Hoover before I started the read-a-thon. I had  155 pages left and I finished it. There is short review of it on my Goodreads. If you want to see a full review here on my blog comment down below! I would gladly write one.

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After finishing that I picked up a few books.

The first book was Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was going into this with high expectations considering most people love it. I haven’t been let down yet. I read 53 pages of that and I am definitely enjoying it.

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I started reading Heartless by Marissa Mayer before the read-a-thon but I read 23 pages during. I’m buddy reading it with a friend on Goodreads and we can both agree that it’s not a good book. That’s all I’m going to say about it because I need to finish it.

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt was the last book I picked up and I ended up reading 91 pages of that. Honestly, I was expecting to finish the book but life got in the way of that. I will definitely finish it soon though, considering how small it is and how big the font is. I’m sort of enjoying it but honestly it’s a little boring to me. Hopefully it gets better.

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Overall I read 322 pages for my first read-a-thon. I was hoping to get quite a few books out of the way but I’m happy with what I read. 322 pages for me in one day is actually quite a bit. I barely hit 100 most of the time.

Let me know if you participated in Dewey’s read-a-thon or any other read-a-thon! I would like to see what all of you read and accomplished. Remember to be respectful and happy reading!

Anticipated YA Releases: November-December 2017!

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Young Adult/Sci-Fi

November 7th, 2017

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Now is Everything by Amy Giles

Young Adult/Contemporary

November 7th, 2017

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The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Young Adult/Contemporary

November 28th, 2017

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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles by Natalie C. Parker, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E.K Johnston, Tessa Gratton, Garth Nix, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, Brenna Yovanoff, Renee Ahdieh, Julie Murphy, Justina Ireland, Lamar Giles, Bethany Hagen

Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance

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December 19th, 2017

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Here, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango and Tyler Terrones

Young Adult/Contemporary

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December 19th, 2017

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Shadow Girl by Liana Liu

Young Adult/Mystery/Paranormal

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December 19th, 2017

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Before Now by Norah Olson

Young Adult/Contemporary

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December 26th, 2017

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Let me know what you think of these books and if you’re excited to read them as well! Be respectful and happy reading.

 

 

Book Review of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

 

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Book Title: Into the Water
Book Author: Paula Hawkins
ISBN: 9780735211209
Publishing Date: May 2, 2017
Page Count: 386 Pages
Rating: Image result for 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads | Amazon

Disclaimer: This novel touches on the subject of suicide as well as rape. If those are triggering this book probably won’t be for you. I would recommend it to you to just skip but it is a bit of a bigger part.

Synopsis:
Nel Abbott is found in the river, dead. The spot where she is found is referred to as the drowning pool. Before she died she had called her sister Jules. Nel had a daughter that Jules is now responsible for. The Mill House has a lot of secrets and memories. This book is all about whether the girls that were found in the drowning pool had jumped or were murdered. The story is told in the multiple perspectives of all the characters that were involved in the deaths of these women.

This was definitely a good solid mystery read, but for me it was very drawn out. One thing that kept me reading was the fact that I listened to the audio book as I followed along with the e-book.

Setting:
This novel is really good at describing the setting. There’s not a lot of description about the surroundings of the characters but when there is, it’s well written. It gives you the vibe of a mystery that deals with water. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Maybe it’s just me that thinks that. If you like to read books that has more description rather than dialogue then this book really wouldn’t be for you.

Characters:
Lena Abbott is probably my favorite character from the book. There weren’t a lot of characters I enjoyed reading about considering it was a mystery. She was mostly aware of what was going on. She had some faulty moments, as did everyone, where I questioned if she was a favorite anymore. If you read the novel you will understand.

Josh is probably my least favorite character. I understand that he is a kid but he just annoyed me so much. He was always whining and crying about everything. There was really no character building for him and not much emotion besides whiny. Did I mention he was annoying? Haha.

P.S- Louise Whittaker is another one of my least favorite characters. She was just so mean. I understand that her daughter died but she blamed it on everyone. I guess that was her grieving, but it just irked me.

Overall:
It was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it if you’re just getting into mystery. It was a bit confusing for me in the beginning but that was because of the way it was told. You had all these characters introduced and you just had to wait to see who they were. I guess that’s why they call it a mystery right? I checked this book out from my library’s overdrive. I probably wouldn’t read it again so I don’t know if I would buy the book.
Let me know if you’ve ever read this book and what you thought about it. Be respectful and happy reading!

The Fall Book Tag!

As it says in the image above, this tag was created by the lovely Bionic Book Worm

Go check out her blog and show it some love!

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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.

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I branched away from Young Adult for a change and never thought anything of it. This book was such a breath of fresh air. It didn’t deal with all the cheesy tropes. It was about the art world and it was just something I’ve never read in my 21 years of life. Who knew Steve Martin had another talent added to his already long list?

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

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First of all, I read this in the mass paperback edition and for some odd reason I really enjoyed it. Who likes mass paperback? It just really worked for the type of novel it was. The book was crazy and so fast paced for me and somehow I knew who did it in the end but how that person did it just blew my mind. I don’t know how, but I’m not mad about it!

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Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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This book was just adorable and made me happy. How can it not give you the warm and fuzzy’s? Everyone that has read it knows what I am talking about. The sad part about me reading this was that I was spoiled unfortunately! It didn’t make it any less cute though.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Haven’t read this novel yet but I’m hoping it’s worth all the hype. I would say The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for this one but I’m trying to really mix it up.

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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This book is filled with action as soon as it starts. It’s a good-sized book but it definitely goes by very fast. I’m excited to pick up Scarlet!

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I’ve had a few most anticipated reads. I couldn’t just pick one so here are a few.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Of course I have to read this to see what all the hype is about. I’m hoping it doesn’t let me down. It will also be a potential buddy read sometime in late November.

Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver

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I read Replica not thinking anything of it and ended up really enjoying it. I had first dibs at this one from the library I work at and I’ve never been more excited!

I don’t really like nominating anyone specifically so I nominate whoever wants to participate in this tag. Remember to give credit to the Bionic Book Worm! The link to her blog is above. Let me know your opinions on my answers to these wonderful questions. Be respectful and happy reading!

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday! Oct 18, 2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

It’s pretty simple just answer these three questions!

What are you currently reading?

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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I’ve been in a reading slump and I think these two are helping me with that. They are both enjoyable right now, not my favorites though. Without Merit is fast paced and Into the Water is sort of intriguing. I’m about 35% through it and it hasn’t really caught my attention yet but I’m enjoying the read.

What have you recently finished reading?

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson

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I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing me mention this book. I haven’t finished anything since this so when I talk about what I’ve read recently finished reading, this is it. It was a fun and morbid book. I don’t know if I’m continuing with the series but I do recommend this book!

What will you read next?

I’m participating in Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon on the 21st, so there are quite a few books I’m going to be reading next. Here’s the link for my 24 hour read-a-thon tbr.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Buddy read)

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Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver

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Every Heart a Doorway & Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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I’m really excited to read all of these! If I don’t get to them during the read-a-thon I will still definitely read them.

If you have any opinions about any of these books please let me know! Don’t forget to keep track of Taking on a World of Word’s blog for posts like these and other lovely bookish posts. Be respectful and happy reading!

Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon TBR!

If you didn’t know, there is a 24 hour read-a-thon on October 21st. I’ve never participated in one before so now is my chance. I will be posting on all my social media that is linked on my blog page if you want to follow me on all of that. I will also do a wrap up after the read-a-thon is over! I highly encourage you to participate. I think it will be a lot of fun!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 

For me, this TBR is a bit ambitious since I am a pretty slow reader. I do have the attention span of a goldfish (no hate towards goldfish) so a lot of books help me from not getting bored. Books aren’t boring to me it’s just I can’t sit and do one thing for a long period of time.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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I have already started Without Merit and I am about 65 pages in. Obviously I will chip away at this book throughout the week but I do work some days so it’s going to be a challenge. This will probably be my main focus during the read-a-thon. If it’s all I read I will still be satisfied!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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This is one of the creepy books I’ll try to read since it is October! It’s not one of my main priorities but I will definitely try to get to it if I can. If you have read this book, no spoilers, tell me what you thought of it.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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One of my co workers recommended this book as well as the second one. I heard these books left people wanting more since they are so short. I’m hoping I’ll want the same. I could probably bust the two of them out in a day but I don’t want to rush anything if these are such good books!

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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Ringer by Lauren Oliver.

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This one is probably my most anticipated read! If I don’t get to it I will definitely read it soon and do a review. I have read Replica before I started my blog. I hope Ringer is as good if not better than the first one. Don’t let me down Lauren Oliver!

That’s my tbr so let me know what you think of it! I’d like to know your opinions on these books. Be respectful and happy reading.

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