Monday, November 3, 2014

October Wrap Up and November TBR

Read in October: Psuedo-Halloween Supernatural/Thrillers

October was an interesting reading month for me. I'm not a big fan of Horror but I do like creepy and atmospheric reads this time of year. So I thought I would read Supernatural and/or Thrillers this month. And while I did have some great reads like The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, a lot of the books I had planned kind of disappointed in the creepiness department. Here's the full list

1.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Full Review]
2.) A Sudden Light by Garth Stein 
Rating: 7 out of 10 [Full Review]
3.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
4.) Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday 
Rating: 6.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
5.) Blackbird by Anna Carey 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [Full Review]
6.) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
7.) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Full Review]
8.) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater 
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [Full Review]
9.) Rooms by Lauren Oliver 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [Full Review]

To Read in November: No Theme? What Madness!

So I have decided to make November my "freebie" month. I like to do themes here on the blog and it's good to every six months cut the theme and just read those books that don't really fit in with some of the other books. I like having some direction but it's also good to not be too structured. I actually asked you guys what I should read.

The Series: Finishing School by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage - Add to GoodreadsCorsets & Conspiracies - Add to Goodreads, and Weapons & Waistcoats - Add to Goodreads
Book Three in this series comes out tomorrow and Gail Carriger has been on my list for awhile. So when I saw copies of all three books available on Netgalley I scooped them up. I've been loving the steampunk worlds lately so I'm excited for this series!

The ARCs

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis - Add to Goodreads
I started this one already, it's a MG portal fantasy and is pretty good so far. I'm surprised by how it's taking me this long to get through it but I'm hoping that it's just because the plot hasn't picked up yet.

The Job by Janet Evonavich and Lee Goldberg - Add to Goodreads
I read book two in this series,The Chase, in April and it was pretty good. A quick and fun mystery from an author that I really enjoy. I'm excited to continue with these characters and their hijinx


In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken - Add to Goodreads
The final book in The Darkest Minds trilogy. I read most of this one already and it is so good and full of feels. I'm so attached to these characters, I really don't want to let them go! Don't rip my heart out Alex! I've already cried four times including at lease one bout of sobbing so bad I couldn't see!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu - Add to Goodreads
By far this book won when I asked what I should read in November. It had the most votes out of everything else so it is definitely going on the list. I'm so excited to read a hardcore villain/anti-hero story. Everyone says it's really good too!

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios - Add to Goodreads
This was not the winning ARC when I asked you all but that one has a December release date so I'm picking this one as my audiobook. I had heard a little preview of it when the book was being released and I liked it so far so I'm going to give it a go on my drive home for Thanksgiving.

Backup Books
So I'm trying to put less pressure on myself this month and not plan 10 books which I then don't finish and fell bad about. Also most of these are e-books which I tend to read slower. But in case I finish these here are three more possibilities based on your voting. I may actually get you all to vote if I end up reading one of these.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - Add to Goodreads
I was really excited about this one but for some reason my excitement has waned a little bit. I think it's because I've been a little burned out by high fantasies. I may wait for this one until the next book in the series comes out next.

Talon by Julie Kagawa - Add to Goodreads
I've seen some mixed reviews of this one but I'm still pretty intrigued by this "dragons walk among us" thing and it was one of the more popular votes when I asked what I should read.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley - Add to Goodreads
I've seen some great reviews of this book and it sounds like one I would really enjoy. It's been a little bit since I read some Historical Fiction and this is a period that I love.

All Line Up by Cora Carmack - Add to Goodreads
I recently won a copy of the second book in this series but I haven't read the first one yet so I should probably get on that. In January one of my bookish resolution was to read some NA and I haven't done it yet, so this seems like the perfect combination

That's my plan. I'm also still considering doing NaNoWriMo. Work is really busy this week but then things will start to slow down so we'll see how I feel once I have a little bit more free time and get a few books under my belt. 

What are you reading this month? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. You read quite a few books last month, I only read 3 =(. You're a reading machine Cassi! Lol. I can't wait to read your review of the Young Elites, I'm really interested in your thoughts.
    Happy reading!
    Monique @ Mo_Books

    1. Haha, thanks Monique! Eight books a month is about my average. I don't think of myself as a reading machine because I know some people who read like five books a week but that is a huge compliment! Thanks so much!

      AND yes, I'm really excited to start The Young Elites, I've heard great things and I love villainous characters!