THE TAYLOR SWIFT BOOK TAG

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1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together:
Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Maria: The house of night series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. In high school I really got into this book series, but I grew really tired of it and will probably never pick up the rest of the books.

Mallory: The House of Night series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. I can’t believe I got seven books into this series.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.
Maria: Allegiant! I was trying to be more creative and pick something different but I just can’t. This series is amazing.

Mallory: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. My favorite ❤

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.
 Maria : Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This book series got me into reading and i loved it. Thinking about the good old Twilight days always makes me happy 🙂

Mallory: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. My mom used to read this to me and my sister at Christmastime before we went to bed.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love.
Maria: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. This might not count as forbidden love, but if you have read this book then you know that dating Corbin’s sister was definitely always off limits. I am so in love with this story.

Mallory: Matched by Ally Condie.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.
Maria: Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. He isn’t necessarily a bad character, but he is kind of an asshole sometimes.

Mallory: Dexter from the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay.

6. Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.
Maria: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I can’t remember how, or by who…

Mallory: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Damn clients.

7. Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
Maria : Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Mallory: Arya Stark from the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.
Maria: The Heart of Betrayal (#2 The Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson.

Mallory: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. Ugh is it out yet?

9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple.
Maria: My new favorite: Mara and Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin!

Mallory: Probably Katy and Daemon from the Lux series. But I just want to throw in that I’ll never stop loving Bella and Edward.

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.
Maria: Well, I already lost my Hunger Games book because of lending it out so much, so if I ever get a new copy – it will not be leaving my sight.

Mallory: I don’t like lending my books out, I have lending issues!

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MALLORY’S SEPTEMBER WRAP UP + OCTOBER TBR

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I’m having a hard time believing it is my favorite time of year already. Where has this year gone? October is my absolute favorite, with the beautiful colors, the gorgeous weather, the yummy pumpkin treats and Halloween, what’s not to love?

September was probably my worst month of reading so far this year. I only ended up reading eight books when I usually try to get in the double digits. So here are the books I read in September.

1. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★
Not my favorite of the series but I am still loving every minute of these books. I will be very sad for the series to end. I am waiting to finish this series to do a full series review.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
Absolutely adored this book. Do not be fooled by the plot, this one has some pretty heavy content in it. Full review to come this month.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★★
An absolute fabulous way to end out the series. I will forever love Stephanie Perkins and I hope she starts working on new books right away. Can’t get enough of her writing.

4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★★★★
My book clubs choice for the month. I was very intrigued with this one and was blown away by the ending. A great thriller thrown in between the contemporary I was reading.

5. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp ★★★★
Not what I was expecting at all but still enjoyable. We did a group discussion on this one and you can find our thoughts here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/book-discussion-the-spectacular-now-by-tim-tharp/

6. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter ★★★
One of my monthly reads with Maria. We are still making our way through this series and we will have a full review of this one to come.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry ★★★★
Another one of my reads with Maria. We have already reviewed this one and you can find that right here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/book-review-the-giver-by-lois-lowry/

8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman ★★★
Definitely not what I was expecting. As a dragon lover I had a hard time learning to love these dragons. But I have a full review of this one coming up next week and will let you know more of my thoughts then.

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I’ve got a lot on my plate for October. We have received quite a few books for review, Maria and I have a ton of books to read together and I have lots of Halloween and horror posts planned for this month. So I’m going to try and not let myself get overwhelmed with all that. So here are the books I plan to read in October.

1. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. Currently reading this one and am halfway through.
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Reading with Maria.
3. The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Reading with Maria.
4. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter. Reading with Maria.
5. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Reading with Maria, Marissa and Mackenzie.
6. Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
7. The Swallow by Charis Cotter. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
8. When War Calls by Zy J. Rykoa. Making my way through this one and will be reviewing with Maria.
9. Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. My book clubs choice of the month.
11. Horns by Joe Hill. Was on my list last month but didn’t have time to get to it.

As you can see the two of us will have our hands full this month. But you can expect our blog to be very busy this month.

Hope you all have a great month of reading!

Mallory

MALLORY’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

Well August didn’t go quite as I planned it. I was on vacation for the last week and got absolutely no reading done. But I still managed to read 15 books in total.

Books I read in August:
1. Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter ★★★★
This was one of my monthly reads with Maria and hopefully we will have a full review up soon.
2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Not quite as good as the third, but still a great read and continuation of the story.
3. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
One of my favourite reads of the month. I have done a full review and you can find it here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/book-review-the-wishing-spell-by-chris-colfer/
4. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Another great installation in the Discworld series, this time about witches instead of wizards. Really starting to adore Pratchett’s quirky and snarky writing style.
5. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
The third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was totally craving this since I have been watching True Blood lately and they are a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young ★★★★
Closer to a 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed it but I’m not too sure when I will continue on with the series.
7. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I was so totally in the mood for this one, out of the blue I just HAD to pick it up and I am so glad that I did. I’m very happy to be back in this series and I never want it to end.
8. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ★★★
A great story line, fast paced and super intriguing but a solid build up to a let down of an ending. So many things could have been done better with this one.
9. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
Love the Chronicles of Narnia series, this one was much better than The Horse and His Boy. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
10. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson ★★★★
This was so so good, especially for a debut novel. It has your mind racing from chapter to chapter. It is very wonderfully written and I highly suggest picking this one up.
11. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa ★★★★
I went into this one not remembering a single thing from the first book but I quite enjoyed it none the less. I will not wait as long to pick up the third book so I can actually remember what is happening.
12. Atonement by Ian McEwan ★★★
This may be one of those times that I enjoyed the movie a little more than the book. I found some parts to be very dull and I really dragged through. Other parts were beautifully written though and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
13. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan ★★★★★
As always, loved this book. This is the 8th book in the series and I am completely in love. I am dreading the end. Will do a full review once I have finished the series.
14. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I couldn’t resist picking this one up. I needed more Daemon in my life. Just as good as the rest.
15. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ★★★
This is the second book in the Jurassic Park series. I have a full review of this series coming soon.

Books I want to read in September:
1. Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
5. Horns by Joe Hill
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Carrie by Stephen King
9. The Soulstice by Simon Holt
10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
12. When War Calls by Zy Rykoa
13. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
15. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch
18. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Let me know how reading in August was for you and what you plan to read in September!

Mallory

MALLORY’S BOUT OF BOOKS DAY 4 UPDATE

I can’t even believe that the readathon is soon coming to an end. This week is absolutely flying by but at the same time it is going so slow. I finally leave for my vacation tomorrow and I am unbelievably excited.

Yesterday was an okay day of reading, didn’t get any major reading in.

Book: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Total read: 45%

Books finished so far: still at 2

It’s currently 11:00 pm so I have another hour until day five ends so I’m now going to snuggle in my bed and read some more.

Mallory

MALLORY’S BOUT OF BOOKS DAY 3 UPDATE

Okay so it’s almost 9:00 pm and I just got home from work so I’m going to very quickly give you yesterday’s update and get right back to my reading! Hard to believe we are halfway through the readathon already!

Book: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Total read:35%

Books finished so far: 2

Still need to finish two books before the week is over to meet my goals, and I think I can, I think I can! I’m in such a great reading mood. Not to mention reading on my beautiful new Kobo Aura definitely helps!

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Let me know in the comments what book you are currently reading! I’m going to get back to Opal now. Ugh, never want this series to end. I love me some Daemon that’s for sure.

Mallory