MALLORY’S JANUARY TBR

So December was a bust for me, as it always is. The holidays get me in a reading funk and I get nothing accomplished! Especially this year as I hosted my entire family. I really haven’t read anything since the middle of December. So I’m going to make a small TBR to try and get me back into the reading mood!

1. The Mine by John A. Heldt. We were contacted by the author himself and this book sounds really interesting! I can’t wait to start it.
2. Embrace the Suck by Stephen Madden. This is a nonfiction about a guy that does crossfit. It sounds super intriguing and fitness is my other passion, so I want to get more into fitness and health books.
3. Poser: My Life In Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer. Again another fitness themed book!
4. Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine. This is the second Goosebumps book and I adore these. They bring me back to being a kid and getting scared by these stories.
5. Dark Legend: The Supernatural Chronicles by R.A. Renee. Another review book that sounds really great!
6. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. This is my book club book of the month.

Those are the books I have planned for sure. Later in the month I am starting school plus will be working, so I won’t have much time for reading. I’m going to try and make the most of it before then!

Let me know what you are reading this month!
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MALLORY’S NOVEMBER WRAP UP + DECEMBER TBR

Well I don’t feel like I read very much in November at all. I had a busy month and I switched jobs. My plan in December is to make more time for reading, especially since I’ll be getting quite a bit of time off for Christmas.

So on to the wrap up. I read a total of nine books this month.

1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★
I found myself getting lost throughout this a lot. Definitely nowhere near as good as the first book.

2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson ★★★★★
Probably my favorite book of the month. Loved loved loved it. We have already posted our discussion on this book and you can find that here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/book-discussion-the-kiss-of-deception-by-mary-e-pearson/

3. Redwall by Brian Jacques ★★★★
Loved this book. I have already posted my review and you can find that here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/book-review-redwall-by-brian-jacques/

4. This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko ★★★★
Maria and I received this from the author herself and we have already posted our review. Check that out here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/book-review-this-is-sarah-by-ally-malinenko/

5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★
Adored this book. We have a discussion coming up for this one sometime next week so be sure to check that out.

6. The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The 10th book in the Saga of Darren Shan series. This series is so great. I have a full series review coming up within the next few days.

7. The Lord of Shadows by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The 11th book in the Saga of Darren Shan series. Just as good as the rest.

8. The Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The 12th and final book in the Saga of Darren Shan. Definitely not how I was expecting the series to end but loved it. I’m now sad that it is over. Be sure to checkout my series review within the next couple days.

9. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ★★★★★
Obviously this deserves five stars. So adorable and now I want to watch the movie again!

Okay so for December I made quite a large TBR, as always. Depending on how much time I have I might switch things up but we will see as the month goes on how I feel.

1. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by various authors. This is our discussion book of the month.
2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’m currently reading this and it is my book clubs choice of the month.
3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Starting this one AS SOON as I finish my current read.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Carrying this over from November.
5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. I want to read this with my sister on Christmas Eve. She doesn’t know that yet though.
6. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Have already read this before but The Grinch is my all time favorite Christmas story/movie.
7. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
8. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Brian Lee O’Malley.
9. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness by Brian Lee O’Malley.
10. A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer.
11. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.
12. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.
13. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
14. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.
15. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins.
16. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
17. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

So as you can see I have some super easy reads on there that shouldn’t take long at all. So I’m going to try and make my way through the TBR as much as I can. I always find myself slacking each December but we will see how this one goes.

How was your November? What are you planning on reading in December? Let me know in the comments.
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MARIA’S OCTOBER WRAP UP AND NOVEMBER TBR

Hello my friends! We are already in November, you know what that means? – It’s almost Christmas time! Yay! I am totally looking forward to decorating for christmas and getting all warm and cozy.

I am very happy with the books that I read during the spooky month of October, but since I’ve already talked about most of these in other blog posts – I am simply going to give you guys my star rating. If you would like to hear more about these fantastic reads, you can check out my Wonderfully Wicked read-a-thon update HERE and my Wonderfully Wicked read-a-thon wrap-up HERE. Or you can just ask 🙂 I will answer! 

OCTOBER WRAP UP:

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn ★★★★

2. When War Calls by Zy J. Rykoa ★★
Click here to see our review!

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★
Click here to see our review!

4. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewsky ★★★★
Click here to see my review!

5. The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter  ★★★★★

6. Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice ★★★★★

7. Ed Undead: The Chronicles of a Teenage Zombie by Edward Kent ★★★

8. Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls #5) by C.C Hunter ★★★★

9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ★★★★★

10. The Merciless by Danielle Vega ★★★★★
Click here to see our review! 

NOVEMBER TBR:

1. The Storm Siren by Mary Webber (provided by Netgalley)

2. Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Micheal Johnston (provided by Netgalley)

3. Since forever ago by Olivia Besse (provided by Netgalley)

4. This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko (provided by Bookfish Books)

5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (group read)

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (group read)

7. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

8. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (reading with Mallory)
and if I manage to read all of those, I will pick up whatever I feel like reading at the time 🙂 (those new book outlet books are calling my name)
Let me know your thoughts on my november TBR 🙂 

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BOOKHAUL/BOOKOUTLET UNBOXING – NOVEMBER 2014

I received my book outlet order today!

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Oh the excitement! I can’t believe how fast this was shipped to me. I ordered these on October 27th – literally 7 days ago. Bookoutlet is probably the best website out there when it comes to buying cheap books, and let me tell you – it is addicting. After narrowing down my wish list to only 9 books and placing this order, I couldn’t help but make an other wish list. It was so hard not to click on the “purchase” button again. I am forever tempted…

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Check out these beauties! Once again, wonderful books in mint condition. I purchased four hardcover copies and five paperbacks for $51.80 (shipping included). Thats like 5$ per book. How can you regret a purchase like that?

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For hardcover copies, I ordered Written in Red by Anne Bishop (recommended by booktuber Lindsey Rey), Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (very much hype around this lately and I can’t wait to dive into this series), Spellcaster by Claudie Gray (recommended by book tuber Benjaminoftomes) and The one and Only Ivan (found this while watching a book haul by booktuber Jbooklover)

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As for paperbacks, I ordered Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (been wanting to read this since Mallory raved about it when she first starting booktubing/blogging. I now own the first three in the series), Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (been wanting this for so long. I read Cinder last year and loved it!), Shapeshifters by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (a random buy that seems really interesting to me), Birthright by Cate Tiernan (because Cate Tiernan is awesome)  and last but not least, The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon (another random buy. I’m in a fairytale kind of mood).
And there you have it! An awesome haul of books! I am honestly very excited for everyone of these books and want to read them RIGHT NOW. It’s going to be hard to narrow it down for my November TBR.

Have you read any of these books? Do let me know 🙂

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MALLORY’S OCTOBER WRAP UP + NOVEMBER TBR

Is it seriously November already? Where has this year gone? It’s so hard to believe our blog has already been up and running for four months now. It seriously does not feel like it has been that long at all.

In the month of October I ended up reading quite a few books. I’m really happy with how much I got done considering the busy month that I had.

So on to the books I finished this month. In total I read 14 books.

1. Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice ★★★★★
Probably one of the cutest graphic novels I have ever read. Loved every little bit of this. Mine and Maria’s review  of this one will be up tomorrow.

2. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
My review has already been done and you can find that here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/book-review-the-enchantress-returns-by-chris-colfer/

3. When War Calls by Zy J. Rykoa ★★★
Both me and Maria have reviewed this and it can be found here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/book-review-when-war-calls-by-zy-j-rykoa/

4. The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty ★★★
I read this for book club and I already forget most of what happened. The story was interesting but not delivered as well as it could have been. I think the multiple perspectives threw me off a little too much.

5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★
Both me and Maria have review this and it can be found here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/book-review-the-graveyard-book-by-neil-gaiman/

6. The Merciless by Danielle Vega ★★★
Both me and Maria have review this and it can be found here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/book-review-the-merciless-by-danielle-vega/

7. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami ★★★★
This was my second Murakami novel and I am working on completing a full review. Hope to have it up in a couple weeks.

8. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter ★★★
Maria and I finally finished this series and we might do a full series review, so be on the look out for that in the next couple weeks.

9. Storm Siren by Mary Weber ★★★
We received this book from Netgalley. Maria is going to try and read it this month and once she does we will have our full review up then.

10. Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan ★★★★★
Still continues to be one of my favorite series. As soon as I finish the series I will do a complete series review.

11. The Death Cure by James Dashner ★★★★
I can’t believe this series has ended. Why oh why couldn’t it have been more than three books? Absolutely love this series and I think everyone should read it! I was scared that this last book wouldn’t live up to my expectations but I was happy with the outcome.

12. Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston ★★★★
Another book from Netgalley. I really enjoyed this one and I can’t wait for Maria to finish so we can put our review up!

13. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan ★★★
Nothing at all like I thought it was going to be. I felt very confused at times and the story was a little weird. Still a very interesting concept though.

14. Where She Went by Gayle Forman ★★★★★
I may have liked this better than If I Stay. Absolutely fantastic. Gayle Forman is definitely in my top favorite authors. She certainly has a way with words.

Now on to the books I plan to read in November. I made a very long list again.. oops. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish quite a few of these.

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is my book clubs choice of the month.
2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Time to see what all the fuss is about with this series.
3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This has been on my TBR so many times, I just want to read it already!
4. Stargazer by Claudia Gray. I read the first book so long ago, it’s finally time I get to more of the series.
5. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. This is something I am just craving right now.
6. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I am currently reading this one.
7. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris. The fourth in the series, just wanting something fun.
8. Redwall by Brian Jacques. I own so many in this series it is time to finally start it.
9. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Bought this while I was on vacation in Victoria and I can’t wait to dive into this one!
10. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I have sort of started this one before but am going to restart it.
11. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis.
12. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead.
13. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Reading this with Maria.
14. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Reading this with Maria, Marissa and Mackenzie.
15. The Swallow by Charis Cotter.

I think there are a few more that I am missing, but I can’t seem to think of them right now.

So I’ve got a lot of reading I want to do this month. Better finish up this post and get to it!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or what you are planning on reading this month!
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MARIA’S WONDERFULLY WICKED READ-A-THON TBR

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“The  Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of October 17-27 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook or even YouTube — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress! Make sure to link to the site where you’ll be sharing your posts/updates with us.”

MARIA’S TBR

1. The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – 141 pages left to read
2. Ed Undead : The Chronicles of a Teenage Zombie – 280 pages
3. Soppy : A Love Story by Philippa Rice – 108 pages
4. The Merciless by Danielle Vega – 279 pages

And if i have time :
5. Chosen at Nightfall (Shadow Falls #5) by C.C Hunter – 400 pages

I would be super happy to finish all 5 of these books in the next 10 days (which would be 1207 pages in total.) Unfortunately I won’t have time to sit home and read all week… I have one more midterm to write, I have to work and I have a Halloween party to host. I AM GOING TO DO MY BEST AND READ AS MUCH AS I CAN!!!
I will be doing some random read-a-thon update posts, but I’m not going to promise to do them every single day.

Let me know if you are participating in this read-a-thon in the comments below 🙂

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