MARIA’S WONDERFULLY WICKED READ-A-THON WRAP-UP

readathonAs you may know, Mallory and I had participated in the Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon hosted by Bex at Kindle Fever and April at My Shelf Confessions. It had started on October 17th and finished on October 27th. It has been a busy week, but I am happy with the books that I had managed to finish. Below are the books that I had completed, my rating and mini review.

Total of books finished: 4

Page count: 808 pages

Favorite book: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

1. Soppy : A Love Story by Phillipa Rice (provided by Netgalley) ★★★★★

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Soppy is an adorable collection of illustrations based on Philippa Rice’s relationship with her boyfriend. I loved this so much because it was so realistic. You can relate to the characters. The comics make you realize that in a relationship, it is really important to appreciate the little things. I recommend this to those who enjoy a cute romance – give this graphic novel a try! Well worth the read!

2. The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski ★★★★

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This was the biggest and most intimidating book on my October TBR. I had started it before the read-a-thon began, but I am so proud to have finished it. This book is told in two main parts. The first tells the story of Johnny Truant, a young man working in a tattoo shop. The second part is the manuscript that Johnny had found. A manuscript that has the power to mess with your mind. I will review this book in more detail in an upcoming blogpost. For now, all I will say is that I had become almost as obsessed as Johnny had with the House of Leaves. While reading this book, it was extremely hard to think of anything else. Unlike anything I have ever read (or even heard of), I really enjoyed this complex piece of literature and plan on re-reading it someday in the future.

3. Ed Undead: The Chronicles of a Teenage Zombie by Edward Kent (provided by Netgalley) ★★★

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Ed is on his own. When the zombies took over, he had lost everything: his parents, his schoolmates, the girl he loved… And he too had caught the disease. But why wasn’t he turning into a full fledged zombie? This book follows Ed’s journey, as he does his best to survive in such a messed up world and meets up with people along the way. I really did enjoy this book. It was a light, fun, halloween read. If you like to read about zombies, you should give this one a try!

4. The Merciless by Danielle Vega ★★★★★

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This is the story of some very messed up girls. Don’t take that lightly. When Sofia moves to a new town and starts a new school, she becomes friends with the “popular girls” (yes, just like our beloved movie “mean girls”) but she also becomes friends with the “weird girl”, Brooklyn. I don’t want to give too much away. It really is better not knowing. Just know that when you start this, you will not want to put it down – no matter how scary or gross it gets. I couldn’t sleep after finishing!

Comment below to let me know what you accomplished during this read-a-thon and your thoughts on these wonderful books 🙂

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WWW WEDNESDAYS (#1)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

To play along just answer the following three questions
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m currently halfway through The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (click here to find it on Goodreads) and I am loving it. I’m reading this one with Maria and you can expect a review coming soon. I recently finished The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (click here to find it on Goodreads). I read this for book club and I liked it. And next up my most anticipated of the month The Merciless by Danielle Vega (click here to find it on Goodreads). This one was sent to me by Maria and I cannot wait to read and discuss this one with her!

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BOOK HAUL – OCTOBER 2014

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It is still early in the month, but I wanted to share my recently purchased books with you. You may notice that many of these books are also in my October TBR. Before I begin, i’d like to mention that the majority of them were purchased online through Chapters Indigo, three of them were from the dollar store and one of them was sent to me from Mallory. A lot of these books are spooky\creepy reads because you all know I am loving this fall reading. If you would like to know more about these books, click on the book titles to be directed to it’s goodreads page.

1. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

I bought this book for Mallory and I because I thought that the month of October would be a great time to read it together. The Merciless is a YA horror novel that is being compared to Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars (sold!) From what I hear, it can get pretty gruesome at times. Hoping to like this one!

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The synopsis doesn’t leave us with much, only saying that there was an accident and Mara Dyer was the only one who ,one way or another, made it out alive. I’ve always been curious about this mysterious series and decided it was time to jump onto this bandwagon since the third book is coming out very soon.

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

My horror novel of the month. This chunky book tells the story of a family who moves into a creepy house that moves – literally. All I know is that it is a book that really makes you think, full of side notes and mystery. I hope that I get the chance to get through this one before the end of the month!

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’ve been wanting to read Gone Girl for so long now, so I am very happy to finally have it on my bookshelf. I’m sure you all know what this is about, especially since the movie recently came out in theaters, but for those who don’t know, Gone Girl is the story of a woman who goes missing on the day of her wedding anniversary. I don’t want to give anything away, being over halfway through the novel. If you are in the mood for a thriller – pick this one up!

5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Mallory sent this to me in the mail and I was so glad because I’ve heard such amazing things about Neil Gaiman. We are reading this book together this month, so keep an eye out for our review. The Graveyard Book sounds like the perfect Halloween time read because it follows a boy who gets adopted by ghosts and grows up living in a graveyard.

6. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Sookie Stackhouse series and got so excited when I found this at the freaking dollar store! This book follows Sookie, a mind reader, and her relationship with Bill, a vampire. It sounds like a really fun paranormal read and i’m looking forward to diving in.

7. Sweet Surrender by Mara Banks 

This one stood out to me as I browsed the small book case at the dollar store, recognizing the authors name from her popular Breathless series. Obviously an adult novel, Sweet Surrender follows a cop who is after the man who killed his partner and his relationship with the woman that he is supposed to be watching. At 3$, I figured I might as well give this one a shot. I hope the suspense aspect turns out to be good.

8. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

My last dollar store buy! I really don’t know anything about this one either. Only that it is written by the same author that wrote The Time Travellers Wife, that it follows two girls in there twenties and that they meet the ghost of there aunt in a graveyard. Seemed interesting enough and I couldn’t let it pass when I found out that there would be ghosts involved.

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If you have read any of these books, please let me know what you thought of them. A lot of the synopsis are really vague, so I would love to hear some opinions.

Also, let me know if you like this type of blog post. It is my first book haul post and if you guys enjoy these, I will definitely post some more in the future.

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