Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you all had a great October! If you have seen my November TBR that I posted on Friday then you will know that my October was so busy, with my sister getting married, working towards my RDC2 and meeting a potential guide dog match (I will be posting about this on Friday if you are interested in knowing more about it).
So, my reading month in October was much better than it has been recently so that has made the month a lot more enjoyable. And now I am going to share with you which books I managed to read this month. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these, what you thought of them and what you read in October!
Beach Read by Emily Henry – I did not read this
Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovelino – I did not read this one
Nothing more to tell by Karen M McManus – I was so excited to read this one but I didn’t manage to get around to it this month
Pages and Co 3 by Anna James – I did read this one and as with the rest of the series, I really enjoyed it.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – I did not read this
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace – another book I was so looking forward to reading but I didn’t get to this month
The Three Dahlias by Katy Watson – I did read this book and loved it
Miss Marple short stories collection – I read this one too
Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber – I did not read this either
A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle – I did not read this
Your Turn to die by sue wallman – I did not read this one either
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – This book is huge, so I did not read it this month
Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanaugh – I did not read this either
outside of my October TBR I also read The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett which I also really enjoyed.
So, this month I read four books which is a great amount for me at the moment.
That’s it for my October Wrap-Up, I hope you enjoyed reading it!
Happy Monday bookish people! As it is getting so close to Halloween I thought it would be a fun idea to give some spooky book reccomendations, now I don’t read too many ‘spooky books’, murder mysteries yes but not so much terrifying books so I hope you find something to match your interests in this list! Let me know if you do!
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher
“Will keep readers on edge from start to finish.” —Kirkus Reviews
Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.
Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.
One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true.
Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free? Or will their lies destroy them all?
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’
Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.
Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady hendrix
A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.
In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?
Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized–someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.
But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.
At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…
See How They Lie by Sue Wallman
All’s not well at the Hummingbird Creek wellness resort. No one can see in. No one can get out… New from the talented author who brought you Lying About Last Summer: a psycho-chiller to wake up your darkest phobias. If you got to live in a luxury hotel with world-class cuisine, a state-of-the-art sports centre and the latest spa treatments, would you say ‘yes please’? Well, that’s kind of what Hummingbird Creek is like. No wonder Mae feels lucky to be there. It’s meant as a rich-kid’s sanatorium, but she isn’t sick. Her dad is the top psychiatrist there. But one day Mae breaks a rule. NOT a good idea. This place is all about rules – and breaking them can hurt you…
The Cousins by Karen M McManus
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Jack the Ripper is back, and he’s coming for Rory next….
Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.
Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
Happy Friday bookish people! I am happy today to be bringing you my TBR for october!
October is a busy month for me, I have my RDC2 Assessment coming up in December so a lot of work needed for that and also – my sister is getting married this month! Which is so exciting. While she is on her honeymoon I get to stay at her house and look after her cat so that will also be interesting.
I am also going to London this month for the Billy Idol concert, and while there I have been invited to a book event with Orion publishing and excited doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings for that. After the event I am getting the sleeper train home and that will be an experience I am sure.
Anyway, to do all this I am going to need some good books so here is my October TBR!
Beach Read by Emily Henry
I am quite excited to read this book, I currently have the ebook on loan from my local library.
Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovelino
This book is set in a library or school and is full of spooky plot ideas perfect for October reading.
Nothing More to tell by Karen M McManus
I have just bought this book and I am very excited to read it, I love her books and this one is perfect for my PhD.
Pages and Co by Anna James
The third book, I can’t remember right now what the title is but I enjoyed the first two and this could be a nice light read for me.
Finale by Stephanie Garber
I have read the first two books in the Caraval series and loved them but I have heard mixed things about this final book so I have been putting off reading it, maybe this month is the month.
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
This books sounds so good and I just got this book in last month’s fairyloot box.
Three Dahlias by Katy Watson
This book has all the elements I love, an old manor house, a small cast of characters, a murder mystery I cannot wait to read it.
The new anthology of Marple short stories is another book that is right up my street, I always loved Poirot more but honestly I will take any Agatha Christie I can get.
Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
I really love Stephanie Garber’s books and this one has such a beautiful cover that I can’t wait to read it.
A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle
A murder mystery, set on a boat. It sounds amazing.
Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman
Her books are always so tense and psychological so I am very excited to read it in October.
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewomen by Theodora Goss
This book is big but I am loving historical settings at the moment.
Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanaugh
After reading the synopsis of this book I love the idea of a law setting in a thriller.
That’s it for my October TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it. What books are you reading in October? Have you read any of these?
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day and week. My week has been very upsetting and stressful, my partner and I ended up breaking up and I had to gather the things I needed and move to my sister’s house for a few days. Then I will be moving back in with my parents so it’s been really difficult and I’m not doing too great but things will get better soon I’m sure.
Spaghetti – A book with a friendship or multiple points of view
All I had to know about this book is that there’s a library and demons coming out of books so of course I want to read it.
Champagne – A character with anxiety
I don’t know much about this book but I saw a few people mention that if you like the book fangirl by rainbow rowell then you might like this one so that’s why I picked it up and I am intrigued.
Steak and Lobster – A book that looks expensive or has a fancy cover
I am so excited to read this book! And this cover definitely fits the prompt of looking fancy.
Ring Pops – a book featuring or revolving around a wedding
Yuzu – a sweet and tart character
I love anything Garth Nix so I am very excited to read this.
Truffles – A darker genre book e.g mystery or thriller
Leftovers – A book you DNF’d
I started this book about a year ago and I read the first 100 pages and then I can’t remember the reason why I put it down but I did and I hadn’t gotten around to picking it up again yet.
Baked Alaska – a book with a surprise
Edible Glitter – A book with magic or fantasy in it
Milkshake – a book where two characters have to go on a quest
Pizza – a comfort read
Strawberries – a book with a red cover
I know it doesn’t look very red here but I was very lucky to be sent a proof copy of this book and that one has a red cover, so I am going to count it.
That’s it for my February TBR, I hope you all enjoyed seeing what I plan to read. Let me know in the comments if you plan to join us with the readathon – there are prizes! – and what you plan to read for it.
Happy Saturday bookish people! Today I am so excited to be posting my book review for You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M McManus as part of the book tour hosted by TheWriteReads.
In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.
You’ll Be The Death of Me Plot:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
This is another fantastic YA thriller/mystery by Karen M McManus. It is full of perfectly crafter twists that will throw you off for the entire book. I found myself trying to work out the mystery and every time I thought I was getting close some new theory or information was thrown out so I let my intuition guide me and just enjoyed the fast paced novel. I was drawn into the story from the very first chapter until the last page. The only part I didn’t enjoy a much was the ending, there were certain parts of it that I felt were tied up a little too neatly for the characters and the plot of this book.
You’ll Be The Death Of Me Characters:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
There are three main characters in this book, Ivy, Cal and Mateo. They used to be best friends in Middle School but in the beginning of this book they aren’t friends anymore – you find out the reason as the book goes on. Each one of them have their own personal problems and each of them have their own secrets which adds a brilliant tension to the novel. Ivy is a very headstrong female character and I liked how she grew throughout although some of her progression was lost at the end of the novel because of parts of the ending. Cal was a character I disliked from the beginning, to me he was selfish and naïve and caused some of the problems that the characters later had to overcome. Mateo felt like a leader to me, he had this mature, older nature to him that Ivy and Cal didn’t have but again, his secrets led to problems that shouldn’t have been there – which was part of the tension of the novel. One thing I didn’t like was that the characters didn’t always receive realistic repercussions for their actions.
You’ll Be The Death of Me Writing and Dialogue:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I love Karen M McManus’ writing, I own all her books and I have read two of them, The Cousins and One Of Us Is Lying. The mysteries are consistently intriguing and well structured.
You’ll Be The Death of Me Overall:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I gave this book four stars overall because it was an enjoyable and pulse-raising read.
Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.
Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up…. again.
So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say…
Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.
It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.
Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?
From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.
That’s it for my book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Monday bookish people! It is the first of November and that means it is time to share with you my wrap up for the month of October.
October was once again a really busy month for me, I officially started my PhD course and I have had to sort lots of things out in preparation for my Masters graduation while also dealing with some issues with my health. It has been a long feeling month that is for sure, but we are now in November and I am feeling great about reading and the books I have chosen (my November TBR post will be going up later today!).
So, in October I was planning on reading lots of spooky books and mysteries and… well, I didn’t do as well with my TBR as I’d hoped. I wasn’t feeling the books I had on my TBR when it came time to read them and then now – the first day of November I am really in the mood to read them. That is very annoying.
Anyway, let’s get into what I did and didn’t read in the month of October!
October TBR and Thoughts:
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I did not read, I was very excited this book was finally on my TBR but I just didn’t get a chance to pick it up.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – another book I was so excited for but didn’t get around to.
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I didn’t read this one but it has been moved to this month’s TBR…
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – I NEED to get around to reading this soon but I didn’t manage it in October
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – I did read this one, I actually read this entire trilogy this month
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens – I also read this one
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I did not read this one
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – I’ve heard such good things about this one but I haven’t read it yet
Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson – I didn’t get to this one
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn – I’m disappointed I didn’t get to this one it was the perfect month for it
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – This is the one I’m now really in the mood to read so I’m just going to do it, I’m going to read it in November
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I am so scared to read this because I heard it’s classed as a horror so I didn’t read it in Ocotber
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – I did not read this one
Once Upon A Crime by Robin Stevens – I did read this one
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus – I did not read this one
People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield – I didn’t get around to this one but I am very excited to read it soon
Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price – I did not read this one
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I didn’t read this one
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I didn’t read this one
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – Another book I was too scared to read
The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine – it turns out this book is from a series and I don’t have the first ones in it and I’m not sure if I need to read them first
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson – another book that it turns out is in a series and I didn’t read because I don’t have the first few to read before this one
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava reid – I did not read this one
So, out of my TBR I read five of the books which isn’t great but it isn’t awful either. Outside of my TBR I also read the first three books in the Araminta Spook series by Angie sage which takes my October total to eight books. Considering everything that has happened this month I’m pretty happy with that total. Although I definitely plan to read more in November so we will see how that goes.
That’s it for my October wrap-up I hope you all enjoyed it! Let me know how you all did with your October reading.
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a lovely day! It is finally time to share my October Tbr! It is the month for all things spooky and I thought I might as well join in with that and get out all the books that fit the season.
So, this month my TBR game was horrible to me and I got so many doubles. I always start by doing twelve rolls and after all my doubles I ended up with 25 books on my TBR. Yes, I’m worried about this too.
Onto the books I will be reading in October!
Once Upon A Crime by Robin Stevens – I found this in a charity shop and I’m excited to read it
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – I’m so excited to read the final installment of this series
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
City of Ghosts series by V E Schwaab
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Painted Dragon by Katharine Woodfine
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Legendborn by Tracey Deonne
People of Abandoned Character by Claire Whitfield
So that’s my TBR for the month of October and I’m excited but scared to start on it. I hope you all enjoyed reading about it!
Happy Friday bookish people! and welcome to my new Friday segments!
It feels good to be back this week, I wasn’t able to post on Monday and Wednesday this week like I usually would because there has been so much going on, including: a trip to A and E because my boyfriend slipped on a bottle and injured his wrist and ankle and… I found out I got onto the Creative Writing PhD course that I wanted. Now starts three years of hard but rewarding work.
Anyway, back to the exciting, new Friday segments. I was talking to a friend and we were laughing about how sentences from different books can create all new sentences and that gave me the idea for this segment. I will take two books and put together their first and last sentences to see what I get, whether it works or whether it doesn’t!
I would love to hear from you all what happens when you put together the first and last sentences of some of your books, let me know some down in the comments!
I also have some thoughts of maybe turning this into a giveaway once a month or something like that so let me know what you think of that idea down in the comments too!
Last week on my Instagram – @the_blind_scribe – I asked everyone for two numbers between 1 and 405 and today I am going to show you the first five sets of first and last sentences from books chosen by the numbers I was given.
The / is where the two different sentences are split.
Up first is…
One Of Us Is Next by Karen M McManus and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
which gives us… My sister thinks I’m a slacker/Far above the stars are watching delighted.
This actually works! It’s not the clearest sentence but it does work which is great considering how different the two books that created it are.
The second one is…
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer and Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
which gives us… I miss knowing exactly what time it is/Girl found.
So, this one doesn’t work together which is a shame but of course, they won’t all work together but I’m still going to put them on here.
Six Tudor Queens Kathryn Howard by Alison Weir and The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Which gives us.. Kathryn was seven when her Mother died/ “I am a God” I tell them “and I am your Queen”.
This could work.. with a few tweaks such as changing the tense in the sentence so they are both the same which would give us – Kathryn was seven when her Mother died and “I am a God” she tells them “and I am your Queen” which would work much nicer.
The fourth one is…
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Which gives us… The police officer’s body goes blurry and then sharp again/there is only the sea, clear and sparkling
Like the last one, this one almost works – if the ‘and then sharp again’ part was taken out it would work much better.
Finally for today’s episode of Friday First and Lasts…
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson and Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
Which gives us… The first time I saw the bionic man I was covered in sparkles/they brought us together
This one works strangely well. It alludes to the characters being brought together by those sparkles and that sounds like a lovely thing to me.
So, that’s it for the first episode of this new segment. As I said above, comment down below with what you thought of it, any great ones you come across in your books and what you think of he giveaway idea and I’ll be back next week with some more!
Happy Wednesday bookish people! So we’re here, it is finally the end of June. This month has been completely up and down for me in terms of my general life but in terms of reading I think it might have been my best month of the year… I did not complete my TBR but I was part of a bunch of book tours for this month so I was prioritizing them.
Also this month I was taking part in the Whatever-You-Want-A-Thon which was created by Maddie at Book Browsing Blog on YouTube. This was so much fun to be part of, I was part of team dreams and drama queens and I think it was one of my biggest motivations to read this month.
Onto the wrap up!
My June TBR and Thoughts:
Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell – I read the first chapter.. I’m not going to count this as reading because the first chapter is only about ten pages.
I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan – I started this book while travelling to Bristol and back during this month but I wasn’t in the right mood for how dark this book is so I stopped reading at the halfway point.
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova – I did not read this.
Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett – I did not read this either.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I didn’t read this.
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – I didn’t read.
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – I did not read.
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I read this! and LOVED it, I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to reading this.