The rain has officially settled in for Fall, bringing a lot of fantastic reading weather and leaves. Yet, I still continue to remain in a slump. I have read some great titles and a few disappointing ones. I continue to reach for novellas and anything that might easily break this cycle. I managed to finish 4 titles recently, so I won’t spend too much time complaining.
As Halloween nears, I had hoped to put together a more appropriately themed reading list. I have not managed to do so as of yet. But with a few good horror flicks, gray days and my daughter’s terrifying attitude, I am still enjoying the month and taking advantage of all that October has to offer 😉
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
By Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Goodreads Book Blurb:
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
By John A. Heldt
Publisher: John A. Held
Genre: Historical Fiction/Sci-Fi
Goodreads Book Blurb:
In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.
By Gregory Maguire
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Goodreads Book Blurb:
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”
― Lemony Snicket,
My only recent pick up was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (actually this was a treat from the BF for having to stand in the airport at 5 am). And I do have a copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake on the way. Aside from those two titles I was very well behaved this week! I have been forced to slow down a bit due to work, airports, and a 12 hour babysitting session. I also noticed my PC seems to be running terribly slow. I am currently working from a laptop, which I have forgotten how to do. This keyboard is driving me insane! So aside from “chores”, I will be running some malware and cleaning systems to see if everything can be resolved. It may be admittedly time to upgrade. We will see!
I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have recently nominated me for some great book tags! I appreciate the recognition and would love to say that I may get to some of these this week, but I just might not. Unfortunately between schedule and pc issues I have lost several tags and seem unable to find enough time. So seriously, thank you and I have enjoyed reading each of them ❤
Two Final NotesQuestions
Is anyone able to assist me with my post titles? I have been trying to locate a way to center these. They are really starting to bug my obsessiveness haha.
Secondly, what are you reading to get in the “mood” this spooky season? I would love to know how or if you celebrate the holiday and this amazing season. Enjoy your week and happy reading!