(A Long Overdue) October Reading Challenge Update

Hello Readers!

At the beginning of the month I posted my reading goals for the month of October.  I planned on reading a total of three books – all of which had a Halloween-y feel. At the beginning of the month I had planned on reading the following three books:

1. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

2. Amity by Micol Ostow

3. Shadowlands by Kate Brian

It’s now October 22nd, and then means that the month of October is almost over! Where did this month go? Seriously, I want an answer! To date I’ve only finished one book. I finished Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff, and really enjoyed it.

I was supposed to move on to Amity, but I decided to not read that one just yet and read a book that’s been on my to be read list for quite some time – Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers. I mean, come on the title alone screams Halloween! I started this book yesterday, and am about fifty or so pages in. So far, I’m enjoying it. And I really like main character Jazz.

Even though there really is only a week or so left to October, I am still hopeful to at least start Kate Brian’s Shadowlands. I’m hopeful and keeping my fingers crossed.

What have you been reading during the Halloween season, dear readers?!?

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Monday Memories (#7)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted by The BookBandit  and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!

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Hello Readers!

For today’s Monday Memories, I’m kicking it old school. I’m bringing it back to 1997 when I was in eighth grade!

That’s right, R.L. Stine’s One Evil Summer.

Every year in “library” the class as a whole had to choose a book to read together, and write book reports about. Every year we practically begged our librarian to let us read a Fear Street book. But alas we were too young. That is until eighth grade.

As a whole the class chose to read One Evil Summer, a book that has stuck with me since reading. I remember being creeped out. I remember being shocked at the twists and turns. I remember realizing that I was a R.L. Stine fan through and through.

Fast forward to 2012 to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.. With my copy of One Evil Summer, I wait on a massive line under a blazing sun to meet the one and only R.L. Stine. Most people had the latest Goosebumps book, a few here and there had Red Rain. I had a copy of One Evil Summer – “an oldie but goodie” according to R.L. Stine himself.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would have the chance to meet an author I read as a child, as a teen, and as an adult.  Never in a million years did I ever think he would sign a copy of my most favorite Fear Street book.

This just shows you, dear readers, that dreams do come true!

What Monday Memories are you sharing? Link up below!

It Wouldn’t Be Me If R.L. Stine Wasn’t Featured In This Post

Hello Readers!

And Happy Friday!

I’m sure all of your hardcore HG (that is, Hunger Games for you who aren’t in the know) heard about the newest trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. What, wait?! You haven’t?  Well, look no further!

You’re life in R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Covers. Enough said.

Readers, have you guys checked out the Epic Reads website? There’s a ton of awesome content that you all bookish folks will love. Personally I’m fond of the quizzes – especially Which YA Horror Novel Are You? And of course I really liked Who Are You In A Horror Story? But seriously there are ton more!

Speaking of Epic Reads, have you checked out their YouTube videos?

There are a ton of banned books out there, and it seems that there are always more books being added to the list. Here are six books that you may not know (or you may already know all about) are banned. (Truth be told, I knew about all the books on the list were banned with the exception of one. Can you guess which book I didn’t realize was banned?)

I may have to plan a  trip to visit all of these book shops!

If you love YA books, mega signings, and traveling, you should really think about going to YALLFEST. (Went last year, had so much fun I’m going again this year.)

Interested in winning the Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark series? Look no further!

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Hello Readers!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in one of Kathy over at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer’s Giveaway Hops. So, I thought it would be fun – for both me and you, dear readers – to join in on this Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.

Since this is a Spooktacular Giveaway, I thought it would be fun to giveaway one of my favorite scary story books. As a child I poured over this book’s pages.  I memorized scary stories to tell me friends, and I sang relentlessly about never laughing as a hearse passes by. That’s right! I’m giving away…

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(Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark Box Set)

Everyone ages 13 years and older, living within the United States is welcome to enter this Spooktacular Giveaway.  Giveaway is open from 12:01 am on October 15th, and will run until 11:59 pm on October 31st.  Winner will be contacted via e-mail on Saturday November 1st, and will have two days (48 hours) to respond to e-mail with shipping information.

To enter this giveaway hop, simply leave a comment on THIS blog post telling me what your most favorite scary book/story is (mine is a toss up between Carrie by Stephen King and Bliss by Lauren Myracle). Remember when commenting, please leave a valid e-mail address. One winner will be selected by random number generator.

That’s really all you need to know!

Before ending this post, I just want to say two things – one a big THANK YOU to Kathy over at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting such a great giveaway hop. And second, hop participants make sure you stop by all the other blogs participating  in this giveaway! They’re giving away some great swag!

 

Monday Memories (#6)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted by The BookBandit  and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!

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Hello Readers!

Today’s book is a really great book, one that I think everyone should check out at some point.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a VERY special book to me. Why? Because one of the main characters just happens to be my most favorite character … of all time!

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If you read this book already, I’m sure you will agree with me. And if you haven’t read it, read it, and I promise you, you too will love this character.

CHUBS!!!

I absolutely love Chubs! He’s the reason why this book is so special to me. But, why is he do I love Chubs. Firstly, he’s awesome! And secondly, I see a lot of myself in him. I connected to him on a personal level. I instantly felt bonded to this character the moment I got to know him on the page.

Now that you know why this book is so important to me and my reading life, go out and READ IT!!

So readers, what are some of your Monday Memories? Link up below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Character Driven Books

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was take and altered by me for the purposes of these posts. Please do not take or “borrow” without asking.)

Hello Readers!

I love a good character driven book. And these are the top ten books that I think other readers who like character driven books would enjoy:

1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

2.  Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

4.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

5. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

6.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

7.  The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

8. Going Bovine by Libba Bray

9. Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

10. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Monday Memories (#5)

Monday Memories is a super easy and super fun meme hosted by The BookBandit  and Miss Print. Participants are asked to post a picture of a book that holds a special place in their hearts, and talk briefly about why this book is so special. If you want to join in on the fun, link up and be sure to link back!

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Hello Readers!

And welcome to today’s Monday Memories post. Today I’m going to talk about a book that is relatively new, but vast popular.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell is very special to me, not just because it’s by one of my most fave authors, but because I worked really hard to get a copy of this book.

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True story:

At this past years Book Expo America (BEA14) Rainbow was going to be doing an in-booth signing – but there was a catch. Not only was this in-booth signing ticketed, it was limited to only one hundred people. Now Rainbow is VERY popular, so you can only imagine the swarms of people that showed up over an hour before tickets we to be given out.

Tickets were going to be given out a hour or so before the actual signing. So I made my way through the crowds and over to the publisher’s booth. I expected to find a neat and orderly line, but to my surprise there wasn’t a line. Instead there was a mod of people hovering about the area. I asked a few people what was going on and was promptly informed that that was the “un-line”. Confused I further questioned this “un-line” business and found out that someone had complained about the massive line. Hence the “un-line”.

I jumped in the mix, chatted with my fellow Rainbow fans, and  assumed that my chances to get a ticket were slim to none. I mean, there were people there waiting long before I got there, and there was easily over 100 people milling about. But I figured, I had to try. If I got a ticket, great! If not, I’d just have to be patient and wait for Landline to hit the shelves.

I waited … and waited and when the clock stuck the precise hour, tickets were given out. And yes! I was one of the lucky ones. An hour or so later, I found myself yet on another line to meet Rainbow and get an arc of Landline signed.   Meeting Rainbow was great! Getting that chance to, not only meet her, but get an arc of this highly anticipate book was easily one of my BEA14 highlights!

What book holds a special place in your bookish hearts readers?! Share, and link up below!