September 2013 Recap

September was not exactly a good reading month.  I have so many book to read and I’m just not turning them out.  Maybe it’s the pressure of having so many on my TBR list, but life has been busy also.  Lots of soccer games, and my oldest turned 15.  Overall it was a good month though.

Books:

  • Total Books Read – 5
  • Total Pages Read – 1,847 ( big difference than the 5,000+ last month)
  • Total Books for 2013 – 103
  • Total Pages for 2013 – 29,089
  • ARC’s:  0 (I so need to catch up on these)
  • Library:  5
  • Books Read from TBR List:  5
  • Male/Female Authors:  2/3
  • Favorite Book This Month:  The Archived
  • Least Favorite Book This Month:  If There Be Thorns
  • Books Read for Challenges:  1

Posts for August:

  • Reviews – 4
  • Features – 16
  • Events – 3
  • Recaps – 4

Weekly Recap for 9/23/13 – 9/29/13

Books Read This Week:

I didn’t finish any books this week.  😦

Library:

Only got one book from the library this week and I’m so excited to read it.  I loved the Shining.

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Galleys:

I requested and received these books:

The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavanaugh MysteryPicture MeCrash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)

  •  The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick
  • Picture Me by Lori Weber
  • Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

 

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Super Six Sunday – Six Books That Made Me Cry

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Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme hosted at Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish. Check out the weekly schedule of themes here.

It depends on my mood when I’m reading but some books make me cry easier than others and these are the ones that are most memorable for that.

  1. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  2. One Summer by David Baldacci
  3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Pieces of My Sister’s Life by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  5. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  6. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

SummerlandOne SummerThe Best of Me

Pieces of My Sister's LifeMy Sister's KeeperThe Time Traveler's Wife

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – 9/27/13

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda’s Voice.    I noticed these memes and thought it would be interesting to do both.  Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week.  This is the book I’m currently reading.

Book of Spells by Kate Brian

Book Beginnings:

Even at the tender age of sixteen, Elizabeth Williams was the rare girl who knew her mind.  She knew she preferred summer to all other seasons.  She knew she couldn’t stand the pink- and yellow- floral wallpaper the decorator had chosen for her room.  She knew that she would much rather spend time with her blustery, good-natured father than her ever-critical, humorless mother – though the company of either was difficult to come by.  And she knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that going away to Billings School for Girls was going to be the best thing that ever happened to her.

Friday 56:

“I told you that you should have turned back.” the same low voice from the tunnel whispered.  Eliza’s breath caught and she whirled around.  But no one was there.

The Book of Spells (Private #0.5)

Review – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Title:  Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn

Pages:  452

Series:  No, standalone

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Publisher:  Crown Publishing Group

Date Published:  January 1, 2009

My Rating:   ****

Goodreads Summary:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who have long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

My Thoughts:  Gillian Flynn’s books are a little bit darker than most authors, but I love them .  The fast pace kept me up late because I had to find out what happened.  When I heard about Gone Girl I had to read it as soon as I could get my hands on a copy and then after that I wanted to read all of Gillian Flynn’s books.  It took me this long to get a hold of Dark Places and it was worth it.

Likes:

  • POV –  Told by Libby, the survivor of her family massacre, her brother who was accused of the murders, and her mother’s past, it keeps building the suspense up all the way to the end.
  • Love it when you think you know where a book is going and it surprises you.  It kept me guessing who the killer was the whole way.
  • It’s a refreshing change to have the woman be just as despicable as the men in stories.

Dislikes:

  • Didn’t have any favorite characters, not even the main character, Libby.  Flynn’s characters are not very likeable.  They are violent, selfish, and imperfect.  But that’s the way they are supposed to be written.  It works for the story though, so this isn’t really a dislike.

Memorable Quote:

i was not a lovable child, and i’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes.  It’s complex and suspenseful.

About this Author:

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Review Quotes:
“Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.”
–Stephen King

Other Books by This Author:

  • Gone Girl
  • Sharp Objects

WWW Wednesday – 9/25/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is hosted by Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Rose Under Fire

  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – About halfway through.  I like this book so far, but it is still a lot to keep track of.
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – A little bit farther in this one.  So far, so good.

What did you finish recently?

Deal Breaker / Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar, #1-2)
  • Deal Breaker/Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #1/2) by Harlan Coben
What do you think you’ll read next?
Until It Hurts to Stop
  • Looking forward to reading this one – Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer Hubbard

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Sequels Ever

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – loved this book  & I can’t wait for the movie to come out.
  2. Locked Doors by Blake Crouch – love his books, but they are too short
  3. The Last Christmas by Kate Brian – technically this is a prequel, but I liked it somewhat better than the series
  4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Harry Potter- Prisoner of Azkaban
  6. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – This one I haven’t read yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.

 

I could only think of six this time.
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series - Book 2)Last Christmas (Private #0.6)

Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

 

 

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Hosted by Tressa’s Wishful Endings.  

I didn’t do as well as I thought I would.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Game of Thrones, but it is not one of those books you can just fly through.  Or at least I am not.  It wasn’t the best pick for a read-a-thon I guess, but I did manage to finish three books during this time and am part of the way through two more.

I finished three books and read, on average, about 70-80 pages a day for me.  That’s pretty low for me, but I have been busier at work the past couple of weeks which is where I was getting more reading done.  I have downloaded some audio books though.  I really enjoyed doing the read-a-thon and hope to enter more of them.

Updates

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Books currently reading: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Today’s finished books: Dark Places
Total finished books: 1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Monday, September 9, 2013

Books currently reading:   12 pages of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Books currently reading: 12/24 pages of Game of Thrones
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Books currently reading: 40/64 pages of Game of Thrones read
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Books currently reading: 30/94 pages of Game of Thrones read
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Friday, September 13, 2013

Books currently reading: 14/108 pages of Game of Thrones read
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Books currently reading: 28 pages of If There Be Thorns
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Books currently reading: 29/57 pages of If There Be Thorns
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Monday, September 16, 2013

Books currently reading: 113/170 pages of If There Be Thorns
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Books currently reading: 70/240 pages of If There Be Thorns, 31/139 pages of Game of Thrones, 7 pages of Rose Under Fire
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  1
Titles of finished books: Dark Places

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Books currently reading: 132/372 pages of If There Be Thorns, 88/227 pages of Game of Thrones, 7 pages of Rose Under Fire, 7 pages of Deal Breaker
Today’s finished books:  If There Be Thorns
Total finished books:  2
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Books currently reading:  48/275 pages of Game of Thrones, 2/9 pages of Rose Under Fire, 60/67 pages of Deal Breaker
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  2
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns

Friday, September 20, 2013

Books currently reading:  24/299 pages of Game of Thrones, 68/132 pages of Deal Breaker
Today’s finished books:
Total finished books:  2
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Books currently reading:  57/356 pages of Game of Thrones, 132/264 pages of Deal Breaker, 14/23 pages of Rose Under Fire
Today’s finished books:  Deal Breaker
Total finished books:  3
Titles of finished books: Dark Places, If There Be Thorns, Deal Breaker