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What I’m Reading (39)

Hey all, Dani here.

Greetings and welcome to yet another Wednesday reading update post. I’m just a couple months away from this post series being a year old. I’m really glad that doing a weekly reading check-in has helped me keep posting, even as I continue to struggle to find a good balance between work, life, reading, and blogging. But I guess this is the new normal.

I think I’m going to end up prepping up a ton of posts soon-ish. Thanksgiving is coming, so holiday from work, but then Black Friday is the next day, and I try to avoid going anywhere near a store. Then in December the factory is pretty much closed from Christmas to the New Year, so I should have some days/time to try and catch up on my massive backlog of reviews and the like. Hopefully.

Anyway, this post is where I talk about the books I have finished reading over the past week, the books I am currently reading, and the books I hope to start reading soon. So, let’s just start talking about books.

I don’t really have many books to report in this post. All I can say is that I re-read Amazing Fantastic Incredible A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee and Peter David and Colleen Doran. This was an absolutely necessary read for me right now, considering that the wonderful Mr. Lee passed away on Monday.

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I’ll likely have a review for his memoir up this week because I’m grieving his loss and need to talk about him and what Marvel comics have meant to me.

I’m still working on reading the same books I was last week: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. But I have added one of my most highly anticipated releases to my current reading list: Seasons Turning by Donaya Haymond.

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Have I technically read this book a few times already? Well, yes, but Donaya has informed me that she made a few big changes in editing since the last time I read it. So I am very much looking forward to enjoying this story all over again.

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October Wrap Up and November TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

I had to mostly pre-write this post, because it is now (or will be when this post goes live) November and I need to prioritize writing my novel over writing my blog or reading for fun. So I don’t know if I’m going to have a huge TBR for this month. But that’s okay, because my wrap-up for October should show that I did plenty of reading.

Endless Quest: Big Trouble by Matt Forbeck (5 stars)

Endless Quest: To Catch A Thief by Matt Forbeck (5 stars)

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill (5 stars)

Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion Fire and Beauty (4 stars)

My Hero Academia, Volume 15 by Hideo Horikoshi (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vigilantes, Volume 2 by Hideyuki Furuhashi (5 stars)

Fairy Tail Zero by Hiro Mashima (5 stars)

Fairy Tail, Volume 3 by Hiro Mashima (5 stars)

Rule by Ellen Goodlett (4.5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 1 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 2 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 3 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 4 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 5 by Nagabe (5 stars)

All the Feels by Danika Stone (5 stars)

Black Clover, Volume 2 by Yuki Tabata (5 stars)

Black Clover, Volume 3 by Yuki Tabata (5 stars)

Estranged by Ethan M Aldridge (4 stars)

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (4 stars)

The Monster of Selkirk: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton (4.5 stars)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (5 stars)

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel (4 stars)

Make a Nerdy Living: How to Turn Your Passions Into Profit, with Advice from Nerds Around the Globe by Alex Langley (4 stars)

Whew…that was a nice list of books finished this month. I am also trying to prep up a bunch of reviews from all of these reads so they can be posted throughout the month and beyond. I actually have a huge list of reviews I need to write, so I may have quite a few posts coming for the rest of the year.

Okay, now onto what I’ve watched this month. Honestly, not nearly as much as everything I’ve read. So let’s just jump into the list: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl — 4.5 stars, The Magicians, season 2 — 5 stars, Hocus Pocus — 5 stars, Halloweentown — 5 stars, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge — 5 stars, The Spiderwick Chronicles — 4.5 stars.

Obviously I have my usual ongoing watches, namely Fairy Tail and Critical Role Campaign 2. The Fairy Tail watch has slowed down a little bit, because I watch it with my fiance and he has recently been distracted by the new Spider-Man video game.

It’s book haul time!

Oh, and if I’m talking about my book haul from October, I guess I should also briefly mention my unhaul from October as well. I ended up removing 94 books from my library.

Now this is where my wrap-up post usually features my monthly Owlcrate unboxing…but my post office delivered my Owlcrate to another apartment in my building, and the package was apparently stolen from that other apartment’s doorstep. I was so excited about the October box too. It featured exclusive Owlcrate editions of both Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and Pride by Ibi Zoboi. So I have filed a stolen package claim because the package was insured, but since the box was sold out, I’m betting I won’t be able to get the lovely signed editions anymore.

Finally, it is time for my November TBR. This is definitely a tentative TBR, because I should spend more time focusing on writing than reading. But the next round of the Manga Madness readathon is coming up next week, and I still have a decent stack of books I’d really like to read, so…these are books that I may or may not get around to this month.

Okay, well that is all for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (37)

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Halloween!

When this post goes live, I will be getting ready for trick or treat. My fiance and I like to get dressed up in costume and pass out candy. This is one of our favorite times of the year, so I’m glad that the end of October is finally here. The next couple holidays are quite a bit more chaotic for us. There are so many family gatherings to try and juggle, and they all require some sort of food dish to go with the dinner/pot luck, so it gets a bit exhausting.

But anyway, we are here to talk about books. Specifically I’m here to recap my reading over the past week: the books I’ve finished, the books I’m currently reading, and the books I’m hoping to start very soon.

Obviously the first book I finished was The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell. I actually finished reading it the same day as I started it…last Wednesday. After that I flew through Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge. The next book I devoured was Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. After that I turned my attention to Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel. I will have reviews up soon for both Shadow of the Fox and Black Birdof the Gallows. Then I decided to focus on my non-fiction read, because I’m hoping it has some nice tips and tricks in it so that my fiance and I can really start working towards lives outside the factory we work in right now.

Next up is my current reads. Right now I am reading new release The Librarians and the Pot of Gold by Greg Cox. I loved The Librarian movies, and I adored The Librarians television show. I’m hoping that even with the show being cancelled, that this book series can continue on for a little while. Greg Cox does an absolutely wonderful job writing all the characters so well. My other current read is Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to finish this soon, but maybe I’ll surprise myself and accomplish a bunch of reading and writing in November.

As for what I plan to start reading next…well, that will probably be some volumes of manga. Not only is the next round of the Manga Madness Readathon starting soon (Nov 5-12), but I’m also going to be busy with NaNoWriMo. Since I can usually read a volume of manga in about 30 minutes, they will be perfect for when I need a little break from writing. So I will definitely be continuing my reading of both Fairy Tail and Black Clover, but I may also jump back into One-Punch Man and/or Fullmetal Alchemist. We’ll see what happens.

Oh, and I can also say that I’ve already started making loose reading plans and goals for 2019. I can’t believe that we are only two months away from a new year. I’m going to be tackling some pretty hefty reading next year, so that should be fun.

So, I guess that is all for today. Tomorrow I’ll have my October Wrap-Up and November TBR, and after that, hopefully some more reviews and book tags. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Review: Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt

Hey all, Dani here.

So I finished this book back in July, and I meant to write a review back then, but I guess I got distracted and never actually wrote it up. Considering the fact that this was also a NetGalley read for me, getting the review up will help my feedback ratio. Sadly I’ve been a little lax on my NetGalley reviews this year, so I’m going to try to work on that for the rest of the year.

Anyway, let’s just jump into the review.

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Summary

In this contemporary YA, a teenager’s favorite literary heroes woo her in real life

The first of two books in an intended paperback original series about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.

My Thoughts

Rating: 3.5 stars

After reading the first 30% of this book, I was ready to give up on it, but I pushed on in the hopes that it would stop being so immature. Many of the characters followed the same immature whims that can also be seen in the story of Romeo & Juliet. It honestly made reading it feel so tedious.

But somewhere around 45% or so, Merri started to really mature and start figuring things out, and as she stopped obsessing over R&J and started diving into Pride and Prejudice, I started to find myself really drawn into the story a lot more, and I started flying through it. That was really nice because the book wasn’t really feeling like a YA to me. It definitely fits more into the younger side of YA. It was almost trying too hard to be a cutesy romance with a focus on book boyfriends versus real boyfriends, and I don’t think it quite hit the mark for me.

The second half of this book probably raised my rating up from the 2 or 2.5 stars that I was starting to think this book would get. Overall this book has a 3.6 star rating on Goodreads, so I guess I’m not alone in feeling underwhelmed by this book, but there are some people who still see themselves in a character who fantasizes about the guys in books and gets that romantic feeling over what they see as a swoon-worthy person.

Apparently there is a second book coming in May 2019, and it will follow Merri’s little sister Rory, and the main book focus is supposed to be Little Women. So I will probably give it a try, and hope that it gets a little better.

Where to Buy

You can pick up this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository or your local independent bookstore.

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What I’m Reading (36)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to my weekly post where I talk about the books I’ve read in the past week, the books I am currently reading, and the books I am hoping to start reading soon. This week is a fun wrap up, because last weekend I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, so I get to include my wrap up in this post.

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But first, let’s talk about the book I read prior to Dewey’s Readathon. I managed to fly through Fairy Tail Zero by Hiro Mashima, and all I can say is that I want more story following Mavis and the early days of the Fairy Tail guild. I started another book but did not finish it before it was time to focus on the readathon–thankfully I did finish it after the readathon, so I’ll talk more about what that book was in a little bit.

Okay, now let’s talk about what I read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. The readathon started at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 20th, for me, but due to making chili and needing a shower, I didn’t start until 8:30 am, and my first read was a graphic novel called The Girl from the Other Side. Immediately after that I picked up Black Clover, Vol 2. Of course I was distracted a little bit from reading by needing to call my local post office and try to figure out why I never received my Owlcrate that they said they delivered to my doorstep. At 10:30 am I started All the Feels by Danika Stone. Then came the other time suck of my day…my regularly scheduled Dungeons & Dragons session. I did manage to keep doing a little reading while playing though. But at 1:30 pm, I tried to start The Monster of Selkirk: Book I: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton, and I quickly realized that it was a book I needed to focus my whole attention on so I set it down for after the session.

Unfortunately later in the session is when the post office informed me that the place where they had delivered my package had never seen a package on their doorstep, so it must have been stolen. I’ve never had books stolen from me in my life, and I was so very much looking forward to the October Owlcrate box. It completely ruined my mood and made me want to stop reading for the day. My fiance, the amazing man that he is, suggested that I needed a trip to my happy place, otherwise known as Barnes & Noble. So we went, and I bought a number of manga and graphic novels. Yes, I went and bought the rest of the series for The Girl from the Other Side because it was what I really wanted to read. Expect a series (so far) review coming pretty soon. I need to gush about this series.

This led to me being able to jump back into reading for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. At 11:20 pm, I started The Girl from the Other Side, Vol 2. At 11:37 pm, I started The Girl from the Other Side, Vol 3. At 11:52 am, I started The Girl from the Other Side, Vol 4, and at 12:06 am, I started The Girl from the Other Side, Vol 5. That is all of that series that is currently released, because Volume 5 just came out. Then, at 12:24 am, I started Black Clover, Vol 3. But all the emotional drain from the day left me tired, so at 1:06 am, after finishing that last manga, I crawled into bed with my fiance.

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When I woke up it was 7:15 am. I rolled out of bed, grabbed my glasses, went to the bathroom, and then curled up on the couch with The Monster of Selkirk: Book I again, and read for the remaining 40 minutes of the readathon, managing to complete 62 pages of the book.

So overall for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I started 9 books, finished 8 of them, and read a total of 1,626 pages. That isn’t bad, though in reality I only read one book from my TBR and then made it through about 20% of another one. Oh well. Sometimes you have to be flexible with these things.

But I’m not finished yet, dear followers. Nope. I have read a couple other books this past week.  That book I mentioned before, the one I started before the readathon but didn’t quite finish? Well, that book was Rule by Ellen Goodlett. Obviously once I finished that, I had to finish up The Monster of Selkirk Book I: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton. With any luck, I’ll have reviews up for both books fairly soon.

I guess that means it is time to talk about my current reads. For that I have one that I should technically be starting around the time this post goes live, actually, so I’ll go ahead and count it as a current read. Of course, it is a graphic novel, so I also imagine that I’ll finish it today as well. That is The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell. It just looks cute and fun, and there was a coupon for it at Barnes & Noble when we went on Saturday, so I’m excited. My other current read is for a series that I have pretty much been binge reading the past couple months, and that is Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell. This is the third book in what is supposed to be a six book series, and the new cover releases have been each month over the last few months, but the fourth book isn’t coming out until…December? I think. So I’m probably going to pick up de Castell’s other series to hold me over until I can continue this series.

As for what I’m hoping to read next…well, that’s a difficult question to answer. I’m actually doing pretty good with my October TBR. All I have left is Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Mansicalco, and The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. But both of those are pretty lengthy reads, so I may pick up one to read this month, but the other will probably get pushed back to November. Plus, honestly, right now I kind of want to pick up more from my Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR, since I pretty much abandoned it. I’m thinking about picking up Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel next. Then again, I did get my hands on the newest volume of The Wicked + The Divine, so I should probably read that soon too.

How was your latest week of reading? Have any good books you are dying to recommend to pretty much everyone? Let me know in the comments. That’s all for now, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (35)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to my weekly post where I talk about the books I have finished recently, the books I am currently reading, and the books I am hoping to read soon. So, this has been a pretty interesting week for books. I have managed to read a few, and my recent book haul added another nine books to my stack of books I want/need to read.

Of course I haven’t just been reading. I’ve also been occupied with watching shows and movies, as well as playing Dungeons & Dragons and doing Trunk or Treat at work. Honestly, I will take any excuse to dress up in a costume, and getting to see all the reactions from the kids when my fiance and I stayed in character as pirates was so much fun.

Anyway, let’s just go ahead and start talking about books.

Let’s start with the books I have managed to finish in the last week. First up I finished Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill, and I definitely plan to write up a review for it sometime relatively soon. Then I moved on to another poetry collection by Gill, this time Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion Fire and Beauty. After that it was time for some more quick reads, and by that I mean a few volumes of manga. I flew through My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Hideo Horikoshi, and then My Hero Academia Vigilantes Volume 2 by Hideyuki Furuhashi. I will have reviews for these ones coming up as well. Then I picked up Fairy Tail Zero by Hiro Mashima, because I needed to know more about the first guild master after starting to see more of her in the anime.

Next up are my current reads. I’m ashamed to say that I’m still working on Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis, because I do want to finish reading this, but I’m still nervous about finishing it and having the story be over. I’m also working on reading this cool how-to book about making a living doing nerdy activities like blogging or crafting or cosplay. Finally, I am still deep in my Fairy Tail obsession so I’m reading the single volume prequel about the first master of the Fairy Tail guild, so I am glad to be reading it.

Finally, it is time to talk about what I’m hoping to read. Obviously I have to be careful with this one, as Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is this weekend. You can check out my TBR for this weekend by looking at this post. So the big priority is to finish my current reads before the weekend, but if I need another quick book to pick up, I think I’ll either grab City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab or Damsel by Elana K Arnold.

Well, I guess that is all for today. I imagine that next week’s update will be a pretty good one seeing as how I plan to do a lot of reading during the readathon this weekend. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (34)

Hey all, Dani here.

It has been a good week, but not a very productive reading week. Doctor Who came back on, and I’m liking the Thirteenth Doctor so far. And my fiance and I took my mom to the Renaissance Festival on Saturday–it was her first time there and she had a great time. It was Highland Weekend, so there were lots of kilts and a great deal of bagpipe music going on. Oh, and I met one of the most fierce and badass women, named Dame Jaclyn. She was one of the full-armored knights for the joust. On the first pass she took a poorly aimed lance that hit pretty much in the gut/ovary area. Then on the second pass she was unhorsed. But she got back up and mounted the horse again to go for the third pass. Dame Jaclyn said that in armor she weighs about 200 pounds and her opponent weighs more like 500 pounds in armor. It was an impressive showing, and I’m glad I got to talk to her and get her autograph after the joust was completed.

I read two books in the last week. Actually, I read both of these last night. But again, they are choose your own adventure books so they are pretty darn quick reads. With Big Trouble, I made a couple of bad decisions so it took about three tries to make it all the way through the adventure. Oddly enough, I made it through the first try with To Catch A Thief. So what did I learn from these four Endless Quest books (the fighter, the cleric, the wizard, and the rogue)? Well, apparently I have the easiest time surviving if I am in the mindset of a rogue. Which is weird to me because I tend to play clerics the most and I am generally pretty good at surviving in D&D.

Anyway, on to what I am currently reading.

Well, I’m still reading Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. I am really into the story, but I can admit that part of me is worried that this is the last book in the series or that it will leave off on a massive cliffhanger. Either way I don’t know that I’m ready for the book to end, which I think has slowed my reading speed a bit. Plus, obviously I got distracted by other books.

Okay, so I made it another 20 pages into Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Overall I’m not doing too bad with my progress on this, especially since I’ve been in a Highlander mood. Granted, this one doesn’t have nearly as many Scots in kilts in it, but it’s still a good read. If I keep this up then I should reach my goal of reaching at least page 400 by the end of the month.

I also started reading a poetry book I picked up at the end of last month and I am so loving it. The poems are definitely resonating with me, and I plan on having a gushing review of the book up shortly after I finish it. For now I’m a little over halfway finished and I can definitely say that I recommend Fierce Fairytales: Poems & Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill.

What I plan on reading next is probably…hmm…I’m thinking the next book I’ll pick up is Rule by Ellen Goodlett.

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This book is giving me some Three Dark Crowns vibes, sort of. So I can definitely say that I am looking forward to diving into this read, and hopefully I enjoy it.

So what books are you reading? I’d love to know, so let’s talk books in the comments. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (33)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to another post in my series where I talk about books I have read recently, books I am currently reading, and books I plan to start reading soon. My reading plans for October are pretty extensive, so it will be an interesting month. Actually as I was adding in the book cover images for this post I realized that my current reads totally fit the October/Halloween mood. They are both orange books.

So…the only books I’ve finished reading in the past week are short reads, because they are choose your own adventure books. But they were pretty fun to read, and I look forward to grabbing the other books in the series.

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Obviously these are Dungeons and Dragons based stories, and they are both inspired by campaigns I am currently running or have recently completed. So I thought that I would be able to make it through these books easily since I already was familiar with the stories. Guess what? I was completely wrong. I made the wrong decisions multiple times and ended up dying, which was sad. But I started over each time and tried again. Eventually, after four or five tries, I managed to successfully reach the conclusion of the adventures. It was a fun time, especially since my fiance and I were sitting on the couch trying to survive these tales together. Well, we were each reading a different book, and then swapping them when we failed. Anyway, these books are aimed at ages 8-12, but I would recommend them to any fan of D&D.

For my current reads, I am working on two books–and by that I mean that I am focused on one and the other is an ongoing backburner read that I’m kinda in the mood for right now so I’m reading it more than I have in the past couple months.

The book I’m focused on is Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. Currently I am a little more than halfway finished with it, and so far it is totally meeting my expectations. I totally admit that I had set super high expectations on this book because of how much I loved the first one, and that had made me nervous to start it. That’s why I actually didn’t get around to reading this one last month. But I am pleased to say that it is just as intriguing and thought provoking as the first. So hopefully I will finish it soon and then get a review up.

My backburner read is still Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I’m around 250 pages in, and I suppose my goal for the month is to read up to around page 400. I’ve had this book on my currently reading shelf on Goodreads for something like six months now and I’d like to finish it so I can watch the second season of the show, as well as start reading the third book.

As for what I’m hoping to start reading soon…well, a few different books spring to mind.

Oh, wait, that’s my planned TBR for this month. I’m pretty much sticking to mood reading for October, so whichever of these books calls out to me loudest will be the one that I read next. Of course, I may also pick up more volumes of Fairy Tail, so we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, that is it for today. I will be back soon with more bookish content. Let me know in the comments what great books you’re reading; I’d love to know.

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September Wrap-Up and October TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

September has come and gone, and now we have opened our calendars up to October. That is just such a crazy thought to me. How are we this close to the end of 2018 already? The weather is starting to cool down where I am and the leaves are beginning to change color.

What I love is that as it gets colder outside, all I want to do is to curl up under a blanket inside. Oh, and naturally I want to have that cozy beverage of hot tea or hot cocoa beside me while I’m enjoying all the extra reading time. This is definitely the time of year where I want to delve into longer fantasy reads, or just larger TBR stacks in general. The cold weather and I just do not get along.

Anyway, it is time once again to wrap up everything I both read and watched over the last month, before diving into my book haul, my monthly OwlCrate unboxing, and my tentative TBR for this lovely and spooky October. It has been a pretty good month, so I’m excited to talk about everything with all of you.

First up, let’s go over everything I managed to read in the month of September.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco — 5 stars

Fairy Tail Vol 1 by Hiro Mashima — 5 stars

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry — 4 stars

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep — 5 stars

Fairy Tail Vol 2 by Hiro Mashima — 5 stars

Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake — 4.5 stars

Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero Vol 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick — 4 stars

Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell — 4.5 stars

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake — 5 stars

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco — 5 stars

Endless Quest: Into the Jungle by Matt Forbeck — 4 stars

Endless Quest: Escape the Underdark by Matt Forbeck — 4 stars

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Next up is what I watched for the month. Now, I can’t exactly fully count some of my watches, because while we were at our hotel for our renaissance faire weekend, SyFy was doing a Star Wars movie marathon, and we ended up watching part of Episodes 2, 3, and 4, but not enough of any of them to fully count them as a watch.

The Emperor’s New Groove (5 stars), Princess Diaries 2 (5 stars), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (4 stars), The Princess Bride (5 stars), Scott Pilgrim vs the World (5 stars), My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (5 stars), Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (5 stars), Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (5 stars). As always we are continuing with watching Critical Role Campaign 2, as well as keeping up with My Hero Academia’s current season.  Oh, and we are continuing with our watch through of Fairy Tail, and have finished season three of the show. I am currently so obsessed with the characters and the world of this anime. So, expect to see me start reviewing the manga volumes that I have read very soon. The final watch I need to mention is the fact that I managed to get my fiance to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning (5 stars) on Netflix, and he actually really enjoyed it; I believe we will be watching the rest of the series soon. Our main focus right now is Fairy Tail because the final season of the anime will be airing starting at the end of the month, and it would be really cool if I am caught up by then.

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Oh boy…now it is time for my book haul for the month. We went to Barnes & Noble twice this month, and made a trip to Half-Price Books as well. Pretty much that alone should tell you about my lack of self-control when it comes to adding to my library.

Wow, okay, that was a big haul. Let’s just move on to my OwlCrate unboxing. This month’s box was pretty cool too. I’m definitely happy about the fingerless gloves. Oh, and apparently the October box will have two hardcover books in it, so I am absolutely looking forward to getting this next box.

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Finally, I guess all that is left is my October TBR. I’m going to start with a smaller list, because I’m definitely in a bit of mood reader time right now. Also, October is when the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is being held (Oct 20th), so I will be posting a TBR for that when we get a bit closer to that time.

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Clearly based on my September reading, I need to read Escaping From Houdini soon, and the same goes for Charmcaster. These are both series that I am enjoying so so much. Then I have a little fairy tale poetry collection, which I’m sure will be a pretty quick read, so that will be nice. Rule is about three illegitimate daughters fighting for the crown, and honestly I sort of get a little Three Dark Crowns vibe from it all. Finally, The Lost Queen is a story about the sister of the man who would come to be known as Merlin, and it is described as appealing to fans of Outlander, so I am willing to give it a shot.

Oh, and I do think that I have selected my TBR for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, but I’m just going to prep the post, and you all will see it in another week or so.

That should be all for today, but I will be back soon with more bookish content. Let me know in the comments what your favorite book purchase was in September.

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What I’m Reading (32)

Hey all, Dani here.

After last week’s impressive update, I can say that this week just might be a little disappointing. I did not have nearly as much reading time. Or, I guess I technically had about the same amount of time where I could have been reading but I didn’t because of other things. That happens sometimes.

I’m still having a pretty good reading month for September though, and I’m looking forward to my reading for the rest of the week, as well as coming up with my October TBR…because, yikes, October is right around the corner.

In other bookish related news, I just watched the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald, and can it be November already so I can see this movie? I love Newt, and I think Jacob is one of my favorite characters. After watching this trailer, my fiance said that he thinks the Fantastic Beasts series could be something he ranks higher than Harry Potter, and honestly, I agree with him on that. And I love Harry Potter.

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Anyway, let’s talk about books. Over the last week, mostly during break times at work, I managed to finish reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Just like with the first book in the series, this one snatched hold of my thoughts and interest and just didn’t want to let go. These are such interesting characters and plots and I’m glad that I finally gave these books a chance. Expect me to get around to reading the third book pretty soon.

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Moving on to current reads. So, I guess I’ll mention that I finally picked Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon up again. This is an interesting series, and I have enjoyed everything I’ve read so far, but I can also say that this isn’t a series that I fully focus on. I read 100 pages of this book a few months ago and then set the book aside. Well this week I picked it up again and have read another 100 pages. I definitely consider this to be a side read or a backburner read. Could I keep reading and finish this book in just a few days or so? Well, yes, and that could happen, but if it doesn’t then I’m not super concerned about it. Besides, this way I don’t really ever need to worry about “droughtlander,” like some people. Of course, when If finally finish reading this book then I’ll be able to watch the second season of the show. Because I’m trying to avoid spoilers so I’m not watching ahead of what I’ve read.

My other current read is one that I have been putting off all month, but no longer. It is my most highly anticipated release of the year, and it is about time I start reading. I am so nervous and excited to read Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis.

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I don’t know what I’ll read after I finish this book. It honestly depends on how quickly I get through this one, and what mood strikes me next.

So what books are you reading? Anything you’d recommend? I’m always looking for new reads to add to my impossibly large TBR. Thanks for reading everyone, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.