Nov 2, 2014

Boo-Bye October, Welcome November

It's time for the pumpkins without faces to go away and for children (and adults) to gorge on candy. October is over! But it's November, which means something red and green is just around the corner...

-This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
-The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
-Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
-The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
-The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
-Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
-Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday
-Some Boys by Patty Blount

(I was on a reading roll for a bit!)

October was a big, hot blogging mess, but I promise you I will have more reviews in November.

-This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: A good novella! [Review]
-The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: Here, have some tears. [Review]

Book of the Month
I don't think I'd give any of the books I read this month anything less than 3.5 stars on Goodreads, which is excellent. But as far as wow factor and overall flawlessness go, this takes the cake. Like The Naturals, Killer Instinct was so, so freakin good.

Book Haul
See what bookish goodies I got this month...and while in costume!

Weekly Posts
I shared ten novels I thought were character driven, places I want to visit thanks to books, new series I want to start, and books to read for Halloween!

I waited on a book that appears to have an excellent voice, a series finale, a novel set at Woodstock, a book I NEED RIGHT NOW.

Be Our Tattooed Guest fell a little behind this month, but I did share two: one from Robert Frost and one from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

Other Posts
#MarasRetribution is happening now, so I posted an intro to the readalong and my discussion of book one.

Kit Forbes stopped by for the Shadows Fall Away blog tour to tell us all about her book, which is set in the time of Jack the Ripper! I also did a little discussion about balancing blogging and school. And last but not least, I got to share some exclusive behind the scenes photos from Morganville: The Series (which I love!).

Don't Look 
Behind the Bookshelf
For the third year of my Halloween feature, I did something different! Instead of doing author posts, I shared a series of bookish costume ideas in flash-posts. The costumes: Tiger Lily from Jodi Lynn Anderson's Tiger Lily; dressing for The Selection; being Vicious, like V.E. Schwab's books; going goth with Morganville's Eve Rosser; and the one and only Anna Dressed in Blood.

Nothing very bookish, sadly. But I did win tickets to a private performance with Phillip Phillips! (Last time I took my mom, so this time it was my grandma's turn.)

And of course National Cat Day!

Happy Halloween, too! (I was Anna Dressed in Blood. I'll give you caaaaandy.)

I am slowly catching up, and I have lots I want to get read this month!

New Releases
here are three November released I'm looking forward to most (and that I haven't read, because then Killer Instinct would be on here)!


Hello, pretty cover.

I am excited to see what happens after Pawn!

I'm hoping to go see Cat Winters (In the Shadows of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming) at the University Book Store in Seattle on the fifteenth!

I'm cohosting a readalong of the entire Mara Dyer trilogy! Join the insanity! All the info about #MarasRetribution and how you can join (hint: there are international giveaways) can be found here.

And of course, I'll be trying to NaNo it up this year. (In fact, I should be doing that now...)

Ahhh, next time I'll be talking about all things Christmas! But for now, how did your October go? Are you excited for November?


  1. I'm sorry you didn't get any book with wow factor Last month but look on he good side you got some good books for november, enjoy it :D

  2. look on to the good side ..... spelling mistake, sorry :D

  3. I can't wait for The Retribution of Mara Dyer either! I'd love to join the readathon but I'm afraid I receive my copy too late for that (usually Book Depository takes quite a while to ship to France).


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