Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September is for Sequels Challenge Wrap-Up

As you may or may not know this month I participated in the September is for Sequels Reading Challenge.  The challenge was hosted by Lisa at Lisa Loves Literature.  

So, I made an initial challenge posy in which I talked about how many books I wanted to read and which ones I wanted to read.  However, this is what I actually read for the challenge.

1. Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs
2. I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
3. Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
4. Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart
5. Scorch by Gina Damico
6. Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin

Looking at my sign-up post I notice that the only book I read that I had put on my list was Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs.

I am also part-way through Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore but that doesn't actually count.  The point of the challenge was to read at least 4 sequels for the month and I managed that!  I also managed to finish one series, and have made a little bit of progress on some of the series that I am partway through.  I'll most likely be carrying on with sequels next month but also read some other books in between.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin

Title: Myth Conceptions

Author: Robert Asprin

Published: Ace, 1985

Pages: 208

Series: Book 2, Myth Adventures

Summary: After mistakenly being appointed court magician by a regent who should have known better, apprentice mage Skeeve must defend a kingdom from the mightiest invading army in the world.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading and really enjoying the first book in the series, I figured I may as well move on to the second book since it was also sitting on my shelf. 

Myth Conceptions is just as funny as Another Fine Myth and I felt like there were some jokes continued on from the first book which was really awesome.

This book is quite a bit shorter than the first one so it didn't take me as long to read through.  I pretty much just read it in a day.  It also means that I don't have as much to say about the book.

One thing I really enjoy about these books is that the end conflict doesn't take very long to resolve which is something that I really like because I find scenes that take a few chapters or a very long chapter can get a little tedious for me,

Overall, I really loved Myth Conceptions and thought it was super funny and a great light read.  I highly recommend this series to people looking for a hilarious fantasy series.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Book Haul Part Two

So I know I said that I wasn't going to get any more books this month but there are two exceptions.  All summaries are taken from Goodreads.

The first of these is one I had pre-ordered and forgot I was expecting.  It is:

One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon. 

The second book was really cheap online so I just had to get it.

Risha is strong and outspoken, and at 16 has developed into a leader of men, a strategic thinker, and a woman — one can imagine — who will assume the legacy left by her mother.
The story begins with 13-year-old Risha living a simple life in the mountains with her father. When her father suddenly dies, Risha is left alone, an outcast of her village. Disguised as a boy, Risha leaves the village with a group of traders, on a quest to find out the truth about her mother and her heritage. 

Here begins a grand sweeping adventure as Risha is caught up in dangerous pursuits, intrigue, trickery and betrayal. She is left for dead, confused by the actions of many, and is made to hide from those who wish her harm. 
She finds out by chance that she is Cattra's daughter. Who is Cattra — and why do so many wish Risha harm? 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scorch by Gina Damico

Title: Scorch

Author: Gina Damico

Published: HMH Books for Young Readers, 2012

Pages: 332

Series: Book 2, Croak

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I read the first book in the series when it first came out, which was over three years ago.  I bought the next two books in the series as soon as they came out but for some reason just never got around to reading any of them until now.

One issue with reading the books so far apart is that it’s a little hard to remember exactly what happened in the previous book.  So going into Scorch I only really remembered the ending of Croak because seriously who could forget it.  Anyway, as the book progressed I started to remember more things but I think there needs to be a gap of less than three years between books.

One warning I have, is that the back of the book gives away what happens for almost the entire book.  I read the back and 200 pages in I was confused as to why some of it hadn’t happened yet. 

Scorched is full of a mixture of humour and sadness and it’s done in such a good way.  There are so many funny parts in the book.  But at the same time, things get pretty serious.

Scorch was such a good book and I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get around to reading it sooner.  I know I'll be getting to the next book very soon.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin

Title: Another Fine Myth

Author: Robert Asprin

Published: Ace, 2005 (first published 1978)

Pages: 208

Series: Book 1, Myth Adventures

Summary: Skeeve was a magician's apprentice, until an assassin hired by an ancient enemy struck and his master was dead. Skeeve suddenly found himself alone with Aahz, a purple-tongued demon the old magician had summoned from another dimension as a practical joke just before he was killed.

Aahz had lost his powers. Skeeve had lost his job. So together, they set out through a universe populated by Deveels (or devils), Imps, dragons, unicorns and more, looking for a way to get even...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I knew of so many books that were hilarious science fiction novels, one huge example of this being the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams and I could find quite a few more too.  What I really wanted to find were some humorous fantasy novels.  I had been told to check out Terry Pratchett for that, but in all honesty, I wanted to find something else.  Through a bit of searching on Goodreads I managed to find the myth series by Robert Asprin.

Was this book funny?  Yes, definitely.  There were just so many funny things and the entire tone of the story was hilarious too.  I liked how there were some really funny jokes and the banter between the characters made me laugh a lot.

In terms of plot, I have to say that it was a little all over the place and there were times when it was hard to remember exactly what the main character's purpose was.  However, Skeeve and Aahz got there in the end which was a good thing.

In terms of the world building, I thought this was really cool.  It wasn't a whole new world or anything but the way that there were different dimensions and different creatures came from different dimensions.  Those who travelled between dimensions were called demons.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Another Fine Myth.  It was a light and funny read that I had no trouble breezing through.  I have the second book on hand as well so am thinking that I might pick that one up pretty soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

Title: Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

Author: M. C. Beaton

Published: Robinson Publishing, 2010 (first published 1992)

Pages: 285

Series: Book 1, Agatha Raisin

Summary: Agatha Raisin has finally achieved her picture-book life in the beautiful Cotswolds. How better to make new friends than to enter a quiche-making contest? To ensure first prize, Agatha buys her entry at London's Quicherie. But when the judge, Mr. Cummings-Browne, succumbs after trying Agatha's quiche, her chances of winning the competition, or new friends are way beyond hope unless she can nab the murderer!  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Having never read a cosy mystery before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this book.  I have to say that as I was reading the first chapter my mind started to wander and all I could think was what the f**** is this book.  It’s just weird.  This lady, Agatha Raisin, is such a snob.  I thought it was a little weird, but I carried on.  There is actually a lot of character development and it was really good to see Agatha change over time.

I think once I got over the beginning of the book, which I just wasn’t really expecting, I started to get into the book a bit more.  Although, I did find myself wondering if this was actually a murder mystery at one point just because it took, what felt like a while to get into the story.

One really cool thing about this book was that there were quite a lot of references to Agatha Christie.  They were just scattered throughout the book in a subtle way and it was really fun to spot them.

I feel like this book was quite odd but also quite enjoyable once I got past the first couple of chapters.  In terms of a mystery it had everything it needed.  There were red herrings and clues to things scattered throughout which I really enjoyed.  One thing that I really love about reading mysteries is guessing who the culprit is.  I always get excited if I guess it right and equally so if I don’t guess it.

At the end when there was the big reveal I wasn’t at all surprised.  It made sense to me and I had kind of guessed it.  I do have to say that I was surprised at how silly Agatha was when it came to the big reveal though.

So will I read the next book in the series?  Yes, I think so.  Once I got into the story I found it to be really enjoyable.  It was a very good first step into the cosy mystery genre.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Read More Books

Today I thought I'd write a little bit of an advice post on how to read more books.  This is just how I do it anyway.

1. Take a book with you everywhere.  This way if you ever end up waiting somewhere then you can just read a few pages.

2. Read on your breaks.  I always like to read on my work breaks.  I find that I have plenty of time to eat some food and also get a few pages of reading done.

3. Set some time aside each day to do a little bit of reading.  Whether it be in the morning when you get up or right before you go to sleep.  Just setting aside some reading time is a good way to get some more reading done.

4. Audiobooks.  I love listening to audiobooks.  You can listen to them while doing menial tasks such as housework, or you can listen to them while checking emails.

5. Read what you feel like.  If a book you're currently reading isn't doing it for you, pick something else up and read that.  Reading a book that you're really feeling just helps you get through it faster.

So those are my tips on how to read more books.  Anyone else have any other good tips?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart

Title: Blood Storm

Author: Rhiannon Hart

Published: Random House Australia, 2012

Pages: 364

Series: Book 2, Lharmell

Summary: Zeraphina and Rodden must travel across the sea to find the elusive ingredients that will help them to win the coming battle against the Lharmellin – but shadows from Rodden’s dark past may come back to haunt him. And while she learns to harness her new abilities, Zeraphina still fights the hunger that makes her crave the north – not to mention avoiding her mother, who wants to see her wayward daughter married to a prince at all costs.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: It has been such a long time since I read the first book, Blood Song, but I remember that I absolutely loved it to pieces so I figured it was time that I actually read the next book.  I figured that this one might be as good as the first one and might even get me out of my reading slump.

Blood Storm is really easy to read as the writing just flows along and I managed to sit down and finish this one on a Saturday when I had the house to myself.  I have to say though, it did take me a little while to get through the first few pages but once I did the story picked up and I found myself breezing along.

There were quite a few interesting things that happened in this book.  There were some points where I thought that Zeraphina and Rodden were going to meet their ends.  There was also a part where Zeraphina was back home for a while and wow things took an interesting turn there.

I feel like there isn’t too much to say about this book other than the writing is good, the story is really interesting and I really enjoyed it.  The book ended on a sort of cliffhanger and I have to say I’m glad that I read the book closer to when the third book comes out as I am very interested as to how the series will end.

Monday, September 22, 2014

My October TBR

I don't always do TBR lists for the month but I've been thinking about the books that I would like to read next month and I have a kind of theme in mind.  At this point you're probably thinking that it would be horror novels as Halloween is at the end of October.  However, the month after October is November and so NaNoWriMo begins!  So I want to read some books that are in the same genre as what I am planning to write.  This year I am planning on writing a cosy mystery.
So this is what I would like to read to do a little bit of research/getting myself in the mood.  (All descriptions are taken from Goodreads.)

Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother's attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy's beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah's bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that's starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah's mouth, and if she doesn't watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Emerald O'Brien, single mother of two, owns Chintz 'N China Tea Room, where guests are served a blend of tea and tarot reading. She never set out to be a detective but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there's no turning back....

It was a ghost. There, at the foot of Emerald's bed. A pen hovered above a piece of paper and scrawled these alarming words: I was murdered by my husband but nobody knows. Help me. True, Emerald was considered town witch but owned a teashop, not a detective agency. What did the spirit expect? After another darker entity emerges, bent on destroying her world and her family with it, Emerald's life takes a screeching detour onto a wild and dangerous road. As she careens into a web of lies and secrets woven around her ghostly visitor, death strikes again. Now, along with her friends - ex-supermodel, cop, and new love interest - Emerald must search for clues to put the killer behind bars and this tortured soul to rest.

It is 2000 BC in Egypt and Imhotep the Ka-Priest brings home his beautiful young concubine Nofret. But not all the members of his family welcome her. When she is found dead Imhotep’s daughter, Renisenb, suspects it might not have been an accident. The death unleashes the greed and hate that have been building up within the family and the horrific events that follow tear it apart.

Meet Inspector Jack Spratt, family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division. He’s investigating the murder of ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down, and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play.

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

I'm here…
sort of. 
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all...

So those are some of the books I am hoping to read in October so let's see 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian by Bob Saget

Title: Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

Author: Bob Saget

Published: April 2014, IT Books

Pages: 272

Summary: Bob Saget, the decidedly irreverent stand-up comedian and beloved TV star, delivers uproarious, uncensored, and heartfelt stories from a life in entertainment and beyond.
Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America's Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can't get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO's Entourage and the hit documentaryThe Aristocrats. In his bold and wildly entertaining publishing debut, Bob continues to embrace his dark side and gives readers the book they have long been waiting for—hilarious and often dirty yet warm and disarmingly sincere.
Bob talks about the connection between humor and pain, offering insights into his own life, including the deaths of his beloved sisters. He pays homage to the people who shaped and inspired him: his mom, Dolly; his father, Ben (the comedy influence who instilled his love of "sick silliness"); and the teacher who told him, "You need to make people laugh," as well as legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams.
Bob believes there's a time and a place for filth and immature humor—and for gentle family comedy. Dirty Daddy is packed with both, from his never-before-heard stories of what really went on behind the scenes of two of the most successful family shows of all times, with costars like John Stamos, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen, to his liberating experience in The Aristocrats, his Comedy Central roast, and his role of playing an extreme version of himself on Entourage. Bob opens up about his career, his reputation for sick humor, his pride and love for Full House
, and how he's come to terms with the fame of being DT—"Danny Tanner." Throughout, he shares tales of close friends and colleagues like Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles, and recalls his experiences with show business legends, including Johnny Carson and George Carlin.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been reading a few darker reads lately and so when I saw this book in the library I jumped at the chance for something lighter and funnier.  Dirty Daddy is written by Bob Saget and the audiobook is narrated by him too.  It chronicles his life and his acting and stand-up careers.

The first thing to mention about this book is that it is full of dick jokes.  Yep, it is.  So if you’re not really a fan of crude humour then you may want to skip this one.  I however, laughed a lot.  I have to say though, it does settle down and there aren’t as many jokes like that when you get further on in the book.

The book has a few sad parts and Saget deals with them in an appropriate way, which sometimes for comedians can be difficult.  I do admire Bob Saget though, I like how he just seems really down to earth and so hilarious too.

I really loved the chapter about Full House, it made me remember the show and how much I loved it when I was younger.  It also made me want to watch the show again.  In fact, a lot of the chapters in which he talks about shows he’s done have made me want to sit down and watch those shows.  He recaps and talks about them in such a great way.

Really, I felt like this was a really enjoyable read, full of laughs and exactly what I had expected from a book by Bob Saget.  If you like reading books about comedians, written by comedians, then you should check this one out.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm slumping

Last month I had an amazing reading month.  I managed to read a total of 16 books, I still don't know how I managed that.  However, this month, I have read a total of 5 books so far and they have taken me a really long time to read.

Every time that I finish a book it takes me a day or two to figure out what book I'm going to read next.  I just finished Gone Girl and I don't really know what book I feel like reading next.  I'm doing the September is for Sequels challenge this month so I know that I need to read some more sequels.  I believe in order to win the challenge I need to read one more sequel.  That being said, it would be nice if I could read more than that.

I'm not entirely sure why I'm in a reading slump at the moment.  I want to read more books, but every time I look at my books I just don't know which one I want to read. 

The books I have been reading this month have been alright.  One of the books was awesome, but the others have just been alright.  I need to find something really amazing that will suck me into the story.

Basically, at the moment I think that all I can do is keep reading little bits of books here and there and hope that one will get me into the story.  One thing I like to do is pick a pile of books I'm thinking about reading and I read the first page to see what I think.  Usually, if I find a book that I'm really interested in then I will just keep reading past the first page.

How do you get yourself out of a reading slump?

Friday, September 19, 2014

It’s Not You, It’s Me Part Two

Quite a while ago I wrote a post in which I essentially broke up with some books as I had decided that I just didn’t need to finish the series.  Since then I have gone and purged my shelves of some more series that I’m just not feeling any more and don’t think I ever will.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

I read the first book when it first came out and while I enjoyed it, I felt like the ending was good enough for me.  I do have the second book and it has sat on my shelf for a long time.  I have finally made my mind up that I really don’t want to read the second book because it undoes what happened in the first book and adds an extra layer that I don’t want.  I am happy with the way The Dark Divine ended so I don’t feel the need to carry on.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I really enjoyed the first book and I finally got around to reading the second book a couple of months ago.  However, it was just an ok read for me and so I read up on what happens in the next two book and I’m happy to let this series go.  I don’t own the other two books and I just can’t justify buying and reading more books that will just be alright.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them but my sister spoiled the rest for me and well, for the size of the last few books, I feel as though they really aren’t worth reading and I’ve also gone off YA a little so this is one series I don’t care to finish.

Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read the first book Half-Blood and enjoyed it.  However, the rest of the series has been sitting on my shelf for too long and when I think about it, I just don’t feel like reading this series anymore.

Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

This series just got worse and worse over time.  After 20 books I have decided that it is time to move on.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Published: Broadway Books, 2014 (first published 2012)

Pages: 422

Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After seeing the movie trailer for this books adaption I was really intrigued and thought the book could be an interesting read so I eagerly picked it up.  In all honesty, I have mixed feelings about this book.  For starters, so much of the book was in the movie trailer that I kind of felt like I had already read the first half of the book, so it took a bit to get into the story for me.

There were times where I would read a chapter, and then another and another and I would just keep reading the book.  There were parts of the book where I got completely sucked in and immersed in the story because I had to know what was going on and what was going to happen next.

After the first couple of chapters I managed to guess what had happened to Amy.  I feel like when this was revealed to be true, I was a little disappointed and so I found it really difficult to read the rest of the book.

I do feel as though this book was a really good exploration of sociopaths and I found that part of the book to be very intriguing and I liked that part a lot.

The two main characters are both just awful people.  It made the book that more intriguing though as Amy would make Nick out to be a bad guy whereas Nick would make Amy out to be a bad guy.  I actually joked to my boyfriend that this book was a good guide of what not to do in a relationship.  I think my favourite character in the entire book would be Go, she was just a nicer person and not as annoying as anybody else in the book.

In terms of the ending of the book, I liked it up to a certain point.  I think it would have been better if it had stopped a few chapters before it actually did.  I just felt like it dragged on a lot.

Overall, I feel like Gone Girl was an alright read for me.  I guess I just felt like the ups and downs of my interest level kind of made this book a chore to read at times.  However, Gillian Flynn’s other books sound really intriguing so I am looking forward to reading the other two.  I’ve heard that they are darker reads than this one.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A-Z Bookish Survey 2014

I was scrolling back through some of my old posts and happened upon an A-Z Bookish survey which I did last year. The post was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.  I thought it would be fun to do one for this year.  You can check out last years survey here.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads this would be R. L. Stine.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is such a hard one.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (it's my favourite)

Currently Reading:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (in time for the movie), Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget and The Thing on the Doorstep and other Weird Stories by H. P. Lovecraft.

Drink of Choice While Reading:


E-reader or Physical Book?

I just love physical books so much.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

This is such a hard one.  I would say Neville Longbottom.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Hidden Gem Book:

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Getting rid of a number goal to aim for at the end of the year.  This has made me feel less pressure about reading and I'm reading books for quality and not quantity.

Just Finished:

Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Historical and Contemporary fiction are both genres I tend to avoid a lot because the books don't excite me so much.  I do read the occasional contemporary novel though.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (1088 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells

Number of Bookcases You Own:

2.  The rest of my books are in storage at the moment until I move to a place where my books can be free and I can get some more shelves.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Preferred Place To Read:

On my bean bag and also in my bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Everyone’s had shit in their lives. Some people have it worse than others. But no one can turn you into a bad person, just like no one can turn you into a good one. We’re all dealt our hands in life, and how we choose to react is entirely up to us. That’s free will.” 
― Kelley YorkHushed

Reading Regret:

I regret reading Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James just because I really didn't enjoy that book at all.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Lying Game series by Sara Shepard, I read the first one and loved it, then I bought the next three and there are two more after that.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Brandon Sanderson, his books are so freaking amazing!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Probably starting book series and buying the rest of them but I still haven't got around to reading them.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Vision by Heather Graham

Your latest book purchase:

The Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham (I just had to have this book)

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Rithmatist by Branson Sanderson (it was so good!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Mystery Recommendations

The other day I did a post recommending to you some high fantasy novels which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Now I feel like it would be a good idea to recommend some mystery novels. Mystery is another one of my favourite genres and so I thought I would give you a little list of some mysteries I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I feel like this is one of the best places to start if you're looking for a straight up mystery.  It is just so amazing.  I stayed up way too late to finish this one, one night.  This is an older book and if you're looking for an updated YA version, I would suggest Ten by Gretchen McNeil which is based on this book.

This mystery is easy to fly through and it has a paranormal aspect to it too!  This is Kim Harrington's debut novel and the beginning of my love of her books.  Clarity is my favourite of her books but if you're looking for a mystery novel, really try any of her books.

This one is a good mystery and more of a forensic mystery.  It talks a lot about the science of forensic anthropology which is really fascinating.

This one is another scientific mystery but from the perspective of a forensic pathologist.  This is really good as well.  Although, it was written in 1990 so if you don't like books that are dated, you might want to avoid this one as it refers to cutting edge technology of the very late 80's and beginning of the 90's.

 Nancy Drew is just so much fun.  The original ones were written in the 30's and you can really tell, but honestly, I just feel like the series is so much fun and they are really fast reads that anyone who loves mysteries should definitely read Nancy Drew.

So those are some of my recommendations.  What are some of your favourite mystery novels?