October/November Book Subscription Unboxing

These are the books that I got in October and November in book subscription boxes.

 OCTOBER 

My Thill Club:


The Silence Of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe. This is about a man who, along with his partially deaf sister is sent away to live in the countryside by their family. The house is old and things start to happen when his sister starts to hear the voices of children.

The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker. This follows Arthor, who takes a job as a live in assistant to an old author who is confined to his bedroom. Arthor never sees the old man but he starts to witness strange things and wonders who the man is and what is going on.

Movie: The Bug. This movie stars Ashley Judd and is apparently about a bug invasion. I haven’t watched it yet.

My YA Reading Club:


Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis. This is about a teenage girl who sees Jesus on the package of her Babybel cheese. Religious symbols start to show up around town and everyone starts to wonder if they are signs or if someone else is doing it.

Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca. This follows teenager Ella who believes she has a supernatural connection with her dad who died before she was born in a tragic accident. When Ella finds out that he didn’t die in accident accident but while staying in a psychiatric hospital she begins to wonder what really happened to him.

Movie: American Teen. This movie follows five teenagers from different cliques through their final year of high school. I also haven’t watched this one yet.

Bookcase.Club:


Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones. MK virus sweeps across the planet. A vaccine is created to stop it, but it comes with unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers and the people effected were given an ultimatum: Serve the country or be declared a traitor.

Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson. Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This is a coming-of- age test that decides your place in society, are you an Elite, Member, Inter or Trog and it also determines whether you become an Offering for King Victor. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it is or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? 

Book Of The Month:


Beasts Of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang. This is about a man who is an orphan and was raised by wolves. One Christmas day he stops a tornado and begins to realize how different he really is.

 NOVEMBER 

My Thrill Club:


Entropy In Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson. This is a collection of creepy short stories.

Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven. A hurricane traps a group of teenagers in an amusement part for 5 weeks and when they are finally rescued the scene is not pretty. There are heads on stakes and human bones throughout the park but how could teenagers do anything thus horrible?

Movie: The Eye. I’ve seen this and really liked it. It’s about a woman who loses her sight as a child and then gets and cornea transplant and starts to see horrific things that she soon learns are things that happened to her donor. 

My YA Reading Club:


Kid Moss by Mark R. Thornton. This is set in Tanzania. Nine year old Moses is a homeless street kid from the port city Dar es Salaam. Attempting to flee the city violence, Moses and his friend Kioso accept a ride from a stranger and eventually the boys are separated. Searching for his lost friend, Moses travels to a rural orphanage and then in a hallucinatory state of starvation he curls under a tree in a dry wilderness to give up. Moses is saved from certain death by an assortment of characters  who shelter him and expose him to a way of life and value system different from anything he has ever known.

#Freetopiary: An Occupy Fable by Peter Burnett. The only thing I really know about this one is that a young man is arrested for a cybercrime that he doesn’t commit. 

Movie: Adam. This movie is about two very different people who begin a relationship and then wonder if they are too different for each other. I also haven’t watched this.

Bookcase.Club:


Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis. This is a science fiction retelling of Snow White.

Lockwood And Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. This is actually a book that I’m not really interested in so I’m going to put it up for a future giveaway. 

Book Of The Month:


Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. After living in Chicago for 10 years, environmental lawyer, Abby goes back to her hometown for a case. As she gets deeper into the case, she begins to find connections between the company and the disappearance of a friend 10 years prior.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I wasn’t going to get this but I’ve been hearing really good things about it so I decided to give it a try. I don’t want to know much going into it not but I do know that it involves OCD and mental illness.

My Thrill Club:

My Thrill Club and My YA Reading Club are boxes from the same company and I never got my June YA Reading Club box and I’ve been sending emails and something always happened and I never got it. Well finally this month it was all sorted out and they spent me the box but instead of the YA box they sent me the Thrill box instead, which I am even happier about since I prefer that box anyway.


Brood by Chase Novak. This is actually the sequel to Breed, which I haven’t read but it’s about a couple who go to a fertility doctor and they have twins, but then the parents turn into animals or something like that. It sounds interesting but I definitely want to read the first book before I read Brood.

The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman. Andrew is a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock. He is also able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of booby traps and escape tunnels. He has known that magic is a brutal game that requires blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death. His many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, he is more concerned with maintaining false youth than he is with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.

Movie: Amityville II: The Possession. I haven’t seen this moview either but I believe it’s the sequel to the original Amityville Horror.

Those are all the books that I got in October and November. I cancelled My YA Reading Club and will probably cancel one or two more in January when the prepay is up because I have to get some of my TBR down, it is massive! 

Keep reading…Lola

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Book Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin is a mystery thriller.

The novel follows the lone survivor of a serial killer that the press has named “Black-Eyed Susan” because of the flowers that bloomed above the graves of the victims, where Tessa was also found, barely alive when she was sixteen years old. Almost twenty years later, Tessa finds a patch of Black-Eyed Susans outside her bedroom window during winter and wonders if the man she put on death row so many years ago is innocent and the real murderer is still out there.

This was a fast paced and quick read for me. There wasn’t any boring filler in between the action and I liked that. I really enjoyed the alternating chapters. One chapter was Tessa in the current day trying to piece things together and the next chapter was Tessie after the accident, during therapy and the trial.

My favorite part of the flashback chapters was being able to see how it affected Tessie. I liked seeing her evolve as a character over that time. I liked the dynamic between her and her therapist. She wasn’t always polite to him and she let her feelings show a lot of the time. She was angry and had every right to be. My favorite part of the current chapters was seeing how Tessa was as an adult and a single mother of a teenager. We get to see her come to terms with the fact that maybe the man on death row is innocent and how she goes about trying to prove it. You also get to see how her traumatic past shapes how she sees relationships and what being with a man is like for her.

Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was seeing the friendship between Tessa and Lydia. At first they seem like the best of friends. Lydia helps her through things after she returns home, but then things turn weird when Lydia testifies at the trial and you learn that their friendship didn’t survive into adulthood. I liked going into the past and learning more about these two girls and their friendship.

There were some things that I had slight problems with but I can’t go into them much because there will be spoilers. I can say that there were definitely some things still unanswered at the end of the novel that I would have liked wrapped up. The ending does leave it open for a sequel of some sort but I find that highly unlikely given the identity of the killer.

As for the killer reveal, I was definitely surprised by it. For half of the book I thought it was someone else so when the truth came out I was so shocked. I’ve seen reviews where people have said they figured it out quickly but I definitely wasn’t one of them. I think I’m just horrible at figuring things out!

For the most part I loved Black-Eyed Susans and highly recommend it. I loved the mystery and the suspense of not knowing. I read this in two days because I just had to know what happened. 

I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Keep reading…Lola

October Book Haul

These are the rest of the books that I got in October that were not mystery, thriller or spooky reads.

Rapunzel And The Lost Lagoon by Leila Howard. I am obsessed with Rapunzel so of course I needed to add this to my collection.

Nameless, Wayfarer and Kin by Lili St. Crow. This is a companion series of fairy tale retellings that include Snow White, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood.

A Wicked Thing and Kingdom Of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas. This is a duology and a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kate Savage. This is about two sisters who drown themselves and one sister leaves her friend a series of letters in various places explaining why they did it.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. This is a retelling of You’ve Got Mail.

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett. Let’s be honest for a second here, I was drawn to this because of the title! It follows a Nigerian man who wakes up on the day of a job interview as a white man. The story is about how a white person can have more opportunities than a person of color from what I understand and it just sounds like a good read.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels. This is about a girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend and decides to spend the summer kissing random boys, each with a name beginning with every letter of the alphabet.

Wrecked by Maria Padian. This is the book that I’m most excited about in this haul. It follows a he said she said story. One night at a party changes everything. The guy brags about hooking up and the girl says she was raped. Everyone takes different sides and it’s about finding out what really happened and starts the conversation about what consent means.

One Perfect Summer. This is a 2 book bind up including Labor Of Love and Thrill Ride by Rachel Hawthorne. I thought these would be good summer reads and it was such a good price I couldn’t pass it up. Labor Of Love follows Dawn who joins a volunteer trip to New Orleans after its destroyed by a storm in hopes of forgetting about her cheating ex boyfriend. Thrill Ride follows Megan who has landed a summer job at an amusement park far from home, but she has to leave her boyfriend behind. 

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith. Emma has always felt like a part of her was missing and when she finds out that she had a twin brother that died two days after they were born, she embarks on a road trip with her neighbor Peter to find herself.

When by Victoria Laurie. This is about a girl who knows when everyone in the world will die because it appears on their forhead.

*I accidently bought two of these so one I am putting up for a future giveaway!

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. This is about childhood friends who are separated and ten years later the boy returns saying that his father kidnapped him.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I think almost everyone has read this book and to be honest I wasn’t going to but when the movie came out it looked good so I decided I would give it a try.

That’s part two of my October book haul. I can’t wait to read them all! My TBR is out of control!!!

Keep reading…Lola

October Lit Cube Unboxing

I decided to cave AGAIN and got the October Lit Cube box. The October theme was It’s Just A Bunch Of Hocus Pocus so how could I not?! And I loved this box!

These stretch bookmarks were made exclusively for Lit Cube.


This witchy stone pendant necklace is so pretty and goes so well with the theme.

This aroma burner and mini skulls wax tarts were my favorite things in the box. The wax tarts smell so good (they remind me of Pez candy) and they are sold by littleshopoflou on Etsy.

The book for October was The Picture Of Dulce Garcia by Alana Albertson. I’m not sure exactly what this book is about but I’ve heard that it’s a retelling of The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and I’m do excited to read this.

We also go a Halloween Kit Kat that was orange and a mint that came in a cute skull package.

That’s what I got in the October Lit a cube and I loved this months box. I highly recommend checking it out. It is pretty pricey but you can get one time boxes instead of a monthly subscription.

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November TBR

This month I’m going to be crazy busy at work so I didn’t want to overload my TBR and then feel like I need to rush through books to finish them. I chose 3 books for this month and I can’t wait to read each of them.

Season To Taste by Natalie Young. This is about a woman who kills her husband and then puts him in soups and other dishes and eats him. It seems like the book is also a little humorous and it’s Thanksgiving this month so I thought it would be perfect to read about food!

The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel. This is another book that I thought would be perfect for Thanksgiving time. This follows a couple of teenagers who are at the “kid table” during holidays and what it takes to move up to the adult table. There is also a little relative drama when one girl kisses her cousins boyfriend I believe.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks. I love this author so much and this is one of the few books of his I haven’t read yet but I have wanted to so bad. November is the month that I am going to finally get to it. I don’t know much about the story except that it’s his first try at an actual mystery so I’m excited.

Those are the books I want to read this month and hopefully I’ll be able to read a couple more but we’ll see.

Keep reading…Lola

October Wrap Up

These are the books I read in October including the books I read during Spookathon.


Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The book follows a detective as he interviews each person on an overnight train after a man is found dead in his sleeping car. This is the first book that I have read by Agatha Christie and I’m glad that I chose this one as the first, it was a great introduction to her writing and I’m excited to read some more of her work. I am also really excited about the upcoming movie.

Misery by Stephen King. This novel is about a woman who helps a man who has been in a car accident, only to find that it is her favorite author. Instead of taking him to the hospital she brings him to her house and cares for him herself. He soon realizes that the woman who is helping him is never going to let him go. This book was so much more violent and graphic than the movie, but I loved it.

Spookathon:


Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz. This was for the challenge read a book based on a childhood fear. I was so scared of these books when I was younger and it was really fun to read them again. Even though they didn’t scare me, I still enjoyed them so much.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heater link.  This was the thriller I chose. I loved it and a review will be coming soon so watch out for that.

One Day At Horrorland by R.L. Stine. I loved going back to this series that I loved as a kid. Even though these are aimed at children, I still think they are treated creepy. This one is about a family that accidentally finds a horror themed amusement park, but start to think that maybe it’s not all fun and games. This was for the spooky setting challenge.

The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine. This one is still so creepy. I was scared to wear Halloween masks for the longest time after watching the movie as a kid because I thought that it would get stuck. This is even creepier than the movie and I think my favorite of the Goosebumps series. This was a book with orange on the cover.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I chose this book for the spooky word challenge. Dead is spooky to me! I loved this book and have and review posted so check that out if you want to know more.

Those are the books I read this month. Every one of them were 5 star reads for me which was amazing since it’s my favorite reading month.

Happy November! 

Keep reading…Lola

Book Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is told through the use of diary entries, film footage transcripts, interview transcripts and medical notes. Twenty five years prior to the start of the book, Elmbridge High School burned down killing three students and leaving another student, Carly missing. Now, the case has been reopened after finding Carly’s twin sister Kaitlin’s diary in the ruins of the school, but Carly didn’t have a twin…

I absolutely loved this book. I wasn’t sure what I would think about it because of the way the story was told. I’ve read a couple of books that were told through letters or emails and they just didn’t work for me but this was not one of those books. 

I thought the story was told in a way that made it feel like I was reading a typical novel and not like I was missing half the story, which is what it can feel like sometimes when a novel is written in an unconventional way.

I also really enjoyed the characters. Each of them brought something to the story and had one of them not been included I don’t think it would have been as strong of a story. I loved the dynamic duo of Carly and Kaitlin. I loved the seemingly good versus evil twin scenerio. 

As for the story itself, I loved it. Carly has the day and Kaitlin has the night.  They write each other notes but have no recollection of what the other does when it’s their turn to “live”. It was fun to see the transformation. One second you would be having a conversation with Carly and the next you would be talking with Kaitlin. I loved the way the story went and how everything came together in the end. I can’t say much about the story itself because it would give way too much away but it’s definitely worth the read to find out what happens.

So that’s as much as I can share for this review without spoiling anything big so definitely check it out. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.

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Halloween Book Haul

These are the Halloween inspired books I got this month.

Also there are a lot of books so I’m not going to give a summary for each. Most of them are mysteries and thrillers and I’m sure that I’ll have lots of reviews.

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

After Anna by Alex Lake

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 

Survive The Night by Danielle Vega

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

Christine by Stephen King

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Fear by R.L. Stine and others

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Nightmares by Jason Seger and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

Scart Stories More Tales To Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

This is a limited edition anniversary tin that I got from Amazon and it includes the tin and 5 Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine.

The Haunted Mask

One Day At Horror land

Night Of The Living Dummy

Say Cheese And Die

Welcome To Dead House

This is the second anniversary tin that I got.

Monster Blook

A Night In Terror Tower

Legend Of The Lost Legend

Why I’m Afraid Of Bees

The Beast From The East

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Zombies Adult Coloring Book by Juscelino Neco

Serial Killer Adult Coloring Book by M. Cryptkeeper

That’s my Halloween book haul. Part two coming soon with the rest of the books I got this month.

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Spooky Would You Rather?

I’ve seen this going around BookTube and thought it was perfect for this time of year. This tag was originated by The Book Pusher on YouTube.


1. Thrillers or Supernaturals? Thrillers. I love reading books that have the potential to scare me and keep me up late at night.
2. Ghosts or Zombies? Zombies because right now I’m obsessed with Z Nation!

3. Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires. I’ve always loved a good vampire read.

4. Witches or Demons? I love both but demons have the biggest chance of scaring me so demons.

5. Read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover? I’m not superstitious of either of these but I love the number 13 so a book with 13 chapters.

6. Read a book in the dark with only a candle for light or be by yourself in a bright, locked room reading the same scary book? Be in the dark with only a candle for light because I don’t want to be locked in a room.

7. Face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer? Be trapped in the mind of a killer because I think that would be fascinating.

8. Watch a scary movie or read a scary book? I love both but if I had to pick I think I’d watch a scary movie only because I can see something happen and be scared out of my mind, whereas a book I’m imaging what’s going on so it might not be as scary.

9. Read spooky books during the fall or all year round? All year round.

10. Read 10 spooky books all in October or 10 spooky books throughout the entire year? If I can only read 10 then probably 10 spooky books throughout the year.

That’s the spooky would you rather tag. I tag everyone that wants to do it.

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Spookathon TBR

These are the books I’ve chosen for the Spookathon.

1. Read a thriller. I’m going to read Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. This is about a girl who is found close to death in a bed of black-eyed susans,  she sends the man to prison but years later she finds some black-eyed susans by her bedroom window in the dead of winter and wonders if she sent the right man to prison. 

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I think the word dead is spooky. This is about the murder of three high school students and the disappearance of another. When a journal is found in the burned down school, they find out that the missing girl may also be the one responsible for the murders.

3. Read a book based on a childhood fear. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I was so scared of these stories as a kid I wouldn’t sleep without a light on.

4. Read a book with orange on the cover. The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine. I’m so excited to read this book, the movie is one of my favorites.

5. Read a book that has a spooky setting. One Day At Horrorland by R.L. Stine. What’s more spooky than an amusement park where weird things happen?!

I can’t wait for the Spookathon. Have fun! 

Keep reading…Lola