Best Halloween/October Reads

I love Halloween. I love horror. I love Books.

These are some of my picks for good authors and books to read in the month of October. I love reading horror, mystery, thriller and suspense during October because of course that’s when Halloween is, but I will read them any other month as well!

  1. Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd. This is a new book that I got in the September BookCase.Club box. It’s about a women who returns home to find that her father, who has been in jail for murdering her mother twenty-three years prior, is innocent. This novel seems like it’s full of mystery and suspense and I think it would be the perfect October read.
  2. The Killing Game by Iris Johansen. I saw the movie adaptation and loved it so I am dying to crack this baby open. It’s about a woman who is a forensic sculptor and whose own daughter was abducted and murdered ten years prior. She risks her life after receiving clues from her daughter’s murderer.
  3. Tribute by Nora Roberts. I also saw this movie and loved it so I’m sure I will love the book even more. It’s about a former child star who moves into her grandmothers abandoned farmhouse and while fixing it up comes across some unsigned letters in the attic that are clues to her grandmothers past, one that may have been violent.
  4. The Da Vinci Deception by Thomas Swan is about the hunt for an art forger whose attempts to counterfeit Leonardo Da Vinci’s work have the art world astonished.
  5. Learning To Swim By Sara J. Henry is a novel that I have read before and absolutely loved. It’s about a women who is crossing Lake Champlain on a ferry and sees a young boy being tossed overboard on another ferry and jumps into the water to save him. She learns his name but there are no clues that anyone is looking for him.
  6. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon  & It by Stephen King. I think any Stephen King book is a great read for Halloween time.
  7. Guilty Pleasures & The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton. These are the first two books in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. I like this series and it’s perfect for October because it has all kinds of supernatural creatures from vampires and werewolves to zombies.

There are a ton more but these are just the ones that pop into my head and that I have currently on my bookshelf. What’s your favorite horror/mystery/thriller novel?

Keep reading…Lola

Top 10 Books I Want To Reread

These are 10 of the books that I want to reread in the future…

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  1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  2. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  3. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
  6. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  7. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  9. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  10. Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

There are a lot of books that I would like to reread someday but these are the top 10. What books do you want to reread?

Keep reading…Lola

September And The Story Begins Unboxing

These are the books that I got in the September And The Story Begins box. I got the YA box this month and I am so in love with the way they package them.


Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike~ This YA novel is about a mean girl, Kimberlee who is also a kleptomaniac. One day she dies and comes back as a ghost. The only one who can see her now is a classmate, Jeff who now has to help Kimberlee by returning everything that she stole.

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell~ This is a YA novel about a 17 year old boy who has ALS. He has lost the use of his legs so he no longer goes to school. Instead he spends the day in teen chat rooms making friends that don’t know about his health and therefore don’t pity him. Then he starts to lose the use of his hands and has to make a decision about the future.

Both of these books sound so good. If I finish my TBR this month, The Last Leaves Falling is the book that I am going to pick up first.

Keep reading…Lola

Best Bookish Reading Apps/Sites & Cheap Places To Buy Books

For todays blog I decided to share some of my favorite reading apps and sites that I use on a daily basis, as well as some of my favorite places to buy cheap books.

APPS & SITES:

  1.  Goodreads~ This is where you can see what other people are reading and how they like books that you have been wanting to read. You can keep a TBR list on here and also list what you are currently reading and how you like the books that you have read. They also have a giveaway section where you can enter to win free books.
  2. YouTube/BookTube~ I watch YouTube videos about books all the time. Most of the books that I want to read or have read are recommendations from BookTubers (as they call themselves) that I have watched. I also have a blog post up about some of my favorites.
  3. WordPress~ Obviously I had to put this on the list. I love blogging about books and other bookish things. I have found so many blogs that I have enjoyed reading.
  4. Amazon Kindle~ You do not need to buy a kindle in order to read E-Books. You can download the Kindle App for free onto your phone or tablet and buy and read books right there.

 

PLACES THAT I GET CHEAP (OR FREE) BOOKS:

  1. Amazon~ Amazon not only has cheap books but they also have used books as well. You can also buy any of your E-Books on Amazon as well and send them to your device.
  2. Audible~ If you are someone who doesn’t like to read but you like being read to, this is great for audio books. They also offer a free month trial.
  3. Bookoutlet. This website is amazing. They have new books at really cheap prices. They don’t have every book, but they have a huge selection and you can’t beat the prices. Some are as low as $1.99.
  4. Barnes & Noble~ I don’t think that this is the cheapest place to buy books but they do have a used section where the books are a lot cheaper.
  5. Thriftbooks~ This website sells used books for a fraction of the cost and they also have deals when you buy so many books. The more you buy, the more you save.
  6. Goodwill~ I love going into my local Goodwill to browse the books. They are usually $1 or $2 dollars and most of the books are in really good shape.
  7. Local Bookstores. Most of these stores have used books (at least where I live) and they are really cheap. Plus you help small businesses as well.
  8. Library~ I think most libraries have a for sale section. I know at mine they sell books for $1 to $5 depending on the book. You can also just check books out of the library if you don’t have money to spend on books.
  9. Bookbub~ This site offers free and cheap books. I love to go and browse the free books.
  10. Netgalley~ You can sign up for free and request books that haven’t even been released yet. You do not get every book that you request but the bigger social following you have, the better chance you have of getting approved.

Definitely check these places out if you haven’t already. I have saved a ton on books by using them.

Keep reading…Lola

September BookCase.Club Unboxing

These are the books that I received in the September BookCase.Club box. I thought that I chose the romance box this month but these seem more like the mystery/thriller box so I’m not sure which one I got.


Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd ~ This novel is about a woman who witnesses the murder of her mother as a child. Her father has been in prison for the last 23 years for the murder and is now suffering from Alzheimer’s and is being haunted by his wife’s ghost. Kate returns home, finds out that her father is innocent, and with the help of her ex husband tries to find the rightful murderer while trying to keep herself safe.

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell ~ This book is about a woman who leaves her home in the Caribbean behind forever, only to be pulled back when her families diving business starts to go under and is surrounded by suspicious happenings.

Both of these novels sound exciting and I do love a good mystery so I can not wait to crack these open.

Keep reading…Lola

The Pact Review (spoiler free)

This is my review for The Pact by Jodi Picoult.


The Pact is a novel about a possible suicide pact between two teenagers.

Chris and Emily grow up together and as teenagers, begin a romantic relationship. Everything is seemingly perfect until one night changes both families forever. After a late night phone call, both families are called to the hospital, where they learn that Emily is dead from a gunshot wound to the head and Chris says they had intended to carry out a suicide pact.

Every other chapter is a flashback to before the pact. We see when and how their parents met, we see them as best friends playing together as children and we see them become teenagers who fall in love. The rest of the chapters are present day. We learn about the shooting and pact, we learn about the reasons behind the suicide pact, we find out what becomes of Chris and also what happens between Chris and Emily’s families.

I watched the movie adaptation of this novel years ago and I liked it, but after reading the novel, I realized just how much they left out of the movie, including some things that I thought were important for the character of Emily. I can’t go into detail because there would be way too many spoilers. They also completely left out a whole chunk of what happened the Chris after Emily’s death.

I really enjoyed this novel. It deals with a heavy topic and wasn’t always the easiest read. It was heartbreaking at times but there were also moments of lightness. There are some things that I didn’t agree with. I didn’t like the fact that Emily had all these secrets and reasons for her decisions but nobody but the reader ever knows what most of them are. I didn’t like some of the things that surrounded Chris, sometimes he wasn’t the most truthful and that didn’t help anything. I also really disliked Emily’s mother in the days after her death. I understand that she just lost her daughter and in one of the worst ways. I get that she is confused and shocked but some of the things that she does, especially when it comes to her husband, just made me want to slap her and tell her to snap out of it.

Obviously I knew how it was going to end because I watched the movie, which I wish I hadn’t done before reading the book, but I was surprised by some of the things that I learned about Chris and Emily, which were of course things that were kept out of the movie but I think were really important pieces of information that should have been included. I think that, had I not watched the movie first, I might have been a little surprised by the ending.

For the most part, I loved the characters. They were real and you felt for them. The whole novel had that real feel. Suicide happens everyday and what the characters went though and what they felt and thought are what I’m sure many of the people directly affected by suicide deal with as well.

All in all, I really liked the book. I gave it 5 stars and would recommend it to everyone. I’m looking forward to adding more Jodi Picoult novels to my reading list in the future.

Keep reading…Lola

Rules Of Summer/Since Last Summer Duology Review (Spoiler Free)

Here is my review for the Rules Of Summer Duology but Joanna Philbin.

Rules Of Summer~ In the first book we meet Rory McShane, who has decided to go to East Hampton for the summer to be an errand girl for a rich family that her aunt works for and Isabel Rule, who just wants to have a summer romance. The Rules are a rich family with a summer home in the Hamptons and along with Isabel, we get to know her mother and father as well as her brother Conner. She also has an older brother and sister, Sloane and Gregory but they are only minor characters and aren’t mentioned much.

In the first book, quite a bit of stuff happens. There are secrets that are found out when it comes to Isabel’s family and Rory has a little one of her own that tests her friendship with Isabel. I enjoyed seeing the friendship between the girls grow over the summer, whether they were bonding over Isabel’s summer romance or Rory teaching her how to drive. I really liked the ending of the first book as well because it ended in a good place where there didn’t have to be a sequel but there were also some things that could be explored still.

SPOILERS: There could be some spoilers for the second book if you haven’t read the first book so proceed at your own risk!

Since Last Summer~ The second book takes place the summer after the first book. Isabel has invited Rory to stay at the beach house for the summer, and this time she goes not as the help but as Isabel’s friend and Conner’s girlfriend. This book has a little more drama than the first one. First of all, Rory knows the Rules secret but doesn’t tell Conner so she is kind of wrestling with the guilt over that. Also after spending a year on a long distance relationship, she starts to wonder if Conner’s world is the right one for her. Mike broke Isabel’s heart the summer before, but when she begins dating a new guy, Evan and then runs into Mike, she can’t stop thinking about him.

I thought this book was good, although not as good as the first one. I really didn’t like the ending of this one at all and I feel like the whole thing was rushed. I also at times got sick of Isabel’s character, she would make a step forward and then take two steps back and act like a spoiled brat. I liked Rory and Conner’s relationship in the beginning of the book but then I feel like the author was writing about a different character when it came to Conner later on.

For the most part, these books were good. They weren’t fantastic reads that you would talk about for the next year, but they were quick and fun YA reads. They also make really good beach reads as well. I gave Rules Of Summer 5 stars because I really did enjoy it and thought that the ending was pretty solid. I gave Since Last Summer 4 stars simply because I didn’t like the rushed ending.

So that’s my review for the Rules Of Summer duology. I would recommend these books because they were fun and quick beach reads.

Keep reading…Lola

September TBR

These are the books that I am hoping to read in the month of September…

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How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky by Lydia Netzer. This is about two people who were raised to be soul mates by their mothers.

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham. This is a romance novel about two people who meet online. The book is written as their emails and text messages.

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker. This is about a girl who is part of the background of her father’s band but gets her own record deal when she needs to fill in for him after he becomes ill.

Feuds by Avery Hastings. To me this book seems like Divergent meet Uglies. It’s a dystopian YA.

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella. This is the second book in the Shopaholic series.

Rafa by Rafael Nadal & John Carlin. I have been wanting to read this book for ages and this month I am finally going to do it!

Those are the books that I am hoping to get to in September. What do you want to read?

Keep reading…Lola

August Wrap Up

These are the books that I read in August. I read all of the books from my TBR plus one other book. I was really hoping to read more but the Olympics were on so that cut into my reading time!

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Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin. This is the conclusion to the Rules Of Summer duology. I am going to be doing a review for these books so look for that soon.

Devoted by Hilary Duff. This is the second book in the Elixir trilogy. In this book, Clea is trying to find out what happened to Sage and how to save him if he is still alive.

True by Hilary Duff. The conclusion to the Elixir trilogy. We find out what becomes of all the characters and if they get their happy endings.

Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I had heard so many things about this series that I couldn’t wait to pick it up. I really enjoyed this first book although the main character was unlikable at times. I am going to be posting a review soon, I just don’t know if I am going to wait until I finish the series.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I really enjoyed this book and I am posting a review in the next week or so.

A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke & Johns Rendall. This was a cute read. I think I like the YouTube video better than the actual book but it was fun to read about how they came to own a lion and what it was like for them to care for him and then let him go.

The Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum. I finally read this book and I loved it. It was fun to see the changes they made when they did the movie as well (I didn’t know that Dorothy’s shoes were actually silver not ruby)

That’s what I read in August. Hoping for a successful September as well!

Keep reading…Lola