Leigha's Little Library

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The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

[Spider phobia warning]

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I liked it but was bored with all the unneeded backstory of every character, even the minor ones who are just there to be killed. It was annoying how shallow this book was. It's about killer spiders, yet everyone is talking about how good looking they are and how their sex life is.

I've never been a huge fan of books with a lot of POV changes and there were so many characters that it was hard to know who is who. Too many to really feel an attachment to, so I felt nothing when they were killed.

The spider scenes were creepy and if you have a phobia, I'm sure it would be horrifying, but I would not say this book is horror at all. The first 100 pages felt like they were dragging and I couldn't help feeling bored. After a very intense scene with a rich man in an airplane (you know the one if you read the book), the whole book got a lot better.

However, the book ended with a boring cliffhanger, which was more annoying than anything. A lot of things went unanswered in the first book, so we can only hope the next book answers them and they don't end up being plot holes.


I'm currently reading the next book, Skitter and I'm liking it a lot better!

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27276264-the-hatching

Dear Angie, Your Family is Getting a Divorce

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Trigger warning! Rape culture, racist undertones, religion

 

There is a scene of guys trying to smoke the girls out of a shed. Just guys being guys, of course. You see, they had a problem and needed the girls. Horrifying in itself, but what adds to the grossness is that some girls invited the main character Angie and her friend to the party for the sole purpose of them being for the boys "to get to know."

 

I don't want to assume, but what else were those boys going to do to those girls, but assault them, even rape them? If they were willing to go so far as to smoke them out of the shed; they REALLY wanted Angie and her friend Cris. Also, another disgusting thing is that they seemed to have a fetish for "the Mexican one" and Angie was just there as an extra.

I do think the boys would have hurt Angie and Cris had they not got out of the back of the shed. The shed catches on fire and now the boys are worried about being arrested. Ugh! It's brushed off as not a serious thing. This book is written like it's meant for middle grade.

This book is also highly religious, which I find odd that a book so much about God, trusting in the Lord, praying and stuff had such disgusting rape culture scenes, let alone had them and just let it go like it never happened. If you're not a religious person, I think some of the things they say about sin and relationships (divorce...etc) might upset you, or trigger you. I don't always know where I stand in the religious front and I really felt uncomfortable reading this.

This book had the mindset that you can pray everything away. It doesn't work that way. It is lovely to have someone to believe in and if prayer comforts you, that is great.

I don't think the book handles mental health well, either.

 

As far as writing style. It was a quick easy read, but it was sometimes phrased oddly and sometimes it felt like Angie just thought random things that had nothing to do with the plot. I don't know if that is because of it being so old or something else.

 

"I want to tell you about Cristella and her family. They are part Mexican. They live and talk just like anybody's family." Well of course they do!

"I will say this about Mary Jane. She is more "up" compared to what I am. She is a girl you could see in car with a high school boy right off." What does "up" even mean? What I do understand here is that we're basically slut-shaming an 8th grader?

"Also, she was forever and a day asking me if there weren't "any other little girls in my class besides Cristella." She didn't mind Cristella the way you may think--like some people don't like Mexicans or whatever." Why did this line even need to be put in the book?

 

**This book is so obscure that I had to add the info into Goodreads, picture, summary. I've had it since I was 12. The proof is inside the cover where I wrote my name, age and phone number. What was I thinking!? I read this at least once as a kid. It is so interesting to see what books you read that nowadays nobody has a clue about. Also kind of sad.

(However since I've now reread it, maybe this one can stay hidden...)

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I would be happy if anyone wanted to follow me. I post mostly bookish photos and those being vintage, 90s and earlier. An eclectic mix. I don't believe in an age range for books. I will read anything. Horror, romance, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, middle grade, YA, children, "easy" books, hard books, adult books, manga, even picture books, you name it.

 

There are some more modern books, too and random non-book photos now and again. 99% books bought used for $1! I have a large collection I've been collecting since I was a kid, so even though I post every day that does not mean we go out and buy books every day! haha

 

Examples of content:

 

 

Two short stories [Review]

Billy's Zombie by

 

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13 page

 

A young boy decides to enact revenge on the people who he thinks do not like him by raising a zombie and you know the rest... (well, you know what zombies do at least.)

 

My review for this is simple: If only this had been at least novella length. I liked the story, but there just wasn't enough there to hook me. If it was better fleshed out, I would consider giving the author another chance.

 

The Legend of the Zombie by

 

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32 pages

 

I would give the artwork 4 stars. I liked the art style a lot.

I started this thinking it was a comic book. It is sort of one, but more of a mixture of picture book/comic. There is more text than would be in a simple picture book. Age range doesn't matter for me as I'll read anything, but I have no idea who they were trying to publish this for. The artwork might grab a person's attention, but the words were too boring. It is presented as a fact book about where the term zombie came from, which could have been done in a really entertaining way.

 

 

[Here is an example of the artwork.]

 

I ended up giving both stories a 2/5.

 

I used Scribd (Billy's Zombie) and Amazon FreeTime Unlimted (The Legend of the Zombie) to read these. Both have free trials avalible!

 

I'm paying $8.99 for Scribd. Not bad! You can get 2 months free here: Trial

 

FreeTime is for the kids in the family, but I will read from it, too. Heck, I'm a big kid! $4.99 or $2.99 if you have Prime.

Two FREE month trial of Scribd!

Honestly, Scribd is the best. It has audiobooks, ebooks and more for one low monthly price of $8.99, but of course if you sign up through my link, you can try it for FREE for two months. It would mean a lot if you gave it a try.

 

Scribd has everything, from bestsellers, to old and new books and just a large collection in general. Just at a glance, I can see that they do have some new releases as well. I went to one of my  "want to read" list on Goodreads and found a bunch of those books on Scribd! It's pretty amazing.

 

https://www.scribd.com/gt/4zt6yx 

 

I recently enjoyed: 

Highly creepy novella, disturbing, but also sad and heartbreaking for several reasons. A trigger warning kind of book.

suicide attempt, mentions rape, baby death, talks about abortion...etc.

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I've also enjoyed several R L Stine books through Scribd, some Karin Slaughter, VC Andrews & much more!

 

I am looking forward to listening to:

 

Mr Rogers & LeVar Burton!? (He's the guy from Reading Rainbow...two things from my childhood coming together.)

 

 

**Signing up through my link doesn't give me $, but it does help toward my subscription fee.**

Everything Leads Back To Alice

 

 

 

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Tw: attempted suicide, mentions rape, among other highly disturbing content. Click if you want more detailed trigger spoilers

dead child/infant, maybe don't read this if you are a new parent or very sensitive to this sort of thing

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Freaky. Fast paced, edge of your seat kind of novella. I did not see the ending coming. I knew something was wrong with the one character, but not that. This is also sad and heartbreaking in more ways than one. Not for faint of heart. There are parts that are confusing. It jumps from POV and from the past and present a lot. At the end, everything made sense.

I had the ebook version from Scribd and the format was wonky, so that might account for some of my confusion.

Guy moves in, everyone wants to date him. Murders start happening. Who dun it?
Guy moves in, everyone wants to date him. Murders start happening. Who dun it?

My current read for The R L Stine Challenge Group I'm in on Goodreads. It started as a year long Fear Street group buddy read, but we're on our second year and opened up to any book by R L Stine! We've got our books picked for the rest of the year; mostly still Fear Street (there is a lot to go through!) The group is in the Horror Aficionados group in the buddy reads section if you're interested in joining!
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The New Boy - [1994]
He stole their hearts…Does he want their lives, too?

What a hunk! When handsome, mysterious Ross Gabriel comes to Shadyside High, all the girls want to date him…even the ones who already have boyfriends! Janie, Eve and Faith go so far as to make a bet…which one of them will he go out with first?

But then the murders begin, and it starts to look like dating Ross means flirting with a gruesome and untimely death. Will Janie’s dream date with Ross turn out to be the night of her life? Or the night of her death?

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19132611-r-l-stine-challenge?page=1

Letting Books Go!

As part of uncluttering my mind, I want to unclutter my space, Marie Kondo style. Her method is called the KonMari Method. It is where you look at something and ask if it sparks joy. Joy = you keep it. No feeling/no joy = you thank it and pass it along.
 
Bookish people (mostly on Twitter) are coming at Marie Kondo because of a misquote and a joke someone made with her picture saying "Ideally, keep fewer than 30 books." She actually said, “I now keep my collection of books to about thirty volumes at any one time.” That is what she likes for herself!
 
I did the KonMarie method today with the help of my husband and took a hard look at my growing book collection. I come to a decision to cull over half my collection, if not more. Not because Marie Kondo told me to, but because I know that I am never going to read half these books. I've had them for years without touching them, some I didn't like, some I DNF'd, and some I doubt I will ever reread. My husband did the same with his books.
 
We went through 10ish boxes and ended up culling 7 boxes worth!
 
We made a new rule that the only physical books we are going to buy used are the things we are actively collecting and no more buying random books, with the exception of being 80s & 90s (and earlier) books, though I will be pickier. (Rare books, hard to find and libraries will not have them.)
 
I got rid of a bunch of books that I can easily get at the library if I decide I want to read them later on. We are already picky about the new books we buy because we can't buy full price books often. We still have a lot more books to go through! haha
 
I'm not getting rid of every unread book or everything I've read and may not read again. I'm keeping things that have true sentimental value and nostalgic stuff because I LOVE going back to my younger self and rereading nostalgic books. That sparks joy!
 
Some series I am actively collecting are: (For the curious)
 
 
The Babysitter's Club
Goosebumps
Fear Street
Other R L Stine books
Animorphs
Sweet Valley High
The Alice books (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)
Buffy, Angel, Charmed books
Nancy Drew
The Hardy Boys
Boxcar Children
Several cheesy teen horror authors (Christopher Pike, Joan Lowery Nixon...etc)
Cheesy teen horror novels in general from the 80s/90s era
The type of books you would find in Paperbacks From Hell and Paperback Crush (so 70s,80s,90s horror and children/teenage stuff.)
 
There are more but those are the things I think are most recognized. It seems like a lot, but it is a very slow growing collection and I end up getting the books from $1 to $3 at the Half Price Book Store.
 
No matter how old I get, I still read and enjoy the above books. The nostalgic factor might be one of the reasons, but so what! Some would consider some of these books badly written nowadays, but it is like I can turn off a switch and overlook cheesy storylines, plot holes and "bad writing" Most of the books above would probably be considered "guilty pleasure" books for adults to read, but I don't use that word.
 
They are comfort reads.
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Do you unhaul books easily or is it like pulling teeth? That is how it is for me, even if I didn't like the book that much. I know it is boarding on hoarding tendencies because it shouldn't be so hard to donate a book you hated, or a book you know you'll never read.

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Invisible Emmie - Terri Libenson, Terri Libenson

I loved this book.

 

I could see a lot of younger me and even some adult me in Emmie (being the shy, quiet type, among other things she went through.) Emmie is basically writing in her diary that we somehow stumbled upon. The book switches from shy Emmie's POV to popular "has everything" Katie's POV.

Emmie writes things as she sees them. In the little comic drawings, she points things out, like "this is the drama club, with the emo girl," or "the smelly kid." I don't think she's being mean. She does not intend anyone to read her "diary." She calls a girl "huge" which can be seen as fat shaming by some, but I don't see it that way. Fat, huge... those are descriptive words. She didn't call the girl "the disgusting fat girl," or something like that! She just said the "huge girl pushed her out of the way to get to the bathroom."

She points out the different types of people who get made fun of in school, one category happens to be someone with a disability, in this case, the kid had a "math disability," which I take for a learning disability. I don't think she's being cruel, but the sad fact is the type of people she mentioned do get made fun of more often than other people. She only mentions this to make a point that she belongs to none of the "make fun of" groups and she is invisible. Nobody sees her.

I belong to all the groups she is so-called shaming (Man school was tough!), and I did not feel offended or shamed at all, but that is just me.

The ending of this book can be taken two ways. Good. It was a great ending... but... some might say bittersweet, maybe sad.

 

Here'swhy, major spoilers!

Does she have multiple personality disorder or was Katie really only an alter ego/imaginary friend? Is the book that deep? I guess that is up to interpretation. The ending did make me cry a little when it all made more sense. I was thinking "Katie" was way too perfect; it's annoying!

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Mini Book Haul, Pet Death, Distractions, & Anxiety

Trigger Warning: Animal death, though no photos of a dead animal, just my last photo of her alive. Long blog, but I promise there is book related content as well.

 

My hamster Mogget was put on death watch a few days ago. We had to move her to a smaller enclousure, because old age was making it hard for her to get around. Well on the 4th, in the morning, she became unable to move and fell into a deep sleep, her breaths slowed down and right before the end, she opened her eyes one last time and I feel like she looked at me to say goodbye. I'm not sure if she was aware of anything, but it is comforting to believe she realized she wasn't alone and was able to go without being scared.

 

[In a deep sleep and I hope she felt comfortable]

 

Patrick (my husband) helped me bury her in a spot I like outside. She is in a place where I can imagine fairies or something else magical lives. Whether you believe that, it is a nice thought, regardless. We buried her between the tree with the vine and the rock covered in moss.

 

After that, to get my mind off things, Patrick helped me get rid of a bunch of stuff we've been procrastinating donating/tossing. (By help, I mean he did it all and I supervised hehe)

 

[Photo was taken a while ago. Might be hard to tell, but the tree in the middle that has vines. She is now in front of that, behind the rock.]

 

As you can imagine, I was really upset all day (still am) and just wanted to distract myself, play with our other furry butts, clean...etc. In the photo, we're trying to go through DVDs and our cat Apollo just wants to play in the tote.

 

[I think she wants to have a Buffy or Farscape marathon!]

 

My husband is really sweet; he took me to Barnes & Noble as more disctraction so I could get 2 books I really wanted. They were having another buy 2 get 1 free sale, but that man was there again and I had a panic/anxiety episode and refused to check out with him. (See previous blog about the man who was rude to me there last time.)

 

Patrick offered to do it alone, but I did not want to deal with the buy 2 get 1 fiasco all over again with the same rude cashier. (They didn’t have signs up again!) Right in the store, I went online and bought 3 books for my Kindle, through Amazon (of course) and paid less than what I would have with the buy 2 get 1 sale. (Actually spent only 3$ more what 1 book would have cost.)

 

Ugh! I love those books I wanted so much (despite not reading them yet lol) and I love Kindle books, but I really wanted the physical books to add to my physical collection of the books I already had by the same author. All is well. I will look out for the physical copies one day online (used & lower priced than what B&N was charging.)

B&N pretty much lost a customer while that guy is working the register.

 

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The books I got is from the Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) series by Makoto Shinkai. 2 light novels, 1 manga. Japan calls books based on anime or manga “Light novels.”

There is a full length animated movie, 3 manga based on the movie, 1 light novel based on the anime/movie, 1 light novel that is side stories, 1 manga that is based on the side stories. Phew. It sounds confusing.

 

The movie is so beautiful and I loved it so much. The manga based on the movie wasn't as impactful as the movie was, but I really enjoyed it, too. It really was a touching story for me. The artwork is stunning. The movie made me cry at the end. I just had to have the novels, and the manga based on the side story.

 

It is the 2nd largest grossing domestic film in Japan (That is all movies, not just anime!) and the fourth-largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen. 11th grossing non-English film in the USA. (At the time of writing this.) Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97% & 4.6/5 rating. IMDB.com is at 8.4/10.

 

That should tell you how much this movie & books impacted people. Listen up, folks! Anime, cartoons, and animated films, comics, graphic novels, manga and all that are not just for children! I’m playing this up because I want you to watch the movie and then read the manga, then the novels! Go do it!

 

My collection so far:
Physical:
Vol 1-3 Your Name manga. (Follows the anime pretty closely!)

 

Digital:
The Your Name Movie (On Vudu.com. But I want the Limited Edition Bluray that comes packaged in a holographic art box, comes with a hardcover art book, 2 soundtracks (English & Japanese ver.) and is just stunning, but it is so pricey!!)

 

[This is what you get in the limited edition! I know I can buy the soundtracks alone probably, but I really want that art book!]

 

 

Your Name light novel on Kindle (It is supposed to follow the anime/manga pretty closely, but with added background info...etc.

 

 

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound light novel on Kindle (Based on characters from the anime/manga and some of their side stories...etc.)

 

 

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound manga on Kindle (The manga of the above.)

 

 

Yes, I'm a nerd.

 

(Do me a favor, give your animals (if you have any) a great big cuddle if they will let you.)

Lettters From Father Christmas

Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien
This book was very whimsical and made me feel like I was the same age as Tolkien's children and growing with them. I could almost imagine the things Tolkien wrote (as Father Christmas) were true happenings and Tolkien really was F.C., and somehow was leading two lives, one with his children and one on the North Pole with North Polar Bear and friends.
 

In his letters, he mentions the children putting their stockings up for the last time and he stops writing to them as they grow older and I can assume the older children stopped writing to him, too. That seems sad to me, but I guess some people forget the magic of Christmas as they age.
 
The way the book just ends is so jarring. One last letter to the youngest child and then nothing else. Sad, but children grow up, I suppose. I wonder how his children felt about getting their "last letter." If the children still believed in F.C, I can imagine it would be really terrible to be told, "hey, you're too old now, so no more letters."
 
 

My New Year Goals!

These are goals to start the year off with, not New Year Resolutions because if I don’t do them… IT. IS. FINE!! No beating myself up. Mostly reading related, of course, but also some health stuff.
 
It isn't all fun and games; I have chronic pain, with mobility issues (can't walk or stand very long), depression, social & general anxiety. Because of these, it is so easy for goals to go out the window.
 
I don't have a "workout" plan, or a "diet" or any goals like that. It is all about getting my mental health in a better place and doing small baby steps to gain some mobility back. I just want to be able to move and not be in such pain. If you don't have depression or chronic pain, you might never understand how hard it is to crawl out from the darkness or to push beyond the pain to do a thing that gives you more pain in the moment. It is a vicious cycle and not an excuse or laziness!
 
The things below are goals, things I wish to keep up with, but I am going in realistically, knowing I'm going to fall and stand back up many times. Depression even makes things like reading and writing hard to do sometimes and not feel fun. No beating myself up when I fall down!
 
Daily Creative Brain Goals:
 
Read or write for at least 20 minutes when you wake up, before getting online and at least 20 minutes before bed (Replace with meditation when needed
 
Daily Healthy Brain Goals:
 
Meditate:
Monday - 5 Minutes
Tuesday - 10 Minutes
Wednesday - 15 Minutes
Thursday - 5 Minutes
Friday - 10 Minutes
Saturday - 15 Minutes
Sunday - Any length or off
 
Music:
All the music!!!
Find and listen to a new song/artist
Music is life!
Sing along, hum, chair dance, or wave your arms like you are a conductor
 
Love:
Think of 1 thing you are thankful for before going to bed, no matter how small, big, silly or weird
Say "I'm worth living, I matter, I'm meant to be here!" whenever death is on your mind
Every time you think something negative about yourself, imagine you going back in time and saying it to yourself as a child; you wouldn't, so why say it now?
 
Daily Healthy Body Goals:
 
Stretching:
5-10 before yoga
 
Yoga:
Monday - 5 Minutes
Tuesday - 10 Minutes
Wednesday - 15 Minutes
Thursday - 5 Minutes
Friday - 10 Minutes
Saturday - 15 Minutes
Sunday - Any length or off
 
Cardio:
5-10 after yoga
 
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Monthly Creative Brain Goals:
 
Read at least 1 physical book I own
Read at least 1 Kindle book I own
Read at least 1 library book (Support the library!!)
Read at least 1 thing you can not track on Goodreads! Be free, you don't have to track everything! (Fan work, an interesting article...etc.)
 
Write at least 1 short story
Write at least 1 poem
Write a few times a week in a journal
 
Monthly Healthy Brain Goals:
Research & learn about something new
Read about interesting people
Play trivia games or take quizzes on a variety of subjects
 
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Overall bookish goals:
 
Read more diversely, read more “new to me” authors, more authors with different backgrounds than the one I have, read more translated work
 
The Read Harder Challenge is great, but I won't stress it and think I have to hit every challenge in the year. Reading should not be stressful!
 
Here are the challenges: (If you have any book suggestions, let me know!)
 
Read:
1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters
2. An alternate history novel
3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
4. A humor book
5. A book by a journalist or about journalism
6. A book by an AOC set in or about space
7. An own voices book set in Mexico or Central America
8. An own voices book set in Oceania
9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
11. A book of manga
12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
14. A cozy mystery
15. A book of mythology or folklore
16. A historical romance by an AOC
17. A business book
18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
19. A book of nonviolent true crime
20. A book written in prison
21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
22.A children’s or middle-grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
23. A self-published book
24. A collection of poetry published since 2014

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie - Courtney Summers

Trigger Warning: pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug addiction. All I can say is a book you would want to go into carefully if you are triggered by disturbing content.

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I'm not a parent, but this was hard for me to read; of course, my mind was on my nieces and the other children I know, and children/people who have gone missing/murdered in general. I've always had an interest in True Crime; because I feel like no matter how long it has been, crimes need to be solved, justice needs to be served and friends and family need closure.

 

So many people get forgotten about or fall through the cracks and never reported missing in the first place. People who talk about True Crime topics keeps victims names out there so that we won't forget about them.

This book was hard to read. It was so real. So raw. I enjoyed the way it was written. It had me on the edge of my seat. Listening and reading at the same time really enhanced the experience, because half of this is in podcast format.

 

The ending made me cry. I can't even imagine living the horrors in this book. Mattie's murder, what Sadie, Mattie, and the other girls experienced at the hands of

"Keith"

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and others like him, and the grief of a parent when they find out what happened to their child.

Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 320 pages.

Sadie - Courtney Summers

I picked this to be my first book in 2019!

 

If you have the chance to read it, the audiobook makes all the difference. Part of it is in podcast format, so it really brings the book alive to listen to the audiobook while physically reading at the same time!

 

Summary:

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

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Here is to another good reading year in 2019!

Here is to another good reading year in 2019, whether I read 1 or 500 books!
 
One thing I want to take into 2019 is that a reader is still a reader even if they read stuff that can't be tracked by Goodreads/similar sites. (Such as fan-written work...etc)
 
A reader is still a reader even if they don't feel like reading for a month, even a year! You read 1 article, 1 poem, 1 book... whether you read "for your age" or not... BOOM you're a reader.
 
I will read whatever the heck I want, even if it is middle grade "meant for children" or comics, graphic novels & manga some people still scoff at and act like is beneath them.
 
I'm still a reader even if I don't read "proper" literature and classics 24/7.
 
A reader is a reader whether they read short or long books!
 
Here are my stats for 2018:
 
I read 18,816 pages across 100 books in 2018! (99.5% of what I read were trackable books, and I avoided stuff... "oh, but I can't count that toward my goal..." Next year will be different!)
 
My average rating for 2018 is 3.8/5.
 
My shortest book was 20 pages: Pumpkin Feels Lonely by Joanne Roach - My 3-YO niece enjoyed this and so did I. I like the lesson it teaches and that it is not an "in your face" sort of lesson some books have. (I gave it a 4/5)
 
My longest book was 592 pages: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (I gave it a 4/5)
 
LEAST POPULAR: 0 people also read Pumpkin Feels Lonely
MOST POPULAR: 1,092,421 people also read Frankenstein
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (I gave it 4/5)
 
AVERAGE LENGTH - 188 pages (I did read a lot of short books this year.)
 
Happy reading and Happy New Year!
Feel free to share your stats and goals!

My Christmas Book Haul!

The holidays are not about the gifts we get, but more about our loved ones. However, I am very grateful for what I do get. It is always books, books, books when it comes to gifts, gift cards & gift money. This year it was Kindle and Audible books galore!

 

I got an Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet from my husband's parents and I let him have my Kindle Oasis. You can bet I spent my gift cards & gift money on books!

 

Obviously most of the books here are catered toward me because I got Amazon gift cards and he got Playstation gift cards, but a few are ones we both wanted! (See, I can be nice!) He loves to read, but is more on the gaming side. I like gaming, too. It is nice to share hobbies!

 

A lot of these are bought "on a whim" to give them a chance because they were on sale for $.99 - $2.99 and I can not say no to sales, especially when I am using gift cards. This list shows I have a very eclectic taste in books. haha

 

Kindle:

 

The Enchantment of Jack Horner

42098050This one was actually a giveaway I won on Christmas Day, so I'm including it!

Bird Box

43313331We both wanted this one

They Both Die At The End

They Both Die at the End

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)

Jackaby #1 & The Map #1.5 (The Map was free)

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)The Map (Jackaby, #1.5)I read this as a library book and gave it a 3/5, but liked it enough to buy the ebook and continue the series. The Map is a short story following book 1.

Robin

RobinHow could I not get this?

They Mostly Come Out At Night (Free)

They Mostly Come Out At Night (Yarnsworld #1)

The Book of Ivy #1

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)

Incarnate #1

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)A cover buy, but the reviews looked good...so...

The Names They Gave Us

 The Names They Gave UsSort of a cover buy, but the reviews convinced me to give it a try
Adventures in Funeral Crashing #1 (Free)

Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing, #1)Cheesy teen sluith book, but it was free and I remembered reading it on Wattpad back in the day. hahahaha I haven't looked at that place in so long.

Eragon #1

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)I got this for my husband. This is his favorite series. I have never been able to read past the first half of book 2. I want to give it another try for his sake lol

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell One we both wanted.
The Candymakers #1
The Candymakers (The Candymakers, #1)
 The Afterlife of Holly Chase
 The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Diviners #1

 The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Warriors 3-book collection
Into The Wild #1
Fire and Ice #2
Forest of Secrets #3
Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)Fire and Ice (Warriors, #2)Forest of Secrets (Warriors, #3)I read some of this series when I was younger and enjoyed it!

Fishtale

Fishtale 

Hunted

Hunted
 Sadie

Sadie

The Hazel Wood

 The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

Legendary (Caraval #2)

Legendary (Caraval, #2)
The Name Of The Wind #1
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

 

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Audible: (AKA Audiobooks!!)

 

Stillhouse Lake #1

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Allie and Bea

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Wool

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Alien: Out of Shadows (Free Audible Original)

Zero G (Free Audible Original)

The Name of The Wind #1

Read & listen deal (just got the ebook)

Metro 2033

Husband used a free credit on this

Sadie

Read & listen deal (just got the ebook)

 

They Both Die At The End & The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue #1

Both of these were a "read & listen" deal, but I got them with a 2 for 1 credit, so they were free.

 

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

 

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Audible gave these 3 books for free as part of "start the new year right" promotion, so I did not really want them. They are motivational/New Year resolution types of books. Not saying they are bad, per say, just not something I ever read.

 

Good Calories, Bad Calories

Good Calories, Bad Calories audiobook cover art

Do Over

Do Over audiobook cover art

Finding Ultrua
Finding Ultra audiobook cover art

 

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