A Personal Post

Hello everyone,

I am so sorry for my lack of updates, to be honest this month has been an odd month full of good and bad things. First thing first I am about to be a college student again so I have been busy getting ready for that, I am so excited to get back into what I have been wanting to do for a long time!

Now onto the true reason why I have not been posting and honestly I haven’t really picked up a book this month… Earlier this month I found out my mom has cancer. It took me a week to even process that news. Everything from the day we found out to now has been a blur of uncertainty, waiting and anxiety. I have taken time out of work to stay home and help my mom out making sure she has everything , taking her to work and picking her up. I have put things on hold to help not only my mom, but my dad as well.

Really at first though to of keeping this to myself, but I have decided I wouldn’t. Bookstagram and this blog are part of my life and there is nothing wrong with sharing a few personal things, but I am getting back into the grove of things and I am hoping to be back here soon. Maybe I will make a combact in November, but I have a few things I am editing. I am also trying to figure out how to make this blog more appealing and I have found a few templates that I like for  a theme, because I feel like this blog needs a makeover. So I will take advantage of this reading slump that I have gottten myself into and dedicate it to fixing up things.

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend, and I hope to talk to you guys soon! Happy reading!

Courtney

Monday’s Most Anticipated

I decided that on Monday’s I would share my most anticipated things whether that is books, music, TV shows, movies, etc. So right now here are my most anticipated things:

  1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. Here is something you need to know about me, Rick Riordan is one of my instant buy authors and tomorrow Magnus Chase hits shelves and I cannot wait.
  2. Rose Society by Marie Lu, another instant buy author for me after reading the Legend Triology (if you have not read it, you need to). I am ready to read more about Adelina and her descent into villinary.
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcere’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition. As if I needed another reason to jump into the world of Harry Potter or own another version, they decide to make an illustrated version and of course I must own it.
  4. Halloween, I will forever remain a kid at heart and I cannot wait for my favourite holiday. Nothing beats dressing up, eating candy and scaring people. I should also mention watching Hocus Pocus almost everyday.

Well that is it for today’s Most Anticipated.  I am not sure if I will do this every Monday or alternate between posting a review or something else. I am still working out a schedule for this blog. I am starting college soon and even though it is going to be online, I am going to need to set time for that and make time for everything else, but I will get things straightened out.

I hope everyone has a great day and happy reading!

A Monster Calls Book Review

61vTxJTnOsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Author: Patrick Ness with Illustrations by Jim Kay

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Page Count: 205

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

So we are only on the second day of October and I have already knocked out a book that was on my TBR. I knew A Monster Calls was short, what I didn’t know that once I started reading the book that I would not be able to set it down or that I would loose track of time and not realize that when I started reading in the morning with my cup or two of coffee that I would be finished by the afternoon where my dog looked at me impatiently wondering when we were going to go on our walk.

I am going to keep this review short and simple mainly due to the fact that I will giveaway the book. One of the things that I will say is the writing is well done. Patrick Ness is a natural story teller, and his writing style is beautiful. That is really the only way to describe it, its just beautiful. This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I have read and I must say that I am now a fan of his work and I will start collecting his books from now on.

The characters in this story are well drawn out, even characters that are only in one or two pages are well thought out and you can tell there was a wealth of time and attention focused on them. Nothing in this story seemed like it was not supposed to be there or that it was a filler. I will say based off the title and the cover I was suprised by the contemporary atsmophere, but it only added to my intrigue to the story.

Not only was the writing beautiful and well done, the illustrations enhanced the story, letting you see what was happening in the story. I liked that the illustrations were not on every page, and that sometimes they took up two pages so you can get the full imagery of what you just read. Like I said earlier everthing was part of the story for a reason and things floated together so wonderfully creating a truly remarkable story.

A Monster Calls will be a story that I will never forget any time soon, in fact I cannot stop thinking about it now, even though I have been trying to move on after I sobbed for a solid hour after finishing. If you have not read this book yet, I highly suggest you pick it up and give it a go. You will not regre it, I promise you that.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and happy reading!

October TBR

It is finally October! I feel like this year it has taken October a long time to get here. October is probably one of my favourite months, well all the months in fall are my favourite. Its that time of year again for apple cider, pumpkin flavored everything, leaves changing color, cinammon scented goodies. Most importantly there is Halloween and Hocus Pocus. I also cannot forget to name Halloweentown, oh yes October is the most wonderful time of year.

My goal this month is to get my TBR pile down… I have lost control with buying books, filling two shelves in a couple months… oops. I will not apologize for it though! But lets face it those things won’t happen, because of so many books coming out that I need to have! I am looking at you Rose Society and Magnus Chace! I will try though to fit in a lot of reading in this month. So here is my TBR for the month of October (or what I intend on reading this month)

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Pride & Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright  and David Leslie Johnson 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

What is on your TBR this month? What book release are you looking forward too?