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This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined list, choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.

This weeks theme

‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

When I began reading Young Adult, one of the first series I read was Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. It was alright. I own a hardcover copy by HarperTeen. I think it’s a beautiful cover. Look at the clouds! I was not aware of the other languages and cover versions but they are cool.

I think I like the Turkish publication Kutsanmış Published 2012 by DEX Kitap the most and the Polish one Anielska (Paperback) is similar. Which one do you like best? I’m sorry I can’t format the book covers but just choose book  1 –10 etc…The page where you can see all the published editions is here

Edition language: Turkish

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Magic Bites -  Ilona Andrews

Listening to the audiobook I got from the library is pissing me the fuck off. Why does my iPod skip chunks of text, going from chapter 4 skipping to chapter 6? FFS! Then I can’t go backwards or forward in the proper sequence and it’s so bloody frustrating. It’s ruining my reading and listening experience! wah. I, however, also have the book. I bought the book at a second-hand shop after I got the audio download from my library because I love reading and listening to a novel. The narrator is so darn good too. It’s Renée Raudman.

I felt the story was missing a lot of background information. Kate Daniels is an adult now and she presumably has a crush on her Guardian Greg. He dies right in the beginning so I felt kind of at a loss, not knowing much about him and her relationship with him. There were many things I didn’t understand in the beginning like why did everyone know who she was? Obviously, it is a paranormal/Urban fantasy world and there were a lot of characters and it was quite hard to keep up with them all. I feel Kate Daniels is a very fearless and strong female who can handle things on her own. She’s tough in other words. I’m struggling with it so far. In Chapter 4 but I like it.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~A post to recap the past week on the blog and showcase books and things we have received.

I’ve been preparing for Blogoween, Fraterfest and for the Countdown to Halloween looking for scary books to read next month.

I’m so excited to be participating in this years Halloween festivities. I’ll probably be posting on my other blog @ Jackie’s Bookbytes. If you want to join and/or want to know more about these events click the links and a new tab will open.

In other news, it snowed on Friday. We went from fire and smoke to freezing rain and fog :/ Wonderful autumn so far. Just ducky.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.

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Finished Reading/listening

Pieces of Her
by Karin Slaughter
Narrated by: Kathleen Early

Currently listening to

Under a Dark Sky
by Lori Rader-Day
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert

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What I added to my Audible Library

In Canada, we got to download David Copperfield audiobook for free in honour of Audible Canada’s first year anniversary and enter to win some prizes.


1. David Copperfield [audible]
Written by: Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
Publisher Summary
This epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming-of-age stories in literature, chronicling David Copperfield’s extraordinary journey through life as he encounters villains, saviours, eccentrics, and grotesques – including the wicked Mr. Murdstone, stouthearted Peggotty, formidable Betsey Trotwood, impecunious Micawber, and the odious Uriah Heep. Dickens’ great novel (based, in part, on his own boyhood and which he described as a “favourite child”) is a work filled with life, both comic and tragic.

Listen to Richard Armitage bring Dickens’ words to life, and you’ll understand why Virginia Woolf called David Copperfield “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels”.

2. Trying to Live with the Dead
by B. L. Brunnemer
Narrated by: Kris Koscheski, Carla Mercer-Meyer

3. The Vampire Stories of Nancy Kilpatrick
by Nancy Kilpatrick
Narrated by Holly Adams

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4. Chasing the Omega (Small Town Book 1)

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Read by Renée Raudman

Coming October 26 on Netflix

sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

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I also watched episode 13 Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead. This show has taken a turn for the worse. Idk. I don’t particularly like John Dorie anymore. All’s he seems to care about is Naomi candy. Is it Halloween or something? lol. I also think that witchy black woman is scary. Is it me or is Morgan leading them towards Rick Grimes and Alexandria? They appear to be heading in that direction maybe?

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Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

I had to share this because it was recommended that I try it.  It is an Oh She Glows recipe. I am pleased with how it turned out. It is delicious! It’s vegan but since I eat animal protein I used whipping cream on top, just the way I like it. You can use coconut cream.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups rolled oats, certified gluten-free if necessary
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or try ½ tsp ground ginger)
1/4 cup raisins or pitted chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnut halves
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease a 10-cup/2.5 qt. casserole dish. I used an 8″ x 11″ rectangular casserole dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: shredded carrot, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and fresh ginger.
Add the wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined.
Pour mixture into prepared dish and smooth out with a spoon. Press down on the oatmeal with a spoon (or your hands) so the oats sink into the milk. Sprinkle on the walnuts and raisins and press down lightly again.
Bake, uncovered, for 32-37 minutes (I baked for 35 mins.) until lightly golden along the edge. The oatmeal will still look a bit soft or wet in some spots when it comes out of the oven, but it will firm up as it cools.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with Coconut Whipped Cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, or some non-dairy yogurt. When the baked oatmeal is fully cool, it will firm up enough to be sliced into squares.
Leftovers should keep for 3 days or so in the fridge or up to 2 weeks in the freezer. This is merely a guess because we tend to demolish all leftovers within a day. Enjoy it warm, at room temp, or chilled straight from the fridge.

Tips:
For a nut-free option replace the almond milk with a nut-free non-dairy milk, such as coconut milk. Omit the walnuts (you can try sunflower seeds or pepita seeds for a crunch).

Created by Lia @ Lost In A Story

Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read. It’s a fun way to clean up your shelf to make room for new ones. Each Saturday, I’ll share ten books that have been on my to-be-read shelf for the longest and then decide whether I’m keeping them or not.

HERE ARE THE RULES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
    Alright, let’s do this!

It looks like this week there are a bunch of older classics that I will probably never read. The three I have on my real bookshelf are Anna Karenina, Lolita and Crime and Punishment that I will be keeping.

 

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The Books


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: It sounds like a Jonah and The Whale tale. A fisherman’s battle with a giant fish.
Verdict: Will not keep


The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Uhm ya. no. I have no doubt it is a good piece of literature. I believe there is a hell and it is a place where all the fallen angels are including Lucifer. Hell scares me.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I thought the guy was sick when I read the first two chapters. I put it away after that. I have it on my real bookshelf though so I plan on reading it still.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


Crime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel by David Zane Mairowitz
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Oh it’s a graphic novel!
Verdict: Will Not Keep


For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I’ve been to Spain and anyway I am not interested in knowing about the Civil war times.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Unless I was supposed to read it for school or something important like writing an essay on it, although I could anyway, I just don’t see myself ever reading it, unfortunately.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: It’s a thick and long story as I bought it for a readathon once but I never read it :/ It’s a book that I want to finish reading someday because it’s Leo Tolstoy! It’s Russian!
Verdict: from my virtual shelf I Will Not Keep It.


East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: A modern retelling of the book of Genesis? Hell to the No! I very much know what happens to Cain and Abel, Thank you very much.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I have never finished an Ayn Rand novel, unfortunately. It sounds like an interesting premise and I would be curious to see what happens to Howard Roark and how he deals with the offending woman who loves him marrying his worst enemy.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Not interested. Somebody isn’t happy with who she is I assume.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
Date Added: Nov 14, 2011
My Thoughts after reading the blurb: A look into the 1920’s era which was way before my time and I’d settle on a much newer time like the 60’s and 70’s.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

So there you have it. I’m getting rid of all of them from my Goodreads TBR shelf.

If anybody would like to share their Down the TBR Hole blog post so that we can visit and comment on it, I’ve created a link up. Please feel free to leave the link to your Down the TBR Hole blog post in the Mr. Linky widget provided.


Book Blogger Hop

This week’s prompt: What author do you not read and why?

 (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.)

I am not an avid reader. In fact, I sometimes hate reading. There are a lot of authors I don’t read for various reasons. For instance, I am Catholic so I will not read Charles Darwin or Stephen Hawking. Does that make me a stupid bitch? Idk but I believe in God i.e: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, whereas am I to presume these two people never believed in God their whole life? I have my opinions and when it comes to my faith I feel strongly. Also, neither does it mean I will read an author only, or just because they are Catholic. Heaven’s No! I have a feeling that most authors I read believe in God in some way or another though.

Friday Face Off was created by Books by Proxy and is kept up by Lynn’s-books . It’s an excellent opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers. The rules are relatively simple, each week following a predetermined theme choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.

Jon’s direwolf – Ghost

This week’s cover

“He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

In my defense, 🌕 the moon was full, and I was left unsupervised 🐺🌕

I’ve read a lot of paranormal novels about werewolves but nothing with a wolf on the cover that I can recall, except The Wolves of Mercy Falls, written by Maggie Stiefvater, and I won’t be using that one,  and Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear that I received from Secret Santa last year .

 

IDK. Which one do you like?

Spellbound

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The leaves have turned.
The air is cooler.
Nightfall starts a little sooner each day.
Everything feels enchanted, mysterious, and …different!
We’re so bewitched by this eerie time of year and all the change it brings, that we’re embracing our own transformations too.

Starting in October I will be brewing up some magic for Blogoween (Book blogger Style) My posts will contain scary click-clacks, characters and creatures from my favourite books, like the night king from the long winter nights Game of Thrones, White Walkers and plain Walking Dead Walkers. ha! And any other topics that inspire fear.  I’ve done something similar before but I feel like going out on a limb to hang out with the crazies.

More like …

I love reading all the fun fabulous and festive sites surrounding Halloween. It’s so awesome and that is why I’m doing this.

So come on. Let’s make like a candle 🕯️and go out (crazy) or let’s make some magic, whatever.

Here are the guidelines
  • ONLY Halloween/Autumn themed posts allowed
  • Book Reviews MUST be Halloween/Autumn themed OR Horror/Paranormal in a genre
  • Can use Hosts prompts (not compulsory)
  • Feel free to create your own prompts JUST check the list further down to make sure yours isn‘t similar to one of the hosts‘.
When Using Hosts Prompts
  • Can’t post before Hosts prompt date (e.g if you like a prompt on the 10th you can’t do it and post it before the 10th)
  • Must link back to hosts prompt post
  • Can post prompt AFTER Hosts prompt date (e.g if it went up on the 23rd you could post it any day after)
  • Can post the prompt on the same day as Hosts if you want

Early this morning on the jogging path I overheard someone say that it looked Halloween (as an adjective). I mean along the river, numerous black crows gawked and squawked to each other, sometimes at us. They can be a little disconcerting and eerie. The tree leaves are all so golden and yellow and falling to the ground. The only thing missing was fog and perhaps an old dilapidated house by the river bank?  The morning air felt crisp already.

Around the Blogosphere

This week I published my review for Jennifer Estep’s Kill The Queen, but I totally forgot I signed up for the Book Blog Tour. 🙄 Look out for that thru September 17th – October 5th

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Don’t forget to sign up for 🧛#FraterfestRAT @kimbacaffeinate Fraterfest Readathon 🦇 Be there or be scared.👻
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I participated in

Down the Tbr Hole  — I like adding books to my TBR shelf but sometimes I never get to read the blurb so this is a good opportunity to take a closer look and then decide if you want to keep it or not.
Friday FaceOff ‘Mirror mirror on the wall’— A cover featuring a queen
Books from the Backlog —A meme showcasing a neglected book on your ToRead Shelf

What I finished Reading

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It has been a long time since I read the Lux novels. I remember neither Luc or his friends and not much about Sergeant Dasher or the experiments on kids.

All of Luc’s friends, Dee, Archer and even Daemon are back in The Darkest Star.
Luc is a bloody Origin, NOT a Luxen, which means he is bigger, better, stronger, etc.

What didn’t I like? Why did Evie or Luc always finish each other’s sentences? It was annoying. I know, I’m picky, but it bothered me ok? Also, the writing didn’t appeal to my intelligence, but it’s YA so I can’t expect anything more however disappointing.

I don’t remember much about Micah. Micah was only ten years old but because of the human experiments, he aged rapidly.

In The Darkest Star, we learn about who Evie is. I didn’t understand the way she felt over her ordeal. She couldn’t accept that she used to be Nadia? Why not? And the other thing, she was only four years into acquiring Evelyn’s memories so why was learning about who she used to be so detrimental like make her want to flip out? Why couldn’t she see she was special? She was very immature and not very reasonable. I mean people loved her enough to save her, and all she could think was how they lied to her? FFS’s! As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing wrong with finding out you used to be someone else. Deal with it, get over it. So, she lost her memories of who she was before, and that’s sad and unfortunate, but, I mean if she still looks like Nadia is she then Evie? Cripes!
Whatever Micah told Luc, was meant for another novel obviously, because of something he said about “they’re coming,” or “they’re here.” What do you think Micah meant? To be continued

What I’m Currently Reading

Reading Updates

Consumed by J.R. Ward

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed…

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn’t believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again–until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm . . .

Up Next (maybe)?


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain, and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

Many would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the parchment, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

I forgot I watched the season finale of The Originals on Youtube. What an awesome show! I really liked Julie Plec’s written creations in both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and am sad that it is over. I hope she continues writing and creating fantastic films.

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