Saturday, November 14, 2015

October Photo-a-Day: my month in pictures

I missed August's P-a-D and then was a week and a half late posting September's...I'm posting November's on time. Or it'll drive me bonkers!! I didn't do so swell in October taking a picture each day...I think I'm missing 8 days. But I'll share what I got!

Cupcakes for breast cancer awareness // Cami made a friend at the brew store
Little guy out of the stroller at the allergist's office // Daddy snuggles are the best!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Books I Read in October

Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin, #13)The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy BunnyThe Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep - 4 stars (finished 10/1)
This is the 13th book in the Elemental Assassin series.

Estep is only slotted to write 14 books in the series, but I hope she continues. This series is just as addictive as the Stephanie Plum series. They are my guilty pleasures. Yes, the plot and story arc is a little repetitive, but it doesn't mean I don't enjoy me some Gin Blanco. This book, in particular, I really enjoyed because we got to see a little more of Gin's past - and I love flashbacks. I'm dying for the next book already!! 

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - 3.5 stars (finished 10/10)
This is the 2nd book in the Mara Dyer trilogy.

It has been a while since I read book 1 - which I really enjoyed. This book I felt was a little all over the place. I think that may have been the intention, but it was a little hard for me to keep up at times - and falling asleep while trying to read it didn't help. I wasn't really feeling Mara or Noah in this one. Her parents drove me insane. Daniel was soooo gullible. Plus the flashbacks had me like...what? I'm hoping book 3 redeems itself. I typically don't like second books in trilogies. I'm a hater. LOL. I think I just don't like how the stories are bridged.

Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison - 4 stars (finished 10/14)
I own 5 seasons of GND and watched all of Holly's World when it when I found out Holly was writing a book, you bet your patootie I was gonna read it. It was everything that I thought it was going to be, plus some. I always wondered what was really going on behind the scenes and Holly put it out there and it makes a ton of sense. And while Bridget was my favorite GND, I really liked Holly too. Her book made me feel much more connected to her and sympathize with all that she had gone through in her years at the mansion.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - 2 stars (finished 10/26)
This is the 3rd book in the Mara Dyer trilogy.

I struggled with the first 40% of the book and then it picked up and I was hoping for some resolve. I felt like my questions weren't really answered and the ending was overly cheesy. I sorta rolled my eyes a little. It just wasn't what I had hoped for with the trilogy that had such a strong start. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

My November TBR List + Upcoming Releases

Not surprisingly, I read nothing off my list for last month's TBR. However, I did finish 4 books again, so I'm happy with that. This month, I signed up to do a buddy read with a Goodreads group for The Hobbit. It was on my reading list in September and I never got around to it. This month's list is small. I may get around to reading one of the three. Perhaps :)

Possible November Reads: 
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien [reread]
  • Real Murders by Charlaine Harris [new series]
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10)The Girl Who Could Not Dream SoundlessWinter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22)Chimera (Parasitology, #3)Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3)

What books do you hope to read this month?
What releases are you excited for?