October Fright 2016: Let the Scares Begin!

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As you can surmise from my blog’s new look, it’s October. October may be my favorite month of the year and that’s mostly due to Halloween. I’ve always loved the holiday, dressing up and trick-or-treating was something I always looked forward to. I also really enjoy scary movies. Maybe it’s the adrenaline rush, but creepy movies and stories have a strange kind of appeal. While putting together posts for this month, I watched a lot of horror movies to put myself in the perfect mindset. I also lost a lot of sleep, being unable to shut off my brain when it was time to go to bed. This month I have an assortment of posts to share with you ranging from my October TBR to How to Survive a Horror Story. I hope you enjoy everything I have in store and please feel free to share any Halloween-themed posts you put together this month in the comments. Happy October!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September ’16

MonthlyWrap-UPAside from a couple of personal mishaps, September was a very enjoyable month. I took a week off from blogging for the first time since I became a blogger. Because I like to over-prepare, I ended up starting early on all my October posts, so it looks like this following month is going to be pretty stress-free in terms of blog posts. I read seven books this month (I’m counting the one I’m currently reading because I’m so close to being done), including a reread of one of my favorite books (Six of Crows!).

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.)

Favorite Book This Month:

Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom! Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom! Technically I’m not finished with this one, but I’m so close and I can guarantee it’s going to get a high rating. I can’t say much because I detest spoilers, but this is so so so good. Review will be up soon. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

It breaks my heart to say that Emery Lord’s newest release When We Collided was my least favorite read this month. I’ve been on such a contemporary kick lately and I don’t know if I’m just waning down from the high, but this book just didn’t do it for me. I will have a full review of this one up in October (though I may have to push it back to November). Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Other Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Books Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

Expect reviews for these books to go up in October. Covers below are linked to Goodreads.

 

Favorite Blog Meme Posts This Month:

This month my favorite blog meme topic was Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Binge-Worthy Shows on Netflix. It’s always fun to talk about interests outside of books and here is a list of some of my favorite shows.

Other Notable Posts/Updates This Month:

Kernels of Nonsense: Blog Hiatus Announcement: Early in the month I announced that I was going on a blog hiatus for a week. Here are my thoughts on why and the like.

Kernels of Nonsense: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and in this post I recommend some of my favorite books by Latinx authors.

2016 Third Quarter Book Haul: Did I Show Shelf-Control?: How many books have I bought during the last three months? Take a look at my post here to see which books I’ve added to my library.

Reading Challenges:

I’ve had very little progress in my reading challenges lately, so I’m including a little update for them in my wrap-up post instead of making a separate post.

1. The 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read debut novel Iron Cast by Destiny Soria. It was really good and I cannot wait to share my full review of it.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Overall Progress: 9 books

2. The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark. I read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo from my own library this month.

  • Challenge Goal: 30 books; Overall Progress: 23 books

3. The 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. I finished the Six of Crows duology this month. Do duologies count? I’ve been counting them so far this year.

  • Challenge Goal: 7 series; Overall Progress: 6

Things I’m Looking Forward to in October:

October Fright – I’m so stoked about October. I’m a big fan of Halloween and in honor of the holiday, I like to put together some Halloween-themed posts for the month. The look of my blog will also change for the month, which I will be working on tonight.

October Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your September? Are you ready to say goodbye to summer and welcome a cooler fall? Any September releases you’re particularly excited about? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

The Friday 56: P.S. I Like You

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“How about we discuss the fact that you’re a guy. Let’s get married and have cute Indie Rock babies.”

Some plot lines are really predictable, but these same plot lines can be really addicting regardless. Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You may be a very predictable contemporary read, but it is utterly adorable and made me smile in the best possible way. Check out my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

      “While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
      Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

2016 Third Quarter Book Haul: Did I Show Shelf-Control?

Book Haul (1)Another three months have past since my last book haul and it’s once again time to look back and see if I excercised some restraint or if I just went crazy. Last time I did a book haul I was out of control. This time around I didn’t think I bought too many books, but when I started stacking the books I’d purchased since June, it was more than I remembered buying. Memory loss and book buying are never a good combination. Click any image to enlarge.

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I feel like I’ve been holding my breath since last September waiting for this sequel. I’m so excited, but also so scared.

2. And I Darken by Kiersten White – I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. The protagonist is very unlikable and yet I kind of love her. Read my review here.

3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – I might have to preorder everything she writes, I love her books so much. This one was so unique, I can’t get over what a great concept it was. My review can be found here.

4. Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson – This one just came in the mail along with Crooked Kingdom and if it hadn’t been accompanied by the book just mentioned, I’d be reading it right now.

5. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – Loved this book when I checked it out from the library and I finally caved and bought myself a copy. I get bonus points for purchasing a used copy, right? Read my review here.

6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I’ve heard so many good things about this book. So many. So many that I ended up buying it instead of checking it out from my library. Hopefully I can get to this one soon.

7. Chaos by Sarah Fine – I finally bought myself the final book in Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands series. I’ve been waiting for the price of a used copy to drop and when it did, I quickly ordered myself a copy.

8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – This contemporary book really surprised me. I can’t get over how dynamic it was. This is another used book I ended up buying because it cost me like five bucks and it’s difficult to resist a deal like that. You can read my review of this one here.

9. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – This purchase was completely impulsive. I had already requested a hold from the library on this one when the price became absurdly good on Amazon and then I was a goner. Find my review of this one here.

10. On the Fence by Kasie West – This is my favorite Kasie West book so far and I needed a copy, so you know, I went ahead and bought it for myself. Such great judgement…Read my review here.

Although I bought more books than I had planned, I still feel that I showed some self-control. Of course, comparing these numbers to what happened last time makes me feel really good. At some point I think I mentioned I was going on a book buying ban and it never happened. I won’t be making any promised for the final three months of the year because who can possibly resist all those discounts that come around just before Christmas?

Have you read or are you planning to read any of these? What’s the last few books you bought yourself? Are you like me and can’t resist a good deal? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Books On My Fall TBR List.” I am so stoked for fall. I love the change in weather (sweltering temperatures are not my favorite thing), the color of leaves and that crunchy sound they make when you step on them, and I especially love Halloween. This fall there are plenty of new releases to be excited for and here is a look at books being released this fall that I’m really looking forward to reading. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Are you looking forward to any of these titles as well? Which fall 2016 release are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Kernels of Nonsense: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Kernels of Nonsense (2)Kernels of Nonsense is a discussion feature here on the blog where I like to talk about various book and blogging related subjects. This week I’m doing something a little different in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

This post is a little late, as Hispanic Heritage Month began more than a week ago, but with my blogging hiatus approaching, I didn’t have time to finish putting this post together in time. There are still a few weeks left in Hispanic Heritage Month, so I hope you’ll forgive me. This month is special to me because I am Latina and it’s really important to me that we recognize and celebrated all of the wonderful contributions Latinxs have made in the world. As a book blogger and avid reader, I want to see more books that feature Latinxs. I want to see myself on the pages, not as an illegal immigrant, maid, or sassy best friend. I want Latinxs to be anything and everything. I want dragons and magic, I want kingdoms and castles, I want sword fights and hand-to-hand combat, I want it all. And until we make a demand for these stories, until we showcase the Latinx authors already writing, Latinxs will continue to be underrepresented in publishing. For this post I’m featuring some of my favorite books written by Latinx authors as well as an assortment of books on my TBR also written my Latinxs (small note: the last three books haven’t been released yet, so look for them in the future). I hope you add some of these to your own TBR. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Books Written by Latinxs That I’d Recommend:

TBR Books Written by Latinxs:

Have you read any of these or are planning to? Are there any books by Latinx authors that I should add to my TBR? Let me hear from you in the comments!