Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI’m officially back from hiatus! I will be catching up on comments both today and tomorrow, particularly ones left on my Top Ten Tuesday post I put up this last week. If I have time today, I will also be doing a little blog hopping. I missed my blog, but I also missed all of yours as well.

I cannot believe that it is already December. Where did 2018 go? My November was defined by the most part by the aforementioned hiatus I took in the middle of the month. I didn’t work on my blog for a whole two and a half weeks. I wish I could say I picked up an absurd number of books while away from the blog, but it was more of the same. I read 6 novels in November, only bought a couple of books for myself (here’s to self-control!), and feel really confident going into December. There are a few books I really want to get to as we say goodbye to 2018 and a couple of blog posts I’ve been thinking about that I at least want to start on. We’ll see how it goes.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Rebecca Roanhouse’s Trail of Lightning is the book I’m going to be screaming about for the rest of the year into next year. I kid you not, the day after I finished my library copy, I was on the hunt for my own copy. It was that good. The world-building was top-notch, the characters hard not to root for, and the action took my breath away. I cannot wait to share my review with you. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me this month.

Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am already salivating over this release. Chokshi is one of my favorite writers and you can bet that this is at the top of my preorder list (I preordered this while on hiatus).

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sibling Relationships – I “broke” my hiatus so I could do this topic because I love sibling relationships in books and had to share this list with everyone.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year. I close the second to last month accepting that I am not going to meet my goal. I’m okay with that.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read one debut in November and that was Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 9 books

I have no December releases on my TBR, so instead here are a few books I’m hoping to pick up before the end of 2018:

 

Month in Review

Do you take a break from your blog during the busy holiday season? How was your November? Did you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving? Any books you need to get to before we end 2018? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

 

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Annual Hiatus Announcement

This is the third time I am going on hiatus around the same time, so I might as well call it an annual hiatus. I don’t know about you, but my life gets extra busy in November. As much as I would love for the holiday break to translate to more time reading and more time blogging, it usually means I don’t have much time for either. Having a mostly Type A personality, I stress big time during this period and blogging is just another thing on my plate that I have to keep up with.

One thing that I’ve learned being a blogger for several years now is how important giving yourself a break is. This year I will be away from the blog starting tomorrow (November 14th) through December 1st. I will be back that Sunday with a monthly wrap-up post for November. While I am away, I have one blog post that will go up. While working on Top Ten Tuesday posts ahead of schedule (yes, I am that blogger), I could not resist November 27th’s topic (Platonic Relationships in Books). I have this one scheduled and ready to go, but aside from linking to said post in the weekly Top Ten Tuesday link-up, I will be away from the blog completely. I will still be on Twitter if you need to reach me or by email. Hope the rest of your November is wonderful and I will see you when I get back!

Monthly Wrap-Up: October ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI had such a busy September and October that I’m kind of glad we have moved into November. Even though I love October and Halloween, I am ready for a little break. I will be going on hiatus around the middle of November and won’t be back until the beginning of December, just to give you a heads up (I will be posting a hiatus announcement around the 15th). This month I picked up an interesting variety of books. I read two graphic novels, four novels, a novella, and an anthology. I wrapped up Latinx Heritage Month with a couple more posts this month and had a myriad of Halloween-themed posts go up for October Fright 2018. Kind of sad my blog is no longer Halloween-themed, but until next year, I suppose. I’m already thinking about Christmas despite my resolve to wait until after Halloween. Already bought Christmas gifts for my nephews (yes, they are books).

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I read several really good novels in October, but no five star. Still, Courtney Summers’s Sadie was a really great mystery read that had me wishing for a better outcome for several of the characters even when evidence indicated otherwise. Going to see if I can squeeze in my review of this one before I go on hiatus. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I wish I enjoyed Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1) by Joe Hill (illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez) more, but we just didn’t vibe. I really don’t have any complaints about the story, but it just wasn’t for me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Latinx Heritage Month 2018, Part IV: Backlist TBR – In this post I list some books by Latinx authors that I still need to get to. Crossing my fingers I get to most of these in the next year.

Latinx Heritage Month 2018, Part V: Wish List – For my final post for Latinx Heritage Month, I discuss things I’d like to see more of in books about Latinx characters and by Latinx authors.

October Fright 2018: The Bone-Chilling Recap – Instead of listing every October Fright post, I made a wrap-up post where you can find all my posts.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Resolutions by Mia Garcia – Mia Garcia’s upcoming sophomore novel is perfect for contemporary readers and those looking for books that focus on friend groups.

Can’t Wait-Wednesday: Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – I am beyond excited for this third book in the Witchlands series. I’ve been waiting almost two years for this one!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Villains I Can’t Help But Root For – This was a fun post to put together where I talk about some bookish villains that I absolutely love and sometimes root for.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read two debuts this month and wasn’t even trying. I read The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw and Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer. There might still be hope for this challenge!

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 8 books

November Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your October? Do you pick up any great, creepy reads? Any hiatus plans now that the holidays are coming around? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

 

October Fright 2018: The Bone-Chilling Recap

Happy Halloween! It’s finally here, my favorite holiday of the year. If you’ve stuck around the blog for the last month, you’ve probably seen all the Halloween-themed posts I’ve put together. I’ve had a lot of fun as usual writing these posts and picking up all the spooky books. Doing a little recap here just in case you missed out on a post or two.

October Fright 2018: The Thrilling TBR – Take a look at the books I decided to pick up this October in order to get into the Halloween mood. I ended up reading 8/11 which is pretty impressive for me.

October Fright 2018: Five Horror Shows I’m Binge-Watching This Fall – I love creepy horror shows so much and there is no season more perfect to binge-watch these thrilling shows than fall. I finished The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and it was so great. I made a rule for myself that I was only allowed to watch episodes at night, by myself, in the dark and it upped the creepy factor quite a bit. Can’t wait to see if they decide to make another season.

October Fright 2018: Favorite Reads From Octobers Past – Here I shared my favorite reads from Octobers past. These are the books I’m happy I got a chance to read during the spooky season.

October Fright 2018: A Haunting We Will (Not) Go – I discuss some terrifying scenarios that I would never take part in. For example, you would never be able to talk me into participating in an exorcism. Leave me out of it.

October Fright 2018: Caution! Questionable Decision Making Ahead – On the other hand, there are some horrific activities that I wouldn’t mind being a part of like spending the night in a haunted house!

October Fright 2018: Underrated Eerie Reads – Because there are some thrilling books out there that don’t get the kind of attention they deserve, I comprised a list of underrated eerie reads for your enjoyment.

October Fright 2018: Dark & Horrifying 2019 Releases – For my final post, I compiled a list of sixteen spooky reads set to be released in 2019. If you’re looking to pick up some dark tales between now and next Halloween, be sure to check this post out.

And that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed October Fright 2018. Happy Halloween!

October Fright 2018: Dark & Horrifying 2019 Releases

Happy October! All month long I’ve been celebrating Halloween and if you’re like me, October isn’t the only month you like to pick up spooky reads. I’ve compiled a list of dark and strange book releases coming out in 2019 that have caught my eye. Be sure to keep your TBR spooky all year long with these wicked reads! Covers/Titles are linked to Goodreads.

1. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. Manus

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

      “Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.
      The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
      Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.”

2. More Deadly Than Male: Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror by Graeme Davis

Publication Date: February 5th 2019

      “Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The year after Little Women appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy tales. These ladies weren’t alone. From the earliest days of Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep you up at night.
      More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories.
      In The Beckside Boggle, Alice Rea brings a common piece of English folklore to hair-raising life, while Helene Blavatsky, best known as the founder of the spiritualist Theosophical Society, paints a picture of A Witch’s Den as vivid as any vision conjured up by the great pulp writers. Edith Wharton’s great novel The Age of Innocence won her the Pulitzer prize, yet her horror stories are known only to a comparative few.
      Readers will discover lost and forgotten women who wrote horror every bit as effectively as their male contemporaries. They will learn about their lives and careers, the challenges they faced as women working in a male-dominated field, the way they overcame those challenges, and the way they approached the genre—which was often subtler, more psychological, and more disturbing.”

3. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Publication Date: April 2nd 2019

      “Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

      After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
      Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
      Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.
      The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.”

4. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Publication Date: April 16th 2019

      “Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: ‘Let them see me!'”

5. Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge

Publication Date: April 9th 2019 

      “Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Myra Bloodgood was confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth—about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run.
      Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past. Ivy can tell right away there are long-held family secrets buried within these walls, but when she wakes up from one of her nightmares covered in someone else’s blood, Ivy fears that whatever demons her mother battled while she was alive have come to roost in her own mind. Scared that she can no longer trust what she sees, Ivy seeks the help of a boy who thinks her episodes are connected to the sordid history of Darkhaven—but what they don’t know might kill them both.
      A moody and twisty gothic mystery with an impossible romance, Dreaming Darkly is an atmospheric, fast-paced page-turner written by comics veteran Caitlin Kittredge. “

6. Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Publication Date: June 4th 2019

      “Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.
      If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking there—murderer, or monster?”

7. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Publication Date: June 2019

      “A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of Faust, spans generations as an ancient evil is uncovered—perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs.
Seventeen-year-old Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember—so she and her best friend Poulton decide to explore the ruins. But are they really alone in the house?
      In 1851, sixteen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward—one of three, all with their own secrets. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.
      This haunting horror and captivating mystery redefines the horror and fantasy space.”

8. Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publication Date: August 1st 2019

      “The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.”

9. Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé

Publication Date: August 2019

      “Pitched as The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls, the story follows 16-year-old Skye, who must confront her most savage secrets to save her missing sister, Deirdre, from the terrifying stick-and-bone monsters that have come to life in the woods behind their new home.

10. Children of the River Ghost by Alexandra Aceves

Publication Date: 2019

      “A YA horror novel in which 16-year-old Katie, reeling from bullying after her last relationship, moves to New Mexico and falls for a mysterious, beautiful girl who may be the ghost La Llorona. Publication is set for spring 2019.

11. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Publication Date: 2019

      “Coco meets Stranger Things in Claribel Ortega’s middle grade debut, based on Dominican folklore in which 12-year-old girl Lucely Luna must save the ghosts of her lost loved ones, living as fireflies, with the help of her best friend Syd and her witch grandmother Babette, before evil spirits haunting St. Augustine destroy them and the only home she’s ever known.”

12. Brooklyn Brujas, #3 by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: 2019

No synopsis available.

13. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Publication Date: Summer 2019

      “Razorbill has acquired Isabel Sterling’s These Witches Don’t Burn. The contemporary fantasy features a teen witch living in modern-day Salem who discovers that the tension with her ex-girlfriend doesn’t much matter when there’s a Blood Witch on the loose. To stop the attacks and score a second date with the new girl in town, she must uncover who’s causing the deadly fires before her coven is destroyed. The first book is scheduled for summer 2019.”

14. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Publication Date: 2019

      “A historical horror-fairy tale that follows a pair of teens on quest to reverse a curse that causes the dead to rise every night, terrorizing the villages of medieval Wales.”

15. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Publication Date: Fall 2019

      “Argentine-American author Sara Faring’s genre-busting international debut The Tenth Girl was acquired by Erin Stein at Imprint in a two-book pre-empt. Inspired by the author’s Argentine family history and lore, the novel follows a young woman fleeing the country’s 1970s Dirty War who joins the staff of a notorious haunted boarding school on a remote icy cliff in Patagonia. She befriends a strange young man with a terrible secret as shadowy figures roam the halls at night and the students fall ill to a mysterious illness. The gothic mystery builds to a jaw-dropping twist when they need to escape from more than just the cursed manor. Author Sara Faring is represented by Sarah Bedingfield at Levine Greenberg Rostan, and film rights are represented by Michelle Kroes at CAA. The novel is set for release in fall 2019.”

16. These Wicked Waters by Emily Layne

Publication Date: Fall 2019

      “Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press has bought Emily Layne’s These Wicked Waters, a YA paranormal novel in which 17-year-old Annie Mayfield moves to a cursed island with an ancient enemy lurking beneath the water. Annie channels her inner Nancy Drew—minus the skirt and pearls—in an attempt to uncover the ocean’s secrets. Publication is planned for 2019; Becky LeJeune at Bond Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.”

Do you like to pick up spooky reads throughout the year? Which creepy reads or thrillers are you looking forward to in 2019? Let’s talk in the comments!

October Fright 2018: Underrated Eerie Reads

October is quickly coming to a close. I have two more Halloween-themed posts for you including this one before I say goodbye to my favorite holiday. Today I’m sharing a list of books that are perfect for the Halloween season, but for one reason or another are very underrated. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – If you haven’t picked up the Brooklyn Brujas series yet, you are missing out on some great witchy books, not to mention the amazing Mortiz sisters. Magic gone awry always makes for an interesting read.

2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – If you’re looking for a scary book that’s not too scary, consider this one. Mila brings her bff back to life (and a couple of more girls accidentally) and must find out who killed them.

3. Pitch Black by Courtney Alameda – I’m sure you’ve seen me mention this book multiple times, but I’m so bitter that more people haven’t read it. Space is scary, people.

4. Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – If you’re more into atmospheric reads for October, consider this sophomore novel by Leslye Walton. The villain in this one makes me shudder.

5. Odd & True by Cat Winters – All of Cat Winters’s books are underrated and she literally has something for everyone. Are demons your thing? Try The Cure for Dreaming. Historical paranormal stories? The Uninvited is waiting for you. Looking for a Hamlet retelling with ghosts? The Steep & Thorny Way is fantastic. Sisters battling supernatural creatures? Odd & True is the one to reach for.

6. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – If vampires are your monster of choice, give Certain Dark Things a go. The world-building in this one is superb. I would really love to see an adaptation of this one.

7. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – I am one of the few bloggers that absolutely loves this novel. If you like character-driven stories with a touch of magic, you should check out this one.

8. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma – I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I read with this one. If weird and inexplicable is your sweet spot within the horror genre, look no further than this one.

9. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper – Not sure why people didn’t take to this one, but it features witches, curses, and a complicated and tumultuous mother-daughter relationship at its center.

10. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell – Another novel that wasn’t well-received. The protagonist is a female serial killer! I’m convinced if this was released today, it would be a lot more popular.

Have you read any of these? Which eerie novel do you think is underrated? Lets talk in the comments!