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Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge - October Update: Elementary, She Read & #Girlboss

November already?  What the heck!  Anyway, now that means that I've completed 20 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge!  The tasks I completed  this month required me to read a cozy mystery and a business book.  For the tasks, I selectedElementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1)by Vicki Delany and #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for November:



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Cozy mysteries aren't usually my style, but as a fan of Sherlock Holmes I really got a kick out of Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany.  I've never read the author before, but I know that I'll need to come back for the sequel to this series opener, Body on Baker Street.  What really makes this mystery for me is the cast of characters, Gemma herself being my favorite but her friend Jayne is also pretty great as well.  If you love a good mystery and the great detective, you're going to have to pick this up. 


My review is also on G…

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror Movies I Want To Watch This Season

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is a Halloween themed freebie, so I thought that this time I'd share some horror movies I want watch this season.  You can also view this list of movies on Letterboxd (I'm including all 13 here because I couldn't narrow it down).  All of these will be new to me as well.  Here we go in alphabetical order by title:


Bird Box- After enjoying the book, I'm hoping the Netflix film adaptation will work for me as well.



Devour- Pre-Supernatural Jensen Ackles? I'm here for it.



Drag Me To Hell - I've heard a lot of good things about this and it's about time I check it out.



Freaks- I'm been meaning to pick up this cult classic for ages and this year I'm finally going to get around to it.



Green Room- Rest in peace, Anton Yelchin.



Gothika - Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr.? I'll give it a try!



House - I'm ready for this '70s Japanese haunted…

Music Monday: The Recently Deceased

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Each week of this month I've been sharing some of my favorite lesser known Halloween songs - and this is the fifth and final week.  This week I'm sharing a couple songs from the local Columbus band called The Recently Deceased - and yes their name comes from the Handbook for the Recently Deceased in the movie Beetlejuice.  Anyway, I heard about them a …

Sunday Funday: Mini Reviews: Ordinary Girls (ARC) & The Delinquent Crown

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews with you: Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz (available October 29th, 2019) and The Delinquent Crown: A YA Fantasy Adventure (Olexia Legends #1) by Sydney Faith (available September 9th, 2019).  Thank you very much to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Ordinary Girls and to the author of The Delinquent Crown for the ecopy of the novel in exchange for my honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two books:


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Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz is one of the most unflinchingly raw memoirs I've luckily had the opportunity to read. It's also a lyrical and triumphant tale of hope. Díaz didn't have a comfortable life growing up in both Puerto Rico and Miami Beach. Her parents were emotionally and physically absent and suffered from mental illness and addiction. Even though Jaquira's friends were hood girls, committed crime, and spent time with boys with guns, they helped her learn about fri…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Deadly Curiosities #1) by Gail Z. Martin + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my OWNtobe…

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1) by Kwame Mbalia - Blog Tour, Spotlight, & Giveaway

I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of the Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel, an about the author, Kwame Mbalia, a giveaway, and the blog tour schedule.  Thanks for visiting my stop on this blog tour!




About the Book:
Title: TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY Author: Kwame Mbalia Pub. Date: October 1, 2019 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook Pages: 496 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Give Different Titles To

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books I’d Give Different Titles To (and tell us what title you’d pick!).  I'm doing something a bit different and sharing Titles That Could Have Been. Here we go:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The High-Bouncing Lover

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Something That Happened

1984 by George Orwell - The Last Man in Europe

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Mules in Horses' Harness

Dracula by Bram Stoker - The Dead Un-Dead

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Alice's Adventures Under Ground

Alternate Titles In Other Countries:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Cross Stitch

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry

The Wilding Sisters by Eve Chase - The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde

Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd - The Hoarder


What are some of your favorite alternative titles?  As always, t…

Music Monday: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Each week of this month I've been sharing some favorite Halloween songs and this time I'm sharing some of my favorite songs featured on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) soundtrack - Sarah's Theme, Harold, Pale Lady, and Me Tie-Doughty Walker.  I grew up love the collection of short stories by Alvin Schwartz, and I think the movie hit mo…

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Announcement & Potential TBR

Welcome to Sci-Fi Month 2019!  Sci-Fi Month is a month long celebration of all things sci-fi and it's hosted by Lisa @ Dear Geek Place and Imyril @ One More.  You can also follow along on Twitter if you like. (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  I had a lot of fun participating the last three years, so I'm glad to be back again!  I'll still be doing my regular posts, but some of them, like my Music Monday, Top Ten Tuesday, and The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings) + 50/50 Friday posts, may have a sci-fi flavor.  Also be on the look out for sci-fi movie and/ or tv reviews and a few other special things I've got planned.  At the end of the month, I'll also be holding a giveaway - so be sure to keep your eyes open for that!  Read on for my potential sci-fi tbr for the coming month:


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - I've b…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my OWNtobe…