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ScreamAthon - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

Happy Halloween and Saturday everyone! Today I'm sharing my wrap up and mini reviews for  ScreamAthon , a readathon that ran the entire month of October and was hosted by  @lifeWHITme  (the creator of the  PopCulture Readathon ), @readingparent  (a cohost of the PopCulture Readathon),  @JBreatheNBooks , and  @LaFlorDeJalisco .  I managed to read all but one of the 25 books I was originally hoping to get to.  You can see my original TBR here .  Keep reading to see my thoughts for the books I completed for this readathon:  Wrong Number: Number In The Title ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋ I'm so glad I finally decided to pick up  Three Parts Dead  ( Craft Sequence  #1) by Max Gladstone  a chance. It had been sitting on my shelf for far too long. I particularly enjoyed Gladstone's world-building of this series opener as it's quite unique.  It's always nice to find a fantasy series where the setting feels so vivid. I can't wait to visit more of this series in book two, <i>Two Ser

Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge - October Update: Zombie, Ohio & Oryx and Crake

Happy Halloween everyone!  I hope everyone's been staying healthy and happy.  October has come and gone and I've now completed 20 out of 24 books for  Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge !  The tasks I completed required me to read a horror book published by an indie press and  a  book about climate change  and I selected  Zombie, Ohio  ( Zombie  #1) by Scott Kenemore  and the  Oryx and Crake  ( MaddAddam  #1) by Margaret Atwood  respectively.   Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for November:  ❋  ❋  ❋ I don't read zombie books that often, but  Zombie, Ohio  ( Zombie  #1) by Scott Kenemore  is definitely worth a try.  As a resident of central Ohio, my favorite part of my reading experience was definitely seeing a fictionalized version of the area.  I don't get the chance to see it in fiction often and it's always delightful to see Ohio at all get represented on the page.  It's cool to know that the author went to Kenyon College in Gambier,

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Fellside by M.R. Carey

  On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice , and Book Beginnings, hosted by  Rose City Reader .  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.  Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my ScreamAthon readathon books,   Fellside by M.R. Carey .  I've enjoyed everything I've read by this author so far and while this wasn't a favorite I still liked giving it a try. Beginning: It's a strange thing to wake up not knowing who you are. 56

ARC Mini Reviews: Kingdom of the Wicked & The Tower of Fools

  Happy Thursday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews - Kingdom of the Wicked ( Kingdom of the Wicked  #1) by Kerri Mansicalco  (available October 27, 2020) and The Tower of Fools ( Hussite Trilogy #1) by Andrzej Sapokowski   (available October 27, 2020).  I received them from NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts: ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋ Kingdom of the Wicked ( Kingdom of the Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco was one of my most highly anticipated releases of this month. I absolutely adored her Stalking Jack the Ripper series, so my expectations were pretty sky high for her newest series opener. Luckily for me, it mostly pulled it off. The atmosphere of this book is off the charts and I also particularly enjoyed the world-building of the story's 19th century Italy and Sicily setting. The magic system and fantasy elements are quite unique. As for the new cast, I particularly appreciated the reluctant partners in crime dynamic. My only real issu

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror Movies I Want To Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is a Halloween Freebie and I'm going to feature horror movies I want to watch this season to get into the Halloween Spirit.  All of the movies on my list are movies I've never seen before and hope to watch for the first time this season.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title: American Psycho (2000) - I've always lumped this together with Fight Club but I prefer this one. The dark and cynical sense of humor and Bale's performance make it work. As Above So Below (2014) - I liked this more than I expected to. It starts pretty unique but the last quarter of the movie wasn't the best. It's especially interesting if you know your Dante. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) - One of my new favorite vampire movies and it features a really good kitty cat.  I should have watched this years ago. Housebound (2014) - I'm still waiting on m

Music Monday: The Invisible Man (2020)

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. Happy Monday and welcome to Music Monday everyone! For the entire month of October, I'll be featuring music to get us in the Halloween spirit. This week I'm spotlighting music from the soundtrack of The Invisible Man (2020) , directed by Leigh Whannell with music by Benjamin Wallfisch. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this given some of the ot

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Steeplejack (Steeplejack #1) by A.J. Hartley

  On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice , and Book Beginnings, hosted by  Rose City Reader .  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.  Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting my current ScreamAthon readathon book,   Steeplejack ( Steeplejack #1) by A.J. Hartley .  This has been on my shelf for ages and I'm glad I'm finally getting to it. Beginning: The last person up here never made it down alive, but there was no point thinking about t