Top Ten Tuesday: October Haul

Happy Tuesday,

Hard to believe that it’s almost the end of October! This month has flown by between work, a week’s vacation, book hunting, reading and generally trying to enjoy as much of Autumn as possible before Winter decides to rear its ugly head.

It’s been some time since I have posted a haul so I thought today would be a great time to mention some of the books I hauled. At last count, I have twenty four physical and close to that amount in digital form which means I could be here for quite some time. Thoughg granted, sixteen of the physical were from my local Library Book Sale. At this rate, I won’t be without books to read for a long time though resisting buying books for a while isn’t something that I stick to for long.

Instead of going into a full list of what I’ve hauled, I’ve narrowed it down to the top ten physical books that I’m excited to have in my possession. Some of them I’ve waited months to have in my hands, one I waited for two years and others were a surprise that I happened upon or were given to me.

So enough rambling, time to get to the really interesting parts! I don’t have them arranged in any particular order because it would probably take me too long to attempt to make up my mind.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

61Me3ePpM9L._SX421_BO1,204,203,200_

 

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

43220998._SY475_

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

32956365._SY475_

In the Labyrinth of Drakes (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4) by Marie Brennan

25481955

Life and Death (Leyendas #1) by Selenia Paz

lifeanddeath

Gods and Demons (Leyendas #2) by Selenia Paz 

godsanddemons

Echoes by Maeve Binchy

3121254

The Shadow of the Wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves (Translator)

1232

Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs by Keena Roberts

36222243._SY475_

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews Edwards

2511690

As you can see, I have quite the eclectic haul this month which is a very good thing as I tend to enjoy having a variety of different genres to choose from and several nonfiction though I only mentioned that one in this particular post.

Well that concludes my bookish ramblings for the time being. I’m excited to dive into the worlds of the many books I’ve recently hauled and maybe revisit some old favorites. I’m also really looking forward to Nonfiction November and have a good stack of books that I can choose from for starters. Hope you’re having a wonderful October and getting in as much reading as you’d like.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Want to find me on other media platforms?

Please feel free to click below:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Would you like me to read your book in digital form or print? Please contact me here: Email

Featured

Snowy Wings Publishing: Middle Grade Blog Hop

Blog Hop Banner

Good afternoon,

It has been quite the crazy week for me with vacation and it seems strange to get back into the swing of things after being away. Thankfully I have books to help me adjust and slowly get back into my schedule of work and other activities that I do on a daily basis.

Speaking of work, I was recently approached to ask if I’d like to join in on a middle grade blog hop of which I said yes because I love reading a variety of different genres and helping spread the word of unique books particularly if they have a fantastical element to them.

So without further ado, I give you my thoughts on a brief chapter sample because I like to mix things up from time to time. Thank you so much to Snowy Wings Publishing for reaching out to me!

lifeanddeath

Buy Link:

Amazon

Synopsis:

When Natalia’s younger brother disappears while on a visit to Mexico, Natalia is certain that La Llorona, the mythical Weeping Woman, has taken him. Her friend Miguel agrees to accompany her back to Mexico in the hopes that it will help him deal with the recent death of his grandfather. But as they embark on a journey to search for the creature that has taken Natalia’s brother, it becomes apparent that the spirits Miguel had brushed aside as mere legend are very real…and they have a dark connection to his family.

My Thoughts on Chapter Two:

I found the beginning of this story to be equal parts interesting and sad. Miguel and his siblings are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that their Grandpa who lives in Mexico has passed away who has been such an important part of their young lives and how quickly he passed in such a short amount of time. It’s amazing just how quickly things can change in a short amount of time and how hard it can be to come to terms with those changes.

Miguel then proceeds to remember how the night before he and his siblings along with a dog named Conde had walked to the store for some supplies and then that night they were all enjoying some chocolate milk. Miguel then proceeds to take his mind of things by feeding the animals and notices that Conde seems to be on edge about something.

I also found it interesting when Miguel mentioned his parents who usually seem to be fighting about something and how he really doesn’t want to have to go back with them to Texas where they live and feels guilty about leaving the ranch though friends of his Grandpa have promised to look after things while they are away.

I love how Selenia mixed two cultures in this story and how Miguel seems to find himself caught in the middle of the two. Their Grandpa is called Abuelo, some of the dialogue is in Spanish and there are glimpses of what life has been like visiting a small Mexican farm while also knowing that eventually Miguel will have to return to life in Texas, wondering what may become of the farm now that their Abuelo has passed.

After having briefly read this chapter, I am eager to read more about this book, see what adventures are to be had and hopefully learn why Conde the dog seemed so on edge. There’s so many things that I’m anxious to learn about including the local Lore and why their Abuelo passed so suddenly.

About the Author:

B1AxzOM8l3S._US230_

Selenia Paz loves to write stories containing elements of mystery and of the supernatural. When not writing, she loves to read and run with her dogs. She received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2010, and has been a librarian ever since. Her short story “Broken English” was the Honor winner of Lee & Low Publishing’s New Voices Award.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I can’t wait to read more by Selenia and other authors who write middle grade adventures. There’s something about them that draws me right in and love getting to know about other cultures who I haven’t read much about. Stay tuned if you’re curious about the other people participating in the blog hop!

Giveaway

As a thank you for participating in our blog, we’re offering a chance to win eight (8) ebooks and two (2) paperbacks from our middle-grade authors!

  • An ebook of Something Wicked by Sarah Dale (releases Nov 2019)
  • An ebook of The Falling by T. Damon
  • An ebook of Keara’s Raven: Escape by Mindy Klasky
  • An ebook of The Missing Guardian & The Mer Queen’s Daughter by Melanie McFarlane
  • An ebook of the World of Aluvia series (Fairy Keeper, Mer-Charmer, Dragon Redeemer) by Amy Bearce
  • A paperback of Life and Death & Gods and Demons by Selenia Paz

Rafflecopter Giveaway

 

Please feel free to hop around and check out the other participants in this blog hop!

October 25th- YA/NA Book Divas
October 26th- Selenia Paz
October 27th- Mindy Klasky
October 28th- I Love Books and Stuff
October 29th- Amy Bearce/ The Reading Faery
October 30th- Melanie McFarlane/ Jenifer Reads
October 31st- Sarah DaleSucker for Coffe

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Want to find me on other media platforms?

Please feel free to click below:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Would you like me to read your book in digital form or print? Please contact me here: Email

 

 

Ambitious October TBR

Happy Sunday!

I’m spending most of my day attempting to read a lot of books, hopefully finish a few that I put aside for a while and hopefully get my currently reading pile down a bit. Good thing I’ve had some coffee to keep me going!

Screenshot_20191006-163815_Instagram

Hoping to tackle quite a few by the 15th as I leave for a vacation to D.C. for a week. Looking forward to exploring with my babe, eating and seeing some friends. Haven’t nailed down which books to bring though trying to limit myself to taking three physical books and my Kindle

My tentative TBR & books on my radar which will probably go out the window after the 15th:

-Angel Mage by Garth Nix (on my radar)

Gilmore Girls Readathon (1st-15th)
-The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (completed)

– Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson (currently reading)

-Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

-Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

-A Study In Death by Anna Lee Huber

-The Time Traveler’s Wife (reread and a possibility if I get to the rest of my readathon books)

Night Owl Book Club (Library)
-The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Stormlight Archive Readalong (hosted by ebnovels )
-The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (currently reading)

Books I’m over halfway through
-The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier (less than 140 pages left)

-The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Other Books I hope to get through
-Mariana (reread) by Susanna Kearsley

-Splendor Falls by Susanna Kearsley as -Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

-An Echo In The Bone by Diana Gabaldon (at least read a few chapters)

As I mentioned to a few people, there’s so many books and so little time! Here’s hoping my pile doesn’t fall on me.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for now. I will return soon with more bookish content and maybe even a tentative TBR for vacation.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Want to find me on other media platforms?

Please feel free to click below:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Would you like me to read your book in digital form or print? Please contact me here: Email

Featured

Rainy October Tuesday Bookish Ramblings

Hello fellow bookworms,

September seemed to fly by which was also my birthday month and now here it is the first of October. I know my blog has been rather quiet lately which has partly been because of getting caught up reading and partly because I took a brief break from blogging. I’m back now and not sure how often I will update but I will try to be more engaged.

In a couple of weeks I’ll be going to D.C. for a week’s vacation with my boyfriend and another friend. I’m nervous about the flight but excited about the trip. I plan to see as many museums and sites as possible. Not surprisingly, The Botanical Gardens and Library of Congress are at the top of my list.

Speaking of lists, I haven’t decided which books I’ll bring though I don’t plan to bring more than three so I’ll have room for souvenirs which will hopefully include books and I’ll have my Kindle. So many possibilities to choose from!

Speaking of lists on this rainy day, I’m spending some time at the Library and managed to haul some books. I love rainy days like this where I can curl up with tea and books and what better place to enjoy being surrounded by books than the Library?!

As you can tell from the photos, I’m enjoying browsing a variety of genres though lately I’ve been mostly reading Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I have a feeling I’ll be tossing in romance and historical fiction this Fall.

Speaking of Romance, I love these cover versions of Susanna Kearsley’s books and so far these have been my three favorite of her novels. Looking forward to rereading Mariana and hopefully finally getting around to Splendor Falls as well as Bellewether.

Well I’m off to continue wandering the Library and getting some reading in. Hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Want to find me on other media platforms?

Please feel free to click below:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Would you like me to read your book in digital form or print? Please contact me here: Email