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

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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

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

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Life and Death (Leyendas #1) by Selenia Paz

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Gods and Demons (Leyendas #2) by Selenia Paz 

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Echoes by Maeve Binchy

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

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

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

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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

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Snowy Wings Publishing: Middle Grade Blog Hop

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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!

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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:

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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!

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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

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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

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Currently Readinga-thon TBR

Happy Saturday and first day of June,

I’m so excited to be starting a new month and participating in a Readathon that centers around books I’ve been in the middle of. I’ve been reading a lot of books this year but I’ve also had a habit of putting down books, especially in the last year or so with the intention of picking them back up and then I get distracted by other books.

Well this month I’m determined to get my currently reading stack down and maybe even have it under ten (I’m at twenty four.. yikes!) depending on how focused I stay.

Now that I’ve admitted just how many books I have on the go, I’ll share some of my currently reading possibilities and information about the Readathon.

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June 1st-30th

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Challenges

📖 Book That’s Been On Your Currently Reading List The Longest-

The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata

📖 Book That Has Been On Your Currently Reading List The Shortest-

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Tin by Padraig Kenny

📖 Book You Have The Most Pages Left To Read-

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

📖 Book With The Least Amount of Pages Left To Read-

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
📖 Book You Are Least Excited To Finish-

A Wind In The Door by Madeleine L’Engle

Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan

📖 Book You Are Most Excited To Finish-

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting 

Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Bonus

📖 Read An ARC-

The Lost Pilots by Corey Mead

The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love #1) by Amelia Grey

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I have other readathons that are on my radar but this will be my main priority because having that many books I’m in the middle of is bordering on the ridiculous for me.

I will be back soon with more bookish content soon including a May wrap up of all the books I read and acquired and I hope that you have a wonderful reading month!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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