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October Reading Plans

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I know I’m not good at following TBRs, but in the past two months, I lowkey tried creating one for myself and I was able to follow it—though not entirely as I usually run out of time to finish all of it, but I was able to stick to it by reading book from that specific list. So I figured that since I was able to that in the past two months, I can now re-introduce this section on my blog.

For this month, I plan to read books that lean towards the spooky and the creepy because, duh, it’s Halloween season! I live for this season and I look forward to it by devouring all things spooky. I am a bit of a scaredy-cat so the most “horror” that I can read are actually more from the thriller side of things like slashers and whodunnits. But this year, I plan on reevaluating my tolerance by reading some horror from authors like Stephen King and Adam Cesare. So without further ado, here are the books I plan to read this month:
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  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Mars, May Zombie by Chuckberry J. Pascual
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter
  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
  • The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

Hopefully I get to read these books and if time permits, I would also like to add other titles like Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. How about you? What are you planning to read this month?

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Title: Final Girls

Author: Riley Sager

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Number of Pages: 450

Publisher: Dutton Books

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Synopsis:

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to–a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls: Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well–maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiance, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit; and Sam, the second Final Girl, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

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Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately #26

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BOOKS READ:

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • Naoki Urasawa’s Monster Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

ONGOING:

  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • The Treatment by C.L. Taylor
  • Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
  • My Bloody Valentine by Alastair Gunn
  • The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine
  • Blonde Ice by R.G. Belsky
  • The Other Child by Lucy Atkins
  • The Ex by Alafair Burke
  • The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
  • The End of Her by Shari Lapena
  • House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse
  • The Missing by C.L. Taylor
  • Mars, May Zombie! by Chuckberry Pascual
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter

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Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Title: And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: November 6, 1939

Number of Pages: 301

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Classic

Synopsis:

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . one by one they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Who among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #25

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BOOKS READ:

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo
  • Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa
  • Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca

ONGOING:

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Spy by Paulo Coelho

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Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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Title: The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: July 14, 2016

Number of Pages: 352

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary

 

Synopsis:

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: March 30, 2021

Number of Pages: 388

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

Lucy Hutton has always believed that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone. Everyone except sarcastic, cynical, and intimidating Joshua Templeman. Her nemesis.

Josh is the dark and brooding to Lucy’s light and cheery, the crisp pressed suit to her retro outfits and bright red lipstick. And he gets under her skin like no one else can. Trapped in a shared office together five days a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, never-ending game of one-upmanship.

When a new executive position is announced, Josh and Lucy are top contenders for the promotion, but the idea of working for the other is so unthinkable that they strike a deal: whoever doesn’t get the job will walk away. The stakes have never been higher and as the competition heats up and the barriers between them begin to fall down, Lucy starts questioning just who her opponent truly is and whether this man she’s hated all this time is even the real Josh.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either.

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7 Most Anticipated Releases in August

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Another month, another list! It’s that time of the month again where I share with all of you my most anticipated releases. I know, I don’t really keep up with releases because I have so many backlists, but I still like doing blogposts about my most anticipated reads! So here they are:

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Book List: Books to Get You Out of a Slump

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One of the advices that I give whenever someone asks me what I usually do to get out of a reading slump is reading your favorite books because it always works for me. Another technique that works for me is reading short books, romance books, and thrillers as these types of books are very easy to read and get through. So without further ado, here are some of the books that helped me get out of a reading slump:

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Book Review: Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

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Title: Sundays at Tinffany’s

Author: James Patterson

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

Number of Pages: 305

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Mystery

Synopsis:

America’s #1 bestselling author, James Patterson, brings us a magical story about a love that transcends boundaries . . .

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany’s. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He’s perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can’t stay forever, though. On Jane’s ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she’ll soon forget him.

Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He’s perfect. His name is Michael . . .
This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, Sundays at Tiffany’s takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love.

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