Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Blogger Recognition Award #2


I was nominated by ERK at Musings of Confuzzled Reader for the Blogger Recognition Award. This is actually the second time I've been nominated for this award. I've been kind down in the dumps about my numbers on my blog, even though I seem to get a lot of comment engagement, so this was really nice to receive! Thanks, ERK!


Monday, October 29, 2018

October Wrap Up


The spooky season is just about over ---Nooooooo! Of course I didn't read as much spooky books as I could in October, but that's mostly because I am ramping up for Scifi Month that will begin in Nov. More on that later. Which is also why I am posting my monthly wrap up a little earlier than I normally would. Come to think of it I actually read A LOT of books in Oct. 

Let's get to it!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

ARC Comic Review: Loading Penguin Hugs By Jacqueline Chen

Loading Penguin Hugs: Heartwarming comics from chibird by Jacqueline Chen
Publishers:
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: November 13th, 2018
Format: Egalley

Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Where do you turn to when you need a pick-me-up on a bad day? Loading Penguin Hugs is here to add a big boost of positivity to your life. The book is loaded with Jacqueline Chen’s motivational Chibird comics and illustrations. Every page offers cute and creative perspectives on topics, such as self-esteem, mental health, and getting through tough times.

Loading Penguin Hugs combines adorable illustrations with wholesome messages to cheer you on. Expressions like “You are not a failure. You are still growing!” provide encouragement and promote healthy mindsets. Chen’s chubby penguins, hedgehogs, Chibirds, and friends of all shapes put a smile on anyone’s face, and they’ve already made millions smile on Instagram, Tumblr, and GIPHY.

Loading Penguin Hugs is full of brand-new Chibird comics alongside popular favorites. The book comes with two bonus pages of cute exclusive stickers, and the cover features a special silver foil detail!

This inspiring book is perfect for new and old Chibird fans. Chen and her animal friends are ready to brighten anyone’s day, one comic at a time.  

If you have ever seen the sending hugs gif, and I'm sure you have, then this comic book collection will have a similar feel to you. You actually might have seen a few of these short comics before reading this book. This book is another cute, comic collection that just makes you feel good. Actually, that is this book's purpose. In addition to the really cute artwork, the point of the book is to be able to open it when you are having a rough day to have a reminder that you can do whatever it is you are struggling with. I LOVE that.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

ARC Comic Review: Book Love By Debbie Tung

Book Love By Debbie Tung
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: January 1st, 2019
Format: egalley
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers.


Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated. 
If you are a book lover -- wherever you are a book blogger, bookstagrammer, booktuber or just some one that plain old loves books, this book is for you! Some of these comics are also probably very familiar to you, since I know that I have seen at least two of these short comics before reading this collection. Tung's comics seem to be very popular on the internet, so you are probably very familar with her work. This book is pretty much designed for people who love books, as it's basically a love letter to books and the people that love them. Debbie Tung is our people, and she really gets the life of being a book lover.

Friday, October 26, 2018

ARC Review: The Matchmaker's List


The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: January 22nd, 2019 (originally published 2017)
Format: ebook
Source: First to Read*
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it 

Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn't mean she has to like it--or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina's side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she's ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn't know won't hurt her...

As Raina's life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother's dreams.
This book is a hard one for me to review, because I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. For one, I don’t think the current marketing has the right angle for this book, so it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I know I am not the only reviewer to voice this, but the cover and the description of this book makes it seem like it’s a fun light-hearted romcom, but it’s more of a self-discovery book that is a lot about identity. Which is fine, but…that’s not what I was looking for in this book. 


Let's get into it!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

#SpooktasticReads Recommendations

Image credit: Photo by Mark Tegethoff on Unsplash
I don't think I'm going to manage to have any more reviews for #SpooktasticReads, but I wanted to talk about it a little more, so today I just want to shout to you all the spooky-feeling books that I want to recommend to you.

Let's get to it!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

#TopTenTuesday: The Best Villains

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I haven't done Top Ten Tuesday in a while, mostly because I was either too lazy or didn't like the theme in previous weeks. I'm trying to not force myself to do things for my blog that I don't want to do, so I have been picky. This week's topic is all about Villains, whether that be your favorite, the best, most evil, etc. I decided that I couldn't pin it down to one type of villain, so I am just talking about Villains in general and the ones that I loved reading about. Far warning, this one is going to be a bit ranty!

Let's see if I can get to ten this week!

Monday, October 22, 2018

#SpooktasticReads Audiobook Review: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box By Joe Hill
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: February 13th, 2007
Format: Audiobook narrated by Stephen lang
My Rating: 
★ 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. 

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.
I think I made a mistake by reading NOS4A2 before reading this book. Don't get me wrong this is a cool book that meshes the creep factor and thriller factor, but I was prepared for it to completely scare me, and it didn't. However, I have heard that NOS4A2 is Hill's creepiest book, so maybe I prepared myself to be too scared by this one. I like this one because not only does it have a vengeful ghost, but it is also somewhat of a mystery that slowly gets unraveled as Judas and his girlfriend "Georgia" travel through state lines to figure it out. Some of the twists are a little obvious, but if you like a good thriller that brings in the supernatural, I think this might be a book for you!

Friday, October 19, 2018

#SpooktasticReads Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Format: Ebook
My Rating: 
★1/2 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?
I've been holding onto to reviewing this book until it got closer to Halloween, but now that #SpooktasticReads is upon us I want to finally talk about this book. If you thought Vampires were over, you are wrong! What I loved about this book is that SMG does the vampire myth in such a great way, because she weaves the more traditional vampire myth in with the modern world. I also love that these vampires are so unflinchingly monsters. They are straight up murderers, but also the different species of vampires are just constantly killing each other in addition to humans. The conflict in this novel was so interesting to me, and I loved the noir-style feeling I got from the setting of Mexico City. I've been really looking to branch out and read more adult books, and SMG is definitely an author I will continue to read.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Deanna Plays: I play the crap out of mobile games, don't judge me!


Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

I've got a controversial topic today -- Mobile Games, and why you shouldn't judge people that choose to play them. 

There is this thing in the gaming community that mobile games or games that you may have played on Facebook (Farmville, Words with Friends, etc) are not "real" games. I really hate that sort of elitist mentality but also STOP CRAPPING ON OTHER PEOPLE'S SUNSHINE! It really bothers me in any sort of fandom or community when some one likes a certain thing and they are shot down because it makes them not worthy to belong in that community. I don't stand for that, at all! 

I play the crap out of mobile games, and I don't care who knows! Yeah it's a big time waster, but let me live my life people. I used to play some of these on my phone, but since it kept on yelling at me about my storage being full, when I bought my Amazon Fire tablet, I switched them over there. The one thing that does bother me about the Fire is that I can't get everything on the Amazon store, because they seem pretty limited to if these game app developers do business with them. You can side-load apps, but it's kind of irritating. If I had to buy another tablet, I might go with something different. But if this doesn't matter to you, and you are looking for cheap tablet I would recommend the Fire. (This is totally not an ad, just my personal opinion based on my personal experience.)

So what games do I waste all my time with? It first started with Disney Emoji Blitz. Emoji Blitz is basically Bejeweled Blitz, but with Disney characters and items as emojis. They also get added to your keyboard, but I don't know if I ever got them to work with my android phone. Still a fun game. I like this one because they do different "events" that make it more interesting and keeps me coming back. I haven't been playing this one as much, but I recommend hooking it up to your Facebook account. If you don't and you delete it off your app or move it to a different device, you will have to start over. I had to do this with this game when I moved it over to my tablet. 

Someone in one of my Star Wars facebook groups mentioned the Droid Puzzle game and of course I was hooked. It's pretty much exactly the same as the other game, it's a puzzle game where you match the "jewels" which are supposed to be a droid brain components. I don't know man, it's addicting. You get to run around and be BB-8!

The third game that I waste the most time with, is Marvel Puzzle Quest. And before you ask, yes it's another puzzle game. I pretty much play the same game in three different variations. I like the Marvel Puzzle game because you basically are "fighting" an enemy when you match jewels. So you have to collect comic covers for this one and you get different Marvel characters and you level them up. So like I have Beast and his special moves are for yellow, green and blue gems. There is a bar underneath him so if I fill it it lights up and then you can tap it and he'll increase the health (yellow) or damage the AI you play against. You basically have to keep on playing in order to have the chance to have these features. My only problem with the game without spending real world money, it can be a bit of a grind. They also do a lot of different event things, or you can join a alliance or do versus games against other players. I haven't joined any alliances, but I do have 26 characters in my roster so I think I am kind obsessed with this game! 

I find that sometimes I want to listen to an audiobook but I don't feel like doing chores, so I basically just lay on my bed listen to my audiobooks and play these mobile games. I know they are a time waster, but so is any other video game. I enjoy them.

Do you play any mobile games? Got any more puzzle games I can obsess over? LOL!

Happy Reads Everyone!
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Month9Books Celebrates 6 years of Publishing!

Month9Books is celebrating 6 years of publishing this year!

If this publisher sounds familiar to you, it's because I read a lot of review copies of their books. They also have a special place in my heart because for a long time I didn't get review copies, but they were the first publisher to give me a chance. I honestly don't even remember how I first got into contact with them, maybe they reached out to me, maybe I just found them reaching out to bloggers on social media. I don't know! But I am glad I discovered them because I like to support smaller presses, and support authors that may not get as much attention as ones that are published by the big five.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

ARC Review: Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

Bane of the Dragon King By J. Keller Ford
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: November, 13th, 2018
Format: Ebook
Source: The author*
My Rating: 
★ 1/2 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



Fallhollow is at war. The sudden deaths of the only two heirs that could have saved it has plunged the entire land into chaos. Despite all the magic thrown at him, the Dragon King still lives. Hope for any sort of victory seems faint until Charlotte discovers a secret that could change the course of history.

Armed with the power to set things right, Charlotte embarks on a perilous journey with the sly and cunning Prince Izmayel Ascatar Venniver IV, Lord of the peaceful Edryd dragons. But her journey of peace is thwarted, and Hirth's most fearsome enemy plans to use Charlotte to destroy the kingdom and claim the universe as his own.

As Fallhollow and the Kingdom of Hirth descend into a battlefield of bloodshed and death, David, Trog, and the warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, destroy his armies, and return the kingdom to its former glory. All they need is a little faith, a few extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

This book is the final dramatic and magnificent conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.
 
Bane of the Dragon King is the third and final book in J. Keller Ford's fantasy series The Chronicles of Fallhollow. It's so bittersweet to see this series come to end. I have been lucky enough to review all the books in the series, so I really feel like I have gone on a journey with this series. This series has always given me "Skyrim Feels" it has everything a fantasy lover could want -- dragons, magic, and a kingdom at war! This series is a little hidden gem, that I would recommend to any of my YA fantasy loving friends.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: STAR WARS: Leia, Princess of Alderaan By Claudia Gray

STAR WARS: Leia, Princess of Alderaan By Claudia Gray
Publisher: Disney LucasFilm Press
Release Date: September 1st, 2017
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....there was a princess who became a legend.

Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She's taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren't acting like themselves lately; they are distant and preoccupied, seemingly more concerned with throwing dinner parties for their allies in the Senate than they are with their own daughter. Determined to uncover her parents' secrets, Leia starts down an increasingly dangerous path that puts her right under the watchful eye of the Empire. And when Leia discovers what her parents and their allies are planning behind closed doors, she finds herself facing what seems like an impossible choice; dedicate herself to the people of Alderaan—including the man she loves—or the galaxy at large, which is in desperate need of a rebel hero
Okay, full disclosure, Claudia Gray is my favorite of the new Star Wars canon authors and she 100% gets how to write Leia. I'm not sure if I want another author to try to tackle a book centered around her, because Gray just gets it and she really gets how to write for Star Wars. However! This was hard sell at first, and I honestly didn't think I was going to finish this book and give it a 5-star rating. 

Let's jump in!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han + Series Review

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Lara Jean's letter-writing days aren't over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad's finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot's coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father's wedding, she can't ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean's the one who'll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
I am very conflicted about this review. I changed my rating for this multiple times before actually posting, because I just don't know what to think. On the one hand I liked this better than the second book, but on the other hand LITERALLY NOTHING HAPPENS! So, this book, and this series as a whole just had me super conflicted. I think partly this book wasn't supposed to be published, and it feels like it was done more as a fan-service. So if you love Lara Jean and you loved the other two novels, this is probably your jammeroo, but if you were "meh" on the second book I advise you to just quit reading. 



Sunday, October 7, 2018

Audiobook Review: The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release Date: November 13th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Peter Kenny
Source: Audible
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



The witcher returns in this sequel to Blood of Elves, in the series that inspired The Witcher video games.

Geralt is a witcher—guardian of the innocent, protector of those in need, and in dark times a defender against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task now is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill—but only if she lives to use it.

A coup threatens the wizard's guild, war breaks out across the lands, a serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life ... and Ciri, in whose hands the world's fate rests, has vanished.
I am a huge fan of The Witcher video games, one day I will actually finish The Wild Hunt, so when I found out they were based on a polish fantasy series, I HAD to start reading them. The Time of Contempt is the second book in the series, if you are not counting the two short story collections that come before it. I do, because I feel like those collections give you a lot of needed background on these characters. I don't think they are entirely necessary, but to me they were.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

One With the Force: Master & Apprentice Cover Reveal!


No, your eyes are not deceiving you I have another One With The Force post coming at you! Just wanted to pop in real quick to talk about some Star Wars Book news that was revealed during a panel at NYCC yesterday. Some more great #StarWarsReads month news!

First, the news that made me all like:

via GIPHY


They revealed the artwork for Claudia Gray's upcoming novel Master & Apprentice. It looks so good, and I am very excited about this book. I definitely am going to be pre-ordering that book, just need to figure out if I'm moving before it comes out. Or I'm just going to use my parents address! Because I want all of Gray's Star Wars books to do amazing.


IT'S SO AMAZING!

Gray is probably my favorite of the new canon authors. She really gets how to write Leia, so I am really interested to see her take on Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan. I'm also interested in more about Qui-Gon, I have some head canon theories about him and I wish he never died! 

There was also a ton of other news that came out of the panel, Bria LaVorgna has a really great wrap up about it up on StarWars.com. 

Another cool publishing news that came out is Alexander Freed is coming back to the Star Wars writing fold with a book called Alphabet Squadron.


I know A LOT of people have expressed not liking the name, but the whole premise is that it's a squadron of different class of starfighters. I kinda of dig it, and like the idea about it. I also really like the minimalistic cover, even though this isn't the final art. I imagine we will get something bigger down the line. It definitely makes me want to revisit the old X-Wing series, as I have still never gotten around to those. 

Are you excited for any of these new books coming out? 


Happy Reads Everyone!
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Friday, October 5, 2018

One With The Force: #StarWarsReads Month + Giveaway!


I've got a very special One With the Force today, because today I am talking about #StarWarsReads Month AND I'm going to be doing a giveaway to celebrate it. Let's discuss Star Wars Reads first!

Isn't the official banner awesome?

I don't know how I missed the starship entirely on Star Wars Reads, but apparently it's an event that has been going on for seven years! Seriously, how did I miss it?!? No clue, but since I just found out about it I'm pivoting some of my plans for Sci-Fi Month which is planned for November. Which is perfect, because I literally just finished Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray today so I think I'm not going to wait to post my review on it. It's perfect for this event! Maybe I'll get some more Star Wars reviews up this month too. We shall see.

So, what is Star Wars Reads Month all about? Well, it seems like it's just a way to promote reading and to get more people interested in reading the star wars books. I have been reading the star wars books FOREVER, but I started getting back into them now that there is a new "canon" of books to read. I think it makes it much easier to figure out the timeline now, although I do want to dip back into the Legends canon down the line. You can go here to learn more about the event and to find some downloadable content such as a printable activity kit. I definitely think if you are new to Star Wars books starting with the new canon is probably your best bet. 

Since I LOVE Star Wars so much and reading about the books, I want to encourage more people to get into reading these books. So I am hosting a giveaway to celebrate this event, BUT there are some rules that you MUST read before entering the rafflecopter contest below. 

  1. This giveaway is for a choice of ONE of the books listed below. I am NOT giving away all of those books!
  2. I will be sending via the Book Depository (or Amazon if you are inside the US), if your country doesn't ship to TBD, I'm sorry but I cannot send you anything. 
  3. NO CHEATING! I check the entries on the rafflecopter, and if I see you are cheating I will delete all of your entires. I want this to be fair for everyone!
  4. If you win, don't ask for a non-Star Wars book. This giveaway is for a choice of one of the six below, but If there is a different book you are interested in, I am open to that too. It just MUST be a Star Wars book. If you are interested in an audiobook, let me know, I think I can gift credits for audible, but it may be US only. 

GIVEWAY OPTIONS:
Thrawn By Timothy Zahn
Doctor Aphra Kieron Gillen
Lost Stars By Claudia Gray
Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Dark Disciple By Christie Golden
I want to give away a copy of one of these six because they are some of my favorites, and books I would recommend if you are looking to get into reading Star Wars. All of these, expect for Kenobi, are a part of the new Canon. Although, I so think Kenobi should be canon as I don't think it contradicts any of the new storylines. 

Good Luck! And MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

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Happy Reads Everyone!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ARC Review: Kate's Really Good at Hockey By Christina Frey & Howard Shapiro

Kate's Really Good at Hockey by Christina Frey & Howard Shapiro
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Release Date: November 13th, 2018
Format: egalley
Source: netgalley*
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



Best. Summer. Ever. At least it was supposed to be.

Kate can't wait to attend the elite girls' hockey camp in Denver and go up against some of the best players from around the world. But then Mom says Kate has to stay with her grandma in Denver, who doesn't care about Kate's hockey dreams at all. And two players at the camp have it in for Kate both on and off the ice. Toss in a tough-as-nails coach and a huge family secret, and Kate's perfect summer isn’t turning out quite like she planned.

Kate's Really Good at Hockey is a story about family, friendship, and doing what it takes to follow your dreams.
 
If you didn't know before reading this, I am a huge hockey fan. Before I came into the book blogging community I had been a hockey blogger for a few years and was even looking into a career in sports journalism, but it just wasn't for me so I pivoted my career path. That being said, I still really love the sport of hockey, so whenever I can come across a new book about my favorite sport I jump on it.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Wrap Up


Can you believe it is already October? YAY! It's spooky season!


I mean, isn't that the best GIF ever? Yes it is. I actually painted my nails FOR ONCE, so of course I had to do some black to celebrate the spooky season. I LOVE Halloween, but the past few years we haven't really made any plans so I haven't done any costumes. My work does Halloween big, but all the departments have to pick a theme and I'm not interested in the theme my department picked this year. The Architecture department does it up real big, and they usually win the contest our work holds. Last year they just had their wing as different Tim Burton movies. It was AWESOME. 

I have a lot of books I want to read in October, especially because I want to prepare myself for Sci-fi Month which is returning in November. Which also makes it hard because I also want to read some Halloween themed books. I've saved a couple of reviews for October, but I'm pretty happy that I've been trying to get more reading in where I can. 

DEANNA LISTENS

My September feature for Deanna Listens was around This is Love - a podcast I love (no pun intended). It's from the people that do Criminal, so I highly recommend it.

DEANNA PLAYS


For Deanna Plays this month I talked about how I was probably going to be absent a lot because I have been too busy playing the newest Tomb Raider Game. And...I already beat it!

BOOKS I REVIEWED










FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE


What books did you read this month?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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