Fall Reading Challenge Week Five

Week Five (Oct.14-Oct.20):

Books:

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Plan of Action:
Monday: Start Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King read 225 pages
Tuesday: Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King read 220 pages
Wednesday: Finish Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (247 pages)
Thursday: Start In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters read 226 pages
Friday: Finish In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (161 pages) and Start The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon read 67 pages
Saturday: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon read 223 pages
Sunday: Finish The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (196 pages)

Progress & Updates:
Monday: Finished reading The Devil In Pew Number Seven.
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:

Book Review of Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Title: Between Here and Aprilphoto (90)
Author: Deborah Copaken Kogan
Published: Algonquin Books (Oct. 7 2008)
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 277
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ImageImageImageImage

From Goodreads: 

When a deep-rooted memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child: April’s mother, Adele, drove with her two young daughters deep into the woods where she killed first them and then herself. Elizabeth, now a mother herself, tracks down everyone–Adele Cassidy’s neighbor, her psychiatrist, her sister–who might give her the insight necessary to understand how a mother could commit such a monstrous crime. Elizabeth’s investigation leads her back to herself: her compromised marriage, her demanding children, her increasing self-doubt, her desire for more out of her own life, and finally to a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a mother and wife.

My Thoughts: I decided to buy this book because it was on sale and the story sounded quite intriguing.  I thought the idea of the mystery sounded really good and I felt like i needed to know what happened to April. I normally dont read books with story lines heavy to do with mothers since i have issues with my own but I took a chance with this one. Although I did really like this book it was probably the saddest book ive ever read. I enjoyed reading about Adele Cassidy and wish she was the main character. I didnt really like the main character Elizabeth Burns a.k.a person with the most nicknames in the whole world. I just didnt feel for her what i did for Adele. I could understand and sympathize with Adele more because I have depression and understood where she was coming from some of the time. But i certainly didnt agree with most of what she did, but i felt a connection to her none the less. I would recommend this book, I think its an important read.

Quotes:

“I HATE IT! I screamed, now crying, now grabbing a pillow under my arm, now slamming the door to our bedroom behind me.”

“That’s nice, I said, picturing Debbie shuttling Dylan and Drew back and forth to soccer practice in her SUV, armed only with her wits and a giant frappuccino, before coming home to blow Daniel.”

“Now go. And tell Olivia I’m still waiting for my teeth. She shook a bony finger at me. A women can’t think without her teeth.”

Book Review of The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Title: The Silent Wife Image
Author: A.S.A. Harrison
Published: Penguin Canada (June 25 2013)
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 336
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Paperback
Rating: ImageImage

From Goodreads: 

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.  

My Thoughts: I feel like this book was poorly advertised. They back of the book does a terrible job at telling you about what your getting into and I feel like its false information about the story. The books main story line was cheating which i didnt know about but if i did i would have saved my $9 and not wasted my time reading this one. I really dont like books about cheating and really hate when its in the POV of the cheater and they have all these stupid reasons as to why they cheat and we are supposed to feel bad for the self righteous jerk. The main character Todd wanted everything but when he got it, turns out it wasnt good enough for him anymore and what he had before was better or he needed to find something new. I hated this guy so much and it made the whole book awful. I didnt even really care about Jodi (His wife) because I was to busy hating her husband. The Story line wasnt suspenseful as I had hoped. I really didnt even want to keep reading it I just finished it for the sake of it and because I payed for it. I wouldnt recommend it but if your into cheaters I guess you will love it.

Quotes: 

*This is just a quote that I thought was the most ridiculous. There were some really nasty/disturbing parts in this book to do with man parts. Gross!

“Twirling from side to side on her stool, she looped her fingers through his belt and nuzzled him like a newborn calf.”

*I hope this never gets turned into a movie.

Fall Reading Challenge Week Four

Week Four (Oct.7-13):

Books:
Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne
Without Pity by Ann Rule
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

Plan of Action:
Monday: Start Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne read 170 pages
Tuesday: Finish Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne (170 pages)
Wednesday:  Start Without Pity by Ann Rule read 242 pages
Thursday: Finish Without Pity by Ann Rule (203 pages) and Start A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs read 21 pages
Friday: Finish A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs (230 pages)
Saturday: Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon
Sunday: Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon 

Progress & Updates:
Monday: Ive decided to keep reading Night Film and I will pick one other book and then do the Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon this weekend.
Tuesday: Night Film
Wednesday: Night Film
Thursday: Night Film
Friday: Finished Night Film
Saturday: Read a thon fail
Sunday: Read a thon fail

*Trying to get back on track next week.

Fall Reading Challenge Week Three

Week Three (Sept.30-Oct.6):

Books:
Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Plan of Action:
Monday: Start Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan read 167 pages
Tuesday: Finish Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan (105 pages) and Start Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel read 62 pages
Wednesday: Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel read 167 pages
Thursday: Finish Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel (172 pages)
Friday: Start Night Film by Marisha Pessl read 185 pages
Saturday: Night Film by Marisha Pessl read 186 pages
Sunday: Finish Night Film by Marisha Pessl (229 pages) 

Progress & Updates:
Monday: Started Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan read 27 pages.
Tuesday: Read nothing today having some problems i want to work out. With all the new shows coming out im totally distracting. Now i know why i always read  more in the summer. This week i wont be reading Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel. It will get put in the not read pile TBR another time.
Wednesday: I Read 145 pages of Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan.
Thursday: I read 29 pages of Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan.
Friday: Finished Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan and started Night Film by Marisha Pessl (read 71 pages).
Saturday: I read 160 pages of Night Film by Marisha Pessl.
Sunday: I read 40 pages of Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I will be continuing on with it next week. For an update check the post for week four.

*Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel not read.

Book Review of Carrie by Stephen King

Title: Carrie Image
Author: Stephen King
Published: First Anchor Books Mass-Market Edition Sept. 2011
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 290
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rating: ImageImageImageImage

From Goodreads: 

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

My Review: I used to watch the movie all the time when I was a teenager. When I heard the new movie was going to be coming out soon I decided that this would be the perfect time to finally read the book. I liked this book well enough just something about it (not sure what) made me think it only deserved a four heart(star) rating. I liked the way the story was told by different peoples points of views and newspaper articles and excerpts from books. A lot of parts were really sad and I felt so bad for Carrie. The book was depressing through and through. I did enjoy it though because i really do like Stephen king a whole lot. I think the problem may have been that the first book I read by Stephen King was Joyland (Newest work at the time) and then I read Carrie his first book. You have to keep that in mind when thinking about my rating. I will say this though the cover is beautiful, I really love the color. 

Quotes: 

“Catching posion ivy from urinating in the bushes and everyone finding out (hey, scratch-ass, your bum itch?)” 

“They were yelling and throwing sanitary napkin at her when I walked in. Throwing them like…like peanuts.” 

Book Review of Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Omens (Cainsville #1) Image
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Published: Random House Canada 2013
Genres: Fiction,
Pages: 486
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ImageImageImageImageImage

From Goodreads: 

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens. 
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

My Review: When I first heard about this book just after It came out I decided it would be a good pick for my fall reading challenge. I really prefer to read all the books in a series one after another. So i decided to step out of my comfort zone and start a new book series and read it as it comes out and im glad that i did. I loved that this book was like a read a long mystery. You read along with the main character as they go through things and figure them out. I like that style of book. Im really looking forward to finding out whats next for Olivia and I hope the next book starts off right where this one left. There is a lot going on in this book so im interested to see what we will find out in the second book, what secrets will be reviled that were hinted at in the first one. I recommend this book if your looking for a new mystery type series. 

Quotes: 

“Did I say you could stay two months? You pay one. Then I decide if you can have it for another.”

“No. I want a scone. One of those cranberry orange ones. If Larry says hes out, you tell him Grace says hes full of shit and he’d better find one.”