It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read In July:

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui IshidaRat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery Kurtis J. Wiebe Roc UpchurchGod Emperor of Dune Frank HerbertThe Wind Edward WillettNew Girl Harper BlissThe Girl from the Blood Coven Brian MorelandDeath Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Death Note #1-2) Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi ObataDay of the Wolf Charles G. WestThe Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia) C.S. LewisHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. RowlingCrank Ellen HopkinsConfess Colleen HooverPutting Makeup on the Fat Boy Bil WrightThe Gunslinger Stephen KingHarry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling John Tiffany Jack ThorneNineteen Eighty-Four George OrwellGrand Escape Strain of Resistance Michelle Bryan

Currently Reading:


The Alpha Drive Kristen MartinThe Alpha Drive (The Alpha Drive #1)
by Kristen Martin

Synopsis: It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.

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Stacking the Shelves: Late Christmas Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I was really sick last week and with Christmas… Well things were just a little crazy and I didn’t get around to posting my Stacking the Shelves. So here are most of the books I got. I also got For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway but I already own it.

Goodreads Win: 

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneA Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie Lane

Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

From Erika:

Woodard_5.inddThe Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this “Flying Gang” established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period the Republic was a success.

For Christmas (from my dad & Santa):

Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11) Jennifer EstepToo Close To Home Linwood BarclayThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) Rick RiordanTokyo Ghoul Vol. 3 by Sui IshidaTokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui Ishida

For Christmas (from my mom & Santa):

The Sleep Room Frank TallisThe Wasp Factory Iain BanksStorm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) D.J. MacHaleThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) Paige McKenzieBlood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) Kim LiggettCan You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Max BrallierThe Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) Rick YanceyRise Again (Rise Again #1) Ben TrippRed Moon Benjamin PercyGhost Trackers (Ghost Trackers #1) Jason Hawes Grant WilsonDracula the Un-Dead Dacre Stoker Ian HoltFlashback Dan SimmonsThe Abominable Dan SimmonsEverville (Book of the Art #2) Clive BarkerThe Science of Vampires Katherine RamslandEden (Eden #1) Tony MonchinskiBird Box Josh MalermanThe Boy Who Drew Monsters Keith DonohueThe House of Small Shadows Adam NevillThe Lords of Salem Rob ZombieDoctor Sleep (The Shining #2) Stephen KingThe Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns #2) Django Wexler

Wishlist Wednesday: Joyland

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Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Joyland Stephen KingJoyland by Stephen King

Details: Hardcover, Illustrated Edition, 296 pages
Published: September 23rd 2015 by Hard Case Crime
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.

A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time—Joyland is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all of the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mileand The Shawshank Redemption, Joyland is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.

Stacking the Shelves: Super Awesome Mom Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

On Monday I went away with my mom and while we were out she was super awesome and bought me three books. My mom is the best. 🙂 Here is what she got me:

20986745The Troop by Nick Cutter

Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.

9917996‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – Already read. Here is my review.

‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to ‘Salem’s Lot hoping to cast out his own devils… and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

All would be changed forever—Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of ‘Salem’s Lot.

10160130Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

Review: The Shining by Stephen King

12977531The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 659 pages
Publication: June 26th 2012 by Anchor (first published 1977)
Source: I bought it
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Review: I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. The movie is so good, so I was worried I was going into it expecting too much and that I would be let down. At the same time it’s Stephen King, so of course it would be great. I just didn’t know what to think.

It was so good. It’s not one of my favorites by King, but I still really really liked it. There wasn’t anything I disliked about it so it probably deserves five stars. However, I didn’t love it for some crazy reason. So I’m giving it four stars.

I have now read four books by Stephen King. I’ve read Dreamcatcher, Pet Sematary, ‘Salem’s Lot (my review), and obviously, The Shining. What book by him should I read next?

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Shining and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Review: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

9917996‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Details: Paperback, 672 pages
Published: December 27th 2011 by Anchor (first published October 17th 1975)
Source: Library
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: ‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to ‘Salem’s Lot hoping to cast out his own devils… and found instead a new unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

All would be changed forever—Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of ‘Salem’s Lot.

Review: ‘Salem’s Lot is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for years. For some strange reason I just never bought it. So when I found it at the library I was beyond excited. Now that I’ve read it, I wish I had bought it.

I love Stephen King. Even though I haven’t read many of his books, he is still one of my favorite authors. So I had extremely high expectations going into this one. I was only a tiny bit disappointed.

I absolutely loved every single thing about this book. The plot was amazing, the characters were great, and of course it was well written. As soon as I finished reading the last page, I started telling everyone I know to read it if they haven’t already. It is incredible.

So you are probably wondering why I said I was a little bit disappointed and why I only gave it four stars instead of five. Well, I didn’t find ‘Salem’s Lot creepy. Everyone that I’ve talked to that has read it said it was really scary. It takes a lot to freak me out, so I shouldn’t have been disappointed that I didn’t get even a bit creeped out, but I was. I wanted to be scared.

Overall, it was an amazing read. I would love to re-read it someday. Maybe a second reading will put it up to five stars since I will know going into it that it isn’t scary.

If you haven’t read this one, you need to. It is such an amazing story. I flew through it in two days. It was so good. Please pick it up.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read ‘Salem’s Lot and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.