#TBRTakedown 4.0 TBR

June 20th – 26th @TBRTAKEDOWN

I haven’t been reading much lately and it’s driving me crazy.This is one of my favorite read-a-thons and I participate every single time. Hopefully this will get me reading again. I don’t expect to complete all the challenges. Honestly, if I can get two books read, I will be happy. Here are the books I picked out…


  1. TBR over a year [longest] – The Final Descent by Rick Yancey
  2. Sequel – God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
  3. First book in a series – Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)
  4. Out of comfort zone [whatever that means for you] – Day of the Wolf by Charles G. West – Currently Reading
  5. Most Recent Book Haul – The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy

#AYearAThon TBR


March 7th – 13th – More information here.
This months theme: horror & suspense

Since I am trying to only read review copies and Goodwill books right now (Bookshelf Love), I had a hard time finding books to fit this months theme. Here is what I picked out:

Bookshelf Love

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1. choose a time frame for your challenge
2. select a stack of unread books from your shelves/piles/boxes/book hoard
3. post a photo and/or list of the books on your blog or social media, along with the chosen time frame
4. use the challenge image in your post (if posting on a blog) and link back to the original challenge page
5. leave a link to your post in the comments on the original challenge page, so you can be added to the list of participants
6. read, read, read!
7. donate, sell, giveaway, or recycle any books still unread at the end of the challenge

My Ramble

I own over 600 books that I need to read. 20 of those books I got last Saturday at Goodwill. So I decided to look at my unread books and figure out how many of them I got at Goodwill. I have around 50. So my goal for this is to get that down to half by my birthday (May 10th). I’m not sure if this is possible. I do have to put the books I get for review before the books I buy. However, I am going to try my best.

Since #7 is optional, I’m not going to do it. If I don’t read all of the books, it’s not because I don’t want to read them, just that I didn’t have the time to get to them. So I don’t want to get rid of books that I want to read. That just means I will have to re-buy them later on.

The Plan

  • Read 25 of the 50 Goodwill books before May 10th.
  • If I succeed – When I go the city with my mom for my birthday, I get to go to Goodwill and buy some books.
  • If I fail – I don’t get to go to Goodwill when I go to the city for my birthday.
  • The obvious – I don’t get to go to Goodwill during this challenge. No Goodwill for me until my birthday and only if I get through the books listed below.

The Books

  1. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
  2. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
  3. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  4. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  5. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  6. Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) by William Gibson
  7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. Without You by Anthony Rapp
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  10. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey
  11. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  12. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  13. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  15. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  16. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  17. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  18. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
  19. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  20. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  21. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis Review
  22. Lord of the Vampires (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #3) by Jeanne Kalogridis
  23. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  24. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
  25. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat Review

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added To My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR:

The Sleep Room Frank TallisThe Sleep Room by Frank Tallis

When promising young psychiatrist James Richardson is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime by the charismatic Dr. Hugh Maitland, he is thrilled. Setting off to take up his post at Wyldehope Hall in deepest Suffolk, Richardson doesn’t look back. One of his tasks is to manage Maitland’s most controversial project–a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbed patients are kept asleep for months. If this radical and potentially dangerous procedure is successful, it could mean professional glory for both doctors.

As Richardson settles into his new life, he begins to sense something uncanny about the sleeping patients–six women, forsaken by society. Why is Maitland unwilling to discuss their past lives? Why is the trainee nurse so on edge when she spends nights alone with them? And what can it mean when all the sleepers start dreaming at the same time? In this atmospheric reinvention of the ghost story, Richardson finds himself questioning everything he knows about the human mind, as he attempts to uncover the shocking secrets of The Sleep Room . . .

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) Paige McKenzieThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie

Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house . . . there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Max BrallierCan You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? (Zombie Apocalypse #1) by Max Brallier

Inside these pages lies unspeakable horror. Bloodsplattering, brain-impaling, flesh-devouring horror. You’ve probably read your fair share of zombie stories. But this time it’s different. No longer can you sit idle as a bunch of fools make all the wrong moves. All hell is about to break loose—and YOU have a say in humanity’s survival.

You have choices to make.

Moral dilemmas.

Strategic decisions.

Weapons. Vehicles.

Will you be a hero?

Or will you cover your own ass at all costs?

Can you withstand the coming hours, days, weeks, and months? Or will you die amidst the chaos and violence of a zombie uprising?

Or, worst of all, will you become one of them?

The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) Rick YanceyThe Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) by Rick Yancey

Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop have encountered many horrors together—but can Will endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor?

Will Henry has been through more that seems possible for a boy of fourteen. He’s been on the brink of death on more than one occasion, he has gazed into hell—and hell has stared back at him, and known his face. But through it all, Dr. Warthrop has been at his side.

When Dr. Warthrop fears that Will’s loyalties may be shifting, he turns on Will with a fury, determined to reclaim his young apprentice’s devotion. And so Will must face one of the most horrific creatures of his monstrumology career—and he must face it alone.

Over the course of one day, Will’s life—and Pellinor Warthrop’s destiny—will lie in balance. In the terrifying depths of the Monstrumarium, they will face a monster more terrible than any they could have imagined—and their fates will be decided.

Rise Again (Rise Again #1) Ben TrippRise Again (Rise Again #1) by Ben Tripp


And a warning that would come all too late . . .

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun – starting with what might very well be the end of the world.

Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . .

The Boy Who Drew Monsters Keith DonohueThe Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

The Lords of Salem Rob ZombieThe Lords of Salem by Rob Zombie

From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood…


Heidi Hawthorne is a thirty-seven-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station-a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information.

She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen. The strange music awakens something evil in the town. Soon enough, terrifying murders begin to happen all around Heidi. Who are The Lords? What do they want?

As old bloodlines are awakened and the bodies start to pile up, only one thing seems certain: all hell is about to break loose.

Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) Stephen KingDoctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Bird Box Josh MalermanBird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

The Wasp Factory Iain BanksThe Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:

Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I’d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.

That’s my score to date. Three. I haven’t killed anybody for years, and don’t intend to ever again.

It was just a stage I was going through.

2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Mount TBR 2016

January 1 to December 31, 2016 – Sign up here.

I’m going for Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s

  1. Soul Hunt (Evie Scelan #3) by Margaret Ronald
  2. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith Review
  3. Little Girls by Ronald Malfi Review
  4. A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie LaneReview
  5. You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes Review
  6. Vampires: Back in Time to the First Darkness – The Original Stories
  7. Covenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis Review
  8. Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes Review
  9. The Curse of Camp Cold Lake by R.L. Stine
  10. Inuyasha Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
  11. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis – Review
  12. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  13. The Sleep Room by F.R. Tallis
  14. Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui Ishida
  15. Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)
  16. God Emperor of Dune (Dune #4) by Frank Herbert
  17. Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Death Note #1-2) by Tsugumi Ohba, Yuki Kowalsky (translator), Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
  18. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
  19. The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

Stacking The Shelves


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Once again my mom has bought me books. We went to the mall on Tuesday and stopped by the bookstore. Of course I had to check out the table with all the bargain books and I found a bunch that were one my wish list. I somehow managed to get it down to four books and my amazing mom bought them for me. She is seriously the best. Here is what I got:

You Caroline KepnesThe Year of Shadows Claire LegrandThe Ice Dragon George R.R. Martin

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister George R.R. Martin

Stacking the Shelves: My Mom Bought Me More Books


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

If you checked out my Stacking the Shelves post last week, I mentioned my mom ordered me some books from Book Outlet. Well, they came this week and I’m super excited! She also bought me a really awesome Edgar Allan Poe hoodie.

The Unfailing Light Robin BridgesThe Morning Star Robin BridgesDeep Betrayal Anne Greenwood BrownWillowgrove Kathleen PeacockInstinct Sherrilyn KenyonBreakable Tammara WebberThe Witch With No Name Kim HarrisonThe Neon Graveyard Vicki PetterssonDancing with Werewolves Carole Nelson DouglasV: The Original Miniseries Kenneth Johnson A.C. Crispin

  1. The Unfailing Light (Katerina #2) by Robin Bridges
  2. The Morning Star (Katerina #3) by Robin Bridges
  3. Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown
  4. Willowgrove (Hemlock #3) by Kathleen Peacock
  5. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  6. Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber
  7. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison
  8. The Neon Graveyard (Signs of the Zodiac #6) by Vicki Pettersson
  9. Dancing with Werewolves (Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator #1) by Carole Nelson Douglas
  10. V: The Original Miniseries (V #1) by Kenneth Johnson, A.C. Crispin

TBR Thursday: Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad

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TBR Thursday is hosted by She is too fond of books.

16071752Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing

Synopsis: A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love.

Alison Wearing led a largely carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little more complex than she had realized. Sure her father had always been unusual compared to the other dads in the neighbourhood: he loved to bake croissants, wear silk pyjamas around the house, and skip down the street singing songs from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. But when he came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still a cardinal taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario—especially to his wife and three children.

Alison’s father was a professor of political science and amateur choral conductor, her mother was an accomplished pianist and marathon runner, and together they had fed the family a steady diet of arts, adventures, mishaps, normal frustrations and inexhaustible laughter. Yet despite these agreeable circumstances, Joe’s internal life was haunted by conflicting desires. As he began to explore and understand the truth about himself, he became determined to find a way to live both as a gay man and also a devoted father, something almost unheard of at the time. Through extraordinary excerpts from his own letters and journals from the years of his coming out, we read of Joe’s private struggle to make sense and beauty of his life, to take inspiration from an evolving society and become part of the vanguard of the gay revolution in Canada.

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is also the story of “coming out” as the daughter of a gay father. Already wrestling with an adolescent’s search for identity when her father came out of the closet, Alison promptly “went in,” concealing his sexual orientation from her friends and spinning extravagant stories about all of the “great straight things” they did together. Over time, Alison came to see that life with her father was surprisingly interesting and entertaining, even oddly inspiring, and in fact, there was nothing to hide.

Balancing intimacy, history and downright hilarity, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love. Alison brings her story to life with a skillfully light touch in this warm, heartfelt and revelatory memoir.

TBR Thursday: The Witches of Eastwick

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TBR Thursday is hosted by She is too fond of books.

930056The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1) by John Updike

Synopsis: Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche.