Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Own (and Still Need to Read)

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there‚Äôs a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This week is a freebie week, so I decided to pick this topic because…well, it was the first past topic I saw that excited me ūüėõ This one could go on and on and on, so to help narrow it down to just ten books, I left out classics.

In no particular order…


Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab



Vicious¬†by V.E. Schwab– Oh my gods, I know. I also can not believe I¬†still¬†haven’t read this, ugh. But! I think I’m picking it up later this week, finally!



Uprooted by Naomi Novik




Uprooted¬†by Naomi Novik– Another one that seems to always make lists about books I still haven’t read. Send help.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)



The Bear and the Nightingale¬†by Katherine Arden– I think this has made at least one appearance on a list like this, oops. But, I’m probably reading this one soon, too, because it’s giving me super wintry vibes and I’m feeling it.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)



The Bone Witch¬†by Rin Chupeco– Ok, this one was on my autumn TBR, I think, but in my defense I didn’t read it because I read her Girl From the Well duology and *loved* them. Highly recommend. This one, I’ll probably get to early in 2019.

The Luminaries




The Luminaries¬†by Eleanor Catton– I picked this up from a bargain bin sometime in 2017, I think, after hearing good things about it. I’m probably saving it for a round of Tome Topple, though, because it’s chunky.

The Essex Serpent



The Essex Serpent¬†by Sarah Perry– I think I actually got this at the same time as¬†The Luminaries, also probably on sale (but not in a bargain section because it was quite new still). I’ve heard this is great, so I’m looking forward to reading it soon(ish).

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet¬†by Becky Chambers– I can not believe I still haven’t read this! It kind of disappeared from my line of sight because it somehow got knocked behind other books on the shelf -_- Thanks, cats. Anyway, I finally rediscovered it while making this list, so this is something I hope to read either this month or next.

Fingersmith




Fingersmith¬†by Sarah Waters– This has been on my TBR for years, along wiht some of her other books, but I finally got a copy of this one earlier this year! This one I might save for Tome Topple as well, but we’ll see.



White Teeth




White Teeth¬†by Zadie Smith– I can’t remember how long I’ve had this one (I definitely haven’t had it more than like 18 months), but it’s been on my TBR for a while. Maybe I’ll bump this one up the list for early 2019.

Caraval (Caraval, #1)



Caraval by Stephanie Garber– This one…I want to read it, but I kept putting it off because of some less-than-pleased reviews I saw/read. I’m still waiting for those to fade in my memory so I can hopefully start this with an open mind and no expectations.


What are some backlist books you own but haven’t read yet?

Side note: I am having some serious issues with getting my posts to format properly. I don’t know what is up with this, but I can’t get the spacing to look right. I’m working on it, but I’ve been fighting with this post for two hours now and I am done. Scheduling and stepping away before I scream -_-

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T5W: Bookish Wishlist

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.



December 5: Book Wish List
— If you celebrate a gift-giving holiday this time of year, or even if you don’t, talk about the books or bookish items you have on your wish list!


This topic kind of stressed me out because my book/bookish-stuff wishlist could honestly go on forever (and ever and ever an–). So, I tried to narrow it down to things I¬†really¬†want, but probably won’t be getting anytime soon. Like, things I would buy if I could drop a few hundred dollars on bookish things without worrying about it.


(Those two are the most expensive ones, but also super high on my wishlist. So, if I win the lottery or something, they’re probably going to be among my first purchases.)


What are some books (or bookish items) on your wishlist?

(P.S. I’m still playing around with the new editor, and trying to figure out how I want my posts to be laid out going forward, so apologies if things are kind of weird for a while until I get it all sorted.)

Tome Topple Plans

The next round of Tome Topple begins Friday the 16th at midnight! (For me, that’s about 4 hours from the time this posts.) If you don’t know what Tome Topple is, check out Sam’s (Thoughts on Tomes) video.

Basically, it’s a read-a-thon that lasts 2 weeks, and the goal is to read books 500+ pages in length.


This post was supposed to have a picture, but… Well, between the weather and NaNoWriMo, I never got around to it :/

I really doubt my ability to finish a single book. Honestly, most Novembers are terrible reading months for me because of NaNoWriMo taking up so much of my time. After writing, I don’t have it in me to read, so I usually end up watching/re-watching shows to let my brain chill out.

But, I do have a tentative TBR:

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff– This book has been on my TBR since before it came out. I picked up a used copy last summer or early autumn, and…it’s sat on my shelf all this time. But, now I have my physical copy¬†and the audiobook from the library, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. My copy has 496 pages, but other editions are listed as over 500, and in my opinion, 496 is close enough anyway (especially for non-fiction).

Night Film¬†by Marisha Pessl– I got a copy of this from the Dollar Tree at some point :O To make it easier, because this is NaNo month, I also checked out the audiobook. This book is one of those with extras (photos, articles, etc.), so I need my physical copy handy for that stuff, but at least I can kind of multi-task while listening when I’m on regular pages. This one has 606 pages, and I have already started reading it, but I still have about 550 pages left to read.


Those are the only two I’m really, really hoping to read during this round. (I actually started¬†The Witches a few months ago, but I didn’t get far, so I’m going to start over.)

If, by some miracle, I get through those, or just can’t get into either of them? I’ll probably move on to¬†The Diviners by Libba Bray. That one has been on my TBR at least once before for Tome Topple, I think. I’m too lazy to go check the page count, but I think it’s between 500 and 600.


If you’re participating, what are you hoping to read this round?

T5W: Big Books

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

November 7th: Largest Books on TBR
— In honor of #TomeToppleReadathon coming back this month, discuss those big books on your shelf!

It’s been over a month since I did a T5W, eek :/ I might get a post up later this week for updating.

In the meantime, in no particular order, here are some of the biggest books on my TBR that are probably highest priority for me. (This list will probably be different from my official Tome Topple TBR, but we’ll see.)


The Witches: Salem, 1692


The Witches: Salem
1692 
by¬†Stacy Schiff– Ok, my copy has 498 pages, but I’m still going to be reading this for Tome Topple because other editions have like 510-515 pages, and (in my opinion) 498 is close enough, especially for non-fiction.

 

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

 


The Diviners
by Libba Bray– I think this 578 page book has been on my TBR for Tome Topple at least twice. I’ve had this book way, way, way too long without reading it.

 

 

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah HarknessРAt just under 600 pages, this will be one of my biggest re-reads ever, I think. I read the first 2 books in the All Souls Trilogy, but then it took me years to get all of them, so now I have to re-read those so I can finally finish them all.

 

House of Leaves
House of Leaves 
by Mark Z. Danielewski– Just over 700 pages of “I’m not sure I’ll ever actually finish this.” I’ve tried (and failed) several times. This is a book I really wish was available in other formats. I get why it’s not going to work as an audiobook, and as an ebook it would probably be a nightmare. If it were available in large print, though, I probably could have finished it by now. The text is just too damn small for me to read more than a page at a time >.<

 

Villette

Villette¬†by Charlotte¬†Bront√ę– I’m pretty sure this 570-ish page tome has also made my Tome Topple TBR in the past. I’d really like to dive into it this winter, so I’ll probably save this one until after NaNoWriMo is finished.

 

 


I have a lot of big books on my shelves/Kindle, but these are the ones (at this moment) I’d really like to get to soon-ish.

What are some big books on your TBR?

Fall Book Tag

I saw this tag–created by Bionic Book Worm–on Adventures of a Bibliophile‘s blog recently, and had to do it. I wasn’t tagged, but…I love autumn, so I’m doing it anyway.

I actually¬†meant to post it on the equinox, but…I forgot ūüėõ Oh well, it’s officially fall, either way, so I’m using it for a Blogtober post. (Bonus: How cute are Bionic Book Worm’s graphics?!)


fall tag 1

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

It feels weird to use historical fiction for something that felt fresh and new, but this was the book that popped into my head first for this one. I loved¬†The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue so much, and it was so much fun to read. Sure, some of it was familiar I guess, but overall? It stood out and felt fresh to me.

 

 

 

fall tag 2

If We Were Villains

I am still not over the ending (or the entire book, really) of¬†If We Were Villains and it’s been almost eighteen months since I read it. (See my review here.) I freaking loved this book so much, and it took a lot of restraint to not immediately re-read it. Now that it’s been a while, I’m strongly considering picking it up again, even if my tbr pile of books I’ve never read might kill me in retaliation ūüėõ

 

 

fall tag 5

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

Ok, I know. This isn’t the kind of thing most people would probably immediately think of when they think “warm fuzzies,” but I have reasons.¬†The Girl From the Well¬†(and the sequel, The Suffering) were so good and I absolutely adored Okiku and Tarquin’s relationship, and it gave me warm and fuzzy feelings, ok? Weird? Probably. But I stand by my choice. (I might or might not have teared up during¬†The Suffering at one point…)

 

 

fall tag 6

Sweep: Volume 1 (Sweep, #1-3)
The first volume of the Sweep series books was the first one that came to mind, besides¬†Illuminae, and I wanted to use it because I feel like this series isn’t one that’s talked about much. I still remember wanting to read these¬†so bad when I was in middle school, but I ended up not being able to until a friend loaned them to me in my early 20s. After reading them, I went out and bought my own copies of the whole series (I actually like this omnibus editions more than the original, individual paperbacks). I tend to re-read the whole series every couple years, around this time.

 

fall tag 3

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

This is another reason I didn’t want to use¬†Illuminae for Bright Colors, so I didn’t have two books from the same series on here. This whole series is packed with action, but oh my gosh,¬†Obsidio… I don’t think I breathed properly throughout the entire book. I’m still not over it, and even thinking about it makes me tense up haha.

 

 

fall tag 4

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

I am so excited for this one I might cry ūüė• I wish I’d pre-ordered¬†A Map of Days months ago, but noooo. I forgot, and now it’ll probably be spring before I can get it. I love the Peculiar Children series, and this book has been near the top of my list of most anticipated 2018 releases since it was first announced, so I’m really kicking myself for not ordering it when I had the means.

 


Since I wasn’t tagged and I don’t want to bother anyone, I’m not tagging anyone. But, if you do this tag (or if you’ve already done it!), leave a comment with your link and I’ll check it out ūüôā

September Wrap Up (Blogtober Begins!)

September was a rocky reading month for me, but I (finally) came out of a month pretty satisfied with my reading. The cursed slump was driven away, thanks to Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate.

I’m really glad I saved finishing that series for so long, because without it, I’m not sure I¬†ever would have clawed my way out of the slump. (That’s probably overly dramatic, but it’s how I felt ūüėõ )

In September, I finished eleven books, four fairy tales, and one short story.

september wrap up

The Fairy Tales

(Clicking the titles takes you to my Fairy Tales Fridays post for each of them.)

The Books

  • The entire Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless) by Gail Carriger
  • The Girl from the¬†Well by Rin Chupeco
  • Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts edited by Rayne Hall
  • The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
  • Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (reviewed)
  • The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia by Joe Tennis
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Short Stories

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe


I totally won at R.I.P. 13, which I talked about in my first and second update posts. Since I’ve already succeeded with Peril the First (reading 4 books), my bigger focus for R.I.P. in October is going to be Peril of the Short Story and Peril on the Screen.

Over the weekend, there was a pre-FrightFall readathon, during which I read two books (the last two on my list above).

Lastly, I think I’ve been able to mark a couple of squares for Fall Bookish Bingo, yay!


I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for October, and I really hope I get at least as much reading done this month as I did in September.

 

How was your September?

Did you read anything great?

Are you participating in any autumn or Halloween themed book events?

Book Review: Kill Creek by Scott Thomas


Genres/Descriptors:
Horror

Why I read it: I found it on Net Galley last year (eek) and it sounded great.

Who I’d recommend it to:¬†Honestly? Very few people.

My rating: ‚ėÖ ‚ėÖ ‚ėܬ†‚ėÜ ‚ėÜ

 

 

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Goodreads Description:

At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, lies the Finch House. For years it has perched empty, abandoned, and overgrown–but soon the door will be opened for the first time in many decades. But something waits, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests.¬†
When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country’s most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won’t be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt soon becomes a fight for survival–the entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.


Review:

Meh. If I had to sum up my feelings about this book in a single word, it would be, “meh.” This was honestly one of the most disappointing reads I’ve had in a while.

I’ll start with the good, though.

This book was undoubtedly an homage to the big names of horror, probably both classic and modern. As someone who really likes horror, both on the page and on the screen, I could appreciate that.

At times, it was clear that Scott Thomas is capable of writing very well, and potentially delivering some scares, so I’m not writing him off just yet.

This book would probably make a great movie, and I’m thinking I would like the movie version more.

That’s pretty much all I actually liked about this book, and I feel weird about giving it such a low rating because it seems to be well-loved, in general.

The first 30% or so are seriously over-written. The remainder of the book is a little better, but I stand by what I said once (when I was only about halfway through it): it could probably lose 100 pages and nothing about the story would change. With horror, or any other spooky-ish book, I tend to call this “Stephen King Syndrome.” So if you like how wordy King can be, you probably won’t be bothered by that aspect. One additional note about it, though, is that some things were repeated way too often. Certain phrases, or recounting the same memory or whatever. Eventually, I just started skimming and skipping over pages.

Nothing really happens until close to the halfway point. Then, I finally had hope of reading a truly creepy story, but it lost steam really quickly. I don’t want to say much about what happened, so I don’t spoil anything for someone planning to read this, but there was a shift in the type of horror around 70% and I just rolled my eyes and thought, “Of course.” I’d seen it coming, but had hoped it wasn’t going to go there.

Two things frustrated me most about this book.

The first was the one (main) female character. At first, I thought I was going to like her. And eventually I did, but less in a, “Wow, this guy wrote a decent female character, hurrah!” kind of way, and more in the way that I wish I could take her away from him and give her to a woman author. The creepiest thing about this book was how T.C. Moore was written at times, and if she could come to life and speak for herself, I’m guessing she would verbally rip Thomas a new one. Or maybe even literally do it. I get it. She’s a tough, badass bitch, in a field dominated by men. I. GET. IT. I have no issues with unlikable female characters (I want more of them!). I have no issues with crass female characters. But Moore was just so over the top she became unbelievable, which is really disappointing because if Thomas had just dialed it back a bit (and maybe not mentioned her breasts and underwear and how she has a “pagan ritual”–which I have other issues with–of writing naked) it would have been much better to read about her.

The second thing was the lack of explanation. I still have no clue what caused the things that happened in the book. We’re given some vague ideas, but nothing is really settled and actually explained. I guess that’s supposed to make it creepier, but it just irritates me. And then there were the vines. I won’t elaborate on that part.

None of the characters really stood out to me. It’s like they¬†should have had more depth, but just didn’t. I honestly can barely even remember their names already, even though (as I’m typing this) I just finished the book a half hour ago. I think the idea for them was to make them almost like archetypes of big-name horror authors, without actually making them into those authors. But that didn’t quite work for me, in the end, and so I never really cared about any of them. I just wanted the book to end so I could move on.

I feel like this book should have been a better experience for me, but I spent almost all of it bored and/or skimming over all the repetitive bits so I could finally finish it. I¬†wanted to like it, but it was just…fine. Not really good, not horrible, just fine. I saw the ending coming from pretty much the beginning, and it was also just fine. Nothing new or surprising there.

Would I recommend it? Not really. But, if you love Stephen King, maybe Dean Koontz, and others like them, you might like this more than I did.

 

I received a free copy for review from Net Galley