2020 Reading Goals

Hello my dear Friends! I can hardly believe that we just said goodbye to 2019 and welcomed in the new year and a new decade!

With a new year comes new goals and resolutions and that is what I am going to be sharing you with today.

I’m just going to go ahead and jump right into it!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

Iv’e been on Goodreads since high school and I love the Goodreads Reading Challenge. There is just something about the little progress bar and comparing how many books I’ve read to that of my Goodreads friends that just gets me reading. Nothing like some good friendly competition.

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This year I decided that I want to read 50 books.

Last year my goal was to read 35 books and I beat my goal and read 45 books!

I decided on 50 books because I wanted to give myself some wiggle room if I somehow become super busy or can’t read for a couple weeks. Basically I gave myself some room to let life happen. That’s important when you are setting new goals. Make sure they are actually obtainable even if life happens.

2. Review Every Book I Read

Well, well, well….this is where you my dear friends come in.

Since I am planning on reading 50 books this year and I want to review every book that I read that means that you will be getting at least 1 new book review from me a week!

I want you to hold me accountable. Go ahead and reach out to me on my Facebook page, DM me on Insta or whatever it is that you folks do and tell me that I suck and didn’t post a review that week. Well, maybe don’t tell me that I suck, but you get the picture.

You will be able to find my full reviews here, mini reviews on my instagram (@wine.tea._and_paper), and every month I will be doing a review video (or two) on my YouTube Channel (BookTube).

3. Read One Non-Fiction Book A Month

I was inspired by Non-Fiction November last year and decided that I need to read more of it in the new year!

So here I am, first month of January with no Non-Fiction read in sight…

So, If you lovely people have any recommendations leave them for me in the comments!

4. Read One Classic A Month

When I was in College I was reading Classics all the time. I was in several British literature classes and we read many many classics.

I feel empty now, being a college graduate and not reading these beloved books.

To fix this hole that has grown in my heart I will be reading one classic a month. Starting with one of my all time favorites, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

5. Get My NetGalley Rating to 80%

Currently my NetGalley rating is a sad and measly 18% and I have 34 titles that need reviewed…

Enough Said

6. Read Books that I Already Own/Book Buying Ban

This is probably going to be the hardest out of all of my goals which is why I saved it for last.

I have a lot of unread books both psychical and digital.

So, for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March) I will be on a book buying ban to force myself to read books that I already own.

At the end of March I will re-evaluate and see if I should continue my ban or not.

What are your reading goals this year? Let me know in the comments!

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October Favorites

Hey friends 👋🏻 can you BELIEVE it is almost the end of the month?

This month has been super stressful for me and I had to make time for my mental health above all my commitments. But! I’m back and I’m going to bring you up to full speed.

To do just that, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite things and products this month that really helped me out and I want to share them all with you!

CBD oil for sleep – Calm by Wellness

I have the hardest time falling asleep and STAYING asleep. I work a 9-5 job in a law office then I come home and do reviews for products and books. Try to read so I can review more books. And then engage with my audience on multiple platforms.

At the end of the day I am EXHAUSTED, but when I lay down I can’t sleep.

Some of the lovely people over at Calm by Wellness reached out to me and asked me to try their products and let them know how it went for me.

YALL! Calm by Wellness was my angel in disguise 😇

Before this month I have never tried a CBD product but I was also curious about it since I was hearing so many positive results for people in the same situation as me.

Like I said I was having trouble sleeping which was also causing me not to preform the best throughout my day because I was still tired. On top of that, I suffer from anxiety which also messes with my sleep and energy levels.

I’ve been using Calm By Wellness’s Sleep cbd oil and it is like a complete miracle!

The first night I used it I had no idea what I was doing. So I googled how to use it online and just went for it.

The great thing about Calm by Wellness is that the CBD oil doesn’t taste funky. The one that I use for Sleep is blueberry lavender and I can smell it before I even open the bottle.

Please, please for the love of the universe give this baby a shake before you squirt it under your tongue! If you don’t I promise you it will not taste like blueberry. 😅

My favorite part about using this product though is how I feel the next day.

I get right out of bed and I’m MOTIVATED to start my day. I make coffee before leaving my house and I never forget anything walking out the door. If I forget to take my CBD the next morning is a disaster. And I know I don’t need to go into details 😂

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Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

I want to start off by saying that I am not a RomCom reader. I love thrillers and long drawn out fantasy.

HOWEVER! I throughly enjoyed Holly Banks Full of Angst.

Julie’s characters are funny and relatable! I found myself laughing out loud during my lunch break or waiting in the waiting room.

Have you ever sympathized with a topiary? Well you will! 😂

I am recommending Holly Banks Full of Angst to all!! Not just moms with young kids, not just RomCom lovers or even lovers of topiaries…but everyone!

Do yourself a favor and pre-order Holly Banks Full of Angst because this wonderful purple baby comes out December 1!

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Zebra Sarasa Dry pens

I am a stationary and pen snob!

I spent years and years religiously using the Pilot G2 pens. But! One day in Walmart I was perusing the back to school section when these pens caught my eye.

They looked EXACTLY like Pilot G2 pens but they were cheaper and came with a little zebra mascot that holds your pens…

I’m telling you that they write better than G2 pens.

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WWW Wednesday! | 10•9

Happy Wednesday, friends!

If you’re here you already know what’s going down so let’s jump right in!

What did I just finish reading?

I finished the Amazon Forward Collection on audio and I will be posting a review of all 6 books soon! It was really fun to read all of these.

I did a binge read of You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley for my Bookish Ladies Book Club on instagram. I am not okay y’all. This book crushed my soul. I was NOT ready. Review will hopefully be posted this weekend. But I’m so damn behind so who knows.

What am I currently reading?

What do I think I will read next?

What about you? Let me know in the comments!

Xoxo,

Shannon

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR (9•24)

This tag has jumped around from a few blogs and now lives over at That Artsy Reader Girl

Basically, she will give us a prompt and then we have to find 10 (or less) things that fall into that category.

This weeks is pretty easy.

If you are playing along don’t forget to hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and drop your link as well as check out what others are reading!


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

Buy The Silent Patient on Amazon

The Whisper Man by Alex North

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

Buy the Whisper Man on Amazon!

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Chateau Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorciere Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

Available October 1, Pre-Order here!

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

Buy the Chestnut Man on Amazon!

The War Girls

War Girls does not come out until October, but I am sooo stokes! Thank you Razorbill for the Advanced Reading Copy!

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.

In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.

Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there.

Acclaimed author, Tochi Onyebuchi, has written an immersive, action-packed, deeply personal novel perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Marie Lu, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

Available October 15 – Pre-Order now!

WWW Wednesday 9/11

Welcome back to Another WWW Wednesday!

As always our wonderful host is Sam over at Taking on a World of Words

This is pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?


What did you just finish reading?

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Click the pic for my review 😘

After the Flood takes place in the future after the Hundred Year Flood leaves most of the Earth covered in water. The story follows Myra as she tries to find her eldest daughter by navigating the new seas while still protecting her youngest.

What are you currently reading?

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I’m not going to give you a synopsis because I feel like everyone knows about this book 😂

I just got to Page 142 and I wish I could have kept reading! I feel like something new happens in every chapter and I am never bored with what is happening. I am LOVING this book.

What do I plan on reading next?

This is such a hard question for me because I am a mood reader and like to plan BIG TBR lists. Which, if you read my September tbr post you understand 😂

But, I would like to read…

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

What are you currently reading? Let me know or post the link to your WWW Wednesday below!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

XO, Shannon

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag | Book Review

Book 17 of 2019

“From the water we came and to the water we will return, our lungs always hungering for air, but our hearts beating like waves.”

Synopsis:

A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

On their journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship and Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world. But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.

A compulsively readable novel of dark despair and soaring hope, After the Flood is a magnificent, action packed, and sometimes frightening odyssey laced with wonder—an affecting and wholly original saga both redemptive and astonishing.

rating breakdown:

Storyline: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Writing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emotion: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

I changed my mind on my rating again…

When I swiped to the last page of Kassandra Montag’s book After the Flood, my initial thought was, “Man that is just a 4 star read for me.” My main reasoning was I found it hard to connect to Myra as a character. But, that shouldn’t stop me from rating a book what it truly deserves.

I found it difficult to relate to Myra because of her overwhelming need to get her daughter back. I am a 24 year old childless adult. There is NO WAY I CAN RELATE TO THAT FEELING. But, then I thought about it a little bit more….

I am the eldest of 5 children. I have one younger brother (22) and 3 younger sisters (19, 15, and 13). While they are all older than Pearl who is 7, Row would have been 12 in the book. So then I thought about Abby (the 13 year old), possibly alone near the Arctic Circle, about to board a breeding ship for the rest of her life, and needing me to save her. Well, that completely changed how I looked at Myra’s character.

Myra is a strong, independent mother of two, trying to do the best she can to raise her daughter in extreme circumstances while trying to rescue the other. Talk about a power character. While the story does show us some of Myra’s stress and inability to let her guard down I cannot even imagine being in her shoes.

Now I want to talk about Pearl really quick. Keep in mind that she is 7 years old and has basically spent her entire life aboard a ship and on water.

She is a badass child. And I mean, considering how much of a bad ass Myra is it is only fitting that Pearl be the same. Without giving too much away…

CAN YOU IMAGINE A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD WITH VIPERS?!?! (and other less threatening snakes)

You can’t. It’s not normal

Unless you’ve read After the Flood

Because for Pearl, snakes are her life. To me that is both amazing and terrifying at the same time. She is a 7 year old bad ass. You will NOT find me holding unknown quantities of snakes even in post-apocalyptic water filled life as we know it.

Then there is Daniel and Abran. Myra’s two…”love” interests if you will 😂

I just want to say that I am #teamDaniel and a day 1 Daniel fan. He is tough and sweet and gentle and caring. Man. I need me a Daniel.

Abran seemed to be all of those wonderful things at first but, he is really just a whiny alcoholic and…..

**SPOILER ALERT**

…I’m glad he’s dead.


I am a BIG fan of dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic storylines.

But, I tend to find they are all kind of the same.

Not, After the Flood.

It is as refreshing as writing about the human race on its last limb as it can get.

I haven’t read a dystopian novel that is set mainly at sea ever. Actually, I don’t think I read many novels set at sea period.

It took awhile for me to get use to some of the lingo, but that did not take away from the story for me at all.

I loved when they stopped at trading posts and we got to see what kind of life people have built on what land is left.

I found myself getting nervous and anxious right along with Pearl when I storm would crash over the boat. I kept thinking, “What will they do if they sink?”

The suspense of trying to get to the Valley, staying afloat, and the possibility of being overthrown by raiders really drove the plot onward.

I felt things for the characters like they were real people. I mourned the loss of a finger, crew-mates, and a daughter we never met.

After the Flood is a great tale of human perseverance and hope and possibly one of my favorite books of the year.


Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow books for this electronic advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest review.

Get your very own copy here!

September TBR

It’s September 6th…and I’m already behind 😅

All my sisters are back in school (I’m the eldest of 5) and Autumn is in the air (yes it is, don’t argue with me)

I have a pretty hefty tbr for this month and I really don’t even want to talk about it…but I will.

Advanced Readers Copies

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

On their journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship and Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world. But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.

A compulsively readable novel of dark despair and soaring hope, After the Flood is a magnificent, action packed, and sometimes frightening odyssey laced with wonder—an affecting and wholly original saga both redemptive and astonishing.

Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow for the ARC!

Out now! Get it here!

To the Lions by Holly Watt

Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, and her ability to slip into whatever identity suits the situation, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, or what the cost might be, emotionally. 

Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. The young man’s death, however, is only the tipping point of a much more sinister and dangerous scandal involving the world’s most powerful leaders and magnates–men who are gathering in northern Africa for an extreme and secret hunt. With fellow reporter Miranda and combat veteran Ed by her side, Casey’s determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St. Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.

Thank you NetGalley and Dutton Books for the ARC!

Out now! Get yours here!

Un-Plugged-In by David Greis

The truth is that sometimes, Bryan can be a clingy college boyfriend. In one universe, he follows his girlfriend Jamie’s every move on Instagram, but in another, it’s the ’90s, and he lives in a world with only voicemail and no read receipts.

Meanwhile, when present-day Jamie studies abroad in Rome, everything must be perfectly documented to maintain her flawless online persona. But the real adventure might be in store for her ’90s self—where her eyes aren’t always glued to her phone.

So which world—the more analog or more digital—will make it easier for Bryan and Jamie’s relationship to survive?

A thought experiment turned dual novella, Un-Plugged-In poses the question: who might you have been if you were born into a different generation?

Told side-by-side, the two stories explore relationships, travel, and even a campus scandal through the lens of the technologies that have come to dominate our lives over the past two decades.

Thank you NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC!

Will be released September 24, 2019!

His hideous heart edited by Dahlia Adler

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Available September 10! Get a copy here!

Buddy Reads

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

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The Shining by Stephen King

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

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Stalking Jack the ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget. 

Final Installment to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series is released September 10

Get your copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper here!

Get your copy of Capturing the Devil here!

Joyland by Stephen king

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. 

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The Rest…

The Whisper man by Alex North

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

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The silent Patient by alex michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. 

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Hunting prince dracula by kerri maniscalco

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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Escaping from houdini by kerri maniscalco

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea.

It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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Unnatural creatures by neil gaiman

The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. Magical creatures from the werewolf, to the sunbird, to beings never before classified will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you in tales by E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries.

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stolen things by r. h. herron

“Mama? Help me.”

Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the force. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action.

Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s friend and trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be.

But when Jojo begins to dive into Harper’s social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, Jojo uncovers a shocking secret that turns everything she knew about Harper—and the police department—on its head. With everything they thought they could rely on in question, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves . . . and time is running out.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. 

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So, do you think I’m crazy? Because I sure think I am!

See anything that appeals to you? Let me know! Also, if you can let me know how you guys juggle more than one buddy reads at once that would be greatly appreciated!

XO, Shannon

WWW Wednesday

Welcome back!!

Today I am participating in WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Basically you answer these 3 questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s dive right in!

What are you currently reading?

I have a couple books that I am currently reading so bear with me 😂

First, I’m starting Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. I know absolutely nothing about this book. I’m reading it for the N.E.W.T.s group read. I have until the end of the month to finish it up.

Second, I’m reading an e-ARC of the Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger. I received this e-ARC from NetGalley and is an anticipated read for me. Messenger writes about his personal encounter with a grizzly bear while out in the Canadian Tundra with a few buddies on a kayak/hiking trip. To be published November 12!

Third, I started reading some of the stories in His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler. I also received this book as an ARC. His Hideous Heart is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe retellings. To be published September 10!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished a re-read of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. My 5/5 star review from the first time reading still stands.

Last night I finished reading Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. While, I do think the book is over hyped right now, I will be giving it 5/5 stars when I post my review this week. I felt with the women in this book. Like I said in my IG teaser review, this book is a must read for all women!

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is such a hard question for me. I really haven’t committed to a solid September TBR yet even though I am participating in SEVERAL reading challenges (please pray for me).

However, I think I want to begin Stolen Things by R. H. Herron next. I received an ARC from the publisher on the date of publication 😂 so I want to read it and review it ASAP.


Please feel free to link your own WWW Wednesday post in the comments!

Remember to go check out the original post for this challenge (linked above) AND check out other posts in the community. We truly have a very supportive community and it’s important to be a part of that. Happy reading!

Xoxo, Shannon

Lock Every Door – Book Review

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46826530-lock-every-door

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Storyline:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grammar:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emotion:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.”

page 12

Riley Sager has done it again! Lock Every Door is a brilliantly written thriller that keeps you engaged until the last word.

Sager has become an instant-buy author for me. The first novel I read from Riley Sager was Final Girls, and that book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Sager develops his main characters and his side characters in a way that you never know who done it. His writing is beautiful and I cannot get enough of it.


No Visitors

Keep everything in pristine condition.

Speak only when spoken to.

Never discuss residents beyond the walls of the Bartholomew.

Lock Every Door follows Jules Larson as she begins a new job as an apartment sitter in one of the most mysterious buildings in New York, the Bartholomew. Jules has no family and is desperate for cash, which is why she doesn’t really mind the strange rules that apartment sitters abide by. That is until her new friend, Ingrid, goes missing.

Jules breaks one of the rules, to not disturb the residents by asking questions if she is not spoken to first, to find out if anyone knows what happened to Ingrid. What she finds disturbs her and she realizes she uncovered the truth a little too late.


I cannot give this book enough praise!! I loved Jules and her backstory struck a heartstring or two. Jules is all alone in the world and she is just trying to make a better life for herself. I mean, if I was in Jules shoes and someone told me that I can make $1,000 a week by staying in a grand apartment I would! I mean yes, the rules for an apartment sitter seem a little bit strange but I can totally keep my mouth shut and mind my own business for 3 months.

I was constantly trying to figure out why Ingrid disappeared to see if I could figure it out before Jules did. To me, every resident was suspicious..even the doorman, Charlie. I tried to figure out the motive for each character as to why they would either abduct or kill Ingrid. But, as I got further into the book I found it more and more difficult to figure out who done it.

When I reached the last 150+ pages I absolutely could not put it down! I was reading while I walked around the yard, I pulled out the book at red lights, carried it with me everywhere I went incase I had a second to read a few lines.

Just like Sager’s other novels I was completely wrong about what was actually going on in the end. I was 100% shocked and loved what was actually going on in the Bartholomew.


Lock Every Door is a novel for those who love Thrillers and Suspense up until the last page. This novel will blow your mind and leave you wanting to start back up at page 1.


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Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Happy Friday, wormies!!

I am so happy to bring you this review of Ready Player One. I am so sad that it is finished.

Oh, by the way, loves, if you haven’t read this book yet I caution you when reading because…SPOILERS ARE AHEAD!

Ready Player One cover

That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.

-James Halliday, Ready Player One

Book Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Published: 2011

Length: 579 pages

Read dates: January 14 – January 30

Favorite Characters: Wade Watts (Parzival), Art3mis, Aech, and Og.

Least Favorite: ALL THE SIXERS, Nolan Sorrento

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Synopsis: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Now, here’s MY synopsis: The world is too busy escaping reality in the virtual reality called the OASIS to fix any of their real-life problems. A teenage boy, Wade Watts, with no parents lives in the OASIS, a place where he can be whatever he wants to be. However, he feels himself at a disadvantage because while he is poor in the real world, he is also poor in the OASIS. This all changes when he stumbles across the first clue, now he has all the money in the OASIS and out. We watch as Wade changes with every clue that he finds. For better or worse? You decide.

After reading my version of the synopsis you may be wondering why I gave Ready Player One 5 stars. Well, I gave it a full star rating because I felt a wide range of emotions while reading the novel. Let me break it down for you.

Sympathy: I truly felt bad for Wade. Both of his parents are dead. His worthless Aunt is the only family he has, but she only cares about the government support she gets by taking him in. He is a sad lonely teenager with no one to confide in except the little old lady a couple trailers down from him in the Stacks. AND THEY BOTH DIE! AND ITS HIS FAULT! Which brings us to…

Anger: The ONLY thing that Wade remotely cares about in this novel is the OASIS. We see this multiple times when he just abandons reality to protect the game that he loves. His only family dies in a fiery explosion because of the Hunt (the search for James Halliday’s Egg) and he doesn’t really show any reaction to this event. Yes, we do see Wade crying in his hideout a few pages after the explosion, but I did not see it as genuine.

He also abandons his OASIS friends for the Hunt. Aech and Art3mis are the only things that he has that can remotely resemble a family and he just drops them like hot potatoes. A complete shutdown of all communications. Yes, he didn’t have a choice with cutting ties with Art3mis because that was her decision but still. This causes Wade to become a complete recluse (just like James Halliday may I add). He dedicates all of his time to the Hunt and still doesn’t get anywhere because he is so filled with self-loathing and self-pity. That is what made me the maddest actually. In the middle of the book where Wade becomes Halliday. A shut-in. He doesn’t really make any progress towards the Hunt AT ALL during this time period. I hate it!

Happiness: All of the 80’s pop culture references left me with a smile on my face. When Wade, Art3mis, or Aech are playing an 80’s throwback I laughed along with them. There were several occasions when reading this book where I had a big old Aech Cheshire grin plastered on my face.

Speaking of Aech. I was SO SO SO happy when Aech (Helen) and Wade met. It was such a pure moment. When Wade realized who Aech was in real life and was, in fact, a girl, it did not change what he thought about her AT ALL. Their friendship continued in reality exactly like it did in the OASIS.

Sadness: When Diato dies is probably one of the worst moments in this book for me. While he isn’t a huge character, it just goes to show how much corruption one person can hold inside if them. Nolan Sorrento is the definition of corrupt and evil. He killed a youth for the sake of a game. Daito, your life was not taken in vain. 😦

Love: Overall, I loved this book. But, I loved the interactions between Wade and Art3mis. Especially the ending. Wade truly loved her for her personality and loved her even more in real life. (Even though he stalked her blog which was creepy)

I love Art3mis as a character. I can still picture the scene when they are at Og’s birthday party and she transforms into a mermaid. Art3mis, you are a BEAUTIFUL mermaid ❤

Final thoughts: I have already recommended this book to one of my closest friends and I have my sister reading it as well. I love books that can make me feel such a large array of emotions. To me, this truly shows great writing, character development, and plot development. I am so happy with this book.

PS. I cannot wait for the film adaptation to come out!

PSS. The film comes out on my birthday! 🙂

Until Next Time,

Shannon
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