24 hours of absolute reading fun


Bookish peeps, it finally is that time again: Dewey’s readathon! I am so looking forward to this weekend – Saturday (Oct 20th) will be spent reading, eating, blogging, and being utterly happy. September and October have been a pretty bad struggle bus for me. I have read very little, I am late on any of my blogs, and I have been overall pretty detached from my books and book clubs. All this will change this weekend. I am going to use the readathon to find my way back to my lovelies. With it being fall and nearly Halloween, and with me (technically) participating in a few other spooky themed readathons, I will focus on reading only the creepy, the weird, the odd, and the dubious.

Here are a few ideas:

Just writing out this list of potentials gets me even more pumped for Saturday. Now, I just need to think of my snacks. I already picked out my reading nook in the new house and hope I will have lots of virtual reading dates with each and every one of you.


P.S.: Maybe I will manage to take some pictures of my TBR for the blog. I am still waiting on a few library copies to come through.


Fall into September


Ok. This may have been THE saddest reading season, yet. Moving and getting my new house ready has completely taken over my life! I am way late to post my September wrap-up. I am barely reading even though Halloween is right around the corner and fall has finally begun even in my neck of the woods. September and October are usually my most favorite excuses to read anything horror, creepy, supernatural, or plain weird. I am super banking on catching up during Dewey’s readathon, which is this upcoming Saturday. But see my separate blog post for that. All in all, September was slim pickin’s. I finished only ONE book. How is that even possible????? This is probably a good time to also confess that I most likely won’t fulfill my yearly challenge of reading 25 books I own and 10 books from the 1001 book list. I am however well on track to achieve my overall goal of 100 books and I am past my goal of reviewing 15 ARCs. So there is at least that. I am going to have to scramble to get the Popsugar challenge done, but I think it’s for sure attainable. Thus, without further ado, here is the review for the one book I completed.



Circe (Madeline Miller) ♠♠♠♠

I honestly truly enjoyed this book. Madeline Miller has a knack of pulling you into Greek mythology but making it fresh and new. I loved the heroine in this novel. Circe is stubborn, strong, independent, odd, loving, curious, proud, arrogant at times, frightened at others, and very, very relatable. The descriptions of the lands and the sea journeys were delectable – I was definitely in that setting. The various characters are well-developed and even though Miller borrows from old Greek tales quite a bit, she puts her own spin on it, making each person feel modern without losing the epicness (is that a word?) of the story.

I recommend this book for you if you: are curious about the Greeks, love a strong female lead, have a hankering for lush descriptions

This book is not for you if you: do not enjoy historical fiction

Am I scared yet or what?


I figured it’s time for a quick update on the readathons I am doing: Something Wicked This Fall Comes and Readers Imbibing Peril. This is going to be a quick write up since I sadly have to report that I didn’t get much reading done so far. I sold my house, moved to a different state last week, and started a new job this Monday. I thought reading would give me comfort during that time of change but I found myself too tired or too distracted most days. I hope I can pick it up in the following weeks. I still have several books in the queue I am really looking forward to finishing (or starting).


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’ve been quite enjoying this one although it is a bit of a slow read.

The Stand by Stephen King. I literally only read like the first ten pages and I think my library copy is about to expire. This is one I might have to put on the back burner or just purchase. The library wait list is forever long.

Supernatural Tales by Vernon Lee (aka Violet Page). I really want to start these short stories and they would really start setting the mood for Halloween.

Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Vampire Fantasy! I really want to get this one started.

I also have a few ARCs due by early October. Maybe I’ll start with those as they should be quicker reads.


How are your reading goals coming along? Are you participating in any fall readathons?

RIP 13 and Something Wicked This Fall Comes



Ok, seriously! Is it fall weather, yet? I am so over the heat and humidity at the moment. I want crips air, pretty leaves, and yes, pumpkin spice everything! I want to sit outside in the morning with a freshly brewed coffee, listening to the birds, and a book in my lap without sweating and melting away. Is that too much to ask, Mother Nature????

To pretend my weather wishes are true, I am going to participate in two fall-themed readathons. And what better fall-theme than horror!!!! Castle Macabre is combining multiple of her annual September and October events into one all-encompassing reading bonanza: Something Wicked This Fall Comes. Honestly, there are so many different mini-readathons within this readathon that I had to make myself a list to not lose track. Y’all know though that I love lists so I happily did that. The readathon runs from August 31st to November 1st. September has a Gothic theme while October truly calls for Horror. She also features several movie watch-alongs during the two months and a Ray Bradbury read-along during October. I am so looking forward to this goodness. Check out her blog for detailed descriptions of every event.

Readers Imbibing Peril is on its 13th leg and what a perfect number for everything horror, wicked, suspenseful, dark, and paranormal. This readathon also has several tiers of readathon effort and I am going to attempt to accomplish as many as possible. Shouldn’t be too hard given that I love me some spooky writings. And again, anything goes for this readathon as long as it falls under the above-mentioned categories. I am looking forward to some short stories and movies along with longer novels.

And just a heads-up, Dewey’s October readathon is also coming up and falls right within RIP and Something Wicked!

US releases: September books to keep on your radar

Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.
Books I reviewed before release:

Trapped in Room 217 September 1 Middle Grade, Horror, Paranormal

A horror novel for middle grade. Um, yes, please! This is part of a series and I highly recommend you’ll check it out.

Begone the Raggedy Witches September 11 Middle Grade, Fantasy

Dark and twisted. This is a bit on the more mature side for middle grade.

Books I am anticipating to read:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein September 28 YA, Historical Fiction

A retelling of Frankenstein with a new perspective? Count me in!

Reading and selling a house in August is hard


August was a tough month for me. I’m moving to a different state for work and a house lived in for 10 years does not move easily. This was also my first time selling a house and, boy oh boy, does that take up all your time. It’s done though, fingers crossed the buyer doesn’t back out at the last moment and I wasted my time, and I was able to get some reading done. I took my N.E.W.T.s and, surprisingly, passed. I, however, read NONE of the books I had planned to read. LOL.




Beowulf (Unknown) ♠♠♠♠

253What an epic! What a tale! I tried reading this on my Kindle but couldn’t get a good feel for it. I then switched to listening to it and it was just amazing! Seamus Heaney perfectly invoked the bard in himself and I felt like I was listening to this adventure sitting by an open fire at night. I cannot fathom it has taken me almost 35 years to experience this story.

This poem should be listened to! ASAP!


Awesome! (Craig Shuttlewood) ♠♠♠ NEWTs


A book about friendship. A book about jealousy. A book about finding yourself. These themes are staples in children’s lit and this book just didn’t shine for me.

Share this with a child. This is a quick read and has an important message. 



Sloth at the Zoom (Helaine Becker) ♠♠♠♠♠ NEWTs

255Now, this is something special. The illustrations are fun and whimsical. The story is imaginative. But most importantly, this will be fun for adults to read as it has tons of silly jokes to keep you entertained. The puns on time are hilarious and well-placed.

Read this if you like: groany puns, sloths, puns about sloths

Don’t read it if you: can only live on the fast lane


Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) ♠♠ NEWTs

256I did a reading challenge once that had a prompt about love triangle tropes. This book would fit this perfectly. It was just too much. I listened to this as an audiobook and honestly, I think that’s the only reason I finished the book. At least, I could get other things accomplished meanwhile.

This series is for you if you like: dystopian societies, love triangles, magic/strange powers

This series isn’t for you if: you’re looking for something fresh


The Astonishing Color of After (Emily X.R. Pan) ♠♠♠♠

257I loved a good book about grief. I love a good book about mental illness. This novel combined both and did it so well! The idea of experiencing emotions in color is intriguing, to say the least. This story wavers between realism and fantasy. It feels light and airy like the bird that it features but it tackles heavy topics and makes the reader think. It is full of symbolism and magic. This plot happens to you. It requires surrender to the oddities and the weirdness.


A novel perfect for you if you: want to leave your comfort zone a bit, are not scared of experiencing someone else’s grief, enjoy metaphors and symbolism

Don’t read this if you: are not prepared to think about what you just read


Endless Night (Agatha Christie) ♠♠♠♠♠ NEWTs

258Agatha Christie turns Gothic in this novel. It’s creepy. It’s odd. It reminds me of King’s Salem’s Lot or Stroker’s Dracula. The characters in this book might be some of her best characters she has written. Such complexity and so very human.

Branch out to this book if you: are looking for a different kind of Agatha Christie, enjoy some evil and weird tales

This is not for you if you: are looking for a true detective mystery


The Guardian’s Trilogy (Nora Roberts) ♠♠♠♠ and ♠♠♠♠♠ NEWTs

Yet another fun series by my beloved Nora Roberts. This one boasts magical beings and hidden treasures. The first book was my favorite as the love story sort of took backstage to the actual adventure and thus felt more real. I also quite enjoyed the villains – some were human, others were not, and some transitioned in between. Indeed, the villains were unusually complex. The crescendo of the journey was a bit of a let-down as it needed a lot more battling and maybe even a loss here and there, but overall this is a really solid trilogy if you’re into the romance genre.

Start this trilogy if you like: good and bad magic, unusual romantic pairings

Avoid this trilogy if you: need your romance to feel real


Faceless Killers (Henning Mankell) ♠♠♠♠ NEWTs

262Another audiobook, although I read the last few pages on my Kindle because my audiobook library expired and they had the eBook available. To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed. Yet putting this into the perspective of the year it was released (1991) I have to admire its relevance even today: racism, media abuse, and fear-mongering are all phenomena we still experience at the moment. Kurt Wallander, the main character, feels authentic. The case he has to solve is something we probably all heard about now, something that can actually happen. I am not sure I am going to continue with the Wallander series but I am glad I at least read the first book.

Pick up this book if you: want to read a good mystery, enjoy the occasional Nordic noir story

Put the book back down if you: need a fast-paced thriller

Christmas in July and other shenanigans


This is going to be a marathon of a blog post as I have done two bigger readathons this month in addition to my regular reading. Despite the fact that I went on vacation the first week-ish if July, I got quite a bit of reading done. I had dreams of reading by the beach during my vacation but alas that didn’t happen as I was too busy snorkeling, knitting, eating, and sightseeing. St. Thomas is beautiful, y’all! I highly recommend vacationing there if you need a time out from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.




Bride Quartet series and Summer Desserts (Nora Roberts) ♠♠♠ and ♠♠♠♠

These were basically my guilty pleasure vacay reads. I have a soft spot for anything Nora Roberts and these did not disappoint. They were fluff, over-the-top cheesy, entertaining, and some of the couples proved even to be relatable. I flew through them like is expected from any Roberts novel and have already half-way forgotten what the plots were about.

Read any of these books if you want to: escape reality in a light-hearted way

Skip these books if you: can’t stand romance novels


The Transfigured Hart (Jane Yolen) ♠♠♠♠♠


Magical. Full of imagery. Life lessons. Friendship. Keeping your inner child alive. We are all different but also alike. Unicorns? Fantastical tales. Bravery. Need I say more? I quite loved this story and would highly recommend it to anyone.

You should own this book!




My Friend Fear (Meera Lee Patel) ♠♠♠♠♠

252I have had this book on my nightstand for quite a while and I am so glad I finally picked it up and read it in one sitting. The watercolor illustrations are magnificent and the message is even more beautiful. Let’s embrace our fears and allow them to push us forward. Patel talks about her fear of being different, looking different, having brown skin, and parents who don’t speak English well. I don’t have the same fears but still saw myself in her tellings. Fear can be universal and can unite us and make us relate to each other. She captures that sentiment perfectly. I’ve added her book to my collection of near-and-dear-to-my-heart self-help and spiritual books and I will reference it in the future I am sure.

Give this book a read if you: want to feel less alone with your fears, are looking for encouragement

This book is not for you if you: are not ready to tackle your anxieties


Trapped in Room 217 (Thomas Kingsley Troupe) ♠♠♠♠

244This novel is part of The Haunted States of America series. It’s written for middle-grade and how can I not get excited about horror books for kids???? I loved the story and really wish the author would write it again for adults. I wanted it to be longer and even scarier :). I immediately got drawn in by the plot. Parts reminded me of King’s The Shining and of course I was going to love it simply based on that. I could relate to the main characters and middle-grade me would’ve devoured this novel. I am so glad someone is writing these types of stories for a younger audience. I now definitely want to check out the rest of the series and, hey, I might start a campaign to get an adult version of these books as well! The cover art is also on point!

Read this if you enjoy: horror, scary plots, spooky things, strong lead characters

Don’t read this if you: scare easily


Ghoulia (Barbara Cantini) ♠♠♠♠♠

245Another spooky book. This one is illustrated and for an even younger reader. I loved, loved, loved everything about the plot, the characters, and the main message. I will have to buy this book and read it to my pets (since I don’t have kids) on Halloween. I hope this series will become a staple in kids’ libraries and their homes.

Get this book if you: like spooky Halloween stories, enjoy playing dress-up, feel different but want to fit in

I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t like this book.


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner (Philip K. Dick) ♠♠♠

251I listened to this on audio. I tried the eBook but couldn’t get into it. The audiobook turned out to be a lot more engaging. I was disappointed by the writing though. I can’t even explain what I expected but I had hoped for more, after all, it is on the 1001 book list. The story itself was interesting although a bit boring. I am glad I can cross this book off my list but for me, it wasn’t anything special.

This story is for you if you: love classic sci-fi

This story is not your cup of tea if you: need a lot of action in a plot


Begone the Raggedy Witches (Celine Kiernan) ♠♠♠♠

246The premise of this world is great: it’s dark, there is witchcraft, we have intrigue and betrayal, we find rebellion and bravery. I loved the main character: she is fierce, adventurous, and has an impeccable moral compass. What I struggled with was what age group this was written for. The plot was kinda dark and mature but then the ending was an “everything is fine and everything worked out as expected” ending, which I generally associated with younger audiences. Somehow, to me, the ending didn’t fit the overall feel of the story. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I don’t think everything should’ve just fallen into place at the end.

Pick up this book if you: want to be sucked into another series, like good world-building, enjoy a little witchcraft, read books based on cover art

Put this book away if you: are not ok with an easy plot


Crooked Kingdom (Leigh Bardugo) ♠♠♠♠

250This was such a solid sequel to Six of Crows! I still enjoyed all the characters and Bardugo is a master at world-building! The descriptions are detailed and vivid, the plot is complex, the characters are deep and relatable, and the ending left me wanting more. I found Six of Crows to be a bit more suspenseful and action-packed but otherwise, I loved both books equally. Also, why Matthias, why?

This series is a must-read for anyone who loves fantasy novels.




I have two readathons to wrap-up. The High Summer Readathon (HSR) ran all of July and included an optional Christmas in July weekend, which I did not observe as it coincided with Dewey’s (surprise) reverse readathon. I am really pleased about how both went. I read a total of 12 books for HSR and read about 450 pages for Dewey’s readathon. I had set myself some very low expectations as it was a reverse readathon aka I should do the opposite of what I normally do, which is to plan out every minute essentially. So, I definitely didn’t do that and just read whenever I found the time. I also (wo)manned the official Dewey’s Twitter account for two hours and wrote a readathon blog post on their site. I chose to focus on Crooked Kingdom during Dewey’s as I had read Six of Crows during the last one in April and found it fitting to read its sequel this time.


Did you participate in any readathons this month? How did you fare in general in July? Did you reach your reading goals?

US releases: August books to keep on your radar

Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.
Books I reviewed before release:

Awesome! August 1st Childrens, Picture Books

Story with an important message about friendship.

Sloth at the Zoom August 15th Childrens, Picture Books

A hilarious mix-up of Sloth being delivered to the zoom (where everything is fast) instead of the zoo that ends in friendship and learning a new way of life.

Ghoulia August 28th Childrens, Picture Books

A future staple of Halloween books for children that teaches us that you can make friends being yourself.

Books I am anticipating to read:

Athena August 9 Graphic Novels

Isabel Greenberg is a genius and she trans up with her sister in this book. I must read this ASAP.

The Looking Glass August 14th YA, Contemporary Lit

The synopsis hints at themes of Alice in Wonderland, so of course, I am intrigued.

Don’t June-o about books?


June was a real, real good reading month. I honestly covered a plethora of genres and media, which I am super excited about. I participated in one readathon – Scifi Summer – although I only had two library books come through that were science fiction. But doesn’t matter, I read a lot and that is what counts and what makes me happy, especially since I had a bit of a slump in May after Dewey’s readathon.




Salem’s Lot (Stephen King) ♠♠♠♠

243Reminiscent of Stoker’s Dracula, King slowly, almost painfully so, builds this world of blood-suckers and how just one vampire can spread this “disease” throughout an entire town – creating despair and hopelessness. Don’t get attached to any characters because King will ruthlessly get rid of them. This was a story after my own heart!

I am biased but I think you should read this book because it’s King. Don’t read it if you get scared out of your wits by horror – or better even, read it because of that!


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman) ♠♠♠♠♠

197This book took me by surprise. I listened to it as an audiobook and somehow that made the story feel even more personal. It was as if I was in Eleanor’s therapist’s office listening in to her conversations. Books that demystify mental illness are so important. Books that take that even further and make you fall in love with the character and make you identify with them are brilliant. This is one of those books. The author was able to hit a tone of humanity that I haven’t come across very often.

I think everyone should read this book. Period. 


The Great Gatsby (Scott Fitzgerald) ♠♠

198This novella had been on my TBR for a long time. I finally watched the most recent movie and decided it’s time to read this book. I honestly couldn’t relate to the characters. In fact, I often actively disliked them. I had hopes that Fitzgerald’s writing style would give more insight into the psyche of his characters – things I was missing in the movies – but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. This book left me disappointed. It will just go down as one of those books that I can say ‘yeah, I read it’.

Pick it up if you like: period pieces, want to fulfill the 1001 books-to-read-before-you-die-challenge

Put it back down if you are looking for: literary brilliance, well-developed/impactful characters


The Strange Library (Haruki Murakami) ♠♠♠♠♠

199What a delight!!!! This book was truly strange and I loved every minute I got to spend time with it. A true Murakami treasure. I don’t think you should know too much about the story – just prepare yourself for this surreal adventure full of whimsy, oddities, and fun.

This book is for you if you like: the weird and weirder, lively language

This book is not your thing if you: cannot suspend belief in reality


The Boy on the Bridge (M.R. Carey) ♠♠♠

200Ugh, I don’t even know how to explain why this book was just meh. First of all, why there was a need for a “parallel” prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts is beyond me. That book was perfect as a stand-alone. Secondly, this novel was full of periods of straight-up boring. And these interludes felt disruptive to the story. I think this book would’ve been better as an action-packed, fast-paced story. I know the author cares for character development, and I so appreciate this, but it just seemed that the novel was only occupied with that. The ending was the most exciting part and that was the only time I was really engaged. All in all, this wasn’t a bad book. No, it was quite decent. It just wasn’t special, particularly compared to Carey’s first book.

Read it if you like: continuations in a certain universe, appreciate sci-fi fantasy crossovers

Don’t read it if you: are looking for a suspenseful thriller, didn’t read The Girl with All the Gifts yet


Matchmaking for Beginners (Maddie Dawson) ♠♠♠♠

201This story was colorful! I think that sums it up best. The characters were quirky and fun, their interactions ranged from entertaining to deeply emotional, and the main plotline (albeit somewhat cliché) was relatable. I highly recommend this book as a summer read or a pick-me-up. I could see this turning into a cute movie.

Get yourself a copy if you: want to relax with a fun book by the pool, enjoy many different characters, don’t mind a little chaos

I wouldn’t recommend this book to you if you: need a lot of depth in your characters, don’t like a little romance


The Song of the Orphans (Daniel Price) ♠♠♠♠♠

195Book 2 in the Silvers series was really, really good! All the things that irked me in book 1 disappeared or became clear to have a purpose. The biggest improvement was the character development – huge leaps were made and the story really benefited from that. Although it took me a moment to get into the book, once I was hooked I was hooked! The world-building also took off in book 2. I loved all the new characters and their interactions with the protagonists. This book, just as book 1, had tons of plot twists, and several were quite surprising. I am looking forward to book 3!

You should read this if you like: sci-fi series, parallel timelines, lots of characters, complex worlds

You should not read this if you: do not like 700-page books – this series is long!


A Murder in Music City (Michael Bishop) ♠♠♠ and 1/2♠

231You guys, this was a fascinating read! This story is twisted and corrupt. The characters are manipulating opportunists. And the scary part – this really happened! The writing, however, was only so-so, thus the spade deductions. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which I just recently read, was just so well written that it became really apparent that this book had no writing sophistication or finesse. Though, I still recommend it, especially if you ever want to visit Nashville – you’ll look at all these tourist attractions and Nashville staples in a whole new light.

This is a must-read for: Nashvillians, people who love a good conspiracy, true-crime fans

I doubt you’ll love the book if you: need well-rounded writing


Scrappy Little Nobody (Anna Kendrick) ♠♠♠♠

230Most importantly, Anna Kendrick is from Maine – so, naturally, I already love her memoir. Secondly, she is funny af. She reads her own book, which made this audiobook great. She is real and honest. She is animated and loud. She talks about impactful experiences and gives non-sense advice. She gossips. She teaches. She shares.

I think this is definitely a book to listen to, especially if you like Anna Kendrick or loud, petite people. If you’re not into celebrity memoir’s you already know that you won’t like this book. No recommendations needed here. 


The Marriage Pact (Michelle Richmond) ♠♠

232Honestly, I was mostly annoyed while reading this book. The concept is interesting but the execution was at times really infuriating. I didn’t like any of the characters and I didn’t like The Pact – actually, I just didn’t care either way – should there be The Pact, shouldn’t there be? The author didn’t sway me either way. Of course, for real life having a pact like that is utter nonsense imo, but for the book it would’ve been nice to be pushed in either corner. One thing that came across though is the author’s mature writing style. I would read another book by her simply because of her knack for words.

This story is for you if you like: closed-door secrets, wonder at times what your neighbors are up to, would love to be a fly on the wall to spy on people’s private lives

This story is not for you if you: are looking for twists and turns in a story, lots of suspense


Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge (Paul Krueger) ♠♠♠

234I listened to this as an audiobook as well. It was entertaining. I’d say it’s equivalent to a fluff pool-side read. The characters are very YA and the story is like one of those cheesy 80s sitcoms. I do like the idea of cocktails having special powers. That would make happy hour quite unique 😉

You’ll like this story if you: are looking for pure entertainment, like superhero powers, enjoy 20-somethings trying to figure out life

This is not your cup of tea if you: get annoyed by fluff reads, don’t like to read about cocktail recipes


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (JK Rowling) ♠♠♠♠

233I am glad I listened to this book as the sound effects really made it special. I think every HP fan will have already read it or has it on their TBR. I also think this would be fun for younger kids as the fantastic beasts are truly magical and unique.

If you love HP this book is for you. If you have never read HP, I’m not sure under what rock you’ve been living but I’d change that ASAP. 

Dewey’s reverse readathon – SUMMER edition!


Guys, can you believe it? We will have a summer edition of Dewey’s readathon?! Gah, that is so exciting to me! I need it I think. I have a few more books I’d like to finish this month, and what better way than to read for 24 hours during the last weekend of July. You’ll also find me tweeting again, either as @evilbibliotaph or under the official Dewey’s handle. I also plan on writing an official warm-up post. So stay tuned!

I am thinking I will read Crooked Kingdom – book two in the Six of Crows series – plus I read book one during the April readathon, so it’s kinda like kismet! I also have Rainbird and a few children’s ARCs on the docket. I’ll have plenty to keep me occupied. Since it is summer and since this is a trial readathon, I am going to take it easy. I am busy that weekend already, so I am not going to put pressure on me. I also think it would be fun to be more active on social media this time.

On the subject of snacks, I am thinking watermelon and loads of ice cream. Also coffee. Coffee is everything.

Regarding, reading nooks, I will probably read outdoors, unless the humidity is going to be 1000% again, at a coffee shop, and in my favorite reading chair in my home office. Of course, the pets will give me company, particularly during the wee hours.

Will you be participating? What are you planning on reading? Will you have a reading theme? Where will you be reading? What will be your snacks?