September and October Wrap Up

Oh my goodness, I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to post anything, let alone read any other blogs.  I have been absolutely smashed with work the last two months.  So I have been trying to get to this, and still haven’t.  It’s already half way through November.  Ahhhhhh… come on Des, get your head in the game.  Let’s see what I read…

September Reads

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Pages:  1463 
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Classic
Format:  Audiobook and Book

Wow, this one took a long time to read.  I am glad I did read it.  Les Miserables is a great book, very detailed and well written.  The only problem I have with it is the obvious, the length.  At the same time, I loved the length because I got so much more out of it than the movies and musicals.  Also, just for you all to know, I am obsessed with the musical, but am not fussed on the newer movie.  I have seen the musical on stage twice, and when the newer movie came out, I sang the whole movie without having seen it.  I went with a friend and she commented that there was an annoying person singing the whole time.  She laughed when I told her it was me.  A great book.

Angels and Demons, Robert Langdon #1 by Dan Brown



Pages:  736
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery
Format:  Audiobook and Book

This is surprising.  I know that this book is controversial because it is wrong in many ways for its details, but I loved the story.  I loved this story because it was just so gripping from the start.  To be honest, I could not put this down.  I started reading this as a book.  Then I got so impatient that I got the audiobook just so I could keep listening to it.  I just couldn’t stop reading.  I just loved the character dynamics and the little sneak peak into the life of the Vatican.  If you overlook all the inaccuracies, it is a great thriller and worth a read.  Now onto the Da Vinci Code…

Skulduggery Pleasant, Skulduggery Pleasant #1 by Derek Landy


Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (1)

Pages:  392
Genre:  Fantasy, Mystery
Format:  Audiobook and Book

I have been eyeing this book off for ages just have never picked it up.  This is one of my husband’s favourite books and he told me I had to read it, so naturally I did.  To my surprise I really liked this book.  I think it would have been better when I was younger but I still enjoyed it.  My only problem with the book is, I wanted more of Skulduggery Pleasant than the other characters.  In conclusion I really enjoyed it and thought it quite witty.  

Pygmalion by George Benard Shaw


Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (1)

Pages:  82
Genre:  Play, Drama, Classic
Format:  Book and then listen to the audiobook because it is a play

I pulled this one out of my TBR box for a readathon and I was surprised.  I got this book at a fete and thought, Penguin classic, let’s add it to the collection.  So I finally read it, to my surprise it was a play.  A play that took me quite a while to get into but after reading the beginning twice I finally got into it.  I enjoyed the commentary on life, and the characters and how flawed they were.  An enjoyable little read.  

The Purpose Driven Life:  What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren


What on Earth Am I Here For by Rick Warren

Pages:  361
Genre:  Christian, Non-Fiction, Religion, Self-Help
Format:  Audiobook and Book

I have started this and started this over and over again.  Planning to actually do this book as a devotional, even though I suck at devotionals.  So after trying and trying I thought screw it.  I read one day and read the next a month later and the next day a week later etc.  It was not working, so I got the audiobook and listened to it all in one chunk.  Not what I intended, but it just got to the point where I didn’t want to continue, and I had some church friends telling me I should.  So I did.  To be honest, I don’t remember much, but I did enjoy some of the teachings.  I just prefer fiction…

The Silent Songbird, Hagenheim #7 by Melanie Dickerson


The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Pages:  278
Genre:  Christian, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Re-Telling
Format:  Book

I have had this book on my bookshelf since it came out back in 2016, I think.  I lent all the other books to a friend, and then she was getting too close to this one.  So, naturally I picked it up and sped read it before I lent it out.  It has been a long time since I read the previous books, and I can’t remember how it is connected.  I loved this book.  It did not disappoint, a quick, easy read that is a bit fluffy.  I love this series and there are two more to go.  My plan is to finish it shortly.  Also, I forgot to mention this is a loose re-telling of the Little Mermaid.  

Legend, Legend #1 by Marie Lu



Pages:  305
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Format:  Audiobook and Book

I was very surprised by this book.  I thought it was going to be one of those books that I was Meh about and move on.  Instead I loved it, not enough for 5 stars but close.  My favourite aspect of the whole book is definitely the multi perspectives and the character development.  Also I read this all in about a day, so I devoured this book, and can’t wait to pick up the next one.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender


Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Pages:  296
Genre:  Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Format:  Audiobook and Book

I am so disappointed with this book.  There are no words to describe how angry I get when I think about this.  I love Marie Antoinette so much, I even did my high school history major work on her.  I was hoping for a fun book about a creepy version of Marie Antoinette.  To my surprise it is in modern day, and Marie Antoinette is a ghost.  This teaches me for not reading the synopsis and picking it up because of the title of the book.  I am just not ok, I just wanted a blood thirsty Marie Antoinette that killed heaps of people in France 1700s.  Still it wasn’t bad enough to justify 1 star.  Not happy…

A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 by Sarah J Maas


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Pages:  419
Genre:  Fantasy, Romance
Format:  Book

Oh my goodness, Tamlin… swoon… I loved this book.  To be honest I love most books about the Fae.  I just loved how dark, steamy and action packed this book was.  It was a roller coaster reading this book.  One minute we are with Feyre and she is providing and protecting her family.  Next thing you know she must pay a price and is taken hostage for life.  Next thing you know… ahhhhhh I can’t say it, it will spoil this book.  I loved it so much.  Also unlike the Throne of Glass books, the amount of sex in this book was kinda expected from the get go.  Just wait until you hear my rants about the Throne of Glass Books and sex, even though I still rated them 5 stars.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1 by Ransom Riggs


Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Pages:  352
Genre:  Paranormal, fantasy, mystery
Format:  Book

I liked this book, what made me love it was the mixed media within the book.  I really appreciated the pictures provided.  I just loved the simpleness of this book.  Also the characters were super interesting and the plot was engaging.  My favourite part is the commentary on life in a small town.  How a small town, knows everyone, knows everyone’s problems and is super sceptical of strangers.  I am looking forward to continue this series.

Vampire Academy, Vampire Academy #1 by Richelle Mead


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Pages:  332
Genre:  Paranormal, Romance
Format:  Book

Surprisingly I liked this novel.  I know there are a million problems with it, like the obvious age gap romance.  Let’s be honest, I actually loved the trashiness of this book.  Not even for the plot, the characters, or anything important.  I just enjoyed it.  I can’t even explain it.  I want to continue, just for the problematic romance and that is all.  

Anne of Avonlea, Anne of Green Gables #2 by L.M. Montgomery


Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Pages:  304
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Children, Classic
Format:  Book

I am obsessed with this series.  It is a million times better than the movies, tv shows etc.  But I do really love those things as well.  I am so glad that I have started this series.  It is amazing.  I love Anne, she is the sassiest, honourable and funny character ever.  She is one of the most realistic characters I have ever come across and I think that is why I love this book so much.  I am just obsessed.  Also how empowering is the fact that Anne is a school teacher in this time.  I love how you actually see the struggles of a teacher.  I love it so much…

Anne of the Island, Anne of Green Gables #3 by L.M. Montgomery


Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Pages:  272
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Childrens, Classic
Format:  Book

Ok time for gushing to continue.  I love, love, love this book.  Exactly what I said above and more.  I love watching Anne go through adulthood and trying to decide the person she is going to come.  Also can we take a moment to mention how cute the story of the girls in the little cottage is.  They are so cute, going through life together, getting to know each other and just the little trials they go through.  It’s so cute… Also, Gilbert….

The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You Will Ever Need by Scott Pape


The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

Pages:  248
Genre:  Non-Fiction, Finance, Self-Help
Format:  Audiobook and Book

I bought a house a year ago and my mortgage broker mentioned that I should read this book and it might help with finances.  To my surprise I really like this book.  Easy to read, easy to understand and use.  To be honest, I don’t think I will really take on some of this, just because the problems of bank accounts and having my husband take a day off to even sort accounts.  If you have the time to delve deep and put these in practice, I suggest you should.  

11th Hour, Women’s Murder Club #11 by James Patterson



Pages:  416
Genre:  Mystery, Crime
Format:  Audiobook

Ok, I have read 11 books in this series so far.  I have come too far to stop now.  I really liked the start of the series.  I am now just reading to finish the series (there is now 19 books published…. ahhhhh).  I really like the stories, just I think they are just pumped out for the sake of pumping out more books if you know what I mean.  This one, I didn’t mind.  I actually preferred the overall story arc in the series in this one, rather than the actual crime story of this book.  So I enjoyed it I guess.


October Reads

Throne of Glass, Throne of Glass #1 by Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.jpg

Pages:  406
Genre:  Fantasy and Romance (Romance because that’s my opinion on it)
Format: Book and Audiobook

Crown of Midnight, Throne of Glass #2 by Sarah J. Maas


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Pages:  418
Genre:  Fantasy and Romance
Format:  Book and Audiobook

Heir of Fire, Throne of Glass #3 by Sarah J. Maas


Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Pages:  565
Genre:  Fantasy and Romance
Format:  Book and Audiobook

Queen of Shadows, Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Pages:  648
Genre:  Fantasy and Romance
Format:  Book and Audiobook

Ok so because this is a series, I think I will be just generally talking about it.  I really need to do a proper review, because I am about to finish the last book.  Also because I got into a yelling match with my friend about problematic parts.  To be honest I still love this series so much making it 5 stars.  There are just some aggravating unnecessary parts to the story I am angry about… like the loads of sex that doesn’t develop the plot at all.  Come on… I just want to hint at it and move on.  

Just hear me out for a sec, does every bloody character need to be paired off with another character in a sexual relationship.  Then when the relationship breaks down, what other character can the author now pair them with.  To be honest the romantic plot lines in this books is seriously a hot mess high school drama.  Mind you, there are three pairings I love… hints… Rowan… Yrene… Sorscha… Moving on…

Ok, I have a weakness for assassin books.  So naturally I love this book.  So let’s be honest, I loved the first book so much.  It established everything perfectly and it could have stayed as just that book and I would have been happy.  But I continued with the series as always.  So this is why I can’t talk about the individual books, after the first book they all combine into one for me.  An amazing story, but I just found so many lost threads, but if you kept going, everything then makes sense as you go.  So I couldn’t even tell you the individual story of each book, but I can tell you the whole storyline.  

So at the end, I loved it.


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Now a few statistics:

Total Books:  19
Total Pages:  8,293
Smallest Book:  Pygmalion
Longest Book:  Les Miserables
Goodreads Highest Rating:  Queen of Shadows 4.57 stars
Goodreads Lowest Rating:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer 3.76 stars
Total Books Read So Far:  47
New 5 Star Ratings:  8
Average Rating:  4.42 stars
Blog Posts: 3

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Continue Reading

  • Overcoming Anxiety and Depression:  Practical Tools to Help You Deal With Negative Emotions by Bob Phillips  23% complete
  • Warrior Princess, Warrior Princess #1 by Allan Frewin Jones  DNF’d (just because I kept forgetting what was happening)
  • Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels 17%
  • Illuminae, Illuminae Files #1 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  11%
  • The Road Back to You:  An Enneagram Journey to Self Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron 69% (have already finished it, just re-reading now)
  • Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult 7%
  • Empire of Storms, Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas (At this point in time, I have finished this, Tower of Dawn and now starting Kingdom of Ash…)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker 

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September and October Haul

I think I am getting rid of this.  I can’t be bothered to remember this every month.

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So like I said, work has been absolutely been crazy.  I have recently changed roles and the way to do that was to do the two roles while I taught someone else my old role.  So in doing this, I was doing 12+ hour days voluntarily unpaid to get the work done.  So I got super run down and stressed.  So the majority of the books read in September was before this time.  Then it went down hill from Anne of Green Gables down.  Audiobooks helped big time in this time.

Also in this time I participated in the  TBR Jar Readathon.  This was my first readathon ever and because I was so swamped I never got to post anything about it.  Oh well, I really enjoyed it.  Actually reading a lot of books on my TBR.  I finally got a whole bunch of them down.  Mind you, I still haven’t finished one of the ones that I picked.  

This month, November, things have quietened down and I am now doing the Triwizard Tournament Readathon.  So excited.  Week one has just finished as I post this.

What are some of your favourite readathons to participate in, I want to look out for more?

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