A sort of spooky, sort of TBR

Now you know me, i dont ‘do’ TBR’s coz i’m a mood reader and my mood changes 10 times a day!

But right now that fluid mood is wanting me to read a mix of these books

Three graphic novels;

Bloodlust & Bonnets which is so funny. Its one of those sparsely drawn graphic novels with few words but you get the meaning well enough

Harley Quinn is beautifully drawn and full of action

Giant Days I havent read much of yet, i got this on my iPad with a free trial of Kindle Unlimited.

Annihilation is so good so far, really tense and creepy

The future of another timeline is such an original concept which im enjoying even though its a little heavy going in parts

The Many is a small novella but with a menacing, creepy vibe too which i got from Amazon for just £1.99! Amazing value!

Most of these are so perfect for Halloween too on Thursday!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these

Happy Halloween and Happy All Hallows day too

Markus Zusak is a good egg

I bought The Book Thief fairly recently after hearing so many people rave about it. I get the feeling though that its a ‘marmite’ book. You either love it or you hate it. I hope I am one of the former.

I adore this cover version of The Book Thief with the plain black background, cream lettering and the gorgeous gold stars dotted here and there. Im guessing they must have changed it to match his latest novel Bridge of Clay.

I was very lucky to be sent a copy of The Bridge of Clay from the publishers Penguin Random House earlier in the year in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll be very honest and admit that I havent actually read it yet though! Disgraceful I hear you cry and youre right. This will be remedied very soon.

I was watching Markus Zusak on You Tube last night being interviewed about both books and doing a TED talk about failure. It was so entertaining, he is a great raconteur.

I’ll be updating my reading of these over on Goodreads. If you fancy following me there I am: Gill Edwards

Have you read either of these?

Monster High Rules!

I got my gorgeous Monster High dolls out today as its coming up to Halloween. I bought these at a bootfair for £1 each.

from left to right we have:

Zombie Shake Rochelle Goyle

Ghoul’s Alive! Frankie Stein

Spectra Vondergeist

I absoloutely love these dolls. I love their poseability (is that a word?)

I love their beautiful faces, their outfits and their delicate bendy limbs.

Oh and I havent forgotten Super Girl, she is friends with them and makes sure they dont get into trouble on the night.

The Dry by Jane Harper

I’ve read all three of her books now and loved them but I think this just edges it as my favourite.

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.

Book Review Huh?

Okay then please answer the following questions:

Book Title:

The Dry

Author:

Jane Harper

What did you like about it?

Its so readable. Once you get into the skin of the characters you are hooked. Its so authentically written and its set in the outback of Australia where the temperature is really, really hot. I was reading this during the summer months and sweated even more as she described it all so clearly.

The story has many twists n turns and i lost count of how many times i tried to guess the ending but without any success.

Anything to dislike?

It is a very slow beginning as indeed are all of Jane Harpers books but stick with it because once it fires up the engine just doesn’t cool down.

Favourite characters?

Aaron Falk is so lovely he is the main character in the first two books and i really missed him not being in the third book at all (gasps) He is shown as being flawed, we’re not given a perfect human being but he has such lovely qualities its hard not to like him regardless.

Annoying characters?

Quite a few but I cant say without giving too much away. However i guess we have to have the bad ones to make the good ones stand out more.

Did you learn anything?

I learnt never to go to this part of Australia as I cannot tolerate heat in my own country and would probably be dead in a week.

I also learnt that i will never make a detective coz i am rubbish at picking up clues and solving mysteries.

Memorable moments?

The ending is wonderful and i never saw it coming and all through the book there is a (for me anyway) kind of red herring which never arrived but just waiting for it was so gripping.

All the feels or lacking emotion?

Not a lot of feels because its not that kind of book but like I said, Aaron Falk is so great and I felt for him on more than one occasion. Otherwise the rest of the characters are a bit on the non emotional side.

Would you recommend this to someone?

Yes absolutely i would, in fact i recommended all three of Jane Harpers books to my sister in law who bought and read them in three weeks flat.

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

I bought this after seeing it all over Twitter and boy! am i glad i did

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world (not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is). They say goodbye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September.
But this Halloween is different – Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last goodbye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: what if instead of moping, they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?

Book Review Huh?

Okay then please answer the following questions

Book Title:

Pumpkin Heads

Author:

Rainbow Rowell (words) & Faith Erin Hicks (drawing)

What did you like about it?

Oh where do i begin. It is the most beautifully told, romantic, funny, sweet, heart warming story which, on its own would be amazing but added to this is the fact that its a graphic novel with some of the prettiest artwork i’ve ever seen and you have a real winner!

The colours are perfect for this autumnal story and the characters are well rounded and entertaining.

Anything to dislike?

No, seriously nothing!

Favourite characters?

Deja & Josiah are both lovely but Deja is my favourite because i love her sassiness, sense of humour and all round outlook on life. In fact I want to be Deja, her confidence and guts really inspires me to be me!

Annoying characters?

There’s not enough other characters for anybody to be annoying really

Did you learn anything?

I learnt heaps. I learnt that there is such a thing as a Pumpkin Patch! I learnt that they sell something called Succotash (corn, lima beans and other stuff) YUK!

I knew American’s loved Halloween but I never knew there was something like this you could attend, and this is what books do best, teach us things in an entertaining way.

All the feels or lacking emotion?

Oh goodness the feels in this book come by the bucketload. The whole book is set over the course of one night and by the end I too was deeply in love with Halloween and wished i could visit a Pumpkin Patch too for a caramel apple – YUM!

Its not a full blown flowery story and the love aspect is not obviously done either its just like giving your heart a big hug!

Would you recommend this to someone?

You bet I would. Young and old alike would love this story.

New to me – Eva Ibbotson

I say new to me because from what ive read on Twitter and heard on You Tube, Eva Ibbotson has been on everyones radar for years. Until a few months back though i’d never heard of her.

I’m changing all that though and giving two of her well known books a try.

Gorgeous cover alert!

A Song for Summer and The Morning Gift are the two i’ve chosen. These covers are so wonderful. Theyre funky and modern and also vintage looking but much better than some others I’ve seen. (adds images below)

These covers are pretty in their way but wow they make the books look so babyish!

I’ve begun reading The Morning Gift and im liking it so far.