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Reading Challenge: September Update

September Book Challenge ListThis month has been a really productive month for me. Things are going well at my new job, my son is doing well in school and I am no longer in a reading slump! I even managed to read one more book than what I read throughout the entire summer! As Fall swoops into Northeast Ohio and my books continue to pile up, I’ll admit, I feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of reading them all. But on the other hand, I look forward to it.

I will be working on coming up with a reading challenge for next year over the next few months and would love some ideas!

For the month of September, I read the following books:

The HeiressesThe Heiresses by Sara Shepard

Challenge: A book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book with a love triangle

Review: I typically try to stay away from other reviews when I’m reading a book. Sometimes, if I’m halfway through, I might scroll through reviews, out of curiosity to see if my opinion is more of the general consensus. In this case, I had to see if there was anything worth reading out of this series. While I’m a fan of the Pretty Little Liars television show,… Read More

The Ghost at Dawn's HouseThe Ghost at Dawn’s House by Ann M. Martin

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood

Review: I realized my previous reviews about the beginning of the series might have been a bit too harsh. Yes, there are some really immature moments and certainly some things that question why these girls believe they are the best baby-sitters, but as I get further into the series, I begin remember exactly why I loved this series so much as a child… Read More

The Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Challenge: A book that became a movie, a book more than 100 years old, a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t, a book with a color in the title

Review: I admit it. When I was given an assignment to read The Scarlet Letter in high school, I chose to watch the movie and read Spark Notes instead. To be fair, historical fictional has never been my cup of tea and when I see thee and thy plastered all over the pages of a book, I tend to go a bit cross-eyed… Read More

PrivatePrivate by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Challenge: A mystery or thriller, a book with a one word title, a book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet,

Review: I’ll admit I was a bit wary about starting another of James Patterson’s series. It’s not because I don’t like any of his others. Heck, I’ve been a fan of the Women’s Murder Club for nearly a decade. But instead, my reservations come in two forms: Patterson’s reoccurring story lines that tend appear in every series and the fact the while most of his series start off well, … Read More

Aurora - EdenAurora: Eden by Amanda Bridgeman

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book based entirely on its cover, a book set in the future, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: This was my first official ARC from Netgalley and I will say, I was not disappointed. I had never before heard of this series. But as I searched, the cover caught my eye and I couldn’t help requesting for it. The futuristic world Amanda Bridgeman has created, is only roughly sixty years in the future and yet, it seems … Read More

The SaintThe Saint by Tiffany Reisz

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet,

Review: Even though it’s been over a year since I’ve read one of Tiffany Reisz’s books, I have to admit, I found The Saint easy to get into. Despite the fact the story highlights things that were briefly revealed during the course of the Red Years, it was really enjoyable to see how Nora and Søren’s relationship began. I especially enjoyed the lead up to their first time making love. Though I knew Søren had spent years prepping Nora for the … Read More

AwakenedHouse of Night: Awakened by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with a one word title, a book set in high school, a book with magic

Review: Surprisingly, my tolerance level for Idiot Zoey and her gaggle of annoying followers didn’t reach its peak in this latest reread. Perhaps it’s because this is the book where my memory of specifics is beginning to wear really thin and it’s almost like I’m reading it for the first time… Read More

The KingThe King by Tiffany Reisz

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet, a book with a love triangle

Review: As I delved into the first chapter of this book, I felt myself cringe as the name Grace appeared on the pages. I know this seems to be a strong reaction to what is a perfectly decent name. But I promise, it is not the name that makes me cringe, but the character, Grace Easton. In fact, I stand firmly in my opinion that this character single-handedly ruined The Mistress and even Søren for me. Add onto that, the fact that Søren betrayed his vows, … Read More

HomecomingThe 100: Homecoming by Kass Morgan

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book with a one word title, a trilogy, a book set in the future, a book turned into a TV show

Review: There’s not really a lot to say about this final book in Kass Morgan’s The Hundred series. As the dropships crash into Earth, they bring a whirl wind of struggle upon the surviving hundred. After weeks of surviving on their own, Wells, and Clarke find themselves at odds with Vice Chancellor Rhodes and his leadership. Determined to establish himself as leader and enforcer … Read More

Blood DarkBlood Dark by Lindsay J. Pryor

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book based entirely on its cover, a book with magic, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: When I saw this book cover being offered on Netgalley, I couldn’t resist requesting it. I had seen it around, either on Amazon or Goodreads and I was curious to see if it was any good… Read More

Saved By The BellSaved By The Bell by Joelle Sellner

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a book based entirely on its cover, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a love triangle, a book set in high school, a graphic novel, a book by an author you’ve never read before, a book based on a TV show

Review: More than twenty years since it last aired, this Saved by the Bell comic breathes new life into one of my favorite shows from childhood. Quirky and cute, the stories have been a bit modernized and yet, they have managed to retain their wholesome charm and appeal. Slater and Jessie still have arguments about the sexes not being treated … Read More

Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Long Way HomeThe Long Way Home by Joss Whedon

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with magic, a graphic novel, a book by an author you’ve never read before, a book based on a TV show

Review: I hadn’t really known what to expect from the comic as I picked up. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I had done some brief research into the comics over the years. But when I say I didn’t know what to expect, I was meaning in regards to the specifics… Read More

The Whisper King coverThe Whisper King by Wil Radcliffe

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book based entirely on its cover, a book with magic, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: This is part of my first official blog tour and will post on October 4th.

Time to DieTime to Die by Caroline Mitchell

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book set in a different country, a book based entirely on its cover, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: As I began this book, I was mildly interested in Bert’s mystical ability to not only see a person’s darkest secrets, but also predict their death. Since the book is in a world with some vague supernatural events, I found his power to be somewhat creepy. But as time went on, I found myself struggling to keep my interest, especially … Read More

The Massive Black PacificThe Massive: Black Pacific by Brian Wood

Challenge: A book based entirely on its cover, a book you can finish in a day, a book set in the future, a book with a color in the title, a graphic novel, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: I found I had mixed feelings as I delved into this comic. On one hand, I was extremely interested in the “Crash”, aka the highly destructive natural disasters that set the world as it was known on a crash course with extinction. I also was intrigued by the crew’s mission to find their sister ship, The Massive, which disappeared suddenly. But by the end of the first volume, it seems like the crew … Read More

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Challenge: A book that became a movie, a book set in a different country, a book that made you cry

Review: I hate that I loved this book. I say that because it’s the truth of how I feel, writing this review at four in the morning. I’m not even sure my most inspired moments of creativity could adequately capture how I feel in this very moment. And with that, I feel as if I should start at the beginning… Read More

No Future For YouNo Future For You by Joss Whedon

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with magic, a graphic novel, a book based on a TV show

Review: You know, as I read The Long Way Home, I was wondering if there were possibly ‘bad’ slayers among the thousands that no existed. Statistically speaking, there were bound to be a few apples. Some not quite as messed up as Faith, some far worse off. Thankfully, Joss Whedon and his co-authors had thought to address this as well, because the majority of this comic is … Read More

Scrapbook of the DeadScrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book based entirely on its cover, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: Even though this is the fifth book in this series, I found it very easy to get into this book and I actually enjoyed the fact the murderer wasn’t as obvious early on. In fact, I spent much of the book trying to figure out the who and why two beautiful, hardworking immigrants would have been murdered in this quaint little mountainside town… Read More

Murder and Other Unnatural DisastersMurder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris

Challenge: A book published this year, a funny book, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book based entirely on its cover, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: As part of my Netgalley requesting sessions of Labor Day weekend, I was intrigued by the cover and title of this book. You never know if you are going to like a book when you pick it out based on its cover. But I can tell you I really enjoyed this particular one. Lida Sideris managed to create a crazy and quite honestly absurd world, that I absolutely fell in love with… Read More

Books read to date (New): 78 of 75

Books read to date (Total): 90 of 75

Challenges completed: 42 of 50

Goosebumps Reread (Total): 2

Fear Street Reread (Total): 3

House of Night Reread (Total): 8

Sweet Valley High Reread (Total): 1

The Baby-sitters Club Reread (Total): 9

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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