Confessions of a Book Addict

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I know that I don’t say this enough, but…

I just reached another milestone in my blog recently and I am so So SO thankful for the awesome followers that I have!! You guys are one of the main reasons why I keep blogging and reviewing and reading and writing!

It is readers like you guys who motivate me to keep advocating for more reading equality and who also inspire me to be honest on my rant posts on my little blog (though they are rare!)

So, thank you so much, everyone, for following, sharing your opinions about posts, and for being such awesome people! Tumblr is my #1 place for book blogging and I never want it to be any other way!

Happy reading!

Let's be honest here, readers:

1:
You will break your book buying ban.

2:
You will cry at the end of at least one book.

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You will want to talk to others about an awesome book you've read.

4:
You will suffer from a book hangover.

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You might watch the movie before reading the book (Oops!).

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You won't always finish a series.

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Not everyone is going to like what you like--but you can always try to argue your point (politely).

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You will bond with strangers over certain books.

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You will read at least one hyped-up book in your reading life.

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You will be extremely disappointed more than once after reading a book.

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But you will connect with at least one book in a way that is beyond other peoples' understanding.

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You will share stories about other readers who just don't get it.

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You will encounter people who criticize what you read.

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You will always find at least one community of readers (Thank you, internet!)

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You will drink a cup of something hot at least once while you're reading.

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Then you will mention it casually in a conversation with other readers.

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Or take a picture of it and put it on the web.

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You will shamelessly fall in love with a book others have judged.

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You will form your own bookish opinions.

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You will try to get almost anyone to read that last book you read because it was just AWESOME.

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You will hope it's raining when you're about to sit down to read, at least once in your reading life.

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You will see bookstores online and vow to visit them one day.

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You will proudly state that you are a reader.

October 19th
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
Age Group: Adult
Genres: Play, Horror, Tragedy
Creep-Factor: 8/10 (This is probably Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Cannibalism, betrayal, bloody fights, revenge—an awesomely dark read for October!)
“Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. The play is by far Shakespeare’s bloodiest work. It lost popularity during the Victorian era because of its gore, and has only recently begun to revive its fortunes.”
Check it out on Goodreads here. 
Happy reading!

October 19th

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

Age Group: Adult

Genres: Play, Horror, Tragedy

Creep-Factor: 8/10 (This is probably Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Cannibalism, betrayal, bloody fights, revenge—an awesomely dark read for October!)

Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. The play is by far Shakespeare’s bloodiest work. It lost popularity during the Victorian era because of its gore, and has only recently begun to revive its fortunes.”

Check it out on Goodreads here

Happy reading!

October 18th 
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Age Group: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Creep-Factor: 7/10 (Murder mysteries are always great fun in October, right?)
“Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.
On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?”
Check it out on Goodreads here. 
Happy reading!

October 18th 

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Age Group: Adult

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Thriller

Creep-Factor: 7/10 (Murder mysteries are always great fun in October, right?)

Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.

The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.

ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?”

Check it out on Goodreads here

Happy reading!

Short Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Age Group: Young Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Rating: 4/5 Stars
The danger associated with going into popular books with high expectations is that we often set said expectations so high that it’s almost impossible for any book to meet them. 
I enjoyed this novel and will probably read the rest of the series, but it wasn’t my favourite book in the world. It was certainly a good high fantasy novel, but it didn’t have me completely hooked. There were some instances at the beginning that were fantastic—<spoiler>mainly that first attack when Alina went to cross The Unsea with the first army. THAT was terrifying and awesome.</spoiler>
There were moments where I was actually a little bit bored, waiting for things to happen, but at least now I know what people meant when they were talking about The Darkling! Alina herself wasn’t a bad protagonist, but I feel like she was just as much in awe of her abilities as the reader, so she was fumbling a bit for control in her new world. I feel like she will be a fantastic character in the last two books of this trilogy. In this installment, however, you can definitely see her transformation from naive girl to powerful fighter, and that makes for a love/hate relationship with her character.
I definitely recommend this series for fantasy lovers—but beware of reading reviews and getting too psyched over the hype: if you go in with no expectations, then you will enjoy the book more!
Happy reading!

Short Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Age Group: Young Adult

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The danger associated with going into popular books with high expectations is that we often set said expectations so high that it’s almost impossible for any book to meet them. 

I enjoyed this novel and will probably read the rest of the series, but it wasn’t my favourite book in the world. It was certainly a good high fantasy novel, but it didn’t have me completely hooked. There were some instances at the beginning that were fantastic—<spoiler>mainly that first attack when Alina went to cross The Unsea with the first army. THAT was terrifying and awesome.</spoiler>

There were moments where I was actually a little bit bored, waiting for things to happen, but at least now I know what people meant when they were talking about The Darkling! Alina herself wasn’t a bad protagonist, but I feel like she was just as much in awe of her abilities as the reader, so she was fumbling a bit for control in her new world. I feel like she will be a fantastic character in the last two books of this trilogy. In this installment, however, you can definitely see her transformation from naive girl to powerful fighter, and that makes for a love/hate relationship with her character.

I definitely recommend this series for fantasy lovers—but beware of reading reviews and getting too psyched over the hype: if you go in with no expectations, then you will enjoy the book more!

Happy reading!

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