There’s only two months left for 2018. Eight weeks. I’m not going to be able to read everything I hoped to read this year. But that’s okay, because it’s still my most-read year since Grade six. Fourteen books left to reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 75 books. Seven books per month – totally doable 🙂
There’s a few readathons happening this month, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take part in all of them. I’ll include them here in case you’re interested 😉
Check out the hashtags on Twitter 🐦
Friday, November 2, 2018 7pm GMT (3pm EST)
My kids love to get cozy with snacks, turn off the tv, and read for three hours. They’ll be excited to have cozy reading time after school. I’m hoping one of the books I have on hold for #Lalathon will come in today at the library so I can read it today.
November 1st-November 9th
My favourite Booktuber is hosting a readathon featuring her favourite books as a way to celebrate reaching 50,000 subscribers on Youtube. I’m currently listening to The Grownup by Gillian Flynn as my first read for #Lalathon. I have a few of Lala’s favourite books on hold at the library, so my next read will be the next one that comes in.
Narrated By: Julia Whelan
Length: 1 hr 17 mins
Published November 3, 2015 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
“A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.”
November 18 – 25
Check out Problems of a Booknerd’s YT video #FallIntoFantasy Readathon Announcement
I doubt I’ll be able to complete all the challenges, but I will start a new series and read a book that’s been on my TBR for a long time.
Title: City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Date Released: August 28, 2018
Narrated by: Reba Buhr
Length: 5hrs 2mins
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal (ghosts)
Synopsis: “From number-one New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab comes a sweeping, spooky, evocative adventure, perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead…and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.
So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger…”
Title: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)
Author: Philip Pullman
Date Published: May 2001
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: Paperback 399
Librarian’s Note: Alternate cover for ISBN 9780440418320
Synopsis: “Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.”
The rest of my November TBR!
Title: Charlotte’s Web
Author: E. B. White
Audiobook: narrated by E. B. White
Genre: Classic, Children’s, Fantasy
Length: 3 hrs 34 mins
Synopsis: “Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte’s Web has become one of America’s best-loved children’s books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. Now this classic, a 1953 Newbery Honor book, comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.”
Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author: Matthew Sullivan
Date Published: June 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page Count: 328 (Hardcover) Also listening to the audiobook: narrated by Madeleine Maby
Synopsis: “When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.
But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.”
Title: The Rain Watcher
Author: Tatiana De Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date Published: October 30, 2018
Genre: Cultural Historical Fiction (France)
Page Count: ebook ARC 272
Synopsis: “The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.”
“The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.
In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.”
Title: The Girl They Left Behind
Author: Roxanne Veletzos
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, World War II
Page Count: ebook ARC 368
Synopsis: “On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.
Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.
When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.”
Title: The Glovemaker’s Daughter
Author: Leah Fleming
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Date Published: November 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, 17th Century
Page Count: 432 Ebook ARC
Synopsis: “1666. A child is born in the farmhouse at Windebank, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Named Rejoice (Joy) by her dying father, Joy grows up a witness to the persecution of the farming community for following a banned faith. Defying the authority of the local priest, she joins a group of Yorkshire pioneers traveling to the New World to form a colony close to Philadelphia – a passionate, rebellious and courageous woman fighting against the constraints of the time. Will she find peace and love?
2014. A leather-bound book is found buried in the walls of the Meeting House in Good Hope, Pennsylvania. Its details trace the owner back to a Yorkshire farm in the Dales. And so a correspondence begins between Rachel Moorside and the man who found the journal, Sam Storer, as Rachel uncovers the tumultuous secrets of her family’s history.”