#ARCtober week 2 ending update and week 3 promises

Alas! Another week has left us. Before we know it, October will be over and Christmas music will be upon us all. I don’t want that. I can only handle about half a day of Christmas music before I lose my mind.

Anyway! I have been naughty and didn’t read what I said I was going. I was kind of in a book hangover after the Wife Between Us, which was incredible! Seriously, one of the best thrillers I’ve read. I haven’t read a lot of thrillers but it’s whatever.

We all know what books I’m going to read, from what I posted last week. But I got a new addition from Entangled Teen, which I’m excited about! I can’t wait to read it. I love a good contemporary.


ARCs read and reviewed

the murders of molly s   the wife between us

Entangled Teen Approval

saving it


I will read my ARCs that I said I would. Someone hold me to that! I hope everybody else has been successful with #ARCtober so far. I have a 77% on my Netgalley, which I think is pretty damn good. I’ve been liking all the books that I have read so far.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a good #ARCtober week!

 

xxlacy

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down the tbr hole #2

In light of not having a review because I have book hangover from The Wife Between Us, here is another down the tbr hole.

I’m having way too much fun doing this. So I’m going to keep the fun rolling and continue to do this until y’all get sick of this. #sorrynotsorry

I was also thinking of doing a tag that consists of those books I kept in my tbr and doing like a mini review post. Maybe featuring like three books that I read from my tbr. Would that be something you guys would like to see? I’ll plot it out further.

I also want to apologize right now. Most of these books are historical fiction, which is probably going to result with me keeping most of them because I’m like that.


how it works:

  • go to your goodreads to be read shelf.
  • put the order on ascending date added. (it’s at the bottom with a scroll bar)
  • take the first 5 or 10 books, depending on how much you want to do.
  • read the synopsis of the book. (obviously)
  • make the ultimate decision: does it stay or go?
  • keep track of where you left off so you can finish it next week or however many times you want to do this.

the next 5 books:

the kingmakers daughter

This book is part of the Tudor/Plantagenet series that I mentioned in my last post. This will most like be kept because for one, I need to finish that series. And two, that cover is absolutely stunning.

Decision: Keep


the children of king henry

At first, I was going to keep this no questions asked. But then I read the synopsis and saw what year it was published and I wavered. I really do want to read this but I think there is a newer book about King Henry’s children that I would like to read more.

Decision: Remove


the life of elizabeth

This is another older Alison Weir book. I added this one because I had just finished a book about Queen Elizabeth from Philippa Gregory and I was fascinated with her and wanted to learn more about her. However, this is another old one, like I mentioned and I have more current historical fiction that I would like to read.

Decision: Remove


midnight in the garden

I added this one for my mom. I only skimmed the synopsis when I had first added it and thought it was about the different haunted placed in Savannah. I have actually been to Savannah and did the haunted walk tour (hated it, but that’s because I’m terrified of ghosts). However, I don’t really have any intention of reading it and I think it’s time to let it go.

Decision: Remove


dream dark

This is a short story abou Link from the Beautiful Creatures series. I absolutely adored that series and Link was such a fun character. He was a great friend to Ethan and I enjoyed his banter with Ridley. This is a keeper, no question about it.

Decision: Keep


Well that is the next five books in my tbr pile. Don’t worry, friends. There is plenty more where that came from. And by plenty I mean about 455 more books. There might be a couple of times where I do 10 books instead of five so you are not completely overburdened with all these posts. I got to post reviews too!

 

xxlacy

down the tbr hole #1

I’ve been seeing this float around for awhile now and it has me intrigued. I would love to be able to sort out my TBR and get it down to a reasonable amount. Right now, it’s currently at 465, which I think is quite a bit. I always feel so overwhelmed looking at my TBR and trying to find something to read. I want to get things under control. And that’s exactly what this tag will do!

Props, as always, goes to the original creator. I’m not sure sure who it is but if someone would let me know so I can tag them and give them the credit they deserve.


how it works:

  • go to your goodreads to be read shelf.
  • put the order on ascending date added. (it’s at the bottom with a scroll bar)
  • take the first 5 or 10 books, depending on how much you want to do.
  • read the synopsis of the book. (obviously)
  • make the ultimate decision: does it stay or go?
  • keep track of where you left off so you can finish it next week or however many times you want to do this.

the first 5 books:

wwz This is the first book I ever added to my TBR. It was added January 11, 2016. It has survived several purges, surprisingly. But I think it might be time to let it go. I added it when I was in a zombie phase and I think, for now I have outgrown that phase. Perhaps it will be re added again.

Decision: Remove


carrie

So I actually think I own this. I might have bought it on my thrift store shopping sprees. I originally added it because my boyfriend loves Stephen King and I’ve seen all the Carrie movies with the Chloe Grace Moretz one being my favorite. I think I will keep it because this seems like a good segue into starting Stephen King.

Decision: Keep


the lost tudor princess

I went on a I’m going to add every since Alison Weir book to my TBR phase. I really did think I added every since book of hers (we’ll find out when I do more of these). Sad thing is, I don’t remember who Lady Margaret Douglas is. So I think for now, I will remove this book. There are other historical fiction books that I want to get to first.

Decision: Remove


the queens fool

This is a book I added after I found out that Philippa Gregory had a whole Tudor/Plantagenet series. I had been reading the series completely out of order and I wanted to make sure that I had every book of this series read. This is going to stay because it’s part of that series.

Decision: Keep


the lady of the rivers

This is the beginning of the series that I mentioned in the book above. There has been many mentions of this Lady of the Rivers in the books following this series but because I read it out of order, I really didn’t know what they were talking about. This definitely needs to be a keep because it’s one step closer to me finishing this series.

Decision: Keep


Well that concludes this first segment of Down the TBR hole. I removed two and kept three, which I think was a fair trade. This was a really good idea and I’m going to keep up with it for a while. At least until my TBR is down to a reasonable amount again. That means I won’t be adding anymore books on the shelf for a long time. Fingers crossed I can actually do it!

 

xxlacy

#ARCtober week 1 ending update

Well, today marks the ending of Week 1 for #ARCtober. How has everyone’s reading being going so far? I have read all ARCs with the exception of one and honestly, it was One Dark Throne so you know I was going to have to read that ASAP. Signed edition, maaaan!

Anyway, here is my update on what I read so far with links to the reviews. Next post, which I will post right after this one, will be Week 2 and what you can expect from me during that week.


Currently Reading

the wife between us


Week 1 Read Books

beautiful animals    approximately yours    just one of the boys


Well that is it! It doesn’t seem like much but I feel accomplished! Next week should be pretty productive for me as well! This has been a very fun event so far and it’s been awesome to see people participating!

If you would still like to join in on the #ARCtober fun, feel free too! I know schedules can get pretty busy. You are more than welcome to join whenever you want! Even on the last week. This is a laid back, stress free event.

 

xxlacy

sunshine blogger award

I haven’t done a tag in forever. I’ve been receiving a lot of ARCs and that has taken up a lot of my time and energy. So I decided to do a little fun tag/award that I was nominated for by Elise. Which, if you haven’t, you guys got to check out her blog. She is also so honest. I always look to her reviews when I read LGBTQIA+ books to make sure they aren’t harmful to the community.

Now without further ado, here is the sunshine blogger award!


rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog(s)
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person(s) who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 questions for them
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post (I…uh…don’t have the logo. Just picture the sun. No one will notice!)

questions:

a book you love from a genre you don’t read?

my sister's grav

I didn’t actually expect to like this book. I found it on Kindle Unlimited and thought sure why not? It has such a beautiful cover and I thought it was going to be more creepy than mystery. But I’m glad it was a mystery instead.


favorite netflix original series?

orange is the new black

So when I read this question I thought it just said netflix series so I was going to put Supernatural because I’m obsessed. Then I saw that it said Netflix original. I thought okay, that’ll be easy. I watch a lot of Netflix. Fun fact of the day: the shows I watch are not Netflix original shows. This is literally the only one out of the huge list I found that I watch. Sad, I know.


most anticipated debuts?

see what i have done

I know this says debuts but I think I will pick just one since there are 11 questions. I didn’t know this was a debut book, I was just generally excited to see a book about Lizzie Borden. I found that case to be really fascinating. I have read mixed reviews on it, so I’m hesitant but I still can’t wait to read this for myself.


a few series you’re not sure about continuing?

caraval    beautiful disaster    crowns games

I picked these three because they were the most disappointing to me. I couldn’t stand Tella in Caraval and the second book is about her, so we will see if I go through with reading the second book. Abby was a manipulative b word in Beautiful Disaster and treated Jamie really poorly. The second book is his side of the story so I might read it. The Crown’s Game premise was really cool but just fell flat plus it had a really weird love triangle that I didn’t think need to be in there.


best format for book-to-screen adaptations?

the perks of being a wallflower book   the perks of being a wallflower movie

I watched the movie first before I read the book. I was instantly in love and when I found out that it was a book, I was ecstatic. I then promptly read the book and fell even more in love with both book and movie. I will forever state that everybody needs to read the book and watch the movie. Charlie is a precious human and needs to be protected at all cost.

note: while editing this, I realized the question said best format for book to screen adaptations. this is what I get for not reading clearly. I already put in a lot of work for this question so the short answer is movies because I have only ever seen one play of a short story that we didn’t even finish in school so I’m not counting it. 


character you like that everyone hates?

gale from the hunger games

I may be wrong here but I think there is a general consensus that Gale isn’t well liked in The Hunger Games trilogy. I think because of the way he acted toward Katniss when she had to pretend to love Peeta. True, he did act like a child but I still think he was a really good thing in Katniss’ life. He taught her how to be an actual human instead of an ice queen. And I can appreciate that.


villain that deserves redemption?

the darkling

I didn’t really get a chance to know the Darkling in the Grisha universe because I spent too much time being irritated with Alina and Mal. I think he really wasn’t the villain and having a redemption story would be awesome to see.


fave noncanon ship?

draminione

You can’t tell me that this coupling of Draco and Hermione has never crossed your mind! Really? Am I the only one who shipped them together? They were perfect for each other in every way. Hermione could soothe Draco’s rough edges and teach Draco that blood status isn’t everything. In turn, Draco could teach Hermione to be proud of who she was and how to not let people get to her.


favorite snack?

Honestly, any sort of candy and a Monster energy drink. Unhealthy? Yes. They are called snacks for a reason, people!


underrated fave booktuber?

Uh oh. Honesty time. I don’t watch booktubers. It was one of the things I could never really get into. When I go on Youtube, I use it to watch gamers like TheRadBrad and Markiplier and the Game Grumps.


delightfully evil villain?

voldemort

This one I kind of struggled with this one. Lately a lot of the books that I’ve been reading don’t have any villains or they are morally grey, which really doesn’t make them a villain. So I decided to go with the ole standby of Voldemort. He’s a villain that really is just pure evil.


my questions:

  1. that one series you hate to love?
  2. do you read fanfiction?
  3. what is one character you think would be cool to have in another book that isn’t their own?
  4. what is one book you are proud to like even though it’s bashed on?
  5. favorite youtuber that isn’t a booktuber?
  6. what’s one genre you didn’t think you would like that you ended up liking?
  7. what is something else, besides reading, that you like to do?
  8. you only get to take one book with you on a trip, what is it?
  9. what do you collect? besides books of course.
  10. do you use bookmarks on your books?
  11. ebook or physical?

tag:

Oh no. I now have to tag 11 people. And since this is an award, I can’t cop out and just say everybody do this if you want. The struggle is real. So I apologize for those that have already been tagged in this or don’t want to do it. Honestly, no hard feelings if you want don’t.

  1. Susy at Susy’s Cozy World
  2. Jenn at Bound to Writing
  3. May at Forever and Everly
  4. Rimpy at Rimpy’s Reads
  5. Chelsea at A Very Bookish Girl
  6. May at My First Chapter
  7. Lauren at Wonderless Reviews
  8. Lola at Hit or Miss Books
  9. Emma at Emma Reads
  10. Raven and Beez at Raven & Beez
  11. Warhawke at Warhawke’s Vault Book Blog

Well, I do hope you enjoyed this tag and getting to know me a little bit better. These tags are always so much fun to do!

 

xxlacy

#ARCtober: week 1

It is officially October so that means it’s time for #ARCtober! I hope everyone is as excited as I am. This is my first ever blog event that I’m hosting so I hope that everyone can participate and help make this a success for me. And I hope this give you all a chance to get some of your TBR ARCs cleared off from your shelves.

Also, I am quite sorry that I posted this late. I am recovering from getting my teeth pulled. I didn’t realize just how much it would take out of me. But thank you to all those that have already started posting and reading!

Next week, I will focus more on the read now section of Netgalley. I wanted to get these books out of the way because I’ve been meaning to read them for quite a while now!


Physical ARCs

beautiful animals   girls made of snow and glass  the wife between us

 

E-ARCs

approximately yours  just one of the boys  the murders of molly s  the landscape of anne of green gables


 

 

xxlacy

#ARCtober: the beginning

My title sounds really ominus, doesn’t it? Sounds like it a horror movie. I can’t help it. I’m in the horror feels. The Evil Within 2 comes out in October and I’m seriously so excited for it. Plus I’m sure Overwatch will do a Halloween themed event and I’m praying to the Overwatch lords that Zenyatta finally gets something worthwhile.

Enough about gaming, though. This is the official rule/guideline post about #ARCtober. By no means, is this concrete. I will not shout at you if you don’t follow them. Merely, think of them as guidelines. I, for one, always need guidelines for anything and everything. And I know that other people would benefit from having a guideline post. Feel free to ask me any questions via Twitter or in the comments section. I check my Twitter all the time and I check the comments on here every night I’m at work.


Guidelines

  • This is all about ARCs but don’t feel limited to reading just them. Feel free to read any other books that aren’t ARCs during this month.
  • You can use any ARC site you wish. I will use Netgalley because that is what I’m most comfortable with and they have this really nifty read now feature.
  • Weekly updates are recommended but not required. Update whenever you feel like it. Just be sure to use the hashtag #ARCtober and ping me back so I can see all the updates.
  • Behind in ARCs and the publishing date has past? No worries! You can still count it for this month as an ARC.
  • Most importantly: have fun!

Well I think that is it. Like I mentioned above, this is all about having fun and reading! There is absolutely no pressure. You can set a goal if you wish or you can just see where the road takes you. Expect my tentative ARC plan in a few days. I hope you all can participate in this fun little month! I’m anxious to see what all ARCs everyone can get done during this time!

note: for the first few days in October, I will be MIA. I’m getting wisdom teeth removed and will need time to recover. I will, hopefully, get something scheduled on the first of October. If not, expect something very soon after. 

 

xxlacy