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Marissa Meyer is Going on Tour!

In 2018, I feel head over heels with Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. Since then I've been reading all of her books, and while I've liked many, those remain my favorites. I was overjoyed to hear that the books are getting new covers next year and Meyer is going on tour to promote them. There will be a stop about an hour away from me and I'm definitely going to try to buy a book and get her autograph.

InCryptid Series

After only a few chapters of the first book in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series, Discount Armageddon, I am hooked. I need to devour this series like I devoured her Wayward Children series and stat! It's fast-paced, full of action and creatures (my favorite kind of book!) and there's already enough conflict to make me feel like I'm dying to know what's happening next. I love the premise of cryptid hunters and protectors and I can't wait to see where it goes.

Goodreads Challenge Blitz

2020 is almost upon us! Have you finished your Goodreads Challenge for 2019? If not, Goodreads has a great list of books under 300 words you can check out to try and read as many books as possible in the upcoming weeks. I have a few really great suggestions that I've enjoyed, too. Here are some novellas that will help you reach your goals:

All Systems Red, a fantastic award-winning sci-fi novella and starter to the Murderbot series

Big Book Releases in November

Is it just me, or are there always big book releases in November? Every year I seem to have several books that come out in November on my radar, which is always a highlight of the month. This month is especially exciting between The Starless Sea, which I still have yet to read, and Queen of Nothing, which will finish Holly Black's Folk of the Air series and will be released next week. 

November Reading

Novembr is my birthday month as well as my introspective month--a sort-of New Year where we do a lot of reflection and goal-setting in my family. I'm hoping that pulling back and making more time for quiet in our lives will give me some time to read as well! I already have two books here from the library waiting for my birthday next week so I can get my reading on.

Halloween Read-A-Thon Check In

Real Book family, I have a confession to make. Our Halloween Read-a-Thon is not going so well! My husband's been working a lot of overtime to train for a new job and the time we usually spend in the car, me reading aloud as we take our teen to various activities, has been severely shortened. We're only a few chapters into The Graveyard Book and we were supposed to begin Frankenstein today! I had a few books of short stories scattered here and there for us to read as well, but here we are, not even finished with book number two!

Renegades

Last week we discussed Marissa Meyer's Heartless, which I loved, so of course I went and picked up a copy of her latest trilogy, Renegades, at the library! I love the premise of this series. It's a world in which people with super powers were treated like secondary citizens, so they rebelled and created a somewhat post-apocalyptic environment. The book takes place many years later and, so far, sheds light on the issues with both heroes and villains alike. 

Heartless

This last weekend I devoured Marissa Meyers' book, Heartless. Meyers is the author of the Lunar Chronicles, one of my favorite YA series, so I knew I'd enjoy this book, but I also went in knowing it was destined for tragedy, as it was a prequel for a villain we all know well. And tragedy it had.

October Reads

We recently invited everyone to take part in our October Read-A-Thon together, and my family and I are about a third of the way through Coraline already! If you're reading along, how are you liking it? What are you thinking about when it comes to the differences between the movie and the book? It's my kid and husband's first time so they are very surprised by the differences! Next week we'll be moving on to The Graveyard Book so be sure to chime in with your thoughts.

It's The Real Deal

There's been a big trend to modify Stephen King adaptations lately, and while most of these attempts have fallen flat, It: Chapter 2 is the real deal. (Spoilers ahead.) Its modifications, like Bill's attempt to save a child, actually make sense and deepen the movie without totally changing King's meaning, and it's even more loyal to the book than its 1990s predecessor. While it's not 100% true to the book, the changes maintain the book's integrity and actually further elucidate both meaning and character development. I have to say, this may be my favorite adaptation of King's horror works.

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