Lowest Rated Books | TBR

I saw that BooksandLala did this video on her channel a while ago, and recently I saw in my feed that Jean Bookishthoughts just posted a video doing this challenge. With that, I was inspired to join in and from November 1st to 8th, I will challenge myself to read the lowest rated books on my “owned and need to read” TBR on Goodreads.

It will be interesting to see if I too feel that these books fall into that rating or if I find a new favourite book/author. It also helps me clear out my TBR stack of books that have been lingering and towards my goal of completing 100 books this year (currently at 86!).

If I enjoyed this little experiment I definitely want to switch it up and read the highest rated books on my TBR or maybe read the oldest books on my TBR.

Guidelines I want to give when choosing these is the books:

  • they will need to have at least 500 reviews as I feel like that’s a good amount of ratings from others for the average rating
  • I’m  going to pick 5 books in case I can’t get into one of these and end up DNFing it (not going to force myself to read something I’m not grooving on!)
  • I’m not going to read any of the reviews as that can skew my thoughts and enjoyment

Without further adieu, let’s pull up my Goodreads app and sort this shelf into average rating from low to high.

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Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #46

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen

Published on: August 13th 2019 by Source Books

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Summary (from Goodreads):  Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked? Put together the pieces? Identify the suspect?

Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common―they didn’t have an ending. The killer was still out there.

But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer and author of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara, Billy became fed up. Following a dark night, he came up with a plan. A plan to investigate past the point when the cops had given up. A plan to solve the murders himself.

You’ll ride shotgun as Billy identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9/11. You’ll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history: his friend Michelle McNamara’s pursuit of the Golden State Killer and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown Four. And Billy gives you the tools―and the rules―to help solve murders yourself.

Gripping, complex, unforgettable, Chase Darkness with Me is an examination of the evil forces that walk among us, illustrating a novel way to catch those killers, and a true-crime narrative unlike any you’ve read before Continue reading

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Monthly Wrap Up | October 2019

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Hi everyone! I decided at the end of October to get back into posting on this blog after a hiatus. I may have taken a break from posting but I definitely haven’t slowed down my reading. I fell into a routine of going to the library once a week to pick up a few books that peaked my interest while there. It’s nice to be able to grab a book you’ve wanted to purchase but didn’t really have or want to spend the money.

Lots of rain (and dare I say snow) in the forecast for November which is perfect for reading. Excited to see what I read in November!

# of books read: 17

# of pages read: 5,740

Average book length: 337.6

Goodreads 2019 Challenge: 86/90

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Book Review | Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers
Published by: Wednesday Books on September 4th, 2018
Genre: YA, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 308
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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Summary (from Goodreads): A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late. Continue reading

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End of the Year | Book Tag

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I saw a few blog posts and a bunch of YouTube videos doing this tag and I thought I would join in! There’s so many books I want to get to and I’ve recently increased by Goodreads challenge to 90 (secretly aiming for 100) and it would be super cool to reach that. I believe this tag was created by Ariel Bissett but please correct me if I’m wrong.

Let’s get on to the questions!

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Book Review | The Night Child by Anna Quinn

The Night Child by Anna Quinn
Published by: Blackstone Publishing on January 30th, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Psychology
Pages: 227
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Summary (from Goodreads): Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl’s face appears above the students’ desks — ‘a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora’s body — the kind of raw terror you feel when there’s no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire — when you think you might die.

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered — a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. Continue reading

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Weekly Update #1 | 10/20 – 10/26

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

Happy Sunday! As I’ve just started to get back into book blogging and posting on here I decided that joining the weekly update meme is a great place to corral everything that happened reading wise. I’ve been MIA on this blog for about a year and a half. My personal computer stopped working suddenly and I didn’t feel comfortable blogging on my work one. I’ve also been dealing with a lot of anxiety recently and reading has really been a good outlet to get myself out of my mind for a bit. Since I’ve been reading so much I decided to purchase a cheap laptop so I can start to share reviews on everything I’ve read these past 18 months and on all the new books I keep accumulating (can’t not buy a book when in a book store).

So hello again for those who’ve been here before, and welcome to everyone stopping by for the first time!

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