Dystopian lit

The White Rose... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

The White Rose

Amy Ewing

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Sneak Peek:

"We're in another alley, but this one isn't nearly as creepy as the one by the morgue. It's sandwiched between two buildings made of pale reddish stone."  p 53

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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Ten Perfectly Scary Halloween Reads

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ten Perfectly Scary Halloween Reads

What is about October that screams for something spooky?  Maybe even down right scary?  Oh yeah, Halloween!   

I'll be honest, scary books, they are not really my thing.   In fact, I am extremely particular when it comes to mysteries.  However, I have some really good friends who simply love the scary side of Halloween.  And their joy is contagious this time of year.  Now, please do not near hear me wrong, they are not out there trying to scare the littlest trick-or-treaters.  Nope, they are enjoying some bone-chillingly scary books and maybe a couple of thrilling movies during October.

So I thought it would be a fun change of pace to ask one of my closest book loving friends to share a list of some super scary and thrilling books for those of you who might into the scarier side of reading.

Fair Warning:  The books on this list might surprise my regular readers, as I did not want to limit the books Amanda would recommend. So please continue to read with an open mind and have a little fun stretching your own to-read list.

We make up horrors... Quote by Stephen King

Here are Amanda's top ten scary, thrilling and spooky Halloween books for you all!

Amanda's Top Ten - In no particular order

1. Patient Zero – Jonathan Mayberry
                The first in a trilogy with protagonist Joe Ledger, it explores a zombie outbreak from the moment it happens. Suspenseful and thrilling, it’s the perfect read for a cool fall evening.

2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
                Classic vampires reimagined to involve a famous historical figure. It’s campy and creepy in the best possible way, with a few awesome and clever cameos along the way. A must read for fans of vampires and history.

3. I am Legend – Richard Matheson
                This story, included in a collection of equally scary short stories, Legend is classic and unsettling. Written in the 1950’s to be set in the 1970’s, Matheson was able to capture the essence of what it’s like to be the last man on earth that transcends time. Dr. Robert Neville finds himself living amongst the vampires who are out for his blood the same way he is out for theirs.

4. Hell House – Richard Matheson
                Truly the master of horror, in Hell House, Matheson successfully tells the tale of house haunted by a sordid and gruesome past. The house seems to be alive in its own right; and desperate to keep its secret hidden from the latest group of ambitious investigators to tempt fate. (*This book has some disturbing sequences involving sexual violence)

5. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
                More vampires abound, but always in completely different ways. Stephen King never fails at writing about the small towns with the dark secrets that make your skin crawl. Salem’s Lot is no exception, being set in a sleepy New England town, it’ll have you looking over your shoulder before you’re done.

6. The Shining – Stephen King
                If you have seen the movie, I recommend you lay eyes on the book. A haunted hotel sits at the center of this King classic and gets under your skin as you follow the story of the family trapped within its walls.

7. The Boys Are Back In Town – Christopher Golden
                In this story of a man approaching his ten year reunion, he reluctantly returns to his home town just to see the past changing before his eyes. This genuinely unnerving story makes you question if the things you remember to be true are in fact true.

8. Sleep No More – Greg Iles
                A good old fashioned ghost story, Greg Iles weaves a story of a love lost that returns in a threatening and paranormal way. Sleep No More will have you taking second glances at a stranger that seems familiar and you can’t place why.

9. Stage Fright – Michael Paine
                An abandoned and haunted theater is at the center of this ghost story, filled with hostile poltergeists and a sordid past. It is not the most well written story, but it’ll certainly give you chills.

10. World War Z – Max Brooks

                If you saw the movie, forget it. This book is vastly different from the movie. Set up as a series of interviews conducted by someone looking for answers in the wake of the zombie outbreak, this book is written in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. It asks the question, did we really win the war against the undead? Well worth a read for fans of zombies.

Ten Perfectly Scary Halloween Reads

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful little boys, a toddler and a newborn, and wife to her best friend.  When she isn't caring for the baby, or playing with toddler Amanda can be found with a cup of coffee reading a book, or working on her first novel. 

Check out these Ten Perfectly Scary #Halloween books!  #booklovers @Reading_List1


What is the scariest book you ever read?  Did you finish it? Or, did it end up being stuffed into the back of the freezer - a la Friends?

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Cozy book hop

Cozy Reading Spot #115

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

Please link up all you've got!  

This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page (I will use my discretion on leaving links up that do not follow this as the idea is to link to your blog posts...).
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your review and images clean for this one. This does apply for all types of posts, this is an open link up, so you do not have to leave a book review, or book related post - just link up something that share what you've been writing on your blog... only keep it clean
  • Please include a link back to the hop in your post - the button codes are part of the flair page, but a text hyperlink is just as good! This simply allows others to join in the fun, and isn't that the whole point?                                         
  • Also, since I'm not doing features right now, I'm trying to give shout outs on Facebook,  and pinterest, so follow along and get to know the community more. 

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Book review

Champion: A Book Review

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Marie Lu

After the past couple of weeks, I'm sure those of you who are regulars of Reading List have put the Legend Series on your to-read list.  And for those of you who are still on the fence... Today the book review feature is the final book in this fast-paced action-packed trilogy.

A couple of months ago I shared a fun sneak peek of Champion, and I was tempted to write a review then.  Honestly, this series was so fun and refreshing compared to many of the books I had read at the time, I just wanted to share it with as many people as I could.

Champion by Marie Lu  A Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

Champion: A Legend Novel** is the final story for June and Day as they continue to repair the damage in the Republic and build a new country that can thrive for all citizens.  As the third book in the series, Champion allows the chance to really discover more of the world that Marie Lu has set up for this fascinating series.  She even takes readers to a world located on Antarctica, where the secrets and lies of the ruling government of the Republic are discovered. Of course this new country has it's own set of expectations and regulations that could be a whole new story as it is disturbing in a very different way that will resonate with teens today.

After the first half of the book focuses on setting and explanation for the current state of the Republic, Day and June join back up with the fight that the rebels kicked off in book one.  The fight spirals quickly bringing back the pace of the first two books.  You will have no choice by but to turn the pages as fast as you can to see how the fight ends.  There is a good chance you will be sad when this story wraps up, as the characters will become your friends. 

Personal Likes

While my likes from the previous two books continued into this book, I was completely into the ending of this book.  I read this series during the summer, in a group of other series, and the final books in the other series left me puzzled or disappointed, but not with the Legend finale.  Lu did a great job wrapping up the story lines in a way that showed her ability to really craft a masterpiece in literature (well Teen Lit...).

Also, this is a great book because of the world that Lu created.  While in the first two books we get a slow understanding of the countries that occupy what used to be the United States of America, this third books includes the creation a new society that is living in Antarctica.  This society is fascinating to me on so many levels.  The community is full of technology, and it's scary how Lu was able to take the technology we know today and push it just enough to create this unbelievable group.  Totally worth the read just to see her societies.

Champion by Marie Lu  Featured on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

My dislikes stay in line with the past two review...  There is a good amount of violence in this series, but that isn't a surprise as this is a dystopian story that follows two young adults as they try to build a new society that will be a better place for their families and friends.

This third book however takes a few more steps into the world of adult relations between the main characters.  Their interest in each other has grown as the story progressed, and this third book really pulls them together in new physical ways.

There is also a good amount of slang in this third book, that was clearly on the vulgar side.  Remember this world is not the modern society we know, and the slang was also different to fit in the society.

Reasons to Read

Clearly, if you picked up the first book of Legend, you will have to read this book just to satisfy curiosity!  

This is the perfect series for those who are into action and adventure.  Clearly dystopian fans should pick this one up. 

Reading List Rating

Five heart rating on Reading List for Book Review of Champion

I have to give this one a five heart rating as I was not disappointed with this final book of the series in the least.  It was a great book that wraps up so many parts of the story, the only thing that I was left wanting was more adventures for Day and June!

My Suggested Audience

The Legend series is certainly a series for teens that are sixteen and up - granted, some teens are more mature then others, but there are some serious topics and scenes discussed in these books: adult relations between teenagers, government power, society rebels, power of governments...etc...  These topics make this a book that adults would be engaged by also.  If you can get over the lead characters are still in their teen years, this book will keep you turning pages.

“It hurts every day, the absence of someone who was once there.” #Champion @Marie_Lu @Reading_List1

What was the last action or adventure book you read?  Would you recommend it? 

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Children's Corner

Harvest, Littles and a Flashback

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Harvest, Littles and a Flashback

The weather over here took a dramatic turn over the weekend.  The littles had to get bundled into winter coats... the leaves fell from trees in large bunches.  There is no doubt that autumn has come.  And my first thought as I walked out into the brisk air was that there is nothing like the smell of autumn.  

It smells crisp.

Fall Harvest   A Flashback for the Harvest on Reading List

I had my oldest stand still with me and just breathe in the smell.  It was great...

So while I was sitting here, thinking of what to share with you all for my Children's Corner, my mind kept going back to a post I wrote years ago...  I hope you all enjoy it now, years later.  

And yes, we did read this fun Autumn book again this year! And our no carve pumpkins are still on display each year.

There is something so magical about Autumn.  The trees are changing, the air smells different. Sure, as adults we know what all these changes mean, but for little kids these changes can be scary on a level. And that is why I feel this season is such a great opportunity to build memories for your children that will carry throughout their lives.

We recently discovered a fun little book, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson. 

It was perfect for my little guys. You see, my oldest has noticed how the leaves are changing and falling and for him it was a little unnerving.  He is gentle spirit and was worried over the tree. This book discusses just that sentiment- a favorite tree must be sick since all the leaves are falling off. However that process is important for what is in store for the tree. And Fletcher gets to learn that nature knows how to care for itself, and we get to watch the beauty unfold.

Watching the beauty of nature, of the created world, unfold around us is a gift I hope to show to my children so they can be grateful for it.

Autumn is the perfect time to point them to such amazing gifts!

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I’m sure I don’t have to remind everyone of the glorious gift that apples give, right?  There is no more joy than to see the face of a small child as he pulls the perfect apple of the tree. Of course then he proceeds to carry that perfect apple around with pride.  If you are the lucky mom who is able to pick enough to bake, you get to bless your family with the smells of apple, sugar and cinnamon – there is simply no better fall smell.

For us, the highlight of the harvest is going to a local pumpkin farm.  My boys run from pumpkin to pumpkin searching the perfect one.  Then comes the chore of finding a way to carry said pumpkin to the car… I believe my oldest even choice to eat all his veggies last night because those veggies will help him grow muscles to carry his pumpkin…

I’m thinking we might have to get an extra pumpkin this year and try out some pinterest ideas – maybe more than one…  as I’m thinking the boys would love to melt crayons on one, glitter up one, maybe even use chalk paint on one… I’m willing to give it a shot, we will be making messes anyway!

Pumpkin crafts for this year…: No carve pumpkin fun
No Carve Pumpkins  {Reading List}

Our go to snack: Pumpkin Treats!
Pumpkin Spice Treats   {Reading List}

There are so many great ways to bring the harvest into your house this autumn.  Do not allow yourself to get overwhelmed.  Decide a day to go out and find something fun.  Then decide on a day to create with it.  We add in a day to “decorate”.  We have special snacks, play special music and spend the day putting together crafts and decorating for fall. Just a couple of days can create memories that will produce a love for the changes in nature. And you might just able to sneak in a conversation about the Creator of this great thing we call nature…

Since I am a huge fan of pumpkin flavored treats... what is your go to pumpkin recipe?  Thanks!

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