Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Mary Shelley Club - Goldy Moldavsky


Title: The Mary Shelley Club 
Author: Goldy Moldavsky 
Format: Hardcover 
Rating: 5 Stars 

I've only started reading horror regularly in the past couple years, and so I still feel like I never really know what to expect.  The Mary Shelley Club definitely went above and beyond and was a great foray into everything I'd want in a scary book. 

This book has all the twists that you'd expect in a horror book. It starts with something horrific, and gives the readers enough scare from there to make them wonder why they're continuing his book!  You'll never want to head out into a forest again.

The characters were teenagers, so there was the teen angst and stuff that you'd expect - surely we can give kids a break as they grow and try to navigate the world around them! But I thought all the characters were well written and had personalities that really added to the story as a whole.  I feel like the characters really played well together and off of each other.  Each person had different things that added to the group dynamic of the Mary Shelley Club, and to their school and personal life environment.  The small bits of information we get about certain characters throughout the book really adds to the book as well. 

The fact that this book opened with quite a punch, then just continued to pack in so much twist was fantastic. Throughout the book, there are several things that happen that tie everything together and make the reader realize that Rachel is in more trouble than she realizes. I loved the foreshadowing, as well as the snippets of Rachel's past that we see - it all builds up to add a lot of depth to the story. 

I feel like there was a lot of good development in terms of the fear tests that each person had to do as well.  Each test really tied well into what the overarching plot and theme of the book were.  That added a lot to the story that I really loved. 

The only thing I didn't love was that the ending felt sort of rushed and just a little too neat. It would have been better if there had been more of a punch and a motive at the end for everything that had happened.  Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'd definitely recommend it to all of you! 

If you've already read this book let me know what you thought in the comments. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022



Hey reader friends!  Most of you have probably at least heard of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.  I just found a reading challenge on the internet called Turtle Recall.  The goal is to read the Discworld series books in 2022 (or at least as many as you can/want.)

I thought that sounded like a fun challenge - so naturally I'm going to try it out (in addition to the Pop Sugar 2022 Challenge and the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.)

Do you have any reading challenges you're doing this year?  Talk to me about them in the comments!  I'd love to hear from you.

Bout of Books - Wednesday is Here

Happy Wednesday reader friends!  I hope you've been having a good week.  I'm here with a Bout of Books wrap up from yesterday.  Here's how everything went:

Books Started: 3
Books Finished: 1 
Pages Read on Tuesday: 180
Total Pages Read: 200

Books Started: 

Vanity Fair 

The Mary Shelley Club 

Books Finished:

The Willoughbys Return 


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Bout of Books 33 - Happy Tuesday


Hey Reader Friends!  Happy Tuesday.  I hope your new year reading has started off with a bang. I'm here as usual to give a little Bout of Books update for Monday! 

Books Started: 2 
Books Finished: 0
Pages Read Monday: 20 

Books Currently Reading: 

Vanity Fair - William Thackeray 
The Willoughby's Return - Lois Lowry (Actually finished Tuesday.)

What have you been reading this week?  Drop me some comments below and let me know how well you're crushing your reading so far this year! 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Library Love Challenge


Hey reader friends! Welcome to 2022.  I skipped the library love challenge last year, but I am doing it again this year!  I am so excited.  You know how much I love my library!  

If you've never heard of this fun challenge go check out the details on Angel's Guilty Pleasure blog or Books of My Heart blog.  They have been running this fun challenge for a while.  

I have no idea which books I'll finish from the library this year, but I do know it will be a lot!  I hope you'll think about joining this fun challenge as well.

Bout of Books - Day One

 Good Morning Reader Friends. Happy Monday!  

Today is also Day One of the Bout of Books 33 Readathon!  I thought I'd use today to share what I hope to get through this week.  

-Vanity Fair
-The Mary Shelley Club 
-The Watchful City 
-Ace of Shades 
-Shatter Me
-Stalking Jack the Ripper 
-The Heart Forger 

If you're doing Bout of Books this week, what do you have on your TBR?  Drop a comment below - I'd love to know what you're reading! 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Bout of Books 33


Hey reader friends! Happy 2022.  Can you believe it's a new year already?  That means it's time for a new round of Bout of Books.  You know me - I can't help but participate in this amazing readathon.  Are you one of those people who isn't sure what Bout of Books is?  Here's a helpful explanation: 

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 3rd and runs through Sunday, January 9th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 33 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I will be posting updates here and over on the bird app.  I'd love to hear from YOU throughout the week as well, so if you're doing BOB, leave some comments here on my blog or follow me on twitter. If you haven't signed up for Bout of Books yet, be sure to head to their blog and do so!  Happy reading.