Spooky Recommendations #2

Yas! I’m keeping up so far!

Ahem. Anyway, for the whole month of October, I will be sharing a scary book that I like every week.


Second book of the month-

I’m not even gonna try with a summary.

This was probably the first really scary book I ever read. Up to this one, my experiences with Agatha Christie books had not been so great. (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd really messed with me)

But And Then There Were None changed my pov entirely. It’s incredibly well written, the plot is just amazing. I could go on for forever, but I’ll stop here.

Anxiety scale- 7/10

Thx for reading! Stay tuned for the next one!

Spooky Recommendations #1

Hello there! My name is Alex, and I run this blog sort of.

This October I’m going to give a weekly recommendation of a creepy/scary book I like. I’ll have a Anxiety scale, so y’all will know if you can safely read it and get a good nights sleep .)


First book of the month-

The description won’t let me copy and paste, so I’ll try to explain.

Basically, this girl gets fed up with her family (mom, dad, and little sister) and runs off to her aunt who invites her to stay. They’re cleaning the attic when they find the aunt’s old dollhouse. It seems ok at first, but then strange things start happening and the aunt won’t tell her anything.

How was that?

Anyway, I just read this in August, I think, and it was really good. It’s not too scary, but it is creepy.

Anxiety scale- 4/10

Love y’all!!! .)

Two Little Girls in Blue: Review

HEY GUYS!!!

Happy late new year!

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Review2 10/10

Review1 Two Little Girls in Blue

Review3 Mary Higgins Clark

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In a riveting new thriller, worldwide bestselling suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark weaves the mystery of twin telepathy into a mother’s search for a kidnapped child, presumed dead.

Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kelly and Kathy, with an afternoon party in their new home, a modest fixer-upper in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The evening of the twins’ birthday party, Steve and Margaret attend a black-tie dinner in New York. When they return home, the police are in the house, and they are told that the babysitter had been found unconscious, the children are gone, and a note demanding an eight-million-dollar ransom had been left in their room.

Steve Frawley’s firm, a global investment company, agrees to pay the ransom. The kidnapper, who identifies himself as the “Pied Piper,” makes his terms known — on delivery of the ransom, a call will come, revealing the girls’ whereabouts. The call comes, but only Kelly is in the car parked behind a deserted restaurant. The driver is dead from a gunshot wound and has left a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and had dumped her body in the ocean.

At the private memorial Mass for Kathy, Kelly tugs Margaret’s arm and says: “Mommy, Kathy is very scared of that lady. She wants to come home right now.” More unexplainable occurrences follow, indicating that Kelly is in touch with Kathy. At first, no one except the mother believes that the twins are communicating and that Kathy is still alive. As Kelly’s warnings become increasingly specific and alarming, however, FBI agents set out on a search for Kathy. The novel reaches a breathtaking climax as they close in on the Pied Piper and his accomplices, while Kathy’s life hangs by a thread.

In delving into the well-documented but still unexplained phenomenon of twin telepathy, Mary Higgins Clark tells a spellbinding tale that takes us deep into the minds of her characters while lifting us to the heights of suspense.

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No. It was wonderfully written, the characters were realistic. I couldn’t put it down!
In the past I’ve only ever read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie when it came to mystery. But a few months ago our neighbor gave me Deck the Halls, because she had two. She had only good things to say about Clark, so when I saw two more of her books at The Salvation Army and a thrift store, of course I had to buy them! This was my first time reading Clark, but I can guarantee it won’t be my last.
Review7 4/5 (abuse, murder, and a car accident)
Review8 Not really. But it’s definitely not for kids .)
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Hope ya’ll enjoyed this review, I’m really going to try to keep it up this year.
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Get To Know Me Tag

First off I would like to shout thank you to Nikki @The Night is dark and Full of Books.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let us begin!

VITAL STATS

Name: Alex
Nicknames: Cha-I-Ke-You, kid! (With 8 kids it get hard to remember names…)
Birthday: August 12
Star Sign: Leo
Occupation: Full time nanny, reader, and blogger.

APPEARANCE

Hair Color: Ok, its mostly light brown with natural blonde, dark brown, red and even some black, highlights.

Hair Length: From the base of my skull to the tips it measures 10 and 3/4 inches long. (I have a mini tape measurer in my purse)

Eye Color: Dark green

Best Feature: MY VULCAN EYEBROW!!!! My left eyebrow curves up slightly at the end. I’m very proud of it.

Braces: No. I’ve never needed them.

Piercings: NEVER!

Tattoos: I would like to get one that says “How you doin’?” and I want the words to be made out of grass blades. So that every time my crush sees it he’ll turn beet red. 🙂

Right or Left: Right

FIRSTS

Real Holiday: My family went to Galviston when I was really young. I have some memories of it.

Best Friend: We are still kind of friends. She really only talks to me when her other friends aren’t around.

Award: *Sigh* This is embarrassing. I used to go to a local christian school a few years back. Um, I would tell “stories” to make my life sound more interesting. So, one year at graduation my teacher (whom I was never really fond of) gave me the “Whopper Award”. I was furious and still, to this day, can’t eat Whoppers. Thanks Miss C.

Sport: Hahahahahahah!!! I have never done sports! I was in cheer for a while, but thats it.

Concert: *Even louder sigh* Winter Jam. I’ll leave it at that.

FAVORITES

TV Show(s): Merlin, Liv and Maddie, Lost, and Star Trek

Color: Black

Song: Broken Crown by Mumford & Sons

Restaurant: Cotton Patch Cafe

Shop: The thrift store where I get most of my books

Book: Alex Rider: Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

Shoes: Heh, they’re old and ratty with holes everywhere, but I love them! They are black with white laces. Very comfy, but my mom won’t let me wear them in public!

CURRENTLY

Feeling: Uncomfortable. My knee is swollen again.

Single or Taken: Single, kind of? *Glares pointedly at crush*

Eating: Spearmint gum.

Thinking About: My lazy, oblivious crush *cue mega eyeroll*

Watching: Nothing. I was watching Surfs Up a few minutes ago.

Wearing: Loose fitting distress jeans, a Minion T-shirt, and a towel draped over my head (I just got out of the shower).

FUTURE

Want Children: Heck yeah! I even have names pick out!

  1. Tauriel Elvana
  2. Severus Draconus
  3. Luna Winter
  4. Aiden Marvalo Harrison
  5. Jaylah Scarlet
  6. William Sherlock Scott

I’m only expecting to have six, thanks to the ring test, but its been wrong before. I am hoping for more.

Want To Be Married: YES! *Pokes crush over and over until he yells at me*

Careers In Mind: Stay at home mom and author

Where You Want To Live: Near enough to my parents to walk there every day. I am not leaving them!

DO YOU BELIEVE IN

God: Absolutely!!!

Miracles: Yes!

Love At First Sight: Yes, its real.

Ghosts: Ye-es I do. I could go into the multiple theories I have that explains their existence, but it would take too long.

Aliens: Again, yes. Its impossible and highly illogical that we are all there is.

Soul Mates: How could I not? My parents are soulmates, and the only reason, in my eyes, that someone wouldn’t believe in them is simply because they haven’t found their’s yet.

Heaven: Yes, yes I do.

Hell: Yes.

Kissing On the First Date: It depends on 1) Is he cute? or 2) What has he eaten?

Yourself: I… I don’t know…. Do I believe in myself? Wait! Am I even real?! OHMYGOSH! Guys! What if I’m not real? What if I’m just a figment of someone’s imagination?! HELP!!!

Well that was fun…

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P.S. This tag is open to any and all who wish to participate.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Side Ships

Heyo! Sorry for missing yesterday, life’s been pretty crazy lately. Now that the formalities are over, lets begin!

Top 5 Wednesday

June 14th: Side Ships
— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!

(Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join in checkout the Goodreads page!)

(BTW, I have a ton of side ships!)

#1

Draomine- Harry Potter

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HATED that Hermione and Ron ended up together! (No, Pinterest had nothing to do with this!) This is a much better match then the canon ship. And no one can convince me otherwise.

#2

WinterWidow- Marvel Superheros

In my opinion, the whole Bruce/Tasha thing stunk. To high heavens! I have two different ships including Tasha- WinterWidow and CaptainWidow. But I ship WinterWidow just slightly more.

#3

Juliet Butler/Mulch Diggums- Artemis Fowl

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The two of them are so CUTE together! Especially in The Eternity Code. I just. I can’t explain!

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#4

Ivy Morris/Jacques- The Unicorn Chronicles

They were married. But, their not anymore? It’s been a long time since I read these books…..

#5

Luna Lovegood/Neville Longbottom- Harry Potter

Of course. One of my OTPs (who actually has only one?!). They should have ended up together! Why didn’t they?! .( This was #1 on my list of problems with the series. (#2 is Harry himself)

THIS HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE T5W SO FAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem. Who do you ship? .)

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TBR #5

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Good morning peoples! Its time for a TBR post!

Book1

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

I have heard so much about Maas but haven’t been able to find any of her books! And I’m not all that sure I’ll like them, there’s so much hype!

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 Precocious Katy Thatcher always knew she wanted to be a doctor like her father. She joins him on his rounds and has a keen interest in the people around her. She’s especially intrigued by Jacob, a gentle, silent boy who has a special sensitivity toward animals. While Jacob never speaks to or looks at Katy, they develop an unusual friendship and understanding. The townspeople dismiss Jacob as an imbecile. Katy just thinks of him as someone special who has a way of communicating with the animals through his sounds and movements.
And only Katy comes to realize what the gentle, silent boy did for his family. He meant to help, not harm. It didn’t turn out that way.

I have some mixed feelings about Lowry. While I loved Gathering Blue and Number The Stars, I hated The Giver. Still haven’t finished Gossamer, but it seems really cute.

Book3

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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

This is one of those books that you want RIGHT NOW. You don’t want to wait until you can afford it. Everything I’ve heard about this book has been good! And I seriously can’t wait until I can buy it.

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8 Charming Sci-Fi Books

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Welcome back my Charmlings! How has your week been thus far? I hope its been better than mine!

#1

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I have yet to finish this book, my dad doesn’t want me reading it so young. But I loved what I did get to read! It was remarkably well written.

#2

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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This is an amazing concept, and I’m really looking forward to rereading it. Maybe I was too young the first time around…..

#3

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

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I grew up on the abridged version and have always loved it! It was one of the first books I ever cried over.

#4

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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So long and thanks for all the fish,

So sad that it should come to this,

We tried to warn you all but oh dear!

The movie is a favorite in my family and I can’t wait to get my hands on the books!

#5

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I have heard so many great things about this series! WHY ARE THEY NOT ON MY BOOKSHELF?!

#6

The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

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I think I might have been to young to really understand what was happening when I first read this series, so I’m going to try again soon.

#7

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

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Who doesn’t love Harry Potter?!

#8

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

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Again, loved the movie, but haven’t read the book yet.

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The ACB Book Tag

Not too long ago I made a book tag. It didn’t go over well. But maybe I can try again?

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I made a new banner! Isn’t it nice?!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you

  2. Use the tags banner (should be at the top of this post)

  3. Mention the creator @Lordofthetrekkies

  4. Answer the questions below

  5. List three of your favorite blogs

  6. Tag at least two others to try this tag

The Questions-

A-Annoying- Name a character that got on your nerves.

Opal Koboi from the Artemis Fowl books. She is one of my top 20 favorite villains, but she is really annoying.

L-Labyrinth- A plot that’s hard to understand.

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Did he get the colt, or was it a dream?! I couldn’t follow the story. I had no idea what was real and what wasn’t, or was it all a dream? This book gave me a headache.

E-Excellent- What book, in your opinion, has the best writting?

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My mom read this book to my siblings and me, and I loved it from the beginning. The writing was really good too.

X-Xenograft- A plot/situation/character-type thats been way over used.

The whole “damsel in distress” thing is way over used! We are not helpless!

C-Careless- A book that is filled with plot holes and inconsistency.

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Ugh! I could go on and an about this book! Thankfully the 5th book looks better (yes, the 5th, it was at the thrift store!).

H-Helpful- A book that’s always been there for you.

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I would read this at the end of a long day, and it really helped! It made me see that life could always be worse then it is now.

A-Anticipation- A book that you’ve wanted to read for a while.

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I still can’t find it!

R-Ravaged- A book to movie adaptation that really stunk.

Wanna guess?!

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IT STUNK SO BAD! Like seriously, how can you mess up THIS bad?! 

M-Metamorphic- A character that changed a lot.

Artemis Fowl. He went from selfish, snobby, and friendless to selfless, sweet, and friendly in just a few books!

I-Ingenious- A one of a kind story/character.

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I have never read anything like it! (I could rave about how AMAZING this book is for hours, so I’ll be kind and stop here)

N-Narrative- A retelling of a story that you like better then the original.

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AW YAS! A Jack and the Beanstalk retelling?! I love, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!

G-Guru- Your go to author

Kathryn Lasky! She wrote the Guardians of Ga’Hoole and the Wolves of the Beyond and those are some of my favorite childhood reads. If her name is on it I’ll buy it!

I Shall Tag-

  1. Icebreaker694
  2. JessicaMarie493
  3. Katie
  4. Chloe
  5. Smudged Thoughts
  6. Thebookprophet
  7. Nikki
  8. Anyone named Sam or Dean

And you! Yes, you. I tag all my Charmlings! Enjoy the beautiful gift I have given you!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Slytherins Will Love!

Top 5 Wednesday

Yes, I am a Slytherin. And I’m proud to represent these cunning individuals! (I love T5W!)

Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

(Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join in checkout the Goodreads page!)

#1

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Artemis is a classic Slytherin (he might also fit as a Hufflepuff). His adventures are full of devious schemes, I really loved them!

#2

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

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Ah yes, Alex. He would be Artemis’ Watson if there was ever a cross-over. Hes smart, quick, and (unlike me) very agile. The villains he faces are ruthless and will stop at nothing to get what they want!

#3

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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What list would be complete without The Hunger Games? Although I didn’t like it the first time I read it, I’ve decided to give it another try.

#4

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Four outstanding children against a man who wants to take over the world! I will always recommend this.

#5

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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My favorite Agatha Christie book. Full of murder, mystery, and suspicion this will make you never sleep again! ,)

There you are, five books to choose from. What house are you in?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fantasy Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR

Previously on Alex’s Charming Books-

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Just kidding! Welcome back. I’m surprised peoples are actually hanging around. But anyway, it’s Tuesday again! You know what that means!

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June 6:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do this weeks topic, then thought YOLO! (Don’t tell my youth pastor I said that, she hates it when people say YOLO)

#1

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I bought Allegiant and decided to  read the other books before starting it, so this is now on my TBR.

#2

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

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I got this the same day as Allegiant. It seems pretty cool, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

#3

The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks

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I saw the show on Netflix a few months ago, but only recently found out there were books.

#4

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

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I grew up on the movie and have been looking forward to reading the books. But they’re so expensive! I can’t find them anywhere at a decent price .( .

#5

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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I know it’s scary and I’ll never sleep again, but I LOVED the movie! We aren’t allowed to watch it cause of the younger kids, but if I can get my hands on this book you better believe I’ll read it!

#6

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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I only added this to my TBR for the cover, without reading anything about it. I just read the summary AND I WANT TO READ IT KNOW! It sounds dark and violent and right up my alley! The only problem is I’m not sure my parents will let me. They have been more lenient with books lately. Not sure why, but I’m glad. Just a couple years ago they would never have let me read things like Agatha Christie, Alex Rider, or The Last of the Mohicans. Mom was hesitant to let me read The Outsiders! Maybe it’s because I’m growing up?

#7

The Shock of the Night by Patrick W. Carr

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I loved the Staff and the Sword books and really want to continue reading Carr’s work.

#8

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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I wasn’t going to read the rest of these books, but why not? The first book was ok.

#9

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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I haven’t read any of Clare’s books yet, even though I own two of them! I really need to handle up on my TBR….

#10

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I learned my lesson with Artemis Fowl, ALWAYS READ THE BOOKS IN ORDER! I have City of Ashes but I’m gonna read ^this^ first. I don’t want to be confused again, and I would like some surprises here!

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TBR #4

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Yay! I love doing these posts! .) I have some amazing books for today, so lets get started already.

Book1

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When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!

I wasn’t all that sure if I wanted to read it at first, but then I though “what the heck, I’ve done worse!” and bought it.

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It’s Armageddon Time for Artemis Fowl

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen.

If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers – or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

Yes, it’s true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl’s four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world?

This is the only book in the series I don’t own! I can’t find it anywhere! Don’t worry precious, we’ll find it. Oh yes, we’ll find it………

Book3

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol — a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

I know I said I would never read the other Hunger Games books, but I really want to know what happens!

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Searching Saturday: C Authors

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Saturday again! Jeez, time is flying.

Searching Saturday is a weekly meme created by Nikki @TheNightIsDarkAndFullOfBooks

‘C’ Authors
 Search for books of which the authors LAST name starts with an C.

#1

The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr

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I had no idea Carr wrote anything else! I’ve read his Staff and the Sword books, but that’s all!

#2

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

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Isn’t it beautiful?!

Only two again. Bye!

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8 Charming Summer-y Covers

8 Charming YA Authors

Good day, Charmlings! Welcome home. Now, to business! We shall be exploring some Summer-y Covers! .)

#1

Catching  Fire by Suzanne Collins

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This is gorgeous! I want it soooooooooo bad!

#2

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

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Not my favorite cover, but it does remind me of summer.

#3

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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So pretty! .)

#4

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

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#5

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Give it to me!

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#6

 A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

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The first and second books were really good, but the third kinda stunk. At least, it did for me. Highly recommend this one.

#7

Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor

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Oh, I LOVE this book!

#8

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

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May Wrap-Up

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Heyo! I can’t believe May is already over! Geez. It feels like it should only be March. Huh, well. Here we are! Time for the first Monthly Wrap-Up for Alex’s Charming Books! Shall we begin?!

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  1. At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie 3/5
  2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer 4/5
  3. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer 4/5
  4. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer 4/5
  5. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer 5/5
  6. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer 5/5
  7. Alex Rider: Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz 4/5
  8. Alex Rider: Skeleton Key Anthony Horowitz 5/5
  9. Alex Rider: Eagle Strike Anthony Horowitz 4/5
  10. Alex Rider: Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz 5/5

(As you can see, I like sarcastic teenage boy characters. I also have a slight crush on Yassen Gregorvich. Don’t judge me!)

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Tags-

  1. The Goodreads Book Tag
  2. The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Tag
  3. The Rainbow Book Tag

TBR-

  1. TBR #1
  2. TBR #2
  3. TBR#3

Top Ten Tuesday-

  1. T10T Top Ten Favorite Moms in Literature
  2. T10T Top Ten Summer-ish-y Book Covers
  3. T10T Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017 (More like Top 2…)

Top 5 Wednesday-

  1. T5W Summer Reads
  2. T5W Fandoms I Am No Longer In

Searching Saturday-

  1. Searching Saturday: Unknown/Not-So-Very-Popular Books!

8 Charming Fridays-

  1.  8 Charming Fairy Tale Retellings

And that’s all for May! Not bad for my first month at this.

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Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

 

Hello, hello, hello! Greetings Charmlings and visitors! Today we shall be exploring books (yes, again. That is what a book blog is for!). I found this at Thrice Read. Now, the questions-

1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

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Too much cussing, not very well written, but the plot was neat. (I never finished it! I got as far as the underwater boat-thingy)

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

Animorphs. I read part of the last book and decided to never finish.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

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I just, ugh! I couldn’t keep going! Sorry to all the Jane Eyre fans out there, but I’m not one of you!

4. Any genres you never read?

Romance, Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

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How can I?! I read a spoiler and it wrecked my childhood! .(

Well, that wasn’t so bad, right?! Now I shall do the unthinkable!

Tag, You’re IT!

  1. JoBeth
  2. Nikki
  3. Ms. Keene
  4. Icebreaker694

and you, lovely peoples!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017 (More like Top 2…)

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Hello my little Charmlings! (That is what you, my followers, are now called)

Ugh, new releases. I don’t read “popular” books. At least, not while their “popular” :\ . I’d love to read authors like John Green, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare! But I can’t afford them, I have found some Clare books at my favorite thrift store. Now, let us see what I can come up with!

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish)

#1

Magnus Chase: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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Ok, I haven’t read The Hammer of Thor yet. But, to be fair, its pretty hard to find! We don’t have a book store here, and the closest one is almost an hour away! Gah! Stupid small town!

#2

The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons by Wade Albert White

 

The cover isn’t out yet, but I’m hoping for a really nice one to match the first book. Gosh, I loved The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes so much! *Sigh* I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

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And that’s all folks! ,) (That’s a Nick Fury winky face)

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Right. Laters!

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TBR #3

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Oh, yeah! Third TBR! Things actually seem ok here 😉 . Now den, let us begin,

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The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

 I was given this by one of the women at our homeschool co-op and my dad said it was good….

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Everyone seems to love Cassandra Clare. I hope its as good as I’ve heard!

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In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.

I don’t own this book yet, but I will! Soon!

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Searching Saturday: Unknown/Not-So-Very-Popular Books!

OMYG-O-S-H!!! I just found this meme! It looks so COOL! Ok, calm down Alex. Don’t scare them away. *Deep breath, out through the nose* Lets give it a go, k?

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Searching Saturday is a weekly meme created by Nikki @TheNightIsDarkAndFullOfBooks

The topic for today is “Search for books that have under 1.000 Goodreads ratings but are published at least 2 months ago.

Spindle by Shonna Slayton

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In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.

This one seems interesting….

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

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Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.

He is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn’t quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If Bobby wants to see his family again, he’s going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning….

I have one book in this series, but I haven’t read it. (and I know this has almost 40,000 ratings, I couldn’t find anything else! I searched all over Goodreads! So, just leave me alone on this!)

This was quite a bit harder then I thought it would be.

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Rainbow Book Tag

I did this tag a long time ago on my other blog and thought it would be cool to redo it here. I love book covers, they’re half the reason I buy books 😉 .

RED

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I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony. Haven’t gotten around to the other two.

Orange

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Two Charles Dickens books, Great Expectations Oliver Twist. Then there’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

Yellow

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Lots of Nancy Drew. I’ve read all the paperbacks and all but one of the hardbacks. The one on top is The Black Rood by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Green

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HatchetHow to Train Your Dragon #2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief.

Blue

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Tons of Agatha Christie and The Hardy Boys.

Indigo/Turquoise

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The Dragon of Cripple CreekSteinbeck’s Ghost, and a Dear America book.

Purple

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Pink

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These are pretty much the only pink books I own.

Brown

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I have more, I just don’t feel like finding them right now.

White

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Black

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My favorite color. 🙂

aleavinthiopen!!!

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Top Ten Tueday: Top Ten Summer-ish-y Book Covers

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(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish)

This weeks T10T is all about SUMMER!

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So, I will be sharing my favorite Summer-ish-y covers! Lets do this!

#1

Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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How could I not mention Magnus?! This is one of my favorite covers EVAH!

#2

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

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#3

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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#4

Lara at Athenry Castle by Kathleen Duey

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#5

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

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#6

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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#7

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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#8

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

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 #9

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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#10

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Aren’t they all GORGEOUS?!

Thanks for dropping in this week! Tune in next time for more book-ish crazy! 😉

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May 22, 2017 Book Haul

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MY NEW ALEX RIDER BOOKS CAME IN TODAY!!!!!!

I worked my tail off to earn the $13 it cost to get them. I cleaned all the ceiling fans in the house, swept and mopped the kitchen floor, “tidied” the living/dining room area (that place is NASTY) plus a lot of other stuff that I can’t remember. The result was 7 GORGEOUS new books! Of course I’m still buried in un-read books, but they can wait. MAH FELLOW ALEX CALLS! 😉

I also rearranged my shelves. They’re not perfect, but they’re close.

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I finished all the Artemis Fowl books I own (I’m only missing the last one) and I’m in the middle of reading 5(ish) books, one for a review here. Oh, I have a new OTP!

Holly Short and Artemis Fowl!!!

They are so adorable together!

I could just go on and on about all this, but I’m supposed to be doing dishes. Sooooo, bye!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

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Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
If you want to join in checkout the Goodreads page!

Ok, um. I will be trying this ONCE to see if I like it. Uh, hehe. here we go?

May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

I’ll go with books that remind me of summer, k?

#1

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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I know, this isn’t very summer-y. But when I was little I used to lay on our trampoline on summer nights and read this book. Over and over.  So it really reminds me of summer.

#2

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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I love this series! I need to reread it soon….

#3

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

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This was one of my favorite books growing up. And the cover is just gorgeous!

#4

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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I read this book when I was pretty young. A family friend (we called her Meemee) got on to me for reading it. She thought I was too young for some of the content! 😉 If only she knew some of the books I’ve read. (I’m looking at you, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!)

#5

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

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^THIS^ started my love for unicorns!!! I’ve read and reread books 1 & 2 and. Just. Gah! I wanted to go to Luster sooooooooo bad! 😦

 

And that’s that! I might do this again, no promises!

alex-c

Book Pics (And A Plea For Help)

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Today is a day for random pictures. Of my books. A month or so ago I did a photo-shoot with some of my favorite cover designs. Warning- The quality is horrible.

Although, my favorite is this one-

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I recently bought 70-90-ish new books and I’m running out of space on my bookshelf. And we don’t have room for another one. Does anyone have any tips on organizing my shelf?

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Top shelves

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Bottom shelves.

Sorry for the bad quality, but I only have my kindle to take pictures with.

I’ve tried googling “how to organize a bookshelf with lots of books” and nothing useful came up. I seriously need help cause I just ordered 7 new books from ebay, and I don’t have room for them!

PLEASE HELP!!!

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