Saturday, November 2, 2019

October Re-Cap

Halloween Bingo/reading/listening wise, this month was great.  I even got my Blackout! I read/listened to 14 books this month...that's a pretty good haul for me.  Stand-Outs were The Wolves of Winter, Unraveling Oliver, and Dark Matter.

RL wise, not so good...my dog, Maia has been diagnosed with Cushing's disease.  She literally wants to drink and pee all the time because of a tumor on her gland.  They could do surgery, but it will more than likely come back, and it costs thousands of dollars.  They have drugs, one kind that is super expensive--hundreds of dollars, monthly and she would also have to go to the vet every three weeks to have testing done...more hundreds of dollars and it might not even help.  There is also less expensive drugs that don't involve going to the vet every three weeks, but they have side effects that are basically the same as if we do nothing, one of them being lethargy.  Maia is very active, loves to run amok and chase rabbits, squirrels anything smaller than her, pretty much.  So, we don't want to give her anything that will make her not be herself.  She's a really awesome dog.  She is well-loved by the whole family and even the extended family...

This is a video of Maia trying to chase down the bottle rockets that Grandpa is lighting off.  She thinks she can catch them.




At this point, I bought her some natural stuff that is supposed to level out her cortisol levels and help with her water cravings.  We're just taking it day by day right now...and trying to deal with the fact that she's drinking a lot of water, which in turn makes her have to pee a lot, and if no one is home to let her out, then accidents occur...so far she has only had a couple.

Okay, back to my re-cap...

My Monthly Reading Re-Cap


(Audiobook) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
FEATURING⇢
Vampires
Dystopian-ish
Like A Slightly Skewed Version of Our World
Quarantined Vampire Towns
Kick-Ass Heroine
A Smattering of Romance

Stand-Alone

Finish Date:  10/02
MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A






(Audiobook) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

FEATURING⇢

Blake Crouch Kind-of-Trippy
Science Fiction
Mind-Fucking/Defining

With A Love Story

Finish Date:  10/05
MY RATING⇢ 4.8 STARS | GRADE A








(Audiobook) The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

FEATURING⇢
Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Winter
Survival
A Deadly Virus
Bioengineered Humans
An Awesome Dog Named Wolf (who isn't a wolf)
Tiny Splash of Romance
Reads More Like Older YA

Finish Date:  10/06
MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+





(Audiobook) We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

FEATURING⇢

Rock N Roll/Metal Inspired
Horror-if-ic
Weird AF
Gore
Devil Worshipping

Finish Date:  10/08
MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-








(Audiobook) Bunny by Mona Awad

FEATURING⇢

Mean Girls & Heathers...
Mashed w/Weird Science
Weird AF
Cultish Cliques
New England University
Creative Writing

Finish Date:  10/11
MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+








(Audiobook) Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick

FEATURING⇢

Russian Exchange Student in America
A Coming of Age Story
Literary
Murder Mystery
The Anguish of Addiction

Finish Date:  10/13
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+








(Audiobook) The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

FEATURING⇢

Prequel to Practical Magic
Spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s...and more
A Long Line of Witches
Family Curse
Romance & Love

Finish Date:  10/15
MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B







(Kindle eBook) The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read

FEATURING⇢
Time Travel
Requires A Suspension of Belief
Historical Romance
The Early 1900's
Mystery
Sex-Plicit
Rating for Book #1 - 3 Stars

Finish Date:  10/16
MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-





(Audiobook) Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

FEATURING⇢

Character Study
Psychological
Thrillingly Twisted & Twisty
Ireland
Full Cast Narration*

Finish Date: 10/18
MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A







(Audiobook) The House by Christina Lauren

FEATURING⇢

Monster House For Teens
With Romance
A Possession
Paranormal
Older YA

Finish Date: 10/20
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+







(Audiobook) The Black Wolf by JA Redmerski

FEATURING⇢
Romantic Suspense
Contract Killers
Sex Trade Take Down
Sex-Plicit...Sort of
Book 5 of 7 (So Far)
Series Rating So Far...Around 4 STARS
Full Cast Narration*

Finish Date:  10/22
MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B








(Audiobook) Saint by A. Zavarelli

FEATURING⇢

Too Much Sex Not Enough Plot
Irish Mafia
Dark Romantic Suspense
Averaged Rating for Series Around 3.8

Finish Date:  10/25
MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+







(Audiobook) The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

FEATURING⇢

Profoundly Disturbing Storyline
Horror-if-ic
Depressive Tone
Decay & Rot Transformations
Ghost-Like Apparations

Finish Date: 10/27
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+




(Audiobook) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

FEATURING⇢

School for Supernatural (Prodigium)
Y/A
Mystery
Splash of Romance
Despite The Cat On The Cover...
There Are No Cats In This Story

Finish Date: 10/29
MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B







14 Books Total, 13 of which are Audiobooks and 1 Kindle eBook (KU).

For a Total of 4,793 Pages (including Audios)

Best Cover for the Month of October goes to


it's really creepy and goes with the story perfectly.





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