Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Horror
Published: 12 Mar 1967 by Random House
Page count: 245 (original hardcover)
My Format: Audiobook via Hoopla Digital
Cover: Many versions, all good
Pacing: Middle was slow
Ending: Creepy!!!!
Would I recommend it: Probably
Commission Link: Buy Rosemary’s Baby

My rating: ★★☆☆
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Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Children, Fantasy
Published: 17 Sep 2013 by HarperCollins
Page count: 113 (print)
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Adorable
Pacing: Awesome!
Ending: Perfect!
Would I recommend it: Absolutely!
Commission Link: Buy Fortunately, the Milk

My rating: ★★★★★
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Children, Fantasy
Published: First published 1961 by Alfred Knopf
Page count: 146 (print)
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Varies by edition, but all cute. Cover above is from the audiobook version.
Pacing: Good
Ending: Decent
Would I recommend it: Yes, to kids
Commission Link: Buy James and the Giant Peach

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

My Thoughts
I am continuing my quest to read all of Roald Dahl’s works. I never read James and the Giant Peach as a child and I have never seen the movie. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this book at all and sometimes it is nice to jump in to a story with no preconceived notions. Here are my pros and cons for James and the Giant Peach:
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September 2019 Reading Wrap-up!  #bookblog #amreading #bookreview

Sept wrap

September has come and gone and I didn’t end up reading the specific books I planned to (I am still behind on my ARCs), but I am pleased with most of the titles I did read because a few of them were phenomenal books!

Below you will find a summary of my September reading, upcoming books, and my stats so far this year.

Click on the links to read my full reviews.

Books

  1. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh ★★★☆☆
  2. The Passengers by John Marrs ★★★★★
  3. The One by John Marrs ★★★★☆
  4. Welcome to Wherever You Are by John Marrs ★★☆☆☆
  5. More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer ★★★★★
  6. The BFG by Roald Dahl ★★★★★
  7. Demon Dentist by David Walliams ★★★☆☆

Currently Reading (reviews to be posted in October)

  1. The Humiliations of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel (ARC)
  2. Iliad: The Reboot by Keith Tokash (author request)
  3. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Perry (ARC) – I’m having trouble getting through this one. It isn’t holding my interest.
  4. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (personal choice)

Up Next in the Reading Queue (reviews also in October, hopefully)

  1. Lost You by Haylen Beck (ARC)
  2. Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner (ARC)
  3. Hubris Falls by Matthew S. Hiley (ARC)
  4. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (ARC)
  5. Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris (ARC)

As of September 30, I have read 88 of the 104 books I challenged myself to read this year. I am 11 books ahead of schedule and on track to exceed my reading goal!

I will close by bragging that my parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in September! As a gift to them, my sister and I are taking them on an all expenses paid trip to Arizona to see the sites (Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Red Rocks, Monument Valley, etc.). My mom is a nature photographer and the landscape in Arizona will be quite different from what she normally photographs! We will be going on the trip in mid-October – hopefully I can get some reading done on the plane! I won’t be posting any reviews during trip, but I plan to catch up quickly when I return home.

That’s it for September!

HAPPY READING and THANKS FOR FOLLOWING ME!

Demon Dentist by David Walliams ★★★☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Children, Fiction, Horror
Published: 26 Sep 2013 by Harper Collins Children’s Books
Page count: 443 (print)
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Scary
Pacing: A tad slow at times
Ending: Too sad, but epilogue uplifting
Would I recommend it: Maybe
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More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult
Published: First published 16 March 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Page count: 415
My Format: eBook via Overdrive
Cover: Simple
Pacing: Perfect
Ending: Really great
Would I recommend it: Yes!
Commission Link: Buy More Than We Can Tell

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