My Bookish Bucket List

I have several bookish places that I want to visit. I decided to compile them into a bookish bucket list.

Monroeville, Alabama

The birth place of Harper Lee, this town is inspiration for the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The town courthouse where she watched her father practice law has been turned into a museum. Every year the local theater hosts the To Kill a Mockingbird play.

Road to Tara Museum

Gone with the Wind is close to my heart. The Road to Tara Museum is not far from my home. It is located in the Jonesboro, Georgia train depot. I am a literature lover and also a history buff. This museum is perfect for both.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. It serves as the research arm of Congress. While I’m not into politics, I would love the opportunity to explore this historic library.

Book Con

Book Con is a two day celebration of all things bookish. If you have been in the book community long you have heard of it. It’s a great place to meet authors, get arcs, and hangout with other book lovers. It sounds like heaven.

Yall Fest

Yall Fest is a book festival in Charleston that is dedicated to Young Adult books. Charleston is on my bucket list anyway so Yall Fest would be a perfect time to visit.

So that is my bookish bucket list. If you have ever been to any of these and have must do suggestions let me know in the comments! Also, tell me about something on your bucket list.

February 2020 TBR

February is here. Let’s talk about reading plans. I hope to read at least six books this month. However, I am hitting a bit of a slump. So here is what I am hoping to read.

Synopsis:

Murder in the streets. Murder in the houses of the holy. The violent deaths of prominent figures have the populous on edge. Now, amid fire and flood, the revolt is on. The castle is taken, the lord is on the run, and the city is crumbling. With society on the verge of collapse, impulsive street-fighter Ford Barlow finds himself in just as much turmoil. Not only is he juggling his own problems, but his slippery rogue friend is embroiled in a string of high-profile assassinations. Mercenary work for a mage meant to distance him from his troubles only highlights his selfish ways and drives him back into a crumbling world of scandal and betrayal. Magic, adventure and murder combine in this fantasy-mystery!

Synopsis:

Paulie Passero, underachiever, high school junior, wants the courage to talk to a girl. A road trip from Chicago to rural Pennsylvania doesn’t interest him until his father emphasizes the need for a second driver. Why must they go? Paulie’s dying grandmother disowned her son twenty years ago, and fences must be mended. Unprepared for Smalltown USA, Paulie is bored at first but notices a girl in the back of a passing pickup and is immediately enamored. Guinevere Thompson lives just down the road from Paulie’s grandparents. She wants nothing to do with him. It’s not that she doesn’t like him; she likes him too much to see him beaten up by her three nasty brothers…or worse, her father. Paulie yearns to help this troubled girl escape the clutches of an abusive father, but will his interference only cause her more harm? 

Synopsis:

“Do you trust me?”

An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.

Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Synopsis:

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

Synopsis:

From writers Scott Snyder and Stephen King, American Vampire introduces a new strain of vampire – a more vicious species – and traces the creatures’ bloodline through decades of American history.

Snyder’s tale follows Pearl, a young woman living in 1920s Los Angeles, who is brutally turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European monsters who tortured and abused her. And in King’s story set in the days of America’s Wild West, readers learn the origin of Skinner Sweet, the original American vampire – a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before.

Don’t miss out as Snyder and King set fire to the horror genre with this visionary, all-original take on one of the most popular monster stories!

This beautiful collection features a new introduction by Stephen King and bonus art including character sketches, variant covers and more!

There There

Synopsis:

We all came to the powwow for different reasons. The messy, dangling threads of our lives got pulled into a braid–tied to the back of everything we’d been doing all along to get us here. There will be death and playing dead, there will be screams and unbearable silences, forever-silences, and a kind of time-travel, at the moment the gunshots start, when we look around and see ourselves as we are, in our regalia, and something in our blood will recoil then boil hot enough to burn through time and place and memory. We’ll go back to where we came from, when we were people running from bullets at the end of that old world. The tragedy of it all will be unspeakable, that we’ve been fighting for decades to be recognized as a present-tense people, modern and relevant, only to die in the grass wearing feathers.”

Those are the books I hope to read this month. I hope it is a good reading month for you!

My Favorite Authors

I think a person’s favorite author says a lot about them. Since I am still new to blogging I thought I would sit down and write about some of my favorites.

Harper Lee

I have loved Harper Lee since high school. We read To Kill a Mockingbird in one of my Literature classes. I enjoyed the story when I read it, but my love came from doing a research paper on her. She was so spunky and admirable. She is what I want to be. Of course, being from Alabama helps intensify my love. Her home town is only a few hours from my home so it is on my bookish bucket list.

John Steinbeck

Yet another love from Literature class. We only read a section of Grapes of Wrath in high school and then as a treat we watched the movie. All of this happened on a Friday before my birthday. So when my parents asked me what I wanted my answer was a copy of The Grapes of Wrath. I devoured that book. It is a favorite to this day. I have read many other works of his and I have enjoyed those also. In high school I set a goal to read all of his published works. I hate to admit I got away from that but I really want to focus on it more this year.

Edgar Allan Poe

I love Poe. My first experience reading his work was The Raven and Annabel Lee. They are both haunting. They really stuck with me. I am still exploring his work. I would like to read a biography about him as well. His life is just as interesting as his works.

Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied hooked me. After I read it I had to go back and read Final Girls which I loved just as much. Lock Every Door was also good. I can’t wait to get my hands on his next book. It is interesting because he is my first favorite that is still publishing. I’m glad that I get to follow his journey.

Sarah J Maas

Sarah J Maas is a brand new favorite of mine. I didn’t read anything by her until last year. I started with A Court of Thorns and Roses. I flew through that series and had to pick up A Throne of Glass. They are both some of my top favorite series. Her writing is a guilty pleasure of mine. I hope it continues with her new book that is coming out in March.

So those are my top favorite authors. I would love to know yours. Let me know in the comments.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon Review

My five star rating streak continues. The Winter People was an awesome read. It rekindled my love for mystery/thrillers. I didn’t know a lot about this going into it, but it blew me away.

A small town called West Hall, Vermont has been struck by mysterious disappearances. Sara Harrison Shea was found dead behind her house in 1908 after the death of her daughter. In present day, Ruthie, Fawn, and their mother Alice live in Sara’s old farmhouse. One night Alice goes missing and while looking for clues Ruthie finds an old diary of Sara’s under the floor boards. Little do they know the diary will bring answers that will change their lives forever.

When I first put this on my tbr I didn’t realize this had a paranormal aspects. I thought it was a plain old murder mystery. The paranormal parts were what drew me in.

The book switches from present day, to past, to sections of the diary. I really loved the diary sections. They piece together so much of the story. The characters were so well developed. I loved each story line. There was magic and folklore involved in subtle ways that left me wanting more. This was a really creepy read and I highly recommend it. I just don’t recommend it after midnight.

Lights Out by R.L. Stine Review and Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge Check-in.

Wow. January has been a busy month. Luckily I am doing pretty good on my reading goals. I am participating in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge this year. I am a big mood reader so to make sure I still get to read everything I want to read I complete a prompt a month. Some people try to complete the challenge as quickly as possible and that is awesome. However, for me I know that if I push myself to only read for the challenge I won’t ever complete it. I tend to procrastinate.

That being said my prompt this month was to “Read a Book Published the Decade You Were Born.” I was born in the 90s. When I think of 90s reads I immediately think of R.L. Stine. I was nostalgic so I knew I had to go for a Fear Street novel.

I love to camp so my favorite Goosebumps and Fear Street novels usually involve camping. Somehow I had missed this one. I haven’t read a Fear Street novel since I was in 6th grade so I was concerned that I had outgrown them. I had forgotten how great of a writer R.L.Stine is. The plot was pretty complex. He does a great job of making you suspicious of everyone. I will say I was shocked at how gory this was. I can’t believe I read these as a preteen. It explains so much about my reading taste as an adult lol. It was a campy, fun horror novel that made me reminiscent of old horror movies. I really enjoyed my time reading it.