Kickin' It: October 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015

Kickin’ It is a new feature at The Bucket List where I round-up the whole month in one post, bringing you reviews you may have missed, other awesome bookish things, and even what I’m currently obsessed with in other media besides books. October was quiet and too fast.  I didn't get to read or blog as much as I would have liked. I've been attending job interviews left and right.  Keep your fingers crossed that I get something soon.  November should be an awesome month-- and hopefully, the month where I read and review more!

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (4 stars): Despite the writing, Johnston excelled in bringing the classic to life in a fresh way.  A Thousand Nights forces readers to want another thousand nights, wondering what happens after the end.  

Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles (4 stars):  Lindsay Brambles is a true genius, creating a layered dystopian with vampires, Nazis, and non-stop action.  It will be sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page.

Soundless by Richelle Mead (11/10/15): Going into this book, I knew it was a Chinese folktale retelling.  That was it.  Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors of all time so I wasn't surprised when I found the book to be as awesome as I thought it would be.  Instead of spoken dialogue, Mead seamlessly incorporates sign language into the text.  Soundless is a gorgeous and enticing tale that will sure to keep you reading.  Review to come in November.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: The sequel to Snow Like Ashes.  I adored the first one so I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: Yes, I caved.  I don't watch the show.  I saw one episode years ago after a friend forced me with "I'm turning it on.  You'll love it, it has Boromir from Lord of the Rings in it! All you have to do is sit here." I don't remember liking or not liking it.  I think the Sean Bean character is dead now, right?  After doing a group project with these boys who could not get enough of the show, I asked what it was about and it sounds REALLY good.  Starting with the first five books and then starting on the show.

Soundless by Richelle Mead (11/10/15): Based on a Chinese folktale, Richelle Mead weaves a fantasy world where people live without sound.  When Fei regains her hearing, she realizes the adventure she must face to save her people from starvation.  

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins (11/3/15): Cassandra is stuck with her mom and stepdad on their private beach (horrors, I know) for the whole summer.  But when this mysterious guy shows up, claiming that its his property and that he's from the past-- things start getting real interesting.

As much as it released in the beginning of the summer, I just got my hands on the new Florence and the Machine album.  From what I listened to so far, it is gorgeous!  Also, I love love love this new song by Daya: "Hideaway."

I did see The Martian movie with Matt Damon, but I have to say: I really enjoyed the book but the movie, not so much.  This month I binge watched Elementary season 2.  I love that show so much and I won't have time to watch season 3 in time for season 4 which starts November 5. (gif: Elementary -- I swear, this show is definitely quality TV.)

The books are too intimidating right now since I'm so busy but I did start the show, Outlander.  It was a bit slow in the beginning but I hope it speeds up a bit because I love some good time travel.

How was your October?

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