One for the Books

I am ONE for the Books and this is where my thoughts are shared. I enjoy reading with a passion. I see no issue in getting whisked away into the pages for hours, days, weeks, months at a time! Reading is a huge part of my life.

October is National Book Month!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie Secret Obsession - Kimberla Lawson Roby Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward The Widow - Fiona Barton
— feeling amazing



First of all, October is one of my favorite months or perhaps my only favorite month! I absolutely love everything about Fall and October...Halloween, autumn smells, the cooler weather, the shorter days, everything!!! So when I found out that October is also National Book Month, you can pretty much guess that I almost lost it!! I mean how  much more amazing can this month get?!!!


To observe this wonderful holiday, I am going to create my first TBR post. My October reads are set to include the following (hopefully, I can indulge in them all!!!):


Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

This is a read for my book club. A novel centered around a poor family and their issues as Hurricane Katrina makes landfall.


Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben

Nap Dumas is a police detective who is a little obsessed with digging for answers to his brothers mysterious death and his high school girlfriend's disappearance.  However, somebody doesn't want him to.


The Widow - Fiona Barton

I'm listening to this one. 

Jean is a master pretender. Once pretending to be the perfect wife and now that her husband has died, people are searching for the truth. Or what Jean makes them believe is the truth...


Secret Obsession - Kimberla Lawson Roby 

Paige is up to some dangerous scheming as a result of a jealous feud...scheming against her own sister. Sounds like some drama!


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

I told myself that I would like to try and read at least on Agatha Christie a month.


So those are my tentative reads for now. I may get to them all and I may not. I feel like I should add a horror story in honor of Halloween...


What is on your October to read list?

I'm Back!!

— feeling excited

So after booklikes kept having issues, I lost my drive for blogging. I didn't stop reading but I kind of slipped on my reviews but now I'm back. My plan is to eventually shift to my own domain but until then here is where you can find me. Also add me on Goodreads: J. Bentley or follow me on instagram @1_4the_books. I'll eventually make my way to twitter. 


Now on to the good stuff.  This weekend I had the privilege and honor to attend a book talk and book signing. A few weeks ago I told myself that I wanted to attend a book signing.  Well I  didn't even go looking for this one, it just fell in my lap. Let me preface by saying this was my absolute first and it was lovely. And it helped that it happened to be one of my favorite authors. Somebody give me a drum roll, please....Harlan Coben. Mastermind of suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. If you have not checked him out, I highly suggest you do so. He is the author of over 30 books and the mastermind behind two Netflix shows including The Five. Check out my cool pictures and yes I was totally fangirling it. 

I am beyond excited that this book just downloaded onto my kindle. I have been waiting and waiting. I'm pressing pause on real life until I Maybe this is just what I needed to get my mojo back because I felt like I was losing it. Anyway on to reading...I hope that it is as great as the prequel!

Nope, nope, and nope

The Nest - Cynthia D`Aprix Sweeney

If there was any way possible to get a refund on the amount of time that I just wasted reading this book, I NEED IT. I'm probably in the minority on this one but this book was flat and boring. The characters were all so narcissistic and flat and boring. The plot?...good question what was the plot? At times it seemed like it was headed in a good direction which is why I didn't dnf it but then each time it just dropped off.  Let me put it this way...this was like one of those bad Hallmark or Lifetime wanna be dramas (don't get me wrong, ya girl loves Lifetime and Hallmark...but you know there are some cheesy ass wastes of time on there from time to time). Any who I digress...I don't recommend it, this book, that is. The writing especially didn't do it for me. It was like she wanted it to be deep and one of those novels where the writing is poetic and beautiful. But wah wah ...she missed the basket. And not to mention the sprinkling of SAT vocabulary words that had no place in this novel...Annoying. 

Another reading slump...

— feeling sad

School/work has started back and I've found myself in a reading slump. Hopefully, my mojo will return soon. 

Reading progress update: I've read 16%.

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

Feels like it's been a long time...I've still been reading just haven't felt like doing reviews much. Any who this novel has had me since the first page. I think I may finish it tonight or early in the morning. 


If you read a book that you've read before, do you include it in your reading challenge quota?

Yes, yes, yes!!!

Pretty Girls: A Novel - Karin Slaughter

Very well written thriller. I could hardly put it down. Just go read it. 

Oh Gillian..

— feeling amazing
The Grownup - Gillian Flynn

When I read my first Gillian Flynn novel, I was confused, discombobulated, and frazzled when I finished it. I didn't know if it liked it or hated it. But now I'm 3 Flynn novels in and I love her, love her writing.  I'm hooked. This novella is nothing different. It's Gillian all the way! No disappointment here.  If you're familiar with her endings, then you know how it goes- there is no ending. Read it. You won't be disappointed. I also want to add that I despise advertising for novels that say they are the new "Gone Girl", etc. There is no comparison,  she is one of a kind. Summer reading kick off has begun. 

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I couldn't stop listening..

The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom, Bahni Turpin, Orlagh Cassidy

This book was engaging from start to finish. I listened to the audiobook. I'm fairly new to the audiobook world but this has been the best narration that I have heard thus far!. The novel is not the typical slave novel; it actually focuses on a little Irish indentured servant and her struggle to find her place. The characters in the novel seemed so real and at times, I couldn't stop listening. The plot kept my attention from the beginning. I can't say enough about this novel; just go read it! I cannot wait to read the sequel. I miss them, lol.


The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom, Bahni Turpin, Orlagh Cassidy

Review coming soon...I have to gather my thoughts. 

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

Sycamore Row: A Novel (Jake Brigance) - John Grisham

So far, so I'm reading it I keep imagining Matthew McConaughey as Jake

Reading progress update: I've listened 596 out of 776 minutes.

The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom, Bahni Turpin, Orlagh Cassidy

Back in business, baby!!!! There have been so many jaw dropping moments.  I don't want it to end. 

Baby Come Back....

Y' loan on Kitchen House expired and I am freaking out. I am now back in line for the audiobook but I'm #13!!! Ughhhhhhhh...this sucks-majorly.

Reading progress update: I've listened 180 out of 590 minutes.

The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom, Bahni Turpin, Orlagh Cassidy

This is so good! I cant stop listening.

Currently reading

Liar's Bench
Kim Michele Richardson