Task 4: If you like Japanese food, treat yourself to a favorite dish.
So I usually love making Japanese food, but I just didn't feel like making my favorite dishes to fix, katsudon or sushi, or doing any of my other recipes. Instead, I decided to go the dessert route and just buy some pocky. I hadn't had it in a while, so this was a nice treat for myself. And I bought a big box of it, so I can continue to enjoy it.
Task 3: Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.
To answer the question of my favorite cup, it's important to say what kind of cup we're talking about. If we're talking about favorite mug, then that's my Batman mug. If we're talking travel mug for when I'm not at home, then that's Wonder Woman. And if we're talking alcoholic drinks, that's my "It's not drinking alone if your cat's home" cup. All three of these were gifts from different people who all clearly know me well.
I read 40 books this month with an average score of 3.69. 9 were graphic novels and 25 were YA. My most-read genres were fantasy, romance, and contemporary. Fantasy absolutely dominated my books this month. Over half of my books were fantasy.
My favorite books were Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death - Terry Moore and Not Even Bones - Rebecca Schaeffer. Rachel Rising was a reread as I plan on finally finishing the series by first rereading the books I did read and then continuing all the way through. Not Even Bones was a dark story with a main character who loved performing dissections on the bodies her mother brought her. I don't think there was a truly good character in the book, and I loved every moment of it. I can't wait to read the sequel.
My least favorite book was The Third Wife - Lisa Jewell. I just didn't like the characters at all.
Books by author gender:
Books by format:
Serial/Spree Killer - Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner - Read 9/1
Halloween - Pumpkinheads - Rainbow Rowell,Faith Erin Hicks - Read 9/1
Amateur Sleuth - Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris - Read 9/3
Murder Most Foul - The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor - Read 9/4
In The Dark, Dark Woods - The Lovely and the Lost - Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Read 9/5
Creepy Crawlies - Parasite - Mira Grant - Read 9/6
Gothic - Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris - Read 9/8
Paint It Black - Middlegame - Seanan McGuire - Read 9/10
Spellbound - The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta Read 9/10
Free Square - The Mother-in-Law - Sally Hepworth - Read 9/13
Cryptozoologist - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell - Jordie Bellaire,Joss Whedon,Dan Mora - Read 9/14
Dystopian Hellscape - The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood - Read 9/14
Fear the Drowning Deep - Symbiont - Mira Grant - Read 9/18
County House Mystery - Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie - Read 9/18
Cozy Mystery - The Under Dog and Other Stories - Agatha Christie - Read 9/21
Dark Academia - Killing November - Adriana Mather - Read 9/22
Darkest London - Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee - Read 9/22
Creepy Carnivals - His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined - Kendare Blake,Fran Wilde,Lamar Giles,Stephanie Kuehn,Emily Lloyd-Jones,Hillary Monahan,Rin Chupeco,Dahlia Adler,Tessa Gratton,Marieke Nijkamp,Caleb Roehrig,Amanda Lovelace,Tiffany D. Jackson - Read 9/26
Truly Terrifying - The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World - Sarah Weinman - Read 9/26
Deadlands - Wayward Son - Rainbow Rowell - Read 9/30
A Grimm Tale - Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino - Read 10/1
Film at 11 - Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris - Read 10/2
Ghost Stories - Missing, Presumed Dead - Emma Berquist - Read 10/9
Shifters - Out of Salem - Hal Schrieve - Read 10/13
Black Cat - Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats - Laura Allred,Joëlle Jones,Fernando Blanco - Read 10/18
I read 35 books this month with an average score of 3.87. 7 were graphic novels and 14 were YA. My most-read genres were mystery, contemporary, and sci-fi. Fantasy and thriller were right behind. It's been a while since romance didn't make that list. Horror actually tied it for sixth.
I just realized all my favorite books were graphic novels this month. It was a really good month for those. Of those, I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell might have been my favorite, but it's really close with Pumpkinheads and Go For It, Nakamura!. All three of those had great art and I had a smile on my face the entire time I read them.
My least favorite was Bring Me Back - B.A. Paris. The main character frustrated me for the entire book and I just wanted him to stop and actually think things through.
Books by author gender:
Books by format:
Dead Reckoning is part of The Southern Vampire Mysteries series which got turned into the True Blood show, so I'm using the book to claim the Film at 11 square. It's an adaptation that got further from the original the longer it ran and this particular book came out right in the middle of True Blood's run, but the show was still an adaptation of the book series regardless of how far it eventually got from its roots. The book would have also worked for the Amateur Sleuth, Cryptozoologist, Deadlands, Shifters, and Spellbound squares.
One of the main characters of Wayward Son is a vampire and the group encounter quite a few more vampires over the course of their trip (and kill a number of them). Because of that, I'm using this book to claim the Deadlands square. The book would have also worked for the Cryptozoologist and Spellbound squares on my card.
To claim the Truly Terrifying square, I decided to go with The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World. It covers the true crime kidnapping of Sally Horner and the potential influence that case had over the writing of Lolita. There was more focus on Lolita than I expected, but there was still plenty of attention given to Sally Horner's story from start to tragic end.