October Reads & November TBR

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In the hopes I can control my all-too-frequent impulse purchases and agreements to read new books, I started a new monthly segment on my blog where I list all the books I will read in the upcoming month. I hope that having something written, where I can be held accountable, helps me keep from increasing the TBR until I clear off many books I already want to read. I am going to plan 8 books each month, which is in-line with my 2018 Goodreads challenge to read in total 104 books (two per week). I’ve left some room to add anything in case I win an ARC or have a due date for an unplanned read. That said, let’s dive into next month’s planned reads…

April TBR (3)

October 2018 – 25 Books Read

Fixing to Die
really liked it
What’s not to love about two elderly spinster sisters who are more spry than many fifty-year-olds I know? Between the amazing southern charm, the ghost-hunting, the family drama over an inheritance, and a potentially new line of relative…
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2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Raspberry Danish Murder
really liked it
A little over a year ago, I joined NetGalley and Raspberry Danish Murder, the 22nd book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke, was one of the first books I requested. It had just been published, but I was ten books be…
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1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 7-netgalley, an…
In Want of a Knife
really liked it
Last month, In Want of a Knife, the 3rd book in the “A Little Library Mystery” series written by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, was available to read and review through a cozy mystery group I belong to. I was excited to try it because she was …
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1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 7-arc-giveaway-…
Tales of the River Vine: The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His Pocket
it was amazing
I stumbled across this author through her blog and enjoyed her writing and comments. When an opportunity to read a short story / prequel of her upcoming novel, I was interested in giving it a chance. I’m not normally a fantasy reader, so…
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1-fiction, 2-fic-fantasy-and-scifi, 7-arc-giveaway-won, 8-authors-i…
Slay in Character
really liked it
I’ve wanted to read a novel by Lynn Cahoon for years, but it never crept high enough in my TBR– no clue why, perhaps I was just overwhelmed with options in the cozy world. Then I was given an opportunity to read and review her latest bo…
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1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 7-arc-giveaway-…
Due East, Beasts & Campfire Feasts: A Cozy Witch Mystery
really liked it
When you find a book series you love, it’s hard not to jump on the opportunity to read the latest release. Author Erin Johnson is a fantastic marketer and has kept me interested with each new launch. Her latest in the Spells & Caramels ‘…
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1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 7-arc-giveaway-…
A Very Mersey Murder
it was amazing
One thing’s for sure, I’m a fan of mystery series. When I find a new one I like, such as the Mersey Murder Mysteries, I have to devour them all. I usually read in order, but I found this one after several books had been published, so now…
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1-fiction, 3-multi-book-series, 7-creativia-authors, 8-authors-i-kn…
An Exaltation of Larks
it was amazing
Under normal circumstances, it’s easy for me to write a review directly after I’ve read a novel. Occasionally, the book is so strong, I need time to think about what I want to say. I only finished An Exaltation of Larks, the first in the…
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1-fiction, 3-multi-book-series, 8-authors-i-know, and 9-read-2018-1…
The Trouble With Witches
liked it
When it comes to reading cozy mysteries, I enjoy interesting settings and sometimes even a little magic. There’s something fun about the lighthearted mystery combined with witchcraft or the occult. One of the first series I began reading…
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2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Notorious Nineteen
really liked it
I began reading the Stephanie Plum mystery series years ago and got through number eighteen around 2012 when I stopped. I am not really sure why, but I was in a reading slump for a few years. When that ended, I didn’t go back… now I’m …
tagged:
3-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, and 9-read-2018-10-october
Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2
it was amazing
Today launched an anthology of ~30 horror stories from multiple authors in a collection called Dark Visions, the second in the Box Under the Bed volume. Although it was edited / Arranged by Dan Alatorre, I was given a heads up by a blogg…
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1-fiction, 8-authors-i-know, and 9-read-2018-10-october
Hark the Herald Angels Slay
really liked it
Merry Wilkinson left NYC about a year ago after a disastrous break-up and returned to her hometown of Rudolph in upstate NY. Rudolph is a town where it’s always Christmas. In this third caper of the ‘A Year-Round Christmas Mystery’ serie…
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1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Not Like Everyone Else
really liked it
Not Like Everyone Else is a suspenseful young adult novel by Jennifer Leigh published in 2018. It is the first novel I’ve read by the author, but she has a few others and is a very prolific blogger on her website @ Bound to Writing. I’d …
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1-fiction, 2-fic-young-adult, 8-authors-i-know, and 9-read-2018-10-…
The Church Murders
really liked it
If you’ve every perused the list of books I’ve read, you’ll quickly notice I tend to read A LOT in certain genres, but I also have very broad ranges and try to sample from them all. When I came across The Church Murders, the first book i…
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1-fiction, 3-multi-book-series, 8-authors-i-know, and 9-read-2018-1…
Christmas Cake Murder
really liked it
I am finally caught up on the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. I finished reading Christmas Cake Murder, the 23rd of 24 books, published in the last year. The next one is in ARC form and I’m hoping to get my hands on i…
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2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, 7-netgalley, an…
Missing: The Lady Said No
it was amazing
I stumbled across author Jacquie Biggar via her WordPress blog and/or Twitter account and learned she had published a lot of books. I perused the list and chose this one based on my normal reading preferences leaning toward mystery and h…
tagged:
1-fiction, 8-authors-i-know, and 9-read-2018-10-october
Death Distilled
really liked it
I read the first in the Whisky Business Mystery cozy series almost two years ago and adored it. I got caught up in other series and book reviews, but this fall, I’ve committed myself to catching up on many of my favorites. Enter Death Di…
tagged:
1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Plantation Shudders
it was amazing
Earlier this week, I was selected to receive a copy of the fourth book in this series. I had been meaning to try the series for a while, but couldn’t get out of the TBR slump. Since I prefer reading books in order when they’re part of a …
tagged:
1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Body on the Bayou
really liked it
After devouring the first book in the Cajun Country Mystery cozy series by Ellen Byron, I had to jump on the second, Body on the Bayou. It’s quickly becoming one of my new favorites series, and I definitely recommend it for other cozy my…
tagged:
1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Watching You
really liked it
I’ve read and enjoyed several Lisa Jewell novels in the last two years. When an opportunity to read Watching You surfaced last month, I requested the book via NetGalley and was awarded it overnight. I was super excited and planned it for…
tagged:
1-fiction, 7-netgalley, and 9-read-2018-10-october
Sea Cliff
it was amazing
Sea Cliff is a very appropriate title for this book. Not only is Mary Deal’s story about a beautiful area in San Francisco named Sea Cliff, but it’s also the way to describe the main character’s emotions as she struggled with overcoming …
tagged:
1-fiction, 7-arc-giveaway-won, 7-creativia-authors, 8-authors-i-kno…
The Seasiders
it was amazing
The Seasiders is a light mystery novel written by A. J. Griffiths-Jones in 2016 and published by Creativia, the same press where I’m published. I like to sample different authors’ books throughout the year to see what everyone’s styles a…
tagged:
1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 7-creativia-authors, 8-authors-i-kno…
Body on Baker Street
really liked it
One of my favorite features of the cozy mystery genre is the ability to weave together multiple themes and story-lines that carry over throughout each successive book in the series. In ‘A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery’ series by Vicki…
tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-multi-book-series, 8-authors-i-kno…
A Cajun Christmas Killing
it was amazing
I’m thrilled to be caught up on the Cajun Country Mystery series by Ellen Byron. I won the 4th book in a contest and will be reading it next month, but beforehand I had to read the first three. I just finished A Cajun Christmas Killing a…
tagged:
1-fiction, 2-fic-cozy-mystery, 3-multi-book-series, and 9-read-2018…
Pet Sematary
Review to come on November 2nd, 2018.
tagged:
1-fiction, 9-read-2018-10-october, and 2-fic-fantasy-and-scifi


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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22 thoughts on “October Reads & November TBR

    Noriko said:
    October 31, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Uh.. how many did you EXACTLY read in October?
    Hello? You are such an incredible reading machine… how could you read so many whilst writing your own book? Crazy!!

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    bettylouise31 said:
    October 31, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    A good list enjoy them

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    Rae Longest said:
    October 31, 2018 at 10:16 PM

    And, thought I was an eclectic reader…

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 31, 2018 at 10:37 PM

    I see lots of cozies in your future….

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    RavenclawPride said:
    October 31, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    Wow. Well done sir. The most books I’ve ever read in a month was three.

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    CJR The Brit said:
    November 1, 2018 at 3:39 AM

    Wow, all those books read in October was amazing! Love your list, I should make one to be more accountable!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 1, 2018 at 7:46 AM

      That’s why I went that direction – I couldn’t remember when I needed to read what. 🙂 thx

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        CJR The Brit said:
        November 1, 2018 at 2:49 PM

        I got a reading diary from my Fairyloot box so I’ve just got it out to plan my November!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 1, 2018 at 5:01 PM

        Those sound fun. I need to give it a try.

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        CJR The Brit said:
        November 1, 2018 at 6:08 PM

        I love it, I’ve got them for about a year now and always full of great stuff and books 😁

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    Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea said:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Good luck with your goals! Nice to meet someone who reads as fast as me!

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    Aj @ Read All The Things! said:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    I read Pet Sematary when I was a teenager, but I remember liking it. I hope you love your upcoming reads. Have a great November!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 1, 2018 at 11:30 AM

      Thank you, Friend! Finished Pet Sematary and it was good… different than I expected.

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    Jennie said:
    November 2, 2018 at 10:09 PM

    Most impressive, James!

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