Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is currently being hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more information about this fun feature and how you can join in, please visit the Goodreads group for it here!
I’m so happy to finally participate in Top 5 Wednesday again! This week’s topic is urban fantasy novels and I honestly wouldn’t have been able to choose any books for this topic a few years ago. Thankfully, I’ve expanded the genres that I read throughout the years and I’m very excited to choose some novels for this topic.
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I was tagged by the lovely Angelica from The Book Cover Girl to complete the 3 Days 3 Quotes tag! This is my first time writing a tag post for this blog so I’m really, really excited. Thank you so much to Angelica for tagging me and, without further ado, here’s the tag!
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“Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.”
Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Number of Pages: 326
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publishing Date: September 20th, 2016
This book has been on my TBR-radar since it was released, but I never got around to picking up a copy of it until earlier this year. I felt myself falling into a bit of a book slump and I noticed that I’ve really been in a true crime/thriller-genre mood lately, so I thought that this book might just grab my attention enough to pull me away from the slump. The good news is that this book captured me completely and I couldn’t set it down. The bad news is that because it was so good it has caused me to fall into yet another book slump and all I want is to read more from this author and this series.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post and, needless to say, I’m feeling a mixture of utter nervousness and immense excitement. If you didn’t already know, my name is Courtney and I used to have a different blog entitled A Wonderland of Books. I had that blog for almost two years and it was an adventure full of multitudes of time spent blogging and not blogging and deciding to blog again and then getting bored with it and so on and so forth. However, after feeling an endless amount of eh-ness towards that blog, I decided to take an indefinite break from blogging. During this time last year, I started my first semester of college. This step into the world of adulting then led to me falling into a hefty book slump that lasted from the end of August to the end of December. Seriously. I didn’t read any books (aside from texts that were required for my classes) for three-and-a-half months.
Though this bookless era of time seemed excruciating because it felt as if I was missing out on so many new book releases that the book community was loving wholeheartedly, I think that this time also allowed me to find inspiration again. Inspiration to read more of what I want to read, inspiration to blog and write about what I want to talk about and what I’m interested in, and—most importantly, I believe—inspiration to make reading and blogging feel more like a passion and hobby again, rather than a job or something that I had to do.
After making the decision to re-enter into the blogging world, I wanted a rebranding of sorts. I’d never been too excited about my previous blog’s name and I wanted something that I could use on all social media platforms. I wanted a blog name that just felt more like me. After staring at my bookshelves and trying to wrack my brain for some type of catchy-yet-aesthetically-pleasing-name, my eyes lingered on some of my favorite novels of all-time, the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Those books mean the world to me, so I really wanted a blog title inspired by Tahereh and her magnificent writings. And then, once the name made itself into my scattered mess of a mind, I just knew that it was the one. Thus is how Unraveled Pages was born: inspired by the book title Unravel Me and the idea of spending one’s life “folded between the pages of books.”
So, with all of that being said, here I am. I’m really excited to get back into the habit of blogging and discussing my favorite components of young adult literature—from the relatable, badass characters to the adventurous and noteworthy plots. I get so much joy from reading and I absolutely adore being able to share that feeling with all of you (the people who understand the raw emotions that can come from reading and how terms such as the feels and being shook can easily result from readingyoung adult novels).
I can’t wait to have more bookish discussions with you very soon. I’m so very happy to be back.