By the Wayside

With all the hype of new and amazing new books coming out like Daisy Jones and the Six, Era of Ignition and Shout sometimes amazing little books can slip by the wayside. So in the month of April I’ve decided to go back to some of my favorites as well as some of the books that I just never got around to finishing!

At some point in the month I’ll be coming back here to update y’all on the books I’m finishing. I’ll even throw in a little mini review for each! And if one completely blows me away I’ll be sure to give it it’s own post!

Here are some of the books I’ll be working on!!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Previously Ten Little Indians) is one of my favorite books of all time. We were made to read it in 8th grade and of course I dreaded it but after the fact it was one of my favorite books of all time and, I’m convinced, one of the reasons I love reading as much as I still do.

I’m going back in time and rereading this classic because it’s been too long. I’ve got the audio version from back in 8th grade as well as a paper copy. I’m really excited to dive back in!

Also, shout out to for including this in their Novel Knockout 2019. I still can’t choose between this one and To Kill a Mockingbird as my favorite of all time… And Then There Were None won out over The Persuader 90% to 10% on March 8th.

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . one by one they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Who among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

Here’s the link to the Novel Knockout 2019 Bracket.

Also in the works is A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. This book is Criminal Minds meets Jack the Ripper (all of which is amazingly fascinating) and your worst nightmare of being committed when you’re not actually crazy but it’s the 1820’s or something so it’s your word against the patriarchy. (No one else? Just me? Okay then moving on…!)

I started this one back in November or December of 2018 and never really pushed through to finish because something super exciting and new was always coming out back at that time. It’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited on Amazon Prime!

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was a hit years after it came out in 2011. This book came out a while ago and I didn’t jump on the band wagon when the movie came out in 2018 but I watched it recently and let me tell you… When it ended I almost turned around and started it over again! I loved it and I knew I was loving it the whole time I was watching it. It’s pure 80’s pop culture nostalgia. I mean the kid drives a Delorean for crying out loud!

I’ve read a little bit of the beginning of this book and it seems like it might be harder to comprehend because of all of the immense detail that goes into the story. Usually it’s the other way around when a book gets turned into a movie. It’s generally harder to make an author’s words come to life on the screen whereas for this I feel like it was easier to create this magnificent world than to write about all of the details that go into the competition for the creator’s fortunes.

There is also a lot of controversy surrounding the sequel to this book. Fans of the first book are really wishing the author would just leave the story where it ended, instead of trying to prolong the franchise’s success into something that is less meaningful for the fans.

This is probably one of my favorite reviews on so far from a fan named Emma and it’s for the untitled sequel to Ready Player One (I have not reformatted it in anyway):




i mean. i’m going to read this book. that should go without saying.


okay. maybe a little bit happy. okay yes i will probably be at least mostly happy BUT ALSO THERE WILL STILL BE ANGER INVOLVED.

in the immortal words of jessie j featuring B.o.B.: it’s all about the money.

This is the highly anticipated novel from author Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World. I picked this one up when it first came out and I have to say I’m on the fence about even finishing it. I got to about page 110 of 272 pages and was still unexcited about anything that was happening.

It’s told from different character’s perspectives which I thought was really unnecessary. This story would have been a lot better from 3rd person perspective. Paul Tremblay is a Bram Stoker Award winner which is why I want to give this book a second chance but I’m just not sure where this book is really going.

I’m overall mostly curious to see if there really is an impending apocalypse at the end of this book or if it’s all part of a crazy cult mindset and an excuse to kill one of these three people.

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. (This is what really got me interested.)

Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.” (Again, that sounds cool right?!)

Who doesn’t love a good Shane Dawson conspiracy video…? The Misses sure do! If you do then Conspiracies Declassified by Brian Dunning is sure to satisfy your urge in the months between vids.

If you fall in love with this one be sure to check out Brian Dunning’s five other books in the Skeptoid series. Luckily these are the types of books you can read on the potty or in little increments because they are all broken up into a bunch of different conspiracies that are only a few pages long.

A collection of the wildest conspiracies to ever exist, from mind control experiments to lizard people, this book explores, debunks—and sometimes proves—the secret stories that don’t quite make it into the history books.

Here’s a couple more books I might try to squeeze in if I have time!

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Previously reviewed by Miss Hello Yellow herself! She’s been waiting for me to read this book forever. Sager’s second novel Lock Every Door is in the works now!

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Which is basically the first live action Scooby Doo movie I’m told. I’m psyched and confused at the same time. Regardless, I’ll read it at some point.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman (Audiobook)
Because who doesn’t want to just listen to Nick Offerman’s voice for hours on end?
I know I do.

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