Spooky Book Recommendations!- Blogtober

Hello Friends!

Today I am coming at you with a fun spooky bookish recommendation list! Halloween is just around the corner so this is the perfect time to pick up a fun spooky read for either yourself or a loved one! I complied a list from adult, young adult, and middle grade books so you have lots of options. Without further-ado, lets get started!


Adult books to read if you’re in the mood for ghosts/spirits

The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Hell HouseHell House by Richard Matheson

Can any soul survive?
Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity. Now a new investigation has been mounted – four strangers, each with his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion…
 


Adult books for when you’re in the mood for mystery/thrillers!

The Craftsman by Sharon BoltonThe Craftsman (The Craftsman, #1)

Catching him will make her career – and change her forever.
August, 1999
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.
June, 1969
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.
August, 1999
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1)Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.

Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair—at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happens in Alex Cross’s precinct. It happens under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Alex Cross must face the ultimate test: How do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath?

The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Silent Patient

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…


YA Books if you’re in the mood for some horror!

Wilder GirlsWilder Girls by Rory Powers

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Sawkill Girls by Claire LegrandSawkill Girls

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

There's Someone Inside Your HouseThere’s Someone in Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.


Young Adult if you’re in the mood for ghosts/spirits!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden ThomasCemetery Boys

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as “groundbreaking.”

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)The Diviners by Libba Bray

SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…

Diary of a Haunting by M. VeranoDiary of a Haunting (Diary of a Haunting, #1)

When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.


Young Adult books involving supernatural creatures!

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (werewolves, vampires, witches, and more)

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (witches)Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (werewolves) 

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


Middle Grade books for those with an interested in ghosts/spirits!

Small Spaces by Katherine ArdenSmall Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. 

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. 

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” 

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

All the Lovely Bad OnesAll the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Dowing Hahn

Travis and his sister, Corey, can t resist a good trick. When they learn that their grandmother’s quiet Vermont inn, where they re spending the summer, has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little haunting of their own. Before long, their supernatural pranks have tourists flocking to the inn, and business booms. But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren’t the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn, while a dark and terrifying presence stalks the halls and the old oak grove on the inn s grounds. Only Travis and Corey can lay to rest the ghosts they’ve stirred. This means discovering the secret of Fox Hill and the horrors visited on its inhabitants years before… Once again, Mary Downing Hahn has created a chilling and gripping ghost story in the tradition of The Old Willis Place, Witch Catcher, and Deep and Dark and Dangerous.

Uncle Montagues Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley, David Roberts IllustratorUncle Montague's Tales of Terror (Tales of Terror, #1)

Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house and his regular visits from his nephew give him the opportunity to relive some of the most frightening stories he knows. But as the stories unfold, a newer and more surprising narrative emerges, one that is perhaps the most frightening of all.


Middle Grade books when you’re in the mood for horror!

Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps, #1)Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine

Amanda and Josh think the old house they have just moved into is weird. Spooky. Possibly haunted. And the town of Dark Falls is pretty strange, too. — But their parents don’t believe them. You’ll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends. — So Amanda and Josh do. But these creepy new friends are not exactly what their parents had in mind.

Because they want to be friends…

…Forever.

Doll Bones by Holly Black Doll Bones

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.

But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

The NestThe Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen Illustrator

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?


Middle Grade novels if you need some supernatural!

The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg (vampires)The Little Vampire

Tony, a nine-year-old horror story addict is delighted when a little vampire called Rudolph lands on his windowsill one evening and, together, the two have a series of hilarious adventures involving visits to Rudolph’s home – The Vampire Family Vault – where Tony narrowly escapes the clutches of Great-Aunt Dorothy.

OddityOddity by Sarah Cannon (zombies, aliens)

Ada Roundtree is no stranger to dodging carnivorous dumpsters, distracting zombie rabbits with marshmallows, and instigating games of alien punkball. But things haven’t been the same since her twin sister, Pearl, won the town’s yearly Sweepstakes and disappeared . . .

Along with her best friend, Raymond, and new-kid-from-Chicago Cayden (who’s inability to accept being locked in the gym with live leopards is honestly quite laughable), Ada leads a self-given quest to discover Oddity’s secrets, even evading the invisible Blurmonster terrorizing the outskirts of town.

But one of their missions goes sideways, revealing something hinky with the Sweepstakes . . . and Ada can’t let it go. Because, if the Sweepstakes is bad, then what happened to Pearl?

Join a tough eleven-year-old as she faces down zombie rabbits, alien mobs, and Puppet Cartels while trying to find her missing twin in Sarah Cannon’s imaginative middle-grade debut, Oddity.

The Little Leftover Witch by Florence Laughlin (witch)The Little Leftover Witch

After her broom breaks on Halloween night, a little witch finds herself stranded at the Doon’s home.


Have you read any of these? Let me know down below! 😀

What Makes Me DNF A Book? / Let’s Talk Bookish

Hello!

Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

This weeks topic is what makes you DNF a book?


I’m doing this on my phone so I apologize if it looks bad. My work computer is being stupid.

What is DNF? DNF stands for did not finish. One of the biggest reasons I DNF a book is because of the writing style. If I can’t get into the writing then I have a hard time getting into the book.

The next reason is usually the characters. If the characters bother me I end up not enjoying a story. I read half a book and the characters were arguing the whole time. I got so fed up with it I needed to take a break. I hate conflict that could be solved by communicating but this book just dragged out the conflict. Big nope.

Lastly it’s because I’m just not enjoying a story or I’m in a reading slump. I usually pick these books back up eventually though!


What makes you DNF a book? Let me know down below 🥰

Pumpkin Carving Ideas- Blogtober

Hello again!

I’m a little late posting today. I’ve been non-stop on the go and haven’t had time to schedule more posts for the next coming weeks! D: Today I wanted to share some fun pumpkin carving ideas! I considered doing just bookish related ones but I Halloween isn’t just about books just because I run a book blog. Without further-ado, here are some fun pumpkin carving ideas! 😀


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Are you good at carving pumpkins? I am so terrible at it. I don’t have the patients. I feel like the pumpkin carving supplies you can get are way too bendy so I feel like I’m going to snap them too easily. But regular kitchen knives are too big! THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

Birthday Wishlist- Blogtober

It’s my birthday… I’ll get high if I want to…

JUST KIDDING. Hello friends!

Today is my birthday!! I am 20 freaking 6 years old. I don’t know how I feel about this quite yet. I feel so not adult like. I have to pay for my own insurance now?? I still live with my parents because I’m trying to graduate college?? I just waned to make a post for my book birthday wishlist! I don’t really want anything for my birthday but these are the books I told my boyfriend I wouldn’t mind getting! 😀

Circe by Madeline Miller // Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo // The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman // The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska // Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


I just realized two of these are by Madeline Miller XD I love anything to do with mythology so I really need to get into her books. She seems to write a ton of them! Have you read any of these? Let me know down below 😀

Book Review | The Devil and the Dark Water (ARC)

Questions are swords and answers are shields

The Devil and the Dark Water
Published October 6th, 2020

Goodreads \\ Amazon \\ Book Depository

A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. Anyone could be to blame. Even a demon.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.


My Thoughts

This book was gripping, thrilling and down right amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The book starts immediately which I really appreciated. I like how the entire book takes place on a ship in the middle of the ocean. It makes the book feel more creepy because the characters are essentially trapped with no place to go. There were so many twists and turned which I really appreciated.

One thing I wasn’t super found of was the amount of characters in the story. I found myself getting them confused quite often. I also found the e-book formate to be distracting because it was set up weird but I’m not going to rate that against the book because I received this as an ARC.

Overall, I loved the writing style and the characters. Each character had some great growth and I wasn’t expecting the ending. I kind of saw it coming but not all of it. The writing was superb and vivid. I felt like I was on the boat the entire time I was reading it. The way each chapter ended I found myself not being able to put the book down. I recommend this if you’re into mystery with a little historical fiction thrown in. 🙂

Thank you to Sourcebooks and Edelweiss for the ARC!


Final Verdict:

My Favorite Things About Fall- blogtober

Hello my darlings!

I’m here to talk about my favorite things about Fall. Fall is my favorite season EVER so I am quite excited. I’m not much of a summer person. The weather is nice but I don’t like doing things and sweating my butt off. I’m not much of a swimmer, lol. Let’s get to it!

Crisp Air & Fallen Leaves | Nature gif, Nature, Scenery

Crisp Air \\ I love the smell of fall. It just has a certain smell to it. The wind is cooler, the leaves are falling, the rain is coming. There is all kinds of smells in the air and it feels crisp and refreshing. Does that sound weird? I’m weird XD

autumn, gif, and cold εικόνα | Autumn tumblr, Autumn aesthetic, Autumn  photography

Changing Leaves \\ I love trees and everything but I love watching them change colors every year. I’m blessed to live in an area where I get to experience all four seasons. Watching the leaves change makes me so happy.

beyond–vagabond: “MORE APPLE PICKING…… ” | Fruit photography, Delicious  fruit, Apple

Apple Picking \\ This is something I just discovered this year! I went apple picking for the first time in my life! I loved it. I like the feeling of eating apples that I picked off a tree myself. It was fun going around finding the perfect apples to pick. I don’t think my boyfriend was as thrilled but I loved it!

Hay Rides \\ This is a picture of my boyfriend and I in 2018 on a hay ride! I do feel bad for the horses though. I’m not sure why I like them. There is just something special about sitting on a pile of hay and riding around an apple orchard or some place else.

Corn Mazes \\ Here is another picture of my boyfriend and I on the same day from 2018 doing a corn maze. I just think these are so much fun. The one we go to we have to answer questions and if we answer wrong we end up going into a dead end. My boyfriend is 6’2 though so sometimes he can see over all the cornstalks XD

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THANKSGIVING \\ This is all caps because I freaking LOVE Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday EVER. I love the food and the parades and the family. I love just sitting at home being sleepy off turkey.

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes \\ Yes, I am that basic white girl. I love pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. I love it with almond milk, no whipped cream, and extra hot. 😀

Apple Cider Recipes to Complement Any Thanksgiving Dinner

Hot Apple Cider \\ I don’t think I need to say much about these one either. I love hot apple cider. It makes my insides feel all toasty on a cold fall day.

February 16 :: Cozy Sweaters — Rebecca Green | Rebecca green, Cozy sweaters,  Flow magazine

Cozy Sweaters \\ I love being wrapped up in big cozy sweaters.

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Blankets \\ Just as much as I love big cozy sweaters, I also love being wrapped up in lots and lots and lots of blankets. ❤

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Spooky Movies \\ Okay, so I don’t like scary movies but I do love HalloweenTown and Hocus Pocus ❤

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Fall Foods \\ You can eat these foods any time but they always seem to taste best in the fall. I love chili and soups and goulash. ❤

Pumpkin Carving \\ These are the pumpkins my boyfriend and I carved last year. I love gutting pumpkins but it grosses my boyfriend out, lol! He’s 10 years older than me so I tell him carving pumpkins with me keeps him young. Plus it’s just a tradition to carve pumpkins every year. We cannot stop traditions!

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My Birthday! \\ Lastly, my birthday falls in Fall. It’s October 7th 😀 Although I get another year older, I’m grateful to celebrate every year because we never know if we’ll get another birthday. 🙂


Is fall your favorite season? What are your favorite things about Fall? Let me know down below 😀

My Favorite Villains- blogtober

Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite villains. Villains can add such a fun twist to a story. I love these villains because they’re scary or they’re written so well I cannot not hate them. *clicking the images will take you to the original artist 🙂


Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Amarantha.
This whole thing was painted out of sheer frustration and anger at Instagram, so thanks I guess.
- Instagram
Amarantha- A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling
Aleksander Morozova (The Grisha Trilogy by @lbardugo)
The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Valentine Morgenstern | The Shadowhunters' Wiki | Fandom
Valentine Morgenstern- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.” - The Diviners (Libba Bray)
Naughty John- The Diviners by Libba Bray

Who are your favorite villains? Let me know down below 😀

Spooky Fall Releases -blogtober

Hello Friends,

Because I am doing blogtober, I wanted to talk about some books that are coming out this month! 😀 Also I spent a lot of time on formatting. I hope it looks nice on other formats such as your phone XD


Eventide by Sarah Goodman // October 6th
Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

EventideMADNESS, SECRETS, AND LIES

Wheeler, Arkansas, 1907

When their father descends into madness after the death of their mother, Verity Pruitt and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train to rural Arkansas.

In Wheeler, eleven-year-old Lilah is quickly adopted, but seventeen-year-old Verity is not. Desperate to stay close to her sister, Verity indentures herself as a farmhand. But even charming farm boy Abel Atchley can’t completely distract her from the sense that something is not quite right in this little town. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes visions of things that aren’t there.

But for Verity, perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that her own parents have a scandalous history in this very town. And as she tries to unearth the past, sinister secrets come with it—secrets that someone will go to violent lengths to protect….


Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald // October 13th, 2020
LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Young Adult

Beyond the Ruby Veil (Beyond the Ruby Veil, #1)Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all.

But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.

When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back…and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people-no matter what it takes.


Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao // October 6th, 2020
History Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Broken Wish (The Mirror, #1)1865
Hanau, Germany

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner—none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.


Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron // October 13th, 2020
History Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Daughters of JubilationIn the Jim Crow South, white supremacy reigns and tensions are high. But Evalene Deschamps has other things to worry about. She has two little sisters to look after, an overworked single mother, and a longtime crush who is finally making a move.

On top of all that, Evvie’s magic abilities are growing stronger by the day. Her family calls it jubilation—a gift passed down from generations of black women since the time of slavery. And as Evvie’s talents waken, something dark comes loose and threatens to resurface…

And when the demons of Evvie’s past finally shake free, she must embrace her mighty lineage, and summon the power that lies within her.


Girl on the Run Abigail Johnson // October 6th, 2020
Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult

Girl on the RunA fast-paced original paperback thriller about a girl who discovers that her mother might not be who she says she is . . . and now someone is hunting them both.

Katelyn wants the best for her widowed mom. Surprising her with an online dating profile seems like a good idea.

It isn’t. Katelyn’s mom hasn’t just been acting overprotective all these years–she’s been hiding something. And now that anyone can find them online, Katelyn is in a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of the past–not only her mom’s, but also her own.

As Katelyn’s world unravels, she begins to trust the guy who brought this nightmare to her door and to doubt the one person she never thought she would. Because her mom has been hiding for a reason: she’s been waiting.


They Never Learn by Layne Fargo // October 13th, 2020
Thriller, Mystery, LGBTQ+, Adult

They Never LearnScarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder.

Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything’s going according to her master plan…until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure.

Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident—everything Carly wishes she could be—and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay…and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality.


Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco // October 27th, 2020
Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1)Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.


Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…


Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth // October 20th, 2020
Historical Fiction, Horror, LGBTQ+, Adult

Plain Bad HeroinesOur story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.


I think I am most excited for They Never Learn! It sounds really intense. Have you read any of these? Are there any fall releases you’re excited for? Let me know down below 😀

Should You Review A Sequel? | Lets Talk Bookish- blogtober

Hello!

Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

This weeks topic is: Should You Review A Sequel?


This weeks topic is about if people should review a sequel to a book when they haven’t read the first book, I believe. I didn’t even know this was a thing! :O

I personally do not think someone should request and review a sequel to a book when they have not read the first one. I think this can cause bias. People might dislike the book because they don’t know what is going on because they didn’t read the first one. I don’t think this is fair to the first book or even to the author.

I do think it is okay if it’s a companion novel. For example, you don’t have to read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins in order to enjoy the companion novel Lola and the Boy Next Door. It’s cool because you know who the characters are but it’s not necessary at the same time, if that makes sense? XD


What do you think? Do you think people should request and review sequels if they haven’t read the first book? Let me know down below 😀

October TBR -Blogtober

Hello all you wonderful people!

I decided I’m going to do blogtober for the month of October. If you don’t know what it is, it’s just blogging every single day for the whole month of October! I wanted to start this month off by posting my October TBR 😀


Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson. This cover alone kind of creeps me out. I can’t really tell what this book is about based on the synopsis. All I know is there was a hurricane and now the main character is seeing things. It’s classified as fantasy and gothic on goodreads though 😀

Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. I’ve been meaning to read this one for October for the past couple of years. I hope I end up enjoying it. It’s about a girl that gets kidnapped and sent to this “crazy house” and the only one who can help her is her sister. But then I think the people running the crazy house tries to kill the sisters. It sounds intense. This image doesn’t do it justice but the cover is absolutely stunning.

Blythewood by Carol Goodman. I’ve had this on my TBR for way too long too and always had hopes to read it for October. When the time came I was never in a reading mood. 😦 This is about a girl who escape an insane asylum and then goes to Blythewood academy. However, Blythewood isn’t everything it appears to be. This is classified as gothic and paranormal on goodreads. I love me some paranormal readings 😀

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I’m not sure how creepy this is but it sounds like it’s a girl whose grandmother wrote stories that ended up coming to life. She then has to venture into them to save her mother. I’m not 100% sure but it sounds really fun. I loved Inkheart and this kind of reminds me of Inkheart 😀

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. I think this is the book I am most excited to read for this month. It’s about a girl who is paralyzed and cannot speak. She knows who the killer is but she can’t tell anyone because of her disability. Then new technology comes and the MC might be able to bring the killer in or he might strike her down. It sounds like an intense thriller. I’m super excited!


Have you read any of these? Let me know down below 😀