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! 😀
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!
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! 😀
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 😀
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.
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!
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 \\ 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
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.
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
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.
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. 😀
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.
Cozy Sweaters \\ I love being wrapped up in big cozy sweaters.
Blankets \\ Just as much as I love big cozy sweaters, I also love being wrapped up in lots and lots and lots of blankets. ❤
Spooky Movies \\ Okay, so I don’t like scary movies but I do love HalloweenTown and Hocus Pocus ❤
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!
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 😀
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 🙂
Who are your favorite villains? Let me know down below 😀
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
MADNESS, 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
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
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
In 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
A 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
Scarlett 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
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
Our 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.
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 😀
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 😀
I have decided to tear my bedroom apart and in the process I decided to get rid of “some” books. I’m unhauling 92 books. This is a bittersweet moment. I thought it would be fun to share what’s being donated. I’m sorry for getting rid of some of these! I know some of them are super popular. I just couldn’t love them like other people. 😦
As you’ll see, I am donating all of my Lauren Oliver books. I’ve tried to get into her stories because they’re so popular but her writing style just isn’t for me.
I enjoyed the first 3 books of City of Bone but then I DNFd it after that. I also didn’t really like The Hunger Games and I could never finish Mockingjay. I’m actually donating The Hunger Games movie too. “/
It was a hard decision to get rid of Across the Universe. I absolutely love the old covers but I just cannot get into them. But they also don’t make those covers anymore so maybe I’ll have to keep them? AH I’M SO INDECISIVE.