Which Villain Would You Be?/Blogtober Day 21

I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober Challenge

If I was going to be any villain, I would choose Ursula from The Little Mermaid. She is a character who knows what she wants, and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Of course, I love Ariel (I enjoy everything about mermaids), but Ursula is so much fun to watch!

Who is your favorite villain?

Favorite Reading Drinks/Blogtober Day 17

Everyone loves having some treats or a hearty drink when reading stories/listening to audiobooks. Here are some drinks that I can’t do without when reading:

  1. Coffee– I absolutely cannot go a day without coffee! A hot cup of coffee feels heavenly in my hands at any hour!
  2. Tea–I only drink tea during those moments needed to soothe my throat, but I also enjoy this beverage while browsing a favorite read!
  3. Hard Cider–I enjoy drinking Angry Orchard cider. It’s light, and just right for when I read stories!

What are some beverages you enjoy while reading?

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Library Blogtober Challenge.

Witchy YA/Blogtober Day 11

October is a times for all things spooky and witchy-related! Reading stories that involve witches are one of my favorite things to do arount this time of year.

Here’s some of my favorite Witchy YA reads:

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Nightbird is a Middle Grade story about a young girl named Twig, whose family tries to keep a family curse secret. Twig however sets out to solve the mystery of the mysterious curse, with the help of dear friends. There’s so many witchy elements in the tale!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall tells the story of Sophie Mercer, a half-witch placed into a paranormal school after recklessly using her powers. It carries all the social intricacies that high school is usually known for, with a magical twist!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent and Dove brings together a witch and a witch hunter, bound to each other in marriage. I’m so intrigued by how this story (and love dynamic) unfolds!

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

I love a book with witches being involved in high-risk situations! Trying to have a romantic life while handling said ‘high-risk situations’ is even better!

What Witchy YA books do you enjoy reading? Feel free to share in the comments!

Note: I’m taking part in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge

TBR Update/Blogtober Day 10

Well, the first 10 day of October have flown by, and I finished one book in my TBR pile! I gave myself 6 stories to read, and I still have high hopes to complete that task!

I finished reading ‘A Dream So Dark’, and I loved it! It was quite an amazing book, and I can’t wait for Part 3!

I began reading Jerusalem Maiden last night. This story is historical fiction, set at the end of the Ottoman Empire (1911). I’ve read the first 50 pages, and I received quite a bit of information about Esther’s character, and her family culture. I’m wondering what my book group will discuss about this story next week!

I’m well aware that Spookathon is in two weeks, and I may take part in that as well…I just need to make a dent in this TBR pile. We’ll see if that happens lol…

How is your reading challenge/TBR pile progress coming along? Hopefully you’re making the most of it!

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge.

Favorite Vampire or Werewolf/Blogtober Day 9

My favorite Vampire is Louis from Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire series. Throughout the book, Louis is struggling with his new undead identity while fighting to keep his humanity intact.

I also love the vampire clan from The Lost Boys. Kiefer Sutherland’s portrayal of David is quite riveting!

Who is your favorite Vampire or Werewolf? Feel free to share in the comments!

Five Perfect Autumn Reads/Blogtober Day 8

Autumn is the perfect time to settle down in comfy blankets, grab a cup of coffee/tea, and read a good book! While every season is a wonderful time to read, Autumn just brings on breezy, comfy vibes!

Here are my five perfect reads for Autumn:

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
This was such a fun story that involves a family with a deep secret, and the great lengths taken in order to break a curse. This story has a great blend of supernatural magic, friendship and love.

Wish by Barbara O’Connor
Wish follows the life of Charlie, a young girl (reluctantly) relocated to a small town in North Carolina, to be raised by her aunt and uncle. Through her experiences in her new home (and an adorable pet), Charlie learns the real lessons of community, family, and unyielding devotion.

‘The Magicians’ by Lev Grossman
‘The Magicians’ is a tale of urban fantasy, following Quentin and his friends as they attend Brakebills, a magical college in New York. It evokes Harry Potter, set within the Adult genre. I’ve yet to watch the series, yet read the first two books, and they’re excellent stories!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I recently picked up a copy of ‘A Discovery of Witches’, and I can’t wait to read it this month. Drama among witches within a library backdrop carries such a lovely, Autumn vibe!

‘Guilty Pleasures’ by Laurell K. Hamilton
‘Guilty Pleasures’ is the first novel that follows the paranormal adventures of Anita Blake, a necromancer and vampire hunter in St. Louis. This series has heated up in a big way with regards to Anita’s ‘activities’ with the paranormal community, but in this story, we follow Anita as she goes about unlocking the mystery of who is killing vampires in the area, and why.

What are your perfect Autumn reads? Feel free to share in the comments!

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Blogtober challenge

Favorite Reading Snacks/Blogtober Day 7

Do you love having comfort snacks while reading?

I always need to have a little treat with me while I’m settling in with a good book! While I need to be a little cautious when choosing snacks (high sugar content), these are my faves:

Ritz Crisp and Thins Crackers
I enjoy these yummy treats! They’re very light, and available in a variety of flavors. My favorite is the Barbecue, while my husband loves the Salt and Vinegar ones!

Chex Party Mix
This is such a fun treat, since every kind of snack is in each bag!

Coffee–lots of coffee!
Of course, I’m never without my cup of coffee! Autumn calls for my lovely Snoopy-Halloween themed mug!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
These are my guilty pleasure snacks! Since they’re high in sugar, I eat them once in a while during relaxing times!

Let me know about your favorite treats in the comments!

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge

Top 5 Disney Villans/Blogtober Day 5

Many people recall absorbing Disney content at one point in their lives. When I was younger, I would watch the movies and play the Books on Record on repeat! Aside from the heroes, the villians were the most memorable parts of the story!

In this post I will list the top 5 Disney villians (in my opinion)!

5. Evil Queen from Snow White

The Evil Queen always watched Snow White from afar, and used many tricks to end her existance!

4. Cruella de Vil: 101 Dalmations

Cruella only had her sights set on snagging the perfect ‘look’ for her clothing line, and would stop at nothing to grab it!

3.Maleficent: Sleeping Beauty

On the date of Alora’s birth, Maleficent made the promise to take Aurora’s life on her 16th birthday. She made every attempt to fulfill that promise!

2. Ursula: The Little Mermaid

Even when Ariel was so close in achieving her wishes with Prince Eric, Ursula robbed her of her cherished gift: her voice!

1: Scar: The Lion King

Not even Mufasa (Scar’s own brother) was safe from Scar’s deviant plot to rule the kingdom!

Do you have your own list of most devious Disney villans? Feel free to share in the comments!

Inspired by The Library Looter and Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge

Blogtober/Spooky TBR (and a comfort read)!

Happy October everyone! This time of year is so special: Autumn is in full swing, and with it comes Blogtober (posting a spooky/Autumn related post all month)!

I got the inspiration by reading The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober ideas. While posting every day seems like a challenge, I’m up to the task! I can finally post my Halloween Peanuts characters for as long as I want! (Yes, I know that I can post them any time I want, but showing them during October makes it extra special)!

Along with this comes pairing dark themes and bookish content together, and I also have plenty to share! Here is my TBR pile (along with Trick-or-Treat Snoopy) for the month of October:

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
My name is Meredith ‘Merry’ Gentry, but of course it’s not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don’t even know why…

I’ve been wanting to read A Kiss of Shadows forever! I’m a fan of the Anita Blake series, but have yet to dive into the sensual fairie realm Hamilton creates with the Merry Gentry series. Hopefully I can finally make the time to read it!

Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross
The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…

Keeping Her Close is the designated ‘comfort read’ of the pack…while it doesn’t hold ‘scary’ content, I’m reading it for a blog tour this month. Bring on the light reads!

Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner
In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah’s arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient “Jerusalem maiden.”

Jerusalem Maiden is my local library’s book club pick for October. I’m curious to learn about Esther’s journey to find herself within the confines of duty and social mores!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

I received A Discovery of Witches through a recommendation from a friend and colleague of my poetry therapy community. It has everything I love in stories: witches, a library, and ancient spells. I can’t wait to get to this story!

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates) Alice must cross the Veil to rescue her friends and stop the Black Knight once and for all. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wits end that she realizes—Wonderland is trying to save her.
There’s a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen’s power—and Alice’s budding abilities—as their own.

I’m currently halfway through A Dream So Dark, and so far it’s just as addictive as McKinney’s first installment! I enjoy fairy tell re-tellings with a dark twist!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

I received Lock Every Door as a Book of the Month club selection back in July. I’m can’t wait to find out if the story lives up to the hype!

I hope everyone is having a restful start to their October!