Saturday Reading Blog | August 8

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

So far my Saturday is going very slowly. I didn’t sleep too well last night, so after breakfast my morning consisted of scrolling through Instagram, and calling my family. Since Saturdays are meant for relaxing, it’s totally okay!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Uncorrected Digitlal Galley. Swoon Reads
Thank you Edelweiss+ and Swoon Reads for this copy of Cemetery Boys!

I also did some reading! I’m on Chapter 4 of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. It’s such an amazing read…Latinx characters with a supernatural theme. I love that Yadriel is determined to show his family that he can become a brujo. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I hope to finish Cemetery Boys by the end of the weekend, so then I can start my library book club selection The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book!

How is your weekend going? What books are you settling in with?

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Sunday Sentence: April 12

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.’

Source: The Way It Is, by William Stafford

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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

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

Sunday Sentence: October 6, 2019

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘They ask me to remember/but they want me to remember/their memories/and I keep on remembering/mine”

Source: ‘why some people be mad at me sometimes’ by Lucille Clifton

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

Describing My Perfect Autumn Reading Nook/Blogtober Day 4

I envision my Autumn reading nook as a soothing, comfy place:

There would be pillows and seats in black and white, with pumpkins throughout!

There would be autumnal messages posted on the walls:

Orange and white candles would be stationed around my reading space:

Pumpkins would also be planted around the room:

And of course, my Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang characters would be by my side!

What would be in your Autumn reading nook? Feel free to share in the comments!

Notes: All pics were taken at TJ Maxx. The Snoopy & Lucy figures were purchased at Hallmark.

I received the inspiration for this post from The Library Looter & Anniek’s Blogtober prompts!