Three Books I Meant to Read Last Year/Blogtober Day 12

Well, it’s time to look at the books I meant to read last year!

There are soooo many books that I wanted to read, but it either:

A) fell to the wayside, or

B) I fell in love with another book lol

Here are three books out of my TBR pile that I meant to get to last year, but never did!

‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight is a story I hope to get around to reading soon! Everything I hear (about all three novels in the series) sounds thrilling. I recently got the Kindle edition for it, so that’s one more step to jumping in!

‘Twelfth Grade Kills’ by Z. Brewer

I’ve read all of the Vladimir Tod stories, except this one. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, since all the books are so good!

‘On the Meldon Plain’ by Pam Brondos

This is Book Two of the Fourline trilogy. Natalie is a struggling college student who agrees to assist a shopkeeper who is really a gatekeeper to a magical world called Fourline. Book One ended with so many questions unanswered, and I can’t wait to find out what’s next…if only I can finally pick it up and read it!

What are some books you meant to read last year, but haven’t? Feel free to share in the comments!

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

Spooky Middle Grade books/Blogtober Day 6

When it comes to reading Spooky Middle Grade stories, Victoria Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series fit the bill. Cassidy is twelve years old who nearly drowned, but is saved by Jacob, who is a ghost. Since that moment, Cassidy has the ability to see spirits, crossing into the Veil (the world of spirits) in order to guide them.

There are two books in the Cassidy Blake series: ‘City of Ghosts’ and ‘Tunnel of Bones’, following Cassidy and her celebrity parents as they tour europe to film a paranormal series during Cassidy’s summer vacation. I’ve read both books, and quite enjoyed them!

What are your favorite Spooky Middle Grade books? Feel free to share 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

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!

Blogtober Day 3/Autumn To-Do List

Every time Autumn rolls around, I have a few ‘must-do’s’ to accomplish. It’s such a magical time of year, and I love taking advantage of the seasonal change!

Here’s a quick list of what I do during this time of year:

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

October (and Autumn in general) means that it’s time to hit up a pumpkin patch to seek out those special gourds to decorate!

Watch ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

I watch this special every single year! Now that I have the DVD, there’s really no excuse to miss it…even though I almost did last year! Some exhaustion from long work days kick in!

Visit a Haunted House

Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

I connect with one of my good friends from college to take part in this chilling activity! Schafer Farms has its Farm of Horrors attraction which lasts until November 2nd. People have the opportunity to enjoy a haunted hayride, a scary corn maze, and the usual haunted house with its freaky cast of characters!

Decorate!

From a Bed Bath and Beyond outing a couple weeks ago!

The change of the seasons means that it’s time for everything pumpkin and leaf crafting (with the occasional animal decorations)!

Note: All of the Snoopy/Peanuts Gang figures featured in this post were purchased from Hallmark. I love bringing them with me wherever I go!

What are the things on your “Must-Do’ list for Autumn? Feel free to share in the comments! Many thanks to The Library Looter and Anniek for inspiring this blog post!