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

October Reading Blog #1/Blogtober Day 2

I began the month reading L.L. McKinney’s ‘A Dream So Dark’. I’m about halfway through, and I’m really enjoying the book so far! I really appreciate how McKinney expands on the world of Wonderland, and the many eccentric people and creatures Alice encounters along her journey. There’s also lots of tension taking place, and it’s definitely keeping me on edge!

I also read some poetry and prose from Lucille Clifton and Judith Ortiz Cofer. Thanks to the Poets House library in New York City, I had access to unlimited works of poetry. Visiting Poets House brings me back to those regular meetings with my poetry therapy mentor and community. We shared and learned so much with each other!

I hope your reading and writing is off to a promising start this month!

The Autumn Tag

Yes, with the passing of Labor Day weekend, it means that Summer is officially winding down. While we say ‘bye-bye’ to long, humid days, it’s
‘Hello’ to colorful leaves, long boots, and Halloween, and I’m perfectly fine with that! I’m doing The Autumn Tag as part of welcoming cooler days and spooky themes! This tag is featured on Jenniely‘s page, and I couldn’t wait to complete it!

1) Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

‘The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first book in a series about a teenage vampire trying to navigate the social dramas of high school while fighting off supernatural forces. I have the last installment in my Kindle, ready to read!

2) Pumpkin Carving: What is your creative outlet?

Along with reading, I find writing to be such a creative outlet! My love for writing began with poetry during college, and continued over the years with fiction writing.
I also have a deep-seeded love for crochet! I’ve been crocheting scarves and amigurumi since my grad school years, yet it’s been temporarily sidelined due to a wrist injury last year. I’ve been itching to pick up the hooks once again, I adore it so much!

3) Falling Leaves: Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I would have to say the changing weather! While many don’t look forward to the cooling breezes, I love that the humidity is finally fading! It makes managing my wavy hair so much easier!

4) Pumpkin Spiced Latte: Something you love but others tend to judge?

I’m a devout lover of Snoopy and Peanuts characters! I have a little Snoopy figure from Hallmark that I take pictures of regularly. People aren’t so thrilled by that, but who cares lol

5) Bonfire Night: What makes you explode with joy?
I love the holidays linked with Autumn (Halloween and Thanksgiving) since it’s a time celebrating with friends and family. it builds up to the exciting Winter holiday season!

6) Friday Night: Favorite Scary Book or Film?

I would need to refer to my Stephen King memories for this question!
For movies, I enjoyed Pet Sematary (I saw the original book adaptation, not the more recent one) It was the first movie I watched that legit scared me so much that I had trouble sleeping!
For books, my favorite scary story was a group of them: Night Shift. A rather excellent compilation of frightful tales!

7) Halloween Candy: Favorite thing to eat?
I love to eat fruits and yogurt. I especially love the key lime flavored yogurts. And peanut butter/chocolate combinations!

8) Scarves: Your Autumn must have accessory?
During Autumn, I can never be without my long boots and cardigans!

9) Fire: A Book or Film that Burns Your Soul

I love ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’ by Lisa See. She writes such beautiful historical fiction based around China and Southern California, heavily centered around mother/daughter relationships.

10) Toffee Apples: A Book or Film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

One movie that stands out is Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph). It was hilarious, but had a lot of heart!