Spooky Halloween Tag (Non-Bookish)

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Another fun Halloween tag and one that is more for fun than anything else since this isn’t directly book related. Hopefully you’ll all have fun reading through this, answering the questions took FOREVER!

****This is a very long post so if you don’t like long posts don’t read it!****

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Spooky Halloween Tag created by Simply Kenna.

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1. Favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?

“Ghostbusters” of course, it’s definitely my favorite Halloween jam!


2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.

I think the better question would be what WOULD I want to run into? Because the list is quite long for things I don’t want to see! Serial killers, rabid animals, malevolent spirits, creepy dolls, disembodied children’s voices, and anything doing that creepy ass disjointed crawling. Also if I was in the forest part of this question I wouldn’t want to run into any branches or tree roots either….just saying.


3. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

HELL NO! AND I WON’T EITHER! I just think “hey, whatever you believe in ghosts or no ghosts you still don’t want to be inviting anything you can’t see to come and talk to you”.

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4. Favorite horror monster or villain?

Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise! Why, you may ask? I enjoy the movies and I just really love Jason, I can’t explain it!


5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

Creepy things don’t really seem to seek me out so I don’t have many experiences with anything REALLY creepy but I have one that’s slightly serious and one that is just plain funny, both involve me by myself with my family’s dog. She put up with a lot of my crap now that I think of it, bless her.

Funny Story: One summer day back when I was still in high school I was home alone with my dog, Duchess, and heard a LOUD crash from upstairs and of course being the horror movie lover I am I definitely was NOT going to go look! Instead these thoughts ran through my mind: I’m a teenage girl, home alone, during the summer, in the woods, in the middle of nowhere, and someone may or may not have broken into the house to come murder me. So instead of grabbing a phone or even the dog I ran out the door barefoot and hid in my dad’s other garage until my mom got home! Slightly embarrassing.

So the slightly creepy story is this: once again it’s a summer night when I was home alone (no I don’t have absent family members but I did stay home a lot!) with Duchess and the power went out during a storm. I’m immediately on high alert, this is the generic set up for a lot of horror movies after all! I grab a single flashlight and hunker down in the porch corner with Duchess and sit….waiting for the power to come back on, when suddenly Duchess becomes fixated on something in the kitchen. The dark kitchen….in a corner. I aim my light over and see nothing and try to tell her to calm down since nothing was there but she remained fixated on the spot. I don’t remember what happened much after that, but it definitely creeped me the hell out!


6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?

I guess this depends on the exact context of the situation such as: do I have to do it alone? I have a ridiculously over active imagination on top of anxiety so if I was alone I would probably think all sorts of things were trying to get me and my answer would be no. Otherwise if I had at least one other person with me it could make for a very interesting experience!


7. Are you superstitious?

In the sense of “am I afraid to walk under ladders” type of superstition? No not really. In the sense of “do I believe in ghosts and psychics”? Yes, I do.


8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

I used to when I was smaller when I was playing outside alone and such but I don’t really anymore.


9. Which urban legend scares you the most?

Definitely Bloody Mary especially after watching the Supernatural episode that features her. Another one is the “Killer in the backseat” urban legend which is exactly what it sounds like, driving alone in your car at night with a killer hiding in your backseat. I honestly always check mine before I start driving.


10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

Both, I don’t prefer one over the other!


11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

Not really, no. Would that be awesome? Definitely.


12. Ever made a potion of any sort?

Nope. I used to try when I was kid but I never tried in a serious manner.


13. Do you get scared easily?

Not really. I can sit and watch loads of scary movies, read horror books, or go through the haunted houses people set up and while I may jump I’m always having fun and not actually scared. I’ve been watching scary movies since I was a kid because my mom loves them so I’ve kind of been desensitized to them over the years.


14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?

Yes, unfortunately. My friend talked me into it at a Halloween party and we did it, against my better judgement because I do firmly believe one should not go about inviting things unseen into your house. The only thing that happened was a creepy thud against the mirror on the wall, was it someone messing with us? Could be. No one else was in the house though.


15. Do you believe in demons/the devil?

Yes, I do. This also goes hand in hand with my belief one should not go inviting unseen things into your presence.


16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?

Ha! Reminds me of the story I told in Question #5 in which case I run outside immediately regardless of things such as wearing shoes. Also I would grab my damn phone and call the cops right away too!


17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

Probably Halloween because I feel like I’d have a good chance of surviving since it’s a plain old slasher in an urban area. It’s not out in the woods in the middle of nowhere like with Friday the 13th! I am not equipped for ghosts, supernatural creatures, or fighting in my dreams but I think I could handle Michael Myers!


18. If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?

I’d probably want to wear a pirate costume forever because pirates look cool and it’d be awesome. But if I have to pick a costume I already have then I’d be Batgirl for eternity because that costume was flattering!


19. Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

Why not? As long as there aren’t any idiots running around being disrespectful towards the graves and the dead it’d be fine. There’s nothing inherently creepy about graveyards to me.


20. In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice?

I’d love to be a badass lugging a chainsaw around or a sword but that’s just not practical so I’ll go with my hunting rifle since I know how to use it and it’s relatively easy to handle.


21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?

Halloween party! Sometimes they have candy too!


22. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I think I’d be a tie between the final girl and the comic relief! I’ve seen enough horror movies to know the “rules” so I could make it to the end of the movie in that sense but also I may just be clowning around too even though I’m probably not that funny to other people!


23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

Sometimes if the movie was that good! Usually I don’t though because as I said earlier years of scary movies have desensitized me.


24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

Definitely the person who is yelling at the characters! Because come on just follow the rules, don’t be stupid, and you’ll live! Someone told you don’t go into the basement? Then don’t go into the basement!


25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?

One who does the scaring, I’m a jerk like that. I’m the person who would sit around the fire at the lake and tell stories to scare my little cousins and the person who dresses up for Halloween parties in secret just to jump out and scare people!


26. Favorite scary book?

“Daughters Unto Devils” by Amy Lukavics. It’s terrifying, gory, and twisted!


27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

Younger than I care to remember just because I’d walk into the room and my dad would be watching Child’s Play and fall asleep and my dumb ass would sit down and watch! The first one I CAN remember watching was when I was 10 and I watched The Grudge. I don’t recommend watching that young because both Child’s Play and The Grudge haunt my dreams and I’m forever terrified of disjointed crawling Asian ghosts and dolls.


28. What was your first Halloween costume?

Probably a pumpkin when I was a baby but the first real costume I remember picking for myself was Queen Amidala from Star Wars!


29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

I’m actually going as a young Shanks from the anime Once Piece and my boyfriend is going as Trafalgar Law! If you’re familiar with that show at all you’ll know what I’m talking about, I’m super excited to wear it to parties!


30. If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

Black cat! I used to have one named Tinkerbell and she was such a grump sometimes but she adored me. Black cats are gorgeous.

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Tag! You’re It!

(Don’t feel pressured to do it, you don’t have to)

If you weren’t tagged and would love to do this as well go right on ahead! Please tag me so I can read your answers as well!

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

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Spooky Scary Book Tag

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I found this little tag over on Hardback Hoarder’s channel and thought it would be a super fun tag to do for October. There really aren’t a ton of horror type book tags out there that I haven’t done yet, which is sad! However, I have found a few so keep an eye out for them!

Clever Fox is the original creator of this tag!

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1.) What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

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I know a lot of people didn’t find this book all that scary but it terrified me because I am deathly afraid of disjointed walking, any kind of crawling, and ghosts that even slightly resemble Samara from The Ring or the ghost from The Grudge. They terrify me. So of course all of those things are present in this book and while reading it I couldn’t even walk past a room that had its life off!


2.) Jack O’ Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

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I don’t usually have time to do re-reads but I always attempt re-reading “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” just because it’s made up of a bunch of fantastically scary short stories which makes it perfect for Halloween reading.


3.) Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

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How about both? “Labyrinth Lost” has a bit of superstition since the main character and her family are brujas (witches) who also happen to perform magic! It’s a wonderful story full of diversity as well.


4.) Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.

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(Besides everyone in the Harry Potter series….)

I really liked Tea from “The Bone Witch” I thought she was pretty likable and her power of necromancy is definitely neat.


5.) Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

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I’m still salty about so many things that happened in this book and I know it will continue to haunt me as well!


6.) Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

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I would want to bring a book that would keep me so distracted I wouldn’t notice all the creepies around me so “Night Film” is perfect for that. This book definitely held my attention in that way!


7.) The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc).

Do witches kind of count? If they do I definitely pick witches but if they don’t I like werewolves the best but I don’t come across too many books that include them.


8.) In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.

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The Night Circus! Fabulous book, gorgeous cover that also happens to be black.

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Tag! You’re It!

Feel free to do this tag even if I didn’t tag you below!

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads

Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger

Darque Dreamer Reads

Nia @ Shades of Paper

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Boyfriends/Girlfriends

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is pretty straightforward! I did add “Girlfriends” to the title since I did include one female character but a majority here are book boyfriends! Let’s just get right to it!

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Lucy/Lucifer (The Wicked + The Divine)

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My only bookish girlfriend on the list but I HAVE to add her because I love her character so freaking much! Lucy was such a badass in the first volume of The Wicked + The Divine and also extremely attractive in general.


Sevro Au Barca (Red Rising)

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Is it weird that I adore Sevro to bits and pieces? Hopefully I’m not the only one! He’s just so…unique, I loved his character.

P.S. I also adore Pax…


Jon Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire)

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Because I mean…..come on…. who doesn’t love Jon Snow?


Tyrus (The Diabolic)

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While I completely ship Tyrus and his love interest I wouldn’t mind having him for myself either! He’s ruthless, deadly, and extremely smart and I tell you any character that can play around with all that court intrigue is attractive as hell.


Brack (Kingdom of Ash And Briars)

Definitely a  lesser known book and definitely a lesser known character! Brack isn’t the main love interest but he is an important side character and I just loved him, if you read the book you may know what I’m talking about!


Dr. Pellinore Warthrop (The Monstrumologist)

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I really do just swoon at the mention of this character! He’s just so dark, broody, and intelligent and while he does come off as a little standoffish there is a lot more to him than that.


Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows)

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Yet another character I’m pretty sure anyone who has read this book will love! I think Kaz is the definition of roguishly handsome.


Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy)

I read this series AGES ago but I still remember Adrian being one of my favorite characters! He’s so suave, sometimes an asshole but still not that bad of a guy.


Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)

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Probably my all time favorite set of bookish boyfriends, I have had a crush on these two since I was a kid reading Harry Potter for the first time! What’s not to love about them, honestly?


Victor Vale (Vicious)

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I loved Victor when I was reading through “Vicious”, I loved how he thought he was playing the part of the villain but in reality he was a pretty good guy. I adored his soft spot for Sydney and Mitch!

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Do we have any bookish boyfriends/girlfriends in common?

Any that are from the same books listed?

Who are some of your favorite bookish boyfriends or girlfriends?

Let me know in the comments!

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The (Birthday) Cake Book Tag!

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This is actually just The Cake Book Tag but I figured since today is my birthday it’d be the perfect tag to do so I just snuck birthday in with the cake!

Thank you to Lauren @ Comma Hangover for tagging me, be sure to head over and check out her answers as well!

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CHOCOLATE CAKE
A dark book you absolutely love

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“The Hollow Girl” was very dark and graphic but I loved it, the character overcame so much and was so strong. Lots of magic, revenge, and suspense!


VANILLA CAKE
A light read

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This is a very light-hearted, adorable book and quick to finish plus it’s full of diversity! The romances and friendships are all very positive as well, and who doesn’t want to read a book full of geek culture?


RED VELVET
A book that gave you mixed emotions

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I’m going to interpret this in a way of “feeling many different emotions” and not the sort of mixed emotions that means I both loved and hated it.

I honestly haven’t cried while reading a book in a long time but I full blown ugly cried when I read this book! I won’t tell you why but…it broke me! I also raged, laughed, and cried some more! Overall this book sent me on an emotional roller coaster ride. (I loved it though).


CHEESECAKE
A book you would recommend to anyone

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So many! But….

I definitely recommend “Stormdancer” I ton though just because it compiled so many awesome elements into one book: mythology, world-building, steampunk, talking mythological creatures, badass protagonist, no central romance, and so on! Plus I think Jay Kristoff really has a beautiful way of writing, I adore it.


COFFEE CAKE
A book you started but never finished

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I only bought this because a lot of my friends recommended it and were all in love with it. I read maybe 2 chapters? Wasn’t feeling it and set it aside and have yet to pick it back up again. I don’t know if I ever will either, I feel like paranormal romances aren’t my thing.


CARROT CAKE
A book with great writing

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I just have to say Laini Taylor is also a fantastically, gorgeous writer but I have to say Jessica Khoury’s in “The Forbidden Wish” as well. Such lyrical, beautiful writing it had me swooning practically!


TIRAMISU
A book that left you wanting more

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I NEED this book to have a sequel or spin off, I know it won’t happen but I still need it! I loved the way retellings were woven in with a separate plot line, I adored the characters, and the world building too!


CUPCAKES
A series with 4+ Book

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Harry Potter? Can I use that? I don’t really read a lot of series since I’m terrible at finish them but great at starting them!


FRUIT CAKE
A book that wasn’t what you anticipated

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I am not one for romance-y or contemporary books, they just aren’t my cup of tea. However, I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving this book the writing had an addictive quality to it and I could not stop reading! Is it the best book ever? No. But damn was it entertaining.

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If you’d like to do this tag as well, please give it a go! Especially if you love cake….

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Diverse Main Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week’s theme is basically anything to do with characters! You can put any spin on it that you’d like and I decided to do diverse characters since we could always use more diverse book recommendations, am I right? The characters I’m including are diverse in ethnicity and sexuality and there’s also some mental illness rep here as well.

I’m slowly working my way through the diverse books on my TBR but putting this list together has made me realize I really need to read more of them faster!

These are in no particular order and I will link each book title to my full review in case you’re interested!


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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

This book has a Latino main character who also happens to be a bruja (witch) and when she seeks to rid herself of her power she ends of losing her family and to find them again she must enter a magical realm to save them. This is a very creative and magical book, highly recommended for Halloween coming up too!


Want by Cindy Pon

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book I did still enjoy it and it’s diverse cast of characters (mostly Taiwanese) and Pon’s tackling of many big issues such as global warming, pollution, and poverty within the plot line. Still a very interesting book even though the pacing was a little off for me.


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

While this isn’t the most diverse book on this list it still includes a really adorable F/F romance between the main character and another side character, I don’t want to give it away. This is a Snow White retelling that really delves into new representations of “Snow White and the Evil Queen” in a very unique way.


Timekeeper by Tara Sim

This is a very underrated book that’s set in a steampunk Victorian London with a gay main character who falls in love with a clock tower’s spirit. It’s so incredibly adorable and heart warming! Plus it’s something I’ve never seen done before!


The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Cat Winters is an incredible writer and her books should be in the lime light a lot more than they are! This book deals with a biracial girl in the 1920’s dealing with racism and hate crimes who is starting to suspect her father’s death wasn’t an accident. There is also the inclusion of a gay character dealing homophobia and hate crimes as well. This is said to be a sort of retelling of “Hamlet” and there is a bit of the paranormal in the plot as well.


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Probably the most diverse book included on this list! We have bisexual characters, gay characters, characters of different ethnic backgrounds, characters with mental illness or other disabilities. Everything is also handled and represented incredibly well due to it being an #OwnVoices book and I personally can speak for the anxiety rep as well. There is so much adorableness and so many heart warming moments as well, overall fantastic book full of diversity!


A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A story with a M/M romance and the characters both think the other doesn’t love them back, but it’s also full of some crazy shenanigans and a trip across Europe. You’ll ship these two so hard, trust me!


Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

This was a huge surprise to me, I found it way more enjoyable than I had originally anticipated! This is what I wanted “Throne of Glass” to be, full of violence and a main character who isn’t afraid to show their skill and do anything it takes to win. The main character is also gender fluid!


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Pretty sure everyone’s heard of this one by now! This is a fantastic story with a very powerful plot which includes an African American girl as our wonderful main character who is dealing with the aftermath of a police officer shooting her unarmed friend. As I said it’s incredibly powerful and so well written, I highly recommend reading it.


The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

The main character of this book is Welsh Romani (which we definitely do not get to see very often in books at all) and is studying herbcraft (and hopefully witchcraft) under her Gran. However, her and her friend are brutally assaulted and in order to save his life she must harvest body parts from the boys who did it. I recommend checking out my trigger warnings in my review before reading this one.

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

Do you have any of these on your TBR?

What are some of your favorite books with diverse characters?

Let me know in the comments!

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It’s Finally Fall Book Tag!

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It’s finally the first day of fall/autumn so I figured this would be the PERFECT tag to do today! Fall is my favorite season! I love all of the warm, cozy clothes and all the colors.

I found this tag over on Zane Reads where she did a fantastic job with it so be sure to head over and check out her answers as well!

This tag was created by Tall Tales.

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1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

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This book had some fantastic world building full of magic and even some mythical beings, it’s also very Roman inspired as well. There’s definitely plenty of attention to detail in this setting!


2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief

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“The Hate U Give” deals with some very powerful topics (loss, grief, overcoming prejudices) but it is very beautifully written and also very heart warming as well. I loved the family dynamic in this story.


3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

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I don’t read much non-fiction and the last one I probably read was “Hyperbole and a Half” in which case I did learn a bit about depression which helped me to understand, a loved one who does suffer from it, a bit more.


4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

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Can anyone NOT say the Weasleys for this? I mean come on they really are the ideal fictional family to go hangout with!


5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

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I’m actually not at home at the moment of making this tag so I’ll just put a collage together of covers, still counts!


6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

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In my head I’m thinking of a kind of “story-ception” situation in which case I’ll go with “The Wrath and the Dawn” since Shazi is telling stories within a story!


7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

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Creepy reads are my jam! I’ve got so many I’d love to recommend but I’ll go with “Slasher Girls & Monsters Boys” since there’s plenty of creepy and dark stories in that anthology and there’s sure to be something for every horror lover within its pages.


8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day

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This book is hilarious as well as very heart warming, it’s all around awesome and adorable at the same time!


9. Fall (luckily, it’s my favorite season) returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

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Perhaps a Percy Jackson re read? I don’t really  do re reads all that much but I’d go for this series!


10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

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Definitely some comfy sweatpants, a warm blanket, fuzzy socks, and a cup of tea! I love being all warm and cozy to read!


11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

I’ll tag a couple people but please do not feel obligated to do this tag at all! 

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Coffee Loving Bookaholic

Amanda @ Metal Phantasm Reads

Steff @ Little Booky Nook

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved The Year I Started My Blog

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is a throwback freebie so it can be anything you’d like to discuss about older books such as: books published 10 years ago, older books you forgot you loved, or books from the year you started blogging (which I’m doing!).

There are so many books I read a while ago that I don’t talk about enough and some of them I do talk about plenty. This is going to be a list of my favorite reads from 2015 back when I started this blog!

These are in no particular order and I do have reviews up for each of these books but I’m not going to link them since they’re older and slightly embarrassing! Still though they are available if you want to hear my full thoughts on some of them.


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10.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This was one of the first books I read when I started my blog because there was a ton of hype and glowing reviews for it! Of course I’m super happy I gave Schwab a try because she’s one of my favorite authors now.


9.) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I had read “Gone Girl” as well as “Dark Places” before I gave this one a go because I really enjoy the way Flynn tells her stories, they’re also super twisted. This one is probably one of my favorites of hers now as well because of that twist at the end!


8.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

This was a new release when I started my blog and I had heard a few good things about it and I’m ALWAYS looking for some great, creepy YA horror books. This is an anthology and pretty much all of the stories were fantastic plus some of them definitely did not fail to give me nightmares!


7.) Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I actually mention this book quite frequently but when I first started blogging I was digging around for some great books to read that I hadn’t heard of before. “Lips Touch” was one of the ones I found and it definitely is very underrated. It’s three short stories told by Laini Taylor and her writing here is just as beautiful as it is in her other book “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”. Highly recommend checking out if you’re a fan of hers!


6.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

I bought this book when I got “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” as well because I had heard mixed things about it and was looking for more scary reads. I’m really terrified of Japanese horror stories every since getting nightmares in the fourth grade from the movie “The Grudge” so I was easily scared reading this book, which was fun!


5.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

I hadn’t actually heard much about this book but I saw it in my local bookstore and the cover was so intriguing and creepy that I HAD to buy it. It’s also told in a really unique format consisting of transcripts of video footage, journal entries, and even drawings. It’s an interesting and pretty suspenseful psychological thriller.


4.) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This book….broke my heart! It came highly recommended when I was searching Goodreads for new books to read since I started my book blog and while it was fantastic and very well written….it was also completely emotionally devastating!


3.) Alice by Christina Henry

Okay, okay I KNOW I mention this book all the time but that’s only because it’s so fantastic! I think it’s pretty good for me to still be recommending a book two years after reading it! This is a very twisted, gritty retelling of Alice in Wonderland and is very much worth reading through in my opinion.


2.) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This book was actually recommended to me by one of my blogging besties Arianna @ The Quirky Book Nerd and I of course always take her recommendations to heart! This was such a hilarious graphic novel and I enjoyed every minute of it, it’s a great book to brighten up your day!


1.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Probably my most highly recommended book I’ve read and I was pretty proud reading two of Schwab’s books in half a year too when I started all of this! It’s got morally ambiguous characters with freaking superpowers….so yeah I was definitely impressed. I’m also DYING to read the sequel!!!!


A Few Honorable Mentions:

  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

What are some of your favorite books from the year you started blogging?

How about some older favorites in general?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy