Halloween Creatures Book Tag

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My friend Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward created a halloween creatures book tag which is right up my alley. I was too excited to wait and post this tag. I need a filler post as I’m trying to poke my reading slump.

Rules
– Follow the Categories
– You Must Be Honest
– You Must Answer All Questions to the Best of Your Ability
– You Must Tag At Least 3 People
– Have Fun!
-Credit Would be Greatly Appreciated!

Witches : A book or character that is magical

Hmm the first book that pops into my head is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I read this book a few years ago (yes yes I read it as a young adult). I just remember being so wrapped up in the magic of it all.

Mummies : A book or character you can’t wrap your mind around

I am going to go wth House of Furies by Madeline Roux. I haven’t DNF’d it….(yet) so I can’t really say I hate it. I just found it kind of boring so it lost my interest really fast. The beginning bit is also a bit confusing.

Vampires : A book, series, or author you can’t live without

Rick Riordan for sure simply because I still read his books to this day. I read Percy Jackson in 7th grade. His books bring me a lot of comfort and nostalgia.

Werewolves : A book best read in the middle of the night

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay because the book is already creepy, but if you read it at night…well you might have nightmares. I am speaking from experience here so just trust me.

Zombies : A book you picked up for the 2nd time/Continued after DNF’ing it

I haven’t DNF’d too many books in my time. I put down books all the time to come back to them later. Night Film by Marisha Pessel is one example of that.

Ghosts : A book you easily predicted a twist or ending 

I am gonna go with Princess X by Cherie Priest. I felt like the whole book was a bit predictable so I wasn’t all that surprised by the ending.

Frankenstein : A book that truly shocked you

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood because I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I kind of went into it with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was able to really connect with the book and the characters.

Skeletons : A book or character that chilled you to the bone

Marjorie Barrett from A Head Full of Ghosts. That is all I gotta say about this. She was so creepy.

Ghouls : A book that left you hungry 

Harry Potter because the food in that book always made me super hungry.

Goblins : A greedy character 

I am blanking on this one. I can’t really think of a “greedy” character. I am going to go with the dad from 10 Things I Can See From here because he always rubbed me the wrong way.

Devil : A dark, evil character

Ari from Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I am not going to say anything for spoiler reasons.

Grim Reaper : A character you loved/hated that died

I tend to avoid books dealing with death. I haven’t read too many that have had a character that I loved/hated that died. It’s usually a death at the beginning of the book that shapes the character throughout the book.

Scarecrow : A book or character the scares you

I am going to repeat my answer from earlier but Marjorie Barrett was spooky AF in A Head Full of Ghosts.

The Monster Mash : Tag 3 or more people to do this tag

Ellie @ coffeewithellieblog, TwinBookmarks, Princess @ Royal Reader, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews, & Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

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Weekly Wrap Up (October 1st – 8th)

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I’m not sure if I’ll do this every month simply because it’s a lot of work. I’m here to share with you my progress for the spooky readathon I’m taking part in via Books & Tea server.

Books Read
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – I have a review of this up on my blog if you want to hear my full thoughts on it.
Books Started
  • House of Furies by Madeline Roux – I’m about 20 pages into this book at the moment. I plan to get through a decent chunk today.
Ritual Tasks I Have Completed
  • Read a book at night
  • Recommend a book
  • Spooky Book Review
  • Buddy read book (I have two others)
  • Read a book over 200 pages
My Plans For The Week
  • I plan to finish House of Furies this upcoming week. I have enjoyed what I have read so far so I’m ready to see what happens.
  • I might pick up Frankenstein next so I can read This Monstrous Thing since they kind of tie in together.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Review

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This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I don’t even know how to even explain this book. It was definitely strange. I had more questions than answers with this book which is kind of why I like it so much. You have this family that seem sort of normal for the most part until the older sister Marjorie goes off her rocker. Her dad believes she’s possessed and I personally believe she has schizophrenia though her family doesn’t want to believe that. Her dad loses his job which kind of sends the family into a downward spiral. The mom starts smoking more, the older sister loses her bananas, and the dad turns to religion. That leaves little ole Merry to piece together the pieces and survive the bizarre family dynamic.

This book had a ton of twists and turns that definitely keep you going. You think you have it figured it out and then you don’t. The ending was really what got me. I didn’t expect it to end that way. You find out some crucial details at the end that kind of leave you a bit puzzled. The way it ended was very “okay so what next?” because you want to know what happens next. Does Merry continue writing after the book gets published? Does the interviewer write down the secrets in the book? Will the book get published? We will never know which is kind of great.

Overall, this was a perfect halloween read. I really enjoyed it despite the many twists and turns. You definitely have to step back from the book every once in a while to make sure you are able to process what is going on. This is perfect for people who liked the movie The Exorcist but wanted a bit more.

“Ideas. I’m possessed by ideas. Ideas that are as old as humanity, maybe older, right? Maybe those ideas were out there just floating around before us, just waiting to be thought up. Maybe we don’t think them, we pluck them out from another dimension or another mind.”

Rating: 4/5 | Read: September 24 – 27

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 286

Genre: Horror

Synopsis:

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface–and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.

 

Taproot by Keezy Young Review

 

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I’m here to talk to you guys about a really adorable yet fluffy graphic novel. I feel like this  book needs more attention. Taproot is about a gardener and a ghost. Spoiler Alert: The gardener is actually a necromancer which is why he is able to see ghosts. The ghost on the other hand was just a normal person that got in a sticky situation. He slowly over time fell in love with the gardener. The problem is the fact that he is a ghost and the gardener is human. This graphic novel had some of the cutest art I have seen in a while. The colors are muted yet compliment each other so well.

My main complaint about this graphic novel which is why it got bumped down a star is the obvious plot hole towards the middle/end of the novel. It moved far too quickly. The next time we know it’s over so we are literally sitting there like what just happened. The little extra few pages at the end helped me forgive the author for the weird plot hole. The LGBT rep in this graphic novel seems harmless which is why I enjoyed it so much. They truly do love each other. It was so nice to see them so happy at the end.

Overall, if you want a cute graphic novel then I definitely recommend this. I wouldn’t say it’s the greatest graphic novel in the world, but it’s rather sweet. The art is gorgeous to look at. The characters are cute.

Rating: 4/5 Stars | Read: September 25th

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 127 pages

Genre: Graphic Novels + LGBT

Synopsis:

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

October TBR

It’s finally my favorite month of the year besides my birthday month. October is the time of year that I dive into anything and everything spooky. I’m a huge scaredy cat yet I still really enjoy spooky things. I just got back from seeing IT so I’m pumped for halloween. I am taking part in a horror read-a-thon over at Books & Tea server so I highly recommend you check it out. I was the one who wrote the reading challenges for it so hehehehe you should really check it out.  I am going to tell you what I’m reading and the challenges I’ll be completing in October.

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  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King – This should really not be a surprise since I just got back from seeing IT. I am stoked to dive into Stephen King especially since he is my nana’s favorite author.
  • House of Furies by Madeline Roux – The cover alone is why I want to read it so much. I think it’s going to give me the creeps in the best way possible.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Who would I be if I didn’t add a classic to this list? This book corresponds to the last book. I have had Frankenstein on my shelf for ages so it’s time to read it.
  • This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee – It’s a steampunk Frankenstein inspired novel. That is literally all I have to say about this book.
  • I recently finished A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (I was too excited to wait until October so expect a review for that soon)
The Challenges I’ll Be Completing 

 ~ Read a book at night

~ Paranormal Book

~ Recommend a Book (Night Film)

~ Spooky book review

~Pick a horror novel without reading the synopsis (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)

~ Buddy read a horror novel x3

~ Read a book over 200 pages

What are you guys reading for the month of October?

It’s Finally Fall Book Tag

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I saw Peruse Project over on YouTube do this thing so I figured it was time for me to do it. I really enjoy the fall time. It was created by Tall Tales over on Youtube!


The Questions

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

The first book that comes to mind for me would be Vicious by V.E. Schwab because she goes into so much detail about the surroundings in the book. I can picture myself going to school with the main characters in the book.

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

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand which I do have a review up for so I am not going to go into too much detail. The writing in this book is honestly phenomenal  which is rare for me to say. You get to follow a story of discovery.

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

I honestly don’t read too many nonfiction books. I did pick up The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck today so I’ll keep you updated.

~ 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

I would love to be apart of the women of 300 fox way from The Raven Cycle series. They are all so cool and inspiring. I want to just chill with them.

~ The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines

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

Eesh I honestly can’t think of anything…I kind of feel like We Are Okay by Nina LaCour has some story-telling aspects. Marin talks about her life throughout the story.

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

One of my friends gifted me A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay aka she’s forcing me to read it because it’s one of her favorite books. (I’m joking about the forcing part)  The only thing I know about this book is that it’s spooky….and that’s all I want to know about it.

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

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour which I will forever plug until the day I die. It’s a short read with a heartwarming story. It’s perfect for winter time too because it takes place near Christmas.

~ Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon

I would really like to go back and re-read Percy Jackson. It’s been a long time since I have dived into those books so it would be nice to relive some childhood memories.

~ Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”

Okay, I will have to say fuzzy socks or a fuzzy blanket are my go-to for cozy reading nights. I will sometimes drink tea if it’s actually cold enough (it rarely is where I live) so I usually just pick whatever mug suits my fancies.

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people


 

I am going to tag Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward, Tecsie @ Tecsielity , Lauren @ Northern Plunder, Abs @ Absintheandbooks, Ellie @ Coffeewithellieblog, and whoever else wants to do the tag.

My *Possible* Fall TBR List

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I say possible because my tbr is always changing because I acquire new books. These are the books that I am most excited about reading. I want to know what you guys are reading for the fall season.

13638125I’m currently reading a lovely book called Vicious by V.E. Schwab which was a gift from one of my good friends. This book really sets the mood for fall books for me. I have no idea why. It’s quite dramatic in the best ways. I’m enjoying the multiple POVs through different parts of time versus different characters. It basically deals with villains which is honestly all I need in life. I also found out that there will be a second book. That has me more hyped to finish it because I want to know how it ends. I definitely recommend this book if you haven’t read it already.

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The next book I am going to talk about is This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. The author might sound familiar because she wrote The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I was browsing Barnes & Noble when I spotted this book. The synopsis alone has me hooked on it. It’s a very creative spin of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s very steampunk-y which is enough for me to want to buy it. I’m a sucker for anything steampunk related. This will my first book by this author which I’m excited about. I am definitely holding back on this book because it seems like a perfect halloween/october read in my opinion.

29736099This is another one of those halloween/october reads because like have you seen the cover? I have been a fan of Madeleine Roux’s work for a while. I really enjoyed the Asylum series because the pictures with the story line kind of spooked me. I have never been a fan of asylums so that is partially why I really enjoyed that series. I believe her new series focuses on a boarding house that kills bad people. I’m not entirely sure what the synopsis is because I try to avoid them? I want to be surprised when I read books. I just know that this is one of those books that will keep me up at night. I would definitely check out her books if you haven’t already.


Those are the top three books that I want to try and read for the fall season. What books are you planning on reading? Have you read any of these?