October Wrap-Up!

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Hello everyone! I’m back from an unexpected and unplanned hiatus!  The first half of November has been so busy and school has been so overwhelming, when I have free time I haven’t felt like reading or blogging very much.  That being said, I’m ready to start blogging and reading more again despite my busy-ness! So, here I am wrapping up October halfway through November, lol.

Okay, so overall, October was a pretty nice reading month for me.

Altogether I read six books during the month of October.



– And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Small Spaces by Katherine Arden \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha \\ ⭐⭐⭐




Omg y’all I loved this book SO much!!  Small Spaces was one of the best books I’ve read all year.  I just enjoyed this book so much! I want to read more Katherine Arden books now!



The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton \\ ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan \\ ⭐⭐⭐1/2

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐





I received Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon from Putnam Books.  So, a huge thank you to them!

I also received The Rule of One by Ashley & Leslie Saunders from Skyscape/Amazon Publishing.  A great big thanks to them as well!



I participated in Blogtober and Blogoween last month, so that meant I posted [nearly] every single day in October!

Some of the highlights of my month include:

October TBR

Blogtober Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday new


spookathon tbr

Spookathon TBR | Wrap-Up

Sbooktober Readathon TBR

Sbooktober Readathon TBR | Wrap-Up


I got the opportunity to interview the author of Fallen Leaves, Tessa Emily Hall!

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I also shared my autumnal bookshelf decorations!

October was also filled with some fun book tags including:

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halloween book tag

spooky scary book tag

Some of my other favorite posts from this month include:

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My Top 5 Favorite Non-Horror Halloween Movies

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Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned, AKA Kiss, Marry Kill: Halloween Edition

And that wraps up my October! October was a really fun month for me!  While November has been busy, I’m still hopeful that it’ll be a great month and that the second half of it will have more reading and blogging. 🙂

Be sure to let me know how your October went and how your November is going so far!

Thanks for reading!

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Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned

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Hello and Happy Halloween!! 👻🎃🍂

To celebrate Halloween and the last day of Blogtober/Blogoween, for today’s post I’m going to be playing Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned, which is the Halloween equivalent of Kiss, Marry, Kill!  This prompt was originally created by Fictionally Sam, and I was tagged by Mandy @ Devouring Books to do this fun challenge!

There aren’t really any rules for how you decide which characters to use, but all the books I’ve chosen for this challenge are completely randomized, and I’ve just decided to choose the main, male character from each book to make things easier.

Okay, here we go!

Round One

Okay, so the books I randomly picked for round one are:

Jack from Clara Snow

Joseph from The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Todd from Christy Miller Vol. 4

Oh boy, this is a hard one!  When I read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Joseph was one of my favorite love interests of the entire year! Meanwhile, Todd is such a sweetheart, though.  And then there’s Jack Frost!  He experienced so much character growth in this book.

Bonded: Joseph

Bewitched: Todd

Drowned: Jack (Sorry Jack!)


Round Two

Ezra from Illuminae

Tarver from These Broken Stars

Adam from If I Stay

This round is slightly easier! I’ll be honest, I didn’t love These Broken Stars (I found it boring 🙊), so I don’t remember much about Tarver.  Because of that, it makes it a lot easier for me to do this:

Bonded: Ezra

Bewitched: Adam

Drowned: Tarver


Round Three

Gilbert from Anne of the Island

Jake from Angel Eyes

Sam from Emergency Contact

This one is actually pretty easy because while I love all three characters, there’s really no contest about who’s my favorite. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Bonded: Jake

Bewitched: Gilbert (we all saw that coming! 😂)

Drowned: Sam (Sorry Sam! I just like Gil and Jake more than you!)


Round Four

Christian from The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Galen from Of Poseidon

Four from Divergent

I admit, it’s been so long since I’ve read Of Poseidon that I don’t remember the book, or Galen that well.  I almost thought I should pick another book, but then I realized that maybe it’s a good thing I don’t remember him. 😏😭

Bonded: Christian

Bewitched: Four

Drowned: Galen

This was such a fun post to create! I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. 🙂

I tag anyone who wants to do this, and if you decide to do it, please let me know so I can see your answers!!

Thanks so much for reading!


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Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween!

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:


Tomorrow is Halloween!  In honor of that, I’m going to be sharing ten of my favorite books that I think are perfect to read for Halloween.  I like the books that I read in October to be atmospheric, festive, and mysterious, and all ten of the books on this list perfectly embodies those feelings! 🍂

Here we go:




And there you have it! Those are ten of my favorite books that I would recommend reading at Halloween.

Let me know which books would be on your list. 👻🎃

Thanks for reading!

Sbooktober Readathon Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! Well, the Sbooktober Readathon is officially over, and Halloween day is almost here.  Last Sunday, I shared my TBR and now it’s time for me to wrap up how this readathon went for me!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get everything on my TBR read.  But, this week was pretty busy for me, so I’m not surprised at all.  But that’s okay, because readathons are just supposed to be fun! 🙂

Alrighty, here’s the challenges I did get to:




Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel was such a fun and festive read! It was absolutely perfect for Halloween.







The Grownup by Gillian Flynn was my first experience with her writing, so I had no idea what to expect going into this story.  Even though it was a short story, it was still so mind twisty and intricate.  While there parts I, personally, didn’t care for, The Grownup was such a wild ride, and I definitely have an interest in reading more of Gillian Flynn’s books!





So, I started Undead Girl Gang, but I didn’t finish it.  I may finish it, but I may wait until next Halloween to get to this one.  From what I read, I liked it, but didn’t love it, and being that I still have some other books I want to get to this month, this one is kind of being pushed to the side for now!

And that wraps up the Sbooktober Readathon for me!

Let me know if you participated and how you did. 🙂🎃👻

Thanks for reading!

Book Review | Small Spaces

small spacesTitle: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Pages: 218

Genres: Middle Grade, Horror


Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic.

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

Small Spaces

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Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much!  Going into Small Spaces, I expected to enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to love it.  After seeing a couple people talking about Small Spaces on Bookstagram, I thought it looked like a fun and quick read for Halloween, so I decided to check it out from the library, not anticipating much other than something festive to get me into the Halloween mood.  Once I started reading, however, I knew this book was going to be so much more!

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The Halloween Book Tag!

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Hello everybody!  With Halloween coming up this Wednesday, I thought it would be the perfect time to do the Halloween Book Tag!  I stumbled upon this tag while actually googling festive, Halloween book tags to do, and I came across this one from the Sassy Book Geek a couple of years ago!

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

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I’m going to go with Small Spaces for this one! I recently read (and absolutely loved) this book, and it was just the right amount of spooky and festive for Halloween!


2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

I can’t think of one for this one, and I’m writing this at night so I don’t really want to go digging around for creepy book covers before I go to bed, so…I’m leaving this one blank. 😂🙈


3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

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Maybe Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi? The Miss Peregrine series is quite spooky.  Plus, they have the cutest little baby girl, and I bet she will be so adorable in her Halloween costume!  Who doesn’t want to go trick or treating with cute little babies in cute little Halloween costumes?!


4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?


Back when the Nancy Drew movie came out, I dressed up as her for Halloween.  I looked for a picture to include, because I know I have one somewhere, but I couldn’t find it!  This was probably one of my favorite Halloween costumes ever, though! I was so pleased with it, haha. 🙂


5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

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Okay, this is a tricky one!  Maybe a big treasure like Edmond finds in The Count of Monte Cristo? To be fair, though, I’m still working through that one, so I don’t know how it ends yet.  Come the end of the novel, I may want to change my mind, lol!


6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

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I don’t actually ever recall them celebrating Halloween, but if they did, I’d love to go trick or treating in Avonlea!  I bet Anne and her friends would come up with the most elaborate and fun costumes, and I would imagine everyone would give out delicious, homemade treats to eat!


7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?


All of them, lol!  But, I’m going to go with The Trunchbull!  She’s actually super scary and I have not doubt she would steal all my candy.

8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

I think a vampire or a werewolf would be super fun!


9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

I’ve got to skip this one, because I’ve only read the first Harry Potter book, and I don’t remember any of the candy except for those jelly beans!


10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

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Reese’s Peanut Butter cups! 😋🙌🏼

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to this fun and festive tag! I encourage you to do it, too!  Also, what’s your favorite candy?

Thanks for reading!

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Blogtober Book Quotes | Fahrenheit 451

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It’s time for another Blogtober Book Quote!  Today I’m back with another Ray Bradbury quote, but this time it’s from his widely famous novel, Fahrenheit 451!  I absolutely love this book, and this particular quote describes the atmosphere of autumn so incredibly well.


The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. […] The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain.”

~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury just has such a way with words!


Book Review | The Witch of Willow Hall | Blog Tour + Giveaway!


In honor of the recent release of Hester Fox’s debut novel, The Witch of Willow Hall, today I’m sharing with you all my thoughts about the book as well as how you can have the chance to win a copy, plus a fun and festive prize pack!

cover_The Witch of Willow Hall_Hester Fox_Graydon House Books_Oct 2 2018Title: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Pages: 368

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published by: Harlequin’s Graydon House Books (Oct. 2nd, 2018)


Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…


Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads

Available at:  Amazon  | Barnes and Noble  | Kobo  | iTunes

what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to the publisher and Barclay Publicity!*

When I first found out about this book I was instantly intrigued.  The synopsis drew me in, and I just knew that this would be a book I would enjoy. The book’s description may be what caught my eye, but once I started reading, everything else about this book kept me hooked to the pages!

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Sbooktober Readathon TBR!

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Hello!  In honor of Blogtober and Blogoween, today I’m sharing with you all my TBR for the second readathon I’m participating in this month!

The Sbooktober Readathon started today, October 21st and goes through October 27th!  You can click here to get all the details!

I’ve decided to join the Lycans team, led by Vanessa @ Paper Faerie! 🐺🌕

Alright, here’s the challenges and the books I’ve chosen:

 Join Sbooktober

Read a Halloween themed book of your choice (thriller, supernatural, gothic, etc)


What better book to start things off with than Hocus Pocus?! It just screams Halloween!

Clan Up

Pick a clan and read a book featuring your mascot (Corpse brides can read a book involving any type of bride, and vampire bats can a read a book with vampires or bats).


I bought this book a couple years ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Being that it involves werewolves, I thought now would be the perfect time to read Unleashed!

Enter the Haunted House

Read a book that includes a haunted house.

Perform an Incantation

Read a short story or poetry collection.


I’m combining these next two challenges, and reading the short story, The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.  I’ll be honest, I’m kind of scared to read Gillian Flynn’s books, so I’m starting with a short story to get a feel for her writing style!

Face Your Fears

Read a book based on something you are, or have been, afraid of.


The Fall of Candy Corn will be a reread for me, but it’s one I remember enjoying so much!  This series is about a girl who works at a theme park, and just like most theme parks, this one goes all out for Halloween and features tons of haunted houses and scary mazes.  I am so afraid of jump scares, like they do in theme parks!

🐺Lycan Challenges🌕

Howl At The Moon

Read a book at nighttime.


Undead Girl Gang is actually Sbooktober’s group book, and I decided it would work really perfectly for this challenge!

Pack Instinct

Read a book you feel like everyone else has read and you don’t want to miss out on.


Everyone I know who has read A Discovery of Witches loves it so much! I really do feel like I’ve been missing out.  Hopefully I’ll love this one just as much as everyone else seems to!

And there you have it! That’s my [overly ambitious] TBR for this week!  While I won’t be able to read them all, I’m really looking forward to reading a lot and trying to get to as many as I can. 🙂

Let me know, are you participating in the Sbooktober Readathon?

Thanks for reading!

Book Review | And the Trees Crept In

and the trees crept in.jpgTitle: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Pages: 352

Genres: YA, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery

Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 6th, 2016)


Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

And the Trees Crept In

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I discovered And the Trees Crept In at a library book sale I recently went to.  I’d never heard of the book, but was instantly intrigued by the synopsis, and since Halloween was quickly approaching, I decided to get it! And let me just say, I am so glad I did!

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