Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with another Top Tuesday and I’m so very excited because we’re finally in December! Now I know this is the second week of December, but I’m super excited and ready for all the wintery vibes! So for this Toop Ten Tuesday, I was originally was going to do my favorite holiday movies to watch in December, but I decided to go with atmospheric books for the winter season. Winter and fall are my two favorite seasons so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about the books I enjoy curling up with during this time of year. So sit back, relax, curl up with some hot chocolate and let’s get into the books!
Something about groups of people gathering around fires ready to take on evil makes me want curl up by the fire reading.
Okay, friends! That wraps up this Top Ten Tuesday of wintery reads. I’m sure there are plenty more out there, but these are the ones I personally enjoy the most. I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did writing this! And please feel free to tell me in the comments below some of your favorite winter reads! Until next time, may December be filled with five stars reads, I love you! ❤️
Content/Trigger Warnings:Cheating/adultery, domestic abuse, toxic relationships/abusive relationships, sexual assault, rape, mental and emotional abuse, verbal abuse, manipulation, anxiety, forced marriage, scene of torture, trauma/PTSD, alcohol abuse, scene of drugging, and so much more!
“Even if by some miracle, she did consider me… The Underworld is no place for a Goddess like her.”
Readers, it’s high time I told you about my favorite webcomic…ever! I have been reading Lore Olympus for an extremely long time. I’m talking about before this webcomic made it onto Webtoons. I’m talking back when it first appeared on Tumblr. And I think it’s high time I talk about my love and passion for this webcomic again! I love and adore this webcomic with my whole soul, my whole being, and I can’t stop loving this series. It’s just a beautiful and captivating series.
If you haven’t heard of Lore Olympus by now, just know that you can read this webcomic for free here! It’s also getting produced into a television series and just know, that I’m eagerly anticipating more news on when this will be happening! The excitement and anticipation is real!
On a different note, this web series is a modern retelling of Greek mythology, more specifically the mythology around The Taking Persephone, which Persephone and Hades are the main focus of this graphic novel series. Along the way you will see many other gods, goddesses, and titans throughout mythology that get woven into the story along the way. For example, the story of Eros and Psyche is one of the many stories that get intertwined with the story of Persephone and Hades. It’s all beautifully woven together from flashbacks and memories to present time.
I really love how all the side gods and goddesses come into play with this graphic novel especially with the development of Hades and Persephone. They both have a wide variety of interactions with so many of the titans, the goddesses, and gods. We get to see how each one interacted with our two main characters of this web series. The best part is the interactions feel so humanized and the facial expressions really make them seem like every day mortals. I’m a big fan of facial expressions and seeing so much variety from curious to devastation really cemented how unique each and every character truly is with their experiences.
One of my most favorite aspects of this graphic novel series is the serious topics that it rises. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of content and trigger warnings for this web series and the way each topic is handled is with a lot of care, but accurate representation of what those situations can and are like. Even more so, Rachel has a way of using her color to really set the mood and put emphasis of the scene. Rachel also adds trigger and content warnings for her more heavy and serious issues. And you all know how I love and support authors who take the time to address that heavy content is coming! I just really appreciate the amount of time, effort, care, and emphasis Rachel used for this content. And I say this a lot, but I truly do wish authors took more time and care to address heavier content and trigger warnings for readers. This is just one of many things I love about this series!
Another thing I really love about this series is the artwork! I really loved and enjoyed watching Rachel develop and grow her color scheme as well as the manifestation between the lighter and darker tones. It has been a breathtaking experience and it’s one of those things that has really made me love this series on a deep level. The colors are so eye pleasing and just captivating. I’m attracted to the use of shades of a wide variety and Lore Olympus delivers on so many levels.
And if I still haven’t sold you on everything that goes on with this webcomic then let me say this, the story line and plot is just too good to ignore. I love mythology and I can openly say, anyone who isn’t overly familiar with Greek mythology will still be able to enjoy this series. I know a lot of readers stress about whether or not they need to have a strong knowledge of Greek mythology to be able to understand and enjoy this series and I truly believe anyone can read this webcomic. I have recommended this series to so many people, friends and family who aren’t even into mythology, and they enjoy it so much. Every Saturday and Sunday, I receive texts and messages from them saying, “It’s Lore Olympus Day!” And the conversations you can have with fellow readers of this comic just reaches above and beyond. Out of all the webcomics I read, I never run out of things to say about this series. This is one of very few webcomics that I still have on going conversations about and still have immense excitement about especially as it get’s closer to the drop of a new episode.
“Just like me. The same as me.”
Overall, I just really love this series with my whole heart and soul. This is one series that I feel deep within my soul and ache for every weekend. I’m obsessed with the stunning artwork and the tensity in the story line. If you’ve been sitting on whether or not you should start this graphic novel, then let this be the voice that convinces you to jump on board. These are characters you will fall in love with and Rachel is just an absolute lovely soul. I will support her and her work until the end of time because I love what she’s doing, I love the world she’s building, and the world seems a little brighter with Lore Olympus in it!
Salutations friends! We have finally landed in the month of December! I’m still in awe that we’re at the end of the year already. Where did the time go?! I guess time really does go by fast when you’re reading a good book. Anyway, we’re in December and that means a whole new TBR has come at last. Now, picking this TBR was not so easy and I think my brain ending up subconsciously picking books that had shades of blue in them. I did mention this before, but I’ll say it again… This is the time of year where I get really busy and very family and home-bound focused. What that means is even though I have this wonderful and amazing TBR, it doesn’t mean I’m going to read all these books and there’s a very high chance that I will pick up books more centered around going home, friends and family, or books about finding family. It’s just my sentimental and homesick nature around this time of year. But I will do my absolute best to stick to my TBR because there’s some really great books that I’ve been itching to read!
On that note and before we jump into the books, you’ve probably noticed a new change to the theme. I briefly showed a sneak peek of this on my Instagram stories and today in the big winter theme reveal! If you’ve been here awhile then you probably know this, but I’m very sentimental about my spouse. So I will have them help me out with coming up with new designs and I just get very soft that they’ve been supporting me through this whole blogging journey. The new design and theme for winter is all thanks to them! And I’m so thankful and grateful for their help, for them wanting to support this blogging journey, and for them being them! ❤️ Okay, now that I got all sappy and mushy, on to the books and a very special announcement!
So now for the important announcement! So Kayla from Books and Blends and I have decided we’re going to be doing a monthly manga reading together! As well as having at least a minimum of one buddy read a month! I’m excited for this and if you didn’t know already, I love this woman with my whole heart and soul. She makes me smile and laugh, she’s a pocket of sunshine in my life, and I just love her a whole lot. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so! And yes, these are the three books we have chosen for the month of December! I’m excited, she’s excited, and I hope you all are excited because it’s going to be a really fun time!
Okay, Chapterlings! That wraps up all the books are on my TBR for the month of December. There’s a lot more coming this month in the terms of surprises and announcements! I can’t wait to share it all with you, but for right now it has to be a secret. But that’s everything on my TBR for December. Let me know in the comments some of the books you’re hoping to read for the month of December or tell me about some of the read-a-thons you’re hoping to participate in this month! Until next time, may this wintery month bring you lots of joy and blessings, I love you! ❤️
Salutations Chapterlings! I’m finally getting back on track with everything, but it’s still going to be a bit bumpy until everything is back on track! However, we’re talking about November and all the books I read for November. November has been a crazy time for me. I’ve talked about this in a few posts, but I’ll talk about it here as well… November has been a stressful and exhausting month, mostly in my personal life. I was hit with high levels of stress in my work life, I then got really sick and I couldn’t get my voice back for two and a half weeks, I also had reading burn out from October, and then there was also spending time with my family which I talk about more in my Top Ten Tuesday|Books I’m Thankful For. There was just so much happening that my reading time and the time I devote to everything bookish really took some hard hits. Honestly, I’m a little sad about it all. I love reading and I love being able to put content out for all of you. I truly wish I could have done more. However, even though it was a tough month, I did get some reading in! I read four books in the month of November which completing just one book was fantastic, but reading four books under the circumstances, I’m incredibly proud of myself and happy with getting 95% of my November TBR finished! So, without me taking up anymore time, here are the four books that I read in the month of November!
Okay, readers! I know that wasn’t a very long wrap up and most of it was me updating you on where I’m at, but I promise December has some magical and fun things in store! A new theme is coming, a very exciting TBR, some amazing buddy reads with one of my dearest friends, some exciting announcements, and so much more! I can feel the magical December vibes in the air! But I hope you enjoyed these books and checking out the reviews that have been written for them. And don’t forget to tell me some of the amazing books you read for the month of November, I can always use a recommendation for a great book to dive into! Until next time friends, may December bring you hot coco, warm vibes, a little bit of magic, and as always, I love you! ❤️
Content/Trigger Warnings:Graphic deaths, graphic violence, grief, talk of suicide, talk of cheating, scene and talk of domestic abuse/violence.
“It shouldn’t matter what your parents did, just what you do as a person.”
Once there were twelve lovely sisters, sheltered and raised in the manor of Highmoor, but was once a home filled with love and chatter is now filled with loneliness as four of the sister have had their lives cut short. One death is more tragic than the last and there’s whispers that a curse has fallen upon the family of Highmoor. When some ghostly vision are soon brought to life, Annaleigh starts to suspect that her sisters haven’t died by accident. With the help of the mysterious Cassius, Annaleigh will uncover the truth behind the deaths of her beloved sisters.
Oh my gosh readers, I’m absolutely in love with this book in so many ways! I was really nervous on where I would fall with this book due to all the hype, but I’m happy to say that this book is worth all the hype you’ve been hearing. There’s so many wonderful elements, true sibling bonds, curses, and talk of gods and demi-gods! What more could you want in a book?! I’m just so head over heels for this book and I can easily say that it has made it’s way onto my top books for 2019!
We follow a main character named Annaleigh who becomes disturbed by the ghostly visions that are come to her youngest sister. Soon, Annaleigh is trying to uncover the secrets that are lying within the house and the people among it, and possibly the curse that looms over Highmoor. I loved Annaleigh as a main character! She was such a breath of fresh air when it comes to so many things. Throughout this book she never let anyone tell her how to feel and she stood her ground in what she believes. And the way she loves her siblings, regardless of how unreasonable they are or how they treat her, it was something I resonated with so much. I truly lived for Annaleigh’s character in this book.
“All the dreamers are castle-bound. At midnight’s stroke, we will unwind, Revealing fantasies soft or unkind. Show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams. Come not as you are but as you wish to be seen.”
Speaking of characters, Cassius was a pleasant surprise! I never thought a character like him would be introduced into the picture, but I loved the way his personality and Annaleigh’s personality meshed so well with one another. They had such a great amount of chemistry. Whether they were interacting at Highmoor or they were interacting on the mainland, they really clicked for me. The way the two of them interacted was so good and their little moments together was such a highlight especially as the reading pace begins to pick up. He really becomes an anchor for Annaleigh and his presence was just a calming experience through the eerie and darkness of this book. I think he is definitely my favorite character out of this whole book.
And if I haven’t sold you on this book yet, with Annaleigh being her true self and the mysterious Cassius, then the atmosphere is definitely one you’re not going to want to miss. The deaths are terrible and tragic, the funerals are just as unnerving, and if that isn’t enough to send a chill down your spine then the thought of ghosts haunting a manor and the general history of the manor will. I constantly had a chill slithering up my spine as a read this book. There are so many parts throughout this book that are dark and twisted that will have you gaping as scenes unfold before your eyes. The atmosphere was rich with paranormal events, secrets and lies, and a creepy setting you won’t forget.
My only true issue with this book was one of the side characters by the name of Camille. Camille is currently the oldest living sister to Annaleigh and she’s to inherit Highmoor when their father dies. At first, I didn’t mind Camille’s character and I kind of shrugged her behavior off, but then her behavior and her actions became very repetitive. Camille is a very selfish, entitled character who constantly wants to go to the ball to find a man. She also never takes the times to listen to her sister and brushes it off as her being crazy or wrapped up in all the grief. Her behavior would happen at such inappropriate times that it almost became a distraction from the main story line. I think many readers will be furious or annoyed with her character and I definitely think her character has the potential to cause a person to stop reading this book altogether.
“Nights like this were meant to be shared, remembered, and talked about for years. Skies like this were meant to be kissed under.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was constantly on my toes trying to figure out who was behind everything or was it all some strange dream. I was fully engulfed in the story line and plot of this book. Plus that romance, it was subtle, but I was living for every moment between Annaleigh and Cassius! I really wanted to go into far more details than I have with this review, but I whole-heartedly believe this is a book you should know very little about. And besides, if you’re looking for a book to read during the autumnal season then I highly recommend this book.
Salutations Chapterlings! I finally got my October book haul up and like I always say, better late than never! It has been far too long, but you already know the story behind that. If you’re new to this blog then welcome! The short version to that long story is I’ve been dealing with a lot of chaos and negativity in my personal life so it’s had an impact on my reading and getting blog posts up. There was also the matter of the holiday for the month of November and there’s been a lot of overwhelming things happening. So I’m sorry this has happened far too late to my liking, but it’s finally getting posted!
And finally getting posted it is indeed! It’s not a super big haul, but a fairly decent sized haul. I was blessed with so many amazing books for the month October and I’m so thankful that I get to share these books with all of you. I don’t want to take too much time gushing and such, but I do have to do a little gushing. I am incredibly blessed to have many wonderful and lovely friends in the book community who have opened their hearts to me. I’m truly blessed and so grateful for each and every one, but one of my friends was just an absolutely incredible soul. My friend Dani, check her out on her Instagram, ended up going to a Leigh Bardugo signing event and she ended up with an extra copy of Ninth House. I had been missing every opportunity to pick up a copy and when she mentioned she had an extra copy, I told her that I would love the copy. She was so kind to have Leigh Bardugo personalize it for me and I’m just truly grateful for her, her friendship, and for her being in my life. I had to put that out there to the world. Now that I’m all sappy and soft, on to the books!
Okay, friends! Those are all the lovely books that I acquired in the month of October! I’m so grateful and thankful to have them and to be blessed with so many opportunities to be able to get these books. I’m very aware of my privilege especially with Book of the Month because I know they don’t ship internationally, but hopefully they will be opening up internationally soon. I hope you all enjoyed this very late book haul and I would love to hear about some of the books you acquired in the month of October! Until next time, may the end of the year be kind to you, I love you! 💛
Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with another Liebster award! As always, Emer is a truly wonderful and kind soul for thinking of me every time she acquires one of these! If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking out Emer and her blog, then you should change that, immediately! Emer is a wonderful and insightful soul that brings so much to the book community and I feel truly blessed to call them my friend. So give her a little love and check out her social media!
“The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”
🍁 Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
🍁 Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
🍁 Nominate 11 people
🍁 Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions
🍁 The Questions from Emer!
🍁 What is your favourite all time music video? Share a link.
I have SO MANY favorite music videos! But this is probably one of my top three! Just the lyrics alone fill my heart with so many emotions!
🍁 If you could spend a year living in another country where would you choose and why?
Hmmm…either Japan or Australia. Those are my top two places I could see myself living for a decent amount of time. Plus, they’re places I’ve always dreamed about visiting.
🍁 If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?
I would switch places with Persephone from Lore Olympus! She has so many amazing moments with Hades and I just want one chance to be in her shoes during one of these moments!
🍁 What is the best snack food in your opinion?
🍁 Do you like to read the book before you watch its film adaptation?
Yes I do. I find that I really enjoy reading a book before watching any adaptation. However, there have been times where I have cheated this.
🍁 What’s on your list of top three books that you have read so far in 2019?
🍁 What are three things you love most about being a member of the online book community (blogs, book twitter, bookstagram, Goodreads etc.)?
I love all the wonderful people I have been meeting and talking with. I have found some of the greatest of friends through this community and I’m so grateful for that.
🍁 Do you have a bucket list? If yes, what are the top five items on your list? If not, what do you think would be in your top five?
I do and my top five are the following: Attend a BTS concert, finally travel to Alaska, meet my pen-pal of thirteen years face to face to the first without there being a computer screen between us, finally build a whole new office/library, and
🍁 If they were making a film of your life who would you like to cast as yourself?
🍁 What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
Honestly, it would be the most boring thing ever…I would probably find a comfy place and nap for the whole day and since I would be invisible, no one can wake me up!
🍁 If you could pick someone to write and perform a song inspired by you, who would you pick?
That’s incredibly easy. Kim Namjoon from BTS.
And those are all of Emer’s questions answered!
Thank you so much for tagging me! I’m so honored and grateful that you even thought of me! ❤️
And before I forget, here are the blogs that I tag!
It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.
🍁 My questions for those who are tagged!
1 – What has been your favorite memory so far for the year of 2019?
2 – What are you top three books you hope to finish before 2019 comes to an end?
3 – Name at least one book that was recommended to you (and tag the person) that you loved!
4 – If you had a theme song, what song would it be and why?
5 – If you could spend the day as any character (whether from a book or movie), who would it be and why?
6 – Do you like to eat a snack while you read? If so, what’s you’re favorite snack to have?
7 – Who are you top five fictional crushes?
8 – What is you most favorite time of the year? (This can be a holiday, a national day, the release date of a book, or even your birthday)
9 – Say one thing that you’re proud you of that you accomplished before the end of 2019!
10 – How do you few about playlists while reading?
11 – What’s one genre that you don’t often read from, but you would love to start reading more of?
Okay, friends! That wraps everything up and boy am I wiped! Some of those questions were tough and I really had to think on them. But I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it! And once again, thank you so much to Emer who is just a wonderful soul in this community. Seriously, check her blog out and give her some love! Until next time, may the month of November end with lovely memories, I love you! 💜