Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Changes in my Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created byΒ The Broke and the BookishΒ in June of 2010 and was moved toΒ That Artsy Reader GirlΒ in January of 2018!


Salutations Cahpterlings! I know I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday is a while, but I’m hoping to bring it back as much as I can! As I have mentioned, this time of year is a bit of chaos and stress. From getting sick and battling to regain my voice, to planning traveling and holiday stuff, all the way to the crafting of Christmas care packages, this time of year is chaos. And that’s with working a forty hour job every week during the holiday season. I promise, I have some great stuff coming until then, try to bear with me as I try to bring some order back into all of this. Anyway, I’m back with a Top Ten Tuesday, so let’s get into my answers!


🍁 I read some sci-fi books now!

🍁 I don’t fear large or thick books anymore (although Priory of the Orange Tree is still a daunting thought of a task)

🍁 I read faster when I have music or asmr playing compared to silence.

🍁 I read a lot more contemporary and romance books now!

🍁 I take notes and annotate my books more than what I used to in past reading sessions.

🍁 I’ve become more aware of trigger and content warnings when I read fantasy or contemporary books.

🍁 I’ve become more open to reading historical fiction and historical romance (how this happened, I have no idea!)

🍁 I spend an equal amount of time reading as I do gaming compared to my reading in 2014 where I did more gaming over reading.

🍁 From 2018 to present day, I truly discovered what I really enjoy in books and what makes me interested in certain books.

🍁 I finally use book sleeves to protect my books from my danger prone self!


Okay, dearest readers! I think those are all the changes to my reading that have developed this year. I’m not even sure if some of those count, but they count to me because a lot of these are changes in my habits and they’ve molded my reading for the better of it. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this and much as I enjoyed writing this. Until next time, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️

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Wrap Ups

October 2019 Wrap Up

Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, I’m finally getting my wrap up posted and I promise my October book haul will be following shortly. If you saw my November TBR post then you probably know why I’ve been a bit of a ghost lately. However, if you haven’t seen it then I’ll give a brief run down. In October I suffered a major burn out and fell into a really bad reading slump. There was a lot of things happening in my personal life that was happening and then the last week of October I ended up really sick. I’ve been spending most of November trying to recover my voice and my strength. Even though my fever broke, I’m still sick and still working as well. So a lot of my days off and down time I’ve been using to recover. Hopefully I’ll be at a 100% soon, but time will only tell. The biggest thing is my reading has suffered greatly for being sick and it’s still kinda suffering for it. I’m truly hoping that I’ll be getting some more reading done soon. This time of year I tend to cut back on the reading due to holidays and visiting my family. But back to the main point, that’s where I’ve been hiding for the last week or so. I’ve been buried in a mountain of blankets and drinking twelve cups of peppermint tea a day!

Anyway, you’re here for my October Wrap Up and I’m sad to say it wasn’t as big as I was hoping it would be. However, I got very lucky that I had a lot of five star and a few four stars for the month of October. So even though I was sick and fell into a reading slump, I’m really happy with the books I got to read for the spooky season! However, if I’m being honest, I did dnf one book in the month of October. Aside from that, it was a good reading month! So I hope you check out some of my reviews for the books below especially for The Bone Houses because out of all the books I read for October, that has to be my favorite read of the month so far! Any who…here are the six books I read in the month of October!


πŸŽƒ Fence Vol. 3 (Fence #3) by P.C. Cast & Johanna the Mad | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy |⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ Mooncakes by Suzabba Walker & Wendy Xu | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ Spell on Wheels (Spell on Wheels #1-5) by Kate Leth & Megan Levens | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ War by Laura Thalassa | ⭐⭐⭐


Okay, friends! Those are all the books I read for the month of October. As I said, super short and I’m really bummed out it wasn’t large than what it is. But you should always put your mental and physical health first before trying to push yourself past your limits. If that means you have to take a break from reading then you have to do it. But anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful month of reading! As always, may November be kind to you, I love you! 🧑

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Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! Emer is such an amazing and kind soul! She has been supporting me for a while now and I’m so thankful I get to call her my friend. I’m truly grateful to be tagged for this and is means the world to me!

🍁The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award🍁

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

🍁 The Rules:

🍁 Display the Award Logo.

🍁 Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

🍁 Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

🍁 Nominate some bloggers.

🍁 Ask them seven questions.

🍁 Questions set by Emer 🍁

🍁 What country that you have not yet visited would you like to go to?

Honestly, I would really like to go to Japan. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day travel there and see everything the culture has to offer. I would also love to travel to the United Kingdom. My lifelong penpal of fourteen years lives over there. She means the world to be, she’s one of my best friends, I really want to travel out there to finally hug her, meet her face to face, and share my greetings with the family I’ve come to know and love.

🍁 What is you favorite flower?

Everyone asks me this question because of my two tattoos. I actually have two favorite flowers. The first flower is a sunflower. I don’t want to go into details about that flower because it’s very personal, very emotional, and just something that stirs a lot of emotions in me around this time of year. The second flower is snapdragons. I love this flower with my whole heart and it wasn’t until a year ago that I found out the flower I loved so much in my childhood is called snapdragons. I love the look of them, I love how delicate they are, and I love the symbolism and meaning behind this flower.

🍁 If you could go back in time, to which time period would you choose to visit?

I feel like the Renaissance era would be a time where I would thrive and be madly in love with. Don’t ask me why, that’s just me guessing!

🍁 Do you believe we are alone in the universe?

We don’t know this question! We don’t know her! If I’m being absolutely honest; in my life experience there have been things that have happened to me, things I have seen and experienced that I can’t explain. Things that the people who were with me can’t explain. I’m not the type of person who likes to assume or even say “This is cut and dry! There’s no other option!” What I know from science alone, we’re still discovering and learning things about the ocean. It’s the exact same thing with space and the universe. I like to believe that there are some things we have yet to learn, or discover, or even know because we’re human beings and we’re always growing, learning, and adapting. So I think to cut and dry assume we are or aren’t alone in the universe is just silly. There’s always a mystery that can be unraveled, it’s just a matter of when and who will do the unraveling.

🍁 What is your all time favourite meal? (Include drinks, side orders, desserts etc. etc. Calories do not apply!!!!)

Once again, another question I love that people ask me. My answer will forever and always be… Mac n’ Cheese. No one can tell me otherwise.

🍁 If you were writing the book of your life what title would you give it?

This is something I have thought about for a very long time. I have spent my time in elementary school all the way to now, in my adulthood, thinking about this. I honestly think if I were to ever write a book about my life if would be titled one of two titles. The first one being Down the Rabbit Hole or Fox of Many Faces. Everyone asks why I would pick one of these titles and the answer is somewhere between is simple, but really complicated. I’m in my twenties and in my twenty some years of living, I have experienced more of life than most people can say. Those experiences have been dark, gruesome, great deals of sadness, and some of the happiest moments that have taught me things and have molded me into the person I am today. The reason I haven’t started writing that book even though I desperately want to, I’m not ready to reopen old wounds and look behind the lock doors of my memory. I’m a firm believer of “let sleeping dogs lie” and that’s where I stand with things for right now.

🍁 What is the blog post you are most proud of writing? Share a link to it.

This is really tough. My book blog is pretty new so there’s not a lot of articles or posts on it yet for me to really say “I feel accomplished as a blogger,” in my opinion. However, if I really had to pick one article, one post out of all the ones on my blog right now… it would be my review for Sadie. This was one of my hardest, hardest reviews I ever had to write. I don’t talk about my past very often or openly for that matter. I usually say, “I’ve seen some things” or “I’ve been through some messed up stuff,” but I never go into details. I always try to be as open and as honest, but my past is just something I don’t like to dig up. This book was the first time I felt like I owed it to, not only myself, but to all of those out there who have been molested or raped to say something, to speak about my experiences. I don’t go into a lot of details in my review about all of the situations, but writing that review, I was choking on my sobs and really fighting myself to make sure I spoke out about how broken our society really is. When writing about these things, it’s never easy and I scared my spouse like no tomorrow, but when I finished writing that review… it was like a relief had washed over me and I remember just finally breaking down for a full hour. After holding in all my thoughts for a couple of days and rereading all my notes, finally putting everything into a review and having no regrets about how that review turned out; this review took a part of me and it’s one of my reviews that every time I look at it, I feel nothing but pride.


Those are my questions from Emer! She really threw me for a loop there! Those questions were insanely hard to answer and things got a little tense near the end. But once again, thank you so much Emer! You always fill my heart with so much love and joy every time you tag me in these! Now I’m going to tag a few blogs to receive this award!

🍁 Blogs Tagged 🍁

🍁 Donna

🍁 Robin

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 Sara

🍁 Molly

🍁 Shaked

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 Seven Questions 🍁

🍁 What was the biggest influence for you starting your blog?

🍁 What is your favorite season?

🍁 If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

🍁 What are the three items that are most precious to you?

🍁 What are you two biggest accomplishments for 2019 that you’re proud of?

🍁 If you could have any mythical creatures as a pet, what would it be and why?

🍁 What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019?


Okay friends, that’s everything! Make sure you go give Emer some love and check out her wonderful content! She one blogger I wish I could eternally tag for the rest of my days because she’s so thoughtful and just amazing! I hope you enjoy this little, easy breezy post! I know I have been a bit absent due to fighting off whatever sickness I’ve come in contact with. I do promise that posts will be coming soon even if that means I have to start doing weekly updates. But as always, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️

Monthly TBR

November 2019 Mini TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about books I’m reading or plan to read. October was definitely a crazy time for my reading and just the mood of everything. The whole thing just took a nose-dive. Honestly, I’m probably in the worst reading slump right now from severe burn out. October was a month of high levels of stress and my reading has really suffered for it. Now we’re in November and I’m currently sick so I haven’t been getting a lot of reading done. I’ve mostly been trying to recover and get better as soon as possible. However, I promise an October book haul soon and an October wrap up as well. So be patient, I promise, they’re coming!

However, we’re in November and you probably want to hear about all the books that are making it onto my November. Well, I’m actually not planning to read a whole lot this month. As I mentioned, I’m in a really bad reading slump from burn out, stress, and from being sick. Plus, as we get closer to the end of the year I get very homesick and crave wanting to be around my family. So my focus does tend to shift around this time and knowing that it does shift helped me plan this tbr. It’s a small list and if more books make it into my reading, then that’s a win. But as for right now, I just have five books lined up for this month. Two of these books I’m currently reading and will hopefully be finishing soon. So, without any further jibber-jabber, here’s my November mini tbr!


🍁Currently Reading🍁

🍁 The Witch’s Book of Self-Care by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
December 11, 2018 by Adams Media

🍁 No Tricks, Just Treats by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, and Tara Sivec
September 24, 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks


🍁November TBR🍁

🍁 House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
August 6, 2019 by Delacorte Press

🍁 Almost Home by Joan Bauer
August 29, 2013 by Puffin Books

🍁 The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
February 21, 2017 by Ember


I told you that was going to be a quick tbr! Compared to October, November is a baby tbr. This is probably my smallest tbr I’ve done all year. There is a chance that this will change, but who knows what will happen this month! Anyway, that’s all to my November TBR! I hope you found some books you’re interested in and I hope you enjoyed this tbr/life update bit! As always, may November be kind to you, I love you! 🧑

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I can’t believe I’m so blessed to be tagged for the blogger recognition award by the amazing and lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! They are truly wonderful and I’m so grateful, so honored, and really soft about this whole thing. They’re too kind and there aren’t enough words to express my feelings. If you get the chance, definitely check out Emer’s blog! She has amazing content and she’s such a sweet person!

πŸŽƒ The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

πŸŽƒ How did Chapter Malliumpkin come to be

I briefly talk about this in my ‘About Me‘ section on my blog, but I’ll go into greater detail here. I’m probably going to get emotional and a bit sappy so I hope you’re ready for this.

I have always been a reader and a writer, ever since I was a kid. As a kid I had a lot of health problems and even now that I’m older, I still have a lot of medical struggles. With those struggles, I reached a point in my life where I felt like I was on repeat all the time. Around this time, a lot of difficult things were happening in my life and I remember like it was yesterday. It was a Wednesday, I had finished all my doctor appointments and I was at my LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) meetup for our next big chapter of our adventure. I had just finished putting on uniform for my character I play as (Malliumpkin or Mally-m-kin) when I got a phone call. That phone call changed a lot of things. After that day, there were a lot of events that happened over that following two weeks that caused me to take a step back and look at my life.

A few of my most trusted, most loyal friends actually pushed me into blogging about the books I read and they really helped me make the commitment to starting my bookstgram. I have been in the book community since 2014, but I was never really in it the way I am now. I had always wanted to start my book blog, but it wasn’t until I had been on bookstgram for a long enough time that I wanted to really invest my love and my time into my hobby of reading. And as for the name, well… Malliumpkin is not only the character name I go as for LARPing, but it’s my gaming tag, it’s a nickname that’s very personal and was given to me by someone very special and whom I value very highly in my life. The ‘chapter’ part was something that was added on at a later time when a lot of my LARPing buddies caught me reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before one of our meetups started. So the name ‘Chapter Malliumpkin’ is something that was born from the love of many incredible, talented, and wonderful people who I’m immensely grateful to have in my life and very blessed that they put up with all my shenanigans.

Reading had always felt like some sacred, something kind of intimate throughout my life, and I never knew there were so many people out there who were interested in what I had to say about books or liked similar books. After really getting involved in the book community, I met so many incredibly kind, warm-hearted friends that really pushed me forward to making this blog and telling me to just go for it. Having that kind of support, it was like coming up for a breath of fresh air. I have never had that kind support, love, and so many people in my corner telling me to stop holding back (outside of my spouse, of course). And so here we are. On this blog that came to be out of inspiration, friendship, support, passion, and immense love.

πŸŽƒ My Advice

If you were like me, holding back from doing something you really wanted to do then let go and just do it. There are so many of us who will support you and want to talk with you about your thoughts, opinions, and you can make some of the strongest friendships in this community. I never would have started my blog if I never found the courage and if I never knew so many people supported me, wanting me to be happy. It truly has been an incredible journey and life it too short to be doing anything but the things you want to do.

My second piece of advice would be to just be yourself. You don’t have to try so hard to impress everyone or sacrifice your self-care for the sake of making sure you’re posting constantly. Not to mention, readers can tell when you’re forcing yourself to write about something you’re not that interested in. When you’re passionate about something, the writing will come naturally and your true emotions will always shine through in the end.

Getting involved is going to be your biggest challenge, but it’s the most rewarding. I’m the type of person who gets really bad anxiety and I stressed over saying the right thing. I blame the perfectionist side for that. But commenting, chatting, or even sending a simple message saying, “Hey! That sounds really amazing! Can you tell me more about it?” are some great ways of building friendships, establishing connections with others who like the same things that you do. And if you don’t connect right way, that’s okay. Try again and keep being social. In fact, if you’re here on this blog post, right now, reading it then comment something and let’s start a conversations! Let’s build a new bridge of friendship right here, right now!

And my final tip to you, dear reader, is to branch out and participate in something you normally wouldn’t do on your blog. Tags and memes are a great way to meet new people, interact with blogs you’ve never seen before, and overall just have fun. I worry, stress, and want things to be so perfect that I forget to have a little fun every now and again. You can still be serious and have fun. It’s also a great way to put out interesting content and help motivate you for regular blogging.

πŸŽƒ Bloggers I’m nominating for this award!

πŸŽƒ Melanie from meltotheany

πŸŽƒ Kayla from Books and Blends

πŸŽƒ Donna from Moms Book Collection

πŸŽƒ Robin from Paperbacks and Planners

πŸŽƒ Kat from Treestand Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Destiny at Howling Libraries

πŸŽƒ Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books

πŸŽƒ Sara at The Bibliophagist

πŸŽƒ May at Forever and Everly

πŸŽƒ Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills


Okay, Chapterlings! That’s everything for this blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this and once again, make sure you go check Emer out. She is absolutely marvelous and I love her to pieces. And of course, I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I did. Until the next time, may October be treating you kindly, I love you! 🧑

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Fall Book Recommendations

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with some book recommendations! I never thought I would be compiling a list together of some of my favorite books to read during the fall. I probably say this a lot, but making this list was a real challenge. There’s so many good books out there that I could recommend, but I narrowed it down to ten books, just barely! However, I hope you enjoy the books that I picked and I hope you find yourself looking into a few of these. Now onto the books!


πŸŽƒ The Girl from the Other Side by NAGABE

I will never stop talking about this manga series! Aside from binge reading this series, I have been raving about this series for almost all of 2019 and honestly, this is probably my favorite manga of the whole year of 2019. It’s rich with character development of morally grey characters, the most unlikely pairing, a dark prophecy, a world divided between light and darkness, and slow burn story-line that will have you wanting more! If you see this at your local bookstore, pick it up! I promise you won’t regret it!


πŸŽƒ The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

A book that is very near and dear to my heart! One that I can’t help rereading during the fall season. This is one of my favorite books that talks about Halloween and how it’s celebrated all over the world. There’s also a strong representation of unconditional love and how far one is willing to go for those they love. It’s a wonderful book and I strongly recommend this during the spooky season!


πŸŽƒ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

With the fall season in the air, how could I not recommend Harry Potter! Harry Potter is a series that’s beloved by all! Fall is the perfect time of year to pick up any of the Harry Potter books and read them. You could also plan a Harry Potter buddy read to help flying through the series. No matter what you choose, Harry Potter is a great way to bring in the fall season.


πŸŽƒ Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

One of my all time favorite series to read and recommend! Fall often brings crisp air and fall rain spells. And what is more perfect to read during a fall rainy day than a series that takes place in the eerie setting of London during the reign of Jack the Ripper?! It’s atmospheric and the perfect mood read for a rainy day! This is a quartet so if you end up liking the first one then definitely pick up the rest of the series! The come talk to me about it because I need more people to gush about this series with!


πŸŽƒ The Always Next (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

If you’re looking for a little romance this fall then this is the series for you! I always recommend this trilogy for anyone who is looking into reading Nora Roberts books. This is one of my favorite trilogy series she has written that follows three brother and three best friends. Each book is about one brother and one woman he’s interest in pursuing. We get two perspectives from both main characters and there’s a bit of a paranormal twist that unravels as you read this series. I loved this series and I really enjoy curling up with a blanket, a cup of tea, and rereading these books.


πŸŽƒ The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

This book took me by storm. This was a book I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with so much, but I did and I’m so happy that I read it during the fall. I would say this is a book you could read during October or November. October due to all the necromancy, but November due to the strong sense of family and unconditional love. Perfect for either month and it pairs perfectly with a pumpkin spice latte!


πŸŽƒ There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

This is absolutely perfection to read during any season, but I feel this book fits the fall season better. Full of action, suspense, morally grey characters, and a story-line that will cause you to binge read it in one sitting. When I read the arc of this book, I didn’t want to stop reading it. If you’re in a reading slump, feeling bored on a rainy day, then this will be the book to break the cycle.


πŸŽƒ The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki

Full of magic, adventure, and emotional moments, this is a manga series you definitely want to pick up! Just like The Girl from the Other Side, we have another unlikely pairing that come together under dark circumstances. Once they’re together, they share many adventures undoing the darkness and discovering more about each other along the way. And if you find yourself head over heels with this series like I was and still am, then you definitely have to check out the anime. The anime is almost a complete mirror to the books and gives the perfect vibes for the fall weather!


πŸŽƒ Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I recently read this book in September and completely fell in love with it. My heart never felt so full of warmth yet eerie vibes. From the magic doors that lead to fantasy realms to the mystery happening, it was hard not to fall in love with it. Plus, there were many amazing themes in this book that will touch the soul. I’ll be honest, I got soft and sappy at times while reading this book. I’m very eager to continue the series and I can’t wait to see where the story takes us. Honestly, I think this is a great series to pick up and read this fall. Each book is short and filled with characters you’ll fall in love with!


πŸŽƒ Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

This is the time of year where I really get vocal about this book. I read this book back in the fall of 2018 and I read it again during the fifth round of Contemporary-A-Thon this year. This is a middle grade book that is very close and personal to my heart and soul. I get emotional every time I talk about it, every time I recommend it to someone, and every time I give a synopsis of this book. I truly and deeply believe this is a book that deserves to be talked about more and read more because it addresses some hard topics. This book also opens the floor up for so much discussion for readers, parents, and children. I love this book and out of all the times in the year, this book is best read at the start of the school year and the start of fall.


Okay chapterlings, those are all the books I have for fall reading recommendations! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did going through some of my favorite books. Believe me, picking these books weren’t easy. Please feel free to tell me some of your favorite books to read during the fall, I’m always here for a book recommendation! Until next time, I hope October has been kind and full of five star books, I love you! 🧑

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Halloween Song Book Tag

The Halloween Song Book Tag was created by Nicole at A Beautiful Chaos of Books in October 2019! You can also find her on her blog, A Beautiful Chaos!


Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back to do a wonderful and spooky book tag created by the lovely Nicole at A Beautiful Chaos! I’m so grateful for her tagging me in this spooky tag and I’m super excited for these questions, for all the eerie vibes! There are ten questions with ten matching songs for each question to put you in the mood for the spooky, ghosty, witchy season! It was a really fun time compiling this all together. Anyway, I’m ready, I hope you’re ready! Let’s get into the books!


πŸŽƒ Thriller: A book that was an absolute page turner

I think this is my billionth time talking about this manga series, but I’m going to do it…again! If you loved The Ancient Magus Bride series then you’re going to love The Girl from the Other Side! We follow two main characters who are trying to survive in a divided world by the Inside and the Outside. Together the main characters will fend off soldiers, black beasts, and slowly uncover a horrifying prophecy. This manga series is a slow burn of plot development and incredible character development, full of moments that will have you holding your breath.


πŸŽƒ Somebody’s Watching Me: A book that gave you the serious creeps

This book threw me for a loop, a really hard and messed up loop. Ultimately, I had to make a decision that was best for my mental health and I ‘dnf’ this book. This book is about a main character who stalks her ex-boyfriend. She stalks him so much that she can easily break into his home and her career even puts them together on the same location. So the reason why I ‘dnf’ this book was due to the fact that a lot of the main character’s actions were from my own experiences from an ex of mine who used to stalk me. So… We don’t know this book, never touching this book again.


πŸŽƒ Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul sucking (i.e. incredibly tedious to get through)

The Book of Speculation was the most mind numbing book I ever tried to read. This will be mentioned later, but historical fiction is one of my worst book genres. I don’t dabble in it that often and this book was a perfect example of why historical books and I just don’t mix well. This book is about a young librarian who receives a book from an antiquarian one day and it turns out the book used to belong to the main character’s grandmother. The main character suddenly find himself immersed in family secrets and must decode his family history before death deals a cold blow. While this book sounds really interesting, it was painfully slow and it took forever for anything to happen. If you’re a fan of historical reads, you’re probably going to love this book, but if you’re someone who can’t get into history no matter how hard you try, this is not the book for you.


πŸŽƒ I Put a Spell on You: A book featuring witchcraft or magic

The Bone Witch is an excellent example of a really amazing witch book! I say that because one of the key things about this book is necromancy. And I’m all about books with necromancy! Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she quickly learns just how different she is from all the other witches in her family. With the gift of necromancy, Tea learns she’s a bone witch and begins to learn from an older, wiser bone witch how to have control of her powers to become an asha. But dark forces are quickly approaching and soon Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.


πŸŽƒ This Halloween: Your favorite treat/snack to eat while reading

I have so many snacks that I like to eat while I read, but Annie’s bunny grahams are definitely one of my most recent favorites to munch on!


πŸŽƒ Time Warp: “Let’s do the Time Warp again” What book/books do you like to return to at this time of year?

This is such an underrated book! The Halloween Tree is my all time favorite book to read this time of year and I always love watching the movie right after! I can’t recommend this book enough! When Pipkin is swept away into the darkness by Mr. Moundshroud, Pipkin’s friends will stop at nothing to get their friend back. Suddenly, the boys find themselves being dragged through space and time learning the meaning of Halloween from various places all over the world.


πŸŽƒ Hungry like the Wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured

Hahaha…yeah, I really loved this series. I bought all four books and read them all in five days. I love the ACOTAR series and yes, I realize there are problematic issues in this series, but for my own experience, I acknowledge that and I did had an amazing time reading this series. I will stand on this hill for eternity. If you’re not aware of this series, this series is about a girl who ends up killing a fae disguised as a wolf and suddenly she’s whisked away into the land of the fae to break a horrible curse. That’s all you need to know and that’s all I’m going to say except go read it!


πŸŽƒ The Adams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family

If you thought I wasn’t going to mention the Weasley family then you thought wrong! The Harry Potter series was such an important part of my reading development over the years and so I had to mentioned it!


πŸŽƒ Scary Monsters (and super creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up

Historical fiction. Always. I don’t have the best track record with historical fiction and only a few books have actually surpassed my expectation, but for the majority of the time, it doesn’t work for me. Science Fiction is another genre that I struggle with immensely. As with historical fiction, only a few books of science fiction has surpassed my expectations. I’m hoping in the future to spread my wings a little bit with these two genres, but slowly, oh so slowly.


πŸŽƒ The Twilight Zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise

Fables is an incredible series! I recommend this series to everyone who wants to get into graphic novels. Also, if you have played The Wolf Among Us, that video game is based off of this graphic novel series so I definitely recommend looking into it. Fables is about all the different fairy tales from Beauty and the Beast to The Jungle Book to The Three Little Pigs all escaping their fantasy worlds from the war and darkness rising. Now all these modern fairy tales are living in the modern world, but a darkness is slowly and taking the lives of the Fables! This series is very dark and there are a lot of content/trigger warnings like graphic violence and death, assault, graphic wounds/injuries, grief, rape, and much more! So if you decide to get into this series then please be in the right head space.


Okay, friends! Those are all my answers to these questions. Now it’s YOUR turn! I tag you dear reader to participate in this chilling tag! Below will be all the questions you need for this tag and I can’t wait to see everyone’s answers! Until next time; may October be full of thrills and chills, I love you! ❀️

The Questions:

πŸŽƒ 1. Thriller: A book that was an absolute page turner

πŸŽƒ 2. Somebody’s watching me: A book that gave you the serious creeps

πŸŽƒ 3. Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul sucking i.e incredibly tedious to get through

πŸŽƒ 4.I put a spell on you: A book featuring witchcraft or magic

πŸŽƒ 5. This Halloween: Your favourite treat/ snack to eat while reading

πŸŽƒ 6. Time warp: “Let’s do the time warp again” What book/ or books do you like to return to at this time of year?

πŸŽƒ 7. Hungry like the wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured

πŸŽƒ 8. The Adams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family

πŸŽƒ 9. Scary monsters (and super creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up

πŸŽƒ 10. the twilight zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise

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