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#5OnMyTBR | Halloween Freebie

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it.


Welcome back my friends! I know I said I would have more posts over the last couple of days, but my body decided to get sick. So I’m currently still sick, trying to rest and recover the best that I can, and hopefully once I feel more up to snuff I’ll be able to start getting back into the swing of things. However, I do have my #5OnMyTBR for you today. Now most of these aren’t centered around Halloween. For a lot of these, I wanted to go with atmosphere reads or ones that I assume would be very atmospheric to read during Halloween. There is one Halloween novella on here and I’m a little disappointed I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but cie la vie! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the books I picked out and of course, I hope you’re ready to get your spooky on this week! 🎃


🎃 The Guest List by Lucy Foley 🎃

“The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”


🎃 Pan’s Labyrinth The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro 🎃

“Fans of dark fairy-tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing book based on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed movie.

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world.

This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

A brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that’s not to be missed.”


🎃 Mating the Huntress (Monsters and Mates #1) by Talia Hibbert 🎃

“This Halloween, love bites back… hard.

Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart.

Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off…

Mating the Huntress is 30,000 words of red-hot, Halloween-themed romance. This novella contains one flirtatious, cursed creature of the night, one badass, knife-happy heroine, and forbidden lust at first sight. Please read responsibly!”


🎃 Delicates (Sheets, #2) by Brenna Thummler 🎃

Publication: March 16th 2021 by Lion Forge/Caracal
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.

Sheets by Brenna Thummler Review

“Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is.

Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.”


🎃 The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert 🎃

“New Year’s Eve, 1929.

Millie is running the show at the Cloak & Dagger, a swinging speakeasy in the French Quarter, while her aunt is out of town. The new year is just around the corner, and all of New Orleans is out to celebrate, but even wealthy partiers’ diamond earrings can’t outshine the real star of the night: the boy in the red dress. Marion is the club’s star performer and his fans are legion–if mostly underground.

When a young socialite wielding a photograph of Marion starts asking questions, Millie wonders if she’s just another fan. But then her body is found crumpled in the courtyard, dead from an apparent fall off the club’s balcony, and all signs point to Marion as the murderer. Millie knows he’s innocent, but local detectives aren’t so easily convinced.

As she chases clues that lead to cemeteries and dead ends, Millie’s attention is divided between the wry and beautiful Olive, a waitress at the Cloak & Dagger, and Bennie, the charming bootlegger who’s offered to help her solve the case. The clock is ticking for the fugitive Marion, but the truth of who the killer is might be closer than Millie thinks.”


I’m really happy with my choices. I think I picked some really good or interesting books. I do know that one of these books has been polarizing in the book community, but I would still like to read it to form my own opinions. I hope you enjoy my picks. Did any of these catch your interest? Do you want to see a review for any of these books? Come chat with me in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe, and have a spooky week! I love you! 🧡

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The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

The Tag was originally created by Sam’s Nonsense 🧡


Salutations fellow readers! I’m continuing on with another fallish book tag! I know, this is like my second or third one this week. I promise my regular content will be coming back soon, but for now, I hope you enjoy another fall book tag! Now lets dive into the questions!


🍂 Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color! Choose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover. 🍂

I’m choosing Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco! I loved this book so, so much! The world was beautifully crafted, very similar to Fables or Once Upon A Time, and there’s a couple in here that I ship so hard. I’m eagerly waiting for the second book to be released in 2021.


🍂 Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cool enough for warm, cozy clothing! What book gives you the warm fuzzies? 🍂

I’m going to choose the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts! Not only is this a small town in Maryland, but the community is very close knit and the characters we follow in this series are all close to one another. This is one of my favorite series, the series I recommend all the time to those who want to get started with Nora Roberts, and it was my first series I read first by Nora Roberts. I hope you all give this series a chance and fall in love with these characters like I have!


🍂 Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day. 🍂

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones was such a fantastic, atmospheric read! I love reading during stormy weather and I think this would be a great book to pick up during a fall downpour!


🍂 Cool Crisp Air: Makes you breathe freely. Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with? 🍂

This is the hardest question ever! Hmm… if we’re talking about spooky reads or more fall themed reads, I think I’d want to be Taako from The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins! Taako is just a fun character who’s sassy and hilarious!


🍂 Hot Apple Cider: Warm autumnal drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing? 🍂

I feel like There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool is such an underrated book! When this book first released, I heard a little buzz about it, but nothing more. I loved this book so much and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like more than two povs. I loved the world building, I fell in love with a few of the characters, and the way this book ended left me wanting more! I truly can’t recommend this book enough especially to my fellow fantasy readers!


🍂 Coat, Scarves, & Mittens: The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like? 🍂

I loved The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones, but this cover doesn’t do this book justice! It would have made more sense to have a chest with a knitted heart or something of that nature. I just feel that this cover could have been different and it would have been more beneficial.


🍂 Pumpkin Spice: Time for some Starbucks! What’s your favorite fall comfort food? 🍂

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I love cinnamon rolls in the fall time especially freshly baked ones! There’s something so comforting and delightful about a warm cinnamon roll on a crisp autumnal morning with a cup of coffee!


🍂 Warm, cozy bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag? 🍂

I’m going to tag Robin, Emer, Dani, Kayla, Donna, and Lauren! And anyone else who sees this and would like to participate!


I hope you all enjoyed this little tag! I had so much fun answering these questions and it’s perfect for the fall weather! Do you like doing seasonal book tags? If so, tell me your favorites down below! Until next time, stay hydrated, enjoy the change of the season, I love you! 🧡

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Fall Book Recommendations 2020

Happy fall Chapterlings! The weather has gotten cooler (at least here), the fall/spooky season theme is thriving, and my spooky season tbr is gigantic, per usual. With the fall season being here, it’s time for another yearly and seasonal fall recommendations post.

These aren’t set in any particular order, but I hope you end up loving these picks!


🍁 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 🍁

This book takes place during the days leading up to Dia De Los Muertos, where we follow Yadriel who is trying to find out what happened to his cousin, Miguel and help the spirit of Julian Diaz. Filled with heart-warming relationships, found family, and traditions and acceptance. This is one book you’ll want to place on your tbr this fall!


🍁 The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil A Run by NAGABE 🍁

In a world that’s divided by light and darkness, this on-going story follows horned-like beast named Teacher and a young girl, Shiva who live on the outside. Where their only goal is to stay safe and look after one another. But they face many challenges ahead from those who want to tear the unlikely pair apart. Filled with darkish elements, an unlikely bound, and a prophecy unfulfilled, this manga is sure to make your spooky tbr even more interesting!


🍁Well Played (Well Met, #2) by Jen DeLuca 🍁

Are you missing the Renaissance Festival like I am? Then look no further! Dive back into the world of the Renaissance Festival and the small town of Willow Creek, following Stacy, the best friend of Emily from the first book, Well Met. This is the perfect fall read for those who love Ren. Fest, but can’t attend this year due to Covid. With close friendships, the need for change, and a romance you won’t forget, this is sure to give you all the soft vibes and the Renaissance Festival from the comfort of home!


🍁 Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles 🍁

Where Dreams Descend is such an atmospheric read! For the lovers of Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge, you’re sure to fall in love with this fantasy read! I was completely smitten and can’t help recommending this for your fall reading.


🍁 The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 🍁

Hauntingly chilling and atmospheric, The Only Good Indians is the perfect book for lovers of slow burn horror/thriller reads. It’s been a while since a book gave me goosebumps up my spine. This is not only a great book for the spooky season, but also a good book to consider picking up for the month of November for Native American Heritage Month. I want to encourage you to seek out reviews from Indigenous creators to learn their thoughts on this book and what they really appreciated about this book.


🍁 The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury 🍁

This is a bit of a bonus book for fall. Every year I recommend picking this book up. This is one of my all time favorite books to read during the spooky season and it’s one of my favorite movies to watch, as well. This is a fast-paced, eerie read set on Halloween night. You’ll learn about the meaning of Halloween as a group of kids race to save their friend, Pipkin.


Okay, friends! Those are all my fall recommendations for right now! I’m sure there’s more than I listed, but I hope you still enjoyed this list despite it being on the smaller side. Do you have some fall recommendations? Come tell me about them in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re ready for spooky season, a gentle reminder to stay hydrated, and as always, I love you! 🧡

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#5OnMyTBR | Red Covers

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it.


Salutations Chapterlings! This might be the hardest list that I’ve ever put together. I don’t own a lot of red covered books in my personal library. In fact, I think I have more neutral and pastel covers for books than I do more brightly colored covers. However, I have scrounged around and after a hot minute, setting Where Dreams Descend aside, I might have found five red cover books! Without further delays, I hope you enjoy these five books!


🍁 Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore 🍁

“The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know. The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.”

I’m so excited to read this book! As you know, Latinx Heritage Month starts on September 15th and runs till October 24th, and I really wanted to participate in some readathons happening during that time. I do have a separate list of books I’d really love to read, but this book in particular is at the top of the list. I’ve been told this is a Swan Lake retelling and that I need to read soon rather than later. Plus, this books has been on my tbr for a year or two now. So, I want to make sure I prioritize this book since it’s been here for a hot minute.


🍁 Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden 🍁

“Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.”

I’m so, so grateful to the author who sent me a finished copy. Also, thanks to a mutual acquaintance for putting us in contact with one another. I truly am grateful and just the experience of opening that package meant so much especially as a Native American book reviewer. This is actually on my radar for my November tbr for Native American Heritage Month. Aside from Elatsoe, this book has my top priority for November.


🍁 House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas 🍁

“Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

I’ve been putting this book off for so long! I’ll be honest, I think all the mixed reviews has been preventing me from reading this book. Despite the fact that I know this book is super thick, I think the mix feedback has me nervous on where I’m going to fall with my feelings for this book. I truly want to read this before the end of the year and thankfully, no one has spoiled this book for me yet. So, I’m asking a favor from you, yes you! Should I read this in December or should I wait till the new year?


🍁 Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy, #2) by Emily A. Duncan 🍁

Darkness never works alone… Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.”

I absolutely loved Wicked Saints! I was able to read an arc of it and fell in love. Now I have the second book in this trilogy and I still haven’t read it yet. I’m hoping for the spooky season I’ll be able to squeeze this book in and continue loving this series especially with the third book, Blessed Monsters, looming on the horizon of 2021!


🍁 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 🍁

“Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters… A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.”

This book has been lurking on my tbr shelves forever! I actually had a really good friend of mine recommend this book to me and I feel so guilty that I haven’t read it in the two years it’s been waiting to be read. Now that spooky season is on the horizon once more, this book is at the top of the list of books to be read in October. I always like to read books friends and family members gift to me first because that means the person who gifted that book put a lot of thought, effort, and love into picking it out. Plus, I can read a story a day while reading the other books I want to read and I haven’t read an anthology in a hot minute.


Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed this little breakdown of some red cover books that are on my radar for this final portion of the year. Do you have some red cover books on your radar this spooky year? What titles on this list interest you? Let me know down below and don’t forget to cast your vote on when you’d like to see me read House of Earth and Blood! Until next time, may you have a fall-tastic September, 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!


🎃 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!


🎃 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!


🎃 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.


🎃 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!


🎃 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.


🎃 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!


🎃 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.


🎃 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!


🎃 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!


🎃 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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