Top Paranormal Books to Read this October.

paranormal booksOctober is the time of Halloween. If you love to read books about ghosts and monsters this time of year, here is a list of my top paranormal books to read this October.

These books are mostly YA (young adult) with some middle grade (MG) mixed in –so there will hopefully be something for everyone. But even if you’re an adult, I highly recommend these books to you! If you missed my last post Top Ten Witchy Books to read this October, you can find it here.

1. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

top paranormal books for octoberBy now, everyone knows how much I love Victoria Schwab’s books, right? Her newest middle grade book, City of Ghosts will take you along with Cass on an adventure through the haunted streets of Scotland, with her ghost best-friend and her parent’s black cat by her side. Continue reading

Feature Friday: Hundred Acre Books

Feature Friday: Hundred Acre Books

Image from @hundredacrebooks on Instagram

Today I’m talking to Sydney (aka Winnie) of Hundred Acre Books who posts beautiful bookish photos over on @hundredacrebooks on Instagram. Sydney is a great friend of mine whose posts always brighten my day. She is a beam of sunshine in the bookstagram world.

Hi Sydney! Thank you for joining me here today for Feature Friday! Why did you start a bookstagram account? Tell us the story behind Hundred Acre Books.

Feature Friday: Hundred Acre Books

Image from @hundredacrebooks on Instagram

To help me explore literature that may change my life. I remember searching tags on Instagram, and I guess book accounts popped up. I loved the community of storytellers and readers sharing books that have made a huge impact in their lives.

So I decided to start a bookclub — @Hundredacrebookclub — with 3 other bookstagrammers as my admins/hosts. That book club fell through, but I continued to post book photos. I ended up dropping the “club” and adding an “s” to transform my platform into HundredAcreBooks!

How would you describe your account?

Zany, eccentric, and colorful! I love color, especially pink!

What kind of books do you like to read? Do you have a favorite genre?

I love children’s classics. I love the innocence and the open outlook on life. My mind is very bubbly and imaginative, so I enjoy to read books that remind me how beautiful life can be♥ Continue reading

Writing Wednesday: Preptober

Writing Wednesday: Preptober

Happy  Preptober!

What’s Preptober, you ask? Well it’s the best month in the whole year (October) and NaNoWriMo Prep time. Hence, Preptober!

It’s the time of year when those of us participating in NaNoWriMo start to brainstorm, to develop our ideas, to come up with Pinterest boards for inspiration (here’s mine).  If you’re a pantser, this might be all that you do, just come up with a vague idea for a story, the characters, etc.

If, like me, you like to plan a little bit more, Preptober is your best friend!

I love knowing my story’s premise before I start writing. Brainstorming is probably my favorite part of the planning process. I love how bits and pieces of things start to come together as I find connections.

Do you use a notebook, Word (Scrivener or Google Doc), or your phone to help you keep track of your growing ideas?

As you plan this October, you’re going to need a place to record your ideas (you don’t want to lose those. That’s the worst). So make sure you have a notebook or computer document of some sort where you can add to your story idea as you come up with more information. This is also helpful when you have many ideas and are trying to figure out which one you like the best (often that is the idea you have brainstormed the most about). Continue reading

Top 10 Witchy Books to Read this October

witchy books Ahhh it’s finally fall! It’s the season of fresh apples (and apple cider) and pumpkin spice (and everything nice). And– October is here, which means Halloween!!! So what better time than to start reading books to get you into that Autumn and Halloween spirit? Here are my Top 10 Witchy Books to Read this October.

1. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassell by Alyssa Palombowitchy books

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

witchy books2. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

3. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Foxwitchy books

While this is one of the few books I haven’t read on this list, today is The Witch of Willow Hall’s book birthday! This book begins two hundred years after the Salem Witch Trials and the three Montrose sisters find a darkness calling to them in their new home, Willow Hall. Continue reading

September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Hello and Happy October, friends! We’re finally to my favorite time of the year, Halloween! September was a difficult month reading-wise. I only read and finished three books, started some others, and set them aside because I just didn’t have the focus to read. Going back to work in the beginning of the month, and all of the responsibilities associated with that put a cramp in my reading style.

But I did read some awesome books this past month, so check out my September 2018 Wrap-Up.

Books I read last month

1.The Casquette Girls by Alys ArdenSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

Keep an eye out for my review of The Casquette Girls coming next Monday!

September 2018 Wrap Up2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin sister Taryn were stolen from the mortal lands when they were young, after their mother’s former husband (and father to their sister) killed their parents and stole them away to the faerie lands. Having grown up with the faeries, Jude wants to be just like them, brutal and beautiful. She dreams of being a knight in the king’s court. But the youngest prince, Cardan has it out for Jude, and will stop at nothing to make sure she never achieves her goal.

Might you be interested in reading my thoughts on this title? Make sure to tell me in the comments!

 

3. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa PalomboSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

Want to read my thoughts of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel? Check out my review on Creating Herstory before this book is released tomorrow!

These three books bring my total books read for 2018 to 42 so far. I only need to read 8 more to reach my goal (which shouldn’t be a problem).  
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