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Book Blogger Hop: November 8th-14th

The Book Blogger Hop was created by, and is hosted by, Billy over at Coffee Addicted Writer. Each Friday, there’s a new question, and you have the whole week to post and add your link.

This week’s question is…

8th – 14th – Can you stop reading before the end of a chapter? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


My answer:

Usually, nope. I have to read to the end of a chapter or I get this weird sort of anxiety about it. (I know that sounds so stupid and ridiculous, but it really stresses me out.)

However, if there are breaks within the chapter, I can usually stop at one of those for a short period of time (like to grab a snack, go to the bathroom, that sort of short break). I still feel weirdly stressed out because I didn’t finish the chapter, but it’s not as intense.


I have no clue where my anxiety about chapters came from, but I’m guessing maybe school? All the “Read chapters [x] through [z] ” or whatever, so it’s just ingrained in me that I have to finish chapters before I can stop reading. (The chapter anxiety is also why I have not been able to read Terry Pratchett. I keep trying because I’m sure I’ll enjoy his books, but I get so unbelievably stressed out by the lack of chapters. Like, I almost had a breakdown about it last time I picked one up :/ And yeah, I’m very aware of how idiotic and bizarre that is.)


Can you stop before the end of a chapter?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book That Give Off Autumn Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


I haven’t actually read most of these, so I’m basing my choices almost exclusively on the cover. In some cases, it’s a mix of the cover and what I’ve heard about the book, but it’s really mostly just the covers 😛

In no particular order, as usual…


Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik– I don’t even know why this one gives me autumn vibes. Maybe the cover, maybe I’ve heard so many people say it’s perfect for autumn, maybe a combination, who knows.

Sweep: Volume 1 (Sweep, #1-3)

The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan– Whether it’s the original covers, or the bindup covers, these books scream “AUTUMN!” to me. (It doesn’t hurt that at least the first one is set around the start of a school year, if I remember correctly.)

The Accident Season
Spellbook of the Lost and Found
All the Bad Apples

Anything By Moïra Fowley-Doyle– Her books beg to be read as the days grow shorter, the nights cooler, and especially around Halloween when there’s a feeling of a bit more magic in the air. (I haven’t read All the Bad Apples yet, but the cover still gives me the feeling that it’ll make a great autumn book.)

The Way of Wyrd

The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates– I’ve only read about a quarter of this, but if I can ever get my hands on the ebook or audiobook, I’ll finish it (the text of the hardback was too hard for me to read). The cover and content–or at least what I remember of it–makes me think of autumn.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Literally, just the color of the cover. (But I’m also starting to think I tend to be most in the mood for sci-fi in the autumn.)

The Beast Is an Animal

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale– I don’t even know much about this one, but I added it to my TBR like two years ago after seeing the cover in a store. Something about it just screams “Read me in autumn!” to me.

Mooncakes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker– The whole cover makes me think of autumn. The colors are like a softer version of autumnal shades, and it makes me think of baking, which makes me think of the colder months, and it looks like a cute and cozy read.

The Furies

The Furies by Katie Lowe– This cover, plus how it’s set at a school (I think) just give off strong autumnal vibes in my opinion.

Bone Deep

Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland– Something about this dark, kinda creepy cover makes me want to curl up with a blanket and a hot cup of something while the wind howls outside.

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits, #1)

Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite– It’s mostly just the color of the cover that makes me think “autumn” with this one, but I think it would also be a nice book to read between the heavier/darker books I tend to reach for more in autumn, if I needed a break.


What are some books you think give off autumn vibes?

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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag Extension

So I did the Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag a couple days ago, and I meant to do the Extension, too, but I forgot 😛 I can’t remember if I’ve seen this on anyone else’s blog (maybe? it seems familiar, but that could be because I’ve been staring at the questions for an hour), and I wasn’t tagged, but I’m doing it anyway haha.


Rules:

  • This extension can be completed with both 1.0 & 2.0 versions of the tag.
  • This extension can also be completed on its own.
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Troll
An Underrated Book That Many May Not Know About

The Things She's Seen

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Fairy
A Character Who is Mischievous

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Is it too cliche to use Peeves the Poltergeist?

Will O The Wisp
A Book With an Unexpected Twist

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michealides

Wraith
A Book or Character That Left You With Rage

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

Ana whatever her last name is and pretty much everyone and everything else about Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. (I feel like this should have been called “Writing About Something You Know Nothing About, Without Researching It At All,” or “How to Spot An Abuser Who Uses BDSM As a Way to Find Victims.”)

Creepy Clowns
A Book That Gave You Temporary or Permanent Fears

My Best Friend's Exorcism

Eh, none that I can think of, but I will say that My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix has given me a reason to be wary of powdered drink things…


I’m not tagging anyone, but if you want to do this, do iiiiitt!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Spooky Books On My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This week, TTT is a Halloween Freebie, and I feel like I’ve almost used every topic possible this month for other posts 😛 True, I could do my favorite villains or creatures or something, but right now I’m feeling much more excited about my TBR, so that’s what I’m talking about.

Just a quick disclaimer, of sorts: I haven’t read these yet, so I really don’t know if they will turn out to be spooky or not. (I also tend to not read many reviews of books unless I’m on the fence after reading the synopsis.) I’m basing my assumption that these will be spooky reads pretty much exclusively on the synopsis, but also a little on Goodreads genre shelves (which are woefully unreliable too often, I know), what I’ve heard about them and remember (mostly for backlist titles), and the cover.


1. Craven Manor by Darcy Coates

Craven Manor

I love the cover of this one ❤ So creepy! It gives me Gothic ghost story vibes, but I actually don’t really remember the synopsis except that a guy is desperate for work and takes a job as a groundskeeper, but things aren’t what they seem and then weird stuff happens.

2. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

The Family Plot

I think this was actually on my R.I.P. XIV/Something Wicked Fall TBR, but I don’t think I’ll be getting to it before the end of this month :/ I also don’t remember the plot (hehe) of this one very well, but I do remember something about an estate and some spooky Gothic vibes.

3. Alice by Christina Henry

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

Really, I could have chosen anything by Christina Henry, because I still haven’t read any of her books :/ But I went with this one because I think it’s been on my TBR the longest. It’s inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but that’s literally all I remember about the synopsis.

4. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)

I love Mira Grant’s (AKA Seanan McGuire) writing, and I really loved the Newsflesh trilogy, so I’m excited to read another of her horror novels. Really, I was sold after hearing “killer mermaids,” even if I didn’t already like the author.

5. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2

I really enjoyed both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and this one has been on my TBR for ages. I think I’ve been intimidated by the length (it’s about 700 pages), but maybe I’ll put it on my Tome Topple TBR…

6. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

The Tenth Girl

This one made my TBR early this year when I first heard about it, but since its release I’ve been seeing a lot of great and terrible reviews, so it seems to be pretty polarizing. I usually end up loving books like that, but we’ll see.

7. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Winterwood

Shea Ernshaw plus creepy woods? Heck yeah! I’m really looking forward to this one.

8. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club

The plot of this one reminds me of the movie Mercy Black, but I have a feeling I’m going to like this book more (although I did like that movie).

9. Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Melmoth

All I know about this one is that it’s by the author of The Essex Serpent (which I really liked) and it has at least some Gothic elements. I’m sold.

10. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Bone Houses

This one has been on my radar all year, and I own it, and it was on my TBR for…something.I really thought I was going to get to it this month, but I’m doubting that now. Maybe next month.


I don’t read horror and other spooky books only in October, but I do tend to save quite a few different kinds for this time of year, so I have options because I’m definitely a mood reader. But, I also like trying to read things that are spookier in the autumn, whether it’s a Gothic story, fantasy with some creepy elements, or some variety of horror. The chillier days with wind and rain just add an extra layer of fun to reading something a bit unsettling ❤


Are there any spooky books on your TBR that you’re really looking forward to reading ASAP?

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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag from a few people, but I’m not sure who, and I wasn’t tagged. But I’m doing it anyway, because Halloween Month is almost over ( 😦 ) and I’m trying to squeeze in as many tags as I can before the end of the month.


Rules:


Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Undead Girl Gang

Mila Flores from Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

The Winter People

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (bonus creepiness when it’s snowing outside)

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio!

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

The Witches

The Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Take your pick from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (minus Voldemort and Bellatrix)

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #2)

Uh… Nikolai Lantsov from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey. I wanted to love this book, but it really did not work for me and I think I actually cried from frustration at least once while reading it :/ (Reviewed here)

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (in the best way; reviewed here)

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

The Handmaid's Tale

Books don’t really scare me, usually, but The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is pretty terrifying because it’s so realistic.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

Maybe Nadya from Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan?

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

The Night Circus

Obviously Harry Potter, but I don’t think I can pick a single book, so… The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, probably.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

I was going to go for a really bad cover, but I decided to stick with the spooky vibes and say The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. I think this cover (and that of the sequel, The Suffering) is deliciously creepy ❤

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I am going to try to not tag anyone who’s already done this one. Also, no pressure to do it if you don’t want to!

Tasya | Emily | Halei | Alex | Kiersten

If you weren’t tagged, but you want to do this one, doooo iiiiiit!