Blogtober babbling

I’ve kind of failed at Blogtober this year, but I’m fine with that. I’ve posted most days, and I can’t really control how unreliable my internet has been, so… *shrugs*

That said, now that things have settled down, I have some plans for at least the next week to ten days for posts.

My birthday is Monday, so I’ll probably be doing the birthday book tag I did last year, just with different books, because it was fun.

I’m also thinking about making a list (or maybe a couple of lists) of book recs for reading this time of year. Those will probably include horror, Gothic novels, paranormal/paranormal romances, mysteries, etc. I might make one for older readers and one for kids. I can’t remember if I’ve already done that, so I’ll have to check first and adjust the plan as necessary.

Probably soon, I’ll also be finally posting some NaNoWriMo related things I’ve been thinking about and working on since last year.

This probably wasn’t actually worth making a post about, but it’s late, I’ve been on the road most of the day, and my internet is momentarily cooperating, so I seized the opportunity to at least post something 😛

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Fairy Tales Fridays 06

Fairy Tale of the Week:

“The Teapot” by Hans Christian Andersen

I finally gave in and read an Andersen tale, even though they’re really not my favorite.

This was a short and bittersweet story about a proud teapot. She was proud of her spout and her handle, but not so much her lid, because it was cracked. In the tea service, she felt herself a queen, but the other items weren’t exactly fond of her.

One day, whoever was pouring the tea was clumsy and dropped the teapot. Her spout and handle broke off, and she ended up with someone who was poor. They put dirt in the teapot, which she wasn’t happy about (she compared it to being buried), but then they also planted a flower bulb inside that dirt.

Eventually, the teapot began to think of the bulb as her heart, and she grew proud of it. Everyone admired its beauty (but not hers) once it grew, and the teapot was happier than she’d ever been. But, then it needed to be transplanted, and to remove, they broke the teapot in half and threw the pieces in the yard. After that, you’d think she would have been bitter, but she actually looked back fondly on her memories of housing the flower.


This one was short and thankfully easier to read than last week’s tale. It definitely hasn’t made me an Andersen fan, but I enjoyed it well enough.

3.5/5 stars

Spooky Time Movies

Last year, I made a post with 201 movie recommendations for Halloween. That post had everything from family friendly movies (Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, etc.) to thrillers to straight up horror.

I haven’t actually watched many movies since then that should have been on the list, but I also remembered a few I meant to put on that one.

So, instead of reposting that list with the new additions, I’m making this separate post with the ones I forgot or have seen since last October.

Just like last year, not all of these are movies I loved. I might have even disliked some of them, but I know they’re well-loved enough by other people, so maybe I’m just weird and some of you do/will love them.

 

Also like last year, I’m strongly encouraging you to look up trigger warnings before watching.


  1. The Babadook
  2. Black Christmas
  3. Boogeyman
  4. The Boy
  5. Casper Meets Wendy
  6. Cat’s Eye
  7. Children of the Corn
  8. Chloe
  9. Cujo
  10. The Descent
  11. Drive Angry
  12. Edward Scissorhands
  13. Ernest Scared Stupid
  14. E.T.
  15. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  16. Fallen
  17. Final Girl
  18. The Good Witch
  19. Gothika
  20. The Green Room
  21. Hannibal
  22. The Happening
  23. The Haunted Mansion
  24. Hell House
  25. Hereditary
  26. Idle Hands
  27. It Follows
  28. Jenifer
  29. Ju-on
  30. Killer Legends
  31. Lady in the Water
  32. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  33. The Little Vampire
  34. Mark of the Witch
  35. Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire
  36. Panic Room
  37. Paranorman
  38. The Phantom of the Opera
  39. Premonition
  40. Prom Night
  41. Queen of the Damned
  42. Red Dragon
  43. The Return of the Living Dead
  44. Ringu
  45. Scooby Doo
  46. Seven
  47. Shrooms
  48. Silent Hill
  49. Skeleton Key
  50. Slither
  51. The Stepfather
  52. Tales From the Darkside
  53. Tower of Terror
  54. The Town that Dreaded Sundown
  55. Twitches
  56. The Village
  57. The Wicker Tree
  58. The Worst Witch
  59. XX
  60. Zodiac

Top 10 Tuesdays: Longest Books I’ve Read

This 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.


Bless goodreads for having the option to sort by page count, because without it, I’m not sure I could have answered this week’s question. I really wasn’t sure after the first three because after those, page counts are much closer together.


In order from longest to shortest:

 

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– 1,220 pages

 

 

It

 

It by Stephen King– 1,093 pages

 

 

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)

 

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley– 912 pages

 

 

Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson– 820 pages

 

 

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

 

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray– 819 pages

 

 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

 

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin– 801 pages

 

 

East of Eden

 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck– 778 pages

 

 

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare– 768 pages

 

 

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

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– 759 pages

 

 

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

 

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer– 756 pages

 

 


What are some of the longest books you’ve read?

Did any of mine make your list as well?

Book Blogger Hop: October 5th-11th

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: It’s getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer — urban fantasy, or horror, and why? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Almost certainly horror, because my most read genre is probably fantasy, and I think I might read more urban fantasy than other subgenres.

I tend to save up horror books to binge read during October because I participate in some spooky themed reading challenges and read-a-thons.


Which genre would you choose?

Blogtober Weekly Wrap Up 01

I missed yesterday for Blogtober 😥

I didn’t have my post scheduled because I was planning to take a couple of pictures during a short trip, then post from the hotel room last night. I had it all planned out in my head so well, but then it ended up raining (until after dark, of course), and we didn’t get our room because someone screwed up.

So, my Saturday through Sunday morning basically consisted of being in a vehicle for most of 18 hours, rain, fog so thick you could sink your teeth into it, and unreliable cell reception :/

*sighs dramatically*

I haven’t read much this week because I’ve been busy and I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for. I think all I’ve read, besides this week’s fairy tale, was a bit from Michelle Tea’s Modern Tarot and a few pages of Something Wicked This Way Comes (part of FrightFall’s readalong, but I’m behind).

Thinking I might have a few minutes to read on the trip, I took books with me (2 paperbacks and my Kindle, because you never know 😛 ), but never had an opportunity.

Basically, week one of Halloween month wasn’t really productive, but I’ve learned that if I’m not going to be home, I need to get a post scheduled before I leave because I can’t trust that I’ll have internet access after I leave.

Fairy Tales Fridays 05

Fairy Tale of the Week:

“Frederick and Catherine” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

I feel like I’ve read this one, but had (fortunately) blocked it out of my mind.

 

Frederick and Catherine are married. One day, he’s going to work and tells her he wants food ready when he gets home. It’s all downhill from there. First Catherine leaves the food unattended while she goes down to draw some beer. She remembers–once she’s down in the cellar–that the dog could get the sausage. She rushes back upstairs, but it’s too late. The dog stole the sausages and took off through a field. So, naturally, she chases the dog, but fails to retrieve the sausage.

Back at the house, beer is running everywhere because she didn’t turn off the tap. She gets the brilliant idea to use wheat flour to dry it up, so her husband won’t know what happened. That was kind of pointless, because as soon as he gets home, she tells him about the sausage, the beer, and the flour. Frederick is not pleased, but Catherine is like, “Well, you should have told me not to do things that way.”

*face palm*

Then Frederick changes some thalers for gold coins, tells Catherine they’re counters for a game, and buries them under the manger. He instructs her to not mess with them. Some peddlers come by selling pots (spoiler alert, they’re probably con artists), but Catherine tells them she has no money. She does, however, tell them they can go look at the yellow counters buried under the manger and see if they’d be willing to trade.

They dig up the gold and are pretty much over the moon, and skedaddle, leaving the pots behind. Catherine didn’t really seem to have a need for the pots, so she knocks the bottom out of the pots she already had and used them for decoration on the porch. *sigh* Frederick comes home, sees them, and asks wtf is going on. Catherine tells him. Frederick is not pleased. Catherine suggests they go after the thieves.

So, Frederick is like, “Yeah, ok, let’s do that! But bring some food for the trip,” andoff they go. Catherine gets sad over some ruts in the ground and smears the butter she’d brought along into them in an attempt to fill the empty space up. Then she drops a cheese at the top of the hill and it rolls away. She doesn’t want to walk back down the hill, so she sends another cheese after it. (Yes, really.) And then another, and another, until all the cheeses are gone. *beats head on desk*

When Frederick asks her for some food, she hands over some dry bread. Frederick is like “Where’s the butter and cheese?” and Catherine tells him what she did. Frederick is not pleased. Catherine insists he should have told her not to do it. Then he asks if she remembered to lock up before they left, she says she didn’t (because he should have told her to do it), and he sends her back, instructing her to also bring back more food. She locks the top half of the door, and then takes the bottom half back to Frederick. When she meets back up with him, he makes her continue carrying everything, and–because the dried pears and vinegar she brought along will be too heavy, in addition to the door on her back–she straps those to the door, so it can carry them.

*deep sigh*

They climb a tree to spend the night in, and–amazingly–the thieves end up making camp right below them. Frederick goes for some rocks, climbs back up, and tries to hit the thieves to kill them. He fails, and the thieves think they’re apples falling. Then Catherine drops the pears, which the thieves mistake for falling leaves, and then she dumps out the vinegar, which the thieves think is dew. Finally–finally–she realizes that maybe, just maybe, it’s the door that’s so heavy. And she drops it. The thieves freak out, thinking it’s the devil, and they run off and leave everything behind. So Frederick and Catherine get their gold back and go home.

Frederick tells Catherine she needs to work hard, so she heads to the fields. She ends up eating first, then gets so tired she ends up hacking up her clothes while she works. She falls asleep in the field, and when she wakes up–half naked–she can’t figure out if she’s Catherine or not, so she goes to her house and calls to Frederick at a window. Frederick answers and she asks if Catherine is home. He says she is and must be asleep, so Catherine determines that she’s not Catherine.

*groaning in frustration*

She wanders around and finds a group of thieves and asks to join them. In the village, she just…yells out, asking if anyone has something the group can steal. The vagabonds part ways with her after telling her to go dig up some turnips in the pastor’s field. She goes to do that, and someone passing by thinks it’s the devil. So, he runs to tell the pastor, who can’t walk so well, and carries the pastor on his back. All this time, Catherine has been low to the ground, but then she stands up. The pastor and the other guy freak out, shouting about how it’s the devil, and the pastor ends up running away faster than the other guy.

The end. Finally.


Uuuuugggghh.

I don’t have a lot of thoughts about this one, and I’d like to scrub it from my brain.

Catherine is not an endearingly ditzy person, she’s an absolute moron. I think maybe this was supposed to be kind of funny, but it just made me cringe constantly. I honestly didn’t even want to finish it, and it’s not like Grimm stories are very long.

It was painful to read and I want to bleach my brain to remove it. 1/5 stars, and I hope I never read it again.