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 😛
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.
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.
- The Babadook
- Black Christmas
- The Boy
- Casper Meets Wendy
- Cat’s Eye
- Children of the Corn
- The Descent
- Drive Angry
- Edward Scissorhands
- Ernest Scared Stupid
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose
- Final Girl
- The Good Witch
- The Green Room
- The Happening
- The Haunted Mansion
- Hell House
- Idle Hands
- It Follows
- Killer Legends
- Lady in the Water
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- The Little Vampire
- Mark of the Witch
- Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire
- Panic Room
- The Phantom of the Opera
- Prom Night
- Queen of the Damned
- Red Dragon
- The Return of the Living Dead
- Scooby Doo
- Silent Hill
- Skeleton Key
- The Stepfather
- Tales From the Darkside
- Tower of Terror
- The Town that Dreaded Sundown
- The Village
- The Wicker Tree
- The Worst Witch
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 by J.R.R. Tolkien– 1,220 pages
It by Stephen King– 1,093 pages
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley– 912 pages
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson– 820 pages
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray– 819 pages
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin– 801 pages
East of Eden by John Steinbeck– 778 pages
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare– 768 pages
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– 759 pages
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?
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?