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Weekly Wrap Up: October 1st-7th

It’s still R.I.P. season, and it’s Blogtober, and I’m still trying to make these weekly wrap ups happen even though I know I’m not going to be consistent :/ (Also, this post was supposed to go up yesterday for Blogtober, but I ended up being really ill, so I finished it today.)

I haven’t read anything for R.I.P. XIV or Something Wicked Fall so far, because the book I started at the end of September (The Supernatural Enhancements) is not working for me. Neither is The Girl With All the Gifts, but I think I’m just not in the right mood for either of them, so I’m going to backburner them and pick them back up some other time, and move on to something I am excited to read right now.

What I did read was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I can’t give you my thoughts on it yet because I’m still processing it. I do think I really liked it, but I’m not sure of my rating and all that just yet.


It’s October, which means it’s Halloween Month, which means it’s time for my annual 31 Days of Horror movie marathon πŸ’€πŸ”ͺπŸŽƒ

I’m a huge horror movie lover, and I take my marathon slightly seriously. What I mean by that is that sometimes, I don’t actually manage to start a movie before midnight, but as long as I come out of the month having watched at least 31 movies that are Halloween Month appropriate, I consider it a success.

(I’m using the πŸŽƒ emoji to rate stuff, like stars. No πŸŽƒ means I didn’t think it was good enough to earn any jack-o-lantern emojis πŸ˜› )

I watched:

American Horror Story: Apocalypse– I’m not linking a trailer for this one, partially because it has crossover with three other seasons, but also because I feel like AHS isn’t something you watch a trailer for :/ Is that just me? Yes? Ok, I’m fine being the weird one. Anyway… I’m pleased to report that Cult didn’t ruin AHS for me, and I actually ended up really liking Apocalypse. It’s not going to be my favorite, but it’s kind of in the middle with the ones I really liked, but didn’t love or hate. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

Darkness Rising– This one is on Netflix, and I highly suggest skipping it, oh my gods. The acting was terrible (or maybe that was the script, idk), the plot was a mess, and it was honestly just pretty damn stupid. It had some great gory bits, though, if that’s your jam with horror.

Clinical– Also on Netflix, this psychological thriller impressed me more than I thought it would. I did figure it all out pretty early, but I was never absolutely certain. This one is definitely worth a watch if you like thrillers. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

The Monster– Ugh. I don’t know what to say about this one. It’s on Netlix, and it’s basically a slow moving drama about a terrible mother/daughter relationship, and there happens to have a monster eventually. It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but I kept waiting for something to happen, and not much did until near the end. I feel like it was trying to be profound or something, and just failed. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ .5 /5

Mercy Black– Is one I’ve been wanting to watch for a while, and I was slightly disappointed, but I enjoyed it overall. I’m not going to try to categorize it, because that might be spoiler-y (maybe), but it wasn’t horrible. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

The Witch Files– I actually ended up really liking this one. If you like The Blair Witch Project, The Craft, and Mean Girls, or Gossip Girl, maybe check this out. I kinda saw the big reveal coming from really early on, but it was still entertaining. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ .5?…maybe 4/5

Gerald’s Game– Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. I need to just stop with anything that came from Stephen King. I know, I know, as a horror lover, I should be worshiping at the King altar. But I just don’t love his stuff, ya’ll :/ I hate that, but it’s true. In all fairness, I haven’t read the book, but I haven’t read the book because so far I haven’t liked any of King’s fiction, so I’m not excited about reading it. All that said, this wasn’t…terrible. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with Mike Flanagan’s work, so maybe it’s that, idk. I just did not really enjoy this one, and I barely managed to pay attention through the whole thing. I did really like the ending, though, which saved it from a single jack-o-lantern rating. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

Lights Out– Oh man, I saved the best for last, it would seem. I’m actually trying to write a real review for this one, because it might be one of my new favorites. Kid and I watched this one yesterday, and I really loved a lot about it, but I have conflicting thoughts about some other parts. If you saw the short film that kinda went viral back in 2013, and you thought it was creepy and good, check out the feature film because it’s not disappointing, imo. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ (.5?)/5


All in all, not a terrible first week. I wish I’d read more, but it’s fine. Hopefully this second week will be better for reading, and horror movies.

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October TBR

I kept going back and forth about whether or not I was going to do a TBR post this month, but I finally decided to just do it. I might not stick to this at all, but I’m hoping to get through at least most of these this month.

Most of these books were chosen for R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall, but the first one was just because my hold came through after months of waiting. They’re not in any particular order, as usual, and I have deviated a little from my original TBR for R.I.P. and SWF. The ones I left off this TBR are still books I might read, but we’ll see how things go.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid because I finally got the audiobook from the library. I own the Kindle edition, but (as I think I’ve said before) I like to also check out the audiobook when I can, so I can keep going with a book while doing something else.

The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey has been on my TBR for ages, and I finally got the audiobook from OverDrive. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but most people seemed to like it, so I’m hoping I will, too.

The Woman in the Window

I haven’t gotten A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window yet, but my turn should be coming up around the middle of the month, finally. This one, I don’t know how I feel about :/ I’m not excited, but I am curious to see if I like it. As of right now, this one is the most likely to get bumped if I’m not feeling it or I’m running out of time to read books I’m looking forward to more.

The Woman in White

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is a book I can not believe I still haven’t read. My library’s OverDrive amazingly, finally, got the audiobook and my hold just came through, yay! This is kind of a longer one, and the wait list isn’t super long, so this one might get pushed to like…December…if I need to bump something else.

The Things She's Seen

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina landed on my radar while I was looking for books to fulfill prompts for a reading challenge (Book Riot’s Read Harder or PopSugar’s, I can’t remember which one I picked this for), and I think it might also work for R.I.P. XIV, so the timing was perfect.

This House is Haunted

This House is Haunted by John Boyne has been on my Kindle for like three years now, and I still haven’t read it. I checked out the audiobook, and hopefully that will motivate me to actually finally read it.

The Haunting of Hill House

I think I’m going to re-read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, because we got a copy in the September OwlCrate. I didn’t love this one the first time around, so I’m curious to see if my thoughts have changed. (I also have a hold placed on the audiobook because I can not be stopped.)

The Halloween Tree

I’m finally (hopefully) going to read Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree! I’m saving this one for either Halloween day or maybe a day or so before. Probably. (And yes, I also placed a hold for the audiobook. This really is a problem.)

Undead Girl Gang

I might get to Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, but this one is lower priority and I won’t be mad if I have to bump it a month or something.

The Bone Houses

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones has been on my TBR all year and I really, really, really hope I get to it this month. I might actually bump something else off the list if necessary, because I really want to read this one ASAP.

The Supernatural Enhancements

Finally, The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero, because I started it in September and haven’t read a single page this month :/ I picked this up from a bargain section in a bookstore a couple of years ago because the title and cover caught my eye, but I am really struggling to get through it.


That is (kind of) a lot of books. But most of them are either just the audiobook, or books I plan to read and listen to, so I should be able to get through them all, if I can motivate myself to actually read.

There are a couple of books that are on my mental “maaaaaybe this month” list, but I left them off because I think I can wait to read them. Some are new releases, some are upcoming releases, and one or two are just books I’ve been on the fence about borrowing from the library/OverDrive, and we’ll find out which way it goes in my wrap up haha.

There’s one book that was on my autumn TBR, I think, that didn’t make this list because I’ve decided not to read it, probably ever. I can separate art from artist, but it’s a lot harder when I learn something about the artist before being exposed to their work. I feel like it always changes my perception of the thing, for better or worse. In this case, what I learned left me feeling angry and uncomfortable, and I don’t think I’ll be able to shake that to read a (very long) book by them. Maybe some day, but not while all of this is so fresh in my mind :/


What’s on your October TBR?

Have you read any from my list?

Which one(s) do you think I should prioritize?

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September Wrap Up

Last month kicked off R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall (Gothic September), and oh man did I have big reading plans. My sign up post included my TBR, and then I also did the Top 10 Tuesday post about my autumn TBR.

I actually didn’t do too bad, now that I’m looking at them. I knew I would read outside my TBR, and that I might not even read a single book I said I wanted to read, but I did end up finishing four and starting a fifth from those lists, so I’m kinda pleased.

Read in September

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe– This one was a re-read, and I enjoyed it. The movie Stonehearst Asylum is loosely based on this story, and I definitely recommend it.

Dolly

Dolly by Susan Hill– Eh, I liked this novella, but I didn’t love it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars and really don’t have anything else to say about it :/

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab– I borrowed this one from my kid and I ended up giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I don’t read a ton of middle grade, but this one was basically perfect for me.

The Hunger

The Hunger by Alma Katsu– I’ve wanted to read this since it came out, and I finally got the audiobook from OverDrive. I really enjoyed it (I gave it 4 out of 5 stars), and I miiight review it, because I have a lot of thoughts, if only I can organize them.

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3)

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole– Yeah, I know, it’s not spooky. I had a day when I just wanted something fluffy and cute, and I’m obsessed with the Reluctant Royals series anyway, so I picked this one up. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– Finally, something that was on my TBR. I still can’t believe it took me until I was on the edge of 30 to finally read this book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and gave myself a mental slap for not reading it sooner. I expected to absolutely love this book, but for some reason I just didn’t. I did like it a lot, but I think my expectations were super high, and if I’d read it when I was younger, I would have loved it. At this point, I’ve just seen it raved about and hyped for so long that I was expecting my world to be shattered and remade, and what I got was a really good–but not “reinvent the wheel” good–Gothic novel.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo– This one was on my T10T Autumn TBR, and I finished it near the end of September. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and my review/discussion about it went up yesterday.

My Best Friend's Exorcism

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix– OMG this was on my TBR so long -_- I think I’m going to write a review for this one, because I have a lot of thoughts and no one to word-vomit on about it. I haven’t rated it yet, but I really liked it. Oh, and it was on both of my TBRs.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SΓΌskind– This one was also on both of my TBRs, and it has been on my TBR for like a decade now. I also haven’t rated this one, because I’m having conflicting feelings. I think I liked it? I’m going to digest it a bit longer before rating (and possibly reviewing…maybe), but I think it’s worth a read if you like darker historical fiction.


So, seven novels, one short story, and one novella. After the hellish summer reading slump I was in, I’ll take it. I’m hoping to cross at least a couple more off my TBR this month, but I’m not going to be too upset if I end up not reading anything from those lists.


How was your September?

If you’re participating in R.I.P. and/or Something Wicked Fall, how’s it going for you?

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R.I.P. XIV: Week 2 Wrap Up

I almost didn’t do this post, but I’m trying to not be too hard on myself when it comes to posting. I used to think it was better to skip posting than be late, but now I’m trying to break out of that way of thinking, at least when it’s something I actually do want to write about.

I didn’t include Something Wicked Fall in the title of this one, because I didn’t finish anything that counts for it. I think. But, it all counts for R.I.P., so I didn’t totally fail πŸ˜›


Once again, I didn’t read a ton. But, I also didn’t watch a lot, really. I think I’m going to stick with the Best/Worst format for what I watched, like I did in my first weekly wrap up.

The Worst:

The Ones Below– I almost never skip through a movie (or book), but I was soooo bored with this one. I ended up skipping to the end and watching the last five minutes or so, hoping I was wrong about how it was going to end, but I wasn’t. It was so predictable and boring, and I saw the ending coming from the first maybe 10 minutes or so of the movie.

American Horror Story: Cult– It took me five tries (and reading spoilers for every episode) to finish this season, but I finally managed by having it playing in the background while I did other things. This one is probably my least favorite season, which sucks because I had high hopes for it back when it was announced.

The Best:

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil– Holy crap, why aren’t more people talking about this one? I absolutely loved it. I thought it was entertaining, funny, and didn’t feel like I was watching something I’ve seen 10 times before.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House– This got a lot of buzz (good and bad) when it was new, but I only just watched it, finally. I thought it was brilliant, and definitely one that makes you think. But, I can also see why so many people hated it. It’s great if you like more Gothic-style horror as opposed to jump scares, blood and gore, etc.

Darna Mana Hai– This is an Indian anthology horror/drama, a lot like Campfire Tales from 1997, and I loved it. If you like your horror to be on the campier side, check it out.


City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

The only thing I finished reading during the second week was City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, but I really enjoyed it. It’s somewhere between a 4.5 and 5 star book for me, and I can’t wait to pick up the second one. I’m thinking about writing a review, but I’m not sure yet.

I started another book Saturday night, but I didn’t finish it until Sunday, so that’s going in this week’s wrap up. And I might write a review for it, because I have thoughts, but I haven’t been able to wrangle them into something coherent yet.


I’ve got a few books I’m hoping to get through this week, so hopefully the next wrap up will be a bit more book-heavy. I’m still not fully out of the slump, but I think I’m getting close to being free of it, finally.

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R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall Sign Up + TBR

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again!! πŸ‚ πŸŽƒπŸ‚

I might be a little excited…

(The above gif in no way reflects how I’m acting now that September is here. Nope. Not even a little bit. I’m definitely not lying about that.)

Okay, okay, I’ll be serious. I’ve been singing “This Is Halloween” since like August 24th (but I do listen to the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack all year, so…), just randomly bursting out at the top of my lungs “EVERYONE HAIL TO THE PUMPKIN SONG!” And nobody wants that. I am not a gifted singer, unless you consider it a gift to cause actual physical pain to anyone who hears.

Anyway.

It’s time for R.I.P. XIV (Readers Imbibing Peril, year 14) and Something Wicked Fall!

I absolutely love these reading…challenges? Readathons? Whatever you want to call them, I love them.

Click the links above to learn more, but here are the basics:

R.I.P. runs from September 1st through October 31st, and it’s less a challenge to read all the things, and more about reading books from ~darker~ genres/subgenres and enjoying the spookier kinds of autumn vibes as a community. There are different levels (called “perils”) to the challenge, from reading one book to reading four or more, as well as other perils you can participate in (such as Peril of the Short Story, which is when you read a short story).

For R.I.P., you can pretty much read anything that falls under the darker/spookier vibes genres, like mysteries, Gothic stories, horror, dark fantasy, etc. So, even if you don’t like scary stuff, you can still totally participate!

For Something Wicked Fall, which also runs from September 1st through October 31st, there’s a lot going on this year. September is dedicated to Gothic stories, October is for horror stories, and there are also going to be some watch-alongs (probably) and there’s a read-along happening for Stephen Kings Doctor Sleep during September and October, in preparation for the movie coming out November 8th. I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate in the latter two, but I’m so here for the first two.

Alright, that got a little long winded, but I’m just so excited!

I usually do all the R.I.P. Perils, so I’m once again signing up for Peril the First (4 books of any length that fit the categories), Peril of the Short Story, and Peril On the Screen. I’ll probably also do Peril of the Review, but we’ll see how things go.

This isn’t a set in stone kind of TBR so much as some books I’ve been saving for these events, and I’m just hoping I do manage to read a couple of these (particularly the ones I’ve had on my TBR for ages).

Rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a Gothic mystery (I think?), so it works for both R.I.P. and SWF. (This one has definitely been on my potential TBR for these events in the past.)

The Family Plot

I picked up The Family Plot by Cherie Priest recently(ish) finally, and I’m so looking forward to reading it for R.I.P. XIV. It’s a horror novel, and that’s basically all I know.

My Best Friend's Exorcism

I think My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix has been on my TBR for R.I.P. before, as well, but maybe this time I’ll actually read it πŸ˜›

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Another one that’s almost certainly been on these TBRs before is Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SΓΌskind. This one is a horror and mystery, I think? I’ll be (hopefully) reading it for R.I.P. But, it’s also on lists of Gothic stories, so??? Maybe it also works for SWF?

In a Glass Darkly

I finally own In a Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu! I’ve read Carmilla (I think I read it for this like 2 years ago), but I can’t wait to read at least one more story from this omg ❀ These are Gothic, horror, mystery, I think? I’m not 100% sure, but I am fairly confident that anything I read from this will count for R.I.P. and SWF, yay!

From Hell

I’ve been saving From Hell by Alan Moore for, like, a year. Finally, I get to read it! Probably. I’m so glad I get to have a horror graphic novel on my TBR for R.I.P. omg. I’m kinda hoping Tome Topple comes along again during the next couple of months, because at 572 pages, this is a freaking tome of a graphic novel ❀

The Supernatural Enhancements

I’m not sure if The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero is just horror, or if it’s also Gothic :/ It’s shelved as both on Goodreads, buuuut…that’s not always a reliable source of info, so I guess we’ll see. This will either be a read for both, or just R.I.P. if I get around to it.

The Halloween Tree

I think I got my copy of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury last October, but I didn’t read it because I read Something Wicked This Way Comes and wanted to save this one for this year. I know this is generally classified as horror, and I’ll probably save it for October. I might even read it on Halloween, who knows.


For short stories, I’ll almost certainly be reading (well, re-reading most likely) some of Poe’s stories, maybe revisiting some M.R. James, and trying the Le Fanu mentioned above. I might pick up others to read or re-read, but I’m really not sure yet.

For movies, heh… Every October, I do a month-long movie marathon. Mostly, it’s horror movies, but I do watch some suspense/thrillers, mysteries, Gothic movies, as well as more family-friendly things (like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown). This “challenge” is the easiest one for me to get through πŸ˜› (If you’re looking for movie recs, this list has 60 movies on it and links to my original rec list with 201 moves. And I’ll have more coming in Blogtober this year πŸ˜€ )


Are you participating in either of these?

Do you have any book recs? Or see something on my list you think I should make a top priority read?