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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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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

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.

When I first read this topic, I didn’t even know where to begin. Eventually, I just decided to use titles that have really stuck with me. I’ve read seven of these, one is definitely on my TBR, and the other two are books I might read eventually.

In no particular order, as usual…


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Virginia Shreves #1)

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler (I know nothing about this one, but the title really stuck in my brain haha)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (This one is on my TBR)

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (The Hundred-Year-Old Man, #1)

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (I haven’t read this one but might)

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Short and sweet this week, for a change 😛 Let me know some titles that have stood out to you 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

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 is all about things that make us love characters, and I feel like I should have named this post “My Slytherclaw is showing” 😂

Honestly, I had a hard time getting started with this list, but after I stopped overthinking it, ten things just popped into my head super fast. It wasn’t until I was sitting down to actually write this post that I realized how Slytherin and Ravenclaw most of these are haha.

In the order they came to me…


  1. Loyalty: This one is a trait that is super important to me in real life and in the characters I love. It isn’t always a trait the characters possess, but it often is. I seem to really have a thing for not-so-nice characters who seem to be looking out only for themselves, but there’s one to a small group of people they’re ride or die for ❤ (Looking at you, Kaz)
  2. Wit: I love witty characters, oh my gods. Some of my favorites of all time, from any media, are just so quick and funny, like Lorelai Gilmore. (I know, she’s a TV character, not a book character, but she’s a great example of this imo.)
  3. Ambition: Ooh yeah, I love an ambitious character. My first thought is (probably obviously) Victor and Eli from V.E. Schwab’s Villains duology (I still haven’t read Vengeful :/ ), but I’ve loved tons over the years from all kinds of media. There’s something motivating about watching my favorite characters go after what they want, especially when they succeed.
  4. Determination: This one ties in with ambition, but they’re definitely separate. You can be determined to accomplish something without being particularly ambitious, and vice versa in my opinion. Tana, from Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, wasn’t really ambitious, but omg was she determined.
  5. Logical/Rational: I don’t care what we’re dealing with, be it our world or a fantasy setting, I love it when characters approach things logically. Sure, you might be dealing with paranormal things or magic or whatever, but forming a plan that makes sense in that universe is not a bad thing. (This also applies to plot and world building. I can’t stand it when rules change with no explanation and suddenly characters can do something they couldn’t before, and there’s no reason given for it.)
  6. Cleverness: I love smart characters. There’s really not much to say about this. I really don’t like the “too stupid to live” characters, and I just can’t get behind them. (*coughcough* Caraval *cough*)
  7. Resourcefulness: This is one of my favorite traits. It’s always so fun to watch a character pull things together to accomplish something, when it seemed like they didn’t really have any options. I’m not sure I love her, but Evelyn Hugo was certainly resourceful, at least at times.
  8. Bluntness: This isn’t necessarily something everyone would consider a positive trait, but I’d much rather have bluntness than evasiveness and/or passive aggressive behavior. Just say what you mean, omg. I think Portia from Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals is a perfect example of a blunt character, and particularly one who isn’t trying to be malicious.
  9. Open-mindedness: This is another one I look for in real life, too. I’m not a huge fan of characters who are super set in their ways/beliefs, and refuse to even entertain the idea of other ways of doing things/thinking/believing/etc. I think pretty much everyone from The Raven Cycle could be considered open minded, but I’m going to say Henry Cheng fits great for this one.
  10. Creativity: I mean this in every way, from the arts to ways of killing 😛 I love artsy, dreamy characters, but I also love characters who find their own ways of doing things. I’m going to say Genevieve Lefoux from Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate is a great example of this, because she’s creative in a lot of ways.

I can’t believe I missed posting yesterday, ugh. I was doing so well with Blogtober, but I got so ill I just couldn’t work on anything. I might post a second thing today if I get it finished early enough…


What are some of your favorite character traits?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Numbers in the Title

Happy Blogtober! (I seriously meant to type “October,” and was repeating it over and over in my head, and I still typed it as “Blogtober,” so I’m just rolling with it.)

At least I managed to not say “Happy 1st day of Halloween!” 😛


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 thought about making this week’s topic harder for myself and only using books I’ve read, but I ultimately scrapped that idea because I was feeling too lazy 😛 I ended up with six books I have read, and four that are on my TBR still.

In the order they popped into my head…


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I was about to make my list for this week and my hold for the audiobook of The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid finally came through. I do actually own the Kindle edition, but I like getting the audiobook for things from OverDrive whenever I can, so I can keep reading while doing chores and stuff. I’ve only heard good things about this one, so I’m excited!

The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)

Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four was on my mind because I was thinking about mysteries I might want to read for R.I.P. XIV. I think I’ve only read this and one or two other Sherlock Holmes stories, but I want to read more soon.

Fahrenheit 451

Thinking about my October TBR led me to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, because I’m planning to read something else of his this month. (I feel like I really need to re-read this one at some point, though.)

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum #2)

Noticing how many ones and fours were on my list eventually made me remember a series in which every title has a number: The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I only read the first four (so many fours this week), but I chose Two for the Dough for some variety 😛

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Of course I had to include Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I feel like this one is going to be on a lot of lists this week.

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist was on my mind because I just watched the American version of the movie (I preferred the Swedish one).

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)

I finally had to resort to searching for books with numbers in the title, which reminded me that earlier this year I read Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot.

Station Eleven

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has been on my TBR since before it came out, I’ve owned it for like two years, and I still haven’t read it 😑

NOS4A2

Another one that’s been on my TBR (and my Kindle, in this case) for waaaay too long now is Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. I loved Horns and I enjoyed Heart-Shaped Box, but I keep putting this one off. Probably because it’s like 700 pages :/ Maybe for Tome Topple…

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Last up is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. This has been on and off my TBR since before it came out, but I think I’ve finally decided I want to read it. Probably.


What’s your favorite book you’ve read that has a number in the title?

Which one of these that’s still on my TBR do you think I should read first?