10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween| Guest Post

Thank you so much John for creating this post! Some of these places are definitely going on my  list of places to visit! 

10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween

One of the most expected holidays of the year is coming, and you still have no idea where to celebrate it? Shame on you – there is a huge amount of amazing and atmospheric places to visit. Different spots worldwide are either directly connected to Halloween or have mysterious and dark past. Are you too lazy to google yourself, however, still want to find out what ten coolest places to celebrate the holiday are? Then keep on reading!

Salem, the United States

This city is one of the best places to go for Halloween. Situated in Massachusetts in the United States, the city has the darkest history – in 1692, there were numerous witch trials here. It has even a nickname of the Witch City. The thing is the Puritans were the first to come to Salem, and they did not accept any other faith or religion that is why they were strict with all the suspicious women. Nowadays, Salem cherishes its history with all its defects and organizes the most amazing Halloween each year! Dozens of cafes and restaurants are decorated and offer creepy food and drinks. The massive costume parades take place in the center of the city. Visit this place, and you will see yourself!

Transylvania, Romania

One of the best Halloween places is the historical region of Transylvania. Why? Because it is the motherhood of Dracula according to Bram Stoker. If you have an opportunity to visit the famous Bran Castle on Halloween, you would never forget this holiday! It is the home for Vlad the Impaler that served the inspiration for Dracula. Having a tour through the castle during the night of Halloween and listening to the horrible legends connected to the name of the prince – what can be more thrilling? If you cannot visit the castle, just stay anywhere in Transylvania – whether you would choose the village or the city, you will be really impressed by the architecture and the beautiful Carpathian mountains.

Dublin, Ireland

Well, actually, you can celebrate Halloween in any city in Ireland. Why? Because it is the motherhood of the holiday itself! Yes, the holiday’s roots are from Ireland, and this beautiful country is welcoming the tourists from around the globe. One of the best cities for Halloween would be, of course, Dublin. It is the capital and an extremely beautiful city. You will not find any place that has no spooky decorations – all the cafes and restaurants amaze their customers by the craziest decorations and amazing food and drinks. As for the entertainment on the streets, you would witness the fireworks, costume parades, and ghost tours.

London, the United Kingdom

One of the best Halloween cities is, of course, the motherhood of Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. What we advise you to do is book one of the amazing tours that will take you to the places where Jack the Ripper murdered his victims or visit the Fleet Street where the former barber shop of Sweeney Todd was located. You will be impressed to see the place where William Wallace was executed – the terrifying atmosphere is still there. Believe us, you will vividly sense it on the Halloween night! Finally, you can visit the London Dungeon if you look for the adrenaline rush.

Mexico City, Mexico

If you wish to feel Halloween on a completely different level as compared to what you are used to, then visit Mexico City. Mexicans celebrate the holiday just like the rest of the world, but the traditions are a bit different – it seems as if they put much more sense to them. Have you ever seen the makeup that is associated with Mexico but never knew how it is called? Well, it is called Catrina, and it belongs to the famous Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada. Do you want to see this makeup in reality in the country of its origin together with numerous amazing costume parades? Then visit Mexico!

BIO

John Landrum is a writer who works for https://uk.edubirdie.com/dissertation-writing-service. He started working after he graduated from the university, and he really enjoys what he does. Among John’s numerous hobbies are traveling and climbing up the mountains. Luckily, his job allows him to do that easily. His motto is: “Writing is the painting of the voice,” and his paintings are beautiful.

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October Book Haul | 2017

So I made a trip to Half Price Books and ended up making some purchases for myself. I also received a book from Entangled Publishing! A.G Howard is my of my favorite authors and I found a signed copy of one of her books that I have read, but didn’t own yet! I also found an amazing old edition of A Christmas Carol by Dickens. I am not a huge Christmas fan, but identify with Scrooge and love collecting older editions of classics!

RoseBlood by A.G Howard

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Female Executions: Martyrs, Murderesses and Madwomen by Geoffrey Abbott

Haven by Mary Lindsey

Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

Did you acquire any new books this month?

Series Serial Reader| October Update

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ABOUT


The past couple of years my life has taken me all over the country doing a variety of different things, but it has kept me from reading. Especially reading all the books that have been coming out and catching up on series I have started. I decided that I wanted to make this a year revolving mainly around series. I made the decision that it would be fun to create a challenge for myself and that is how Series Serial Reader came about. To check out my full first post click here.

 

THE SERIES


The series I want to read fall under a few different categories:

Completed Series I Need To Finish
◊Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
◊Marked Men by Jay Crownover
◊Misborn by Brandon Sanderson
◊Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
◊Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
◊Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
◊2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
◊Asylum by Madeleine Roux
◊Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
◊The Sparrow and The Wolf by Tim Stead
◊Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie
◊Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
◊Mortal Instuments by Cassandra Clark

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read
♦ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger {started}[1/5]
♦ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead {started}[2/6]
♦ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
♦ Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
♦ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
♦ Immortals by Tamora Pierce
♦ Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
♦ Legend by Marie Lu
♦The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
♦ The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
♦ White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
♦ The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
♦ The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
♦ Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
♦ Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
♦ Georgia Kincaid by Richelle Mead
♦ The Magicians by Lev Grossman
♦ All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
♦ The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
♦ The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
♦The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel {started} [1/2]
♦ Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie  {started} [1/3]
♦ Anna Duology by Kendare Blake {started} [1/2]

Series I Need To Catch Up On
♣ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward {working on it} [3]
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start
♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs {started} [1/11]
♠ Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs {started} [1/5}
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

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        I have only completed one series but I am working on many others! 

2017 Bookish Bucket List | October Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 100 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I have only read 33 so far which is nothing for how far we are into the year]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have finally finished 1 ! ]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I am slowly making a dent in my massive TBR pile with 25 read so far. I just recently counted all of my unread books and I have 230+ ]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I have been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!I need to work on reading some more]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have started a few that I am hoping to work on and create some more posts for.It has been a slow progression.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

Friday Reads | Hiding From The Cold

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I finally got some time off of work! I have a 4 day weekend and I am beyond excited about it! Yesterday I spent the day doing some shopping. I wanted to go Downtown and go exploring but it is beyond cold today and so windy. I have been in this new city a little over 3 months and have not seen anything yet, but I do not want to be out in this crazy winter is coming weather all day. So I am continuing my days off by cleaning the apartment, getting some life things figured out, blogging, reading and watching Season 2 of Stranger Things! I have been reading Have by Mary Lindsey and I am hoping to finish it this weekend! I am really enjoying it so far. I am loving the vibe, build up and characters. It is reminding me of the small towns in horror movies like The Hills Have Eyes and House of Wax, where the small towns have a creepy secret that everyone in town knows but the outsider is completely in the dark. As the reader we are an outsider, it is quite interesting. After I finish this I am not really sure what I am going to pick up. I have a stack of spooky/creepy books that I would like to continue making my way through before it is too fast past the Halloween season. I have considered picking up Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake, which is the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood that I just recently read. 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Blast From The Past – Which Books Were Banned And Why?| Guest Post

Thank you so much Helen for creating this post to be featured on my blog! Banned books are so important and some of the best! 

 

Blast From The Past- Which Books Were Banned And Why?

At different times for some reason or another, censorship did not let certain books to be printed and published. There are many such cases in the history of humanity. In this way, both ecclesiastical and secular authorities tried to protect an ordinary person from the “harmful” influence of education and, in particular, that knowledge that was considered as “unacceptable.”

At first, people were not allowed to study literacy. Then, once this process became irreversible, authorities began to impose a ban on books. The first censorship restrictions concern the list of unacceptable Apocrypha (the texts that were not included in the Bible) created in 494 AD. Almost a thousand years later, in 1557, the “Index of forbidden books” (“Index Librorum Prohibitorum”) was issued for the Inquisition Tribunals. It is interesting that this list was canceled only in 1966. However, the traditions of prohibiting “inappropriate books” have spread far beyond the Vatican, and it is still possible to fall out of favor for storing certain publications in several countries of the world. Luckily, thanks to the Internet, all these prohibitions can hardly be called effective. In this post, I will tell you about some of the best books that have been banned during different periods in our history!

The Best Banned Books

This post is something like a blast from the past. Below you will find a list of masterpieces that were prohibited at different stages of the humanity’s history with brief explanations on why are books banned.

  1. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

This novel is the most famous work of the author that has caused many contradictory opinions all around the world. It tells the story of a mature man and his painful passion for young girls. The novel caused a real shock. Many publishers have considered it phonographic and refused to publish it, and thus, Lolita has joined the ranks of the banned books in France, England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Argentina. However, it was never prohibited in the US. Besides, sometimes higher educational institutions require students to write reviews on this text, and if you have faced such an assignment, you can look at this assignment helper for some expert assistance!

  1. Slaughterhouse-five, by Kurt Vonnegut

The story depicts an American soldier, who is an alter ego of the author, and who was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Ardennes in the World War II. In the text, Vonnegut conveyed all the horror that he experienced during that time, and the plot turned out to be so grim that it became one of the banned books in America. What was the reason? The gloomy and severe plot is not the only reason. Another reason is the fact that Vonnegut has highlighted that the bombing of the city was a senseless step of American soldiers and introduced German soldiers not as enemies, but as tired and tortured from the war people. In fact, even today this work is among the 100 works that most often fall under the restrictions on extradition to the population in the Association of American Librarians.

  1. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

This is another banned book. The plot is closely intertwined with religion, and the Muslim community considered this attitude to Islam as blasphemy, and a week after the publication in England, people from all around the world started requiring the ban. As a result, reading this text in Venezuela leads to 15 months in prison, in Japan – selling it can cause fines, and even in the USA, many stores refused to sell this work.

  1. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis

This work of American author tells a story of a maniac, whose killings were driven by greed, envy, and hatred. The novel was limited in edition in Germany, and until recently, it was also banned in Canada and Australian Queensland due to its cruelty and shocking content.

  1. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The story is about a teenager and his life, which is full of drugs, harassment, and bullying. The plot contains so many scenes of an outspoken nature that the book is constantly included in the list of banned by the Association of American Librarians.

 

Author’s Bio: Helen Birk – a writer and passionate book lover. Helen has always enjoyed discovering new publications and authors, and in this post, she decided to tell us about her personal top-five list of the best editions that were banned and prohibited in certain countries at a certain period of time.

Twitter: @HBirk12

 

Mindhunter | TV Watch List

I have been watching a lot of tv lately. Since entertainment is closely linked to reading as well I thought it would be fun to share posts and thoughts on other topics than just books. Some of these tv shows are based on books so that makes it fun too.

MINDHUNTER 

Seasons: 1

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Source: Netflix

Storyline:
Two FBI agents, fighting the departmental stigma of backroom boys – those who try to complicate the status quo of simple MMO of crime-solving with academics – work to develop an innovative investigative field incorporating psychology as a method to reveal motive. They acknowledge classic crime-solving – Means, Motive, Opportunity – as no longer sufficient because criminality is becoming more complicated as Motive graduates from need & greed, to inexplicable and irrational reasons. They theorize applying deeper psychological evaluation will posit new questions. Simply, asking Why will lead to the Who. This series focuses on the development of two men, two agents, a new criminal field and does so through storylines of visiting the sociopathic mind. The show is based on the real-life experiences of John Douglas, a special agent who pioneered the practice of psychological profiling during his 25 years with the FBI.

I spent the past weekend binge watching the new Netflix original, Mindhunter the tv show based on the works of John E Douglas and his novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. This show is totally bingeworthy and I completed it in just 2 days time. True Crime has always been an interest of mine as well as the idea of serial killers and the behavioral analysis. Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows. So when I saw Mindhunter appear on Netflix I was instantly intrigued.

I am not going to lie I was nervous the first few episodes because it is a slow going show. It takes some patience because this is not a high action packed show, but it is so intriguing and really draws you in with the amazing acting. It makes you think and really gets your mind working, questioning the actions of individuals. Episode by episode you are delving more and more into the mind of a serial killer and figuring out why they did what they did and their own rationale. You see the evolution and creation of the terminology we most commonly use today. You get to see the effects on the FBI agents real life due to the work and discoveries they make while meeting with these criminals. It was such a different time then it is now. So much was considered taboo and not talked about openly. With the technology we have this day and age along with social media, topics and terminology are commonly known and used.

I thought that the acting was well done. As they meet with the criminals I was hanging on their every word waiting to see what they would say. I wholly believe that we are curious about those things we do not understand and I think that is why so many people are drawn to shows like this that express the thoughts going through the person who committed such horrendous crimes. Psychology, the way the mind works is such an every changing study, from stressors to predisposed incidents that lead people to do what they do or make certain choices. I think it is something they have done a lot of work on, but will never be completed solved.

Overall I think this was an awesome watch. It was filled with riveting characters and dialogue, layered with the horrible and gruesome acts that for some reason so many people are so fascinated with (myself included). It makes you think and really goes into the psychology and behavior of what we today refer to as serial killers. If you like true crime, the human psyche or are just intrigued by serial killers and the way they think this is a show for you!

 

The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 1 Update

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by Lauren of Live # Read Ya, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs. 

 

You can check out my TBR and what I plan to read over the course of this reading challenge.

Main Challenge

1st Year: Yesternight by Cat Winters
2nd Year: The Uninvited by Cat Winters
3rd Year: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
4th Year:
5th Year:
6th Year:
7th Year:

Bonus Challenge

Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world :
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain:
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers:

Let me know if you are going to join and what house you are repping!

Closing Survey| Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-Thon

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hours 19-24 (I fell asleep)

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I listened to The Uninvited by Cat Winters on audiobook! It was good, had a great atmospheric feel, strong female and some unexpected twists. And I almost finished Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake!

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

All of the books!

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

I loved the posts with each co-host adding their personal style and twists!

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

This is the 2nd or 3rd one I have participated in and I really enjoy it and the community! I would be really interested in volunteering to help

 

How did everyone do on the 24hr read-a-thon?

 

Mid-Event Survey| Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-Thon

1. What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

2. How many books have you read so far?

I finished 1! The Uninvited by Cat Winters

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Hopefully finishing Anna Dressed in Blood!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I have a very short attention span so there are always interruptions and distractions.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How many books some other people have completed. I am such a slow reader.