2018 Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

The fall and Halloween are my absolute favorite! When it comes to reading, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it in the month of October. (In my opinion) The fall season has a certain atmosphere and I believe the month of October does as well. The month of October needs to be filled with spooky, creepy, thrillers with paranormal and the unusual. As I was developing my reading list for October I thought I would give some recommendations to others with those books I think are perfect for the month of October.

Ó  Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Although not spooky or creepy, Bitten is filled with Werewolves!

Ó  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Definitely some Pretty Little Liar vibes filled with lies and deceit.

Ó  Seventh Born by Monica SanzFor me it was pulling inspirations from Harry Potter and Vampire Academy, taking place at a boarding school, magic, mystery, a dab of romance & forbidden love .

Ó  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 

 A dark, gory but ultimate a phenomenal original story. The atmosphere was perfect and definitely had that spooky, cabin in the middle of the woods vibe.

Ó  Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book. It was dark and creepy, had me guessing and on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was told in such an interesting way.

Ó  Final Girls by Riley Sager

A gripping thriller that keeps you on edge the whole read.

Ó  The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

A cam girl with the lust for killing!

What are some of your spooky/creepy reads?

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To All The Book I’ve Loved Before | 5 Books That Have Shaped My Life

With all the buzz going around the internet due to the release of the Netflix adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, twitter is obsessed. While scrolling through the twitter feed I noticed all the tweets with people replacing words and making their own To All.. sayings. It gave me the idea for this blog post. In TATBILB Lara Jean writes 5 Love Letters to boys in her life she has been in love with. These boys have shaped her and when the letters get out they change her life. I feel like as an avid reader and being in love with books since I can remember (there are pictures of me at age 5 asleep in a bed filled with books) I thought I would write some short love letters to 5 books that I have loved and have had an impact on my life.

♣ Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

You were the first book series that I feel in love with. I was so inspired by the life and adventure that Laura and her family had. I was first introduced to you by my mom and she would read you with me and it was when we spent special time together and created a bond between us. I have reread you multiple times and when I revisit the stories it is like going home. 

♣ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

You were the first book I read that made me feel like I wasn’t alone. That I was not the only one suffering with this issue. I felt such a connection with Lia and it made me realize what I had been struggling with and that I was worth more than my struggle. A story that reminded me to take it one step at a time and to keep fighting. 

♣ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

You have found a deep place within my heart. You are like happiness, curiosity adventure and the longing for finding oneself. You remind me of child innocence and to keep that alive always. Whenever life gets a little too hard I know I can turn to you and escape for a little while. 

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry

You are an odd choice for me to have loved I believe. I know there are many things said about you in both the negative and positive, but you are one that has stuck with me. I have reread you 5+ times and each time I have learned something new and discovered new meanings of your words. It has made me question the society in which I live in compared to that of your stories and reminded me of the importance of being different, following your dreams and that its okay to stand out. 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis

You were my first for quite a few things. You were the first book I ever had the chance to beta read and helped me to create a relationship with an author. It made me think that I would really like to be more involved in the book community and that I enjoy reviewing books and sharing the love I have of books. I was so drawn to the darkness within the story and reminded that even with darkness you can find light. It also really introduced me to New Adult and the love I have for books in that category. 

I would love to hear about 5 books that have had an impact on your life or see some love letters that you might write to some books you have read!

2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out | Book Tag

I have seen this going around Booktube. I thought it would be a good idea to do since when the end of the year rolls around I can never remember the things about the books I read at the beginning of the year. 

♦ Best Book Read So Far in 2018

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

♦ Best Sequel 

Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

♦ New 2018 Release You Have Not Read Yet

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

♦ Most Anticipated Read of 2018 That Hasn’t Come Out Yet

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

♦ Biggest Disappointment 

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

♦ Biggest Surprise

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

♦ Favorite New To Me Author

A.R Torre

♦ Newest Fictional Crush

Rome Archer from Rome by Jay Crownover

♦ Book That Made You Cry

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

♦ Book That Made You Happy

Rome by Jay Crownover

♦ Most Beautiful Book You Bought

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

♦ Books You Have to Read in the Rest of 2018

There are so many to pick just a few. I will make a post about the books I want to read in the rest of 2018 soon!

 

Alice’s Adventures Falling Down The Book Hole | Book Tag

This book tag is being hosted by Two Book Minimum for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge! I tried to pick my favorites or ones I recently read and really enjoyed that fit the category.

Alice in Wonderland:  A book that makes you think of your childhood.

♥ Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Caucus Race: A book with a race or competition you enjoyed.  

For some reason I can only think of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Through the Looking Glass: An Alice in Wonderland Retelling you have read or your favorite Alice retelling.

♥ Splintered by A.G Howard

Knave of Hearts:  A book about thieves

♥ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

White Rabbit:  A popular book you are late to the party for

♥ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: Your favorite sequel

♥ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Pool of Tears: A book that makes you cry

♥ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Caterpillar: A book in which the character reminds you of yourself

♥ Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Mad Hatter:  A book with a love story 

♥ Volition by Lily Paradis

March Hare: A book dealing with a mental illness

♥ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Dormouse:  An underrated/under-hyped book

♥ Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

The Queen’s Tarts: A book where something gets stolen/misplaced

♥ The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (I am saying it counts)

“Eat Me” Cakes:  A book with a magical element

♥ Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Flowers of Wonderland:  A book that involves music

♥ This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Queen of Hearts:  A book with a villain 

♥ Final Girls by Riley Sager (A serial killer is a villian right?)

The Bandersnatch:  A book with a mystical creature

♥ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

Down The Rabbit Hole: A book someone else recommended to you

♥ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Walrus & the Carpenter: A collection of essays, short stories or poems

♥ Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

The Jabberwocky: A book with a battle/fight scene

♥ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

The Playing Cards: A book with a group of characters

♥ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Tea Party: A book based in England/UK

♥ Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Cheshire Cat:  A mystery book 

♥ Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Queen of Hearts Castle: A book set in a castle

♥ Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Dinah: A book that focuses on friendship

♥ Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

 

I tag everyone!

End Of Year Book Survey | 2017 Edition


I saw this survey done by Jamie @Perpetual Page-Turner  and first participated in this in 2014 ! I had an okay year with reading, definitely not where I thought I would be but read some great books and planning for an awesome 2018! I would love to see your posts if you decide to participate! (all the graphics were taken from Jamie’s post @Perpetual Page-Turner)

Number Of Books You Read: 44
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal Romance 
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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Picking 1 book is always so hard. I am going to say Haven by Mary Lindsay. There were lots that could have been in this spot and I have made a top books of 2017! I think I have to say Haven because it surprised me and was better than I expected and provided so much more than normal YA paranormal romances do.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I think the one that most fits this in Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?

The book that that was the most surprising read for me was Night Film by Marisha Pessl! I was not sure what to expect and had heard some good reviews but the incorporation of other media in the story and the overall feel was so good!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?

I don’t really think I pushed any books on people this year.

5. Best series you started in 2017?Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I started quite a few series this year but I think the best one, in my opinion was Moon Called by Patricia Briggs in the Mercy Thompson series.

I did not read many sequels or continuations this year, but I really enjoyed Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I have to say it would be a tie between Cat Winters and Patricia Briggs!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I really want to get into more nonfiction and have been saying this forever, but the 2 books I read that were nonfiction this year were amazing! Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisis Coates and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder . 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I would have to say Dark Matter by Blake Crouch  had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it!

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Because it is so short and has such a good message/words I definitely will be reading On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder again!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

The character that my mind keeps going back to is from the first book I read this year, Alexia Tarabotti from Soulless by Gail Carriger. She was so feisty, sassy and a strong independent women that I cannot wait to dive into more of the parasol protectorate books in 2018!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

RoseBlood by A.G Howard .I absolutely adore the way in which A.G Howard writes! The story is so beautiful and so much life and description creating an atmosphere are put in the words.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

This is another book I would consider rereading, it really made me think and is relevant to our society today, Anthem by Ayn Rand.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, I have a feeling I am really going to love the Mercy Thompson Universe!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Mary Lindsey, Haven

“I need to know why I’m so broken, so I can fix myself. One way or another. Maybe this place can help me do that, and then I can finally look forward to my future. Because I’m starting to realize there’s something worse than stepping up and facing your fears – and that’s living as if you’re already dead.”
A.G. Howard, RoseBlood

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Longest: Night Film by Marish Pessl

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I have to say that their were a few books that had some shockers, I have to say one of the stranger ones was Yesternight by Cat Winters. I was not really expecting it and I think that was why I have to say it is the one that shocked me the most.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Willowdean and Bo from Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Oz, Chevy and Razor from the Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Wow this is hard to pick just one so I am not going to. Freddie Burkhart  from Haven by Mary Lindsay, Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the boys from the Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

(I am pretty sure this was a debut) The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. At times it was a little hard to follow but it was so descriptive and so much going on in a world completely different than anything I have read. 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Andersen. I was laughing the whole time and it was so relatable.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. I read this as I was going through some things in my personal life and I was definitely crying at some parts.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy . This was one I stumbled upon and has not gotten much notice this year but was really good! 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I cannot think of any book that crushed my soul, I am currently reading The Book Thief and I have a feeling that this book will probably be the one to crush my soul.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This book was so different than anything I have ever read, so definitely unique to me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

There are too many to pick just one! I am going to be doing a separate post about this.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I am still working on getting better at reviews. I always read others and get so jealous that they are able to put into words what I was feeling/thinking so much better than myself. I really did like my Gillian Flynn| Author Exploration

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Well my most viewed discussion/non-review was 8th Annual #TBTBSanta. I really want to start doing more discussion posts in 2018.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well in the book community I really loved participating in #otspsecretsister and #tbtbsanta but blogwise, I really enjoyed participating in the  House Cup Reading Challenge .

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

The outpouring of support from the bookish community after all of the different things that happened in my life this year. I was feeling pretty alone and like I had no one to turn to, but those people in the online book community proved that even though we have never met each other in real life they would be there for me and help to cheer me up and cheer me on!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Swag Inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Books Best Friend | Bookmark & Candle Edition

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I discovered a lot of different bookish things this year! I started participating in #otspsecretsister , which has been so much fun and I love the community. I also stumbled upon many different etsy shops that sell bookish goodies. One of my new favorite candle shops Dio Candle Co. you can check out my first box from them here!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I fell short on all of my goals, but I had a lot going on this year and I am just proud of myself of those things that I have accomplished and the progress I made. 2018 is going to be a better year.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett. I think this was on my tbr probably like every month. I need to get to it ASAP so I can submit the review to the company I received it from, plus I enjoyed the first book in this series so much.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

When The Light Left Us by Leah Thomas 

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Complete some series and books that have been sitting on my shelf forever! #beatthebacklist

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I have only read one 2018 release so far and it was By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell. 

Bookish Naughty List | Book Tag

I saw this over at Emily’s blog Tumbling into Wonderland Books and was originally created by Jenniely @ A Page of Jenniely

So this tag, you are supposed to check off the bookish things that you are guilty of.


  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it √
    I feel like so many ARC I receive end up coming at the wrong time in my life and I get so busy and forget. It is one of my goals to resolve this problem in 2018.
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley √
    When I first got Netgalley I did not really understand the way it worked so I requested so many and so many of them were ones that were archived like 2 days after I got them and you cant write reviews for those.
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 
    I never promise a review on goodreads.
  • Folded down the page of a book 
    This makes me cringe.
  • Accidentally spilled on a book 
    I have gotten some water on a few, but just some drops and it didnt do anything to them.
  • DNF a book this year 
    That hasn’t happened this year. I have a really hard time doing this with books. Especially when I have spent my own money to get the book.
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
    I have bought books because they are pretty, but never with no intention of reading them.
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 
    Usually it is when I should be sleeping, cleaning or going to the gym.
  • Skim read a book  
    Not since college and that was just with textbooks
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal √
    I have been guilty of this the past couple years. My life has been so crazy busy.
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it 
    I am sure this has happened. I know people have borrowed books from me and never returned them ( one was a personalized signed arc copy )
  • Broke a book buying ban 
    All the time. I love going to the bookstore and I cant but help buy books. They make me happy.
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 
    ugh… yes and I need to get better at this.
  • Wrote in a book you were reading 
    In college but those were textbooks so they don’t count.
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads  
    I am so good about adding them on goodreads!

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HOW DID YOU DO ON THE BOOKISH NAUGHTY LIST? LET ME KNOW DOWN BELOW.

12 Days of Books | 2017 Christmas Book Tag

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I created this post a few years ago, you can check out the embarrassing 1st post here! I had done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made. I really tried to pick from a variety of books I read this year, but I didn’t read a lot so there are some repeats. Sorry.


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone of 2017?

I am pretty sure this is staying a stand alone, RoseBlood by A.G Howard. I absolutely adore A.G Howard and this book did not disappoint! It is inspired by the Phantom of the Opera and took an interesting twist to the story.

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I end up shipping characters with myself. But I think my OTP for this year is Freddie and Rain from Haven by Mary Lindsey

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

I have been terrible at completing trilogies/series lately and so I will have to stick with the answer I used a few years ago. – I absolutely fell in love with the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard. I am usually weird about trilogies because I think they always fall apart at the second book and for most the third book just fails all expectations. That was not the case for these books. They were fantastic and everything I wanted from an Alice in Wonderland retelling!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

Like I stated above I have been horrible at completing series recently, but I have started a few and working on some others that although not completed I absolutely adore! Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward and the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs!

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Although she might not be considered a villain by some my favorite villain from 2017 reads was Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. She was badass and intense.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

Although sometimes I struggled to really picture the setting I thought that the world created by Ann Leckie in Ancillary Justice was amazing! It was so unique and so intriguing.

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

I would definitely have to say the animals in RoseBlood by A.G Howard! They were definitely entertaining.

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

This is always a stumper for me. I did not read enough fantasy this year (which usually included unique food and beverages) and really think I just don’t pay enough attention to food. I know there was some pretty interesting things in Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie but cannot remember specifically.

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

I absolutely adored Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. She is so badass and is a mechanic. She does her own thing and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her.  But my favorite female lead of the books I read this year was Kate from Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman!

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

There were quite a few amazing leading lads from the books I read this year. I read a lot more romancy type books (mainly paranormal romance) than I normally do so there were some swoon worthy and just perfect guys. Some honorable mentions include Rain from Haven by Mary Lindsey, Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Reece from Black Bird of the Galows by Meg Kassel and Ben from By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell. But the man that stole my heart and completely won me over was Oz from Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

In the category of music I would have to say This Savage Song by V.E Schwab does an amazing job incorporating music and it has such a big part in the story and for the main character. Then of course because I do not know how many times I can say it before it gets annoying but RoseBlood by A.G Howard. I mean it is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera!

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

Like any true book lover could pick just one. I will be posting my top reads of 2017 soon!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

Haven by Mary Lindsey | Fancast

Haven by Mary Lindsey has a cast full of characters each with their own quirks and qualities that I thought it would fun to create a fancast. I know some of these actors are a little bit too old and some don’t exactly meet the physical descriptions of what is in the book, but they are either what came to mind for me when thinking of the characters and their personalities. I would love to see who Mary Lindsey would cast in the leading roles. Check out my review!

 

Have you read Haven yet? Who would you cast? 

Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

The fall and Halloween are my absolute favorite! When it comes to reading, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it in the month of October. (In my opinion) The fall season has a certain atmosphere and I believe the month of October does as well. The month of October needs to be filled with spooky, creepy, thrillers with paranormal and the unusual. As I was developing my reading list for October I thought I would give some recommendations to others with those books I think are perfect for the month of October.

Ó  Asylum by Madeleine Roux 

This was a dark and creepy story.  And of course it is about an asylum so that is a creep factor within itself. The imagery is so well done I felt like I was thereIt has a dark ominous feel to it and the creepy pictures sprinkled throughout the book help to create that eerie atmosphere.

Ó Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

This book is definitely peculiar. It also uses strange and creepy pictures to help tell the story. It is not dark or ominous, but very atmospheric and unique.

Ó Hexed by Michelle Krys

This was a campy story and more light hearted and fun than dark and ominous. I have to say I would categorize this more Charmed/Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esk. It was a fast-paced witchy novel filled with intrigue, mystery and humor.

Ó You by Caroline Kepnes 

This is written in second perspective from a stalkers perspective. I believe that is all I need to say.

 

Ó Odd & True by Cat Winters 

This story was absolutely marvelous and full of monstrous creatures. The two sisters grew up hearing stories about monsters and magic. It is a wonderful story about sisters and has a nice atmosphere.

Ó Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

A love story in the midst of mass chaos. A interesting and creative YA paranormal read that presents unique mythology and characters. It dove into the world of Harbingers of Death, beekeepers, and the hidden magic within.

Ó This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This was a dark YA with monsters, crime and murder. The atmosphere and overall feel was dark and ominous. It was also beautifully written.

What are some of your spooky/creepy reads?

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

No one tagged me, but I saw this and thought it would be fun to do! I am also all about strong females! If you do this leave me a link to your post in the comments.

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!
WARRIOR GIRLS

Alanna from Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. She pretends to be her brother and goes off to get trained as a page. She eventually makes it to a knight!

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MIND

Denna from Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. She is brilliant and is able to use her brain to her advantage.

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART

Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I think she is a very atypical heroine, but has so much compassion and heart.

GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS

Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. Rose will always be one of my favorite female heroines and she has some awesome fighting moves.

STRONG GIRLS OF COLOR

Rue from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She gave her life for Katniss and became a symbol.

GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE

Rose from Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell. Rose does everything she could in order to survive because others gave their life so she could.

GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS

Katniss from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I mean the way she uses that bow would make me run.

GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES

This one is a little hard. I do not think I have read enough books to have an answer for this.

GIRLS WITH KICK-BUTT MAGICAL POWERS

Vin from Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. The whole magic system in this trilogy is so awesome and Vin does some great things with her powers.

STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

Reagan from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. I love her! She stands up for herself and takes care of herself even though she has been through some stuff.

SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS

Kate Harker from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Kate is such a kick ass female. She is also super sassy which I love.

Who are some of your favorite strong females?