Things I Love | October Favorites

Here are some of my favorite things that I discovered, got or was just obsessed with in the month of October!

Masquerade Masks 

I absolutely love Halloween and the whole vibe that comes with the month of October. I was able to pick up some pretty awesome masks this month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins!!!

I adore pumpkins so much especially pumpkin flavored things! #PSL

Jazzercise 

I started Jazzercise classes this month with a coworker and although I struggle directionally they have been really fun.

TBR Cart

I jumped on the bandwagon and bought myself an awesome TBR Cart for my bedroom. The color is perfect and I love the way the books fit and that I am able to put bookish swag and supplies in the top bin!

Alice in Wonderland Shirt

I was able to partner up with with Melissa from Literary Book Gifts to offer my followers 20% off your order by using downthebookhole20 ! This site has so many awesome bookish shirts and tote bags that are perfect gifts for your friends and #otspsecretsister ! Check out the site at literarybookgifts.com

What are some of your favorite things from the past month?

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October 2018 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the books.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“When a couple of years ago a friend of mine from childhood, who had grown into a brilliant, strong, kind woman, asked me to tell her how to raise her baby girl a feminist, my first thought was that I did not know.”

Anchor by Kandi Steiner
“Happy Twenty-First Birthday, Bear!”

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
“There is a tradition in our kingdom, one all castes of demon and human follow.”

The Bone Artist by Madeleine Roux
“His friend’s voice was frantic on the other end of the line.”

Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
” These were the words as they were first put down: First, that the Artist should choose and Object dear to the deceased.”

The Warden by Madeleine Roux
“This exasperating girl still exhibits a strong tendency towards selflessness.”

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?

November 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

Haven by Mary Lindsay

♠ The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny

♠ Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

♠ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Looking For Alaska by John Green

♠ Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

♠ Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| October Package

 The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 3 Update

♠ October Young Adult PageHabit | Book Subscription Box

♠ Haven by Mary Lindsey | Fancast

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | Wrap-Up

 #OTSPSecretSister| November Package

Series Serial Reader | November Update 

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Sarah @ Written Word Worlds- Writers in YA

♠ Lindsey @ Paradis- 6 Movies & TV Characters That Are My Writer Inspirations 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- How I’ve Increased My Reading in 2017 

♠ Annalisse @ Hopeful Reads- Holiday Gift Guide 

♠ Diana @ Books in Armour – Gift Guide For Fantasy Lovers

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ The holiday season!

October 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

♠ Night Film by Marisha Pessl

♠ Yesternight by Cat Winters

♠ The Uninvited by Cat Winters

♠ Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ September 2017 Reads | First Lines

♠ October 2017 | TBR

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | TBR

 Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

 Why “The Little Prince” Quotes are Still Actual? | Guest Post

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| September Package

♠ Week Down the Book Hole | 10/7-10/14

♠ Must See/Listen Guide to the Halloween Season | Media Recommendations

♠ Surprise Book Box | Entangled Publishing

♠ 10 Years in 10 Books | Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-thon

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

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

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 1 Update

♠ Mindhunter | TV Watch List

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

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | October Update

♠ Series Serial Reader| October Update

♠ October Book Haul | 2017

♠ 10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween| Guest Post

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Alice @ Arctic Books- 10 YA Horror Novels 

♠ Olivia @ Stories for Coffee- Spooky Movie, Show and Book Recommendations | 2017 

♠ The Broke and the Bookish- 8th Annual Broke and Bookish Secret Santa

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ The holiday season!

October 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
“Dimple couldn’t stop smiling.”

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
“Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.”

Yesternight by Cat Winters
“I disembarked a train at the little log depot at Gordon Bay, Oregon, and a sudden force- a charging bull – immediately slammed me to the ground.”

The Uninvited by Cat Winters
“I admit, I had seen a ghost or two.”

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
“The greased-slicked hair us a dead giveaway- no pun intended.”

 

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?

Must See/Listen Guide to the Halloween Season | Media Recommendations

I recently posted a Reading Guide to the Halloween Season! Since I watch TV/Movies as much as I read I thought I would create a post including some much see tv shows and movies during this halloween season. I also thought it would be fun to include some strange and creepy podcasts! So if you want to get into the Holiday spirit here are some must see/listens you should check out! 

Classic Movies 

Every Halloween season there are movies that are my go to and must sees. It would just not feel like October without these movies.

Ó Halloweentown 

Ó Hocus Pocus 

Ó  Halloween 

Ó Practical Magic 

TV Shows 

I have so many suggestions for this, but just picked a few. If you would like to know more let me know!

Ò Stranger Things 

Ò Haven 

Ò Hemlock Grove 

Ò Charmed 

Ò True Blood

Ò Salem 

Ò Lore 

Ò Buffy The Vampire Slayer 

Podcasts

Ô Welcome to Night Vale 


Ô Lore 

Ô The Black Tapes 

Ô Creepy 

 

What are your thoughts on these? Do you have any suggestions of must see/listen that I have missed? Happy Halloween Season! 

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?

October 2017 | TBR

I love reading books in the month of October. Specifically paranormal or creepy books. It just fits with the whole vibe of the season and especially with Halloween. I am not going to be able to finish all of these, but I these are the ones I am going to be picking from.

Night Film by Marish Pessl

The Girl With The Gifts by M.R Carey

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Ritual by Adam Nevill

 

What are you planning on reading this month?