Superstitious Book Tag (Original)

Yes, it’s definitely safe for you to do this tag! No superstitious elements link to this tag!

So I’ve been perusing other blogs and booktubers on possible tags that I can do. I’m off from work and in need to do something with my time. Since there really isn’t a lot of tags that centered on Halloween, I thought I’ll create my first ever tag. A lot of people are ver superstitious and most of the time they are linked to something evil or bad. Here are 5 common superstitious that people believe in.

1. Walking past a graveyard: Name a book that you enjoyed because of the setting.

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In the Shadow of Blakbirds by Cat Winters – I super recent read, but I really enjoyed how the author used her choice of setting to create a sinister environment for her protagonist.

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Another creepy book that played with my mind, psychologically. I can never use the airport bathrooms without remembering this book!

2. Crossing paths with a black cat: Name your favorite Halloween monster and show any books that features these monsters. (ie. Frankenstein’s Monster, mummy, zombies, etc.)

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It by Stephen King – Clowns are not really monsters, but I’m terrified of them, and since It just came out in theaters again, I’m pretty sure there are new generation of children/teens that has been scared by this not so pleasant clown. The book is good though, even though it’s massive.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I know this book is not creepy at all, but it does still feature zombies, and its a good read, so I’m adding it!

3. Walking under the ladder: Name some of your favorite ghost novels (yes, walking under the ladder superstition has something to do with ghosts)

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – Although I’m not a fan of the second book in the duology, the first book definitely gave me the chills. A good read for this month!

4. The wrong side of the bed: Name a book that is set in a dystopian world, but still gave you the creep-vibes (Egyptian times people believed that you must wake up on the right side of the bed, if you wake up on the left side, which they associate with death and destruction, they will be have a bad day)

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – An amazing series. Yes, I know I’m not done yet, but still so wonderfully written and the world building! Don’t get me started!

5. Friday the 13th: Name your favorite scary/creepy short story.

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Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by Different Authors – Not all stories are a hit, but definitely spine-chilling!

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So that’s it for my first ever book tag! Hope you enjoyed it and I tag everyone or anyone who wants to do it!

For more superstition facts check out the article written by Mitch Horowitz on 13 Superstitions that still scare the Bejesus out of us. 

Thanks ^_^

 

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

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October is the month to read all things scary and all things that goes bump in the night, but scary books must have one main thing, a scary setting, without the ominous feeling that the backdrop offers, the story tend to fall flat.

Here are 5 of my top favorite creepy settings. Great topic Sam! I will also include some great book recommendations that feature the particular setting

Woods/Forest:
The woods/forest can either be an enchanting scenery or and ominous location, but for sure nothing is scarier than the woods/forest at night. The unexplored usually will give you the goosebumps and the chill down your spine Especially if someone or something is lurking behind its shadows.

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll are great examples of the dark and creepy woods and things that hide within its surroundings.

My Review of Through the Woods

Historical Events:
Yes, some historical events are not a laughing matter and should be handled with care, but there are some authors that use historical events to create an environment that will give you nightmares. While being respectful of the injured, they are still able to create a world that is only seen in your nightmares.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscolca are two very recent reads for me, but they are perfect examples of authors using historical events to their advantage. While one takes Worlds War I and the Spanish Inlfuenza into a paranormal twist, the latter give the infamous Jack the Ripper a new face.

My Review on In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Asylums:
I have a thing about asylums. I know mental health should be taken seriously, but those few years that asylums were open and experimenting on people is just a setting that needs to be used by authors.

The Asylum Trilogy by Madeleine Laroux is one of the few books that I’ve read that is set in an asylum. Yes, I wasn’t a fan of either the first or third book, but the chills that the second book gave me was almost worth the read. Plus the pictures will send you over the edge. Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island is a much better read that will leave you in shock by the end of the book, the movie was also pretty good.

My Review on Asylum.

Moon/Space:
Space and the Moon is also another one of those setting that is creepy because its the unknown. Very few has been out there and the majority of space has not yet been explored by humans. So of course we are not 100% sure that we are alone in this vast galaxy, definitely a very good setting for creepy books.

Most books I have read set on the moon is Science Fiction or Fantasy, but 172 Hours on the Moon is a book that everyone should read. Although I’m not a fan of the characters, the environment that Johan Harstad created is – everything. It’s been two years since I read this book, but it still gives me the creeps when I think about it.

My Review on 172 Hours on the Moon

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Deserted Island/Rain:
‘One dark, Rainy night..’ Yes, it’s cliche, but rain and the dark is very effective in creating a creepy setting and it’s even more powerful when this ‘dark and rainy night’ is happening in a deserted island. Like I keep saying all throughout this post, its really more of the unknown that gives you the chills, and making the environment stormy is even more of a hazard to the protagonist(s).

Ten by Gretchen McNeil is not one of my favorite books, but the use of the creepy setting is definitely a plus on this book. Not so much deserted, but rather isolated, ten teens are stranded on the island with an impending storm, and a killer amidst them. This book definitely gave me some spine chilling moments. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is also another great example of taking the environment and giving it a creepy twist. Although this book is not set in a deserted island, the main chill factor is the weather and a forest (which is my first point ^^). A recent read for me, its thrilling and will psychologically mess you up as you read it.

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So that’s it for me this week on my Top 5! Hope you guys enjoyed it and comment down below on some of your favorite creepy settings. Also, give me recommendations for more scary/thriller books. Although I’m a scaredy cat, I enjoy getting zero sleep as I lay in my bed having an internal battle with my imagination!

Top 5 Book I Read Because of Booktubers

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I participate in a lot of social medias concerning anything about books and reading, but the most influential for me is Goodreads, Booktubers and some Book Bloggers. However, for this post I’m going to be focusing on books I read because of some Booktuber’s recommendations.

Here is a list of Booktuber’s I subscribe to and most of these books I read because of their recommendations.

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I know that almost all of Maas’ books are all the rage since she started publishing, and this series is no exception. I watched countless of Youtubers review this book and read dozen’s of reviews, but I could never make up my mind to actually read it. Until I watch Bookable’s review for the last book. She made the trilogy sound so good that I just had to pick it up. I’m a big fan of of her reviews!

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This is definitely another book that I picked up because of Booktubers, I may not have enjoyed it, but I’m glad that I gave it a go. Last year I joined the readathon, Spookathon, created by BooksandLala, Paige’s Page and Bookerly. They definitely gave this book such high ratings that I needed to check what the fuss is all about. Although, I wasn’t as in love with it as they are, I still enjoyed the way most of it that I’m willing to read more of Flynn’s books. (No, not Gone Girl)

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I’m not entirely sure who reviewed this book and totally made me want to pick it up. I’m 90% sure that it’s Thoughts on Tomes, but I’m still doubting the 10%. Anyways, I remember the reviews on this book was phenomenal and although it took sometime to get used to the scientific jargon, I still highly enjoyed it.

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Now for this book I’m not entirely sure who reviewed it and gave such high praises that I had to check it out, I want to say Read by Zoe, but I’m just not that confident. I wasn’t really sure what the book was about, so I was surprised that it was an erotic thriller. That being said, I still really enjoyed the story. I love the protagonist, the mystery and even the second book!

The Break Down

Although it’s not this particular book that was reviewed by the Booktuber, she did give the author a very good recommendation. So when DuvetDaysDevour hauled this book I knew I wanted to pick it up. This is one of my most recent reads and I actually enjoyed it. I like the writing, but not a fan of the ending. This author will definitely be on my radar for future books.


So that’s it for me this week. I actually enjoyed the Top 5 Wednesday this week.

 

Autumn Book Tag

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Autumn is definitely my favorite season, so of course I have to do a Fall/Autumn book tag.

I first saw this tag on Bookables‘ channel and I thought it would be fun to do it, but the original creator is Morgan from loveandwrite. I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do it. So let’s begin!

1. What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

Definitely the weather. I’m more of a cold person than sunny. I prefer Fall and Winter rather than Spring and Summer. I also really enjoy wearing sweaters and jeans, than tanks and shorts, so that’s another point for the Fall season.

2. What book on your shelves that reminds you of going back school/your school day?

I would have to pick any books that I’ve read in school. So Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, anything Shakespeare. I’m not sure about other schools in different countries, but here in Canada we start our Shakespearean class by 3rd grade.

3. Find a book on your shelf which has something Autumn related on the cover.

These three books are very ‘Autumn’ for me. Not because of the content, but just the covers. Look at it! It’s so pretty!

4. What is your favorite horror/Halloween story?

I’ve just recently started reading Thriller novels, but nothing has really shaken me to my core yet. The one graphic novel that I have read that really haunts me to this day is Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I read this two years ago and loved it. A must read for those who loves to be scared!

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5. What is your favorite Horror Film?

I am one of the biggest scaredy cat that I know, so you would think I don’t watch horror movies. WRONG! I’ve watched almost every scary movie out there from The Exorcist to Insidious. I’m a sucker for sleepless nights and fits of bad dreams. Anyways, from all the movies that I have watched, I would have to give the award to The Exorcist. To this day I still get nightmares from that movie’s depiction of little girls becoming possessed by the devil. Mind you I’m not a hardcore watcher, I stick to mainly American films, I don’t think I have the psychological stamina to watch Japanese Horror Films.

6. Which book release are you most looking forward to?

I just posted my Fall Release 2017, and those are the main books I’m really looking forward to. If I have to narrow it down to two, it would have to be Origin by Dan Brown and Before the Devil Breaks you by Libba Bray

7. Which film release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?

I’m not much of a new release movie type of goer, unless I really want to watch the movie. I guess I would have to say Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I know it’s already out, but I still haven’t seen it, so I’ll count it.

8. Show three books that you are hoping to read this season.

Ooooo…I posted my ‘Books I want to Read this Fall‘ a few days ago and you should definitely check it out!  However, here are my top three books:

As you can tell I’m really excited for Dan Brown’s new book!

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Anyways, that’s it for me on this book tag and hope you enjoyed it! Like I said, if you want to do the tag, then TAG!

 

 

 

Book Date #12

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It’s been awhile since I did a Book Date Monday, only because I haven’t been reading much. This month I’m slowly getting a bit better and I actually have something to put on this week’s Book Date Monday.

Last Week I Finished:

I was able to finish these two books last week and I really surprised myself. Anyways, both books are great reads and I totally recommend both books. Warcross is getting a lot of buzz in the Book Community because of the author, but it’s actually one hype that I’m glad I got on.

Currently Reading:

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I found myself without a book today, so I had to grab something from Overdrive that I can read quick. Since Laura Levine’s Jaine Austen is my go-to series, I decided to check if Overdrive had it and just my luck, they do!

Upcoming Reads:

I’m really in a mystery mood so I might pick up either one of these books. I don’t know if I’m leaning more to thriller or detective.

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So that’s it for my Book Date Monday this week, hopefully, I’ll do better than last time keeping track of my reading.

Top 5: Books to Read without the Synopsis

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Usually I’m very diligent in researching the books I read. I try to read the back of the book, reviews of other bloggers and even watch reviews of Booktubers, but when it comes to some books, its better to turn a blind eye on these things.

For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, we are challenged to list 5 books that would be better to read without the help of reading the synopsis at the back or side panel.

Here is my list of books, I went into with little knowledge and loved!

I tried to include books from an assortment genres to give varieties to different book lovers. These books are definitely worth looking into and try to keep an open mind when picking it up.

 

Top 5: Classes Based on Books/Characters

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This is a really interesting topic on Top 5 Wednesday this week. So, even though I’m a bit late, I couldn’t let the day go by without posting this.

So since school basically started two days ago here in Canada, I thought this was such a perfect topic! Basically, create classes/courses that is specific to certain book/character. I decided to go with the easy choice and use characters that would teach in my courses.

As per the host’s request I will not include Harry Potter in this list.

1. Self Defense Taught by Clarisse La Rue from Percy Jackson Series

Technically, I could have picked from a dozen or so other candidates for this class, but Clarisse is definitely my top choice, because she’s the daughter of Ares, God of War. Who better than her to teach others the art of defensive combat.

2. Analytical Thinking 101 Taught by Sherlock Holmes/Assisted by Hercule Poirot

These two are the top of the line teachers for this class. This, I think, will always have max capacity.

3. Art and Baking for Beginners Taught by Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games

Art is a very useful skill as seen in The Hunger Games, not only do you get beautiful decorated cakes, but its a very good skill for camouflaging items or even ones self.

4. Mechanics Taught by Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles

I enjoy characters who are knowledgeable in areas that are not typical for their ‘gender’. No I’m not stereotyping, but some authors still do and I do enjoy authors who write outside the norm. Cinder is definite winner for teaching Mechanics of any kinds. Not just the regular car/plane/ship mechanics, but also robotics.

5. History Taught by Edward Cullen from The Twilight Series

Yes. I know a lot of people hate History, but since I’m a History major and it’s technically my post, I’m adding History. Who better than an immortal to teach History? Of course I could have picked any immortal, but right now, front and center in my mind is Edward Cullen. I’m not a fan of Twilight, but it is a fact that Edward has been around for sometime now.

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So that’s it for me this week. Hope everyone enjoyed this topic as much as I enjoyed writing it!