Calendar Girls October Wrap-Up

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Pumpkin Lanterns
Book that Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump

Our Picks:

Fangirl – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Everything I Do – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
Red, White, & Royal Blue – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
A Discovery of Witches – Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads it All
Again, But Better – Dani @ Mousai Books
Wicked Saints – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Sawkill Girls – Liz @ Stellar Kitten Reviews

Our Favorite Pick is…

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What Makes the Perfect October Read?

There’s just something about October, isn’t there?

Even before our odd 2010s obsession with pumpkin spice and leggings, October had always been my favorite month. There’s just something in the air, this crispness, that isn’t there at any other time of year. Also, Halloween remains my favorite holiday, even (maybe) more than Christmas. I love costumes and dressing up, and there’s something so magical about the excitement on a child’s face when they get the perfect costume.

October is just the best.

The last few years I’ve been in the mood for a certain kind of book in October. It’s not necessarily a genre, though I know lots of people read mysteries, thriller, or horror in October. It’s more of a … feel. A mood. I don’t know if I can adequately explain it, but I’m sure going to try!

A little creepy or off

I don’t like scary books at ALL, but in October I love to read something where things are just a little edgy. There’s a tension, a creep-factor, missing from the average book. Enough to give you goosebumps, but not enough to keep you up at night. In October I eat that up.

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Review: Pumpkinheads

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Maturity Level: 2
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Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?


Are all graphic novels this fun and sweet and heartwarming? Or is this just another case of me + Rainbow = true love? Geez, I loved everything ABOUT this book!

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Calendar Girls October Theme

Well you guys, the school year has gotten back into gear, and I’m officially out of time to read everyone’s blogs. Sorry for being such a lame friend. Just two more semesters of classes to go! Gosh, September is always such a tough month. And my college football team isn’t even good to take my mind off it all!

What with it being the second week of the month, that’s means it’s time for the October theme! The votes are in, and it wasn’t even close, y’all. So, drumroll please!

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Happy Halloween!

It’s the spookiest day of the year!!! Happy Halloween book worms!

I hope you all have a great day dressing up in your costumes! Those of you with kids, have fun trick-or-treating and good luck with the belly-aches this evening. (Crossing my fingers for no rain tonight…) Those of you going to parties, have fun and be safe.

And, as always, enjoy a picture of our amazing family Halloween costumes!

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(Before you ask, no I didn’t make the hats. Etsy, baby.)

Love you bookish nerds! Happy Halloween.

Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0

YOU GUYS!!!!! IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!!

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Thanks to Mel at Mel to the Any for tagging me in this one! I absolutely love monsters at Halloween time (and honestly, at any time) so this is the perfect tag for me. I hope some of you are getting as excited for Halloween as I am. Yay!

Rules

• Answer all prompts.
• Answer honestly.
• Tag 1-13 people.
• Link back to this post.
• Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
• Have fun!


Witch

A magical character or book

51HSkTKlauL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Ah, finally, an opportunity this month to bring up Harry Potter! lol

Seriously though, this book is so magical! At least for my generation there are so many people who hated reading, and then they read Harry Potter and fell in love with books. If that isn’t magic, then I don’t know what is! They’re so wonderful that I can re-read them as an adult and not feel annoyed by the childishness because they aren’t childish. And there’s always something new to discover. I can only assume J.K. Rowling is actually some kind of witch. Continue reading “Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0”

Falling for Fall Tag

I love fall. Hands down, fall is my favorite season. The weather is so nice, the air is so still, the leaves are falling, and Halloween. The thing I hate most about living in Texas is that we never get much of a fall. We finally got down below 80 degrees this past week, and I’m expecting maybe one more week of nice weather before it going permanently into the 40s. Also, when our leaves fall they just turn brown. So depressing.

But fall. Ah, I love fall! So when I saw the Falling for Fall Tag on The Introverted Book Nerd I just knew that I had to participate. I promise, it won’t all be pumpkin spice everything. 😉

What is your favorite fall scent?

Fresh air! This might sound ridiculous to those of you who living in cooler climates, but when the air is hot, you just can’t smell anything. Except, you know, burning pavement. But in the fall the air has this crisp, clean smell. I love it! Continue reading “Falling for Fall Tag”

Top 5 Creepy Classics

By now you all have probably figured out that I prefer “classic” novels to more modern literature. In particular, I find the older versions of monster novels and scary stories to be fascinating. There’s something about where Jekyll and Hyde started that is so interesting, especially when comparing it to what it’s turned into in pop culture today. I also appreciate that they are usually never TOO scary.

So in honor of the month of October, my favorite month, I’m presenting to you my personal favorite creepy classics.

1. Dracula

41I3WemSw9L._SX293_BO1,204,203,200_I have made no secret that I am absolutely petrified of vampires because of this book. But only because it is so freaking amazing. In fact, for Calendar Girls this month I made a pretty big deal about how fantastic Dracula is. There’s just something so cool about a book that terrifies you but also gets you to fall in love with the characters. No other vampire novel or movie has ever quite stood up to this one for me, though Buffy gets close. Continue reading “Top 5 Creepy Classics”

5 Books to Read if You Love Hocus Pocus

I love October. I love Halloween. And guys, I really love Hocus Pocus.

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It’s hard to resist a campy movie, and a campy movie about Halloween is right up my ally. The Sanderson Sisters are interesting as far as witches go, and these days its fun to see evil witches. All the characters always make me laugh, and who can resist a musical number? Oh yes, I love Hocus Pocus. My husband is always exasperated when I make him watch it every year.

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about recommending books to read around Halloween. Most of them are creepy or scary, which honestly isn’t really my thing. I don’t like Haunted Houses or creepy spider lawn decorations at Halloween. I like silly pumpkins, witches flying into trees, and some good old-fashioned smiling ghosts. So I thought I would put a list together of books you might like to read if you prefer the silly side of Halloween. Continue reading “5 Books to Read if You Love Hocus Pocus”