Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #264: Favorite Bookmarks

Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Seven Favorite Bookmarks

Happy Tuesday! Today's topic was pretty hard for me! I don't often buy bookmarks, I just kind of end up with them. The one shop I absolutely LOVE seems to have gone away from selling bookmarks now so I had to set off on a search. Click the photos to be taken to the listings!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Weekly Recap: 11/3 - 11/9


Hi everyone! Well, it has been another hectic, emotionally draining week and I haven't gotten a single book read from start to finish. I did start reading The Deathless Girls and I'm honestly not sure if I like it so far. I didn't think I'd finish it this week, but alas. I also finally started The City of Brass and I am INTO it! I'm torn between hoping I love it and being scared of the collection I'll have to complete if I do. :/

Candle business has been BOOMING and it has been stressful. Earlier this year I began making candles for a local spa. All the orders from them have been quite small and manageable, but all of a sudden they're ordering more than I usually make in a few months and I'm overwhelmed. Like, I'm happy for the business, but I'm probably going to be roping my husband into helping me soon.

Speaking of roping my husband into helping, we also started upgrading my library/office this week! Paint is finally on the walls after a fiasco with the paint being... not great. We ended up with four coats of two different brands of paint, so yay. Next are a couple more shelves, curtains, and a chandelier! I can't wait! I'll try and share some pictures next week.



Nothing this week!


The topic was Christmas vibes for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday ARC review of Winterwood
Things were less spooky than expected for Saturday Screen Time



I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday Screen Time #38: Nostalgia, evil(ish) queens, and the antichrist

Happy Saturday, everyone! Over the last month I didn't watch quite as much as the previous month. There was just SO much going on! Luckily, I didn't watch anything I hated. There wasn't as much spooky in spooky month as expected. Instead there was a bit of nostalgia and an evil(ish) queen, among other things. But there are defintiely some movies coming out this month I can't wait for!  


The Blair Witch Project - It's that time of the year so of course I had to watch one of the most iconic horror movies of my generation! The Blair Witch Project is a movie that has always scared the crap out of me, but this time it really just wasn't as frightening as I remembered. I'm not sure if I was in a weird mood or if I've become too desensitized. Either way, this was still amazing even though it wasn't as terrifying as it has been in the past. If you've never seen this movie you NEED to grab a copy! (4/5 stars)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Honestly, I wasn't that eager to see the new Maleficent, but my husband was dying to go. He'd heard that it was even better than the first movie and we both really enjoyed that one. I was pleasantly surprised by Mistress of Evil! I loved the extra lore that was added to the world and Maleficent and her sidekick continued to be amazing characters. Unfortunately, Aurora was just as useless as in the first film and the ending took a bit of a weird turn. This is still one I'll add to my collection though. (4/5 stars)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - The hype was SO REAL when I saw that this movie was coming out! We sat down to watch it and I immediately felt like I needed a major refresher on the events of the final season of the show. Honestly, who can remember back that far? But once I realized what was going on I did enjoy it. It was the ending I'd always hoped for although there was something I can't put my finger on that I just didn't absolutely love. I'm not sure this movie needed to exist, but I'm glad I got to see Aaron Paul as Jesse one more time. (3.5/5 stars)

The King - The King was on my radar as soon as I saw that Timothee Chalamet was the lead. I was intrigued by the rest of the cast, as well as the fact that this would have 100% been my favorite kind of movie as a teenager! I didn't know much about this particular historical figure, so I was fascinated to see it play out. Chalamet did a fantastic job as the king and, while I was really skeptical of his ability to do an accent, I didn't hate it! I'd defintiely give this another watch. (4/5 stars)


American Horror Story: Apocalypse - Okay, I am SO glad this season finally came to Netflix! I've avoided spoilers completely somehow and had no idea what to expect going into this one. The first couple episodes had me absolutely hooked. I was obsessed with Michael Langdon and his weird, creepy story. But then the rest of the season happened and, eh. Why? I didn't love season three of AHS so an entire second season of witches really wasn't what I'd hoped for. I still loved Michael Langdon's story, but I really wish the entire season had followed the post-apocalyptic storyline. (3.5/5 stars)


The Conjuring - Okay, don't hate me. I remember being insanely bored by The Conjuring the first time I watched it but decided to give it another try since The Conjuring 2 is one of my favorites. I was still incredibly bored. I don't know what it is about this particular story but it almost puts me to sleep. I just couldn't finish it. :/ 


What upcoming movie are you most excited for?
What movie just bores you to TEARS?
Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

ARC Review: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Title: Winterwood
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
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//I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review//

Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago. 

Winterwood caught my eye with its gorgeous cover and magical synopsis. I had no idea what to expect going into this book, having never read a Shea Ernshaw novel before. I hoped for a story that was a little magical, a little spooky, and a little romantic and that's basically what I got, although I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped.

Nora Walker lives in the woods near a camp for troubled boys. She and her family are some of the few to brave the winters and the only family to go into the woods. Walker women are able to venture into the woods where others don't dare to venture. Oliver is a boy at the camp nearby and he has been missing for weeks, only to be discovered by Nora in the woods on one of her trips inside.

Together, Nora and Oliver form a tenuous relationship while they ride out the harsh weather. Meanwhile, Nora tries to get to the bottom of what has happened amongst the boys in the camp and how that relates to Oliver. There are other characters important to this story, but I didn't feel particularly connected to a single person in Winterwood. None of them were particularly likable.

While this story was by no means bad, I definitely think Winterwood is a case of "it's not you, it's me." Shea Ernshaw's writing was beautiful, but I found myself quickly becoming frustrated at how many words were used to say not much of anything. It's definitely worth pointing out that I usually don't enjoy overly flowery writing and that definitely could have been my problem here. The story was interesting, but it took so long to get to any point that I accidentally zoned out more than once.

The best part of Winterwood was the atmosphere. I loved the spooky woods and the winter setting. The seclusion of Nora and the camp made everything just a little bit more unnerving than it would have been otherwise. Just the thought of being stuck with no way out because of the weather reminds me of why I did not love Alaskan winters when I lived there!

I've also seen some people call this story and its twists predictable and, while I felt like something was going to happen, I wasn't able to put my finger on it. The twist defintiely caught me off guard and that's something I loved despite my other issues. If you're already a fan of Earnshaw or flowery prose is your jam, you'll probably love this book, but for me it was just okay.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #263: Christmas vibes

Today's Topic: 
Books That Give Off

Happy Tuesday! Today was supposed to be about books that give off autumn vibes, but I'm feeling rebellious and I'm READY for Christmas! Yeah, I'm one of those people. Thanksgiving gets one day at the end of November but Christmas season has begun! These books definitely are NOT Christmas books, but the covers all together make me feel Christmassy! 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Weekly Recap: 10/27 - 11/2


Hi everyone! This week has once again been super busy and stressful. You may have noticed that I've continued to be scarce around the blog. It's hard to focus on posting (or reading) when there's so much anxiety about everything else. At least I know it's something lots of you can sympathize with!

Thankfully, the week ended with a super fun day! I woke up at 3am on Friday (yikes) for a 5:30am race at Disney World! This was my second Disney race, but my first full one since the first time the weather delayed it so long that the course had to be shortened. This time I had an amazing time and I can't wait to go back in February for my first 10k!

My dog continued to be extremely difficult and we have an appointment scheduled with his vet this coming week. We're really hoping she'll be able to give us some insight into how to get him to eat more consistently. In happier puppy news, we sent off his DNA test! I can't wait to see what the little turd is made of. We're definitely going to go all out with a breed reveal party! XD




Nothing this week!


Monday blog tour ARC review of Songs From the Deep
The topic was spooky book covers for Top Ten Tuesday
On Friday I shared my favorite movies based on books I haven't read


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Friday, November 1, 2019

Favorite movies based on books I haven't read

Happy November, bookworms! It has been a rough week full of stress and anxiety, but I was determined to post more than twice this week. To keep things as fun as I could, I wanted to talk about movies that I love, but haven't read the books they're based on. Shame, I know! Here are five of my favorite movies that I STILL need to read the book for.

This one would probably be shocking to those who know me well, considering The Lord of the Rings is my favorite movie trilogy of all time. Literally. But, while I'm obsessed with the films, the books bored me to tears. I made it through the first two, but never could get through book three.

I didn't see this movie until a couple years ago and was amazed at how much I enjoyed it! Although I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the movie, I highly doubt the book would be my kind of read. I generally hate contemporary YA, so I think this is one I may never get to.

IT (2017/2019)
I know, I know! I feel like this is a book I SHOULD have read, but I've just never been able to commit to it. Have you seen how massive it is? Stephen King's writing is also very hit or miss for me and I'm scared to jump into such a long book knowing that there's a good chance I'll hate it. Honestly, I think the movies will have to do.

Matilda was a childhood favorite that I still love as an adult! My family didn't have cable and this was one of the movies we owned, so I saw it often. I know that it's based on a children's book and it wouldn't be difficult to read, so maybe I'll grab a copy of it sometime. 

Now, this is a book I really do want to read! I've heard mixed things about it from movie fans, but I definitely love Jurassic Park enough to take the plunge. I even managed to find an original hardcover copy (apparently they're somewhat rare?) a couple years ago that I can dive into whenever the mood strikes!

What's your favorite adaptation?
Do you ever skip the book and go straight to the movie?
Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #262: Spooky book covers

Today's Topic: 
Spooky Book Covers

Happy Tuesday! Today is a Halloween freebie! Since I've spent several days this month talking about various Halloween topics, I decided that this week I'd go with super spooky book covers. Continue at your own risk!

Animorphs (all of them) by K.A. Applegate
Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon & Kira Breed-Wrisley
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Here There are Monsters by Amelinda Berube
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Reddening by Adam Nevill
The Ritual by Adam Nevill
Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Blog Tour ARC Review: Songs From the Deep

Title: Songs From the Deep
Author: Kelly Powell
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 304
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//I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review//
A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he's one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike. 

Songs from the Deep caught my eye with its gorgeous cover and the promise of sirens pulled me in completely. This book is a fascinating combination of historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery. I loved the way the author wove sirens into a story that seems so firmly rooted in reality without going fully into the world of magical fantasy. I'm not sure I've ever read a book entirely like it.

Moira is the heroine of this story. She prefers to play her violin on the cliffside where she can see the sirens so many others fear. When one of her students is found dead, supposedly at the hands of the sirens, she is the only one who feels something isn't quite right. Moira was such an interesting, strong character. I loved how she stood up to the authorities to fight for what she believed was right.

Jude is the keeper of the lighthouse and an old friend of Moira's. The death of Moira's student brings them back together and their relationship begins to grow into something a bit more and I was here for all of it! I loved the dynamic between these two. Moira was definitely the more headstrong of the two, while Jude was a bit more calm and collected. Their relationship was so organic and sweet, although not always easy, and I loved them.

The atmosphere of Songs from the Deep was wonderfully crafted and made me feel like I was on this little island that's haunted by sirens right along with the characters. The writing is lyrical and, while it was a bit slow at times, it did grow on me and I loved the mood the author brought to the story. It was the perfect environment for a murder mystery.

Speaking of mystery, this one certainly kept me guessing! I had some suspicions right away, but there were plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I loved that the sirens were not automatically the big bad in this book. Still, I did wish there had been a bit more of the murdery sirens that are mentioned so often on the page.

Overall, I really liked Songs from the Deep! I loved the characters and their romance and the mystery kept me guessing. I did wish there had been a bit more sirens and it was a bit more slow-paced than I'm used to, but that wasn't enough to detract from my enjoyment! I'll definitely be watching for what this author does next.


Kelly Powell writes fantasy for young adults and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and book & media studies from the University of Toronto.

Her YA debut, SONGS FROM THE DEEP, will release from Simon & Schuster in November 2019.


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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Weekly Recap: 10/20 - 10/26


Hi everyone! It has been another wild and crazy week in our house and I've accomplished not very much around the blogosphere. We had appointments almost every day and next week is shaping up to be pretty much the same. I really, truly love and appreciate you guys for staying with me when I'm too overwhelmed to blog hop as much as I'd like to. I didn't get a ton of reading done this week either, but I did finally read Pan's Labyrinth and it was even better than I expected it to be! I can't wait to share my complete thoughts.

On the puppy front, my dog is already tired of his beef stew, so hurray. We're probably going to be making an appointment with his vet soon to discuss how to proceed with his extreme picky eating. Any suggestions?

In more exciting news, my husband and I ran a 5k (sort of) together yesterday! I say sort of because he's a foot taller than I am so we started together and met at the finish line. It was a family friendly spooky race and I had such a good time! If you'd told me a few years ago that I'd be enjoying races I'd have laughed. As it stands, I have another coming up on Friday! Woo! What do you do now that you'd never have expected in the past?





The topic was books that need new titles for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday ARC review of The Guinevere Deception
On Friday I talked about amazing TV villains



I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Friday, October 25, 2019

The best villains in TV (recent) history

Let's continue spooky season with TV villains! I have a feeling that some people will disagree with my choices, so let me explain. To me, a favorite villain has to be one that I don't just hate. If a villain is 100% despicable with no redeeming qualities, I don't love them. They aren't a fave. They're just the worst. So, without further ado, here are my favorite villains on TV!


Klaus is now and will always be one of my favorite TV villains of all time! I love and hate him in equal measure and it changes based on the episode. He's so easy to sympathize with, but then he does something truly terrifying that makes you remember why you hated him to begin with.


My first villain love and forever my number one. I loved Spike pretty much from the first time he showed up on my TV screen, although I loved him more with every season. I know he's a controversial character (as is his relationship with Buffy), but I love him and I ship it!


Keeping it in the Buffyverse, I absolutely loved and despised Dark Willow. I especially enjoyed the first time we met her, but later on I was legitimately terrified. She was SO powerful and showed no remorse whatsoever. A truly terrifying combination.


Michael Langdon is one of my recent faves. I wasn't sure how to feel about him at first, but he always made me feel somewhat uneasy. There definitely came a point where I knew he would be one of my new favorite villains! I truly wish AHS Apocalypse had stuck with his villainous story instead of how it went.


I went back and forth between Lucifer and Crowley for this list, but Crowley is just too cuddly. Lucifer really made me feel for him in some seasons and I was completely not sure whether I loved or hated him in season 13. That being said, he's literally the worst.


One of my villainous female faves! Regina Mills was another villain I loved and hated and really she was one with fantastic character growth. I actually never finished the series but I definitely need to go watch the last couple seasons and see what became of her!

Do you see any favorites on this list?
What villains do you love and hate at the same time?
Let me know in the comments!