November 2018 TBR

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I would like to actually read 5  books this month. We’ll see how it goes! And once again, they are pretty much all ARCs!

1. White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

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2. Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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3. The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

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4. Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, #1) by Elena May

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5. Crooked Raven (Otherworld, #1) by Talis Jones

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What are you reading this month?

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October Wrap-Up

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I did pretty darn well with reading. I didn’t finish all of the ARCs I wanted to but I read a total of SEVEN (!!!!) books. That’s actually a monthly record for me. Thank you audio books. 😛

35430Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1) by Drew Karpyshyn

My first Star Wars extended universe read and I could’t be happier! It’s about Darth Bane (1000 years before Luke Skywalker) and his descent into the dark side and becoming one of the most powerful Dark Lords who ever lived.

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review HERE

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For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig

I absolutely loved this book. Jetta is bi-polar, can control spirits, and she kicks butt. I loved the mash up between French and Asian cultures. Plus the book was put together in a unique way; Acts (as in Plays), first person narrative, music, and short stories.

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review HERE

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Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon

This one was my favorite! It was so sweet and full of adventure! My only complaint is that I don’t understand why there has to be a rape in every single book so far. Stahp.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Madilla: The Spirit of U’Katang by Ian B. Boyd

This was a cute, sweet story. Written by a self-published author, this book is about a little girl in a remote village that can “see” through sparrows. She uses her piano playing as a guide. This was different than what I usually read but I liked it.

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review HERE

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Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers

This was my first book in LaFevers Assassin world. I loved reading about Sybella and Beast. I did not like Genevieve. I really liked the world and how depending on what “god” you served, you got different powers. I liked it enough to want to read the first trilogy. This comes out in February of 2019!

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review HERE

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24909347Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

An amazing finish to and amazing series! I’m very happy with how everything ended. I’m sad to let this world go! I’m obsessed with this series and obsessed with Jay Kristoff. He’s been one of my favorite authors since Stormdancer came out!

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review HERE (Contains Spoilers!)

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39714124Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri

I loved this book. I thought the story was beautiful, the world was gorgeous, and the writing lovely. The love story really hit the right spot, and is the kind I like. Full review coming soon!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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What did y’all read in October?! What was your favorite?

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Manon Blackbeak Cosplay [Horror October]

Back in August, a couple of friends and I did a bookish character cosplay photo shoot. Now, I was not in any of the photos, I wanted them for my Bookstagram. So far I have only released one photo, and that is of Feyre, which you can find HERE. This next one I want to release is of Manon Blackbeak! I thought it is appropriate since it is Halloween, it’s bookish, it’s for Novel Hearbeat Horror October, Kingdom of Ash just came out, AND she’s a witch.

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This is one of my friends, Sabrina. She’s like, extremely fit and I knew she’d make the perfect Manon! Also, the background is Photoshop-ed. I really want to get good at Photoshop so I can make epic photo manipulations! I will link down below where you can find the elements to this costume. The swords are my friends which she got a ren fair, so I just linked some that I think would be super cool for Manon. Also, I went ahead and linked her Iron Nails, even though you can’t see them in this photo.

Here’s the details (unashamedly linking the products to my Amazon Influencer store):

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Twin short swords / daggers

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Pair with black jeans, a black shirt, and black boots!

I have more photos I want to release. More of Manon (and with Abraxos!), more Feyre, and I’ve got a few Nina Zenik and Nina with Matthias!

What do y’all think of my cosplay?

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Movie Challenge for Horror October

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“When an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.”

 

 

 

I’m so excited to participate in week 3 of Horror October by Novel Heartbeat! Check out her blog for more info! This weeks challenge was a creepy movie you’ve never seen! I chose The Snowman.

Thoughts:

Here’s the thing. I am a huge baby when it comes to scary movies. I don’t touch anything to do with demons or possession. I DO like monster movies (Jaws, Tremors…), and slashers. I choose those because they are super cheesy and I don’t take them seriously. Now, for this movie, I’m going to be honest, I thought it was about a killer snowman. Hilarious, right? Yeah, no. This was a straight up human serial killer. The first half was kind of boring and nothing really happened. It was all backstory and the detectives trying to figure out some missing person cases. But the second half got sooooo good! It surprised me that I actually was interested in this! There were a few funny/ cheesy parts, but that was kind of to be expected. And the killer wasn’t too hard to guess. But overall I’d give a 3/5. It’s also based off of a book by Jo Nesbo!

Next week’s challenge is a costume challenge to dress up as a book character! Can’t wait!

What creepy movies are you watching this month?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstore/ Library Bucket List

I am so excited to be participating in my first Top Ten Tuesday! It is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this Tuesday’s top ten is bookstores or libraries you want to visit!

1. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

I have wanted to go here for a few years ever since I saw it on Instagram! It is such an iconic (to me) place to take photos for your bookish purposes! I will most likely be able to visit here one day because I have family in LA!

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2. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France

Said to be the most famous bookstore in the world! Pretty sure this makes every readers bucket list!

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3. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC

Because it’s everything historical about the US. And it’s absolutely breathtaking!

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4. Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

Couldn’t find their website but I linked it to an article about it! This is probably my top choice. My love of water mixed with my love of books and they made it work!

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5. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD

Another absolutely gorgeous US library! Look. I could stare at a photo of it all day. I can’t imagine how much time I’d spend there.

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6. Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Greece is one of the cheapest countries to visit so I’m thinking I’ll just pack up and go. Now. *Droooool!!!*

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7. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

Apparently, J.K. Rowling was inspired by this one for the Hogwarts Library, so yeah, this definitely makes my list!

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8. Honesty Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Just look how cute and cozy this is!!!

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9. Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland

Another gorgeous historical library that I’d give anything to go!

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10. Al-Quarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco

This is said to be the oldest library in the world. So yeah, this definitely makes my list! Again, I couldn’t find their website, so I linked it to a TIME article.

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What libraries and bookstores do you want to visit?

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Recipe Challenge for Horror October

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I am so excited to be participating in my first blog challenge! I missed the first week of Horror October, but plan on participating the other weeks! It is hosted by one of my favorite bookstagrammers and bloggers, Novel Heartbeat! This weeks challenge was for a fall recipe! I most definitely had to do something with pumpkin. I chose to make pumpkin donuts! I found this recipe on Made to be a Momma’s blog!

Thoughts: THESE WERE DELICIOUS!! Definitely a new fall favorite!

Recipe

Mini Pumpkin Donuts

Servings 48

Ingredients:

  • Yellow Cake Mix such as Betty Crocker
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree I use Libby’s
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter optional
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture optional
  • Powdered Sugar optional

Instructions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a stand mixture until well combined. Place batter in a piping bag and cut the end of the tip off. Squeeze batter into mini muffin tin, filling it half way. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. If serving right away frost as desired.
  2. For the frosting you can either dust the tops of the mini donuts with powdered sugar or you can dip the tops of the donuts in melted butter and then immediately into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. I recommend frosting the donuts as you need them as the butter can make the donuts soggy after a few hours.

 

*Personal Tip: I just used a regular baggy and cut the end off, worked just as well! My oven took longer to bake theses, more like 10 minutes. Also, I used a regular donut pan and they made about 18.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes?! Do you eat while reading? I do!

Next weeks challenge is a horror movie challenge! Can’t wait!

Happy Adventuring

 

October TBR

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Oh look. I’m late on posting my TBR again. Who is surprised? No one? Me either. Better late than never, here is my TBR! 

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I meant to read this last month but I got distracted by another book. So, I am back to currently reading this one! It’s really beautiful so far!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers

I can’t wait for this one! This is an e- ARC from NetGalley! It comes out on February 5, 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39714124Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Another e-ARC from NetGalley! So excited about this one too!! Comes out November 13, 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39863517White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

This was sounds so interesting! It’s about Goblins and a girl becoming more monster than human! Yeeess! Another NetGalley ARC. It comes out February 5, 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you reading this month?!

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