Would You Rather? (Spooky Edition)

I know yesterday was the end of October, the end of Halloween. But that doesn’t mean spooky stuff has to end!

I saw Sara @ The Bibliophagist do this tag and it looked very fun!

This post somehow also turned into a recommendations post of me just listing off some of my Halloween favorites so there’s that too!


THRILLERS OR SUPERNATURAL(S)

This one is pretty hard difficult because while I love a good supernatural movie that gives me the creeps, I think I’ll have to go with thrillers. I especially enjoy psychological thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, Primal Fear, etc. etc.

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GHOSTS OR ZOMBIES?

Ghost are underrated in my opinion. I think we should get more ghost stories! I appreciate both friendly and angry, vengeful ghosts.

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 VAMPIRES OR WEREWOLVES?

VAMPIRES for sure! I don’t think I’ve ever been that interested in werewolves (sorry werewolf fans! I did like Ginger Snaps and An American Werewolf in London though!) But most of my favorite Halloween movies and shows in general feature vampires (The Lost Boys; Fright Night + it’s 2011 remake; True Blood; What We Do in the Shadows; Interview with the Vampire)

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WITCHES OR MONSTERS?

WITCHES! Witches are so emblematic of empowerment and sisterhood! I 💜 them. Gif courtesy of The Craft which is a very fun and cult-classic 90s witch flick!

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WOULD YOU RATHER READ A BOOK WITH 13 CHAPTERS OR WITH A BLACK CAT ON THE COVER?

Definitely a book with a black cat on the cover! I love black cats (I currently own one!) I hate the fact that some people believe that superstition enough that apparently black cats don’t get adopted enough because of it. But they’re awesome! Also reading a book with only 13 chapters isn’t fun for me.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ A SPOOKY BOOK IN THE DARK WITH ONLY A CANDLE FOR LIGHT OR BY YOURSELF IN A LOCKED BRIGHTLY LIT ROOM?

I mean the most logical choice would be locked in a brightly lit room because I need my eyes, but I did a while ago read a book with just one candle lit, granted I was reading off my Kindle so I didn’t damage my vision! Highly recommend that for sure.

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WOULD YOU RATHER FACE YOUR WORST FEARS OR BE TRAPPED IN THE MIND OF A KILLER?

DEAR GOD. This question is messed up LMAO. How about neither? Can I just say neither??

WOULD YOU RATHER WATCH A SCARY MOVIE OR READ A SCARY BOOK?

Another tough one. I guess I’ll go with a scary movie. But it has to be during the day time and someone needs to be in the house with me.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ SPOOKY BOOKS DURING THE FALL TIME OR ALL YEAR?

Reading these books during the fall makes for such a perfect reading atmosphere but I definitely love spooky books all year long.

WOULD YOU RATHER READ 10 SPOOKY BOOKS IN OCTOBER OR 10 SPOOKY BOOKS ALL YEAR?

Read 10 spooky books all year!!!!

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Thanks for reading ✨✨✨

Everyone is free to do this tag! So I hereby declare whoever reads this is TAGGED ✋

Trick or Treat! Book Tag

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I saw Merline @ Merline Reads do this tag and its perfect for this month! I love the idea of this one. This tag was created by Bookish Pisces so check out their post as well! What you do for this tag is rate books either a treat (a book you liked) or a trick (a book that you didn’t like). So I just decided to pick from the books I’ve read this year, my most memorable and most forgettable…


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

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TREAT!

This was a fun, adventurous Japanese inspired story that made me so happy to read. I became so invested in the characters and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

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TRICK.

I didn’t hate this one, but I didn’t love it or really even like it that much. I expected so much more from this because it sounded to me like a great YA gothic story but it ended up being more like an angsty teen romance that just happened to have some murders in it.

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

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TREAT!

I’m not going to stop talking about this book until I get more people to read it. One of my favorites reads this year if not my most favorite read. Such a powerful story with one of my favorite main characters ever, Jade. TREAT YOURSELVES TO THIS AMAZING STORY!!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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TRICK. 

The only book I’ve DNF’d this year (thus far). I didn’t enjoy the slow pacing of this even though I never usually mind a slow-paced story. The story and its characters didn’t grab me enough for me to want to invest time in reading this. I was pretty disappointed when I had decided to DNF this one because I saw that the reviews for this were mostly positive and I expected to enjoy this because its a Beauty and the Beast retelling which is a favorite of mine.

September Wrap-Up

It’s finally October and fall is here! This month went much better than July and August. I finally posted a review of an anticipated ARC and I’ve started reading more ARCs. I wrote plenty of posts this month as well.

Also it my birthday was on September 10th and I had a wonderful birthday and also book buying haul (which I may share sometime soon!)

I think next month is going to be an even more successful month for both reading and blogging! 🙂

WHAT I READ

Sadie by Courtney Summers – 5 stars (Read My Review Here)

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – 4.5/5 stars

POSTS

September TBR

Anticipated September Releases

Favorite Blog Posts of September

TOP TEN TUESDAY

Bingeworthy Shows

Hidden YA Gems

Books on My Fall TBR

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

Favorite YA Contemporary Covers

TAGS + CHALLENGES + AWARDS

The Liebster Award

Bookish Bingo: Fall 2018

I Spy Book Challenge

Anticipated June Releases

Coming at yall with some more books I can’t wait to spend all my money on !!!


Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim
Release Date: June 5
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A fun read about 3 three Muslim friends going on a road trip???? Sign me up.


Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Release Date: June 5
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I don’t really know anything about this except its YA sci-fi but the cover really reminds me of this iconic image from The End of Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion).

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Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez
Release Date: June 5
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“Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Iseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen” 

So I have no knowledge of the story of Tristan and Iseult but I hope to read it by the time I get to this. I’m just super interested in reading some retellings of famous stories/myths/folklore.


Smoke in the Sun (#2) by Renee Ahdieh 
Release Date: June 5
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I haven’t read Flame in the Mist yet, the first book of this duology, but I really want to get around it! From what I know this is a Mulan retelling set in Feudal era Japan. Also I personally love the new covers.


Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Cordova
Release Date: June 5
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Also another sequel to a book that I haven’t read yet, which is Labyrinth Lost. I have zeor clue what this one is actually going to be about, but I know that MC of Labyrinth Lost is bi, so I’m pretty hyped to get into this series.


Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno 
Release Date: June 5
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Solely based off the cover this looks like it could have a queer romance. Which I’m obviously 100% here for. It’s also described as magical realism which is one of my favorite things. I haven’t heard many people talk about this one yet but I think once it comes out more people will.


Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Release Date: June 12
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I know a lot of people have hyped up Riley Redgate’s first novel, Noteworthy (which is also on my TBR). This one seems really interesting and the cover is stunning.


Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi
Release Date: June 18
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From the cover this looks like a cute YA contemporary but from reading some of the reviews, it’s a lot more intense, so I’m interested to see how this folds out.


Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak 
Release Date: June 26
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Blue blue blue. One of my favorite covers. I adore this cover. I already raved about this in this post about my favorite blue covers. I know that the actual story is about a summer camp and its has some romance in it. It could be pretty good.


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman (Anthology)
Release Date: June 26
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I was hype for a while ago when I talked about all the YA anthologies coming out this year, and I’m so excited to pick this up. It’s all about Asian authors writing stories about Asian mythology. What’s not to like?


My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 26
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I bought My Lady Jane recently and I’m hoping that’s good, because I love the covers for these two books. Also I’ve heard that these are satirical books and I’ve been looking for more funny books.


 

 

 

Anticipated May Releases

I would have had an Anticipated Releases for April back in March, but I honestly wasn’t sure what all was coming out that month but I have so many April Releases to add to my TBR now.

Most of these will be YA Releases but I do have a few that are outside of the YA sphere.

The books with the star icons next to them are the ones I’m most anticipating and most likely will buy and read sooner than later. So here are of my thoughts, first impressions, and reasons why I want to read most of these.


star imageTiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davisstar image
Release Date: May 1
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This is YA contemporary of a girl who goes to live with her biological father after her mom dies but also comes to learn that there’s another man claiming to be her biological father. The premise just sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to read this one. Also I love the cover.


star imageSong of Blood & Stone by L. Penelopestar image
Release Date: May 1
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This seems like a really interesting fantasy series. I think this is New Adult. That cover is also really gorgeous.


The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Release Date: May 1
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This one I’m slightly less interested in, but it is YA fantasy with multiple POVs, so that means I’m either going to really enjoy it or really dislike it. 


star imageBrightly Burning by Alexa Donne star image
Release Date: May 1
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So I’ve heard of Alexa Donne from her YouTube channel where she talks about the process of writing and about being an author. I haven’t gotten around to watching all of her videos but she seems really informative and passionate about writing, I can’t wait to read this one. The basic premise is that this is Jane Eyre in Space, which really sold me on this story.


star imageGirl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blakestar image
Release Date: May 1
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Another YA contemporary but this one is much more emotional and about a more difficult, hard-to-talk-about topic. This book deals with the main character’s brother being accused of rape and how the MC deals with that struggle. This book talks about victim blaming, sexual assault, and consent which is a very relevant topic today. This is also listed under the LGBT+ shelf on Goodreads and I know that the author has written another book that has F/F romance, How to Make a Wish (which is on my really-need-to- read list) & I think that this book is #OWNVoices. Also I have to give a shoutout to the beautiful cover.


star imageShip It by Britta Lundinstar image
Release Date: May 1
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So the premise of this sounds really interesting and also very eerily similar to some real life drama that has happened with some popular television series concerning queerbaiting and how some TV shows disrespect their LGBTQA+ audiences. But also I quickly read a review that said that this story is actually kind of darker than you’d expect, so I can’t wait to be surprised. This BTW is #OWNVoices.


A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 1
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LMAO So this book…I’m not positive if I’ll absolutely love this one since it sounds just like a wish fulfillment story but at the same time, it sounds fun so why not?? Also this was originally titled “Bookish Boyfriends” but I think since it’s apparently going to be a series they changed it to “A Date with Darcy”.


The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Release Date: May 1
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WOW THIS COVER. It’s so weird and beautiful. This is one of the few books on here I have that isn’t a YA. I just follow the author on Twitter and she tweets about her anxiety and depression with humor.


I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
Release Date: May 3
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I still want to read Radio Silence by this same author before I get to this, but I don’t I would mind reading this one first anyways. The plot is something that doesn’t entirely interest me but I’ve heard that Alice Oseman’s writing is really good.


star imageUndead Girl Gang by Lily Andersonstar image
Release Date: May 8
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This just sounds like a lot of fun and I’m all about girl gangs.


The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Release Date: May 8
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So I want to get into more YA romance and just romance in general so I feel like this might be a good place to start. It has a cute premise and also has an Asian MC!


What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
Release Date: May 8
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Yes another non-YA book. This cover is really what got me. But the synopsis is pretty good and I didn’t expect it to be a fantasy for some reason. I feel like this could one of those surprise reads.


star imageAll of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflorstar image
Release Date: May 15
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So I just quickly read through the synposis because I don’t want to know too much going into this one. I want to say its a thriller/suspense/drama. IDK But I’m kind of getting Misery vibes from this one since its about these girls who befriend their favorite author.


star imageMy So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharmastar image
Release Date: May 15
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I know absolutely nothing about Bollywood. However this book still sounds a lot of fun and cute. This is also another YA romance that I think I’ll like.


star imageOut of the Blue by Sophie Cameronstar image
Release Date: May 15
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This is a British YA fantasy novel with a f/f romance and fallen angels. One of the characters is Sri Lankan. I don’t think I’ve read a f/f romance with a paranormal element in it yet so this sounds pretty unique.


Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Release Date: May 15
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Another YA fantasy with a forbidden romance in it. IDK Maybe this could surprise me. I adore the cover!!


star imageMonday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson star image
Release Date: May 22
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A YA contemporary / mystery. I also really just love this cover! It’s so minimalist and stylish!


Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Release Date: May 22
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The premise of this one is really interesting since it’s separated by long periods of time. This sounds like a more refreshing YA fantasy but I’ll have to wait and see.


star imageAlways Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Release Date: May 22
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The cover looks really cute and the premise sounds cute. Sometimes you have to have the fluffy stuff too I guess lol. Also I’ve heard that the love interest is Japanese-American!


From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Release Date: May 22
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So I want to read When Dimple Met Rishi before I get to this one but FTWL in my opinion has a premise that sounds more interesting to me being that the MC wants to be a filmmaker which was once a dream job I had when I was younger. Both of the covers for WDMR and FTWL are really cute!


The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
Release Date: May 22
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The title instantly reminds of me Mr. Brightside by The Killers and that may be the number one reason why I want to read this one. But seriously I’ve heard that Jen Wilde’s previously released book Queens of Geek was super good and she writes LGBTQA+ characters really well. Also this about a band and I love stories about musicians and bands and music in general.


Thanks for reading! Comment down below what May Releases you’re excited for and put down some recs for me to read if I missed anything.

Sav

5 SFF Authors On My TBR

Science-Fiction & Fantasy are some of my most favorite genres and in these recent years there have been many names thrown out whenever someone mentions their favorite SFF series or standalone. Many of those names are the ones I’ll be talking about today. These are some of most hyped SFF authors, specifically female SFF authors.


Anna-Marie McLemore 

 

She mainly writes YA, specifically in magical realism / fantasy genre. I’ve heard absolutely nothing but AMAZING things about her books. Her writing and characters are highly praised and she also writes great queer rep. I already own When the Moon Was Ours, ordered Wild Beauty recently, and if I do enjoy them, I’ll will definitely be looking forward to Blanca & Roja, but it already looks like a book I’d enjoy anyways. ALSO THESE COVERS!! Whoever makes her covers should get a raise.

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author and I’ve heard many incredible things about her stories. I’m interested in reading more SFF that isn’t by white people and/or based off of Western-oriented folklore & mythology. Also Black Panther‘s Afro-Futuristic themes really got me excited to see more themes like that and I saw some posts saying that Nnedi Okorafor’s books are filled with it. I own Who Fears Death & Binti (#1).

 

Victoria Schwab (a.k.a V.E. Schwab) 

She mainly writes fantasy for YA and New Adult audiences and her most known book series are the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy & Monsters of Verity duology. She’s a pretty big name right now and I still can’t believe I haven’t read anything by her yet. I currently own Vicious (#1). 

 

 

Laini Taylor

Yet another YA writer whose writing has been described by many as beautiful and gorgeous. Also pretty hyped about these, because the synopsis for both books below seem so bizarre and I LOVE BIZARRE SHIT. Like give me that weirdness. I currently own the entire Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. Strange the Dreamer (#1) is at my library, so I might be getting that very soon!

 

Roshani Chokshi

I only know of her duology, which features The Star-Touched Queen & A Crown of Wishes. Both, from what I’ve read and been told about them, have lyrical and gorgeous writing and worldbuilding and that’s all I can ask for in a great fantasy story. Also I believe that this is based on Indian mythology which is refreshing to read since there’s so much Western / European centric fantasy series out there. She also has another series that is also based on Indian mythology, Aru Shah and the End of Time, which looks cute and is a middle-grade. I may pick it up but I’m not really into middle-grade, TBH. Also these covers are STUNNING.