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Autumn Tag

I came across this tag on A Readhead’s Rambling.


What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

The second September hits, it’s Autumn for me. I don’t care if it’s still warm I want Autumn!!!

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Wood-fire. There’s nothing as relaxing as lounging by the fire with a book and a cuppa.

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What is your favourite Autumn colour?

Burnt orange. I absolutely love driving down a tree-lined road during Autumn to see all the orange, red, and yellow leaves.

What is your favourite Autumn drink?

Coffee. I don’t go for those seasonal coffees that come out. They tend to be very milky and sweet. An americano or cappuccino for me, thanks.

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What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

Halloween has passed now but I always look forward to watching scary movies and the family Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus.

What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

Dresses with boots and anything with a jumper. My absolutely favourite way to dress.

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What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Reading by the fire. There doesn’t need to be wine but it does make it more enjoyable 😉

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Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

Halloween. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here.

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October Wrap-Up

October was a very bad month. There was a death in my family and that’s all I’m going to say about it here.

So, I was away for most of last month but I did read a good bit at the beginning of October.

Books Read

North and SouthClean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Moon Shine (Takhini Wolves, #4)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)StardustFeralLothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Frenchman's CreekFables, Vol. 11: War and PiecesToil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)The Queen of the TearlingSylvester, or the Wicked Uncle

Highlights

North and South

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ★★★★☆

Written in the 19th century and follows Margaret Hale after she moves with her family from a tranquil life in the south of England to turbulent life in the North. There she becomes entangled in the lives of the middle and lower classes of the masters and the workers. Gaskell uses Hale’s relationships to explore societal issues during the industrial revolution using Hale’s romance with one of the masters for progression. It’s basically Pride and Prejudice set during the industrial revolution (though I think I prefer Mr Thornton to Mr Darcy shh don’t tell anyone…).

I was inspired to read this after watching the mini-series on Netflix (about 5 times). I fell in love with the characters and the social economic themes and grew to love them even more with the book.

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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★★

I had no idea this was science fiction before I read it. I fully expected an urban fantasy about witches but it’s definitely science fiction. There are some elements of urban fantasy but with strong leanings towards sci-fi. If I had known it was sci-fi I probably wouldn’t have read it but I’m glad I did. I really shouldn’t doubt Ilona Andrews, they know how to tell a story!!

The story follows Dina Demille who is an Innkeeper which is a guardian of a kind of way station to travellers from other worlds. Her Inn is neutral ground and she is not meant to get involved but breaks the rules when the people in her neighbourhood are in danger from alien monster dog things.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★

I read Every Heart a Doorway this month as well which was very good but Down Among the Sticks and Bones was great. I kept thinking of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when reading Every Heart a Doorway though they are only similar in the sense that they’re both set in a boarding school run by a strange woman. Every Heart a Doorway is about children who have returned from adventures in other worlds like Narnia and are having trouble adjusting to being back. Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows two of the characters from the first book while they were in their magical world. It’s set before Every Heart a Doorway but I wouldn’t recommend reading it first. I listened to an audiobook which was read by the author and her narration was fantastic.

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Lothaire Kresley Cole paranormal romance

Lothaire by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

I really wish I could be a fly on the wall when Kresley Cole is writing. I want to know how she writes such captivating stories. Every time I read one, even if I think I’m not in the mood for one of her books, as soon as I start I cannot stop until I finish the book.

This is the 12th book in the Immortals After Dark series and follows Lothaire (of course). It also introduces a group of vampires that were hinted at once or twice in previous books. Lothaire has been mentioned a lot in previous books so I was excited for this and it didn’t disappoint.

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Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier ★★★☆☆

An enjoyable story but not her best in my opinion. I found it to be predictable so I got a bit bored but I admired the main character for her strength of will.

The story follows Lady Dona St. Columb who has abandoned London society and seeks refuge in the country. There she encounters a French pirate, falls in love with him and craves adventure with him. He is eventually caught and she must decide whether to risk her family and save him or return to the boring life she led before.

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Toil and Trouble by H.P. Mallory ★★★★☆

The 2nd book in Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series picks up where the last one left off and is just as enjoyable. The only thing that annoys me in this is the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles in stories as long as they make sense but here it felt like Sinjin wanted her just for sake of there being a complication in her relationship with Rand.

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That’s it for October. What did you read last month?

Blood-Spattered Bingo Wrap-up

Line – Mind-Bending, Werewolf ✓, Free Space ✓, Graphic Novel ✓, Aliens ✓

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) Alien – Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

I’m amazed I got this one and with the very first book I read! To be fair I had no idea there were aliens in it. I thought it was going to be straightforward urban fantasy but it turned out to have a lot of science fiction in it.

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) Werewolf – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

This is a reread I done just to finish the bonus task for the Vampire Wars challenge. We needed a book with a red cover and I’ve been wanting to reread this for a while now.

Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12) Free Space – Lothaire by Kresley Cole

Great addition to the series.

Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces Graphic Novel – Fables vol.11

Finally getting shit sorted with the big bad.

Hemlock Grove Mind-Bending – Hemlock Grove

I never got to finish this book. There was a death in my family so I didn’t do any reading during that time.

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Poetry Recommendations

Hello readers!

I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur recently and couldn’t help but notice how different it is to all the poetry I read in school. That poetry I found difficult to understand but Milk and Honey I understood easily. I’m a little unsure of my feelings towards the formatting and content but I would love to read more contemporary poetry to see how it compares.

So what contemporary poetry do you recommend?

Mid Year Book Freak Out

ok, we’re a good bit past mid year but I liked this one. Created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ Earl Grey Books


  • Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

    This is so hard to answer!!! I’ve read over 120 books this year, how can I pick just one??!!! Ok, I’m going to go with Ride the Storm by Karen Chance because it’s my favourite series and I really loved it. I was going crazy waiting for this book and it was everything I hoped it would be.

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  • Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

I’m going to go with Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland. It stayed true to the feel of the first book but still managed to broaden the world a lot.

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  • New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

    I have a few on my NetGalley list to get to still. The one I’m most excited to get to is The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I really enjoyed Practical Magic so I’m really interested in finding out more about the aunts.

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  • Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop. It’s moving in a new direction now but I’m excited to see where she takes the series.

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  • Biggest disappointment?

Oh man, I could name a few here too! Biggest one was definitely I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I was really excited to read it, expecting a creepy gothic book but it was so boring and not a bit scary. And the main character was a tool.

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  • Biggest surprise?

    Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I didn’t know anything about the book before reading it just that friends enjoyed it. Then it was picked for me in a ‘pick it for me’ on Goodreads and I freaking loved it! I was expecting typical urban fantasy fare but there’s so much going on in this series.

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  • Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

I’ve read very few new authors this year. Anne Bishop was new to me but I already mentioned her twice so can’t again! Ok, I’m going to go with D.B. Reynolds. I started her Vampires in America series this year and have really enjoyed the two books that I read. I wish they had better covers though…

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  • Newest fictional crush?

Hmm…. I’m not sure I have a new crush. I’m going to go with Spade from First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost. He’s been in all the previous books in the Night Huntress series but I didn’t care much about him until this book.

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  • Newest favourite character?

Hands down, Angel Crawford. She is hilarious.

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  • Book that made you cry?

    I don’t recall any of my books making me cry…

  • Book that made you happy?

I wouldn’t exactly say it made me happy but First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones sure made me laugh a lot.

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  • Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

The illustrated editions of Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.

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  • What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

Ha! We do not have the time to get into that!

  • Favourite bookish community member?

That’s a tricky one… instead of picking a particular member I’m going to say my favourite strand of the bookish community online is Goodreads. Cause that’s where the readers, books and challenges are.