The Spooky Scary Book Tag

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be participating in The Spooky Scary Book Tag, which I recently found on I’m All Booked Up YA‘s blog. This tag was created by Shelby Masako.

What Goes Bump in the Night

Name a book that legitimately scared you while reading it

I can’t think of a book that’s completely scared me whilst reading it – but I think the closest any book has come would have to be As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder is one of my favourite series of all time and I loved the darker direction the finale took. There were definitely some actions in there that shocked me, and I was very scared for Pip!

Jack-o’-Lanterns & Classic Costumes

A book you always reach for during Halloween time

I don’t think there’s a book I always reach for during Halloween… But I do often find myself gravitating towards Karen M. McManus’ books! This year’s pick will be Nothing More To Tell, which only released last month. I’m super excited to get into it – here’s to hoping it’s just as good as her other books!

Black Cats & Magic Mirrors

A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic

I actually really love the magic in Benjamin J. Ryan’s Beckoning Of The Gate! He was kind enough to send me a copy at the start of the year and I ended up really enjoying it – in fact, it was that book which got me reading more fantasy! This was the first (and I think only) book I’d read which featured the fae and I found learning about the different seelie and unseelie fascinating. One thing’s for sure: the world-building was superb!

Witch’s Brew

Favorite witch character in any book/series

I didn’t want to pick Harry Potter for this as I know there’s so many other amazing, less talked about books which feature witches – but I realised whilst writing this that I haven’t read any of them! With that being said, my favourite witch would be Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I think she’s incredibly talented and I love her spirit (in the books, that is – we don’t talk about the movies…)!

Ghouls & Ghosts

A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad)

I am going to have to go with Last One To Die by Cynthia Murphy. I think by now if you’re a regular reader you’ll know how much I despised this book. It just didn’t work for me – I went in looking for a deadly, twisty mystery with lots of action and what I got was a cheesy romance with a couple of deaths in the mix. The main character was so stupid and don’t even get me started on the twist. With that being said, I think most of the reason I didn’t enjoy this was the marketing – I think it was really misleading but there could be the audience for this out there somewhere.

Haunted Graveyard

You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard; you get one book to give you comfort. Which is it?

I think To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han will always be a comfort series for me. I remember reading them for the first time years ago and absolutely falling in love with Lara Jean’s world. When I read them again a couple of years later, I remember getting all those old feelings back tenfold, as parts of her journey were really relatable and relevant to what I was currently going through. Overall, this is just a really nostalgic series for me!

The Undead

Favorite supernatural creatures to read about

I actually really love reading books about sirens and mermaids! When I read To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo I absolutely adored it and it made me desperate for similar books. I just find reading about them so interesting, and I love the ocean setting! However, they can be very hit or miss for me – for example I didn’t particularly enjoy Natasha Bowen’s Skin Of The Sea.

In the Dead of Night 

pick a book with a black cover

I don’t think I can talk about scary books without mentioning The Island by C.L. Taylor! I absolutely love this book, it was one of my favourites last year and – if thrillers are your kind of thing – I think everyone should read it. I know I’ll definitely be rereading it in the future!

Have you read any of these? Will you be participating in this book tag? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ceri

Seven Spooky Reads I’ll Be Reading This Fall

Hi everyone! With October and the scary season well underway, it’s about time I shared my Fall TBR with you. I’ve got some really exciting reads lined up for the next couple of months – I actually didn’t end up reading anything last month due to how hectic university life was which means I’ve still got some of my most anticipated September reads to get to. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on all of these once I get through them!

Before I get into it, though, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you update you all on my very exciting news! Some of you might know that I’m part of the Feed My Reads community and I was nominated for book blogger of the year award! If you enjoy my blog, then I would be incredibly grateful if you could vote for me here – it only takes a moment.

My other exciting news is that I did an interview all about my blog! Some of you may remember that last year Todd Sullivan kindly sent me a copy of The Windshine Chronicles series to review and in spring he contacted me about doing an interview for his Youtube channel – which is now up, if you want to check it out! Now back to the post.

Nothing More To Tell by Karen McManus

Goodreads: Nothing More To Tell

Initial Thoughts: I’ve read nearly all of McManus’ other books, so I’m really excited to finally read this! I love the true crime theme as well as the idea of a student investigating a teacher’s murder. I really hope it will meet all my expectations!

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Goodreads: The Final Gambit

Initial Thoughts: After loving both The Inheritance Games and The Hawthorne Legacy when I read them earlier this year, I have high hopes for the finale! I’m really excited to see more of Avery and the brothers, and I have a feeling this one will have a lot of action. I can’t wait for the ride!

The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle

Goodreads: The Murder Game

Initial Thoughts: This is actually another one about a student trying to solve a teacher’s murder! I love that this is one is set at a boarding school – I think that could really ramp up the tension – and I can’t wait to find out the truth about Mrs Heckler’s murder.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Goodreads: If We Were Villains

Initial Thoughts: I’ve heard so many amazing things about this and I’m so excited to see what all the hype is about! I don’t read much dark academia, but I’m already hooked by this mystery surrounding an elite Shakespeare group – and what happens when one of them is murdered.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads: Verity

Initial Thoughts: I still haven’t read anything by Colleen Hoover yet – but I think this is the perfect place to start! I love books about writers, and this sounds like it will be incredibly creepy! I already want to know the truth about Verity’s daughter’s death.

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Goodreads: White Smoke

Initial Thoughts: Honestly, I don’t read a lot of horror – in fact, I haven’t touched the genre since Frozen Charlotte a year ago – but I’m thrilled to expand my horizons with this. I love the sound of the haunted house and I really do think this is perfect for Halloween!

Ace Of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Goodreads: Ace Of Spades

Initial Thoughts: This has been on my TBR for what feels like forever, so I’m really hoping I can finally get to it in the coming months! I’m already curious about who’s behind all the texts and I’m so here for all the drama.

Have you read any of these? What books will you be reading this Fall? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ceri

The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Hi everyone – I’m officially back! If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed that I’ve been off the grid for a while, and that’s because I’ve been busy with my next chapter in life: university. Now that I’ve settled in, I’m hoping to get back into things – and what better way to kick off my return than The Fall Bucket List Book Tag?!

I was recently tagged for this by both I’m All Booked Up YA and Her Digital Coffee, so thank you both so much for the tag! I also participated in this last year, so it’ll be interesting to see how my answers have changed. Now let’s get into it!

The Rules

1) Link back to the original creator in your post.
2) Feel free to use any of these graphics in your post, or create your own.
3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post and let them know you’ve tagged them.

There’s a couple I could choose for this one but I’m going to pick Love And Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean! I loved the characters in this, I thought Britt was really charming, and of course I can’t forget about Luke! I thought the literary scavenger hunt across the UK was a really lovely idea too.

That would have to be Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – it’s definitely the most hyped book I’ve read this year! Honestly, I was a bit nervous going into this as I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the reviews – but it ended up being one of my favourite reads of the year! I thought the world-building was superb and the characters are all amazing. I can’t recommend it enough!

I could choose a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of my contemporaries for this, but I’m going to go with Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney. If you’ve read this then you’ll know what I mean – the trio is such an interesting combination and they had so many fun adventures together. It’s a really lovely read!

I have to go with Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter! It’s another one which is up there with my favourite reads of the year so far and I have nothing but good things to say. Wes and Liz are so precious together and they truly do warm your heart. If you haven’t read it yet then this is your sign to do so!

Both families from A Pho Love Story by Loan Le! I haven’t spoken about this much on my blog, but I read it back in August and I really enjoyed it. I loved the concept of two rival restaurants competing and the modern Romeo and Juliet story. One thing’s for sure – this will definitely make you hungry!

I have to pick See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon! I really loved this one too, I thought Miles and Barrett were both really interesting characters – but what was most interesting was the time-travel aspect. I was rooting for them to escape the time-loop right from the start, and I was so pleased with the ending!

I’m going to be opening this up to anyone who wants to participate instead of tagging anyone in particular!

Have you read any of these? What books would you recommend for this Fall? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ceri