Category Archives: Blogging Prompts

10 Reasons You Love/Hate Autumn [Blogtober]

I can’t imagine a lot of reasons to hate Autumn… it’s the best time of the year. Halloween and all of the spooky things. I love spooky all year round, but autumn is the time it’s more acceptable. I know some people are spooky all year long, and I want to be one of those people someday. I’m slowly working on it. I already have a bookshelf shaped like a coffin.

Yes, I know it’s not aesthetically perfect. Oh, well.

Here are 10 reasons I love Autumn:

  • Hoodie season. Who doesn’t love hoodies? This is the best time of the year for all of the hoodies. And to buy many more.
  • Pumpkin patches
Ever at his first pumpkin patch but no pumpkins because I liked this background 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • All of the blankets. Just like hoodies, all of the blankets come out and they are so nice to snuggle with on the couch while reading a great book. Plus, stores sell more blankets so you can have all of the blankets.
  • Leaves change color… I love the color change, the smell of leaves, and the crunch under my feet as I walk. It’s so refreshing and calming to me.
  • Pumpkin spice… give me all of the pumpkin spice flavored items, please. Cereal, bagels, tea, cookies, all of it. Now.
  • People take cool Halloween photos. I love going on Instagram and twitter to see all of the Halloween makeup, clothes, and decorations people are doing. I love people living their best life and having fun.
  • American Horror Story is one of my favorite shows. It comes back every fall and makes me happy. I know the seasons have gotten worse, but this is still something I look forward to every year at autumn time.
  • Babies all bundled up. It’s so cute to see a baby all dressed warm. I think Ever looks so cute in the photo above all dressed up for the crisp weather.
  • Crisp fall breezes… there’s nothing better than stepping outside and finding the fall breeze with a little chill. It gives the cheeks some color and makes me ready to have an autumn adventure.

And the one thing I hate about autumn:

  • It doesn’t last long enough before winter and snow come 😭.

And that’s why I love autumn. How about you? Do you have the same sentiment or do you prefer a different season? Chat with me below. I’d love to know.

Until I rant about books again,

Favorite Ghost Stories [Blogtober]

I’m guilty of not really being into ghost stories. I do have a book picked out for Tropeathon which has a ghost, but I won’t be talking about it until my Wrap Up. So the only ghost I could think of was….

Casper. I loved this movie when it came out. From the Pepsi commercial before the movie… just all of the Casper movies from the 90s bring me back to childhood. I just get the 90s vibe whenever I think about the movie. Yes, I’m old. I miss the 90s… but yes. Casper is the only favorite I can think of.

What are your favorite ghost stories? Please tell me I’m not the only one who misses the 90s and loves Casper. Please. 😂

3 Books You Meant To Read Last Year [Blogtober]

My Goodreads TBR has been fluctuating for years. It’s been as high as 300 and low as 100! I try not to let it get above 150 or I feel like I’m not going to be able to handle all those books. I’ve actually gotten fairly good at culling my shelves and making them so I only have books I want to read and will likely do so. Yet, there are some which have been on the shelves for a long while. These are three I meant to read last year… but didn’t.

Pride and Prejudice has been on my list for years. I don’t know why I don’t just read it. I’m sure it won’t be as horrible as I think. Still, I keep putting it off. I’m sure it’s not as bad as I think. I am just not a huge fan of classics. I liked the movies and stuff… I’m just not excited about this book so I’m not sure if I’ll ever actually read it.

I have been also meaning to read this one for ages. Everyone says it’s so good. I really don’t know what I am waiting for. I have actually added to my tbr for a readathon I’m doing at the end of the month so I’ll finally be getting to this one. Hopefully it lives up to the hype around it.

I bought this book last year. It just sat on my shelves and then came with us when we moved. Finally I looked at it a month ago, and I read it. The trilogy was one I really got into, so I was very interested to see the ending. Though I’m sad it’s over, I’m so happy I read the last book. I know this isn’t a series for everyone, but it’s one I indulged in.

What are some books you bought last year and didn’t read? Did you ever read them or just give up? Let me know!

Until I rant about books again,

Why Autumn is The Best and Worst Time for Readers [Blogtober]

Autumn is my favorite time of year. All of my fond memories about reading are tied to the season. Walking to the library and seeing the decorations and the new books on display. The crunching of leaves beneath my feet as I walked home with my treasure trove of books to read. It’s seriously a great time of the year all around, but it’s awesome if you’re reader. It can also be the worst, but let’s focus on the good first.

Autumn is the perfect time of year for warm drinks and fun snacks. These are optimal accessories to enhance your reading as well. Having these drinks filled with pumpkin and creepy treats just get the reader in a better mindset and they also make great photos as well. And who doesn’t love an amazing look fall photo with their favorite read? No one. Everyone loves these photos. It’s just facts.

Autumn is sweater and scarf weather. I can’t think of anything better than throwing on a cute scarf to take a trip to the library or the bookstore. You can also snuggle up on the couch with your favorite book in a comfy sweater or nice blanket. Sounds like the most amazing time, right?

And now the worst things…

There are so many creepy reads for autumn. How does a reader choose? It can be very overwhelming. Not to mention the spooky atmosphere around Halloween… definitely not the best time to read. Or is it?

There are so many books which come out in September, October, and November, the TBR just grows. It makes for a crazy TBR along with a really long Christmas list for books. How does one choose which books stay and go? It’s truly a dilemma so hard to deal with.

And these are my best and worst traits of the autumn season for readers. I’d love to know if you have any positive or negative. Let me know below. I hope everyone is enjoying Blogtober, it’s so much fun. It’s getting me excited for Blogmas.

Until I rant about books again,

Blogtober Prompts

I realized I was struggling with some of the Blogtober prompts, but I have the prompts from last year so I decided I’m going to use both so I stay on track. In case anyone else is struggling, here are both copies so you can have a handy guide for the month.

Until I rant about books again,

Reading Challenge Update [Blogtober]

I don’t know how to interpret this except to talk about my Goodreads Reading Challenge. My update for that is I’m currently at 173/200 books read this year. I’m actually pretty impressed with this since I also have Ever who keeps me busy.

I’m hoping to read these books soon to keep my challenge going though:

What does your Goodreads Challenge look like? Are you staying on track? Find me on Goodreads to talk books.

Until I rant about books again,

Favorite Vampire or Werewolf [Blogtober]

Oh, my goodness. My teen self is living for this prompt so badly. It brings me back to my Twilight days. I still think Bella should have ended up with Jacob. So I’m very excited to talk about my favorite vampire and werewolf.

Jasper Hale: From being in the Civil War to fighting in the Southern Vampire Wars, Jasper has been a longtime favorite. I think it’s because he’s so quiet and intense. I adore him in every scene he’s in. Especially when he finally meets Alice, and he’s able to feel hope. I used to read jasper fanfic, and I’m not even ashamed.

Remus Lupin: I adore Lupin so much. I think it’s how he faces adversity head on, and he’s prepared to face whatever comes his way. I love his relationship with the other Marauders though I’m sad he and Sirius never got to really spend time together again or with Harry. There are so many sad things about the progression of loss Lupin goes through. He loses himself and is a werewolf, he loses his childhood best friends, and he loses his life and Tonks to save his son.

I know some people could go on and on about these topics, but I wanted to keep it simple. These are my favorite from each supernatural being category. I’d love to know your favorites or what you think of mine. Please chat with me about these things, I’m eager to discuss.

Until I rant about books again,

5 Perfect Autumn Reads [Blogtober]

Here’s another prompt I’m struggling with a little bit. I can’t think of a lot of books I would consider perfect for autumn so I’m going to talk about some I have already talked about, and I will discuss some I’m excited for which release soon.

I know many people are looking forward to the new Bardugo book, and I am one of those people. I’ve seen this book has some very dark elements… so I’m even more intrigued to delve into this novel. The cover is a little creepy and perfect for fall.

Spooky middle grade is awesome all year round, but it’s extra fantastic during the fall. John Bellairs writes some awesome creepy mysteries. There are so many he’s written, I would suggest starting here because the movie is so cool too.

Harry Potter is perfect for fall. I don’t need to say a lot, but I’m sure a lot of readers know what I mean. Snuggling up with a Harry Potter book under a blanket with some cider sounds like a dream. How could you not just love Harry Potter during the fall?!

I haven’t read this yet, but I just get fall vibes because of the night on the cover. I’m thinking it’s going to be a little magic and maybe creepy so I can’t wait to dive into this and see what all the hype is about.

I read this one about four years ago so I don’t recall all the details. I’m pretty positive I rated it 4 stars, and I liked it. Anything about creepy dolls is a win in my book. Ha ha. I’m funny. It also won a Newbury Honor so I know it’s amazing.

And these are my 5 choices for some perfect autumn reads. I’d love to hear about what you want to still read before winter. Let me know.

Until I rant about books again,

Favorite Reading Snacks [Blogtober]

This is such an easy post to write because I know what snacks I live for. Not that anyone cares, but I’m a huge fan of Aldi. This is where we do almost all of our shopping because of their organic and non GMO selection of food. We only go other places for baby food for Ever since Aldi doesn’t have a lot of those he can eat yet. But these are my favorite must have reading snacks, no matter the season.

These are the most addicting pretzel thins around. I cannot get enough of their seasonal garlic Parmesan flavor. I’m salivating right now thinking about them. The perfect amount of salt and crunch with exquisite flavor.

I’ve been a huge popcorn fan my whole life. This popcorn is good because it’s just salted and so good. I become a chipmunk with this popcorn, trying to shove as much as I can in my mouth at one time and eat it all. It’s a little healthier too, which is never a bad thing.

These taste like pringles. What more reason do you need 🤷🏻‍♀️?

I also really enjoy fruit. Grapes, bananas, and apples are my favorite to snack on while reading. I also will have yogurt or tea with soy milk. I am a huge eater while reading because of the baby so I could go on and on. But I’m going to stop. I’d love to hear about your favorite snacks, for autumn or all seasons. Let me know what you’re chowing on while you read. Food is never a bad topic.

Until I rant about books again,

Spooky Middle Grade Reads [Blogtober]

Today is an awesome day. I’m so stoked to be able to talk about some spooky middle grade reads. I like creepy Victorian middle grades or horror from the genre. They are the best type to me. I was introduced to them by Richard from Bookishly Richie.

Please enjoy this list of spooky reads and be sure to read them all!

In the seedy underworld of Victorian London, a boy is born and abandoned. Snatched up by an unscrupulous and abusive showman, Wild Boy, covered in hair from head to toe, becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and wickedly abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes – like deductive skills. Although he is tormented and insulted, kicked and spat at, his quick mind takes in everything he sees. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is hastily accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself? And will the talented and spunky young acrobat Clarissa be with him – or against him? Readers will be swept along by the cinematic pace, immersed in the vivid historical setting, and gripped by suspense as they wait to find out if a better fate could possibly await someone so very different.

Find this on Goodreads.

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

Find it on Goodreads.

When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watchng magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Selenna Izard. It seems that Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls–a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!

Find it on Goodreads.

I haven’t read spooky middle grade for awhile. October is the perfect month so I need to get onto it. Do you have any spooky middle grade suggestions ? I’d love to hear them.

Until I rant about books again,