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#SixForSunday; Books I Studied In School

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It's Sunday and perhaps time for a new Six For Sunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was books I've studied in school and most of the books I'll mention, I've studied while majoring in English at university. As it's October and Halloween next month, some of my picks are pretty fitting spooky reads as well. Here's my picks. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman Macbeth by William Shakespeare The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Dracula by Bram Stoker The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

Review; The Haunting of Beatrix Greene: Vol. 1 by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons and Vicky Alvear Shecter

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the historical horror novel The Haunting of Beatrix Greene: Vol. 1 by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons and Vicky Alvear Shecter through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now. Description from Goodreads Beatrix Greene has made a name for herself in Victorian England as a reputable spiritual medium, but she’s a fraud: even she knows ghosts aren’t real. But when she’s offered a lucrative job by James Walker—a scientist notorious for discrediting pretenders like her—Beatrix takes the risk of a lifetime. If her séance at the infamously haunted Ashbury Manor fools him, she will finally have true financial freedom. If she fails, her secret will become her public shame. But James has his own dark secrets, and he believes only a true medium can put them to rest. When Beatrix’s séance awakens her real gift—and with it, a vengeful spirit—James finds that the answers he seeks are more

Let's Talk Bookish; Reader & Blogger Responsibilities

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It's Friday and perhaps it's time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post, courtesy of  Eternity Books and Literary Lion . As it was a bit of "choose your own adventure" today, I decided talking about reader and blogger responsibilities. I'm not going to lie about the fact that when I first started book blogging a little over nine years ago, I didn't think too much about my blogger responsibilities. I just blogged for the fun of it and read whatever book that caught my fancy. It's mainly in the later years I've started to get more concious about it. That's partially due to the fact that as I'm lesbian and I suspect I'm not the only one who likes to see myself represented in books. Don't get me wrong, I still read books written by white, straight, Christian, middle-aged dudes, but I make a concious decision to also read and blog about diverse authors and books. This year I'm hosting a  2021 Diversity Reading Challenge  and next year

Book Tag; Universal Monsters Book Tag

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I came across the Universal Monsters Book Tag created by  Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub  and I decided playing along. Dracula- a book with a charismatic villain As a Dracula geek, how can I not answer Bram Stoker's Dracula on this one? The Invisible Man: A book that has more going on than meets the eye Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr Wolf-Man: A complicated character Edge of Brilliance by Susan Traugh Frankenstein: A book with a misunderstood character Blood Countess by Lana Popovic The Bride of Frankenstein: A sequel you enjoyed more than the first book Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Creature from the Black Lagoon: An incredibly unique book Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Mummy: A book that wraps up nicely (see what I did there?) Slash by Hunter Shea

Top Five Wednesday; The Autumn Cosies

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It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Goodreads group  with the same name. The theme of the week was the autumn cosie, as it was officially autumn yesterday. Here's my picks. The Hocus Pocus Magic Shop by Abigail Drake Description from Goodreads When chemist Grace O’Leary finds a book of magic spells hidden in her Aunt Lucy’s run-down magic shop, the scientist in her itches to try them out. She mixes up a batch of love potions as a joke, and has to face the consequences when they actually seem to work. Her dream of becoming a professor is in peril, and time is running out to finish research for her dissertation. She can't handle any more distractions, but the magic shop is on the verge of closing, her aunt has become forgetful and confused, and a handsome reporter named Dario Fontana keeps sniffing around for a story. The last thing she needs is for him to find out about the love potions and expose her as fraud, but she begins to

Top Ten Tuesday; Books On My Autumn 2021 TBR

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It's Tuesday and perhaps time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was simple enough, as it was books on my autumn 2021 TBR. As it is October and Halloween next month, my reading list is highly influenced by that, in addition to the fact that I'm participating in  Blackoweenathon . Here's my picks. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists edited by Steve Berman Paranormal Detective (Mona Livelong #1) by Valjeanne Jeffers Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewell Parker Rhodes The Pulpit Chronicles: Prey for Me by Kenya Moss-Dyme The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Nana by Brandon Massey Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz

Review; Digging Up the Remains (A Garden Squad Mystery #3) by Julia Henry

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Digging Up the Remains (A Garden Squad Mystery #3) by Julia Henry through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads A festive fall is in full swing in Goosebush, Massachusetts, but when a snoopy reporter is felled by foul play, it's up to Lilly and her Garden Squad to spook out a killer . . . Between hosting a haunted house on her lawn, serving on the town's 400th Anniversary Planning Committee, and prepping for the Fall Festival's 10k fundraiser, Lilly's hands are full. She doesn't have time for prickly newspaper reporter Tyler Crane, who's been creeping around town, looking for dirt on Goosebush's most notable families . . . until he's found dead on the race route moments before the start. An unfortunate accident? Or did Tyler unearth a secret that someone in Goosebush is willing to kill to keep? By planting nasty