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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

#SixForSunday; Books I Think They Should Study In School

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It's Sunday and perhaps time for a new #SixForSunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was books I think they should study at school. That said, some of the books I've picked are probably more suitable for older students and not kids in primary school. Here's my picks. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Review; Murder at the Falls (Creature Comforts #3) by Arlene Kay

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the cosy mystery Murder at the Falls (Creature Comforts #3) by Arlene Kay through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Army vet Persephone “Perri” Morgan has found a second career handcrafting leather pet accessories—and a satisfying sideline in training therapy dogs. But there’s no cure for a cold-blooded murderer. . . . Perri and her BFF Babette Croy team up to bring their therapy dogs to an upscale senior living facility. But The Falls’ pleasant façade hides some unpleasant secrets. Valuables are missing, feuds fester, and one resident even fears for her life. Sprightly senior Magdalen Melmoth swears she’s being targeted because her grandfather was none other than Oscar Wilde, and her legacy includes an unpublished novel by the literary genius. Convinced it’ll take more than calming canines to sniff out the truth, Perri enlists the help of her beau, hotshot reporter Wing Pruett. When

Review; Boston Scream Murder (Deputy Donut Mystery #4) by Ginger Bolton

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Boston Scream Murder (Deputy Donut Mystery #4) by Ginger Bolton though Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Halloween in the small town of Fallowbrook, Wisconsin, is the perfect season for Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill to unmask a killer. October 31st is just around the corner and Emily Westhill's Boston cream donuts, carved with a scream, have made an indelible impression on local eccentric Rich Royalson. So much so that he's ordered three dozen, with twice the fudge icing, for his 70th birthday--a special event in more ways than one. It's to be held on fog-shrouded Lake Fleekom where, twenty years ago, his wife mysteriously drowned. But the next day, when Emily arrives with her scrumptious screamers, she stumbles upon Rich's corpse. The poor guy wanted a unique birthday bash--just not one to the side of his skull. With a

Book Tag; Spicy Pumpkin Latte Book Tag

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I came across the Spicy Pumpkin Latte Book Tag over at  Feed The Crime  and I couldn't resist this one. Rules: Link back to the original post here Thank the person who tagged you Do the prompts below Tag some friends Most importantly – have fun! Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell Stoner by John Williams Astrid from Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Quade from Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame Morrigan from Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Review; Penned In (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #4.5) by Lynn Cahoon

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery novella Penned In (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #4.5) by Lynn Cahoon through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Angie Turner, chef at Idaho’s finest farm-to-table restaurant, has organized a team-building event at a haunted prison, only to find a real-life murderer in their midst. . . . Contented employees make for a successful restaurant, which is why the County Seat’s crew goes on a quarterly out-of-office meeting. This time, the location is the Old Idaho Penitentiary near the Boise Foothills, a prison brimming with ghostly lore. The lock-in features actors role-playing as guards, fascinating prison stories . . . and an unscripted murder. Who sentenced one of the faux guards to a very authentic death? Angie, her boyfriend, and the County Seat gang are locked in with a killer—excellent motivation for a little sleuthing. Between ghostly apparitions an

Review; The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the paranormal fantasy novel The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Welcome to The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd in charge. I run my business by one simple rule: Everyone needs a good book and a stiff drink, be they vampire, wicche, demon, or fae. No wolves, though. Ever. I have my reasons. I serve the supernatural community of San Francisco. We’ve been having some problems lately. Okay, I’m the one with the problems. The broken body of a female werewolf washed up on my doorstep. What makes sweat pool at the base of my spine, though, is realizing the scars she bears are identical to the ones I conceal. After hiding for years, I’ve been found. A protection I’ve been relying on is gone. While my wolf traits are strengthening steadily, the loss also left my mind vu

Review; Death of a Wicked Witch (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #13) by Lee Hollis

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Death of a Wicked Witch (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #13) by Lee Hollis through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Bar Harbor, Maine, is quieter in the off-season, but the population has just increased a bit with the arrival of Ted and Trudy Lancaster. Ted's taking over for a retiring minister, and Trudy runs a food truck called Wicked 'Wiches. When she stops in at the Island Times office to place an ad, Hayley happily devours the sample sub Trudy offers--and the two become fast friends. When Trudy tragically dies in her truck while catering a Halloween party, suspicion falls on a cranky, competitive caterer who'd made veiled threats to Trudy. But the case becomes more complicated when Hayley's husband admits he'd seen someone dressed as a witch hurrying away from the food truck--not very helpful when countless w

Smakebit på Søndag; The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray av Chris Wooding

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Det er på tide med en ny Smakebit på Søndag, som Betraktninger har ansvaret for. Boka jeg vil ta for meg i dag er The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray av Chris Wooding, og er en kombinasjon av skrekk, steampunk og paranormal fantasy. 17 år gamle Thaniel, sammen med vennen og mentoren Cathaline, er wych-hunters og sammen jakter de på grufulle skapninger i Old Quarters, London. Det er der Thaniel møter på Alaizabel, som er ensom og besatt av en skapning som har tatt plass i kroppen hennes. Sammen må trioen, med noen bekjente, finne ut av hva som foregår og sette en stopper for ting, før hele verden deres går til grunne. Her er smakebiten jeg vil dele. The airship lumbered low overhead, its long, lined belly a dull smear of silvery light in the fog as it reflected the gas lamps of the city beneath. The heavy, ponderous thrum of its engines reverberated through the streets of the Old Quarter, making the grimy windows of the tall, close-packed terraces murmur in complaint. Like some vast, half-

Review; WitchCraft Cocktails: From Aphrodite's Love Potion to Mercurial Grounding Elixir, 75 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic and Ritual by Julia Halina Hadas

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cookbook WitchCraft Cocktails: From Aphrodite's Love Potion to Mercurial Grounding Elixir, 75 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic and Ritual by Julia Halina Hadas through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads A stunning collection of 75 witchcraft-inspired drink recipes with inspiration for creating your very own spirited cocktails to benefit your practice. For centuries, witches have been using spirits of all forms during rituals and celebrations. Now, today’s modern witch can learn how to make the perfect powerful witchcraft cocktail. All you need is a delicious and easy recipe, a bottle of your favorite booze, and a desire to get witchy. In WitchCraft Cocktails, you will find 75 recipes for alcohol-based beverages that are sure to help you in your craft. Designed for healing, spells, offerings, and just plain fun, there’s nothing these boozy drinks can’t

Review; Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #6) by Peggy Ehrhart

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #6) by Peggy Ehrhart through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads When a spooky celebration in Arborville, New Jersey conjures real scares, can Pamela and the Knit and Nibble Club sink their teeth into a bone-chilling mystery that just won't rest in peace? Among the countless revelers at the town's much-anticipated Halloween parade, a woman dressed as Little Bo Peep is the only one making people scream bloody murder. In a scene straight out of a horror movie, the Knit and Nibblers find the nursery rhyme character dead with thick strands of yarn looped around her neck. Pamela and her best friend, Bettina, are set on pinning down who wanted the woman gone forever, but it'll take every trick they can muster to catch the culprit without becoming the next poor souls to join Little B