Halloween Creatures Book Tag

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Witches – A Magical Character

Obviously one of my favourite is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. 

Mummies – A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Because I think no matter what, every teenager will find a character in this they relate to. 

Vampires – A Book That Sucked the Life Out of You 

Harsh but Vanity Fair by William Thackery. Because it was boring me to death. 

Werewolves – A Book Best Read in the Middle of the Night

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I dare you.

Zombies – A Book That Made You Hungry For More

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I didn’t feel like their story was over and thankfully it’s not. We’re getting a sequel (hopefully) soon!

Ghosts – A Book That Still Haunts You

I’m interpreting this as a book I’ve read and didn’t like but still see it everywhere even though I don’t want to. So, for this I’ll say Eliza and Her Monsters.

Frankenstein – A Book That Shocked You

Big Little Lies. I’ve never gasped so loud whilst reading a book. Thank goodness I wasn’t in public. 

Skeleton – A Book You Have A Bone To Pick With

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith. Loved it, but if the two main characters had just communicated they could have been so much happier. 

The Devil – A Dark Evil Character

I mean, you can’t get more evil than Voldemort. People say Umbridge trumps him, but I just don’t think that’s possible.

Grim Reaper – A Character That Should Have Never Died

*Harry Potter Spoiler* – Sirius. I get why he had to. But I wish it didn’t have to be so. 

Gargoyle – A Character That You Would Protect At All Cost

Lysandra from Throne of Glass. Which makes me even more scared for Kingdom of Ash (I’m going to start reading it Thursday!) (Do not spoil me!!)

Demon – A Book That Really Scared You

A book has never creeped me out more than Bird Box by Josh Malerman did. 

Seeing as it’s Halloween today, I feel like it’s too late to tag anyone, so I won’t be tagging anyone. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Scary Movies Perfect For Halloween Movie Nights

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One of the best things about Halloween is evenings curled up in a blanket with a scary movie and, if you’re like me, clutching a pillow for comfort.

Here are some movies that would make for great Halloween watching!

Split – A man with severe split personality disorder kidnaps three girls. James Mcavoy is creepy af in this. 

Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane – If you’re looking for some a really tense sci/fi movie I’d give these two a try. The first is a ‘found footage’ film following a group of friends during an alien invasion in New York. The second is another kidnapping film, or is it?

Zombieland – I found this to be more comedy than horror, but I don’t really find Zombies scary. 

The Descent – This follows a group of adventure seeking friends who go cave diving. They take a wrong turn and end up in an unexplored part of the caves. And their not the only ones down there. This movie gave me sweaty palms it was that tense.

Coco – This movie was inspired by the Mexican tradition ‘Day of the Dead.’ It follows a boy who loves music his family has banned it and in his attempt to follow his dream finds himself in the ‘Land of the Dead.’

Halloween Town – I have a soft spot for this Disney Channel Original movie as I grew up watching Marnie and her witchy adventures. 

Hocus Pocus – You mustn’t go Halloween day without watching this absolute Halloween classic. 

What’s your must-watch movies for Halloween? 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X



Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Published: 1959

Genre: Classic Horror

Length: 192 Pages

Source: Own

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 3.89

My Rating: three stars

Hi Readers

The Haunting of Hill House was always a book I didn’t think I would ever be brave enough to read. You see, my biggest fear has always been ghosts and that is primarily what this book is about. 

Dr Montague invites three guests who have experience with the paranormal to a supposedly haunted house to record their findings and determine if ghosts are a real thing. Obviously, this is a bad idea. 

I read this book because I am also going to brave the Netflix series (although that may be step too far.) After reading this book though, I don’t have high hopes that it’s going to scare me. I wonder if I’m just too much of a sceptic to allow book like this to scare me. 

Something I liked was how the two female characters Theo and Eleanor instantly bonded. I liked their interactions even though it felt rather unrealistic at times and I liked how their dynamic changed throughout the novel.

The men I found less interesting. In fact I found them to be boring and a bit useless. Adding to that, half way into the novel, when I had just gotten use to these four characters, we were introduced to three more, and I didn’t like that. I really felt they weren’t necessary. 

Our main character Eleanor was my favourite. We mainly focus on her when the plot starts taking a turn for the worst.

The plots progress was perfectly paced. It’s a slow decline from ‘well this house looks creepy’ to ‘we should probably leave now.’ 

As for the ending. It left me with so many questions. 

If you’re looking for a good ghosty book, I do recommend this one. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Sunday Spotlight – Following New Book Bloggers!

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I realised earlier this week that my Reader feed is kind of dead. So I decided I need to find some new blogs to follow to fill up my feed and give me all the bookish posts I need.

I’m so glad I did this because I’ve found some great new bloggers and now my feed is always full with new content. I thought I’d share with you some bloggers I’ve recently followed in case you also need some new book blogs in your life.

Shannon – Shelfish for Books – Check out her Fiercly Feminist Reads post. I love it!

Beth – Escape from Reality – She’s been posting all the spooky posts this past week and I’ve loved reading them. Check out her Halloween Book Tag!She also has a beautiful bookstagram!

Louise – Louise Loves Books – I loved her post What I Currently Have Out From the Library! It’s such an interesting mix of books. 

Eli – The Book Supplier – I really enjoy their Sticky Note Reviews! Check out the What If It’s Us sticky note review!

Jolien – The Fictional Reader – I found her post How Fanfiction Has Saved and Carried My Love For Harry Potter very relatable.

Emily – A Literary Life – I actually found this blog through twitter. I loved their post Book Awards, What’s the Point?

Eleanor – Real Tasty Pages – This blog posts about Film & TV as well as books, I loved their post Top 5 Criminally Good TV Shows.

Abbie – Cafe Book Bean – I love their most recent post Bootastc Blogger Books, a post featuring other bloggers recommending their favourite scary reads. It makes for a wide range of great recommendations. 

Meggan – Between the Pages – This month she’s been doing blogtober where she’s posted every day for October. It’s coming to end now but it’s not too late to catch up! Check out her Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag!

Amanda & Antonia – Classy X Book Reviews – This is a blog run by two people and I found them thanks to their ABC Challenge ‘Q’ post. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Book Review: Aaru by David Meredith

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Published: July 2017

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Length: 296 Pages

Source: Sent by Author

Goodreads Avg. Rating: 3.82

My Rating: two half stars

*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

*TW: Paedophilia and sexual assault

Hi Readers

This book follows two sisters. Rose, who has terminal cancer and is close to dying, and Koren, who doesn’t want to lose her big sister. Rose meets one last person who claims to have the cure. She dies anyway, only to wake up in a virtual heaven and still able to contact her family she left behind. 

When the author contacted me about their book I was immediately captured by the synopsis. Death is still one of the biggest questions today and a book that explores a concept where death has, in a way, been beaten was fascinating to me. 

Technology creating life after death is a concept I’ve seen explored before in the Black Mirror episode of San Junipero. Aaru however explores the beginnings of this technology being created and we see more of the consequences and backlashes of something like this being created. 

We follow three POVs. Rose, who is in Aaru (the virtual heaven) Koren, who has become an advocate for the company who created Aaru and is now telling her and her sisters story, and ‘Magic Man,’ the villain of the story who is stalking Koren. 

I found Magic Man very unsettling. I didn’t like reading his POV just because it made me so uncomfortable. That sort of content really isn’t for me. 

The writing I had a problem with as well. It felt dense to me. The story never flowed and I never felt captivated. I also felt a lack of connection between Rose and her family, especially in the first chapter when Rose is still alive. There was just such a lack of emotion from anyone. 

Obviously when talking about heaven, religion has to come into it at some point. I don’t have a strong opinion on religion but I think it was portrayed well. I liked how different religions were together in Aaru and how they helped each other understand what Aaru meant to them. 

Overall this was a very interesting thing to explore and I’m glad I read it. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Spine-Chilling Books

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I love October because everybody starts reading the books they’re too scared to read any other time of the year. So if you’re in the mood to be spooked, here are some books that will do the job:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – This book is so highly recommended for this time of year it’s in basically every-bodies recs posts. But I had to include it just incase you for some reason haven’t picked this up. This is probably one of the scariest books I’ve ever read and is kind of the ultimate ‘fear of the unknown’ book. 

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land – I read this last year in one sitting. Literally didn’t move for the entirety of reading this book. It had me hooked and just thinking about it now creeps me out. 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Because you need a good monster book for this time of year. 

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson – If you liked Gone Girl you’ll like this. Kind of a domestic thriller meets 50 first dates. 

More Than This by Patrick Ness – YA doesn’t usually scare me, but this one did. Our main character dies and wakes up in his childhood home where the world seems to have been deserted. Oh, and some creepy dude in leather is following him. 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – A group of strangers invited to an island by who they think is a mutual friend. Only to find the island completely isolated, and now they’re being killed off one by one. 

Strike Series – If you’re looking for some good detective novels, I love these ones. The Silkworm and Career of Evil are particularly creepy.

The Women In White by Wilkie Collins – A little less creepy but if you’re a fan of Jane Eyre, you should give this a go. Our main character comes across a distressed women in white late at night. He then accepts a position to teach another young lady who bares a striking resemblance to the women in white. 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – This is sometimes referred is Jane Austen’s Gothic parody. Kind of melodramatic but I love it. 

What’s your favourite spooky books? 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Top 5 Wednesday – Books Featuring Dragons

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This week is favourite books with magical creature of choice, and I’ve chosen dragons, because who doesn’t love a good dragon?

Here are my top 5 books with dragons!

Game of Thrones – These dragons are epic. 

Harry Potter – YES DRAGON!

Throne of Glass – Technically, they’re Wyverns, but they’re a variation of a dragon. 

How To Train Your Dragon – So I haven’t actually read this but I love the movie. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Again I haven’t read this book seeing as it’s not even out yet. But I can tell this is going to be a new favourite.

Okay so I didn’t realise I’ve read basically 0 books with dragons in them.

Got any recommendations?

Thanks for reading!

Jess X