Top Ten Tuesday #31 – Books That Give off Autumn Vibes

Hello everyone and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes


(1) Nocturna – Maya Motayne

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic, #1)

(2) These Witches Don’t Burn – Isabel Sterling

These Witches Dont Burn Exp

(3) The Help – Kathryn Stockett

The Help

(4) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

(5) Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker

Mooncakes

(6) The Field Party Series – Abbi Glines

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Book Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Hey everyone! What has everyone been up to? I am just kind of getting back into a reading mood after that August/first half of September slump and now I’m starting to kick into gear this month! Since the theme of my blog this month is everything spooky, why not write a review for a graphic novel about ghosts? Let’s get onto the review shall we?

Sheets

Title: Sheets

Author: Brenna Thummler

Pages: 239

Format: paperback

Genre: MG Sequential Art, Fantasy

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Trigger Warnings: family death, depression, bullying

  • WENDELL – I loved Wendell. Honestly when he first appeared in the book, I immediately fell in love. He has such character, such personality… it’s hard not to fall in love with really!
  • Artwork – This artwork was amazing. Wendell is just a sheet so there really aren’t many parts of the body to show emotion. All Wendell had was his eyes and mouth… and boy did the artwork really use this to show his emotion. Every single block in the comic was drawn beautifully. There were some pages where it would just be a full illustration of your setting… just beautiful.
  • The Ghost World – I loved how this world was being set up. Although I would have liked more of it, it was definitely really pleasing to see this ghost world had a little depth to it.
  • Colton’s Purpose? – Was there a need for the love interest in this story? No there wasn’t. It was short, it meant nothing and added nothing to the story what so ever.
  • More Baby Timmy! – The second I saw Baby Timmy, I wanted to cry he was so freaking adorable! I couldn’t wait to see more from him, then he just wasn’t in the rest of the book at all. So disappointing.
  • More from the Ghost World – I needed more from this world, a bigger explanation, more scenes from this world and less from the one I already know!
  • Could have been a little longer – Just so that these scenes I needed can be added lol.

🕸️🕸️🕸️🕸️/5

I’m giving Sheets a 4 spiderwebs out of 5!


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Book Review: Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer

Holy crap…. I am in love with this series. Oh my god. Someone help me. I need Supernova RIGHT. NOW. You can bet I will be buying Supernova because I CANNOT WAIT.

If you can’t tell about my excitement, I loved this book. I loved the first one, loved this one… I NEED SUPERNOVA. I haven’t felt this excited since Finale came out okay. YES, I have actually found a series I love just as much as Caraval! Anyways, let’s collect ourselves people and get into the review.


Archenemies (Renegades, #2)

Archenemies (Renegades #2)

Marissa Meyer

Pages: 474

Format: hardcover

Genre: YA Superhero Fantasy

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each are other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.


  • Nova & Adrian – Okay hi, loving the relationship Marissa Meyer! This is honestly the first time in a long time I have genuinely FELT something for a romance between two characters. Both are AMAZING characters on their own, but when they’re together… YES!
  • Max – Max is honestly adorable and I would do anything for him and I swear to god if he is not in Supernova or harmed in any way I will riot!
  • The pacing – The writing and the pacing of the book is fantastic. Honestly with most books I read I tend to pay attention to when they are about to end… but the ending really did creep up on me and I was shocked it ended.
  • The whole entire story!
  • The cliff hanger!!! – Usually I hate cliff hangers but I’m not even mad at this. It just makes me extremely excited for book 3.
  • Ace??????????? – If you’ve read the book… you know why I’m saying this. Read it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


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OMG! That Song Book Tag

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t been doing a lot of tags lately and I’m sorry for that but I saw this one and knew it would be perfect for me to do. I love music, it’s always been a passion of mine and it’s always been really near and dear to my heart. I grew up in a family that has a genuine love for music. The history of it, the genres… I’ve always been able to connect with my family members the most through music. Music and books are two things I love the most, but I actually never put the two together. I can’t listen to music while reading, and I can’t really read anything while listening to music. Sooo.. when I found this book tag, I found it would be a perfect way to mix the two happily together!


My Jam: A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of.

Honestly? If I had to pick a song right now that I could probably listen to over and over again and never get sick of it… I’d have to pick I Believe by The Jonas Brothers. Hear me out on this one… look past the fact it’s the Jonas Brothers and listen to this song. I think it’s beautiful, it makes me feel good and could totally listen to it again and again. I’m always in the mood to listen to this.

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For the book, it was pretty easy to pick this one. A book I’ll never get sick of is While It Lasts by Abbi Glines. It is easily one of my favorites of all time and I’ll never not want to eventually get around to reading it again and again.

Throwback: a song that reminds you of the cringeiest time in your life and a book you read that you would wouldn’t like if you read it now.

Poker Face by Lady Gaga... cringiest song of my early middle school days lol.

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Hmmm… this is a tough one to think about. The only book that comes to mind for this one is the Maximum Ride graphic novel series… I just have a good feeling I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I once did.

Replay: A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favorite book.

Me, Myself & I by Beyonce is my current obsession. I know, kind of late to join the party but oh my god… I really love this song!

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer is one of my new favorites! I can’t wait to continue on with the series.

Gets me: a song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form.

Juice by Lizzo is me… it is my anthem.

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Eliza and Her Monsters is definitely a book that speaks to me. Social Anxiety rep and a lot of nerd rep.

WUT: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason…

For the song choice I’d have to go with a song that isn’t actually a real song. My pick is very specific only a few people know it. It’s the song that Jan plays for the Dinner Party she has at her house that her ex-assistant Hunter wrote for her from the show The Office. So creepy but it get’s stuck in my head all the time.

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Caraval is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read… but one of my favorites of all time.

Let’s Go: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you…

Still D.R.E by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg always gets me pumped up. That simple piano going on in the background with that nice bass… it will always pump me up.

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Everything, Everything will forever be the book that inspires me. It’s the book that made me want to start book blogging and honestly just start to love reading again. I love it. It got me out of a dark place and really inspires me to just keep going for my goals and defy what people think I deserve rather than what I know I deserve.

Chill: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day…

My song pick for this one would be R.E.M. by Ariana Grande. This song is written and named for the intent to get you relaxed. Try it out next time your feeling stressed.

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Honestly I don’t have a specific book for this.. I guess maybe a psychological messed up mystery/thriller type book.

Addicting: A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love…

My guilty pleasure song has to be Rocket by Beyonce. Listen to it and you’ll find out why lol.

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I wouldn’t say this is exactly light… but it’s trashy af and I love it. Unpopular opinion, but I love it okay?

Nostalgia: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young…

It’s really hard to pick this song because I love so many good throwback songs… but I think Happy by Ashanti honestly is just coming to mind and it’s a very good example of a throwback for me.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will always be one of my childhood favorites. I’d honestly read it again to this day it’s that good.


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Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Hello everyone! How is everyone enjoying this spooky month of October so far? Loving my blog theme btw guys, I don’t know why I decided to do this, but I’m liking it and will probably do it every year now for Halloween lol. Let’s just dive right into talking about today’s book up for review because there is A LOT going on.

House of Salt and Sorrows

Title: House of Salt and Sorrows

Author: Erin A. Craig

Pages: 416

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA Fantasy, Horror??, Re-tellings

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

  • The pacing – The pacing was actually pretty decent in this book. I didn’t find myself feeling rushed or felt like the story was being dragged.
  • Fisher – LOVED Fisher. He honestly was the only character with a slight hint of personality
  • Twelve Dancing Princesses Re-Telling Side – I used to love this story when I was younger. I watched the Barbie version hundreds of times at my grandmother’s house, so seeing this in a re-telling was really nice and I really don’t know why people don’t do it more.
  • First 70% of book – I was actually really enjoying the first big portion of the book. Thennnn… it just went downhill from there.
  • Not enough depth in the setting – I needed more setting description! The island seemed so cool and I would have loved to have seen more of it. All we saw was the castle they were living in (barely) and a scene with a market.
  • Too twisted/confusion at the end – The ending really had me messed up. It honestly started to give me a headache that made me want to put down the book to give me brain a moment to relax. Really though, it’s to the point where even now I don’t know who is dead and who isn’t!
  • Horror – I don’t enjoy horror all that much and this book had A LOT of it, so just be prepared!
  • Insta-Love trope – Hate this trope and ugh, of course it was in this book. It wasn’t even a good insta-love it was just so typically written.
  • Slight love triangle – I also don’t care for love triangles so when this started to create one I was really thrown off guard.
  • Characters had no personality – None of the girls did, the side characters, I mean the guard at the house had more personality than some of these girls… seriously.
  • Predictability – I predicted the ending from like page 5 so that’s horrible. I had how predictable a book can be and this was predictable AF. The definition of predictable.

🕸️🕸️🕸️/5

I’m giving House of Salt and Sorrows a 3 out of 5 spiderwebs!


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Upcoming Releases: October 2019

October is almost here, and like I always have every month on this blog, I write a post about new releases expected to be released. Here are some new releases that have peaked my interest coming out this October.


Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia (October 1)

Now Entering Addamsville

When Zora Novak is framed for a crime she didn’t commit, she must track down the true culprit and clear her name before it’s too late. But in a small town obsessed with ghosts, getting people to believe the truth might prove to be impossible. Fans of Riverdale and Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious will devour this eerie murder mystery. Features spot art and a map by the author.

Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Frank Miller (October 1)

Cursed

Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.

But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?

Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…

That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.

Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.

But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade.

Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot (October 29)

Black Canary: Ignite

Meg Cabot’s first graphic novel!

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.

When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (October 15)

Mooncakes

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (October 8)

The Library of Lost Things

From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.

Jackpot by Nic Stone (October 15)

Jackpot

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ‘n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she–with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan–can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?


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