At last! Fall is finally here and I am all about it! ❤ I have a lot of plans for the next couple of months and who better to share them with than all you spiffy people?? 🙂 So, without further ado, allow me to present my official bucket list for the fall of 2019:
Go to the Michigan Renaissance Festival
Participate in Inktober
Work more on face painting Halloween makeup again this year and put together costumes.
Attend Theatre Bizarre
Carve/Decorate pumpkins and decorate the house for Halloween
Horror Movie Marathon
Enter the costume contest at my work
Pass out candy to all our little neighborhood ghouls and goblins
More trips to more cider mills!
Participate in NaNoWriMo
Try making some new fall recipes this year
Decorate the house more and move some things around/finish some projects out in the yard before winter strikes again.
I’m sure there’s plenty more I’ll get up to in the months to come, but for now this is my go-to To-Do List for autumn. What are your big plans for the season? 🙂 Do you know what you’re being for Halloween yet? Apple or Pumpkin??? Let’s revel in fall! 😀
No worries, my fuzzy little monster Bailey is not one of the titular “Exploding Kittens”, I just really wanted to show off her Christmas photo because I’m a crazy cat mom. 😛 We’ll get to the actual Exploding Kittens later on in this post, but for now let’s get into the excitement that is this year’s HOLIDAY BOOK HAUL!
The Hunger – A horror historical fiction book about the Donner Party that I’ve been very excited for. I’ve already started reading it!
Fire & Blood – The first volume of George RR Martin’s two-part history of the Targaryens.
Pandora’s Legacy – this one is a total wildcard for me, so I’m curious to check it out. It’s always interesting reading modern takes on mythology. 🙂
Unnatural, Vol. 1 – this series was nowhere on my radar but it was one that was recently highly recommended, so I’m interested to see what it’s all about.
Alisik – This one looks like spooky fun, and I was surprised to discover that the interior artwork is actually much more detailed than the cover, something that more often turns out to be the opposite.
Gotham City Sirens: Book Two – Now that you can only get this series in these 2 books rather than the singular volumes like I had started collecting a while back, it’s good to finally have the full collection! For some reason I had stopped reading it with just the final volume to go and never got the chance to finish it. Looking forward to seeing how the series wraps up. 🙂
Soooo, that sums up my Holiday Book/Comic Haul. I’m so thankful for all the amazing reading material I’ve been gifted and I can’t wait to read it all! That said, let us finally talk about those Exploding Kittens, shall we??
As the box says, Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions. I was fortunate enough to get the NSFW version along with the expansion Imploding Kittens, complete with a “cone of shame” to make sure you feel appropriately terrible about yourself for losing. 😛 The game was a ton of fun and so easy to pick up on. Think Russian Roulette . . . but with exploding kittens!
I hope you guys have been enjoying your holiday season and have had a little time to unwind before the new year starts! ❤ Have you read or are interested in reading any of these titles? Get any awesome new books yourself?
One of the interesting things about the new year is always reflecting on the one we just left behind. I was tagged by the awesome Read Rant and Rock & Roll for this fun 2017 Scrapbook Tag. If you already aren’t acquainted with their spectacular blog, you should definitely stop on by and change that, because you’re missing out. 😉 There’s always fun posts about books, movies, music, and other goodness.
I am so drawing a blank at this category for some reason. I listen to music all the time, but I got nothin’ right now. Sorry!
Like the “album” category, this was another tough section for me to answer, but I couldn’t drop the ball twice in one post, could I? 😛 Some of these people may not be “celebrities” in the traditional sense of the word, but this is my blog and I do what I want! 😉
I normally am lazy and don’t actually tag people, but what the hell? Let’s do this!
This tag seemed so cute and fun when I saw thebookcorps do it. I haven’t done a book tag in a wee bit so I figured I’d take a stab at it! 😉 I’ll be using my blogging name instead of my real name just as my own personal preference, but if this looks fun to you, do it whichever way you like. 🙂 I’m also going by alphabetizing rules that would dictate you drop the first word in the title if it is something like “The” or “a”. 😛 That said, let’s get this tag underway!
I – The Ice Dragon
Although George RR Martin’s other stories featuring dragons (cough cough, you know, those books in that little series known as A Song of Ice and Fire) are full of violence, incest, foul language and other adult themes, The Ice Dragon is actually one intended for younger readers. I’ve heard it is enjoyable for all age groups, though, and would love to read it.
G – Gather the Daughters
I’ve had several friends read this recently, including fellow blogger and my personal BFF Cupcakes & Machetes who posted a review about this horrific dystopian read. I’ve heard it’s the sort of read that you won’t soon forget after reading it.
N – Night of Cake & Puppets
A novella linked to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. ‘Nuff said.
I – In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom
After seeing Yeonmi Park’s moving speech regarding life in North Korea and what it took to escape it, I had to add her story to my TBR list.
T – Tin Stars (Descender, Vol. 1)
I actually picked this one up recently from my local comic shop, but have yet to read it. I’ve heard marvelous things about it, though. It’s supposed to be a really good science fiction read.
E – An Ember in the Ashes
Another book I’ve been hearing wonderful things about. I feel like this would wind up being one of those reads that winds up being devoured.
D – A Darker Shade of Magic
I’ve heard this author specializes in good, dark reads. Sign. Me. UP.
M – A Monster Calls
I suspect this book will make me cry my eyes out, but I hear it’s amazing. I hear the story itself and the illustrations blend this book into a memorable read that will definitely give you the feels.
O – Odd & True
A blend of historical fiction and paranormal fantasy that I’ve seen several of you review favorably.
T – Traitor to the Throne
Okay, I’m cheating with this one because I don’t have a whole lot of books starting with ‘T’ in my TBR list, and this is the second book in a series I really want to read as a whole, Rebel of the Sands. But, hey, it’s my blog and I can cheat if I want to! 😛
H – Hemlock Grove
I (mostly) enjoyed the Netflix series of the same name, so I’ve been wanting to check out the book for a while now to see how they compare. 🙂
So, there we have it, guys! This was actually pretty neat to do since it made me have to reexamine my TBR list. Some of these titles have been on there a long time. As for tagging, it’s no pressure here as per usual. If this looks fun to you, have at it! Hope everyone’s having a great weekend! ❤
I recently volunteered to host June’s night-out-on-the-town for the book club I’m in, which means I got to pick the book options! So as I wait for Wednesday night to roll around so I can tally up the votes I figured I would share the options I put out there with you guys. 🙂
This is my other nonfiction selection. After listening to Yeonmi Park’s emotional and heartbreaking speech for One Young World I felt really compelled to read this book. Here’s the video of her moving speech if any of you are interested in listening. (Trigger Warning: topics such as intended suicide and rape are brought up in this video, among other tragic and unjust things, so just warning you guys).
“It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent, Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men.”
Here’s another book I’ve been hearing amazing things about. If this book wins it will be my first venture into the works of Mark Lawrence. (Honestly, even if it doesn’t win it probably still will be with all the great reviews I’ve been reading about it.) 😛
A fictional tale involving Jack the Ripper. I enjoy historical fiction so this one seemed interesting.
So, those are my choices I selected for my fellow book club ladies to vote on. I’m very curious to see the winner once all the votes are in. So far it’s kind of all over the place, so I’m hoping the remaining two votes will nail down a concrete winner.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? 🙂