Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Edition

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. The above picture was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Today is Tuesday October 31st, and it’s quite possibly one of my most favorite days of the whole entire year. It’s Halloween!


Like I said, I LOVE Halloween – I love the chill in the air, the carved pumpkins on the outside steps, the horror movies that seem to be on every other channel. And Hocus Pocus … I LOVE Hocus Pocus, but then again who doesn’t?!

The Halloween season is one of the best seasons – not just for all that I mentioned above, but also for the creep-tastic books! So it’s only right that I post about my top ten horror and/or thriller reads that I cannot wait to read (and be scared/thrilled by)!

Blood and Salt by Kim Littett

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

Amity by Micol Ostow

What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

A I Descended by Robin Talley

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

So there you have it folks … my top ten horror and/or thriller reads that I can’t wait to read. What horror and/or thriller books are on your TBR pile?  Please share, I’d love to know!

Have a Happy Halloween!

(All the above cover images are from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday

(The above picture was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.)

Hello Readers!

I love nothing more than a book whose title catches my attention. I can’t help it. Some titles are pretty straight forward, others keep you guessing and wondering about what the heck the book is about! So much so that you just have to pick it up and find out for yourself!

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the ten books whose titles caught my attention for one reason or another.

The Careful Undressing Of Love  – I really thought that was just a beautiful title. I knew it was going to be a love and relationships, but from that title, I knew it wasn’t going to be typical.

The Sun is Also a Star – I felt like this title reminded me of facts that we often forget. For example, that our bright shining sun is really a star. I feel like, in a way, after reading it, this book reminds us not to forget about what is important to us.

Claymore – I didn’t know who or what a Claymore was until I stumbled upon this book on my library’s shelve. With my curiosity piqued, I picked it up because I wanted to know. And I suggest if you want to know, you pick it up too!

Moxie – I love this title as much as the book itself. It’s a reminder to me that we should all possess a certain amount of moxie. Seriously, it’s not a motto, it’s a lifestyle!

Kill the Boy Band – Music equals life in my book, and all of us hardcore music lovers have been through our boy band loving phases (NKOTB and Hanson represent!!). From the title alone, I thought this would be the total music lovers book about what it means to be a fan(girl) of a famed boy band. Turns out … I was wrong! It’s about what goes wrong with being a fan(girl) of a boy band … and I enjoyed reading it!

Love & Gelato – I travel … a lot. And I’ve been to Italy. And I found that love and gelato (and the love of gelato) go hand in hand!

The May Queen Murders – I love the imagery that this title evoked  when I first laid eyes on this (beautiful) book. I thought it would be beautiful and heart-wrenchingly horrific. It was both of those things.

27 Magic Words – this title spoke to me simply because of the power of words, and the hold they have over us. To me, it just shows that words are more than that.

Daughters Unto Devils – again, the imagery this title evoked. And that cover! I was certain it was going to be an A+ horror read. I was right!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Cookbooks (Or Food Related Books)

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(The above picture was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.)

Hello Readers!

So guess what …. I don’t like to cook. It is not something I have any knack or skill for, it’s not something I aspire to learn how to do, and the few times I have cooked, I can honestly say it is NOT something I enjoy doing.

Yes, I love food! And I love to eat all that yummy food. But I don’t necessarily love preparing that food. Mainly because I don’t necessarily understand how cooking works. Don’t get me wrong, I know the basic concepts, and in a pinch I could make myself breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I don’t necessarily understand what spices work well with each other. Outside of using a thermometer I don’t necessarily know when meat is fully cooked.

Cooking isn’t an exact science, it’s a little to free form in my opinion. And that is why I will forever choose baking over cooking a savory dish. I like the exactness of baking, I like knowing that what I put into a sweet dish, will turn out as it is supposed to.

With that said, it’s not surprising to hear that I don’t have many cookbooks or food themed books to share with you today. However, there is one cookbook that does hold a very special place in my heart …

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of the Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson.

There is only one reason why I bought this book: because I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan. I watched the show from the very first pilot episode to the very last one. I binged the Netflix reboot in one day, and have watched it several times since.

I like how this cookbook allows readers and fans of the show to step into the Gilmore world, and experience the food that Lorelai and Rory love so much! And I love that, if you so choose, you can whip up some of this food yourself. Dare I say it, but after flipping through this book it has made me want to try my hand at whipping up a classic Luke’s Diner recipe.

So there you have it readers … the one and only cookbook I will ever read and own. How about you? What are your favorite cookbooks/food themed books? Please share!


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books with Autumn-esque Covers

Top Ten Tuesday

(The above image was taken and created by me for the purpose of this post. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.)

Hello Readers!

It’s no secret: I totally judge books by their covers. But when I see a cover, or think of my favorite book covers I don’t necessarily see any seasonal theme.

Because of that, this Top Ten Tuesday topic was a difficult one for me. While I didn’t come up with a whopping ten books, I did find a solid five that for one reason or another reminded me of autumn.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (reminds me of Autumn because of the bare branches)

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (reminds me of Autumn because of the colors featured within the cover)

Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison (reminds me of Autumn because of the colors and the scattered leaves)

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando (there’s something about the abandoned swings that screams summer is over, the kids have gone back to school, and the park has been abandoned in favors of cooler weather and passed down text books. If that doesn’t say Autumn I don’t know what does?!)

What covers remind you of Autumn? Or any other season for that matter?