Music Monday: Halloween Party

We’ve done spooky, scary, and even folksy. Now, it’s time to get down. This Music Monday will help you get through the drudgery of working on this awesome holiday.

Thriller by Michael Jackson
She Wolf by Shakira
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Time Warp from RHPS
Monster Mash by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
The Greatest Show Unearthed by Creature Feature
Monster by Lady Gaga
I Was a Teenage Werewolf by The Cramps
This Is Halloween by Marilyn Manson
ET by Katy Perry
Ghostbusters by Pentatonix
Otherworld by Two Steps from Hell
What’s This by Fall Out Boy
Hell in a Handbasket by Voltaire
Something Wicked by Vernian Process


Top 5 TBRs for 2016

Inspired by April Sarah, these are the 5 books that need to come off my TBR in 2016 both challenge and not. I’ve only got 2 months left and it’s time to focus. I did short lists for the two casual challenges.

Challenge Books

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
This is a phenomenal book about a teen’s struggle with schizophrenia. I started it in September but I knew I wasn’t appreciating it so I decided to shelf it. I dove headfirst into my Halloween stories and plan on getting right back to where I left off.

Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
With our first women president about to be elected (please god, any god, I’m not picky), it’s time I got to know her better.

Fully Service by Scotty Bowers
Written when Bowers was in his 80s about his time as a call boy for closeted celebrities.

Jane Austen
I haven’t read all of her works so my goal is to read one that is not P&P for pre-1850

Locke and Key
A free audiobook adaptation of a graphic novel. Other than the little kid’s voice being grating AF, it’s been a very compelling story. It’s got a full cast and sound effects so it’s very easy to lose yourself in the story.

Casual Challenge Books

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
PopSugar has an Oprah’s Book Club pick and this novel looks fascinating.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
I read the prequel and now I want to read the novel that started it all. (Another PopSugar one.)

Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
A nonfiction tale about feminism and the middle east. It checks off one for Book Riot and PopSugar.


Other Books

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
I discovered it on BookTube, read a sample, and was instantly pumped to read these short stories.

Live More, Want Less by Mary Carlomagno
An impulse by in the Adirondacks, it’s a message I’m going to need to hear again before it sinks in.

Prison Island by Colleen Frakes
My library wouldn’t carry it but SPX delivered with Frakes herself making an appearance. It’s about her childhood on a tiny prison island in Washington State.

Book Box Review: Lit-Cube’s Jane Austen Box

It’s been well established that I don’t have the greatest impulse control when it comes to shopping. This is how I wound up ordering Lit-Cube’s limited edition Jane Austen box. Getting it was an accident that resulted from some fuster-cluckery.

I have no idea why but I did not get any update emails about my order. I remember thinking “I ordered that a while ago” and checked the status. It was marked as shipped so I reached out of ask what was going on. It was a website mistake they were fixing. I email about a month later to figure out what the hold up is.The boxes were delayed. An email already went out about this.

I don’t know how or why but no emails made it to me. They weren’t caught by my spam filter or anything on my end. I found the customer service somewhat condescending. I’m genuinely not getting any of your messages so stop acting like I’m bother you. The only emails I got were the refund I requested and a notification that my box was shipped.

I’m kind of glad I got my money back because this was definitely not the box for me. Contained within were:

  • A copy of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and mathcing bookmarks
  • A small notebook and large notebook with Austen quotes recessed into the cover
  • A mug with a recessed Austen quote
  • Scented wax crumbles
  • Plush Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy dolls

I’m allergic to perfumes so while the wax crumbles were nice, they were promptly taken to the building’s lounge to find a better home. I hate my handwriting so I don’t use notebooks. I was recently thinking about how I never use mugs and should go through the ones we have. Plus, it’s a white mug with a white recessed quote on it. Not a fan.

I love the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and book. I know this because I got them when I kickstarted the DVDs for the series and I read the book over a year ago.

The plush dolls are soft and adorable. It’s what compelled me to order the box in the first place. All of the items are nice but I don’t care for almost everything in it. Not bad in general but bad for me. I’m hoping to regift most of the items that I don’t want.

Music Monday: BUMP!

Things that go bump in the night. Ghouls, goblins, and a variety of other creatures that haunt our nightmares.

Murder by Within Temptation
Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus
Mommy’s Little Monsters by Creature Feature
Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace
Silver Moonlight by Within Temptation
We Suck Young Blood by Radiohead
Nursery Rhyme by Nox Arcana
Vampira by Misfits
Vampire Music by Midnight Syndicate
Monster by Skillet
Bad Moon Rising by Rasputina
Madnophone by Two Steps from Hell
Du riechst so gut by Rammstein
Such Horrible Things by Creature Feature



Spookathon Wrap Up

As with my previous TBRs, it was the best laid plans of mice and women. Things that happened during the week of Spookathon included the final presidential debate, a watch party for Fox’s RHPS, a birthday party, lunch with mom, and the final day of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. September and October are my busy months.

1. Read a thriller
I had planned to finish Bird Box before the read-a-thon but spent Monday wrapping it up.

2. Read a book with red on the cover & 4. Read a 2016 release
I read The Women in the Walls which was released this year and has red on the cover. Learn from my mistake and skip this one.

3. Read a book with a spooky word in the title & 5. Read a book with a paranormal character/creature
I listened to half of the audio for The Call of Cthulhu on YouTube and completed Survive the Night by Danielle Vega so either of those can count here.

Not as well as I was hoping to do but not half bad considering I didn’t get in the reading time I was hoping for.


The Women in the Walls Can Just Stay There

As part of Spookathon, I read The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics. There was so much wrong here it’s easier to just list it.

  • It wasn’t well written.
  • The character depth and development was nonexistent.
  • I couldn’t tell what time period it was supposed to take place in until someone said “Harry Potter” halfway into the book.
  • Why does no one call the cops, ever? If this was 100 years ago, that would make since. Presently, everyone must just be stupid.
  • Why am I supposed to care about any of these people? I was given no reason.
  • There’s internet and Harry Potter so why no social media? Why does everyone act like they have no access to the outside world?
  • The weird stuff is never explained.
  • Why is the club a BFD?
  • Why does no one go into town? Why doesn’t anyone leave the bad house?

The only nice thing I have to say is that it’s an interesting concept. Everything else? Just no. It’s rare for a book to disappoint me so completely but Lukavics managed to pull it off. I’ll be skipping her other works.

Halloween Book Tag

Courtesy of Super Space Chick

1. Carving pumpkins- What book would you carve up and light on fire?

Twilight. We’ve got a woman running for president. We do not need bad writing about a useless and helpless girl.

2. Trick or treat- What character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Babe the Blue Ox from Fables is always a treat because her inner monologue is just fantastic.

3. Candy corn- What book is always sweet?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and every Sarah Dessen book except for Dreamland. Sarah Dessen deals with real issues but it always ends with love, a solution, and healing. Jenny Han’s book was just so sugary sweet I couldn’t continue the series despite wondering what happened.

4. Ghosts- What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Deadpool. He’s crazy and entertaining as a human/mutant. I imagine he’d be fun as a spook. This only applies so long as he’s not a permanent haunt. Rook Gestalt from The Rook is one helluva trick. It’s one mind spread across four bodies. Any more information than that will be spoilers sweetie.

5. Dressing up in costume- What character would you want to be for a day?

Myfawny Thomas’s power to control other people’s bodies would be pretty cool as would Thursday Next’s ability to visit the fictional world.

6. Wizards and witches- What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

I’m sure my answer will change with time and rereading but the first one that comes to mind is Neville killing Nagini. He was a hapless buffoon who grew into a badass.

7. Blood and gore- What book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

I legitimately can’t think of one. I have a very high tolerance for gross and creepy. I read some of John Connolly’s Nocturnes before bed in college. I would not recommend.