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Happy Halloween! Today I just wanted to mention that Books and Tea, a book group over at Discord, is doing a Horror Read-a-thon called Spooks and Tea. There are several challenges that you can do under Ritual Tasks and Coven Goals if you wish to join the read-a-thon.

The purpose of the read-a-thon is to read as many books in the horror genre as you can for the month of October for Halloween. I have participated so far and have read 7 books for the horror read-a-thon to share during this month. It has been a fun month with everyone sharing their reads and discussing about horror books and even sharing their goals while they are completed.

Joining the Book Club is easy. All you have to do is click this link and accept if the invite if you already have a Discord account. We’re a very welcoming and fun community!

 

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday – October 11th

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The aim of the post is to select a book, usually upcoming, that you can’t wait to read and discuss it.

Today, I am choosing The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.

Chakraborty is a new author and this book instantly grabbed my attention. I have to be honest though, this book is currently in my interest-maybe shelf. I am not exactly sure if I want to read it or not, so I am just waiting for reviews to come out before deciding so. It deals with Djinns (another term for Genies?). Since the story deals with djinns, that means the story also deals with magic. I am always for a story with magic. All I hope for is that the reviews will come out good and I’ll want to read it. Either way, the cover is amazing!

Arrow Review #71 – Marina

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 327 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]
Synopsis:
In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his barding school in Barcelona. For seven days and seven nights no one knows his whereabouts…

His story begins in an old quarter of the city, where he meets the strange Marina and her father, Germán Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly ten o’clock in the morning, a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman, her face shrouded be a black velvet cloak. Holding a single rose, she walks to a gravestone that bears no name, only a mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings.

When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten, postwar Barcelona–a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons–and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

Written just before The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Marina has long been a cult classic in Spain and is now an international bestseller.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – October 9th

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. The post is used for discussion based on what you are reading, finished reading, or what you’re planning to read.

I am currently reading The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto. The story involves four teenagers doing a study in a Haunted House based on their abilities. 2 of them can see ghosts, 1 can supposedly raise the dead, and 1 can make things disappear. As they continue they experiments, they come to realize that something in the house may not want them to leave… forever.

I am reading this as part of a Horror Read-a-thon on a book club discord. I’ll be reading 1 or 2 more books before continuing on my own list of books to read. All of the books I have read so far were good. The Haunting Season seemed good as well, but I am just waiting for everything to crazy to like it more.

Arrow Review #70 – Bird Box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 305 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]
Synopsis:
Something is out there…

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos.

But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

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It’s Finally Fall Book Tag!

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It’s Finally Fall!

It is my favorite time of the year, Fall! As the leaves turn into many colors, temperature getting cooler, I am excited for this season (and getting more hot chocolate (no, I don’t do that pumpkin latte stuff))! Anyhow, Tea with Mermaids tagged me again with the It’s Finally Fall! (ok fine, I asked to be tagged, but still) Shoutout to Tall Tales for creating the tag.

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting
I first thought of Warcross by Marie Lu. The descriptions Lu gives based on the world and in-game were amazing. It was nice to imagine how the world looked with a new look based on the technology from the game.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new
I haven’t read any non-fiction books. I have like one or two on my list I believe.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of
So many to choose from! Any group of people from Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, or the people from the land of Artimé from The Unwanteds. I would even love to get to know Starr’s family from The Hate U Give.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines
FallBookTagI gathered books based on colors leaves could change into and added Annabelle on top for a Halloween touch.

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story
I guess I could say Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. There are a few times where someone tells a story, or seem like they’re telling a story. I am still reading the book, so I will see how it ends.

The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read
Bird Box by Josh Malerman. It is like the only true creepy read I have read so far. I do not read much into creepy books.

The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day
I actually haven’t read any short reads either?

Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon
I actually have been thinking of rereading the Divergent series lately. I’m just to busy reading all my other books first so I’ll probably never get to it. Oh well.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”
A good comfy bed or chair is good enough for me. I wouldn’t mind a good blanket either or a good, warm hot chocolate. As long as I’m comfortable, I am good.