It is my favorite time of year! The air is finally getting cool enough to actually enjoy time outside. The Georgia heat can be absolutely brutal. The trees are going to be and are becoming gorgeous with all of the beautiful colors the leaves turn. I get to go down to the beach soon and spend a wonderful quiet week with my toes in the sand and a drink in my hand. Then finally, HALLOWEEN!!

It is my absolute favorite holiday! The candy you are allowed to pig-out on and no one looks at you too weird. The haunted houses and corn field mazes you get to experience. I go to Netherworld every year and enjoy every single frightful moment! I try and pick out all of the hidden actors scattered across the two houses. The movies you get to watch over and over again. Yes, just like people do for Christmas, the classic Halloween movies I grew up one (the not terrifying or gore filled ones. Those scare me far too much to enjoy.) are something that I feel are constantly playing at my house. Oh! and of course the costumes! I love seeing all of the creativity adults and kids come up with for their costumes. One year I dressed up as a SIM for Halloween. I even made the green diamond stand up straight on a baseball cap and had a word bubble sign with all bunch of symbols I could hold up once in a while. I even carried a controller for the full effect. It looked prefect!

Trick-or-Treat your hearts out this year everyone! We all need a little bit of spooky, candy filled, fun. Even if we can’t truly go house to house for the fruit of Halloween, treat yourself at least to a bit of candy from the stores and still dress up for the hell of it! So pull out the skeletons and tomb stones and carve up those pumpkins so they grin. It’s almost time for Halloween!!

My Reading List for October 2020:

Horrid By Katrina Leno

Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all — it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears….

Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more… horrid?

From Blood and Ash By Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Maiden: Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty: The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom: Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

The Crystal Shard By R.A. Salvatore

Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

Fates Divided By Jules Barnard

Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability – until they don’t.

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns 18 and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire – and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide and allegiance and love are tested in Fates Divided.

Crave By Tracy Wolff

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

Hope you have a wonderful spooky month and enjoy great some books!

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