top 5 wednesday | october 11

I’m baaaaack. Mwaaaahahahaha.

^ My attempts at being creepy. Obvi.

It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is run by Sam at thoughtsontomes. Check out the Goodreads group if you’re interested in learning more or joining in on the fun!

Today’s prompt: Creepy Settings

You know, when I first started brainstorming for this post, I was having a hard time. Eventually I realized why: when I’m reading, I don’t tend to get too scared. Even if I’m totally loving a book and super engaged in it, some small part of my brain always knows that I’m safe at home, cuddled up in bed (usually), with no danger in sight. So, when characters get into creepy situations, I never get all that scared.

But, once I started thinking about it, I realized I’ve read TONS of books with settings that are creepy, scary, and all-over totally unpleasant. NOT places I’d ever willingly go. So in the end, this list wasn’t terribly difficult.

Read on for my Top 5 Creepy Settings!

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someone thinks I’m a sunshiney blogger!

Thanks so much to Ella @ A Book Without End for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! And for leaving such awesome questions. This was a fun one!

the rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people (or however many you want) and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

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    such a cute lil award!

Read on for the questions and answers!

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attempting to be bookish in the Real World — aka my weekend #fail

This past weekend, I went to my first ever real life bookish event!

It ended up being a bit of a fail. But it was also really really great.

So I went to see Leigh Bardugo at her “Midnight Tales” Tour in my city. My city! Cool authors never come here to homey ol’ Michigan. I was excited, and I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go. So I did go–alone, mind you. I don’t have really any bookish friends in Real Life, and I also don’t mind going to things alone.

However, since this was my first bookish event, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. Hence…the eventual fails.

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pirates, serpents, and ships — oh, my! | series review

the liveship traders trilogy by robin hobb

Series Rating: ★★★★★

Within the series: Ship of Magic (#1), Mad Ship (#2), Ship of Destiny (#3)

‘ware pirates, sea serpents, and sentient ships in this trilogy! Told through multiple POVs and story lines, this tale is full of drama, adventure, romance, and politics–not to mention magic.

Recommended if you like:

  • pirates and sea voyages
  • multiple POVs and intersecting plotlines
  • a bit of everything–adventure, romance, politics, and more
  • complex characters and relationships

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september wrap-up

It’s that time of the month…

September just flew by! I’ve been keeping busy with my multitude of personal projects–they seem to be getting out of hand lately! Writing, crochet, blogging, keeping up with my TPT store, reading, working out…it’s been A Lot.

But it’s been a good month, and I finally feel truly ready for fall. (If only it’d stop being so abnormally hot around here…) I’ve been productive and busy and overall pretty positive about life. Which is great!

Read on for my monthly wrap-up.

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i’m so giddy thinking about these books | anticipated releases for the last third of 2017

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

This post is basically just what the title says: 10 books that are coming out in these remaining few months of 2017 that I’m SUPER pumped about! I know people tend to do these types of posts quarterly…or perhaps just twice a year…but I’m going to be original and cut the year into thirds. Yes, I know I’m weird awesome.

ANYWAY, here we go, 10 upcoming releases and why I’m excited about them!

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i’m very glad my childhood was not so creepy | book review

the ocean at the end of the lane by neil gaiman

A man returns to his hometown to attend a funeral, and while there, old memories resurface. He finds himself making his way back to a farm where he met a girl and her family, who protected him during a most mystical time in his life, that he didn’t even remember until now. This book is the story of that time, during which the man was just a boy trying to escape an evil being that had been accidentally let loose.

Recommended if you like:

  • whimsical and nostalgic short stories
  • a sort of witchy, mysterious, and unexplained magic
  • brave little boys who try their best to overcome evil

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My Spoiler-Free Review

This was my very first Neil Gaiman read, and I’m pleased that I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this 181-page story, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. This book is freaky, mystical, and somehow also nostalgic and sweet. Only a master writer could evoke all of those feelings at once.

The things the little boy goes through in this book make me very glad my childhood was normal and free of fantastical happenings. He has a hard time of it! (And he doesn’t even have a name…this poor child!) I mean, goodness, the story begins when his best-buddy kitten gets run over. That was enough to make me sympathetic, and that’s only the beginning.

Thank goodness our little boy makes a friend with one Lettie Hempstock, and together they learn all about bravery and defeating evil.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by 6vedik
art by 6vedik

Beware the freakiness in this book. If you’re looking for a great thrillery, strange, Halloweeny read, I would definitely recommend this. I was honestly scared at more than one point in the story. The magical realism is so mysterious that you’ll want to keep reading for more of it. The writing is so lush and vivid, it’ll make you think of your own childhood.

My only major disappointment with this read is that I didn’t have a huge emotional connection to the story–probably because it was so ~out there. I also wished there was a bit more of a definite conclusion at the end. I’m all about vague endings, but in this case I wanted a bit more.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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What books have you read that make you thankful for a normal childhood? Leave your thoughts below!

Until next time,
Brianne