Blogtober Day Twenty-Six (Part Two): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Spooky Season Show/Movie Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is halloween freebie. I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about the things I’ve watched for spooky season.

Lucifer – Season 6
This final season was released in September and I quickly devoured it.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Parts 3 & 4
I watched the first two parts last year in October, but the final two parts weren’t out yet and I waited for spooky season to finish the show. I really love this show. I love the actress that played Sabrina and I loved the fun cameo from Aunt Hilda & Zelda from the other show. This show is a perfect example of the kind of stuff I like to watch for spooky season.

The Haunting of Hill House
This show is actually pretty scary and I wasn’t expecting that. There were a fair bit of jump scares and just all around creepiness. I ended up watching most of this show during the day. I thought they told this story in a really compelling way. I loved that we saw what happened, but then we went further and focused on each sibling, seeing some parts of the story again and again through a new point of view each time. I’m a baby about scary things, so this was a day time show. But I really enjoyed it.

The Haunting of Bly Manor
I really liked this show. It wasn’t as scary as Hill House and I think it had a more interesting plot. It definitely was still creepy and haunting, but there weren’t jump scares like there were in Hill House. I liked getting to see some of the same actors too and seeing how they did with different roles.

Things Heard & Seen
This wasn’t on any of my original watch lists, but a friend and I watched it together. I was intrigued because it was based on a book and from the preview it looked like it had Home Before Dark by Riley Sager vibes. She really liked it until the ending but I’m not sure that I liked it at all. Both of the main adults in the movie were so beyond unlikable that it was hard to really care at all about what happened to them. It wasn’t creepy or spooky how I was wanting, but it was certainly weird as hell.

Fear Street Part One: 1994
I liked this. It’s definitely a teen slasher movie. But I liked it. There was emotional depth with the characters (also it was gay, so that’s always a plus). It wasn’t so much scary with jump scares, but it was definitely suspenseful and gory.

Fear Street Part Two: 1978
I love summer camp stuff, usually. I wasn’t sure how this would translate to slasher movies since that’s not a form of media I often consume. But I actually had fun watching this one. I really liked how it wasn’t a standalone movie. It connected to the first one. It was cool seeing the other things that had been briefly mentioned in the first part and learning more about the things that were purposefully left out of part one.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666
This one follows the infamous Sarah Fier. I loved learning about her backstory and how she was wronged. I wasn’t at all surprised to find that Sarah Fier was the victim, as was historically common in those times. I really loved that they recycled some of the actors. Seeing them play different sorts of roles, but also still in a slasher kind of movie was fun for me. Part three was the creepiest of all three of these movies. I think it might even have been my favorite.

Till Death
This only caught my eye because it’s a new movie with Megan Fox in it and I haven’t seen her in anything new in so long. I actually really liked this. The suspense was really good. The build up of the story and the ‘what the heck is going on’ feeling was really well done. The only complaint I have is that there was no aftercare. We are left to assume that she survived without actual confirmation. I was left with so many questions about what would have happened after the police arrived. But overall, I still enjoyed the movie.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
I watch this movie every year and I love it even more now that I get to watch it with my daughter. She actually sat and watched it with me this year and it was so adorable.

Did you watch anything for spooky season this year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Six (Part One): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Halloween Freebie. This week I’m going to pick my top ten characters I would bring back from the dead. *Spoiler alert: by sheer definition of this topic, this post has some serious spoilers for all the books listed so if you don’t like spoilers, stop reading.

Matthias from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Danica from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Everyone from Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Shadow from The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Idalia from When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Thirteen from Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Lee Scoresby and Hester from The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Max from Year One by Nora Roberts

Tristan from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green

What characters would you bring back from the dead if you had the power?

Blogtober Day Twenty-Six: The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag

Hey, bookworms. Today we have another book tag for your enjoyment. We found this Nightmare Before Christmas one over at Erica Robyn Reads while searching for a fun one. This definitely fits that. This tag was created by The Butterfly Reader. Check out her post here!

Jack Skellington
Jack – A book character who longs for more

Amanda: Zachary Ezra Rawlins from The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. He misses his chance for more when he was a kid and it lingers into his adulthood.

Antonia: Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She spends her whole life stuck by herself floating in the middle of space and just wants to see the world and meet people.

Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas
Sally – A book character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end

Amanda: Amani from the Mirage duology by Somaiya Daud. Forbidden love that ends with a happy ending is always a good time for me.

Antonia: Alina from The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. She’s loved Mal for so long and even though I kind of hated him for most of the first book, I ended up being so happy they got together.

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero & Jack
Zero – A book with a loyal sidekick

Amanda: Lehaba from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. She’s literally just fire. I adored her.

Antonia: The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. Not only is Shalkan the most sarcastic, hilarious best friend but he’s also a freaking unicorn. Like literally. It’s amazing.

Nightmare Before Christmas Oogie Boogie
Oogie Boogie – A book with one hell of a wicked villain

Amanda: The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty. The villain is trying to retake her city, a place her ancestors used to rule. She was complex and interesting, but took things too far.

Antonia: The Dragon King from The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli. Seriously, he was just awful.

Halloween Town – A book that’s creepy or has a scary theme

Amanda: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher. I read this in September and it was creepy and suspenseful and everything I wanted for Spooktober.

Antonia: I never read scary books because I will definitely give myself nightmares.

Christmas Town – A book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy inside

Amanda: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. A man goes to an orphanage filled with some of the more dangerous supernaturals. He isn’t sure what to expect. He finds a family and I loved every page of this book.

Antonia: Anything by Julia Quinn. Her books are just so funny and I always love the romance.

What’s This? – A book that took you by surprise

Amanda: Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I actually pulled this book out of my ‘to be unhauled’ pile and it was a 5 star read for me.

Antonia: The Martian by Andy Weir. I watched the movie first and really enjoyed it but it’s outside of my normal book genre so I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. Mark’s voice is just amazing. I really felt like I could hear him while reading this.

That’s all the questions! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if this looks like fun to you! Happy Spooktober!

Blogtober Day Twenty-Six: Would You Rather Book Tag


Hello, friends! Antonia & I have been tagged by the always lovely Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages for the Would You Rather Book Tag. This seems like a fun and easy post to add to our blogtober lineup. So, here we go!

Read only standalones or trilogies?

Amanda- At the moment, standalones. I’m having trouble getting into any fantasies I pick up, so series are mostly off the table for me right now.

Antonia- I like both for so many reasons depending on my mood.

Read only female or male authors?

Amanda- I’m all for females supporting females, but some of my favorite books are by men.

Antonia- I honestly don’t pay attention to whether an author is male or female but I do tend to pick up more female authors.

Shop at Barnes & Nobel or Amazon?

Amanda- Barnes and Nobel. I try not to use Amazon if I can help it.

Antonia- Agreed^^ Though I’ve been trying not to buy books lately.

All books become movies or T.V. shows?

Amanda- T.V. shows. I love movies, but I’m a sucker for a great t.v. adaptation.

Antonia- TV. It’s so much easier to include all the little book details I want included.

Read five pages per day or five books per week?

Amanda- Five books each week. That’s about what I read currently.

Antonia- I wish I still read five books a week but I’m definitely closer to five pages a day right now.

Be a professional reviewer or author?

Amanda- Becoming a published author is my dream.

Antonia- Author

Only read your top twenty favorite books over and over or always read new books you haven’t read before?

Amanda- Always read new books.

Antonia- Top twenty.

Be a librarian or bookseller?

Amanda- Librarian. I would love to support authors, but helping kids find books they are going to love would be so fulfilling.

Antonia- Librarian sounds like so much fun.

Only read your favorite genre or any genre except for your favorite?

Amanda- Tough…every genre but my favorite.

Antonia- Uhhh.. I’m not sure I have a favorite right now so this one’s hard. I’ll pick every genre but my favorite too.

Read only physical books or eBooks?

Amanda- Ebooks because If I  had to only read physical books I wouldn’t be able to read as much as I do.

Antonia- Much as I like eBooks, I still much prefer physical books.

That’s all for the questions today friends! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to participate in this one! Or you can leave your answers in the comments.