Blogtober Day Eight: Paranormal Edition

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Hi, lovelies! Today the topic of conversation is paranormal books! October is the perfect time of year to read some good (or not so good) paranormal stories. Ghosts, witches, and vampires, what more could a girl ask for?

Spell on Wheels by Kath Leth, Megan Levens, & Marissa Louise
This graphic novel was the perfect start to my spooky season. Kickass witches that meet all sorts of creatures. It was everything I wanted and way better than I expected.

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This one is definitely angsty YA paranormal, but I had to have a few of those on this list of course.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This middle-grade story about a girl that sees ghosts is just the perfect Spooktober read.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Dystopian vampires. That is all.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
This one is technically horror, but I don’t read enough horror to make a whole list so I’m including it here. This has the best atmosphere for autumn and mystery galore.

Moonstruck Vol 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle
Such a fun and diverse graphic novel. I loved this first installment.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Gansey Gang and their antics are best read in the spooky season. The atmospheric setting and adventures are so fitting for this time of year.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This one doubles as a great summer read and an equally great fall read. Witches and ghosts, drowning, oh my!

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
This addicting series is full of mythical creatures you’ve never even thought about. With 30+ books in the series, this is a great one for some binge-reading.

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Supernatural summer camp? Great for the fall, but the summer too.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
If you don’t read at least one vampire book this month, who are you?

The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
Witches and mystery and hot dudes. Yes, please.

A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
This one fulfills any romance lovers need for some smutty vampires. There are about a zillion books in this series too, so get cracking!

The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
I’ll admit that I haven’t actually read this book or series is quite a few years, but I really remember loving them.

What books of the paranormal variety would you have included on this list? Leave a comment and let me know! Have you read any that made my list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Seven: October Releases

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Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk October book releases! There are so many great books that have come out so far this year. October is no different. Somehow, four of my most anticipated releases of the year are being released this month. Come talk to me about new books!

1 October 2019
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
I know nothing about this book other than the fact that it’s queer and that I’m obsessed with the cover.

1 October 2019
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
The cover of this one caught my attention. Then, I saw Chelsea Dolling rave about it and I knew I had to have it on this list.

8 October 2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I am beyond excited to see what Leigh has in store for us with her first adult novel. I already have the Illumicrate special edition preordered. This is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

8 October 2019
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdeih
I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this one. But I’m all over that synopsis. I am definitely excited for this one.

8 October 2019
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
I adored To Kill a Kingdom so I am highly anticipating enjoying this one as well.

8 October 2019
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Armentrout is an auto-buy author for me. I have this one preordered and I cannot wait to get into the next installment of this series.

8 October 2019
A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
I was lucky enough to meet this author at the NoVaTeen Festival. She was awesome and I cannot wait to get into this series.

15 October 2019
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
I adored Rin’s Bone Witch series. I expect to really love this one just as much.

15 October 2019
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
NetGalley had this one as read now for a bit. I loved this. It was sweet and full of action with great representation.

22 October 2019
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
I am lucky enough to have an eARC of this. Which is why it’s on this list. I’ve enjoyed the Christina Lauren books I’ve read so far.

Do we share any books from this list of October’s anticipated releases? Let me know below! Share with me any new releases that I didn’t include, but should have.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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GoodReads Summary:
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
HeartlessReview:
Heartless is a prequel story to the well-known and well-loved Alice in Wonderland story. It’s the origin story for the Queen of Hearts. This fantastical and sometimes bizarre story is one that I read a few years ago, and when I learned that Rebecca Soler is the narrator for the audiobook, I knew it was time for a reread via the audiobook.
I’m glad I did. This story was just as wild as I remember it. I really loved Cath. I loved her passion for baking and her love for her friends. She’s passionate and tries to stay true to what she believes but also battles with pleasing her parents. I think she was such an interesting character. Seeing the battle between what she wants and what her parents want for her was the best part of the story.
The world is fascinating and whimsical and messy. I really enjoyed it. The complexities of the difference between Chess and Cath’s world was compelling and Jest ad Hatta made me want to know more. I would have loved to actually gotten to see Chess.
I really don’t know what else to say about this book. So much happens, there are so many characters, and the parts I want to talk about the most are at the end and I don’t want to spoil. I really wish things ended differently, but alas; the ending is the part that was inevitable. I loved Cath. She had such a big heart of gold. She really cared about others and their happiness. I loved her passion and it made me want to get up and bake something!
Anyone that is a lover of Alice will probably love this story. Marissa Meyer really excels in the area of retellings. If that’s your cup of tea, give this one a try. Listen to the audiobook because Rebecca Soler is my all-time favorite narrator. She’s completely incredible.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Book Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Summary:
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. She’s definitely not the spontaneous type. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
Drew has never found it hard to meet women—or to know just when to leave them. But now, on the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, he’s minus a plus-one…until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend.
From the best man’s toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkley, where she’s they mayor’s chief of staff—and neither of them can stop thinking about the other.
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long-distance dating disaster of the century—or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
The Wedding DateReview:
The Wedding Date was a fun and fast-paced romance novel. I read this all in one night. It’s how I spent the first few hours of my birthday. I started it right after midnight because it’s on my TBR for the Disney Readathon. I flew through it.
I adored the chemistry between Drew and Alexa. Fake dating is a trope I didn’t know I loved until recently. I had so much fun with the fake dating at the wedding and things just escalated from there. I loved that the sex scenes weren’t overly descriptive, so this would be a good one for readers that like romance but not smut.
I didn’t like how self-conscious and how hard Alexa was on herself. She’s constantly pointing out the things that she thinks are wrong with her. Despite the fact that she’s a successful and beautiful woman, she’s so hard on herself and I didn’t love that. I also didn’t love Drew’s reactions to some things. He often tells his best friend to ‘fuck off’ and he overreacts to a lot of things. He seems almost to have some anger issues which is never really addressed.
Overall, The Wedding Date was a good time. I found myself smiling and laughing and just all around enjoying it. I haven’t been reading too much adult romance and this book made me want to pick up any and all of my Nora Roberts books. If you’re looking for a quick and fun romance, this is the one for you.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Five: Amanda’s Favorite Bloggers

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Hi, lovelies! I’m here for day five to share with you all some of my favorite bloggers. This list is based on the people, the content, and other factors. I have a personal relationship with some, just enjoy the content of others, but overall think you will love them too. So, click the links and make sure to give them a follow, because they really deserve it.

Alana @ The Bookish Chick

Steph @ Books in the Skye

Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages

Kelly @ Struggling Bookaholic

Jenny @ So She Tries

Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile

Kim @ Whimsical Mama

Jess @ Jessica C Writes

Erin @ Undercover Binge Reader

Kerri @ Kerri the Book Belle

Caffeinated Fae

Solomon @ The Bookish King

Jessica, Emily, & Amber @ The Book Bratz

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads

Jess @ Jessticulates

Melanie @ Mel to the Any

Now, I’m sure I managed to forget someone because there are just so many bloggers out there that I love. So, if you’re not on this list it is completely due to my forgetfulness and not because I don’t love you and your content.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Book Review: This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

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Summary:
A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.
Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?
This Heart of MineReview:
I loved everything about this. This Heart of Mine was so sweet and heart wrenching all at the same time. I really loved just everything about it. We follow a girl that needs a heart transplant which is a tough story in itself. But when we see her get the heart of the twin to the boy she likes. Things get complicated.
The search for whoever killed Matt’s twin Eric. I totally called who the killer was after like 50 pages. But knowing didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the mystery and the suspense of Matt and Leah trying to figure out what happened. These two were so sweet together. I just adored them. They were both a little insecure, but not annoyingly so. They’re in high school so a little insecurity was understandable. I loved their relationship and the growth they go through together.
I also really loved Leah’s relationship with her best friend Brandy was my favorite. All too often, girls get boyfriends and ditch their friends. This didn’t happen. I loved how supportive Brandy was even when she was uncomfortable with all of the medical stuff.
Overall, I don’t know why people aren’t talking about this book. I loved every page. This was a fantastic young adult novel that talked about really important things. If you like contemporary books, this is one you need to read.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Four: Books & Baking – House of Salt and Sorrows

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Hi, lovelies! Today I am here to share my first post of the newest blog feature here at Classy x Book Reviews! We’ve titled it Books & Baking. Basically what this new feature is baking (or cooking sometimes) things that are inspired by the books we read. For this first post, I have baked something that was directly mentioned in the story, but sometimes we will just make things that are inspired by the story. Not all books mention food and we don’t want to limit ourselves to books that directly mention or talk about food. So, now that we have the business out of the way, let’s get down to the first part of this post.

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Book: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Read my full review here!

I had so much fun buddy reading this book with my fellow Capricorn moon signs for Zodiacathon. I love the setting, the world, and the characters. It was such an atmospheric experience. The perfect read for the spooky season. It was creepy and mysterious, there was suspense on every page. I highly recommend this book for so many reasons. I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes before getting into the baking half of this post.

“We are born of salt and starlight.”

“We’re not going anywhere. We’re the People of the Salt. We’re tied to this land, to these seas. Fire cannot force us to retreat.”

“The High Mariner says Pontus created our islands and the people on them. He scooped salt from the ocean tides for strength. Into that was mixed the cunning of a bull shark and the beauty of the moon jellyfish. He added the seahorse’s fidelity and the curiosity of a porpoise. When his creation was molded just so-two arms, two legs, a head, and a heart-Pontus breathed some of his own life into it, making the first People of the Salt. So when we die, we can’t be buried in the ground. We slip back into the water and are home.”

Baking: Glazed Almond Cookies

Now, these cookies were a part of the many delicious sounding treats that Annaleigh sampled at the Churning festival. These were the most realistic for me to bake, also some of the other things don’t exist.

“We stuffed ourselves with treats from street vendors. Spun sugar sea glass, glazed almond cookies shaped like sand dollars, roasted corn, and bowls of thick clam chowder were offered on every corner, along with more exotic fare: red frog crabs and whelks, jellyfish jerky and sea urchins.”

If you feel like you want to make these delicious cookies too, here’s the link to the recipe I  used!

Ingredients:

Softened, salted butter
Granulated sugar
Egg
Almond extract
All-purpose flour
Baking Powder
Salt
Chopped sliced almonds
Orange zest

Icing Ingredients:

Confectioners’ sugar
Milk
Almond extract

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the butter, sugar, egg, and almond extract until the mixture is creamy with no lumps. Next, in a new bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix the butter-sugar into the new bowl. Then stir in the chopped almonds and orange zest. Place on parchment paper over a cookie sheet in tablespoons. Bake for ten minutes then cool.

Icing Instructions:

Combine all three ingredients until smooth.

Assembly

Drizzle icing over cookies once cool and top with a dash of orange zest. Then enjoy!

 I love baking, so trying something new like these almond cookies was super fun! And now my family has dessert for the next few days! I think they turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. I’ve added a photo so you can all take a look at my final product!

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What did you think of the first installment of our new Books & Baking feature? Let me know if you decide to make these too. Feel free to give me any feedback you might have to make this new blog feature the best it can be! Thoughts and opinions are entirely welcome.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Book Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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Summary:
On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present—from Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as “The Human Encyclopedia” who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.
Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist’s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
The Library BookReview:
The Library Book was my book club pick for May/June (we’re not the greatest at reading the book in one month and meeting before the month is over hah!) I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I’d never heard about the Los Angeles Library fire which was a little surprising considering it was the biggest library fire in the United States. Though after reading this book, I found out why it’s not as well-known as I thought it might be.
Sadly, I wanted to like this book more than I did. While I did learn a lot about the L.A. Library fire (it burned for 7 hours and 36 minutes), I found it to be repetitive with a very unsatisfying ending. Part of me assumed we would be trying to figure out the mystery of who set the fire (because it was deemed as arson) and that was not the case. I felt like there was a lot of information that wasn’t really necessary to the story. The chapters jumped around between current day, the history of L.A.’s librarians, the fire, and other various topics. The story was a bit boring at times, but I’m glad to have read it because I feel like I learned so much about something I never knew previously.
I would like to mention that Orlean’s writing was INCREDIBLE. I actually cried as I was reading the parts about when the fire was actually happening. She really knew how to pull me in and use descriptions to make me feel all the things. The Library Book was full of nostalgia for me. It talks about going to the library as a kid and then rekindling that love for the library as an adult and it was really relatable because I’ve always had a special connection with the library. The author made me want to change my college degree from English to Library Science. She makes being a librarian sound like so much fun.
Overall, this wasn’t my favorite non-fiction that I’ve read, but I learned a lot and mostly had a good time. There were things I liked and things that I didn’t, but if you’re looking to learn about libraries and the Los Angeles Public Library fire of 1986, this is the book for you.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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GoodReads Summary:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
House of Salt and SorrowsReview:
A 12 Dancing Princess retelling? Say no more. I was beyond excited to read this book and I was lucky enough that my fellow Capricorn moon signs wanted to buddy read it for the Zodiacathon. It was the perfect read to start off the Spooky Season.
Let’s start off with the atmosphere. The setting was an island that worships the sea. That’s a place I could live in. It starts off with the fourth funeral of one of Annaleigh’s sisters. So, right from the start, it’s a little creepy and grim. It continues like that for the rest of the story. You can almost feel the atmosphere. Foggy and rainy, murder and mystery. It’s the perfect October read.
At first, I had trouble keeping the sisters straight. There’s so many of them, even the ones who died. Trying to remember who was who and who was dead or alive was confusing, but I did figure it out after about 100 pages. I really enjoyed our main character Annaleigh, but I feel like because there were so many sisters and other side characters, we really only got the chance to get to know a few of them. We got to know the stepmother, who I alternated between loving and hating several times. Fisher, who I also both loved and hated for different reasons. And a few of the sisters. I would have liked to go more than surface deep for the other characters. Cassius especially. Though I’m still obsessed with him, we didn’t really get to know him that well. We learn who his parents are, but not what he likes and doesn’t like and things like that. It was similar with a few other characters too.
The mystery was really great. I suspected almost every character except the sisters at one point or another. I really love books that keep me guessing and this one did. While I did predict (but then convince myself I was wrong) the identity of the big bad, there was so much more to the mystery than I could ever have predicted. I loved that the mystery was so much more than I anticipated.
Overall, I completely loved this book. I am excited to see what else Erin Craig comes out with. I loved the main character and Cassius. I loved the setting, the mystery, and most of all the atmosphere. I also really enjoyed the twist on the 12 dancing princesses’ story. This is a must-read if you like fantastical retellings and spooky reads.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Three: National Poetry Day

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Hi, lovelies! Today is national poetry day. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite poems with you all.

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Fire and Ice has been my favorite poem for the longest time. There’s something about it that really just pleases me. Anything about the world ending really is my jam. Along with the rhymes and alliteration. I will adore this poem forever. I (also) hold with those who favor fire.

“A Tale of Two Sisters” by Nikita Gil

In the beginning, there was oblivion.
A vastness, and an abyss compromised
of darkness and nothingness.
…until there were two sisters.

One was made from interconnectedness
of all things, a precipice of stories,
a treasury of all things gone and things to come.
Her name was Cosmos.

The other was made from the tricorn
of darkness, black magic waiting to be born,
inkwells of feral power and rebel thoughts.
Her name was Chaos.

Before they had floated into the abyss,
as all celestial beings were left to do in the end,
their father told them to be a binary system,
to never let go of each other.

He warned them that together they could
build everything, but apart, nothing could exist.
So the two came together and imagined a tapestry
of moving, living stars that inhaled around each other.

They pictured impossible things like planets
that help thousands of different beings
and balls of fire to keep them warm
and whole atmospheres to help them breathe.

And this was how the love of two sisters
wrote the first ever eternal poem into magical
loving existence. A single poem
they christened, “The Uni-verse.’

I found Nikita Gil because of twitter. I am so glad that I did because her poetry is so great. This one, in particular, is just beautiful. I love the language she uses. The story of these sisters is one that has stuck with me.

“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Of course, I had to include something from the wonderful and horrifying Poe. Annabel Lee has been another poem that’s stuck with me for years. There’s something wistful about it, but also dark. I thought it’d be perfect for a spooky addition for this post.

What are your favorite poems or poets? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Two: Are You Ready For Sweater Weather?

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Hi, lovelies! Antonia and I are going to do our best to participate in Blogtober this month. So we’re kicking off the month with the Autumn book tag: Are you ready for sweater weather? We were tagged by the always wonderful Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages. Without further delay, the questions!

1. Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

Amanda- Looking for Alaska by John Green, for sure. I just get all the feels.

Antonia- I feel like I have so many but probably The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

2. Pumpkin Carving: What is your favorite creative outlet?

Amanda- I like to write when I can find the time.

Antonia- This one’s tough because I love creative things but I’m not actually all that creative. So I love to crochet and paint and craft but the results never come out the way I want them to.

3. Falling Leaves: Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Amanda- The seasons. I complain about them changing but actually love it.

Antonia- I definitely have to agree with Amanda on this one.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte: Something you love that others tend to judge?

Amanda- Reading? Hah, most people don’t read like I do.

Antonia- Well my husband likes to judge the shows I watch but really he secretly likes them too.

5. Bonfire Night: What makes you explode with joy?

Amanda- Family and friends. I just got to see the wonderful Antonia for the first time in almost a year, and that made me explode with joy.

Antonia- ^Agreed. Seeing Amanda and her perfect baby, and all my nieces, nephews and siblings that I don’t get to see too often because I live on the other side of the country. I can’t think of anything better.

6. Fright Night: Favorite scary film or book?

Amanda- I do not like scary things at all. So, pass.

Antonia- Nope! I guess Stranger Things cause it’s definitely a little spooky but I love it.

7. Halloween Candy: Favorite thing to eat?

Amanda- Kit-Kat minis.

Antonia- Dark chocolate.

8. Scarves: Your must-have accessory?

Amanda- …A book? I don’t go anywhere without one.

Antonia- Hmm.. I guess just my jewelry. I never take my rings off and hardly ever change my necklace or earrings.

9. Fire: A book or film that burns your soul?

Amanda- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I read this recently and I just can’t stop thinking about it. The story drew me in and blew me away at the same time.

Antonia- Most recently I think Skyward by Brandon Sanderson did this for me. This book gave me all the feelings.

10. Toffee Apples: A book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside?

Amanda- The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes. This book seemed to be a fun mystery with two kind of weird kids. But it turned out to be so much more than that.

Antonia- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. This seems like just a middle grade fantasy story but has some more serious themes mixed in that really make you think, even as an adult.

That’s all we have for you today folks! The Are You Ready For Sweater Weather? Book Tag has been fun! Hope you all enjoyed this post! Feel free to do it and say we tagged you!

Blogtober Day One (Part Two): Amanda’s Gilmore Girls Readathon TBR

Hi, Lovelies! Yes, I know another readathon. They are just so fun and I love all the themed ones. So, I’m going to try to mix and match books so I’m not setting myself up with a huge tbr but, who knows what I’ll end up reading honestly. Onto the prompts!

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A book with a school setting in honor of Yale & Chilton

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

A mother/daughter relationship in honor of our favorite mother/daughter duo ever

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Any book set in fall or winter in honor of beautiful Stars Hollow & Lorelei smelling snow

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

A book with complicated love interests in honor of Rory, Dean, & Jess

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

A book by an Asian author or has Asian representation in honor of our favorite best friend, Lane

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The next book in a series you haven’t finished yet in honor of A Year in the Life

Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

A book with food on the cover or is a crucial part of the storyline in honor of Luke’s Cafe

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

What will you be reading this month? Have you read any of my choices for the readathon? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogtober Day One: Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to say Happy October! It’s the prime time of the spooky season and I’m so excited to be participating in a Spooktober readathon that is hosted by two of my favorite bookish friends, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I shall leave the link to the twitter thread with all of the info here. I have chosen Team Clan because fifteen-year-old me would never let me choose anything other than the Vampires. There are a few challenges that I will list below with my chosen books. The Bookeyman-A-Thon will be going on for the whole month of Spooktober. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spooky books.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m beyond excited for these prompts and the books I’ve chosen to read for this readathon. Tell me in the comments about what you’re planning to read for the spookiest month of the year!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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