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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I saw this tag over on One’s Peculiar and I don’t feel like being productive at the moment, soooo let’s talk about books. 🙂

  1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel – The Graveyard Book! I would love to read about Bod’s life after he grows up and comes back to the graveyard at some point. 2213661
  2. Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series – The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Considering that all the books take place in the same world with inter-related stories,  but aren’t actually sequels, this one would be perfect for a spin-off series.13623012
  3. An author who should write more books –  Colleen Oakes. I’ve read her Queen of Hearts and Wendy Darling series now and I absolutely adored them both. I really look forward to whatever books she puts out in the future.
  4. A character who should’ve ended up with someone else – Elizabeth Bennet. She should have ended up with literally anyone other than Mr. Darcy because he was a douche. 1885
  5. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise  – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m not even a huge fan of this book, but the imagery is spectacular. I would watch it on screen for the costumes alone.9361589
  6. Totally should’ve kept the original covers – Rebel of the Sands  by Alwyn Hamilton. The original (left) was better.
  7. Totally should’ve stopped at book one – The Twilight series. Or Fifty Shades of Grey. UGH.

I don’t know who actually enjoys doing these things, so consider yourself tagged if you want to participate.

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This is Halloween

I know I’ve already said this before, but…you guys…Halloween is coming! 😀 I’ve already started putting out decorations and have been working on my costumes since August. I’m so excited!

In honor of  this glorious and festive time of the year I feel like I need to put some Fall/Halloween themed entertainment into my repertoire this month. I’m typically not big on super scary things (because I’m a weenie), but I’ve still found plenty of books/shows over the years that appropriately fit the occasion.

These are a few of my favorites:

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – A little boy that grows up in a graveyard, raised by the ghosts that reside there. It doesn’t get more Halloween appropriate than that. (Side note: I have a slight obsession with cemeteries, especially old ones. This always feels like the perfect time of year to go traipsing among the headstones.)

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The Nighmare Before Christmas (movie) – Like all of Tim Burton’s works, it’s perfectly weird. I still need to pull off a Sally costume at some point…

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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Magic, a castle, dark wizards, ghosts, cauldrons, a dark creepy forest, trolls, goblins…Shall I continue? Whether it’s the books or the movies, Harry Potter always feels like a good Fall binge.

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Stranger Things (tv show) – I discovered this on Netflix last year and I’m super stoked that the second season will be out soon! If you’re a fan of old 80’s sci-fi, or just the 80’s era in general, you should definitely give this one a watch.

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American Horror Story (tv show) – Although it scared the daylights out of me the first time I watched it, the first season of AHS is pretty awesome and creeptastic.

Classic horror novels – Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, and anything by Poe.

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Are you excited about Halloween? What are some of your favorite things to read or watch this time of year? 

 

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Hello there. I feel like I haven’t been posting as much lately and for that I feel a tad guilty. I wish I could say that the reason is because I’ve been busy doing [insert awesome thing], but unfortunately it’s been due to my mental health. I’ve finally reached a breaking point and have started online therapy sessions. I was trying so hard to convince myself that I could just pull out of this funk on my own, but that is not the case. I feel like shit both mentally and physically and I have a very hard time focusing, even on things I enjoy. Hence the reason I’ve been bit slow on my reading updates and posts lately.

I’ve still been reading, but it hasn’t been anything super difficult or new. This weekend I re-read a couple of the Elsewhere books by Jacqueline West. They’re middle grade, but they highly entertaining and quirky. I first discovered them a couple of years ago and periodically re-read them when I need something “easy” to entertain me.

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I’m not going to lie, part of my brain wants me to feel like I’m failing or that I’m lame for having to resort to reading “children’s” literature because I can’t keep my shit together long enough to stay focused on an adult novel. But I don’t really care anymore. I’ve just come to accept the fact that this is the way things are right now and that I need to practice self-care, even if that means that my blog posts will suffer a little.

I don’t plan on going anywhere, but I just wanted to explain why my posts/comments have been fewer. Hopefully things will start to turn back around soon now that I have enlisted help.

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What are you reading at the moment? 

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Fall TBR List

Since finishing the last Wendy Darling book I’ve been a little slow with reading. I’m still enjoying re-reading Game of Thrones, but there’s been a lot on my mind, which is making it hard to stay focused. When I go through funks like this I often find it necessary to take a step back and retreat into familiar territory. This often means re-reading favorites or sticking with “easier” books for a little while until my brain sorts itself out.

These are some of the books on my TBR list for the upcoming month(s). Hopefully I’ll be able to get through them a little faster.

War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes – It’s almost here! I’ve been impatiently waiting for the third and final book in the Queen of Hearts saga to come out for 2 years now. If I can find the time, I may go back and re-read the first two before it’s released.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – I purchased this one during my visit to Asheville a few weeks ago. I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounded too cute to pass up.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – The plan is to try to read the entire series by Spring.

Sand by Hugh Howey – I picked this up at the cool bookstore we found in Raleigh last weekend. I haven’t read any of Howey’s other books yet, but this one sounds pretty good.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer – I really enjoyed Cinder, so I’d like to see where the rest of the series is going.

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What books are on your upcoming TBR list?

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My Best Friend ED, Pt. 1

WARNING: May be triggering to those struggling with eating disorders and/or body image issues. 

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There’s a voice that lives inside my head. Typically I refer to this voice as “ED,” even though it’s a woman’s voice. A voice that sounds a lot like my own. ED likes to pretend she’s my best friend and that she has my best interests at heart. She tells me what I “should” and “shouldn’t” eat on a regular basis. She tells me not to eat “bad” foods, no matter how much I enjoy them, because if I do I’ll get fat. If I get fat my boyfriend will leave me, my friends will stop talking to me, and my family will be mean to me. Lately, she’s been telling me that I’m already fat and that nobody really cares about me, so I’ve been losing weight. “Keep losing,” she says. “Everything will be better once you’re skinny.”

I listen to her.

ED confuses me sometimes. Today she’s been criticizing the dark circles under my eyes. I have dark circles under my eyes because I haven’t been sleeping well lately. One of the reasons I haven’t been sleeping well is because I’m hungry. I wake up to the protests of my stomach, angry with me for not eating enough at dinner. ED tells me to ignore my stomach though. What does my stomach know? My stomach should be flatter and more toned, not asking for more food. ED reminds me of this all night while I should be sleeping. She’s mad at me today because I didn’t listen to her. Last night, after tossing and turning for hours, I gave in and ate an apple. “You shouldn’t have eaten that” she scolds. “But I was hungry,” I reply. “Yeah, well now you raccoon eyes and you’re fat.” She’ll tell me to eat less later on to make up for the apple. Then I will wake up hungry again.

It’s hard to focus on things when ED is around. She’s very loud and takes up a lot of space. She likes to talk about food a lot. Specifically what I can have and what I can’t. It’s hard because she’s always making up new rules for me. Still, I do my best to stick to them to make her happy. She likes for me to weigh myself frequently, also. Almost every day. “This isn’t healthy,” I tell her. “The number on the scale doesn’t matter!” “That’s just what everyone else wants you to think, but what do they know? They just want you to get fat so they can all judge you for it,” she says.

I know she’s wrong, but I usually lose the argument.

Sometimes ED disappears. It can be months or years. It’s much nicer when she’s not around, but, of course, I don’t say this to her. She’s been with me for a long time. How can I just abandon her after all we’ve been through together?

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As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been struggling more and more with my eating disorder lately. After being in “recovery” for 13+ years now, it’s been incredibly hard and frustrating to feel like I’m slipping back after all the work I’ve done to get better. This is what it looks like on one of my “bad” days. 

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Weekend in Raleigh

Greetings, earthlings! I hope you’re all doing well on this torturous occasion that we refer to as “Monday.”

We went on a short trip to Raleigh this weekend. It was nice getting away from the house, work, kids, and animals for a couple of days. While we were there we attended a chocolate festival and SPARKcon. The chocolate festival was every bit as decadent and sugar laden as you can imagine (and oh so worth it). We got to sample cheesecake, cupcakes, fancy bon bons, brownies, fudge, and more. 😍 SPARKCon, while less delicious, was pretty cool also. For those who have never heard of it, SPARKCon is a multi-day festival showcasing different types of art and creativity. Throughout the weekend there were performers to watch, art being made on the streets, music, and all kinds of crafts to purchase. Look what I got!: 

Of course, no trip to a new city is complete with visiting one of the local bookstores. Quail Ridge Books is a fantastic independent bookstore, complete with cool wall art (notice the hands holding the light bulbs):

The shop was a cozy and inviting little space. I loved the quotes on the wall and fun, mismatched furniture. They had a really great selection of books, also. (It can often be hit or miss with indie shops.) The fiction and cooking sections alone were enough to make me want to plan another trip back. There was other merchandise, like literary shirts, accessories, bags, etc. I could have stayed there all day if I hadn’t had all that chocolate to go eat!
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Help, I’ve FALLen and I can’t Get Up…

FALL IS HERE! I know, I know. I’m technically a little early on this, but with the recent changes in the weather and the fact that all the Halloween things are out in the stores, I’m declaring that it’s Fall. *happy dance*

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Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect – warm, but not too hot, with cool mornings that call for light jackets. It’s also an appropriate time to start wearing boots and my leather jacket again. Mother Nature is at her most beautiful during this time of year. With the changing leaves and the re-appearance of pumpkins everywhere, the world is a splendor of stunning reds, oranges, and greens.

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The food is delectable. With the exception of the glorified pumpkin spice latte (or PSL, if you will), I am a huge fan of autumn cuisine. There are very few smells more heavenly than the aroma of baking apples and cinnamon or homemade pumpkin pie. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cranberries. brussels sprouts, and cider all become regular staples on menus. I eat most of these foods all year round, but there is something extra special about seeing them make their appearances again for the first time after so many months of lighter fare.

Did I mention Halloween? Halloween alone is enough to make me love this time of year. I get giddy when the Halloween decorations and costumes start showing up in the middle of August. (No, it’s never too early to get excited about Halloween!) I love Halloween for the sheer fun of the holiday. There’s no pressure to buy presents or spend a bunch of money. You get to dress up and pretend to be someone else and indulge in sweet treats. No joke, I am currently working on 3 separate costumes for all of the Halloween activities that I have coming up  next month. I can’t wait! 🙂

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What are your favorite things about Fall?