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S4S – Autumn Coloured Books

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Autumn is well and truly underway now and it’s brought some seriously weird weather with it, cold and wet in the mornings then sunny but usually windy in the afternoons. I am enjoying the darker evenings though which has been nice and all the orange, red and brown leaves on the trees or the crunchy ones underfoot. Appropriately, this weeks Six for Sunday prompt from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Autumn Coloured Books” and it’s been a lovely one to think on.

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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
This lovely deep red book with a dragon scale effect was the first that came to mind for this prompt. I’ve been reading this at night to my little boy and it’s been really fun! I’ve loved reading it for a week or two now with just a few pages usually an evening and I’ve enjoyed noticing the similarities to the films and TV shows, not to mention it’s really quite funny!

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Milwood Hargrave
Although I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I thought I would (not a bad read just not what I was expecting, you can check out my review here) this beautiful cover just screams autumn.

Finding Home Vol. Two by Hari Conner 
I’ve just finished reading this stunning graphic novel this weekend (review coming Tuesday) and it is a slow burn, character driven, funny and sweet masterpiece. The second volume cover is also full of Autumn feels.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse 
This one I’ve not read yet as it’s not out until November Seventh and I’m SO excited about it. I eagerly read everything I could get my paws on when The Last Jedi came out and I’m determined to read all the build-up for The Rise of Skywalker with Resistance Reborn being the story of how the resistance is rebuilt after TLJ.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris 
This gorgeous book is a small hardback in black and gold. It’s beautiful and although not the orange, red, yellow or brown colours of Autumn I still think it gives off that Autumnal feel, as does the story inside. (You can read my spoiler-free  review here).

Chasing the Stars by Maria V. Snyder 
Another one that I am yet to read but is on my list to read next (once I’ve finally finished Angel Mage) I’ve been lucky enough to have received an early copy ready for its release next month and the UK cover is full of lovely Autumn colours!

Now I’m off to grab a hot chocolate and a blanket as I return to my natural state which will now become my evening ritual until Spring appears next year! Don’t forget to check out my Inktober update tomorrow and Tuesday brings with it a spoiler-free review of Finding Home Vol. Two. Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

 

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 2

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So week two is now over and this feels like it was better than last week, maybe because I’m getting more into the swing of it now. Yesterday I even managed to only go two words over the fifty word limit in my initial write up before I had to edit which was a first! Friday’s post started out at seventy-three words so sometimes a great deal of editing is needed and it really helps me to think about what I’m trying to say with each piece. Here is last weeks Inktober 2019: Writer Edition round up!

Frail

Leaving her cane behind she made her way through the trees, leaves darkening, creeping near the end of their time in unison with her own. Their usual bench was empty now without her companion but as she sat and longed for their hand she knew they would be together soon. 

Swing


Cursing in elvish as his arrow misses another target Lucien throws his bow to the ground and draws his short swords, advancing on the TARGET before him but missing again. Growling with frustration he reaches behind him and pulls a sword through his long russet hair, leaving it considerably shorter. 

(Credit to Lissy Raine for her art of my precious boy Lucien – My main D&D character based on Lucien from ACOTAR.)

Pattern 

Elle picks at the ghastly green and silver threads resembling snowflakes and Christmas trees adorning the red woollen jumper while trying to ignore the itchy sensation she had been experiencing since putting the damned thing on. Her girlfriend beams proudly at her handiwork and Elles feels her cold heart melt.

Snow

I’m not going to make it in today,” Lara coughed down the phone, “I’ve come down with that bug that’s been going around. Yes, of course, forty-eight hours” Lara reassured the voice before hanging up the call. “All clear!” She yelled as a snowball hit her in the face. 

Dragon

As an ear-splitting roar filled the air I was surprised to find I was not afraid, although my hands shook and my fingers itched with anticipation. Despite my time at the monastery, I had never come across another of my kind. I held my breath as I stepped forward. 

Ash


As I floated back to consciousness the taste of ash filled my mouth as it always did, this time accompanied by a sick feeling in my gut.

“Good work, my son,” My father told me later that evening and I knew then that I must have done something truly terrible.

(This is a follow on to the Dragon prompt and is about another D&D character who shares their body with the soul of an ancient red dragon.)

Overgrown

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Lucien wasn’t sure he’d recognise his home as he walked amongst the now ruins where he had grown up, but as he ran a hand across the charred and overgrown remains of what had once been the veranda overlooking the great gardens his mind was suddenly awash with old memories.

I’ve been playing and/or planning a fair bit for my different Dungeons and Dragons groups this week so a good few of these are about events that have happened or I imagine have or will happen to my characters which I’ve really enjoyed as D&D is pretty much my favourite past time.

I think my favourite this week was probably Dragon although overgrown is a close second. My least favourite was swing as I had to edit it quite heavily and it didn’t have quite the same feel to it once I had reduced it to fifty words.

Now,  onto another week!

 

 

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S4S – Books you’d take on an Autumn Walk

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I read this around autumn last year and I did actually take this out on an Autumn walk so I couldn’t leave it out. I’m hoping to get the second book read before the end of this year with any luck as I really enjoyed the first immensely.

The Near Witch by V.E Schwab
This is another book I’ve taken out on an autumn walk, I spent a good couple of hours in a book shop reading this while the rain poured and the wind howled outside as I sipped a lovely hot chocolate. It was basically perfect.

City of Bones by Cassie Clare
This is a book I genuinely love to snuggle up with and just enjoy reading but because I’ve read it so many times I tend to just flick through to my favourite parts which I could honestly see myself doing a nice Autumn walk.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
A great chunk of Tolkiens books just feel like they have this connection to nature and The Hobbit is no exception and this is defintley a book that would fit an Autumn walk.

Hex Life Anthology by Various
I still have to read this (it’s next on my list, Angel Mage is just taking me quite a while to read) but I feel like this would be perfect with all its witchy stories!

City of Ghosts by V.E Schwab
I feel like this is a fairly obvious one as it is full of creepy, spooky vibes that are perfect for an early evening Autumn walk, but maybe not after dark eh?

I think if the weather improves next week I may have to grab a book and go for a nice walk! At the moment it’s just been raining almost non-stop and I don’t want my book to get wet. What books would you choose to take on an Autumn walk with you?

 

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The Autumn Tag 2019

AUTUMN IS HERE. Autumn is my favourite season and I’m so happy!! It’s a little early in the morning as I type this and it’s still mostly dark outside and I love it. I know when I go to do the school run later I’m going to wear my long grey cardigan and my shadowhunter rune scarf and I’m so glad it’s cold enough to do so. LOVE IT. So as the joy of Autumn feeds my soul I thought it would be a good time to try my hand at The Autumn Tag! I was tagged by the lovely Jenn from Jenniely and will try to remember to tag some more people below!

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I love rereading Heartstopper to give me a case of the warm and fuzzies. If I want to escape for a while and get a nostalgia hit I’ll reach for The Hobbit and if I’m feeling some good ole cheesy, YA angst I’ll go for one of the Twilight books for City of Bones.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

I’m not really good at anything creative. I loved to write, fiction, a little poetry and D&D stories etc are my favourites. I’d love to learn to knit or crochet though.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I don’t really deal well with any kind of change, to be honest.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

I think a lot of adults who aren’t in my circle of friends, e.g the people I used to work with used to think it weird that I still played video games in my late 20’s and that I read a lot of fantasy and Sci-fi, especially YA.

Also, I loved The Cursed Child and I’m a Reylo (I ship Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and Rey in Star Wars) which really infuriates a lot of people.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

So this might sound like a weird one but when I go to a concert and the band plays my favourite song or a song that means a lot to me. I have literally wept with joy at concerts and although I don’t go to them hugely often anymore I always remember that feeling.

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is amazing and it gave me actual nightmares.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

I really need to cut down on snacking in the evening because at the moment I really love these cheap knock off peanut M&M’s and they’re super addictive. I think my absolute favourite thing to eat would probably be my dad’s curry though.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

SCARVES AND CARDIGANS. I have an extensive scarf collection and I’m so happy that it’s finally getting cold enough to wear them and I plan to replenish my cardigan draw this year as I’m down to just a couple after wearing most of my favourite ones to death.

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

Probably another unpopular opinion but The Last Jedi. I loved The Force Awakens, I love Rey and I hated Kylo Ren but the damn emotions I went through during TLJ were crazy and when THAT fight scene happens (in the throne room) I practically vibrated with joy and I loved it so much I cried. But then as my husband can attest to, I genuinely wailed out loud in the cinema when Ben asks Rey…well I don’t want to spoil it. I rewatch this film a lot just for the chemistry between those two, to be honest. And that fight scene.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I know I’ve already mentioned it but The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James absolutely hit me with a curve-ball. I went in thinking it a fluffy contemporary-like novel set in space. HAH. Damn was I wrong.

I tag Gaynor at Koop PaperbacksandPinot
Susan at NovelLives
Cora at TeaPartyPrincess 
Lois at Loisreadsbooks

If you haven’t been tagged and would like to do the tag anyway then go for it, consider yourself tagged!

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S4S – Books with Leaves on the Cover

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Okay so this weeks prompt is “Books with Leaves on the Cover” and after searching through my bookshelves I only have one book that matches that description so although I will still be adhering to the prompt this will actually be more of a “Books I want to read/look interesting that have leaves on the cover – only one of which I actually own” but that was a bit of a mouthful for a blog title so here we are.

Circe by Madeline Miller
This is the one I actually own and I KNOW I need to read it and I promise I will but I have so many books from publishers to get through at the moment and I feel like this will defintley be a book that’s worth the wait, so it can wait a bit longer.

Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray
So Wuthering heights except Heathcliffe is a vampire born of a vampire hunter mother and a vampire father. Basically, Wuthering Heights meets Blade? All I know is I need it.

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
I’ll let the Goodreads synopsis speak for this one.
“The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told.
Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see into the past, into the future and she has no choice but to flee her town.
Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.”

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m sure I have this somewhere on my shelves but I just couldn’t it!! I brought it years and years ago because the cover was pretty and werewolves *shrugs*

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the only “classics” I actually want to read. I’ve heard good things but I’m still fairly sceptical. Also, I figure it’s not going anywhere, it can wait.

Pax by Sara Pennypecker
The art always draws me to this book whenever I’m in a bookstore. It reminds me of the Shelter video game where you play a mama Badger protecting her cubs. That similarity may have drawn me in but is also what has been driving me away as I can sense just as much heartbreak coming. I absolutely need to read it at some point in the future though.

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Tag Thursday -The Fall Tag

I know it’s a little strange to follow on from my Christmas at the Beach Hut blog tour review post with a tag all about Autumn but it is still technically Fall and as excited as I am for Christmas and winter, in general, I thought I’d say a proper goodbye to the Autumn with this Fall tag! I spotted this tag on the Frasers Fun House blog and couldn’t resist giving it a go.

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1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?

Ooh, this is a tough one as I like a lot of different candles! Right now I’m burning My precious Pumpkin Spice and LOVING it which is a nice change as I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin or cinnamon at all. This candle smells like a lovely autumnal desert though, it’s gorgeous!

2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?

Crunchy leaves, wet grass and cardigans. I walk pretty much everywhere and I love the smell of the damp grass and leaves, my little boy also loves jumping around in all the crunchy leaves. As for cardigans I absolutely love them, they’re my favourite piece of clothing and I get too warm too easily to wear them most of the year but as soon as Autumn comes around I rock all the cardigans I can!

3. What is your all-time favourite fall/Halloween movie?

I was about to say this is a tough one as I don’t watch many movies because of the seasons they’re related to and then realised it’s all a lie because of HOCUS POCUS.

4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?

I’ve never been trick or treating and only been to a handful of Halloween parties so I don’t tend to get dressed up for it that often, hopefully taking Nate this year though as Steve from Minecraft as I’m already pretty sure he has convinced himself he lives in a Minecraft world at the moment as he takes his sword or pickaxe everywhere (much to my dismay!).

5. What is your favourite fall trend?

Did I mention I love cardigans? Yes? Well then let me talk to you about SCARVES! I love all scarves but in Autumn it’s just slightly on the cooler side enough to wear thin, pretty, gauzy scarves and let me tell you they’re almost as awesome as cardigans.

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6. When you think of fall what drink comes to mind?

I imagine most people would say pumpkin spice lattes etc but I’ve never been much of a fan of them so I would just say MORE HOT CHOCOLATE PLEASE. And marshmallows.

7. What is your go-to fall beauty product? A must-have staple!

Hand cream and lip balm are so essential this time of year as I find everything dries out pretty quick and I hate getting chapped lips!

8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?

Apple pie and custard all the way! All even better would be apple crumble. Yum.

9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about it!

Usually going out and collecting, conkers, leaves and pinecones! Now Nate is older we picked our own pumpkins and carved/painted them which is new for us!

10. The moment of truth, is fall your favourite season?

I do love the in-between of Autumn where it’s chilly but not proper cold like winter just yet so it’s a tough call as I love spring, Autumn and Winter pretty evenly, I just hate summer.

There we go! I hope you enjoyed a fun little different non-bookish tag for a change, I had fun answering it and I’m probably about to go watch Hocus Pocus now I think! I won’t tag anyone directly but if you see this tag and you liked it and want to take part go for it! Let me know in the comments below and link me to yours so I can check it out! Happy Autumn/Fall Y’all!

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