Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie🎃

Hello everyone and happy Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl.

This week’s TTT topic is a 🎃halloween freebie🎃 so I decided to make the post about “spooky” books I still want to read! I am considering “spooky”s to be something with monsters, witches, magic and suspense to name a few. I am a bit of a 🙀scaredy cat🙀 so I don’t have anything outrageously scary (like Stephen King, demons, possessions, and the like).

What did you think of my TTT list? Do you have any of these on your TBR? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

A Summary of What I Read During Caffeinated’s FraterfestRAT

Happy Monday everyone,
I hope you guys are having a great start to the week. This morning, my car died.💀🚗✝ While it wasn’t the best start to the day (or the week), I reminded myself that it isn’t about controlling what happens during the day; rather, it is about how we handle it and move forward! It makes all the difference on how the rest of the day will go. 🙂

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sail.

William A ward

Okay, enough babbling from me.

Today’s post is about what I am currently reading, what I am planning on reading next and a summary of what I read during Caffeinated’s Fraterfest read-a-thon 2020. This was my first read-a-thon and I absolutely enjoyed it. It was a great way for me to get back into the swing of reading and helped me rediscover my love for reading after being away for so long.

Eep! I did it again. 😬 Okay, for real now.. Let’s talk about what I am currently reading and what I plan to read next before discussing my Fraterfest reads.

I am just finishing up Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I wish I had read this sooner; it is SO good. I pretty much read 95 percent of the book yesterday…
Next, I am planning on reading Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (sequel to Wicked Saints). Once I finish with RG, I will be reading Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller and The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson.

Okay, let’s move on to what I read during Caffeinated’s Fraterfest!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I loved this book. I found the storyline unique and the plot twist exciting. Usually, I can guess what is going to happen next or guess some secret the author is keeping hidden from the reader, but this is one of the few times where I did not see it coming! And I loved that. Without spoiling anything, I just want to say that I liked how I, as the reader, could tell there was an overarching theme/lesson in the story and I found it intriguing.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I have always enjoyed stories that either take fairy tales and make them dark or stories that involve new, dark fairy tales. This novel was of the latter. I did have a hard time getting into the novel at the beginning; there was a lot, a lot of narration and background during which I found myself losing attention. This also may be because of the book hangover that Wicked Saints caused. However, I am glad that I stuck with it because it was an enjoyable read.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I quite enjoyed this novel! I was not sure what to expect, but I have read mixed reviews; some felt that it was a good read, while others found that it fell flat for them. I find myself grouped with the former, but respect the thoughts of the latter of course. I enjoyed the setting of the storyline and the witty banter between the protagonist, Audrey Rose, and her colleague, Thomas Cresswell. I also like Audrey’s fierceness when it comes to women’s rights.

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
This was my first time reading a novel by V.E. Schwab and I liked what I read. I enjoyed the fearlessness and fierceness of the protagonist, Lexi, who is determined to forge her own path in her town. As I previously mentioned, I enjoy the darker side of fairy tales and while this was not based on fairy tales, it was based off the story of the near witch that was told to children in Lexi’s town.

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
I am always down to read a good mystery novel. I really liked the riddles aspect of this novel; they were really intriguing and fun to ponder. I also enjoyed the flashbacks, if you will, to the mystery of the Ellingham family. These flashbacks kept me intrigued and wanting to keep reading to find out who the killer was. I couldn’t believe the book was finished when I read the last three words on the page that said, “To Be Continued.” I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t that it ended on a huge cliffhanger; it was more akin to a song being paused right in the middle or taking the water off the stove just as things are starting to really heat up. If that makes any sense. Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable and I am excited to read the next one, The Vanishing Stair.

What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹 

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 10!!

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

Today is the last day of Caffeinated’s Fraterfest Read-A-Thon! I can’t believe it is over after this. But it has been a great read-a-thon and I am so thankful that Elza @ElzaReads let me know about it! I also want to thank Kimberley @CaffeinatedReviewer for hosting this read-a-thon! 🙂 It has been fun.

Today’s post is about my favorite book from this read-a-thon! I have to say, I really enjoyed the first book I read, Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan. I felt that it was different than what I have read in the past and it had a plot twist that I didn’t see coming–and I usually see them coming.

Here is the synopsis for Wicked Saints:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

What are you currently reading? What books has been your favorite read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Hope you guys have a great rest of your weekend!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 9

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TGIF!
Happy Friday, everyone. We are so close to the weekend! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I will be volunteering at a non-profit organization for pediatric cancer on Saturday😌.

Today’s post is about a favorite fall🍂🍁 place to read! Since I recently moved to a new apartment, away from my university, there are fewer reading spots in nature–or just fewer in general. Luckily, my backyard is a mini forested area with a small clearing and a creek that runs through the trees🌲🌿🌳. It is especially beautiful this time of year because the leaves on the trees are brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red. I love watching the colorful leaves fall from the trees when the wind blows. It is so peaceful!

It is hard to get a great picture of the entire area but the creek is just behind those trees in the back.

What is your favorite fall reading spot? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 8

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Hey friends!
Can you believe it is already Thursday? And that means tomorrow is Friday… Yay! 🎉🥳

Today’s FraterfestRAT post is about halloween socks… or it would have been if I had a pair. I used to have some, but I haven’t been able to find them. I looked at Target to buy some, but they didn’t have any. 😦 Boo. However, I have been wearing my festive Halloween pumpkin🎃 sweatshirt from SHEIN!

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📚Reading update: I just finished The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab. I loved it! Now I am onto my last book that I have planned for this read-a-thon, which is Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson.


What are you currently reading? Have you read Truly, Devious or The Near Witch? If so, how did you like it! Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 7

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!😌

How are you today? We are halfway through the week.🎉 I hope you all have been having a good week so far!

Today’s FraterfestRAT post is about a spooky snack and a book.

👻Spooky snack👻:

I love these pillsbury specialty spooky cookies!

📖Book📖: I am currently reading The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab. This is my first time reading novel by her and I am liking it so far. She has so many books out and they all sound so good!

What are your favorite spooky snacks? What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹


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📖Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them

Hey guys! 🙂

I am back again. 🙂 I saw @ThatArtsyReaderGirl’s TTT post and I thought I would participate! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by @ThatArtsyReaderGirl and each week there is a new topic to post about!

Today’s TTT is about books that I have read most recently because they were recommended to me. I put a little bit of a twist on this by including books that I have read in the past (rather than most recently) that were suggested to me because I have been out of the reading game for a little bit due to attending university. Similar to Jamie @JamieWritesWordsandWaffles, I included a couple of books that I am planning on reading because someone suggested them to me.

📚Books that I have read because someone suggested them to me:


📚Here are the books that have been suggested to me that I plan on reading:


What did you think of my list? What are some books that you read because someone suggested them to you? Let me know in the comments below. 💭💬

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️ FraterfestRAT: Day 6

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Hello again, friends!👋🏼

Today’s fraterfestRAT post is about my current read! I actually just finished Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

I quite enjoyed the novel! I found it similar to The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd in some ways, but that is not to say that Stalking Jack the Ripper wasn’t unique! What I am getting at is that, if you liked TMD then I think you will like STJTR and vice versa.

I am down to two books left on my FraterfesRAT “TBR” if you will. If I finish those two books before the 25th, I will definitely add another book or two to the list. There is no shortage of books to be read. 🙂

I plan on reading The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab. I am quite excited to start this book. I have not yet read a novel by V.E. Schwab, but there are so many of her books popping up and they allllll sound so interesting! I have high hopes!

Have you read any of V.E. Schwab’s novels? Did you read Stalking Jack the Ripper? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️ FraterfestRAT: Day 5

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Hello bookworms!

Another Monday! The weekends sure do fly by, don’t they? How was your weekend? Did you fill in any free time with a spooky read?

Today’s topic is showing any carved pumpkins🎃… but I have to say, this year I painted pumpkins with some good friends. But… mine wasn’t spooky. 😬 I am not that talented (at all) with a paintbrush, so I painted something fairly straightforward. This pumpkin also matches the theme of my apartment–beach theme, ocean vibes… So it worked out in the end.

The light blue pumpkin with the white and gold leaves is what I painted. The two little pumpkins up front are from Hobby Lobby.
Here is the line up of all my friends’ pumpkins!

FraterfestRAT Update: I finished The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I am now reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.


Have you read any of the books I have read so far? (Wicked Saints, The Hazel Wood, or Stalking Jack the Ripper?) If, so what did you think of them? If not, are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 4

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Happy day four of the FraterfestRAT! Where I live, it is pretty dark, cloudy and rainy. today.. A great day to stay inside, eat some yummy snacks and read a good, spooky book. 😌

Today’s post is about a favorite spooky/fall movie. I have to say, this took me a minute to figure out! I have quite a few favorites, but I suppose I can settle on one.

Twitches!☀️🌙

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I am not sure if any of you guys have heard of this Disney movie before, but I love the Twitches movies (there are 2). I think part of this stems from the fact that the main characters are twins, but they didn’t pull the “evil” twin card. This movie is actually really relatable with how the Camryn and Alex are similar, but different–in the twin-ish style of complementing each other’s personalities.

I know, I know… I said I would only pick ONE favorite, but I can’t NOT mention…

🎃It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!🎃

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My mom and sister watch this movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas every year. 🙂

What are your favorite spooky or fall movies? Do you have any Halloween or fall traditions? Let me know in the comments below. I love reading/responding to your comments. 🙂

-Maya🌹