BEDIO: Ten Orange[ish] Book Covers ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a “Halloween Freebie”, so I decided to focus on books withh an orange (well, orangish) colored cover. These aren’t necessarily spooky or scary books, but I was curious to see how many orange books I have, so here we are ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ I also used it as an opportunity to play around with some book photography, especially on the editing side, which was fun!

Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday’s every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that weeks round of Top Ten Tuesday)!

Now, let’s look at some books!


So these next couple of pictures have books that aren’t orange all over the cover, but they have orange on the spines… well sort of. Although, Gone Girl has a super Halloween-esque cover in my opinion, with the orange lettering against the black background. Also, the white wispy looking branches (?) on the side have a ghostly appearance to them.

This last book cover isn’t orange, but it’s got a fun Halloween vibe to it, plus, I included orange origami paper in the photo, so that counts… right? ๐Ÿ˜‚


That’s about all I have for today! Don’t forget to check out That Artsy Reader Girl to see what others came up with for their Top Ten Tuesday posts ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Poetry Prompt #12

Hey everyone, happy Monday and welcome back to Blog Everyday in October!

It’s the beginning of a new week, which means that it’s Poetry Prompt Monday ๐ŸŽ‰ Woohoo!

This week’s theme is going to be monsters, but my poem is a little bit different from my previous ones. The poem I’m sharing was something I wrote a few years ago, but it was one of my favorite ones to write. I did edit it a little bit, as I just wanted to re-word somethings; if you want to read what I originally wrote, you can check it out here.

Feel free to write a poem about monsters, and you can share it below, or link to your post! Now, let’s be poetic ๐Ÿ‘น


The Girl and The Monsters

Once was a little girl,

Who was terrified of the monsters,

Living under her bed.

Her parents told her,

โ€œHoney, these monsters,

They just donโ€™t exist.โ€

But the girl knew the truth,

Despite her parents disbelief.

So night after night,

After her parents turned out the lights,

The girl would cower beneath the covers,

Using them as protection.

For if she couldnโ€™t see the monsters,

They couldnโ€™t see her, right?

From the safety of her covers,

She would watch the black shadows dance across her room,

And hear their growling voices,

As they spoke to each other.

One night she couldnโ€™t take it anymore.

With her eyes shut,

She threw the covers off and screamed,

โ€œLeave me alone!

Why canโ€™t you just leave me alone?!โ€

When she opened her eyes,

She saw monsters so giant,

They could eat three of her for breakfast.

She saw monsters so hairy,

They might as well have been hair balls from a cat.

She saw monsters with teeth so big and sharp,

They could easily have torn her to pieces.

Yet, she still wanted her answer,

So one of the monsters steps forward,

And looks her dead in the eye,

โ€œBecause you still believe in us,

And youโ€™re still scared of us.โ€

The little girl cocks her head to the side,

Waiting for a better explanation.

The monster continues,

โ€œAs you grow up,

You learn that us monsters under your bed,

Arenโ€™t the scariest things in the world.

You find new fears,

And new monsters.

Ones that arenโ€™t so easy to see,

That can hide in broad daylight.

Now that you arenโ€™t scared of us anymore,

We must go find another child,

Whoโ€™s still scared of us monsters under their bed.โ€

With that the monsters leave,

And the little girl is alone,

Just as she asked.

Except, in the corner of her room,

Stands a strange man.

Before she can scream,

He whisks her away,

Out of the safety of her warm house,

And into the cold, foreboding night.

This is the night when the little girl,

Learned of other monsters living in this world.


Thanks for reading, and feel free to share your poems below if you choose to write one!

Otherwise, I will see you all tomorrow with a new post ๐Ÿ‘ป

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Fortnight Frights Update

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a great weekend and a happy Sunday โ˜€

It’s been one week since the Fortnight Frights readathon started, so I figure I would do an update post about my progress so far!

Currently, I’ve finished reading one book Lobizona, as well as the poem “The Goblin Market”. I’m now in the middle of two books, The Jumbies and The Bad Seed.

I still have the following books/short stories I need to read to complete my TBR, but only two more to get a bingo (or possibly two? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ)!

To get a Bingo, I need to read either:

A Horror Comic: Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San by Honda San

With an Undead Character: Was it a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant

or

A Short Story: The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

To complete my TBR, I need to read:

A Translated Piece: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk; Translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Written by an Indigenous Author: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (I forgot to mention this in my post last week)

Written by an LGBTQ+ Author: The Other by Thomas Tryon (Another book I forgot to mention before, but I’ve had on my bookshelf for awhile, so hopefully I get to it!


Right now, I’m just focusing on getting the bingo, but when I do, I’m going to see how many of these books I can complete before the end of the readathon. Here’s what my card looks like currently:


That’s all for today’s post! What are you currently reading? Let me know below!
Anyways, thanks for coming on by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Just Some Bibliophilic Things #6 (Whispering Stories)

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Hello everyone, welcome back and happy Saturday!

As the weekend has begun, it’s time for another round of Just Some Bibliophilic Things, which is a weekly meme hosted by Riddhi B. from Whispering Stories!

This weeks prompt is:

Which genre do you not read? Why? Would you like to read any book from that genre??

I actually mentioned this in my post from yesterday, but I am not a big fan of the sci-fi genre. I either take a super long time to finish, or I DNF them completely, depending on how “sci-fi” it is… if that makes sense ๐Ÿ˜‚ A lot of the time when I try reading books that are purely sci-fi, the authors go into so much detail about the world building, which obviously is important to the story, but at the same time I get bored if it seems to be dragging on for (what I deem to be) too long.

If I read anything sci-fi, it tends to be a book with sci-fi elements more so than a purely sci-fi book (although, they can still take me a while to read). The first few books that come to my head would be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon. Station Eleven was a dystopian, sci-fi book while An Unkindness of Ghosts is sci-fi, but the structure of the world was based on the Antebellum South, so it has that historical element to it as well. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is more of a sci-fi story with a comedic twist, which made it fun to read.

As far as sci-fi books I would want to read… I’ve had Illuminae by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff on my shelf for a while, because I thought the mixed media format would make it more entertaining to read. However, it made me just want to flip through the book and look at everything, but not really read it ๐Ÿ˜… Who knows, I might try reading it again… eventually.


That’s all I have for today’s post! Don’t forget to check out Riddhi’s original post, and if you have any good sci-fi recommendations, let me know below!

Other than that, thanks for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: The Bookish Snob Tag ๐Ÿ“šand Sunshine Blogger Award โ˜€!

Hey everyone and happy Friday!

I was tagged for two different things this week, and I figured, why not do both of them today?

First up is the Bookish Snob Tag, and I was tagged by Riddhi from Whispering Stories! Go ahead and check out her post as well, and thanks for the tag ๐Ÿ˜Š

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?
I don’t actually, as there are times I’ll watch something and not even realize it’s based off a book! Typically, I enjoy the book more than the movie, but the only exception I can think of right off the top of my head is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s a multi-POV book that spans over many generations, and he writes essentially in the manner which the characters of that time would speak, which for me, translated a lot better on the big screen than in book form.

FORMAT SNOBYou can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
Although I have a love for physical books, I would go with eBooks, just because I’ve got to be environmentally conscious over here, you know? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป

SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Been there done that ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s not that bad, as long as they’re supportive of your interests, because I have other people in my life who are readers and I can gush to, plus I have this here blog, so I don’t need a partner to fulfill that “person who I can gush about books to” role. Although… I still would talk about books and reading with them anyways ๐Ÿ˜…

GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre โ€“ never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
I’d go with Sci-fi, because even though I’ve found books recently that I enjoyed which fall into this genre, it tends to be my least favorite.

UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Now this one is HARD, especially as a mood reader! Okay, I’m going to go with urban fantasy (is that too specific? IDK), mostly because it blends aspects of the real world with fantastical elements, so I get the best of both worlds!

COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
YA isn’t a specific genre, but I think the whole category definitely receives more snobbery than other genres/categories. Chai and Chapters did a great discussion post about this topic recently, so I definitely recommend checking that out!

So, I was also tagged again for the Sunshine Blogger Award, but this time it was by Tiction from Fictionally Crazy! Thank you again for the tag, and check out their post right here.

I have already done the Sunshine Blogger Award before in a previous post, but there were some questions I didn’t answer in the last post, that I want to answer this time around, so here we are!

When did you start blogging? Why? What made you continue?

I sort of answered this question last time, except the part about why I continued, but just a quick brush up:

I started my blog in March 2019, and I started mostly because I wanted to publish more of my writing online, especially since I eventually want to self-publish something of my own. I mostly kept going because I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts, documenting fun things I’ve done, and discussing topics that are on my mind, even though I didn’t really start having people frequently visit my blog until these past few months ๐Ÿ˜… I also enjoy interacting with other bloggers, although that’s not something I’ve really been doing as much of until pretty recently as well.

What is your preferred colour?(at least two)

I have three colors I really love, which are blue, purple and green (which also all go really well together too, so it’s pretty great ๐Ÿ‘Œ)

What is your spirit animal?(And, no, Joey wonโ€™t work, if you know what I mean)

I’ll go with a Kiwi bird, because they’re kind of strange, but still really awesome… which is how I aspire to be ๐Ÿคฃ They’re also one of my favorite animals which is a plus

Do you play a musical instrument? Which one? and, if not, which one would you like to?

When I was younger, I took fifth grade band (so I was about 10), and played the clarinet, although that didn’t stick… but I also learned to play guitar for a little bit, but that also… didn’t really stick ๐Ÿ˜… I’d say that I would love to get back into playing guitar, but I don’t have an interest in learning any instruments really ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

What is the movie you can watch forever?

Hmmm… I’ll go with Across the Universe, because I like the Beatles, and the movie’s pretty great… granted I’m also not a big movie person in general, so there’s that

What song makes you dance so much that people look at you weird?

“Why Did It Have To Be Me” by ABBA, although I constantly listen to the Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again version, because I love the chemistry between Young Donna and Young Bill! Overall though, ABBA music in general just makes me so happy and energetic ๐Ÿ‘Œ

What memory is the closest to your heart?

Since it’s fall, I’ve been thinking about this time back when I was in kindergarten (so around 5 years old) and I was walking home from school with a group of kids, on Halloween day. I was so excited and happy because we just had a costume parade at school, and later on I was going to go trick-or-treating with my friends.

It’s kind of a random memory, but it always makes me smile thinking back on how much I loved Halloween as a kid ๐ŸŽƒ

If you could change your name, what would you change it too?(you can not say that you wonโ€™t change, we all have certain fantasies about our names)

When I was younger, I didn’t like my name because so many people I went to school had the same name (at least it seemed like it to me). As I grew up though, I’ve become more appreciative of my name, and just kind of also stopped caring if I had the same name as a lot of people ๐Ÿ˜‚

What is your favourite book?(Can be many!)

Since we can go with multiple, I’ll go with my Top 5 that I can think of right off the top of my head:

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reed

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Over the Top: A Raw Journey To Self-Love by Jonathon Van Ness


Alright, well I hope you enjoyed this super taggy (not a word, but I’m making it a word because why not?) post, and thank you Riddhi and Tiction for the tags! Don’t forget to check out their blogs as well, as both of them create awesome content ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anyways, thanks for reading through my little ol’ blog here, and I’ll see you all tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries Pt. 1

For anyone who has credible information on any of the cases mentioned, there will be contact information for the agencies involved in that specific case at the end of each story, or you can submit your tip at the Unsolved Mysteries website.

Hello there everyone, I hope you’re having a good Thursday!
This past Monday was the premiere of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries Pt. 2, but before talking about the new episodes, I wanted to discuss the first part of season one (which premiered earlier this summer), and any recent developments in the cases.

Check out the trailer for Unsolved Mysteries pt. 2:

I’m excited to watch because it looks like they’ll be doing a lot more episodes discussing more international cases, which will be really interesting! By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Unsolved Mysteries, the show discusses mysterious cases, not just in true crime, but also more paranormal or alien/UFO events, but I just say cases to cover all of it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

On that note, let’s get into the six cases from part one!


Mystery On the Rooftop– The Rey Rivera Case

Rey Rivera was 32 years old, just got married and had moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he went missing on May 16, 2006. On May 24, his body was found in a conference room of the Belvedere Hotel, having apparently fallen from above, due to the hole in the ceiling. Although the Baltimore police ruled his death a suicide, the medical examiner deemed the his death, ‘undetermined’, and according to those interviewed for the show, the evidence didn’t add up. So then the question was, “If Rey didn’t kill himself, then who did?”

Since the Unsolved Mysteries episode aired, much of the scrutiny turned towards Rivera’s former friend and boss Porter Stansberry, as it was claimed he was uncooperative with the case after a certain point, and placed a gag order on his employees when discussing the case. According to an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Stansberry claims the show completely misconstrued his involvement with the case, and are sensationalizing it. Stansberry isn’t the only one who has spoken out against the show, as an Mikita Brottman who wrote a book about the case, An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere also thought the coverage of the case was subpar.

Another interesting point that was brought up was about one of the detectives interviewed for the show, Detective Bier. On the show, he claimed he was taken off the case, after being the main investigator. However, according to WBAL TV-11,

Detective Bier, featured in the film, was not the primary investigator on the case. He was not reassigned to get him off the case. His transfer to SAFE Streets taskforce was his request and investigation into this case continued after his transfer. Bier’s view/opinion of the incident are not the official view of the BPD.

Other than a lot of pushback from people involving the accuracy of The Mystery on the Rooftop, the only other update given to the case was the revelation of there being a second caller, which showrunner Terry Dunn Meurer discussed in an article from the Radio Times. Apparently, while Rivera’s computers were being searched by police, a mysterious caller asking about the status of the computers, and expressed interest in obtaining them. Rey’s wife Allison, was disconcerted by the news, as she doesn’t know who it could possibly be.

Besides the backlash and the second caller, there have been no new tips in Rey Rivera’s case.

If you, or anyone you know, has credible tips on the case, you can submit them online at unsolved.com

13 Minutes– The Patrice Endres Case

In 2004, Patrice Endres was taken from her hair salon in Cumming, Georgia, between 11:37 am (last call she answered) and 11:50am (first called she missed), or in the span of 13 minutes. Her body was later found in December of 2005, behind Lebanon Baptist Church in Dawson County, Georgia, about a few miles from where she was taken. Over the past 16 years since she disappeared, two different serial killers,  Jeremy Brian Jones and Gary Michael Hilton were suspected of the murder (Jones even confessed to the murder), but there wasn’t any evidence to definitively tie them to the case. Patrice’s husband, Rob, was also a prime suspect, with her son Pistol and her friends sure that he had some part in it. Although Rob has an alibi and couldn’t have committed the murder himself, there isn’t enough to rule out murder for hire. The key piece of this investigation is eye witness testimony from two separate people about having seen a blue car (which could be a Chevy Lumina or Malibu) around 11:45am in front of Patrice’s shop.

An interesting aspect of this episode is that there are a few pieces of evidence that aren’t discussed, as they are considered “guilty knowledge”, or knowledge only law enforcement or the perpetrators would know. Even though this might be the case in the other episodes as well, it was never explicitly stated as it was here.

As of right now, there haven’t been any updates on the case. For any credible tips, you can contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Tip Line at 800-597-8477 or online at unsolved.com

House of Terror– The Case of Xavier and the Dupont Family

(Sorry, this one is a little long, as there is a lot of background to discuss with the case)

In Nantes, France there lived the Dupont Family, which consisted of the father, Xavier, the mother, Anne, and their children, Thomas, Arthur, Anne, and Benoit. Xavier was the son of the prestigious Count Dupont de Ligonnรจs; in other words, he was from a rich, well known family, while Agnes was from a more conservative and traditional background.

On April 11, 2011, a neighbor of the Dupont family, Estelle Chapon, noticed the window shutters of their house were closed. It was unusual for the family, as even when they were on vacation, they would leave the windows open. After a few days of there being no activity around the house, Chapon called the police, who went to check on the family. After getting a locksmith to open the door, they went inside and found everything pretty much in place, except for sheets missing on some of the beds. There was no sign of any struggle, as well as no sign of the family, so the police believed the Dupont’s left voluntarily. The following day, friends and relatives received letters from Xavier and Agnes, stating they left France for the United States, as Xavier was recruited to infiltrate an international drug ring. Although the letter’s confused those who received them, due to Xavier’s reputation and prestige, there was no suspicion of anything out of the ordinary. However, Agnes’ family didn’t believe the story, as Agnes would not leave the country without notifying her family. They insisted the police continue investigating, and multiple visits were made to the home between April 18th and April 20th. On April 21st, the bodies of Agnes, Arthur, Benoit, Anne and the two family dogs were found buried together, with religious icons and crosses attached to each body. Later on, the body of the eldest son, Thomas, was found buried in a separate grave. However, they didn’t end up finding Xavier’s body.

At first, friends and family found it hard to believe that Xavier would kill his family, as he was considered a proud dad who loved his family. It was later uncovered that Xavier was facing financial issues, to the point that there was no money left to the family name, and there were debt collectors hounding Xavier.

Eventually, the police found evidence of Xavier being alive, as he used his credit cards, and didn’t hide from security camera’s, despite being on the run. He was visiting significant places in his life, and was last spotted at a hotel in Roquebrune-sur-Argens. From there, investigators believed he went into the nearby mountains and killed himself, but a body was never found. At this point, Xavier is still a fugitive, and it’s believed he might have went to Latin America, as he was fluent in Spanish as well as English. The most difficult thing about searching for Xavier is that he has no remarkable features that would make it easy identify him, so it’s easy for him to blend into a crowd. There have been supposed sightings of him in Scotland (later it was determined it was not him) and Chicago (this lead seems the most promising, as there were a significant amount of tips from the area). There are many theories about Xavier’s whereabouts, what happened in the case, and why it happened, but otherwise no significant leads have been made since the episode aired.

For any credible tips, you can contact the FBI at tip.fbi.gov or through unsolved.com

No Ride Home-The Alonzo Brooks Case

On the night of April 3, 2004, Alonzo Brooks was seen for the last time at a house party in La Cygne, Kansas, until his body was discovered a month later. Brooks had been left behind, as all the friends who went to the party with him had assumed he had gone home with someone else. Brooks’ family and friends started a search party, and later received help from local authorities. His body was found by a creek law enforcement insisted they searched multiple times, and when the autopsy was performed, the medical examiner was unable to determine cause of death. His friends and family believe it was a racially motivated crime, as he was one of three Black people at a house party with around 100 people, and had already had racial slurs thrown at him early on in the night by other party goers. La Cygne also has a reputation of being the stereotypical “racist small towns of the South” kind of place.

With the airing of No Ride Home, interest in Alonzo Brooks’ case was reignited. On July 21, 2020 Alonzno Brooks’ body was exhumed for further examination, and the FBI has put up a $100,000 reward. The case is being investigated as a hate crime, as the FBI commented,

Some said Brooks may have flirted with a girl, some said drunken white men wanted to fight an African American male, and some said racist whites simply resented Brooks’ presence.

Although no one knows the specific events leading to his death, it seems to have been racially motivated.

For any credible tips on the Alonzo Brooks case, you can contact the FBI at tip.fbi.gov or through unsolved.com

Berkshire’s UFO– UFO Sightings in Berkshire County, Massachusetts

This isn’t a true crime case, but rather a case involving aliens and UFO’s. On September 1st, 1969, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, residents witnessed a strange phenomenon involving a bright light, UFO sightings, and experiencing the “Missing Time” phenomenon (based on an episode from the original Unsolved Mysteries series). The witnesses included in the series are: Jane Green, Tom Warner, Thom Reed and Melanie Kirchdorfer.

The event was significant enough to be recognized as a historical event in 2015, and is a well known event in UFO communities. This isn’t necessarily a case that will have a lot of updates, but nothing new has come out since the episode aired.

Missing Witness-The Lena Chapin Case

Lena Chapin went missing in 2006, after talking to the police about her mom’s involvement in the disappearance of Gary McCullough in 1999. At the time, Gary’s case had been a missing person’s case, since a body was never found. However, Lena said she saw her mom, Sandy Klemp, shoot Gary, then had Lena help clean up and dispose of the body. After the admission, she was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother. When Lena’s sister, Robin, went to get Lena, she was nowhere to be found, and her boyfriend at the time, Jason, said Lena had ran off with someone else to Florida.

This sparked suspicion right away, as that would mean Lena had left her son Colter behind, which didn’t match up with how much she loved her son. It became even more suspicious when Sandy filed for abandonment charges against Lena, so that she could adopt Colter. Colter was always a point of contention between Lena and Sandy, since Sandy had an obsession with Colter, to the point she would take Colter out and claim he was her son, as well as insist that he call her “mom”.

No one has found Lena or Gary, and there have been no charges pressed against Sandy. She has since remarried to Joe Wink, and is now Sandy Wink. After Lena’s disappearance, Sandy adopted Colter and has been raising him as her own son.

For any credible tips concerning Lena Chaplin, you can contact the Dent County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office at 573-729-3241 or online at unsolved.com


That’s about all I have for today’s post! The showrunner, Terry Dunn Meurer, also did an interview with Newsweek about updates to the cases, if you want to check that out as well.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: WWW Wednesday (10/21/2020)

Hey everyone, I hope your week has been going well! If not… at least you’re halfway there!

Since it’s WWW Wednesday, we’re going to talk about what I’ve been reading, and what I plan on reading since I haven’t finished any other books since my post last week ๐Ÿ˜… That’s okay though, sometimes life just gets in the way of my reading time ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

WWW Wednesdays were originally, hosted by A Daily Rhythm but has been revived by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.

Anyways, let’s get right into it!


What I’ve Finished Reading Recently:

Like I said… nothing, but I’m in the middle of Fortnight Frights, so I’ll be finishing up some fun spooky reads soon! If you want to see what my TBR is for the readathon, you can check out my Creative Dumping Ground post from Sunday!

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m still working on the same books I mentioned in last weeks post, but for now they’re on the back burner as I read through (or try to read through!) my TBR for Fortnight Frights. My first book is Lobizona by Romina Garber, which is a fantasy novel revolving around Manu, who is an undocumented Argentine with a mysterious past. As she goes on a journey to discover her family’s history, she uncovers a whole other world that inspired Argentinian folklore.

I’m 164 pages into it right now, and I’ve been enjoying the fast pace of the novel, and reading Manu’s journey as she learns more about the magical world she belongs to.

What I Plan on Reading:

Right now, I’m debating between four different things to read: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, or Was it a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant. I want to divide each longer/ time investing book with something shorter or easier to get through. I’ll see what happens… who knows, I may end up reading one of them while I’m still in the middle of Lobizona ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ


That’s my post for this weeks WWW Wednesday! Let me know what you’re reading, or what you just finished reading below!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Ten Books Recommended to Me

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Hey everyone and happy Tuesday!

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, I’m talking about books I’m focusing on books I was recommended through BookTube. I don’t really watch BookTube that much anymore, but for awhile it was where I got the most recommendations. I thought it would be kind of fun to revisit what I read, and discuss whether I liked the books or not ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Anyways, Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday’s every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that weeks round of Top Ten Tuesday)!

Now let’s talk books!


The first four books I will talk about today are The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the Six (Both by Taylor Jenkins Reid), Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, and The Girls by Emma Cline. I heard about all these titles through Emma Books channel, as I used to watch her A LOT ๐Ÿ˜‚ but, these are books that were pretty popular on BookTube overall when they came out. I really enjoyed both of Taylor Jenkin Reid’s books, although I liked Daisy Jones more than Evelyn Hugo, while Of Fire and Stars and The Girls, were both kind of average reads for me (I enjoyed Of Fire and Stars more so than The Girls).

Go ahead and check out Emma’s channel! She is popular on the platform (in other words, probably doesn’t need me to shout her out ๐Ÿ˜‚), but if these books interested you, you might enjoy more of her recommendations!

The next couple of books I’m going to talk about are the poetry collections, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook and The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I found both of these books through Katesbookdate, as she has a few videos focusing specifically on poetry recommendations. The Princess Save Herself in This One is popular for those who are starting to read more poetry, but I liked Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately more, as I thought the concept of each poem having a song associated with it is a cool concept.

You can go ahead and check out Kate’s channel, especially if you like finding more poetry collections to read (or to start reading more poetry!).

I found The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton through PeruseProject’s (Regan) channel. I watched her a lot when I first got into BookTube, as she had a lot of interesting fantasy recommendations, but I lost interest as time went on ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ However, I loved The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender when I read it a couple years ago, and definitely recommend checking it out if you’re into stories that blend our world with fantastical elements! The writing had kind of a whimsical tone to it, despite the story being sad and covering some serious topics, which was interesting.

You should check out Regan’s channel if you’re into fantasy and looking for more recommendations in the genre, although she’s also a popular channel as well, so you might know about her if you already watch a lot of BookTube.

The next book, An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon I heard about through Bowties and Books’ (Jesse) channel. It’s a sci-fi book, which isn’t a genre I read a lot, but the blend of sci-fi elements with the historical elements of slavery in the United States made it a much more interesting read for me. I’ve talked about this book quite a bit when I first read it earlier this year, so if you want a more in-depth explanation, I recommend checking out my WWW Wednesday post from August.

Check out Jesse’s channel if you want more recommendations for books focusing on LGBTQ+ and/or Black stories! They have some great book recommendations (I’ve added quite a few to my TBR), but since I only started watching them recently, I haven’t read as many of the books discussed on their channel ๐Ÿ˜…

Both Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas are books I heard about through BookTube, but I could not remember the specific channel ๐Ÿ˜‚ I loved The Hate U Give, and actually read it all in one day, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a different story ๐Ÿ˜… I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, but when I tried reading the second book, I just got bored and put it down. I haven’t tried picking it up since then, and I’m not sure if I’m going to, if I’m being honest.


That’s all I have for today’s Top Ten Tuesday! Remember to check out That Artsy Reader Girl to see her post for Top Ten Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Poetry Prompt #11

Hey everyone, welcome back to a new week! Hopefully your Monday is off to a great start ๐Ÿ˜„

Since it’s Monday, that means it’s time for another Poetry Prompt! Today’s prompt is actually brought by yours truly โœŒ When I was coming up with ideas for Blog Everyday In October, I came up with different themes to center my Halloween/spooky around, and one of the themes (which also happens to be today’s theme… who would have thought) was masks and costumes.

If you want to join in the fun, then go right on ahead! You can either type your poem(s) in the comments below or link to your post, I would love to see what y’all come up with!

Now, let’s get on to the poetry!


Why is Halloween such a popular holiday?

Why do people find it fun?

For kids,

It’s a time to dress up with their friends,

And go out at night for some candy.

Screams echoing in the air,

As they run,

From one spookily decorated house,

To the next.

For the adults,

It’s a time to forget about your troubles,

Have a fun Halloween drink,

Have a party with friends,

Or watch scary movies,

All cuddled up,

With that special someone.

It’s a time for spookiness,

And a time to play a part,

Outside of your comfort zone.

So throw on a mask,

And slip on a costume,

Go ahead,

Just play pretend for one night,

And have a little fun.


That’s about all I have for today! Thank you for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with something new!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Creative Dumping Ground #23 and Fortnight Fright begins!

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Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you’ve been having an awesome weekend, and enjoying yourselves ๐Ÿ˜Š

I haven’t done a Creative Dumping Ground in a while, so what better time to do it, then now? It will be kind of a shorter Creative Dumping Ground post, but I’ll be doing another one sometime in the near future ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, today is the first day of the Fortnight Frights reading challenge, which is hosted by the Artisan Geek over on Youtube! Woohoo!

So, I’ll go ahead and post my finalized TBR right here:

With an Undead Character: Was it a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant

A Short Story: The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

A Poem: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

Written before 1960: The Bad Seed by William March (1954)

A Translated Piece: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk; Translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

A Horror Comic: Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San by Honda San

Dark Fantasy: Lobizano by Romina Garber

Written by a Black/African Author: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

My TBR had a few minor changes, but other than that, it’s pretty similar to what I talked about in my original post. If you want to participate as well, here is the bingo card:

And if you want to check out more about Fortnight Frights:

Here’s the Announcement Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jxgrMudLig

Here’s the Fortnight Frights Homepage: https://www.theartisangeek.com/fortnightfrights

Other than that, let’s get into the rest of the post!


So this is from when I did my Top Ten Tuesday post about book covers that give off fall vibes, although I didn’t end up using it in my post ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ I’d been talking about The Year of the Witching a lot in my prior posts, and wanted to highlight other books I enjoyed or thought looked cool. I still love the picture though, and wanted to share it, so here it is!

In case you didn’t know, I play Animal Crossing ๐Ÿ˜… I just finished paying off the last loan on my house, so now I can redecorate the outside of it for free once a day! Exciting! (Well, at least I think so ๐Ÿ˜‚) Anyways, I decided to go ahead and make it Halloween themed, and so the picture on the left is the original, and the picture on the right is my spookified house (Is spookified a word? Maybe not for you, but it is for me).

I also have another picture from Animal Crossing I wanted to share, cause I think it’s pretty cool ๐Ÿ‘Œ (Although, not fall related at all). It’s from the end of August when they were doing the fireworks shows every Sunday, and I just love how it looks like the balloon is exploding ๐Ÿ˜‚


That’s about all I have for today! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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