BEDIO: Just Some Bibliophilic Things #6 And The Halloween Book Tag

Today is the last day of Blog Everyday in October, so to all of you who have taken the time to read any of my posts this month, thank you! It takes a lot of planning and time to get this all organized, so I appreciate any of y’all who have been along for the ride at some point this October ๐Ÿ˜Š

To end BEDIO 2020, I decided to do a Halloween Book tag, which I found on the Sassy Book Geek’s blog. If you want to check out her post, you can do so here! For the sake of not turning this post into an essay, I’m only going to answer some of the questions.

Also, since today is Saturday, it’s time for another Just Some Bibliophilic Things, which is a weekly meme hosted by Riddhi from Whispering Stories! I’ll go ahead and start with the Just Some Bibliophilic Things question, and then do the Halloween Book Tag ๐ŸŽƒ

This Weekโ€™s question: Which genre is your absolute favorite? What draws you to it? If demanded, would you be able to stick to it for the rest of your life?

Tough question… I would say it’s most likely fantasy, although more specifically urban fantasy. I think fantasy is a great genre to explore current issues in a way where you’re removed from the real world just enough where it still has this feeling of escaping from real life. I think I could stick to it for the rest of my life, as fantasy is pretty expansive, and there’s enough subgenre’s where it won’t feel as though I’m reading the same book over and over again.

Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

I don’t have a favorite book that I read every year, although when I was younger, I always enjoyed reading the Blue is For Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz during the fall.

Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark covers always freaked me out, and really just the illustrations overall were super creepy.

In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

Let’s go with Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings, because I specifically want to visit the Shire. I know I’ve answered the Shire from The Lord of the Rings in a previous post, but I feel like it fun to trick-or-treat there, especially because they would also throw a really fun Halloween party.

What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

I was thinking of the Corsai from This Savage Song, since they only hunt at night when its dark… and well they’ll eat you. They also remind me of the Vashta Nerada from Doctor Who, which really freaked me out the first time I watched “Silence in the Library”.

Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

Vampire, hands down. It just seems like a costume that you can get really creative with when it comes to dressing up ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Easy, TWIX! So delicious ๐Ÿ˜‚


Now we’re at the end of the post… and so Blog Every Day in October 2020 is officially a wrap! It’s a month that seems to have gone by in a blur, and as much fun as it was to post everyday, it will be nice to go back to my regular posting schedule ๐Ÿ˜‚

Once again, thank you to anyone who has read any of the posts I put out this month, I really appreciate it!

On that note, I will see you on Monday with a new post ๐Ÿ˜Š

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: A Tag Full of Books and Gifs (Original)

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I can’t believe tomorrow is Halloween, and the end of the month ๐Ÿ˜ฑ October seemed to really fly by!

For those of you who don’t know, I made up my own book tag a while ago called The Starbucks and Books Challenge, and since I had a lot of fun doing it, I wanted to try creating another one!

Recently, I’ve been having this urge to just search through GIF’s (probably because I’m a weirdo… but I digress), so I thought it would be fun to come up with a GIF inspired book tag. There was originally the Book Gif Tag (I couldn’t find the original… this is about as close as I could get), where whoever tags you gives you a list of ten books, and from there, you pick a gif (along with a one sentence explanation) that best describes your feelings about the book.

And well… I decided to do something completely different with the GIFs, because why not๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Anyways, here is A Tag Full of Books and Gifs!


What book are you currently reading? Search the title, and insert the FIFTH GIF from your search results.

I’m currently reading The Bad Seed by William March, and the GIF is actually from the movie adaptation (1956).

The Bad Seed (1956) | Serendipitous Anachronisms

What was the last book you read? Post the first GIF that pops up in the search.

The last book I read was The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste… and this GIF is super random and not at all related to the book ๐Ÿคฃ

Best Jumbie GIFs | Gfycat

What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far this year? Search the title, and insert the first GIF that pops up.

I picked Felix Ever After (although it was a tough decision, cause there were a few books I would consider my favorites!), and this is what popped up.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

If I’m going to be honest, this perfectly encapsulates how I felt by the end of the book ๐Ÿ‘Œ


Pick a book that starts with the first letter of your name in the title, and insert the THIRD GIF that pops up in your search.

The book I chose was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Kelly (and the Book Boar) (The United States)'s review of Eleanor Oliphant  Is Completely Fine

Since both Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Mommie Dearest (This GIF is a scene from the movie) deal with the topic of abusive mothers, it makes sense why this would pop up. I’ve only seen parts of the movie Mommie Dearest, but from what I did watch, I don’t know if I could ever watch the whole thing.


Choose a book that takes place in your hometown, and insert the FIFTH GIF that appears from your search.

Since I thought of two books that specifically take place in my hometown, I’m just going to do both of them ๐Ÿ‘Œ

House of Broken Angels (The GIF doesn’t at ALL relate to the book ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Broken Angels GIFs - Find & Share on GIPHY | Dark angel wallpaper, Dark  angel, Angel pictures

Crimes Against a Book Club (The Gif is from Steel Magnolias… Never seen the movie, so I have no idea if these two works share any similarities ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ)

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

A book with a cover that’s your favorite color. Insert the first Gif that appears in the search.

The Bear and The Nightingale, although I love the cover design overall! Also, this GIF captures the vibe of the book so well.

Sara Saif's review of The Bear and the Nightingale

What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation? Insert the FOURTH GIF that appears in your search.

For this question, I chose Cloud Atlas.

My Cloud Atlas gif collection for later use... enjoy, imgur - Album on Imgur

The GIF is an example of why I preferred the movie adaptation to the book, as I had a hard time focusing on entire chapters that were written in that exact style ๐Ÿ˜…


Pick a book that also incorporates another passion/hobby of yours. Insert the first Gif that appears in your results.

I love baking, so I went with To All the Boys I Loved Before, and this is what came up:

to all the boys i've loved before gifs | Tumblr

Well… I wasn’t a huge fan of Peter Kavinsky, so I have nothing else to add to this answer ๐Ÿ˜‚


For all you music lovers out there: Pick a book that you associate with your favorite genre of music. Insert the THIRD GIF that appears in your search.

Daisy Jones and the Six is about a band from the seventies, and I love some good classic rock ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Dana Al-Basha ุฏุงู†ุฉ ุงู„ุจุงุดุง's review of Daisy Jones & The Six

FINAL QUESTION: Do you have a reading goal? How many books are you away from completing it? Or if you surpassed it, by how much? Whatever the number, search the title of the first book you read this month, and count that number and post that GIF.

My goal for this year was 45 books, and I’ve now read 47! Since I’ve surpassed my goal by 2 books, here’s the second Gif that popped up when I searched for Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, which is a scene from the movie.

Books on GIF #19 โ€” 'The Complete Persepolis' by Marjane Satrapi

Alright, I’m going to do a Halloween Bonus Gif! Pick your favorite Halloween movie/spooky book and insert the first GIF from your search ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

From the Disney Channel Movie Halloweentown. I can see why I liked the movie so much, as this was pretty much me as a kid ๐Ÿ˜‚

Halloween Town GIFs | Tenor

That’s it for A Tag Full of GIFs and Books! I’ll go ahead and tag:

Cherelle the Bibliophile

Riddhi from Whispering Stories

Tiction

I know y’all love doing some tags, so feel free to try this one out if you want! They also all have some great blogs, so check out their stuff! I also tag anyone else who stumbles upon this post and is interested in doing the tag; just let me know because I’d love to see your answers!

Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with my last post for BEDIO ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Creative Dumping #24

Hey everyone, and Happy Thursday!

Before we get into the post today, I just want to remind anyone who is in the United States and eligible to vote, to go vote! November 3rd is right around the corner, and even though it’s too late to mail in your ballot, there are still plenty of places to drop off your ballot.

To find a drop off location visit: https://www.vote.org/dropbox-locator/

Also, if you haven’t registered to vote, you can still register to vote in certain states on election day. To find out the specific voting deadlines for your state and where you can register to vote on election day, visit: https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/


Now for today, I’m doing another Creative Dumping Ground post, as I’ve been in the mood to take pictures of my Halloween decorations ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

On a completely unrelated note, I also thought this article from CBR had an interesting take on how Halloweentown tackles topics such as prejudice for a child audience. This is one of my favorite Halloween Disney Channel movies from when I was a kid, although I loved the entire franchise (except the fourth movie… which I just pretend doesn’t exist).

All these decorations I bought at either Michael’s (they were doing a 40% off sale on their Halloween dรฉcor, so unfortunately, most of it is probably sold out at this point) or Target. So, let’s look at some cool (at least, I think they’re cool… hence why I bought them) Halloween decorations!

This first picture…even though it is very pixelated, I almost love how it makes them look like it was drawn or painted, because I can’t do either of those things very well ๐Ÿ˜‚ I also love how much the orange witch legs contrast against all the green in the photo.

These bookish photos I took for completely different reasons. The one on the left was to show off a new decoration I got this year (unfortunately, the Ferris Wheel doesn’t actually spin), while the one on the right was a photo I was going to post to Instagram, but ended up changing my mind.

I got this wreath from Michael’s, although I wanted to get a different one, but it was sold out. I thought this was was pretty cute though, and I love the colors. With the photo itself, I was playing around with a cropping tool that changes the perspective of the photo. The original photo I took straight on, but after using the special cropping tool, it looks like I took it from below the wreath. I thought it was a pretty cool tool to play around with ๐Ÿ‘Œ

The same cropping tool that I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I also used on the photo on the left. The photo on the right I just took from that perspective. I think I would change a couple of things with both photos though. For the one on the left, I would tone down the vignette filter I placed on it, because it makes it hard to see the orange origami crane. The photo on the right, I like having the candle holder in the background, but I probably should have taken the Disney pop figures out of the holders ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyways, both of these decorations are from Target, but the cranes I made myself ๐Ÿ‘ Granted, I did get the origami paper I used from Target as well!


So that’s all I have for now; I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Thanks for stopping on by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: WWW Wednesdays (10/28/2020)

Hey everyone and welcome back to another WWW Wednesday!

I’ve been participating in the Fortnight Frights readathon since it started on October 18th, so all the books I’m discussing today revolve around that. In exciting readathon news, I completed my first bingo! ๐ŸŽ‰ My next goal is to complete another bingo, and then see if I can finish all the books I have on my Fortnight Fright’s TBR. Is it a bit ambitious? Since it ends on Halloween, probably… but we’ll see how it goes ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

You can check out my Original Fortnight Fright Post, or my Updated TBR Post, if you want more information about the readathon itself and my TBR!

Anyways… let’s talk books!


What I finished Recently:

The first book I finished for the Fortnight Frights readathon was Lobizona by Romina Garber. Overall, it was an interesting, fast pace read, and I loved the integration of Argentinian folklore, and the discussion around immigration into the United States with the dark fantasy elements. It’s apparently the first book in a series, but none of the other books are out yet, so I recommend checking it out if you’re interested, especially if you don’t want to deal with catching up on a series (I’m kind of like this… so I understand๐Ÿ˜‚)

Next, I read the poem The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. It’s essentially a short story poem, that tells the tale of two sisters and their encounters with the Goblin Market, including the problems they face after one of them buys food from the market. Obviously since it was a poem, it was quick to read through, but I really enjoyed the poem overall! The structure made it easy to read through, and the story itself was interesting. It’s free to read online, so if you want to read it yourself to get into the Halloween spirit this week, you can check it out here!

Then I read The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. Corrine doesn’t believe in the jumbies and other creatures parents warn about in the stories they tell their children, but one day after Corrinne runs into the forest and sees a pair of yellow eyes, a beautiful women shows up to the local market. When the woman, Severine, shows up at Corrine’s house and brings danger with her, Corrine becomes the only person who can save her island from being torn apart by a war between the humans and the jumbies. The Jumbies is based on the Caribbean stories Baptiste heard when she was a kid living in Trinidad, and this is her way of sharing those stories with kids around the world. If you like middle grade, as well as interested in reading stories based on Caribbean folkore, The Jumbies is a great spooky story to read this October.

After that, I read Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San by Honda. This manga has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, spookiness or horror, except for the fact the main character, Honda-San, is a skeleton. It’s a story about what it’s like to work as a bookseller in Japan, although if you’ve ever worked any kind of retail or customer service type position, you’ll be able to relate to it on some level. Overall, it was a fun, cute story that made me laugh out loud a few times, and there are four volumes total apparently, which I’m looking to get my hands on. I recommend checking this out if you’re looking for a fun manga to read, especially if you’re someone like me, who doesn’t read a lot of it.

Finally, I read the short story “Was it a Dream?” by Guy de Maupassant, which I found in the short story collection Great Supernatural Stories compiled by Stefan Dziemianowicz. It tells the tale of a man whose lover died, so he spent a night in the cemetery where she was buried, and experiences the unexpected. The story was okay, definitely not my favorite piece I read for the readathon, but overall, it’s still a good story.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I started The Bad Seed over the weekend, and read through the first two chapters, but haven’t read any further. I wanted to get a bingo on my card, so I prioritized other books before this one, but now that I got my first bingo, I’ll be getting back into this story so that I can get my second bingo.

What I plan on Reading:

By reading Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead and The Fall of the House of Usher, I will get my second bingo, so I’m going to try and get through these this week! The Only Good Indians is one of the discussion books for the readathon, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to it before the end of the week (Although I might be getting overly ambitious with that ๐Ÿ˜…).


To finish off this weeks WWW Wednesday, I’ll include an updated version of my Fortnight Frights bingo card:

And there you have it, my WWW Wednesday featuring my Fortnight Frights TBR! What are you currently reading, or did you just finish something up? Are you participating in Fortnight Frights? Let me know down below!

On that note, I will see you all tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin๐ŸŽƒ

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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!

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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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