BEDIO: Horror Manga I Want To Check Out (Even When It’s Not October 👻)

Happy Friday everyone!

So I’ve been wanting to get into more horror manga, as I’ve heard of some interesting series. The series I’ve read so far are Berserk and The Girl On The Otherside (although this second one isn’t super horror-esque, so if you are interested in something horror like, but isn’t too grotesque or violent, this is a good place to start).

This is just a list of a few of the many recommendations I’ve received that I can remember off the top of my head. Some of these recommendations come from the blog Books And Bao and Seji from The Artisan Geek, as well as former coworkers. Now, let’s get into it!

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BEDIO: My Favorite Lo-fi Background Music to Listen to During October

Hey everyone!

You may have noticed there was another post that was supposed to go up today, but I ran out of time (and mental energy) to work on it, so it was blank … which is why I deleted it😂 I want to post it sometime soon, but as you could tell, I still need to get everything written and put together haha

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BEDIO: Creative Dumping Ground

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good weekend!

Since it’s Sunday, which is supposed to be the day of rest, and a sort of “reset” day, I decided it would be a good day to do a Creative Dumping Ground post. I’ll get to show off some photography, and you don’t have to do a bunch of reading (especially after my ramblings from yesterday 😂).

So without further ado, here we go!

The picture above I did posted on Instagram, however, I wasn’t able to edit it the way I wanted to, so I decided to just post it on here instead!

This picture I actually took back in September, but I forgot to post it 😥 Aiden Thomas had an event at Mysterious Galaxy Books (unfortunately I had injured my back and missed it), but I preordered not only his books The Sunbearer Trials and Lost In The Neverwoods, but also Liz Huerta’s The Lost Dreamer. Even though I missed the event, the package was packed so well, with the books wrapped in brown paper, and I got a cute bookmark, so I wanted to take a picture of my package (:

That’s all I have for today’s Creative Dumping Ground! What have you been up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

On that note, I will see you tomorrow with a new post (:

-Erin 🎃

BEDIO: First Week Update

Hello everyone!

Since today is Saturday, it has officially been one week since Blog Everyday In October started 🎉

I don’t know if I’ll do weekly updates throughout the entire month, but I at least wanted to do one for the first week (possibly because I don’t have anything ready for today… but that’s not important).

My first observation is that it’s a lot more difficult for me to keep up with my BEDIO challenge this year than it was when I last did it in 2020. Back then, I had already prepped my first two weeks worth’s of posts, and I had also posted for Banned Books Week which took place the last week of September (and actually some of my Banned Books Week posts fell into BEDIO 2020). This year though, with work and finishing my masters, I had a more difficult time doing that prep work. Even though I am still able to get posts out everyday and I had some scheduled beforehand, I’ve noticed that I have had to write more during October than I did previously. I guess it’s not necessarily a bad thing, and is more in the spirit of blogging everyday since I am actually writing the posts in October.

I’ve also noticed that I don’t feel as pressured to be creative (?) I guess is the word. Since I have been trying to get back into the groove of blogging this year, I’m allowing myself to just post whatever I want, including this post, which basically is just me rambling on about myself 😂 I appreciate this more relaxed feeling I have though, because it reminds me of how fun blogging can be. There’s nothing like being able to put my thoughts out into the world, without worrying about getting a bunch of people to read my posts, or that my sentences are structured properly and perfectly. I can just write. It brings back a certain feeling of joy and excitement to write for my blog, and I actually miss posting on here.

On a final note, I’m hoping BEDIO helps with trying to post things other than WWW Wednesdays and Top Ten Tuesdays. Even though these are fun tags, I want to get back into posting Creative Dumping Ground posts, and more posts centered around creative writing.

Overall, BEDIO has been treating me well so far, and I’m hoping between work and my other commitments, I’m able to actually keep posting everyday 🤞

That’s about all I have for today’s post, I just wanted to get out some of the thoughts I’ve been having about my BEDIO experience so far, and I’m hoping it helps me continue with posting for the rest of the month 😊

On that note, I hope you’ve been having a good week and a great start to your weekend! I will see you tomorrow with a new post (:

-Erin 🎃

BEDIO: Totally Didn’t Book Tag

Hello Everyone, and happy Friday!

This is a book tag I’ve had saved in my drafts for a long time (since 2019 if I remember correctly), so I figured why not break it out for BEDIO 2022? Since it’s been in my drafts for a long time, a lot of these answers are from when I originally saved it… so it’s going to be fun reading through this and updating it 😂

Although it’s called a book tag, I wasn’t tagged; I just found it on Google 🤣 More specifically through the blog Divine World of Books (apparently, this was originally a Booktube tag). Here is the link to her tag:

As a side note, I want to mention that I didn’t answer all the questions in the tag, as I just didn’t have a book that fit the prompt 🤷‍♂️ So if you notice some questions missing, that’s why.

Anyways, let’s get into the tag!

1) Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels

A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Scwab

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In all honesty, I loved the first book of the trilogy, but the other two books seemed completely unnecessary to me. A Darker Shade of Magic should have just been a stand alone book, in my opinion, because I feel as though the story dragged on a lot, especially during the third book. This happens to me a lot with V.E. Schwab, as I also read her Monsters of Verity duology, and I enjoyed This Savage Song, but the story lost it’s interest for me during Our Dark Duet. She always has interesting concepts for the magic systems in her novels also, but the stories themselves end up falling flat for me.

If you want to hear me talk about this in more detail, you can check out this post I made while I was still reading the final book in A Darker Shade of Magic. By the way, sorry in advance for the terrible video quality 🤣.

2) Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view

The Girls by Emma Cline

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Since this was told from the perspective of Evie when she was a 14 year old in 1969, and when she was an adult during the present day, I remembered finding the chapters when she was younger more interesting than when she was older. Although the story itself was pretty depressing, the chapters from when she was older were even more depressing, and I just don’t think were necessary.

3) Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series

The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan

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When I was buying the books at the time, the first 8 or 9 books all had a cool cover design that I loved (pictured above). Then, I guess they hadn’t designed those covers for the rest of the series, so the books were not just a different cover design, as the book itself was also much smaller (like a mass-market paperback) 👀 Since then, I’ve found the rest of the series in the cover design I like, but haven’t been able to justify it to myself to spend the money purchasing the books.

4) Totally didn’t need a love triangle

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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If you know, you know, but I just hated Mal in the books haha

I will say though, I love how his character was depicted in the Netflix adaptation of Shadow and Bone versus the original trilogy. I think they did a much better job with him, even though he still sometimes had his moments.

5) Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series

Black is For Beginnings by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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This was the final book in the Blue Is For Nightmare series, which I feel didn’t add anything to the story, and it was also weird because they published it as a graphic novel instead of a regular novel. The rest of the series wasn’t originally published as graphic novels and weren’t re-published as graphic novels either (as far as I know), so it also felt separate from the original series in that sense.

6) Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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For those who have only seen the show and haven’t read the book, the book is only told from Clay’s perspective. I thought it was interesting how the show included more perspectives from different characters, even if it was just to fill out the episodes (although I thought the first season was okay, I had no desire to watch beyond that, especially after attempting to watch season 2 and giving up).

7) Totally didn’t need that much hype

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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This could be a controversial opinion (at least, I know it would have been if I published this a couple years ago when I originally saved this draft), but I’ve never been a big fan of Adam Silvera’s writing. I think he publishes interesting story concepts, and as a person he seems cool, but his writing style never did it for me 🤷‍♂️ I was excited to read More Happy Than Not, but ended up feeling bored and disappointed in the end. I just think his writing doesn’t appeal to me, and I can see why people love his work, but… I would say it was overhyped to me.

8) Totally didn’t deserve my time

What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson

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I watched the movie starring Robin Williams and enjoyed it. Despite being a sad story, the depiction of the afterlife and the main character’s journey through it was beautifully written and portrayed by Williams. I also was writing a story at the time that revolved around the afterlife and wanted to read other books that covered the same sort of themes and worldbuilding. However… I just couldn’t get through it. I couldn’t get into the story, as the writing just didn’t connect with me; honestly, it’s been so long that I can’t remember too much about my exact thoughts on the book, other than I have no desire to try picking it up again.

Thank you for reading through the tag, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Erin 🎃

BEDIO: Some “Not So Scary” Books To Check Out This October

Hello and happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to talk about books that are perfect for fall (more specifically October) but aren’t horror novels. For anyone who wants to get into the Halloween spirit but not be super scared or disturbed, these books are for you! They still contain spooky elements, but it’s easier to get through the story than your typical horror novel.

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BEDIO: WWW Wednesday (10/05/22)

Hello and happy Wednesday everybody!

It’s Wednesday again, so I’m going to go ahead and talk about what books I’ve read recently, what books I’m currently reading, and what I plan on reading. In other words… It’s WWW Wednesday!

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