Grimoire Notes: Spooky Books I’ve Read & Am CR

Hello pumpkins!🎃

Today is day 7 of Blogoween here at The Garden of Read-En.

In this post I will be telling you guys all about the spooky/autumnal books that I’ve read so far this month. In addition, I will also be discussing what I am currently reading. So basically, this is just a reading update, but with a Halloween-y twist!

Let’s get started!

THE BOOKS (read)

Cinderella (Illustrated)
1. Cinderella
by: Charles Perrault

I read this gorgeous edition of Cinderella at the beginning of the month all in one sitting.  It was illustrated by artist Arthur Rackham, and includes stunning silhouette artwork throughout. Something about this cover and the art style inside just screamed October to me. I think it has something to do with the color palette being orange and black. It also helps that there is a giant pumpkin on the cover as well.

I won’t give you my rating or go into too much detail because I want to save all that for my wrap up. What I will say is that overall, I ended up loving Charles Perrault’s, Cinderella. Unlike most of the book-to-movie adaptations, this is one story Disney got mostly right.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales
2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by: Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow takes place in small town known as Sleepy Hollow which is just near Tarrytown, New York. We follow Ichabod Crane in his attempts to woo Katrina Van Tassel. The real question of this novel is though, whether or not there really is a headless horseman. After reading this short story I can honestly say that I still do not know.😅

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was the second book I completed this month. Considering this is a short story and should have only taken me a few hours to complete, I am disappointed to say that it actually took me days. One thing I did not like about this story was the writing. I found that it was super flowery and overly descriptive to the point where I often found myself drifting. I won’t say much more because I am doing a full review later this month, but a tip to the wise–do not expect this story to be even remotely close to the movie, because it’s not.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making 
by: Catherine M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is a middle grade fantasy novel that follows a 12 year old girl named September. One day while her parents are away, September is met by a figure known as Green Wind. Eventually the Green Wind sweeps her away to Fairyland where she goes on a quest to retrieve a talisman for the Marquess.

I absolutely loved every minute of my time reading this. The writing was beautiful and whimsical and somehow managed to pull me in so that I could not put the book down. There were also some amazing descriptions of nature, as well as a perfectly atmospheric scene in a place called Autumn land. This was such a cozy read, and I can now see why everyone loves it so much.

THE BOOKS (currently reading)

1. Frankenstein
by: Mary Shelley

Frankenstein follows a science student, Victor Frankenstein who is obsessed with discovering the cause of existence and giving life to inanimate matter. After creating and bringing to life a human being from stolen body parts, Frankenstein is disgusted at the creature’s ugliness and ultimately abandons it. This leads Victor’s creation to turn evil.

Right now, I am only on page 52 out of 207 so it’s hard to make any comments on the quality of the story. I am at the part directly after Victor Frankenstein has just brought his monster to life. He is panicking and turns mentally ill as a result of his terror.

In terms of writing, Shelley’s style is easier to read than most classics. I am finding that I can get through more pages at a much quicker pace than if I was reading one of Jane Austen’s novels. I am really enjoying the story so far and am interested to see where the narrative goes. Is Victor Frankenstein the real monster? Or is his creation? I guess I will have to continue reading to find out!

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
2. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
by: Various Authors

Toil & Trouble is a fictional young adult anthology by a wide array of authors ranging from Zoraida Cordova, all the way to Emery Lord. Each writer tells a story inspired by a different witch from either history, literature, or pop culture. All narratives are also told from a feminist perspective.

Toil & Trouble is one of those books that I just want to take my time with. I am only on the third tale, but can honestly say that this is an awesome anthology so far. That’s saying a lot considering I’m not one for short stories.

My favorite narrative is the second story titled Afterbirth. It is set in 17th century New England and follows a woman who is accused of being a witch and is ultimately put on trial. I enjoyed this tale in particular because the author takes the reader back and forth between the crime scene and the trial. I can’t wait to give you guys a better idea of what my full thoughts are once I’m finished reading this collection!

I am really hoping to pick up Hocus Pocus at some point this month, as well. Unfortunately, I just don’t think that will happen. Who knows though. Anything can happen if you just boo-lieve! 👻

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,


Autumn Reading Essentials/Autumn Favorites

Hello pumpkins!🎃

Today is day 6 of Blogoween here at The Garden of Read-En.

Today I will be discussing a mix of two things. The first being my autumn reading essentials. Now when I say reading essentials what I’m referring to are the items that I need to have close by while I am reading (i.e.: a warm blanket). The second thing I will discuss is my list of autumn favorites. These are the specific items I am currently loving this season.

Anyways, enough babbling. Let’s get started!


1. Campfire Mug
Campfire mugs are perfect for the fall season. I personally love my orange one that says “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” on it. I used to drink coffee out of it, but since I gave up coffee, I’ve resorted to tea. You can always find this cup by my side whenever I am reading in my nook. I believe I got this mug on etsy, but I am unsure of the exact seller.

2. Pumpkin Tea
I love a good pumpkin tea during this season. Aside from apple, pumpkin is my favorite autumnal flavor. My favorite tea is from Celestial Seasonings. Their teas are packed with the most flavor in my opinion. Other company’s tend to have really bland blends. I am lucky enough to live a short drive away from the Celestial Seasonings tea factory so I will never be out of stock when it comes to my pumpkin tea!

3. Witch-y Books
I’m not normally one to enjoy reading horror/spooky books year round. The only time I am known to pick up such reads is during the month of October. So you can bet that my go to picks involve witches. Right now, I am currently loving the anthology known as Toil & Trouble by various authors. This book includes 15 tales about women and witchcraft. My favorite so far is the second story titled Afterbirth which is set during the time of the Salem witch trials. Man, did that story give me the spooks!

4. Pumpkin Candle
Like I said before, I love anything and everything pumpkin. This Pumpkin Vanilla candle from Bath and Body Works is certainly no exception. It smells exactly like a pumpkin pie, so you can imagine how much I enjoy burning this candle while reading my atmospheric/autumnal reads.

5. Cozy Blanket
I live in Colorado so it gets pretty cold here. In fact, as I am typing this, I am waiting for a snow storm to happen later on this evening. Yes, you read correctly. It’s October and we are already getting snow! So, with snow comes cozy blankets, and I especially love the orange and brown chevron crocheted one my grandmother made years ago. It’s not the prettiest blanket of the bunch, but it has autumn colors and most keeps me warm while reading!

6. Pumpkin Muffins
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I decided to make pumpkin muffins from scratch. When I say from scratch I mean starting from the very beginning. Like baking an entire pumpkin in the oven and then blending it to make our own pumpkin puree. I have to admit it was the best decision I’ve made all season. After we made the pumpkin puree from an actual pumpkin, I found a recipe online to make muffins and man were they delicious. I ate the entire batch in 2 days, and did so all while reading Sleepy Hollow! You can make your own pumpkin muffins using the recipe I found here.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

Trick Or Treat Yo Shelf: Autumnal Bookish Merch

Hello pumpkins!🎃

Today’s discussion marks my fifth post for Blogoween!

Some of you who have been following me for a while know that I have a certain sweet spot for bookish merch. In addition, autumn is also my favorite season. So when the two are mixed together, the result is pure ecstasy. One thing I know for sure is that I am definitely not alone in this. Book nerds everywhere share a love for all things literary, AND WE HAVE NO SHAME.

Today’s post is dedicated to all the bookish people out there who are part book lover, part bookish merch hoarder. Whether you hoard candles (like myself) or bookmarks, boy do I have some autumnal recommendations for you.

I am splitting this post up into sections that are categorized by product. I will then discuss a specific company that sells that product type. To keep things short and sweet, I am only going to mention 2-3 companies per product. All of the items I mention will be either autumn or Halloween themed in one way or another.

The products I will discuss:

1. Book sleeves and/or mug rugs
3. Candles

Disclaimer: The photos below are not mine. Credit goes to the shop mentioned. Also, items pictured are not guaranteed to still be available by the time this post goes up.

Let’s get started!

SECTION #1: Book Sleeves & Mug Rugs

Company: The Cozy Life Shop
Shop: etsy

While most companies who make book sleeves sell other products as well, The Cozy Life specializes in just book sleeves. They have also their own sizing system when it comes to choosing the perfect fit for your book (see below). Right Now, The Cozy Life has some pretty autumnal looking sleeves in stock. My favorite is the maple leaf design you see pictured above on the bottom right-hand corner. I’m also obsessed with all of the plaid designs in the shop. Even though they appear to be flannel, they are actually cotton!

I haven’t personally ordered from this shop yet, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them from people that I trust. Just be quick when deciding on what you want if you really want it, because these book sleeves go fast.

Sizes run as follows:
Redwood- the hardcover cozy (fits most hardcover books)
Pine- the paperback cozy (fits paperback books & some smaller hardcover books)
Sapling- the e-reader cozy (fits e-readers & mass market paperbacks).

Company: Sew Feathers
Shop: etsy

While The Cozy Life specializes specifically in book sleeves, Sew Feathers sells both book sleeves and mug rugs. If you don’t know already, a mug rug is basically just a coaster created with fabric. Hence the term–mug rug. Sew Feathers doesn’t have a sizing system for their book sleeves, but if you check the listing details, it should have the dimensions stated somewhere in that description.

Sew Feathers currently has a mix of both Halloween and autumnal themed merchandise in stock. The quality of the items always looks amazing, as well. I honestly have so much trouble deciding on a favorite print when it comes to the sleeves, as they are all amazing. If I had to choose though, I guess I would pick the skeleton toile-inspired design. In terms of the mug rugs, I would hands down pick the pattern with the skeleton heads.

SECTION #2: Bookmarks

Company: SJ Wonderlandz
Shop: etsy

SJ Wonderlandz is a shop I have purchased from multiple times before. Not only is the quality of their bookmarks awesome, but the designs are super fun as well. In addition to bookmarks, Sara (the owner) also sells greeting cards, art prints, ornaments, and even wands. In terms of autumnal bookmarks, there are currently six spooky-themed designs in the shop. I honestly love them all, but I truly think that the Dracula one is amazing.

Company: A Stranger Dream
Shop: etsy

If you’re looking for a bookmark that’s more on the Halloween side of autumn, look no further than A Stranger Dream. This company specializes in horror-inspired artwork that is sold year round. They sell paper dolls that are meant to be used as bookmarks. How creative! Some designs range from Pennywise and Frankenstein, all the way to Carrie and Edgar Allen Poe. I’m not one for horror inspired designs, so when it comes to my favorite, I have to go with the least spooky one of them all–the Ouija planchette.

This is the quintessential bookmark shop for the fall season. If you purchase from one etsy seller on this list, make it this one.

Company: Happy Hello Co
Shop: etsy

Happy Hello Co. is my absolute favorite magnetic bookmark shop. The reason I love them so much? The bookmarks are two sided! This means you can see the character’s face as well as the character’s backside. Having a double sided magnetic bookmark is also perfect for remembering what side of the page you left off at. Just put the face side on the correct page and voila! You’ll never forget!

Although Happy Hello doesn’t have a huge Halloween/autumn collection this year, they do have a wide variety of designs just in general. My favorite is the Hocus Pocus set. I just love how they also included the black cat (erhm boy?), Thackery from the film as well!

SECTION #3: Candles

Company: Canterbury Road Co.
Shop: website | etsy

I have raved about Canterbury Road Co. time and again, so I don’t think this company needs much of an introduction. What I will say is that the owner, Shannon has a wide array of Halloween/fall candles to choose from. The labels pictured above are only the tip of the iceberg. Other candles range from Something Wicked This Way Comes, all the way to Currently Reading: Autumn Edition. I highly recommend purchasing from Canterbury this season. You won’t be disappointed.

Company: Get Fictional
Shop: website | etsy

Get Fictional has the perfect aesthetic and packaging for for the autumn season. They sell their candles in amber jars with black lids. In addition, the product photos they take have dark lighting that sets an overall atmospheric/moody vibe.

In terms of spooky/autumnal candles, Get Fictional currently has a vast array in stock. My favorite is their Classic Horror line which features scents such as Sleep Hollow and Dracula. I am personally really hoping to purchase from Get Fictional before the season is over.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

Beautiful Editions: Frankenstein

Hello pumpkins!🎃

Welcome to my fourth post of Blogoween!

Today’s discussion is yet another addition to my “Beautiful Editions” series. In case you’ve missed the previous article in which I mentioned various versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I will link it here.

Just a recap of what to expect in my Beautiful Editions series:

I know many people who collect beautiful editions of their favorite books, myself being one of them. I think this “Beautiful Editions” series will be good for those of you searching for the next beauty to add to your ever growing collection. Each post I will discuss a different book.

Today we will explore a book that is atmospheric, spooky, and not to mention completely perfect for the Halloween season. That being–Frankenstein.

Let’s get started, shall we?


1. The Illustrated Frankenstein
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781453708828

The Illustrated Frankenstein, is a faithful retelling of Mary Shelley’s novel in picture-book format. Illustrations were done by artist Barbara Harris Anderson, who included 27 symbolic paintings on canvas. The Retelling is by the artist’s daughter, Jennifer Anderson. This is an amazingly beautiful read created for all ages.

Lyn Ward Illustrated Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Dover Publications
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780486470535

This illustrated edition features wood engravings by graphic artist Lynd Ward. Ward was mainly influenced by Art Deco and German Expressionism when it came to illustrating this version of Frankenstein. His dramatic light-and-dark contrasts offer the perfect complement to Shelley’s moody masterpiece.

Limited Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780062870667

This is the 200th anniversary edition of Frankenstein published by Harper Perennial. It features beautiful hand drawn cover illustrations and also comes in other classic titles such as Little Women and Gulliver’s travels. One detail to keep in mind though, is that these run a bit smaller than your usual paperback. Unfortunately, these are also only available for a limited time, so get yours now!

4. BabyLit

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Format: Board book
ISBN13: 9781423637417

Gibbs Smith publishes amazing BabyLit books which are fully illustrated abridged versions of children’s classics. The illustrations in them are always absolutely adorable, and I honestly can’t recommend them enough.

The New Annotated Frankenstein
5. The  New Annotated Frankenstein
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780871409492

These annotated editions come in various titles. They normally feature an introduction and annotations by someone who has studied the said author’s work. This edition of The Annotated Frankenstein was annotated by Leslie S. Klinger. There is a mix of 250 color and black and white illustrations, as well as an introduction by Guillermo del Toro. One thing to note with these editions is that they run fairly large and square.

Classic Works Edition
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780753729717

This hardcover edition of Frankenstein is just lovely. Octopus Publishing Group has many titles in their Classic Works collection. Books range from Alice in Wonderland all the way to The Jungle Book.  However, I’m not quite sure if there are any illustrations in this series. Nonetheless they are still gorgeous.

7. Knickerbocker Classics

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Format: Paperback (Flexibound)
ISBN13: 9781631060168

Race Point Publishing has two options for their Knickerbocker series. You can choose between a hardcover that comes in a slipcase, or a flexibound like the edition of Frankenstein pictured above. The flexibound versions have elastic to keep them closed, much like a moleskine journal. This is perfect if you just want to pull our your book real quick while on the go. Not to mention, the patterned covers are absolutely stunning.

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein
8. Gris Grimly Illustrated Edition

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780061862977

This hardcover edition of Frankenstein is a full-color graphic-novel adaptation that was illustrated by Gris Grimly. This is the first version to use Shelley’s original 1818 text while including artwork on every page at the same time. In my opinion, Gris Grimly’s creepy and grotesque aesthetic is the perfect match for the tale of Frankenstein. I honestly don’t think there is a better artist out there to bring this story to life.

Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)
9. Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition

Buy: Barnes & Noble
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Format: Leather (Flexibound)
ISBN13: 9781435159624

This is a beautiful collectible edition from Barnes & Noble. The design itself features red sprayed edges, a ribbon bookmark, and foiling on the cover. The end pages also include a beautiful red and blue marble design which has a strong resemblance to blood cells.

10. Alma Evergreens Edition

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Format:  Paperback
ISBN13: 9781847493507

This paperback edition is sleek and eye catching. Although I’m not quite sure if there are any illustrations, it is however, annotated.

11. Scholastic Classics
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781407144047

Although this paperback edition isn’t my favorite, it is eye catching. The Scholastic Classics series consists of many other titles with paint splattered covers similar to the one above. Volumes range from The Secret Garden, all the way to Oliver Twist.

12. Penguin Classics Edition
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Format: Hardcover (Cloth bound)
ISBN13: 9780141393391

This hardcover is very similar to the Penguin English Library editions in that there is a repeating pattern on the cover. The big difference though is that this version is cloth bound. It also includes A Fragment by Lord Byron and The Vampyre: A Tale by John Polidori.

13. Pulp! The Classics Edition
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781843443858

These pulp classics editions include the full unabridged text. There are many other classic titles in this collection, and the cover art normally has a modern and bad ass take on the original story.

Classics Reimagined, Frankenstein
14. Classics Reimagined
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc.
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781631593970

The Classics Reimagined series features beautiful collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels. Each book in this collection is illustrated by a different contemporary artist from around the world. The illustrator for Frankenstein is David Plunkert. Other books in this series include Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice. This edition also includes 100 full color illustrations.

15. Usborne Young Reading Series
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780746089446

This hardcover is an abridged version of Frankenstein, and was adapted by Rosie Dickins. It is perfect for younger readers as it also features full-color illustrations throughout.

Frankenstein (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
16. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780143105039

This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features an introduction by Elizabeth Kostova and cover art by Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes. This is an unabridged reprint of Shelley’s original story and features illustrations throughout as well.

17. Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781496500281

The above version was adapted by Michael Burgan, and includes illustrations by Dennis Callero. Stone Arch Books publishes many classics in this series with other titles ranging from Peter Pan all the way to The Time Machine.

These full-color graphic novels were created to feature enhanced Common Core State Standards support. They include discussions and writing prompts, an expanded introduction, as well as glossary words.

18. Word Cloud Classics
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Canterbury Classics
Format: Faux Leather (Flexibound)
ISBN13: 9781607109457

Canterbury’s Word Cloud Classic editions are absolutely beautiful. There are many titles in this series ranging from various Jane Austen novels all the way to Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Each Flexibound book features different beautifully illustrated end papers, as well.

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Macmillan Collector’s Library
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Format: Hardcover (Cloth bound)
ISBN13: 9781509827756

The Macmillan Collector’s Library series includes many stunning editions of classic literature. This hardcover features gold gilt edges, a ribbon marker, head and tail bands, an illustrated dust jacket, and real cloth binding underneath.

20. Rock Paper Books Edition
Buy: Rock Paper Books
Publisher: Rock Paper Books
Format: Paperback

The above paperback can only be found through Rock Paper Books. The exquisite cover illustration was executed by artist Mike Mahle, but unfortunately, there is no artwork on the inside of this edition.

That’s all for today folks! I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Until next time,

Top 5 Bookish Candles: Autumn Edition

Hello pumpkins!🎃
Welcome to day three of blogoween here on The Garden of Read-En!

Today we will discuss my top five favorite autumn/bookish candles. Now, when I think of what makes a bookish candle autumnal, it has to have at least one of the following qualities:

1. It has scents reminiscent of autumn (i.e. pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, etc.)
2. It is based off of a spooky or atmospheric book

The companies featured on today’s post have some of the best quality candles out there (Hence why they make the top 5). If you are interested in checking them out I will link them below. You can also click on each individual candle to make your purchase. However, please keep in mind, that not all of the candles are still available.

Canterbury Road Co.
The Melting Library

Enough babbling. Let’s get started!

In chronological order, (#1 being my favorite):

1. Avonlea
created by: Canterbury Road Co.
scent notes: apple • ginger • maple leaf • pear
inspired by: Anne of Green Gables by: L.M. Montgomery

Avonlea is one of my all time favorite candles from CRC. Pretty soon I will need to stock up on this scent again, as I am almost completely out of my current jar. Avonlea is definitely more on the sweet side when it comes to fall scents. At the same time though, it is still outdoorsy. You mainly get the apple and pear with just a hint of that ginger as well as the maple leaf to make the sweetness less subtle and more natural. If you buy one candle off this list, make it this one. Avonlea is my favorite bookish autumn candle of ALL TIME, and I can’t recommend it enough.

2. A World With Octobers
created by: The Melting Library
scent notes: Crisp Red Apples • Rich Cinnamon • Fresh Pine
inspired by: Anne of Green Gables by: L.M. Montgomery

A World with Octobers was inspired by that famous quote from Anne of Green Gables. This is an awesome scent because you get an equal mix of everything. You can literally pin point each note while sniffing this.

3. Something Wicked This Way Comes
created by: Canterbury Road Co.
scent notes: pumpkin • coffee • marshmallow
inspired by: Macbeth by: William Shakespeare

The scents for Something Wicked were inspired by the popular pumpkin spice latte. Trust me when I say this smells 100% accurate to that inspiration. If your looking for that perfect gourmand autumn scent, this is it. While you mainly get an equal mix of everything, the pumpkin and coffee are especially prominent.

4. Lucien***
created by: The Melting Library
scent notes: Autumn Lily • Lilac • White Pumpkin
inspired by: Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Lucien smells exactly as it sounds. The white pumpkin is the most prominent scent in this candle though. For those of you who don’t know what white pumpkin smells like, it’s basically a much more subtle version of regular pumpkin. It almost smells kind of sweet too. I honestly prefer white pumpkin to regular pumpkin and Lucien is ALL white pumpkin.

5. September in Fairyland
created by: Canterbury Road Co.
scent notes: pumpkin • butterscotch • blueberries • cinnamon chestnut
inspired by: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by: Catherynne M. Valente

September in Fairyland is basically autumn in a jar. You mainly get the pumpkin and the butterscotch. There’s also a generous amount of cinnamon chestnut which makes this an overall spicy scent. If you’re looking for a bookish candle that’s the epitome of fall, look no further than September in Fairyland.

***These scents are not currently in stock.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

Mythical Creatures: Books with Witches

Hello pumpkins!🎃

This is my second post for Blogoween 2018!

I recently started a new series on my blog dedicated to all of the mythical creatures in literature. My first and most recent post in this succession was about mermaids. You can find that post here. Considering I wrote that this past summer and it is now officially fall, I decided that we should discuss a more autumnal figure today. That being–witches.

Just to make things clear, when I say witches I mean the whole lot. As with most mythical beings, I am aware there are many different categories. With that said, if a book has a character who mirrors the general definition of a witch, I’m considering it a green light to include that book on this list.

Disclaimer: While I did read some of these books, a good portion of them I did not. This post is mainly just to help you guys discover the wide variety of witch books that the world has to offer.

So let’s get into today’s discussion, shall we?


The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)
1. The Language of Thorns
by: Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns is a collection of fairy tales set in the same universe as Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. When I recommend The Language of Thorns, what I really mean is one of the stories inside called, The Witch of Duva.

The Witch of Duva is also an amazing choice for a witch-y tale. It’s basically Bardugo’s take on Hansel and Gretel. We should all be aware by now what Hansel and Gretel is about, so you know that this isn’t going to be a light read. Not to mention, Bardugo takes everything we know about the original story and turns it on it’s head making the reader even more spooked than before. I would also totally be lying if I didn’t say this story gave me the damn chills.

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)
2. Wicked Like a Wildfire
by: Lana Popovic

Wicked Like a Wildfire follows two sisters, Iris and Malina, who come from a family where all the women posses the unique magical ability to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as patterns and can turn her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork. Malina, on the other hand, interprets moods as music. Unfortunately for the sisters, their mother has a strict rule to keep their gifts a secret. In addition, they are forbidden from falling in love.

Wicked Like a Wildfire takes place in a secluded sea-side town in Croatia. In the book, it is mentioned that Iris and Malina are “vestica”, which is the Croatian word for witch. The term for their magical ability is also a unique one which the author refers to as a “gleam”. Iris and Malina are also considered good “vestice” or witches. But, while the sisters are on the more reputable side of this tale, there are still wicked witches thrown into the mix, as well.

Wicked Like a Wildfire is probably one of the most weird yet original witch stories out there. If you’re looking for a witch-y read unlike anything else, I suggest picking this bad boy up.

The Graces (The Graces, #1)
3. The Graces
by: Laure Eve

The Graces is a paranormal YA book that follows our protagonist River as she becomes obsessed with the town’s elite clique known as the Graces. In the story, the Graces are rumored to be witches who have magical powers. There’s even a scene in the book where River is gathered in a circle with some other girls as well as one of the Graces and they are performing a ritual with magical herbs.

One of the Graces, Summer, takes River into her and her sibling’s inner circle because she believes River is different. When I say this, what I mean is that Summer thinks River is honest. The truth though? Everything River does and everything she says is calculated.

The Graces is kind of like a mix between Mean Girls and every witch story ever told. If you’re interested in more details about this book, you can find my in-depth, spoiler free review here.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
4. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
by: Various Authors

Toil & Trouble is a fictional young adult anthology by a wide array of authors ranging from Zoraida Cordova, all the way to Emery Lord. Each writer tells a story inspired by a different witch from either history, literature, or pop culture. All narratives are also told from a feminist perspective. Some witches mentioned include from Glinda the Good, Sabrina, Ursula, Morgan le Fey, Gemma Doyle, and much more.

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
5. Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
by: A.W. Jantha

I think Hocus Pocus is pretty much self explanatory when it comes to what makes it a witchy read. The Sanderson Sisters are by far some of the most famous witches  in pop culture to date.

There are two parts to this book. The first portion is a retelling of the original Disney film, and the second portion is a sequel that continues the story 25 years later with Max and Allison’s Daughter. Both stories take place on Halloween and both stories include the famous witch trio known as the Sanderson sisters.

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
6. A Discovery of Witches
by: Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches takes place in a library and follows a young scholar known as Diana Bishop. When Diana discovers a bewitched alchemical manuscript, she accidentally unleashes a large group of creatures from the underworld such as daemons, vampires, and of course, witches.

The Witches
7. The Witches
by: Roald Dahl

The Witches is a children’s classic that follows a recently orphaned boy who is left in the care of his elderly grandmother. The boy’s relative is constantly warning him about the witches and saying what horrific creatures they are.

Dahl has a unique take on the witch as a mythical being because in this story, they can’t be spotted by wearing black cloaks and hats, or be seen flying on broomsticks. In fact, the witches in this tale actually disguise themselves as seemingly nice and  ordinary ladies.

I haven’t read The Witches yet, but I hope to do so real soon.

Practical Magic (Practical Magic, #2)
8. Practical Magic
by: Alice Hoffman

Everyone knows Practical Magic as the 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Many people, however, aren’t aware that the movie was actually based on a novel of the same name written by Alice Hoffman.

Practical Magic follows two sisters who were born into a family of magic. For over two hundred years, the women in their family have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their town. All Gillian and Sally want is to escape the never-ending incrimination. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away.

From what I have heard, Practical Magic is more Magical Realism than actual Fantasy. Nonetheless it is still a story about witches.

How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch, #1)
9. How to Hang a Witch
by: Adriana Mather

How to Hang a Witch is pitched as the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls, which to me sounds awesome. The narrative takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and follows Samantha Mather, a descendant of Cotton Mather. For those of you who don’t know, Cotton Mather was one of the men responsible for the Salem Witch Trials back in 1693.

When Samantha moves to Salem from New York, she and her stepmother don’t exactly receive the most amiable of greetings. Almost immediately, Sam becomes the rival of a clique who refer to themselves as The Descendants. Now, I’m just gonna go out on a limb here, and say that these girls are the offspring of the ‘witches’ who were hanged during the trials decades before. In addition, Sam also has an encounter with a very angry ghost.

How to Hang a Witch has everything one could want in a witchy read–an atmospheric setting, paranormal beings, and a centuries old curse that must be broken. Most importantly though, are the witches!

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
10. Truthwitch
by: Susan Dennard

Truthwitch has a unique take on these mythical creatures. The story follows a character known as Iseult who has unknown abilities, and Safiya a truthwitch. Safi is trying to avoid being captured as truthwitches have the rare ability to sense whether or not someone telling the truth. Considering many would kill for this magic Safi must keep her power hidden.

Truthwitch is a nice blend of high fantasy and witchy goodness.

The Wicked Deep
11. The Wicked Deep
by: Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep was just published in March of this year. The story follows a town known as Sparrow, where two centuries ago three sisters were drowned for being witches. Flashing forward to present day, each summer the sisters return in the stolen forms of innocent girls in order to seek their revenge. To do so, they lure boys to their doom and drown them in the harbor.

To me, the witches in this story seem extremely reminiscent of sirens, but at the same time, they still manage to possess that classic witchy vibe.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)
12. The Bone Witch
by: Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch is a tale that follows a necromancer–a type of witch who can communicate with the dead.

In this novel, necromancy is normal–especially in our main character Tea’s family. After she accidentally raises her brother from the dead, Tea discovers she is a rare kind of necromancer–a bone witch. Being a bone witch is not considered a good thing in Tea’s community and many people begin to fear her.

The Bone Witch is the first book in a three book series, and definitely worth giving a shot.

The Price Guide to the Occult
13. The Price Guide to the Occult
by: Leslye Walton

The Price Guide to the Occult follows a teen witch Nor Blackburn who’s magical abilities are less than exceptional. After Nor discovers a mysterious book that promises to cast any spell for the right price, things start to change.

To me, this premise sounds like a whole lot of damage is going to be done, but at the same time still be pretty epic, as well.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)
14. Labyrinth Lost
by: Zoraida Cordova

Labyrinth Lost is a story that follows a bruja named Alex. If you didn’t already know, bruja is the spanish term for witch. Unfortunately, Alex hates magic and when she performs a spell to rid herself of her abilities, the charm backfires, and instead makes her entire family disappear.

Pick Labyrinth Lost up if you are looking for a witchy read with a diverse set of characters.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
15. Hex Hall
by: Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall follows Sophie Mercer who recently discovered that she is a witch. After a prom-night spell goes wrong, Sophie is banished to Hex Hall, a secluded reform school for disobedient individuals with special abilities.

Not only does Hex Hall include witches, but we also get to see other paranormal creatures such as faeries, ghosts, shapeshifters, and vampires. Either way, I’m always down for a book that follows a magical school with an array of mythical beings, and Hex Hall seems like the ultimate choice for that category.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
16. Wicked
by: Gregory Maguire

Wicked is probably one of the more popular books on this list. I think everyone knows the Broadway play by now, but many still aren’t aware of how different the book differs from it.

Wicked is the origin story of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In this story, Maguire casts light upon how the Wicked Witch became well…wicked.

The Witch's Daughter (The Witch's Daughter, #1)
17. The Witch’s Daughter
by: Paula Brackston

In The Witches Daughter we follow Bess Hawksmith, who just witnessed her mother getting hanged for being a witch. In order to save herself from the same fate, Bess turns to a Warlock named Gideon who makes Bess immortal.  Fast forward to present-day England where Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, but all is soon interrupted by a teenage girl called Tegan.

The Witches Daughter is part historical fiction, part fantasy, and all things witchy.

The Penguin Book of Witches
18. The Penguin Book of Witches
by: Katherine Howe

If fiction isn’t your jam and you’re more interested in the history of witches, than check out The Penguin Book of Witches. This nonfiction book is a compilation of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Names mentioned range from, Eunice Cole, who was tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart, all the way to Jane Jacobs, a woman accused so often of witchcraft that she took her oppressors to court on charges of slander.

While The Penguin Book of Witches isn’t the most magical option on this list, it is the most realistic.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

October/Autumn TBR

Hello pumpkins!🎃

I am kicking off day one of Blogoween with my October/Autumn TBR.

Fall is finally here, and with fall comes all things cozy. From pumpkin spice lattes and plaid flannel blankets, all the way to apple scented candles, and most important of all…atmospheric reads.

So, basically my October/Autumn TBR will consist of all of the spooky and atmospheric books I would like to get to this month.

Let’s get started!


Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
1. Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
by: A.W. Jantha

I have been not so patiently waiting to read this Hocus Pocus retelling ever since I got it in the mail last month. I wanted to hold back from reading this until it was closer to Halloween. So, considering it is now October, I am finally ready (and eager) to pick this bad boy up.

There are two parts to this book. The first portion is a retelling of the original Disney film, and the second portion is a sequel that continues the story 25 years later with Max and Allison’s Daughter. I can imagine both tales will be incredibly atmospheric with Halloween festivities, witches, and all the spookiness to knock my socks off.


2. Frankenstein
by: Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a book I purchased last fall but unfortunately never got around to reading. The narrative follows a science student, Victor Frankenstein who is obsessed with discovering the cause of existence, and giving life to inanimate matter.

After creating and bringing to life a human being from stolen body parts, Frankenstein is disgusted at the creature’s ugliness and ultimately abandons it. This leads Victor’s creation to turn evil.

I have heard many great things about Frankenstein, but one argument that always seems to stick out to me the most is whether or not Victor’s creation is the true monster. Most people say the mad scientist is the real villain of the story. Either way, I am beyond excited to dive into this spooky and atmospheric read.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales
3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by: Washington Irving

Sleepy Hollow is going to be one of my first reads of October. I need to finish it before the 27th as I have a review planned for Blogoween.

The narrative takes place in small town known as Sleepy Hollow which is just near Tarrytown, New York. We follow Ichabod Crane in his attempts to woo Katrina Van Tassel. There are also many lush descriptions of Crane’s surroundings making for a perfect atmospheric read. The real question of this novel is though, whether or not there really is a headless horseman. I guess I will have to read to find out!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making 

by: Catherine M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is a middle grade fantasy novel that follows a 12 year old girl named September. One day while her parents are away, September is met by a figure known as Green Wind. Eventually the Green Wind individual sweeps her away to Fairyland where she is needed in order to retrieve a talisman for the Marquess.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland has been compared to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as The Golden Compass, and I am so here for it.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
5. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
by: Various Authors

Toil & Trouble is a fictional young adult anthology by a wide array of authors ranging from Zoraida Cordova, all the way to Emery Lord. Each writer tells a story inspired by a different witch from either history, literature, or pop culture. All narratives are also told from a feminist perspective. Some witches mentioned include from Glinda the Good, Sabrina, Ursula, Morgan le Fey, Gemma Doyle, and much more.

I cannot express how excited I am to start this. I recently hauled Toil & Trouble last month and had to refrain myself from picking it up right away, but I am finally ready.

Those are all of the books I plan on reading in October!

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

September Wrap-up & Currently Reading

September was not my best reading month, as I am currently experiencing one of the worst reading slumps ever. While I was only able to complete 3 books, I am still in the middle of three more. I decided to post this wrap-up now because there is no way I will finish the books I am currently reading before the end of this month.

I also split this post up into two portions. The first portion will discuss the books I’ve already finished while the second part will discuss the books that I’m still getting through.

So, without further ado, let’s get into my September Wrap-up!


The Diary of  a Provincial Lady
1. The Diary of a Provincial Lady
by: E.M. Delafield

For those who don’t know, The Diary of a Provincial Lady is a classic novel written in journal entries by the author. We follow Delafield throughout one year of her life as she goes to dinner parties, travels to the south of France, and at the same time has to care for her children and deal with a tight financial situation.

I started reading The Diary of a Provincial Lady in late August but didn’t actually complete it until the 9th of this month (September). Considering this was such a short book at just 172 pages, it took me ages to get through. I think it was mainly because the writing style was difficult to get used to. This was written in true diary format so the sentences were choppy and a lot of words were missing from them as well.

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Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Big Woods
by: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House in the Big Woods is book one in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I think perhaps the most famous book in this series is Little House on the Prairie. The story follows a young Laura and her family as they go through Pioneer Life in a log cabin in Wisconsin. The series as a whole is based off the real life adventures of the author.

This was the second book I completed in September. To be honest, not much happened in the story. We basically just follow the characters as they go through pioneer life in the middle of the woods. We watch on as they prepare for the long winter by hunting and saving food, and we also watch as they travel to a nearby town to trade and buy goods. Even though nothing really exciting happens I somehow managed to love every minute of it. I am also thoroughly considering upping my rating to five flowers.

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What Katy Did
What Katy Did
by: Susan Coolidge

What Katy Did is a children’s classic that follows our main character Katy who is a wild, free spirited little girl that always gets into mischief. After a terrible accident occurs though, it will take everything Katy has to keep her dreams alive.

This was kind of a depressing novel. When I say that, I don’t mean the ending was sad by any means because it was a happy ending. What I am really referring to is the big chunk that is the middle. I won’t say what happens because..spoilers. What I will say however, is that I didn’t enjoy reading about the tragedy that occurred because it took up too much of the story. I’m not one for depressing plots, as I get sad very easily. I’m genuinely upset to say that this book just wasn’t for me.

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4. King Arthur and His Knights
by: Mary Macleod

If you don’t know what King Arthur is about, it basically follows King Arthur from boyhood to death, from the moment he pulls the sword from the stone and onward. There are wizards, witches, knights and pretty much everything you could want in a fantasy novel.

I purchased a vintage edition of this book at my local library so the edition you see above is not the one I own. There are many versions of King Arthur and His Knights, and unfortunately, I don’t think I started with the best one. Considering this is my first time reading an Arthurian tale, I honestly could have started off with a better version.

5. The Hobbit
by: J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins who lives a very comfortable life in his hobbit hole. That is, until one day a great and powerful wizard known as Gandalf shows up at his doorstep and swoops him away onto an adventure involving dragons, treasure, and so much more.

I started reading The Hobbit for the very first time at the beginning of this month. Although the story is interesting, I am finding the writing a bit difficult to get into. I found this gorgeous, cloth bound, illustrated edition which I thought would enhance my reading experience and make it go by quicker. Unfortunately, it has been an entire month and I have still yet to get to page 100. I am however, hoping to finish it this October.

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by: J.K. Rowling

I think by now we all know what Harry Potter is about. I am one of the few people who have yet to complete the series, so I won’t trouble you with a synopsis. However, I will say that I am loving these books with a fire burning passion.

This is my first time reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I recently read the fourth book, The Goblet of Fire and absolutely loved it. I saw most of the Harry Potter movies and remember the fourth installment being my favorite. I’ve also heard that The Order of the Phoenix is a lot of people’s favorite book in the entire series. Although I have been reading this for over a month, the length of time it’s taking me to complete it in has nothing to do with the quality of the book. In fact, it has more to do with the reading slump I am currently going through more than anything. I am hoping to finish this fifth installment before November.

Did you read any of the above books? What books did you read in September? How many? Sound off in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed reading my September Wrap-up!

Until next time,

Blogoween Announcement!

Hello pumpkins! 🎃

Last night I was scrolling through my WordPress Reader and came across someone’s post for a month-long book blogger event called Blogoween. For those of you who don’t know, Blogoween takes place in October and is hosted by Clo at Book Dragons and Fictionally Sam along with a few other people. There are various Halloween/Autumn themed prompts as well as hosts for each day in October.

I am super excited about this event, as I live for all things autumn!

Blogoween: Content, Hosts & Prompts &
BLOGOWEEN 2018 [Announcement, Hosts + Prompts]

There are three levels you can choose between, and you can only pick one.

Level 1: Post any 13 days during October

Level 2: Post consecutively from October 24–31st

Level 3: Post every single day in October

I decided to go with level one because that way, I can still stick to my regular posting schedule (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) while still participating. This actually works out perfect for me, as I will be posting exactly 13 times in October.

After a level is decided on, the next steps would be to:

1. Write an announcement post &
2. Sign up for the event here.

Below you will find my posting schedule along with the prompts I chose to do. A good portion of the topics I am writing about were my idea too!







TUESDAY 10/16-



TUESDAY 10/23-



TUESDAY 10/30-

Well that’s all! I’m super excited for this event, and I hope you guys will be joining all of us Halloween enthusiasts!

Let me know in the comments below if you are going to participate!

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

Snow and Rose (Spoiler Free Review)

Pages: 224

Format: Hardcover

First Edition Published: 2017

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.

The Review

Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale–people never do.

Snow and Rose is a Middle Grade retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale. The story follows sisters Snow and Rose after their father disappears in the woods and their mother falls into a deep sorrow. The enchanted woods is under a set of terrible spells, and it is up to Snow and Rose to break them.

The book itself also includes tons of full-color illustrations with a whimsical aesthetic that perfectly matches the author’s writing style.

Snow and Rose is a perfectly atmospheric fairy tale set in a winter-y landscape. If there’s one thing the author excels at most, it’s giving the reader lush descriptions of the sister’s surroundings. The plot is told in third person narrative, and begins after the pair’s father–a wealthy nobleman–goes missing.

Without their father in the picture, Snow and Rose are pretty much on their own as their mother goes into a deep despair and struggles to do much of anything. Considering their father is no longer with them, the trio is no longer considered of noble rank. This causes them to lose their beautiful home with it’s luscious garden and pretty much everything they’ve ever known.

After the loss of a home and a loved one, Snow, Rose, and their mother move into an old cabin in the woods, and this is where our story begins.

The best part about Snow and Rose was definitely the author’s whimsical yet easy-to-read writing style. Emily Winfield Martin has such a way with descriptions that it is almost unreal. Just her writing alone makes the story itself seem more magical than it already is.

The next best thing right after the writing is most certainly the plot. There were times when I thought I knew the exact direction the story was going to go in, but then everything changed and I had no idea what was going to happen next. This honestly happened maybe four times throughout the book. It wasn’t until the very last chapter that I realized how it was going to end.

In addition to the writing and plot, the illustrations throughout were definitely an added bonus. Martin both wrote and illustrated Snow and Rose, and to me that is absolutely amazing. The fact that the author did pretty much everything made for an overall cohesive story.

Overall, Snow and Rose is a fairy tale retelling worth giving a shot. Between the whimsical writing, lush illustrations, and unexpected plot, you simply can’t go wrong by picking this bad boy up.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

Until next time,



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