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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten book titles which would make great song titles

I always love it when Top Ten Tuesday has a musical twist, so I’ve been looking forward to this week’s prompt since the beginning of Blogtober! These ten books all have titles which would make great song titles. If I was more talented I’d probably 

BLOGTOBER Day 31: #10in20 review challenge #2

For today’s Blogtober post, I’ve decided to challenge myself to another round of #10in20. In this challenge, you write 10 books in 20 minutes, meaning you have only two minutes to write as much as you can about each book you review. This was a 

BLOGTOBER Day 30: The Hyped for Halloween Book Tag

Halloween is TOMORROW!!! Finally, the spookiest day of the year and my absolute favourite holiday!

To celebrate, I thought I’d take part in the Hyped for Halloween Book Tag, which I originally saw on Aoife’s blog (but I also loved Amy’s answers too!).

1. What book gave you the creeps?


It takes a lot for a book to give me the creeps, so I had to wrack my brains for a while to think of an answer for this first question.

Even though I read it over a year ago, the book which gave me the creeps most recently has to have been Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab!

Even though Tunnel of Bones is a middle grade, it’s genuinely spine-tingling. I can remember my heart leaping and genuinely getting freaked out when there was a noise behind me while reading this book, because Victoria Schwab is brilliant at crafting a tense, terrifying atmosphere.

It wasn’t even the sections which took place in the tunnel of bones itself that scared me – it was a scene that wasn’t even scary on the face of things, but I’d just worked myself up too much while reading.

I can’t wait for Bridge of Souls, the third book in the Cassidy Blake series, to finally arrive in March.

2. What book gives you the best Halloween vibes?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley



There are a couple of reasons that Frankenstein by Mary Shelley reminds me of Halloween.

The first time I read this classic, I started it during Halloween. I ended up absolutely hating it, and I didn’t finish until March or April the next year! I thought it was boring and bland and couldn’t believe that it was such a celebrated classic.

When I was at university I had to reread Frankenstein for my studies, and I ended up enjoying it a fair amount, which was a surprise. I gave it four stars, but could appreciate it a lot more – I think it helped that I read it in one sitting, rather than struggling with it for half a year. I don’t remember whether I actually read it near Halloween, but I’m always going to associate this book with sitting on my bed looking out the window at all of the beautiful autumn trees.



3. What’s your favourite vampire book?


There are a few different books which I could mention here, as I have read a lot of vampire books, but I’ve decided to talk about Teeth by Chele Cooke.

Teeth was one of the first books I reviewed on Everything Alyce, and it sticks in my mind to this day. This book focuses on the ravenous, murderous side of the vampire – definitely no sparkling involved! – so if you like brutal, bloody novels, this is one to check out.

I have been sleeping on the sequel for this novel for far too long, which is extremely embarrassing because Chele Cooke actually reached out to me and sent me a review copy of it. The only reason I’ve been procrastinating is because I know I’m going to need to reread Teeth and I’m worried that it won’t impress me as much second time around, but I’m going to force myself to be brave and read them before the end of the year.



4. What book scared you so much that you had to sleep with the light on?

I can’t think of a single instance when this has happened, so sadly my answer to this question is none of them! As I said earlier, it takes a lot for a book to give me the creeps, but maybe that will change as I start reading more adult horror.

5. What’s your favourite book about witches/goblins/ghosts/demons?



For this book I have to pick The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.

Set in the town of Sparrow, this book tells the story of three girls who were drowned after being accused of witchcraft. However, the girls manage to get their revenge on the town that murdered them: they return every summer, possessing the bodies of different girls and luring boys into the harbor so that they drown.

Shea Ernshaw has an incredible talent at bringing the locations in her novels to life, making them so vibrant that they are characters in their own right. I loved every moment of this book (and loved Ernshaw’s second novel, Winterwood, even more!).



6. What book do you wish was scarier than it was?



I ended up being disappointed by Stephen King’s It. I shared my detailed thoughts on it earlier in the month, but although I thought it was well-crafted and intriguing, I never once would have described it as scary.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m not scared of clowns, but there was nothing in this novel that got my heart in my mouth or goosebumps rising on my arms.

I might feel differently when I watch the film adaptation, as I find it a lot easier to be scared while watching things that when reading them. As it stands, I really could have done with It being much scarier than it was!



7. What’s your favourite book that takes place in October?



For this one I’m choosing a book which I haven’t read yet, but which I’m sure will be a favourite, and that’s Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. I was planning on reading Pumpkinheads this month but I haven’t had time yet – mostly because I was struggling to get through It – but there’s still tomorrow, so I might be able to tell you if this is a favourite during my final post for Blogtober!

Pumpkinheads follows two people who work at a pumpkin patch every year, and during their final year working together they decide to share their feelings for each other. It sounds like it’s going to be very adorable, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a graphic novel, so I’m sure this is going to be a new favourite.



I hope you enjoyed my penultimate Blogtober post!

See you tomorrow on the spookiest day of the year. 🎃

Alyce

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BLOGTOBER Day 29: Ideas for a fun, COVID-secure Halloween

This entire year has been a bit of a disaster. Mother’s Day was cancelled, Easter was cancelled, Father’s Day was cancelled and it’s looking more and more likely that Christmas will not be going ahead the way we’re used to, either. With that in mind, 

BLOGTOBER Day 28: Top Five Wednesday Revisited: Series I’m reading next year

Earlier in the month I discussed the series I can’t wait to finish and the series I can’t wait to continue, so I thought before Blogtober finished I should probably shine a light on some series which I still need to start. This was a 

BLOGTOBER Day 27: Top Ten Tuesday: Ten favourite candies

It’s only four days until Halloween, so for today’s Halloween freebie I decided to shine a spotlight on my favourite candies.

I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world – which is dangerous, because I work in a chocolate shop – so if you haven’t tried any of these sweets yet you need to, because I’m an expert in my field!

10. Coconut Eclair



The only reason that the Quality Street Coconut Eclair is at the bottom of this list is because it’s really hard to buy them individually. You never get enough of them in the Quality Street tub so my cravings are never satisfied.

People will tell you that the Coconut Eclair is the worst chocolate in the Quality Street collection, but that’s because people are basic and they don’t appreciate the taste of coconut as much as they should.

If you love Bounty, this is a must try.


9. Drumsticks



While I was pregnant with Ezra last year, I ended up with a craving for Drumsticks the likes of which I’ve never before experienced. It was so bad that Sean knocked one out of my hand in the car – well, he didn’t even knock it out of my hand, he asked me to charge his phone and in the process I dropped it – and I got so upset that I shouted at him and wouldn’t speak to him for almost ten minutes. With my mum in the back of the car. Awkward.

Until that point I’d never been a huge fan of Drumsticks, but now my mouth waters every time I see one of them. It’s conflicting.




8. Fruit Salad



According to its makers, Fruit Salad is meant to be a raspberry and pineapple flavoured chew, but I have only really gotten pineapple from those. It meant that until now I’ve been really confused on why they decided to put pink on the packaging…

That being said, it has been a while since I’ve managed to find Fruit Salads anywhere. Since they changed the recipe to be vegetarian I think I’ve only managed to find them once: I don’t know if it’s because they’re less popular so places have stopped selling them, or whether they keep selling out!

7. Black Jack



Black Jacks are very similar to Fruit Salad in size, but they certainly pack a punch as they’re aniseed flavoured.

I’m a fan of anything aniseed. Aniseed balls, sambuca… I could eat the stuff all day every day. Which means the only reason that Black Jacks are so low on this list is because they’re too small to fully satisfy me! I need a huge Drumstick-sized Black Jack and I need it now!



6. Love Hearts


Love Hearts are one of Sean’s favourite sweets, and his love of them has made me appreciate them a lot more. We have even discussed getting packets with personalised labels for party favours when we get married!

I do think it’s very fun that they now include Love Hearts with emoji faces in them. This is a sweet which is trying hard to stay relevant, and they deserve props for that.

5. Bubblegum Bottles






The only reason bubblegum bottles aren’t at the top of this list is because it is SO EASY to get them wrong.

I’m talking the traditional bubblegum bottles that you can find in the Pick ‘n’ Mix at Wilko, not the basic bitch bubblegum bottles from Haribo. They just aren’t right!




4. Wham






The top four on this list are of such a high calibre that it’s pretty much impossible to choose between them.

If you haven’t tried a Wham before, it’s a gorgeously sour chewy bar of a highly unnatural pink colour. Fun to eat, not so fun to look at!




3. Dipdab Softies





First of all, can I just say how hard it is to spell Dipdab?! I know you spell it exactly as you say it but goddamn I just keep writing dipdap or dibdab.

I’m not a fan of Dipdabs because they are messy. I do not like getting sticky, so getting absolutely covered in sherbet powder is my worst nightmare. However, the Dipdab Softies allow you to experience the taste of a Dipdab without all of the mess, which makes it a winner in my eyes.

This is the best of all of the softies, with the Refreshers Softies coming in a very close second.






2. Thorntons Alpini Praline





I am slightly biased because I do work for Thorntons… but I’m not getting paid to write this blog post and you aren’t in my shop so I’m not trying to get your money into my till, so this is a completely honest opinion!

The alpini praline is HEAVENLY. Part of Thorntons Continental range, the Alpini is a combination of hazelnut and almond pieces with a dusting of powdered sugar over the top. Before working at Thorntons I wouldn’t eat any chocolates with nuts because I was too scared of them, but as soon as I tried the Alpini it catapulted into my all-time favourites list.



1. Refreshers





I find it impossible to pick a favourite flavour of Refresher. The blue ones are lemon – a flavour which I don’t normally enjoy – while the pink ones are strawberry flavoured.

I could happily eat Refreshers all day, every day, no matter which flavour you offered me.





I also want to give an honourable mention to Peeps. I’ve only thought of them as I’ve finished this post, and I really enjoy them too – they’re marshmallows coated in a crystallised sugar which gives them a really satisfying crunch, and they’re available in lots of fun shapes – but it’s too hard to pick a sweet to kick off of this list in favour of Peeps!

Which sweets are your absolute favourites?

See you tomorrow,

Alyce

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BLOGTOBER Day 26: Autumn playlist

Autumn is in full swing: the clocks have changed, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping rapidly. That makes it the perfect time to update your playlist to reflect the new season, so here are ten songs which just scream autumn to me. 

BLOGTOBER Day 25: Review: It by Stephen King

BLOGTOBER Day 25: Review: It by Stephen King

It’s hard to review a book like Stephen King’s It, because there is nothing I can possibly say about it which hasn’t been said before. Despite that, I thought I’d share my thoughts on this tome, because I’ve spent the past three weeks gradually clawing 

BLOGTOBER Day 24: 25 Before 25 update

I’m 25 in six months, which means it’s been six months since I shared my 25 Before 25 list.

For day 24 of Blogtober, I thought I’d give you a quick update on which books I’ve currently read… And I’m embarrassed that I have only read 4 out of 25 so far, which means I have 21 books to try to squeeze into the next six months!

At the moment I’ve read The Gunslinger by Stephen King, The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, Dark Age by Pierce Brown and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

Surprisingly enough, out of the four books I’ve read so far Dark Age ended up getting my lowest rating. I ended up giving it 3 stars, which made it the first of Pierce Brown’s books which I haven’t given 5 stars (and has made me very nervous for the next book in the series).

The Gunslinger was a 4 star read, while The Eye of the World and A Darker Shade of Magic both got 4.5 stars. I’ve already read the sequel to The Gunslinger and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first one, but books two and three in the Wheel of Time series were both 5 stars.

I think that’s why I haven’t been reading widely across the list, because I wanted to carry on with the different series as I started them! I am meant to be reading The Maze Runner this month, but I don’t know whether I’m going to be able to get to it with only a week left in October. I think it’s going to be a challenge to get the other 21 read by my birthday, but I’m definitely going to do my best.

Out of my 25 Before 25 list, which one do you think I should read next?

See you tomorrow,

Alyce

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BLOGTOBER Day 23: Book-to-screen adaptations I want to see

In direct contrast to yesterday’s list of five book-to-screen adaptations which I’ve already seen, today’s list features five book-to-screen adaptations that are at the top of my list of things I want to watch. The Hate U Give I read The Hate U Give last