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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 

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.

English Girls by The Maine

“WE’RE IN LONDON, MID-OCTOBER!”

That’s literally all the justification I needed to feature this song on an autumn playlist post. Next!

Fallen Leaves by Billy Talent

Not only is this one of Billy Talent’s best songs, but it’s also very autumnal. Fallen leaves on the ground, indeed.

Forever Halloween by The Maine

The first of the Halloween songs featured in my autumn playlist is the second entry from The Maine. I’ve already talked about Forever Halloween recently, as the album is one of my current favourites, but the title track is definitely one to blast on the 31st.

It’s Almost Halloween by Panic! at the Disco

It’s unfortunate that I decided to do this post alphabetically, because we’ve gone from the perfect song to listen to ON Halloween to the perfect song to listen to BEFORE Halloween. Fuck it, just start playing this one on November 1st to get excited for next Halloween!

Nothing can put you in the Halloween holiday mood more than fetus P!ATD dressed up in those goofy costumes.

Jersey by Mayday Parade

There’s never a bad season to listen to Mayday Parade. It was hard to pick a specific song from A Lesson in Romantics because the entire album screams ‘end of summer’, but Jersey won. I mean, the first line literally says, “Jersey just got colder”, which is definitely something that signals the start of autumn.

Let Her Go by Passenger

Let Her Go could easily feature on a winter playlist with the line “you only miss the sun when it starts to snow”, but something about this song makes me think of sitting around a bonfire with friends on November 5th.

Opposite by Biffy Clyro

Something about autumn makes me feel intensely melancholy, and that’s the vibe which Opposite by Biffy Clyro gives off.

Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood

When I first heard this song I was utterly OBSESSED. I am a huge fan of jumpers – I have more of them than any other item in my wardrobe – so of course a song called Sweater Weather was going to be an instant fave.

The Last Time by Taylor Swift ft. Gary Lightbody

There are an awful lot of Taylor Swift songs that remind me of autumn, but this is the one I always find myself clicking first.

This is Halloween by Panic! at the Disco

The perfect sequel to It’s Almost Halloween, and the perfect end to an autumn playlist post!

I hope you enjoyed this autumn playlist. Which songs do you have to listen to in the autumn months?

See you tomorrow,

Alyce

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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 

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 

BLOGTOBER Day 21: Top Five Wednesday Revisited: Top five current favourite albums

It’s been a while since I’ve written about music, so today I’ve decided to focus on my top five favourite albums (at the moment). My original list features five albums which I still absolutely love – and have not been giving enough love to recently – but the five albums below are the ones that you’ll find blasting through in my shower for me to wail along to.

5. FANDOM by Waterparks

The reason FANDOM is coming in at the bottom of this list is because I haven’t actually listened to it in full yet. Gulp.

I know, I shouldn’t including it in a list of my favourite albums if I haven’t heard it in its entirety yet, but my excuse is that I mostly listen to music in the shower and I don’t shower slowly enough for the whole album to play through while I’m in there!

However, the songs which I have heard from this album are some of the best that Waterparks have produced, so even though I mostly just listen to the singles over and over again I enjoy them so much that this album deserves a mention.

Favourite song?: Watch What Happens Next



4. Forever Halloween by The Maine

With Halloween being just around the corner, what better time to rediscover The Maine’s Forever Halloween? Released back in 2013, Forever Halloween was The Maine’s fourth album but it was the first of their releases that I truly fell in love with.

If you’re also a fan of Forever Halloween, The Maine are doing a special livestream on Halloween in which they’re playing the album in its entirety! Tickets are available here for just $5 – if I didn’t have two small children and a full day at work the next day, I’d definitely be snapping one up and rocking out.

Favourite song?: These Four Words



3. TRENCH by twenty one pilots

Until today, the last music-related post I wrote on this site was an Ode to Trench back in 2018. I love this album with my entire heart. Every single second of it is impeccably flawless, and I am so grateful to twenty one pilots for writing, recording and releasing it.

If you’ve never listened to twenty one pilots before, TRENCH is the perfect place to start. It truly has something for everyone – whether you like rap, rock or reggae – and it has some hard-hitting, powerful lyrics which are bound to bring a tear to your eye.

Favourite song?: Neon Gravestones



2. Technology by Don Broco

Although Don Broco’s third album is only two years old, it feels much older because the first single from it was released a whole two years (!!) before the album arrived.

I can’t imagine a time where this won’t be one of my favourite albums. Although I loved Priorities and grew to love Automatic, Technology was an album which I waited a long time for and I loved seeing the Bedford boys go from strength to strength during this album touring cycle. Not only did they return to their rock roots but they went heavier than ever before (and they acquired a cowboy and a cowbell while doing it!).

Favourite song?: Technology



1. Manic by Halsey

Manic has been on repeat in our car pretty much constantly since it was released at the beginning of the year. With the exception of Alanis’ Interlude featuring Alanis Morissette, I found it almost impossible to pick a favourite song, because this album has a song for every mood – it’s definitely the most versatile album on this list! From keying ex-boyfriend’s Ferraris to sharing the pain of a miscarriage, Manic is a raw, emotionally powerful album which shows the strength of Halsey’s songwriting.

Favourite song?: 929



I hope you enjoyed this Top Five Wednesday Revisited post! What is your favourite album at the moment?

See you tomorrow,

Alyce

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BLOGTOBER Day 20: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I’ve Read Because of Recommendations

I’m someone who normally runs out and purchases my friend’s recommendations immediately… Then they sit festering on my shelves for so long that I completely forgot who recommended which book to me. (I’m terrible, I know). However, these ten books are ones which remind me 

BLOGTOBER Day 19: Barking ‘Bout Books Tag

I was only talking about Erik from Breakeven Books a couple of days ago when I shared a list of my favourite Booktubers, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that he’s made a book tag! I discovered this tag when I saw Andrew from 

BLOGTOBER Day 18: Spooky recommendations

I posted my autumn recommendations earlier in the month, but thought I’d wait until a bit closer to Halloween to give you 10 spooky book recommendations. If you’re looking to read something unsettling or scary, these are the books to pick up!

10. Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall



I’m putting Rules For Vanishing on this recommendations list even though I didn’t like it, because everyone else I’ve heard talk about it has loved it.

Rules For Vanishing tells the story of a mysterious path through the woods which appears every year, and the people who disappear off of the face of the earth when they wander down it. Sara’s sister disappeared last year, but when a mysterious text convinces her and her old friends to wander down the path in the search for her sister, things turn deadly.

The film rights have been optioned and I’m actually looking forward to seeing the adaptation even though I didn’t love the book. The story was intriguing, I just don’t feel as though a novel was the right form for this story – if you can get hold of an audiobook version I’d recommend giving that a go instead.

9. Autumn by David Moody




I’m a big zombie fan, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include a couple of zombie stories on this list. Autumn is one of the scarier zombie books I’ve read because it feels so realistic: the zombies aren’t bloodthirsty as soon as they turn, which makes their eventual change all the more frightening.

The Autumn series is a series of companion novels, with cameos and reappearances from old favourite characters later on in the series, so if you’re looking for a fresh take on the traditional zombie story then I’d highly recommend this one.



8. Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan



Perfectly Preventable Deaths is set in Ireland and follows twins – one of whom is falling in love with the local bad boy, and one of whom is discovering witchcraft and her own innate powers.

Perfectly Preventable Deaths is one to pick up if you want to read something dark and deeply unsettling. A scene at the end of this novel is still haunting me a year and a bit later and while I was reading it I began wishing I hadn’t picked up the book, and I’m not impacted like that easily!




7. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough



Behind Her Eyes is a domestic thriller with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read. It’s not a spoiler to say that because it’s written very plainly on the front cover, and I thought that claim would ruin my enjoyment of the book… But although you might think that you’ve figured out what the twist is, there’s then a twist on a twist and it is WILD. When I read it my jaw literally dropped open, and I was so amazed by what I’d just read that I preceded to run downstairs and screech at Sean for at least ten minutes.

The more time that passes after reading this book the more that I think that I was probably a bit generous when I gave it 4 stars, but if you want to read a domestic thriller with a difference – in this case a supernatural, paranormal element – then this will hit the spot.



6. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman



The Walking Dead is always the perfect read in October: it’s when the new episodes of the show air on AMC, so why wouldn’t you want to revisit the source material?

The Walking Dead comic run is vastly different to the TV show, so if you aren’t a huge fan of the adventures of Rick Grimes and co. on screen then it’s still worth giving the graphic novels a shot. Documenting the journey of a cop through the zombie-infested landscape in the search of his wife and child, this is not only a quick read but will definitely give you a few jumps.




5. Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green




Potkin and Stubbs is a middle-grade mystery perfect for those who like ghost stories but don’t like being awfully frightened.

Lil Potkin is a journalist in Peligan City and she discovers the case of her career when she meets Nedly Stubbs, who is a ghost. Lil and Nedly team up to solve the mystery of how he died. Featuring an extremely unnerving toy called Wool and a creepy abandoned asylum, this is a story which features a lot of tropes but because it’s aimed at a middle-grade audience it’s a great read for people who are timid readers. There’s also a character called Abe who reminds me so much of Inspector Gadget and I LOVE him – I really hope he pops up again later in the trilogy!


4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson




Truly Devious is the first book in a mystery trilogy following a girl called Stevie. Stevie manages to get a scholarship to the prestigious Ellingham Academy after mentioning her fascination with the Albert Ellingham mystery in her application, so when she gets there she is determined to finally crack this cold case.

My problem with the Truly Devious series is that I like it slightly less with each installment, so I’m a bit apprehensive about picking up the recently announced The Box in the Woods (which is the first book following Stevie outside of Ellingham Academy).



3. Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman



When people recommend spooky books they often mention domestic thrillers, but I never see a lot of crime recommendations. This might be because people think of them as focusing more on the procedural aspects of investigating the crime – or because people don’t read crime novels that much anymore, I don’t know – but I think the heinous acts that human beings can commit against each other is one of the things which scares me the most.

Retribution focuses on the absolute worst of humanity. Our protagonist, C.J. Townsend, is brutally raped and almost murdered in her apartment building when she’s a student, only to have to face her attacker in the courtroom when she’s prosecuting him for a different crime many years later.

It has been a long time since I read Retribution, and I do worry that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much second time around so I’ve been putting off rereading it, but I can vividly remember some of the scenes because they imprint themselves in your mind. If you’re easily upset by distressing scenes in novels I’d suggest avoiding this one.


2. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab



City of Ghosts follows a girl called Cassidy Blake, who becomes able to see ghosts following a near-death experience. Her parents are historians who are obsessed with ghosts, so when they get their own TV show the Blakes begin travelling across the globe to some of the most haunted locations on the planet (with Cassidy’s ghostly best friend, Jacob, in tow).

Although City of Ghosts is a middle-grade like Potkin and Stubbs, it couldn’t be more different. This series is genuinely frightening, even if you read it as an adult. There’s a scene in the second book in the series, Tunnel of Bones, which sent shivers down my spine and put me so on edge that I jumped at every little noise in my house, and I can’t remember the last book aimed at older readers which has successfully had that impact on me.


1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman


In all fairness the Arc of the Scythe series is probably better described as ‘unsettling’ than ‘spooky’, but as all of the covers feature grim reapers (which, in this universe, are called scythes) I couldn’t think of a better series to top this list.

If you haven’t read Scythe yet, I don’t know where you’ve been. People have been hyping this series up since the first book was released, and I only jumped on board last year but I’m so glad that I was all caught up in time for the third book in the series to be released.

In this world death has been conquered, so to solve overpopulation people are trained as scythes who go around gleaning a daily quota to allow humanity to continue without completely overwhelming the planet. Although it’s supposed to be a utopia, I can’t think of anything scarier than believing that death had been conquered only to have to face it anyway.

I binged this whole trilogy last October and I am honestly already looking for an excuse to reread them, so if anyone wants to host a readlong for this series I would be grateful.



Thanks for checking out my spooky recommendations! Do you have any recommendations you’d add to my list?

See you tomorrow,

Alyce

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BLOGTOBER Day 17: 10 favourite Booktubers

Every evening while eating dinner, Sean and I wrestle the TV remote away from Zophia so that we can watch some Booktube. For today’s Blogtober post I thought I’d shine a light on the 10 Booktubers we enjoy watching the most, so that you can