TTT: Halloween TBR

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Halloween related freebie”

My Halloween TBR:

1. Goldenhand by Garth Nix – the latest in Nix’s series about necromancers and the Dead.

2 – 5. Hallowe’en Party, By the Pricking of My Thumbs, The Pale Horse, and Spider’s Web by Agatha Christiethese titles just scream to be Halloween reads! Plus, Hallowe’en Party and The Pale Horse are October readalongs with some of my Bookstagram buddies.🙂

6-7. The Raven and Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe – what’s Halloween without Poe?

8-11. The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dickon the Devil by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, The Adventure of the German Student by Washington Irving, and The Open Window by Saki – some random scary stories.

12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – because I have to read the new illustrated edition!

13. Macbeth by William Shakespeare – I love L. A. Theatre Works recordings for reading plays!


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Blogging Besties: A Patriotic Superhero

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Last week Selah featured a great casual look for fall and had a little bit of fun with her son’s Halloween costume (not pictured here).  She gave me the following prompts for this week: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero!


I incorporated a bit of patriotism and a nod to my favorite hero, my brother-in-law, in my outfit today!  You might be thinking, “But she’s not wearing red, white and blue or a mask of any sort!”  What I am wearing is the shirt I bought at West Point Military Academy while visiting Brad when he was a student there.
Regardless of your political opinion (and most of us have lots of those these days), I strongly believe that we should support the men and women who risk their lives to defend the values of our country.

I would like to thank Bradford as well as anyone who has served in the military, past or present, for your courage, heart and commitment to our nation!

Love you, brother!
Here are Alex’s prompts for next week: a college shirt, shades of grey, or something that reminds you of your brother!

Mini Reviews (28) – Old Kingdom Series

Sabriel by Garth Nix
I’m so happy to be back in the Old Kingdom! Which is weird, since it’s populated by free magic creatures, dead hands controlled by necromancers, and all manner of scary creatures. The narration by Tim Curry is *amazing*, and audiobook is a perfect format for a re-read. I’d highly recommend this series for older teenage / adult fans of Harry Potter.

Lirael by Garth Nix
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3/4
I have to deduct 1/4 star for Sam and Nick both being dumb and annoying occasionally (of course, they’re teenage boys, so maybe Nix was just being realistic). I LOVE Lirael, Mogget, and especially the Disreputable Dog!

Abhorsen by Garth Nix
That climax! I’m so stoked to get to Goldenhand now! I just need to re-read Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case first.

Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case from Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix
I love to development of Nick’s character! His sense of responsibility and courage are wonderful. The end made me even more excited to read Goldenhand!

Goldenhand by Garth Nix
I’m torn. I loved the parts that focused on Lirael and Nick (especially Lirael’s POV of the events of Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case) and their developing relationship. I also enjoyed the new character, Ferin. But I missed the Disreputable Dog and Mogget.😦 Overall, I didn’t feel this was quite as strong as the original trilogy of books, but I’m thrilled that Nix is still writing about these characters!

To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
I would’ve preferred a story about an already established Old Kingdom character, but just being back in the world was great! As it turns out, the bridge itself is featured heavily in Goldenhand, but the people are only in this story.

Clariel by Garth Nix
I haven’t read this one since it first came out in October, 2014. Honestly, I’m not sure where it belongs in the lineup. It’s a prequel to all of the other books, taking place hundreds of years prior to Sabriel, yet it was published in between Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case and Goldenhand (which are directly linked together plotwise). I guess, for new readers, I’d suggest reading this one first.