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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Halloween Treats

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A pumpkin tin filled with candy corn. Tin cutouts of a pumpkin's eyes and mouth are sitting next to the candy on a linen tablecloth.Okay, so that title wasn’t super bookish. Let’s amend it to be My Favourite Halloween Treats While Reading.

Sometimes there’s something to be said for snacking on festive foods while reading something spooky.

My mind has decided that all orange foods are vaguely Halloween-ish. It’s made the same association with crunchy stuff like apples, celery, and popcorn because they’re foods I tend to eat more of during the cold half of the year in Ontario.

Everything else should be fairy self-explanatory, I’d imagine.

  • Apple Cider (the non-alcoholic kind)
  • Popcorn
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Orange Sweet Peppers
  • Celery
  • Jokerz (a chocolate, peanut, nougat, and caramel candy bar that’s similar to Snickers)
  • Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Candy Corn
  • Skittles

Due to my food allergies and intolerances, I can’t eat many of the most common candies and other sweets that are sold at this time of the year. This has taught me to be grateful for what I can eat as well as for all of the awesome allergen-free substitutes out there.

Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates it! I love this holiday and am still coming up with ways to celebrate it this year.

What are your favourite snacks to eat during Halloween season or during the cooler portions of the year in general?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

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This week’s prompt was a little tricky for me because it’s been a while since I’ve received a memorable book recommendation. I can be a bit picky about what I read, so I definitely don’t blame anyone for that. It’s just hard for some folks to figure out my tastes well enough to recommend things I end up loving.

These recommendations were all hits, though! They’re loosely arranged by how old I was when they were first recommended to me.

Title and Author: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
by C.S. Lewis

Who Recommended It: My uncle sent this entire seven-book series to me when I was in elementary school. I adored it immediately.


Title and Author: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Who Recommended It: I believe my fifth grade teacher recommended it during or after we did a history unit on the Holocaust. Anne’s stories about living in hiding as well as the truth about what happened to her gave this era a personal touch that made it easier for my young mind to grasp the horrors of it all.


Title and Author: Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

Who Recommended It: My ninth grade English teacher. She didn’t recommend this specific book, but she did an in-depth unit on his work in general that turned me into a lifelong fan of his stories.


Title and Author: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Who Recommended It: A book display at my high school library. I knew nothing about this author or tale, but I thought I’d give it a try. Jane won me over from the beginning.


Title and Author: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Who Recommended It: A high school study hall teacher. She had a shelf filled with books for us to read if we’d finished all of our homework. I picked this title out from it and was mesmerized from the first page.


Title and Author: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Who Recommended It: My aunt. She had a large personal library that I was allowed to borrow books from while she was away at college and later graduate school, and I believe this was one of the titles she thought I’d particularly enjoy. Yes, she was completely right.


Pile of opened books stacked on top of each other Title and Author: The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

Who Recommended It: A librarian at the local public library if my memory is correct. I’d mentioned enjoying Beloved, and she immediately told me to read this next. I’m glad I listened to her!


Title and Author: Indian Horse  by Richard Wagamese

Who Recommended It: A coworker. I asked him for recommendations of Canadian books at some point after I moved up here, and this was one of his ideas.

Title and Author: The Stone Angel  by Margaret Laurence

Who Recommended It: The same coworker who recommended Indian Horse. I enjoyed both of these titles.


Title and Author: Annabel  by Kathleen Winter

Who Recommended It: A display of new Canadian books at one of the Toronto Public Library branches. I borrowed it with no knowledge of who the author was and had a great time reading it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Super Long Titles

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Kudos to whomever came up with this prompt! I’d never think to sort books out in this manner.

1. Among the Missing: An Anecdotal History of Missing Persons from 1800 to the Present by Jay Robert Nash

2. Stories from the Front of the Room: How Higher Education Faculty of Color Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy by Michelle Harris

3. The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World by John Sener

4. The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care System by Youth Communication

5. The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic by Steve Turner

A shot of a beautiful monastary library in Prague. The ceilings have ornate paintings on them and the walls are lined with ornate wooden bookshelves filled with books.

6. Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life by Tamara Plakins Thornton

7. The Brownie Experience: … A Cookbook for Brownie-Lovers : Recipes, Illustrations, Calligraphy, and Hand-Lettering by Lisa Tanner

8. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by María Rosa Menocal

9. The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You: A Guide to Self-Diagnosis for Hypochondriacs by Megan E. Bluhm Foldenauer

10. Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate: Your guide to inner peace, enhanced focus and deep happiness by David Michie

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers with Fall Vibes

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Abstract orange and yellow painting. There’s something about the cozy mystery genre that screams autumn to me.

No, every cozy mystery isn’t set at this time of the year, but I recently learned that a surprising number of them are.

There are also a lot of cozy mysteries that include the colour orange in their titles or somewhere in their covers.

This isn’t a genre I read regularly, so I’d be curious to hear if those of you who do have a lot of experience with it have noticed the same patterns.

Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #39) by Agatha Christie book cover. image on cover is of a pumpkin in shadows.

1. Hallowe’en Party (Hercule Poirot, #39) by Agatha Christie

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Paws and Claws Mystery, #2) by Krista Davis book cover. Image on cover is of a cat and dog looking at smashed halloween pumpkin on a residential driveway.

2. The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (Paws and Claws Mystery, #2) by Krista Davis

Death By Pumpkin Spice (Bookstore Cafe Mystery, #3)  by Alex Erickson book cover. Image on cover is of a cat and jack-o-lantern looking at a spilled cup of coffee from a skull mug in shock.

3. Death By Pumpkin Spice (Bookstore Cafe Mystery, #3)  by Alex Erickson

Shelved Under Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #2)  by Victoria Gilbert book cover. Image on cover is taken from library looking out it's big picture window. There is a tree with a crime scene do not cross tape around it and many red, yellow, and orange leaves on the ground.

4. Shelved Under Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #2)  by Victoria Gilbert

Turkey Day Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #7) by Leslie Meier book cover. Image on cover is of two pilgrims looking shocked by a skull and crossbones that have been carved into a turkey.

5. Turkey Day Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #7) by Leslie Meier

The Stitching Hour by Amanda Lee book cover. Image on cover is of dog logging at a stitching pattern on a white piece of cloth that is unravelling.

6. The Stitching Hour (Embroidery Mystery, #9) by Amanda Lee

Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery #4) by Sharon Farrow book cover. Image on cover is of scarecrows dressed with jack-o-lantern heads and witch clothing.


7. Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery #4) by Sharon Farrow

Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #6) by Peggy Ehrhart. Image on cover is of cartoon cats playfuly batting small knitted witch toys.

8. Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #6) by Peggy Ehrhart

Candy Corn Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #22) by Leslie Meier book cover. Image on cover is of a small ghost playfully peeking out of a bowl filled with candy corn

9. Candy Corn Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #22) by Leslie Meier

Wicked Witch Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #16) by Leslie Meier book cover. Image on cover is of a witch flying past a full moon. There is a black cat on a fence below her.

10. Wicked Witch Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #16) by Leslie Meier

Top Ten Tuesday: Humorous Book Quotes

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Okay, so technically this week’s prompt was “favourite book quotes.” I tweaked it a little to become humorous book quotes because the world needs more laughter at the moment in my opinion.

1. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt


2. “Reality continues to ruin my life.”
Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes


3. “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time


4. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


5. “If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”
Mo Willems, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs


a drawing of the sun that includes a smiley face on the sun

6. “You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed.”
Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth


7. “Are you always a smartass?’

Nope. Sometimes I’m asleep.”
Jim Butcher, Blood Rites


8.“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
George Bernard Shaw, Immaturity


9.“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride


10. “No sight so sad as that of a naughty child,” he began, “especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?”

“They go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.

“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”

“A pit full of fire.”

“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”

“No, sir.”

“What must you do to avoid it?”

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: “I must keep in good health and not die.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre



Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl It was difficult to narrow this list down to only ten books. There are so many great stories coming out this autumn that I ultimately decided to give this a Young Adult spin. (photo unavailable) 1.The Forest of Ghosts and Bones by Lisa Lueddecke Publication Date: October 1 Why I Want… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Rubber Duckie Book Covers

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I don’t know about all of you, but I’m sure in the mood for lighthearted and dare I say slightly silly conversations at the moment. For example, did you know there are dozens of books out there that feature rubber duckies on their covers? I have no idea how… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I was the sort of kid who ignored age recommendations and read everything that grabbed my interest, so this week’s prompt was a little tricky for me. In the end, I decided to narrow this down to young adult books published in the last decade or so that I… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Cookbooks That Make Me Hungry

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I’ve written several posts about books that make me hungry, so I narrowed down this week’s topic to make it more of a challenge. Here are ten literary cookbooks that make me hungry. 1. An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery by Chris-Rachael Oseland 2. Drink Me: Curious… Read More