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Music Monday: Lesser Known Halloween Tunes

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


Happy Halloween everyone!  Today, I was thinking of sharing some pretty standard Halloween-esque songs, until I stumbled upon this list of more obscure songs that are just perfect for Halloween from the 1950s-1970s via MeTV Network.  Here are my three favorites featured on the list:

"Music To Be Murdered By" by Jeff Alexander (feat. Alfred Hit…

Chicken Challenge Read Along Wrap-Up and Reviews

At the beginning of this month, I challenged myself to read four books for Lys @ The Mad Reader's Chicken Challenge - I was really hoping to complete all of them, but I didn't half expect I would make it through the four considering everything on my plate this month.  But, good news!  I actually did it! 

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The Enemy by Charlie Higson fulfilled the orange on the cover option for the reading challenge.  It's set during the middle of the zombie apocalypse in London, England and follows teen survivors.  The zombie apocalypse came about due to a disease that only affected the adults who slowly deteriorated into mindless flesh-eating zombies.  The main group of survivors have holed up in a supermarket, so when another group comes and offers them refuge at Buckingham Palace, they begin the dangerous trek across the city in hopes of finding sanctuary.

I plowed through this 448 page novel in two days - it's that fast-paced and addicting.  I didn't want to stop turning …

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Uninvited by Cat Winters + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting my current read, The Uninvited by Cat Winters.  This is my third Cat Winters book, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors of historical fantasy.  I'm not very far along yet, but I'm already enjoying this ghost story set during WWI.


Beginning:

I admit, I had seen a ghost or two.

The childhood night my mother's father…

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Review

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Like most, Wade Watts spends pretty much all of his waking hours in the OASIS, an entire virtual universe that let's you be whatever you want. Like most, he also hopes to win the ultimate OASIS lottery - he wants to discover James Halliday's Easter Egg which offers a huge fortune and a lot of power. Since Halliday's death five years ago no one has made any progress in the egg hunt. The hunt is based in Halliday's, the creator of the OASIS's, favorite 1980s pop culture from video games, movies, and music. Wade has dedicated years of his life to devouring these favorites and committing them to memory in case they could come in handy in the hunt. Then out of the blue, Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle of the first challenge of three that comprise the hunt, and now everyone's eyes are on him (or his avatar's) and his next move. He'll have to watch his back in both the real world and the OASIS because some players are willing go to any lengths to…

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror Novels I Want To Read

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme is a Halloween related freebie, and I will be doing my post on Horror Novels I Want To Read.


The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - I've seen the movie, but I've never read the book.  In fact, I didn't realize it was based on a book until recently.


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson - Again, I've seen both movie versions, but I've never read the original source material.


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks - I've heard a lot of great things about this, so I would like to try Brooks take on zombies.


Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin - I've seen both the movie and the miniseries and I definitely want to see what Levin's novel is like.


I am Legend by Richard Matheson- I've seen all of the very different movie adaptations (except for the most recent one with Will Smith), so I want to see where it sta…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - Review

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Madeline has SCID and that means she's pretty much allergic to everything and hasn't left her own home in forever. Aside from her mom, her primary doctor, the only person she can interact with in person is Carla, her nurse. Otherwise, she goes to school and lives her life online (she's a book blogger!) - until a new family moves in next door. Their teenage son, Olly, is super cute, and the more she gets to know him the more she realizes that she would be willing to do anything for him.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an intriguing debut novel yet predictable story of young (and stupid, in a well-meaning way) love. Madeline has SCID, aka "bubble boy syndrome", and can't leave her own home for her own safety. When Olly, the cute boy next door, moves in, she also begins to suffer pretty heavily from instalove. That said I really enjoyed getting into Madeline and Olly's heads as they get to know one another online and seeing just how much they p…

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) by Evelyn Skye - Review

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Vika Andreyev and Nikolai Karimov are the only two enchanters currently in Russia and with threats approaching the country from all sides, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter to serve him. That's where the Crown's Game comes in - it's an ancient duel that tests the skill of an enchanter where the winner becomes the official Imperial Enchanter of Russia and the loser dies. In 1825, the Crown's Game hasn't happened in ages because there's usually only one enchanter of any consequence in the country at a time.

I wanted to like The Crown's Game - I mean, it's YA historical fantasy set in 1825 Russia featuring two competing powerful magicians. Just that was enough to make me want to try Evelyn's Skye's debut. I was expecting a fast-paced, brutal spectacle, where a lot happens, but unfortunately that isn't the case. It takes quite a while to get off the ground and takes it's time, the competition is more of a challenge to see who can im…

Music Monday: Hercules

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


This week I'm spotlighting two of my favorite songs from Disney's Hercules (1997) which is, in my opinion, the most criminally underrated Disney movies.  Hades is also one of my all time favorite Disney villains!

"Go the Distance" (Plus the Reprise), performed by Young Hercules



"Zero to Hero", performed by the Muses






Chicken Challenge: Get Creative - Interactive Horror Movie Logic

Welcome back to week four of Lys @ The Mad Reader's Chicken Challenge!  My topic for this Get Creative post features Horror Movie Logic.  If you watch plenty of horror, both new and classic like me, you know that characters in horror movies seem to have their own special brand of logic.  Anyway, my post is going to be interactive - I'm going to share some scenes that feel like they could be right out of a horror movie and then it's you guys turn.  For each scene, you guys, my readers, to come up with what you think should happen next for each one using your best horror movie logic.  You don't have to do all of them (you can only do one if you want to), but be as creative as you can and have fun!


1. You and a group of friends are going on vacation. Your car runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere and it’s getting dark. You realize you can't get a signal on your cell phone. The only things you’ve seen on the road are an abandoned old house with a little girl sell…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting a novel that I've just started in on, The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp.  I'm really excited to read this - it sounds exactly like something I'll love, plus Tammy @ Books Bones & Buffy gave it a glowing review!


Beginning:

Forward by Alistair Sparks

At the centre of the house in which my late brother Jacob and I grew …