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Most Anticipated Books of October 2020

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1. Among the Beasts and Briars

Author: Ashley Poston

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

2. Hush

Author: Dylan Farrow

Publication Date: October 6

They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?

Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.

When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.

Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.

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3. The Once and Future Witches

Author: Alix E. Harrow

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

4. Plain Bad Heroines

Author: Emily M. Danforth

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer, Merritt Emmons, publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period illustrations,Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.

5. We Were Restless Things

Author: Cole Nagamatsu

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles away from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a strange accident, and in the months since, his friends and family have struggled to make sense of it. But Link’s close friend Noemi Amato knows the truth: Link drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find. And what’s more, someone claiming to be Link has been contacting her, warning Noemi to stay out of the forest.

As these secrets become too heavy for Noemi to shoulder on her own, she turns to Jonas, her new housemate, and Amberlyn, Link’s younger sister. All three are trying to find their place—and together, they start to unravel the truth: about themselves, about the world, and about what happened to Link.

Unfolding over a year and told through multiple POVs and a dream journal, We Were Restless Things explores the ways society shapes our reality, how we can learn to love ourselves and others, and the incredible power of our own desires.

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Fall Bucket List

Don’t you just love crossing out finished tasks on your To-Do Lists? That satisfaction of crossing out the finished task is addictive.

Lists help keep life simple. They help prioritize things.

Seasonal bucket lists like this help one enjoy the moment through doing activities that can be done for only a limited amount of time. Which makes it more exciting. A one time event in a year.

Here are some ideas to add to your fall bucket list.

CREATE

  • Create a leaf craft
  • Create a fall wreath
  • Make apple cider
  • Make trail mix
  • Make your own Halloween costume

DO

  • Autumn photo shoot
  • Paint pumpkins
  • Carve out a Jack-O-Lantern
  • Cook a pumpkin recipe
  • Bake pumpkin cookies
  • Have a picnic at the park
  • Have a bonfire
  • Eat candy corn
  • Find acorns
  • Jump in a pile of leaves
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Watch a fall movie
  • Watch Halloween movies
  • Read outdoors
  • Learn how to knit

GO

  • Go on a fall hike
  • Go on a hay ride
  • Go horseback riding
  • Go stargazing
  • Attend a Halloween party
  • Visit a farm
  • Visit an autumn festival
  • Visit an outdoor market
  • Watch fireworks

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Halloween Haul 

What’s up readers? It’s the 26th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October wherein I post on my blog everyday until Halloween. 🎃📚🍁📖🍂🍃❤

Today I’m doing a halloween haul! I created a YouTube account and I posed my haul on my channel so just click on the link below and you’ll be directed to my halloween haul. I hope you enjoy my haul and if you like it please give it a thumbs up 👍 to let me know and for more videos click the follow button to be notified everytime I post new videos. 😊 YouTube at Flexi Aquilla 

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Blogtober Day 1: October Book Releases

Blogtober Day 2: Ask Me Anything

Blogtober Day 3: Q and A with Flexi Reads

Blogtober Day 4: Book Haul 3

Blogtober Day 5: September 2017 Book Wrap Up

Blogtober Day 6: Books to Read This Fall 2017

Blogtober Day 7: The Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman Book Review

Blogtober Day 8: Relatable to Book Lovers

Blogtober Day 9: Tea Haul

Blogtober Day 10: Favorite Lines from The Billion Dollar Spy

Blogtober Day 11: Stationery Haul 2

Blogtober Day 12: Fall Decorations for Book Lovers

Blogtober Day 13: Favorite Lines From The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 
Blogtober Day 14: Why L. A. Pourquoi Paris? Book Review

Blogtober Day 15: Blogtober Update and Announcement

Blogtober Day 16: Google Translates Harry Potter Titles

Blogtober Day 17: Books to Read When Goong Through A Heartbreak

Blogtober Day 18: Book Haul 4 
Blogtober Day 19: Chill Autumn Playlist 
Blogtober Day 20: Find Your Aweskme by Judy Clement Wall Book Review 
Blogtober Day 21: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do But You Could Have Done Better Book Review

Blogtober Day 22: BookTubers to Follow

Blogtober Day 23: Why LA Pourquoi Paris? Favorite Lines

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Books to Read This Fall 2017

What’s up readers? It’s the 6th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October where in I post on my blog eveyday until Halloween. 😄📚🌟🍁🍃🍂

No idea what books to read this fall? Then you’ve come to the right place. Grab a coffe or tea or whatever you fancy to drink while reading and whithout further ado, here are books to read this fall of 2017.

1. Warcross by Marie Lu

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game— it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships— only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem… and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.



2. The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Krista is still grieving the death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. Distancing herself from everyone around her, Krista spends all of her time watching a mysterious house, the house at 758. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.



3. All Things New by Lauren Miller

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the anxiety meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble— now she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world— a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

I wrote a book review of All Things New here.



4. All Right Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

 Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Synopsis:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.


5. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Synopsis:

Ryan, Harley and Miles aren’t friends, they’re just three guys with the same best friend: Isaac. When Isaac dies, they’re thrown. Told in three parts, The Sidekicks is the story of three teen boys dealing with their grief over the death of their best friend, and the impact his loss has on each of their lives.



6. The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Synopsis:

A seemingly perfect small town that is rocked when one student’s suicide becomes a suicide cluster and students form a watchdog group called the Gatekeepers— named for the patrolman on the Golden Gate Bridge who prevented more than two hundred suicides— to prevent more tragedy.



7. Solo by Kwame Alexander

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Synopsis:

Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, whose life is bombarded with scathing tabloids and a father struggling with just about every addiction under the sun— including a desperate desire to make a comeback. Haunted by memories of his mother and his family’s ruin, Blade’s only hope is in the forbidden love of his girlfriend. But when he discovers a deeply protected family secret, Blade sets out on a journey across the globe that will change everything he thought to be true.


More Blogtober: 

Blogtober Day 1: October Book Releases

Blogtober Day 2: Ask Me Anything 

Blogtober Day 3: Q and A with Flexi Reads 

Blogtober Day 4: Book Haul 3 

Blogtober Day 5: September 2017 Book Wrap Up


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Happy reading, 


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October Book Releases

What’s up readers? It’s the first day of Blogtober! 😄🍁📖🍂📚🍃



October has arrived bringing with it more books to be devoured by those hungry for more stories. 

I’ve arranged them according to their release dates with the earliest release first.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan


Release Date: October 3rd 2017


Synopsis: 


Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon? 



Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand


Release Date: October 3rd 2017


Synopsis: 


It’s been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that’s about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they’ve experienced in years. And Bart’s safe return isn’t the family’s only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she’s finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn’t be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. A celebration of everything we love–and some of the things we endure–about the holidays, WINTER SOLSTICE is Elin Hilderbrand at her festive best.



Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

Release Date: October 10th, 2017


Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.



But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury by Deb Brandon


Release Date: October 10, 2017

Synopsis: 

When Deb Brandon discovered that cavernous angiomas–tangles of malformed blood vessels in her brain–were behind the terrifying symptoms she’d been experiencing, she underwent one brain surgery. And then another. And then another. And that was just the beginning.
The book also includes an introduction by Connie Lee, founder and president of the Angioma Alliance. Unlike other memoirs that focus on injury crisis and acute recovery, But My Brain Had Other Ideas follows Brandon’s story all the way through to long-term recovery, revealing without sugarcoating or sentimentality Brandon’s struggles–and ultimate triumph.


The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla


Release Date: October 17, 2017


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Krista is still grieving the death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. Distancing herself from everyone around her, Krista spends all of her time watching a mysterious house, the house at 758. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.



The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis


Release Date: October 17, 2017


Synopsis:

Ryan, Harley and Miles aren’t friends, they’re just three guys with the same best friend: Isaac. When Isaac dies, they’re thrown. Told in three parts, The Sidekicks is the story of three teen boys dealing with their grief over the death of their best friend, and the impact his loss has on each of their lives.



Piper by Jay Asher


Release Date: October 31st 2017


Synopsis: 


Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.

When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.


The boy of Maggie’s dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare…



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